17th July in Nigeria’s history


2006 July 17: Federal Government signed a deal with AIDS Charity, set up by former President of USA, Bill Clinton to make cheap AIDS drugs available to fight the disease in the country.  The agreement was to help expand access to treatment for children, and raise funds to fight AIDS in Nigeria, which was the third highest case load in the world after South Africa and India.  The signing was witnessed by Bill Clinton, who said testing for HIV/AIDS was crucial to curbing the infection rate in the country, where about 3 million people were living with the virus.

2007 July 17: Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell was unable to fight a major fire along a key oil supply pipeline because of unrest in Ogoniland, Rivers State.


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