Tataouine: Workshop ”Sehaty 2” project ends


TATAOUINE: The Tunisian reproductive health association in Tataouine organized, Tuesday evening, the closing workshop of the “Sehaty 2″ project, which lasted for a year.

Speaking to TAP, Local Project Manager, Shaima Mzoughi, said that the programme, which is funded by the European Union through les Médecins du Monde organization, aims to provide better healthcare services to citizens, particularly those in precarious situations.

The project seeks to provide support to 12 Tunisian associations to implement healthcare programs, particularly those related to reproductive and sexual health.

The project manager welcomed the results of the programme saying that «it is the result of a fruitful partnership between the organization and the components of civil society.»

The European Union allocated 2.5 million euros to this project, including 615,000 euros devoted to civil society programmes in Tunisia, the same source says.

Member of the Tunisian reproductive health association in Tataouine, Bechir Bouaziz, indi
cated that the ”Sehaty 2” project was carried out over 260 days of field work, in 8 rural areas, including 4 regions in the delegation of Tataouine-Nord, (Ksar Ouled Soltane, Remtha, Tlelet and Mghit), and 4 other areas in the delegation of South Tataouine, (Maztouria, Ksar Ouled Debbab, Ras El Oued and Douiret), where approximately 7,000 basic healthcare services were provided.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The BBDA inaugurates its new headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso

Ouagadougou: The Burkinabè Copyright Office (BBDA) inaugurated its new headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso, on the sidelines of the 21st edition of the National Culture Week.

The Minister in charge of Culture and Arts, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, yesterday Tuesday presided over the inauguration ceremony of the new headquarters of the Burkinabè Copyright Office, in the company of his counterpart from Niger, Amadou Abdourahamane.

The jewel, which includes four offices, a room and hangars, is set to expand.

for multiple purposes. These new premises will soon be expanded with the creation of a meeting room, two fee payment counters, and an archive room.

Satisfied with this achievement, Minister Ouédraogo recalled that the government is ready to support artists who care about peace and security. He said, his ministry ‘will not skip on any means to always provide support to creators, whose contributions to the return of peace and security are eagerly awaited.’

For his part, the general director of BBDA, Hamed Patindeb
a Lega asked artists and agents to make good use of it. ‘You have free access to this space which belongs to you, which also makes you responsible for its good management and maintenance. I can reassure you that the Western regional management team remains available at any time to support you in carrying out your projects, and to discuss your concerns with you,’ he said to them.

The BBDA is a public establishment created in 1985 with the mission of protecting and collectively managing the rights of creators of literary and artistic works, and holders of related rights, whether Burkina Faso or foreigners.

Its management of Bobo-Dioulasso covers the Hauts Bassins region as well as those of the Cascades, the South-West and the Boucle du Mouhoun.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ouagadougou: The gendarmerie arrests an alleged repeat thief of mopeds

Ouagadougou: The Nongremasson gendarmerie (Ouagadougou) has arrested an alleged repeat thief, suspected of the theft of at least seven mopeds, the AIB learned on Wednesday from the gendarmerie communication service national of Burkina Faso.

According to the same source, these are seven mopeds, all YAMAHA brand including six SIRIUS model and one FINN that the suspect of foreign nationality managed to maliciously extract from young people and women who had just purchased means of travel.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

The President of the ALT seduced by the cultural expression of the communities at the SNC

Bobo-Dioulasso: The President of the Legislative Assembly of the Transition (ALT) Dr. Ousmane Bougma was seduced Wednesday evening by the cultural expression of the Burkinabè and African communities, during his visit to the dedicated site to them for the National Culture Week (SNC) Bobo 2024, noted the AIB on site.

‘What I remember about these sites is the cultural expression. Whether at the level of the army museum, whether at the level of the village of the communities, it is the cultural identity that is expressed. The cultural DNA of Burkina Faso. And this cultural DNA reminds us that our parents, our predecessors fought for this country to stand up,’ declared the President of the ALT Ousmane Bougma, at the end of his visit.

The President of the national representation who visited the 31 Burkinabè communities and the 14 African communities present at this 21st SNC mentioned that ‘this reflects social cohesion and as the Head of State said in his speech, ‘culture is the soul of a people’. We see all the
cultural diversity which is expressed and which reflects this richness.’

