Twentyten Daily Weekly Roundup

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Welcome to a brand new month with us at Twentyten Daily. As you may already know, the month of September is regarded globally as World Suicide Month and we at Twentyten Daily have just the right articles and reports that embody causes of suicide in Africa and the rate of suicide in Africa. Did you know that men have a higher suicide rate compared to women in Africa and indeed all over the world? A World Health Organization article in 2016 shared that about 17,000 people died by suicide in Nigeria of which 9,300 were males.

Insecurity, Inflation and extreme poverty caused by unending corruption in Africa are the leading causes of depression and by extension suicide by men in underdeveloped countries. Here is a roundup up of our articles for the week.

Six Countries With The Highest Suicide Rate In Africa

About one person in 5,000–15,000 dies by suicide every year, with an estimated global rate of 10.5 per 100,000 population. According to the World Health Organization, one person takes their life every 40 seconds.

In high-income countries, male and female rates of suicidal behaviours are different from the rest of the world. While women are reportedly more prone to suicidal thoughts, rates of suicide are higher among men (suicide in men has been described as a “silent epidemic”).

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How Corruption In Nigeria’s Leading Sectors Drive-Up Poverty Rates

Budget fraud, procurement fraud and outright embezzlement in sectors like health, water and education are leading causes of the rise in poverty rates in Nigeria. A policy research report by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) creates a direct link between corruption and poverty. According to the report, most cases of poverty occur when individuals are “denied access to safe, decent and healthy living”.

48.90% of people living in poverty, that is, more than 27,453,154 (twenty-seven million, four hundred and fifty-three thousand, one hundred and fifty-four) earn less than N100, 000 per annum while only 27.9% which is 15,663,456 (fifteen million, six hundred and sixty-three thousand, four hundred and fifty-six) earn between N100, 000 and N200, 000 per annum.

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Domestic Cargo Movement Drops By 15%

Data from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria have shown that the harmonized cargo movement in the country for the year 2020 has significantly dropped by 15 percent.

This is following the restriction of movement of air passengers across the globe, hence an increase in air cargo demand globally for the year 2020.

The data for air cargo movement in Nigeria, however, revealed that 2020 was not as robust as 2019.

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NNPC Incurs N756.99bn Petrol Subsidy In 7 Months

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has incurred N756.99billion petrol subsidy costs from January to July in 2021.

This is according to the latest data obtained from the corporation.

The subsidy, which the NNPC prefers to call ‘value shortfall’ or ‘under-recovery’, resurfaced in January this year as the government left the pump price of petrol unchanged at N162-N165 per litre despite the increase in global oil prices.

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Northern States In Nigeria Impose Curfew To Curb Kidnapping, Violence

Niger, Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara states have imposed a series of restrictions on residents in an attempt to control the skyrocketing rate of kidnappings and other violent crimes.

The federal government in Nigeria have stood by as gangs of criminals known locally as bandits spread fear among local communities since the beginning of the year; a worsening problem security forces have failed to contain.

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24,000 People Declared Missing In Nigeria – ICRC

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Nigeria has registered not less than 24,000 missing people, making up to 54.5% of the total 44,000 declared missing in Africa.

The ICRC said the continent had seen a rise in the number of missing people in the past year as a result of armed conflicts and other forms of violence.

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Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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