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Coronavirus: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention continues to conduct Infection Prevention and Control (lPC) training across Nigeria

Coronavirus: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention continues to conduct Infection Prevention and Control (lPC) training across Nigeria

CORONAVIRUS, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, July 9, 2020/ -- As part of efforts to reduce the risk of COVID19 infection among health workers, NCDC in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Continues to conduct lPC training across Nigeria The ongoing training in Katsina State is critical to reducing the risk of COVID19 transmission nationwide
AFRICA: Jihadists Kill 23 Soldiers in Nigeria Ambush

AFRICA: Jihadists Kill 23 Soldiers in Nigeria Ambush

AFRICA, Nigeria
Islamist fighters killed 23 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush on a key road in the restive northeast of the country, security sources said Wednesday. Two sources told AFP the troops were attacked on Tuesday by jihadists linked to the Islamic State group some 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside regional capital Maiduguri. “Yesterday a military convoy was ambushed by terrorists at Bulabulin [village] along the Maiduguri-Damboa Road,” the first source said. “Twenty-three soldiers were killed, two wounded and an unconfirmed number missing in action.” The second source said the convoy was on its way back to Maiduguri when it came under fire. “The troops were returning from patrol and clearance operation against the terrorists when they were attacked,” the source said. “The tr...
BUSINESS: Atlas Petroleum Resumes Development of OML109 in Nigeria

BUSINESS: Atlas Petroleum Resumes Development of OML109 in Nigeria

AFRICA, Business, Nigeria
OML 109 comprises 14 identified and mapped prospects and leads, and an un-risked resource potential in excess of 500 million barrels of oil equivalentLAGOS, Nigeria, July 6, 2020/ -- Over the weekend, Atlas Petroleum International has resumed work over activities and well interventions on OML 109 in Nigeria in order to enhance production from the Ejulebe marginal field. Awarded to Atlas Petroleum International in 1991, the block entered into production through the development of the Ejubele discovery in September 1998.OML 109 comprises 14 identified and mapped prospects and leads, and an un-risked resource potential in excess of 500 million barrels of oil equivalent. Its low cost operating environment in shallow water and proximity to existing oil and gas infrastructure such as the Escrav...
AFRICA: Lagos ties with Kampala in asking for dropping of colonial street names

AFRICA: Lagos ties with Kampala in asking for dropping of colonial street names

AFRICA, Nigeria
Elected officials in Nigeria’s Lagos state have called on the state’s governor to look into renaming some of the city’s streets in order to remove the reminders of colonialism and slavery. During Wednesday’s debate on the issue in the state’s house of assembly, Noheem Adams reflected about the killing of African-American George Floyd, which has sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests around the world. “Some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people,” the house speaker Mudashiru Obasa is quoted by the Premium Times newspaper as saying. “Those who dehumanised Africans should not be celebrated,” he added. But not everyone following the debate agreed. Lawyer Ebun Adegboruwa is quoted in the paper as saying that the lawmakers were being “unduly emotio...
AFRICA: Honoris United Universities Welcomes Nile University of Nigeria to its Pan-African Network.

AFRICA: Honoris United Universities Welcomes Nile University of Nigeria to its Pan-African Network.

AFRICA, Nigeria
Expansion into Nigeria marks a major milestone in Honoris’ mission to provide Education for Impact across the continentABUJA, Nigeria, July 2, 2020/ -- Honoris United Universities, Africa’s first and largest pan-African network of private higher education institutions, today announced its expansion into West Africa by welcoming Nile University of Nigeria, known for its strong academic credentials and best-in-class faculties, into the network.Established in 2009, Nile University of Nigeria is a fully accredited university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Management Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Medical & Health Sciences. Committed to the best development experiences for its students, ...
CRIME: Two detained over Nigerian High Commission demolition.

CRIME: Two detained over Nigerian High Commission demolition.

