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US to Give Nigeria 18 Million More Vaccine Doses

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Following the news that Nigeria has destroyed more than one million expired doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, the United States of America government has pledged to donate an extra 18 million doses of the vaccine to Nigeria.

The expired doses were destroyed at a landfill in Abuja, a week after the country’s government stated that it would no longer accept vaccines which have a short span on the shelf. This is because the destroyed doses were received at a stage when they were approaching expiration, which meant that the vaccines would expire before they could be distributed to people.

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard stated this in a valedictory message which she addressed to Nigeria. She stated that as the world prepares to transition into 2022, the United States appreciates the friendships and partnerships, as well as the progress which has been accomplished towards the joint goals of the United States and Nigeria.

Leonard mentioned the existence of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, which halted the world’s recovery from the virus which took centre stage in March 2020. She lauded health efforts across the globe, stating that they have advanced vaccine development and distribution.

She stated that the United States Mission has been working hard alongside Nigerians to monitor and respond to the events of the pandemic. The support is reflected in the $130 million which has been contributed by the mission towards the COVID health response efforts.

She also said that the United States promised 36 million doses of the vaccine, with 18 million of the pldged amount being delivered so far. The other half (18 million doses) will be sent to Nigeria in the new year, according to Leonard.

She recognised that Nigerians seek a safer environment for living, and that the United States had launched plans for addressing it.

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IBD Dende’s Threat to Kill Customs Officer Exposes Deep-Seated Corruption

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A series of videos posted by @fijnigeria on Twitter has sparked outrage and raised serious questions about corruption within Nigeria’s Customs agency.

The footage captures IBD Dende, a notorious smuggler in the South West, threatening to kill a Customs officer who seized his illicit goods.

The officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, narrowly escaped harm thanks to the intervention of his colleagues.

What’s particularly alarming is the demeanor of the Customs officers in the videos. Despite being armed, they appear to placate Dende instead of apprehending him. Sources have revealed that these armed officers are actually aligned with Dende, raising concerns about collusion and corruption within the Customs ranks.

Further complicating matters, Dende can be heard boasting about his connections within the Customs hierarchy.

He mentions “Ejigbunu,” believed to be Hussein Ejigbunu, a Customs Comptroller previously linked to smuggling operations.

Dende also references “Wale,” allegedly referring to Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, the current Comptroller-General of Customs, suggesting a disturbingly close relationship between smugglers and high-ranking Customs officials.

Dende’s brazen questioning of why Customs officers didn’t intercept trailers smuggling rice from Seme underscores the extent of corruption within the agency.

It aligns with longstanding suspicions that senior Customs officials are complicit in smuggling activities, undermining efforts to combat illicit trade.

The videos have sparked calls for a thorough investigation into corruption within the Customs agency.

The government must address systemic issues and root out individuals compromising Nigeria’s security and economic interests.

Failure to do so risks further erosion of public trust and perpetuation of illicit practices that harm the nation’s well-being.

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Harvard Business School Launches Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study

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At a time of renewed geopolitical interest in Africa, and an increasing questioning of traditional development finance models, Harvard Business School today released a case study examining the role and impact of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), and its unique approach to catalysing entrepreneurship in Africa.

The Foundation, Africa’s leading funder of young entrepreneurs, has pioneered an innovative approach to seeding, capacitising and networking young entrepreneurs across Africa.  Drawing directly from Tony Elumelu’s entrepreneurial journey, his acknowledgement that luck and chance played an important role in his success, the Foundation democratises luck, spreads opportunity, in a sector agnostic approach, and has developed a bespoke infrastructure that reaches every country in Africa. The Foundation is a direct expression of Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, that the private sector must play a pivotal role in Africa’s development, and that investment must seek social, as well as economic returns.

The case study, the first of its kind focused on African philanthropy, was launched today, Thursday, February 29, 2024, before a class of graduate students at Harvard Business School and explored the Foundation’s unique approaches and transformative initiatives, showcasing how the strategic philanthropy offered by TEF, is driving positive change and elevating countries and communities.

The Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Group Chairman, UBA, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu and Faculty member and Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School(HBS), Professor Paul GompersThe case study recognises challenges the Foundation faces, and its responses, as it developed its mission, since founding in 2010.  The track record is impressive, with over 20,000 entrepreneurs funded, over a million connected digitally and the development of an impact assessment capacity.  TEF has disbursed over USD$100 million, reaching every African country.  The Foundation is increasingly developing a partnership-based approach, working with institutions such as the EU, US agencies, the UNDP, the ICRC, the Ikea Foundation, and others to develop bespoke programmes focused on fragile states, female entrepreneurs and sustainability initiatives.

Tony Elumelu, who spoke at Harvard said, “TEF is creating economic hope and opportunity for African entrepreneurs.  We know that entrepreneurship is the solution to youth unemployment and insecurity.  Through the intervention of the Foundation, we are transforming our young people, giving them hope.  Collectively, all of us can resolve the challenges that we have on the continent.

It is wonderful to have had the opportunity to work with HBS, to spotlight our successes, acknowledge the challenges that we have at times faced, and provide the opportunity to spread our experience, for the benefit of others.”

The Harvard Business School session provided an opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion on the role of philanthropy in shaping sustainable and inclusive economies.  As the world grapples with complex challenges around demographics, climate and sustainability, the Tony Elumelu Foundation model offers a fascinating model of how strategic philanthropy can be a driving force for positive change.

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160 Happy New Month Wishes, Messages, SMS For March

Here are 160 happy New Month messages, wishes and SMEs for March 2024 for your loved ones, friends, and colleagues.

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Here are 160 happy New Month messages, wishes and SMEs for March 2024 for your loved ones, friends, and colleagues.

