The boss of the Yaramoko gold mine in Bagassi visits Minister Zabré Gouba

Ouagadougou: The president and CEO of the Canadian group Fortuna Silver Mines, Jorge Alberto Ganoza Durant, operating on the Yaramoko gold site in the commune of Bagassi (Mouhoun), presented the operations and projects of his group to Minister Yacouba Zabré Gouba, this Monday during an audience in Ouagadougou. In addition to operating the Yaramoko gold mine which it purchased in July 2021 from Roxgold, another Canadian company, Fortuna Silver Mines also carries out exploration operations in other parts of the country. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Namentenga: The new provincial director of the national police Olivier Baguimzanré installed

The new provincial director of the Namentenga national police, the main police commissioner, Olivier Baguimzanré officially took office on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Boulsa, in the Center-North region. The ceremony was chaired by the secretary general of the province, Bassouleymane Ouattara. The new provincial director of the Namentenga national police, the main police commissioner, Olivier Baguimzanré was officially installed in his functions on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Boulsa, by the secretary general of the province, Bassouleymane Ouattara. Baguimzanré also reassured the bodies and the hierarchy of his commitment to carry out his mission in Namentenga, in strict compliance with the rules. The ceremony was attended by the provincial director of the national police of the province of Sanmatenga, the main police commissioner Aboubacar Tiétiembou representing the regional director of the Center-North and members of the established bodies of the province. The new DP of the Namentenga national police replace s the chief police commissioner, Léandre Sanou, in this position. 'Help him succeed in his mission. You have our support and our accompaniment,' implored Aboubacar Zoétienga, representative of the regional director of the national police of the Center-North. For the occasion, the staff delegate, lieutenant, Diassioo Woba, translated the staff's recognition to the chief police commissioner, Boukaré Bonkoungou who acted with professionalism and efficiency as provincial director. Lieutenant Woba welcomed and every success to the new DP of the Namentenga national police, Olivier Baguimzanré, who he undertakes to support in his delicate and noble mission. He also requested equipment and reinforcement of personnel to face the difficulties of the security institution. The provincial director of post-primary and secondary education in Namentenga, Abdoulaye Yarbanga, reflected the commitment of all bodies to the success of the mission of the new DP of the national police. He invited them to remain in synergy of actions for the development of the province. The secretary of the Namentenga province, Bassouleymane Ouattara, for his part, noted that incoming DP, Olivier Baguimzanré has all the support of the active forces in the success of his mission. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina/Electricity: Fraudulent connections cause SONABEL to lose more than 16 million

Ouagadougou: The economic and financial unit of the research section of the 3rd Gendarmerie Legion, presented Monday, three alleged electricity thieves whose illicit activities cost the Société Nationale Burkinabè electricity , the sum of 16,997,175 FCFA. According to the head of the economic and financial unit of the research section of the 3rd Gendarmerie Legion, Chief Warrant Officer Aimé Yaméogo, the modus operandi of these alleged electricity thieves consisted of making branch connections upstream of the meters to capture energy directly without it being counted. 'It is a reprehensible practice which allows their authors and beneficiaries to directly capture energy without passing through the meters, which is synonymous with fraudulent maneuvers offering free and illicit consumption,' said the chief warrant officer. Alerted by SONABEL in May, the gendarmerie indicated that this organized theft of energy took place in several districts of Ouagadougou. Listening to Aimé Yaméogo, the detailed investigat ion opened with the aim of dismantling the network at the origin of these packages made it possible to establish that 5 fraudulent connections were made on the SONABEL network. 'These connections, some of which date back to 2012, are intended for the households of NM, NA, CA and OA,' clarified the head of the unit. He also deplored the fact that the gendarmerie investigations indicate the existence of other cases of fraudulent connections to the SONABEL network in the city of Ouagadougou and elsewhere. Chief Warrant Officer Aimé Yaméogo also informed that those arrested will be brought before the Faso prosecutor, at the Ouaga-I high court to answer for their actions. In order to dismantle other possible suspects, the National Gendarmerie invites anyone with information to contact the following toll-free numbers: 1010 Monitoring and Alert Center, 16/80 00 11 45 National Gendarmerie, 17 Police National. Source: Burkina Information Agency

The European Union highlights differences with Burkina but reassures that it remains committed alongside the Sahel countries

