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  • Employers risk jail term in Nigeria over unpaid salaries
    25 march 2013 09:35:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Under a bill being considered by the Nigeria House of Representatives (parliament), employers of labour in the private and public sectors in Nigeria will be liable to a one-year jail term and the loss of 30 per cent of benefits due to employees if they delay or fail to pay their salaries Full text...

  • African experts tasked on harnessing demographic dividend
    24 march 2013 20:30:27
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - African experts meeting in the Ivorian economic capital city of Abidjan have been urged to mobilise local and global financial resources and technical expertise to harness the demographic dividend, as they strategise on policies needed to accelerate economic growth in Africa. Full text...

  • Africa urged to capitalise on economic benefits of demographic dividends
    24 march 2013 15:34:00
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Africa has been urged to seize the opportunity to reap from demographically-driven benefits similar to what Asia experienced, resulting in accelerated economic growth as a result of population dynamics. Full text...

  • UN marks International Day of Happiness
    21 march 2013 09:48:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday marked the first annual International Day of Happiness, which has now been added to the global calendar. Full text...

  • Talks aimed at building on MDGs success round off
    20 march 2013 07:57:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Tuesday in New York completed the first round of global discussions aimed at articulating a set of new sustainable development goals that will shape the UN development agenda. Full text...

  • UNDP chief calls for new development goals linkages
    19 march 2013 11:06:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has called for new development targets that focus on how growth, poverty alleviation and sustainability can complement one another. Full text...

  • Gabon’s national oil union suspends strike
    18 march 2013 11:22:51
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabon’s national oil union, ONEP, has suspended its strike following a meeting in Port-Gentil to pave the way for talks with the government. Full text...

  • Ghana Teachers begin strike over pay dispute
    18 march 2013 11:03:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian teachers on Monday began an indefinite strike to press for higher pay, despite a last minute attempt by the government to avoid a full-scale action that has been timed to coincide with the start of the West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). Full text...

  • UN report says developing nations achieving growth
    15 march 2013 15:43:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • South African Magistrates may begin strike Monday
    15 march 2013 10:23:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa faces a crippling judicial strike if the country’s magistrates carry out their threat to down their gavels from Monday. Full text...

  • Gabon oil workers begin strike
    11 march 2013 11:53:32
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabon’s oil workers’ union (ONEP) Sunday began an indefinite strike, following the failure of talks with the government on the situation in the oil sector. Full text...

  • Zambian soccer icon, Kalusha Bwalya, supports Queen Elizabeth Trust
    28 february 2013 10:01:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Zambia’s former soccer international, Kalusha Bwalya, is to officiate at a fund-raising match for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this weekend. Full text...

  • Top World Bank official visits Cameroon
    13 february 2013 18:07:15
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The World Bank human development director, Mrs. Ritva S. Reinikka, will Thursday begin an official visit to Cameroon to evaluate the implementation of the bank's projects on human development, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Japan grants Togo 2.76 billion CFAF to buy rice and wheat
    12 february 2013 20:13:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Japan has granted Togo 460 million Yen (about 2.760 billion CFAF) to buy rice and wheat under a food aid project to ensure food security in the West African state, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia donates 200 tonnes of food supplies to displaced Malians
    12 february 2013 17:10:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Saudi government has donated 200 tonnes of food supplies to Mali intended for people in difficult nutritional situation and persons displaced from Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal regions, scenes of the war against Islamist rebels in northern Mali, PANA reported Tuesday, quoting sources close to the Ministry of of Humanitarian Action, Solidarity and the Elderly. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt sees poverty as main setback to free schooling 
    05 february 2013 07:50:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's education ministry officials have described poverty as one of the major hindrances to the achievement of universal free primary education. Full text...

  • UN sets up trust fund for youth volunteers
    25 january 2013 17:18:05
    New York. US (PANA) - A dedicated trust fund has been set up by the UN to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives. Full text...

