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Nigeria: Medical doctors go on unlimited strike

In Nigeria, resident doctors in public hospitals began an indefinite strike on Monday, September 7, with at least three demands: better social security coverage, improved working conditions and higher salaries. With a monthly salary of around 500 euros, the resident doctors of Nigerian public hospitals have been demanding an increase in their remuneration for several […]

Nigeria-France: A 200,000 barrel-per-day refinery project contract signed between the two nations

The French company Axens and the Nigerian conglomerate BUA signed a partnership contract on Tuesday 1st September in Paris to carry out the first stage of a refinery project which will be located in Akwa Ibom State, in south-eastern Nigeria. Currently, the continent’s leading crude oil producer imports almost all of its fuel from abroad. […]

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Ghana-Nigeria: Towards a new diplomatic scramble

Nigeria reacted after the release of a video showing Ghanaian law enforcement forces forcibly closing the shop of a Nigerian merchant in the capital, Accra. Nigerian shopkeepers are complaining about new controls by the Ghanaian authorities. This episode is a reminder that tensions are recurrent between the two largest economies of ECOWAS. The video at […]

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Mali: New constitutional court sworn in

The 9 new members of the Constitutional Court were sworn in on Monday 10 August, in the presence of the President of the Republic Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and the ECOWAS mediator in the Malian crisis, the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. One of the first cases that this new court will have to deal […]

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Nigeria: Buhari convened National Security Council as criticism continues against army

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari convened his National Security Council on Tuesday 4 August in Abuja. The top military officers, police officials and heads of the various internal security agencies attended the meeting against the backdrop of a deteriorating security situation in the country and continued criticism of the military. A summit meeting as a wake-up […]

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ECOWAS calls for extraordinary summit on July 27 over political crisis in Mali

The mission of the five West African Heads of State led by the current President of ECOWAS, Mahamadou Issoufou, ended on Thursday evening, 23 July. If the latter does not “despair” of finding a compromise, for the opposition, the lines have not changed. ECOWAS has renewed its support for President IBK. First to land in […]

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Thirteen Russian and Ukrainian sailors were taken hostage in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates had never attacked so far out at sea. Thirteen Russian and Ukrainian sailors were taken hostage 350 kilometers off the coast of Benin last weekend. This attack is another illustration of how dangerous it is for crews in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Sailors are increasingly reluctant to sail in the Gulf […]

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Covid-19: Fifteen African countries threatened by a food crisis, FAO and WFP warned

According to a joint analysis by the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 15 “at-risk” African countries are threatened by a food crisis. These are the countries of the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger), Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, […]

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Thirty-four people arrested in Canary Islands for shipping hazardous waste to Africa

The Spanish Civil Guard arrested 34 people in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife for involvement in shipping hazardous waste to Africa. These people are involved in the illegal trafficking of discarded electrical and electronic equipment to several African countries, including Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Sierra Leone and, above all, Nigeria. Between […]

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Buhari: ECOWAS is under risk of dislocation as ECO currency will replaces CFA

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, spoke for the first time on Wednesday 24 June of a risk of dislocation of ECOWAS, in case of the arrival of the eco currency to replace the CFA franc by the WAEMU zone. Even if it is not a threat, Muhammadu Buhari’s statements show that the positions remain […]

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