‘We saw the Burkinabè communities side by side: Mossis next to Samos, Gourmantchés next to Yadcés, joking relatives, etc. », added Ousmane Bougma.

The President of the ALT also took a tour of the army museum and was able to see the evolution in terms of instruments of war and struggle. ‘From the bladed weapon to the drone, but also the evolution of our armed force since their participation in the different world wars but also in the different combats, whether in Algeria, Indochina, but also of evolution at the level of the military hierarchy, ‘ he explained.

‘We have also seen the efforts of visual artists who, through very expressive paintings, summarize the effort at the level of the army,’ he mentioned, adding that ‘this gives us hope in relation to the reconquest of our territory currently.

Very touched by what he was able to see, President Bougma wanted to congratulate and thank the Minister in charge of culture, arts and touris
m Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo for ‘having thought of bringing together these communities in a village. This contributes to our living together.’

The President of the ALT had at his side Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo and his Nigerien counterpart in charge of culture Abdourahamane Amadou whose country is the guest of honor of the SNC which is being held in the Burkinabè economic capital from April 27 to 4 May.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkinabè people in Abuja mobilize 3 million FCFA in support of the peace effort

Ouagadougou: The Burkinabè community living in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, presented a check for just over 3 million FCFA to the authorities of Burkina Faso, as a contribution to the fight against terrorism and the care of internally displaced people, the AIB learned from an official source this Wednesday.

The contribution of the Burkinabè diaspora in Abuja amounts to three million one hundred and twenty-six thousand five hundred (3,126,500) FCFA and was handed over to the Minister Delegate in charge of Regional Cooperation, Stella Eldine Kabré/Kaboré yesterday Tuesday, at during a ceremony, detailed the communications service of the ministry in charge of Burkinabè abroad.

‘This is our modest response to the appeal launched by the Head of State SEM Captain Ibrahim Traoré, in order to mobilize efforts for peace. It is a sign of our attachment to the motherland so that our country can recover its integrity,’ explained Passida Pascal Gouba, Deputy Permanent Representative, Charge d’Affaires of Burkina Faso in
Abuja.

According to him, other contributions will follow to continue support for the peace effort.

In 2022, the Burkinabè of Abuja had already mobilized 15 million FCFA for the same cause.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC 2024: Libre info leads an operation to combat disinformation

Bobo-Dioulasso: On the sidelines of the 21st edition of the National Culture Week (SNC) Bobo 2024, the online information colleague Libre info organized Monday April 29 at the Nazi Boni University of Bobo-Dioulasso, training on the problem of combating disinformation and the spread of hate speech for pupils and students, we noted on site.

This project led by fellow Libreinfo.net on the theme ‘how to fight against disinformation and the spread of hate speech’ showed all the facets of disinformation to pupils and students through a communication from the former president of the Superior Council of Communication (CSC) Abdoulazize Bamogo. The speaker recalled that ‘this is a question which is worrying for our country given the situation we are going through: a situation marked by the security crisis but also social tensions’.

He said that ‘in such a situation, disinformation and hate speech can have very harmful effects on our society.’ It is for this purpose that the institution he headed, the CSC, had issued
ten councils. Mr. Bamogo mentioned that ‘it will be a good thing if these ten tips are really promoted’.

For the publishing director of the media Libreinfo, Albert Nagréogo, the linchpin of this public conference, ‘as online media, we know that today, more and more, young people are exposed to disinformation, to fake news. And as an online media that produces information, we are also concerned because when there is information that falls into public opinion, they cannot differentiate between the source, is it ‘she is authentic. And then we confuse the different sources, Facebook pages, propaganda sites and serious media.’

‘Sometimes Internet users attack media even though they are not responsible for the false information. For us, it is a phenomenon that is growing and we must contribute through our social responsibility to cleaning up the environment. We said to ourselves that young people are an important target. If we can provide training to these young people in universities, that will be very good beca
use a young person trained in return means a large number of people are made aware.’

Issiaka Sawadogo, a 3rd year law student, was delighted with the importance of the theme. ‘We picked up something good,’ he says, adding that ‘we are in the digital age and we are constantly on social media. We receive information and share it. We have just learned that this information that we share, thinking that it is simple habitual gestures, can lead us to prison.

