Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairperson of the NIDO Commission (Photo: News Express)

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The Nigerians In Diaspora Organization World Wide (NIDOWW) has condemned the brutal killings of Nigerian youths, “who were voicing out the issues confronting them in Nigeria with regards to SARS and other law enforcement abuses.” In the same vein it condemned “the wanton destruction of properties and facilities by hoodlums, who infiltrated the peaceful demonstration, resulting in the destruction of many economic values, many of which will never come back to live.”

The Federal Council defined the objectives of Switzerland's foreign policy back in February. In the MENA strategy it has now set out how it intends to implement these objectives in the important region spanning from Morocco to Iran. Switzerland's focus in the region over the next few years will be supporting sustainable economic development, better job prospects for young people, and peace and human rights

Simonetta Sommaruga

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Switzerland is a candidate for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Elections for the 2023–24 period will be held in June 2022. The candidacy entered its final phase with a virtual event in New York attended by the president of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga, and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis.

Padraig Ward  of  Roche (Photo: Roche)

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With the pandemic in the midst of its second wave in Europe, the Africa Business Day (ABD) had to innovate its way into our home offices. Ironically, Covid 19 has enabled the Africa Business Day, ran by the Swiss African Business Circle (SABC) and hosted by Roche, the chance of widening their audience. This year, their theme of Emerging Business Models, was beamed not just to people residing in Europe, but across Africa and other continents as well.

Jordanian psychologist Manar Bashara conducts a counselling session at a mental health clinic in Azraq refugee camp run by UNHCR and the International Medical Corps. Every day she sees around five people. © UNHCR/Lilly Carlisle

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Q&A: ‘Before the pandemic, refugee mental health was severely overlooked. Now it’s a full-blown crisis’ UNHCR’s Senior Mental Health Officer Pieter Ventevogel says COVID-19 has been a tipping point for many refugees in distress. But with the crisis comes an opportunity.

Bishar A. Hussein, Director General of the UPU (Photo UPU)

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SWITZERLAND: This year the UN is marking its 75th anniversary with the UN75 initiative, which, throughout 2020 has gathered public perspectives on global challenges and ideas on how to tackle them.

Mr. Yofi Grant, CEO Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. ( Photo: GIPC)

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GHANA: Ghana has recorded total investments of US$869.47 million, with total FDI value amounting to US$785.62 million between January to June 2020 as FDI inflow showed rare strength in the final moments of the second quarter of the year, undeterred by the Covid-19 pandemic. The total FDI of US$785.62 million represents investment recorded by the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) (https://www.GIPCGhana.com/) and the Petroleum Commission.

Verena Utzinger (File Photo SABC)

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Africa Business Day (ABD) took on a new virtual form in 2020 in a bid to ensure with certainty that it could be conducted in a safe and meaningful way in the current context of COVID-19. The innovation coincides with its 10 anniversary.

Verena Utzinger  (File Photo SABC)

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Africa Business Day (ABD) took on a new virtual form in 2020 in a bid to ensure with certainty that it could be conducted in a safe and meaningful way in the current context of COVID-19. The innovation coincides with its 10 anniversary.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, pan Igbo cultural organization has disassociated the Igbo nation and people from statements credited to the leader of Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on the destruction of Yoruba assets in Lagos.

Some of the over 2,523 pupils benefitting from the project

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Uganda: For several years now, typhoid fever and diarrhoea cases have fallen significantly in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, especially in the major district of Kawempe, according to an African Development Bank report published on 7 October.

NIGERIA: The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has condemned in very strong terms the unwarranted shooting and killing of unarmed protesters by security men in different parts of the country.

Pan-African housing development financier Shelter Afrique has signed an agreement with the Rwanda Social Security Board to scale up the development of large-scale affordable housing in Kinyinya, a suburb of Kigali city, according to an official statement recently issued in Kigali.

The continent’s largest development finance institutions have emphasized that a sustained and collaborative approach among development partners to scale up project development activities, will boost the number of bankable projects attracting investor interest and contribute to closing the infrastructure finance gap in Africa.

(From left to right) Vera Songwe, Irene Ochem and Arunma Oteh, former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank and Academic Scholar, Oxford University(Source: (AWIEF) 

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SOUTH Africa:  The 6th edition of the annual conference and Award of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum will hold on 2nd and 3rd December 2020. The theme of the edition according to the organization is: “Reimagining business and rebuilding better.”

Chief Obasanjo

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NIGERIA: Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has appealed to the government and people of Nigeria to eschew violence and embrace peace and dialogue in finding solutions to the challenges “we face as a country”

Fruit seller Diana Kumi is also known as the “Queen Mother of Oranges” at her market

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GHANA: In Ashaiman, a district town in Ghana’s Greater Accra Region, shoppers know they can count on Diana Kumi to have the municipality’s freshest fruit for sale. However, for years, Esi Maame Kumi – also known by her popular nickname “Queen Mother of Oranges” in the Twi language – held court in a crowded open-air market that she describes as more like an open sewer.

VP Osinbajo (Businessday.ng)

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NIGERIA: The National Economic Council has directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra-judicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units, according to a release from the office of the Vice President of Nigeria

Switzerland : At an extraordinary meeting held on 18 October 2020, the Federal Council took several measures across Switzerland to counter the sharp increase in infections with the corona virus. Starting from Monday, October 19, spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public spaces. A mask must be worn in public places. A mask requirement also applies in all train stations, airports and at bus and tram stops. 

(AfDB) - As the prevalence of COVID-19 accelerates across Africa, over 40% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to clean water and are unable to heed the advice of health experts to wash their hands as a primary way to stop the spread of the virus. Preventing infection thus remains out of reach for many.

Noël Koutera Bataka

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(Togo First) - Togo’s minister of agriculture, Noël Koutera Bataka, wants to put an end to the illegal fertilizer trade in the country. “It was brought to my attention that some informal networks importing fertilizers of questionable quality feed illicit supply chains across the Togolese territory,” he declared. 

Johnson Odibo NIDO Swiss President

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"A village is not made up of a handful of heroes, but of many people" - CHINUA ACHEBE (Things Fall Apart). 
The Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO) is made up of the Nigerians living in Diaspora. About 6,351 Nigerians live in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. In line with the Central Vision of NIDO Europe, NIDO Swiss brings Nigerians living in Switzerland and Liechtenstein together; to identify those willing to offer their skills to assist Nigeria’s national development.

(AU) The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project of Public Health England (PHE), launched a new web-based tool, AVoHC Net, to facilitate rapid deployment and better administration of a standby workforce for public health emergencies across Africa.

(APA) The BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate concentrating on manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture, has signed a deal with Axens of France to refine 200,000 barrels per day of crude oil in Nigeria.