Friday, August 26, 2016

Video - Nigerian activists demand action from government

Protesters from the Bring Back Our Girls campaign are increasing pressure on the Nigerian government to rescue the girls. Campaigners in Abuja have marched to the Presidential villa in the capital. They're demanding the government do more, accusing authorities of being lax in their efforts to rescue the girls from Boko Haram. More than two hundred young women were kidnapped from their school in Chibok more than two years ago. Earlier this month, Boko Haram released a video supposedly showing some of the girls. Some protesters say the government should have at least issued a statement in response to the video.

Video - UNICEF warns hundreds of thousands of children at risk in Nigeria

UNICEF has warned almost 50-thousand children are likely to die in Nigeria this year from malnutrition. The shocking new figures also show that half a million children are at risk in the drought- and militant-impacted north-east of the country.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Video - U.S. pledges more military aid to help fight Boko Haram

The fight against Boko Haram has topped the agenda in talks between Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari and US Secretary of State John Kerry. They met on Tuesday at Buhari's residence in Abuja.

Video - Nigeria's Ogun state turns to industrialization and agriculture

Falling global crude oil prices and a depreciating currency have devastated the Nigerian economy. It recently slipped into a recession and economists predict that it could get worse in the coming months. It's prompted the government to look into diversifying the economy.

Nigeria's first light rail ready for inauguration

The multi-billion Naira Calabar Light rail project, the first in Nigeria, would soon be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The 12-car monorail system, when fully operational, would use an Intamin P8 electric powered passenger shuttle train to convey passengers from Tinapa Resort, across Lake Tinapa to Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC).

The monorail would also allow access to Studio Tinapa, Tinapa Shopping Centre and Tinapa waterpark as well as provide a quick alternative access to Summit Hills.

Each car is primed for seven to eight passengers all seated, while the train’s length, width and height are approximately 38, 1.95 and 2.2 metres, respectively.

Gov. Ben Ayade had recently told journalists in Calabar that Buhari would inaugurate the train to mark his first year in office.

Mr Mba Mba, the station’s Electrical Engineer, said the light rail project was completed in December last year.

“Right now, the Calabar Monorail is ready for use pending inauguration by appropriate authorities.

“We have test-run the system and confirmed its readiness. Gov. Ben Ayade was here with his team to see for himself what is on ground.

“Tourists troop here on daily basis to take a ride. But they were disappointed as they were turned back.

The light rail project has three stations, Tinapa, Tinapa Lakeside Hotel and the Calabar International Conference Centre.