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Sep 16, 2014

Exclusive: Total resumes $2.5 billion Nigerian deepwater oil field sale

LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) – France’s Total SA, Europe’s second largest oil company, has put one of its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.

Total has hired BNP Paribas to find buyers for its Usan deepwater oil field located in the Nigeria Oil Prospecting Lease (OML) 138, which could be worth about $2.5 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Sep 16, 2014

Total resumes $2.5 bln Nigerian deepwater oil field sale

LONDON/LAGOS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – France’s Total SA
, Europe’s second largest oil company, has put one of
its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company
said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.

Total has hired BNP Paribas to find buyers for its
Usan deepwater oil field located in the Nigeria Oil Prospecting
Lease (OML) 138, which could be worth about $2.5 billion,
according to sources familiar with the matter.

Sep 1, 2014

Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths: World Bank head

DAKAR/LAGOS (Reuters) – The world’s “disastrously inadequate response” to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak means many people are dying who could easily be saved, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the highly contagious virus.

In a newspaper editorial, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Western healthcare facilities would easily be able to contain the disease, and he urged wealthy nations to share knowledge and resources to help African countries tackle it.

Aug 28, 2014

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria’s oil hub Port Harcourt

LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) – A doctor in Nigeria’s oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa’s most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement that the doctor fell ill after treating a patient who was a contact of Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola in Lagos after flying in from Liberia last month.

Aug 28, 2014

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its strategic plan for combating the virus, GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental Ebola vaccine is being fast-tracked into human studies and it plans to produce up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment if the results are good.

Aug 27, 2014

Shell sells some Nigerian onshore oil fields

LONDON/LAGOS, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell
said it had reached deals on some of the four Nigerian oil
fields it has offered for sale as the oil major pushes ahead
with divesting global assets to cut costs.

Shell last year put up for sale its 30 percent shares in
four oil blocks in the Niger Delta – Oil Mining Licences (OML)
18, 24, 25, 29 – as well as a major pipeline, the Nembe Creek
Trunk Line.

Aug 12, 2014

Insight – Nigeria races to halt Ebola spread in overcrowded Lagos

LAGOS (Reuters) – When Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer collapsed at Lagos airport, he brought Ebola into a potentially ideal place for the deadly virus to spread – a vast, dirty, overcrowded city where tracing carriers and their contacts is a major problem.

Sawyer’s arrival last month from Liberia – which along with Sierra Leone and Guinea lies at the centre of an outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people – caught authorities in the Nigerian commercial capital unprepared.

Aug 12, 2014

Nigeria races to halt Ebola spread in overcrowded Lagos

LAGOS (Reuters) – When Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer collapsed at Lagos airport, he brought Ebola into a potentially ideal place for the deadly virus to spread – a vast, dirty, overcrowded city where tracing carriers and their contacts is a major problem.

Sawyer’s arrival last month from Liberia – which along with Sierra Leone and Guinea lies at the center of an outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people – caught authorities in the Nigerian commercial capital unprepared.

Aug 5, 2014

Amnesty video seems to show Nigeria troops slitting Boko Haram suspects’ throats

LAGOS (Reuters) – Footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International and released on Tuesday appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave.

Nigeria’s military is battling an increasingly vicious Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of religiously mixed Nigeria. But its forces frequently come repeatedly under fire for human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings they usually deny.

Jul 31, 2014

Nigeria starts airport Ebola screening

LAGOS, July 31 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s civil aviation
authority (NCAA) said on Thursday it had started temperature
screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola and
had suspended pan-African airline Asky for bringing the first
case to Lagos.

Ebola has killed 729 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone
and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. One
died in Lagos, a city of 21 million people with some of Africa’s
worst sanitation and healthcare.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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