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#FuelPriceHike: Social media slices Africa’s oil giant, Nigeria, as scarcity bites harder 

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Nigerians have been reacting to the continued scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol that has lingered for about one month.

The essential commodity became scarce in the first week of February 2022 when the Nigerian government says it found an unsafe quantity of methanol in petrol imported into the country, and cited that as the reason for fuel shortage that has led to hard times for many Nigerians.

Long queues are seen in the few filling stations that have the product, thus causing road blockage traffic congestion that has only added “petrol into fire” of the current plight of Nigerians.

The shortage, which was first witnessed in Abuja – Nigeria’s capital city and Lagos has spread across states in the federation with many filling stations selling above the approved 165.00 per litre.

Nigerians are left with little option than to buy given the epileptic nature of electricity in Nigeria, many small businesses and homes need petrol as fuel for their stop-gap electricity through generator sets. The scarcity has also caused a spike in the cost of transport in the West African country.

Many Nigerians therefore took to micro blogging platform –Twitter under #FuelPriceHike to express their discomforts to the current situation. See some reactions below:

It should be noted President Buhari named himself Minister of Petroleum since he came into office in 20215 while Ibe Kachikwu (Delta State) was named Minister of State (Petroleum) in his first term and retained the office in his current second term while Mr. Timipre Sylva is the current Minister of State (Petroleum).

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Somali forces, local vigilantes, recapture strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

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The Somali National Army (SNA), alongside local vigilantes popularly called Mo’awisley, on Monday, recaptured the strategic city of Adan Yabaal from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, the military said in a bulletin on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the town located near the border between Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions that comprise Hirshabelle State, which is about 220 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, is one of the five federal member states of the Federal Government of Somalia, and had been a strategic location held by the al-Qaeda-sponsored extremist group.

The SNA said in the bulletin that it met no resistance from the al-Shabaab fighters who left the town without posing resistance on getting information about the approach of the federal troops.

Al-Shabaab have lost most of the towns and settlements in Hirshabelle State, both Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, after the SNA and Mo’awisley vigilantes waged offensive wars.

“Mo’awisley vigilantes, who are mainly composed of nomadic herders, took up arms and rebelled against the jihadists’ confiscation of their livestock and illegal tax collection known as zakawaat.

“Over the last couple of weeks, the government forces and the vigilantes have been gradually inching towards the town which they seized on Monday. The town had been under the full control of al-Shabaab for over a decade,” the bulletin said.

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Tanzania President, Samia Hassan, cancels country’s Independence Day celebrations: Here’s why

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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations which was scheduled for Friday, December 9, and has rather directed that the funds that would have been sunk into the celebration should be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The organisers of Tanzania’s 61st Independence Day celebrations had presented a budget of $445,000 to the government but the President vehemently opposed the budget and ordered that the money should be used to build dormitories in primary schools around the country.

However, Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene, said the money had been disbursed, alluding that the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, late President John Magufuli cancelled the celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he also cancelled the celebrations and directed that the budget earmarked for it should be used to buy medical facilities.

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