COVID-19: UK to sponsor digital literacy training in northern Nigeria

Ben describing digital training training project

As part of Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030) vision to transform the country into a leading digital economy that would provide a quality life for all Nigerians in 10 years, the United Kingdom Government, through its Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme, has signed a resilience training agreement with Tech4Dev, to carry out Basic Digital Literacy Training for rural clusters in northern Nigeria to enhance pandemic resilience. The agreement was signed on October 5, 2020, by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Nigerian non-profit organisation,…

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Prioritise inclusive jobs creation, World Bank urges African countries

inclusive jobs creation as highlighted by the world bank's Africa' Pulse

The World Bank Group admonishes sub-Sahara African countries to prioritise policies that will guarantee inclusive jobs creation on the continent. Focusing on the paths to recovery for the continent, the Bank projected African economy will enter into a recession for the first time in 25 years. Reversing this, however, will require policies that prioritise firstly, sustained growth and secondly, inclusive jobs creation. The Bank disclosed this in a report titled Africa’s Pulse: Charting the road to recovery. “Steady recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa after the COVID-19 pandemic requires policies that foster sustained growth and…

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WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala advances to final round

Okonjo-Iweala fate of being the DG of WTO is known today

Race to World Trade Organization – Director-General, WTO DG enters final round and Okonjo-Iweala made it. World Trade Organization – members selected two final candidates — Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee — to advance to the final round in the race to lead the Geneva-based trade body, according to people familiar with the matter. By advancing two women to the final round of the selection process, the WTO will likely have the first female director-general in its 25-year history. Okonjo-Iweala served two stints as Nigeria’s finance minister…

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Downstream deregulation will boost investment – Kyari

mele kyari on, opec+ downstream deregulation litres of petrol

The deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria will increase investment in the refining business and facilitate exponential growth in the nation’s refining capacity. This was the submission of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, at the African Refiners Association (ARA) Week 2020 which held virtually with the theme: “Towards Cleaner Fuels for Cleaner Air.”  A press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Dr Kennie Obateru, stated that the GMD delivered a…

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WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala Knows Fate Today

Okonjo-Iweala fate of being the DG of WTO is known today

A former Nigeria’s minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, will on Tuesday know her fate in a bid to be the 7th director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Okonjo-Iweala scaled the first phase of the selection process. She is among the five candidates that were chosen from the eight candidates nominated by their respective governments in July. “My vision is of a WTO with purpose, where members coalesce around the capacity of trade to help foster economic growth and sustainable development,” she said in a statement to the Council.…

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IAWPA names Uzodimma 2020 SDG most-friendly governor

Governor Hope Uzodimma receives IAWPA SDG AWARD

The International Association of World Peace Advocates, IAWPA has named Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma the 2020 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Most Friendly Governor in Nigeria, The Nations reports. Also, the association urged the development organisation to visit and invest in Imo State. Accordingly, it names the United Nations, African Union, Economic Commission for the West African States, and others for the visit. The association decorated the governor as an Eminent Peace Ambassador, based on his pursuit of peace in his leadership style. The award ceremony, which took place at…

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Funmi Adewara, wins World Bank’s SDGs award

Funmi Adewara receives world banks award

Funmi Adewara, chief executive officer of Mobihealth International, has been honoured by the World Bank for her role in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) three. Mobihealth International is said to be Africa’s first fully integrated telehealth start-up leveraging technology in harnessing diaspora, local doctors and medical service providers through a secure electronic medical record and video software. Adewara, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, is one of the seven women entrepreneurs rewarded with the 2020 SDGs and Her Awards. Other winners include Annisa Hasanah Ashyad of Ecofun Indonesia;…

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Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism Open for Entries

Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism Open for Entries

Entries have opened for the annual award for investigative reporting by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). The 2020 award will reward works that explore the intersection between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and COVID-19. The choice of a focus area for the 15th edition of the award programme is due to the fact that COVID-19 has exacerbated problems of poverty, hunger, education, health and inequalities between female and male persons among others, that Nigeria faces as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary. A pioneer initiative dedicated to…

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