By Oladeinde Olawoyin The perception of corruption in Nigeria worsened between 2016 and 2017, a new report by Transparency International revealed. Nigeria ranked 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the perception of corruption, the annual Corruption Perception Index, CPI, by Transparency International, TI, states. The index, published …Read More »
By Emma Okonji Worried about Nigeria’s low rating on data infrastructure and data economy readiness, which currently stood at between 2-3 per cent, Data Centre operators have proffered solutions on how best to boost the country’s data economy readiness. The operators who spoke at a recent breakfast meeting organised by …Read More »
While Nigerians are puzzled by the tale of a snake swallowing N36 million in Benue JAMB office, it has been alleged that monkeys have taken N70 million belonging to the Northern Senators Caucus. The caucus had sacked Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as its chairman on Wednesday, following allegations of misappropriating N70m …Read More »
Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator said tougher financial-health checks on the country’s biggest mobile-phone companies could prevent a repeat of last year’s collapse of debt-laden Etisalat and help stabilize the industry. The Nigerian Communications Commission has compiled reports on the financial well-being of the local units of Johannesburg-based MTN Group Ltd., the …Read More »
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The call breaks for a few moments as Simidele Adeagbo takes the time to take a few selfies. She has developed quite a fan base in and around the Winter Olympic’s village in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “People just want to be a part of my story. When they see me …Read More »
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Nigeria: NCC to go to war with cybercriminals. Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) declared on Monday 30 October 2017 that the organisation has intensified its onslaught against the threat posed by cybercriminals across the Nigeria. This is according to a report by Nigerian Communications Week. The commission highlighted the composition of the Industry Group (IWG), which holds a forum to brainstorm ways to wage the war, as one of the strategies that could be used to combat the scourge of cybercrime. Engr. Ubale Maska, executive commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, who spoke during the second Workshop of IWG on electronic banking fraud at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Kano, lamented the staggering level of fraud in the industry. The executive commissioner gave a ...Read More »
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Flag of the World Health Organization.By Aggrey Omboki
Kenya and Tanzania are among counties identified by the World Health Organisation as likely hotspots for the plague that has ravaged Madagascar and a recent Marburg virus disease outbreak in eastern Uganda.
So serious is the prospect of the Marburg Virus crossing over the border to Kenya that the WHO has released $500,000 to contain the epidemic.
WHO's latest update on the outbreak put Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Mauritius, La Réunion, Kenya, Comoros and Mozambique on notice for possible spread of disease because of trade and travel links with Madagascar.
Over the past three months, the plague has claimed 124 lives with 1,133 cases of infection in Madagascar, while two people have died from the Marburg virus in Uganda in the past week.
WHO says the disease first appeared in ports of Madagascar in 1898.
"The recent appearance in Madagascar of a strain of the plague microbe Yersinia pestis showing multiresistance to antibiotics is a matter of much concern and highlights the necessity for effective surveillance of the disease. This strain, isolated from a patient with bubonic plague, was resistant to all first-line antibiotics as well as major alternative drugs," says the document.
The Permanent Secretary in Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and the Elderly, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya, said Ebola, Marburg and Zika fever have not been diagnosed in the country.
On Thursday, Ugandan Health Minister Jane Aceng confirmed one case of the virus, saying a 50-year-old woman had died after doctors diagnosed the disease following a series of tests on the patient.
"Prior to her illness and subsequent demise, she had nursed her 42-year old brother who died on September 25 after falling sick with similar signs and symptoms," said Ms Aceng.
Kenya has put measures in place to protect the country from the disease outbreaks.
The Ministry of Health has intensified surveillance at all points of entry and within counties bordering eastern Uganda, including Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot.
Travellers and crew members of vessels from the two countries must undergo screening and fill surveillance forms upon arrival in Kenya. Aircraft and ships from the two countries are being inspected for rodent and flea infestation.
Tanzania and Kenya are yet to report cases of plague this year but have experienced the epidemics before.
From 1980 to 1997, human plague was reported in Tanzania every year with 7,246 cases and 585 deaths. Kenya reported 393 cases and 10 deaths in 1979 which was the last major epidemic in the country. A total of 10 deaths occurred between 1980 and 1990.
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Nigerian university hires snake charmers after student death
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMedia captionThe battle against deadly snakebites in Nigeria
A university in north-west Nigeria is hiring snake charmers to eradicate the danger of fatal snake bites on campus.
Zainab Umar, a final-year economics student at Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University in Katsina state, died last week after a snake bite.
The dean of student affairs, Suleiman Kankara, said charmers had been hired before after snake reports.
Snake charming is commonly practiced in south Asian countries but also in parts of Africa.Africa Live: More updates on this and other stories
Against medical advice, Ms Umar was taken away by her friends and her brother from the university clinic where she had been receiving treatment, Mr Kankara added.
Snake charmers typically play a flute which the snake appears to respond to, often at close striking range.
Astonishingly, the snake seems reluctant to strike despite a flared hood in the case of cobras.
In Nigeria, snake charmers physically handle cobras with their bare hands in street performances and sometimes involve members of their audience.
It is common in the northern part of Nigeria as a form of street entertainment but also as a means of advertising the possession of "special powers, charms or medicines" which are sold to onlookers.Read More »