U.S. Department of State and Edison Electric Institute Launch the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange

The U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) today with a summit in Washington, D.C. attended by African and U.S. utility Chief Executive Officers (CEO). The summit was opened by Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources Ambassador Mary Warlick and Tom Kuhn, President of EEI. Other keynotes included Abel Tella, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Power Utilities of Africa and Dr. Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Ellen Gurney Professor of History and of African and African American Studies from Harvard University. This exchange, hosted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, is part of Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led initiative with the goal of increasing electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30,000 megawatts of reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections.

Utility CEOs from six African nations met their counterparts from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia to discuss a range of cutting edge power sector management issues such as the integration of renewable energy onto the grid, providing electricity for remote populations, and long-term sustainability.

The U.S.-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange project, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform and development in underdeveloped markets. These underdeveloped markets experience the greatest challenges to energy access. This joint initiative encourages the exchange of ideas and best practices in the management of utilities as both Africa and the United States move forward to face 21st century challenges. This public-private partnership combines the best of the private sector with U.S. diplomatic leadership to deepen and broaden U.S. support for expanding energy access and improving energy efficiency helping to modernize Africa’s electric utilities.

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DFID hands over motorcycles and bicycles to support primary justice

In a bid to ease mobility challenges for its partners when working to ensure increased access to justice for most vulnerable members in society, the Department for International Development (DFID) has, through its Justice for Vulnerable Groups (JVG) Programme, presented 3100 bicycles to the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and 60 motorcycles and 100 bicycles to the judiciary.

Since 2011, the UK has, through JVG, supported community and district mechanisms to prevent violence against women and children and support traditional and formal justice systems to be more accountable and responsive to women, children and detainees.

3100 bicycles that have been handed over to CCJP will support a nationwide network of community based educators (CBEs) to effectively carry out their work in the community of training local tribunals, supporting citizens to access justice and resolving local disputes.

On the other hand, the 60 motorcycles and 100 bicycles that have gone to the judiciary will, respectively, support lay magistrates to be more responsive to the needs of people in rural areas and Court Clerks and Court Marshalls to deliver summons, coordinate court camps and expedite the justice process.

DFID’s Head of Office in Malawi, Jen Marshall, said the donation of bicycles and motorbikes will help ensure sustainability of everybody’s efforts to date to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable.

“The UK’s investment moving forward will build on the results to date, focusing specifically on the major challenge of gender-based violence which affects so many women and children in Malawi. We aim to support interventions to prevent gender-based violence in the first place, and will also support survivors of violence to have access to improved justice services,” Marshal said

Representing CCJP during the handover of the bicycles, the Archbishop of Lilongwe Diocese Tarcizio Ziyaye thanked the UK government for equipping CCJP’s officers with bicycles to effectively do their job in rural areas. For his part, the head of Malawi Judiciary, the honourable Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda SC, said the assets would help the judiciary to reach the greater part of community that is in rural areas.

“These motorcycles and bicycles will certainly allow us to take justice to the greater part of our community where we have the majority of the vulnerable groups. In distributing these resources, we must therefore undertake to mainly target rural courts; that we will do,” Justice Nyirenda said.

Achievements under the Justice for Vulnerable Groups Programmes

JVG has come to a close in 2017 and a new gender-based violence programme will be launched sometime in the year. In the just-ended programme, the UK worked with four main partners—the Paralegal Advisory Services Institute (PASI), UNICEF, CCJP and the Judiciary.


PASI’s work focused on reducing pre-trial detention and contributed to a reduction in the average duration of pre-trial detention from 3 years to 6 months. This has helped ensure that there are no children in prison and that no children are kept in police cells for more than 48 hours.

Support to UNICEF

Support to UNICEF mainly focused on strengthening the Malawian child protection system to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of women and children. Police Victim Support Units and Community Support Victim Units have been set up across the country to respond to cases involving women and children specifically. UNICEF has trained over 400 police officers in violence against women and girls handling and case management. Currently, more women and families are using the Victim Support Unit Services, indicating increased satisfaction among users.

The Malawi Judiciary

The Malawi Judiciary played a crucial role in increasing access to justice and reducing pre-trial detention and prison congestion by training and deploying 57 Lay Magistrates to rural areas. This has been successfully done with all trained magistrates deployed, including to remote areas such as Nyungwe and Mlowe in Karonga. The judiciary also provided tailor made courses for already trained magistrates and court officials on remand orders, community service orders and non-custodial sentencing options, including sentencing for petty offences and first-time offenders. In addition, they have conducted camp courts and Court User Committee meetings which have helped reduce prison congestion.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)

CCJP has been the key partner in the programme for delivering the Primary Justice component, working with traditional and informal justice mechanisms in all 28 districts across the country and in 155 Traditional Authorities. CCJP has a national network of 3100 Community Based Educators who train local tribunals, support citizens to access justice and are a key player in resolving local disputes. As a result of this programme, women are now represented on all local tribunals across the country, cases are being recorded which has helped build trust in these important local institutions. 60% of women who have brought land disputes to local tribunals have had cases resolved in their favour.

