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Shikenan.com Weekly Roundup | The best of Nigeria Online April 6
Investments in Nigeria:
Nigeria set to earn $100bn annually from local software content -
Chris Uwaje, Chairman of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, (ISPON) has disclosed that Nigeria can earn $100 billion annually if its software local content is properly harnessed.
Gas Supply - World Bank to Increase Gas Guarantee to $600m -
The World Bank plans to increase its aggregate guarantee on gas purchase and supply by an additional $200 million, bringing to $600 million its current portfolio on the gas supply project.
Bill Gates gives $12m grant to boost yam production -
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million (nine-million-euro) grant Monday to a project aimed at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African farmers of the crop.
ECOWAS Bank expends $45.5m on programme in Nigeria -
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) has so far invested US$45.5 million as intervention fund in various projects in private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy, the President of the bank, Mr. Bashir M Ifo, has disclosed.
Nigeria set to qualify as Investment Grade Sovereigns -
Even with the current total national debt of N6.5 tn and the possible increase to N11.4 tn Nigeria has been considered as one of the Emerging Markets (EM) that can proceed to the next sovereign grade; the Investment Grade a precursor to Nigeria joining the BRIC'sif she successfully sustain her economic indices and maintain her fiscal regime with little adjustments.
Nigerian Real-estate News:
Are Prices of Houses Over-valued in Nigeria? -
Over the years, Nigerian property market observers have watched alarmingly as the cost of buying houses soared astronomically beyond the reach of many. In Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja for example, the prices of land and houses in prime locations has climbed up to two hundred per cent higher than their initial worth back in the early ’80s.
Surveyors Harp on Provision of Mortgage -
Members of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors have called on stakeholders in the nation’s real estate sector to provide 1 million Nigerians with mortgages to acquire their own houses every year, at an interest rate of about 10 per cent and tenure of not less than 15 years.
Actis foresees bright future for Nigerian retail real estate -
Actis, a private equity investor, has revealed that a bright future awaits the Nigerian retail real estate. This was made known at a meeting of senior business leaders organised by Actis in Lagos at the weekend to discuss Nigeria’s retail revolution.
N654m YABATECH tallest building to be launched -
The first tallest building in Nigeria's first higher Institution, Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, has reached its completion stage after 65 years of its existence.
Only in Nigeria:
Suitor sues father-in-law over HIV status of fiancee -
A farmer, Muhammad Baban-Iro of Rigasa Area in Kaduna on Thursday appeared before a Kaduna Sharia Court for refusing to refund N32,000 being the bride price and other expenses allegedly paid on his daughter. The demand was made by the suitor following the discovery that she had tested positive to HIV.
My husband is not the biological father of my children, wife tells court -
After 12 years of marriage, a mother of three, Mrs. Seinab Adebayo, told an Ijebu-Ode Customary Court Grade ‘A’ that her husband, Mr. Adewale Adebayo, was not the biological father of their three children and was not responsible for a pregnancy she was seen with in the court.
Women protest indecent dressing amongst female undergraduates -
Women in higher institutions located in Imo State yesterday protested against immorality among female undergraduates in the state.
Prostitute Dies 'On Duty', Lands Client in Trouble -
At night in the popular, commercial sex workers cluster around to compete for male customers. But a bizarre drama, which changed the turn out of the night event, occurred recently, after one of the commercial sex workers was found dead inside a room in an hotel in the area.
Tattooist gives cancer survivors’ nipples new life -
In a modest strip mall in Finksburg, a half-hour drive from Baltimore, Myers specializes in tattooing nipples and areolas onto women who have undergone breast cancer surgery.
Innovations to kep any eye on in Africa/Nigeria:
Good to know happenings around Nigeria & Africa:
Nigeria Breaks Commonwealth Records in Weight Lifting -
Two Nigerian female lifters, Mariam Usman and Chineye Fidelis have set new African and Commonwealth records in the plus 75kg and 53kg weight-lifting categories respectively.
TB Treatment Centre Inaugurated in Lagos -
A multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment centre, provided by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Health at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State has been inaugurated.
NITDA restates commitment to IT development -
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has renewed its commitment to support the development and growth of Information Technology (IT) in the country.
Tiger Global Backs Nigerian Internet Entrepreneur In $8 Million Round -
Jason Njorku, the maverick Nigerian internet entrepreneur and founder of Iroko Partners, the holding company behind the immensely successful Nollywood Love, just confirmed that his company has raised $8 million in venture capital from Tiger Global Management, a New York-based private equity and hedge fund run by billionaire Chase Coleman, and other investors.
Mandela's Wife Canvasses Financial Support for Women in Agriculture -
Wife of South Africa's former President, Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, has called on African financial institutions to support women involved in agriculture.