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South-south leads in HIV prevalence, Northwest lowest

The South-south geopolitical zone has the highest HIV prevalence among adults age 15 to 64 years in the country with 3.1 percent, while the Northwest had the lowest prevalence rate with 0.6 percent.
The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday said he chose Dr Obafemi Hamzat as his running mate because he would make a capable deputy.

Jide Sanwo-Olu launches campaign, promises to construct Agboyi Bridge

The Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, officially launched his campaign on Saturday, addressing thousands of party supporters at a political rally held on the Ajelogo Field in Kosofe Local Government Area (LGA).

Solomon Adeola: How PDP wasted 16 years of governance

Sen. Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West) on Saturday urged Nigerians to reject the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, saying the party has nothing to offer the country.
A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola [Reuters]

WHO: DR Congo Ebola outbreak second largest in history

The Democratic Republic of Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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US life expectancy drops again as drug overdose deaths climb

Life expectancy in the United States dropped yet again as drug overdose deaths continued to climb — taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017 — and suicides rose, a US government report said Thursday.

Flooding: NEMA distributes relief materials to affected Rivers communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of relief materials to flood affected communities in Rivers.

Afreximbank, CDC sign $100 million agreement to support trade facilitation

The deal which was signed in Casablanca, Morocco, recently will see the CDC provide unfunded risk participation to Afreximbank as the Bank provides trade finance products that include trade confirmation services; trade confirmation guarantee; and irrevocable reimbursement undertakings.

US distributes over three million insecticide-treated bed nets in Akwa Ibom

The United States Government has distributed a total number of 3.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria in Akwa Ibom State.

Armed groups attack Cameroon plantation workers

Armed groups in Cameroon's restive English speaking regions have been attacking and chopping off fingers of workers of the country's second largest employer, the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), in what has been described as renewed efforts to destabilize the central African state ahead of the Tuesday inauguration of President-elect Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36 years.

Stakeholders warn federal government of looming danger in health sector

The federal government has been called upon to look into the handling and disbursement of funds meant for the HIV/AIDS programmes in the country.

Expert: Stress can be good also

Dr Gregory Mowete, a medical officer in Abuja, says stress is not necessarily a bad health challenge as it has its positive side.

Ebola cases in DR Congo rise to 78, 44 dead

Seventy-eight cases of Ebola have been recorded in an outbreak in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, claiming 44 lives, DRC officials and the World Health Organization said Friday.

Bayelsa communities lament blockage of waterway by exhumed pipeline

Some Residents of Amazor and Aghoro communities in Ekeremor Local Government area of Bayelsa that were affected by oil spillage have lamented blockage of their waterway by exhumed pipeline.

2019: ActionAid seeks participation of women, youths, PWD

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called for the active participation of women, youths and Persons Living with Disabilities (PWD) in the 2019 general elections.
Samuel Nwanosike

Rivers council chief reads riot act to cultists, kidnappers

The Chairman of Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike, has advised members of cult groups and kidnappers operating in communities in the local government area to turn a new leaf and surrender their arms and ammunition to security agencies.

Anthropologists heading to DRC to ease Ebola vaccination

African health authorities said Tuesday they are preparing to send anthropologists to Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure a vaccination campaign against a deadly Ebola outbreak runs smoothly.

Britain offers $100 million loan to Zimbabwe, first in over 2 decades

Britain has extended a 100 million dollars loan to Zimbabwe’s private sector, the first direct commercial loan to the southern African country in over two decades, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported Thursday.

Nigeria to start national AIDS impact survey in June

Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), says the agency will conduct the largest national AIDS survey in June.

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello

FCT minister condemns looting, assures residents of safety

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has condemned the looting of warehouses at the Idu Industrial Layout, Gwagwalada, and other areas within the territory by hoodlums in search of COVID-19 palliatives.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Mr Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Governor Fayemi: Ekiti‘ll engage youths for tourism development

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has restated his administration’s determination to engage youths for the development and enhancement of the state’s cultural and tourism potentials.
An Abuja High Court yesterday finally declined to join the names of President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi to a case of financial misappropriation brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Amaju Pinnick issues directives to beneficiaries as NFF receives $1 million from FIFA

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has issued directives to beneficiaries after the country’s football body received $1million from FIFA as COVID-19 palliatives.
The Lagos Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality on Tuesday held its first sitting.

#EndSARS: Lagos panel of inquiry begins sitting, summons police commissioner

The panel which is investigating cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos State, is to sit from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for six months at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Remi Oluwode street, Lekki Phase 1.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

#EndSARS: President Buhari urged to seize opportunity to implement 2014 Confab report

The leadership of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seize the opportunity provided by the #EndSARS demand to urgently put in place the necessary mechanisms for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference.