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4. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 24th virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari seeks deeper gas utilisation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged Nigerians to embrace gas as a cleaner and cheaper alternative to petrol.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed 476 new cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

NCDC issues travel advisory for Christmas, New Year

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has released its end-of-year travel advisory on COVID-19 for the Christmas and New Year period, warning that necessary measures should be taken to limit the spread of the pandemic.
Bitcoin can baffle even bigger-fish investors [Dado Ruvic-Reuters]

Low money market yield, inflation may push more investors to bitcoins

The roller coaster which the Nigerian equities market has enjoyed in the last two months may be short-lived as there are indications that investors are planning to take advantage of the low yield being recorded in the money market by diverting into Bitcoin trading.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted to having a lot of doubts before taking over at the club where he starred as a player - but felt he had no alternative but to grasp the opportunity.

Frank Lampard reveals doubts over taking Chelsea job

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted to having "a lot of doubts" before taking over at the club where he starred as a player - but felt he had no alternative but to grasp the opportunity.
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Niger, Labour parley on slash in workers’ salaries ended in deadlock

The parley between officials of the Niger State Government and organised labour over the planned slash in workers’ salaries effective from November, which was held in Minna on Thursday, has ended in a deadlock.
Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, has stated that he hasn’t been able to sleep since the Lekki shooting incident that occurred on October 20, the day soldiers opened fire on youths protesting against police brutality.

Grammy Awards: Burna Boy first Nigerian with consecutive nominations

Nigerian artist, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has emerged the first Nigerian artist to be nominated for the Grammy awards in two consecutive years.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, says restriction measures like social distancing, and wearing of face masks need to continue during the period of Ramadan, which is around the corner.

PTF advises schools to send any child with respiratory symptoms home

The National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has advised schools to send home any child with respiratory symptoms consistent with coronavirus in order to reduce risk of transmission.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is happy with Fikayo Tomori’s new contract. Tomori signed a new five-year contract on Thursday.

Fikayo Tomori lined up for January loan transfer

He is currently competing for a place with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andrea Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

Nigerian government agrees to pay striking universities lecturers’ salaries without IPPIS

The Federal Government has agreed to pay the salaries of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) using a different mode of payment other than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has approved the deployment of modern technology in the security system to fight crimes in the State.

Governor Ikpeazu: Abia economy suffers due to poor state of federal roads

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on contractors handling the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state to quicken the pace of work as the poor state of the roads was already doing harm to the Abia economy.
Ethiopia denied on Saturday that talks on the growing conflict in its northern Tigray region were imminent, just hours after three African former presidents were named to help mediate the two-week-old crisis.

Ethiopia denies talks on conflict after African Union names envoys

Ethiopia denied on Saturday that talks on the growing conflict in its northern Tigray region were imminent, just hours after three African former presidents were named to help mediate the two-week-old crisis.

CSO throws weight behind calls for amendment of Fiscal Responsibility Act

Following the ongoing fight against corruption by the Buhari-led administration, a Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative, PLSI, on Friday, threw weight behind calls for amendment of Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007, to make the desired impact to sanitise the system.
German parliamentary officials are investigating how people protesting against government lockdown measures were able to enter the Bundestag building and harangue lawmakers before a crucial vote.

German parliament investigates harassment during virus vote

German parliamentary officials are investigating how people protesting against government lockdown measures were able to enter the Bundestag building and harangue lawmakers before a crucial vote.
A general view of a protest against the government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, while police use water cannons, near the Reichstag, the seat of Germany's lower house of parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, November, 18, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German police clash with protesters angry at Angela Merkel’s coronavirus law

German police unleashed water cannon and pepper spray in an effort to scatter thousands of protesters angry about a new legal framework for enforcing coronavirus restrictions passed by parliament on Wednesday.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

ASUU tells students, parents not to expect strike suspension soon

Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday told students and their parents not to expect suspension of ongoing strike by its members soon, advising lecturers to seek alternative means of survival.

