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The rate of banking among Niger’s population remains among the lowest in Africa. The country has a population of almost 80% living in rural areas with limited access to conventional banking services. However, the use of digital financial products and services, which is being incorporated into the country’s habits, is supported by the national inclusive finance strategy, which includes provisions that put digital transformation at the heart of the actions. “BIYAN ZAMANI” to facilitate remote payments Making financial services accessible to rural populations and boosting financial inclusion in Niger is the objective of this partnership between I-Futur and the United…

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the country’s first deepwater port on Monday 23rd January. Located in Lekki, east of the economic capital Lagos, it will contribute to the country’s economic growth. The US$1.5 billion Lekki Deep Sea Port, funded by China, is the largest seaport in Nigeria and one of the largest in West Africa. It is expected to revolutionise the way goods are transported and traded in Nigeria and will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The project is a joint venture between the Nigerian government, through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Lagos State government, the Tolarams Group…

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The Constitutional Court of Benin rejected, after a hearing on Saturday 21 January, the appeal of The Democrats party. The said appeal requested the court to enjoin the Autonomous National Electoral Commission to communicate to the party, the copies of the compilation reports of the results of the legislative elections of 8 January 2023. In a petition addressed to the Constitutional Court on 19 January, the president of the political party The Democrats requested copies of the minutes of the compilation of the results of the legislative elections of 8 January 2023. The party led by the former vice-president of…

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Martinez Zogo, who disappeared on 17 January, was found dead on Sunday 22 January in a state of putrefaction near Yaounde. Director of the private radio Amplitude FM, where he hosts a program called “Embouteillage”, the lifeless body of Martinez Zogo was found in Ebogo 3 in the Mefou and Afamba department, in the Central region of Cameroon. According to images released by his family, “his body was found in a state of decomposition” in the suburbs of the city of Yaoundé. He was taken to the specialist departments for autopsy. The host of the program “Embouteillage”, a daily program…

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The Burkinabe government has asked the French troops deployed on its territory to withdraw within one month. According to the Burkina Information Agency (AIB), “the Burkinabe government last Wednesday denounced the agreement that has governed the presence of French armed forces on its territory since 2018. In a context of growing diplomatic tensions between Paris and Ouagadougou, “This denunciation made on 18 January 2023, gives according to the terms of the agreement of 17 December 2018, one month to the French Armed Forces to leave the territory of Burkina Faso,” added the national agency. According to concordant sources, the military…

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The government of Benin has adopted a national strategy for artificial intelligence and megadata. Developed over a five-year period, the action plan was approved on Wednesday 18 January by the Council of Ministers. In its vision of making digital technology one of the foundations of economic and social progress, Benin is adopting a national artificial intelligence strategy. According to the minutes of the Council of Ministers of 18 January, “this strategy and its action plan have been developed in a process that integrates stakeholders, following a holistic approach based on technological solutions adapted to the needs of our country, particularly…

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Beninese teachers dismissed in 2019 for boycotting a diagnostic evaluation have just been reinstated in the civil service. At the Council of Ministers on Wednesday 18 January, the executive decided to lift the sanctions imposed on them. A total of 305 primary and secondary school teachers will be dismissed from the civil service in December 2019. The reason was that they refused to participate in the diagnostic evaluation initiated by the government for them. But these 113 primary school teachers and 192 secondary school teachers have just been given a smile because they have been reinstated into the civil service…

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned about two medicines that do not meet “quality or specification standards”. These are the cough syrup AMBRONOL and the flu syrup DOK-1 MAX. As a result, Benin has prohibited its marketing on its territory. In a press release dated 16 January, the Ministry of Health of Benin indicated that it had been informed by “the World Health Organization of the circulation in the European region of two products confirmed to be of inferior quality (contaminated), i.e. not meeting their quality standards or specifications. These products are the cough syrup AMBRONOL and the anti-influenza…

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Eighty-six journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2022 – one every four days, according to UNESCO data. This highlights the serious risks that journalists still face in the exercise of their duties and their great vulnerability. “After several consecutive years of decline, the sharp increase in the number of journalists killed in 2022 is alarming. The authorities must redouble their efforts to put an end to these crimes and ensure that the perpetrators are convicted, as indifference is a major factor in this climate of violence,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. The peak in murders in 2022 marks…

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