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Melee Kolo Kyari, NNPC GMD

INTERVIEW: Nigeria doesn’t need PIB to deregulate oil sector – NNPC GMD

Mele Kyari also speaks about Nigeria’s high cost of oil production and what is being done to reduce it.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: We’ve made recommendations to Buhari on schools, religious houses – PTF

The PTF members met with the president on Sunday.

Amarachi Uyanne

Nigerian kid music stars and where they are now

PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at where your Nigerian favourite child music stars are now.

Valere Houdonou

INTERVIEW: I almost quit coaching after Keshi’s death — Former Assistant Coach

The Beninese disputes Super Eagles coach’s assertion that there are no good players in the nation’s local football league.

Tap Initiative distributes food materials.

Coronavirus: Group assists poor, vulnerable citizens during lockdown

The inability of government to reach most Nigerians who need relief packages spurred private groups and individuals to fill some of the gaps.

Minister State for Petroleum Resources, Timipreye Sylva [PHOTO CREDIT: @SylvaTimipre]

INTERVIEW: Cost of Nigeria’s oil production unsustainable – Sylva

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipreye Silva, says the government wants to get more homes in Nigeria using liquefied petroleum gas.

Babajimi Benson, Chaiman House of Representatives Committee on defense during an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

INTERVIEW: Low budgetary releases limiting effectiveness of Nigeria’s military – Lawmaker

Babajimi Benson also speaks about why President Buhari ignored lawmakers’ resolution calling for the sack of service chiefs

Security Agents

Coronavirus: Nigeria’s internal security questioned as citizens defy interstate travel ban

The interstate travel ban is to help halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Fanny Amun

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria’s successful youth teams don’t succeed at senior level – Fanny Amun

Fanny Amun also speaks on the debate for the extension or termination of Gernot Rohr’s contract as the Super Eagles.

Paulin Basinga and Chris Elais

INTERVIEW: How Gates Foundation helped eradicate polio in Nigeria – Officials

The officials also speak about the various successes Nigeria has achieved in the health sector in the past few years.

Women sorting through plastic waste at the Vicfold 'Recycling Park' located a stone's throw from the University of Ilorin waste dump site and landfill. Women play a major role in the Vicfold Recyclers plastic waste sourcing, collection and preparation system. Most of the women are unemployed and come from outside the university community. Photo: AllAfrica

Entrepreneurial Couple Turn Plastic Waste into Brighter Futures

The couple are building a sustainable, eco-friendly business that transforms plastic waste into products as diverse as artificial grass…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

World Malaria Day 2020: Coronavirus threatens 2030 endgame for malaria

As countries focus energy and resources on containing coronavirus, achieving the global target to end malaria by 2030 has become even more unlikely, health experts said.

Da Grin, born Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, was born on October 25, 1984, and died on April 22, 2010. He was 25 years old.

Da Grin: Remembering a rap legend decade after death

Da Grin, born Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, was born on October 25, 1984, and died on April 22, 2010.

A food market in Ibafo in Nigeria’s Ogun State. The effects of COVID-19 on food systems will be keenly felt in poorer countries. [Photo - The Conversation]

Malnutrition and epidemics are intertwined. That makes fixing food systems crucial

The response to these interlinked crises needs to be comprehensive, cross-sectoral and it needs to be rapidly mobilised from national to grass-roots levels.

Mr Charles Udoh, Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom State

INTERVIEW: Why we can’t test more people for coronavirus in Akwa Ibom – Commissioner

The commissioner explains why the governor is not personally leading the campaign against the virus.

A simple, low-tech way to get rid of germs. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Conversation]

Meet Dr Semmelweis, the man who discovered the power of hand-washing

After becoming disillusioned with the study of law, Semmelweis moved to the study of medicine.

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient and imaged using a transmission electron micrograph. NIAID

What we do and do not know about COVID-19’s infectivity and viral load

“…Patients transmit COVID-19 more effectively at the beginning of their illness, or even before they know they are sick.”

China's Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

Welfare of Nigeria’s health workers crucial in curbing coronavirus

The World Health Organisation said over 3,000 health workers have been infected with coronavirus globally while many died in the process of offering care to patients.

Tobi Amusan

INTERVIEW: Postponing Olympics was ‘extremely devastating’ — Commonwealth hurdles champion, Tobi Amusan

The African champion says she worried less after the announcement.


INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: How we’ll help Nigeria fund 2020 budget – FIRS Chairman

“When I came on board, I found that the entire structure of the Service had keeled over. So, I had the daunting task of piecing together the pieces.”


FEATURE: Are Africans immune to Coronavirus? Dr. Malachy Ifeanyi Okeke

The professor says the risk factors for the severity of COVID-19 – diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma – are common among Africans.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: What we’re doing to prevent Nigeria’s ‘worst-case scenario’ – NCDC Chief

The NCDC chief hints at how Nigeria will handle the arrival of expected evacuees from abroad.

ICU Ventilators: A patient on ventilator used to illustrate the story PHOTO CREDIT: The Conversation

ICU Ventilators: What they are, how they work and why it’s hard to make more

Ventilators help patients breathe by assisting the lungs to inhale and exhale air. They are used to treat pneumonia, brain injury and stroke.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) leads the charge on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ANALYSIS: Has Nigeria better managed coronavirus than many developed countries?

“Ultimately, our aim is to protect the health of Nigerians and we remain committed to this mandate.”

The 110-bed Isolation Center at Mobolaji Johnoson, Stadium, Onikan, Lagos Island, constructed by the Lagos State Government and Guaranty Trust Bank, unveiled on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

COVID-19: Tackling emerging scourge of stigma

Nigeria is experiencing subtle cases of stigmatisation of patients as the virus wrecks economies and livelihoods across the globe.