Share |

Content about Prime Minister

December 6, 2011

Nigerians verbally attacked the business magnate in response to his blog post condemning the new law

Sir Richard Branson, an English business magnate best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies, on Monday, got perhaps the harshest words from fans after he critically blogged about Nigeria’s anti gay law on his “Virgin Blog”.

December 6, 2011

Washington-based journal, Foreign Policy lauds Nigeria's Finance Minister as a champion for continental economic renaissance

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named one of 100 Global Thinkers by the iconic Washington-based journal, Foreign Policy.

Paul Nwabuikwu, Special Assistant on Communication to the minister, said Okonjo-Iweala was honoured alongside a group of distinguished activists, political leaders, diplomats and entrepreneurs from across the world.

November 19, 2011

Says they could overthrow the incoming government if it fails to meet their demands

A commander of Libyan former rebels has warned that his men could overthrow the incoming government if it fails to meet their demands for representation.

The credibility of the threat, made by Tripoli militia leader Abdullah Naker in a Reuters interview, was hard to assess in a city where the balance of forces, three months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, is obscure and fluid.

November 3, 2011

The Senate is seeking to reassure Nigerians that Cameron will not dictate our moral values to us!

While it may not be the most urgent of issues burning the underbelly of our ever-troubled polity, I am compelled to urge for a quick passing into law of the same-sex marriage prohibition bill that is currently being deliberated upon by the Senate. My compulsion is borne out of two recent incidents, both with strong relevance to the current subject matter that furnishes my rage sufficiently enough to cast aside all other perceptibly more important national subjects.

November 1, 2011

Acclaimed film maker Sadik Balewa is on an ambitious journey to document the influence of Uthman Dan Fodio the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate.

November 1, 2011

Abdul Raheem al-Keeb has spent much of his life outside Libya, studying in the United States before taking up academic posts in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has elected little-known academic Abdul Raheem al-Keeb as the new interim prime minister to guide the country as it emerges from a bitter civil war towards a new constitution and democratic elections.

With vast oil and gas reserves and a relatively small population, Libya has the potential to become a prosperous nation, but regional rivalries pent up during Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years of one-man rule could descend into a cycle of revenge.

October 29, 2011

The Australian government pledged $50m and the British, £40m to the global eradication of the scourge

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday in Perth, Australia, announced that the Nigerian Government will commit $60 Million over the next two years to eradicate polio from Nigeria.

Speaking at a Global Polio Eradication Initiative event held at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Jonathan said he will inaugurate a Special Task Force headed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Pate, to oversee and coordinate a national campaign for the eradication of polio, as he pledged during a recent meeting with Bill Gates.

October 29, 2011

The Australian government pledged $50m and the British, £40m to the global eradication of the scourge

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday in Perth, Australia, announced that the Nigerian Government will commit $60 Million over the next two years to eradicate polio from Nigeria.

Speaking at a Global Polio Eradication Initiative event held at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Jonathan said he will inaugurate a Special Task Force headed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Pate, to oversee and coordinate a national campaign for the eradication of polio, as he pledged during a recent meeting with Bill Gates.

October 28, 2011

Both countries establish a council to oversee and promote trade between them

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, on Thursday in Perth, formally announced the establishment of a new Nigeria-Australia Trade and Investment Council to identify and develop new areas of economic cooperation between both countries.

A joint statement signed by Jonathan and Gillard said that a meeting will be convened in Nigeria early next year to launch and promote the council’s activities to the Nigerian private sector.

October 27, 2011

Tougher immigration policies begin to bite hard on Nigerians living in the United Kingdom

The UK government, on Wednesday, deported 76 Nigerians.

The conservative-led government of Prime Minister David Cameron had at inception vowed to reduce migration.

The administration also recently imposed a migration cap, focusing on non EU migrants in the UK, including Nigerians.

October 22, 2011

While down under, the President will hold bilateral talks and attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

President Goodluck Jonathan will tomorrow, depart Abuja for Perth, Australia, to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2011). 

October 10, 2011

In the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted, armoured vehicles sped into a crowd late on Sunday to break up a protest near Cairo's state television

Egyptian Christians turned their fury against the army on Monday after at least 25 people were killed when troops crushed a protest using tactics that deepened public doubts about the military's ability to steer Egypt peacefully towards democracy.

In the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted, armoured vehicles sped into a crowd late on Sunday to break up a protest near Cairo's state television. Online videos showed mangled bodies. Activists said corpses were crushed by wheels.

October 8, 2011

Applauding the recognition of the NTC by the African Union, the two leaders urged the council to move quickly to form an all-inclusive government that will work towards national reconciliation and reconstruction.

