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US launches new $90 million malaria control programme in eight Nigerian states

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director, Anne Patterson has joined Dr. Perpetua Uhomoibhi, coordinator of Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme to launch a $90 million new activity to control malaria, Nigeria’s leading killer of children, in rural areas of eight vulnerable states.

Official: NSITF spends over N4 billion as compensation for workplace injuries

Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr Kelly Nwagha, Wednesday, disclosed that the organisation has spent over N4 billion as compensation paid to employees of various organizations who had accidents in their workplaces.

USAID launches new $90 million malaria control effort in eight Nigerian states

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new $90 million malaria control effort in eight Nigerian vulnerable states.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

EU launches €100 million initiative to support vaccinations in Africa

The European Union has announced a sum of €100 million as part of its humanitarian initiative to support coronavirus vaccination campaigns in Africa.

IMF: Sub-Saharan Africa needs $245 billion external funding in five years

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says sub-Saharan Africa’s low-income countries face additional external funding needs of about $245 billion over the next five years or 425 billion dollars for the whole region.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

WHO: Coronavirus pandemic long way from over

The Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said transmission of the COVID-19 virus was being driven by what he described as confusion, complacency, and inconsistency in public health measures.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has rejected the recent poor rating of Nigeria in its anti-corruption campaign by Transparency International (TI).

SERAP sues President Buhari over ‘missing’ N3.8 billion health funds

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over “his failure to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen, as documented in the recently released 2018 audited report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi government releases N320 million for effective healthcare delivery services

In its efforts towards enhancing effective primary healthcare delivery services across the state, the Bauchi State Government has paid the sum of N320million as counterpart funding in the state.
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Yiaga Africa demands effective monitoring, evaluation of coronavirus vaccination

A Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Yiaga Africa, on Monday, demanded effective monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19 vaccination and also strengthening the nation’s health sector.
FILE PHOTO - Incoming World Trade Organization President (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview with Reuters in Potomac, Maryland, U.S., February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

WTO chief: Africa must start developing own coronavirus vaccines

The director-general, World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said Africa needs to create a “roadmap” for boosting the continent’s capacity to eventually produce COVID-19 vaccines.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

President Buhari charges minister to ensure proper utilisation of $890 million grant

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday charged the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, to ensure proper utilisation of Global Fund’s Health grant of $890 million to support Nigeria’s fight against HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria in the next three years.

Pharmacists call for restructuring of governing board of FMCs, FTHs

Pharmacists under the umbrella of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos branch, has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the provisions of the emerging Federal Medical Centre (FMC) and Federal Teaching Hospital (FTC) Bill to achieve comprehensive health reforms in the country.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

How UK, Nigeria collaborate on affordable digital access

The United Kingdom (UK) Government has again demonstrated its support to Nigeria by collaborating with the federal government to achieve inclusive digital economic agenda to promote the growth of the Nigeria Tech ecosystem and close the digital divide in the country.

UNICEF chief: $1 billion more needed for COVAX vaccine rollout

The United Nations’ children’s fund on Wednesday urged countries to contribute more money to help poor countries access coronavirus vaccines, saying around $1 billion was needed.
10. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC: What Nigeria needs to overcome coronavirus

Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said this on Saturday in a statement signed by Ms. Omobolaji Oduwole, the Centre’s Head of Communications, to mark one year of COVID-19 response in Nigeria.
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.

Coronavirus vaccines: Nigerian minister worried over logistics, access

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has expressed concern over the modalities in addressing access of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.

UN deputy chief: Nigeria’s economy moving in right direction

Nigeria is moving in the right direction economically but its movement is not fast, the United Nations has said.
A young girl waits to be tested for COVID-19 in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Tony Karumba-AFP via Getty Images

Africa coronavirus deaths near 100 000 after second wave

Africa's total reported death toll from Covid-19 was approaching 100 000 on Thursday, a fraction of those reported on other continents but rising fast as a second wave of infections overwhelms hospitals.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate asked to probe public hearing on medical council bill

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), the umbrella body of health workers in the country, has demanded that Senate probe the recent public hearing of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Bill as it accused Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, of disenfranchising its members.
Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

MDCAN: Insecurity, poor remuneration bane of mass emigration of doctors

The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has raised the alarm over the very high rate of emigration of Nigeria’s highly trained doctors and other health workers to greener pastures, describing it as a national emergency that should worry a nation that is battling with COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO urges Africans to get vaccinated when coronavirus vaccines become available

The World Health Organisation has urged all Africans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as the vaccines are available in their countries.

WHO urges coronavirus vaccination as death toll rises in Africa

Deaths from COVID-19 across Africa have increased by 40 per cent in the last 28 days compared to the previous 28 days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

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The National Population Commission says the population census will not take into consideration the number of adherents of any religion or the number of members of ethnic groups.
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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that Southern governors’ irrevocable decision on open grazing and others issues must be respected.

Rivers government threatens to acquire disputed land in Ogoni over crisis

Rivers State Government has threatened to acquire a disputed land between Bomu and Lewe communities in Ogoni, if they fail to end their communal war.

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The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented the fate of over 14 million out of school children in Nigeria, declaring that lack of formal education and stagnated development are some of the biggest problems confronting the country.

Ex-President Obasanjo: Education key to ending insecurity in Nigeria

Former Nigerian President and elderstateman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said education holds the long term key to getting the country out of her present security and economic woes, both of which have turned her into a land flowing with bitterness and sadness.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House passes bill for Naval university for second reading

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Navy University
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Nigerians in Diaspora endorse Yahaya Bello for 2023 presidency

Nigerians in Diaspora under the aegis of Nigerians in Diaspora Network and Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation have endorsed Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as their candidate for the 2023 presidency.
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it is set to complete analogue switch off across Nigeria by end of 2022.

NBC orders TV, radio stations to suspend use of Twitter accounts

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to suspend the use of the popular microblogging platform, Twitter.

How TB Joshua planned to celebrate 58th birthday on June 12

The death of the renowned televangelist and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, came as a rude shock to Nigerians and many other people around the world.