He explains that the speaker gave them ‘advice to avoid going to prison. It is best to think critically about all the information we receive. By leaving there we can be relays to our comrades who were unable to make the trip. It’s like a duty for us to reach out to them and raise awareness. All social strata are affected.’

The organizers of this public conference do not intend to stop there. They plan to continue sharing experience in several locations across the country.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

RN3: Terrorists carry out their last check before heading to hell

Ouagadougou: Terrorists who carried out checks on National 3 (Kaya-Dori) this Wednesday were eliminated in surgical strikes by the Burkinabè army, AIB learned from security sources.

Not all workers are idle on May 1, especially the Fighting Forces who work day and night at the cost of their lives to restore peace and security.

As proof, this Wednesday, air vectors followed a group of terrorists who were carrying out checks on users on national road number 3 (Kaya-Dori-Gorom-Niger Border).

As in conquered territory, these criminals had just controlled a mini bus and then users on motorcycles.

After their work, they retired to their acolytes installed nearby under the trees.

The numbers are right and the timing is right. Air operators send a missile on the job. Terrorists burn with their devices.

Survivors try to flee but end up dead on all fours.

After the strikes, units of the 41st Commando Infantry Regiment and the Volunteers for Defense and Homeland (VDP) combed the area and recovered the equipment t
hat was still usable.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Tozeur: Preparations for 2024-2025 date harvest season focus of working session


TOZEUR: Preparations for the 2024-2025 date harvest season were the focus of a working session held Tuesday, in Tozeur under the chairmanship of local governor, Mohamed Aymen Bejaoui, and in the presence of the various players in the production cycle.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the difficulties faced by small farmers, particularly those linked to the reluctance of exporters to buy dates and the low reference selling price, as well as the increase in production costs in terms of expenditure on processing and irrigation water.

It was agreed at the meeting to establish a mechanism for the application of a reference price for the sale of date palms on the stalk, which would be proportional to production costs and favour small farmers, and continue the cleaning of oases, which had covered almost 4,500 hectares by the end of January.

To date, about 85% of the date palms have been pollinated, according to a presentation made at the meeting, which also called for rapid action to drill the plann
ed irrigation wells and set up the date market within the allotted time.

The preparations also include the preventive aspect, namely the fight against red weevils and parasites through the provision of some two million mosquito nets to cover the fruit.

The meeting was attended by the Regional Authority for Agricultural Development (CRDA), the Interprofessional Date Group (GIDattes) and the Technical Centre for Dates (CTD).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

International Labour Day: ARP undertakes to enforce workers’ rights


Tunis: On the occasion of International Labour Day, which falls on May 1 of each year, the Presidency of the Assemply of People’s Representatives (ARP) underlined the pivotal role played by the the legislator and its willingness to deal with all bills aimed at developing the legal labour framework and consolidating the rights of employees and workers at all production sites.

The ARP Presidency pointed out, in a statement on Wednesday, that this approach is effectively shown through the initiative of MPs to table two proposed laws aimed at revising and completing the law regulating the general statute of employees of the State, local authorities and public institutions of an administrative nature and the regulation of maternity, paternity and parental leave in the public and private sectors.

The presidency extended its congratulations on this occasion to all Tunisian workers, reiterating its recognition of the efforts exerted by the labour classes that contribute to boosting the development process and build
ing the new Tunisia, expressing its certainty that consolidating gains and safeguarding rights and freedoms will always remain a priority for Tunisia so that workers and employees in various locations can exercise their activities in the best conditions while enjoying the appropriate conditions provided by trade union liberties and workers’ rights that allow them to work and give and achieve better results with positive repercussions at all levels, the same source added.

The annual observance of the International Labour Day is an occasion to value the status of the working class and recognise their intensive efforts and generous giving, through which they contribute to the nation building and ensure the development and progress of societies.

The economic and social difficulties that Tunisia is going through today call on everyone to step up efforts and use the gains of the working class, especially the freedom of trade union work, to dedicate themselves to the service of the country and engage actively and
responsibly in consolidating and preserving these gains, the ARP presidency pointed out.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Labour Day: Historic UGTT headquarters gets new look


Tunis: After three years of refurbishment work, the historic headquarters of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), located at the Mohamed Ali Square in Tunis, was inaugurated on Wednesday, May 1, on the occasion of Labour Day.