  1. May March bring you renewed energy, fresh opportunities, and boundless joy.
  2. Wishing you a month filled with laughter, love, and unforgettable moments.
  3. Here’s to a March filled with warmth, sunshine, and endless possibilities.
  4. May the month of March shower you with blessings and prosperity in abundance.
  5. Wishing you a March that is as bright and beautiful as you are.
  6. May March be a month of growth, success, and fulfillment for you.
  7. Here’s to embracing new beginnings and seizing every opportunity that March brings your way.
  8. Wishing you a March filled with peace, happiness, and all the success you deserve.
  9. May March be the start of something extraordinary in your life.
  10. Here’s to a month of positivity, progress, and endless blessings.
  11. May March be a month of breakthroughs and achievements for you.
  12. Wishing you a March that is as wonderful and extraordinary as you are.
  13. May the month of March bring you closer to your dreams and aspirations.
  14. Here’s to a March filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories.
  15. May March be a month of abundance, prosperity, and new opportunities for you.
  16. Wishing you a month filled with sunshine, happiness, and beautiful moments.
  17. May the month of March be your best one yet, filled with success and achievements.
  18. Here’s to a March that exceeds all your expectations and brings you immense joy.
  19. Wishing you a month of positivity, growth, and endless possibilities.
  20. May March bring you closer to your goals and dreams, one step at a time.
  21. Here’s to a month of new adventures, exciting challenges, and remarkable achievements.
  22. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable experiences.
  23. May the month of March be a time of healing, renewal, and inner peace for you.
  24. Here’s to a month where all your hard work pays off and your dreams come true.
  25. Wishing you a March that is as bright and promising as the morning sun.
  26. May March bring you closer to your loved ones and fill your heart with warmth and joy.
  27. Here’s to a month of endless possibilities and extraordinary opportunities.
  28. Wishing you a March filled with laughter, love, and beautiful moments to cherish.
  29. May the month of March be a time of growth, discovery, and self-reflection for you.
  30. Here’s to a March where every day is filled with blessings and gratitude.
  31. Wishing you a month of happiness, success, and all the good things life has to offer.
  32. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and remarkable achievements for you.
  33. Here’s to a month filled with hope, inspiration, and unwavering determination.
  34. Wishing you a March where your dreams take flight and your spirit soars high.
  35. May the month of March bring you closer to your goals and aspirations, one step at a time.
  36. Here’s to a month of endless opportunities, exciting adventures, and unforgettable memories.
  37. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments with loved ones.
  38. May March be a month of triumphs, breakthroughs, and incredible successes for you.
  39. Here’s to a month where every challenge you face becomes a stepping stone to greatness.
  40. Wishing you a March that is as beautiful and promising as the blooming flowers of spring.
  41. May the month of March bring you closer to your dreams and aspirations than ever before.
  42. Here’s to a month of growth, resilience, and unwavering determination to succeed.
  43. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, happiness, and boundless opportunities.
  44. May March be a month of abundance, prosperity, and remarkable achievements for you.
  45. Here’s to a month where every obstacle you overcome leads you closer to your goals.
  46. Wishing you a March that is as bright and promising as the dawn of a new day.
  47. May the month of March bring you closer to your true purpose and deepest desires.
  48. Here’s to a month filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments with family and friends.
  49. Wishing you a March of endless possibilities, exciting adventures, and extraordinary discoveries.
  50. May March be a month of transformation, growth, and self-discovery for you.
  51. Here’s to a month where every day is a new opportunity to shine and make a difference.
  52. Wishing you a March filled with love, joy, and unforgettable experiences.
  53. May the month of March bring you closer to the life you’ve always dreamed of living.
  54. Here’s to a month of courage, determination, and unwavering faith in yourself.
  55. Wishing you a March that is as beautiful and inspiring as the colors of the sunset.
  56. May March be a month of new beginnings, fresh starts, and endless possibilities.
  57. Here’s to a month where your dreams take flight and your spirit soars high.
  58. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.
  59. May the month of March be a time of growth, healing, and transformation for you.
  60. Here’s to a month of success, happiness, and all the blessings life has to offer.
  61. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, laughter, and beautiful moments to treasure.
  62. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and incredible opportunities for you.
  63. Here’s to a month where every challenge you face only makes you stronger and more resilient.
  64. Wishing you a March that is as bright and promising as the morning dew.
  65. May the month of March bring you closer to your goals and dreams, one step at a time.
  66. Here’s to a month of new adventures, exciting discoveries, and remarkable achievements.
  67. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable experiences.
  68. May March be a month of growth, progress, and self-discovery for you.
  69. Here’s to a month where every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and evolve.
  70. Wishing you a March filled with happiness, success, and all the good things life has to offer.
  71. May March bring you closer to your dreams and aspirations, one small victory at a time.
  72. Here’s to a month of endless possibilities, exciting opportunities, and extraordinary moments.
  73. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories with loved ones.
  74. May the month of March be a time of healing, renewal, and inner peace for you.
  75. Here’s to a month where every obstacle becomes an opportunity, and every setback a lesson.
  76. Wishing you a March that is as bright and beautiful as the sunrise on a clear morning.
  77. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and remarkable achievements for you.
  78. Here’s to a month where every goal you set becomes a milestone and every dream a reality.
  79. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, laughter, and boundless opportunities.
  80. May March bring you closer to your true purpose and deepest desires than ever before.
  81. Here’s to a month of growth, resilience, and unwavering determination to succeed.
  82. Wishing you a March that is as vibrant and inspiring as the colors of a rainbow.
