Daily Watch – 60,000 die in herder-farmer clashes, France defies Niger-exit order

29th August 2023

The Federal Executive Council unfolded a three-year economic revival plan to address the social and economic challenges affecting the country. The inaugural cabinet meeting, which was held at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was presided over by President Bola Tinubu, who unveiled his vision for “economic growth, prosperity for all and ending poverty.” Addressing the ministers, the President admonished them to achieve the first phase of his administration’s eight-point agenda within three years. Meanwhile, dozens of residents invaded a private warehouse in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and looted palliatives stored in the facility since 2022. The facility was used by the Bayelsa State Government to store the palliatives comprising foodstuff and other materials, according to a report by The Punch.

60,000 lives have been lost to herder-farmer clashes since 2001, the House of Representatives disclosed yesterday. Speaker Abbas Tajudeen made the disclosure in his opening address at the stakeholders’ interactive session by the House ad hoc Committee on the “Recurring annual clashes between Farmers and Herders in Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State and Neighbouring Local Government Areas, including other regions of the Country with similar incidents in Abuja.” Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu, said the lower legislative chamber is reviewing the causes, nature, dimensions, actors, impact, and finding solutions to the nagging national challenge for the collective good of the nation. On his part, National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, represented by Prof. Abdullahi Mohammed Ya’u, said his office had embraced dialogue, community engagements and collaborations with relevant authorities in addressing insecurity.

The World Bank Group is offering $27.7 million to Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), to increase the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) annual active membership. The support is to facilitate claims processing and payments for primary healthcare providers comprising Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS), Health Centers and Maternity Homes under the Primary Health Care Improvement Program for Results (PforR). The monumental program is financed through a World Bank facility with co-financing grants from the Global Financing Facility (GFF), Canada, the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Operation (FCDO) and the Gavi Alliance.

France’s ambassador to Niger will stay in the country despite pressure to leave, President Emmanuel Macron said in a speech to diplomats. Macron also reiterated France’s support to Niger’s ousted president Mohamed Bazoum, whose decision not to resign Macron called courageous. “I think our policy is the right one. It’s based on the courage of President Bazoum and on the commitments of our ambassador on the ground who is remaining despite all the pressure, despite all the declarations made by the illegitimate authorities,” said Macron. Last Friday, Niger’s junta, which seized power in a coup on 26 July, said it had ordered French ambassador Sylvain Itte to leave the country within 48 hours.