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West Africa’s Mega Data Center To Be Established In Ghana

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Ngoya Etix DC (Ghana) Limited – The Joint Venture between Etix Everywhere, Ngoya and Africa Investment Group (AIG) announced the start of the construction of a Tier IV data center in Accra, Ghana. This multi-tenant data center (MTDC) will be carrier and vendor neutral.

 A trusted design for a reliable data center

Etix Accra #1 will be the first Tier IV data center in West Africa. The Tier certification from the Uptime Institute guarantees to customers an infrastructure, a capacity, and processes in place to provide a truly maximum level of availability.

“African data centers always face a power supply challenge,” states Dr Samuel Ankrah, Chief Executive Officer of AIG. “We decided to entrust Etix Everywhere and their proven design and technical know-how to tackle this issue. The Tier IV certification aims to ensure the quality of our infrastructure for our clients.”

“Due to the unpredictable nature of African power utilities and to secure an uninterruptible power supply for the data center, Etix Everywhere proposed to build a solar plant next to the data center”, says Ross Macdonald, CEO of Ngoya.

“The infrastructure will be able to support the data center at full capacity.” The solar plant will be built and operated by Etix Energy, a subsidiary of Etix Group.

Based on the modular design developed by Etix Everywhere, the first phase of the project will offer a capacity of 150 racks. Over half of the first phase is already booked.

Due to the increasing demand for carrier neutral colocation services, the Joint Venture is planning to build a second site in Ghana to provide full redundancy.

This data center marks the next phase of Etix Everywhere’s expansion throughout Africa. “We are building a global network of colocation data centers so that our customers get access to the best infrastructure wherever it is needed,” explains Antoine Boniface, Managing Director of Etix Everywhere.

“The boom in internet access on the African continent will lead to an increasing demand for carrier neutral data centers. This is the reason why we are delivering a network of interconnected data centers providing a Pan African platform for the delivery of digital services.”

Etix Accra #1 will be the second data center of Etix Everywhere located on the African continent, after Etix Casablanca #1. Ghana is a vibrant West African economy which is well supplied with submarine cables, mobile network operators and ISPs and strategically situated to provide a stepping stone into the region.

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Shoot Anyone Carrying AK-47 in Bush -President Buhari

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Nigeria’s President Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47.

Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu disclosed this directive during an interview with the BBC, saying the president directed a clampdown on bandits who have refused to surrender.

On the efforts being made to rid Zamfara and other northern states of bandits, Shehu said the government is resorting to lethal force.

“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” he said in the interview monitored by TheCable.

“He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.” ‘Jets being used to transport arms to Zamfara’ Shehu also said the Federal government declared Zamfara a no-fly zone following intelligence that arms are being transported to the bandits with private jets.

He said the jets are also used to cart away gold from the state to Dubai, which, according to him, prompted the ban on mining activities also announced on Tuesday.

“These jets are being used to pick up gold that is being mined in some parts of Zamfara and exported. This is strong because at the moment,” he said.

“There is a Nigerian gold market in Dubai. The government is losing, the people of this country are losing, that’s why it is said that gold mining is banned for those who are not made by the government.”

The ban on mining activities in Zamfara was first announced in April 2017 amid reports that actors going after the state’s gold reserves are fuelling its security crisis.

Commitment to end insecurity lacking — North-East govs Meanwhile, North East Governors, yesterday, called on Federal Government to be more proactive and committed to the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the country, saying the current situation suggests that the commitment was not there.

The governors’ position came on a day Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, asked the Federal Government to also extend to Benue, Taraba and Borno the ‘’no fly zone’’ order placed on Zamfara State by President Muhammadu Buhari, arguing that choppers also drop arms in these states for bandits and insurgents.

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7 Electoral Staff Killed By Landmine As Niger Goes To Polls

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Seven election workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, a local official told journalists, marring a day meant to usher in the country’s first democratic transition of power, according to VOA. 

Niger experiences sporadic Islamist militants attacks regularly and “had stepped up security to protect the poll, in which ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum is facing former president Mahamane Ousmane,” according to press reports.

A vehicle belonging to the electoral commission (CENI) and carrying election workers to their polling stations hit a mine in the rural commune of Dargol in the southwest, said Harouna Mounkaila, the vice president of CENI’s local branch. 

“They were leaving to drop off the ballot boxes and the members of the polling station,” Moukaila told Reuters, adding that three other workers were seriously wounded. 

Dargol is about 80 kms (50 miles) from the border with Mali, a hotbed of militant activity. An attack on two villages near the border in January killed at least 100 civilians, the worst such incident in recent memory. 

Niger’s twin security crises – one near its western border with Mali and Burkina Faso, where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate, and the other along the southeastern border with Nigeria, where Boko Harm is active – were the dominant campaign issues. 

Continuity versus change  

In the first round on Dec. 27, ruling party candidate Bazoum, a former interior and foreign affairs minister, won 39.3% of the vote to Ousmane’s 17%. Bazoum then won the endorsements of the candidates who came third and fourth in the first round.

In the capital Niamey, the vote appeared to go smoothly. After casting his ballot, President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down after two five-year terms, hailed the historic nature of the election in a country that has seen four coups since independence from France in 1960. 

Bazoum, for his part, projected confidence. 

“I hope that luck is on my side, but I have many reasons to believe it is indeed,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Francophonie bloc, Loiuse Mushikiwabo sent her condelences shortly after the attacks.

“On behalf of the Francophone family, I extend my condolences to the Government and people of #Niger, as well as to the families of the 7 electoral agents tragically killed by a mine while serving their country on this election day,” she said, wishing a quick recovery to the injured.

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Armed Bandits Attack Nigerian College, Kill one, Abduct Many

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Reports from West Africa’s largest economy Nigeria confirm that at least one student is feared killed, and several others abducted after armed bandits attacked government college in Niger State.

The attack took place at the Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local government area of the state.

Some teachers and their family members residing within the College Staff Quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

According to Channels, a government source who pleaded anonymity confirmed the attack.

The attackers were reportedly dressed in the school uniform in what looked like a premeditated attack and the dead student was identified as Benjamin Doma.

According to the source, the attackers were said to have stormed Government Science College Kagara at about 2:00 am on Wednesday and started shooting sporadically.

In the process, a student was killed while some others sustained gunshots. Some staff of the College and their families were also abducted from their homes during the attack.

The source could not, however, give the number of persons abducted and those injured as at the time of filing the report. Confirming the attack.

Senator Shehu Sani tweeted, “Early hours of this morning, Armed bandits stormed the Government Science College Kagara Niger State, my alma mata, and abducted some students and staff family members.”

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