2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina has pledged to do more to advance Africa’s fight against hunger, poverty and youth underemployment. The President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), and co-Laureate Waris Dirie, a global champion against Female Genital Mutilation, shared the prestigious US $1million dollar prize at an award ceremony held on 9 February 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. According to Adesina, “We are in a race with time to unlock the full potential of Africa.” Known globally for his dogged determination to reduce global poverty, Adesina declared “My life is only useful to the extent that it helps to lift millions of people out of poverty.” Adesina immediately announced he was donating his $500,000 share of the prize to fighting hunger in Africa. “T
As part of efforts to improve life expectancy in Nigeria and other African countries by providing access to top quality and affordable pharmaceuticals, St. Racheal’s Pharma and HealthPlus Limited have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. St. Rachael’s Pharma is an emerging manufacturer of antibiotics for the African pharmaceutical market while HealthPlus is Nigeria’s first integrative pharmacy and fastest growing pharmacy chain in West Africa. At the signing ceremony at St. Racheal’s African Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos on Thursday June 21, both companies announced that the collaboration, would ensure that all St. Racheal’s brand of antibiotics get to patients at half the price of innovators in the market through the HealthPlus Pharmacy outlets which over the past 19years has
Fidelity Bank Plc has partnered the Coalition of Sickle Cell Non-Governmental Organisations to commemorate the 2018 World Sickle Cell Day. The lender said in a statement that this year’s celebration would be the ninth since the United Nations General Assembly declared June 19 World Sickle Cell Day in 2008. The Head, Human Resources Recruitment/Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Fidelity Bank, Chris Nnakwe, explained that the bank’s e-banking division worked with the coalition in Nigeria to undertake its first corporate social responsibility initiative through the Fidelity Helping Hands Programme. He said the initiative would be powered by the bank’s mVisa quick response code. According to Nnakwe, about 150,000 children are born with sickle cell disorder in Nige
To complement its corporate social responsibility nutrition and healthy lifestyle project in Nigeria, Mondelez International Foundations has allocated $50million to address nutrition education, active play, provide fresh foods to at-risk children and their families. Director, Cooperate and Government Affairs, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Bala Yesufu said the project is the first Mondelez International Foundation-funded effort in Nigeria, which complements their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. He added that the Foundation is the community partnership arm of Cadbury and owns 74.99 per cent of its shares in Nigeria, while the remaining 25.01% of shares are held by a diverse group of indigenous, individual and institutional investors. Speaking at the launch of the Foundatio...
On the 5th of June, the world once again commemorates the World Environment Day. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness for environmental issues, global warming, wildlife and pollution, encouraging global action to protect planet, and take ownership of their environment. This year’s theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” draws attention to the volume of environmental challenges generated by plastic waste. Plastic Pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat and humans; hence the theme urges all the stakeholders-producers and consumers, as well as policy makers to jointly explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of plastics, polluting our
Chevron Nigeria Limited, the operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum and CNL, says it will remain an active agent of sustainable development and strong advocate of partnerships in support of the environment. The CNL stated this in a statement to commemorate the World Environment Day held annually on June 5. This year’s theme of the WED, ‘Beat plastic pollution’, urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together in exploring sustainable alternatives to urgently reducing the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting the oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. The Managing Director, CNL, Jeff Ewing, stated that the company was happy to be part of the solution to global environmental issues.
Cadbury Nigeria Plc says it is joining nine other countries in the Mondelez International family in a $50m multi-year initiative to promote healthy lifestyle among children. The initiative, which is expected to address obesity and encourage physical activities in children between the ages of six and 12, is in partnership with Helen Keller International. The Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Cadbury West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said during a visit to the Punch Place, the headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited, in Ogun State on Tuesday, that the company had identified nine schools in its host communities in Ikeja, Lagos and Ondo State to commence the programme. “The programme is for three years and is expected to help teach the children hygiene, nutrition and healthy lifes
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria and other stakeholders in environmental management have inaugurated Nigeria’s first National Mirror Committee and Technical Committee on ISO PC 305 and ISO PC 318 on sustainable non-sewer sanitation system and community-scale resource-oriented sanitation treatment system. The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, said the ISO PC 305 was established by the Technical Management Board resolution of May 2016 to provide a standard solution to the issue of a sustainable and affordable sanitation that would alleviate the problem of open defecation in the country. Aboloma, who was represented by Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu at the inauguration, said the ISO PC 318 community-scale resource-oriented sanitation treatment systems had just been formed. He noted
Raw fruit and vegetables have been discovered to be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables. Dr. Tamlin Conner, Psychology Senior Lecturer and lead author, says public health campaigns have historically focused on aspects of quantity for the consumption of fruit and vegetables (such as five plus a day). However, the study, just published in Frontiers in Psychology, found that for mental health in particular, it might also be important to consider the way in which produce was prepared and consumed. “Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables,” she says. The top 10 raw
Federal Government has resolved to secure US$300 million from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to eliminate malaria in the country. A statement by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 just ended in London, quoted the Federal Government as saying it would elevate malaria on the national priority list and finance its national malaria elimination strategy. The statement said Nigeria also pledged an additional US$18.7 million to leverage US$37 million from the Global Fund to distribute 15 million mosquito nets and to support the local manufacture of essential malaria commodities. In the statement, ALMA applauded the commitment by 53 Commonwealth leaders to half the prevalence of malaria ac...