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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says at least 1.5 million Nigerian families will benefit from the Federal Government’s social housing scheme in 24 states.

VP Osinbajo: Nigerian government democratising broadband connectivity

It’s the first in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the three such cutting-edge facilities on the continent, with top prime global certifications for smart card manufacturing and it is based in Lagos, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, relished yesterday afternoon while touring SecureID company’s premises, and affirmed Nigeria’s extremely bright economic future, which he said cannot be aborted despite current challenges.
Eberechi Eze was on target for Crystal Palace in their Premier League win over Sheffield United at the Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Crystal Palace boss: Eberechi Eze will get better, can cope with media spotlight

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has demanded that Eberechi Eze be given time to develop his talent even as he is confident he can deal with media hype around him.
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the designer of the National Flag, Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

President Buhari felicitates with Nigerian flag designer Michael Akinkunmu at 85

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the designer of the National Flag, Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, on the occasion of his 85th birthday.
The Nigeria Police Force has quizzed Musician, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, over allegations of rape, according to a report.

D’banj named Nigeria’s motorsport team captain

Nigerian artiste, Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, was on Friday unveiled as Captain of the Racing Nigeria Motorsport Team.
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday hosted popular Nigerian comedy group, Ikorodu Bois.

Lagos governor celebrates Ikorodu Bois

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday hosted popular Nigerian comedy group, Ikorodu Bois.
Mr. Folorunsho Coker, the Director-General of NTDC who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday listed the PPP to include Google, Wikipedia, Jumia, Nollywood, Wakanow, Jabi Lake Mall, among others.

NTDC, Google partner on ‘Eko for Show’ project

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) plans to partner with Google Arts and Culture on a project tagged `Eko for Show’, to showcase what makes Lagos a centre for creativity.
Mr. Folorunsho Coker, the Director-General of NTDC who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday listed the PPP to include Google, Wikipedia, Jumia, Nollywood, Wakanow, Jabi Lake Mall, among others.

NTDC explores Lagos creative communities on Google Arts & Culture

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has concluded plans to explore Lagos creative communities on Google Arts & Culture in five different ways.
A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka says Nigerian governors of shying away from responsibilities, insisting that they have not fully utilized the powers allotted to them. Chidoka said this on Saturday at The Platform, a programme organized by The Covenant Nation.

Ex-minister: State governments running away from responsibilities

A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, says Nigerian governors of shying away from responsibilities, insisting that they have not fully utilized the powers allotted to them. Chidoka said this on Saturday at The Platform, a programme organized by The Covenant Nation.
According to The Sun, Everton are so confident that Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho will join them this summer in a £35 million deal. The Toffees are already house-hunting for him and a deal is thought to have been agreed on paper.

Everton house-hunting for Philippe Coutinho with transfer on the cards

According to The Sun, Everton are so confident that Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho will join them this summer in a £35 million deal.
Super Eagles and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new deal with the Club, keeping him at King Power Stadium until at least 2024.

Former coach advises Kelechi Iheanacho not to return to Manchester City

Manu Garba, the coach who led Kelechi Iheanacho and mates to win the FIFA Under-17 world cup in 2013 with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets has advised the in form Leicester City striker not to return to his former club Manchester City on transfer.

DPR commits to cost reduction, support for industry trainers

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Wednesday said it will continue to embark on its current cost-cutting measures in the oil and gas industry to cushion the impact of the uncertainty in the international crude oil market.

Anambra election: I’ll end erosion menace – PDP aspirant

An Anambra People’s Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for Governor, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, has promised to end the menace of erosion in the state should he be elected into office in November.

World IP Day: NCC seeks banks’ collateralised IP assets to boost SMEs

Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has called on Banks and financial institutions to embrace the collateralisation of IP assets to support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the creative sector in order to boost their contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Netflix has announced plans to feature Ikorodu Bois in its Oscar Weekend Film Brand Campaign.

Netflix partners Ikorodu Bois on Oscars film brand campaign

Netflix has announced plans to feature Ikorodu Bois in its Oscar Weekend Film Brand Campaign.

The South West presidential hopefuls

Most of the politicians whose names have been mentioned in connection with Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential election, either as a hopeful or an aspirant would readily tell you it is too early to talk about the next election. Don’t buy that.
Minister of the Environment, Muhammad Mahmoud, disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari: Nigeria very close to production of local coronavirus vaccine

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that Nigeria ws very close to producing local vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19 pandemic.
Veteran stand-up comedian, Omobaba, in a recent chat with newsmen, has advised his colleagues who are online skit makers to stop dressing like women.

Omobaba: Male skit makers should stop dressing like women

Veteran stand-up comedian, Omobaba, in a recent chat with newsmen, has advised his colleagues who are online skit makers to stop dressing like women.

NITDA calls for entries for creativity, innovation challenge

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called on Nigerians to submit entries for an challenge to commemorate the 2021 World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID).
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Nigerian government fingers insecurity as trigger for rising secessionist agitations

The federal government yesterday stated that the general state of insecurity in the country has triggered a rising call for secession as well as politicisation of ethnic and religious differences.
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: Security agencies’ slow response to threats unacceptable

The governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has said the way security agencies act on security threats in the country was unacceptable.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google launches Lyra codec in beta to reduce voice call bandwidth usage

Google today open-sourced Lyra in beta, an audio codec that uses machine learning to produce high-quality voice calls. The code and demo, which are available on GitHub, compress raw audio down to 3 kilobits per second for “quality that compares favorably to other codecs,” Google says.
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.

Nigerian government activates N240 billion AfDB facility for tech, creative sectors

In an unprecedented move to spur the entertainment, creativity and technology sectors in the country, the Buhari administration has now commenced the process that will pump the sectors with over 200B Nigeria in financing and investment set to take off by the end of the year.

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World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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Israeli police keep guard during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Saudi and UAE condemn Israel over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday condemned Israel’s plans to evict Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, following a night of violence in Jerusalem.
The Chairman-CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

NIDCOM chief wants NAWOJ to lead campaign against irregular migration

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on the Leadership of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ) to lead the awareness and sensitisation campaign to halt the menace of irregular and unnecessary journeys across the desert and the Mediterranean by women and young Ladies.
Slovan Bratislava lost its appeal Friday against exclusion from the Champions League by UEFA after players tested positive for COVID-19 in pre-game checks.

UEFA sets terms for moving Champions League final from Turkey to England

As the UEFA Champions League finalists Chelsea and Manchester United, both from the English Premier League, continue their preparations ahead of the third meeting in their season-long trilogy at home and in Europe, plans are afoot to decide on the venue for the final as Istanbul, which was scheduled to host this year’s UCL last match, comes under COVID-19 scrutiny.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran January 8, 2021. Official Khamenei Website-Handout via REUTERS

Iran’s supreme leader says fight against Israel is a public duty

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Muslim nations on Friday to keep fighting against Israel, which he said was not a state but a "terrorist garrison" against the Palestinians.
The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Vincent Okpala, on Tuesday, said that no fewer than 25 health workers had been diagnosed and confirmed to have been infected with the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Anambra government pledges commitment to emergency medical care

The Anambra Government has pledged its commitment to prompt, effective and efficient emergency medical services and care to residents.