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Oshoala to lead Falcons against USA, Portugal, Jamaica in summer tour

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Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala will be leading the Nigeria squad to a summer series tour where they will face the United States, Portugal and Jamaica.

The Barcelona forward, who had just lifted the Champions League this season, will be captaining 22 other Falcons players.

Coach Randy Waldrum has announced a provisional list of 25 players for the upcoming tour, and has made it known that he would be dropping two players to attain a final 23-woman squad.

Oshoala tops the list with veteran defender Onome Ebi, youthful goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde and forward Rasheedat Ajibade also called.

Waldrum included 10 home-based players in the provisional squad, with Amanda Mbadi, Gift Monday and Joy Bokiri as part of the squad.

Read Also: NFF wants Falcons to win world titles as coach Waldrum officially signs contract

Matches will be played at the BBVA Stadium in Houston and at the brand-new, $240million Q2 Stadium in Austin built by the newest club in the Major League Soccer, Austin FC. Both cities are in the State of Texas and the clash between the Super Falcons and the US Women A team will be the first-ever football match at the state-of-the-art Q2.

The glamour tournament will run between 10th – 16th June and will see the Super Falcons clashing with their Jamaican counterparts in Houston on the 10th before taking on Portugal three days later at the same BBVA Stadium. Their last match is against the USA squad, four-time winners of the FIFA World Cup and four-time winners of the Olympic football gold, at the Q2 Stadium on 16th June.

The USA is the only one of the four teams in the Summer Series that will compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The match against Nigeria will mark the first time the USA has ever faced the Super Falcons outside of a world championship and it will be just their third-ever friendly against an African country, with the previous two coming against South Africa.

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Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (CD Pozoalbense, Spain); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Inyene Etim (Abia Angels FC)

Defenders: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Gloria Ogbonna (Edo Queens FC); Osinachi Ohale (Madrid CFF, Spain); Oluwatosin Dimehin (Sunshine Queens FC); Chidinma Okeke (Madrid CFF, Spain); Abidemi Ibe (Bayelsa Queens FC); Patricia George (Sands FC, Germany); Esther Ogbonna (Sunshine Queens FC)

Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Celine Ottah (Bayelsa Queens FC); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Amanda Mbadi (Bayelsa Queens FC)

Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Vivian Ikechukwu (Rivers Angels FC); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid FC, Spain); Francisca Ordega (Levante FC, Spain); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Joy Bokiri (Bayelsa Queens FC); Charity Adule (SD Eibars FC, Spain)

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Au Niger, la résilience à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle se renforce avec le soutien de la Banque africaine de développement (rapport) – The Maravi Post

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Lancé en 2015, le Programme de renforcement de la résilience à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel (P2RS-Niger), qui doit s’achever en décembre 2021, a quasiment atteint ses objectifs, indique un rapport publié le 15 octobre dernier par la Banque africaine de développement.

Financées par le biais d’un prêt de 14,480 millions d’unités de compte (20,7 millions de dollars américains) et un don du même montant accordés par le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement, les activités, achevées ou en cours d’exécution, ont véritablement contribué à renforcer la résilience des populations visées par le projet, relève le rapport sur l’état d’exécution et sur les résultats qui a été publié par la Banque.

« Cela s’est traduit par une augmentation de la production et de la productivité agricoles, grâce notamment à la disponibilité de l’eau, des intrants et d’un encadrement rapproché qui a permis d’adopter des techniques culturales performantes, souligne le document. En outre, la construction des pistes rurales a permis de désenclaver les zones de production et a facilité la commercialisation des produits agricoles, avec, pour conséquence, une augmentation du revenu des producteurs. »

En effet, en dépit de contraintes, liées notamment à la pandémie de Covid-19, des avancées significatives ont été enregistrées dans la réalisation du projet. Dans le domaine des infrastructures hydroagricoles par exemple, douze seuils d’épandage sur quatorze ont déjà été réceptionnés. Quelque 120 hectares de périmètres irrigués ont été aménagés en amont et en aval des seuils (130 ha prévus) tandis que 120 puits maraîchers, équipés de pompes, ont été construits.

Pour la défense et la restauration des sols, des travaux de protection des bassins versants ont été réalisés notamment sur 950 hectares ainsi que 750 hectares d’ouvrages par les plantations agroforestières, la fixation de dunes (250 ha) et le traitement biologique (400 ha).

En matière d’hydraulique pastorale, quatre puits cimentés pastoraux (sur six prévus) ont été livrés. Un forage pastoral, équipé d’une station de pompage, a également été livré.

