JAKARTA: Thousands of white-clad Muslims streamed towards a central Jakarta park on Friday, gathering for a rally expected to draw more than 100,000 Indonesians demanding the arrest of the capital’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran. 383 more words
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has said thatthe only way to end the HIV scourge in Nigeria, isfor young people to abstain from pre-marital sex and for married couples to remain faithful to their spouses.Ayade stated this on Thursday, during the commemoration of the 2016 World AIDS Day in Calabar.He said: “The absolute factor that can put an endto HIV/AIDS spread is total loyalty and abstinence.“Married couples must be faithful to their partners. 79 more words
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Bill Medlinda Gates Foundation on Thursday in Abuja, announced a new partnership, which they said was aimed at strengthening cross-state policies in Nigeria.While speaking at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, the Chief Strategy Officer at the Bill & Belinda Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman, formally announced a new partnership between the foundation and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum which is aimed at strengthening cross-state policies in Nigeria.According to Punch, the policies would also strengthen financial resources that they said would benefit the poorest people in the country.Speaking further, Suzman said the three-year$2m partnership will focus on domestic revenue challenge, with the aim of strengthening public financing for social programmes that Suzman said would benefit the poor.The fund, he added, would also afford the NGF and the Gates Foundation to develop a road mapfor future collaboration in strengthening Primary Health Care in Nigeria that would unlock fundingdedicated to the work.“The Gates Foundation recognises how critical state leadership is to development in Nigeria.“This is because two-thirds of social spending inNigeria occurs at the sub national information exchange, collaboration on policy, and the work of executive governors in determining how best to ensure Federal and state policies work for Nigeria’s poorest,” Suzman said.He told the gathering, which included governors, that Gates Foundation and NGF had previously partnered together on polio eradication in Nigeria, with notable success, adding that there were still works to be done to finish the job on polio, and that the NGF was a critical partner in maintaining the country’s commitment to polio eradication.Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, whospoke on behalf of the governors, assured the donors that the fund would be judiciously used, adding that he and his colleagues were happy that the NGF found worthy partners in the two organisations.
SEATTLE (AP) — Dozens of police held positions around a house early Thursday where a suspect accused of fatally shooting a Tacoma police officer hours earlier was believed still barricaded inside. 346 more words
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington says he’s seriously considering running for governor.
Carrington announced Tuesday that he is not seeking a third term on the commission. 30 more words