Nigeria ranks bottom seven on SDGs progress report

SDGs in Nigeria: SDGs progress Report

A Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs progress report has ranked Nigeria 160 out of 166 on possible best outcomes in achieving all the 17 Goals. This was obtained from the Sustainable Development Report 2020’s SDG Index published on Tuesday. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SDSN and the Bertelsmann Stiftung prepared the report. The Network promotes integrated approaches to implement the SDGs and other global development agenda. According to the report, the current assessment of Nigeria shows that the country is facing major challenges in achieving 12 SDGs. These are SDG 1-11…

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Ondo Governor, Akeredolu tests positive for COVID-19

image showing akeredolu covid positive

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State has tested positive for coronavirus disease, COVID-19. A video shared on the Twitter handle of the governor on Tuesday confirmed the story. According to the governor, “Today I tested positive for #COVID19. All is well. I’m asymptomatic and have been self-isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my well being are most appreciated.” He added, “Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for COVID-19. I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms.” He continued, “I am currently self-isolating and supervised…

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Delivery of AKK Project part of Next Level Agenda, says Buhari

Buhari AKK Project lunch via zoom

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that delivery of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline, AKK project is part of his Administration’s Next Level Agenda for sustainable development and economic prosperity of Nigeria. The President, who stated this Tuesday while flagging off construction works on the AKK project via a virtual link from the State House in Abuja to two locations in Ajaokuta in Kogi State and Rigachukun, Kaduna State, said when completed the project would provide gas for generation of power and feedstock for gas-based industries, and also facilitate the revival…

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FG, Institute launch TB screening App

Image showing TB screening App diagnosis

Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) and the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) launched a mobile application for screening and notification of TB cases by private health care providers. The Chief Executive Officer of IHVN, Dr Patrick Dakum, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Abuja, that the application — Mobile Application for Tuberculosis Screening (MATS) launched this month, was a game-changer. Dakum said that MATS would help in tracing and treating more tuberculosis cases in the country. He added that the application would also make provision…

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A hungry nation is a troubled nation, says Atiku

Atiku on Nigerian debt burden and hungry nation

A formal vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar expresses his concern over inability of farmers in Northern region of Nigeria to return to their farmlands and engage in farm activities as a result of insecurity. He warns that this may create a situation he called troubled nation due to a hungry nation. Mr Abubakar  disclosed this in a series of tweets on Monday, saying agriculture is the lifeblood of Northern Nigeria. He added that his company depends on agricultural products from farmers. And that many of them will find it difficult…

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International Widows Day: Women lawyers felicitate with widows

A widow with her son

The African Women Lawyers Association of Nigeria (AWLA) felicitates with Nigerian widows as they commemorate the International Widows Day celebration. The AWLA Coordinator, Mrs Cordelia Eke, in a statement to newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday, eulogised the widows for being steadfast in playing double roles as both fathers and mothers to their children. “AWLA felicitates with the special category of women known as widows. “Today we salute your courage, strength and resilience in the face of the challenges faced on the demise of your beloved spouses. “We salute you for…

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COVID-19: FG kicks over reopening of schools in Oyo

Children in a classroom learning

The Federal Government on Monday kicked against the reopening of schools in Oyo State amidst COVID-19 pandemic, describing such as insensitive to the health of the people. Mr Emeka Uwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had earlier ordered the reopening of schools across the state. According to the minister, it is expedient to recognise the fact that Oyo State is a government…

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Buhari urges caution on ECOWAS Common Currency

Buhari attends ecowas virtual meeting national climate change policy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja cautioned that the ambition for Ecoregional currency can be in ‘serious jeopardy,’ unless member states complied with agreed processes of reaching the collective goal. The president also expressed concern over the decision of francophone countries that form the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) to replace the CFA Franc with Eco ahead of the rest of Member States. Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, in a statement, said the president delivered Nigeria’s position on the new regional currency at a virtual extraordinary…

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WTO DG: ECOWAS endorses Okonjo-Iweala

ECOWAS nominates Nkonjo-Iweala for WTO DG

The Economic Community of West African States has certified the candidacy of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation. This was contained in a statement signed by the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, on behalf of the Heads of State and Government. Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, had been nominated for the top job by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The leaders of the regional bloc “acknowledged the strong academic and professional background of Dr Okonjo-Iweala and her very large experience…

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COVID-19: 55,031 health workers receive N4.64bn hazard allowance – FG

lai Mohammed addressing newsmen on hazard allowance

The federal government has disclosed that health workers in the country received N4.64bn as Special Hazard Allowance to a total of 55,031 Health workers in 35 Covid-19 designated hospitals and medical centres. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a press conference he addressed in Abuja on Sunday. The disclosure came shortly before the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended its strike. However, the minister describes the strike as inexplicable. The tweets further breakdown the payment categories. “The Special Hazard Allowances are being paid on this…

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