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Nigerian Communications Commission Revises USSD Pricing

Nigerian Communications Commission Revises USSD Pricing

The Nigerian Communications Commission has revised the previous price for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD). This was disclosed in a statement signed by the agency’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde, on Wednesday. The amendment was necessitated following a protracted dispute between Mobile Network Operators and Financial Institutions on the applicable charges for USSD services and the method […]

Pandemic Job Losses And Flooding Spark Fears Of Hard Times In Bangladesh

Pandemic Job Losses And Flooding Spark Fears Of Hard Times In Bangladesh

After losing his job at a garment factory in Dhaka in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit, Mohammad Sumon returned to his village in Jamalpur, about 160 kms away, hoping to support his family working as a part-time mechanic. But severe floods that struck Bangladesh the last week of June, driven by heavy monsoon rains, […]

Over 3.4 Million COVID-19 Tests Performed, 133,344 Active Cases Across Continent

Over 3.4 Million COVID-19 Tests Performed, 133,344 Active Cases Across Continent

As of June 17, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 259,110. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 7,017 and recoveries 118,747. South Africa has the most reported cases – 76,334, with deaths numbering 1,625. Other most-affected countries include Egypt (47,856 cases), Nigeria (17,148), Algeria (11,147), and Ghana (12,193).  The numbers […]

Nigerian Businesses Say Pandemic “Impacted Them Negatively”

Nigerian Businesses Say Pandemic “Impacted Them Negatively”

A whopping 97 per cent of Nigerian businesses recorded losses during the lockdown over Covid-19 while 87 per cent said they have been negatively affected overall by the pandemic, a nationwide survey has shown. Titled the “National survey report on the impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian private sector,” the survey assessed the impact of the […]

Covid-19 May Worsen the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

Covid-19 May Worsen the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

  Growing evidence suggests that, as the Covid-19 pandemic moves across the world, it may drag a second slow-motion pandemic behind it. Even though Covid-19 is a viral illness not affected by antibiotics, early data from hospitals shows that very high proportions of patients—more than 90 percent in some cohorts—are being treated with those drugs […]

Coronavirus Puts 4 Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage

Coronavirus Puts 4 Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage

Four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years because of the new coronavirus pandemic, a global charity said on Friday, as campaigners warned that the crisis could undo decades of work to end the practice. Deepening poverty caused by the loss of livelihoods is likely to drive many families […]

Nigeria Records 381 Cases On Thursday, Highest So Far

Nigeria Records 381 Cases On Thursday, Highest So Far

Nigeria, on Thursday, recorded its highest daily figure since its first COVID-19 case in February as 381 cases were reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). With the latest update, the total tally of infected people in the country rose to 3,526 from 3,145 reported on Wednesday evening. The public health agency in a tweet Thursday […]

UK To Give Frontline Charities More Cash During Virus Lockdown

UK To Give Frontline Charities More Cash During Virus Lockdown

Britain’s finance minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday an extra 750 million pounds ($930 million) of funding for frontline charities so they can continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak. “Our charities are playing a crucial role in the national fight against coronavirus, supporting those who are most in need,” Sunak said in a statement. […]

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