Friday, September 20, 2019

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    Whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything, says new UNGA president

Whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything, says new UNGA president

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), says whoever is denied education is denied almost everything.Muhammad-Bande, who is Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, committed to poverty eradication, quality education, and inclusion as his top priorities at the helm.Speaking in his first major interview with the UN News, the new president said "people are born into certain [...]

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    Bill Gates: What Nigerian govt can do to beat inequality

Bill Gates: What Nigerian govt can do to beat inequality

Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), says the Nigerian government needs to improve quality of spending and gain credibility with citizens in order to generate more revenue domestically to fund the nation's development and tackle inequality.Gates, who said he believes Nigeria can tackle inequality, added that the country still has some of the smallest [...]

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    CLOSE-UP: Yusuf Sambo, the Nigerian engineer leading Scotland’s 5G revolution

CLOSE-UP: Yusuf Sambo, the Nigerian engineer leading Scotland’s 5G revolution

Much of the global market in 2019 has been driven by trade wars between the United States and The Peoples Republic of China. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that no US company should use telecommunications equipment made by technology companies that pose national security risks.The ban was targeted at Huawei, the Chinese tech company leading 5G revolution in [...]

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    Nigeria could lose 25% of GDP to climate change, MACCI tells new minister

Nigeria could lose 25% of GDP to climate change, MACCI tells new minister

Media Advocacy on Climate Change Initiative (MACCI) has set a performance agenda for Muhammad Mahmood, the recently sworn-in minister of environment.  According to MACCI, the minister of environment must be determined to do things differently with regards to issues of climate change, to save Nigeria from losing 15 to 25 percent of the GDP to the effect of climate change. Quoting the National [...]

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    BNI hosts teenagers at UI Faculty of Pharmacy to curb drug abuse

BNI hosts teenagers at UI Faculty of Pharmacy to curb drug abuse

Building Nations Initiative (BNI), a youth-focused organisation in Nigeria, hosted teenagers at the University of Ibadan Faculty of Pharmacy to educate teenagers about the demerits of drug abuse and misuse. According to a 2018 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), one in seven persons aged 15-64 years in Nigeria had used a drug (other than tobacco [...]

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    VIDEO: Ezekwesili gets special session to speak on xenophobia at World Economic Forum

VIDEO: Ezekwesili gets special session to speak on xenophobia at World Economic Forum

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, says the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) would not deliver on its promise if xenophobic attacks remain on the continent. Earlier in the week, the Nigerian government at the eleventh hour decided to pull out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Cape Town, South Africa, following xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in Pretoria.Vice-President Yemi [...]

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    AfDB appoints Chinelo Anohu, ex-PENCOM DG, to head Africa Investment Forum

AfDB appoints Chinelo Anohu, ex-PENCOM DG, to head Africa Investment Forum

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group, has announced the appointment of Chinelo Anohu as head and senior director of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF).Anohu, a highly accomplished international corporate lawyer, was the former director-general of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) and a member of the London Stock Exchange Africa advisory board.Her appointment took effect from September 1, 2019.According to [...]

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    FBI arrested Invictus Obi at the airport just before ‘escaping’ US — risks 20 years in prison

FBI arrested Invictus Obi at the airport just before ‘escaping’ US — risks 20 years in prison

Obinwanne Okeke, Invictus Group CEO, who is popularly known as Invictus Obi, was arrested at the Dulles International Airport, while leaving the United States, TheCable can report.According to information obtained from the US federal court in Virginia, US, Okeke was scheduled to return to Nigeria four days after a complaint was filed against him at the court, and was arrested [...]

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    These WFP bags aren’t just feeding the north-east but also sending children back to school

These WFP bags aren’t just feeding the north-east but also sending children back to school

Can bags send children back to school? Yes, these hermetic storage bags can, when well used by enlightened farmers, and this is what the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing in Yobe state.  How? Good question. A training carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, has improved methods of food storage after the [...]

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    WHO may certify Nigeria polio-free by 2020

WHO may certify Nigeria polio-free by 2020

Nigeria has not detected any cases of wild polio virus for over two and a half years and may be certified WPV free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2020.In honour of those combating the polio scourge in Nigeria, the 2019 REACH (Recognizing Excellence around Champions of Health) Awards has now opened for nominations to recognize frontline health workers and innovators [...]

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    Building Nations Initiative empowers student leaders at the University of Ibadan

Building Nations Initiative empowers student leaders at the University of Ibadan

Building Nations Initiative (BNI) conducted an 'excellence in leadership workshop' for select student leaders representing various student associations at the University of Ibadan.The Workshop themed 'Leading Change' was organised with the objective of promoting excellence in the administration of student associations on campus.At the workshop, student leaders were strongly encouraged to focus on leadership through innovation, diplomacy, and partnership.Participants gained a [...]

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    INTERVIEW: From life support to winning €100,000 deepTech Oscars — Alonge explains why NAFDAC should use RxAll

INTERVIEW: From life support to winning €100,000 deepTech Oscars — Alonge explains why NAFDAC should use RxAll

Fifteen years ago, he was a young boy pushed to life support and the brink of death by the wicked claws of fake drugs. Today, he is pushing fake drugs out of every continent of the world, and just last month, he won the deepTech Oscars overall prize of €100,000 (N40.43 million) for developing the world's first real-time drug authenticator. [...]

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    Egyptian president honours Nigeria’s Adekola for his role in shaping the future of education

Egyptian president honours Nigeria’s Adekola for his role in shaping the future of education

Loius Adekola, the founder of Ambassadors of Africa, has been honoured by Egyptian President Abdelfattah El-Sisi as one of the 12 young persons from Africa and the Arab region, playing a great role in shaping the future.Adekola was honoured for his role in "educational advancement" on the continent, acknowledging his works "towards transforming education in Africa especially through his organization the [...]

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    Osowobi becomes first Nigerian to be named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

Osowobi becomes first Nigerian to be named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

OluwaseunAyodeji Osowobi, founder Stand to End Rape Initiative, has become the first Nigeria to be named the Commonwealth Young person of the Year.Osowobi was presented with the award by Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary-general at Marlborough House, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s London headquarters on Wednesday.Earlier, TheCable had reported that the 28-year-old was nominated alongside 15 others from 45 countries within the [...]

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    Meet Wendy, Nigeria’s NASA whizz who is the ‘most promising engineer in US government’

Meet Wendy, Nigeria’s NASA whizz who is the ‘most promising engineer in US government’

One of Nigeria's greatest strength -- and perhaps weakness -- is her ability to make global headlines for birthing some of the most ingenious people to have walked the planet.Today, on this episode of Nigeria's talent export is Wendy Okolo, one of the first black women to bag a doctorate -- not honorary -- degree in aerospace engineering, anywhere on [...]

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    Brexit: Chuka Umunna decamps from UK’s Labour Party

Brexit: Chuka Umunna decamps from UK’s Labour Party

Chuka Umunna, a British member of parliament with Nigerian descent, has pulled out of the ruling Labour Party, alongside six other members of his party.Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey were the other six who resigned alongside Umunna from the party led by Jeremy Corbyn.The seven lawmakers say they will sit as a new [...]

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