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China’s Global Image Plummets After Coronavirus

A new survey shows that international opinion of China has dropped as governments continue to apply diplomatic pressure. By Amy Mackinnon, Darcy Palder and Colum Lynch Public attitudes toward China have turned sharply sour over the past year, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, amid widespread

Why COVID-19 Less Deadly in Africa

By John Campbell Thus far, COVID-19 has been far less devastating in Africa than observers had feared, including this blogger. It is true that there has been much less testing for the disease in Africa than elsewhere (perhaps one percent of the population, while the United States has conducted over one hundred million

Covid-19: IPC trains journalists on investigative reporting

Godsgift OnyedinefuAs part of efforts to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of public funds especially in the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Press Centre (IPC) has trained journalists across Northern Nigeria on investigative reporting skills.Participating journalists were particularly trained on how to use the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

COVID-19: 38 CSOs Decry Gross Disregard of Preventive Guidelines by Citizens, Security Agents

*Extortion of citizens by security operatives Godsgift Onyedinefu Thirty eight civil society organizations have decried the growing apathy to the dangers posed by Covid-19 and the attendant disregard for preventive guidelines by Nigerians including security agents enforcing the measures, which they said is leading to rising infection cases. In a statement signed

COVID-19: US Allocates $20.5b for Vaccine Devt, Nearly $40m Aid to Nigeria

Senator Iroegbu The United States, which has leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding said it has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance.  This was contained in the US State Department updated statement on August 21, 2020 as

Borno, Least Indebted State- Finance Commissioner

Mukaila Ola in Maiduguri Borno State Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Adamu Lawan on Monday claimed the state remains the least indebted state in the country. Borno State, Northeast Nigeria is the epicenter of terrorism and insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists and its splinter group, the Islamic State

Borno Distributes Relief Materials to 3,200 Families

Mukaila Ola in Maiduguri Borno State Government has distributed assorted food items to 3,200 families in a suburb of Maiduguri, the state capital. This is part of effort at cushioning the economic hardship in the state. Distributing the items which include rice, tomato paste, seasoning, salt, cooking oil, noodles, maize flour and

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