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Safe From Boko Haram But At Risk Of Sexual Abuse

Excerpts of news mention on NPR Newspaper:

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http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/11/03/500221012/safe-from-boko-haram-but-at-risk-of-sexual-abuse

Boko Haram survivors raped by police, soldiers in ‘safe’ camps

Excerpts of news mention on Global News Newspaper:

A July survey carried out by Nigerian research organization NOI Polls found that seven per cent of IDP camp occupants said they knew someone who had been sexually abused, with camp officials held responsible for two-thirds of the incidents.A July survey carried out by Nigerian research organization NOI Polls found that seven per cent of IDP camp occupants said they knew someone who had been sexually abused, with camp officials held responsible for two-thirds of the incidents.Read more below:
https://globalnews.ca/news/3044652/boko-haram-survivors-raped-by-police-soldiers-in-safe-camps/

How to survive recession in 2017 —Experts

Excerpts of news mention on Tribune Newspaper:

Nigeria’s economy formally entered into recession in the second quarter of 2016, beginning from the month of May. It marked a time when the general decline in economic activities characterized majorly by fall in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for two quarters consecutively, was officially recognized.Read more below:
http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/survive-recession-2017-experts/

How 44,000 ATM deficit hinders Nigeria’s cashless policy

Excerpts of news mention on Financialwatch Newspaper:

According to the NIBSS data, banks have deployed a total of 16,660 ATMs against the required number of 60,000 units of the banking and payment facility pegged by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) thereby leaving a shortfall of 43,340.

The NIBSS industry review up to the end of first quarter of 2016, further showed that while the country’s recorded total number of ATMs in March 2016 stood at 16,660, the total number of active cards was 41.89million while volume and value of ATM transactions for January and March, 2016, stood at N0.12billion and N1.07trillion respectively.Read more below:
https://www.financialwatchngr.com/2017/01/04/44000-atm-deficit-hinders-nigerias-cashless-policy/

Nigeria’s misery index and a possible second term for the President

Excerpts of news mention on Business Day Newspaper:

Inflation, unemployment and underemployment are three “evils” that no economy wants to tackle simultaneously. Sadly for Nigeria, the country has to deal with the three issues simultaneously. The three indicators, when summed up make up the broader definition of the misery index. This is because each of them has a negative impact on the well being of the average person.Read more below:
https://www.businessdayonline.com/nigerias-misery-index-possible-second-term-president/

How Boko Haram Sex Slaves Turn Sex Workers In Europe

Excerpts of news mention on 360nobs Newspaper:

A survey taken last September by NOI Polls, a Nigerian research group, indicated that almost 90 percent of people displaced by Boko Haram in the northeast of the country do not have enough to eat. The survey discovered that many women are trading sex for food and the freedom to move in and out of IDP camps.Read more below:
https://www.360nobs.com/2017/02/how-boko-haram-sex-slaves-turn-sex-workers-in-europe/

Unemployment, poverty top reasons for rise in kidnapping

Excerpts of news mention on Business Day Newspaper:

Poll results from NOI polls indicates that unemployment and poverty are the two major reasons there is a steady rise in cases of kidnap in the country. Apart from these major causes, greed was also mentioned by 15 percent of respondents who took the polling organisations survey as another major reason why people choose kidnapping as their source of revenue.Read more below:
http://www.businessdayonline.com/unemployment-poverty-top-reasons-rise-kidnapping-noi-polls/

Nigeria: Rape of Minors – Tackling a Growing Menace

Excerpts of news mention on allafrica Newspaper:

The increasing rate of reported rape cases against minors in Nigeria is becoming alarming to the extent that not even toddlers are spared.

Rape is now a recurring decimal in our society, with recent statistics leaving many wondering if there will ever be an end to the menace.

Rape is defined as sexual assault, usually involving intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent.Read more below:
http://allafrica.com/stories/201702030366.html

How drugs, alcohol, sex are killing Nigeria’s youths

Excerpts of news mention on Tribune Newspaper:

In the past few days, the discussions around the deadly effects of alcohol, narcotics, drug use and abuse have been at fever pitch, due to the death of promising youths especially in the Nigerian entertainment scene. Most recent of such fatal occurrence is the death of Tagbo, who passed away as he was celebrating his birthday; this triggered a series of arguments about the negative effects of alcohol abuse.  Following the trend in the society;   increased marijuana consumption or growing cases of alcohol abuse, substance abuse among teenagers and young adults poses a serious challenge to our society. In fact, poll results released by NOI Polls Limited revealed that almost 9 in 10 Nigerians (90 per cent) believe the highest abusers of drugs and substance are teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years old.Read more below:
http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/drugs-alcohol-sex-killing-nigerias-youths/

Hopes That New Nigeria DNA Lab Will Embolden Rape Victims

Excerpts of news mention on VOA Newspaper:

The launch of Nigeria’s first state-owned DNA lab will speed up rape cases and should encourage more victims to seek justice, prosecutors and rights groups have said.

The Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC) was commissioned last month by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to cut the time and cost of sending samples abroad for analysis.

A 2013 report by NOI Polls showed that 30 percent of Nigerians know someone who has been raped, with most of the assaults going unreported due to stigma and a lack of confidence in the justice system.Read more below:
https://www.voanews.com/a/nigeria-dna-lab-rape-victims/4077551.html

PMI Reading No 54: A Pause for Breath

Excerpts of news mention on ProShare Nigeria Newspaper:

Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, is a little weaker in September at 58.1, compared with the previous month’s 58.5. Our partner, NOI Polls, has gathered and compiled the data. The index is a data release at the start of the calendar month in developed markets (such as the ISM’s in the US), the larger emerging markets such as China and a few other frontiers. It is based upon the responses of manufacturers to set questions on core variables in their businesses.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/Nigeria%20Economy/PMI-Reading-No-54–A-Pause-for-Breath/36580

PMI Reading No 55: Higher and Higher

Excerpts of news mention on ProShare Nigeria Newspaper:

Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, surged in October to 64.8 from the previous month’s 58.5. Our partner, NOI Polls, has gathered and compiled the data. 

The index is a data release at the start of the calendar month in developed markets (such as the ISM’s in the US), the larger emerging markets such as China and a few other frontiers. It is based upon the responses of manufacturers to set questions on core variables in their businesses.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/Nigeria-Economy/PMI-Reading-No-55–Higher-and-Higher/37045

Exploring renewable energy resources: The way out of epileptic power supply

Excerpts of news mention on Thecable Newspaper:

When the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) was established in 1950, its mandate was to integrate electricity power development and make it effective for the teeming population of the country. An era when there would be uninterrupted supply of power was indeed envisaged.

But several years down the line, the obverse has become the case. There has been widespread power generation and distribution crisis. Terms such as erratic power supply, epileptic power supply, power blackout and power outage have come to be commonly associated with the power sector.Read more below:
https://www.thecable.ng/exploring-renewable-energy-resources-way-epileptic-power-supply

Need for national coalition against rape

Excerpts of news mention on Vanguard Newspaper:

Read more below:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/need-national-coalition-rape/

Resident doctors reject government offer, commence nationwide strike

Excerpts of news mention on Naij.com Newspaper:

While the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike lingers, another industrial action has hit Nigeria as resident doctors have commenced a nationwide indefinite strike. According to Vanguard, the doctors resolved to proceed on the strike after a meeting of its national leadership that ended in the early hours of Monday.Read more below:
https://www.naija.ng/1123548-resident-doctors-reject-government-offer-commence-nationwide-strike.html#1123548

Industry counts losses from Nigeria economic slump

Excerpts of news mention on cajnewsAFRICA Newspaper:

Unfavourable foreign exchange rates, bad roads,unavailability of fuel, limited access to credit, policy inconsistency,lack of Infrastructure, unstable power supply and weak demand.
These have been cited as the top challenges facing the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.
This is according to findings presented by NOIPolls, the polling firm, and Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA), a non-profit think-tank.Read more below:
http://cajnewsafrica.com/2017/09/13/industry-counts-losses-from-nigeria-economic-slump/

PMI Reading No 55: Higher and Higher

Excerpts of news mention on ProShare Nigeria Newspaper:

Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, surged in October to 64.8 from the previous month’s 58.5. Our partner, NOI Polls, has gathered and compiled the data. 

The index is a data release at the start of the calendar month in developed markets (such as the ISM’s in the US), the larger emerging markets such as China and a few other frontiers. It is based upon the responses of manufacturers to set questions on core variables in their businesses. 

PMIs are forward-looking indicators of sentiment in all economies, and have the proven capacity to move financial markets in developed economies. To reinforce the point, the latest national accounts cover the second quarter (April-June) and the latest PMI the first month of the fourth.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/NIGERIA%20ECONOMY/PMI-Reading-No-55–Higher-and-Higher/37045

PROJECTS SUPPORT LIGHTING UP OF AFRICA

Excerpts of news mention on Breakbulk Newspaper:

The rhetoric about electrifying Africa is finally being actioned into tangible and achievable goals. In West Africa, where some 180 million people do not have access to electricity, an abundance of natural resources is driving a somewhat large portfolio of renewable energy projects.

The clean energy wave rippling across West Africa is underscored by reinvigorated interest from the African Development Bank, or AfDB, and the Africa Progress Panel, or APP, in ensuring the continent addresses its energy crisis, for crisis it is.

Take Nigeria for example. A recent survey by NOIPolls revealed that 61 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises in the country spend Nigerian Naira500-1000 (US1.4-2.8 cents) daily on fuel, with as much as 85 percent of micro and small businesses reliant on generators for power. Ghana, in 2015, experienced 159 days without power. Ghanaians call it Dumsor, translating into “off and on,” which typifies the persistent, irregular and unpredictable power outages experienced.Read more below:
http://www.breakbulk.com/projects-support-lighting-up-of-africa/

Our people send patients abroad for organ harvesting ignorantly

Excerpts of news mention on Punch Newspaper:

In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, speaks about the challenges in the health sector

The Federal Government is considering barring doctors in the public sector from having private practice because the 1999 Constitution does not allow anyone to do private practice apart from farming. What is the NMA’s position on this?

The NMA will support every action that will improve the health system. We will go against any doctor that is using the government’s hours to do his business and I am sure that other professions, whether in the health sector or in any other areas, should do the same. You cannot rob Paul to pay Peter. So, give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.Read more below:
http://punchng.com/our-people-send-patients-abroad-for-organ-harvesting-ignorantly-nma-president/

NOIPolls puts Nigeria’s Q’4, 2017 personal well-being index stood at 64.3-points

Excerpts of news mention on The daily Newspaper:

The NOIPolls has put Nigeria’s Q4, 2017, Personal Well-Being Index (PWBI) at 64.3-points from 64.1-points obtained in Q3, 2017.

In its report obtained by The Daily,www.thedaily-ng.com, yesterday, it disclosed that the Personal Well-Being Index measures the satisfaction of Nigerians with respect to various aspects of lives.

It disclosed that there are seven components that make up the PWBI and they all experienced an increase except the Economic Index and the Personal Standard of Living Index which both experienced a decline when compared to the results obtained in Q3, 2017.

‘’Though the nation’s economy got out of recession in Q2, 2017 and also grew in Q3, 2017[1], Nigerians are yet to feel the impact of this growth in terms of their personal economy and standard of living as these were the only indicators that experienced a decline in Q4, 2017 amongst all the components that make up the PWBI.Read more below:
http://www.thedaily-ng.com/noipolls-puts-nigerias-q4-2017-personal-well-index-stood-64-3-points/

INEC and 2019 general elections

Excerpts of news mention on Punch Newspaper:

It will be one year to the proposed 2019 general election on Friday, February 16, 2018. The Independent National Electoral Commission has been put on the spot recently. Many news media are interrogating the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration. In fact, this newspaper’s sister publication, Saturday PUNCH, of February 10, had a screaming headline on its front page: “Voter registration: Shortage of manpower, faulty equipment mar exercise”. Earlier, NOI Polls on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 published a report of its opinion survey on the commission’s CVR. Apart from that issue, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, last Thursday, hosted the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu. During the courtesy visit, the INEC chairman solicited the support of the EFCC in addressing vote-buying and monitoring of political parties’ campaign funds. Furthermore, the National Assembly last Tuesday passed the Electoral Act 2010 amendment where it reordered the sequence of elections as against the way INEC had earlier arranged it.Read more below:
https://punchng.com/inec-and-2019-general-elections/

Over 50% of Nigerians endorse creation of state police–NOIPolls

Excerpts of news mention on Trendingsandpolitics Newspaper:

The proposed creation of state police has reportedly garnered the support and approval of over 61 percent of Nigerians, according to survey  by NOIPolls.The  survey stated that the proposal got surprising boost shortly after it received the blessings of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and 36 state Governors.

NOIPolls stated “the survey revealed that a larger proportion of Nigerians 61 percent pledged their support for the creation of state police.
“The clamour for State Police in Nigeria surprisingly got a boost on Thursday February 8th 2018, when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo publicly backed the call for the decentralisation of the Nigerian Police during a National Security Summit organised by the Nigerian Senate in Abuja.”Read more below:
http://trendsandpolitics.blogspot.com.ng/2018/02/over-50-of-nigerians-endorse-creation.html

President’s approval rating drops to 40%, unpopular in southeast

Excerpts of news mention on pulse Newspaper:

The latest nationwide score, which covers January 2018, represents a 5-point decline from his 45% approval rating in December 2018.Read more below:
http://www.pulse.ng/news/politics/buharis-approval-rating-drops-to-40-unpopular-in-southeast-id8016633.html

Female Genital Mutilation: Stakeholders Advocate Improved Policy, Sensitization

Excerpts of news mention on Leadership Newspaper Newspaper:

Unlike other harmful practices that have been abolished overtime due to civilization, it is surprising that  in Africa, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being practiced among certain communities in 29 countries, with Nigeria, Sudan, Mali and Ghana, labelled as practicing the worst type of FGM. ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH writes. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) otherwise known as female circumcision, which is the partial or complete removal of the external part of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, is a tradition whose origins could be difficult to trace as it is practiced all over the African continent. According to the United Nation Population Fund, (UNPF), an estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to FGM and those who have experienced FGM live predominately in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States. In Africa, FGM is practiced among certain communities in 29 countries namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. While there have been widespread interventions aimed at reducing and changing the perception of the world about FGM, yet, the practice still lingers. According to a United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, in the sub Saharan Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Mali and Ghana have been labelled as practicing the worst type of FGM and the reasons given by those who practice it ranging from culture, religion to superstition. In Nigeria, latest public opinion poll results released by the Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Polls (NOIPolls), have revealed that although 87 percent of Nigerians expressed knowledge of FGM, 64 percent of this proportion confirmed that FGM is not prevalent in their locality while 36 percent disclosed that there are various degrees of prevalence within their communities; with high level of prevalence across Ondo, Kwara, Enugu, Delta, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Cross-River, Anambra and Niger states.


