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WHO: Coronavirus pandemic worsening gender divide in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening gender inequality in Africa and causing millions of women great physical, mental and economic distress, the World Health Organization says.

ECOWAS suggests compensation for coronavirus vaccine adverse reactions

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Vaccine Taskforce has recommended compensation for citizens who suffer side effects or injury from the COVID-19 vaccination.

Group harp on occupational health, safety in workplaces

The National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN) have called on the government as well as all stakeholders to make the issue of the health and safety of workers in the workplace a priority in the country.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB provides $400,000 grant for SEC

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday signed a $400,000 grant agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen securities market regulation and broaden market instruments.
Dr Cyprian Ngong became the first recipient of the AstraZeneca vaccine when he received the jab during a launching ceremony at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Three doctors, nurse receive first doses of coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria

Three doctors and one nurse have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, launching the country's vaccination campaign on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has said his new team Tanzania are in high spirits ahead of Saturday’s 2019 AFCON qualifier against Uganda in Kampala.

U17 AFCON: Emmanuel Amuneke named on CAF Technical Group

Former African Footballer of the Year Emmanuel Amuneke has been enlisted as a member of the CAF Technical Study Group (TSG) for the forthcoming U17 AFCON to be staged in Morocco between March 13 and 31.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report saying the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic set off human rights crises worldwide.

Report: Coronavirus pandemic sparks rights abuses worldwide

Human Rights Watch has released a report saying the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic set off human rights crises worldwide.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN guarantees N122.6 billion ACGSF loans

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has guaranteed a total of N122.632 billion loans under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF).
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Niger Delta group rejects President Buhari’s nominee for NASDRA chief

A Niger Delta group and civil society organisation, the Niger Delta Coalition for Justice and Equity (NDCJE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to appoint a Niger-Delta/South-south indigene as the director-general of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), saying it is the turn of the region to assume the position of authority as the director-general of the agency.
King Sunny Ade (KSA), said he bought his first guitar when he was 16 years old with personal savings and hid the instrument from his family who did not want him to go into music.

MCSN appoints King Sunny Ade as ‘president’

The Board of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd/Gte (MCSN) has appointed music maestro, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade as the Honourary President of the Society.
People sit on a car as they watch a screening of the Sudanese European Film Festival at an outdoor, drive-through cinema for visitors, adhering to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Khartoum, Sudan February 28, 2021. REUTERS

Festival gives Sudanese film lovers drive-in cinema

Sudanese moviegoers are enjoying what organisers are saying is their first drive-in cinema after a festival showcasing the country’s resurgent, post-uprising film scene moved outdoors this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This compelled the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Mr. Edward Kallon, to suspend all air expedition in the area for a week.

UN condemns Boko Haram attack on Dikwa

The United Nations (UN) has condemned the attacks by Boko Haram against civilians and aid facilities in Dikwa, Borno State.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Sokoto governor: We’ll frustrate Boko Haram, bandits agenda to disrupt learning

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has in the wake of the recent kidnappings in some states of the North fingered a coalition of Boko Haram and bandits as the groups responsible

Archbishop Kaigama: Poverty menacingly threatening existence of Nigerians

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama, has criticised what he described the poor social security system in the country, which, he said, negatively affects millions of Nigerians.”
FILE PHOTO - Incoming World Trade Organization President (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview with Reuters in Potomac, Maryland, U.S., February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

New WTO chief pushes for fisheries deal

The new head of the World Trade Organisation threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts among member countries to agree on fisheries subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling the efforts a top priority as she took office on Monday.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the now rested Presidential Task Team on Apapa Restoration of Law and Order, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, yesterday dismissed allegations of corruption against its officials.

Apapa gridlock: We’ll sustain call-up system enforcement – Lagos traffic team

Seventy-two hours into the commencement of the new Call-Up System introduced by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, the Lagos State Special Traffic Management Enforcement Team, yesterday, vowed to sustain the new order in Apapa and its environs, as gridlock eases off.
Shuaibu Ibrahim NYSC

NYSC chief: Poor funding hampering skills acquisition programme

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has identified inadequate funding as the major challenge hampering the scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
4. 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.

Nigerian government unveils online registration platform for coronavirus vaccination

The federal government Monday launched the electronic registration platform to enable eligible Nigerians get vaccinated against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese investment in Australia plummets 61 percent

The Australian National University’s Chinese Investment in Australia Database (CHIIA) recorded just over $780m (A$1bn ; £550m) in investment.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian politician currently the President of Ghana, in office since January 2017.

Ghana’s president: Taking coronavirus vaccine will not alter your DNA

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo urged citizens of the West African state on Sunday to ignore conspiracy theories surrounding coronavirus vaccines ahead of the launch of its nationwide inoculation campaign against the virus on Tuesday.
The Chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Mr. Victor Muruako made this case while hosting a delegation from Imo State House of Assembly in his office, Abuja on Friday.

Nigerian government asks states to adopt fiscal responsibility act

The federal government has urged state governments to domesticate the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) to enhance prudence and eliminate wastes and corruption in public finance management.

INEC organises capacity building workshop for voter education staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it has concluded arrangements to conduct a capacity building workshop for its Voter Education and Publicity staff at its headquarters and across the country.

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Victor Osimhen is eager to pay back the belief shown in him by Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso since he arrived from Lille on a big money deal in the summer.

Super Eagles boss: What Gennaro Gattuso told me about Victor Osimhen

The 22-year-old striker, who transferred to Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million from French side Lille OSC in July 2020, has failed to leave up to expectations at the Italian Serie A club thus far.
1. Former African champions, Super Eagles, were held to a scoreless draw by the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualifier in Freetown on Tuesday.

Nigeria confirm dates, times for final AFCON qualifiers

Nigeria have confirmed the dates and kick-off times of their final two Group L qualifiers for the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.

Victory for Joe Biden as US Senate passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru

Nigerian Army appoints new GOCs, PSO, others

The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new General Officers Commanding, Principal Staff Officers, commandant of tri-service institution and army training centres, corps commanders, among other positions to man the various divisions, units and commands of the service.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.

Rivers governor: Good infrastructure reward for people’s resistance when army ‘tried to rig’ election

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.

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PDP disqualifies 41 chairmanship aspirants for Oyo council polls

As preparations for the conduct of local government election gather momentum in Oyo State, the Peoples Democratic Party screening committee has disqualified 41 chairmanship aspirants for the election.
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.

Senate moves to revive 1929 hospital to treat leprosy, skin cancer

A Bill to that effect titled, “a Bill for an Act to establish the Specialized National Dermatology Hospital at Garkida for the prevention, diagnostic, curative, promotive, rehabilitative, cosmetic, allergy of all condition and diseases affecting the skin and for other matters connected therewith,” sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central), passed second reading on the floor yesterday.
The supreme court, on Friday, dismissed a suit filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), seeking the review of a judgment ordering it to pay N17 billion to some Ogoni communities in Rivers state.

Supreme court rules on Rivers APC crisis

After 6 years of internal crisis, the Supreme Court has cleared all the hurdles hampering the progress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army denies claims that many soldiers died as bandits stormed military base

The Nigerian Army, Saturday denied claims in a national newspaper, alleging that many soldiers were killed by armed bandits when the bandits stormed a military base in Katsina state, saying it does not represent facts of the incident.
Carlo Ancelotti says Everton's special Merseyside derby victory against Liverpool was a gift to their fans.

​Carlo Ancelotti: Everton planning ‘two or three’ summer signings

Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has signified interest in signing two or three players this summer.