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The Nigeria-South Africa Binational Commission: 20 Years Down The Line

By Tony Ekata In 2009, in the wake of xenophobic attacks that targeted Nigerians along with other foreign nationals, former Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, General Mohamed Buba Marwa, took the proactive step of hosting the maiden Nigerians in South Africa Achievement Awards (NISAA 2009) to showcase Nigerians contributing actively to the socioeconomic growth and transformation of South Africa. ... Read More »

A Wake-Up Call On Art Preservation In Nigeria

A palpable hush gripped the audience at the screening room of Freedom Park, Lagos as Prof. Jonathan Haynes delivered nail-biting points on the poor preservation of Nigerian creative works particularly in television and films. It was the first official day of the just concluded iREP International Documentary Film Festival and Haynes was picked to deliver the keynote address. Titled ‘Storylines, ... Read More »

Experts Want Specific Training To Bridge Skills Gap

Some experts have advised private sector operators to design industry specific training to bridge skills gap to enhance the nation’s socio-economic development. This was the consensus at a social impact discussion organised by a Non-profit Organisation, United Way Greater Nigeria, held in Lagos on Monday. The discuss had as its theme: “The Education Agenda: Rethinking Vocational Training.” Mr Kehinde Awoyele, ... Read More »

In Search Of Autonomy For Government-Owned Universities

In a shambles, Nigeria’s universities groan as they grapple with the federal and state governments’ stranglehold on their administration. If the authorities concerned will embrace university autonomy, writes Head Education Desk, IYABO LAWAL the public university system may flourish again. In an address on his first day as the leader of his country in 1939, Sir Robert Menzies, the former ... Read More »

What African Countries Can Do About Ensuring Safer Surgery

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with plans and tools to help countries ensure safer surgery in their hospitals and clinics. These include the surgical safety checklist and safe childbirth checklist. But implementation is still poor in most African countries. A recent report in The Lancet medical journal suggests that at least 4·2 million people worldwide die within 30 days of surgery each year. Half ... Read More »

Drinking Hot Tea Could Elevate Esophageal Cancer Risk

According to a new study, regularly drinking very hot tea could increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The research hails from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and is published in The International Journal of Cancer. Scientists followed 50,045 individuals between the ages of 40 and 75 from 2004 to 2017. During this period, 317 new cases of esophageal ... Read More »

Tuberculosis Can Be Eradicated By 2045 – Experts

The world can eradicate tuberculosis by 2045 if the fight against the killer disease is properly funded, an international team of experts said Wednesday. Warning of the immense economic and social costs of inaction, they said that better screening, treatments and public awareness were needed to reduce the more than 10 million cases recorded every year. A chronic lung disease ... Read More »

Daughters Of Divine Love Give Hope To Abandoned Children

In 1998, Maryanne Akpa’s mother died while giving birth to her at a hospital in South East Nigeria. Because her father is mentally ill, Akpa was left under nobody’s care. The Daughters of Divine Love sisters stepped in when they heard her story. Since then, Akpa, now 20, has been living with other children from similar situations at the Daughters ... Read More »

Gender Stereotype, Girls And Science Education

In an era marked by a significant shift in the traditional concept of womanhood and an increasing presence of women in medicine, law and business, a growing concern that there are few women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), should attract the attention of authorities in any jurisdictions. In this regard, as the issue of gender parity aimed at ... Read More »

Setting Healthcare Agenda (3)

HEALTH CARE AGENDA 2019-2023 In this third and final sequel of advisory healthcare template for the incoming governments at federal and state levels, shared by some of Nigeria’s best brains in the health sector, including the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, World Bank experts, and other stakeholders in the sector, there seems to be a unanimous belief that the ... Read More »