SDG Financial Access Score: ‘Nigerian banks closed 234 branches, 649’

IMF report on Nigeria sdg financial access score

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, yesterday, said that Nigerian banks closed 234 branches and 649 Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, in 2020 leading to a decline in the country’s SDG Financial Access Score (FAS) to 4.44 in the year against 4.78 in 2019. The IMF disclosed this in its Financial Access Survey 2021 Trends and Developments released yesterday. According to the report, the international community uses two FAS indicators to monitor the Target 8.10 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aims at strengthening the capacity of domestic financial institutions…

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Nigeria launches Multidimensional Poverty Index survey

NBS SG talking about the Nigeria Multidimensional Poverty Index survey

Three years after the release of a Transparency International (TI) report which rated Nigeria as the poverty capital of the world after India, the Federal Government has launched the “Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Survey”. The MPI will identify deprivations across health, education and living standards as well as show the number of people who are multi-dimensionally poor and the deprivations they face at the household level. In his remarks to flag off the survey, the Statistician General of the Federation (SG), Dr Simon Harry, said that MPI would track three…

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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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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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‘High data cost hurts internet access’

FiamWiFi, Akin Marinho, yesterday said the high cost of data

The founder and Chief Executive Officer, FiamWiFi,  Akin Marinho, yesterday said the high cost of data is inimical to the development of the information communication technology (ICT) sector. Speaking on the firm’s partnership with Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on community WiFi provision, he said millions of Nigerians have been shut out of cyberspace by high data prices in the country. He said: “With millions of Nigerians priced out of the data market by incumbent operators, we are pleased to partner the Ikoyi Obalende LCDA to provide a…

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FG Tasks States On SDGs Activities, Social Protection Leadership

FG adminishes states ob SDGs activities

…as multilateral agencies commit to seeing more SDGs activities in Nigeria Federal Government has called on states and the FCT to provide the necessary leadership and resources for the implementation of social protection and activities of sustainable development goals (SDGs activities). Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mrs Olusola Idowu, made this call Wednesday in her remarks at the Joint Zonal Consultation on Review of the Social Protection Policy and institutionalizing Social Protection for Accelerated SDGs Implementation in Nigeria, holding in Enugu. In a statement issued by Director…

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Nigeria, UN dialogue on inclusive, sustainable food systems

Youths education is paramount to un

In preparation for a United Nations Food Systems Summit to be convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in September 2021, the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the United Nations systems in Nigeria has announced plans to organize series of dialogues across the country towards ensuring resilient, inclusive and sustainable food systems in Nigeria by 2030. As announced on Monday by the National Convenor of Nigeria Food Systems Summit Dialogue (FSSD), and Permanent Secretary, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Olusola Idowu, the first food systems dialogues will hold…

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UNDP launches Investor Map to achieve SDGs in Nigeria

UNDP Nigeria launches Investor Map, data tool for investment

UNDP launches Investor Map to achieve SDGs in Nigeria United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria Country Office announced on Friday the launch of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Investor Map, a digital tool designed to identify investable solutions, making it easier to channel private investment and capital to achieve the SDGs. The platform is part of SDG Impact, a UNDP Initiative that provides investors and businesses with country-level market intelligence and actionable investment opportunities. The SDG Investor Map for Nigeria will provide investors with localised insight into key sectors and Investment…

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Nigeria: Association of Sustainability Professionals Inaugurated

Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria logo

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) has been inaugurated. Speaking during the virtual inauguration with the theme: ‘Professionalising Sustainability for Inclusive Development’ recently, the President, ASPN, Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi, said the ceremony was a milestone moment while commending the tremendous work of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and directorate members. He stated that the event and the association have been a collective effort by committed and resilient sustainability professionals in Nigeria. Amaeshi, further explained that the thinking behind the association has been over a decade and it was…

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