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A Nigerian Girl, Miss Agusto emerges 2nd In Microsoft World Championship

Miss Olubunmi Agusto, a student of Day Waterman College, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has emerged second in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in Disneyland, California, USA.

According to a statement by Readmanna Ventures Limited, Miss Agusto emerged second in Microsoft Word 2007 and became the first African to emerge among the top three since the first edition of the competition 13 years ago.

The annual award ceremony to recognize winners of the national Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship for students will be held today January 23, 2015, at the School Hall, Queens College, Yaba, Lagos under the distinguished chairmanship of Mr. Fola Adeola, Chairman, Main One Cable Company.

The annual Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship for students in Nigeria is organized by ReadManna Ventures Limited and the competition is open to all students between the age of 13 and 22 years, provided they show proof of enrollment at an academic institution and its objective is to encourage schools to include the acquisition of commonly used desktop productivity tools aligned to global standards, in their curriculum which would provide the students with the computing expertise they need now and after they graduate.

The 2015 championship shall be declared open during the award ceremony in Lagos and it will cover versions 2010 and 2013 of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Detailed syllabus of the championship can be found on Readmanna website

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Nigeria records 100,000 new cancer cases yearly —Ajekigbe

Professor Aderemi Ajekigbe, a professor of radiotherapy and oncology with the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, has said that Nigeria records 100,000 new cases of cancer every year.

Professor Ajekigbe delivered the 21st inaugural lecture  of UNILAG titled, “Cancer: The Unwanted Guest That May Visit.” at UNILAG on Thursday, said that Nigeria  has about two million recorded cases of cancer currently.

He defined cancer as an abnormal and uncontrolled growth that persists in the body, said women had a higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer when compared to men, and called on the Federal Government to address the increasing number of Nigerians dying from cancer due to poor access to treatment and funds needed to manage the disease.

He said “We cannot afford to lose more Nigerians to cancer. Government should dedicate the proceeds from an oil block to the provision of cancer equipment and treatment. It is a need.”

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Nigeria won’t be polio-free in 2015, says expert

The Chairman, Experts Review Committee on polio eradication, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, has said contrary to reports Nigeria will not be free of the virus in 2015, he said this during the 29th meeting of the ERC on Polio and Routine Immunization, held at Rockview Royale Hotel, Abuja.

Prof. Tomori said Nigeria can only be certified polio-free in 2018 “if the country does not record any new case of polio this year.”

The wild polio which we recorded last year (2014) is an issue we need to pay attention to by making sure that this country is totally free of either of the two types of viruses. The job is not finished; there is the need for more funds, because it is even more difficult in the last stage. To rid this country of polio, funding must not only be sustained but improved.

Also at the event Dr. Ado Muhammad, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health care Development Agency, said “in 2014, Nigeria has made an unprecedented progress that is highly commendable globally by all stakeholders by reducing cases of polio virus to six cases and when compared with 2013, it is about 89 per cent reduction in Nigeria. The last case of polio virus in Nigeria was reported in July 2014, making it six months without the incidence of polio virus in Nigeria. What it means is that no child has been paralyzed as a result of polio virus in Nigeria in six months.

The entire world is looking up to Nigeria to exist as polio-free endemic nation.

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