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The United Bank for Africa(UBA)Plc was present at the roundtable Forum organized in Paris from September 6 – 8, 2017,  by the government of the Republic of Tchad, on the financing of the National Development Plan 2017- 2021. The Forum was opened and closed by the Chadian President, His Excellency, Idris Deby Itno. In attendance were the President of Mauritania, His Excellency Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, all the Tchadian cabinet ministers, representatives from various governments including the governments of Japan, Canada, the U.S.A, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and from the African Union, AfDB, EU, IMF, the IFC and many others.

 The Chairman of UBA GROUP, Mr Tony Elumelu was represented by the CEO, UBA Francophone Africa, Emeke E. Iweriebor.  Iweriebor who spoke at a session during the forum stated that UBA’s decision to invest in Tchad a decade ago turned out to be a very sound investment decision. ’UBA Tchad has contributed to the growth of the Tcahdian economy through financing infrastructure, a critical lever in sustainable development’.  He went further to explain that UBA Tchad is one of the Pan-African bank’s high performing subsidiaries in Africa and encouraged potential investors to look into Tchad as an investment destination.

 

With presence in 19 African countries and in London, Paris and New York, UBA has supported several projects in Tchad including a 60 Mega Watt Central Electricity power plant in Farcha. UBA contributed $18.5million and led the syndication that raised $80 million for the project resulting in an improvement in the access to electricity in Tchad by 3.9%.  The bank continues to support the government of Tchad in its development initiatives in the areas of infrastructure, Oil and Gas and other key sectors of the economy. The Forum on the National Development plan saw many organisations and countries pledge support to Tchad with about $20 billion having been raised.

 

Ending the forum, President Itno thanked all the people and organisations present who had come to support Tchad, promising that the administration was going to put in the maximum effort to ensure that the development plan is successful. ‘This administration is a transparent one that is working with partners to ensure successful implementation of all the projects. It is the responsibility of the government to lead the country to sustainable development’ he said.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:13

Togo: President Gnassingbe under pressure

In Togo, protesters are calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe. The opposition is confident that it will be successful in forcing a change in government. But will the president go voluntarily?

Central African Republic president Faustin-Archange Touadera sacked his defense minister on Tuesday evening, according to a state radio broadcast, amid growing violence that threatens to spin the country out of control.

The dismissal of Joseph Yakete was part of a wider Cabinet reshuffle. The statement did not say if his dismissal was related directly to growing violence.

 

A girl with a bomb strapped to her walked into a mosque in northern Cameroon where it exploded, killing five worshippers in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, authorities said.

The girl of 12 or 13 years old arrived at the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata at the first call to prayer at between five and six a.m., the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region Midjiyawa Bakary told Reuters by telephone.

 

Nadine Njoya, Cameroonian born UN worker stationed with the UNHCR offfice in Juba Sudan who ranted loud with an air of supremacy over anglophones found herself  pushed in a tiny corner and forced to delete her Facebook account after reactions to hateful comments she posted on her wall against Southern Cameroonians.

Inner City Press, on September 5, reported that  Njoya posted a comment  in relation to the current anglophone crisis palguing Cameroon in which she called anglophone activists "terrorists" and urge her parents and grand parents (Là Republique du Cameroun), to use very hard measures and a more repressive force to deal with Southern Cameroonians:

 «Ce sont de véritables terroristes et il font croire au monde qu’il s’agit d’un mouvement populaire. Il est temps de mettre en place une répression plus dure en espérant que cela calme un peu ces bandits de grands chemins et ceux qui sont tapis dans l’ombre»

Translated:

 “They are real terrorists and they make believe the world that ‘this is a popular movement. It is time to put an end to this with a tough crackdown, hoping that it calms a little these vagabonds (highway robbers) and those who are hiding in the shadows “.

Below is the reaction on the comment from Innercity Press:

 

After UN Staff Urged Repression in Cameroon, UNHCR Sends Complaint Link to Inner City Press