  • ICRC, Mali Red Cross assist 7,000 displaced persons in Central Mali
    24 january 2013 18:25:05
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Malian Red Cross are providing emergency assistance to some 7,000 displaced people in Diabali, central Mali, and the families hosting them. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President calls for peace as Prophet Mohammed's birth is commemorated
    24 january 2013 15:21:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has urged his compatriots to continue to pray for peace in all parts of the country, as they celebrate Eid-El-Maulud which commemorates the birth of Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

  • China to build US$10m technical school in Burundi
    21 january 2013 13:52:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - China will build a technical school estimated at 60 million yuan (US$10 million) in Burundi in an effort to assist the African country to training its population and solve unemployment problems. Full text...

  • Ivorian prosecutor reveals causes of New Year tragedy
    06 january 2013 13:30:45
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian public prosecutor Simplice Koffi Kouadio has revealed that the New Year Eve's tragedy that resulted in 63 deaths, with 40 inuured in the commercial city of Abidjan were caused by inadequate presence of security agents, among others. Full text...

  • Health workers end strike in Burundi
    24 december 2012 15:37:26
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Normal health services resumed at Burundi's public health institutions Monday after nurses and paramedics ended a three-week strike to press for higher wages and better work conditions, PANA reported Full text...

  • Benghazi violence: Parliament Chief warns against subversion
    23 december 2012 11:39:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The President of Libya's General National Congress, the country’s highest legislative authority, Dr. Mohamed Al-Megreyef, Saturday deplored Thursday's violence in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, stating that "these acts are not acceptable and do not reflect the status of Benghazi as the 'city of resistance'.'' Full text...

  • Burundi police disperse striking nurses, paramedics
    21 december 2012 15:47:10
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Several members of the Burundi National Trade Union of Nurses and Paramedics (SYNAPA) were arrested Thursday when police officers tried to force the striking workers back to work, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Soyinka, wins 2012 Awolowo leadership award
    19 december 2012 18:56:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Africa’s first Nobel laureate in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka, was on Wednesday named winner of the maiden award of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo prize for leadership for 2012. Full text...

  • Strike by nurses in Burundi enters 3rd week
    18 december 2012 14:29:32
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The strike embarked upon by the umbrella National Union of Nurses and Paramedical Personnel in Burundi (SYNAPA) has entered its third week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fashola lights up tallest Christmas tree in West Africa
    07 december 2012 15:33:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the spirit of the Christmas celebrations, the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, Thursday lit-up a giant Christmas Tree at the Heritage Garden, Oshodi, a suburb of Nigeria's commercial nerve centre, Lagos, PANA reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian workers hail President Aziz’s decision to increase wages
    04 december 2012 16:16:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Union of Mauritanian Workers (UTM), one of the country’s largest unions, has welcomed the decision of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to increase salaries of government workers. Full text...

  • Magazine names 100 most influential Africans
    30 november 2012 14:11:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The New African magazine, a pan-African current affairs magazine, has unveiled its annual list of 100 Most Influential Africans for 2012, featuring Nigerian State governor, Babatunde Fashola, Musician D'Banj (real name Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo), and South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, on the list. Full text...

  • Nigeria govt says won't sack workers
    30 november 2012 08:27:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has said it will not sack any of its workers, following a call by Governor Lamido Sanusi Lamido of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that 50% of public servants should be fired to free resources for the nation's development. Full text...

  • 5th Dialogue Forum on Education opens in Namibia
    29 november 2012 10:19:40
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - The 5th International Policy Dialogue Forum by the International Task Force on Teachers for Education opened in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, Wednesday with over 250 participants, including policy makers and other representatives from African governments, teacher unions, UN and other development agencies. Full text...

  • 1,000 youth to gather in Indonesia for global forum
    24 november 2012 15:17:04
    New York, US (PANA) - About 1,000 youth leaders, government and civil society representatives from almost every country in the world will gather on 4-6 December, 2012, in Bali, Indonesia, for the International Conference on Population and Development Programme Full text...

  • Banjul court acquits two women rights activists
    12 november 2012 22:36:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Banjul court on Monday acquitted and discharged two women rights activists charged with stealing 30,000 euro belonging to a non-governmental organisation. Full text...

