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In This Same Country…

There is today in Nigeria an entire generation of Nigerian-passport wielding men and women who do not actually know, to borrow Achebe’s words that indeed “there was once a country”. These children born in a season of austerity, and raised during the years that the locusts ate, have become angry citizens. They are angry because […]

National Assembly Postpones Passage of 2016 Budget

National Assembly Postpones Passage of 2016 Budget

The Senate yesterday postponed passage of the 2016 budget for the third time. Our correspondent reports that the joint appropriation committees of both chambers had fixed yesterday for submission of their report on the budget and its passage today. At yesterday’s sitting, the chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, was conspicuously absent […]

Minister Reiterates Efforts to Stem Medical Tourism

Minister Reiterates Efforts to Stem Medical Tourism

MINISTER of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari – led administration would not relent in his effort to halt medical tourism. Enahire, who spoke at the investiture of the 19th President of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Prof. Ademola Abayomi Olaitan, disclosed that medical tourism costs […]

D’Banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Others Join Call for Global Gender Equality

D’Banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Others Join Call for Global Gender Equality

In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, influential figures across the globe have urged world leaders to end extreme poverty by investing in girls and women. Top among the influential figures who have added their voices to the campaign are Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, D’Banj, Melinda Gates, Femi Kuti, Charlize Theron, Yemi Alade and […]

#LetsDiscussRape chat on Twitter today

#LetsDiscussRape chat on Twitter today

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On gender equality and ignorance of high places

Over a week ago, the lawmakers of Enugu State had the opportunity to consider what was termed the “Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and other Matters Related Thereto Bill.” These lawmakers, however, were not in the mood for opportunities—equal or otherwise—and the bill was “stepped down.” I have not seen a copy […]

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged Nigeria to select and implement five priority areas out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fast-track development in the country. The Country Director of Programme in Nigeria, Dr Pa-Lamin Beyai, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday […]

Police Launch Hunt for Girls Abducted From Boarding School in Lagos

Police Launch Hunt for Girls Abducted From Boarding School in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has said they are on the trail of the armed men who allegedly abducted about three school girls in Ikorodu on Monday night. ‎The students were taken from their hostel at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Agunfoye Lugbusi‎, at about 8 p.m., reports say. “We are working on their rescue,” […]

Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria

Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria

When Imade was seven years old her teacher began to sexually abuse her after school. “He [told] me I was a smart and beautiful girl and gave me little sums of money,” says Imade, now 24. One day, he raped her. Imade told her mother, who complained to the school. “They fired him, but that […]

South African retailer exits Nigeria as import restrictions affect business

South African retailer exits Nigeria as import restrictions affect business

South African retailer Truworths has left Nigeria citing import restrictions. “We were unable to operate the stores properly any longer because we were unable to send merchandise to the stores because there’s regulation preventing that,” chief executive Michael Mark told Reuters in telephone interview on Thursday. The company said it was even struggling to pay its […]