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    Thera Connect wins $1,000 in Project Enable Africa, US Consulate PWD hackathon

Thera Connect wins $1,000 in Project Enable Africa, US Consulate PWD hackathon

Thera Connect, a team of tech enthusiasts, has won $1,000 in a two-day hackathon organised by Project Enable Africa, in partnership with the US consulate, to find tech solutions for persons living with disabilities (PWDs).In line with getting the message of disability inclusion to all stakeholders, Project Enable Africa, in partnership with the United States Consulate, gathered tech enthusiasts at [...]

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    UNICEF official: It’s impossible to achieve SDGs target without tackling the challenges in Nigeria

UNICEF official: It’s impossible to achieve SDGs target without tackling the challenges in Nigeria

Annefrida Kisesa-Mkusa, UNICEF chief field service coordinator for Nigeria, says a lot depends on Nigeria for the world to achieve its target on child survival.She said this during an interview with reporters shortly after the opening ceremony of a two-day end-year review meeting for Adamawa, Gombe, and Taraba states."If the issues of children in Nigeria are not solved, the world [...]

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    Injectables rise to become ‘most-used contraceptive’ in Nigeria

Injectables rise to become ‘most-used contraceptive’ in Nigeria

Injectables have overtaken short-term contraceptives to become the most used method for family planning in Nigeria, a new UN-backed report has shown. According to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report seen by TheCable, 314 million women and girls are now using modern contraception, with 53 million new users in the last seven years, and nine million in the past year alone.The report also [...]

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    Buhari signs executive order on ending open defecation by 2025

Buhari signs executive order on ending open defecation by 2025

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order to eliminate the practice of open defecation by 2025.The order, entitled "The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order" was signed on Wednesday.In a statement, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said the executive order takes effect immediately.The order stipulates that all public places must [...]

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    Otedola donates N5bn to north-east intervention

Otedola donates N5bn to north-east intervention

Femi Otedola, billionaire entrepreneur, has donated N5 billion to Save the Children, the 100-year United Kingdom-based charity, to support its intervention in the north-east.This is arguably the largest individual donation to charity in Nigeria’s history.Tolani, one of Otedola's children announced the donation on her father's behalf."My father, Mr. Femi Otedola, has been at the forefront of supporting worthy causes," she said [...]

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    UN: 1.2m residents stranded, deprived of aid in north-east

UN: 1.2m residents stranded, deprived of aid in north-east

The United Nations says at least 1.2 million people are currently stranded in the north-east where Boko Haram insurgency has been on for 10 years.Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said this on Friday while speaking at the international civil-security summit in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Kallon said there is a "continuously shrinking humanitarian space" in the north-eastern states of [...]

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    Inequality and Nigeria’s asphyxiating taxes

Inequality and Nigeria’s asphyxiating taxes

BY OLADEINDE OLAWOYINGaniyu Yekinni struggles with his commercial motorcycle on the dilapidated section of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway. It’s a clammy Thursday morning and Mr Yekinni, a staffer at the Ogun State Hospital Board, is on his way to work. Although he is duty-bound to contribute to saving peoples’ lives at the Otta General Hospital, he says that the relatively poor [...]

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    FG lifts suspension on Action Against Hunger, Mercy Corps’ activities in north-east

FG lifts suspension on Action Against Hunger, Mercy Corps’ activities in north-east

The federal government has temporarily lifted the ban on the activities of Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps in the north-east.The two international non-governmental organisations were shut down by the Nigeria army over allegations of providing aids to Boko Haram.Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, told journalists on Wednesday that the federal government was concerned [...]

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    USAID official: US has invested $900m worth of drugs to tackle diseases in Nigeria

USAID official: US has invested $900m worth of drugs to tackle diseases in Nigeria

Zack Taylor, development outreach and communications specialist at the US agency for international development (USAID), says the United States government has invested an estimated $900 million worth of medicine to tackle diseases in Nigeria.He said this during a health journalism seminar organised by the US consulate in Lagos, on Wednesday.The event, coordinated by the consulate public affairs section, was themed: [...]

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    Polio eradication ‘means so much to Nigeria’

Polio eradication ‘means so much to Nigeria’

Emeka Offor, a philanthropist and Rotary International ambassador, says the eradication of polio means so much to Nigeria.Offor said this on Wednesday while speaking at the unveiling of a polio billboard by his foundation along airport road in Abuja.Nigeria has not recorded any polio case in recent times.The philanthropist said he is certain that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will [...]

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