The renovation work had cost nearly TND 29 million, official spokesman for the UGTT and member of its executive committee Sami Tahri told TAP.

Recovered in June 1955 by the trade union after having been the headquarters of the French gendarmerie, the historic and symbolic building of the UGTT has today a new look.

The UGTT headquarters will house trade union, cultural and social activities, Tahri explained, saying that “the UGTT building will be open to all artists wishing to exhibit their work,” and that it includes high-level meeting rooms.

The headquarters hads been refurbished in compliance with ecological construction standards, with the building covering a covered area of 4,000 m2.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Labour Day: Union of Workers of Tunisia holds gathering in its headquarters


Tunis: The Union of Workers of Tunisia (French: UTT), Wednesday, held a gathering in its Tunis-based headquarters on the occasion of Labor Day.

During the gathering, an emphasis was placed on the absence of substitute markets for street vendors who have been out of job for almost a year.

A large number of street vendors, affiliated with the UTT who had anarchic stalls in the streets and avenues of the capital, held a meeting chaired by members of the union’s executive office and General Secretary of their sectoral union, Moez Aloui. They complained about their poor social conditions, threatening to go back to anarchic commerce in case no special areas are reserved to them or are denied social loans.

Aloui urged the government and the Presidency of the Republic to speed up the completion of alternative markets as well as offer union members, particularly vulnerable groups 10,000-dinar social loans without interest rates.

UTT General Secretary, Ismail Sahbani, called on the government to adopt a set of poli
cies which would preserve citizens’ purchasing power as well as increase salaries and retirement pensions.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Deterioration of workers’ social conditions has reached unprecedented level, says UGTT’s Taboubi


Tunis: “The deterioration of the social conditions of workers, and the people in general, has reached an unprecedented level, to the point where no-one is able to bear or justify it any more”, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Taboubi said on Wednesday.

Speaking before hundreds of trade unionists at the Mohamed Ali Square downtown Tunis on the occasion of Labour Day, Taboubi said that it is time for all sectors and all trade union structures to vigorously defend the rights of their members.

“The people’s poverty is terrifying and has no equal”, he indicated, adding that it is not possible to remain silent or to justify these deplorable conditions by the legacy of former governments or regional or international crises.

In this respect, Taboubi said that “the current government is mainly responsible for this crisis, as it refuses to listen to any proposals for a solution and criminalises criticism while insisting on taking decisions unilaterally”.

Taboubi also reaffirm
ed the UGTT’s commitment to social dialogue, pointing out that the UGTT undertakes to impose this right and to demand improved conditions for workers and the implementation of signed agreements.

“All legal achievements in the labour field are the fruit of activism and negotiation and can in no way be the result of unilateral decisions,” he underlined.

On this occasion, Taboubi recalled that the right to organise is guaranteed by the Constitution and by international laws signed by the Tunisian government.

“The right to organise was achieved by trade unionists from generation to generation since colonialism and throughout decades of dictatorship, and it cannot be waived today under any pretext, threat or pressure,” he pointed out.

According to him, the UGTT is not optimistic about the political climate prevailing in the country. The hard-line policy in all areas can only lead to crises, he added.

Taboubi also strongly condemned the Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people and the direct support o
f the United States of America, Europe and even Arab countries for this war.

In this respect, he called for sparing no efforts to support the Palestinian people and to achieve the promulgation of a law criminalising normalisation with the Zionist entity in Tunisia.

Representatives of many national organisation, notably the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP)

and the National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFT) have attended this workers’ rally organised to mark Labour Day and to inaugurate the UGTT’s newly renovated headquarters.

A national march was later organised from the UGTT headquarters along Avenue Habib Bourguiba downtown Tunis to the January 14 Square.

Trade unionists and workers raised slogans in support of the Palestinian people.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Education Ministry, basic education union to sign agrement Thursday


Tunis: The Union of Basic Education, under the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), on Tuesday, reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education on several union demands, member of the union Ikbel Azzabi told TAP on Wednesday.

The union member told TAP Wednesday the two parties would sign an agreement, Thursday, on respect for trade union rights, which would encourage the resumption of negotiations between the union sections and the regional education commissions, as well as a return to dialogue between the grassroots unions and school principals.

