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Movement for gender equality is a fight for sustainable development of Nigeria — UN Women Rep, Comfort Lamptey

Movement for gender equality is a fight for sustainable development of Nigeria — UN Women Rep, Comfort Lamptey

By Funmi Ajumobi The United Nations Women Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Comfort Lamptey has said that the movement for gender equality is a fight for sustainable development of Nigeria and not just women’s movement. Speaking at the inaugural International Women’s Day (IWD) Awards Gala held in partnership with the British High Commission, the European […]

How Young Nigerians’ Distrust of Political Leaders Fuels Covid Misinformation

Ever since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency in January 2020, there’s been a need for studies that help explain what people understand by public health messages. Research into the nuances of communication is especially important when conspiracy theories and misleading rumours about the pandemic are in circulation. Misinformation can […]

Aregbesola Orders Shooting of Jailbreakers

Aregbesola Orders Shooting of Jailbreakers

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has ordered officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCOs) to shoot dead any person who attempts to attack a prison facility across the country. The minister who noted that the Correctional (Prison) facility was a red zone, said anyone who attempted to break the facility should be recovered […]

Four-Day Lockdown Looms in South-East As Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Resumes

Four-Day Lockdown Looms in South-East As Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Resumes

There are indications that Southeast residents may be forced to observe a four-day lockdown from Monday, as the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s treason trial is set to resume at a Federal High Court, Abuja. Mr Kanu is scheduled to appear in court from January 18 to January 20. IPOB, an outlawed group leading the agitation […]

Child Marriage Violates Girls’ Rights

Child Marriage Violates Girls’ Rights

Child marriage remains prevalent in Nigeria because the federal and state governments have not adequately enforced laws to prevent it, Human Rights Watch said today. Nigeria’s rates of child marriage are some of the highest on the African continent. Although the federal Child Rights Act (CRA, 2003) prohibits marriage below age 18, the Nigerian constitution contains provisions […]

Four Million Nigerian Women Interested in Family Planning Lack Access to Commodities

Four Million Nigerian Women Interested in Family Planning Lack Access to Commodities

“That basically means that 15.1 per cent of women between 15 and 40 want to access contraception, but are denied access.” The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative in Nigeria, Ulla Mueller, says the country has 15.1 per cent unmet need for family planning. Ms Mueller disclosed this in Abuja at NAN Forum, the […]

Chimamanda, Malala, Gates Others Listed On BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women of 2021

Chimamanda, Malala, Gates Others Listed On BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women of 2021

The BBC has named renowned Nigerian author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on its annual list of 100 inspiring and impactful women in the world for 2021. Among others listed are the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate winner, Malala Yousafzai; Samoa’s first Female Prime Minister, Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa; Professor Heidi J Larson, who heads the […]

Govt Slams UK for Placing Nigeria On Covid-19 Red List

Govt Slams UK for Placing Nigeria On Covid-19 Red List

The Federal Government has condemned the decision of the United Kingdom to put Nigeria on the red list and place a ban on foreign travels originating from the country following the discovery of Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19 in some Nigerian travellers. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who addressed the press […]

Italian Cops Bust Nigerian Crime Network Forcing Women Into Prostitution

Italian Cops Bust Nigerian Crime Network Forcing Women Into Prostitution

Italian authorities said the criminal network forced 41 Nigerian women into prostitution while nine were forced to beg for money on the streets. The exploitation stretched outside Italy into Germany and Libya. Italian police on Monday announced that they had broken up a Nigerian crime ring operating across the country with the arrest of some […]

MSF Treats Thousands of Children for Malnutrition as Conflict Surges in the Northwest

MSF Treats Thousands of Children for Malnutrition as Conflict Surges in the Northwest

Doctors Without Borders has launched a new program to treat malnourished children in Katsina state, in the northwest of Nigeria, as conflict and insecurity surge in the region. We are working in collaboration with the Nigerian Ministry of Health to run a 62-bed inpatient therapeutic treatment centre (ITFC) in Katsina City, as well as five […]