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Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.

Victory for Joe Biden as US Senate passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Convention: APC sets up constitution review committee

Four years after a failed attempt to review its constitution, the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has set up an eight-member committee headed by Prof. Tahir Mamman SAN, to review its laws ahead of its National Convention slated for later this year.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said that the parliament passed 2021 in good time to ensure the country maintains the January to December budget cycle started last year.

Speaker Gbajabiamila: House of Reps to amend National Health Act

The House of Representatives said it is working on plans to amend the National Health Act towards making healthcare service affordable to Nigerians.
FILE PHOTO - Smartphone with Google app icon is seen in front of the Australian flag in this illustration taken January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Australia’s competition chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

The architect of Australian media reforms being watched around the world claimed victory on Wednesday, even as critics said concessions to the laws forcing Big Tech to pay for news content have given Facebook and Google a get-out clause.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook to restore Australian news pages after tweaks to media laws

Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to a proposed law designed to force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday.

Senator Ekweremadu: Decentralised policing will solve nation’s security challenges

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has stressed that decentralised policing remained the way out of the mounting security challenges facing the country.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president advocates stiffer penalties for illegal bearers of firearms

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, advocated for stiffer penalties for anyone caught in possession of firearm not legally procured in Nigeria.
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Smaller protests in Myanmar as junta deploys more soldiers, armoured vehicles

Protesters in Myanmar kept up demands on Monday for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an end to military rule, undaunted by the junta’s deployment of armoured vehicles in several parts of the country and more soldiers on the streets.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

FIFA Council Bureau extends temporary measures for players’ release and registration

In the context of the challenges that remain in place for both international and domestic football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the FIFA Council, on Friday, provided additional flexibility with regards to the release of players for national team duty and the registration of players with clubs in competitions that remain disrupted by the pandemic.
As Ugandans celebrated 57 years of independence on Wednesday, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, engaged police in a cat and mouse race in Kampala and its suburbs.

Bobi Wine and the Old African Brew

After the presidential election in Uganda, it dawned on me that there are two people in the country who don’t fear President Yoweri Museveni: One is his tailor, and the other is his political rival, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, famously called Bobi Wine.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Nasir El-Rufai: Nigerian governors must defend citizens’ rights to live anywhere in the country

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the unlawful eviction of Nigerians from parts of the country and challenged state governors to stop the trend.
FILE PHOTO - A general view shows the musical fountain in front of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 31, 2020. REUTERS-Ahmed Jadallah

UAE adopts amendments to grant citizenship to investors, other professionals

The United Arab Emirates has adopted amendments that would allow the Gulf state to grant citizenship to investors and other professionals including scientists, doctors and their families, the government said on Saturday.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger governor advocates stiffer penalty for bandits, kidnappers

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has called for stiffer penalty for those found guilty of banditry, kidnapping and their informants.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger governor advocates stiffer penalty for bandits, kidnappers

Worried by the unending activities of the armed bandits in the state which has claimed hundreds of lives and rendered thousands homeless, the Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has advocated for a stiffer penalty for both the bandits, kidnappers and their informants.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the first Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting for the year 2021 at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari directs strict compliance with payment of taxes by foreign, local companies

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday directed the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and related government agencies to plug all revenue leakages by ensuring strict compliance of tax payments by foreign companies operating in Nigeria, urging the deployment of more digital platforms and seamless connections.

Senator Jang: Amendment of constitution without restructuring, waste of time

Former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, has decried the socio-economic problems bedeviling the country, blaming it on the operations of the 1999 Constitution.
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny due in court Wednesday on charges of defaming war veteran

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was detained on his return to Russia for violating a suspended sentence, is due in court Wednesday on separate charges of defaming a World War II veteran, his lawyer said.
Ondo State House of Assembly

Ondo Assembly holds public hearing on electricity bill

Ondo State House of Assembly Ad hoc Committee on Utilities and Transportation has held public hearing on the new electricity bill in the state.
The question of a constitutional vacuum became a crunch issue in the central African state two years ago when President Ali Bongo Ondimba suffered a stroke that needed months-long convalescence.

Gabon approves constitutional change in case of incapacity of president

Gabon’s parliament has approved constitutional changes to fill a legal void if the president becomes incapacitated and grant heads of state immunity after they leave office.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

Nigerian National Assembly spends billions of naira on constitution review

The perennial constitution amendment exercise by the National Assembly is characterised by proposals that keep resurfacing despite gulping billions of naira yearly, an analysis has shown.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday night said he had signed the $900 billion (N349.2 trillion) coronavirus relief package.

Donald Trump makes U-turn, signs $900 billion coronavirus relief package

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday night said he had signed the $900 billion (N349.2 trillion) coronavirus relief package.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

National Assembly asks INEC to consider underage married girls as voters

The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission Matters has proposed a review of the provision in the Electoral Act which pegged the eligibility of a voter at 18 years.

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Nigerien president wins $5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize

President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, has won the $5 million 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Sunday in Lagos.

Lagos begins artisanal fisheries value intervention

Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said the State has begun artisanal fisheries value intervention for artisanal fishing communities in the State through empowerment and capacity building.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Governor Okowa: Take-off of Maritime university, brought peace to Niger Delta

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said the take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state had brought peace to the Niger Delta region.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Northern states tighten security to curb abduction of schoolchildren

No fewer than 11 Northern states have beefed up security around schools to prevent the abduction of pupils by bandits in their states, investigations have revealed.
The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) is to probe alleged payment into the private account of its staff.

LASAA commence campaign on regulation of outdoor adverts

The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has commenced the first phase of an awareness campaign to sensitise members of the public on the need for compliance with regulations guiding outdoor advertisement in the state.

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A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest family of seven who ‘specializes in kidnapping’ in Ogun

The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police on Friday paraded a seven man syndicate that specialized in kidnapping in Sagamu area of the state.
2. Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, are seen after their release in Zamfara , Nigeria March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

UNICEF to provide psychosocial support to released Zamfara schoolgirls

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it will provide psychosocial support to the released Jangebe schoolgirls and their families.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

PGF chief proposes N100,000 minimum wage for productive workers

The Director-General, All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Moh. Lukman, has said that the minimum wage of optimally productive Nigerian worker should not be anywhere less than N100,000.
Khamzat Chimaev who has been dubbed UFC’s most exciting rising star, can hardly wait to battle Nigeria born New Zealand fighter Israel Adesanya.

Israel Adesanya sets to make UFC history with Jan Blachowicz bout

Nigeria-born MMA, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will attempts to be just the fourth person to be a two-weight UFC world champion.
Kim Kardashian on Friday called out those who bully and body- shame others, recalling her embarrassment when she was attacked for gaining 60 pounds during her first pregnancy.

Kim Kardashian says body-shamers ‘really broke me’ during pregnancy

Kim Kardashian on Friday called out those who bully and body- shame others, recalling her embarrassment when she was attacked for gaining 60 pounds during her first pregnancy.