The agreement provides for the reinstatement of school principals dismissed for their trade union activities, he said, adding that the two parties had agreed to cancel the circular on the reshuffle of school principals issued a few months ago.

He also pointed out that the agreement covers the payment of salaries to teachers who have graduated from educational science institutes and the appointment of substitute teachers by May 15 at the latest, stressing that
the Basic Education Union aims to establish relations based on dialogue and partnership with the Ministry of Education.

Azabi said the new minister had shown respect for trade union rights during a meeting with a delegation from the union, stressing that this agreement would help to establish new social dialogue relations between the union and the ministry based on respect, sincerity and transparency.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“There can be no education reform without dialogue,” says education minister


Tunis: “Social dialogue is a deep-rooted tradition in Tunisia; there can be no education reform without dialogue,” said Education Minister Salwa Abassi on the sidelines of the Career Forum in Hammamet on Wednesday.

It is important to keep Tunisia away from any form of conflict, Abassi was quoted as saying in a ministry statement.

“The unjustified crisis regarding the amendment of Article 20 of the statutes of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) is an internal matter that concerns only the union,” she stressed.

“The ministry does not engage in political manoeuvres, but rather has the role of formulating an education policy and engaging in dialogue with social actors.”

The minister said that her ministry has adopted a new strategy for social negotiations, noting that two working sessions have been organised with the teachers’ unions, with positive results.

Abassi also noted that the Career Forum is an opportunity to establish a comprehensive social approach that strengthens the link between the school
and the professional environment.

“This approach is part of a strategy that promotes interaction between educational and vocational staff to help students choose their career paths,” she noted.

The Career Forum was attended by students (800), who visited various stands and attended lectures and testimonials organised for the occasion.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina/May 1: Africa remains a reservoir of mining, forestry and labor resources, Bassolma Bazié

Ouagadougou: The Minister in charge of Labor, Bassolma Bazié, recalled that Africa remains a reservoir of diverse mining, forestry and labor resources, in his speech to workers at the occasion of the commemoration of International Labor Day

‘This continent has been and remains a reservoir of diverse mining, forestry and labor resources since the period of slavery to neocolonialism through the slave trade and colonization in the eyes of this global rapacity,’ said the Minister in charge of Labor, Bassolma Bazié, as part of the celebration of International Labor Day.

Bazié explained that to maintain this sustainable exploitation over time, a facade democracy was imposed through which African lackeys were fabricated and kept at the head of African countries, playing at best and by mimicry the role of their masters to think at a distance.

In the same sense, he added that African leaders were, or are in places today, real slave traders in the pay of their colonizing masters by cutting and selling off the forest
ry, mining and human resources of the African continent at will and pushing the working masses into indescribable misery.

‘Thus, our values of culture and education have been cleverly vandalized, models of life without morals infused, human value transformed into a simple and vile street commodity,’ continued Bassolma Bazié.

According to him, the West African sub-region, particularly the Sahel, is the reflection and the typical example of what is previously described.

‘Indeed, the presidential palace slave traders accepted the implementation of humanly scandalous and socially devastating practices: the acceptance of the destruction of our social form of State and our security,’ the minister specified.

According to him, the imperialist powers have cleverly prepared their return by the intrusion of terrorism into the Sahel in this environment.

Furthermore, according to him, this May 1 commemoration takes place in a difficult international, regional, sub-regional and national context.

‘On the international
level, we are witnessing open and violent confrontations between the great powers of the world and this is manifested through the war in Ukraine, in the Middle East, etc. “, he added.

Bazié also explained that these poorly concealed confrontations are essentially the stated ambitions of redistribution and domination of the world.

‘Thus, the surge in prices of consumer products, climate deregulation, the excessive impoverishment of working people, etc. are only direct or indirect consequences,’ he stressed.

For the Minister in charge of Labor, in Africa, the populations are experiencing the full brunt of the consequences of these aims of redistribution and domination of the world and especially of Africa.

However, he added that the United Nations (UN) is ineffective in the face of its primary responsibilities to defend human rights, social justice, etc.

It has now been 140 years since workers around the world marked May 1, making it an unforgettable day, as its scope is so general and unanimous among work
ers, employees and governments. .

Source: Burkina Information Agency