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FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most susceptible, as crises install

Eighteen-year-old Cherif was forced to flee his village in northern Nigeria to Niger four years ago. UNOCHA/Eve Sabbagh Currently, around 10 per cent of the population of the West African country, around 2.3 million people, requires humanitarian aid to survive. Conflict, climate change and the arrival of refugees from neighboring countries have all combined to…

The drive for quality education worldwide, deals with ‘massive difficulties’

Partnerships are key Education enhances the “analytical, inventive and critical thinking capacities of human beings”, the Assembly President said, adding that in the process, it accelerates each nation’s technological attainments and economic growth. “When a society remains perpetually under-developed, it must among other things re-evaluate its education system”, said Mr. Muhammad-Bande. “If the system is…

Unemployed confesses taking 16 SIM cards, BANK CARD

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded one unemployed Charles Eze in the Ikoyi Custodial Centre after he pleaded guilty to stealing 16 Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards and some Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards. The police arraigned 33-year-old Eze together with Raphael Nwachukwu, 36, before Chief Magistrat T. A. Ojo. The defendants, whose residential…

Nigeria to think about overhaul of personal power sector: NEC

The Nigerian government will consider an overhaul of the private power sector, government officials said following the National Economic Council meeting on Thursday. The power sector was privatized in 2013, but some 80 million Nigerians remain without access to power, and elsewhere the grid is plagued by frequent blackouts, leaving businesses and consumers reliant on…

At Davos, UN chief prompts ‘huge emitters’ to take environment action

The UN chief observed that while many smaller developing countries and the European Union have committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, “the big emitters” have yet to act.   I'm in Davos to deliver a strong message on #ClimateAction. While our planet is burning, too many decision makers are fiddling. Every city, region, bank, pension fund &…

Coronavirus: ‘An emergency situation in China, however not yet an international...

However, after two days of deliberations, the WHO Emergency Committee, which advises the head of the agency, was divided on whether to declare a PHEIC. The disease has spread rapidly to several countries including Japan, Singapore and the USA, and Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said in a press conference held in Geneva on Thursday…

UN chief describes options to beat ‘4 horsemen’ threatening our international...

In a wide-ranging speech to the General Assembly, the UN chief outlined strategies to address what he called the “four horsemen in our midst”, and he urged countries to take advantage of the UN’s 75th anniversary year to secure a peaceful future for all people.  “These four horsemen…can jeopardize every aspect of our shared future”, Mr. Guterres warned.  “That is why commemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches…

UN health emergency situation committee to re-convene on worldwide risk presented...

Members of the WHO Emergency Committee deliberated until late on Wednesday evening, as they continue to study an outbreak of the new respiratory virus first identified in China, as cases continue to rise.   “There was an excellent discussion during the committee today, but it was also clear that to proceed, we need more information”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in statement.  “The decision about whether or not to declare…

Those in favour of Amotekun have vaguest concept– Tinubu

Bola Tinubu The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu after a long call for reaction on the Federal Government’s proclamation of Amotekun as being illegal, has said that most people in favour of the South West Security Outfit have the vaguest notion about it. Tinubu who was calling for a dialogue between…

FROM THE FIELD: Extracting Mexico’s undesirable beach intruder

With the biodiversity of plants cultivated for food shrinking, the global population’s health, livelihoods and environment are under severe threat. This warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) comes as the UN agency releases a new report – the first of its kind – on the state of the world’s biodiversity in food and…

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