AFRICA, CRIME, Nigeria
The two were arrested on Monday, June 22, according to a press release from the CID. “The Criminal Investigations Department in the course of investigation on Monday 22nd June 2020, arrested two persons involved in the demolition of a building on the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.” The two are facing charges of conspiracy to Commit Crime to wit; Unlawful Entry and Causing Unlawful Damage. They are set to be arraigned but the statement did not specify a date. The CID further urged the general public to remain calm and continue to assist the Police with timely and factual information. Below is a statement from the CID
AFRICA: Gunmen kill 60 in northwestern Nigeria

AFRICA: Gunmen kill 60 in northwestern Nigeria

AFRICA, Nigeria
Armed criminals killed 60 people in a string of attacks on villages in the restive northwest of Nigeria, medics and residents said Thursday. Dozens of gunmen — described locally as “bandits — riding motorcycles raided five villages in Sabon Birni district in Sokoto state late Wednesday. We received a total of 60 dead bodies and several people with gunshot injuries from the villages attacked by the bandits last night,” a nurse at the general hospital in Sabon Birni said. A second medic gave the same toll and said “all the bodies had bullet wounds, most of them were shot in the head”. Both sources asked not to be named as they were not authorised to speak to journalists on the incident. A local traditional leader talking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution said ...
AFRICA: Trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon.

AFRICA: Trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon.

AFRICA, CRIME, LEBANON, Nigeria
They have all been placed in quarantine following their arrival on Sunday as a precaution against coronavirus. The country's anti-trafficking agency will interview them about their experiences after their isolation ends. Last month, a Nigerian woman working as a maid in Lebanon was rescued after being put up for sale on Facebook for $1,000 (£807). The UN says thousands of women and girls from Nigeria and other African countries are trafficked every year. They are often lured away with promises of jobs in Europe or Asia, but usually end up being exploited as domestic maids or forced into prostitution. Last year, an undercover BBC News Arabic investigation in Kuwait found that domestic workers were being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market. A further...
BUSINESS: Nigeria’s economy grows by 1.8% in first quarter of 2020.

BUSINESS: Nigeria’s economy grows by 1.8% in first quarter of 2020.

AFRICA, Business, Nigeria
Nigeria’s economy grew 1.87% in the first three months of 2020 from a year earlier, the statistics office said on Monday, shrinking from the previous quarter as oil prices and international trade fell due to the coronavirus pandemic It is the slowest quarterly growth rate in one-and-a-half years, and comes as Nigeria has still not recovered from a 2016 recession that sent more than 13 million people into unemployment. The slowdown reflects “the earliest effects of the disruption” from the global outbreak, said Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics, and comes as the government expects Africa’s largest economy to contract this year as much as 8.9% in a worst case scenario. Nigeria’s crude production was 2.07 million barrels a day, the statistics office said, the country’s highest...
Coronavirus Lockdown – Nigeria: Pregnant Woman In Labour Dies After Being Delayed By Policemen for not wearing Mask

Coronavirus Lockdown – Nigeria: Pregnant Woman In Labour Dies After Being Delayed By Policemen for not wearing Mask

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Nigeria
OGUN STATE --- A pregnant woman who was in labour died after she was delayed by police officers for not wearing a face mask in the Ogun Waterside local government area – Ogun state in Nigeria. Reports state that the deceased identified as, Waidat Adedeji, went into labour and was being rushed on a motorcycle by one of her children to the Ita-Otu General hospital when they were stopped by police officers at Sowore checkpoint. The police officers stopped them and asked why they were not wearing face masks and disobeying the social distancing order of the state government. The policemen allegedly delayed the motorcyclist for hours before they were released them only for the woman to die a few minutes later. Youths in the area staged a protest blaming the police for her death...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Private school owners, teachers cry to Government for assistance

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Private school owners, teachers cry to Government for assistance

AFRICA, EDUCATION, Nigeria
LAGOS --- Private school owners and teachers have cried out to the federal government for aids as they are being threatened the more by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. Most especially, owners under the aegis of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), are crying for help, as they claim their is not any other source of income, yet, they have to pay tax relief, their workers and teachers as well as technical support to support them embark on online teaching among others. The teachers as well are asking the federal government to consider them in the sharing of palliatives. Chief Amusa Olawale who is the Lagos State President of NAPPS while speaking for the school owners said his association has written to the Lagos Government, on the issues both teacher...
Nigeria: Singer Kcee finally show the face of his new born baby boy to the world

