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Nigeria: President Orders Review of Govt Payrolls to Cut Costs

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By Ndubuisi Francis, Olawale Ajimotokan and Kingsley NwezehAbuja — The federal government has initiated a raft of measures to cut the cost of governance in the face of dwindling revenue occasioned by the headwinds of the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant global economic tailspin. Minister of Finance, Budget and National …

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Mozambique: 280 Million Dollars Mobilised for ‘Energy for All’

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Maputo — The Mozambican government has mobilised about 280 million US dollars from its cooperation partners to implement the programme “Energy for All”, intended to provide electrical power to every household in the country. The Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Ludovina Bernardo, gave the figure at a press briefing …

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Kenya: Survey Links Weak Extension Services to Poor Food Safety Practices

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By Rachel KibuiWeak agricultural extension services to farmers has been cited as among major barriers to ensuring food safety in the country, according to a recent baseline survey. Other barriers include lack of information on proper use of pesticides and proper hygiene practices. As such, the survey concluded that farmers …

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Africa: U.S. House Democrats Press Biden for TRIPS Patent Waiver to Boost Covid Vaccine Production

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By Tami HultmanA majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Biden calling for a waiver to allow other countries, many in poor regions of the world, to manufacture their own doses of the COVID-19 vaccines that have been created by pharmaceuticals companies …

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Nigeria: May Day – Labour to Begin Strike Over Minimum Wage

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Organised Labour yesterday, directed workers in the states where governors were yet to implement the new minimum wage to immediately begin an indefinite strike. This came as the Federal Government said state governors had no choice but to pay the N30,000 national minimum wage, warning that any governor not paying …

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Zimbabwe: Only U.S. Dollar Wages Can Resolve Salary Based Disputes

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By Alois VingaMDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa says the best way to resolve recurrent wage based disputes among Zimbabwean workers and their employers was to award them US dollar salaries. He made the remarks in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com on the commemoration of Workers Day. “Give workers salaries in US …

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Zimbabwe: Ex-Airzim Workers Reject Zimdollar Payouts

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By Fidelity MhlangaFormer Air Zimbabwe workers have vowed to fight against the payment of their salary arrears in local currency at a rate of US$1: ZW$1, arguing that the move is unconstitutional. The 300 ex-workers are owed salary arrears from the period 2009 to 2015. They were thrown out of …

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Zimbabwe: Pay U.S. Dollar Salaries, Says Chamisa

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By Moses MatengaMDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday said employers must pay their workers in United States dollars, saying they deserve a decent wage. In a message to commemorate Workers Day, Chamisa weighed in on the raging debate over payment of salaries in the local currency at a time most …

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Kenya: Cash-Strapped Kenya Power Seeks Lender to Refinance It

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By Brian AmbaniIn 1973, the Government of Kenya signed a deal with the then East African Power and Lighting Company to connect electricity to rural areas. Under that Rural Electrification Scheme (RES), the sole power distributor was to build new electricity lines in rural areas, construct substations, erect transformers and …

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Uganda: Will New MPs Be Next Target of Shrewd Businesses Looking for Cash Cows?

OPINIONBy Norbert MaoAs new MPs prepare to take their seats as the country’s lawmakers, many businesses are welcoming them with fantastic offers of instant cash secured by their expected earnings over the next five years. Estate agents are reaching out to MPs promoting neighbourhoods where the MPs should acquire homes. …

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