Read more below:
https://leadership.ng/2018/02/22/female-genital-mutilation-stakeholders-advocate-improved-policy-sensitization/

LGBT History Month: Whither Nigeria?

Excerpts of news mention on washingtonblade Newspaper:

In the words of famous American television personality and drag queen, RuPaul, “A queen who does not know her ‘her-story’ is destined to repeat it.” This goes without saying that history forgotten will be lost in time.

This piece is inspired by LGBT History Month, which is currently being celebrated this month in the U.K., and the need to recover lost queer history and culture in Nigeria and Africa.

Global Dimension notes that LGBT History Month aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This celebration began in the U.S. and was first observed in 1994. Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. Other teachers and community leaders selected October because public schools were in session and existing traditions, such as National Coming Out Day, occur that month. The month also coincided with the dates of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights 1979 and the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987.

In the U.K., LGBT History Month is celebrated in February, and first took place in 2005 after Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that “promoted homosexuality” in schools was abolished in 2003. Countries such as England, Scotland, Greenland, Brazil and Hungary also celebrate LGBT History Month. And in Berlin, it is celebrated as Queer History Month in the month of February. Australia is the most recent country to join the list of now 26 countries that support LGBT equality and diversity, following the legalization of same-sex marriage on Dec. 7, 2017.

But the question begs to be asked: Whither Nigeria? Is there any hope that Nigeria will one day join the list of countries that support equality and diversity? Is there any hope that one day Nigeria will begin to appreciate the rich diversity of its citizens? Is there any hope that one day, Nigeria, like the other countries, will celebrate a LGBT History Month? Or is it a tall dream; a long walk to freedom?

A 2017 survey by NOI Polls, a Nigeria-based online survey platform, compared attitudes towards LGBT people in Nigeria against a previous 2015 poll. It found a seven percent increase in acceptance of LGBT people, and a nine percent rise to 39 percent of those surveyed, who think that LGBT people should be allowed equal access to public services such as healthcare, education and housing. The poll also showed a four percent increase to 90 percent of Nigerians who support the criminalization of same-sex relationships, and no change in the proportion of Nigerians (90 percent) who believe that the country would be a better place with no LGBT people.Read more below:
http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/02/22/lgbt-history-month-whither-nigeria/

Interrogating Clamour For State Police

Excerpts of news mention on Leadership Newspaper Newspaper:

The crave for state police has suddenly gained currency in the country, with the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism tacitly endorsing the proposal.Read more below:
https://leadership.ng/2018/03/01/interrogating-clamour-state-police/

PMI Reading No 59: Stable and Positive

Excerpts of news mention on ProShare Nigeria Newspaper:

Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, rose marginally in February from 54.6 to 54.7. Our partner, NOI Polls, has gathered and compiled the data. 

The index is found in developed markets (such as the ISM’s in the US), larger emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil, and a few other frontiers. It is based upon manufacturers’ responses to set questions on core variables in their businesses. In our case, it is not seasonally adjusted.

PMIs are forward-looking indicators of sentiment, and have the proven capacity to move financial markets in developed economies. To rephrase this point, the latest national accounts cover the fourth quarter (October-December) and the latest PMI the second month of the first quarter of 2018.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/Nigeria%20Economy/PMI-Reading-No-59–Stable-and-Positive-/38681

Fuel Scarcity, Higher Prices Linger Despite $5.8bn Spend On Supply

Excerpts of news mention on Independent Newspaper:

Nigerians are worried that despite huge spending on fuel importation by the emerging sole importer, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), product scarcity and higher prices still linger, with the resultant continued impoverishment of the citizens.

When NNPC, last week, told Nigerians that it has imported 9.8 million metric tons of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) worth $5.8 billion to combat the fuel crisis that resurfaced since late last year, not many Nigerians understood the logic behind the spend that has not wholly nipped the scarcity of the product hitherto.

Despite the claim by the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Maikanti Baru, that the era of scarcity is gone, however, the scarcity, which reared its ugly heads since last December has refused to subside despite the continuous importation of the product by the corporation and the clampdown on marketers suspected to be hoarding fuel for profiteering motive.Read more below:
https://independent.ng/fuel-scarcity-higher-prices-linger-despite-5-8bn-spend-supply/

Drugs And Substance Abuse Among Youths

Excerpts of news mention on Leadership Newspaper Newspaper:

The key findings from drugs and substance poll conducted in July 1, 2013 by NOI Polls Limited is that the rise in drug and substance abuses in the country anchor strongly on poverty and unemployment.Read more below:
https://leadership.ng/2018/03/29/drugs-and-substance-abuse-among-youths/

Addressing Nigeria’s Low Life Expectancy

Excerpts of news mention on Thisday Newspaper:

The May 2016 life expectancy data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that Nigeria, again, has one of the lowest life ratios in Africa and in the world; with 55 years for females and 54 years for males, standing at the 177th position globally, just above eight other countries of the world. On the average, the life expectancy ratio is 54.5 for the country.Also, NOI Polls, a country-specific polling service in the West African region, said Nigeria’s life expectancy at birth as at 2015 stands at 53 for males and 56 for females.Read more below:
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/04/05/addressing-nigerias-low-life-expectancy/

Senate initiates 2 bills to fight drug abuse

Excerpts of news mention on Vanguard Newspaper:

SENATE President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has disclosed that the Senate has developed two draft bills for legislation to tackle the menace, just as he said that this was an outcome of the roundtable put in place by him in December last year in Kano on the rising drug abuse in the country. *Results from the latest NOI Poll showed that 9 in 10 Nigerians believe the highest abusers of drugs and substance are teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years old.It has also emerged true from this poll that the most abused substance in Nigeria is marijuana.Read more below:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/senate-initiates-2-bills-fight-drug-abuse/

How illnesses reduce life expectancy of Nigerians

Excerpts of news mention on Vanguard Newspaper:

HEALTH experts have said millions of  Nigerians are not   living for long or  living well as a result of a combination of factors ranging from high burden of illnesses, illiteracy, corruption and poverty, among others. Nigerian youths The experts who expressed worry over the low  life expectancy ratio in Africa as a whole and Nigeria in particular, however said life expectancy in the continent could be improved through  availability of top-quality and affordable healthcare. An endocrinologist and diabetes expert, Dr. John Ahukannah, identified   high unemployment rate, ill health, poverty, deaths from preventable causes, illiteracy, high corruption, among others, as top factors  responsible for   low life expectancy ratio in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.Read more below:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/illnesses-reduce-life-expectancy-nigerians/

Don says Igbo behind drug abuse in the North

Excerpts of news mention on Vanguard Newspaper:

A University Don, Malam Bala Mohammed, has accused the Igbo as responsible for drug abuse prevalent among youths in the North. *Results from the latest NOI Poll showed that 9 in 10 Nigerians believe the highest abusers of drugs and substance are teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years old.It has also emerged true from this poll that the most abused substance in Nigeria is marijuana. Malam Mohammed, a lecturer with the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University Kano said that available statistics points to at these “unscrupulous Igbo drug dealers as brain behind the scourge”.Read more below:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/mandela-three-wives-2/

PMI Reading No 60: Strong, and Broad-based

Excerpts of news mention on ProShare Nigeria Newspaper:

Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, rose strongly in March from 54.7 to 59.4. Our partner, NOI Polls, has gathered and compiled the data. The index is found in developed markets (such as the ISM’s in the US), larger emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil, and a few other frontiers. It is based upon manufacturers’ responses to set questions on core variables in their businesses. In our case, it is not seasonally adjusted.   PMIs are forward-looking indicators ofsentiment, and have the proven capacity to move financial markets in developed economies. Whereas the latest national accounts cover the fourth quarter (October-December), the latest PMI captures the third month of the first quarter of 2018. Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, rose strongly in March from 54.7 to 59.4.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/Nigeria%20Economy/PMI-Reading-No-60–Strong–and-Broad-based/39236

Medical tourism ‘ll decrease when there is trust – Elenwoke

Excerpts of news mention on Blueprint Newspaper:

The health sector in Nigeria has been plagued with brain drain for decades and remains a cause of worry to many. Dr. Nnamdi Elenwoke, a Nigeria Neurosurgeon currently practising at Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque, Spain, in this interview with AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI speaks on the development; medical tourism and other sundry matters.

Brain drain in health sector
Indeed, brain drain is a legitimate concern for any country. Naturally, humans tend to move to better places to fulfill their needs or desires. This has always been the case throughout history.

An interesting research by NOI polls published in August 2017, indicated that Nigeria has about 72,000 medical doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, with only approximately 35,000 practising in Nigeria.

Also, about 20,000 medical doctors are currently working outside the country. It is also important to note that patients also emigrate as well.Read more below:
https://www.blueprint.ng/medical-tourism-ll-decrease-trust-elenwoke/

Why Nigerians are still despondent about life expectancy

Excerpts of news mention on Tribune Newspaper:

Even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) has projected a continuous rise in the average life expectancy in many countries and a slow increase in the life expectancy index at birth for Nigeria, more Nigerians do not think they would live up to old age in the coming years, if the released result of the 2015 NOIPolls is anything to go by.Nigeria, according to 2015 WHO report on life expectancy, is currently ranked 216 in the world, and about 16th in Africa with a life expectancy index of 54.7 years.

Whereas, 37 years ago, the average life expectancy in Nigeria was 44.74 years, putting the country at 58th position in the world and 21st in AfricaHowever, only about 35 per cent of responders to the NOIPolls survey question: “Do you think Nigerians live long to old age in recent times?” recorded an optimistic “Yes”, while 65 per cent of the responders did not think most Nigerians live up to old age.

“The reason for the WHO projection of a slow increase in life expectancy for Nigeria,” Dr John Ahukannah, the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Abia State, said, “was ascribable to the expanded access to anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS, which had adversely affected life in Nigeria and Africa in the 80s and the 90s”.Read more below:
http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/why-nigerians-are-still-despondent-about-life-expectancy/

World Asthma Day: Nigeria has only one respiratory doctor for every 2m people

Excerpts of news mention on Business Day Newspaper:

An NOIPolls survey last year revealed that the reasons for the looming brain drain in the health sector included challenges such as high taxes and deductions from salary (98%), low work satisfaction (92%), poor salaries and emoluments (91%) and the huge knowledge gap that exists in the medical practice abroad (47%), among others.Read more below:
http://www.businessdayonline.com/world-asthma-day-nigeria-one-respiratory-doctor-every-2m-people/

PMI Reading No 61: Uncertain of The Future

Excerpts of news mention on ProShare Nigeria Newspaper:

Our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the first in Nigeria, declined sharply in April from 59.4 to 51.0. Our partner, NOI Polls, has gathered and compiled the data. The index is found in developed markets (such as the ISM’s in the US), larger emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil, and a few other frontiers. It is based upon manufacturers’ responses to set questions on core variables in their businesses. In our case, it is not seasonally adjusted.businesses. In our case, it is not seasonally adjusted.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/Nigeria%20Economy/PMI-Reading-No-61–Uncertain-of-The-Future-/39838

Buhari: Swimming Against The Tide Of Public Opinion

Excerpts of news mention on Independent Newspaper:

If there is any burden that President Muhammadu Buhari and his media team are wishing away, it is unarguably that of Public Opinion.  As theorised by political scientists and sociologists, public opinion serves as the Foundations of Democracy. In fact, sovereignty of the people, which is the very basis of democracy, really means supremacy of the public opinion. In every democracy, the government and its policies are continuously based on public opinion. The government remains in power so long as it is backed by public opinion.


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Nigeria: Buhari’s job approval rating drops below 39.6%

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Today NOIPolls, Nigeria’s premier public opinion polling firm, releases its compilation of public opinion polls on a monthly series of presidential approval rating to appraise the job performance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Since January 2013, NOIPolls has been conducting monthly approval ratings on the job performance of Nigeria’s sitting president; and this has continued through the assumption of office of President Muhammadu Buhari.Read more below:
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Nigeria: Buhari’s job approval rating drops below 39.6%

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Today NOIPolls, Nigeria’s premier public opinion polling firm, releases its compilation of public opinion polls on a monthly series of presidential approval rating to appraise the job performance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Since January 2013, NOIPolls has been conducting monthly approval ratings on the job performance of Nigeria’s sitting president; and this has continued through the assumption of office of President Muhammadu Buhari.Read more below:
https://www.worldstagegroup.com/nigeria-buharis-job-approval-rating-drops-below-39-6-noipolls/

Mixed reactions trail President Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as new Democracy Day Read more

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The survey conducted by NOIPolls indicated that at least 56% of Nigerians commended President Buhari’s decision while 44% said they are not in support of the declaration – The poll also showed that Northeast supported the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day more than Southwest A new public opinion poll by NOIPolls has highlighted mixed reactions trailing President Buhari’s recent declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day.

The latest poll of 1,000 respondents nationwide revealed that 56% of Nigerians say they are in support of the president’s declaration; while 44% say they are not in support of the declaration. This, NAIJ.com gathers, came on the heels of the finding that almost 8 out of 10 respondents (79%) interviewed said they were aware of the recent declaration by President Buhari to commemorate June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day. Highlighting a number of socio-demographic differences, data from the poll showed that while the Northeast (75%), Southwest (69%) and Northwest (60%) geopolitical zones constituted the zones with the highest level of support for the president’s declaration; the Southeast (70%) and South-south (61%) regions constituted the bulk of respondents that are not in support of the declaration. Read more: https://www.naija.ng/1176132-mixed-reactions-trail-president-buharis-declaration-june-12-democracy-day.html#1176132 Read more below:
https://www.naija.ng/1176132-mixed-reactions-trail-president-buharis-declaration-june-12-democracy-day.html#1176132

Pre-election Polls Reveal Eleka in Early Lead in Ekiti

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Ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State slated for July 14, a public poll conducted by NOI Polls has predicted the victory of Professor Kolapo Olusola, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, and other candidates.

This is coming as governorship aspirant of the APC in the state, Segun Oni, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Fayemi, former Minister of Mines and Steel, as the party’s standard bearer for the governorship poll.
The result of the NOI Polls was made know in a statement made available yesterday, where the PDP candidate leads with eight points.

NOI stated that the poll was conducted between June 18 and 23, 2018 in a bid to assess the preparedness of voters towards the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
From the results of 1,000 randomly selected respondents, all residents in Ekiti State, and interviewed via telephone: Professor Olusola, fondly known as Eleka, polled 34 per cent; Dr. Fayemi (JKF) polled 26 per cent; Otunba Segun Adewale of ADP, fondly called Oshaprapra, (seven per cent); and Reverend Tunde Afe of ANRP (six percent).

In addition, there were some candidates who altogether polled four per cent, such as: Akinloye Ayegbusi (SDP), David Ayodele Adesua (ADC), Ebenezer Femi Ogunsakin (PPN), Dr. Sikiru Lawal (LP), Sunday Balogun (MPN),Mrs, Ilesanmi Anike Margaret (AP), Temitope Amuda (KP), Tosin Ajibade (ID) and Agboola Olaniyi (AD)amongst others.
The Chief Executive Officer NOIPolls, Dr. Bell Ihua, stated: “The poll revealed that while 93 percent of respondents claimed to have obtained their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), 83 percent were absolutely certain they would come out and vote for the gubernatorial candidate of their choice on July 14, 2018.

