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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt - Day 2

Rev. Fr. James Davou is the rector of the St John Vianney seminary at Barkin Ladi, which was temporarily home to people displaced by herder-farmer violence
Today, I was in the area formerly known as Gwoll. In pre-independence Nigeria, Jos and its environs were part of a huge mining hub that gradually broke up with the oil boom in the 1970s. Still, old mining ponds lie across the state, with one of them in Gwoll. Mining brought colonial administrators and settlers from across Nigeria and beyond. And soon enough, the area was renamed Barkin Ladi, which in Hausa means 'City of Sunday'. Then, both settlers and indigenes lived in relative peace.

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BENIN | A tourism destination in the making

Running along the coast from Ouidah to Cotonou, La Route des Peches is central to a huge tourism project.
Coastal road upgrades, improvement of the beaches, a memorial trail on the Slave Route and more... The government has made tourism one of the strong points of the country's development. Several international institutions, including the World Bank, are already funding some of the projects.

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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt - Day 1

A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt
Yesterday – Sunday 8 July – morning, I sat down as a first-timer at an unusual church service, soaking in both the Word and the despair in the air. Around and about me were displaced people who had fled death and desolation in their villages all around Plateau State, escaping to Jos, the state capital. This was a makeshift camp, home to 2,000-3,000 survivors of an ongoing crisis between pastoralists and sedentary populations in central Nigeria, the country’s agrarian base.

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BENIN | Cotonou, where tomorrow’s startups are invented

Tech Hub trains around 25 people a year. Currently six startups are housed here.
Benin has some of the best IT developers in West Africa. Dozens of startups 
are blossoming as more digital training becomes available.

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BENIN | Growing more productive and competitive

An invasive plant becomes a business opportunity. The water hyacinth, once dried and processed, is used to depollute industrial sites.
Through its action programme, the government of Benin is making the agriculture sector one of the country’s drivers of economic growth and wealth and job creation. It is planning on improved productivity, using the impressive revival of the cotton sector over the past year as an example.

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BENIN | ABDOULAYE BIO TCHANÉ: “300 MW of additional production capacity by 2019”

© Vincent Fournier for J.A


ITW, ABDOULAYE BIO TCHANÉ, Minister of State for Planning and Development

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