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A man standing outside a mosque in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 14, 2020 hands out electoral leaflets showing candidates campaigning in the upcoming Iranian legislative election due to take place on February 21. (Photo by – - AFP)

Iran’s parliament: what you need to know

Conservatives are expected to make a resurgence next Friday when Iranians elect a new parliament, a legislative chamber that shapes debate in the Islamic republic.

Radio Bayelsa suspends nine staff as NUJ seeks investigation

The Management of Radio Bayelsa has suspended nine workers over an attack on the station by hoodlums in protest against Supreme Court’s judgment that sacked erstwhile governor-elect, David Lyon.

Debts from 19 states delay NECO remittances to federal government

The National Examination Council (NECO) Wednesday disclosed that the debt owed it by 19 states has affected its remittances to the Federation Account.

Sukur people rejects new district head

The Sukur community in Madagali local government area of Adamawa State has rejected the district head appointed over them.
Prof. Mohammed Atureta, Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, says plans are ongoing to convocate five sets of graduates of the institution in April.

Kogi Polytechnic to convocate five sets of graduates in April

Prof. Mohammed Atureta, Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, says plans are ongoing to convocate five sets of graduates of the institution in April.
The Ekiti State government has said there was no casualty in an explosion that rocked the Explosives Ordinance Disposal office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

No casualty in Ekiti explosion – commissioner

The Ekiti State government has said there was no casualty in an explosion that rocked the Explosives Ordinance Disposal office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

IPAC urges INEC to reverse decision on party de-registration

The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately reverse its decision on the de-registration of 74 political parties.
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Friday to participate in the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

President Buhari leaves for AU Summit, state visit to Ethiopia Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja, on Friday, to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Police screen candidates for community policing in Plateau

The Plateau State Police Command has begun screening of candidates for recruitment as constables for community policing in the state.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says following federal government’s effort to encourage local production, Nigeria, may stop fish importation in 2022.

Nigeria mulls banning fish importation in 2022 – minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says following federal government’s effort to encourage local production, Nigeria, may stop fish importation in 2022.

Femi Falana makes a case for state security outfits

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has made a strong case for state police. In the Maiden Memorial Public Lecture in memory of Late Professor Olumuyiwa Awe delivered today at the Trechard Hall, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Falana said: “In view of the clear provisions of the Constitution on the establishment of one police force for the federation state governors should ensure that the institution is superintended by the Nigeria Police Council.”

Architects, Lagos partner on project

The Lagos State government and the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) have set up a committee for the implementation of the Architects’ Project Registration Number (APRN).

Benue council polls: Otukpo protests emergence of PDP candidate

Concerned members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Otukpo Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State have condemned the modalities that led to the emergence of George Alli as the consensus candidate for the party election in the local government.
President Muhammadu Buhari

National security council fails to discuss fate of service chiefs — in pictures

The call by the National Assembly for the sack of the country’s Service Chiefs may not see the light of day following the inability of the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss the suggestions of the two chambers during Thursday’s council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Court restrains sacked Oyo council chief from forceful takeover of councils

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, has restrained the 68 sacked council chairmen and chairmen of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the forceful takeover of the council offices across the state.
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that he would not mind breaking some toes if it would aid his determination to serve the ordinary people of Oyo State.

Court stops sacked local council bosses from resuming

The Oyo State Government on Tuesday secured an injunction restraining the sacked council chairmen in the 33 local government areas and 35 local council development areas from forceful takeover of the council secretariats in the state.
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Stakeholders call for robust media freedom

Media practitioners and civil society groups on Saturday called for a robust and free press as well as protection for journalists as enshrined in the constitution.
In 2016 while inspecting ongoing projects in the state, Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike said his administration had built over 200 roads and bridges in the state.

Governor Wike lobbying to join APC – party leaders

The major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 20 wards of Port Harcourt City council area (PHALGA) of Rivers State have accused Governor Nyesom Wike of desperately lobbying to join the APC, since the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not allowing him (Wike) to take over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo on Thursday described the tourism potentials of the state as a veritable source of economic prosperity.

Governor Akeredolu: We’ve spent N13 billion on education in Ondo

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says that his administration has spent over N13 billion on the rehabilitation and construction of schools across the 18 local government areas of the state.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), has announced the demise of a former member of the house, Rep. Tony Okey. 7

Speaker Gbajabiamila seeks China’s support to end insecurity

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has sought the support of the Peoples Republic of China to end insecurity in Nigeria.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has backed Nigeria’s closure of its borders with some neighbouring countries over issues bordering on illegal trade.

IMF: Coronavirus could damage global growth in 2020

The coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said Sunday, but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow.
Retired Col. Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Thursday said the closure of Nigeria’s borders by Federal Government was undertaken to strengthen the nation’s security and protect its economic interests.

Customs chief says non-compliance challenge to Nigeria’s trade

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said Nigeria’s biggest problem in trade facilitation and processing was non-compliance by stakeholders.
“We are sending a message to our society that from now on, nobody will be fired who has a legitimate reason for taking sick leave,” Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz told a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting.

Spain bans layoffs over sick leave

Spain’s left-wing government on Tuesday banned companies from firing workers who repeatedly take sick leave, in its first reform of a contested 2012 overhaul of the country’s labour laws.