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The recovery in the Nigerian private sector gathered momentum in August as demand improved following the easing of restrictions related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Output and new orders rebounded, rising sharply from July. Employment was broadly stable, although excess capacity remained as a result of the severe declines in new businesses during the…

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of the Standard Bank Group, has called for applications for the maiden edition of its 2020 Scholarship Programme. The Stanbic IBTC 2020 Scholarship Programme, geared towards encouraging hard work and academic excellence amongst Nigerian undergraduates, is open to students who participated in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)…

Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, Verve International, has launched a nationwide promo to reward its cardholders with cash prizes and airtime. The promo tagged “The Verve Good Life Promo” kicked off on September 1, 2020 and will run till November 29, 2020. The Verve Good Life Promo seeks to enable Verve’s loyal card…

A leading nutrition expert has urged Nigerians to explore soybeans as a good food source, to alleviate malnutrition and achieve good health. Professor Ibiyemi Olayiwola, Professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), who made this assertion recently, described soybeans as an excellent source of protein, with the added advantage of…

A baker is only as good as his flour. The type of flour utilized in the bakery determines the quality of the output which in turn influences patronage and profitability. These 2 factors will ultimately determine whether a bakery will thrive, remain stagnant or perhaps even decline and ultimately close shop. There are certain performance…

While global food supply chains may be starting to heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, food and agri-business, Olam International, underlines the importance of addressing the long-term wellness and operational resilience needs of those small-scale farmers in emerging markets who provide much of the world’s ingredients and raw materials. A survey undertaken by Olam in July…

The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC), the body responsible for certifying the eradication of wild poliovirus in the WHO Africa Region (WHO-Afro), has granted the region ‘wild poliovirus free’ status. This follows after Nigeria, the last wild poliovirus endemic country in the region, recorded no new cases in three years – the requisite period…

Food security, nutrition education and the need to increase the nation’s budget for health and nutrition emerged as some of the issues that dominated conversations at the latest Protein Challenge webinar designed  to address the problem of protein deficiency in Nigeria. The webinar, themed: ‘The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition – Connecting the Dots for…

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has partnered the United Nations on an initiative to provide seed funding for women across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. This is in furtherance of the organisation’s commitment to enhancing food security and providing employment for women in…

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it uncertainty, fear and anxiety. These emotions have crept into how most of us carry out our jobs. While we cannot deny that pressure at the workplace is inevitable, the presence and spread of the virus has clearly made such pressure almost unbearable. This pressure, when not carefully managed,…

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