SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 2020 (IPS) – The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is hard to predict as events are still unfolding, and estimates vary dramatically. UNCTAD estimates lost output in the order of US$1 trillion, just over a third of Bloomberg’s expectation of US$2.7 trillion in losses. The OECD expects global economic growth to halve from already Read More

The African continent is not on track to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets related to tuberculosis , the World Health Organisation, has said. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, in a statement yesterday to mark this year’s World Tuberculosis Day, said: “Only one in two people with TB (56%) across Read More

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities warned against measures that aim to fight the COVID-19 pandemic but are impossible for people with disabilities, thus leaving them behind. SDG target 8.5 calls for achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons Read More

A firm, International Breweries Plc, has built and donated a N44million ultra-modern health centre to one of its host communities, Oginigba community in Ohio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the health centre, the Legal and Corporate Affairs Director of International Breweries Plc, Otunba Micheal Daramola, said the project Read More

The Lagos Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project has launched a Farm Record Handbook and e-record portal application for collecting, organising and categorising records to enhance good farm management among farmers in the state. Speaking at the stakeholders workshop, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, said that farm record keeping Read More

Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo (Photo: The Director, Investment Promotion Department of the ministry, Abimbola Arodudu, said this on Friday in Abuja at a two-day workshop on Federal-State Strategy on Investment Promotion for Rural Development. IPPAs are agreements signed between Nigeria and friendly nations for the promotion and protection of investments of Read More

The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Agriculture and Food Security programme, Prince Joe Okojie, has said the state government is supporting agripreneurs in the state with training and grants as part of a deliberate policy to ensure sustainable growth and development of the state’s economy. Okojie said this in Etsako West Local Read More

According to the WHO, “Good hygiene is an important barrier to many infectious diseases, and it promotes better health and well-being”. This has driven Dettol’s commitment to spreading the message of good hygiene practices among Nigerians, and has given birth to various initiatives, programmes and social investment activities across the country. Recently, the hygiene education team Read More

Bauchi State Government in collaboration with United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and DFID has provided safe drinking water to a total of 2,150,898 people in rural communities across 12 selected Local Government Areas. State Commissioner of Water Resources Jidauna Tula Mbami, who disclosed this yesterday during the commemoration of the 2020 World Water Day, said, Read More

Kuni Tyessi in Abuja With just 10 years away from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target of 2030, Nigeria has recorded four per cent improvement in the number of babies being delivered by skilled birth attendants. However alarming is the disclosure of two per cent being recorded from 1990- 2018 in the number of Read More

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