In response to the Head of Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj’s regarding requests for new letters of credit to import flour, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer has on Sunday issued a statement.
Al-Kabeer emphasised that the letters of credit, which were opened in 2020 for the supply of flour, were appropriate for the amounts consumed in Libya.
The General Union of Bakers in Tripoli shut down all bakeries in the city on Saturday, citing an increase in the price of ingredients. This move was justified by the union’s head, Saeed Boukhreiss who claimed the new prices were necessary due to the new prices of flour being linked to lack of supply by the mills’ company.
The Governor explained that the PM’s call represents a grave breach of the country’s financial law and public spending controls, stipulated in the 2015 Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). He further stated that the state’s balance of foreign exchange with the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) is linked to sovereign revenues.
Al-Kabeer also countered rumours suggesting that it had opened letters of credits for importing unnecessary food items.
He further reminds the GNA officials on their obligation to control the country’s borders and ports to curb the smuggling of subsidised goods, especially flour and fuel.
Bakeries reopened Monday after the Bakers’ Union reached an agreement with the control authorities. Bread prices have been impacted largely by flour shortage, the prices of wheat which increased globally by 40% and the new exchange rate of the Libyan dinar to U.S. dollar on the confectionary sector. Bakeries may face dire straits in the coming months if state authorities do not resolve the problem satisfactorily.
In 2018, inflationary pressure and dwindling oil prices among other factors saw bakeries in Tripoli abruptly shut for two weeks, thereby triggering a food crisis around bread – a staple for many Libyans.
12 Die of COVID-19 Complications in Nigeria
Twelve people died of complications related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in Nigeria, the country’s health agency has said.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) 571 new cases of COVID-19 were also recorded, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 153, 187.
The country’s daily COVID-19 infection rate has dropped below 1,000 for the seventh consecutive days.
It also recorded 12 COVID-19 related deaths, raising the total fatality in the country to 1,874.
The agency noted that the new infections were reported in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Nigeria’s public health agency stated that Lagos state reported 170 cases, Ogun, FCT and Kwara reported 65, 45 and 34 cases respectively, Abia 32 cases, Enugu 32, Kano 25, Oyo 22 and Ondo 21.
Rivers and Kaduna reported 19 cases each, Benue 18, Bayelsa and Kebbi 12 cases each, Nasarawa 11, Akwa Ibom 9, Delta 8, Ekiti 6, Niger 5, Bauchi and Imo 3 cases each.
The NCDC said that 643 infected people recovered, adding that total recuperated and discharge stands at 129,943 now.
The health agency stated that the discharged include 214 community recoveries in Lagos State, 61 in FCT and 11 in Benue.
It said the number of active cases, had continue to dropped drastically.
The current active cases stood at 21,279 down from 21,567 in the past 24 hours in the country.
The country recorded a slight reduction in the number of infections, recoveries and deaths last week.
From Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, 5,849 new cases were reported in the country, the lowest in seven weeks.
The last time the country reported such a low figure was in the Dec. 27, 2020 to Jan. 2 with 5,681 cases.
Ghana Receives COVID-19 Vaccines
The West African nation of Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the humanitarian vaccine distribution mechanism Covax.
The arrival represents the start of a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign encompassing 20 African countries.
“This is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end,’’ World Health Organisation (WHO) Ghana representative Francis Kasolo and UNICEF Ghana representative Anne-Claire Dufay said in a joint statement.
The 600,000 Covax-sponsored vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine coming from the Serum Institute of India, according to the statement.
The Covax initiative aims to deliver almost 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
“The shipments also represent the beginning of what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history,’’ Kasolo and Dufay said.
“As health workers and other front-line staff are vaccinated, we will be able to gradually see a return to normalcy,’’ the two representatives added.
Ghana is planning to begin its vaccination campaign on March 2, said information minister designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
Health workers, people older than 60 years, people with underlying health conditions as well as essential workers and teachers will be first to be immunised, according to Nkrumah.
So far, less than two dozen African countries have started COVID-19 vaccination, according to the WHO.
Africa has recorded more than 3.8 million COVID-19 cases, 3.5 per cent of all reported cases worldwide, and more than 102,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control.
Turkey Repatriates 3 Turks Infected with Coronavirus from Tanzania
The Turkish government has airlifted three of its citizen from Tanzania after they were infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the East African country.
Turkey’s Ministry of Health said the citizens, identified as Halil A., Eyyüp K. and Oğuzhan A., were taken to Istanbul by an air ambulance where they will be treated.
The had applied to Turkish authorities for treatment in Turkey earlier.
Turkey, which offers free-of-charge air ambulance services for its citizens, occasionally brings COVID-19 patients from pandemic hot spots around the world for treatment.
Tanzania had stopped giving updates on the virus since April after President John Magufuli had declared the country coronavirus-free.
The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; the United States; and the local Catholic church had previously called on Tanzania to acknowledge COVID-19 for the good of its citizens, neighbouring countries, and the world, especially after a number of countries reported that visitors arriving from Tanzania tested positive for the virus.
However, on Sunday, Magufuli acknowledge there is “a coronavirus problem” in his country after the virus had claimed the lives of several high-profile figures, including vice president of the semi-autonomous Zanzibar region and the president’s chief secretary.
French Group Fined $14.55M, Industrialist to Go on Trial over Togo Bribe Case
Nigeria Seeks U.S’ Help on Army Aviation Unit
Residents Protest as Bandits Abduct 317 Schoolgirls in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria
Kenya Space Agency to Launch Two Mini-Rockets
Palesa Madiba’s Killer Sentenced 31 years
Africa’s Wissa, Moffi Lift Lorient over PSG in 3-2 Thriller
Payback Time! Nigerian Communities Can Now Sue Shell over Oil Spills
Global Tourism Loses $1.3tn in 2020 Due to Coronavirus
Review: People Like Lauretta Hardly Think Before They Talk! – Liborous Fumes At #OccupyLekkiTollGate Aftermath
Six Ghanaians Arrested in the U.S. over $50M Romance, COVID-19 Relief Scam
Boosting Africa’s Revenue | The Remittances and Taxation Conversation
China’s Belt and Road Initiative | Is Debt Slowing China’s Advancement?
3rd Mainland Bridge | Rehabilitation Work Nears Completion.
Crude Oil | OPEC Battles to Avoid Glut As Price Rises Above $50
World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects For January 2021
Entertainment5 days ago
#14th Headies: Wizkid Emerges Artiste of the Year as Fireboy, Omah Lay Win Big
News3 days ago
Nigerian Government Concessions Twelve Highways to Investors
Business News2 days ago
Review: “It Should Bother Us That Our Existence Is Tied To Oil” Tunji Andrews Speaks On Recession
Business News3 days ago
Review: Selling Assets to Fund the National Budget is Irresponsible – Tunji Andrews
News5 days ago
Review: Many Govt Officials Just Blow Siren And Disturb Public Peace, They Are Not Working! – Dr. Ona Ekhomu
Health2 days ago
12 Die of COVID-19 Complications in Nigeria
West Africa Politics3 days ago
Protests as Bazoum is Declared Winner of Niger’s Presidential Election
West Africa Sports News3 days ago
Tributes as 21-year-old Ivorian Player, Willy Ta Bi, Dies of Liver Cancer