How Biotech Can Guarantee Improved Yields

How Biotech Can Guarantee Improved Yields By Abdallah el-Kurebe The introduction of biotechnology in agriculture is globally met with opponents’ criticisms of genetically-modified (GM) crops. They argue that the crops do not increase more yields than non-GM crops. However, the proponents of such crops see it otherwise. They posit that biotechnology guarantees improved yields. But…

Nigeria, two other countries lead in research funding

Nigeria, two other countries lead in research funding By Abdallah el-Kurebe A report released on Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has that although public research spending across the Sub-Saharan Africa has grown by more than 30 percent in real terms, from $1.2 billion in 2000 to $1.7 billion in 2011, African…

Acute Malnutrition: 910 children die, 46,687 treated

Acute Malnutrition: 910 children die, 46,687 treated By Abdallah el-Kurebe Acute malnutrition in Sokoto state has claimed lives of a total of 910 children while 46,687 were treated in nine local government areas (LGAs). The Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme has been in operation in the nine LGAs since 2010. The CMAM report,…

OPHI Report List 10 Northern Nigerian States As Poorest

OPHI Report List 10 Northern Nigerian States As Poorest By Abdallah el-Kurebe The 2014 Report of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has revealed that 10 states in the north of Nigeria are the country’s poorest. The report further states that 43.3 percent of Nigerians were living in poverty with Bauchi State having…

Why Journalists Smoke Cigarette

Why Journalists Smoke Cigarette By Abdallah el-Kurebe “Whoever does not smoke or drink will die in good health.” – Russian proverb People, regardless of class, smoke cigarette against warnings in the media of its harmful effects. Journalists too, who run the same media that send those warning messages against smoking, smoke. Why do they? As…

UDUTH gets PCR donation from USAID

UDUTH gets PCR donation from USAID By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto (UDUTH) has received a donation of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine from the United States Agency For International Development. The donation of the PCR worth N50 million was made through the Management Science for Health Project. It was unveiled…

Tobacco Control in Nigeria: Can the proposed Smoking Act Work?

Tobacco Control in Nigeria: Can the proposed Smoking Act Work? By Abdallah el-Kurebe For the control of any crime or legal but injurious act, there must be a law. That law must have specific elements, including but not limited to: (a) implementability (b) enforceability and (c) serves as deterrent to offenders Tobacco smoking is a…