By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 12 – How does the UN respond when its staff call for "harder repression" of their opponents, linking themselves with the UN? The spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio "Mr. Refugees" Guterres has three times refused to answer this question from Inner City Press, UN video here. Now the UN's refugee agency UNHCR has provided a bureaucratic answer, but an answer nonetheless, complete with a link to an online form. We will continue to follow this case of a Francophone Cameroonian UNHCR staffer who called for more of the crackdown already underway from the Paul Biya government in Anglophone Cameroon, deriding the Southern Cameroons movement as not a popular movement. On September 13, a week after Inner City Press asked UNHCR in writing, the agency's Babar Baloch told Inner City Press: "Hi dear Matthew, UNHCR takes allegations of misconduct seriously and has formal procedures in place to follow up as appropriate. This matter is being dealt with in line with the existing protocols. For information on UNHCR’s oversight function, please visit http://www.unhcr.org/inspector-generals-office.html." There it is said that "the Inspector General’s Office (IGO), based in our Geneva headquarters, has [as]functions to investigate allegations of misconduct by anyone working for the refugee agency and to conduct inquiries into other types of incidents that could affect the reputation of the organization. Misconduct can include threats to others [or] acts or behavior that would discredit UNHCR." There is a link to a form to request action: http://www.unhcr.org/igo-complaints.html. Now what? As outrage grew, UNHCR told Inner City Press that the staff had deleted the Facebook post. But is that enough, when UNRWA has done more? Is this all that would be done if the post were about the Rohingya and Myanmar? Inner City Press asked four spokespeople at UNHCR, and on September 12 received this from spokesman Babar Baloch: "The UNHCR social media policy includes an obligation for staff to act with impartiality, to exercise discretion and to refrain from making public statements on personal accounts on controversial matters. Any violation thereof may be considered as misconduct, and complaints will be investigated as such. Complaints about possible misuse of social media or possible misconduct on social media platforms are referred to UNHCR’s Inspector General's Office." So have these complaints about the Cameroon post been referred to UNHCR’s Inspector General's Office? We've asked. Dujarric dodged the question of UN-wide policy on September 11 then amid follow up questions from Inner City Press, he simply walked out, saying, "I'm done." UNTV video to follow, unless they edit it out. UNHRC - and ex-chief now UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric appear to believe that initially refusing to answer, then merely deleting the post while essentially justifying it is enough. Would this be the approach at UNRWA? Even at UNHCR, would it be the approach if the group targeted by the staff member was, say, the Rohingyas in Myanmar, with the staffer making a broad-brush characterization as "terrorist" and not a popular movement and calling for harder repression? It seems not. So why does the UN system, including it seems UNHCR, treat this struggle differently? We'll have more on this. Inner City Press has asked five UNHCR spokespeople: "I'm still left wondering what UNHCR's (and, if different, the UN's) policy is, when staff members link themselves on social media with the UN. Is it still a 'personal' page if as here it lists the UN, four times ? Even if they are angry at a flier - which Inner City Press would like to see, if you can forward it - should a person self-identifying as with the UN call for harder repression? Is UNHRC's response here consistent with what's done at other UN-affiliated organization, and if not how are staff members to know what to do?" We are awaiting response.  In New York at the September 6 UN noon briefing Inner City Press asked Secretary General Antonio Guterres' lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric about something it first tried to ask UNHCR in writing: a self-described UNHCR "Community Protection Officer" Nadine Njoya born in Yaounde calling Anglophone protesters and urging a "harder repression." Inner City Press then tweeted the photos, here.


Dujarric said he would look into it. But when Inner City Press asked again on September 7, he passed the buck to UNHCR - and the UN transcript edited out Inner City Press saying it HAD asked, or tried to ask, UNHCR (by emailing the photos to Antonio Guterres former spokesperson and adviser Melissa Fleming). So Inner City Press emailed not only Ms. Fleming, the long time spokesperson for now-Secretary General Antonio Guterres, but also three other UNHCR spokespeople, and has just received the response below: "Dear  Matthew, The comments posted were not a UNHCR position and were done in staff member’s personal capacity. Please note that the staff member has since deleted the post, after realizing it was inappropriate and also receiving death threats. We are sharing with you below her response on the issue. “…..I do confirm that I did a comment on Tuesday 05/09 on my personal Facebook account. That comment was to give my opinion on the content of some flyers carrying threatening messages that are currently dispatched by unknown people in my country (Cameroon). I have attached the flyers here to and as you will notice, parents are warned not to send their children to school and the unknown persons behind the flyers, clearly promise to kill the children that would be sent to school or anyone who will not comply with their “ghost town” instruction. Therefore, my comment was to condemn the authors of those 2 flyers, as I felt that the rights of the Cameroonian children to safety, life and education were violated and fear/terror among the population was disseminated! It’s unfortunate that my words were taken out of their context. I do take note of your advice and please be informed that I had to delete my Facebook account yesterday……”  On the Burundian refugee returns from Tanzania: UNHCR stands ready to assist any refugee who expresses the desire to return to Burundi – as long as the decision is voluntary. In a recent meeting with UNHCR on August 1, Burundi and Tanzania reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation of refugees. The two countries also acknowledged that while some refugees may opt to return, others may still have well-founded reasons for not returning." We'll let it speak for itself, except for asking, When did UNHCR know about this? Why was the question never answered until Inner City Press asked four UNHCR spokespeople? Is this how, for example, UNRWA or even other UN agencies operate? Finally, for our readers to comment on online on Twitter and elsewhere, is UNHRC's and UN's response appropriate? Watch this site.

 

A group campaigning for the secession of a part of southeastern Nigeria, formerly known as Biafra, on Tuesday accused the army of laying siege to their leader’s home, a charge the armed forces denied.

Rising tensions prompted the governor of Abia state, where the leader’s residence is located, to impose a curfew.

Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu said in a statement that people were advised to observe a curfew from 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) to 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14.

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group said soldiers had surrounded the home of leader Nnamdi Kanu. Groups have stepped up calls for secession since Kanu was released on bail in April after being detained for nearly two years on charges of criminal conspiracy and belonging to an illegal society.

“There was no surrounding of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence. It is not true,” said army spokesman Sani Usman.

Secessionist sentiment has simmered in the region since the Biafra separatist rebellion tipped Africa’s most populous country into a civil war in 1967-70 that killed an estimated one million people.

The military presence in southeastern Nigeria has increased in the last few weeks to crack down on crime.

The IPOB also said that soldiers stormed Kanu’s family compound on Sunday, which the army also denied.

Politicians waded into the dispute on Tuesday. A caucus of southeastern lawmakers in the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament, said in a statement through its chairman Enyinnaya Abaribe that the military had sent a “strong signal that the region is under siege, which should not be so in a democracy”.

Renewed calls for Biafran secession prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to use his first speech after returning from three months of medical leave in Britain, in August, to say Nigeria’s unity was “not negotiable”.

Amnesty International in 2016 accused Nigeria’s security forces of killing at least 150 Biafra separatists at peaceful rallies. The military and police denied the allegations.

REUTERS

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