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FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

Prince Philip was the gruff figure at heart of Britain’s monarchy

A blunt-speaking naval officer who as Queen Elizabeth’s dutiful consort helped modernise the British monarchy, Prince Philip might be best remembered for his gruff public persona.
Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says.

Arsene Wenger: Offside calls could be automated at 2022 World Cup

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that offside calls could be automated at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with further advances in technology planned amid ongoing criticism of VAR.
Dr Bode Olanipekun, the State Commissioner For Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, stated this while addressing beneficiaries of the free train, who were returning to Lagos at Osogbo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation on Tuesday.

Official: Osun free train policy is to restore lost glory

Dr Bode Olanipekun, the State Commissioner For Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, stated this while addressing beneficiaries of the free train, who were returning to Lagos at Osogbo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation on Tuesday.
The Minister of State for Power, Mr Jeddy Agba, while performing the ground breaking on Wednesday in Obanliku, said the power project was deployed to serve the people of the community.

Minister charges Christians on peace, religious tolerance

The minister of state for power, Gody Jeddy Agba has called on Christians to observe the teachings of Easter and the death of Jesus Christ as reflection on the values of Christianity which include the love for neigbours, promotion of peace, and unity amongst men.

Easter: God has a special interest in Ekiti people – Segun Oni

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni, has felicitated with the people of the state on this year’s Easter celebrations.

USSD: Nigerian banks unblock MTN, reconnect telco to banking channels

After 48 hours of disconnecting MTN customers from banking channels including the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and banking apps, commercial banks on Sunday have reconnected MTN customers to banking channels.
Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, that was wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Egypt’s first female ship captain fears for her career after being falsely blamed for...

Egypt's first female ship's captain was blamed for the Suez Canal blockage despite having been hundreds of miles away from the incident, she told BBC News.
The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has condemned in strong terms the reported invasion and forced entry into the Abuja residence of the Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku Dickson, by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Easter: Taraba governor charges residents to eschew ethnic and religious bigotry

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku on Sunday charged the people of the state to eschew ethnic and religious bigotry and work together for peace and development.
11. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC: Avoid non-essential travels during Easter, Ramadan

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), re-emphasises the need to avoid non-essential travels during the Easter and Ramadan celebrations to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has called on Christian leaders not to relent in praying for Nigeria to overcome its challenges. Fayemi made the call when he received the Southwest Zonal Executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti.

Easter: Ekiti governor preaches tolerance, peaceful coexistence

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has felicitated with Christians in the state, and the country at large, on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration, urging them to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peaceful co-existence, and sacrifice for the common good. The governor admonished that development and growth can only take place when the people are united.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Easter: Gombe governor felicitates with Christians, preaches peace

Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, yesterday felicitated with Christians nationwide, urging them to pray for continued peace and stability of the state as well as Nigeria in general.
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 preaches peace, harmony at Easter

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has appealed to citizens of the state to embrace common humanity and uphold obligations for peace and harmony in their respective communities.

Easter: Benue governor assures of security of lives, property

As the world marks this year’s Easter festivities, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has assured that his administration would continue to place priority on the security of lives and general welfare of the people.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello

Easter: FCT minister assures of security of lives, property

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured residents of the nation’s capital that the Administration has taken great measures to ensure the security of life and property both during and after the Easter celebration.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State

Kwara governor greets Christians at Easter, urges unity

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Christians on the occasion of Easter celebrations, calling it an auspicious moment for Kwarans to “renew our hope, embrace one another and purposefully forge ahead with unity in diversity”.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari urges Nigerians to shun agents of disunity

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged Nigerians not to allow those he described as a few mischief mongers to destroy the country’s unity.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as an indivisible entity despite its diversity, saying that way, it will be a better and stronger nation.

Easter: President Buhari acknowledges efforts of frontline health workers in fight against coronavirus

As Christians celebrate Easter this weekend, President Muhammadu Buhari has formally acknowledged the efforts of frontline health workers in the nation’s fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easter: Police, NSCDC deploy 7,796 personnel to strategic locations in Oyo

As Christians mark the celebration of Easter, two security agencies, the Oyo State Police Command and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state have deployed 7,796 personnel to strategic locations to ensure security of lives and property.
The management of Kogi State Polytechnic has assured graduates of the institution of its commitment to their progress and prompt mobilization for the National Youth Service.

Kogi polytechnic bans end of examination celebrations

The management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has banned end of examination celebrations on its campuses with immediate effect, to forestall the break down of law and order in the institution.

Total blackout looms in Maiduguri as Boko Haram bomb transmission towers

Total blackout looms in Maiduguri metropolis, Jere Local Government Area and its environs in Borno state following another fresh bombing of two transmission towers along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. Sources have said.
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)

Yabatech ASUP: We support April 6 strike call

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech, the chapter has said it is in total support of the strike call made by the national leadership of the union, saying it has started mobilising its members for the industrial action.
Police Scotland are investigating after a man was spotted performing a sex act on himself outside Ibrox.

Police hunt man performing sex act outside Ibrox

Police Scotland are investigating after a man was spotted performing a sex act on himself outside Ibrox.

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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.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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NECA’s Director-General, Mr Timothy Olawale, who made the call on Tuesday in Lagos, called for more specific and direct business sustainability schemes, to save the private sector.

NECA: Political appointees causing heavy wage bill

The Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Dr Timothy Olawale, has said state governments should take a cue from the association, whose members had pledged to try to retain their workers as much as possible amid the economic downturn in the country.

Nasarawa Assembly minority leader dumps PDP for APC

Mr Danladi Jatau, PDP Minority Leader and member, representing Kokona West Constituency, in Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has rejected the recent poor rating of Nigeria in its anti-corruption campaign by Transparency International (TI).

SERAP: It’s unfair to pay politicians more salaries than judges

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has said that it is unfair to pay President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, and lawmakers huge salaries, then pay judges less.
Leeds United recorded a remarkable 2-1 away win against Manchester City in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds United shock Manchester City at Etihad

Leeds United recorded a remarkable 2-1 away win against Manchester City in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

North West group backs call for restructuring, others

The Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), North West Zone, at the weekend joined calls for the restructuring of the country.