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Experts identify free zones as key route for economic recovery

As policymakers and investors explore all options available to revive the post-COVID-19 economy, a group of experts have recommended an increased focus on the industrialisation and vibrant trade flows found in Nigeria’s free trade zones.
UNFPA disclosed this in a statement by its Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem, in Abuja to mark the 2020 World AIDS Day with the theme, “Ending the HIV-AIDS Epidemic- Resilience and Impact.”

UNFPA: Sex workers, gay men account for 50% of new HIV cases

United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, on Tuesday, said key populations such as sex workers and gay men accounted for 50 per cent of new HIV cases in the world.

10 FCT communities, university to benefit from OSSAP-SDGs water project

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and the Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu during the commissioning of the water project on Tuesday in Abaji

APC convention: Group endorses Ali Modu Sheriff

Ahead of the National convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC) a group known as the Vision for a Better Progressives and United Nigeria (VIPUN) has endorsed Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to be the next chairman of the party.

2023: We want Presidency to go to North East – Group

A group under the auspices of North East Solidarity Forum (NESF) has said that it will like the 2023 presidency to go to the north east region.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has refuted claim that the Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, was reprimanded by the Presidency. 23

IDPWDs: Nigerian government pledges continuous support for persons with disabilities

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, speaking at a press conference in Abuja to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, IDPWDs, assured that the government was committed to improving the standards of the vulnerable and also protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
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).

World AIDS Day: U.S. spends $6 billion on one million patients in Nigeria

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).
The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, disclosed this at a media parley in Lokoja on Tuesday.

World AIDS Day: 23,000 persons undergoing treatment in Kogi – official

The Kogi State Government has said that no fewer than 23,000 persons are currently undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS in the State with Women and Children having greater percentage.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

NSE migrates four companies to growth board

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) says it has migrated four companies from alternative securities market (ASeM) to growth board.

Senator Anyim: Governor Umahi begged me to join him in APC

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has described how Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State came to his house and begged him to join him (Umahi) in defecting to All Progressives Congress, APC, or, at least, stop attending Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, meetings.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that peace and harmony have returned to the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Nigerian government plans health insurance package for senior citizens

Health minister Osagie Ehanire on Monday inaugurated a ministerial committee to work with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in developing the framework for the scheme.
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, admitted that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram exists in many parts of the state and are threat to over six million people in the state.

Boko Haram: Governor Zulum urges President Buhari to engage mercenaries to clear Sambisa

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Monday, gave six recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari to check the lingering Boko Haram crisis in the North-East.
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Barcelona confirm €122 million salary cuts, announce presidential election schedule

Barcelona have officially announced the club has ratified an agreement over a reduction in salary for players and staff, as well as confirming the schedule for the upcoming presidential election.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message of felicitation to former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Professor Jerry Gana, as he clocks 75 years of age.

President Buhari hails Jerry Gana at 75

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President hailed the one-time Director of the defunct Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Recovery (MAMSER), for his services to Nigeria and humanity in general.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central has described the death of the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BGL PLC, Albert Okumagba, as a great and colossal loss to the capital market industry, to the Urhobos, Delta State and Nigeria at large.

Senator Omo-Agege: National Assembly committed to women, youth involvement in governance

The Senate has decried women participation in public governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, saying that its present status of below 24.7 per cent was grossly not a good representation and also not acceptable.
Nigerian Air Force says six of the expected 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircrafts have been produced.

NAF: A-29 Super Tucano aircraft delivery on course despite ‘bad runway’

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied media reports saying that the contractual agreement for the supply of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft by the U.S, for which payment had been made, was in jeopardy due to bad runway at the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG), Kainji, Niger.
Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced that the race for a place in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket is not yet over as Nigerians continue to shower accolades on D’Tigers and the federation after a perfect start in Rwanda.

Race for 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualification not over – NBBF supremo

Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced that the race for a place in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket is not yet over as Nigerians continue to shower accolades on D’Tigers and the federation after a perfect start in Rwanda.
Mr Kayode Pitan, Chairman, Bank of Industry (BoI) spoke at the inauguration of the transport sector track of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund in Lagos.

Nigerian activates MSME Survival Fund transport track in Lagos

The Federal Government on Monday emphasised its commitment to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of ordinary citizens through its various intervention initiatives.

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The Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Adeolu Akande, has said only good governance will silence social media from its criticism of government.

Only good governance will silence social media criticism – NCC chair

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Experts identify free zones as key route for economic recovery

As policymakers and investors explore all options available to revive the post-COVID-19 economy, a group of experts have recommended an increased focus on the industrialisation and vibrant trade flows found in Nigeria’s free trade zones.