Douala: Fire guys shops in Akwa

Another fire has struck the Douche municipal market in Akwa-Douala, a bustling commercial district, just nine months after a devastating blaze on September 17, 2023, which destroyed Quifferou and neighboring shops, causing significant losses for victims.

The fire on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, caught traders off guard, prompting panic as they scrambled to salvage their goods stored in warehouses.

The blaze originated from a shop selling shoes, clothing, bags, and kitchen utensils.

‘I and my colleague locked the shop to look for a product in the warehouse to serve a client. We heard people shouting ‘fire, fire,’ and decided to rush back only to discover thick smoke balls emanating from our shop,’ explained a shopkeeper.

Firefighters intervened swiftly, preventing the flames from spreading to other shops.

Market managers attribute the recurring incidents to traders’ negligence.

‘We have done everything within our capacity to contain such incidents in this market and have repeatedly urged traders to have fire
extinguishers in their shops, but the majority of them have ignored our warnings,’ said a youth leader of the market.

The latest fire at the Douche municipal market serves as a wake-up call for traders to adhere to security measures set by market officials to avoid further devastation, similar to the events of September 2023.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Tina Guthrie will now represent Canada in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou: The government validated on Wednesday the appointment of Tina Guthrie as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Burkina Faso, with residence in Ouagadougou.

Ms. Guthrie previously held the position of Head of Cooperation at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kompienga/BEPC 2024: The only center in the province records a success rate of 43.92%

The only center in the province announced the results of the Brevet d’études du premier cycle (BEPC), session 2024, on Tuesday June 11, 2024, with a satisfactory percentage of 43.92 in the first round.

The results of the Brevet d’études du premier cycle (BEPC), session 2024, were announced on Tuesday June 11, 2024 with a 43.92% success rate.

Out of a total of 148 candidates, 65 were admitted to the first round and 70 to the second round which will take place on Friday June 14.

The Kompienga province has been experiencing a difficult security situation since the end of 2022.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The stabilization and development plan executed at 73.4% for 2023

Ouagadougou: The action plan for stabilization and development (PA-SD) of Burkina Faso, rolled out in 2023, recorded a physical execution rate of 73.4% compared to 63.3% in 2022, the government announced Wednesday evening in Ouagadougou.

‘Despite the difficult context of implementing public action, the overall level of physical execution of the 2023 annual tranche of the Action Plan for Stabilization and Development (PA-SD)’ explained Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, Minister of State and government spokesperson, in the report of the Council of Ministers this Wednesday.

The reorganization of the army, the strengthening of the numbers of the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP), the increase in equipment for the FDS, the carrying out of reconquest operations and the Resettlement of State services and populations in several localities are achievements of the implementation of the Plan.

The carrying out of controls and audits in ministries, projects and programs
, the creation of socio-economic infrastructures through projects and programs for the stabilization and development of local economies are also part of the achievements cited in the report of the Council of ministers.

This 2023 assessment identified inadequacies in the implementation of the

PA-SD. These include, among other things, the slow pace of implementation of certain reforms in the process of rebuilding and governance, in the execution of certain socio-economic infrastructures and in securing investments.

The Action Plan for the stabilization and development of Burkina Faso is focused on securing the entire national territory, the urgent, effective and efficient response to the humanitarian crisis, the promotion of good governance and the fight against corruption, the undertaking of political, administrative and institutional reforms with a view to strengthening democratic culture and consolidating the rule of law and finally on national reconciliation and social cohesion and the organization of fr
ee, transparent and inclusive elections.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sourou: The results of the Professional Qualification Certificate for the 2024 session announced

The results of the Professional Qualification Certificate (CQP) of jury 74 based in Tougan, in the province of Sourou, region of Boucle du Mouhoun were announced this Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

78 candidates divided into two sectors (weaving-dyeing and sewing cutting) took part in this 2024 session of the Professional Qualification Certificate (CQP), in the province of Sourou.

In the weaving and dyeing sector, all 16 candidates were declared admitted, representing a success rate of 100%.

As for the cut-and-sew sector, it recorded a success rate of 95.16%. Out of 62 registered candidates, 59 were admitted and 3 postponed.

According to the president of jury 74, also a fashion designer-trainer and stylist, Yacouba Sérémé, this is the first time that the CQP exam has taken place in the Sourou province.

Sérémé said he was satisfied with the results of the said session and invited the populations of Tougan, particularly parents, to direct their children towards careers.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Baccalaureate: ONI comes to the aid of candidates who have lost their identity cards

Ouagadougou: The National Identification Office (ONI) intends to quickly issue CNIBs to baccalaureate candidates who have lost them to allow them to compose, the AIB has learned.

‘The ONI offers the opportunity to our BAC candidates who have lost their CNIBs, to be able to redo them on site in order to allow them to compose with complete peace of mind,’ wrote on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, the Ministry of National Education on its Facebook page.

‘To do this, they must go to the regional office with a birth certificate and a document attesting that they are candidates for the BAC 2024 (school certificate, CIS, etc.),’ adds the same source.

