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Thursday, September 8, 2022

September 08, 2022

Nigeria’s monkeypox death toll highest in Africa – WHO

The World Health Organisation, on Thursday, said Nigeria currently has the highest monkey pox death toll and confirmed cases in Africa.

The organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, disclosed this during a virtual press briefing tagged, ‘Road to defeating Meningitis by 2030.’

Moeti said the majority of monkeypox cases are in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana.

She said, “For monkeypox, there are now 524 confirmed cases and 12 deaths across 11 African countries.

“The majority of cases are in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ghana. Of the 12 deaths, six occurred in Nigeria, four in Ghana, and two in the Central African Republic.

“Although no single monkeypox vaccine has been administered to any high-risk group in any of the African countries reporting cases, WHO has provided 39,000 test kits to countries, enabling improved testing rates.”

Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease (i.e. an infection transmitted from animals to humans) that occurs sporadically, primarily in remote villages of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the exact reservoir of monkeypox is unknown although African rodents are suspected to play a part in transmission.

The latest data from the NCDC showed that as of August 14, there were 530 suspected cases with 220 confirmed cases in the country.

A medical expert, Dr Julian Ojebo, in an interview with The PUNCH, said there was a need for increased awareness about the disease across the country.

Ojebo said, “The government should increase awareness in the print and broadcast media; they should increase awareness campaign everywhere, including the rural areas using the traditional and leaders.

“People should know the signs and symptoms; they should increase the surveillance rate for early detection. There should also be treatment centres dedicated to the disease to avoid stigmatisation.” Also, a medical laboratory scientist at the Department of Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Obinna Chukwudi, said, “The health system is weak and the government should strengthen it by investing resources into the health sector.

“When all is made available, it will be easier in combating epidemics effectively.”


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

August 17, 2022

Nigeria long way behind achieving children’s well-being, says UN

The United Nations says feedback from the 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)-National Immunisation Coverage Survey Report (NICS) launched, yesterday, indicates Nigeria has a long way to go in ensuring the well being of its children.

UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, said this in Abuja at the launch of the report by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The coordinator, who was represented by Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria said: “The picture is a mixed one. While there has been good progress – and we should celebrate that – we still have a long way to go towards ensuring the well being of children in Nigeria.”

The report, according to the UN, reveals that child mortality decreased from one in eight children dying before their fifth birthday in the 2016 MICS report to one in 10 children in the current report.

Hawkins said there has also been significant progress in exclusive breastfeeding and birth registration rates. According to him, the exclusive breastfeeding rate increased from 24 per cent to 34 per cent, while 60 per cent of Nigerian children are now registered at birth with authorities, compared to 47 per cent in 2016.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who launched the report, said it would serve as a major source of data for baseline analysis and national development.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, said the government has made concerted efforts to improve the well-being of its citizens, adding that the report will be an additional instrument for enhancing development.

Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer, NBS, Adeyemi Adeniran, said this round of survey has over 200 indicators, which recorded the highest response rate in the MICS series.

He said: “It is my hope that launch of the results today and subsequent deliberation on the results will lead to review, design and implications of policies and programmes that will positively impact on the lives of Nigerians, especially, on the lives of women and children.”

In goodwill message, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and his Budget and Planning counterpart, Prince Clement Agba, said the report should, by no means, be an end, urging use of the data collected. Theguardianng 

Monday, August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

Conservationists warn against extinction of lions in Nigeria

Conservationists have warned that there won’t be any lions left in Nigeria by 2050 if relevant stakeholders do not take action soon.

Foremost animal conservation organisations, WildAid and Wildlife Conservative Society have also alerted that there were less than 50 surviving lions in the Nigerian wildlife.

According to them, the high levels of poverty, lack of political interest in conservation, and an underdeveloped wildlife tourism industry are fuelling the attack on this symbolic animal.

Several wildlife conservation organisations across Africa have also raised the alarm regarding the depleting rate of this animal saying only about 20,000 lions are left.


Lions are indigenous to Sub Saharan Africa, and according to conservationists, there are only about 20,000 left in the African wildlife.

According to a 2013 report by Lion Aid, a lion conservation agency, there are less than 645 lions remaining in the wild in western and central part of Africa.

The report found that African lions were extinct in 25 African nations. They also estimated that about 15,000 wild lions remain on the continent, compared to about 200,000 that were present on the continent 30 years ago.

