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Ondo’s Teenage Pregnancy Hot Spot Where Girls Have Never Seen Sanitary Pads

I just made a new friend. I fondly call her Nurse. At age 14 she aspires to become a nurse when she grows up, hoping she would not get pregnant like some of the other girls around her age that I got to meet. It has been three years since I have been making frequent trips to the forest reserves at Omotosho, a small sleepy town along the Lagos–Benin expressway but I till now I never thought of going into the community. My spouse works at one of the power plants in the town, which is situated in Okitipupa Local ...

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Abandoned Health Centres in Imo State: Communities battle needless Diseases & Pains

…Abandoned health centres: Imo communities battle needless diseases, pains …Overtaken by weeds and thistles For residents of Ikpeze and Ndianiche Uno communities in the Ideato federal constituency of Imo State, their anticipated dividends of democracy has been turned into a forlorn hope. Two primary health care centres which ought to alleviate the health crisis in both communities by providing a basic, affordable and accessible health care are in a state of disrepair. The development has led to anguish for members of the community, who often have to go as far as Orlu and Owerri to access medical care. The trip is ...

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Winjobi: Poverty Cannot be Eradicated in Nigeria or Even Africa

As the second year since the adoption of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals at the September 2015 landmark 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York approaches, the National Coordinator, Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, Dr. Tola Winjobi, speaks with Abimbola Akosile on the challenges and progress of the SDGs in Nigeria and rest of Africa How did Nigeria fare in realising the previous eight MDGs and what hitches did you identify during that process, both from state and non-state actors…and what is your assessment of the current efforts of the three tiers of government to deliver good ...

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3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit

Discussion on the Establishment of Collaborative Governance for the Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) The 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit will be held in Seoul, South Korea to seek global cooperation for global peace-building. Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a peace NGO under the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) hosts this event on September 17-19 in association with International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG). This annual peace summit since 2014 brings together political and religious leaders, ...

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No safe water for 57million Nigerians as Rural People still Drink Water from Lakes

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said about 57 million Nigerians lack access to safe water supply, and more than half of these people live in the rural community. The UNICEF WASH Specialist, Mr Moustapha Niang, who revealed this yesterday, at a two-day media dialogue on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, noted that poor sanitation and hygiene is still a major problem in the country. According to him. about 46 million people still practise open defecation. “rural people still drink water from rural lakes, ponds, streams and irrigation canals. About 130 million people use unimproved ...

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PremiumTimes EXCLUSIVE: Noose Tightens Around Alison-Madueke In UK, £18 Million Property Uncovered

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has frozen a £10million worth of London property allegedly bought for Diezani Alison-Madueke as investigations into the case against the former minister unravels by the day. Two properties at Regents Park in London, along with one in Buckinghamshire, have now been frozen based on the request of Nigerian authorities. A London court gave the frozen order in September 2016 but details of the rulings have only recently become public. But the agency was too late in preventing a further two properties worth £8m from being sold. In July, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed ...

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Premium Times Non-profit Centre Launches Fact Checking and Data Journalism Workshop

On Sunday August 27, journalists from various parts of Nigeria will arrive Abuja to be part of the inaugural Data Journalism and Fact Checking workshop. An initiative of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, the workshop will cover two days of intensive modules facilitated by journalism and data experts. Using a curriculum designed by PTCIJ with the support of Africa Check. The workshop encompasses the basics of fact checking; health, politics, sports, and education data presentation; and the presentation of fact checking stories in styles and language consistent with the digital landscape. Consisting of in house and external personnel, ...

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Paradigm Initiative Joins Global Network Initiative

We are pleased to announce that Paradigm Initiative has joined the Global Network Initiative (GNI) as the first-ever member organization from Africa. This development was announced today, August 24, by GNI in a statement posted on its website. Founded in 2008, The Global Network Initiative is an international multi-stakeholder group of internet and telecommunications companies, civil society organizations (CSOs) investors and academics, who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. Company members include Google, Facebook and Microsoft while CSO members include Internews and Human Rights Watch. Paradigm Initiative leads digital rights advocacy efforts ...

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How to become #TOEWay Certified: 12 Tips in Leadership

Today, in response to repeated requests for practical lessons in leadership, I will share with you some nuggets from my own journey in leadership, and to paint a full picture, I will tell both the good and the bad. It is important you learn these because leadership occurs at every level. In your current position, you too are a leader.   In our world today, there are many “authorities” on leadership. Some, who have not run businesses, base what they write on observation, history, research and interviews. Others, like me, speak about the core principles of leadership, that were learnt ...

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SAA squanders SA’s prized assets

ANALYSIS It may be selling the family silver to bail out the family drunk … again. But parting with its stake in Telkom may be the government’s only option to recapitalise SAA relatively quickly. And it wouldn’t affect the national budget allocations. The government’s 39% stake in the JSE-listed telecoms company, valued at roughly R14-billion, has been posited by among others the Democratic Alliance as the only way to meet these requirements. The Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC) stake, at about 12% according to Telkom’s latest financial results, takes direct and indirect state ownership to about 52%. Unlike putting SAA itself ...

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