Nigeria

MTN Nigeria Wins Top Award

MTN Nigeria, heightened its corporate socially responsible status in Nigeria as it clinched six of the top awards at the third edition of the annual Social Enterprise Reports Awards (SERA).

Receiving the awards, MTN Foundation (MTNF) executive secretary, Nonny Nduka-Eze, noted that the establishment of MTN Foundation is a demonstration of MTN’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Free Surgery for Heart Disease Patients

The Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) of Sudan and Emergency Italy- World Wide have established a joint intervention aimed at providing free heart surgery to patients suffering from heart disease in Nigeria.

KHF coordinator, Deacon Abia Onyebuchi, says so far the initiative has saved nine Nigerians lives through a life-saving heart surgery.

Abia argues that many Nigerians are becoming diagnosed with heart diseases, whilst the foundation is having on its waiting list 500 heart patients whom most of them are mainly children.

Donation for Nigeria’s 1m Orphans

The Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), a NGO, has donated food parcels and clothes to one million orphans living in Nigeria.

GIPLC coordinator, Nuhu Kwajafa, says the organisation has sent more than 400 orphans to schools by paying-off fees for the orphans.

Kwajafa further says the GIPLC has also established a “save the needy” project in which orphans are helped with medical bills and hospitalisation.

Death Row: NGO Criticises Libya

A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the Acting Chairperson of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, to urgently restrain Libya from executing Nigerians on death row.

The organisation is urging the Africa Commission to urgently invoke Article 111 (Rule of Procedure) authority to request that Libya adopt provisional measures in order to stop the irreparable damage that would be caused to the Complainants and their African Charter rights.

NGO Offers Soft Loans to Cassava Processors

A Nigerian NGO, Sustainable Livelihoods and Development Network for Africa (SLIDEN Africa), has begun the process of empowering no less than 3 600 cassava processors as part of its efforts to alleviate poverty among the peasants in Nigeria.

Under the arrangement, which is being sponsored by the World Bank and the University of Agriculture Micro Finance Bank, SLIDEN Africa also hopes to touch the lives of no less than 600 goat farmers, with the prospect of raising their income per annum to the tune of US$300.

GAT Criticises Violence Against Women

The Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) has identified gender-based discrimination and violence against women as Achilles' heel for women's participation in public spheres because they limit their participation in democratic experiment.

GAT Programme Officer, Linda Sidi, warned that, "Violence against women is a hindrance to every democratic society which aspires social justice and human rights. In virtually all societies and spheres of activity, women are subjects to discriminations or inequality in law."

UNDP Denies Comments on Nigeria and MDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has denied comments attributed to it that Nigeria is not among countries in Sub-Sahara Africa capable of attaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

The comments come after Tuyi Mebawondu, who was referred to as UNDP consultant, said that UNDP did not reckon with Nigeria as one of the Sub-Saharan African countries capable of attaining any of the MDGs in 2015.

NGO Condemns Torture in Nigeria

The NGO, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has expressed concern over increasing cases of torture and various forms of brutalisation against helpless people in Nigeria.

PRAWA noted that the brutality and torture being inflicted by some policemen and other security agents was common knowledge. It called on the government and other bodies to find a lasting solution to the problem. Executive director of PRAWA, Uju Agomoh said, "We believe that it is necessary that we do something to address this issue not just complain about it.”

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