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Global Fund Commits $18 Billion to Malaria Eradication

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The Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment has announced plans to invest $18 billion in malaria eradication.

A fully replenished Global Fund is expected to enable countries and partners to reduce malaria deaths by 62%, treat 550 million malaria cases, and eliminate malaria from six more countries by 2026, as well as unlock the potential of a Zero Malaria world. It will also assist in strengthening of equitable health systems and improving the lives and futures of millions of people.

Word Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says: “The World Health Organisation welcomes a new host of scientists, youth, and champions to join the malaria fight at a crucial time when progress against the disease is lagging. Draw The Line provides a platform for Africa’s most powerful narrators to change this trajectory, disrupt political apathy, and lead the fight to end this treatable and preventable disease which kills a child nearly every minute.”

Investors King gathered that Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade and video director, MejI Alabi are also part of the campaigning team to fight the disease.

Both award winners joined a brilliant cast of international change-makers in launching the second part of the multi-award-winning Draw the Line Against Malaria campaign.

Yemi Alade while speaking on the campaign said “growing up in Nigeria I have known malaria forever and experienced the disease countless times, so I understand how this disease robs so many children of their ability to go to schools and why malaria is a major cause of school absenteeism. I believe all children should have equal opportunities to realize their full potential and that’s why I’m here because we can end one of the deadliest preventable diseases of all time,”

Zero Malaria Ambassador and Art Director for the campaign, Láolú Senbanjo expressed his enthusiasm for creating the Muundo visual language during the first phase of the campaign and steering the creative direction in the second phase, “I’m honoured to have my art at the heart of this campaign expressing our opportunity for zero malaria. Growing up in Nigeria means I know malaria well – it’s a part of everyday life. It is heart- breaking that today that Nigeria remains one of the worst affected countries with over 25 per cent of all malaria cases and deaths – so this is a very personal battle for me.

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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024

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Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.

This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.

Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.

These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.

Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.

The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.

Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.

The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.

This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.

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President Bola Tinubu to Inaugurate Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29

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President Bola Tinubu is slated to inaugurate the long-awaited Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29, according to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The disclosure came during the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Stakeholders’ Forum 2024, held in Lagos.

The Red Line, a pivotal component of the state’s integrated mass transit system, stretches from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland.

The project aims to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion in Lagos, offering commuters a faster and more efficient mode of transportation.

Governor Sanwo-Olu highlighted the state’s commitment to addressing traffic challenges and emphasized the importance of the Lagos State Parking Policy in regulating parking across the metropolis.

The policy established the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA), tasked with implementing innovative parking solutions.

He underscored the collaboration between the state government and local authorities, recognizing the strategic partnership with the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in parking regulation efforts.

The forthcoming inauguration marks a significant milestone in Lagos’ transportation infrastructure, promising improved mobility and reduced commute times for millions of residents.

With President Tinubu set to officiate the event, anticipation is high as the city prepares for this transformative development in its public transportation landscape.

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Foreign Embassies Given Two Weeks to Settle $5.36M in Ground Rents

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The Nigerian Government has issued a firm ultimatum to 43 foreign embassies and diplomatic houses in Abuja, the nation’s capital, demanding the settlement of outstanding ground rents totaling $5.36 million within two weeks.

In an official advertorial published by the Federal Capital Territory Administration in the Newspaper, the government emphasized the urgency of the matter.

Failure to comply within the stipulated period could result in the revocation of the rent titles held by the diplomatic entities.

The notice serves as a final warning to embassies, including prominent ones like the British High Commission, South African High Commission, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Embassy of Japan, among others.

These embassies and diplomatic entities have been identified as defaulters in the payment of their ground rents.

This directive underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensuring compliance with legal obligations and financial commitments within its jurisdiction, regardless of the status of the entities involved.

The ultimatum is reminiscent of a similar notice issued last September to organizations in Abuja, emphasizing the importance of timely payment of annual rents.

The consequence of non-compliance, as stated in the notice, is the potential revocation of land titles.

The deadline creates a sense of urgency among the affected diplomatic missions, as failure to meet the payment deadline could lead to diplomatic tensions and logistical challenges for the embassies involved.

As the clock ticks, attention is focused on how these foreign embassies will respond to the Nigerian government’s ultimatum and whether they will meet the financial obligations within the stipulated timeframe.

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