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Fuel Price Surge Sparks Public Outcry: Tinubu Vows To Tackle Crisis Head-on by



Fuel Price Surge Sparks Public Outcry: Tinubu Vows to Tackle Crisis Head-On

In his inaugural speech as the newly sworn-in president of Nigeria, President Tinubu addressed the pressing issue of the fuel crisis gripping the nation. He emphasized that there was no provision for fuel subsidy by the past administration, signaling the end of fuel subsidy. Despite the immediate onset of the fuel crisis, Nigerians expressed their support for Tinubu’s bold decision.

However, in response to the rising fuel prices and the resulting cost of living, Nigerians called for immediate palliative measures. They demanded an increase in the minimum wage to at least 100,000 Naira, 24/7 provision of electricity, and highly subsidized public transportation across states.

President Tinubu outlined his plans to tackle these challenges and provide relief to the Nigerian people. He emphasized that security would be the top priority of his administration and pledged to reform the security doctrine and architecture. This would involve investing more in security personnel through better training, equipment, pay, and firepower.

To address the economic issues, Tinubu’s administration aims to target higher GDP growth and reduce unemployment. They plan to implement budgetary reforms that stimulate the economy without causing inflation.


Additionally, they will employ fiscal measures to promote domestic manufacturing, reduce import dependency, and make electricity more accessible and affordable. The generation, transmission, and distribution networks for power will be improved, and states will be encouraged to develop local sources of electricity.

Tinubu also expressed his commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for the youth and delivering on the promise of one million new jobs in the digital economy. His administration plans to work with the National Assembly to pass an omnibus Jobs and Prosperity bill, facilitating labor-intensive infrastructure improvements, encouraging light industry, and providing improved social services for the marginalized.

In the agricultural sector, Tinubu aims to secure rural incomes through commodity exchange boards that guarantee minimal prices for crops and animal products. Nationwide programs for storage and other facilities will be implemented to reduce spoilage and waste.

Agricultural hubs will be established to increase production and engage in value-added processing, while the livestock sector will adopt modern practices and resolve conflicts over land and water resources.

Continuing the efforts of the previous administration, Tinubu’s government will prioritize the development of national networks of roads, rail, and ports. Monetary policy will be reformed to establish a unified exchange rate, reduce interest rates, and promote investment in the real economy. The policy on currency swaps will also be reviewed.


On the foreign policy front, Tinubu emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the West African subregion and the African continent. His administration will work closely with ECOWAS, the AU, and international partners to end existing conflicts and promote collective prosperity.

As Nigerians await the implementation of these plans, the National Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to go on strike over the ongoing fuel crisis. It remains to be seen how President Tinubu’s leadership and proposed solutions will address the immediate concerns of the Nigerian people and pave the way for a more prosperous and secure future.


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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