Distributed by APO on behalf of British High Commission – Lilongwe.

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WHO supports new initiative to more easily allow people living in South Sudan’s rural communities to access health services

The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to roll-out a new approach to community health service delivery called the Boma Health Initiative. Currently, only 40% of people in South Sudan are within reach of health facilities and have consistent access to primary health care services. The Boma Health Initiative seeks to provide sustainable delivery of essential health care and public health programmes at the community level.

Communicable diseases are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in South Sudan, and the estimated 12.3 million people in South Sudan are at risk of disease outbreaks. Cholera, measles, malaria and kala azar remain key public health threats along the Nile River focused in locations with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and surrounding host communities. Malaria is one of the biggest causes of illness and death in South Sudan.

Across the country, medical complications of malnutrition, severe pneumonia, severe malaria and perinatal complications remain the most common causes of death in under-fives. Preventable diseases including malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia account for most childhood illnesses seen in community settings.

Eighty three per cent of the estimated 12.3 million population of South Sudan live in rural settings in communities. The communities are divided into the lowest administrative units called Bomas overseen by a government administrator. To strengthen South Sudan’s national health system, the newly launched Boma Health Initiative was developed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the community health sub-system.

The Boma Health Initiative aims to improve and refocus the delivery of community health services. Priority areas for community health programmes, health promotion and disease prevention have been defined and selective diseases appropriate for community level management have been identified. Primary health care managers are expected to repurpose and realign current resources for community health services.

The Boma Health Initiative focuses on empowering each community to select three Boma community health workers to be trained, equipped and empowered to deliver high impact, cost-effective primary health care services. In the initial phase, the Boma Health Service Package will include: integrated community case management for Child Health including screening for malnutrition; promotion of immunisation; provision of safe motherhood interventions; prevention and treatment of malaria; prevention and early identification of HIV and Tuberculosis; and prevention, early identification and referral for Neglected Tropical Diseases. They will also report Births and Deaths including maternal deaths, and will be responsible at the Boma level for integrated disease surveillance including reporting possible disease outbreaks. The BHI staff will gather vital statistics as the first level of data gathering for the national Health Management Information System.

“Getting to the local level and ensuring community health workers are supported to provide a basic package of health services with the ability to refer more serious cases to Health Facilities should allow for better results and healthier lives across South Sudan,” said Dr Abdulmumini Usman, WHO Representative to South Sudan. “Right now risk of death and diseases at community levels is too high due to largely preventable diseases.”

The Boma Health Initiative was formally launched by the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, His Excellency General Taban Deng Gai at the Third National Health Summit for South Sudan, which was organized by the Ministry of Health in Juba this week and brought together some 500 participants to consider the challenges and opportunities for the improvement of health outcomes in South Sudan. The Summit succeeded in its aim of developing a Roadmap for the development of a National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2017-2021, an essential step towards implementing the National Health Policy 2016-2026 and attaining Universal Health Coverage for South Sudan’s people. The Roadmap and the Boma Health Initiative as well as eight position papers supporting the implementation of the National Health Policy, was endorsed by all partners including the first Vice President of South Sudan, the Minister of Health with other Government Ministers, WHO, donors and partners.

“We believe the Boma Health Initiative will be a cornerstone of the new National Health Policy, and if this Initiative is implemented with strong support from partners and donors, then more people in South Sudan will have a chance to lead healthier lives like never before,” Dr Usman said.

Distributed by APO on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO).

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Oando Plc

Company Name: Oando Plc (www.OandoPlc.com)
Company Symbol: OANDO
[OANDO]>> Company Reports
Oando Plc

Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2016

Revenue From Continuing Operations December 2016 N455.7B December 2015 N203.4B
Loss before Tax from Continuing Operations December 2016 (N63.4B) December 2015 (N39.1B)
Taxation December 2016 N37.6B December 2015 N4.2B
Profit/(Loss) after Tax From Discontinued Operations December 2016 N29.3B December 2015 (N14.8B)
Profit/(Loss) after Tax December 2016 N3.5B December 2015 (N49.7B)

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