Ouagadougou: Received this Monday by the head of Burkinabe diplomacy, the special representative of the European Union for the Sahel, Emanuela Claudia Del Re, estimated Monday that there were 'some divergences' with Burkina Faso on certain issues but that there still remains a consensus for which the Union is still committed alongside the Sahel countries. 'Despite some differences, there is a consensus and this consensus is that the EU remains committed alongside the countries of the Sahel' indicated Emanuella Del Re after her meeting in Ouagadougou with Minister Jean Marie Karamoko Traoré and whose remarks were reported by the communications services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the interview, the European diplomat asked for information on the perspectives of the Transition and the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) on relations between Burkina Faso and neighboring or non-neighboring African countries. and outside Africa, as well as on the attempts to violate human rights which have recently hit the headlines. 'We came to listen to you and see how we can strengthen our cooperation,' added the diplomat, recalling that the EU is one of the main donors in Burkina Faso, with interventions mainly in the humanitarian field and in terms of development cooperation. Human Rights Watch released a report last April accusing the defense and security forces of having violated human rights during counter-terrorism operations. The European Union, which seems to give credence to these accusations, is putting pressure on the government. For its part, the Burkinabè Government invited national and international organizations which present themselves as Burkina's partners in the promotion and protection of Human Rights to distance themselves from any destabilizing enterprise and instead to cooperate in a spirit of sincerity and of mutual trust Source: Burkina Information Agency

Management of mining titles and authorizations: The texts explained to local authorities in the South-West

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Quarries organized on Monday May 13, 2024 in Gaoua, for the benefit of local authorities and resource persons in the province of Poni, a workshop on mining regulations relating to the management of mining titles and authorizations, the process of collection and distribution of surface taxes. The content of the texts relating to the management of mining titles and authorizations as well as the process of collection and distribution of surface taxes is unknown to local authorities. Therefore, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Quarries, through the General Directorate of Mining Cadastre (DGCM) organized a workshop on mining regulations, relating to the management of mining titles and authorizations, to the process of collection and distribution of surface taxes. This workshop, held on Monday May 13, 2024 in Gaoua, aims to reassure local stakeholders of the merits of the various principles which contribute to good governance, transparency, but also the promotion of the mining sector. Through this session, the aim was to popularize the content of law n°36-2015 relating to the mining code of Burkina Faso and its implementing texts, to explain the role of local authorities in the process of the granting of authorizations for artisanal exploitation of mining substances and/or quarries as well as the content of the decree of the interministerial order relating to the modalities of distribution of surface taxes for the benefit of local authorities. The workshop brought together, among others, local authorities, notably the Presidents of special delegations (PDS), the general secretaries of town halls, mining promoters, traditional and religious leaders. The participants were thus equipped with mining regulations relating to the management of mining titles and authorizations. According to the Secretary General of the South-West region, Robert Zoungrana, the objective is to allow a good understanding of the contents of the texts relating to the management of mining titles and authoriz ations as well as the process of collection and distribution of surface taxes. For him, the meeting is of 'capital' importance for the South-West which is an area par excellence of artisanal gold mining. Robert Zoungrana is convinced that the workshop will allow participants to be in tune with the texts on mining regulations, especially on the new texts that they do not master. Anything, he continued, which will allow them, in his opinion, to know the advantages of its texts in order to benefit from them, because local authorities need financial resources to operate. For his part, Safiétou Rouamba, lawyer at the DGCM, urged the participants to appropriate these texts and to follow the various communications with attention and interest in order to have 'frank and constructive' exchanges. Ms. Rouamba remains convinced that discussions will result in recommendations for effective management of mining titles and authorizations in Burkina Faso. After the province of Poni, the awareness campaign continued wit h the local authorities of the provinces of Ioba, Bougouriba and Noumbiel. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sissili/Treasury: The new provincial treasurer Sami Son installed

The high commissioner of the province of Sissili, Tewendé Isaac Sia officially installed on Thursday, May 16, 2024, the new provincial treasurer (TP) of Sissili, Sami Son. This ceremony was attended by the Central-West regional treasurer, Maboudou Kekelé, the provincial bodies, friends and relatives of the outgoing and incoming provincial treasurer and numerous guests. The new provincial treasurer (TP) of Sissili, Sami Son expressed his gratitude to his hierarchy for the trust placed in his modest person. Mr. Son replaces the treasury inspector, Saïdou Sawadogo, who has been called to other functions. He reassured the population of Sissili that he will work to meet the expected challenges while counting on the support of his collaborators. The incoming TP congratulated his predecessor for his services rendered to the State during his 6-year stay in the province of Sissili. The regional treasurer of the Center-West, Maboudou Kékélé expressed all the recognition of the general management of the treasury to the outgoing TP, whose spirit of commitment, discretion and availability allowed all entities to function well. He urged the new TP to build on the achievements of his predecessor to add earth to the earth. Mr. Kékélé hoped that courage and resilience would guide him in accomplishing his mission. Maboudou Kékélé also invited Mr. Son to prioritize communication with his collaborators and partners. After 6 years at the head of the provincial treasury of Sissili, the outgoing treasurer, Saïdou Sawadogo was pleased with the results achieved. Mr. Sawadogo expressed his gratitude to the high commissioner of the province, to the established bodies and to his superiors for the support and frank collaboration. He congratulated his successor on his appointment as head of the provincial treasury of Sissili. The outgoing TP also invited the new one to do everything possible to meet the challenge. The representative of the constituted bodies, Mimtiri Ouabéogo praised the TP released for the work accomplished during his time at the head of the main treasury of Léo. He thanked Saïdou Sawadogo for his availability to support the different structures in achieving their objectives. Mr. Ouabéogo also welcomed and wished a pleasant stay to the TP, Sami Son. He asked him to grant all structures the same support and availability that they had with his predecessor. 'The actions of all provincial directorates cannot be effective without the support of the state portfolio holders,' concluded Mr. Ouabéogo. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Death of President Ebrahim Raîssi: Captain Traoré salutes the memory of a leader ‘committed to defending the interests of his people’

