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Nigerian government mulls evacuating traders from Ghana

The federal government said on Thursday that it will not hesitate to bring back its traders from Ghana if that will bring a lasting solution over the protracted business row.
The new minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, has charged staff of the ministry to work harder and smart to realize the Next Level agenda of the federal government.

Nigeria receives $26.9 billion foreign support in six years – minister

Agba made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing the House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners on Donor Funds Receipts, Transfers and Disbursement to Government Agencies, Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria.

DMO: Nigeria owes World Bank N3.96 trillion

Nigeria’s highest external debt stock to a multilateral or bilateral financial institution is its $10.46bn (N3.965tn at the official rate of N379/$) indebtedness to the World Bank Group, latest figures from the Debt Management Office have shown.
The National Assembly is yet to ratify over 400 treaties, protocol and other agreements with foreign nations and bodies entered into by Nigeria, a House of Representatives member, Ossai Nicholas Ossai has said.

House of Reps split over procedural flaws on Chinese loans probe

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, and his counterpart in Public Accounts Committee, PAC, Hon. Woke Oke, Tuesday split over the procedures of probe of the Chinese loans.
South African Rand coins are seen in this photo illustration. REUTERS-Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s central bank plans more reverse bond repurchases

South Africa’s central bank will extend its tool kit to manage market liquidity by adding short-term, bilateral reverse repurchases of government bonds from commercial banks, it said on Friday.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday asked Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the whereabouts of visiting Chinese medical personnel, saying their activities in the country must the oversighted by the parliament.

Global Fund: Nigeria receives $890 million to tackle HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

Nigeria has received an $890 million grant from the Global Fund to reduce the burden of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over an implementation period of three years, beginning from 2021 to 2023.

UN: World has failed to protect 1 billion children from violence, sexual abuse

The world has failed to protect around one billion children from are physical, sexual or psychological violence, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government have commenced a Human Capital Development (HCD) plan towards moving 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.

Governors want controversial infectious diseases bill ‘stepped down’

The 36 state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have criticised the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The United States should work to achieve a single, comprehensive agreement with Kenya that removes barriers to trade and investment, instead of pursuing a phased approach, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a document viewed by Reuters.

Chamber: US should avoid phased approach in trade talks with Kenya

The United States should work to achieve a single, comprehensive agreement with Kenya that removes barriers to trade and investment, instead of pursuing a phased approach, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a document viewed by Reuters.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba

Why Nigeria deserves debt relief – NLC chief

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has joined the clamour for debt relief for Nigeria from multilateral institutions, noting that this becomes inevitable under the current circumstances imposed on global economies, specifically, the novel coronavirus pandemic.

IMF: African countries need $114 billion to fight coronavirus

Nigeria and other African countries need an estimated $114 billion this year in their fight against COVID-19, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Mr Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Governors urges President Buhari to reform distribution of palliatives to forestall crisis

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who stated this yesterday during the daily briefing of the Taskforce, added that the federal government would also put in place measures to control the movement of nomadic herdsmen who go across the border in search of greener pastures for their cattle.

SGF: Coronavirus main accounts domiciled in central bank

Chairman, Presidential Taskforce, PTF, on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, has said that all the resources gathered in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic will be mobilised for direct development and delivery of critical infrastructure to...
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UN: Effect of coronavirus pandemic on Nigeria still unclear

The United Nations, UN, has expressed concerns about the effect and true magnitude of the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, saying it was yet unclear.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella over the phone to offer his “sincere condolences” to the Italian people over the coronavirus crisis.

Xi Jinping: China to increase assistance for Africa’s coronavirus battle

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China would continue to step up assistance for Namibia and other African countries in combating the COVID-19 epidemic.

Ikeja Electric targets N170 billion revenue in 2020

Ikeja Electric (IE) Plc says it is targeting total revenue of N170 billion in 2020 with the implementation of the increment in various classes of electricity tariffs.
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari commends Abuja Chamber for scaling up economic diplomacy

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) for scaling up economic diplomacy and establishing bilateral relations with other countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised a White House announcement on Monday ending sanctions exemptions for Iran’s oil customers, calling it “of great importance” in boosting pressure on Tehran.

Israeli premier cancels London trip due to lack of security

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not fly to London on Tuesday to participate in the NATO summit and meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines.

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Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, said over 15 million Nigerians abuse drugs nationwide.

NDLEA chair: Over 15 million Nigerians abuse drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lamented the rate of drug abuse in the country.
Fabinho has insisted that Mohamed Salah is very happy at Liverpool amid speculation over the Liverpool star's future.

Mo Salah: I want to stay at Liverpool as long as I can

The Egypt international, the Premier League's top scorer this season with 13 goals, has a contract until the summer of 2023 and has said he wants to stay and continue to break records with the Reds.

Telegram says it ‘shut down hundreds of public calls for violence’ in US last...

Amid rising political tensions in the United States, Telegram founder Pavel Durov says his chat service has taken down hundreds of public calls for violence, in accordance with the platform’s terms of service.
An FBI warrant logged Jan. 17 identifies Riley June Williams, shown in an undated driver's license photo, as the Pennsylvania resident accused of unlawfully breaching the U.S. Capitol and directing people to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.

FBI: Capitol rioter hoped to sell Nancy Pelosi laptop to Russia

A young woman identified as having taken part in the storming of the US Capitol reportedly stole a laptop belonging to top Democrat Nancy Pelosi and hoped to sell it to a Russian spy agency, according to an FBI criminal complaint.
Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged his supporters to resist further attacks from the government. He said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives.

2023: Why we are forming new political movement – Senator Okorocha

Okorocha, representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, said himself and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting the plan as a result of the silent agitations and complaints across the country against the current state of the nation.