OPEN DEFECATION:How we eat, drink our ‘shit’ without knowing, says 80-year-old Ibadan trader

‘Shit’ in the open is a huge challenge in the country. About 24 per cent practice this according to findings from the 2018 WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH NORM) survey. The practice contaminates water, food supplies and makes it one of the most deadly issues the nation faces nowadays. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, looks at efforts to get 47 million Nigerians to use the toilet and end open defecation in 2025     Alhaja Suliat Ogunbola, 80, is one of the aged traders at Ogbere Idi Osan Market…

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ADULTERATED PRODUCTS: KILLING CONSUMERS THROUGH ALTERED FOOD ITEMS’ PACKS

‘Now I make it a law to pour juice into cups before taking it’   Not everyone go through the products they buy. And for those who do, how certain are they about the state of these products? The saddening reports of adulterated and expired food items, especially drinks and sausages produced here in Nigeria, keep coming in at an alarming rate. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, looks at the hazards posed to consumers by this situation and other forms of consumer abuse   With an inviting display of drinks,…

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FAILURE IN EXAMS, LACK OF FUNDS, BREAKUPS FUEL UNDERGRADUATE SUICIDES, SAY EXPERTS

Suicide, according to medical experts, is a serious health problem. It is currently said to be the third leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 15 and 24 years. However, depression, which is also a serious problem for adolescents, is one of the significant biological and psychological risk factor for youth suicide. While substance use remains extremely widespread among today’s youths, it is related to both suicide mission and depression. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, attempts to look at a combination of individual and societal factors that…

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SWEET TALES OF MOTHERHOOD

I was called a man, witch for not being able to give my husband a child –Nwaka   In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) may have been shrouded in secrecy because of the stigma associated with it while the procedure is quite demanding. But the flood of testimonies from couples appears to be rubbishing the shame connected with it as Nigerians are now realising that a successful IVF is not only a scientific miracle but a breakthrough in itself. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, tells the story of those who became proud mothers…

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RITUAL KILLINGS: New antics for yahoo boys

Ritual killings are fast becoming the fad in Nigeria. This, many have attributed to the erosion of the country’s value system, which incidentally seem to have given rise to money becoming the god worshiped by youths. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at why young people do everything fetish, including human sacrifice to get rich quick nowadays     Nigeria, many believe, is in great danger as ritual killings are gradually but steadily overshadowing all other crimes in the country. The evil has actually assumed a frightening dimension with many…

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REAL REASONS NIGERIANS COMMIT SUICIDE

  51 Nigerians died by suicide in five months, media reports   Triggers/signs of suicide – Talking or writing about death – Sense of hopelessness and helplessness – No sense of purpose in life – Withdrawal from friends, family, community – Reckless behaviour or more risky activities – Dramatic mood changes – Mood disorders, alcoholism, substance misuse – Previous suicide attempt(s) – A history of suicide in the family – Breakup of a relationship or a death – Academic failures – History of trauma or abuse – Chronic physical illness…

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OPEN DEFECATION: A WORSENING HEALTH CHALLENGE

The recent report that listed Nigeria among the top five open defecation countries in the world is not surprising but lamentable. The worrying aspect remains the disclosure that the country is set to overtake India in this inglorious health index, ISIOMA MADIKE, reports   The campaign “Clean Nigeria, Use the Toilet,” is the latest effort of President Muhammadu Buhari to end open defecation in the country by 2025. The president is said to be prepared to launch the campaign at a date yet to be announced. This follows the disturbing…

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NIGERIAN HIGHWAYS: DEN OF KIDNAPPERS

Nigeria’s highway is giving many sleepless nights as kidnappings and deaths are gradually but steadily becoming the order of the day. ISIOMA MADIKE, who has been following this ugly trend, reports     On May 5, a trailer-load of gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked travellers on the Ilesha-Ife Expressway. It was gathered that the trailer conveying the attackers suddenly stopped in the middle of the highway at Ikoyi town in Osun State about 6.45pm, while the gunmen disembarked and started shooting at everyone in sight. The Public Relations Officer…

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‘There is collaboration, compromise by service personnel in kidnapping’

Mike Ejiofor is a former Director of the State Security Service (SSS). In an interview with SUNRISE DAILY CREW on Channels Television recently, the security expert said the federal government needs to think in terms of technology to curtail the spate of kidnappings on Nigeria’s highways. Excerpts   Can you take us through your experience in the hands of kidnappers and why it took you that long to let Nigerians know that some uniform men were involved in your ordeal?   xWell, in the intelligence practice there is what is…

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HOW ‘CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME’ BOOSTS GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN KEBBI

The federal government and development partners are working round the clock to reduce the huge number of out-of-school children in the country, especially in northern Nigeria. However, an unconditional cash transfer programme which caused an explosion in enrolment in schools, has laid bare some challenges confronting education in the North. REGINA OTOKPA reports     It was a bright Tuesday morning; school is in session but with heavy make-up on her face and a tray of pepper on her head, eight-year-old Aisha Samaila, spent the whole day including school hours,…

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