Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Video - West Africa's first light railway system launched in Abuja, Nigeria

The first light railway system in West Africa has been launched in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The 8-hundred million dollar project is the first phase of a grand plan to build a comprehensive metro railway system to boost public transport in Abuja.

Video - Nigeria close to signing Continental Free Trade Agreement

Africa's largest economy Nigeria is inching closer to signing the pan Africa free trade deal, almost five months after 44 other African countries signed it. President Muhamadu Buhari has made significant progress in reaching a consensus to sign the deal that would see member states drop non tariff barriers to intra Africa trade.

Six hacked to death in Nigerian market by suspected herdsmen

Six traders were hacked to death and at least 17 others wounded in an attack at a local market in Nigeria's northeastern state of Taraba, according to local police and residents on Wednesday.

Local authorities have ordered the closure of the Iware market in Ardo-Kola area of the state following the incident on Tuesday.

Taraba police spokesman David Misal said an investigation has been launched to arrest the perpetrators and confirm the motive of the gruesome attack.

So far, no arrest has been made in connection with the killing.

Misal said the information available to the police indicated that the attackers struck in retaliation for an alleged rustling of their cattle.

"The attackers claimed that the cows they (the traders) brought to the market were their cows, stolen during a recent conflict in another area of the state," he said.

Local residents told Xinhua there was pandemonium at the local market as the attackers went on the rampage. Most traders abandoned their wares as they ran to safety.

"We gathered that the killers trailed their victims from Lau, one of the areas where there was a recent farmer-herders conflict," said Jipsari Mohammed, a survivor.

Clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria have left hundreds dead in the past few months.

The majority of farmer-herder clashes have occurred between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian peasants, exacerbating ethno-religious hostilities.

Super Eagle Ahmed Musa shortlisted for best goal in 2018 World Cup

Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa is in the race for the best goal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. His goal has been shortlisted along with the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Modric.

The player’s second goal in Nigeria’s victory against Iceland in the group stages joins seventeen other contenders in a contest to pick which one is the best.

It is the last individual accolade to be presented by the football governing body having already named the best player (Luka Modric, Croatia), best young player (Kylian Mbappe, France), top goalscorer (Harry Kane, England), top goalkeeper (Thibaut Curtois) and Fair play team of the tourney (Spain).

It is also a contest that is open to public voting. “Here is your chance to vote for the 2018 FIFAWorld Cup Russia Goal of the Tournament, presented by Hyundai.

“Choose below from our shortlist of the best 18 goals at Russia 2018 and cast your vote. Voting will remain open until Monday 23 July, so don’t miss this opportunity to pick your favourite!” FIFA wrote on their website.

Entrepreneur Emeka Offor wants to combat mental health crisis in Nigeria

Apparently concerned about rising cases of mental disabilities among Nigerians, leading entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor, has begun a series of interventions aimed at equipping Nigerian health officials with adequate knowledge and tools to tackle the ailment.

Top on the series of programmes lined up by the oil industry player and industrialist, is a mental health training and awareness programme, which has already organized a training programme in conjunction with an American group known as The Educator Incorporated, a non-profit organisation with key interest in promoting healthy individuals and family development through training, advocacy and policy formulation.

The event, which took place at Sir Emeka Offor Foundation Headquarters at Oraifite, Anambra State, brought together top players in the health sector, academia and the community as well as the state. Others who took part in the programme were drawn from the police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Medical and Nursing students, traders and community leaders and youths. Declaring the training programme open, Sir Offor said he was driven by the need to create an enduring enlightenment on the scourge of mental health so as to steer the people off the path of the ailment. 

The promoter of the foundation also said that he would do all within his powers to ensure that the problem of mental health was contained so that the people could live happily and contribute meaningfully to the development of their family and society.