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How funding is affecting COVID-19 research in Nigerian universities

Since the COVID-19 pandemic made a major landfall in the country early this year, the Nigerian science community has paved some fitful but significantly innovative paths in the bid to join a global community of peers wrestling with answers to the conundrum posed by perhaps the most transmissible virus in…

Dr Edith NKWEMBE, Microbiologist using laboratory reagents to identify COVID-19 [PHOTO CREDIT: WHO African Region - World Health Organization]

INTERVIEW: What to know about COVID-19 strains in Nigeria – Molecular Biologist

During the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, Professor Christian Happi and colleagues used advanced genomics and deep sequencing technology to rapidly develop a new rapid five minutes diagnostics tests against Ebola Virus disease, within four months of the outbreak. The WHO and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have since approved…

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Udeme holds virtual training for student journalists

UDEME, the social accountability and transparency project of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, has concluded a five-day virtual training exercise for student journalists in Nigeria. The students, who are referred to as Udeme Monitors (U-Monitors), will be deployed across the country to track, monitor and ascertain the conditions of…

Ms Jessica Uwanibe a scientist at African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) Redeemer's University Ede, Osun State

Coronavirus: Nigerian lab to roll out rapid test kits, transform Africa’s testing process

Testing for COVID-19 is on the path of significant improvement in Africa following the outcome of a major breakthrough by a Nigerian laboratory set to deploy rapid diagnostic test kits, using paper strips, to trigger a regime of mass testing across the continent. Epidemiologists prioritise testing as a key public…

Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib.

PHCs absent from fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria

Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) have not played any major role in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria, in spite of huge expenditure on the facilities over the years through yearly budgetary allocations. Although primary healthcare is the responsibility of the sub-national governments, the federal government between 2015 and 2019 allocated…

protest against gender-based violence

Group holds protest against gender-based violence

A coalition of civil society organisations and human rights activists Friday simultaneously held a peaceful protest in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos demanding a state of emergency to be declared on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria. The protest which took place at the police headquarters in both cities followed…

ActionAid calls on Buhari to declare State of Emergency on Gender-Based Violence

Following the increase in reported cases of rape and the killing of women and girls in the country, an international development organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Gender-Based Violence. Speaking through its Country Director, Ene Obi, in a statement on…

Moroccan King Mohammed VI[Photo Credit:Aljazeera]

Activists press Morroco on fate of 39 political prisoners

The fate of 39 Saharawi Political Prisoners in Moroccan jail have become the focus of a new regional campaign from African activists who are asking King Mohammed VI of Morocco to release the men for fear of their exposure to the coronavirus disease. The Movement for the Liberation of Western…

Some Nigeria media organizations

How Nigerian media can survive COVID -19 economic impact

The Nigerian media must tweak their operational templates and self-innovate to cope with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the industry across the world. Some senior media practitioners gave the advice during a tweet chat organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism on May 3…

Nigerian lab joins global race to produce coronavirus vaccine

As the world frantically searches for solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private Nigerian laboratory has joined the race to produce a vaccine against the deadly disease. African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), located at Redeemer University in Ede, Osun State, is collaborating with Cambridge University…

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Immigration officers face discipline for recording ‘Bop Daddy’ video

A trio of Nigerian immigration officers are to face disciplinary action after the service concluded that a video they featured in constituted misconduct. Priscilla Irabor, Catherine Bakura and Blessing Udida were queried last week and asked to report at the service headquarters for flouting personnel guidelines. Five women appeared in…

Erosion affected area in Enuagu village, Enugwu Ukwu (2)

Constituency Projects: Despite funding, poor execution stalls water, erosion projects in Anambra communities

Over 50 water-related projects in Anambra State, facilitated by federal lawmakers as constituency projects, have either been abandoned or have not even started years after funds were released by the government, investigations by Udeme have revealed. The projects, under the supervision of the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority (AIRDBA), were…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari begs Nigerians to stay at home

President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with Nigerians to obey the stay at home directive, a statement from his office said on Saturday. A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, noted that the president has ordered the release of 70,000 tonnes of grain to augment the ongoing palliative being given to vulnerable Nigerians.…

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Coronavirus: Nigerians, other Africans harrased in China, videos show

Amidst the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, several videos have emerged purportedly showing how the Chinese government has harrased Africans, throwing them out of their homes and making them sleep on the streets of Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province of China. This has recently created a huge furore on…

International Open Data Day in Abuja

Group hosts event to commemorate International Open Data Day in Abuja

A technology company, Dataphyte, on Saturday, hosted Abuja Open Data Day in commemoration of International Open Data Day. Joshua Olufemi, the Managing Director of Dataphyte, said the event is meant to promote awareness about the importance of open data for development, transparency, innovation and government efficiency. Mr Olufemi stressed that…

109th International Women’s Day (IWD).

IWD: Why Nigeria should give priority to women’s health, gender equality – Group

A group of Nigerian women activists have called for programmes targetted at improving the health of women in the country. The group said empowering women will enhance the country’s workforce and economy. The coalition of Women in the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH@Scale) said this at…

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Why we suspended ‘Sugar Rush’ Movie – NFVCB

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has given reasons why it suspended Jade Osiberu’s comedy film, ‘Sugar Rush’ from screening in Nigerian cinemas. Findings by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday showed that Nigerian cinemas have removed the film from their movie listings. The film tells the story of three…

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KogiDecides: Ijumu peaceful as two sons battle for senatorial seat

A few hours to the Kogi State governorship and Kogi West senatorial elections, people of Iyara in Ijumu Local Government Area are going about their daily activities unconcerned, despite fears around the country about the polls. A motorcyclist who identified himself as Monday noted that elections in Iyara are always…

Officials, students discuss cultism, drug abuse in Anambra

Following an increase in cult activities and drug abuse in Anambra State, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Early Warning and Early Response System (CEWERS) organised a colloquium on early response to victims. The colloquium was held at the premises of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, on Wednesday. CEWERS organised the programme…

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Hope rises for Enugu community without electricity for decades

After the decades-long challenge of grappling with the problem of lack of access to grid electricity, it now appears respite is here for the people Ugwu-Isiokwe, a hilly community in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, thanks to community efforts. Ugwu Isiokwe is within the larger Akama Oghe community;…

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PTCIJ trains campus journalists

A three-day training organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) via its UDEME project on basics of journalism for campus journalists ended on Wednesday. The event which was held from April 1-3 in Abuja had in attendance 20 students selected from eight universities across the country. The…

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UNIZIK workers begin strike over unpaid allowances

The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) at the Nnamdi Azikwe University (UNIZIK), Awka in Anambra State, on Monday embarked on an indefinite industrial action to demand payment of earned allowances. The workers began the strike on the same day their colleagues in the…

Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

UPDATED: Atiku wins landslide in Anambra

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, recorded a landslide victory in Anambra State polling 524,738 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress who recorded 33,298 votes. The PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is from Anambra State. Results announced from all 21 local government areas…

PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar. [PHOTO CREDIT: Atiku Twitter handle]

Atiku takes wide lead in Anambra

The People's Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has taken a major lead in the ongoing collation of results in Anambra State. The PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is from Anambra state. Results so far announced from 13 of 21 local government areas show that Mr Abubakar is leading with…

Fire razes studio at Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Fire razes studio at Nnamdi Azikiwe University

The demonstration studio of the mass communication department of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University was gutted by fire on Sunday. The cause of the fire is yet to be disclosed by the university authorities. Benita Matthias, the staff adviser for the Faculty of Social Science, the faculty which houses the studio,…