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Country Focus: Côte d’Ivoire - The glitz and the grime

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The rarefied air of certain circles in Abidjan could have you convinced that another Ivorian miracle is under way. But you do not have to stray far to  see that crime, poverty and a lack of infrastructure are holding back the transformation of growth  into direct improvements in people’s livelihoods


Nigeria: The PDP’s long road back to power


PDP Chairman Uche Secondus (2nd left) and Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike (third left). Photo: NANIs the PDP a government-in-waiting or has it waited too long to repair the damage done under the government of Goodluck Jonathan?


Nigeria's economic growth slows for first time since end of recession

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama , Sept. 20, 2016. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP/SIPANigeria's economic growth slowed in the first quarter of 2018 for the first time since the country pulled out of recession last year as the non-oil sector struggled, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.


Sierra Leone holds emergency Ebola drill, test preparedness

Sunday, May 13, 2018, a health care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment center in Bikoro Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: John Bompengo/AP/SIPASierra Leone's military held a two-day simulation exercise in Freetown on Thursday and Friday (May 17 and 18) to test the armed forces' preparedness in









The medical unit of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) set up what they call a Rapid Deployable Isolation and Treatment Facility at Wilberforce Barracks in the capital.

As part of the exercise, nurses in protective clothing simulated the treatment of incoming Ebola patients using the Zmapp drug.

Containing potential outbreaks

Dr Steven Sibalie, one of the exercise coordinators, said the simulation was not related to the Ebola outbreak in DRC (Demoratic Republic of Congo), although the news there had spread "some anxiety" amongst Sierra Leoneans.

Almost 4,000 people died in Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2016 during an Ebola outbreak that spread across four countries and the World health Organisation (WHO) and local authorities came under criticism for not reacting fast enough to contain the disease.

Brigadier General Professor Foday Sahr, the Surgeon General of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Foreces Joint Medical Unit, said he wanted to ensure that doctors and nurses were competent in the use of Zmapp so that potential outbreaks could be contained.

The simulation exercise takes place as the WHO prepares to hold an Emergency Committee meeting on Friday to advise on the international response to the outbreak in DRC, and decide whether it constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern".

ITV: Emmanuel Nnorom, Chief executive, Heirs Holdings


All rights reservedA buoyant oil price and its renewed focus on the power sector and hotel projects have helped Heirs Holdings navigate Nigeria's economic recession


Ghana to award nine new oil blocks off west coast: energy ministry

 July 7, 2010, an unidentified oilfield worker ties pipes to be raised on an oil rig as the sun sets in the Persian Gulf desert oil field of Sakhir, Bahrain. Photo: Hasan Jamali/AP/SIPAGhana is set to award nine new upstream oil blocks for commercial exploration off its western coast beginning this year, the energy ministry said on Thursday.


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