In another development, Oni, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Fayemi as PC’s flagbearer for the July 14 governorship poll.
Fayemi who polled a total of 941 votes at the primary which held on May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival by a margin of over 460 votes.
But Oni has asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent in the primary to contest without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.

Fayemi whole polled a total of 941 votes at the primary which held on May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival by a margin of over 460 votes.

But Oni has asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent in the primary to contest without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.
In the court documents seen by TheCable, Oni asked the court to determine if Fayemi’s action did not violate the Nigerian constitution and the guidelines of the ruling party primary.

The suit was filed on his behalf by Gani Faniyi, his counsel.

“Whether by virtue of APC constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of APC 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the APC governorship primaries conducted on the May 12, 2018, the 1st defendant being a serving member of the Federal Executive and Federal Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steel Development having not resigned his appointment as a member of Federal Executive and Minister of Solid Mineral, Mines and Steel Development, at all or at least 30 days to the said primaries election of May 12, 2018 was qualified to contest and participate in the said APC governorship primaries of May 12, 2018 as an aspirant in that election,” the document read.

“Whether by virtue of APC Constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of APC 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the APC governorship primaries conducted on the May 12, 2018, at Damilek Event Centre, Ado-Ekiti for the purpose of determining or nominating the 2nd defendant candidate for the July 12 Ekiti State governorship election, the 1st defendant having being indicted by Rtd. Justice Oyewole Judicial Panel of Enquiry was qualified to contest and participate in the said APC governorship primary of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election.”

Among the reliefs Oni are seeking are: “A declaration that the claimant (Oni) having scored 481 votes which is the majority of lawful and valid votes at the 2nd defendant (APC) the 12th May, 2018 APC governorship primaries election for the purpose of determining the 2nd defendant’s candidate for the July 14, 2018 election for the office of Governor Ekiti State is the person that was validly nominated by the 2nd defendant for the 1 July 14, 2018 election for the office of Governor, Ekiti state.”

Fayemi resigned on May 30 and later appointed Opeyemi Bamidele, a governorship aspirant of the APC, as the director-general of his campaign.

Ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State slated for July 14, a public poll conducted by NOI Polls has predicted the victory of Professor Kolapo Olusola, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, and other candidates.

This is coming as governorship aspirant of the APC in the state, Segun Oni, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Fayemi, former Minister of Mines and Steel, as the party’s standard bearer for the governorship poll.
The result of the NOI Polls was made know in a statement made available yesterday, where the PDP candidate leads with eight points.

NOI stated that the poll was conducted between June 18 and 23, 2018 in a bid to assess the preparedness of voters towards the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
From the results of 1,000 randomly selected respondents, all residents in Ekiti State, and interviewed via telephone: Professor Olusola, fondly known as Eleka, polled 34 per cent; Dr. Fayemi (JKF) polled 26 per cent; Otunba Segun Adewale of ADP, fondly called Oshaprapra, (seven per cent); and Reverend Tunde Afe of ANRP (six percent).

In addition, there were some candidates who altogether polled four per cent, such as: Akinloye Ayegbusi (SDP), David Ayodele Adesua (ADC), Ebenezer Femi Ogunsakin (PPN), Dr. Sikiru Lawal (LP), Sunday Balogun (MPN),Mrs, Ilesanmi Anike Margaret (AP), Temitope Amuda (KP), Tosin Ajibade (ID) and Agboola Olaniyi (AD)amongst others.
The Chief Executive Officer NOIPolls, Dr. Bell Ihua, stated: “The poll revealed that while 93 percent of respondents claimed to have obtained their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), 83 percent were absolutely certain they would come out and vote for the gubernatorial candidate of their choice on July 14, 2018.

In another development, Oni, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Fayemi as PC’s flagbearer for the July 14 governorship poll.
Fayemi who polled a total of 941 votes at the primary which held on May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival by a margin of over 460 votes.
But Oni has asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent in the primary to contest without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.

Fayemi whole polled a total of 941 votes at the primary which held on May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival by a margin of over 460 votes.

But Oni has asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent in the primary to contest without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.
In the court documents seen by TheCable, Oni asked the court to determine if Fayemi’s action did not violate the Nigerian constitution and the guidelines of the ruling party primary.

The suit was filed on his behalf by Gani Faniyi, his counsel.

“Whether by virtue of APC constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of APC 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the APC governorship primaries conducted on the May 12, 2018, the 1st defendant being a serving member of the Federal Executive and Federal Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steel Development having not resigned his appointment as a member of Federal Executive and Minister of Solid Mineral, Mines and Steel Development, at all or at least 30 days to the said primaries election of May 12, 2018 was qualified to contest and participate in the said APC governorship primaries of May 12, 2018 as an aspirant in that election,” the document read.

“Whether by virtue of APC Constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of APC 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the APC governorship primaries conducted on the May 12, 2018, at Damilek Event Centre, Ado-Ekiti for the purpose of determining or nominating the 2nd defendant candidate for the July 12 Ekiti State governorship election, the 1st defendant having being indicted by Rtd. Justice Oyewole Judicial Panel of Enquiry was qualified to contest and participate in the said APC governorship primary of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election.”

Among the reliefs Oni are seeking are: “A declaration that the claimant (Oni) having scored 481 votes which is the majority of lawful and valid votes at the 2nd defendant (APC) the 12th May, 2018 APC governorship primaries election for the purpose of determining the 2nd defendant’s candidate for the July 14, 2018 election for the office of Governor Ekiti State is the person that was validly nominated by the 2nd defendant for the 1 July 14, 2018 election for the office of Governor, Ekiti state.”

Fayemi resigned on May 30 and later appointed Opeyemi Bamidele, a governorship aspirant of the APC, as the director-general of his campaign.Read more below:
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/06/26/pre-election-polls-reveal-eleka-in-early-lead-in-ekiti/

Spend Abacha Loot On Power, others -FG Urged

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A new study by NOIPolls has revealed that about 80 per cent of Nigerians would want the federal government to spend the $322 million looted by Late General Sani Abacha On Jobs, power and healthcare. It would be recalled that the federal government recently received 322.51 million dollars from the Swiss Government as part of looted funds recovered from former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha. 

The federal government received the money since December 2017 into a special account in the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) On December 18, 2017 from the Swiss Government. As to what the federal government should do with the recovery money, the poll revealed that 30 per cent of Nigerians want government to use the money to create employment opportunities while 20 per cent said the money should be used to improve power supply in the country.

20 per cent of Nigerians said the money should be directed to the healthcare, by building new hospitals and improving the healthcare generally, 15 per cent said it should be use to build new roads and rail transport. 10 per cent of Nigerians said government should share the money among the poorest Nigerians while five per cent said it should be invested in the agriculture sector.

As to what measures should the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari put in place to prevent further looting of public funds, the poll revealed that 30 per cent of Nigerians want life imprisonment for offenders. 25 per cent want the federal government to introduce death penalty for offenders, 20 per cent want government to punish offenders severely, 15 per cent want government to enact stricter laws against offenders while 10 per cent want government to empower the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to fight corruption.  

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Nigerians want FG to spend N115.94bn Abacha loot on job creation’

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Nigerians want the federal government to spend N115.94bn ($322) Abacha loot on job creation, improving electricity supply, boosting healthcare and building new roads.

A report released by the NOIPolls revealed that those were the top four recommendations proffered by Nigerians in a poll it conducted.

The report disclosed that 30 per cent of Nigerians interviewed were of the opinion that the government should use the funds to create employment opportunities, 20 per cent suggested that government should expend the recovered funds on improving the power supply, while another 20 per cent said it should be used to build hospitals and improve healthcare.

The report added that 15 per cent of Nigerians polled said it should be channelled to building new roads and rail links; with 10 per cent suggesting it should be shared among the poorest Nigerians.

“Interestingly, the proposed plan of the federal government to share the recovered funds to the poorest of the poor in the society came 5th on the line of suggestions, thereby indicating that Nigerians consider Jobs, Electricity and Healthcare as top priorities calling for urgent attention,” the report stated.Read more below:
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/-nigerians-want-fg-to-spend-n115-94bn-abacha-loot-on-job-creation-260558.html

Nigerians want FG to spend N115.94bn Abacha loot on job creation’

Excerpts of news mention on Daily Trust Newspaper:

Nigerians want the federal government to spend N115.94bn ($322) Abacha loot on job creation, improving electricity supply, boosting healthcare and building new roads.

A report released by the NOIPolls revealed that those were the top four recommendations proffered by Nigerians in a poll it conducted.

The report disclosed that 30 per cent of Nigerians interviewed were of the opinion that the government should use the funds to create employment opportunities, 20 per cent suggested that government should expend the recovered funds on improving the power supply, while another 20 per cent said it should be used to build hospitals and improve healthcare.

The report added that 15 per cent of Nigerians polled said it should be channelled to building new roads and rail links; with 10 per cent suggesting it should be shared among the poorest Nigerians.

“Interestingly, the proposed plan of the federal government to share the recovered funds to the poorest of the poor in the society came 5th on the line of suggestions, thereby indicating that Nigerians consider Jobs, Electricity and Healthcare as top priorities calling for urgent attention,” the report stated.Read more below:
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/-nigerians-want-fg-to-spend-n115-94bn-abacha-loot-on-job-creation-260558.html

Spend Abacha Loot On Jobs, Power, Healthcare-FG Urged

Excerpts of news mention on Leadership Newspaper Newspaper:

A new study by NOIPolls has revealed that about 80 per cent of Nigerians would want the federal government to spend the $322 million looted by Late General Sani Abacha On Jobs, power and healthcare. It would be recalled that the federal government recently received 322.51 million dollars from the Swiss Government as part of looted funds recovered from former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha. The federal government received the money since December 2017 into a special account in the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) On December 18, 2017 from the Swiss Government.

As to what the federal government should do with the recovery money, the poll revealed that 30 per cent of Nigerians want government to use the money to create employment opportunities while 20 per cent said the money should be used to improve power supply in the country. 20 per cent of Nigerians said the money should be directed to the healthcare, by building new hospitals and improving the healthcare generally, 15 per cent said it should be use to build new roads and rail transport. 10 per cent of Nigerians said government should share the money among the poorest Nigerians while five per cent said it should be invested in the agriculture sector. As to what measures should the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari put in place to prevent further looting of public funds, the poll revealed that 30 per cent of Nigerians want life imprisonment for offenders. 25 per cent want the federal government to introduce death penalty for offenders, 20 per cent want government to punish offenders severely, 15 per cent want government to enact stricter laws against offenders while 10 per cent want government to empower the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to fight corruption. 

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Pre-election Polls Reveal Eleka in Early Lead in Ekiti

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Oni asks court to revoke Fayemi’s candidacyNume Ekeghe
Ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State slated for July 14, a public poll conducted by NOI Polls has predicted the victory of Professor Kolapo Olusola, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, and other candidates.This is coming as governorship aspirant of the APC in the state, Segun Oni, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Fayemi, former Minister of Mines and Steel, as the party’s standard bearer for the governorship poll.
The result of the NOI Polls was made know in a statement made available yesterday, where the PDP candidate leads with eight points.NOI stated that the poll was conducted between June 18 and 23, 2018 in a bid to assess the preparedness of voters towards the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
From the results of 1,000 randomly selected respondents, all residents in Ekiti State, and interviewed via telephone: Professor Olusola, fondly known as Eleka, polled 34 per cent; Dr. Fayemi (JKF) polled 26 per cent; Otunba Segun Adewale of ADP, fondly called Oshaprapra, (seven per cent); and Reverend Tunde Afe of ANRP (six percent).In addition, there were some candidates who altogether polled four per cent, such as: Akinloye Ayegbusi (SDP), David Ayodele Adesua (ADC), Ebenezer Femi Ogunsakin (PPN), Dr. Sikiru Lawal (LP), Sunday Balogun (MPN),Mrs, Ilesanmi Anike Margaret (AP), Temitope Amuda (KP), Tosin Ajibade (ID) and Agboola Olaniyi (AD)amongst others.The Chief Executive Officer NOIPolls, Dr. Bell Ihua, stated: “The poll revealed that while 93 percent of respondents claimed to have obtained their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), 83 percent were absolutely certain they would come out and vote for the gubernatorial candidate of their choice on July 14, 2018.In another development, Oni, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Fayemi as PC’s flagbearer for the July 14 governorship poll.
Fayemi who polled a total of 941 votes at the primary which held on May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival by a margin of over 460 votes.
But Oni has asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent in the primary to contest without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.Fayemi whole polled a total of 941 votes at the primary which held on May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival by a margin of over 460 votes.But Oni has asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent in the primary to contest without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.
In the court documents seen by TheCable, Oni asked the court to determine if Fayemi’s action did not violate the Nigerian constitution and the guidelines of the ruling party primary.The suit was filed on his behalf by Gani Faniyi, his counsel.“Whether by virtue of APC constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of APC 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the APC governorship primaries conducted on the May 12, 2018, the 1st defendant being a serving member of the Federal Executive and Federal Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steel Development having not resigned his appointment as a member of Federal Executive and Minister of Solid Mineral, Mines and Steel Development, at all or at least 30 days to the said primaries election of May 12, 2018 was qualified to contest and participate in the said APC governorship primaries of May 12, 2018 as an aspirant in that election,” the document read.“Whether by virtue of APC Constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of APC 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the APC governorship primaries conducted on the May 12, 2018, at Damilek Event Centre, Ado-Ekiti for the purpose of determining or nominating the 2nd defendant candidate for the July 12 Ekiti State governorship election, the 1st defendant having being indicted by Rtd. Justice Oyewole Judicial Panel of Enquiry was qualified to contest and participate in the said APC governorship primary of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election.”Among the reliefs Oni are seeking are: “A declaration that the claimant (Oni) having scored 481 votes which is the majority of lawful and valid votes at the 2nd defendant (APC) the 12th May, 2018 APC governorship primaries election for the purpose of determining the 2nd defendant’s candidate for the July 14, 2018 election for the office of Governor Ekiti State is the person that was validly nominated by the 2nd defendant for the 1 July 14, 2018 election for the office of Governor, Ekiti state.”Fayemi resigned on May 30 and later appointed Opeyemi Bamidele, a governorship aspirant of the APC, as the director-general of his campaign.  
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https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/06/26/pre-election-polls-reveal-eleka-in-early-lead-in-ekiti/

Poll describes New Media as major breeding ground for fake news in Nigeria

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The result of the poll conducted by the NOIPolls, released on Tuesday in Abuja showed that by 67 percent of Nigerians believe that the social media was the major source of fake news in the country.  