  83. May the month of March be a time of transformation, growth, and self-discovery for you.
  84. Here’s to a month filled with love, joy, and unforgettable moments with family and friends.
  85. Wishing you a March of endless possibilities, exciting adventures, and extraordinary discoveries.
  86. May March be a month of courage, determination, and unwavering faith in yourself.
  87. Here’s to a month where every challenge you face becomes a stepping stone to greatness.
  88. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.
  89. May March be a month of transformation, growth, and self-discovery for you.
  90. Here’s to a month where every day is a new opportunity to shine and make a difference.
  91. Wishing you a March filled with love, joy, and unforgettable experiences.
  92. May the month of March bring you closer to the life you’ve always dreamed of living.
  93. Here’s to a month of success, happiness, and all the blessings life has to offer.
  94. Wishing you a March that is as beautiful and inspiring as the colors of the sunset.
  95. May March be a month of new beginnings, fresh starts, and endless possibilities.
  96. Here’s to a month where your dreams take flight and your spirit soars high.
  97. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.
  98. May the month of March be a time of growth, healing, and transformation for you.
  99. Here’s to a month of courage, determination, and unwavering faith in yourself.
  100. Wishing you a March that is as beautiful and inspiring as the colors of the rainbow.
  101. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and incredible opportunities for you.
  102. Here’s to a month where every challenge you face only makes you stronger and more resilient.
  103. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, laughter, and beautiful moments to treasure.
  104. May the month of March bring you closer to your goals and dreams, one step at a time.
  105. Here’s to a month of new adventures, exciting discoveries, and remarkable achievements.
  106. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable experiences.
  107. May March be a month of growth, progress, and self-discovery for you.
  108. Here’s to a month where every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and evolve.
  109. Wishing you a March filled with happiness, success, and all the good things life has to offer.
  110. May March bring you closer to your dreams and aspirations, one small victory at a time.
  111. Here’s to a month of endless possibilities, exciting opportunities, and extraordinary moments.
  112. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories with loved ones.
  113. May the month of March be a time of healing, renewal, and inner peace for you.
  114. Here’s to a month where every obstacle becomes an opportunity, and every setback a lesson.
  115. Wishing you a March that is as bright and beautiful as the sunrise on a clear morning.
  116. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and remarkable achievements for you.
  117. Here’s to a month where every goal you set becomes a milestone and every dream a reality.
  118. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, laughter, and boundless opportunities.
  119. May March bring you closer to your true purpose and deepest desires than ever before.
  120. Here’s to a month of growth, resilience, and unwavering determination to succeed.
  121. Wishing you a March that is as vibrant and inspiring as the colors of a rainbow.
  122. May the month of March be a time of transformation, growth, and self-discovery for you.
  123. Here’s to a month filled with love, joy, and unforgettable moments with family and friends.
  124. Wishing you a March of endless possibilities, exciting adventures, and extraordinary discoveries.
  125. May March be a month of courage, determination, and unwavering faith in yourself.
  126. Here’s to a month where every challenge you face becomes a stepping stone to greatness.
  127. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.
  128. May March be a month of transformation, growth, and self-discovery for you.
  129. Here’s to a month where every day is a new opportunity to shine and make a difference.
  130. Wishing you a March filled with love, joy, and unforgettable experiences.
  131. May the month of March bring you closer to the life you’ve always dreamed of living.
  132. Here’s to a month of success, happiness, and all the blessings life has to offer.
  133. Wishing you a March that is as beautiful and inspiring as the colors of the sunset.
  134. May March be a month of new beginnings, fresh starts, and endless possibilities.
  135. Here’s to a month where your dreams take flight and your spirit soars high.
  136. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.
  137. May the month of March be a time of growth, healing, and transformation for you.
  138. Here’s to a month of courage, determination, and unwavering faith in yourself.
  139. Wishing you a March that is as beautiful and inspiring as the colors of the rainbow.
  140. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and incredible opportunities for you.
  141. Here’s to a month where every challenge you face only makes you stronger and more resilient.
  142. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, laughter, and beautiful moments to treasure.
  143. May the month of March bring you closer to your goals and dreams, one step at a time.
  144. Here’s to a month of new adventures, exciting discoveries, and remarkable achievements.
  145. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable experiences.
  146. May March be a month of growth, progress, and self-discovery for you.
  147. Here’s to a month where every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and evolve.
  148. Wishing you a March filled with happiness, success, and all the good things life has to offer.
  149. May March bring you closer to your dreams and aspirations, one small victory at a time.
  150. Here’s to a month of endless possibilities, exciting opportunities, and extraordinary moments.
  151. Wishing you a March filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories with loved ones.
  152. May the month of March be a time of healing, renewal, and inner peace for you.
  153. Here’s to a month where every obstacle becomes an opportunity, and every setback a lesson.
  154. Wishing you a March that is as bright and beautiful as the sunrise on a clear morning.
  155. May March be a month of prosperity, abundance, and remarkable achievements for you.
  156. Here’s to a month where every goal you set becomes a milestone and every dream a reality.
  157. Wishing you a March filled with sunshine, laughter, and boundless opportunities.
  158. May March bring you closer to your true purpose and deepest desires than ever before.
  159. Here’s to a month of growth, resilience, and unwavering determination to succeed.
  160. Wishing you a March that is as vibrant and inspiring as the colors of a rainbow.

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