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Niger – France to participate in the financing of the Kandadji dam

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Strongly dependent on its Nigerian neighbor for its electricity supply, Niger announced this week the signing of a cooperation agreement with France within the framework of the project of hydroelectric dam of Kandadji. This new partnership should make it possible, through the allocation of 50 million euros of funding, to finalize the construction of the dam and supply the capital Niamey.

While Nigeria currently supplies more than 60 percent of Niger’s electricity needs, it is still insufficient and the public company Nigelec, in charge of generating electricity in the country, is unable to meet the needs of the population . The capital Niamey and large urban centers such as Dosso or Tillabéri are victims of recurring cuts hampering economic development already sticky.

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To remedy this situation, in recent years the government has launched several projects, including the construction of the Kandadji dam, located in Dessa south of Ayérou, for which France is expected to allocate an additional 50 million euros.

On the occasion of Prime Minister Brigi Rafini’s visit to France last week, the two countries have indeed sealed a new cooperation agreement for the next three years. The construction of this dam, which began in 2011 and is subject to numerous delays, will make it possible, among other things, to secure the agglomeration of Niamey in the supply of drinking water, to produce electricity with a capacity of 125 MW, and To ensure a low flow of 120 m3 / second on the Niger River.

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Other major energy projects are also underway in Niger, such as the Salkadamna coal-fired power station managed by the US company Sources California Energy, whose construction is still slow, despite the launch of the works in June 2014, and the Goroubanda thermal power plant, Near Niamey, whose works are executed at more than 90% and which will soon supply an additional 100 MW.

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Guinea – Here’s The Details Of The 35th session of the Council of Ministers of the Niger Basin Authority

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CONAKRY – Conakry has been hosting the 35th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Niger Basin Authority (ABN) since Thursday, with the aim of discussing the future of this great African river, which stretches over 4,000 km .

This two-day meeting was an opportunity for the representatives of the member countries of the Niger River Basin to review the Niamey Act on navigation and economic co-operation between member states. Adopted in 1963, the Niamey Act was replaced in 1964 by the Niamey Agreement on the River Commission, Navigation and Transport on the River.

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According to the Guinean Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Cheik Talibé Sylla, the main mission of the ABN is “to promote cooperation between states and to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations of the Niger basin , Through the sustainable management of water resources and associated ecosystems “.

Similarly, Mr Sylla underlined that the NBA is engaged in a process of sustainable development through the implementation of projects and programs for the benefit of local populations.

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The Minister also wished to make clear that the costs of organizing the session, at the expense of Guinea (host country), amounted to more than 600 million Guinean francs, or more than 79,000 US dollars.

The “need to take stock of the benefits that this organization brings to Guinea and ensure the payment” of Guinea’s contribution to this sub-regional organization was recalled on Thursday at the last Council of Ministers, added the The Minister.

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Moreover, experts from the subregion denounced the state of degradation of the Niger River, with the silting and deforestation of its banks. A degradation jeopardizing the future of this river which, in the various countries crossed, benefits more than 150 million people, living directly or indirectly from the river.

The Niger River originates in Guinea, in the Faranah region (more than 500 km southeast of Conakry), and crosses several African countries before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria.

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Nigeria – Fulani Terrorist Herdsmen Storm Another Community, Kill 30 (Still Counting) VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED!

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Emerging reports suggest that 30 people have been killed in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue state, following a raid by some gunmen suspected to herdsmen.

The raid was carried out on Monday, March 20. A community leader, Chief Udam Wuhe, said more than 10 gunmen stormed the town from TorTonda- Zaki Biam road at about 5:00pm.

According to him, the residents counted not fewer than 20 dead bodies with several others injured and many houses razed.

Daily Post reports that Wuhe could not ascertain if the attackers were Fulani herdsmen.

The incident is coming barely one week after suspected herdsmen killed over 10 person in Buruku area of the state, which led to the governor, Samuel Ortom issuing them 72 hours ultimatum to vacate the area.

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The state Police Public Relation Officer, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the killing, however, said the casualty figure has not been ascertained.

“We are yet to ascertain the number of those killed in the attack. Our men are already on ground there to restore normalcy to the area,” he said.

Below are more photos from the raid.

This day reports that most of those killed were said to be traders and businessmen.

According to an eyewitness, “the gunmen stormed the yam market on about 12 Bajaj motorcycles and four Toyota Corolla cars and started shooting at anyone in sight.”

Several cars and a fuel station were also razed as pandemonium engulfed the area.

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The eyewitness described the incident as a bloodbath.

When contacted, the state commissioner of police, Bashir Makama, confirmed the killings but stated that the police were yet to ascertain the exact number of casualties.

Meanwhile, as the killings were going on, Governor Samuel Ortom was giving a run down of the security situation in state and measures taken by his government to bring an end to the invasion and attacks by herdsmen on innocent people of the state.

He stated that his decision to expel Fulani herdsmen in the affected areas of the state was to pave the way for Tiv farmers to continue their farming activities.

Ortom insisted that it was impossible for herdsmen and farmers to operate in harmony, pointing out that his administration would not fold its arms and allow people fall prey to foreigners and killers and it was his government’s responsibility to ensure security for the people

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The governor further cautioned against confrontations as the herdsmen make their way out of the state, adding that the security operatives would ensure they move out safely to where they came from.

Also speaking with the residents, the state police commissioner, on behalf of other security agencies, called for caution among youths and urged them to restrain themselves from resorting to violence at the slightest provocation but to remain patient.

Makama promised that the security agencies would not relent in the discharge of their duties.

 

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Mahamadou Issoufou place 2017 under the sign of major tax and customs reforms

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In Niger, the year 2017 will be placed under the sign of the reforms. That’s what announced yesterday the president Mahamadou Issoufou on the 58th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic.

The leader said that the reforms which affect customs, taxes and the Treasury would boost performance of these structures. Thus, the customs sector will have a new system of accounting of operations, while all the main customs offices will be interconnected.

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The tracking of trucks to transport and the creation of a single window for the formalities relating to the circulation of vehicles will complement this set of measures. Regarding taxes, branch will be the implementation of a computerized system for monitoring taxes and taxpayers (SISIC).

In addition, new centres will be created while 300 enforcement officers will be recruited to identify and identify all the real estate properties in order to broaden the tax base. … the article on other press

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