It noted that the natural instinct for some Nigerians to scrutinize the authenticity of a news report before sharing has been greatly reduced as some social media users want to be among the first to share a news story, be it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp etc.

According to the report, this trend of sharing news report without validating its source is capable of triggering mob action, agitation, violence and in extreme cases, national security implications.

“This finding collaborates reports from a two-day conference organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, revealing that the emergence of the new media, particularly social media, has given rise to unrestricted influx of fake news in Nigeria.

“More findings revealed that radio (39 percent) has remained the primary source of information for most Nigerians despite the emergence of social media.

“Also, perception on trust across media platforms regarding authentic information dissemination showed that Nigerians are more likely to trust information from traditional media; Television (59 percent), Radio (53 percent) and Newspaper (48 percent)) than other sources such as Facebook, Word of mouth, Instagram,” it said..

The poll results also revealed that the issue of fake news is very prevalent in Nigeria as indicated by 93 percent of the respondents interviewed and they believe that it is capable of upsetting the country’s social balance.

It added that a larger share (35 percent) of Nigerians lamented that fake news is capable of promoting and encouraging hatred and violence whereas, 25 percent believe it can cause panic and tension amongst other negative effects.

It acknowledged the launching of a national campaign against fake news, an initiative which 56 percent of the respondents claim to be unaware of, implying that more effort must be made in spreading the campaign, especially at grassroots level as mentioned by 30 percent of the respondents that there should be sensitization on the dangers of rumour mongering and the spread of fake news in the country..

The result of the poll conducted by the NOIPolls, released on Tuesday in Abuja showed that by 67 percent of Nigerians believe that the social media was the major source of fake news in the country.  

It noted that the natural instinct for some Nigerians to scrutinize the authenticity of a news report before sharing has been greatly reduced as some social media users want to be among the first to share a news story, be it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp etc.

According to the report, this trend of sharing news report without validating its source is capable of triggering mob action, agitation, violence and in extreme cases, national security implications.

“This finding collaborates reports from a two-day conference organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, revealing that the emergence of the new media, particularly social media, has given rise to unrestricted influx of fake news in Nigeria.

“More findings revealed that radio (39 percent) has remained the primary source of information for most Nigerians despite the emergence of social media.

“Also, perception on trust across media platforms regarding authentic information dissemination showed that Nigerians are more likely to trust information from traditional media; Television (59 percent), Radio (53 percent) and Newspaper (48 percent)) than other sources such as Facebook, Word of mouth, Instagram,” it said..

The poll results also revealed that the issue of fake news is very prevalent in Nigeria as indicated by 93 percent of the respondents interviewed and they believe that it is capable of upsetting the country’s social balance.

It added that a larger share (35 percent) of Nigerians lamented that fake news is capable of promoting and encouraging hatred and violence whereas, 25 percent believe it can cause panic and tension amongst other negative effects.

It acknowledged the launching of a national campaign against fake news, an initiative which 56 percent of the respondents claim to be unaware of, implying that more effort must be made in spreading the campaign, especially at grassroots level as mentioned by 30 percent of the respondents that there should be sensitization on the dangers of rumour mongering and the spread of fake news in the country.Read more below:
http://apanews.net/en/news/poll-describes-new-media-as-major-breeding-ground-for-fake-news-in-nigeria

Poll finds social media “breeding ground” for fake news

Excerpts of news mention on Daily Trust Newspaper:

A new poll suggests social media social propagates fake news far more than word of mouth, the internet, television and newspaper combined. This finding is despite the point that only 11% of the respondents in the survey by NOI Polls get their news on the internet. Only 2% get their news from newspapers and 39% by radio. Eleven in 100 people get their news via social media. The survey calls social media a “breeding ground” for fake news. The researchers say the tendence to scrutinize the authenticity of news reports before sharing has “been greatly reduced as some social media users want to be among the first to share a news story, be it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp.” “This trend of sharing news report without validating its source is capable of triggering mob action, agitation, violence and in extreme cases, national security implications. Yet almost 74% of participants rated Faceboook, Twitter and Instagram and news blog with higher levels of trust in passing authentic information, farm higher than for television, radio and newspapers. Interest in fake news—and its consequences—is growing as elections draw nearer. Some 35% of respondents believe fake news can cause hatred and violence. Lower proportions of respondents cite causes to include insecurity, instability and panic. Only 1% linked fake news to economic instabilityRead more below:
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/poll-finds-social-media-breeding-ground-for-fake-news.html

New media is major breeding ground for fake news in Nigeria – NOIPolls

Excerpts of news mention on WorldStage Newspaper:

A new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls revealed that new media (social media, blogs, etc.) is a major breeding ground for fake news in the country as indicated by 67 percent of Nigerians.

The natural instinct for some Nigerians to scrutinize the authenticity of a news report before sharing has been greatly reduced as some social media users want to be among the first to share a news story, be it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp etc.

This trend of sharing news report without validating its source is capable of triggering mob action, agitation, violence and in extreme cases, national security implications. This finding collaborates reports from a two-day conference organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, revealing that the emergence of the new media, particularly social media, has given rise to unrestricted influx of fake news in Nigeria.

More findings revealed that radio (39 percent) has remained the primary source of information for most Nigerians despite the emergence of social media. Also, perception on trust across media platforms regarding authentic information dissemination showed that Nigerians are more likely to trust information from traditional media; Television (59 percent), Radio (53 percent) and Newspaper (48 percent)) than other sources such as Facebook, Word of mouth, Instagram, etc.

The poll results also revealed that the issue of fake news is very prevalent in the country as indicated by 93 percent of the respondents interviewed. The effects of fake news cannot be over emphasized as it is capable of upsetting the country’s social balance. In line with this, a larger share (35 percent) of Nigerians lamented that fake news is capable of promoting and encouraging hatred and violence whereas, 25 percent believe it can cause panic and tension amongst other negative effects. In an attempt to create awareness on these effects of fake news in the nation, the Federal Government launched a national campaign against fake news, an initiative which 56 percent of the respondents claim to be unaware of, implying that more effort must be made in spreading the campaign especially at grassroots level as mentioned by 30 percent of the respondents that there should be sensitization on the dangers of rumour mongering and the spread of fake news in the country. These findings corroborate some of the recommendations made during the 2-day conference on fake news propagation in Nigeria organized by CDD. For instance, efforts must be taken to improve digital and media literacy especially among the growing population of young internet users, encouraging them to do a fact-check and corroborate information before they hit the share button.Additionally, it is pertinent to effectively confront the challenge of fake news as 25 percent of the respondents suggested promoting professionalism amongst journalists in both traditional media and social media in Nigeria. These are the key highlights from the Fake News poll conducted in the week commencing August, 6th 2018.

BRIEF BACKGROUND

One of the major threats to peace and security in Nigeria today is fake news, defined as “completely false information, photos and videos purposefully created and spread to confuse or misinform” others. Undoubtedly, false news is now the electrified third rail in global politics, Nigerian politics included as its vast reach, scope, and expansiveness retains huge capacity for destructive consequences. Worryingly, there is no generally agreed remedy and fake news is bad news and bad news means trouble. While rhetoric has always been the bedrock of political complication, false news stretches rhetoric beyond the acceptable. Moreover, false news is primarily fuelled by politics and tends to peak during electoral periods.

Recently, the federal government launched a campaign against fake news in Nigeria as the issue of fake news has become a threat in the country. Recently, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) organized a conference where stakeholders discussed ways of solving the spread of fake news especially as it relates to elections. The former Independent National Election Commission (INEC) Chairman Professor Jega, called for the enactment of laws, as well as adherence to subsisting legislations to achieve this goal, noting that the ugly trend couldn’t be tackled through mere civic education of critical stakeholders. Also, the current INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated that the commission was battling with the issue of fake news and promised to liaise with stakeholders to strengthen existing legislation in the electoral process to tackle problems associated with fake news.  In line with this, NOIPolls conducted a survey to gauge the perception of Nigerians regarding the prevalence, effects and possible suggestions to curb fake news in Nigeria.

SURVEY FINDINGS

The initial question sought to assess the awareness of Nigerians regarding the campaign against fake news in Nigeria and analysis revealed that 44 percent of the respondents interviewed are aware of the campaign. On the other hand, 56 percent, which formed the majority, claimed that they are not aware of the campaign.

Further findings revealed that the main source of daily news for Nigerians is radio (39 percent). Implying that a larger fraction of Nigerians depends on the news desks of various radio stations within their localities for information on happenings in the country. Other sources of daily news for Nigerians includes; Television (26 percent), Social media (17 percent), Internet (11 percent), Word of mouth (5 percent) and Newspapers (2 percent).

In recent times, access to information may not be much of an issue however, it becomes worrisome if information is not reliable. Thus, discerning truth from untruth has become a herculean task. Citizens, development practitioners and other stakeholders around the world have raised concerns about the prevalence of misinformation in contemporary politics mainly because of its characters and manifestations. With this in mind, the poll result showed that a larger proportion of Nigerians (93 percent) acknowledged that there is a high prevalence of cases of fake news in the country.

Rapidly evolving technology and the changing media landscape have reshaped communication mechanism to be instant, participatory, and global in scale. Modern communication platforms have afforded a large majority of people to communicate effortlessly with a wider audience. Developing events around the world can now be tracked on the go. However, recent developments around the world have proved that media platforms have assumed a destructive dimension as information is power, misinformation could directly or indirectly influence civil unrest, mob action and in some cases violence. In line with this, the poll also revealed that social media is the platform that propagates fake news the most as stated by a larger proportion of respondents interviewed. Although radio is the main source of news for Nigerians, social media coming top in this category suggests the increasing dependence on it as a source of information in Nigeria.

Subsequently, the respondents were asked to rate their level of trust on some media platforms and the poll results revealed that the traditional media Television (59 percent), Radio (53 percent) and Newspaper (48 percent)) are the most trusted media platforms. On the other hand, Facebook (74 percent), Word of mouth (73 percent) and Instagram (70 percent) got a very poor rating as Nigerians do not trust the information from such platforms. This indicative of the lack of trust Nigerians have on some media platforms particularly the new media thus, there is need for continuous education as the importance of social media cannot be neglected in a society that is getting too busy and distracted.

The effects or impact of fake news in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized; from its ability to impact on governance, influence corporate reputation as well as heating-up the polity. Fake news, through its altering of pictures, videos and absolute fairytale has generated tensions in Nigeria and the effects are here with us all.[2] Given the influence of this threat to the society, perception of Nigerians were gauged and the poll result showed that 35 percent, which formed the majority, admitted that it can cause hatred and violence. Further giving credence to this finding that fake news spreads hate and violent outbursts, is a recent report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which reported that fake news circulating in the social media worsened the clashes between the farmers and the herdsmen in Nigeria[3].

In addition, 25 percent of Nigerians stated that fake news can cause panic and tension in the society; another 15 percent of Nigerians opined that fake news can be misleading and a further 10 percent stated that it can create disunity and tribalism in the society amongst other negative effects of fakes news mentioned.

Consequently, having established that the impact of fake news can be devastating to a nation, the poll revealed that 30 percent of Nigerians recommended sensitizing the public on the dangers of rumour mongering and spreading fake news. Also, as a way of curtailing several extremist groups and unprofessional media outlets from spreading propaganda, 25 percent suggested promoting professionalism amongst journalists in both traditional media and social media, whereas 18 percent advocated encouraging collaboration between the media and public institutions responsible for ensuring national unity, peace and cohesion. Further analysis showed that 15 percent of Nigerians suggested that more Nigerians should be educated on the need to verify news sources amongst other recommendations.

In conclusion, the poll result has established that there is a high prevalence of fake news propagation, exposed the major sources of fake news and also highlighted the major effects of fake news in Nigeria. Hence, it is imperative that the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and other stakeholders synergize in addressing this spreading of false of false information. As a solution to curb this menace, Nigerians are calling on the government to create an agency that will monitor the authenticity of news that comes through the traditional media and more importantly information from new media (e.g. blogs, social media, and other online news platforms). The reason for the emphasis on new media is because 67 percent of Nigerians mentioned that they get fake news mostly from this source against 12 percent who get from their news traditional media.

Furthermore, as we approach the 2019 elections, social media particularly may likely be used as a modern propaganda spreading technology. Presently, there is no consequence whatsoever for the perpetrators of false news, with the added implication that some media platforms seem reluctant to fact-check before rushing to be the first to put out breaking news. Therefore, it is pertinent that the Federal Government work with various stakeholders including media practitioners and the national legislatures to find a citizen friendly solution to this menace. Leaving the matters unaddressed will spell doom for Nigeria especially as we approach the 2019 general elections.

Survey Methods

The Poll was conducted in the week commencing August 6th, 2018. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 3%. NOIPolls Limited, No1 for country specific polling services in West Africa. We conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria.Read more below:
https://www.worldstagegroup.com/new-media-is-major-breeding-ground-for-fake-news-in-nigeria-noipolls/

Nigeria: Poll Finds Social Media “Breeding Ground” for Fake News

Excerpts of news mention on allAfrica.com Newspaper:

By Judd-Leonard Okafor

A new poll suggests social media social propagates fake news far more than word of mouth, the internet, television and newspaper combined.

This finding is despite the point that only 11 per cent of the respondents in the survey by NOI Polls get their news on the internet. Only 2 per cent get their news from newspapers and 39 per cent by radio.11 in 100 people get their news via social media. The survey calls social media a “breeding ground” for fake news. The researchers say the tendency to scrutinize the authenticity of news reports before sharing has “been greatly reduced as some social media users want to be among the first to share a news story, be it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp.”

“This trend of sharing news report without validating its source is capable of triggering mob action, agitation, violence and in extreme cases, national security implications. 

Yet almost 74 per cent of participants rated Faceboook, Twitter and Instagram and news blog with higher levels of trust in passing authentic information, farm higher than for television, radio and newspapers.Interest in fake news–and its consequences–is growing as elections draw nearer.

Some 35 per cent of respondents believe fake news can cause hatred and violence. Lower proportions of respondents cite causes to include insecurity, instability and panic.

Only 1 per cent linked fake news to economic instabilityBy Judd-Leonard OkaforRead more below:
https://allafrica.com/stories/201809120103.html

NIGERIAN MEDIA IN THE BUILDUP TO THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS–REPORT

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An excerpt from NOIPolls’ National Survey conducted in 2017 revealed that 62 percent of Nigerians surveyed were of the opinion that the Nigerian media is independent, although a significant proportion (29 percent) stated the media is not independent. This is worrisome especially as the nation is set to face general elections in February 2019 which is less than five months away and the role of the Nigerian media before, during and after the elections cannot be over emphasized.

