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Nigeria: Buhari approves $2 billion budget addition for flood damage

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Following the devastating effects of the flood that affected many sub-central units known as states in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an 819.5 billion naira ($2 billion) supplementary budget to address the challenges posed by the crisis.

Nigeria’s senate president, Ahmed Lawan made the revelation on Wednesday.

President Buhari said in a letter read by the Senate President to lawmakers, said: “the year 2022 has witnessed most flood incidents in recent history, which has caused massive destruction of farmlands at the point already close to harvest season.”

“This may compound the situation of hostility and aggression in the country,” he said.

The president also approved a 20.51 trillion naira ($45 billion) budget for 2023, up 18.4% from this year.

29 of Nigeria’s 36 states have experienced heavy flooding this year. The waters have washed away homes, crops, and roads and affected at least half a million people.

Observers have argued that the effect of the flood would have been avoided if state governments had judiciously expended ecological funds which were in excess of one trillion Naira allocated to them to nip ecological emergencies in the bud.

The Nigerian government during the height of the flood denied the wild notion that the release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroun was responsible for the large-scale flooding in Nigeria.

Rainfalls have been damaging effects in countries like NigeriaSudanUganda, and the Central Africa Republic.

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Curse or blessing? Oil drilling begins in Uganda as black gold spreads in East Africa

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As the conversation for a green environment and the move to eco-friendly technology increases across the world, African countries are not giving up yet on oil exploration despite the continent being the biggest victim of pollution from oil fields.

In Uganda, East Africa, government officials have revealed that oil drilling has begun in a Chinese-operated field as the country expects to start production by 2025.

The commencement of the construction of the oil pipeline described the project as the world’s longest-heated oil pipeline. between Uganda and Tanzania has been announced.
“Today is not the first oil, but it certainly is a big step in the right direction. It’s the day when we commission the drilling of the wells that will lead us to commercial production”, Nabbanja said.

The Managing Director of East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline,  Martin Tiffen, also explained that “oil from Kingfisher will go northwards – 50 kilometres  – to Kabaale as will the oil from the Tilenga development will come south 100 kilometres to Kabaale, which is the starting point for the EACOP (East African Crude Oil Pipeline) pipeline and they will be transported onwards to Tanga where it can then be exported to world markets. So the three projects, Kingfisher, Tilenga, and EACOP, they really go hand-in-glove together, you can’t have one without the other.

The pipeline has to transport the oil and the oil has to be produced here so the three projects are tightly interlinked”, Tiffen explained.

Estimates put oil reserves at 3.5 to 4 billion (159-liter) barrels on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert and around 2 billion on the Congolese side, while Kenya’s 1 billion or so barrels worth of oil is spread across several oil fields in the north of the country.

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South African siblings sentenced to three life imprisonment terms for ritual murder, rape of two-year-old child

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A South African man, Mike Brown, and his sister, Esther Brown, have been sentenced to three life imprisonment and a further 18 months by a Johannesburg High Court for the brutal rape and murder of two-year-old infant, Josephine Bombando.

The court handed the sentence on the accused after they were found guilty of raping and killing the toddler in an alleged ritual performed by her mother, Esther, and uncle Mike, at a hotel in Midrand in 2021.

The High Court convicted the siblings for rape, murder and contravention of the Immigration Act, according to court records.

“Esther and Mike Mwenda Brown have been sentenced to three life terms and a further 18 months’ imprisonment each,” National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, told journalists after the court proceedings.

During the proceeding, the prosecutor, Paul Nel, told the court that the rape and murder were premeditated as part of a ritual killing, adding that the duo did not show remorse while killing the infant.

“Mike and Esther Brown, uncle and mother of the victim, carried the toddler’s lifeless body to the reception of the hotel and she was declared dead at the venue by paramedics,” Neil said.

“Crucifix signs made from oil were found on the room’s mirrors and other shiny surfaces, all pointing to a bizarre ritual practice.

“Autopsy report attributed the cause of death to the application of external pressure to the girl’s neck and head. There were also injuries to her private parts,” said Neil.

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