Preparing for next pandemic, unknown pathogen X
For the first time during an ongoing Lassa fever outbreak, scientists have used rapid, portable genomic sequencing technology to identify viruses without prior knowledge of the cause of disease. This enabled researchers to allay fears and direct the public health interventions to limit the spread of the virus and help to protect more people from…
Long wait for new Seme Border facility
It is curious that 2019 election politics has taken the steam out of the initial enthusiasm to commission a new multilateral facility at the Seme Border Post. A date is yet to be set for the official commissioning of the new facility. At the end of August, a step towards the opening was taken when…
Kebbi shifts focus to other agro commodities
Still basking in the euphoria of the success recorded in rice production, which stands at 3.56million mt, the Kebbi State government is shifting to other agro commodities, for which the state has competitive advantage. Currently, the state is exporting to neighbouring countries-Niger, Benin Republic and Libya, and generating about N150b from sale of paddy. The…
Customs intercepts N1.5bn petrol set for Benin Republic through Ogun creek
The Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja at the weekend intercepted N1.5 billion worth of petroleum products on the verge of being smuggled to Benin Republic.
NSCDC arrests 19 Benin nationals for alleged petroleum theft
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Lagos State on Monday said it had arrested 19 nationals of Benin Republic for alleged theft of over 50,000 litres of petroleum products.
AIB, Benin Republic sign pact on accident investigation
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), and the Benin Republic Bureau of Air Accident Investigation, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to boost cooperation in terms of air accident investigation and capacity building. The AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru, while signing the MoU recently in Abuja explained that the pact was to help Republic of Benin…
Conspiracy of silence as modern slavery booms
Domestic work is an area that is not regulated by law in most parts of the world. This makes them one of the groups most vulnerable to exploitation, violence, harassment, and forced labour. While in most parts of the developing countries domestic workers are children of relatives, the practice has moved well beyond in-country practice…
Ecologist’s perspective on herdsmen and farmers crisis - Part 2
Grazing by animals is a very intense form of deforestation. In most instances humans are selective when it comes to removal of vegetation and usually make room for the plants to regenerate, but as mentioned above, animals in times of scarcity eat virtually anything that comes their way, except of course the poisonous plants. So…
Unique Sites In Benin Republic
The Benin Republic, a historic country rich in African culture, was home to the Dahomey Kingdom from about 1600–1900 AD. Known across the world as one of the places where “voodoo” is highly regarded, the country shares a border with Nigeria. Although it has as its capital, Port Novo, Cotonou, the largest city and economic…
Benin magistrates to strike over the banning of strikes
Magistrates in Benin on Thursday announced a five-day strike in protest against a parliamentary decision to ban strikes by workers in essential services.
After our ride through Ganvie, we hopped on bikes to meet up with a new friend. Prior to coming on this trip, a lot of people had mentioned how much cheaper everything in Benin Republic is compared to Nigeria.