2 million people displaced by violence in north east Nigeria...
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Over two million persons displaced in Nigeria - FG
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The Story The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, on Thursday, said the country currently has over two million displaced persons.
Why is she saying what the public already knows? Ms Farouk said this after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She said the affected persons were displaced as a result of the activities of insurgents and bandits or through communal clashes. The minister said, “As of today, we have over two million displaced persons in the country, ranging from those displaced by insurgency, banditry, communal clashes and so on".
What's her ministry doing about these people? According to the Minister, the ministry is doing its best to see that people who are displaced in this country are given the necessary support by way of supporting their livelihoods, rebuilding their homes in areas of disasters and settling those who have fled their places seeking refuge, provided their communities are safe for them to return. "This is what we are working on and we hope to achieve the desired result", she said.
And what's the reason for the visit? On the purpose of her visit to Buhari, Ms Farouk said it was meant to thank the President for his support on issues relating to persons with disabilities in the country. She recalled that the President had in January 2019 assented to the bill on the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in the country, describing it as the first milestone. “Mr President also graciously appointed the chairman, board members and the executive secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. “So, this is a visit to demonstrate our appreciation and our commitment to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” she said. SOURCE
Police plotting to detain Sowore for as long as possible - The Cable
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The Story The convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, might not regain his freedom soon.
Why? Reports say that the Nigerian police force intends to keep him in custody for as long as possible. Sowore and four others were arrested on New Year’s eve during a protest “against bad governance”. According to a report by TheCable, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has instructed his men to detain Sowore “for as long as possible”.
What are the charges against them? After the arrest, they were arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly and incitement, and remanded at the Kuje correctional centre in Abuja. Marshal Abubakar, counsel to the defendants, moved a bail application on behalf of his clients after which Mabel Segun-Bello, the magistrate, reserved ruling for Friday. However, at the court session scheduled for ruling on bail applications, the defendants were absent.
Absent? Didn't you say they're still being held by the police? The defense counsel told journalists that the police refused to bring his clients to court because they are no longer in their custody and there is no available means of transportation for them. He said he received information that the DIG of FCIID requested the case file of Sowore from the office of the commissioner of police in Abuja. Abubakar added that a signal was sent to the court stating that the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) has mandated the office of the directorate of public prosecution (DPP) to take over the case file from the police.
However, there was no legal representative from the DPP in court. TheCable reported that when contacted on the subject, there was no response from Frank Mba, police spokesman, and the office of the AGF. SOURCE
Ghana to start sub-Sarahan Africa's first LNG-to-power project
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The Story Ghana is set to open sub-Saharan Africa’s first liquefied natural gas-to-power project as it moves to position itself as a hub for the cleaner and cheaper fuel in the region.
Tell me about this. LNG-to-power projects have been booming from Asia to Latin America in recent years as they allow nations to switch from dirtier fossil fuels to keep the lights on. And for sellers, integrated LNG-to-power provides a guaranteed outlet for the fuel.
When's work starting on the project? Tema LNG Terminal Co. received the floating regasification unit from Jiangnan, China on Wednesday, paving the way for the supply of 1.7 million tons of natural gas per year for power generation sometime this quarter, Edmund Agyeman-Duah, project manager at the company said.
The company, backed by Helios Investment Partners and Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers, began building the $350 million project about two years ago. “Ghana can now start to service the rest of the I'm fuel that is continuously growing in popularity because of the cost and the significant environmental benefits it provides,” Agyeman-Duah said. SOURCE
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1. Share capital is A. money given to a company by shareholders in return for a stake in the business B. Business borrowing capital from a financial institution C. Capital shared amongst owners D. Capital shared with shareholders
2. A business uses Hire purchase because: A. This allows a business to acquire assets to keep by paying for it over a period B. This allows them to use an asset when they want C. They can use it without paying for it D. Short term finance is usually only available to business for periods
QUESTION & ANSWER
What are some amazing facts about humans?
In 1985, Ethiopia was probably one of the worst-off countries in the world, ravaged by poverty, starvation and diseases. And yet, in that year, the country's red cross sent $5,000 to aid earthquake victims in Mexico City.
Why would this impoverished country at the time send money to a faraway land?
It turns out, it was all reciprocity; in 1935, when Italy invaded Ethiopia, Mexico had sent aid to the country, and this was an opportunity to return the favour.
(Source: Ethiopian Red Cross Donates aid for Mexico Quake Victims.)
Reciprocity plays a fundamental role in the way society and social relationships work.
It's natural for humans to want to do favours for those who had done the same to them, some of us even go as far as giving far more than we ever received.
Some even go as far as rejecting gifts and favours simply because they don't want to be bothered about returning the favour someday.
Even top government officials in some countries are deterred from accepting gifts from individuals or companies for fear of nepotism in future dealings.
This weak point of us humans is grossly manipulated by sales-people; tricking us to buy things we don't really need simply because we feel like we owe them, possibly due to a free trial or a little favour done to us, at first.
Don't worry about reciprocating "favours" that are really manipulation attempts in disguise; favours warrant favours in return, but tricks do not, but still, these acts are not always easy to recognise and many of us keep falling for them. SOURCE
Finance Quiz Answers
1. Share capital is A. money given to a company by shareholders in return for a stake in the business
2. A business uses Hire purchase because: A. This allows a business to acquire assets to keep by paying for it over a period