National Assembly to improve engagement with citizens by publishing full proceedings - The Standard Newspaper


On 15 September the Hansard Department at The Gambia National Assembly completed a training programme to improve transparency and communications with citizens delivered by the Parliament of Sierra Leone and made possible by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK). Following the April 2017 elections, the National Assembly began an ambitious programme to upgrade its performance working in partnership with the WFD and

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National Assembly to improve engagement with citizens by publishing full proceedings - The Standard Newspaper


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - On 15 September the Hansard Department at The Gambia National Assembly completed a training programme to improve transparency and communications with citizens delivered by the Parliament of Sierra Leone and made possible by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK). Following the April 2017 elections, the National Assembly began an ambitious programme to upgrade its performance working in partnership with the WFD and CPA UK. This week’s training benefited the Hansard Department, which is responsible for compiling and publishing parliamentary proceedings including all debates. It was delivered by Mr Musa Foullah, Editor of Debates at the Parliament of Sierra Leone and built on a previous session delivered by the Parliament of the Isle of Man. Combining support from different parliaments facing similar challenges and using a range of systems is a highly successful method championed by WFD which has achie ...continue

Capacity building training for environmental inspectors - The Standard Newspaper


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - By Olimatou Coker At least 30 environmental inspectors from across the country have benefited from a daylong capacity building training recently held at NAQAA offices in Kanifing. The objective of this training is to equip the environmental inspectors with the necessary knowledge needed for the protection of the ozone layer. Speaking at the training, Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang, programme officer for environmental awareness and communication at the NEA, said the training is in line with the celebration of the international Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was set aside by the United Nations to create awareness on the dangers created by ozone depletion. He said this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. Muhammad Denton, director of administration and finance at the NEA, said in the mid-1970s, it was discovered that some human produced chemicals could lead to depletion of the ozone layer. He added that th ...continue

College staff association threatens strike - The Standard Newspaper


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - By Ebrima Jallow The Gambia College Academic Staff has threatened to stage a sit down strike today over demands for better working conditions. In a statement read out to the media at the college conference hall on Saturday, Andrew AD Gomez, chairman of The Gambia College Academic Staff Association, decried the deplorable working conditions of the academic staff of the college. Surrounded by the college lecturers, he said government has failed to respond to their demands for graduate and retention allowance, review of their salary structure to be at per with other sister tertiary institutions, filling of all vacant positions at the college, increment of teaching allowance from 30 to 75 percent, confirmation of the service of all heads of department of the schools of the college, and representation of the academic staff association on The Gambia College senior management team and Governing Council. These demands he said, were outlined in letters sent to the Gambia College Council and c ...continue

Nigeria spends N208.8bn on data capturing in 7 years


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - By Kester Omu The Nigerian government has spent a whooping N208.8 billion on the collection of data from its citizens in the last seven years. A breakdown of how the money was spent, according to a report in the Guardian Newspaper shows that the Banks in Nigeria as instructed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has so far spent N45 billion to issue Bank verification Number to account owners. Others are SIM Registration, a project of the Nigerian Communications Commission and Mobile Network Operators, which has gulped N46.1 billion. The National Identity Card from the National Identity Management Commission has cost the federal government N30.7 billion, while the Voters Registration, a project of the Independent National Electoral Commission cost the government N87 billion. This is worrisome and a burden to the government’s pulse, Usman Idris, a public affairs analyst and a social commentator said, lamenting that the multiplicity of data capturing by the federal government is a res ...continue

Telecoms: Bridging infrastructure deficit through collocation facilities


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -     Though the Nigeria’s telecoms industry is, no doubt, confronted with infrastructure deficits as a result of medley of factors with negative impacts on the industry growth, analysts say leveraging the capacity of collocation companies such as Medallion Communications Limited could be the way out for players to reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX). Martin Ekpeke reports Despite a record of over $68 billion local and foreign direct investments (FDIs) into the country’s telecoms sector, lack of a robust infrastructure remains one of the challenges that have bedeviled the Nigeria’s telecom ecosystem. In fact, the country continues to face an acute shortage of infrastructure. The infrastructure deficit appears to have, in collaboration with other nexus of factors, subjected telecom subscriptions to a sharp decline in the number of active mobile subscribers put at 139 million by the Nigerian Communications Commission as of July 2017 Existing ...continue

McKinsey has closed its eyes in South Africa - BusinessDay : News you can trust


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - It does not take a genius to recognise that corporate reputations are easily lost in South Africa under the dismal presidency of Jacob Zuma. It should not be beyond the analytical powers of a global consulting firm such as KPMG or McKinsey. Neither firm was as crass as Bell Pottinger, the PR firm that went into administration after running a racially divisive campaign for the holding company of the Gupta family, Mr Zuma’s business patrons. But both have been tarnished by Mr Zuma’s misgovernance of his country and its tragic descent into cronyism and corruption. KPMG audited many of the Guptas’ companies and eight of its executives last week resigned as it admitted its errors of judgment. McKinsey took a juicy contract with Eskom, a state utility, that involved working with a consultancy linked to the family. The firm still maintains that it behaved correctly and is walking the tightrope of self-justification. I am intrigued to see how long it will take to fall off. Here is a simple gui ...continue

