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Nigeria’s artisanal mining shakes up global lithium market amid price plunge

By Lagos Metropolitan News Desk The global lithium market has experienced significant turbulence over the past two years, with prices plummeting due to an oversupply and weaker-than-expected demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. This downturn is exemplified by the dramatic fall in the CME contract for lithium hydroxide from a 2022 high of $85,000 per metric ton to $11,930, and a similar decline in the CME carbonate contract from above $40,000 to $12,850 since it began trading in July 2023. Amid this volatility, a notable development has been the surge in artisanal mining (ASM) in Africa, particularly in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. According

Nigeria gears up for roadshow to lure back oil majors to onshore drilling

Nigeria is gearing up to host a specialised oil and gas roadshow aimed at enticing back international energy companies that previously withdrew from its onshore sector, a senior government official announced on Monday. Following the departure of major players like Shell and Exxon, who shifted focus to deep offshore exploration, Nigeria has faced challenges in boosting onshore production, crucial for its status as Africa's leading oil exporter. Felix Omatsola Ogbe, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), revealed plans to meet with President Bola Tinubu's energy advisor to strategise the roadshow. The initiative intends to engage countries where these

Driving Success: Strategies and Policies for Capital-Intensive Projects in Nigeria

Undertaking capital-intensive projects in Nigeria, particularly in Lagos, comes with a myriad of challenges that can impede progress and success. Aliko Dangote, founder of the Dangote Group, has firsthand experience with these obstacles. His $19 billion refinery project in Lagos faced repeated sabotage attempts from local and international criminal organisations, which he described as a "mafia." This scenario underscores the broader difficulties encountered in executing large-scale projects in Nigeria. These challenges encompass economic conditions, legal and regulatory hurdles, political factors, operational difficulties, and security concerns. To navigate these obstacles effectively, it is essential to implement a robust risk management strategy,

The role 21st century booksellers play in realising SDG 4—quality, inclusive and equitable education

By Oreoluwa Lesi SDG4 focuses on education and aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” It includes seven targets, which cover eliminating disparities in accessing education at the early childhood and primary levels based on gender, ability, and other socio-economic factors and, as much as possible, encouraging all women and men to stay through to the tertiary level; ensuring that all youth and a large proportion of adults are literate and numerate; and ensuring that all learners can get the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment and contribute to sustainable development. When we

The Role of Worldreader in achieving SDG 4 – Inclusive, Equitable and Quality Education: The East African Perspective

By Joan Mwachi-Amolo (Kenya) Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) aims to “ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Among its several core targets are universal youth literacy, early childhood development, universal pre-primary, primary and secondary education, and education for sustainable development and global citizenship. To reach SDG 4, unequal access to and quality of education must be fixed, and effective and inclusive learning environments must be created. It also requires supporting teachers, educators, and families as they facilitate learning. Tackling the Global Learning Crisis: The Transformational Power of Reading Reading is the foundation of all learning.

The Role of Libraries in realising SDG 4 – Inclusive, Equitable and Quality Education: The West African Perspective

By Nkem Osuigwe Libraries exist within the formal and informal sectors of the learning ecosystem. They are very important to learning in schools and in the different communities where they live all over Africa. They are critical for achieving an inclusive, equitable, and quality education where no one is left behind including those who are in employment and cannot attend school full-time and/or are taking online courses. They are also critical for those who have fallen through the cracks of the educational system as school dropouts at various stages of their educational journey or out-of-school children. Before School Age Public libraries introduce preschool

Lagos State Environmental Corps head gifts N1 Million to distressed woman

The head of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, retired Maj. Olaniyi Cole, has donated N1 million to Miss Chinwedu Okafor to prevent her from committing suicide after the demolition of her shop. On Tuesday, in his Oshodi office, Cole presented the cheque to the 31-year-old businesswoman from Anambra. He explained that he was following directives to demolish illegal structures on government land and public spaces. Miss Okafor and others had been given notice months prior for structures on Ibro Canal, Okota, Lagos. During the demolition last Friday, Miss Okafor showed signs of severe distress and considered suicide due to her significant

UAE lifts visa ban on Nigerian passport holders

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that Nigerian passport holders can now obtain visas for travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), starting today, July 15, 2024. This follows an agreement reached between the governments of Nigeria and the UAE. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, made the announcement on his official X (formerly Twitter) handle. He stated that the visa ban, which had been in place since October 2022, has been lifted following successful talks and extensive negotiations between the two countries. The agreement includes updated controls and conditions for obtaining a UAE visa. One key requirement is

7 character flaws that can hinder you from becoming successful

One of my favorite pastimes is studying individuals. Their mindset, character, actions and attitude towards life. Trust me, these things are easy to see if you pay attention over a period of time.  This article is inspired by a few individuals I observed over time. From observing their attitude and disposition toward life, their mindset, actions and things they say, I must say I have learned quite a lot.  Certain character flaws will hinder you from becoming successful.  1. Lack of Integrity It's like a currency. And everybody knows a man of integrity. They also know those who lack integrity. I don't know why

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