  • Theme of World Toilet Day 2012: I give a shit, do you?
    09 november 2012 12:18:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The theme of the 2012 World Toilet Day, to be observed 19 Nov., is "I give a shit, do you?", according to organisers Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the World Toilet Organisation (WTO). Full text...

  • Death toll in collapsed Ghana building climbs to 9
    08 november 2012 12:18:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll in the collapsed shopping centre in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, has climbed to nine, a senior military officer said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks comprehensive action plan for regional infrastructure development
    08 november 2012 09:40:58
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS has called on member states and other stakeholders to evolve a comprehensive and concerted Action Plan to advance the development of infrastructure programme and projects in the region. Full text...

  • SA concert tragedy: Band condoles with dead fan's family
    08 november 2012 08:15:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Top US rock band Linkin Park has expressed its "condolences" to the family of a fan who was killed on Wednesday night when a branding tower collapsed in heavy winds outside the Cape Town Stadium where the band held its concert. Full text...

  • Botswana reduces alcohol consumption levels
    08 november 2012 08:10:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The introduction of Alcohol Levy in Botswana has reduced the level of alcohol consumed in the country, Assistance Minister of Health Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri has told parliament. Full text...

  • At least one dead, undisclosed number trapped in collapsed building in Accra
    07 november 2012 14:04:11
    Accra , Ghana (PANA) - At least one person is dead while an unknown number is trapped under the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in Accra that housed a shopping centre, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana’s vehicle ratio among highest in the world, says President Khama
    05 november 2012 17:10:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s motor vehicles figures have doubled on the roads over the past five years, putting immense pressure on the country’s road network, President Ian Khama said here Monday. Full text...

  • Ph.D, Master's degrees holders apply for driver's job in Nigeria
    05 november 2012 10:54:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Highlighting the high unemployment rate in Nigeria, six Doctorate and 704 Master's degrees holders are among the 13,000 people who have applied to work as drivers in the country's largest industrial conglomerate, the Dangote Group. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption workshops held in SA
    30 october 2012 11:22:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The International Bar Association (IBA), Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development (OECD) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday hosted anti-corruption workshops in Cape Town, South Africa. Full text...

  • African artists to close ADF VIII concert in style
    25 october 2012 08:37:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), a major actor in the 8th African Development Forum (ADF VIII) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has brought Pan-African artists together in an effort to convey to the wider public the theme of the forum, due to round off Thursday. Full text...

  • Free bus ride for Lagos at Muslim festival
    24 october 2012 09:52:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Residents of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos are to enjoy free bus rides during the Muslim Eid-el-Kabir celebration Friday, according to the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). Full text...

  • Zanzibar expects Nigerian teachers to staff secondary schools
    24 october 2012 08:17:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zanzibar is awaiting the arrival of 15 Nigerian science teachers to ease the shortage of academic staff in government-run secondary schools, Education and Vocational Training Minister Ali Juma Shamuhuna, has told the ongoing session of the Isles’ House of Representatives. Full text...

  • SA risks uprising - union
    18 october 2012 12:24:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Rising tension between big business and trade unions in South Africa have triggered a warning from the leader of the country's biggest trade union federation that the country could face an uprising. Full text...

  • Kenya's top Muslim cleric charged over pro-separatist remarks
    18 october 2012 08:01:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's top Muslim cleric and politician Sheikh Mohamed Dhor was charged Thursday with incitement after his weekend remarks calling for the funding of the separatist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). Full text...

  • African leaders, others to discuss Africa's social diversity
    16 october 2012 11:31:25
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders, international organisations and civil society representatives Tuesday in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, began a three-day meeting to discuss Africa’s diverse social fabric and how it can serve as an asset for democracy and Full text...

  • SA mine workers threaten murder charges over colleague's death
    08 october 2012 11:37:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Representatives of 12,000 Anglo American Platinum workers who were fired this weekend Monday confirmed they will lay murder charges after a colleague was killed in clashes with police. Full text...

  • UN report says population of over 60-year-old people growing
    01 october 2012 09:38:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International, released on Monday to mark the International Day of Older Persons, said the number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group, Full text...

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