Olasunkanmi Opeifa in final race for $1m Global Teacher Prize

Olasunkanmi Opeifa tanding at government secondary school premises in Karu

A Nigerian teacher Olasunkanmi Opeifa has been named a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership with UNESCO. Opeifa is an English teacher at Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja. He was shortlisted for the finals from over 12,000 nominations and applications from over 140 countries around the world Now in its sixth year, the US$1 million award established by the Varkey Foundation is the largest prize of its kind. In a special video message announcing Olasunkanmi Opeifa as a top ten finalist, comedian, actor, writer…

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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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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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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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World Bank executes 741 projects with Zamfara gov’t

ZAmfara map showing the covering of 741 projects

The Zamfara Agency for Community and Social Development (CSDP) said yesterday that it executed in 11 years, about 741 projects in the state. Specifically, these projects are in 262 communities across the 14 local government areas of the state. The General Manager of the agency Garba Muhammad, disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau. He said the projects worth N2 billion and their execution occurred under the World Bank intervention. Muhammad said that group-based societies also benefitted from the projects executed between 2009 and 2020. He said the projects cut across…

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Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan: An overview

Image analyzing Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan principles

This post highlights the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, NESP designed to cushion the adverse effects of COVID-19. Instructively, The Economic Sustainability Committee, ESC developed the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan. Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the ESC comprised several Cabinet Ministers as well as the Group Managing Director of the NNPC and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Terms of Reference Economic Sustainability Committee include: Development of a Plan that responds robustly and appropriately to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; Identification of fiscal measures to…

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Provost laudsTETFund projects

Prof Bogoro of TETFund addressing media on research in Nigeria

The provost of the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Niger State, Professor Faruk Rashid Haruna, has described the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund projects as a viable and reliable federal government agency that supports institutions of higher learning to grow and develop. He made the remarks over the weekend at the college in Kontagora while showcasing some 10 projects, estimated at over N1 billion, executed and completed by his administration through TETFund’s intervention. Professor Haruna noted that without TETFund’s interventions at the FCE, Kontagora, some of the projects embarked upon…

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Survival Fund Registration: All you need to know

Image describing Nigeria Survival Fund registration

As the portal for registration of prospective beneficiaries of Nigeria Survival Fund opens, registration for Payroll Support Scheme commences today. Consequently, the website for Payroll registration opens today, Monday from 10 pm, September 21.  The Survival Fund is one of the programmes in the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, NESP. Objectively, the plan came into being in other to cushion the socio-economic hardship unleashed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Also, its implementation is for one year, which has started with this registration. Additionally, the worth the MSMEs Survival Fund is N60 billion, which part of…

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