News & Analysis: Nigeria

Nigeria Bets on Solar to Power its COVID-19 Recovery

“With Solar Power Naija, the government is aiming to fix the development problems that a lack of access to electricity has created, as well as the pollution that fuel-powered generators, one of the most popular power sources, cause.”

via Bloomberg

Sub-Saharan Africa: The devastating impact of conflicts compounded by COVID-19

“Across the region, the devastating impact of armed conflict in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Nigeria, was compounded by the pandemic as a number of states weaponized it to crack down on human rights. The crackdowns included killings of civilians and arrests of opposition politicians and supporters and human rights defenders and activists in countries such as Angola, Guinea, and Uganda.”

via Amnesty International

Nigeria to limit first doses of AstraZeneca due to supply concerns

“Nigeria has directed its 36 states and federal capital to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines once they use half their current stock in order to safeguard supply for the second dose.”

via News24

IMF COVID-19 Emergency Loans: A View from Four Countries

“An in-depth analysis of Cameroon, Ecuador, Egypt and Nigeria and found mixed results in meeting the IMF’s transparency commitments. There remained inconsistencies in the types of measures to which governments committed, their implementation, and the role of the IMF in ensuring compliance. The transparency commitments in the emergency loans spurred all four governments to produce information about their spending and contracts that they would have otherwise not published. However, the amount, accessibility, and quality of the disclosed information varied widely and was inadequate for meaningful oversight for any of the four countries.”

via Transparency International

Private importation of vaccine not approved (Nigeria)

“Over 8,000 jabs have been administered across 34 states and the FCT with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, except Kogi State.”

via The Nation (Mali)

COVID-19 test compulsory for FCTA workers (Nigeria)

“The directive followed the permanent secretary’s order during an FCTA management meeting on February 18, 2021, that the health and Human Services Secretariat should conduct a COVID-19 test for all the staff of FCTA.”

via The Nation (Mali)

Nigeria: 58% of households have reduced food consumption

“Between July 2020 and December 2020, 83 percent of households reported an increase in the price of major food items that they consumed, demonstrating a widespread deterioration in purchasing power.”

via Vanguard

Lagos sets up 88 vaccine centres

“The Lagos State Government has commenced its COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccination programme, while setting up 88 centres for administration of the vaccine to enhance the immunity and health of its citizens.”

via Vanguard

Ogun takes delivery of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

“The governor, warned against snubbing of safety protocols, saying vaccines would only reduce the severity of the virus.”

via Vanguard

113 people arrested for violating COVID-19 protocols in Lagos

“The violators were arrested on Sunday 7th March, 2021 at Garbana Club, Ajao Estate and DNA Club, Victoria Island, Lagos by police operatives of the command, including the Lagos State Taskforce led by the Commander.”

via PM News