The Nigerian media is a critical stakeholder in the nation’s effort to advance the cause of democracy, which its sustainability is dependent on the credibility of electoral processes. Speaking at the 2018 All Nigerian Editor’s Conference (ANEC) held in Delta state on 10th October 2018, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, president of the Guild, stated that the media has a role to play in ensuring the sustainability of Nigeria’s democracy in view of the key role it plays in information dissemination and moulding of public opinion. She further stated that it is imperative that the media is properly positioned not only to understand the issues involved in organising a credible election, but to advance a true democratic culture in the manner it reports issues of politics and governance.

Furthermore, in terms of corruption in media, the survey revealed that Nigerians believe the internet has the highest level of corruption in the Nigerian media space, followed by newspapers and television. While radio was considered the least corrupt, no media outlet, print or electronic, was deigned to be completely free of corruption in the country.

When asked about perception on media independence, many Nigerians (62 percent) believed that the Nigerian media are independent, while a smaller but significant proportion of Nigerians (29 percent) disagreed as they do not believe the Nigerian media is truly independent.  In terms of gender, 63 percent and 61 percent of male and female respondents believed the Nigerian media is independent, while 30 percent and 28 percent of male and female respondents said no respectively.

When disaggregated by regions, some variations become obvious. While 49 percent of respondents from the North-Central considered the Nigerian media to be independent, it was 61 percent, 78 percent, 57 percent, 44 percent and 69 percent for the North-East, North-West, South-East, South-South and South-West respectively. The North-Central, North-East, South-East and South-South fell below the nationwide score of 62 percent, while only the South-West surpassed it.

The perception of the level of corruption among these media outlets was also tested among the respondents. Findings revealed that 45 percent of the respondents felt that corruption was low in Radio, compared to 31 percent who claimed the same for Newspapers, 34 percent in Television and 36 percent for Internet and Social Media. Another 36 percent of respondents considered corruption to be moderate in Radio, compared to 43 percent for Newspapers and Television and 31 percent for Internet and Social Media.

On the other hand, 13 percent of respondents felt corruption was high in Radio, 19 percent in Newspapers, 17 percent in Television and 33 percent in Internet and Social Media. This implied that respondents believe the internet/Social Media to be the most corrupt in the Nigerian media, followed by Newspapers, then Television and Radio as the least corrupt. Yet, one fact obvious from the chart below is that no media outlet, print or electronic, was thought to be completely free of corruption in the country. It was only a matter of degree.

In conclusion the poll revealed that Nigerians had a relatively positive perception on the media as about 6 in 10 (62 percent) believed that the Nigerian media are independent while almost 3 in 10 (29 percent) thought otherwise. However, it is essential that the Nigerian media is perceived to be totally independent as they are major stakeholders in ensuring that Nigeria’s democracy is sustained through accurate information dissemination. In terms of corruption in the Nigerian media, a larger proportion generally perceived Radio (45percent) to have a low level of corruption, while the Internet and Social Media to have a higher level of corruption.

Finally, given that an independent media is important for democracy, there is need for transparency to be promoted across all the forms of media especially as the 2019 general elections draw closer. Corruption in the media sector can be curbed through the implementation of ethical frameworks for media institutions to enhance professional standards. Additionally, Media outlets should ensure their staff and journalists uphold ethics and integrity, through set codes of conduct, train staff consistently on approved behavioral patterns, constantly ensure such patterns are strictly adhered to and ensuring adequate stiff punishment is meted out to erring journalists.Read more below:
http://www.brandcrunch.com.ng/2018/10/16/nigerian-media-in-the-buildup-to-the-2019-general-elections-report/

Majority of Nigerians feel unsafe – Poll

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Following the poor state of security in Nigeria, many Nigerians believe that the country is not secure.The public opinion poll on security, conducted recently and released on Tuesday in Abuja by Nigeria’s leading survey and polling, NOIPolls revealed that 65 percent of Nigerians believe that the country is not secure,

The report said that the North-East (55 percent) accounted for the highest proportion of Nigerians with a negative perception on security.

“These findings are not surprising considering the rising spate of violent extremism over the years, which have been a major source of insecurity especially in the North-East,” the report said

The poll, which also sought to measure the perception of respondents on peculiar security challenges they are facing in their immediate environment and findings revealed that ‘‘armed robbery” (25 percent), ‘’herdsmen/famers clashes” (14 percent) and ‘’kidnapping” (8 percent) as the top three security challenges in Nigeria.

According to the report, while armed robbery was mostly lamented by respondents in the South-East zone (38 percent), respondents in the North-East zone (48 percent) indicated Boko-Haram as the major security threat they are facing.

It added that respondents in the North-Central (33 percent) did not hesitate to mention “herdsmen/famers clashes” given the high occurrence of these clashes in this zone.

“Furthermore, since security is a critical component of governance and development, it was pertinent to ascertain the perception of Nigerians on the presence of security operatives nationwide and the poll showed that only 23 percent of Nigerians nationwide indicated that they ‘’always” notice the presence of security operatives in their immediate environment as opposed to 33 percent who indicated ‘sometimes’,” the report said.   

It, however, noted these were the key highlights from the national security poll recently conducted in May this year. Read more below:
https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/majority-of-nigerians-feel-unsafe-poll/

POLL CALLS FOR IMPROVED SECURITY, SAYS MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS FEEL UNSAFE

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A public opinion poll on security, conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that 7 in 10 (65 percent) of Nigerians believe the nation is not secure, thus indicating a poor state of security in Nigeria.

The North-East (55 percent) accounted for the highest proportion of Nigerians with a negative perception on security. These findings are not surprising considering the rising spate of violent extremism over the years which have been a major source of insecurity especially in the North-East.
The poll also sought to measure the perception of respondents on peculiar security challenges they are facing in their immediate environment and findings revealed ‘‘armed robbery’’ (25 percent), ‘’herdsmen/famers clashes’’ (14 percent) and ‘’kidnapping’’ (8 percent) as the top three security challenges in Nigeria. It is worthy to note that while armed robbery was mostly lamented by respondents in the South-East zone (38 percent), respondents in the North-East zone (48 percent) indicated Boko-Haram as the major security threat they are facing. In addition, respondents in the North-Central (33 percent) did not hesitate to mention “herdsmen/famers clashes” given the high occurrence of these clashes in this zone.


Furthermore, since security is a critical component of governance and development, it was pertinent to ascertain the perception of Nigerians on the presence of security operatives nationwide and the poll showed that only 23 percent of Nigerians nationwide indicated that they ‘’always’’ notice the presence of security operatives in their immediate environment as opposed to 33 percent who indicated ‘‘sometimes’. These were the key highlights from the national security poll recently conducted in the week commencing 7thMay, 2018.


Brief Background
Right to life is one of the fundamental rights of every citizen as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and this section provides that every person has a right to life and no one shall be intentionally deprived of his/her life. Nigeria as a country since independence has faced a myriad of security challenges ranging from farmers and herdsmen conflicts, rituals killings, secession and book haram insurgency. These challenges which comes mostly from within the country, have consistently disrupted governance, led to loss of lives, means of livelihood and wealth, created an atmosphere of insecurity, threatened the corporate existence of the nation and portrayed Nigeria poorly in the international community. At the moment, Nigeria is facing peace and security challenges occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East; a resurgence of separatist movements in the South-East and South-South zones; the criminal activities of militants in the Niger Delta; violent attacks over farming and cattle grazing rights in the North-Central and other areas, ritual killings in the South-West; communal violence in some parts of the country; proliferation of small arms and light weapons; and spates of kidnapping and armed robbery attacks etc.


These security challenges, have dire consequences for Nigeria’s cultural and social core values, ethnic cohesion, social integration, stability and sustainable development. Further consequences include growing culture of impunity by individuals and groups resulting in avoidable violence that often lead to colossal loss of lives, wanton destruction of property and national assets. For example, it has been estimated that the spate of attacks attributed to the Boko Haram sect, has so far claimed over 20,000 lives in the last 5 years. It was also reported that over 7,000 lives were lost in 2014 to Boko Haram-related violence alone. The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) report issued in January 2015 found that Nigeria has more civilian casualties than any other African country facing conflict, including Somalia, CAR and South Sudan. On the Global Terrorism Index Rankings in 2017, Nigeria ranked 1st in Africa and 3rd globally, largely due to the activities of Boko-Haram and herdsmen attacks[3].


Survey Findings
The initial question sought to determine the perception of Nigerians regarding the current state of security in the country. Based on this, the respondents were asked to rate the current state of security in the country. The poll results revealed that 65 percent (41 percent: Not at all secure + 24 percent: Not Very Secure) of Nigerians nationwide, stated that the current security situation in the country is challenging. This signifies that about 7 in 10 respondents nationwide were of the opinion that the security situation in the country is challenging as they either rated the state of security in the country as ‘’not secure at all or ‘’not very secure’’. This rated figure is not surprising due to recent and reoccurring security challenges in the country especially in the North-East. On the other hand, about 35 percent (26 percent: Somewhat secure + 9 percent: very secure) of Nigerians nationwide stated that the security situation in the country is without challenges. This is suggestive of the need for increased security activities by the security operatives and stakeholders especially as the general election approaches.Read more below:
https://dozilla.com.ng/2018/11/07/poll-calls-for-improved-security-says-majority-of-nigerians-feel-unsafe/

Poll reveals urgent need for functional 3-digit security helpline across Nigeria

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An excerpt from NOIPolls’ security poll conducted in May 2018 revealed that almost 7 in 10 (69 percent) Nigerians do not know any security helpline to call in an emergency, implying that most Nigerians are unable to report any emergency security issue when the need arises.

During the course of this poll, majority of the respondents complained of their inability to recall the eleven digits security mobile numbers provided by the Nigerian Police and advocated on the spot that the Nigerian Police should have a three (3) digits number for all emergencies. This therefore reveals that the efforts of security agencies in ensuring citizens are able to report ongoing emergency situations are inadequate and emphasizing the need for this all-important mechanism to be put in place to ensure effective feedback mechanisms between Nigerians and security agencies.

The poll also gauged the perception of Nigerians on how well-equipped security operatives are in tackling security challenges and findings revealed that 24 percent of respondents stated that security operatives are “not well quipped” to tackle security challenges. On the other hand, 43 percent believed that they are “well equipped “and the North-East zone (56 percent) had the largest proportion of Nigerians who mentioned this. This could be attributed to the heavy presence of armed forces with heavy weaponry due to the ongoing fight against insurgency in the region.

Information technology (IT) plays a critical role in strengthening security against potential future attacks hence, it is vital for Nigerian security operatives to synergize with relevant stakeholders and adopt the use of 3-digit security helpline to enable Nigerians share information more readily as soon as they identify potential threats.

EXCERPTS FROM POLL

The poll report gauged the perception of Nigerians regarding awareness of security helplines and the poll revealed that nationwide, majority (69 percent) of Nigerians are unaware of any security help line to call in an emergency while 31 percent admitted they know the security helplines to call in an emergency.

Further analysis by geo-political zones showed the North-Central with 75 percent as the zone with the largest number of Nigerians who are unaware of any security helpline to call in an emergency. This result is not a reflection of the level of security in these regions but is reflective of the need for security agencies to partner with stakeholders to engage and sensitize Nigerians living in these zones regarding their responsibility in helping tackle insecurity in their areas.

The survey also gauged the opinion of Nigerians regarding how well-equipped Nigerian security operatives are in relation to tackling security challenges in the nation. Analysis revealed that 43 percent of Nigerians nationwide stated that Nigerian security operatives are equipped to tackle security challenges in the country having rated them as well equipped. On the contrary, 24 percent of Nigerians stated that the Nigerian security operatives are not equipped to tackle security challenges nationwide.

The poll results revealed that respondents in the North-East region 56 percent had the highest percentage of Nigerians who stated that Nigerian security operatives are equipped to tackle security challenges within their immediate localities while the North Central has the lowest percentage of respondents who said security operatives are well equipped to tackle security challenges in their immediate environment with 35 percent.

Analyzing the preparedness of Nigerian security operatives in tackling security challenges across geopolitical zones, the national average score of 2.19 was compared with the regional average scores and it revealed that only the South-West and North-Central geopolitical zones fell below the national average at 2.12 and 2.00 points respectively.

In conclusion, the poll has established that most Nigerians are unaware of any security helpline they can call in an emergency. This is a clarion call for Nigerian security operatives to put the requisite mechanism in place to aid the adoption and implementation of a 3- digit security helpline for Nigerians to call in emergencies such as security, fires etc. Results also revealed that although majority of respondents (43 percent) stated that security operatives were well equipped, the figure still fell below average and must be improved upon by equipping security operatives better to enable them tackle insecurity and ensure continuous internal safety and security.

Law makers must also play their part in ensuring that security agencies are provided with appropriate backing by the law and adequate funding to put said mechanisms in place, are well equipped with sophisticated weapons to ensure the safety of lives and properties across the nation.

Survey Methods

The Poll was conducted in the week commencing 7th May 2018. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 4,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 4.65%. NOIPolls Limited, No1 for country specific polling services in West Africa. We conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria.Read more below:
https://www.worldstagegroup.com/poll-reveals-urgent-need-for-functional-3-digit-security-helpline-across-nigeria/

Poll reveals urgent need for functional 3-digit security helpline in Nigeria

Excerpts of news mention on Journal du Cameroun.Com Newspaper:

A recent security poll conducted by Nigeria’s leading survey and polling firm, NOIPolls Ltd, has revealed that 69 percent of Nigerians do not know any security helpline to call in an emergency.The result of the poll released on Tuesday in Abuja noted that most Nigerians are unable to report any emergency security issue when the need arises.

The report added that during the course of this poll, majority of the respondents complained of their inability to recall the 11 digits security mobile numbers provided by the Nigerian Police and advocated on the spot that the Nigerian Police should have a three (3) digits number for all emergencies.

“This therefore reveals that the efforts of security agencies in ensuring citizens are able to report ongoing emergency situations are inadequate and emphasizing the need for this all-important mechanism to be put in place to ensure effective feedback mechanisms between Nigerians and security agencies,” the report said.

According to the report, 24 percent of respondents stated that security operatives are “not well quipped” to tackle security challenges, while 43 percent believed that they are “well equipped“ and the North-East zone (56 percent) had the largest proportion of Nigerians who mentioned this.

It noted that Information technology plays a critical role in strengthening security against potential future attacks hence, it is vital for Nigerian security operatives to synergize with relevant stakeholders and adopt the use of 3-digit security helpline to enable Nigerians share information more readily as soon as they identify potential threats.

The excerpts from the poll conducted in May concluded that most Nigerians are unaware of any security helpline they can call in an emergency and urged Nigerian security operatives to put the requisite mechanism in place to aid the adoption and implementation of a 3- digit security helpline for Nigerians to call in emergencies such as security, fires etc. 

It urged the lawmakers to play their part in ensuring that security agencies are provided with appropriate backing by the law and adequate funding to put mechanisms in place and equipped with sophisticated weapons to ensure the safety of lives and properties across the nation.   Read more below:
https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/poll-reveals-urgent-need-for-functional-3-digit-security-helpline-in-nigeria/

Commemoration of UN Universal Children’s Day; Calls for Adoption and Enforcement of Child Rights Act – NOIPolls

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NOIPolls joins the United Nations in celebrating the Universal Children’s Day which is observed annually on 20th November. The goal of Universal Children’s day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention sets out a number of children’s rights such as the rights to be protected from violence and discrimination and the rights to life, health and education.

