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Nigerian unions demand 300% wage increase

Nigeria's labour unions are demanding a staggering 300 percent wage increase for their members citing the depreciating value of the naira against major currencies.

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Nigerian capital imports plunge 74% in first quarter

Photo©ReutersThe total value of capital imported into Nigeria in the first quarter plunged to $710.97 million, a 73.79 percent decline from the same quarter a year ago, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday.

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After Ebola, Guinea seeks double-digit growth

The Simandou iron ore project, worth an estimated $21 billion, would be crucial in reaching the 2020 goal. Photo©ReutersGuinea is targeting double-digit GDP growth by 2020 as it seeks to rebound after the Ebola virus slowed investment and hurt the mining sector, Prime Minister Mamady Youla said on Wednesday.

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IMF sees Liberia's GDP growth at 2.5% in 2016

Photo©ReutersHigher gold production and a rebound in services and construction will help Liberia's economy grow by 2.5 percent in 2016 compared to an estimated 0.3 percent last year, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

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Ghana peasant farmers resist new GMOs law

File Photo©ReutersGhana's peasant farmers have reacted angrily to government's moves to introduce a new law promoting the production of genetically modified seeds and animal breeds without adequate consultations.

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Africans support vibrant media, survey shows

In a new trend this year, several governments cut off social media during elections. Photo©ReutersThe main findings released on World Press Freedom showed that a majority of African citizens supported the media's "watchdog" role, saw the media as effective in revealing government mistakes and corruption, and affirmed that journalists "rarely" or "never" abuse their freedom by publishing lies.

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