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The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Minister: Coronavirus pandemic raises media literacy of adults, young people in Nigeria

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has increased media literacy of adults and young people in Nigeria.
UBA SANI

Kaduna NUJ honours Uba Sani with ‘outstanding senator’ award

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has bestowed on Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) the award of ‘Outstanding Senator’ in the 9th National Assembly, describing the lawmaker as the most ‘media-friendly’ in the North-West.
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, CISLAC, Thursday, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI.

CISLAC hails President Buhari over appointment of new NEITI boss

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, CISLAC, Thursday, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI.
In a directive to the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), the president ordered that there must be a clear pathway to ending the resurgent banditry that has continued to cost lives and the displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages.

NSA, Northwest governors to meet in Kaduna over rising insecurity

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Retd) and all the seven governors from the North-West region of the country have scheduled a town-hall meeting for Monday in order to address growing insecurity in the region.
The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and the Lekki Tollgate Incident, has urged victims of the Oct. 20 shooting of #EndSARS protesters by members of the Nigerian Army to come forward with their petitions.

Lagos panel member says governor hasn’t handed over camera found at tollgate

Ebun Adegboruwa, representative of civil society on the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the shooting of EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate, says the panel has not received the camera the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, found at the tollgate.

Save the Children: Pneumonia kills 120,000 Nigerian children annually

No fewer than 120,000 children die annually from pneumonia across Nigeria, according to the Dr Adamu Isah, Chief of Party for the INSPIRING Project under the Save the Children initiative.

CSO: Parents conniving with traffickers to recruit underage girls

“Recently a lot of underage girls have been recruited, especially from the Southwest of Nigeria; precisely Osun State. The network is presently investigating a report to unravel the cartel and their evil deeds. However, we call on all our members and the general public to be on the alert and intensify awareness creation among vulnerable persons,” the statement read.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Ex-President Jonathan confident Mali will return to civilian rule in 18 months

After two days of meetings with Malian political and civil-society figures, the mediator for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), former Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, said he had no doubt that Mali’s post-coup interim administration would hand over power to civilians within the agreed 18-month deadline.
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WHO urges collective commitment for coronavirus vaccine for health workers, ‘high-risk population’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is a need for “collective commitment” to get vaccinations for health workers and others who are at high risk of catching COVID-19 within the next 100 days.
Omoyele Sowore

SERAP drags Nigerian government to UN over ‘detention, torture’ of Omoyele Sowore, others

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent “an urgent complaint to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention over the arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment of journalist Omoyele Sowore and four other activists simply for peacefully exercising their human rights.”
“Deeply troubled by Russia’s intensifying repression of its civil society,” Cale Brown, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, wrote on Twitter.

US raises alarm as Russia expands rules on ‘foreign agents’

The United States on Thursday voiced alarm after Russia expanded rules against NGOs and media considered “foreign agents,” accusing Moscow of stifling free expression.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Gombe council poll: APC wins all 11 chairmanship, 114 councillorship seats

The GOSIEC Chairman, Saidu Shehu Awak who made the declaration Saturday evening after Collation of results as submitted by the 11 local government electoral officers, also announced the APC as winner of all the 114 Councillorship positions.

CSO urges fact check of information in national interest

Civil Society Groups For Good Governance (CSGGG) on Thursday in Abuja stressed the need for consistent fact checking and accuracy of all information before publishing to protect Nigeria’s unity.
As part of activities to mark the closing ceremony of the year 2020 #16daysofactivism against Gender-Based Violence, GBV, the First Lady of Benue State Dr Eunice Ortom Thursday led participants in an awareness walk in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Benue First Lady leads walk against gender-based violence

As part of activities to mark the closing ceremony of the year 2020 #16daysofactivism against Gender-Based Violence, GBV, the First Lady of Benue State Dr Eunice Ortom Thursday led participants in an awareness walk in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Religion, culture hamper HIV education in Sokoto schools

Many secondary school students in Sokoto State do not know much about HIV and AIDS due to cultural and religious restriction to sex education in schools in the state.
The United States has said more than $6bn has been invested in Nigeria’s HIV-AID control, even as more than one million women and children are currently on HIV treatment through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

CISHAN: Inadequate domestic funding a challenge to Nigeria’s HIV response

Mr. Dennis Otabo, the Coordinator, Civil Society for HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (CISHAN), Rivers chapter, says inadequate domestic funding for the HIV epidemic in Nigeria is a major challenge currently stalling the HIV response progress in the country.
The International Monetary Fund is looking to triple its concessional financing for the poorest countries to over $18 billion to help them respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday.

IMF: Corruption corrodes trust in government

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), says corruption corrodes trust in government and weakens the impact of policies and public spending.
The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.

Coronavirus: Mali introduces drastic measures

The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.

UN charges Nigerian government, stakeholders to end shadow pandemic, gender-based violence

The United Nations has urged the Nigerian government to rise to the occasion in terms of ending Gender-Based Violence in the country.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends an interview with Reuters, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25), in Madrid, Spain December 11, 2019. REUTERS-Susana Vera-File Photo

There’s racism in United Nations – chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has decried the existence of racism in the organisation.
The PDP and its candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi, are urging the court to disqualify the APC candidate, Tokunbo Abiru, over his alleged possession of two voter cards.

Tokunbo Abiru backs Governor Sanwo-Olu, justifies Rebuilding Lagos Initiative

The candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Lagos East senatorial bye-election, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru has endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s rebuilding Lagos initiative, a post-#EndSARS violence programme aimed at repositioning the state.
Tuberculosis (TB) expert, Dr. Ayodele Awe, has said that about 75% of undetected cases of TB disease are found in the community, and stressed and the need to integrate a community-based approach to finding missing TB cases across the country.

Expert: 75% of undetected cases of TB found in community

Tuberculosis (TB) expert, Dr. Ayodele Awe, has said that about 75% of undetected cases of TB disease are found in the community, and stressed and the need to integrate a community-based approach to finding missing TB cases across the country.

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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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Kano Pillars coach: Ahmed Musa’s presence will motivate my players

Kano Pillars coach Ibrahim Musa has expressed his delight with the signing of Super Eagles winger, Ahmed Musa to the team.
Youths and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has urged Nigerian athletes to keep hope alive on the occasion of the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister: National Sports Festival offers opportunity to explore sports development

The minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, said the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020 Games’ offers a unique opportunity for Nigeria to explore sports development beyond more than a game.
PSG will reportedly set a whopping asking price of £174million this summer for star striker Kylian Mbappe if the Frenchman decides not to extend his contract.

Mauricio Pochettino: Kylian Mbappe ‘focused’ on PSG amid Real Madrid rumours

Kylian Mbappe is not distracted by rumours of a possible move to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted on Friday.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

NIN-SIM verification: Criminals feeling the heat – minister

The Federal Government on Monday boasted that criminals were now feeling the heat following its directive on the verification of National Identity Numbers with Subscriber Identification Module cards.
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, has disclosed that kidnap suspects who sustained fatal injuries during an exchange of gunfire with a team of Rapid Response Squad, RRS Operatives in Asaba have died.

Delta bye-election: Police deploy 2,016 personnel

The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr. Ari Muhammed Ali has deployed 2,016 personnel for Saturday’s bye-election in Isoko North Constituency of the state House of Assembly.