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Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

Minister: Why Nigerian government is borrowing to expand infrastructure

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has defended the Federal Government’s resort to loans to expand infrastructure in the country.
A health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center in Bangkok, Thailand, June 14, 2021.

Thailand starts human trials of homegrown coronavirus vaccines

Thailand has begun human trials with two of four homegrown vaccine candidates local scientists are developing against COVID-19, as the country scrambles to secure shots from abroad amid its worst wave of infections since the pandemic began.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has blamed Carlos Vinicius after their loss to Chelsea, saying the player doesn’t press his opponents with great intensity.

Jose Mourinho: Why Didier Deschamps doesn’t like me

Newly appointed AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho thinks Didier Deschamps’ holds a grudge against him stretching back to 2004 after the France boss appeared unhappy with the Portuguese labelling his side favourites to win Euro 2020.
The twists and turns keep coming for Barcelona in the contract renewal saga of winger Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman has been very non-committal about his future of late, leading to plenty of debate within the Blaugrana sphere about his continuity.

Barcelona star to leave on a free transfer next summer – report

The twists and turns keep coming for Barcelona in the contract renewal saga of winger Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman has been very non-committal about his future of late, leading to plenty of debate within the Blaugrana sphere about his continuity.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

Ninth House passed 41 bills in two years – spokeman

The Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu has said the ninth House has passed a total of 41 Bills since they assumed office in June 2019.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Societies, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, has advised the Nigerian and South African governments to work together in solving animosity between the two countries occasioned by xenophobic attacks against Nigerians resident in South Africa.

Grazing routes: President Buhari being misadvised – Osun senator

Senator representing Osun Central in the Senate, Dr. Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is being ill-advised on the existence of grazing routes in the country by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Top public relations official for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stepped down, the government says on Monday.

Japanese premier survives no confidence vote

Japan’s hard-pressed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has survived a no-confidence vote by the opposition.

Interviewing President Buhari

I have been privileged to interview quite a number of world leaders in the course of my journalism career. These include President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Ketumile Masire of Botswana, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Commonwealth Secretary General Shridath Ramphal, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan etc. not to talk of holding the microphone across the world in the presence of countless Presidents in my then capacity as President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesperson

John Odigie-Oyegun: Buhari, APC must address separatist agitations, not use of military

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has warned that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party must address the spate of separatist agitations in the country through democratic means instead of deployment of military as solutions.
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WTO boss sees way for deal to speed coronavirus vaccines for poor nations

The head of the World Trade Organization said there was a pathway for a global deal to get more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, despite a split over whether drugs firms should be stripped of their intellectual property rights

Drama as protesters disagree over venue in Osun

There was a mild drama in Osogbo after participants in the Democracy Day protest expressed a preference for different venues.
VAR was a huge topic of debate throughout the 2020-21 Premier League season. The technology's regular interventions were viewed by pretty much every single football fan as nothing but a nuisance, especially when it came to offside calls.

Premier League confirm major change to VAR and offside calls for next season

The technology's regular interventions were viewed by pretty much every single football fan as nothing but a nuisance, especially when it came to offside calls.
In a foreword in the six-monthly report covering July-December 2020, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed on the city in June last year was being used to stifle political opposition.

UK: Hong Kong security law used to ‘drastically curtail freedoms’

Beijing has broken its legal obligations by undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and used a national security law to “drastically curtail freedoms” in the global financial hub, according to a report by Britain on its former colony.
The House of Representatives has postponed the planned security summit scheduled to hold on Monday.

House backs bill to prohibit bank employees from operating foreign accounts

A bill seeking to prohibit bank employees from operating foreign accounts has passed second reading at the house of representatives.
22. President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the cordial relationship existing between the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the National Assembly.

