Category Archives: Africa Development

I Remain AfDB President – Adesina Confirms

An official statement from the African Development Bank (AfDB) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has revealed that Akinwumi has not stepped down from office.

Adesina, in the statement, said “the bank’s institutional framework is solid and efficient, adding that he stands by it”.

The statement reads: “In recent weeks and over the last few days especially, I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support received from around the world. I have absolute confidence in the integrity of the Bank that I lead and its governance systems, rules and procedures.

“In spite of unprecedented attempts by some to tarnish my reputation and prejudice the Bank’s governance procedures, I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honour and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank.

“I sincerely appreciate the support of the Bank’s shareholders.

“At this time, I remain confident that ultimately and as one collective, the Bank will emerge stronger than before and continue to support Africa’s development drive. I draw great inspiration from my heroes, Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, whose lives have shown that through pain we grow. As Martin Luther King Jnr. once said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

“I am confident that fair, transparent and just processes that respect the rules, procedures and governance systems of the Bank, and the rule of law, will ultimately prove that I have not violated the Code of Ethics of this extraordinary institution.

“I will therefore continue to work with each and every one of our shareholders to ensure that the African Development Bank maintains its hard earned global reputation; and that our credible and well-functioning institutional and governance systems are reinforced, as we collectively press on to fulfill the mission of our founder to accelerate and transform Africa’s development.”

The bank’s Board of Governors cleared him of the allegations after its ethics committee looked into the matter.

WHO, Madagascar President Meet Over Covid-19 Herb

Madagasca President , Andry Rajoelina has held a virtual meeting with the Director -General of the World Health Organisation , Tedros Ghebreyesus , over COVID Organics.

Rojaelina who made this known via
Twitter , said the United Nations specialised agency on global health expressed its support for the clinical observation of the ‘ tonic ’ touted as cure for coronavirus .

He said , “ Successful exchange with Tedros Ghebreyesus who commends Madagascar ’ s efforts in the fight against COVID- 19 and congratulates us for the discovery of COVID Organics .

“ WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in Africa . ”

The Malagasy President said the meeting followed the invitation by WHO to register the drug for clinical trials, adding that his country would prove the effectiveness of the COVID Organics.

See tweet by Rajoelina;
Successful exchange with
@ DrTedros who commends
# Madagascar ’ s efforts in the fight against # Covid 19 and congratulates us for the discovery of # CovidOrganics.
@ WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in # Africa .
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— Andry Rajoelina (@SE _ Rajoelina) May 20 , 2020

Rwanda Acquires Robots That Can Screen 150 People In a Minute to Fight Covid-19

The Rwandan government has taken delivery of 5 humanoid robots which can screen and deliver foods and drugs to those suffering from Coronavirus.

This was reportedly said to disclosed by the country’s health minister, Daniel Ngamije on Tuesday May 19. He also announced that the robots were brought in to reduce the exposure of health workers to COVID-19 patients.

Ngamije said; “We need additional robots for other duties like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them.”

The 5 robots which were named Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, are manufactured by a Belgium-based company.

Rwanda’s health ministry says the units have a number of abilities, including:
Screening 50 to 150 people per minute
Recording and storing patient data
Alerting health workers to abnormalities
Warning people who aren’t wearing marks, or are wearing them improperly.

There are two Coronavirus treatment facilities in Rwanda, one is on the outskirts of the capital Kigali and the other in the south-eastern town of Nyamata.

The country has so far recorded 308 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, 203 recoveries and no deaths.

Sierra Leone Government Denies Appointing Nigerian Doctor To Head Its Covid-19 Task Force

Sierra Leone Government has denied the news that said one Nigerian, Dr. Olaoluwa Adejayan was appointed to head the country’s Covid-19 task force.

Yusuf Keketoma Sandi, the Press Secretary of Sierra Leone’s State House, on his Official Facebook page made this known to the public.

He said, the report that had it that one Dr. Laoluwa Adejayan was appointed by the President of Sierra Leone on a monthly salary of $20,000 and that Sierra Leone President Bio had sent a message to his Nigerian counterpart to intimate him on the development, while praising the aforementioned Nigerian doctor, is false and mischievous.

He also use the avenue to inform general populate about the effect of fake news and urge them to stay away from it.

Yusuf as well attached some publications to back his claim.

Guinea Bissau President Calls Buhari His Father

The Guinea Bissau President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo has called President Muhammadu Buhari his political father and hailed his fight against corruption.

President Embalo, who yesterday brought along with him samples of the traditional medicine as shared to African nations by Madagascar during a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja spoke on the motive behind the visit, said having stabilized his country after the tussles that attended the general elections he won, he had come to seek counsel from his “father,” President Buhari, on his plan for a “government of national unity” and a proposed war against corruption in his country.

He also said his new government met a country beset with a number of issues and problems, the resolution of which would require tremendous assistance from the “big brother,” Nigeria.

“Problems of Guinea Bissau are problems of Nigeria. I have come to you as your son. I need your help and assistance to make the people happy. I will not let you down, neither will I put you in any difficult situation,” Embalo said.

President Buhari lauded his confirmation as president and for stabilizing the country.

“I commend your political dexterity in getting the opposition to join the proposed unity government,” he said.

He renewed the determination of Nigeria to keep West Africa politically stable and promised to support the new government in Guinea Bissau, saying, “I will cooperate and help in every way possible.”

He hailed the good work that the President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is doing in the sub-region.

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