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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.


Oil & gas: ExxonMobil makes its comeback


The logo for ExxonMobil appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 23, 2018. Photo: Richard Drew/AP/SIPAHaving successfully managed the drop in the oil price, ExxonMobil now has the means to reinvest and regain market share in Africa. Alone or in collaboration with other major players, the Texas-based giant is capitalising on recent discoveries and launching new projects


Nigeria's parliament passes record 9.12 trln naira 2018 budget

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, left, laughs with Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, right, at the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 28, 2018.Photo: Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPANigeria's parliament passed a record 9.12 trillion naira ($29.8 billion) budget for 2018 on Wednesday aimed at boosting growth in west Africa's biggest economy nine months before the country's next presidential election.


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