The lion conservation organisation revealed that lions were already extinct in countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo with clusters still left in Burkina Faso, Niger, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Chad.

According to Wildlife Conservation Society, it was revealed that in years ago, lions were widespread in the northern parts of the country but recently, they are now only seen in two sites in the country: Kainji Lake National Park and Yankari Game Reserve.

This depleting number may also impact the economy of the country, they say.

The President and Founder of WildAid, a non-profit wildlife conservation agency, Peter Knights, in a recent interview, lamented about the future of the animal and the inherent economic loss the country may suffer.

Knights explained that other issues affecting the survival and continued existence of the lions were human-wildlife conflict, agricultural expansion. He added that urbanisation demands were also causing lions to lose their natural habitat and get killed, becoming illegal bush meat in the process.

He further stated that the loss of their natural habitat as well as prey to feed on puts humans at risk as the lions in search of food now have little or no option than to feed on domestic livestock which now results in increased human-lion conflict.

While speaking in commemoration of the World Lion Day that is held every August 10, Knights reiterated that more efforts were needed to save the remaining lions, keep them in their natural habitat, and reap the economic benefits they contribute to the country.

He lamented that the economic and cultural significance of the lions were yet to be understood by Nigerians and that Nigerians were unsympathetic towards the situation of the animal.

He said, “Most people in Nigeria are amazed there are only 30 – 50 African lions left. There’s not many of them. They are shocked and they are concerned that they will disappear completely.

“I think there is low empathy towards lions. Internationally, I think people have got points in place. Like Kenya where they understand that keeping the lions is actually better than losing them because there is money to be made from tourism and they do realise the cultural significance of that.”

Speaking on, Knight said Tanzania with about 8,000 lions in its wild were creating jobs and increasing their revenues.

“In East Africa, in places like Tanzania, where there are about 8,000 lions, it is estimated that they make over a million dollars over the lifetime of a lion in the wild because people would love to come and see lions in the wild.

“The hope here in Nigeria is that we can protect the population, rebuild them and eventually you’d be able to go and see wildlife here in Nigeria in parks like Yankari.”

He also applauded the WCS for their concentrated efforts in keeping the remaining lions alive, away from poachers and also their efforts to ensure that lions did not go extinct in Nigeria.

In addition to that effort, WildAid said they were focused on creating campaigns that would awareness on the plights and implications of this ‘iconic’ animal getting extinct.

Also, in commemoration of Lion’s Day being celebrated, wildlife conservationist, Mark Ofua, said it was crucial to call attention to issues facing lions, especially in Nigeria because “we are fast losing them.” Punchng 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

August 14, 2022

Nigeria beat S'Korea in U-20 Women’s World Cup

Nigeria beat South Korea 1-0 on Sunday in the Group C football match at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, Complete Sports reports.

Esther Onyenezide’s late strike gave the Falconets victory in their second match of the tournament.

The Falconets will face Canada in their final group match on Wednesday.

The match which was scheduled for 9 pm was shifted to 10.15 pm due to heavy rain.

According to Complete Sports, the Falconets made their first attempt to score a goal in the third minute through Bashirat Amoo, who tried a long-range effort from a free kick but was calmly saved by South Korea keeper Kim Kyeong-Hee.

In the 22nd minute, the Koreans went on the attack again with Lee Soo-In hitting a long-range strike but the ball hit woodwork.

With four minutes left in the first half, Amoo made a long-range strike which went off target.

Five minutes into the second half, Onyenezide tried a long cross into the area on the back of a pouring attack but South Korea’s keeper rose high to claim the ball.

In the 82nd minute, the goal finally came thanks to a brilliant long-range strike from Onyenezide which flew past the Korean keeper into the back of the net. Punchng 

Friday, August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

Nigeria loses N101bn worth of oil - OPEC

Nigeria’s crude oil production plunged by 2.3 million barrels in July 2022 when compared to what the country produced in the preceding month of June, data from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries showed on Thursday.

In its latest Monthly Oil Market Report for August 2022, OPEC stated that crude oil production figures based on direct communication indicated that Nigeria’s output dropped by an average of 74,000 barrels per day in July.


This implies that for the 31 days in July, the country lost about 2.3 million barrels of crude oil. The organisation further stated that the average cost of Brent crude, the global benchmark for oil, during the month under review was $105.12/barrel.

By losing 2.3 million barrels in July this year, it means Nigeria’s oil earnings fell by about $241.1m or N101.13bn (at the official exchange rate of N419.37/$) in the month under review.

Data from OPEC showed that Nigeria’s oil production in June 2022 was 1.158 million barrels per day, but this dropped to 1.084 million barrels per day in July.

The country had produced 1.024 million barrels per day in May this year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday.

The Federal Government, operators and experts have consistently fingered crude oil theft in the Niger Delta as the major reason for Nigeria’s poor output and its continued failure to meet the monthly oil production quota approved by OPEC.

The Chief Executive Officer, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise, Dr. Muda Yusuf, blamed the challenges in the oil sector on the high level of insecurity across the country.

This, he said, had continued to discourage investors in the sector, leading to lower production of crude oil and lower earnings for Nigeria despite the increased cost of crude.

He said, “Investors in the oil and gas sector continue to lament the challenges posed by insecurity, oil theft, unstable policies and inappropriate fiscal regimes.

“The downstream sector has continued to be weighed down by the pricing regimes and the regulatory environments which have continued to dim the growth prospects in the sector.”

Meanwhile OPEC stated that crude oil prices dipped in July, as against their costs in June, adding that crude in OPEC Reference Basket fell by $9.17 or 7.8 per cent month-on-month in July to average $108.55/barrel.

“Oil futures prices remained highly volatile in July, amid a sharp drop in liquidity. The ICE Brent front month declined $12.38 or 10.5 per cent in July to average $105.12/barrel and NYMEX WTI declined by $14.96 or 13.1 per cent to average $99.38/barrel,” the global oil cartel stated. Punchng

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

Nigeria tops UAE, US, others as most crypto-curious country

Nigeria is the most cryptocurrency-obsessed country in the world, according to a new study by CoinGecko.

The research examined Google Trends data of search terms frequently used by people interested in cryptocurrency.

The terms were combined to give each English-speaking country a ‘total search score’ to discover those curious about cryptocurrency since the market crash in April 2022.

Nigeria, with a total search score of 371, topped the list of nations where ‘cryptocurrency’, ‘invest in crypto’ and ‘buy crypto’ were most searched.

The United Arab Emirates is second with a total search score of 270. UAE’s population searched for the word ‘cryptocurrency’ and the term ‘invest in crypto’.

Singapore, in third position with a total search score of 261, has the third-highest level of searches for the term ‘buy crypto’, in addition to being the country with the most search for ‘Ethereum’.

The United Kingdom, fifth overall with a total search score of 198, has the sixth-highest level of searches for the term ‘buy crypto’ and the third-highest number of searches for ‘invest in crypto’.

The United States places as the 12th with a total search score of 157. America has the tenth-highest search levels for the term ‘buy crypto’ and is the sixth country most searched for ‘Solana’. Dailypost

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

August 09, 2022

Nigeria arrests men suspected of deadly church attack

The suspected gunmen who killed dozens of worshippers during a church service in southwestern Nigeria in June have been arrested, Nigeria's top military officer said on Tuesday (August 9).

This comes two months after the attack which shocked many in the West African nation.

"We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo," General Leo Irabor, Nigeria's Chief of Defense Staff, said in a meeting with local media, reported by Abuja-based Daily Trust newspapers.

Neither Irabor nor the police who confirmed the arrest to The Associated Press provided further details into the development. The Nigerian general however said investigations are still ongoing and "in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country."

The gunmen stormed the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state just as the worshippers gathered on Pentecost Sunday and killed at least 40 of them, authorities said.

The incident shocked many in Ondo which is one of Nigeria's most peaceful states and had been largely spared the violent attacks across the West African nation, particularly in the troubled north where Islamic extremist rebels of Boko Haram and other armed groups operate.

The church attack in Owo had "the imprints" of the Islamic State of West African Province, an offshoot of Boko Haram, Nigerian officials said after the attack. Security analysts have since last year warned that the Islamic rebels in Nigeria's north are now spreading to other parts of the country.

Bishop Jude Arogundade of the Ondo Catholic Diocese told AP that residents in Ondo and the church in Nigeria are already "getting frustrated that after two months, people came to kill 40 people and we do not have any information about it."

He said the Catholic church has not been informed yet of the arrests and continues to wait to hear "the motive because we are a peaceful organization, we don't get into politics or into controversial issues." Africanews

Saturday, August 6, 2022

August 06, 2022

Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping

Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Yakubu Wambai said that the expectations of the Stabilisation Support Mission in Guinea Bissau would yield many positives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that military wares such as trucks, cars, and tankers were among the equipment shipped on NNS KADA.

Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil.

“Nigeria’s effort towards peace-keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate.

“The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally.

“By moving this equipment, we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau,’’ he said.

The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully.

“The Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff, and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence.

“At the end, we will continue to showcase the capability, capacity, and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub-region.

“This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead,’’ he stressed.

Wambai recalled that in 1990, the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia.

The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG).

ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3,000 troops and has grown to between 10,000 and 12,000 troops, the vast majority being Nigerians.

ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, later joined by Mali.

According to Wambai, “we did the same thing in Sierra Leone; three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau.

“We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need,’’ the FOC declared.

He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub-region.

Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity, professionalism, and teamwork in all their operations.

“I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demand that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities.

“Also, I must urge you to respect the religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties,’’ the FOC told the departing contingent. NAN

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

April 19, 2022

How to reduce e-banking frauds in Nigeria, by don

A professor of Business Management at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and immediate past Head of Department of Management and Accounting, Abiola Idowu, has suggested ways of reducing the upsurge in E-banking fraud in Nigeria.

The don made the submission at the 51st Inaugural Lecture of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State where she spoke on the theme: “Digital Revolution and E-banking Fraud in Nigeria: Perspectives and Contours of Management Control Function.”

The don said the National Assembly should propose relevant bills such as Cyber Security and Information Protection Bill and Electronic Transactions Protection Bill that could eliminate or reduce electronic fraud to the barest minimum.

The professor advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to issue operative guidelines the already in use, to be reviewed to regulate e-banking services in such a way that suspicious transactions could be reported seamlessly to its financial intelligence.

She added that the banks should be mandated to deploy advanced tools and technology, which could adequately protect customers against falling prey to fraudsters, considering the overreliance on telecoms service providers for basic services.

The inaugural lecturer called for urgent provision of automated analysis tools that could identify and report fraud attempts in a timely manner.

She also called for deployment of deep learning by managements of banks.

Idowu said: “Deep Learning is a new approach to machine learning and artificial intelligence which are good at identifying complex patterns and characteristics of cybercrime and online fraud.”

She went on: “There is an urgent need to review the internal audit functions of banks to include fraud risk analysis and management, while the internal control mechanism should be strengthened through adequate investment in training of staff in cyber security, online audit fraud detection and management.

“There should be regular rotation of bank employees to frustrate collaborative fraud. The regulatory institutions and banks should organise workshops, seminars and public lectures for bank customers on how to escape various e-banking frauds. The banking industry should review the existing Bank Verification Number (BVN) framework with the introduction of BVN watch list.” Theguardianng 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

April 16, 2022

US approves sale of $1bn attack choppers, equipment to Nigeria

The United States Government has approved the sale of AH-1Z Attack Helicopter Related FMS Acquisitions and related equipment to Nigeria.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), under the Department of Defense, has delivered the certification, notifying Congress of the $1 billion deal.

Nigeria has requested to buy 12 AH-1Z Attack Helicopters, 28 T-700 GE 401C engines (24 installed, 4 spares), and 2,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) guidance sections.


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Others are communication equipment, electronic warfare systems, AN/AVS-9 Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System, M197 20mm machine gun, and Target Sight System (TSS).

Night Vision Cueing Display (NVCD), commercial variant GPS with Standard Positioning Service (SPS), spare engine containers, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment were also ordered.

America will provide technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, a Mission Planning system, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, contractor assistance and oversight of facilities construction.

The breakdown shows that $25 million will be allocated for institutional and technical assistance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to continue the Air Ground Integration (AGI) program.

This comprises developing targeting processes that are legally compliant with International Humanitarian Law and the Laws of Armed Conflict, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

A statement by DSCA said the sale will better equip Nigeria to contribute to shared security objectives, promote regional stability and build interoperability with the U.S. and other Western partners.

It listed the principal contractors as Bell Helicopter, Textron, Fort Worth, TX; and General Electric Company, Lynn, MA.

Nigeria paid around $462 million for twelve Tucanos and other equipment in 2018, six built with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system.

The powerful turboprops are being used for missions against terrorists in North-East and North-West regions.

The U.S. Government confirmed it was the largest defence sale to an African country. Dailypost


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