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MAIDUGURI — Governor Babagana  Umara Zulum of Borno State has accused the United Nations and other international non-governmental organizations (INGO) of diverting some of the funds donated for assisting persons affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the northeast of Nigeria. The UN said because of the over a decade-old conflict, “over 3.2 million individuals are displaced, with 4.4 million food-insecure people at crisis and emergency levels and millions of civilians subjected to extreme hardships.”...

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NEW YORK — United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year of unprecedented upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 22 per cent from 2010. That is among the key findings of the latest annual report launched on Thursday by UNODC, which also provides an overview of global drug markets, as well as their impact on people’s health and livelihoods. The launch...

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NEW YORK — A total of 184 countries on Wednesday voted in favour of a resolution to demand the end of the U.S. economic blockade on Cuba for the 29th year in a row. In a meeting held on Wednesday at UN headquarters in New York, three countries- Colombia, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from voting. The United States and Israel voted against the resolution. With overwhelming backing from the international community, the...

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a stern warning on Friday that the second year of the Coronavirus pandemic would be “far more deadly”, as Japan extended a state of emergency amid growing calls for the country to scrap the Olympic. “We’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The mood also darkened in Japan where the coronavirus...

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has said raising the bar for the fight against famine, poverty, and wellness of some of the world’s most food-insecure people would cost 1.1 billion dollars. According to the organization, it intends to influence strengthening the capacity and resilience of communities to prepare for and cope with crises as well as providing post-disaster livelihoods support to help people resume production. To do this, FAO requires $1.1 billion as...

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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Wednesday, joined the #BeLikeNgoziChallenge, a social media challenge which has been trending online since the beginning of the week. The challenge has attracted has attracted great attention recently with the historic emergence of Nigeria’s pride, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.     Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian development economist, is known for her African print Ankara wears and peculiar headgear usually tilted...

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Monday, called on the international community to make 2021 “a year of healing” in his video message for the new year. “Together, let’s make peace among ourselves and with nature, tackle the climate crisis, stop the spread of COVID-19 and make 2021 a year of healing,’’ the UN chief said. “Healing from the impact of a deadly virus; healing broken economies and societies; healing divisions. “And starting to heal the...

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The Federal Executive Council says Nigeria has signed up with the World Health Organisation(WHO), Gavi and manufacturers in order to  procure COVID-19 vaccine. Gave is an international organisation created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Enahire, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The virtual FEC was presided over by Vice...

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South Africa on Tuesday assumed the rotating monthly presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It marks the second time the country has served in this capacity during its two-year elected term on the Council (2019-2020). Pretoria will use its role to focus on strengthening African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Cooperation and emphasising the importance of a proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security. In this regard, International Relations...

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The United Nations (UN) has condemned the killing of more than 40 farmers in Borno state. The farmers were killed in Jere local government area of Borno on Saturday, following an attack by armed men said to be members of the Boko Haram sect. Edward Kallon, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, in a statement on Sunday, described the incident as “the most violent attack” targeted at civilians in 2020. “I am outraged and...

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