Sunday, August 9, 2020

AU official says Covid-19 is ‘third world war without the bombs’

Must read

Nigerian governor appoints aide for divorced women

There is some level of surprise among Nigerians after Governor of Nigeria's Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed appointed a new aide to take care of...

Around 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Mauritanian coast

A boat carrying around 40 migrants and refugees has sunk off the coast of Mauritania, leaving only one survivor, the United Nations refugee agency...

Guinea: 82-year old Condé picked by party to run for third term

Guinea's ruling party has nominated 82-year old President Alpha Condé to run for a third term in this year's elections. The electoral commission has proposed...

Oil spill hits Island of Mauritius

There are fears of an environmental disaster in Mauritius following an oil spill along its south-eastern coast. The oil spill occurred after a "breach" in...
Isaac Kaledzihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
- Advertisement -

The African Union’s high representative on infrastructure, Raila Odinga has said that the current coronavirus pandemic is like the ‘World War III’.

The former Kenyan Prime Minister said the only difference between this “war” the previous ones is that the current pandemic is being fought without bombs.

Odinga told the SABC news that the pandemic is “a third world war without the bombs”.

“Even in the Second World War we did not have the extent of casualties that we have witnessed within a short period of time.”

Odinga said “The effects are going to be far reaching to the continent,” as he warned Africa would have to revise its strategies to win the battle.

- Advertisement -

He said “African countries will wake up to this reality that nobody is going to help them because everybody has been affected. Europe is on its knees, the US is crying, even China is crying.

“About 85% of Africa’s trade is with the external world and most of it is commodities which we are exporting. We now need to look internally into intra-Africa trade”.

African solutions

Last month Odinga said “Africa is the richest continent on earth with regard to raw materials. The paradox is that it is also the poorest in terms of the living conditions of its people.

- Advertisement -

The post Covid-19 era creates opportunities for job creation in manufacturing, service sector including ICT, food production and infrastructure development.”

He continued to say on twitter that “Instead of exporting iron ore, copper ore, bauxite, we must export steel products, copper cables, bars, sheets and aluminium.”

“Even gold, diamonds and crude oil should never leave Africa as raw materials for industries in other continents. Africa has a historic opportunity, born out of a historic tragedy, to put an end to our tradition of importing everything and producing nothing,” he concluded.

Africa has so far recorded 48,022 Covid-19 cases with 1,878 deaths and 16,019 recoveries as at May 6, 2020.

 

COVID-19: African countries lift restrictions despite WHO caution

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

- Advertisement -

More articles

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Nigerian governor appoints aide for divorced women

There is some level of surprise among Nigerians after Governor of Nigeria's Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed appointed a new aide to take care of...

Around 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Mauritanian coast

A boat carrying around 40 migrants and refugees has sunk off the coast of Mauritania, leaving only one survivor, the United Nations refugee agency...

Guinea: 82-year old Condé picked by party to run for third term

Guinea's ruling party has nominated 82-year old President Alpha Condé to run for a third term in this year's elections. The electoral commission has proposed...

Oil spill hits Island of Mauritius

There are fears of an environmental disaster in Mauritius following an oil spill along its south-eastern coast. The oil spill occurred after a "breach" in...

76-year-old Ivorian President Ouattara to run for third term

President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara has said that he will run for a third term in office in October. The 76 year old has...