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PAP, NCDMB to train, empower Niger Delta ex-agitators in oil, gas sector

The Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, have struck a deal to build the capacity of ex-agitators benefitting from the amnesty programme.
Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

US loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts in defiance of China

The State Department has announced that it will make it easier for US officials to meet Taiwanese representatives, defying pressure from China at a time of high tensions, and as the US Congress considers sweeping legislation to counter Beijing’s influence.
A plan to deliver electricity to about 25m Nigerians whose communities are off the grid has commenced in Jigawa State flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who restated the determination of the Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

VP Osinbajo: Time to provide more electricity for Nigerians is now

A plan to deliver electricity to about 25m Nigerians whose communities are off the grid has commenced in Jigawa State flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who restated the determination of the Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.
The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, stated this in Ibadan at the opening of a three-day training workshop for Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Ekiti government expresses commitment to promoting peaceful coexistence in the state

The Ekiti State Government has said it is committed to creating an enabling environment for intervention of donor agencies towards improving the well-being of the people of the state.
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ActionAid, stakeholders express worry over unstable levels of borrowing, rising national debt profile

A non-profit making organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, and stakeholders, Friday, expressed worry over unstable levels of borrowings and rising national debt profile under the Buhari-led administration and poverty increasing daily.

Ex-COAS advocates new strategy in counter-insurgency operations

Former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau has advised the military leadership to develop a new strategy in the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the State Department on Thursday and deliver his first foreign policy speech as president.

Report: Joe Biden pressed to label foreign hate groups ‘terrorists’

President Joe Biden’s administration is being pressed by Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin to consider designating white supremacist groups overseas as foreign terrorists subject to US government actions as the US continues to reckon with domestic extremism after the January 6 far-right insurrection attempt, the Reuters news agency reports.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police foil bank robbery, arrest two suspects in Delta

The Police in Delta have arrested 32- year-old Joshua Oghenenovo and 29-year-old Kingsley Gbeneku for alleged attempt to rob a new generation bank in Ughelli, Delta.

One killed in Rivers cult violence

A man identified as Ajemina Horsfall was shot dead in a suspected clash by rival cult groups in in Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
British sports chiefs say they would accept the introduction of coronavirus “vaccine passports” if they enable the return of capacity crowds as quickly as possible.

British sports chiefs canvass use of ‘vaccine passports’

British sports chiefs say they would accept the introduction of coronavirus “vaccine passports” if they enable the return of capacity crowds as quickly as possible.
The Co-conveners of African Women Conference have called on Dr Asabe Bashir, the new Director-General of National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) to focus on the challenges facing rural and vulnerable women.

Group urges new NCWD chief to focus on rural women

The Co-conveners of African Women Conference have called on Dr Asabe Bashir, the new Director-General of National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) to focus on the challenges facing rural and vulnerable women. This is contained...
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the courage of the founding fathers of the Nigerian media, describing them as the fulcrum of the nation’s nationalist struggle.

VP Osinbajo: Nigerian press the fulcrum of nationalist struggle

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the courage of the founding fathers of the Nigerian media, describing them as the fulcrum of the nation’s nationalist struggle.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN freezes 11 bank accounts over suspicious activities

Eleven bank accounts of some companies and an individual were on Wednesday frozen by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
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.

Kaduna governor: Bandits have lost rights to life, must be wiped out

Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State says bandits terrorising Nigeria have lost their rights to life under the constitution and must be wiped out.

Coalition clarifies misinformation on FADAMA project

A coalition of civil society organisations under the auspices of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG), has demystified FADAMA project to avert misinformation about the project which started in 1990 and now in its third phase.
World Bank Group President David Malpass

Nigeria to benefit as G-20 approves extension of debt relief

Finance ministers of G-20 countries have approved an extension of debt relief for the world’s poorest nations till December 2021.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday told the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, that the challenges before him would test his mettle, adding that the organisation he was leading itself faced several challenges.

Acting IGP promises professional, responsible leadership

The Acting Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has promised to provide professional and responsible leadership in the affairs of the Nigeria Police.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

U.S. to restore more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

The Biden administration plans to unveil a package of about $150 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance that was cut off by then-President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Hope Uzodinma

Imo governor sabotaging Igbo presidency – Ohanaeze youths

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has hit Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, accusing him of engaging in actions that would truncate the quest for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.
Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV-AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.

U.K. to open first LGBT+ retirement home as market grows

Britain’s first LGBT+ retirement home is set to open in mid-2021, the housing association behind the London riverside apartments said, highlighting a growing market of older people who do not want to be forced back in the closet.
The United States said Tuesday it would discuss calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics with its allies after growing pressure to shun the Winter Games on human rights grounds.

US wants to ‘discuss’ Beijing Olympics boycott calls

The United States said Tuesday it would discuss calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics with its allies after growing pressure to shun the Winter Games on human rights grounds.
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Kwara governor: We’re touching lives with KWASSIP

Thousands of lives are being touched with the social investment programme, which targets the vulnerable and poor, Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has stated.

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Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos estate residents seek governor’s intervention in dispute

Residents of Osborne Foreshore Two Estate have appealed to the Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to order that works on all approvals for development in the estate be suspended for three months because of the ongoing review of the approval order.

Pastor counsels youths on empowerment

Pastor Femi Omowumi of the Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT) has said that governments at all levels have failed the Nigerian youths.
The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has called on the media to support the ongoing operation to rout Boko Haram terrorists out of the country.

Nigerian Army seeks media support to end insurgency

The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has called on the media to support the ongoing operation to rout Boko Haram terrorists out of the country.
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.

Kaduna governor appoints as new Emir for Kauru

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ya’u Shehu Usman, former Sarkin Fadan Kauru, as the new Emir of Kauru.

Soldiers destroy illegal refinery in Rivers

Soldiers of the 144 Battalion, Asa, Ukwa West council area of Abia State, have reportedly destroyed an illegal oil refinery located in Odogba community in Rivers State.

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Lagos State Government has concluded plans to revive all the heritage sites in five local council areas to reposition the tourism sector.

Lagos to revive heritage sites in Epe, Badagry, others

Lagos State Government has concluded plans to revive all the heritage sites in five local council areas to reposition the tourism sector.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday told the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, that the challenges before him would test his mettle, adding that the organisation he was leading itself faced several challenges.

Ag. IGP: Our best has not been good enough

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday told the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, that the challenges before him would test his mettle, adding that the organisation he was leading itself faced several challenges.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Delta governor swears in 12 new permanent secretary, local councils auditor-general

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Tuesday, swore-in 12 new Permanent Secretaries and Auditor-General, Local Government, warning them against bullying their directors and other lower grade workers.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Five more kidnapped Kaduna college students regain freedom

The Kaduna State Government says another five kidnapped students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, have regained freedom on Thursday night.

Northern leaders urged to support military to end insecurity

A group under the aegis of Northern Solidarity Forum (NSF), has urged political leaders in the region to support the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in tackling the security challenges by providing policies and programmes that will stop the youths adventure into different forms of criminality.