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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote at the recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017, held in Milan pledged to invest $100 Million over five years to tackle malnutrition in Nigeria through his Aliko Dangote Foundation.

Fight against Malnutrition: Dangote Pledges $100 million

The Global Nutrition Summit is the global forum of the United Nations (2016-2026) and 2017’s edition was held in close partnership with a number of international stakeholders including the U.K.’s Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Coalition on Advocacy for Nutrition.

The governments of Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Zambia all made commitments to expand their nutrition programmes and the Summit succeeded in galvanizing $3.4 billion according to the organisers.

Malnutrition affects every country in the world in various forms, however Africa is particularly hard hit and Nigeria is home to the highest numbers of malnourished children. Almost half of the one million children who die before the age of five every year in Nigeria, die of malnutrition as the underlying cause.

Without the proper nutrients during the first 1,000 days of life starting from conception up to their second birthday, children are less likely to survive childhood diseases such as malaria and pneumonia, and are less likely to escape poverty as adults. They become physically and cognitively stunted, a fate that has befallen 11 million of Nigeria’s children under five.

The Aliko Dangote Foundation’s Managing Director and CEO Zouera Youssoufou said:

Nigeria’s high malnutrition rate is undermining progress towards improving child health and survival and putting the brakes on economic development. By investing in nutrition, we aim to directly improve the lives of Nigerian families and to empower our citizens to reach their full potential.

The Global Nutrition Report 2017, launched at the Summit, showed that, in spite of progress, 155 million children globally are still stunted and the world is off track on meeting internationally agreed nutrition targets.

Financing to tackle malnutrition has been alarmingly low. Donors spend about 0.5 percent of overseas aid on nutrition, and countries allocate between one and two percent of their health budgets to the issue.

“The global malnutrition crisis endangers the physical and mental wellbeing of present and future generations” said Kofi Annan, speaking at the summit in his capacity as Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. “Progress in tackling both undernutrition and obesity is possible with targeted commitments, like those made here today. We need further urgent investments so that people, communities and nations can reach their full potential.”

 

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This is Why Buhari Could be impeached

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President Buhari reportedly signs Proclamation labelling IPOB as Terrorist Group

This is Why Buhari Could be Impeached

Adesina Ogunlana, the President of Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja branch has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence and inaction on herdsmen killings around the country.

According to Adesina Ogunlana, Buhari’s attitude is enough ground for him to be impeached.

While talking to the press, Adesina said the President is indirectly approving the killing by Fulani herdsmen. In his words:

“We have seen the federal government display its might and concern for security in certain parts of the country, the question and puzzle now is why the government is quiet in the face of the Fulani herdsmen which has led to the massacre of thousands of people and displacement of thousands of people from their normal abode.”

“The baffling silence, indifference and very low key response to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen who have been rated as the fourth deadliest terrorist organization in the world. This has raised grave allegation of partiality against the Federal Government in its clear relation to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen who have become notorious for mass slaughter of Nigeria people.

“We are joining hands and crying against the governor that it has not done enough. The chief reason, responsibility and duty of government is to ensure the security of life in its area. I dare say that the failure of the government to rise to the issue is enough ground for the impeachment of the President.

“Government where it fails to do its duty especially where it appears that indolence and ineptitude is deliberate and contrived, people would come to their own rescue and there would be no sympathy for that kind of a government.”

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Forbes: Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

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50 Most Influential People; Bloomberg honours Dangote

Forbes: Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

Billionaire business man Aliko Dangote, has again been named Africa’s richest man with a net worth of $12.2billion.

This is the for the seventh year in a row Dangote is topping the list of Africa’s richest man. He got an increase of $100m from a year earlier.

Only recently he was selected as the only African named in Bloomberg’s world 50 best persons in the year 2017.

Diamond mining heir, Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, is named number two on the list of Africa’s richest people with a net worth of $7.7bn. Making a whopping $700m from last year.

A notable change in the Forbes Billionaire List this year is the dropping of some notable Nigerians which includes Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga (5th richest man in Africa), with a net worth of $5.8bn, and Folorunsho Alakija (15th Richest in Africa), whose estimated $1.6bn fortune is in oil exploration.

However, two of the 23 listed African billionaires are women (unchanged from 2016) and they are; Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former President, Jose Santos, is worth an estimated $2.7bn, down from $3.2bn in 2016. Her net worth dropped in part due to a lower value for Banco BCI, as its book value plunged in 2016 amid a tough year for the oil-producing country.

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Aminu Atiku Kidnaps his Own Son after Losing Custody battle Yesterday

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Aminu Atiku Loses Custody of his Kids to Ex-wife, Fatima Bolori

Aminu Atiku Kidnaps his Own Son after Losing Custody battle Yesterday

In a new twist of event, Aminu Atiku had reportedly snatched his seven year old son Aamir Atiku, after he lost custody of his kids to his ex wife, Unmi Fatima Bolori.

Unmi Fatima Bolori claimed that Aminu, son of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, snatched Aamir and drove off with him.

Confirming the event, Fatima’s counsel Okoh, said that Aminu “snatched” his son from the mom, locked him in his car before driving off”.

Okoh added that Aminu had refused to return the boy to her client. She said his mother was worried because they were due to catch a flight to her Abuja home today.

Unmi Fatima Bolori, the daughter of Maiduguri businessman Alhaji Bukar Bolori, and Aminu Atiku got married in Ghana in 2007 before they separated in 2011.

Aminu Atiku Loses Custody of his Kids to Ex-wife, Fatima Bolori

Yesterday, Chief Magistrate Ayeye granted Fatima Bolori full custody of the children after Aminu failed to file a response to her application for child custody.

The court also ordered Aminu Atiku to pay Bolori N250, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children, beginning from this month, January 2018.

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