Bitcoin breaches $17,500 dollars in risk-on market

Bitcoin rallied Tuesday for the second consecutive day, gaining $1,500 to approach an all-time high in a market that is now ready to take on risk.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

Strike: Nigerian government to resume negotiations with ASUU this week

The federal government is set to commence fresh negotiations with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over its eighth-month old strike.
Barcelona are rumoured to be considering a shock January loan move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger if they miss out on Manchester City’s Eric Garcia.

Barcelona target loan move for Chelsea star

Barcelona are rumoured to be considering a shock January loan move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger if they miss out on Manchester City’s Eric Garcia.
Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Bayelsa laments effect of illegal oil refining on potable water

Bayelsa State Government has lamented the impact of artisanal refining of petroleum products in communities, adding that the menace was affecting access to portable drinking water.
Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) have unveiled the new jerseys for the 2020-21 Football League Season.

Remo Stars FC unveils jerseys for 2020/21 season

The Jerseys (Sky Blue) for home games, (White) for away games and (Yellow) as the alternative are produced by Nigerian Sports Brand Kitting Company, CONE Sportswear.
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Institute to re-activate campaign against sale, consumption of ‘ponmo’

The Nigeria Institute of Leather and Science Technology, (NILEST) Zaria, says it plans re-activate its campaign against the sale and consumption of animal hides and skin popularly known as `ponmo’, because it does not add to the nutrition of humans.

Former England FA chairman Greg Clarke quits FIFA Council

Former Football Association chairman Greg Clarke resigned from his role as a FIFA vice-president on Thursday, two days after he left the FA over a series of offensive remarks.

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CAN declares three-days of national prayer over insecurity

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has declared 3-days of national prayer for the country to seek divine intervention concerning the spate of insecurity and violence across the states.
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

Eid-El-Fitr: CUPP laments worsening security situation, calls for prayers, tolerance

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has lamented that the country was indeed in a deep trying time following the recent burglary incident in the Aso Rock residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Kelechi Nwakali has been named April’s Alcorcon player of the month.

Kelechi Nwakali wins Alcorcon Player of the Month award

Kelechi Nwakali has been named April’s Alcorcon player of the month.
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd, the Black man who was pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck for more than nine minutes.

Minnesota judge finds aggravating factors in George Floyd murder

A Minnesota judge has ruled that aggravating factors were involved in the death of George Floyd, opening the possibility of a longer sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Villarreal coach Javi Calleja has heaped praises on Nigerian international, Samuel Chukwueze, and his teammates following their hard-fought win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Finidi George: Samuel Chukwueze can adapt to any top club in Europe

Former Nigerian winger George Finidi has disclosed that Super Eagles star Samuel Chukwueze has what it takes to succeed in any top club in Europe.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives at Glasgow counting centre in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain May 7, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell-Pool via REUTERS

Scottish nationalists vow new independence vote from UK after election success

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed on Saturday to press ahead with plans for a new referendum on leaving the United Kingdom after saying there was no doubt elections to the Scottish parliament would return a pro-independence majority.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

House approves establishment of agric university in Plateau

House of Representatives has given its approval for the establishment of a federal university of agriculture, Sabon Gida in Langtang Federal Constituency of Plateau State.

UNIJOS absolves professor of examination malpractice after five years

After five years, the Management of the University of Jos has absolved Professor Benedicta Daudu of the institution’s Faculty of Law from wrongdoing saying the allegation of examination malpractice leveled against her was unfounded.
Mikel Arteta says he has had to adapt his tactical approach much more than he expected since taking over as Arsenal boss, due to the composition of his squad.

Popular Nigerian pastor wants Arsenal boss sacked after Europa League exit

General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has called for the sack of Mikel Arteta, following Arsenal’s exit in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

12 Muslim worshippers kidnapped during midnight prayers in Katsina

No fewer than twelve (12) Muslim worshippers have been abducted by bandits while observing Tahajjud at a mosque located in the outskirt of Jibiya town of Katsina State.