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The World Bank said in its latest report titled ‘COVID-19 in Nigeria: Frontline Data and Pathways for Policy’ that additional six million Nigerians may be pushed into poverty due to the increase in food prices. The World Bank lamented that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought Nigerian households’ food security under threat, and therefore, called on the government’s attention for short-term policies to support welfare. The report reads: “The rise in prices witnessed...

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MAIDUGURI — The World Bank has put the poverty rate in most states of the North-East at 70 per cent, adding that the region suffers from severe climate crisis and conflict which are diminishing its development. This was contained in a new report titled, ‘The Lake Chad Regional Economic Memorandum: Development for Peace’, which was released by the bank on Monday. The lender, in the report, revealed that the North-East and other regions around Lake...

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YENAGOA — Over 11,800 households in Bayelsa have benefited from the Federal Government’s social support of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to the poor and indigent households in the state. The Household Uplifting Programme-Conditional Cash Transfer (HUP-CCT) is managed by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development led by the Minister, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the payment resumed on Sept. 7, at Igeibiri, in Southern Ijaw...

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KANO — Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called on the federal legislation to expedite action in enacting a law prohibiting street begging in all parts of the country. The governor who stated this during the 2nd national conference organised by the Faculty of Education, Bayero University Kano, explained that the law would compel parents/guardians to enroll their children/wards in school. The Governor decried the attitude of some parents in the northern part of the...

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YOLA — The Senator representing Adamawa Central in the National Assembly, Senator Aisha Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) has distributed 1,156 mattresses and 2,000 blankets to five certified Internally Displaced Persons IDPs domiciled in Adamawa Central senatorial zone. The IDPs reside both in formal and informal camps include Fufore, Malkohi, and Damare formal camps as well as Malkohi and Ngurore informal camps. The gesture by the lawmaker is to assist the beneficiaries accustom themselves to the winter...

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YOLA — The dearth of development in the Northeast region of Nigeria has been identified as one of the major triggers of insurgency in the region. The North East adjudged as the poorest region in Nigeria has suffered over a decade of Insurgency leading to the death of tens of thousands of residents, displacement of millions of others, and destruction of infrastructure and properties across the region. Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai...

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NSUKKA, (Enugu State) — A group under the aegis of Nsukka Youths General Assembly (NYGA), that has its membership from Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State, says the assembly will complement state government efforts to ensure youths in the area are empowered. Mr. Roy Ekwueme the National President disclosed this in Nsukka on Monday while briefing newsmen on NYGA forthcoming Economic youth empowerment summit in Nsukka. Ekwueme said that the aim of the summit...

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KADUNA — The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed has declared that poverty is a direct cause of insecurity in the country vis-à-vis the relationship that exists between governance, poverty, and insecurity. Ahmed, while delivering the 19th convocation lecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), titled, “The Governance, Security, and Development Nexus in Nigeria: Innovative Financing as an Essential Enabler,” on Thursday noted that insecurity, in turn, further exacerbates poverty and...

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and Access Bank of Nigeria have commended the move by an international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, to end poverty, COVID-19, and climate change as the group announced the local hosts for its concert which will hold in Lagos. A statement by Global Citizen, a New York-based global not-for-profit body, said wealthiest nations needed to deliver on the promise to give $100bn annually to address climate...

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YOLA — The Fintiri administration has initiated a programme to improve a lot of youth, women, people living with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups in the state, and no fewer than 10,520 have been captured under “Adamawa State Social Support Program (ADSSP)”. The initiative was organised by Adamawa State Poverty Alleviation And Wealth Creation Agency (PAWECA) aimed at training youths on various skills while assisting them with handouts to enable them float above poverty level....

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