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    Child malnutrition: Expert raises the alarm on north-east

Child malnutrition: Expert raises the alarm on north-east

Nutrition consultant, Davis Bamidele Omotola, was succinct and straight to the point at the two-day UNICEF and Federal Ministry of Information, Culture-organised Media Dialogue on Child Malnutrition held in Yola, Adamawa State on December 7 and 8.He described the children malnutrition situation in the north-east of Nigeria as precarious.“There is no better way to highlight the situation than stating [...]

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    ’10 million’ under-five children in Nigeria malnourished

’10 million’ under-five children in Nigeria malnourished

Bamidele Omotola, a nutrition expert, says 25 million under-five children in Nigeria are wasting while 10 million children in the country are malnourished.Omotola spoke at a media dialogue organised by child rights information bureau of the federal ministry of information and culture in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The World Bank had predicted that by 2021, Nigeria would [...]

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    One in three Nigerians illiterate, says education minister

One in three Nigerians illiterate, says education minister

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says Nigeria has about 60 million illiterate youth and adult.Adamu said this on Wednesday at the 2018 international literacy day celebration held in Kano state.Nigeria currently has an estimated population of 180 million citizens.The minister who was represented by Prinzo James, deputy director of basic and secondary education, ministry of education, said out of this [...]

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    Nigeria to overtake India as world capital for under-five deaths, says World Bank

Nigeria to overtake India as world capital for under-five deaths, says World Bank

World Bank says Nigeria will take over India as the world capital for deaths of children under the age of five by 2021.In its bi-annual economic update on Nigeria seen by TheCable, the Bretton Woods institution, said Nigeria records the highest number of child malaria deaths anywhere in the world.The bank added that Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school [...]

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    Akin Adesina is first African to win $1m Sunhak Peace Prize

Akin Adesina is first African to win $1m Sunhak Peace Prize

Akinwunmi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has become the first African to win the $1m Sunhak Peace Prize.Adesina clinched the prize alongside Waris Dirie, a 53-year-old world-class supermodel and anti-FGM activist, from Somali.The Sunhak Peace Prize committee announced the 2019 Laureates at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa on Thursday.Il Sik Hong, chairman of the Sunhak Peace [...]

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    UNESCO: Boko Haram has killed 2,300 teachers, destroyed 1,000 schools

UNESCO: Boko Haram has killed 2,300 teachers, destroyed 1,000 schools

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says Boko Haram has killed 2,300 teachers in Nigeria's northeast since the start of the insurgency in 2009.In the 2018 UNESCO global education monitoring report (GEM), the UN agency said 19,000 teachers have been displaced in the region, affecting access to education."In north-eastern Nigeria, as of late 2017, there were 1.6 million [...]

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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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