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UNDP, Japan distribute agriculture inputs, solar lanterns in Adamawa communities

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan have launched the distribution of agricultural inputs and solar lanterns to communities ravaged by insurgency in Adamawa State. The information is in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, July 26, 2017 by Mr Lucky Musonda, the Head of Communications, UNDP Nigeria. Musonda stated that ...

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Group decries effects of farmer-herder conflict on women, children


A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Search for Common Ground, on Friday, July 20, 2018 decried the huge effects of incessant farmer-herder conflicts on women and children in Nigeria. Mrs Tamwakat Goilt, Programme Manager of the organisation, said this at a One-Day Consultative Workshop on the Gender Dimension of the Farmers-Herders conflict in Nigeria, especially in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau. Addressing the ...

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Mandela Day: UNODC commits to rules promoting humane prison conditions


As the world observed the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Day on Wednesday, July 18, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has committed to assisting countries in translating the “Nelson Mandela Rules” into action. UNODC Executive Director, Yuri Fedotov, in a statement, noted that the rules are meant to promote humane conditions of imprisonment and ensure no part ...

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Northeast needs food intervention for 3m IDPs – UN


The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) says an estimated three million displaced persons face critical food and nutrition insecurity in the northeast of Nigeria. OCHA, in its humanitarian situation report for the month of June, said no fewer than 1.7 million persons were displaced by the conflict in the region in the past nine years. According to ...

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WFP provides $126m food aid to 16 Nigerian states

Ertharin Cousin

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has spent $126 million to provide food aid in various forms to 1.2 million people in 16 northern Nigerian states since 2017. Ms. Ingermarie Vennize, the World Food Programme’s Head of Communication in Nigeria, said this on Friday, July 13, 2018 when she paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the News ...

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How CODE is mainstreaming advocacy communication for citizen engagement in governance


At a time when many researchers lament the deterioration in the quality of democracy and accountability in Nigeria, part of the reason governance has failed is lack of committed advocates. The central question is what is advocacy and how can advocacy enhance the performance of political establishments in Nigeria? In democracies, development agenda do not fall from heaven. They are ...

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MSF decries lack of shelter, sanitation for 5,000 IDPs in Borno

WHO IDP camp

A humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has decried the pathetic state of newly-arrived displaced persons in Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Council of Borno State. MSF, otherwise called Doctors without Borders, expressed concern over lack of shelter and portable water to over 5,000 displaced persons, who recently arrived the town from the fringes of Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad Basin. ...

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UN, Ghana, Nigeria ‘Operation Eagle’ apprehends drug suspects


To tackle drug trafficking activities of organised crime groups operating in Nigeria and Ghana, simultaneous intelligence-led counter-narcotics operations targeting the movement of drugs were undertaken in both countries, supported by two United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) led projects, namely “CRIMJUST” and “Response to Drugs and Organised Crime in Nigeria”, both being funded by the European Union. The ...

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How drug abuse threatens future generations, by Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said that drug abuse and trafficking could spell doom for Nigeria unless sustainable effort is made to transform the mindset of the nation’s future generation. Soyinka made the submission in Lagos on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in a goodwill message during the Global Youth Action Day celebration in Nigeria, organised by Vision of the ...

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Action needed to end deadly clashes between herders, farmers – Guterres

Antonio Guterres

The United Nations stands ready to support efforts to resolve deadly clashes between farmers and nomadic herders in areas of West and Central Africa, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Thursday, June 28, 2018. More than 80 people in central Nigeria were killed in land disputes between the two sides this week. However, this has been a long-standing issue with ...

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