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Ebuka Onyeji, a health and investigative reporter at Premium Times Newspaper. Ebuka hails from Ufuma in Orumba North LGA, Anambra state. He bagged a B.SC degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University, Igbariam in 2014.

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Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Profiling 2019 Female Aspirants: Why political space dwindles for Nigerian women

During the precolonial era, women, traditionally, were allowed to participate in government and hold major roles in markets in parts of South-eastern Nigeria dominated by Igbos. Indirect rule system was rife there. Women also had the privilege of participating in political movements due to the fact that they were married…

Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah

Buhari’s economic plan will create 3.7m jobs yearly – Minister

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, on Wednesday said the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (EGRP) is targeted towards creating an average of 3.7 million jobs yearly. He said the jobs will be created through robust investment in infrastructure and industrialisation which will create more job opportunities.…

Triplets delivered by Nkechi Okonya shortly before she died.

Brother who witnessed triplet’s mom’s death opens up on hospital’s ‘mistreatment’

A man who was present as his sister bled to death shortly after giving birth to triplets in an Abuja general hospital, has given details of the tragedy, blaming the hospital and the deceased's husband. The touching story, reported first by PREMIUM TIMES in May, shocked Nigerians as the family…

Women group storms court to protest Patience Jonathan's 'harassment'

FACT SHEET: Women ‘poorly represented’ in Nigeria’s 19 years of democratic rule – CDD

In 1999, Nigeria transited from military rule to democratic governance. Despite the return of democracy, however, women are yet to occupy up to 15 per cent of elective positions in a country where the voting population of both men and women are almost equal. Not only has no woman been…

Nigerian journalists trained on gender sensitive reporting

2019: Nigerian journalists trained on gender sensitive reporting

About 50 journalists from different parts of Nigeria, Thursday, converged in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, for a training workshop on how to report gender sensitive issues ahead of the 2019 general elections. The two-day workshop was organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with funding from UN Women.…

File photo of IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha. [Photo credit: NAN]

BIAFRA: IPOB resumes referendum bid, ‘prints 40 million ballot papers’

The Indigenous People of Biafra has announced resumption of plans to hold a referendum towards the ‘peaceful restoration’ of the defunct Republic of Biafra. IPOB said it has printed 40 million ballot papers to be used in the first phase of the referendum by Biafrans to determine their readiness to…

Medical doctors used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Medicalworld Nigeria]

World Sickle Cell Day: Why disease remains endemic in Nigeria

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world today to celebrate World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, thousands of the country's citizens are still under the clutches of the deadly disease. According to experts, the disease remains endemic in the country due to lack of proper awareness, funds and government policies.…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Enugu Police declare killer gang wanted

The Police Command in Enugu State has declared wanted members of a deadly criminal gang who have allegedly been terrorizing some parts of the state. The police in a press statement said the gang have been operating within Ehamufu in Isiuzo Local Government Area of the state and have allegedly…

FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

World Blood Donor Day: Only 10% of Nigerians donate blood ‘freely’ — FG

To mark this year's World Blood Donor Day, Nigerians have been urged to donate blood more. The Nigerian government said while men should donate blood once every four months, women should do so every three months to meet Nigeria’s estimated blood needs which stands at 1.8 million units of blood…

NACA, UN train 100 women from conflict-ravaged Nigerian communities

NACA, UN train 100 women from conflict-ravaged Nigerian communities

Women from some violence-prone communities in Nigeria on Tuesday testified to how a skill acquisition programme they attended has impacted their lives. The three-month training was organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), in partnership with UN Women. It was held in Abuja and Kaduna and…

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Immunization: GAVI extends funding support to Nigeria till 2028

Global Alliance for Vaccines Initiative (GAVI), has extended its funding support for immunization in Nigeria until 2028. The decision which followed a plea by the Nigerian government will see the body, which is the largest global coalition of the public and private sector in the health sector, commit about $1.03…

INTERVIEW: How we certify, approve Genetically Modified food in Nigeria – DG Biosafety Agency

Rufus Ebegba is the Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). His agency is responsible for regulating biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Basically the agency rejects or approves GMOs and its activities in Nigeria. There has been a protracted debate over the application of genetically modified crops…