 President Goodluck Jonathan and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, on Friday in Addis Ababa, called on the National Transition Council (NTC) in Libya to take urgent action to guarantee the safety of thousands of African migrants currently trapped in parts of the country.

September 27, 2011

In March, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Libya's former justice minister and now its interim leader, said he had evidence of Gaddafi's involvement in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

The investigation into the 1988 bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner over Lockerbie in Scotland is closed and Tripoli will not release more evidence that could lead to others being charged, Libya's interim leaders said on Monday.

The British Foreign Office, however, said the investigation into the bombing "remains open".

Scottish prosecutors had asked Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) to give them access to papers or witnesses that could implicate more suspects, possibly including deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi.

September 1, 2011

Zimbabwe's PM asks for Nigeria's assistance, and the President obliges.

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the government of Zimbabwe that Nigeria would support all efforts to ensure the conduct of peaceful, transparent and credible elections in that country.

The President gave the assurance when Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai visited him in Abuja to solicit  Nigeria’s support for the country’s general elections which are scheduled for next year. 

September 1, 2011

Big powers, gathered to coordinate the political and economic reconstruction of the oil-producing country, will also be jostling over business interests there.

World leaders meet in Paris on Thursday to discuss Libya's future, with hosts France and Britain hoping to show that a costly military campaign can lead to a political transition that avoids the mistakes of Iraq.

Big powers, gathered to coordinate the political and economic reconstruction of the oil-producing North African state, will also be jostling over business interests there.

August 22, 2011

Two of Gaddafi's sons have been seized and it's unclear where he is

Libyan government tanks and snipers put up scattered, last-ditch resistance in Tripoli on Monday after rebels swept into the heart of the capital, cheered on by crowds hailing the end of Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years in power.

The 69-year-old leader, urging civilians to take up arms against rebel "rats", said in an audio broadcast that he was in the city and would be "with you until the end". But there was little sign of popular opposition to the rebel offensive, two of Gaddafi's sons were seized and it was unclear where he was.

August 12, 2011

Your intentions for Nigeria and your priorities seem quite clear from the people you have brought with you, so Mr. Cameron, the ball is in your court.

British Prime Minister Dave Cameron was in Nigeria last month. It was part of an African jaunt tagged “trade not aid” that he had to cut short in order to fly home and face the tsunami of corruption that’s been threatening to engulf three sections of the British establishment, the government, media and the police, with media mogul Rupert Murdoch at its epicentre.

May 24, 2011

India stepped up its push to deepen its economic ties with Africa and emerge from the shadow of rival China by offering $5 billion to help the continent rich with minerals and commodities.

At an address to an India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh trumpeted his country's historical ties with Africa in an attempt to catch-up with Beijing's growing influence on the continent.

"There is a new economic growth story emerging from Africa. Africa possesses all the prerequisites to become a major growth pole of the world," Singh said.

May 24, 2011

Two of Egypt's most prominent youth groups walked out of a conference of national dialogue, saying members of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's party were using the meeting to try to return to political life.

Many Egyptians fear members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), which ruled Egypt during Mubarak's 30-year rule, are trying to regain power after a court ordered the party dissolved in April.

May 4, 2011

The treaty strips Egypt of rights to the lion's share of the Nile river's waters.

Ethiopia has agreed to delay ratification of a treaty that strips Egypt of rights to the lion's share of the Nile river's waters until it has elected a new government, officials said on Tuesday.

May 2, 2011

Charles Konan Banny, former interim minister will lead the commission.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said yesterday that a former prime minister will head a reconciliation panel aimed at healing divisions from the country’s recent political crisis and unrest.

Charles Konan Banny, who was interim prime minister under ousted Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo from December 2005 to March 2007, will lead the commission.

April 1, 2011

Ethiopia's Prime Minister of Ethiopia says that Africa has a large potential in hydropower and has only used 5-7 per cent of its potentials.

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, yesterday said Africa has a large potential in hydropower and has only used 5-7 per cent of its potentials.

This, he added, compared to Europe, which utilized 75 per cent and North America which used more than 69 per cent. Zenawi, who made the statement in Addis Ababa at the AU/ UNECA Conference for hydropower, said there was a need for Africa to catch up with the rest of the world in hydropower generation considered to be more environmentally friendly than other sources.

March 30, 2011

 

Britain and France led the push for a muscular intervention in the Libyan conflict and coalition air strikes have helped rebels in the east of the country to advance; but questions remain about the end game in Libya.

Britain and the United States stepped up pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit on Tuesday, and rebels fighting him promised to build a free, democratic state if they won power in Tripoli.