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The team lead of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Aishatu Digil said the Federal Government will spend N999m daily to feed approximately 10 million pupils nationwide. Digil revealed this in Abuja at a stakeholders’ meeting on disbursement modalities for the review cost of feeding, noting that the programme would eliminate poor implementation practices. She said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, had got the approval to spend...

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the approval of a $1.5 billion emergency programme to alleviate the effect of worsening food insecurity as a result of the Russia/Ukraine War, this was revealed by its director on Monday. About 20 million farmers on the continent will benefit from the fund as Africa faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tonnes of food, especially wheat, maize, and soybeans imported from Russia and Ukraine. “The US$1.5...

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MAIDUGURI — The school feeding programme introduced by the Federal Government has helped reduce the number of out-of-school children, particularly among the internally displaced children in Borno State. Fatima Abba Mali, Borno State Programme Manager of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the state stated this during a one-day training organised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development with the theme: “Train Master Cook”, in Maiduguri. “We have...

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Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says about 250 million Africans go on an empty stomach from dusk to dawn. He stated this in an article recently published on the AfDB’s website and titled, ‘It’s time to nourish Africa once and for all.’ According to him, the persistent food shortages in the continent mean that Africans struggle to put food on the table. Adesina described hunger as a way of life for...

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AUCHI — The President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Joshua Suleiman, on Saturday, March 19 officially launched a free food restaurant in Auchi, Edo State. The restaurant, Joliz Kitchen, which was built to mitigate the effect of Nigeria’s poor economic conditions, is in line with the activities to mark the Apostle’s birthday on March 24, 2022. According to the cleric, the restaurant will feed at least 1000 people daily. Addressing the audience at the launch...

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the ongoing crisis in Ukraine will trigger a rise in the prices of fuel and food items. Kristalina Georgieva, IMF managing director, said this after a meeting with African ministers of finance, African central bank governors, and representatives from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to discuss the impact of the crisis in Ukraine. According to him, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine could undo Africa’s post-COVID-19...

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NEW YORK — UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is deeply concerned that intensifying hostilities in Ukraine pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. UNICEF Executive Director, Ms. Catherine Russell on children in Ukraine, said in a statement on Thursday, that heavy weapons fire along the line of contact had already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days. She said unless the fighting subsides,...

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ABUJA — The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, has said the food influx in Nigeria is triggered by the country’s security situation. The minister disclosed this at the opening of a retreat for defence advisers/attaches, organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Abuja. According to him, the attacks by bandits,  Boko Haram insurgents, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and other outlaw gangs poses serious security threats to Nigeria. The threats currently...

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YOLA — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that half a million populations of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states are at risk of starvation as its funding for the region dries up. The global agency, in a statement, said it might soon be forced to cut food rations except it secures urgent funds to continue its life-saving operations in the crisis hotspot. The UN agency also said the number of internally displaced...

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ENUGU — The Enugu State Government has promised to take over the welfare of the only surviving child of late Mr and Mrs. Lawrence Chukwu who lost their lives alongside their three-year-old daughter, Nazareth and house help Ukamaka after eating alibo and Ora soup suspected to be poisoned. The State Government revealed this during a condolence visit to the extended family of the deceased by the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace...

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