By Discussing Africa
Figures from Nigeria between October 22 and 29, 2017 were a mix of good and bad news. First the bad news: There remains an ever alarming poverty rate in the northern region; this is coupled with Nigeria accounting for 20 percent of Africa’s birthrate. This wouldn’t have posed a problem if the existing infrastructure, education, and healthcare equaled the increasing population. Sadly, the poverty rate is compounded by the activities of Fulani herdsmen who raid and plunder farming communities, murdering people and destroying properties.
It wasn’t all bad, some news were cheering. For instance, the federal government’s agriculture policy appears to be yielding fruit and saving Nigeria over N200 billion from rice importation alone. Also, the Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu’s drive to make his state the SME capital of Nigeria and the go to place for everything ‘Made in Nigeria’ is yielding the state over a billion naira in revenue.
Below is a rundown of last week’s good and bad news:
Poverty rate in northern Nigeria alarming – Sanusi
The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, speaking at the Union Bank Plc Centenary Anniversary tagged: ‘The Next 100: A Call to Action’, said the poverty rate in the North is alarming and remains a major reason why peace is elusive in the region. According to him, Zamfara had 91 percent poverty rate, Yobe 90 percent, and Kano 77 percent, while the poverty rate of Lagos was 8.1 percent. – Nation
Nigeria accounts for 20% of Africa’s births – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in a report titled ‘Generation 2030 Africa 2.0: Prioritising investments in children to reap the demographic dividend’, said Nigeria currently accounts for 20 percent of all the births in Africa, and that one in every 13 births globally would take place in Nigeria by 2050. – Nation
Abia generates N1.4bn from Made in Nigeria products
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state while addressing state House Correspondents in Abuja after conferring with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the proposed committee on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Council, said the state had generated N1.4 billion from the sale of Made-in-Nigeria goods, since the campaign began. – Nation
Nigeria saves N216bn from rice importation – BOA
The Bank of Agriculture says Nigeria has saved N216 billion from not relying on rice import from Thailand and other countries, after the nation’s domestic mass production increased under the Anchor Borrower’s Programme. – Punch
N95bn lost to herdsmen disturbances in 4 years – Ortom
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, in an interview revealed that the activities of AK-47 wielding Fulani herdsmen, known for attacking and pillaging farming communities across Nigeria, has led to the loss of farm produce and property worth over N95billion within four years. – Punch
LASG: 24% women have sexual intercourse before 18
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, at the first lecture and award series of Inspiration 92.3fm held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, disclosed that 24.2 percent of women in the state had their first sexual intercourse before the age of 18 years. – ThisDay