Covid-19

Debt-servicing may affect COVID-19 financing in 2022

Debt-servicing may affect COVID-19 financing in 2022

By Theophilus Abbah and Daniel Adaji Capital expenditure for COVID-19 in Nigeria’s 2022 annual budget looks slow to be released, 10 months into the year, data from the Open Treasury Portal (OTP) suggests. The OTP is a repository of the Federal Government’s expenditure. It shows that the last release for capital expenditure for COVID-19 was in September 2021. Data about financial releases for capital expenditue for COVID-19 for 2022 were not available on the portal, and there was no explanation for it, though the portal contains releases for capital expenditures for other government agencies.. The latest data on the portal…
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‘Buhari welcomes cooperation on vaccine production’

‘Buhari welcomes cooperation on vaccine production’

By Daniel Adaji President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja welcomed the exploratory interactions, between Nigerian biomedical scientists, officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and BioNTech company, to support the production of messenger RNA vaccines in Nigeria. The President met wit Mr. Holm Kellerh , the Executive Chairman of KENUP Foundation and representative of the CEO of BioNTech, the mRNA vaccine patent holder, in Africa. The President expressed confidence that the interactions between the parties would be productive, leading to collaborations at many levels, from clinical trials to research and development of new vaccines and eventually support vaccine manufacturing facilities…
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Nigeria drops ball in testing the population for COVID-19

Nigeria drops ball in testing the population for COVID-19

Theophilus Abbah and Daniel Adaji Testing for COVID-19 has dropped drastically, according to weekly reports by the [i]Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that show continued drops in fewer and fewer records of testing in most of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). For instance, for the week that ended on April 17, 2022, 18 states recorded single-digit testing for seven days, an indication that many laboratories licensed to test Nigerians for COVID-19 were idle in those states. From March 6 to April 17, 2022, the number of Nigerians tested for the virus across the country dwindled,…
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Sustainable lifestyle; panacea for looming food, energy crises

Sustainable lifestyle; panacea for looming food, energy crises

…as Rev Martins warns of environmental pollution consequences  A case has been made for a sustainable lifestyle to stem the looming food and energy crises that may arise from the current climate change occasioned by environmental pollution and general mismanagement. This is the submission at a one-day conference in Lagos on the Preservation of the Environment, themed “Journeying and Listening Together: Energy Crisis and Sustainable Lifestyle for Church and State” which was organized by the Ecology Work Group of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. Speakers one after another decried the abuse of the environment by man and the inherent danger…
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$32.1 billion to help women, newborns, young children and adolescents

$32.1 billion to help women, newborns, young children and adolescents

...massive global effort to restore 40 percent loss of health services due to COVID-19   A massive $32.1 billion of funding to help women, newborns, children, and adolescents has been pledged to restore essential health, nutrition, and social services for women, newborns, children, and adolescents lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pledges are highlighted as part of an expanding campaign coordinated by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), based on a global Call to Action to protect women, children, and adolescents in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. “Three decades of massive improvement in health and social…
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Africa’s women, children and adolescents are being completely left behind  And the pandemic is making this even worse

Africa’s women, children and adolescents are being completely left behind And the pandemic is making this even worse

We must do so much more to support Africa’s most vulnerable women, children and adolescents, write Helen Clark, Board Chair of PMNCH and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO of Amref Health Africa and Co-Chair of PMNCH Strategic Advocacy Committee. At Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda, Furaha is surrounded by her six children and relieved to be alive. While giving birth prematurely to her youngest, she feared she would die, leaving her children as orphans. “It was a real problem, the way I delivered Salama, because I almost lost my life…
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Dangote donates to old age home, physically challenged children

Dangote donates to old age home, physically challenged children

As part of activities marking the 2021 Global Sustainability Week, employees of the pan-African of Dangote Group, have donated food items and other hygiene products to the old age and the physically challenged children. The donations were made on Tuesday in Lagos to the physically challenged persons at the Pacelli School for the Blind, Surulere, and the Lagos State-owned Old People's Home, Sabo-Yaba. The food items range from bags of rice, beans, semovita, noodles, beverages among many others. The company is marking Sustainability Week with the theme: ‘Building a Sustainable Future - The Dangote Way’, which begins on September 27…
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As UN General Debate Ends, Dangote Volunteers Commence Sustainability Week Initiatives

As UN General Debate Ends, Dangote Volunteers Commence Sustainability Week Initiatives

As the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly winds up in New York, USA today (September 27), Dangote employees across the Group’s operations in Africa are implementing various initiatives aimed at empowering their host communities and ensuring a sustainable present and future for the conglomerate. The initiatives form part of the activities to mark the Dangote 2021 Sustainability Week, a purely volunteering process among employees of the Group, with the theme “Building a Sustainable Future – The Dangote Way”. The Week begins on September 27 and ends on September 30. The theme for this year’s Dangote Sustainability Week…
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Global leaders must fulfil health commitments to African women, children and adolescents, as COVID-19 threatens service provision

Global leaders must fulfil health commitments to African women, children and adolescents, as COVID-19 threatens service provision

Delegates at this week’s 10th Annual PMNCH Accountability Breakfast: Improving health equity in Africa will call for greater accountability from governments and leaders in delivering on their commitments to improve women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health (WCAH) during the COVID-19 response and recovery, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Without renewed effort, decades of hard-won gains are at risk, as the pandemic disrupts and undermines vital health service provision. Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the summit, bringing representatives from governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, health professional associations, youth-led organizations, and grass-roots campaign groups together to review national responses to COVID-19 across sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting…
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Women, adolescents face loss of health services, jobs, information and technology during COVID-19

Women, adolescents face loss of health services, jobs, information and technology during COVID-19

The experiences of over 30,000 people, mainly women, and young people were solicited in 43 Asian, African, Latin American, and Caribbean countries through surveys, interviews, webinars, and social media: Half of the young people (544/1,088) surveyed in Latin America and the Caribbean feared technology problems during homeschooling would affect prospects A phone-based survey in Bihar (India) showed that 91% (1,042/1,150) of respondents said that COVID-19 and lockdown had an adverse impact on their income.  60% (765/1,275) of pregnant women and new mothers in five Kenyan counties (Bungoma, Kiambu, Makueni, Murang’a, and Nairobi) reported that COVID-19 had impacted their decision to seek…
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2021: Dangote, MTN still the most admired African brand

2021: Dangote, MTN still the most admired African brand

During a year defined by the pandemic which brought the world to a halt, as markets have to adapt to a new reality, African brands retained their 13% share of the Top 100 most admired brands in Africa. While WHO and MTN's top list of brands recognized as most helpful during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Dangote Group retained its status as the most admired African brands recalled spontaneously and when prompted, respectively. Nigeria’s GT Bank retains its position as the most admired financial services brand in Africa. African brands retain a 13% share of the Top 100 most admired brands in…
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Buba Marwa Resumes as NDLEA Boss, Bemoans 15 million Drug Users in Nigeria

Buba Marwa Resumes as NDLEA Boss, Bemoans 15 million Drug Users in Nigeria

The New Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brigadier General Mohammad Buba Marwa has bemoaned the increasing number of drug users at over 15 million in Nigeria. Marwa who lamented the growing population of drug users during his inaugural address at the NDLEA headquarters Abuja pointed out that about a 14.3million Nigerians between the ages of 15-64 were in 2018 found to be drug users which is nearly three times the global prevalence at the time. The former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States vowed to overhaul and expand the NDLEA…
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