Border closure as a weapon of trade sanctions, negotiations
For many years, many neighbouring countries have thrived on the inability of Nigeria to protect its borders efficiently. The inaction by Nigeria has also led to negative consequences for its local producers. However, the federal government’s sudden decision to close its borders in the form of a drill has raised more concerns than the intended consequences. Just like the United States-Mexico migration deal, Nigeria is pushing the Benin Republic to its knees. With no end in sight, FEMI ADEKOYA writes on how the short-term action may be leading to consequences that will take longer to address.
Ogun traders protest against seizure, auction of goods by customs
Tomatoes and pepper sellers in Ogun State have kicked against the seizure of their alleged N4 million worth of goods by men of the Nigeria Customs Service.
BRRDA, NYSC meet to resolve certificate racketeering in Benin Republic
To resolve the ugly trend of certificate sales/racketeering levelled against some foreign universities, Benin Republic Registrars and Directors Association (BRRDA), recently held a one- day interactive session with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) officials in Cotonou, Benin Republic, to agree on lasting solutions to the fraudulent trend.
Togo stand between Nigeria and 2020 CHAN
The Home-based Eagles will have to beat Togo if they desired to play in another African Nations Championship (CHAN). The 2020 edition of the competition is scheduled to hold in Cameroun next year.
Austria, Germany, 30 others listed for Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open
It is an appreciable improvement again in 2019, like Germany, Austria, and 30 other countries will be represented at the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open from August 7 to 11 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
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…
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…