Welcome to the Development Diaries weekly roundup of top stories for Sunday, 04 December, 2022.
During the week, we reported the inauguration Ademola Adeleke as the sixth Governor of Osun State and citizens’ expectations; AfDB’s move to strengthen member countries’ public finance governance; continued detention of Aisha Buhari’s critic; INEC’s concerns over vote trading; food insecurity in East Africa; anti-GBV campaigns in Africa among other top stories.
Adeleke’s Inauguration and Citizen Expectations
Ademola Adeleke assumed office as the sixth Governor of Osun State, southwest Nigeria. In his inaugural speech, he reiterated his promise to correct all past injustice, corrupt acts or policies by any previous administration which are against the collective interest of the people. Read more
Still on Arrest of Aisha Buhari’s Critic
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to embark on a nationwide demonstration over the continued detention of Aminu Muhammad, a student of Federal University, Dutse. Read more
AfDB to Strengthen Members’ Public Finance
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a grant of $6.12 million to help strengthen public finance governance in low-income African countries. Read more
16 Days of Activism: UN Makes Fresh Anti-GBV Call
In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the United Nations (UN) called for enhanced measures to ensure speedy access to justice for survivors and victims of GBV in Nigeria and other African countries. Read more
History Reintroduction: What Next for Nigeria?
The government of Nigeria recently announced the reintroduction of History as a standalone subject in basic education curriculum in the country 13 years after its removal. The removal severally widened the gap between the young and the old as many students are also largely ignorant about Nigeria’s past, its glory, achievements, heroes and villains. Read more
Preventing Niger Delta Disaster in Kolmani
The government of Nigeria recently commenced the first crude oil drilling project in the Kolmani field, which is lapping on the border of Bauchi and Gombe states. However, oil exploration in the Niger Delta has not been favourable to the inhabitant communities. Read more
INEC and Curbing Vote Trading in Nigeria
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, recently lamented the increasing rate of vote trading in Nigeria. Yakubu raised the concerns in a goodwill message at an annual summit of political parties and stakeholders. Read more
Famine: IRC Seeks Urgent Response in East Africa
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) called for concerted efforts to address the food insecurity and malnutrition challenges in East Africa as 20.9 million people now grapple with hunger. Read more
Africa Urged to Invest in Resilient Internet
The Acting Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Antonio Pedro, said that investing in resilient internet infrastructure is crucial to achieving digital inclusion across Africa. Read more
South Africa: Men Get Anti-GBV Campaign Role
South Africa‘s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, called for open dialogue as a way to tackle gender-based violence (GBV) in the country. He said men should be encouraged to engage in open dialogue about their responsibility towards women and toxic masculinity. Read more
That is the roundup of some stories that made headlines last week. More newspaper headlines are available on Development Diaries.