Africa Covid19 

COVID-19: Nigerian govt finally approves resumption of domestic flights

The Federal Government has approved the safe resumption of domestic flights across the country nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curb further spread of COVID-19. It also lifted the ban on interstate movement with effect from July 1. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday during the daily media chat of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja. Mustapha, who is the Chairman of the taskforce, said: “Maintaining the current phase of the national response,…

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Africa Covid19 Financial Services 

Nigeria likely to go into severe recession due to COVID-19, Oil price crash

The World Bank made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday as part of its latest Nigeria Development Update (NDU). The bank said the report indicated that Nigeria in Times of COVID-19: Laying Foundations for a Strong Recovery, estimated that the country’s economy would likely contract by 3.2 per cent in 2020. It stated that this projection assumed that the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria would be contained by the third quarter of 2020. It however noted that If the spread of the virus became more severe, the…

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Africa Agriculture 

Delta government seeks N8Bn loan to boost agriculture

The Delta Government has granted its approval for the state to access eight billion naira loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to develop agriculture in the state. The state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Asaba, said that accessing the loan was part of the decisions reached at the State’s Executive Council meeting. He said that the State Government had approved a review of the state’s 2020 budget to reflect the reality on ground because of the fall in crude…

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Africa Information Services 

How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

Rwanda is renowned as a pioneer of gender equality. In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The country therefore seemed a natural fit for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The Coding for Employment flagship program is…

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Ighalo, Pogba play sub roles as Man Utd fight back to draw at Spurs

Nigerian winger, Odion Ighalo played a substitute role for Manchester United in their 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. 31-year-old Ighalo, who has now made nine appearances for the Red Devils since his arrival last January, was introduced in the 78th minute replacing Anthony Martial. United were trailing by halftime, courtesy of a 27th-minute opener by Steven Bergwijn, before Bruno Fernandes equalized from the spot in the 81st minute. Paul Pogba, who also played a substitute role, was the creator of the penalty when Eric Dier hauled him…

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