The baccalaureate exam begins on June 18, 2024 in Burkina Faso.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Loroum/BEPC 2024: 32% success rate in the first round

The Titao juries announced the results of the Brevet d’études du premier cycle (BEPC) on Tuesday June 11, 2024. Out of 107 candidates who composed, 40 including 13 boys and 27 girls, ie 32%, were admitted in the first round and 34% in the second round.

On jury 2 based at the Lycée provincial du Loroum, out of 111 registered candidates, 107 candidates responded to the call.

The results were announced on Tuesday June 11, 2024. 40 candidates including 13 boys and 27 girls passed the exam in the first round with a rate of 37%.

Out of 223 candidates registered for jury 1 based in Ouahigouya, 215 took part in the written tests.

66 candidates were admitted to the first round, including 34 boys and 32 girls, for a success rate of 30%.

In the two juries, 144 other candidates are called upon to compose for the second round which begins on Friday June 14, 2024.

Given the difficult security context, the province of Loroum has developed initiatives to ensure educational continuity both in Titao and in in Ouahigouya
where there is a large community of internally displaced people

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Niger: Insult and defamation on the internet harshly punished again

Ouagadougou: Defamation by means of electronic communication is punishable, in Niger, by a prison sentence of 1 to 3 years and a fine of 1 to 3 million FCFA while insult uttered under the same conditions is punishable by a prison sentence of 2 to 5 years and a fine ranging from 2 to 5 million FCFA.

These new sanctions were introduced into the law suppressing cybercrime in Niger through an order from General Abdourahamane Tiani signed on June 7, explains the Nigerien press agency.

The modification made by the presidential order ‘aims on the one hand to restore the balance between freedom of expression and the protection of individual rights and on the other hand to preserve public tranquility and security,’ explains the ANP.

In a press release relayed by this agency, the Nigerien Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Keeper of the Seals, Aliou Daouda, called on citizens to be vigilant and responsible in the use of media and digital platforms. .

‘Citizens, journalists, communication professionals must respe
ct the rights of each person, ensure not to harm the reputation and dignity of others and refrain from disseminating data likely to harm the national unity or public order,’ he said.

In addition, the dissemination of data likely to disturb public order or undermine human dignity is punishable by a prison sentence of 2 to 5 years and a fine of 2 to 5 million FCFA.

In the press release, the minister in charge of justice warns that ‘firm instructions have been given to public prosecutors’ so that they pursue ‘without weakness or complacency’ the perpetrators of the offenses in question.

Until now, defamation and insults on the internet were punishable by fines, with prison sentences having been abolished in 2022.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sourou/BEPC 2024: Five juries announce their results

The results of the first round of the Brevet d’études du premier cycle (BEPC) of 5 juries based in Tougan, in the province of Sourou, region of Boucle du Mouhoun were announced this Tuesday, June 11, 2024 in around 1 pm

Out of a total of 1298 candidates registered initially, 1282 were actually able to take part in the BEPC session of 2024, in the province of Sourou with 16 absent.

In the first round, 461 candidates were admitted out of 1282, ie 198 boys and 263 girls, representing a success rate of 35.96% and 498 candidates in the second round.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Bassolma Bazié chaired the 36th session of the Council of Ministers responsible for inter-African social security

Ouagadougou: The Minister of State, Minister in charge of Labor and Social Protection, Bassolma Bazié, chaired the 36th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Inter-African Conference on Social Welfare (CIPRES), held from June 10 to 12, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, on the sidelines of the ILO Conference.

At the opening of the session which brings together technicians and ministers in charge of social protection, Minister Bazié asked the participants to work to find innovative mechanisms and financing capable of remedying the difficulties experienced by the social protection systems. social protection in Africa in general and in the CIPRES area (18 member states) in particular.

‘The files submitted to us present enormous challenges for the smooth running and survival of our institution. To this end, I invite my colleagues, ministers responsible for the technical supervision of our social security organizations, to conduct discussions marked by courtesy and without passion in the
direction of the common good,’ revealed Minister Bazié, who is also President in CIPRES exercise .

Twelve points were included on the agenda of this session, including the examination and adoption of the minutes of the 35th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers responsible for social security, held on December 15, 2023, in Ouagadougou, the examination and adoption of the activity report for the 2023 financial year of the Executive Secretary, of the request from the Minister of Public Health and Prevention of the Republic of Chad relating to the registration of the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAS) as an observer in the CIPRES portfolio.

Added to this are the appointment of representatives of central banks within the Social Insurance Supervisory Commission, the renewal of the mandate of the Executive Secretary, the revaluation of the advantages granted to members of the CIPRES bodies, an update on the situation contributions from Member States to the budget of the Conference…

According to Ministe
r Bazié, the ideas retained at the end of this session will help member states to make decisions to positively impact the lives of populations.

CIPRES includes Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Mali, Niger, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, DR Congo and Madagascar.

Source: Burkina Information Agency