Author: AMN

In a Goma factory floor, east of DRC, students are busy on their working stations. They are in the 6th year of mechanic studies at the Institute of technology and industry. They have built a vehicle with waste material after two years of work. This achievement has been a source of pride for the group and their teacher and today, the training continues. “Each time we repair a car engine, Crispin Muyalalo a teacher, explains, if it is a diesel car we always check whether the injection pump is working and ensure that it delivers a consistent flow according to…

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The Nabeul community perpetuates the know-how of their ancestors as the inhabitants keep alive the tradition of picking and distilling orange blossoms, neroli, geranium and roses. In North-Eastern Tunisia, the city of Nabeul is the capital of fragrance. The town hosts each year a traditional organic floral water fair and many fair exhibitors specialized in floral waters participate. To obtain the precious floral water. The magic happens in cylindrical copper vats like this one. Over a naked fire, geranium, roses or orange blossom are rested during several hours. They will eventually turn into floral water through artisanal evaporation. “We all…

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On Sunday, at least four people were confirmed dead in the latest building collapse that occurred in the Lagos Island area. The previous toll was 1. On Sunday, at least four people were confirmed dead in the latest building collapse in the Lagos Island area. The bodies were recovered from the rubble after an edifice collapsed on Saturday in Nigeria’s economic capital. Five people have been rescued and emergency workers continue to search for survivors. Quoting the Zonal Southwest Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), local media reported that the three-storey building crumbled due to heavy rainfall. The building…

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The Nigerian police have arrested two men suspected of being behind the high-profile kidnapping of two dozen students in April 2021 in northwestern Nigeria, and the murder of five of them. “They have both confessed to the abduction of the students from the University of Greenfield, Kaduna State, and the murder of five students before the payment of ransom and the release of the other students,” police spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi said in a statement on Wednesday evening. The two suspects, Aminu Lawal known as “Kano” and Murtala Dawu known as “Mugala”, who was involved in several kidnapping cases, will be…

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Mozambique has detected a case of wild poliovirus, the first in 30 years, after neighboring Malawi reported a similar detection three months ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday. The case was diagnosed in a child in the northeastern province of Tete. “This is the second imported case of wild poliovirus in southern Africa this year, after Malawi in mid-February,” the WHO said. “The detection of another case in Africa is of great concern, although not surprising given the recent case in Malawi,” commented Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa Officer. Laboratory tests show that the newly confirmed case is linked…

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The Chinese have popularized the belief that every crisis presents an inherent opportunity. In this edition of Business Africa, we find out how workers, businesses and economies are navigating several crises, both local and global. Protecting workers amidst global crises Workers all over the world are worried about the repercussions that the ongoing inflation trend may have on their employers and consequently their jobs. Coming right after the disruptive Coronavirus pandemic, the possibility of company closures, mass lay-offs and abuse of workers’ rights looms large. We spoke to the new head of the International Labor Organization, Gilbert F. Houngbo, to…

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South Africa said Thursday it would review a decision to spend more than a million dollars on a flag project after public outrage. A statement on Thursday from the country’s arts and culture ministry said the department had taken note of the public outcry. The flag was set to be erected at the Freedom Park Heritage Site and Museum at a cost of R22 million or $1.3 million. Earlier this week, South Africa’s influential trade union, the Congress of South African Trade Unions [COSATU] slammed the plan and described it as absurd, and pointless. Criticism also came from civil society groups…

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The Kinshasa government said Tuesday evening that it was “premature” to withdraw Ugandan troops present in the DRC to fight the ADF rebel group, stressing that such a decision, mentioned by Ugandan military officers during the day, was up to the heads of the two states. In a tweet, the head of the Ugandan army, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, said that the operation launched jointly with the Congolese army at the end of November to fight the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels was to last six months and would therefore end on May 31, unless otherwise instructed. However, in a second…

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The head of Nigeria’s treasury has been arrested for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth 80 billion nairas (€184 million), the national anti-graft agency said. Ahmed Idris, Nigeria’s accountant-general, was arrested on Monday “after failing to honour invitations” to respond to the allegations, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement released on Monday evening. He is facing charges of fraud and money laundering. According to the EFCC, Idris “extracted funds through fake consultancy firms and other illegal activities using agents, family members and close associates.” These funds, according to the Commission, were then invested…

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