Dans le domaine du stockage, de la transformation et de la commercialisation, le projet a permis la construction de 25 boutiques céréalières, 25 boutiques d’intrants agricoles, 20 banques d’aliments pour bétail, dix centrales d’approvisionnement communautaires, 25 plateformes multifonctionnelles, dix marchés ruraux, trois tronçons de pistes de desserte d’une longueur totale de 55 kilomètres et 18 abris pour broyeurs d’aliments pour bétail.

Le volet nutrition du projet a également enregistré des résultats notables : 10 000 moustiquaires imprégnées, distribuées dans 25 communes, pour les femmes enceintes et allaitantes par le biais des centres de santé intégrés pour lutter contre le paludisme (20 000 moustiquaires en cumulé) ; environ 6 000 fagots de boutures de manioc distribués en appui à l’opération « boutures de manioc 2020 », au profit des ménages dans dix communes (20 000 fagots déjà distribués en 2016-2017) ; 650 hectares mis en valeur, générant une production additionnelle estimée à 23 400 tonnes de manioc ; vingt tonnes de farine infantile mises à disposition des populations (25 tonnes déjà distribuées), en appui à la création des banques de vivriers et la fortification des aliments pour 9 000 enfants.

« Les activités du projet se poursuivent de façon convenable même si on enregistre des retards dus à la pandémie de Covid-19 et à la situation sécuritaire dans certaines zones d’intervention du projet », rappelle le rapport de la Banque.

« La période restante du projet est suffisante pour achever les activités en cours, souligne le rapport. Cependant, il faudra redoubler d’efforts en vue de mener les actions de renforcement de capacités et de professionnalisation des organisations paysannes pour un transfert efficace à même d’assurer la pérennité des infrastructures mises en place », conclut le rapport de la Banque africaine de développement.
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The Secret Connection Between Malami And Extraordinary Rendition, By Aloy Ejimakor – The Maravi Post

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Back in the day when I was in Law School in America, one of my favorite Professors used to repeatedly tell us that there’s a fine line between good legal research and investigative journalism. He told us that one day we would find it useful, as legal practitioners, to remove the garb of a lawyer and adorn that of an investigative journalist. And that it might pay off.

Recently, I remembered the erudite Professor and decided to indulge myself in a little bit of investigative journalism (of the internet kind) and my topic of interest was, you guessed it: Extraordinary Rendition – the abominable legal concept that is currently generating quantum public interest in Nigeria. On a hunch, I zeroed-in on official Nigeria. 



In due course, my hunch paid off. In particular, I discovered that Nigeria’s Chief Law Officer – Attorney-General Abubakar Malami (SAN), has long had a secret connection with extraordinary rendition in more ways than one. Below are the details:

In 2016, the ‘United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’ published a scholarly project document in a 691-page colorful compendium, titled ‘Cases and Materials on Extradition in Nigeria’. The highly celebrated publication was accomplished with the assistance of the European Union, the Federal High Court and several lawyers from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The highly collaborative project comprised of learned jurists who pivoted on ‘Extradition’ and its garden varieties, including particularly ‘extraordinary rendition’ which the compendium discussed with evident disapproval.

AGF Malami, who had endorsed the project, wrote in the Foreword to the published compendium that: “The compendium consists of constitutional provisions, legislation, subsidiary legislation, judicial pronouncements treaties and other international instruments on extradition as they relate to Nigeria”.

This how Malami’s negative connection with extraordinary rendition started. But this is a tip of the iceberg. The iceberg lies in the Introduction to the compendium, which I shall hereunder reproduce, verbatim. Now, read on:

“It is easy to confuse extradition with rendition. Rendition is a general term for all procedures, including extradition, for returning wanted persons or aliens generally, from a State. Unlawful or irregular forms of returning persons wanted for trial or punishment include abduction and the so called “extraordinary rendition”.

“Extraordinary rendition is a government sponsored arrest, kidnap and abductions of persons wanted, accused or convicted of a criminal offence either to the state who sponsored the arrest, kidnap or abduction or to a willing third party state.

“Extraordinary rendition denies a person of the right to challenge his transfer to the requesting or receiving state. It involves the violation of the principles of international law especially where the persons transferred are subjected to torture or sham criminal charges or trials. 

“The ‘Dikko Affair’ of 1984 is an example of an attempt at unlawful rendition. After a coup d’état in 1983, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria requested the British government to surrender Umaru Dikko, a former Minister alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices.

“Before the British government responded to the request, an intelligence officer from the Nigerian security forces with three Israeli nationals abducted Mr. Dikko and attempted to cargo him to Nigeria in a crate. This attempt was foiled by the British security apparatus, the abductors were jailed and the relationship between Nigeria and Britain became strained. 

“Even though not successful, it was an attempt by Nigeria to go against the international norms in expressing its political will”.

In concluding his Foreword to the compendium, Malami stated that: “It is a very good resource material on extradition and it is therefore my pleasure to recommend the Cases and Materials on Extradition in Nigeria to all and sundry, for use in identifying the position of extradition law in Nigeria”.

