INTERVIEW: Most Nigerians with hypertension are not Aware of Status – Expert

  Those with hypertension tend not to so well with COVID-19- Dr. Oyejoko says during Platforms Africa e-Discourse    Health Policy analyst and Managing Director, Solomon Jayden Medical Centre, Dr. Akin OYEJOKO, is an accomplished Senior Medical Doctor whose sojourn in the practice spanned many years at both public and private hospitals in Nigeria and abroad. He featured as the lead discussant at the second e-Discourse organised by Platforms Africa, an ex-Community of Intellectuals, opinion leaders and policy moulders in Africa, where he dissected the relationship between High blood pressure…

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How Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala Won WTO DG first contest, Moved To Next Phase

Nigeria’s candidate for the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has won the first run of elections and has along with four others advanced to the second phase. The other contestants, who are from Kenya, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the UK, on Friday advanced to the next round of voting after six days of confidential consultation with members. Ambassador David Walker, Chair of the WTO General Council in a briefing on the outcome of the election gave the Head of Delegation meeting, details of the process that…

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EKEDC Boss, Fadebiyi, named Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020 lead Judge

  Managing Director of leading power utility firm in Nigeria, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Adeoye Fadeyibi, has been named one of the lead judges at the ongoing Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020. The Smart Meter Hackathon is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in partnership with Eko Innovation Centre to design, develop and produce smart metering system using local talents. The Hackathon is expected to improve access to electricity, by accelerating the production of affordable electricity meters to bridge the metering gap in Lagos State and by extension Nigeria. Out of…

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Adeola Yusuf secures Columbia Varsity Journalism School Symposium support

   Platforms Africa Convener attends Columbia Journalism Review “The New Journalism” Event Multiple award winning Nigerian Journalist, Adeola Yusuf, has secured a free ticket from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to attend Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) symposium. Yusuf, the convener of Platforms Africa, who is a Thomson Reuters Foundation laureate and a one-time winner of Africa Investigative Journalism Conference Bursary, was given the free ticket to, alongside other A-list journalists across the World, attend the highly sought-after symposium themed; “The New Journalism: Rethinking the news in the wake…

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Despite COVID-19, We avert Food Crisis, Nigeria’s Buhari rates self high on Food Security

  Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the level of preparedness of nations to shocks of food security, explaining that his Government’s wisdom in promoting self-sufficiency over the years helped significantly in averting a food crisis. Speaking at the National Food Security Council meeting held at the State House, President Buhari noted that there was need for more effort to increase food production and self-sufficiency, assuring that the Federal Government will continue to promote policies that favour investments in the agricultural sector. “The coronavirus pandemic…

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Drums of War in Kenya as President Kenyatta, Deputy’s allies fight dirty

  Kenya Opposition party leader Raila Odinga speaks after a meeting with Maa community leaders from Kajiado at his Capitol Hill office on August 8, 2020, alleging plans by elements in the country’s politics of dragging Kenya to the fourth civil war in the last 28 years. Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have gone personal with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family with Opposition chief Raila Odinga warning of a “plot” by some politicians to take Kenya to war. Uhuru’s cousin Beth Mugo linked Ruto to the attacks by…

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Nigeria spends N30.5bn COVID-19 funds, palliatives from Banks, Citizens in 4 months

The Nigerian Accountant General, Ahmed Idris, has given details of how the Government spent N30.5 billion on efforts to curtail COVID-19 between April and July. The amount, checks by Platforms Africa showed, represented 84 per cent of the N36.3bn public funds and donations received by the Nigerian Government to tackle the pandemic. Some of the funds came from the public funds and donations from Nigerians, Banks, Nongovernmental organizations and many more. Idris gave the details in a response to a Freedom of Information request jointly made by Socio-Economic Rights and…

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Nigerian Schools, NYSC camps reopen in 30 days

The Nigerian Government has given the green light for schools administrators to begin the process for full reopening of schools and camps of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) across the country within the next 30 days. Recall that Lagos, epicentre of COVID-19 in the country has already announced September 14 and 21 as days gates of its schools would be thrown wide open for full academic session. National Government’s Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has, in the same vein, directed all schools across Nigeria and the National Youth…

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Nigeria’s ex-minister, Fani-Kayode Under Fire for calling Journalist Stupid

A Nigerian former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has landed himself in trouble waters for calling a journalist with Daily Trust, Mr. Eyo Charles, stupid. Eyo, the Cross Rivers State correspondent of the Newspaper asked Fani-Kayode who after leaving office over five years ago was on a tour of project in the state, the identity of the person or institution that is bankrolling his tour. Rather than providing an answer to the question, the politician known for his many controversies wore a toga of bully refering to Eyo as being…

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Mali Crisis: President Keita Resigns After Country suffers Coup, Mutiny

  President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned his position as Mali President following a military coup in the West African country on Tuesday. It had been widely reported earlier that Malian President and his Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé, were “arrested” late Tuesday afternoon in Bamako by mutinous soldiers supporting the opposition. “We can tell you that the president and prime ministers are under our control. We arrested them at his home ” (at the home of the Head of State), said a soldier, who requested anonymity. “IBK (President Keita) and his Prime Minister are in…

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