GRA sensitise business owners in NBR on tax reforms - The Standard Newspaper


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - By Omar Bah The Gambia Revenue Authority, GRA, recently ended a two-day regional tax seminar sensitisation forum in Essau for over twenty businessmen and women drawn from various communities in the North Bank Region. According to GRA officials, the sensitisation forum which was held at the Essau Health Centre conference hall, is part of their attempt to educate and sensitise the general public on their administered taxes. Participants at the forum were sensitised on personal or individual business income tax, chargeable income computation, who is liable to pay individual business tax, objections and appeals of tax decisions among others. GRA director of management service, Alieu Bittaye, speaking at the forum on behalf of the GRA Commissioner General, said the meeting was organised to sensitise and educate taxpayers and the business community about GRA laws. He said the seminar was special in many aspects “given the fact that it brings together business communities at the local leve ...continue

Oil rise after Iraq signals cut extension - BusinessDay : News you can trust


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Iraq’s oil minister said OPEC and other crude producers were considering extending or even deepening a supply cut to curb a global glut, while a report showed a smaller-than-expected increase in U.S. inventries. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 33 cents, or 0.6 percent, at $49.78… This content is for Standard & Premium Digital Subscribers only. Visit the site and log in/register to read. The post Oil rise after Iraq signals cut extension appeared first on BusinessDay : News you can trust.   continue reading ...continue

While taking a swipe at Hamat Bah, Madi Jobarteh says Gambians, not Allah, made Barrow president - The Standard Newspaper


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - By Mustapha Darboe A leading civil society activist and deputy executive director of Tango, Madi Jobarteh, has criticised a statement from Tourism minister Hamat Bah seeking to, as the activist put it, mystify the presidency of Adama Barrow, claiming it is “God’s will”. At a civil society forum on Friday, Jobarteh said leadership is a social contract and not a divine gift, and argued that Gambians made Barrow president and not Allah. During the recent presentation of 57 vehicles to National Assembly Members, Bah called on Gambians to support President Barrow claiming he was “given to us by God”. “We need to graduate from that mentality. I heard Hamat Bah in the delivery of those vehicles to National Assembly Members saying that God removed Yahya Jammeh and God gave us Adama Barrow,” Jobarteh argued. “God did not remove Yahya Jammeh and He did not give us Adama Barrow. We gave ourselves Adama Barrow and we drove out Yahya Jammeh. It is those kinds of messages, infusing culture ...continue

35 foreign companies to showcase products at 12th Abuja Trade Fair - BusinessDay : News you can trust


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - A total of 35 foreign companies have indicated interest to participate at the 12th Abuja International Trade Fair, scheduled to hold from Sept. 21 – Oct. 7, an official has said. Mrs Tonia Shoyele, Director, Membership and Business Development of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), made the disclosure at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja. “There are about 35 countries coming in, the various embassies in Nigeria are sending representatives, they have all obtained their booths, all the states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will also be present. “The innovation is the fact that we now have business-to-business section in this fair, which is the actual selling point in international trade fairs. “What we have brought to the table which is totally different from what has been ongoing before, is that we want to march companies, we want to march buyers with manufacturers which has never happened before,’’ she said. Shoyele said that the objective of the fairs was to open ...continue

Why Community Policing Matters


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - TELL Magazine News Whenever governments or nation states are confronted with the issues of terrorism, one thought that assails the mind is the significance of intelligence as a counter-terrorism instrument. This could mean the gathering of intelligence information by relevant security agencies about the next terrorist attack. Such information could lead to nipping such existing plot in the... The post Why Community Policing Matters appeared first on TELL.   continue reading ...continue

Saraki Faults Governors and Military On IPOB


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - TELL Magazine News Senate president Bukola Saraki has said that the declarations made by the Southeast governors and the Nigerian Army on the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB contravene the Constitution of Nigeria. Saraki, a former governor said the two groups flouted the constitution with their pronouncements, insisting that he believed that should the decisions espoused in the... The post Saraki Faults Governors and Military On IPOB appeared first on TELL.   continue reading ...continue

Kogi West and Governor Bello’s second term bid %%%%%%%


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Governor Yahaya Bello The people of Kogi West, and the Okun in particular, believe that their ambition to have one of their own occupy the Lugard House as governor can only crystalise if they support the incumbent governor to secure another term in office. AYODELE ADESANMI writes.   Though  the 2019 election is still months away, the awareness about that election is spreading fast across the country. Most of the political parties already are in the process of searching for candidates that would fly their flags and essentially ensure victory. The search for candidates covers all elective positions — the presidency, gubernatorial, National Assembly and the state Assemblies. Even though the governorship election in Kogi State is to the people of Ijumu, in Kogi West Senatorial District,  appear to be leaving no stone unturned in galvanising support for the incumbent governor’s re-election. Kogi State is one of the six states whose elections do not conform with the general election ...continue

