CHANCES THAT environmental safety challenges in Africa could get more complicated are showing troubling signs. Governance dysfunction is a major overarching cause for concern in many countries within the continent. While despotic national leaders – and there are many of them – show no signs of stepping down or tolerating political and economic reforms, new threats are emerging, some of which are offshoots of poor governance and maladministration by formal state authorities. These have inadvertently created greater existential threats that now have multiplier effects, going beyond what the resource-poor Africans can independently and individually deal with.
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