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Gov. Simon Lalong in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Wednesday in Jos, said the roadmap was to brainstorm on economic recovery strategies for the state.

Plateau government abolishes user fees for HIV services in public hospitals

The Plateau Government has abolished the collection of user fees for Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) services in all public hospitals and health facilities in the state.
Mr Eric Anderson, Cross River Commissioner for Tourism, has urged the Federal Government to support the state in repairing 156 properties destroyed during the #EndSARS protests of October 2020.

#EndSARS: Cross River seeks federal government’s support for repair of 156 destroyed properties

Mr Eric Anderson, Cross River Commissioner for Tourism, has urged the Federal Government to support the state in repairing 156 properties destroyed during the #EndSARS protests of October 2020.
Ebelechukwu Obiano | Osodieme

Anambra governor’s wife tasks women on communication, family bond

The Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has urged women to ensure healthy communication and bonding in families, especially at this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

NFF fines Bayelsa Queens FC for pitch encroachment and covid-19 breach

Three weeks ago, when the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) fined Bayelsa Queens of Yenagoa N2.5million and banished the team to the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State for their next home game scheduled for March 3, it acted based on violations of the club in their league fixture against the Edo Queens FC counterparts.
Corinne Masiero on stage next to actress Marina Foïs, who hosted the César film awards ceremony on Friday night. Bertrand Guay-AFP-Getty

Actor strips at ‘French Oscars’ in protest at closure of theatres and cinemas

A French actor stripped naked on stage during a scaled-back César Awards ceremony in Paris to protest against the government’s closure of theatres and cinemas during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho refused to offer a definite comment on the VAR decision that saw Josh Maja’s goal disallowed in Thursday night’s Premier League clash at the Craven Cottage.

Former England coach explains importance of Josh Maja’s signing at Fulham

Former Three Lions of England head coach Glenn Hoddle has explained the importance of Josh Maja and other new arrivals at Fulham.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

VP Osinbajo to deliver Sokoto university convocation lecture

Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo will deliver the lecture at the maiden convocation of Sokoto State University (SSU) on Friday.
A hundred years since Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in his first feature-length film “The Kid”, some of the silent comic’s best-known movies are being restored to be released in cinemas worldwide.

Restored Charlie Chaplin films to be released in cinemas worldwide

A hundred years since Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in his first feature-length film “The Kid”, some of the silent comic’s best-known movies are being restored to be released in cinemas worldwide.
FILE PHOTO - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS-Emma Farge-File Photo

Ngozi goes to WTO

The biggest piece of happy-ending news in Nigeria in the month of February 2021 is the endorsement of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the United States.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Lagos pickpocket confesses to stealing over 240 phones from commuters

The Rapid Response Squad has arrested a pickpocket who disclosed that he has stolen over 240 mobile phones from Lagos commuters.
Eilat's coral beach reserve extends some 1.2km off the city's coast, protecting reefs that are home to a rich variety of marine life [Menahem Kahana-AFP]

Red Sea coral reefs ‘under threat’ from Israel-UAE oil deal

The agreement to bring Emirati crude oil by tanker to a pipeline in the Red Sea port of Eilat was signed after the two nations normalised ties late last year and should come into force within months.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

FIFA re-asserts independence of FAs from third party interference

World football–governing body, FIFA, has once more emphasised its zero tolerance for third party and political interference in the affairs of its Member Associations, declaring unambiguously that such would, without fail, always attract heavy sanctions from the world body, including the suspension of the affected Member Association.
Manchester United’s new signing Amad Diallo has been fined £42,000 in Italy over allegations he used fake documents and bogus parents to move to Europe from Ivory Coast.

Manchester United new signing fined £42,000 for falsifying documents

Manchester United’s new signing Amad Diallo has been fined £42,000 in Italy over allegations he used fake documents and bogus parents to move to Europe from Ivory Coast.
aeroplane

Airline mortality: Aviation experts task operators on mergers

Stakeholders in the nation’s aviation industry have advised domestic airlines to merge into one mega carrier to beat the 10-year ceiling for closure and function smoothly.
James Bond stuntman, Rémy Julienne, has died aged at 90 from complications from Covid-19. The stunt performer was hospitalised two weeks ago in the French town of Montargis after testing positive for coronavirus, and was taken into intensive care.

James Bond stuntman dies after contracting coronavirus

James Bond stuntman, Rémy Julienne, has died aged at 90 from complications from Covid-19. The stunt performer was hospitalised two weeks ago in the French town of Montargis after testing positive for coronavirus, and was taken into intensive care.
American rapper, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, popularly called Lil Wayne, has endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection on November 3, 2020 after briefly meeting the controversial U.S. President.