Ouagadougou: The Burkinabè head of state, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, presented his condolences to the 'friendly and brotherly people of Iran' after the accidental death of its leader, Ebrahim Raïssi whom he raised to the rank of 'leader committed to defending the interests of his people', Monday in Ouagadougou. On the presidency's Facebook page, Captain Ibrahim Traoré expressed his condolences to the Iranian people, following the helicopter accident which led to the death of President Raïssi. 'It is with sadness that I learned of the disappearance of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raïssi, this Sunday, May 19, 2024. In this painful situation, I express on behalf of the Burkinabè people and my own, my sincere condolences and all my solidarity with the friendly and brotherly people of Iran. I salute the memory of a leader committed to defending the interests of his people and the sovereignty of his country,' we read on the Facebook page. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina awards the medal of Knight of the Order of the Stallion to the Military Institute of Physical Culture of St. Petersburg which celebrates its 115th anniversary

Ouagadougou: The resident ambassador in Moscow, Ludovic R. Tapsoba, representing Burkina Faso at the celebration of the 115th anniversary of the Military Institute of Physical Culture of Saint Petersburg, awarded the Knight of the order of the standard at this institute where six Burkinabè officers are in training, the AIB learned this Monday. 'The Ambassador of Burkina Faso to the Russian Federation decorated the flag of the Institute with the medal of Knight of the Order of the Stallion, in recognition of the hospitality and commitment of its officials to the training of Burkinabè soldiers,' reports the communications service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the ministry's website. 'This recognition also reflects the excellence of bilateral relations between Burkina Faso and the Russian Federation,' indicates the same source. Ludovic R. Tapsoba also sent his warm congratulations to this prestigious Military Institute which currently hosts six active Burkinabe officials and which, according to him, h as been the pride of the Russian Federation for more than a century Source: Burkina Information Agency

Gourma: Media people and journalists equipped for mobile journalism

The Eastern Regional Directorate of Communication, organized on May 16 and 17, 2024 in Fada N'Gourma, a capacity building workshop for media people and journalists on Mobile journalism (MOJO) on the theme: ' Digital journalism and the construction of peace in a context of security crisis'. Like other localities in Burkina Faso, the eastern region is experiencing an unprecedented security and humanitarian crisis for several years. Thus, communicating and informing populations in such a context without causing harm is a great challenge for these men. This is why the Eastern Regional Communication Directorate organized, on May 16 and 17, 2024 in Fada N'Gourma, a workshop on the theme: 'Digital journalism and the construction of peace in a context of security crisis.' The representative of the regional directorate in charge of Communication, Yacouba Kina, indicated that the workshop is part of this deleterious context which demands more constructive messages from these men. During the forty-eight (48), the j ournalist, also trainer of this workshop, Yacouba Bagayiri, made the participants understand the key concepts, the advantages and the opportunities offered by mobile journalists, in the coverage of events linked to terrorism so that they contribute to peace and social cohesion. He taught them the use of certain digital applications which could facilitate their daily tasks as journalists or media men and some techniques such as shooting techniques, poster making and video editing among others. The participants also reflected on the actions that journalists could take to be more operational in order to contribute to the construction of peace and social cohesion. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sissili/May 15: The customs of Léo implore the manes of the ancestors for peace

The association of traditional and customary chiefs of the commune of Léo celebrated Wednesday, May 15, 2024 in Léo, the day of traditions and customs. For the peace, the customs implored the spirits of the ancestors for peace and a good rainy season for Burkina Faso. On the occasion of this day dedicated to traditions and customs, the guarantors of tradition and customs of the commune of Léo initiated a libation ceremony to ask the manes of the ancestors for the return of peace and a good rainy season for Burkina. This ceremony was also marked by the presence of local authorities including the high commissioner of the Sissili province, Tewendé Isaac Sia, the president of the special delegation, Kassoum Koalaga and the population of Léo. The college of wise men as well as all the customary leaders have, through the various rites, paid great tribute to the Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, for this great initiative. According to them, this approach by the President of the Transition invites communitie s to reconsider ancestral values for the harmonious development of the country. Source: Burkina Information Agency