Malami did not stop there. He underscored his abiding commitment to the due process of extradition, as opposed to the illegality and abomination of extraordinary rendition by deploying some of the finest lawyers in the Federal Ministry of Justice (his office) to the project.

Not done, Malami went on to profusely thank the United Nations “for its technical support to the Federal Ministry of Justice for the review of laws, development of policy instruments and capacity building for staff of the Ministry in extradition law related areas”.

And there, dear readers, is how much Attorney-General Malami loved extradition and hated extraordinary rendition until 19th June, 2021.

Think about it.

Aloy Ejimakor, a Lawyer wrote in from Lagos.

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Africa’s Path To Greater Economic Freedom, By Nana Fredua Agyeman – The Maravi Post

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Without economic freedom, economic development is unlikely. Whether you are starting a new business, claiming ownership of a piece of land, not being a victim of corruption, or paying low and simple taxes that don’t swallow up most of your income, virtually all aspects of a healthy economy link back to economic freedom. Regrettably, according to a new report that measures economic freedom, many African states rank among the lowest in the world.

The Economic Freedom of the World Report, which is published annually by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, measures to what extent the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom. This matters, especially for African countries, because there is robust evidence that freer economies are richer, healthier and grow faster when compared to less freer economies.

To rank economic freedom, the Fraser Institute’s 2021 report, which was published last month, analysis 165 countries across five major categories (size of government, legal systems and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation) which were further split into components and sub-components. A total of 42 indices are analysed in the report.

Amongst the top 10 countries where the concept of self-ownership is upheld in tandem with minimum government intervention in the economy, there was no African country present. Hong Kong, as usual, remained in the top position followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Georgia, United States, Ireland, Lithuania, Australia, and Denmark.

However, at the bottom of the EFW league table, seven of the 10 least free economies in the world were African; Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Libya and Sudan.

The rankings are important because they can influence decision-making for foreign investors and reassure or discourage prospective ones hoping to dip their toes into African markets. However, beyond investment, the EFW report highlights the drastically different outcomes between countries that have high economic freedom and those that experience the heavy-handedness of government interference.

The average GDP per-capita in countries that rank in the top quartile (i.e., the top twenty-five percent of countries ranked) for economic freedom is a staggering $50,619 compared to a meagre $5,911 for economies ranked in the bottom quartile. Similarly, the poorest 10% in countries where citizens are most economically free have an average income of $14,400. In contrast, the poorest 10% of people the least economically free countries have a per capita income of $1,549.

The EFW report also shows that while 34.1% of the population in the least free nations live in extreme poverty (defined as living on less than US$1.90 a day), only 0.9% of the population in the highest ranked countries do. Undoubtedly, economic freedom has strong links to lifting people out of poverty.

Interestingly, people in the freest countries tend to live 15 years longer than those in countries where government play a significant role in the economy. As people live longer in freer economies, it is not surprising to note that these states also have the lowest infant mortality rate, which is almost ten times lower when compared to nations in the lowest quartile of economic freedom. Among other beneficial educational outcomes, the data also reveals that school enrolment, especially at secondary school level, is much higher in the most economically free countries of the world.

A broad continental outlook of the EFW data reveals that the average economic freedom rating in Africa decreased from 6.8 out of 10 in 2000 to 6.71 in 2019, with a peak of 6.85 in 2012 (see figure 1). Taking a more in depth look at the data, Mauritius is ranked the highest in Africa, followed by Cabo Verde, Seychelles, Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Gambia, South Africa and Nigeria. Mauritius and Cabo Verde are the only African countries in the most economically free quartile in the 165 countries analyzed in the report.

Furthermore, Mauritius ranks 11th globally, ranking higher than major countries such Canada, Japan, Germany, France and China. Sound money, one of the indicators of economic freedom which looks at components such as inflation, the freedom to own currency in foreign bank accounts and money growth is one of the biggest contributors to the success of Mauritius where the country scores an impressive 9.54 out of 10.



Despite the fall over time in economic freedom in Africa, it is not all doom and gloom for the continent. The introduction of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will provide the needed boost for nations in Africa to catalyze economic freedom. With tariffs being slashed on as much 97% of goods and a commitment to intellectual property laws, integral components of economic freedom such as property rights and freedom to trade internationally could increase Africa’s overall position in the rankings drastically in future reports. This will go a long way in improving the wellbeing of millions of people.

While the AfCFTA will not suddenly fix all of Africa’s problems, it is a step in the right direction towards economic freedom which is strongly tied to prosperity and, in turn, it will assist in the upliftment of millions of people on the continent out of poverty.

Nana Fredua Agyeman is an Intern at the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity.

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