Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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    TRIBUTE: The unsung Liberian health workers who fought – and defeated – Ebola   

TRIBUTE: The unsung Liberian health workers who fought – and defeated – Ebola  

The talking points of Liberia’s victory over Ebola have centred on medical and financial aid from world super powers and international agencies. But little has been said of the courage and human-capital contributions of local health workers. With a focus on Redemption Hospital, where the country’s first Ebola case was recorded, ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO tells the story of a few Ebola [...]

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    RMAFC set to slash salaries of public officers

RMAFC set to slash salaries of public officers

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) says it it has finished its paper work on a downward review of the salaries of public office holders in line with current economic realities.Elias Mbam, chairman of RMAFC, disclosed this to state house correspondents on Tuesday shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the commission's activities inside.He said the draft of the [...]

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    Stranded survivors, ’embezzled’ donor funds prove Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery hasn’t begun

Stranded survivors, ’embezzled’ donor funds prove Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery hasn’t begun

Liberian Ebola survivors are frustrated by the lack of government involvement in their efforts to rebuild their lives, and their discontent has been further heightened by the emergence of reports confirming government profligacy in the management of donor funds sent to combat the virus and quicken the country’s recovery from the epidemic.Foday Kutuku Sheriff is hurriedly exiting the building housing [...]

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    Buhari appoints Gusau DG of budget office

Buhari appoints Gusau DG of budget office

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as the new director-general of the Budget Office of the Federation.According to a statement by Marshall Gundu, director of press and public relations at the federal ministry of finance, the appointment takes effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015 with a term of four years renewable for another four years. ‎ Gusau hails from Zamfara [...]

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    Miscarriage on the streets, shattered love lives… how Ebola ruined Liberian families

Miscarriage on the streets, shattered love lives… how Ebola ruined Liberian families

One year after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Ebola “a public health emergency of international concern”, Liberian Ebola survivors are still struggling to get their lives back on track.It is a drizzly morning in the poshest hotel in the biggest Liberian city. But when Patrick Farley and his three friends enter, a new air of warmth suddenly takes over [...]

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    The ‘return’ of Boko Haram under Buhari

The ‘return’ of Boko Haram under Buhari

Aside from relocating the military command centre to Borno state on his first day in office, travelling out of the country to solicit the help of world leaders in battling the insurgents, and sacking his predecessor's service chiefs and national security adviser, Nigeria can hardly point to a single Boko Haram success story under Buhari.Therefore, it is no surprise that questions [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: I thought I had caught Ebola

REPORTER’S DIARY: I thought I had caught Ebola

For five days in July 2015, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, was in Liberia to report on life in the West African country, on the back of its struggles with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). But he was hit by a sudden rise in temperature shortly afterwards, fuelling fears he might have been mowed down by the very virus he was [...]

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    How will Nigeria fare under Buhari?

How will Nigeria fare under Buhari?

The curtain has been drawn on arguably the most anticipated event of the year in Africa, and Muhammadu Buhari has officially become president of the continent's most populous country.Looking at all the disappointments and obstacles he has endured over the decades to create all the records that his election victory represents, Buhari will be forgiven if he considers himself Nigeria's [...]

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    S’Africans have never really wanted Nigerians

S’Africans have never really wanted Nigerians

I had barely spent 10 minutes on South African soil when I knew that Nigerians were unwelcome. Arriving at the O R Tambo International Airport, an immigration officer irritatingly asked me how long I was staying, despite seeing clearly on my passport that I had a visa to stay up to 30 days."Just five days," I replied slowly, as confidently [...]

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TheCable @ one: A love note from the editor

Dear readers,It is exactly one year that some of you converged on City Hall, Lagos, to witness the unveiling of TheCable. Filled as the hall was on the day, to describe those in attendance as “some” is our first acknowledgement – and gratitude – of the ease with which you, our darling readers, have accepted us.While we will today be taking [...]

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    Buhari the winner, Jega the hero

Buhari the winner, Jega the hero

When Muhammadu Buhari is first addressed as Nigeria's president-elect on April 1 - a day when people traditionally play hoaxes on one another - he will be forgiven for thinking someone is playing an "April Fool" on him. For many reasons, this is a victory that will not immediately sink in.By receiving 15,424,921 votes to Goodluck Jonathan's 12,853,162, Buhari becomes [...]

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    The Buhari test for Jonathan’s good luck

The Buhari test for Jonathan’s good luck

On Sunday March 29, 2015, Goodluck Jonathan would be looking to deliver a speech close to one he delivered on April 18, 2011. Back then, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had just declared him winner of the presidential election.“With a heart full of gratitude to Almighty God, I want to thank Nigerians for the great sacrifice and overwhelming national [...]

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    Sonaiya: The president Nigeria won’t have

Sonaiya: The president Nigeria won’t have

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    ‘Ole is ole’, ‘Jega doesn’t travel much’ and other lines from the presidential media chat

‘Ole is ole’, ‘Jega doesn’t travel much’ and other lines from the presidential media chat

Coming on a day that would have been three days before the presidential election (had it not been postponed), Wednesday's presidential media chat was expected to be heavy on electoral matters. It was, as expected; and the opening questions centred on the matters relating to the postponement.The usual suspects – abducted Chibok girls, insecurity in the northeast, hate speeches in the polity – [...]

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    A ‘coup’ by the Nigerian military   

A ‘coup’ by the Nigerian military  

Sambo Dasuki knows something that the rest of Nigeria does not.On January 22 at the Chatham House, Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), advocated the postponement of the presidential election, citing slow distribution of voter cards to eligible voters.“What sense does it make to vote three months early when there are 30 million cards still with INEC? That’s my position,” [...]

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    Solar energy ‘coming to rural Lagos schools’ soon

Solar energy ‘coming to rural Lagos schools’ soon

Damilola Ogunbiyi, general manager of the Lagos state electricity board, on Wednesday said the state would deploy solar power to 172 rural schools in the state by June.Ogunbiyi spoke in Lagos when the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) paid her a courtesy visit."We are deploying solar energy to about 172 schools and temporary [...]

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