Nigeria Can’t Achieve Sustainable Agric Development Under Insecurity – Don

agric in nigeria and food security

The former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) Prof Jude Njoku has contended that the rising insecurity in the country will not allow Nigeria to achieve its quest for sustainable agricultural development. Presenting a public lecture organized by the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Njoku bemoaned the spate at which investment in agriculture is jeopardized due to insecurity.  According to him, the impact of insecurity on the agricultural sector has resulted in a decline in crop and livestock output and to an overall decrease…

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Anambra mobile technology health insurance launched

people of the state who are to benefit from Anambra mobile technology health insurance

Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano has launched the first Mobile Technology Health Insurance Platform (MTHIP) and Data Operations Centre (DOC) in Nigeria with funding from European Union and technical support from the World Health Organization. Speaking during the event on 11 September 2021 in Awka, the Governor underscored his firm decision to leave a legacy of health reforms in the State to reduce poverty among the people especially the poor and vulnerable while providing financial risk protection on health. He was glad to demonstrate the impact such political will…

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UN World Food Programme, firms partner at Nigeria Zero Hunger Roundtable

un wfp zero hunger project in Nigeria winners emerge

Guinness Nigeria Plc., along with four other multinational organisations partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme at the launch of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Roundtable. The Nigeria Zero Hunger Roundtable is a multi-sector forum aimed at collectively addressing food challenges as part of the UN’s global mandate to achieve Zero Hunger by the year 2030. The initiative which aims to bring an end to hunger will help to support and contribute to Nigeria’s own efforts at achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The launch is a culmination of several weeks…

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Doing Business: World Bank discontinues reports after irregularities found

World bank president talking about doing business discontinuation

World Bank Group has decided to discontinue ‘Doing Business’ reports that used to assess investment climate in countries after data irregularities were found in 2018 and 2020, reported news agency Reuters. In August 2020, World Bank paused the publication of Doing Business reports following a number of irregularities were reported regarding changes to the data. The international financial institution later confirmed that the changes were inconsistent with the Doing Business methodology. The World Bank has now said in a statement that a new approach will be worked out to assess…

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Nigeria Youth Futures Fund: Ford, MacArthur Foundations, LEAP Africa launch Project

A member of Nigerian youth to benefit from Nigeria Youth Futures Fund

Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation in close partnership with LEAP Africa, have announced the launch of the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF), a new $5 million fund tailored to support and strengthen the youth leadership ecosystem in Nigeria. NYFF is a five-year collaborative fund with $3 million seed capital from the Ford Foundation and $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation to facilitate young people’s leadership and civic engagement in Nigeria, with the goal of raising $15 million from additional partners and other foundations. The fund would be managed by Leadership,…

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Borno government mulls upward review of water tariff

Image showing a dam in relation to borno state water tariff hike

Hajiya Mairo Bunu, Permanent Secretary, Borno State Ministry of Water Resources, says the state government is considering an upward review of water tariff in line with current realities. Bunu made this known at a stakeholders dialogue session on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water, on Thursday in Maiduguri. The forum was organised under the Small Town Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with Mercy Corps and WaterAid. The programme is being implemented in Borno,…

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Lagos raises N25b bond for Lagos Green Market Development Programme

Parties hold papers after signing Lagos green market development programme

Lagos State Government, yesterday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Financial Markets Dealers Quotations, FMDQ, and Financial Sector Deepening Africa, FSDA, as implementing partners, to raise bond estimated to be over N25 billion for the Lagos Green Market Development Programme.  Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, speaking on the occasion, held at the Lagos House, Marina, lamented that climate change, though affecting everyone, is expected to hit developing countries the hardest, especially low-lying states such as Lagos. He, however, noted that despite its devastating effects, ‘climate change is being increasingly viewed as…

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Healthy Planet pre-requisite for better economy, says Buhari

Buhari attends ecowas virtual meeting national climate change policy

President Muhammadu Buhari has said a healthy planet is a prerequisite for healthy people and the foundation of a healthy economy. Buhari disclosed this while declaring open the 33rd session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) in Abuja. According to Buhari, “Changing our behaviour, respecting the natural habitat and living in peace and harmony with nature are paramount to a future resilient generation where biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and sustainably used while maintaining ecosystem services and delivering essential benefits to the people.”…

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International Identity Day: Firm to launch Nigeria’s first digital identity report

International Identity Day image for celebration

As the global community marks the 2021 International Identity Day today, Esigie Aguele, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer, VerifyMe Nigeria; a digital identity and Know Your Customer (KYC) technology company, has called for deeper collaboration among industry stakeholders to build trust and support the adoption of digital systems in Nigeria. According to Aguele, while the country, through the instrumentality of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has made significant progress in building a strong identity framework as a backbone to the emerging digital economy, a lot still needs to be done to…

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Gates Foundation advocates sustainable investments in health, economy

Gates Foundation on covid-19 vaccine on the display in a lab for distribution

Co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates have stated that long-term investments in health and economies—like the ones that led to the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine, must be made by various governments to propel recovery efforts and get the world back on track to meet the development goals. They noted that while 90 per cent of advanced economies will regain pre-pandemic per capita income levels by next year, only a third of low and middle-income economies are expected to do so. According to…

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