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    After Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Buhari wins global polio award

After Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Buhari wins global polio award

President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with the prestigious polio champion award.This is said to be in recognition of his uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme in Nigeria.The polio champion award was instituted by Rotary International in 1995 to recognize and appreciate heads of governments and organisations that have played a key role in polio eradication around [...]

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    Africa free trade deal is very promising for Nigeria’s economy, says Rockefeller Foundation VP

Africa free trade deal is very promising for Nigeria’s economy, says Rockefeller Foundation VP

Christine Heenan, vice-president, global policy and advocacy at The Rockefeller Foundation, says the Africa Free Trade deal is very promising for Nigeria. Granting an interview on the sidelines of the just concluded Africa Trade Forum held in Lagos, the former vice-president of Public Affairs and Communications with Harvard University, said the Rockefeller Foundation is in Nigeria for the long term.Forty-nine countries have signed [...]

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    Nigeria ‘records’ 1.37 million unwanted pregnancies in 2018

Nigeria ‘records’ 1.37 million unwanted pregnancies in 2018

Nigeria has recorded over 1.3 million unwanted pregnancies in 2018 alone, the 2018 global family planning report has revealed.The most populous nation on the African continent also averted 735,000 unsafe abortion in the year under review.The averted abortions are seen as "the number of unsafe abortions that did not occur during a specified reference period as a result of the protection [...]

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    Encounter with schoolboy farmer

Encounter with schoolboy farmer

I was on a field trip to Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State, about 20 kilometers from the capital, in company with UNICEF officials and journalists who had gathered for a two-day ‘Media Dialogue to promote equity in education for children’, organized by the United Nations body in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and held in [...]

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    Buhari declares state of emergency on sanitation, water

Buhari declares state of emergency on sanitation, water

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.Buhari made the declaration at the inauguration of the National Action Plan for Revitalisation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at state house conference centre on Thursday in Abuja.He directed governments at all levels to intensify efforts and work towards meeting the [...]

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    Akin Adesina: Women are bankable…98% repay their loans

Akin Adesina: Women are bankable…98% repay their loans

Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the Africa Development Bank, says 98 percent of women repay their loans.Speaking at the first ever Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in Sandton, South Africa, Adesina said if women had the resources available to men, the gross domestic product (GDP) of the world will go up by 26 percent."If the world today has the same resources [...]

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    Emefiele: CBN working on non-interest development finance

Emefiele: CBN working on non-interest development finance

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says the bank is working on a non-interest development finance to increase financial inclusion in the country. The governor said this while delivering the keynote address at the 10th-anniversary conference of Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) in Lagos on Tuesday.Emefiele, who spoke to the conference theme, “the Business Case for Financial Inclusion”, [...]

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    UNICEF takes gender imbalance in child education head-on

UNICEF takes gender imbalance in child education head-on

At a two-day Media Dialogue to Promote Equity in Education for Children, which held in Kano on October 29 and 30, the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) focused emphasis on out-of-school children who it said numbered about 10.5 million between age 6 and 14 in Nigeria and have been left behind in the scheme of things, as it were.What worsens [...]

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    88 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty

88 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty

Over 1.1 million Nigerians have slipped into extreme poverty in just four months, TheCable can report.This has brought the number of Nigerians living in extreme poverty -- or below $1.90 a day -- to 88 million.In June 2018, the Brookings Institution named Nigeria as the poverty capital of the world, with 86.9 million extremely poor people.Nigeria overtook India as the [...]

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    Nigeria ranked fourth in workplace gender equality in Africa

Nigeria ranked fourth in workplace gender equality in Africa

Nigeria ranked fourth out of 54 African countries in workplace gender equality, with a growth rate of 25 percent between 2008 and 2017, according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.The 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) was launched on Monday. The index covers 10 years’ worth of data for 54 African countries.Mo Ibrahim, Foundation chair, and Yvonne Mensah, head of [...]

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