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Nigeria needs a new industrial strategy

10 September 2021 Seven years after the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan, the goal of making Nigeria the preferred manufacturing hub in West Africa has not produced tangible benefits for the country. Inequality, poverty and unemployment rates remain high and in some regions insecurity has worsened. But if a new industrial strategy is needed, what issues should be the focus? The …

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Nigeria: Covid-19 impact worsens hunger in Lagos

29 July 2021 Inadequate support highlights need for expanded social security system The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the plight of families living in poverty in Lagos State, Nigeria and left many people struggling to afford food and meet other basic needs.Survey data shows federal and state government support, including cash transfers and food assistance, reached only …

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Pandemic underscores flaws in Nigeria’s farming and food supply chains

15 April 2021 During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban slums. The project was launched because food was not available and accessible to millions of people in Africa’s most populous city. Given my background in agricultural innovation, I set about trying to understand why the supply of food was …

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Confusion reigns about Nigeria’s distribution plan for its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines

10 March 2021 Nigeria has started to vaccinate people after receiving its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. Virologist and senior research fellow Dr Solomon Bakarey provides some insights on how the country should go about the rollout plan. The government hasn’t unveiled a coherent plan. How much of a problem is this? It’s a big problem, and it’s making Nigerians sceptical about the vaccines. …

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Nigerian govt hasn’t yet bought coronavirus vaccines

16 January 2021  Country is undecided which vaccines to use: health official Prices, logistics are key considerations for purchasing shot Nigeria hasn’t bought any Covid-19 vaccines yet as Africa’s most populous nation is still assessing the prices of different shots, their availability and the logistics required in a nationwide roll-out. Minister of State for Health Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora said that once …

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The Nigerian scientist sequencing new COVID strain as cases rise

4 January 2021 Virologist Sunday Omilabu says information he gathers will help battle the spread of the disease in Africa’s most populous country. A Nigerian scientist has spent the holiday season in his laboratory doing genetic sequencing to learn more about the country’s COVID-19 variant, as cases increase in the country. Virologist Sunday Omilabu says the information he gathers about …

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Another new coronavirus variant found in Nigeria, says Africa CDC

24 December 2020 Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed. The news comes after Britain and South Africa both reported new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appear to be more contagious, leading to new travel restrictions and turmoil …

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Where COVID-19 has left Nigeria’s health system

14 December 2020 Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic. Adejuwon Soyinka, from The Conversation Africa, asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science, to assess the situation and how it might affect the country’s ability to manage other equally important diseases. Where …

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Understanding Nigeria’s economic and security challenges under President Buhari

9 October 2020 President Buhari of Nigeria has asserted that after five years in power he has improved the economy and improved citizens’ lives by lifting millions out of poverty. The country’s new and unenviable reputation as the world’s ‘poverty capital’, however, has triggered questions about Buhari’s commitments, with ongoing national insecurity among factors affecting Nigeria’s economic direction. Riding the …

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Five years on: are Nigerians better or worse under President Buhari?

2 October 2020 Five years into Buhari’s presidency, public trust in the Nigerian government appears to be in decline alongside a growing perception of lacking political inclusion. This is hardened by negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic, and a sense of undelivered political promises, which underscore the importance of collective buy-in for the country’s development aspirations. In September 2020, …

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