House asks President Buhari to constitute NDDC Board

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House passes bill for Naval university for second reading

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Navy University
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

Bill seeking legal backing for states’ security outfit passes second reading in House

The House of Representatives, at plenary Wednesday, passed for second reading a Bill seeking to alter the provisions of the 1999 constitution to give legal backing to states security outfit.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

Bill to deregister zero-seat parties passes first reading at House of Reps

The Bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Strengthen Political Parties Structures in Nigeria; and for Related Matters,” it is sponsored by Hon. Oberuakpefe Anthony Afe.
French President Emmanuel Macron interacts with members of a crowd while visiting Valence, France June 8, 2021. Philippe Desmazes-Pool via REUTERS

Emmanuel Macron slapped in the face during walkabout in southern France

A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France.
FILE PHOTO - An Iranian soldier stands guard inside the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, 322km (200 miles) south of Iran's capital Tehran March 9, 2006.REUTERS-Raheb Homavandi

Iran says nuclear talks policy won’t change after presidential vote

Iran’s policy in talks with world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear accord will remain unchanged after a June 18 presidential election because the issue is decided by its highest leadership, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
Namibia's Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Getty Images

Namibia MPs dub genocide deal with Germany ‘apartheid’

Namibia's government came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday for its 1.1-billion-euro settlement with Germany, under which Berlin officially acknowledged an early 20th century genocide by colonial troops.
The Senate has described as “erroneous” report that it approved fresh loan of N850 billion at the plenary on Tuesday.

Bill to repeal copyright act passes second reading at Senate

The Senate Tuesday passed for second reading a Bill which seeks to strengthen the copyrights administration in Nigeria and to provide penalties to serve as deterrent.

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All is not well in the camp of Nigeria professional football league side Sunshine stars of Akure as their players are reportedly ready to boycott their next league game against FC Ifeanyi Ubah over financial dispute with the management.

NPFL: Ifeanyi Ubah host Heartland in Oriental derby

The feisty South-east derby between Ifeanyi Ubah and Heartland is the pick among nine Nigeria Professional Football League matches on match-day 28 encounters scheduled to hold at different venues across the country on Sunday.
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey admitted that his performance in their goalless draw against Manchester United was not good enough.

Thomas Partey set to change jersey number at Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is set to get a new squad number ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

JAMB delists 25 CBT centres, to reschedule UTME candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it has delisted 25 computer-based test centres from the list of more than 800 earlier scheduled to take part in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) which kicked off nationwide on Saturday. The examination body said the action is to ensure strict adherence to regulatory standards amongst its partners.
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.

SERAP sues Nigerian government, minister over directive to broadcasters to stop using Twitter

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja “to stop the Federal Government and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed from using their patently unlawful directive to all TV and radio stations not to use Twitter, and to delete their accounts as a pretext to harass, intimidate, suspend or impose criminal punishment on journalists and broadcast stations simply for using social media platforms.”
Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

Minister: Why Nigerian government is borrowing to expand infrastructure

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has defended the Federal Government’s resort to loans to expand infrastructure in the country.

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A team of researchers at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have established the capacity of Bromelain derivable from pineapple fruits in the management of COVID-19 cases.

UNILORIN to patent final year students’ interventions

Plans are on the way to perfect and patent some of the inventions of the final year students of the Department of Computer Engineering, says the management of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin).
Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday’s 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back’s time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed.

Euro 2020: Germany boss not surprised by heroics of Robin Gosens

Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday’s 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back’s time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP publicity secretary

PDP threatens civil action against Senate president over Lauretta Onochie’s nomination

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened civil action if the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan failed to return the nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie, back to the President.
A fountain in Leipzig, Germany on June 18, 2021 - Photo by Sebastian Willnow-picture alliance via Getty Images

Earth trapping heat at an alarming new rate – study

To figure out how much heat the earth was trapping, researchers looked at NASA satellite measurements that tracked how much of the Sun’s energy was entering Earth’s atmosphere and how much was being bounced back into space. They compared this with data from NOAA buoys that tracked ocean temperatures — which gives them an idea of how much heat is getting absorbed into the ocean.

Anambra: Traders jubilate over rancour free election

It was a celebration galore at the Building Materials International Market, Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State following a rancor-free election of leaders of the market.