Odu’a Investment completes ACE GRA Ibadan housing estate


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - ACE housing estate, Jericho, GRA, Ibadan. Odu’a Investment Company Limited, a pacesetter in developmental projects and programmes for many decades, has come up with another milestone project – the ACE Estate. The estate which is a residential accommodation, situated in an idyllic region of the highbrow of Jericho Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was conceived out of the innovative thought of the board and management of Odu’a Investment Company Limited. The iconic ACE Estate sprouted from 4,400 square metres of land, hitherto occupied by a derelict building in this location, before it was pulled down to allow the turning of sod and laying of foundation on August 30, 2016. The estate consists of three luxury units of 5-bedroom duplex and four luxury units of 4-bedroom duplex, all showcased a high level of contemporary architecture, merged with basic requirements of residential functions. Conducting the media team around the estate last week, Odu ...continue

No private TV licence issued yet, Communications minister discloses - The Standard Newspaper


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Information Minister Demba Jawo has said that the government has not yet issued licence to any private television station. Speaking to The Standard on the rumour that at least one private TV station has been cleared to broadcast, Jawo said he was aware of an application from a certain group but that the application was being processed. Sometime ago the Public Regulatory Authority, PURA, announced it received only one application for a TV licence but did not disclose wherefrom. Meanwhile, sources close to the regulatory body intimated to this paper that after studying the details of an application, they have recommended to the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure for the issuance of a “co-broadcasting” licence to the applicant. The source declined to comment further. The post No private TV licence issued yet, Communications minister discloses appeared first on The Standard Newspaper.   continue reading ...continue

Architects organise Port Harcourt edition of West African Festival


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - As part of the event to celebrate excellence in architecture in Nigeria and in the diaspora, and with quest for qualitative and sustainable design for Nigerians, the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), is set for its annual West African Architecture Festival (WAAF 2.0) which is to be held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. According to the President of Nigerian Institute of Architects, Tonye Oliver Braide,  this year’s West Africa Architecture Festival with the theme: “Celebrating diaspora excellence: The Leap into the new civilisation”,  is aimed to bring all architects in Nigeria and in the diaspora together to celebrate excellence in architecture. “The epic annual festival which is the second edition will be held in the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State between 24th and 27th October, 2017,” he said. Unveiling the programme,  WAAF 2017, the NIA president said what West Africa Architecture is trying to achieve is to further create a point of con ...continue

BusinessDay 20 Sep 2017 - BusinessDay : News you can trust


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - … This content is for Standard & Premium Digital Subscribers only. Visit the site and log in/register to read. The post BusinessDay 20 Sep 2017 appeared first on BusinessDay : News you can trust.   continue reading ...continue

FG to certify Abuja international airport before 2017 end - BusinessDay : News you can trust


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - The minister of state,aviation, Hadi Sirika has disclosed plans by the federal government to certify the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport Abuja before the end of 2017. The proposed certification, according to Sirika will ensure optimal value for our airports in terms of air safety ,and revenue generation Aerodrome certification, in aviation parlance is a process by which a state can demonstrate that airport in its territory meet regulatory safety requirement on a continuous basis . It is an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) strategy for the standardization and harmonization of airports services ,facilities and procedures as well as ensuring uniformity in safety of critical aerodrome elements, irrespective of the difference in ownership and management of such aerodromes . By this development, the airport will become the second to be certified out of the 22 managed by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) “The country has tried to certified our airport . ...continue

Alonge emerges as new IoD FCT chairman %%%%%%%%%%%%


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - The Institute of Directors (IoD) has elected Victor Adekunle Alonge as chairman of its Abuja Federal Capital Territory Branch and member of the Institute’s Governing Council. Alonge was elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its Abuja branch recently. A practising estate surveyor and valuer, the new IoD chairman is the Senior Partner/CEO of Nelson Thorpe Alonge, a firm of chartered surveyors and estate surveyors and valuers. He is also the CEO of Willows Projects Ltd, a project management and property development company. Victor A Alonge holds B..Sc Hons in Estate Management from the University of Reading, England and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, MSc. (Property Asset Management), from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland, UK. He was Executive Director, Willmotts Chartered Surveyors London, England where he was responsible for the delivery of major valuation assignments, property development, management and investment property consultancy works in the ...continue

Osinbajo to launch contract disclosure portal on Friday


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - By Martin Ekpeke Nigerian Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will on Friday this week launch a contract disclosure portal in Abuja, the country’s Federal capital Territory. Osinbajo is also the Chairman of the National Council of Privatization for Nigeria. This was disclosed by Acting Director-General for the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission Engr. Chidi K.C Izuwah  at the correspondents association of Nigeria annual conference in Lagos. Izuwah, who spoke on “Facilitating Infrastructure Financing in Nigeria” noted that the portal, when launched will ensure transparency in the public-private partnership model, with regards to deploying finance for critical infrastructure projects. “The launch of the contract disclosure portal will attract private capital investments into the country,” Izuwah assured. He added that Nigeria needs to attract private capital investments for its infrastructure, which the Government is presently spending about 10 per cent of its GDP financ ...continue