In commemorating the Universal Children’s Day, NOIPolls presents a throwback from previous public opinion poll conducted in 2017, in partnership with Child Protection Hub Nigeria (CPHub). The poll highlighted the perception of Nigerians on the prevalence and awareness of Nigerians to incidents of child abuse in the country. The poll revealed a high prevalence (92 percent) of child abuse in Nigeria, corroborating a report by UNICEF which also indicated a high prevalence rate of child abuse in Nigeria specifying that millions of children in Nigeria suffer some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence.

Further findings from the poll conducted by NOIPolls disclosed that half of the respondents (50 percent) interviewed reported they have personally witnessed an incidence of child abuse within their localities. This data also substantiates a 2014 Nigeria Violence Against Children (VAC) survey by the National Population Commission, with support from UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which revealed that 6 out of 10 Nigerian children experienced at least one form of violence before they are 18.Responding to question on how to curb the incidence of child abuse in Nigeria, a larger proportion (31 percent) of Nigerians suggested a public enlightenment on the effect of child abuse, while 12 percent advocated for strict punishment for defaulters of child abuse.

The chart below clearly revealed a high rate of child abuse in the country as indicated by 92 percent of respondents surveyed and residents from the South-South had the largest proportion of Nigerians who mentioned this.

Opinions on witnessing an incidence of child abuse within respondent’s locality were evenly split as half of the respondents reported they have witnessed such incidence, while the other half claimed that they have not witnessed such incidence in their locality. Analysis by gender showed that there are more male (54 percent) than female (46 percent) respondents who acknowledged that they have witnessed the incidence of child abuse in their locality.

Public enlightment on the effects of child abuse topped the list of recommendations mentioned by respondents as a way of reducing this awful incidence. This was followed by Nigerians who advocated for strict punishment for defaulter (12 percent) and those who wants the government to enforce law on child protection.

In conclusion, the poll has clearly revealed a high occurance of child abuse in Nigeria. Given this high prevalence and the proportion of Nigerians who have witnessed an incidence of child abuse in their locality, all the stakeholders of the Federal, State and Local government and their corresponding parastatals including International and Local agencies should champion the course of violence against children and focus on an enlightenment campaign directed towards strengthening awareness and enforcement of relevant legislative and policy frameworks in the course of protecting the Rights of the Nigerian Child.

Finally, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to end all forms of violence against children by 2030, it is imperative for the Federal Government to persuade the remaining 11 States in Nigeria that are yet to pass the Child Right Act of 2003 to do so urgently so as to fully criminalize the dastardly act; therefore providing Nigerian children the opportunity where they are nurtured in a safe and secure environment.

Disclaimer

This press release has been produced by NOIPolls Limited to provide information on all issues which form the subject matter of the document. Kindly note that while we are willing to share results from our polls with the general public, we only request that NOIPolls be acknowledged as author whenever and wherever our poll results are used, cited or published. For more information, please visit our website www.noi-polls.com and you can also download our mobile app NOIPolls on your smart phone.

NOIPolls hereby certifies that all the views expressed in this document accurately reflect its views of respondents surveyed for the poll, and background information is based on information from various sources that it believes are reliable; however, no representation is made that it is accurate or complete. Whilst reasonable care has been taken in preparing this document, no responsibility or liability is accepted for errors or fact or for any views expressed herein by NOIPolls for actions taken as a result of information provided in this report. Any ratings, forecasts, estimates, opinions or views herein constitute a judgment as at the date of this document. If the date of this document is not current, the views and content may not reflect NOIPolls’ current findings and/or thinking.Read more below:
https://businesstrumpet.com/commemoration-of-un-universal-childrens-day-calls-for-adoption-and-enforcement-of-child-rights-act-noipolls/

Critical and Measurable Steps Required for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Nigeria – NOIPolls

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Abuja, Nigeria. November 27th, 2018 – According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and it remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. The theme of this year’s celebration has been declared to be ‘‘Orange the World’’ with a hashtag #HearMeToo.[1] The color symbolizes a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls. This year’s celebration focuses on giving women and Girls listening ears because they matter too.  The United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed annually on the 25th of November.

Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.[2]  This menace has become an obstacle in achieving equality, development, peace as well as the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights. All in all, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is to leave no one behind cannot be fulfilled without putting an end to violence against women and girls. According to the UN, a staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime—a pandemic of global proportions.

In commemoration of the Day, NOIPolls reflects on some findings from its past poll on domestic violence in Nigeria, which highlighted the rising prevalence of domestic violence against women. The poll which was conducted in June 2016, in partnership with Project Alert, revealed that domestic violence against women (97 percent) was very prevalent in the Nigerian society, despite the prohibition by Section 34 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees the rights of all against torture and/or degrading treatment. Children were also found to be at the receiving end of domestic violence in Nigerian homes as 79 percent of the respondents reported that domestic violence against children was also prevalent. Further findings showed that 54 percent of Nigerians had either suffered or know someone who has suffered a form of domestic violence. When asked if the victim was a man, a woman or a child, regardless of gender, geo-political and age-group, 75 percent confirmed that the victim was a woman.

The figure below shows that domestic violence against women was highly prevalent in Nigeria as stated by 97 percent of the respondents interviewed. This was closely followed by 75 percent of Nigerians who mentioned that domestic violence against children was also quite prevalent.

Subsequently, 54 percent reported they had personally suffered or know someone who suffered some sort of domestic violence. Of this proportion, 75 percent revealed that the victims were majorly women and majority of the respondents who gave this assertion were females. The Nigerian Senate during one of its plenary session on Tuesday May 23rd 2017, expressed concern over the continuous rise in sexual assault and domestic violence reported against women and children. For instance, the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Response Team (DVSRT) has reported 138 cases of domestic violence against women from May 2017 to March 2018.[3] Similarly, the Sokoto State Hisbah Commission recorded 30,160 cases of domestic violence from January 2017 to April 2018.[4]

In conclusion, the poll revealed that violence against women was highly prevalent in every strata of the Nigerian society irrespective of gender, geo-political zone, age, class, tribe or education. Violence against women is a violation of their human rights and cannot be justified by any political, religious, or cultural claim as it has led to the deformity and in extreme cases death of many women in Nigeria. Hence, there should be sustainability in the struggle against acts of violence against women regularly.

The Nigerian Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs must pay more attention to issues of gender-based violence. This would help in policy formulation to prevent further gender based domestic violence and protect women and children from the attendant complications arising from said violence. There should be public enlightenment through the mass media on the negative effects of domestic violence against women. Also, the government should establish and fund counselling centers at the community and Local Government levels, employing professional counsellors to help victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Finally, laws and policies protecting the rights of women should be properly enforced to greatly reduce domestic violence as it has become a pandemic issue.

Disclaimer

This press release has been produced by NOIPolls Limited to provide information on all issues which form the subject matter of the document. Kindly note that while we are willing to share results from our polls with the general public, we only request that NOIPolls be acknowledged as author whenever and wherever our poll results are used, cited or published.

NOIPolls hereby certifies that all the views expressed in this document accurately reflect its views of respondents surveyed for the poll, and background information is based on information from various sources that it believes are reliable; however, no representation is made that it is accurate or complete. Whilst reasonable care has been taken in preparing this document, no responsibility or liability is accepted for errors or fact or for any views expressed herein by NOIPolls for actions taken as a result of information provided in this report. Any ratings, forecasts, estimates, opinions or views herein constitute a judgment as at the date of this document. If the date of this document is not current, the views and content may not reflect NOIPolls’ current findings and/or thinking.

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Nigerians Demand Improvement in Education, Security, Electricity

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The New Year poll report by NOIPolls has revealed that most Nigerians want the government to mainly focus its attention on education (49 per cent), security (44 per cent), electricity supply (36 per cent) and economy (32 per cent), amongst other sector/areas in 2019.

The report stated that it was not surprising that education topped the list this year given the series of challenges facing the sector. For instance, it noted that poor funding was one of the major reasons for the deterioration and challenges in the education sector, especially tertiary education, which has led to frequent strikes by academic and non-academic staff since the early 1990s.

The federal government’s allocation to education in the last 10 years has been inadequate as only a total of N3.90 trillion or an average of 7.07 per cent has so far been allocated to the sector out of a total budget of N55.19 trillion.

Also, a Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian government, had revealed that the number of out-of-school children rose from 10.5 million in 2010 to 13.2 million in 2015 in Nigeria.

On security, the survey showed that 44 per cent of Nigerians reported that they expected the government to improve on the issue of security in Nigeria as they believed it has not fared well in 2018.

The nation witnessed a drastic breakdn of internal security challenges in 2018, ranging from terror strikes in the north-east to herdsmen and farmers conflicts in the north-central to militants operating in the south-south.“This crisis comes in several forms such as communal, religious, political and socio-economic with varying degree of casualties mostly civilians.

“For instance, the tension between herdsmen and farming communities saw a dramatic escalation in the first quarter of 2018 especially the attacks that occurred in some local government areas in Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, Nasarawa and Taraba states which involved the loss of lives and properties leaving many people displaced from their homes,” the report added.

The survey opinion on power revealed that 36 per cent of the respondents expected the government to significantly focus its attention on the sector, considering that this sector has faced huge challenges over the years. According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the country’s power generation was at its peak of 7,000 megawatts (MW) in August 2018.

Despite reaching a peak of 7,000 megawatts (MW), it was still inadequate considering the country’s population hence, adequate electricity means that Nigerians would be empowered to work from the domestic level and the cottage industries, through the small-scale and medium industries to employment in the large-scale manufacturing complexes.

“Therefore, the federal government and concerned stakeholders needs to place high priority on ensuring that challenges surrounding these sectors are drastically improved to improve the economy and foster national development,” the poll stated.
On the economy, it showed that 32 per cent disclosed that they expected the government to focus its attention on all aspect of the country’s economy.
This, according to the report, was not surprising considering that Nigerians economy did not fare well in 2018. For instance, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.81 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the third quarter of 2018.

However, the average Nigerian is yet to feel the impact of this increase in the country’s GDP because it is marginal and negligible, it stated. According to the African Development data on Nigeria’s Economic Outlook in 2018, it reported that about 152 million Nigerians live on less than two dollars per day and this figure represents about 80 per cent of the country’s estimated 190 million population.

Also, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Article IV consultation report on Nigerian economy for 2018 revealed that the Nigerian economy was slowly exiting recession although remains vulnerable to external shocks such as huge fiscal deficit, low economy diversification, increasing domestic risks and rising banking sector risks. “Finally, the government should do its best to tackle and improve on these areas Nigerians believe did not fare well in 2018. For instance, more funds should be allocated to the education sector and the internal security policy and strategy should be reviewed to accommodate new dimensions of security challenges in the country.

“Also, the government should revamp the power stations to perform at optimal capacity and diversify power sources so as not to overburden current sources.
“There is also a need for the government and other stakeholders to create an enabling environment for SMEs to thrive as well as ensure that industrial manufacturing companies in the country are operating at full capacity. These are the key highlights from the New Year poll conducted in the week commencing December, 17th 2018,” it added. Read more below:
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/01/09/poll-nigerians-demand-improvement-in-education-security-electricity/

Improvement In Education Tops Demands By Nigerians In 2019

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A New Year poll report released announced by NOIPolls has revealed that most Nigerians want the government to focus its attention mainly on Education.Other areas Nigerians seek improvement after education includes security and electricity supply.

According to the poll report, education topped the demands by 49 per cent given the series of challenges facing the sector followed by security and electricity supply. “For instance, poor funding is one of the major reasons for the deterioration and challenges in the education sector, especially tertiary education, which has led to frequent strikes by academic and non-academic staff since the early 1990s.

“The Federal Government’s allocation to education in the last 10 years has been inadequate as only a total of N3.90 trillion or an average of 7.07 per cent has so far been allocated to the sector out of a total budget of N55.19 trillion,” NOIPolls revealed.The poll report added that a Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian government revealed that the number of out-of-school children rose from 10.5 million in 2010 to 13.2 million in 2015 in Nigeria.

According to NOILPolls results, further analysis by geopolitical zones revealed certain peculiarities across geopolitical zones regarding the areas Nigerians expects the government to focus its attention on in 2019.Read more below:
https://www.independent.ng/improvement-in-education-tops-demands-by-nigerians-in-2019-report/

NIGERIANS DEMAND IMPROVEMENT IN EDUCATION, SECURITY, ELECTRICITY IN 2019

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A New Year poll report recently released by NOIPolls has revealed that most Nigerians want the government to mainly focus its attention on Education (49 percent), Security (44 percent), Electricity supply (36 percent) and Economy (32 percent) amongst other sector/areas in 2019. It is not surprising that education topped the list this year given the series of challenges facing the sector. For instance, poor funding is one of the major reasons for the deterioration and challenges in the education sector, especially tertiary education, which has led to frequent strikes by academic and non-academic staff since the early 1990s. The Federal Government’s allocation to education in the last 10 years has been inadequate as only a total of N3.90 trillion or an average of 7.07 percent has so far been allocated to the sector out of a total budget of N55.19 trillion.


Also, a Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian government revealed that the number of out-of-school children rose from 10.5 million in 2010 to 13.2 million in 2015 in Nigeria.


On security, 44 percent of Nigerians reported that they expect the government to improve on the issue of security in Nigeria as they believe it has not fared well in 2018. The nation witnessed a drastic breakdown of internal security challenges in 2018 ranging from terror strikes in the North-East to herdsmen and farmers conflicts in the North-Central to militants operating in the South-South. This crisis comes in several forms such as communal, religious, political and socio-economic with varying degree of casualties mostly civilians. For instance, the tension between herdsmen and farming communities saw a dramatic escalation in the first quarter of 2018 especially the attacks that occurred in some local government areas in Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, Nasarawa and Taraba states which involved the loss of lives and properties leaving many people displaced from their homes.


Opinion on power revealed that 36 percent of the respondents expect the government to significantly focus its attention on the sector, considering that this sector has faced huge challenges over the years. According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the country’s power generation was at its peak of 7,000 megawatts (MW) in August 2018. Despite reaching a peak of 7,000 megawatts (MW), it was still inadequate considering the country’s population hence, adequate electricity means that Nigerians will be empowered to work from the domestic level and the cottage industries, through the small-scale and medium industries to employment in the large-scale manufacturing complexes. Therefore, the federal government and concerned stakeholders needs to place high priority on ensuring that challenges surrounding these sectors are drastically improved to improve the economy and foster national development.


