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Six More Years, Dangerously in Love and One Expensive House

Six More Years, Dangerously in Love and One Expensive House
By TheBrief • Issue #36 • View online
Welcome to this week’s episode of The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa!
Quote of the Week:
When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor, bodybuilder and all-round bad-ass)
Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” — Carl Sandburg (American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor)

What's The Palava? (What's Going On In Nigeria?)
One Expensive House
The Nigerian government plans to spend N37 billion($100 million) on renovating the National Assembly building.
Compare this to the N36.6 billion currently budgeted for repairing federal roads in the country and you get an idea of the governments priorities. Or the N48 billion being budgeted for capital expenditure for the education of the nation. One word, nine letters, misplaced.
These lovely details were revealed when President Bubu signed the record breaking N10.594 trillion budget this week.
6 More Years? (We Hope Not)
The House of Representatives has rejected (thankfully) a bill seeking to provide a single term of six years for the president and governors in Nigeria. 
Who was the genius who thought this up? John Dyegh from Benue State. He also sought unlimited tenures of six years for members of the National Assembly and state houses of assemblies.
Yeah it’s going to be a no for us Jeff.
What's Going On Across Africa?
Sunglasses Required
News has been announced of the Benban plant in Egypt, which is billed to be one of the world’s largest solar parks following completion last month of a second phase of the estimated $2.1 billion development project.
The plant now provides nearly 1.5 GW to Egypt’s national grid and has brought down the price of solar energy. (Nigeria I look at you forlornly) 
Power Corrupts
Guinea President Alpha Conde said on Thursday that he would seek a public referendum on a new constitution which would ultimately allow him to run for a third term.
81 year old Conde has governed the country since 2010, and his second and final five-year term finishes next year. The announcement has led to widespread protests across the West African country.
Just let me rule
Just let me rule
Special Status in Cameroon
Cameroon’s parliament granted special status on Friday to two English-speaking regions in an attempt to quell the civil war which has ravaged the English-speaking areas of the country. However separatists have said only independence will satisfy them now.
Conflict between Cameroon’s army and English-speaking militias seeking to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia began after the government cracked down violently on peaceful protesters complaining of being marginalised by the French-speaking majority.
Ethiopia Gets The Bag
The International Monetary Fund have approved a three-year $2.9 billion financing package to support Ethiopia’s economic reform program.
The reform will focus on addressing the foreign exchange shortage and transitioning to a more flexible exchange rate regime, while working to strengthen oversight and management of state-owned enterprises.
Out With The Old In With The New
West Africa’s monetary union has agreed with France to rename its CFA franc the Eco and cut some of the financial links with Paris. This follows the talks which were covered in a previous issue of The Brief. The hope now is that the Eco is adopted by all of West Africa (including Ghana and Nigeria) rather than just the Francophone African countries such that there is a common West African currency thus boosting trade.
Under the deal, the Eco will remain pegged to the euro but the African countries in the bloc won’t have to keep 50% of their reserves in the French Treasury and there will no longer be a French representative on the currency union’s board.
Big Tech Gets Sued
Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Tesla, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet are facing legal action in a U.S. Federal Court after a coalition of researchers and lawyers filed a complaint on Monday, 16 December 2019. They’re accusing the firms of “aiding and abetting child labour” in Congolese cobalt mines where an estimated 40,000 children work in the mines of Katanga. Read more here.
What in the world??
(our segment where we highlight the most outrageous story we have come across while scraping the web for news articles for you)
We have taken to using what we call the Ehn scale. The longer the Ehn the more incredulous. For example, President Buhari is not Nigeria’s most prolific travel bloggerEhnnnnn? Got it?
Dangerously in Love (Shout Out Beyonce)
The un-happy couple
The un-happy couple
The wife of Zimbabwe’s vice-president, Constantino Chiwenga, has been accused of attempting to kill him by disconnecting his life support while he was undergoing treatment in hospital this year.
Rating: EHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!! (also, well, golly)
Editor's Corner
This week, a thought from the effervescent James Clear’s weekly newsletter:
Before you dream about the view from the summit, ask yourself if you’re willing to keep your head down, focus on the path, and spend your life walking up the side of a very big hill.
It takes years of walking to earn a minute at the top.”
It is easy to look up and say we want the top, but are we ready to put in the daily effort required, to deal with the humdrum and mundane on the way there?
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