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Depression: WHO expresses concern on high suicide rate

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern on the high rate of suicide among young people globally as a result of depression. According to the health agency, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people globally. "I am filled with profound sorrow since I heard about…

Apo six remembrance day

Remembering Apo Six Victims 13 years after: Photos, timeline of key events

Today marks the 13th year six young Nigerians were murdered in the streets of Abuja by officers of the Nigerian police. The “Apo Six’’, as the youthful victims have come to be remembered, centered on the extra-judicial killing of five young auto-spare parts dealers in Apo, a satellite town in…

Justice Denied: Remembering Apo Six victims 13 years after

With his usual sense of urgency, Ifeanyi woke up around 7 a.m. in his self-contained apartment  at Plot 10, Gimbiya Street, Area 11 in  Abuja were he lived with his younger brother, Elvis. The date was June 7, 2005 and Ifeanyi Ozor was dressed in his normal blue jean and black T-shirt.…

Ultrasound session used to determine if a woman is pregnant. [Photo credit: http://www.arcc-cdac.ca]

Despite ban in Nigeria, Ghana, search for abortion pills highest in both countries – Survey

While Nigeria’s abortion laws are some of the most restrictive in the world, the country ranks top among countries its citizens are in search of abortion pills, a new survey has revealed. Nigeria and Ghana are the two countries with the highest search interest in Misoprostol, an abortion pill,  the…

File photo of Resident Doctors

JOHESU: Doctors seek role in negotiating health workers’ demands

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has commended the decision by other health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to shelve thier nationwide strike after six weeks. While describing themselves 'leaders of the health sector', the doctors also demanded to play a part in the negotiation of JOHESU's demands.…

Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole

JOHESU Strike: Nigerian govt moves to implement ‘no work, no pay’ rule

The Federal Government has begun the process of withholding the salaries of health workers who participated in the recently suspended strike. The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) - a body of all other health workers except doctors - last Thursday suspended its nationwide strike which crippled services across public hospitals…

Mother and child

Nigerian govt increases maternity leave to four months

The Nigerian government has increased maternity leave to four months. Under the Nigerian Labour Law passed in 2004, a woman working in the country's civil service has the right to maternity leave of three months, as long as she provides a medical certificate stating she should not or cannot work.…

Funding: Nigeria’s Health Sector In State of Emergency – Lawmaker

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho disclosed this while explaining various shortfalls bedeviling the funding of the health industry at the commemoration of MAMAYE day 2018 in Abuja. The theme of the event is 'Improving Nigeria's Health Budget Performance'. Mr Tejuoso in his keynote address said the health…

VFS Global Services Credit: Public Radio of Armenia

VFS Global keeps mum as Nigerians condemn extortion by visa processing firm

A visa processing, VFS Global, has been on the receiving end of criticisms after a PREMIUM TIMES report revealed how the company extort Nigerians who seek its services. While angry Nigerians, civil society organisations and activists are still complaining weeks after the report was published, the company has refused to respond to…

Kuje General hospital

Another strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector

Hours after health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) suspended their nationwide strike after 44 days, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday served a notice of its own looming strike. Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday when JOHESU announced the suspension of a strike that crippled services…

Striking health workers

Health workers union, JOHESU, suspends strike after six weeks

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has suspended its nationwide strike that started six weeks ago. The union announced the decision on Thursday, via a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting. In the communique signed by Biobelemoye Josiah, the national chairman of JOHESU, the union…

JOHESU: Health workers to suspend strike as court ‘takes over’ negotiations

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) says it is "considering" suspending the ongoing strike by health workers which has crippled services at public hospitals across Nigeria. A report by Vanguard newspaper stated that the decision followed the intervention of the National Industrial Court (NIC), which offered to take over the…

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

INTERVIEW: Govt risking lives of Nigerians by adopting GMOs – Environmental Activist

Nnimmo Bassey is a Nigerian architect, environmentalist, activist, author and poet. He was one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment in 2009. Mr Bassey is the Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank and advocacy organisation. There has been a protracted debate over…