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Three $2.4m projects to spur SME development in Africa

Olivier Eweck

Donors to the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) – consisting of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Government of Japan and the Government of Austria – have approved three catalytic projects totalling some $2,480,000 to stimulate the growth of Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). These grants will help strengthen the participation of Africa’s SMEs in financial markets and the ...

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World Health Day: AfDB wants strengthened health systems in Africa

Akinwumi Adesina

On the occasion of World Health Day on Saturday, April 7, 2018, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for increased and more quality investments in the continent’s health sector to achieve universal health coverage. Member States of the United Nations agreed in 2012 to work towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 with a target that everyone, everywhere should access ...

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800 buses to start operations at Ikeja Bus Terminal

Ikeja Bus Terminal

The Lagos State Government says it will deploy over 800 buses soon to start operations at the newly inaugurated Ikeja Bus Terminal. Mr Ladi Lawanson, the state Commissioner for Transportation, made the disclosure during a visit to the terminal and the Oshodi Transport Interchange construction site on Saturday, April 7, 2018. According to him, the newly procured buses will enable ...

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Improved security helping immunisation activities in Zamfara

Dr. Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar

Recent improvement in security is helping immunisation activities in Zamfara State, says World Health Organisation (WHO) Coordinator in the state, Dr Hamza Kankiya. The WHO Coordinator made the assertion on Saturday, April 8, 2018 at the Flag-off of April 2018 National Immunisation Plus Days awareness campaign held in Kaura-Namoda. He said, “We are congratulating the Zamfara State Government and entire people of the ...

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World Health Day: WHO urges ‘health for all’

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has made a strong call for universal health coverage, saying health is a human right. WHO also said governments should ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, in his message on the World Health Day, which is marked annually ...

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IPCC selects seven Nigerians for Sixth Assessment Report authorship

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has included seven Nigerians amongst the 721 experts from 90 countries invited to participate in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors. This allows work to start on the next comprehensive assessment of the science related to climate change. The Nigerian eggheads are part of all the ...

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Visionscape promises cleaner Lagos, partners PSPs

John Irvine

Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Ltd. on Friday, April 6, 2018 assured Lagos residents that refuse was set to disappear from roads and houses in the state, as stakeholders in the waste collection network had resolved their differences. The firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Irvine, told journalists in Ikeja that the company had entered a new agreement with Private Sector Participants (PSP) ...

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Nile dam’s future in flux after Egypt-Sudan-Ethiopia talks collapse

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Talks involving Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia regarding the construction of a disputed dam on the Nile River have collapsed, the Sudanese Information Minister said on Friday, April 6, 2018. “The countries were discussing many issues including, the Nile and the dam but we failed to reach any agreement on the matters that caused conflict,’’ Ahmed Mohamed Osman told dpa by ...

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Why clean energy transition needs to accelerate

Clean energy

In a foreword to the “The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018” report published on Thursday, April 5, 2018, Erik Solheim (Executive Director  of UN Environment), Patricia Espinosa (Executive Secretary of UNFCCC) and Nils Stieglitz (President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management) emphasise that the renewable energy market has continued to make remarkable progress We are in the middle of ...

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GEF, UN, NCF help Cross River communities achieve REDD+ goals

cultivation of cocoa

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), through support from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Global Environment Facility’s Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP), appear to be re-defining forest management, conservation of landscape and rural livelihoods in selected forest-edge communities of Ebok, Kabakken and Ebranta in Boje, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. In 2017, NCF, with the ...

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