Lil Wayne thanks Donald Trump for granting him presidential pardon

Popular American rapper, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr aka ‘Lil Wayne’, has thanked former US president, Donald Trump for granting him presidential pardon.
In January 2021, more than 200 Nights of Ideas are expected internationally, from Finland to Peru, from Nigeria to Fiji, from Lebanon to Canada.

France to host 2021 edition of Night of Ideas in Nigeria

The Night of Ideas is an annual event designed to deepen exchange of ideas between countries and cultures, disciplines and generations.
Former supermodel Stella Tennant killed herself because she “felt unable to go on,” according to her relatives.

Iconic British model Stella Tennant passes on at 50

While Tennant was first known for her signature tousled pixie haircut, androgynous features, and commanding six-foot-tall presence—as well as her longstanding creative relationships with fashion legends from Steven Meisel to Karl Lagerfeld—her passion for sculpture, environmental causes, and her home country of Scotland were what eventually became closest to her heart.
Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) was on Wednesday thrown into mourning upon the announcement of the passing away of one of its icons, Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi.

TAMPAN mourns veteran Nollywood actor Orisabunmi

Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) was on Wednesday thrown into mourning upon the announcement of the passing away of one of its icons, Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi.
President Donald Trump stands on the balcony outside of the Blue Room as returns to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US closes key money-laundering, tax evasion channel

A major avenue for global money laundering and tax evasion has been closed off by a new law requiring disclosure of owners of US shell companies used to hide billions of dollars.
The U.S. Justice Department has filed a statement in support of a church that is challenging the state of Virginia’s ban on gatherings of more than ten people.

Crossover service: FCT taskforce rates churches high on coronavirus protocols

The FCT Taskforce on COVID-19 Protocols has rated most Churches high on compliance with safety guidelines during Thursday’s Crossover Services to usher in the New Year.

Bitcoin’s 12.8 million-digit code transformed into surreal paintings

Bitcoin may be completely paperless, but one artist has meticulously dragged it into the physical world by hand-painting the cryptocurrency’s 12.8 million-digit founding code across 40 separate paintings.

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One million households to benefits Nigerian government’s coronavirus intervention in Plateau

Plateau State Coordinator of State Operation Coordinating Units (SOCU), Kenneth Isah, said over one Million households in Plateau State captured on Rapid Response Register (RRR) would benefit Federal Government N5,000 monthly intervention to cushion the economic effect of COVID-19.

ICPC asked to investigate NECO examination scandal

A media organization, Signature TV has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe some staff of the National Examination Council (NECO) for involving in examination scandals at a centre in Kaduna State.
Delta State House of Assembly

States assembly speakers storm Asaba for quarterly conference

Speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly in Nigeria have started arriving Asaba, Delta State for their second quarter general meeting.
At only 29, Nigerian pop-artist Osinachi has sold paintings on Microsoft Word for several thousand euros, or the equivalent amount in ether, a cryptocurrency often used to buy digital art.

Nigerian artists and entrepreneurs bank on crypto-art

At only 29, Nigerian pop-artist Osinachi has sold paintings on Microsoft Word for several thousand euros, or the equivalent amount in ether, a cryptocurrency often used to buy digital art.
Nollywood actress Biodun Okeowo has vowed to lay curses on her colleague, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha if he is found guilty of paedophilia.

Court grants Baba Ijesha bail over ‘sexual defilement’

An Ikeja Sexual Offences Court yesterday granted N2million bail to actor Omiyinka Olanrewaju a. k. a. Baba Ijesha Baba Ijesha, who has been in custody since April 22, 2021 over alleged sexual defilement of a minor.

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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.
Fulani herdsmen

Miyetti Allah urges government to aid herders

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and the Borno State Government to factor its members into the authorities’ various humanitarian programmes, saying these individuals were also victims of insurgency.
Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Ka3na Jones, says Ozo never loved Nengi but was only playing games with her and Dorathy.

BBNaija: I wanted loyalty not relationship – Nengi

During the second day of the BBNaija Lockdown Reunion show, talks of relationships that sprouted up during the competition dominated the conversation.
Absolute numbers do not make Africa look in bad shape, said Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergency expert, adding that in the last week it had recorded just over 5% of global cases and 2.2% of deaths.

WHO official: Africa coronavirus trajectory ‘very concerning’

The trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa is very concerning, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday.
Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday’s 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back’s time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed.

Euro 2020: Germany boss not surprised by heroics of Robin Gosens

Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday’s 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back’s time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed.