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Dogara Advises Nigerians on How to Tackle Economic Recession

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday called for collective effort in tackling Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges. Dogara made the call in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at a lecture organised as part of programmes for the 75th Birthday celebration of Chief Alani Bankole, father of former Speaker of the house, Dimeji Bankole. He said that the challenges facing the nation were not novel, adding that many civilised countries had passed through similar situations. He said that men and women in such countries waged united and formidable wars against the challenges at such critical periods and ...

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Nigeria Moves Up in Latest FIFA Ranking

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have climbed up in the FIFA Coca-Cola world ranking as they moved up from 67th to 64th. The ranking which also saw the Eagles climb to 14th in Africa, was the latest released by FIFA on Thursday and published on their official website. Reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, Cote d’Ivoire, are Africa’s highest ranked team in the world and number one in Africa after moving up two places from 36th to 34th. Super Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifying foes, Algeria, dropped three places from 32nd to 35th in the world and number two on the continent. ...

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Centre to Hold Dialogue on Natural Resource Governance

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), will on September 15th 2016 hold a one-day policy dialogue on Achieving Effective Natural Resource Governance in Nigeria. The dialogue which convened to open deliberations on the content of state policies, the institutions that formulate and implement them with a view to examining the impact of the policies will hold at Osborne La Palm Resort Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. A statement by Ms. Ngozi Izuora, Women Rights Officer of the Centre, said the convening shall be diagnostic of the policy problems ...

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10 NEW TRICKS KIDNAPPERS USE TO LURE VICTIMS

Reports of kidnapping have become common in Nigeria. Though not a new trend, kidnappers have continued to devise new methods to lure victims.  Motunrayo Joel writes about some of the methods kidnappers employ to trick their victims : Below are some of the new tricks to watch out for: Ploy at parties In this method, a note is dubiously passed to the master of ceremonies requesting the owner of an identified vehicle to come out and move his or her vehicle to allow others parking access. Immediately the individual gets to his car, the kidnappers grab the person and zoom off in ...

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MamaYe: Ensuring World-Class Health Care System in Nigeria

One thing that is not well known in developing nations is collection and interpretation of data to measure yardstick for development and to determine what is working and what is not working, which largely has been a major setback to the development of developing nations. In today’s digital centric world, data collection and interpretation is a common factor that cannot be undermined to total viability of health system in any country of the world Effective data management is panacea to creating efficient health system which comprises all activities relating to managing health data as a valuable resource that encompasses acquiring, ...

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SERAP Writes UN Over President Buhari’s Harassment of BBOG Campaigners

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to Mr. Maina Kiai, the United Nations, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, drawing his attention to continuous “harassment and intimidation of the#BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group by the Nigerian authorities, and the impermissible restrictions on the rights of members to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.” SERAP in the appeal dated 9th September 2016, and signed by the organization’s senior staff counsel Timothy Adewale said that, “No Nigerian law makes it a crime to demonstrate in any part of the country. Harassing the ...

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Attaining SDG2: GODAN Calls for an End to Hunger Through Open Data

Franka Osakwe Today, nearly 800 million people worldwide are extremely hungry and malnourished, with majority living in Sub-Saharan Africa- a place with vast arable lands. Experts have shown that the food produced in these lands and globally is enough to feed everyone, yet millions of primary school-age children attend classes hungry. In Nigeria, about 1.7 million children are acutely malnourished and this is responsible for nearly half (45%) of all deaths in children under five each year, according to UNICEF. Facts from World Bank showed that 82 million hectares of land in Nigeria are found to be arable yet they ...

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Hajj 2016: 10 Nigerian Pilgrims Die in Saudi Arabia

No fewer than three million pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat on Sunday to mark the climax of 2016 pilgrimage. A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent covering the Hajj reports that at least 62,000 Nigerians were part of the gathering. NAN reports that movement from Muna, where the pilgrims spent the night, started as early as 2am and was completed at about 10am. Speaking at a news briefing, the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji AbdullahI Muktar, said the Commission was able to conclude the movement of the pilgrims at about 9am on Sunday. “The coordination and movement ...

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Earth Tremor: 7 Things You Need To Know About The Disaster That Rocked Kaduna

Barely four months after an earth tremor sacked hundreds of household in Ikara town in Kaduna State, another broad day tremor has created panic in the Koi town in Jaba Local Government Area of the state. Here are 7 things you need to know about earth tremor: 1.      An earth tremor is a term commonly used to describe earthquakes of low intensity. 2.      A tremor can come in form of aftershock occurring after the main shock of an earthquake 3.      It can also precede a main earthquake. This is called foreshock. 4.      Earthquakes and tremors are measured with tools called ...

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Recession Forces Lagos Parents to Withdraw Kids from Private Schools

Many parents in Lagos State have started withdrawing their children from private to public schools, due to the current economic recession. Punch learnt that many of the parents took the decision when they discovered that their income could no longer meet their needs.  Some proprietors of private schools said they were expecting such situation. The Deputy President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Mr. Abayomi Otubela, told one of Punch correspondent that one of his members in Mushin, Lagos State, had formally complained that parents were withdrawing their children in droves, from her school to the public schools in ...

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