The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says.

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Monday, 12 September 2011 11:43

NIGERIA: Breastfeeding and Child Well-Being

 

The fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) sets apart August 1 to 7 every year as World Breastfeeding Week is indication that breastfeeding is, indeed, an unmatched way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants as well as an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers.

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A two-day 'National Conference on Youth in the 2011 Elections and Strategies for Improved Participation in the Democratic Process' organised by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Abuja wound up with wide ranging observations, recommendations and demands.

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Youths, under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) have tasked leadership at all levels to take proactive step in addressing issues of education, employment and youth participation in decision making processes.

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Authorities in Kano, Nigeria, recently announced people would be jailed or fined for refusing to immunize their children against polio, as cases increase in the northern state, but it is unclear whether this approach is working.

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Over 4 million girls, aged 6 - 11 do not attend school in Nigeria in spite of the fact that the country has made steady progress in primary school enrolment, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina has said.

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Child Trafficking in the Eastern part of Nigeria is a lucrative trade. In Nigeria, human trafficking ranks the third most common crime after financial fraud and drug trafficking. At least 10 children are sold every day across the country, according to the UN. Globally, the traffickers earn $33 billion yearly.

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:56

NIGERIA: Education and the Nation Child

 

A recent survey, which shows that some Nigerian children have never attended school, is true but totally unacceptable, particularly when it has been established that literacy is a vital instrument for national development.

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Mr Richard Taylor, father of 11 year old Damilola who was killed in Peckham, South London in 2000, has said that African children, mostly Nigerians, are continually being killed in London because they refuse to join gangs and deal in drugs.

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A UK-based anti-child abuse charity organisation, AFRUCA, is working with UK groups to make branding of African children as witches a criminal offence in the United Kingdom.

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