Ghana’s President John Mahama has said Africa needs a fair chance to trade with the rest of the world instead of sympathy or overseas development assistance, the local CitiFM website reports.
It quotes an excerpt of Mr Mahama’s speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, in which he touched on the pressures that excess imports have on African agriculture:
Some of the young Africans who hazard the desert and Mediterranean Sea to cross to Europe from my country are young poultry farmers or other entrepreneurs who sell their shops and undertake the journey because they can no longer compete with the tonnes of frozen chicken dumped on African markets annually.”
If you want to know more about the significance of Africa’s poultry problems, there’s a great piece on the “chicken and egg” arguments here by Harvard University professor Calestous Juma:
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Nigeria: Residents Cry For Help After Ilorin Flood
Residents of Olunlade Area in Ilorin, Kwara state, complained bitterly about the havoc wrecked by flood on their property as buildings, cars and shops were troubled by heavy downpour.
According to reports, the area experienced a heavy downpour around 4pm on Wednesday which lasted for about three hours.
One of the victims, Mr Femi Olaoye, whose house was taken over by flood, said he was helpless as the water entered his siting room and kitchen.
“I was bitter and sad as there is nothing I could do to stop the flood from entering my house. It was only me and my two children at home. I wept bitterly to witness such terrible occurrence.
“All my electronics were damaged beyond repair. Even the bedroom has turned to swimming pool. I am confused,”
Another resident, Mr Yusuf Taiwo said the flood came as a nightmare to him as his furniture, bookshelf and electronics were destroyed by the flood.
“Even some vital documents that I placed on the floor in my room have been destroyed by the flood.
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