On the economy, 32 percent disclosed that they expect the government to focus its attention on all aspect of the country’s economy. This is not surprising considering that Nigerians economy did not fare well in 2018. For instance, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.81% (year-on-year) in real terms in the third quarter of 2018. However, the average Nigerian is yet to feel the impact of this increase in the country’s GDP because it is marginal and negligible. According to the African Development data on Nigeria’s Economic Outlook in 2018, it reported that about 152 million Nigerians live on less than 2 dollars per day and this figure represents about 80 percent of the country’s estimated 190 million population. Also, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Article IV consultation report on Nigerian economy for 2018 revealed that the Nigerian economy is slowly exiting recession although remains vulnerable to external shocks such as huge fiscal deficit, low economy diversification, increasing domestic risks and rising banking sector risks.


Finally, the government should do its best to tackle and improve on these areas Nigerians believe did not fare well in 2018. For instance, more funds should be allocated to the education sector and the internal security policy and strategy should be reviewed to accommodate new dimensions of security challenges in the country. Also, the government should revamp the power stations to perform at optimal capacity and diversify power sources so as not to overburden current sources. There is also a need for the government and other stakeholders to create an enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to thrive as well as ensure that industrial manufacturing companies in the country are operating at full capacity.Read more below:
http://dozilla.com.ng/2019/01/02/nigerians-demand-improvement-in-education-security-electricity-in-2019/

The NOIPolls Consumer Confidence Index at 64.3 points in Quarter 4, 2018

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WED, JANUARY 23 2019-theG&BJournal-The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) report released by NOIPolls for Q4, 2018 has revealed a 3.5-point increase in the CCI to stand at 64-points in Q4, 2018 from the 60.2-points obtained in Q3, 2018, indicating that the spending pattern of citizens increased in this quarter perhaps due to the Christmas holidays. 

The NOIPolls Consumer Confidence Index measures how optimistic or pessimistic consumers are regarding their present and future economic prospects. The increase in the CCI suggests that the spending pattern of Nigerian households increased in Q4, 2018.

Also, the Present Situation Index (PSI) declined while the Expectation Index (EI) experienced an increase and these are the two variables that make up the CCI. The PSI declined by 3.4-points from the results obtained in Q3, 2018 to stand at 38.3 -points in Q4, 2018, contrarily, the EI increased by 7.0-points from the 84.2 points obtained in Q3, 2018 to stand at 91.2-points.

The NOIPolls Consumer Confidence Index provides consumer assessments of the economic situation and their intentions and expectations for the future.Read more below:
http://govandbusinessjournal.com.ng/the-noipolls-consumer-confidence-index-at-64-3-points-in-quarter-4-2018/

Nigeria’s Consumer Confidence Index for Q4 of 2018 rises to 64.3 points – NOIPolls

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The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) report released on Tuesday in Abuja by NOIPolls for the fourth quarter (Q4), 2018 showed a 3.5-point increase in the CCI to stand at 64-points in Q4, 2018, up from 60.2-points obtained in Q3, 2018. NOIPolls is Nigeria’s leading and polls and survey firm, The NOIPolls Consumer Confidence Index measures how optimistic or pessimistic consumers are regarding their present and future economic prospects. The increase in the CCI suggests that the spending pattern of Nigerian households increased in Q4, 2018. It added that the Present Situation Index (PSI) declined, while the Expectation Index (EI) experienced an increase and these are the two variables that make up the CCI. The PSI declined by 3.4-points from the results obtained in Q3, 2018 to stand at 38.3 -points in Q4, 2018, contrarily, the EI increased by 7.0-points from the 84.2 points obtained in Q3, 2018 to stand at 91.2-points. These are the key highlights from the Q4, 2018 Portfolio of Indices. It will be recalled that in February 2014, NOIPolls Limited introduced its portfolio of indices; the NOIPolls Personal Well-Being Index (PWBI), the NOIPolls Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) and the NOIPolls Eagle 30 Business Confidence Index (EBCI). The NOIPolls Personal Well-Being Index measures factors impacting on the lives of everyday Nigerians; thereby producing a complete view of the individual’s personal well-being. The NOIPolls Consumer Confidence Index provides consumer assessments of the economic situation and their intentions and expectations for the future. The NOIPolls Eagle 30 Business Confidence Index measures business leaders’ perceptions and expectations about the Nigerian business environment using the top 30 companies in the country. Nigerian businesses, financial and government agencies largely depend on their perceptions and micro assessment of consumers’ expectation in making decisions. Read more below:
http://apanews.net/index.php/en/news/nigerias-consumer-confidence-index-for-q4-of-2018-rises-to-643-points-noipolls-2

Nigerians urge INEC to work without bias

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With four days left to the general elections across the 119,973 polling units in the six geo-political zones of the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been admonished and cautioned against partisanship and attempts to disfranchise prospective 84 million voters. Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1221412-countdown-2019-election-nigerians-urge-inec-work-bias.htmlRead more below:
https://www.legit.ng/1221412-countdown-2019-election-nigerians-urge-inec-work-bias.html

Anap Foundation predicts victory for Sanwo-Olu, Tambuwal

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https://www.thecable.ng/anap-foundation-predicts-victory-for-sanwo-olu-tambuwal

Nigerians demand big improvement on education among other sectors – Poll reveals

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https://www.legit.ng/1225629-nigerians-demand-big-improvement-education-sectors-poll-reveals.html

CBN, NOI Reports See Slowdown In Economic Expansion

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The Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) and NOI Polls have released their Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report for February which indicated slowdown in economic expansion during the month.Read more below:
https://www.independent.ng/cbn-noi-reports-see-slowdown-in-economic-expansion/

CULTURE AND RELIGION; GREATEST BARRIERS FOR NIGERIAN WOMEN IN POLITICS – REPORT

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed each year on 8th March and it is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements ranging from the politics to social while calling for gender equality in the world. NOIPolls joined the rest of world in celebrating the 2019 International Women’s Day which to recognize women who have succeeded in various leadership positions and have made extraordinary achievements in the nation’s building as well as impacting lives internationally. The theme for the 2019 IWD was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme focused on innovative ways in which gender equality can be advanced and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.Read more below:
https://brandspurng.com/2019/03/12/culture-and-religion-greatest-barriers-for-nigerian-women-in-politics-report/

Culture & religion greatest barriers for Nigerian women in politics – NOI Polls

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NOI Polls says cultural norms and religious beliefs are some of the main reasons for the marginal representation of women in Nigerian politics. Chike Nwangwu, CEO of NOI Polls joins CNBC Africa to discuss this.Read more below:
https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/2019/03/14/culture-religion-greatest-barriers-for-nigerian-women-in-politics-noi-polls/

World Happiness Day: Nigerians remain happy amidst economic and security challenges – NOIPolls

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The United Nations (UN) World Happiness Day is a day observed and recognized annually on the 20th of March. The United Nations celebrates the International Day of Happiness as a way of recognising the essence and importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world; which seem to elude a large number of persons living in world today due to the seeming hardship experienced by people. Read more below:
https://www.worldstagegroup.com/world-happiness-day-nigerians-remain-happy-amidst-economic-and-security-challenges-noipolls/

World Happiness Day: Nigerians remain happy amidst hardship, insecurity

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A survey by the NOIPolls has shown that Nigerians remain happy amidst “economic, security and other social challenges they experience on a day to day basis.

According to the NOIPolls Limited, it said the poll becomes relevant as the United Nations marks the International Day of Happiness tomorrow (March 20).

It stated: “In a bid to promote overall Happiness of people around the world and to ensure the general well-being of individuals, the United Nations came up with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet which are major factors that lead to well-being and happiness. Read more below:
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/world-happiness-day-nigerians-remain-happy-amidst-hardship-insecurity.html

World Happiness Day: Nigerians remain happy in spite of economic, security challenges

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As the world celebrates International Day of Happiness on Wednesday, March 20, a poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that despite economic and security challenges in Nigeria, Nigerians have continued to be happy.

Legit.ng gathers that NOIPolls’ Personal Wellbeing Index (PWBI) Q4 2018 shows the level of satisfaction of Nigerians on various aspects of their lives.Read more below:
https://www.legit.ng/1228476-world-happiness-day-nigerians-remain-happy-spite-economic-security-challenges.html

Access to clean water still major challenge in Nigeria – Poll

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https://www.legit.ng/1229695-access-clean-water-major-challenge-nigeria-poll.html

AFRICABoreholes still the primary source of water for many in Nigeria

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Access to clean water is still a major challenge in Nigeria and boreholes remain the primary source of water for a larger proportion of Nigerians.

This is both for domestic use (50 percent) and drinking (37 percent), Nigeria’s leading survey and polling firm, NOIPolls Ltd has said.

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https://www.politicalanalysis.co.za/boreholes-still-the-primary-source-of-water-for-many-in-nigeria/

Access to clean water is still a major challenge in Nigeria – NOIPolls

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The United Nation’s (UN) World Water Day is held annually on 22nd of March and the aim is to underline the importance of water as well as advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. The theme for the 2019 World Water Day was “Leave no one behind”. The theme adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development such that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. According to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in his 2019 World Water Day message, he stated that our bodies, our cities and our industries, our agriculture and our ecosystems all depend on water. He further mentioned that water is a human right hence nobody should be denied access.Read more below:
https://www.worldstagegroup.com/access-to-clean-water-is-still-a-major-challenge-in-nigeria-noipolls/

Access to clean water still a major problem in Nigeria – report

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Unbelievable but true that access to clean water is still a major challenge in Nigeria, ADV learned from reliable sources on Wednesday.

To date, the borehole is the primary source of water for the majority of the nearly 200 million Nigerians, the country’s leading survey and polling firm, NOIPolls Ltd revealed in a stunning report following the findings it conducted in partnership with WaterAid in 2018.

The NOIPolls made the revelation in its latest report on Tuesday that was released in Abuja in commemoration of the World Water Day.Read more below:
https://africandailyvoice.com/en/2019/03/28/access-to-clean-water-still-a-major-problem-in-nigeria-report/

Insurance Cover for All Nigerians Is Still A Far Cry from The Industry’s Expectation – NOI

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The United Nations and World Health Organization observe World Health Day on the 7th of April each year and the aim is to raise awareness of the need to improve global health. The theme for the 2019 World Health Day is “Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere”. The theme means that all people have access, without any kind of discrimination, to comprehensive quality services, wherever they need them, without facing financial difficulties. It requires the definition and implementation of policies and actions with a multi-sectoral approach to address the social determinants of health and promote the commitment of the whole society with health and well-being. Universal health is not just about ensuring everyone is covered, but that everyone has access to care when they need it, wherever they are.Read more below:
https://www.proshareng.com/news/Health/Insurance-Cover-for-All-Nigerians-Is-Still-A-Far-Cry-from-The-Industry%E2%80%99s-Expectation—NOI/44713

Deepening healthcare insurance in Nigeria

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As the United Nations and World Health Organization prepare to observe World Health day on the 7th of this month, Chike Nwangwu, CEO of NOIPOLLS joins CNBC Africa to discuss ways to deepening health insurance in Nigeria.As the United Nations and World Health Organization prepare to observe World Health day on the 7th of this month, Chike Nwangwu, CEO of NOIPOLLS joins CNBC Africa to discuss ways to deepening health insurance in Nigeria.Read more below:
https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/2019/04/03/deepening-healthcare-insurance-in-nigeria/

Nigeria’s medical brain drain: Healthcare woes as doctors flee

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Abuja, Nigeria – In March, hundreds of Nigerian doctors gathered at a hotel in Abuja, the capital, and another in Lagos, the country’s commercial centre, to take a test conducted by the Saudi Arabian health ministry.

In a symbol of the Nigerian medical “brain drain”, those yet to migrate must complete foreign exams in order to get work placements abroad.

Weeks before the attempt by Saudi Arabia to lure Nigeria’s greatest medical talents, dozens had sat the regular Professional Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) exams at the British Council. Once they pass, it will enable them to work in the UK.Read more below:
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/nigeria-medical-brain-drain-healthcare-woes-doctors-flee-190407210251424.html

82% Nigerians Lack Access To Govt Funded Healthcare

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Four years after committing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target on Universal Health Coverage, about 90 per cent of the Nigerian population still pays Out-of-Pocket (OPP) to access healthcare services.

The Sustainable Development Goal 3:8 targets achievement of universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.Read more below:
https://leadership.ng/2019/04/07/82-nigerians-lack-access-to-govt-funded-healthcare/

Nigeria: Survey – Only 9% of Nigerians Have Health Insurance Cover

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Despite efforts by federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerians embrace health insurance scheme, only nine percent of the country’s population have subscribed to the scheme, a survey has shown.

As many as 89 per cent of Nigerians pay for their health care services out-of – pockets, a situation which is against the purpose of the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS), which primarily targets securing universal health coverage and access to adequate and affordable health care, in order to improve the health status of Nigerians.Read more below:
https://allafrica.com/stories/201904080547.html

Survey: Only 9% of Nigerians Have Health Insurance Cover

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Despite efforts by federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerians embrace health insurance scheme, only nine percent of the country’s population have subscribed to the scheme, a survey has shown.

As many as 89 per cent of Nigerians pay for their health care services out-of – pockets, a situation which is against the purpose of the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS), which primarily targets securing universal health coverage and access to adequate and affordable health care, in order to improve the health status of Nigerians.

This was disclosed in a survey by the NOIPolls, an opinion research developer.Read more below:
https://naija247news.com/2019/04/08/survey-only-9-of-nigerians-have-health-insurance-cover/

Nigerian households suffer worsened power supply in Q1 2019 – NOIPolls

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The new Power Poll results released by NOIPolls for the first quarter of 2019 revealed that the power sector experienced a decline in power supply to Nigerian households to 37 percent in Q1, 2019 from 42-percents obtained in Q4, 2018. The decline in power supply to households can be attributed to the combined challenges of gas shortage to the generating companies and low water levels at the hydro power stations. The downward trend in power supply was seen in all three months in Q1, as power supply dropped consistently from 46 percent in January to 35 percent in February and further dropped to 30 percent in March, 2019; which recorded the lowest figure in Q1 2019.Read more below:
https://www.worldstagegroup.com/nigerian-households-suffer-worsened-power-supply-in-q1-2019-noipolls/

Nigeria’s Personal Well Being Index for Q1 stands at 64.8% – Report

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Nigeria’s leading survey and polling firm, the NOIPolls says that the findings from its Q1, 2019 report on Nigeria’s Personal Well-Being Index (PWBI) revealed a 3.3 points increase from Q4 of 2018 to stand at 64.8 points.The report released on Wednesday in Abuja noted that the Religion Index, which measures people’s satisfaction with their personal religion, has always been a major influencing factor in the overall PWBI.

According to the report, the breakdown of the seven key indicators that make up the PWBI showed that Nigerians were mostly satisfied in terms of Religion (89.5-points), Social Interaction (80.1-points), Physical Health (75.9-points) and Personal Security (66.6-points).Read more below:
https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/nigerias-personal-well-being-index-for-q1-stands-at-64-8-report/

Nigeria’s Healthcare Woes And Why Doctors Are Leaving The County

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In March, hundreds of Nigerian doctors gathered at a hotel in Abuja, the capital, and another in Lagos, the country’s commercial centre, to take a test conducted by the Saudi Arabian health ministry.

