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The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, in a statement on Sunday said that planting of fruit trees in schools was also to encourage students to become healthy, productive and maintain a sound environment.

Official: Lagos residents consume N5 trillion worth of food annually

The Lagos State Government says residents of the state are consuming food and agricultural produce worth about N5 trillion annually.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

How Bill, Melinda Gates met, got married

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday they are divorcing after a 27-year marriage.
The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Abok Ayuba, has joined other Nigerians to celebrate the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, on her 62nd birthday.

Minister begs bandits to stop abducting, killing our children

Minister for Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen, has made passionate appeal to bandits to stop targeting school children in their nefarious activities.

UNESCO, Japan inaugurate project to empower women in three states

The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Government of Japan has inaugurated a project to empower women and girls in marginalised communities in three states within one year.

ECOWAS parliament meets in Monrovia to discuss women empowerment

The ECOWAS Parliament will in Monrovia meet for the first time in 2021 to discuss ways of fostering women empowerment in the West-African sub-region.
The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa has ended in Cape Town, South Africa, producing notable outcomes.

WEF: It’ll take 136 years to close gap between men and women

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back global gender parity by a generation, says a report published Wednesday by the World Economic Forum.

Terminal operators sign agreement to enhance dockworkers’ welfare

Members of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) have signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).

Centre proposes project to end violence against women in Northeast

A non-governmental organisation, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in conjunction with UN Women has began advocacy programme to end violence against women and girls in the Northeast.
UN Women voiced the concern in a statement.

UN Women voices concern over Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

The United Nations (UN) on Saturday voiced concern over Turkey’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, otherwise known as the Istanbul Convention.

WTO chief Hails NEPC boss for encouraging women entrepreneurs

The Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has commended the chief executive officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Segun Awolowo Jr., for his role in encouraging women entrepreneurs and exporters and giving them platforms to thrive.
In commemoration of the 2021 Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy’s public affairs chief Aruna Amirthanayagam has acknowledged the importance of women in the leadership and economic growth of every country.

US hails Nigerian women for advancing global development

In commemoration of the 2021 Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy’s public affairs chief Aruna Amirthanayagam has acknowledged the importance of women in the leadership and economic growth of every country.
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Ekiti governor’s wife: Indecent dressing not basis for sexual harassment

The wife of Ekiti State governor, Bisi Fayemi, has warned government workers against sexual harassment.
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ActionAid charges Nasarawa government on implementation of VAP law

ActionAid Nigeria has called on Nasarawa state government to implement the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law passed in the state in December 2020.
LEDAP’s Senior Programme Manager, Pamela Okoroigwe, said there was a need to strategise on how to increase women’s representation in government.

LEDAP wants ‘he’ removed from Nigerian constitution

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (a coalition partner to Advance Gender Equality) has demanded removing ‘he’ and ‘chairman’ from the Nigerian Constitution to reflect gender equality.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that efforts would be intensified to secure all parts of the country within the next two months.

Nigerian senate to amend laws infringing on women’s rights

The senate has resolved to amend laws that infringe on the rights of women in Nigeria

Cancer: Medical experts charge women on early examination

The experts gave the charge during an outreach organised by Nisa premier hospital in partnership with Soroptimist international, tagged “The effect of cancer and the challenges to womanhood, in Abuja, where free medical services, including blood pressure monitoring, lipid profile, blood sugar, BMI and breast examination, and other subsidised services were carried out.
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Former NSE chief makes case for more female stockbrokers

Former Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyuike, has called on more females to take a profession in the nation’s securities market.
The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema, on Monday restated the exchange’s commitment to the implementation of various initiatives aimed at promoting gender diversity and empowering women.

NSE boss restates commitment to gender equality

The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema, on Monday restated the exchange’s commitment to the implementation of various initiatives aimed at promoting gender diversity and empowering women.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, in her goodwill message yesterday during the commemoration of the “2021 International Women’s Day National Policy Dialogue,” noted that through the implementation of Finance Acts 2019 and 2020, the federal government is providing tax relief and other forms of support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), many of which are owned by women.

Minister: Nigerian government targeting more gender-sensitive public financial management processes

The federal government has disclosed that it is entrenching public financial management processes that would be more gender-sensitive and ensures the availability of credible disaggregated data.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Nigerian government plans tax relief, funding for women entrepreneurs

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Monday assured that the Federal Government, through the implementation of Finance Acts 2019 and 2020, will provide tax relief, funds and other support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), many of which are women-owned.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed (Right) Ms. Winnie Byanyima-Executive Director UNAIDS(middle) and Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, at the National Policy Dialogue for the Commemoration of the 2021 International Women's Day at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja

Minister: Nigerian government providing tax reliefs to female based MSMEs

As the world marks the International Women’s Day on Monday, the Federal Government says it has been providing tax reliefs and other support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), many of which are women-owned through the implementation of Finance Acts 2019 and 2020.

IWD: TUC seeks end to gender violence against women

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has urged women to take advantage of the International Women’s Day (IWD) to challenge all forms of inequalities perpetrated against them.

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Enugu: 88-year-old woman, 24 others raped in three months

No fewer than 25 rape cases were recorded in Enugu State from January to March 2021, the Centre Manager, Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Tamar SARC), Mrs Evelyn Onah, said.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Ondo: Man arrested for ‘stealing’ human hair

A 70 year old man, Micheal Omolayo, suspected to be a ritualist has been arrested in Akure, the Ondo State capital for allegedly packing human hair in large quantity at a barber’s shop.
Antonio Guterres

UN calls for ceasefire in Gaza

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, has urged all parties involved in the escalating violence in Gaza to halt further hostilities.
Governor Abubakar Badaru Babura of Jigawa

Jigawa governor pardons 17 inmates

The Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar has given pardon to 17 convicted persons based on the recommendation of the State Committee on Prerogative of Mercy under the leadership of Dr Aisha Warshu Haruna (Mrs.)
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has placed all the communities in Kabba-Bunu council areas on ‘absolute’ lockdown following the positive testing of two persons in the council area to COVID-19

Kogi governor says he backs financial autonomy for state legislature

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said he backs efforts of the legislature in the country to have a financial autonomy.

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Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has enjoined the federaral government to complete the Koko-Oghoye road,Warri north local government area, adding that it should also revisit the gas industrial park-EPZ project in Ogidigben in the state.

Warri begin final rites for deceased monarch, coronation process for successor

Olu of Warri-designate, Prince Tsola Emiko, son of the late Atuwatse II, the kingdom’s 19th monarch, has began a 90-day compulsory seclusion.
The former Chief of Defence Staff to late Gen. Sani Abacha, Lt-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro has died. He died at the age of 80.

President Buhari: General Dogonyaro was a thoroughbred soldier

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late former Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Joshua Dogonyaro, as a thoroughbred soldier who had professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has placed all the communities in Kabba-Bunu council areas on ‘absolute’ lockdown following the positive testing of two persons in the council area to COVID-19

Kogi governor says he backs financial autonomy for state legislature

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said he backs efforts of the legislature in the country to have a financial autonomy.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu on Monday adopted Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the new leader in the South East Zone.

Eid-el-Fitr: Enugu governor calls for prayers, sober reflection

As Muslims celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, to mark the end of #Ramadan, Governor Ifeanyi #Ugwuanyi of #Enugu State has called on all Nigerians to take advantage of the occasion to reflect soberly and intensify prayers for the peace, security, unity and progress of the country.
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Nigerian government appoints new coordinator for NG-CARES support unit

The Federal Government has appointed Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, as the National Coordinator, Federal CARES Support Unit, Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES).