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No end in sight to Nigeria’s border closures

19 September 2019 Nigerian border crossings with Benin and Niger remain sealed despite a warning from West Africa’s regional grouping that the shutdown is harming prosperity. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appealed to the Nigerian government to reopen its borders.  It warned that the partial closing of border crossings to Benin and Niger, which prevents the …

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Priti Patel’s comments about Nigeria back in the spotlight again

18 September 2019 Back in November last year, when Priti Patel, the current home secretary in the UK, was just a Conservative backbencher, she penned an article in support of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), who were involved in a $9bn legal tussle with the Nigerian government. questioned her involvement at the time. Priti Patel made some good points …

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What Nigerian cities can learn from the rest of the world

16 September 2019 Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanising region. By 2050 more than one billion people will live in cities across the continent. Nigeria is Africa’s urban growth giant. In 1950, the West African nation’s urban population was under 375 000 spread across only 99 cities. Now there are close to 100 million people in over 780 cities. Villages have …

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UN housing rights expert visits Nigeria

15 September 2019 The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is in Nigeria on a visit expected to last from 13 to 23 September 2019. “I look forward to travelling to the most populous nation in Africa to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Nigeria with regard to its implementation of the right to housing,” …

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