Nigeria: Singer Kcee finally show the face of his new born baby boy to the world

AFRICA, African stars, celebrity, Nigeria
ABUJA, NIGERIA --- Kcee shared a new photo of his newborn baby smiling. It's the first photo of the child's face that the singer have ever shared since his birth.  King Kwemtochukwu Okonkwo which is the name of the kcee child was born on May 12. He is the singer's third child with his wife, Ijeoma.  Kcee posted this adorable picture of his baby son then he wrote saying: "After all I came out smiling. KING is here. BMK to the world looking for such blessings, God will give it to you IJN Amen" After kcee posted his caption for his son as he uploaded his picture then his wife Ijeoma later wrote her own caption for her new baby boy, she wrote saying: "Dear ovaries, I just want to let you know that we are done for good. No matter how much you tickle whenever I’m staring at b...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Honourable Ministers of Health & Federal Capital Territory set up committee to run ThisDay COVID-19 Centre, jointly inspect 560-bed-space FCTA COVID-19 Isolation Centre at Idu

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Honourable Ministers of Health & Federal Capital Territory set up committee to run ThisDay COVID-19 Centre, jointly inspect 560-bed-space FCTA COVID-19 Isolation Centre at Idu

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Nigeria
The Federal Ministries of Health and FCT have held a ministerial meeting Thursday 14th May, 2020 in which they agreed on “a firm, synergistic collaboration and cooperation framework to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory.” At the meeting, a joint committee led by the Honourable Minister of State for Health (HMSH), Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora and the Perm Secretaries of both Ministries has been created to manage the newly donated ThisDay Dome COVID-19 treatment facility, which was recently handed over to the two governmental authorities. Also at the meeting, the initial medical team to manage the ThisDay Dome COVID-19 treatment facility is to be headed by the Chief Medical Director of Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) Irrua.   An inspectio...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Take Public Advisories as Civic Obligation – Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Take Public Advisories as Civic Obligation – Dr. Osagie Ehanire

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Nigeria
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has reiterated the importance of adhering to public advisories declaring that such should not be an issue for government to legislate on or use security officers to enforce before the public adheres to them. “I shall reiterate again the importance of adhering to public health advisories (wearing our face masks, observing social distancing, practicing hand washing or sanitizing, standard respiratory hygiene, avoiding crowds and all non-essential travel). The importance of these and similar measures is such that compliance should be taken as a civic duty and obligation for every citizen, where each should be responsible for the other. As such, enforcement or policing should not be necessary, for what is meant to preserve life and hea...
Coronavirus: Nigeria violence force 23,000 refugees into Niger in one month

Coronavirus: Nigeria violence force 23,000 refugees into Niger in one month

AFRICA, niger, Nigeria, REFUGEES
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Ongoing violence in parts of north-western Nigeria forced an estimated 23,000 people to seek safety and security in Niger last month (April). This takes the total number of refugees fleeing that part of Nigeria to take sanctuary in neighbouring Niger to more than 60,000 since the first influx, in April last year. Since April 2019, people have fled relentless attacks by armed groups in the Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states of Nigeria. Most found refuge in Niger’s Maradi region Fearing and fleeing the same insecurity in the border areas, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their ...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Managing COVID-19, we look at all options says Dr. Ehanire as ThisDay Dome Treatment Centre opens

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Managing COVID-19, we look at all options says Dr. Ehanire as ThisDay Dome Treatment Centre opens

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Nigeria
To gain better insight into the management of COVID-19, the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated that no option is being left out.  He listed cooperation with World Health Organization (WHO) on treatment regimen solidarity trial; and participation in a multinational teleconference with Chinese medical and academic experts in Beijing to gain insight into how the Chinese managed to contain the outbreak. The Honourable Minister also listed driving concerted national synergy for research into care strategy and further researches into advertised “cure drugs” from local and international claimants; and others. Dr. Osagie Ehanire disclosed much of the strategies for the management of COVID-19 by the Health authority under his watch, at the Presidential Task Force on...
Nigeria Rugby Union Board congratulates World Rugby Chairman and Executives

Nigeria Rugby Union Board congratulates World Rugby Chairman and Executives

AFRICA, Nigeria, RUGBY
Ex-England skipper Beaumont defeated his former deputy, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot, by 28 votes to 23 last weekend NRFF Board has congratulated Sir Bill Beaumont for ‘winning’ another term to serve as World Rugby Chairman. Ex-England skipper Beaumont defeated his former deputy, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot, by 28 votes to 23 last weekend. NRFF President; Kelechukwu Mbagwu says Beaumomt deserves another term to complete the good work he had started after taking charge four years ago. “Mr. Chairman, accept congratulations for the unwavering support by the entire Rugby fraternity in Nigeria. “The Rugby World has given you another term in belief that you will continue to lead us in the right direction". “As you begin your second term in office, it is our fi...