In a symbol of the Nigerian medical “brain drain”, those yet to migrate must complete foreign exams in order to get work placements abroad.Read more below:
https://sundiatapost.com/2019/04/09/nigerias-healthcare-woes-and-why-doctors-are-leaving-the-county/

Very low health insurance cover

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The result of a recent survey, which shows that ‘only nine percent of the country’s population have subscribed to the National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS]’ is appalling. The survey also indicates that as many as 89 per cent of Nigerians pay for their health care services out-of-pocket. This situation negates the goal of NHIS, which primarily targets securing universal health coverage and access to adequate and affordable health care in order to improve the health status of Nigerians.

The survey was conducted by NOIPolls, an opinion research developer. It reports that about 78 per cent of Nigerians who were not under any insurance policy expressed willingness to pay a small amount of money monthly/yearly to get enrolled for health coverage. The poll also showed that 63 percent of Nigerians make use of health care facilities provided by governments (primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities). While about 39 per cent make use of health facilities from private hospitals, 17 per cent get their services from pharmacy/chemist stores. The report states that 13 percent of Nigerians rely on self-medication.Read more below:
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/very-low-health-insurance-cover.html

Unemployment still a major issue in Nigeria – Poll

Excerpts of news mention on Naij.com Newspaper:

In celebration of the 2019 International Workers’ Day with the theme “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”, NOIPolls have released a 4-year poll (2016-2019) on core issues facing Nigerians. From the findings made from the polls, employment is one of the three biggest struggles Nigerians are facing where unemployment is 28%, security 29% and economy the third of the three at 21%. Though the employment comes second on the list, it is not untrue that it has been crippling the economy of the country.Read more below:
https://www.legit.ng/1236312-unemployment-a-major-issue-nigeria-polls.html

Unemployment is still major challenge in Nigeria – Poll

Excerpts of news mention on Journal du Cameroun.Com Newspaper:

Nigeria’s leading survey and polling firm, NOIPolls Ltd has said that unemployment is still a major challenge in Nigeria and that employment ranks among the top three areas they expect the government to focus its attention.The NOIPolls said in its report released on Wednesday in Abuja in commemoration of this year’s Workers’ Day, that its 4-year average (2016-2019) on public opinion polls on issues facing Nigerians, showed that employment (28%) ranked second behind security (29%), while the economy is third (21%).

It noted that although the issue of unemployment is second on the list, this area has been one of the greatest challenges crippling the Nigerian economy as it has maintained an upward trend within the years in view. 

The report quoted the figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which stated that the unemployment rate in Nigeria increased from 22.70% in the 2nd quarter of 2018 to 23.10% in the 3rd quarter of 2018.Read more below:
https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/unemployment-is-still-major-challenge-in-nigeria-poll/

MAY DAY 2019: UNEMPLOYMENT IS STILL A MAJOR CHALLENGE IN NIGERIA – REPORT

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International Workers’ Day (also known as Labour Day or May Day) is observed on 1st May every year. It is celebrated across the world to promote and encourage the international labour associations while honouring the struggles of the working class and efforts of labour unions. The theme for this year’s Workers’ Day is “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.

In commemoration of this year’s Workers’ Day, NOIPolls presents a 4-year average (2016-2019) on public opinion polls on issues facing Nigerians. Findings revealed that employment remains among the top three areas Nigerians expected the government to focus its attention on over the period in view: Security (29 per cent), Employment (28 per cent) and the economy (21 per cent).Read more below:
https://brandspurng.com/2019/05/01/may-day-2019-unemployment-is-still-a-major-challenge-in-nigeria-report/

Fact check: Does Nigeria have surplus medical doctors as Ngige claims?

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Dr Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s minister of labour and employment, on Channels TV claims that Nigeria has enough medical doctors to cater for its health needs. 

The minister was responding to a question on brain drain and the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies in Nigeria to the detriment of the nation’s health sector. “Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me,” Ngige said. How true is Ngige’s claim that Nigeria has enough doctors, Legit.ng finds out in this fact-check. Emigration of medical doctors has become a front-burner issue in Nigeria, one that many Nigerians and medical specialists constantly worry about. In March 2019, hundreds of Nigerian doctors took a test conducted by the Saudi Arabian health ministry. It was the qualification exam required to take so as to get work placements in Saudi Arabia — and other countries abroad. Weeks before the attempt by Saudi Arabia to lure Nigeria’s greatest medical talents, dozens had sat the regular Professional Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) exams at the British Council. Once they pass, it will enable them to work in the UK, according to a report by Al Jazeera. British, American, South African, Emirati and Saudi Arabian agencies operate in Nigeria to recruit the best doctors. Many have blamed the mass exit on poor working conditions.

A 2017 survey by Nigeria’s polling agency, NOIPolls, in partnership with Nigerian Health Watch, found that most Nigerian medical doctors seek work abroad. “The trend of doctors emigrating to other countries is at an all-time high. “Our survey … showed that 88% of doctors are considering work opportunities abroad,” Chike Nwangwu, head of NOIPolls, told Al Jazeera. There are 72,000 doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN); over half practise outside the country. Only approximately 35,000 are practicing in Nigeria. Read more below:
https://www.legit.ng/1235083-fact-check-does-nigeria-surplus-medical-doctors-ngige-claims.html

The trouble with sexuality

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For a week in April, a selected group of six journalists and five lawyers participated in the 2019 edition of the Bisi Alimi Foundation (BAF) Media and Justice Fellowship held at a hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos. The fellowship is in its third year. UK-based gay rights activist Alimi is Nigeria’s most visible homosexual, and BAF is a vehicle to “accelerate social acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria.” LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

A participant said: “The fellowship had sessions involving Bisi Alimi himself, who shared his story of being gay and HIV positive; and two lawyers – a British lawyer who talked about the struggles of being an LGBT person in the UK and a Sri Lankan lawyer who talked about how India decriminalised gay rights. It also examined how the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria was passed by former President Goodluck Jonathan as a political tool to satisfy the masses.”Read more below:
https://thenationonlineng.net/the-trouble-with-sexuality/

Unemployment next to insecurity as major challenge in Nigeria –Report

Excerpts of news mention on Punch Newspaper:

After the insecurity challenge currently ravaging the country, ranging from insurgency, banditry, kidnapping to armed robbery and cultism, unemployment ranked second among the top three areas Nigerians expected the government to focus its attention on, a new report  from the NOI Polls has revealed.

The report was a product of public opinion polls on issues facing Nigerians which covered almost the four-year period between 2016 and part of 2019. The issue of the economy came distant third scoring 21 per cent in the polls, after security which had 29 per cent and unemployment which had 28 per cent.

The report stated that unemployment had been on the rise within the years under review.

It read in part, “In commemoration of this year’s Workers’ Day, NOIPolls presents a 4-year average (2016-2019) on public opinion polls on issues facing Nigerians.

“Findings revealed that employment remains among the top three areas Nigerians expected the government to focus its attention on over the period in view: Security (29 per cent), Employment (28 per cent) and the Economy (21 per cent).Read more below:
https://punchng.com/unemployment-next-to-insecurity-as-major-challenge-in-nigeria-report/

Most Nigerians pay estimated bills for power consumption – Poll shows

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The House of Representatives, after series of complaints by Nigerians, commenced a process to prohibit the issuance of estimated bills to consumers by electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos)

The bill, which has scaled third reading on the floor of the lower legislative chamber, seeks to put an end to the estimated billing system and the system of paying for power not consumed. The passage of the bill would ensure that electricity consumers must be provided with a prepaid meter.

The bill seeks to amend the principal Act by creating new sections 68 to 72, which states that (Section 68 – (1)) estimated billing methodology is hereby prohibited in Nigeria. In subsection (2), it provides that “Every electricity consumer in Nigeria shall apply to the Electricity Distribution Company carrying out business within his jurisdiction for a pre-paid meter and such consumer shall pay the regulated fee for pre-paid meter to be installed in his premises and the Electricity Distribution Company shall within 30 days of receiving the application and payment install the pre-paid meter applied for in the premises of the consumer.Read more below:
https://www.legit.ng/1237289-most-nigerians-pay-estimated-bills-power-consumption-poll-shows.html

#PHC4UHC: Nigeria’s ex-head of state speaks on challenges of fake drugs

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According to NOIPolls, 18 per cent of Nigerians have personally been victims of fake, counterfeit and substandard pharmaceutical products, medicines and drugs.

The poll identified Independent pharmacy and drug hawkers as the two main points of purchase of fake drugs.

According to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), 17 per cent of drugs circulating in the country are fake, Vanguard Newspaper reported few days ago.

To tackle the adverse impact of fake drugs, a strategic plan to monitor the purchase, supply and distribution of drugs in Niger is underway.Read more below:
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/north-central/328938-phc4uhc-nigerias-ex-head-of-state-speaks-on-challenges-of-fake-drugs.html

Improving Welfare of Health Workers in Nigeria

Excerpts of news mention on Thisday Newspaper:

In commemoration of the International Workers Day which held on May 1, Martins Ifijeh writes on the need for the Nigerian government at all levels to give priority to the welfare of medical doctors, nurses and other health workers if they are serious about fixing the sector and reducing the burgeoning menace of brain drain on the economy

It is no longer news that at least seven in every 10 medical students in Nigeria only wish to benefit from the educational system and look for greener pastures in other countries, especially in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and even South Africa, where the profession is better appreciated.

Alarming Statistics
At least, about 70 per cent of Nigerian resident doctors and nurses are either on the verge of leaving the country or are writing various examinations to that effect. To them, there is no need spending the remaining decades of their career in a system that would not profit them and the sector they represent.No wonder reports suggest an estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practicing abroad out of the 72,000 medical doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), with the United States and United Kingdom taking a major chunk of the percentage.

This exodus is not likely to stop anytime soon, as about 2000 medical doctors still leave the country every year, thereby depleting the remaining tens of thousands of their kind still in the country; a scenario that has in no small measure taken a huge toll on the health sector and by extension the health of the citizens.

Gaping Disparity in Pay
Figures released in February 2018 by the British government showed that over 5,000 Nigerian-trained doctors and nurses were currently working with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, constituting 3.9 per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctors and nurses.

A physician in Canada is paid $260,924 ($339,000 Canadian) for clinical services by the government’s ministry of health per year on average, according to a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information published in September 2017. On average, a family physician is paid $211,717 ($275,000 Canadian) for clinical services and a surgical specialist is paid $354,915 ($461,000 Canadian)
These figures when compared to the abysmal poor renumeration of Nigerian doctors, which ranges between N150, 000 for entry level doctors and N500, 000 for consultants, show one of the major reasons why many doctors are leaving the country in droves.

NOI Polls
While the statistics is alarming enough, the situation could get worse, as a survey by the Nigerian Polling organisation, NOIPolls, in partnership with Nigeria Health Watch (NHW), revealed that about eight out of every 10, representing 80 per cent of medical doctors in Nigeria are currently seeking work opportunities abroad.

The poll findings cut across junior, mid and senior levels in both public and private medical institutions such as house officers, corps members, medical and senior medical officers, residents, registrars, consultants and medical directors.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), for any country to be deemed to have enough doctors for its population, it should have one doctor for every 600 persons.

However, there are about 35,000 working in the country currently, according to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). That means Nigeria needs more than 237,000 medical doctors to meet WHO standard doctor-patient ratio.
The implication is that only one doctor is available to treat 30, 000 Nigerians. In the North, it’s even worse as many states have one doctor to about 50, 000 patients. In some rural areas, patients have to travel more than 30 kilometres to get medical attention.Read more below:
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/02/improving-welfare-of-health-workers-in-nigeria/

MOST NIGERIANS STILL PAY ESTIMATED BILLS FOR POWER CONSUMPTION

Excerpts of news mention on VenturesAfrica Newspaper:

According to results of the 2017 national survey on pre-paid meter ownership in Nigeria published by Nigeria’s leading opinion polling and research organization, NOI Polls, majority population of electricity consumers in Nigeria pay estimated bills for power consumption. Details in the report revealed that up to 50 percent of Nigerians are still left out of the pre-paid metering system as at the time the survey was conducted. Usage of the pre-paid meter is the most effective way to distribute electricity, however, its limited circulation to the public leaves many consumers at the mercy of huge bills that do not rightly account for electricity consumed.

More details from the 2017 National Survey indicated that only nine percent of the population enjoy the usage of pre-paid meters, while 41 percent use post-paid meters. These figures expose the margin in ownership of pre-paid meters, showing that the distribution of pre-paid meters across the country is inefficient. Only a small fraction (9 percent) pay bills for power they actually consume, while a whole 50 percent of the population pay estimated bills that do not account for periods of power failure.Read more below:
http://venturesafrica.com/most-nigerians-still-pay-estimated-bills-for-power-consumption/

Data visualisation or Data narration? Data in Radio Stories

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http://schoolofdata.org/2016/01/18/data-visualisation-or-data-narration/

Air Ambulance Service Partners Commercial Airline in Nigeria

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http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/air-ambulance-service-partners-commercial-airline-in-nigeria/226178/

Banks untapped market high as EFInA survey indicates 64.1% unbanked

Excerpts of news mention on Business Day Newspaper:

NOI Polls conducted a  recent survey on behalf of Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) on Access to Financial Services in Nigeria the result of the survey was made public citing the challenges of the Access to Financial Services. To get more information on the recommendations made by stakeholders please click the link below:Read more below:
http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/banking-a-finance/48220-banks-untapped-market-high-as-efina-survey-indicates-641-unbanked

Oil Subsidy Scam: How I arrived at $32bn figure – Saraki

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http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/05/oil-subsidy-scam-how-i-arrived-at-32bn-figure-saraki/

Nigerian Australian

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_Australian#cite_note-5

Mobile Money Firms seek Nigeria’s riches

Excerpts of news mention on Business Day Newspaper:

The revenue potential in Nigeria is huge: only 38 percent of the country’s 160 million people use a formal bank account, according to a 2010 poll by Gallup and NOI-Polls, a Nigerian opinion research firm. 

Read more below:
http://leadership.ng/nga/articles/28682/2012/07/02/mobile_money_firms_seek_nigerias_riches.html

Presidency describes alleged polls by APC as amateur

Excerpts of news mention on Daily Trust Newspaper:

In a statement in Abuja, the Special Adviser Media to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, described as suspicious, the parameters and variables used in the said polling. Dr. Abati observed that the APC does not even have a candidate now and wondered whether the polling without a candidate could be valid. He advised the APC to secure the services of professional polling agencies such as the NOI polls, which showed that President Jonathan secured a sixty-one per cent job performance rating.

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http://ww2.radionigeria.gov.ng/frnews-detail.php?ID=8469