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Governments need to ensure rules are followed in education

School children

No matter your job, you need standards to ensure that you are working to meet your objectives. Unfortunately, where education and schools are concerned, these standards sometimes do not exist. Or, more often, they are not enforced. Schools are decidedly sub-standard in some places, with those in sub-Saharan Africa facing particularly strong challenges. Many teachers are not sufficiently prepared in ...

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How tree felling affects development in Abuja


Recently, some residents of Anagada, a suburb of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, near Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council, expressed concern about how tree felling has compromised the beauty of some communities in the area. In separate interviews, they noted that although the community has increased in its size of population due to the regular electricity supply, tree felling and housing ...

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Russia, Nigeria sign nuclear project development pact


Russia and Nigeria on Monday, October 30, 2017 signed an agreement on construction and operation of a nuclear power plant as well as a multipurpose nuclear research centre in Nigeria, Russia’s Rosatom state nuclear corporation said. The agreement, as well as a “road map” on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technologies, were signed on the sidelines of a ...

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Why protecting chimps is in mankind’s self-interest, by Redmond


Chimpanzees – which share some 99 per cent of their DNA with us – are in trouble, despite national protection efforts across Africa, says the world-renowned conservationist Ian Redmond. “Although our zoological next of kin with the widest distribution of any ape apart from ourselves, they are an endangered species.  Most are declining in number – victims of habitat loss and ...

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Greater political commitment needed to end tuberculosis – Report

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the “Global TB Report 2017”, released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday, October 30, 2017. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is said to be grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. ...

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Nigeria imports $125m fishery products from Norway annually – Ambassador

Kjemprud Jens-Petter

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Kjemprud Jens-Petter, says Nigeria imports fishery products worth $125 million (N45 billion) from his country annually. Jens-Petter told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday, October 30, 2017 that the fishery imports from Norway included stock fish, mackerel and salmon. “Annually, Norwegian fish exports to Nigeria stand at $125 million and ...

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Nigeria loses $13.7b annually to farmers, herdsmen conflicts, says Abdulsalami

Abdulsalami Abubakar

A former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said that Nigeria loses $13.7 billion annually as a result of farmers-herdsmen conflicts in Benue, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Plateau states. Abubakar made the disclosure at a forum organised by Search for Common Ground, Nigeria, in collaboration with Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development. The forum, with the theme, Amplifying ...

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Sokoto expands sanitation, water project to cover seven councils

Aminu Tambuwal

The Sokoto State Government says it is expanding the Sanitation Hygiene And Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project in the state to cover seven local government areas. Alhaji Sidi Abbas, Executive Director, Sokoto State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, October30, 2017 in Sokoto that the expansion was because of the impact ...

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Sokoto to connect solar power in rural areas

Aminu Tambuwal

The Sokoto State Government said it had started the process of connecting a number of rural households with solar power to deepen energy usage and enhance rural electrification in the state. Alhaji Bashir Gidado, the Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on Public Private Partnership (PPP), made the disclosure at a news conference in Sokoto on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Gidado ...

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Anti-open grazing law: Herders seek government intervention


The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to prevail on the Benue State Government to extend the implementation of its Anti-Open Grazing law scheduled to take effect from Nov. 1, 2017. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Makurdi, the National Coordinator of ...

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