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Nigeria has a mental health problem

10 October 2019 One in four Nigerians suffers from mental illness, but help is hampered by tight budgets and a lack of skilled staff. On the outside, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba seems tranquil. But on the inside of this century-old facility – one of only a half-dozen psychiatric centres in Lagos, and the only one run by the federal …

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Buhari and Ramaphosa have no plans to curb the attacks against foreigners in South Africa

3 October 2019 Buhari is on a visit to South Africa for talks with his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa after violent attacks on Africans living in the country created bad blood between citizens of the two African powerhouses. In early September fresh outbursts of violence against foreigners erupted in parts of South Africa. Over a dozen people were killed, when mobs torched and …

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UN expert on housing blasts the crisis of inhumane living in Nigeria

23 September 2019 Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, at the end of her 10 day visit to Nigeria, addressed the media in Abuja on the initial findings from her trip. Day 11 – PRESS CONFERENCE:I am deeply concerned about the urgent human rights crisis presented by the inhumane living conditions in Nigeria’s informal …

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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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Xenophobic attacks: From South African frying pan to Nigerian fire

13 September 2019 189 Nigerians arrived in Lagos in the early hours of yesterday from Johannesburg on a free Air Peace flight, following the violent attacks against foreigners in South Africa. The evacuees were among the first to return home and they face an uncertain future in Nigeria that hasn’t changed for the better since they decided to try their …

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South Africa closes embassies in Nigeria after threats

5 September 2019 South Africa has temporarily closed its embassies in Abuja and Lagos as it seeks to contain the fallout from xenophobic attacks in its own country. South Africa’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Lunga Ngqengelele, said the government had closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria on Wednesday “after receiving reports and threats.” Ngqengelele said the decision to suspend operations at …

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Lagos comes bottom of 2019 Safe Cities Index

30 August 2019 Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, is at the bottom in the 2019 Safe Cities Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The index ranks 60 cities on 57 indicators, covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. Tokyo tops the list as the safest city, with Singapore and Osaka, making up the top three. London and New …

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A ‘Computer Village’ in Lagos offers lessons on what it takes to help small firms thrive

27 June 2019 Nigeria’s Otigba Computer Village is arguably the biggest information, communications technology (ICT) market in Africa. It started off as a one-man business on a street called “Otigba” in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. Within a short time it grew to a few thousand businesses occupying a vast area in the state. It represents an ICT solution centre for …

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