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The COVID-19 Test Centre, by Nnimmo Bassey

Pandemic Tales

The aroma from the tilapia on the grill wafted around the street corner, entering every home through the front door and exiting through the windows. Everyone in the neighbourhood knew when Mama Ogie had set up shop for the morning and when some tilapia sizzled on her open grill. The pull was magnetic. Mama Ogie’s bukateria It was 10am on ...

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Red Flags on the Blue Economy, by Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nnimmo Bassey, in his welcome words at the organisation’s School of Ecology Session on Blue Economy Blues on Thursday, September 10, 2020, fears that the Blue Economy portends great danger for Africa Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) We often hear that sustainable development stands on three legs of social ...

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Spare Change, by Onome Olive Etisioro

Nigerian Naira

Adukè was about to lose her mind. “Madam, the increase in the price for these foodstuffs is not our fault o,” the buxom yam seller said, spreading her hands in a gesture of helplessness. “This yam comes from the market at nine hundred and fifty naira. When I add transportation cost and my little profit, you don’t expect me to ...

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The Fishers’ Pain, by Kome Odhomor

Fisher

We all rushed out to the shout from people at the riverbank. I saw my mother with her hands on her head, my father standing akimbo. A fisher “Excuse me,” I said as I tried to push my way through the crowd, but the people would not even hear my tiny voice. I stood wondering what the cause of the ...

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Groups condemn arrest, demand release of activists detained in Belarus

Belarus

Over the weekend, on September 5 and 6, 2020, people in civilian clothes abducted several activists in Belarus, including members of Climate Action Network, who participated in peaceful political protests. A female demonstrator arrested by security officials Since the presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus on August 9, mass peaceful protests have taken place in the country against the ...

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Sub-Saharan Africa to benefit €5bn from EU green plan

Ursula von der Leyen

Sub-Saharan Africa will  benefit €5 billion from EU Green Economy Recovery Plan, an EU official has said. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Mr Leonard Mizzi, the Head of Unit, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, made this known at the ongoing 2020 virtual summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) hosted by Rwanda. ...

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Stomach Politics, By Onome Olive Etisioro

Stomach politics

“Dem don chop the money! You go soon see!” Francis glanced at the man who had spoken, agreeing with him as a chorus of voices joined in. Stomach politics “Ah ahn, you no know before?” A woman spoke this time. “All those billion billion wey dem dey call for news, everybody know say them go don divide am share am ...

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On Our Behalf, by Onome Olive Etisioro

NDDC Probe

“You hear wetin don burst again for the area?” Fegor was used to hearing about things that burst: pipelines, oil tanks, full grown men’s heads. The most important of all: scandals. He had a sneaking suspicion that it was the last, most interesting sort that his brother was referring to. NDDC probe drama “I never hear.” He answered shortly, trying ...

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Improving the Murfu, by Faith Amadi

Murfu

The doctor at the general hospital had warned Nana to stay away from the fumes. It wasn’t good for her health and the pain in her eyes were signs that could very much be signs of cataract. But she had a family of 10 to feed. Her husband was retired early because of an arthritis caused by a bike accident. ...

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New Environment Ministry’s Perm-Sec urges staff to uphold service ethics

Federal Ministry of Environment

Following the announcement by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, of posting and redeployment of Federal Permanent Secretaries as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, the new Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, has assumed office, tasking staff of the ministry to maintain the ethics of Federal Civil Service ...

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