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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed optimism that the current clouds and travails covering Nigeria would give way to a glorious and bright new nation.

VP Osinbajo assures OPS of improved business climate

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has promised that the federal government will continue to interact and engage with the Organised Private Sector (OPS) in the country, with a view to improving the Nigeria’s business climate, knowing fully that the sector is the real engine room of growth and development.
The logo of MTN is pictured in Abuja, Nigeria September 11, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde-File Photo

MTN to invest N640 billion to expand broadband access

MTN Nigeria plans to invest N640 billion (approximately US$1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country, in line with the federal government’s 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan and in support of MTN Group’s strategy, Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.
The Lagos Free Zone stated that the European Business Chambers are exploring opportunities for investment in the country, through the zone.

European companies mull investment in Lagos Free Zone

EuroCham is the organisation that represents the interests of top European companies in the country. Its delegation comprising of C-suite executives expressed their delight with the progress made by the LFTZ on infrastructure, its plans and the focus on improving the Ease of Doing Business for its investors.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, Abbas Araghchi, leaves a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna, Austria, June 12, 2021. REUTERS-Lisi Niesner

Iran says nuclear talks to be adjourned for consultations in capitals

Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will on Sunday adjourn talks on reviving their 2015 nuclear deal and return to respective capitals for consultations as remaining differences cannot be easily overcome, Iran's delegation chief said.

NiMet, FAO strategise to combat food security in Nigeria

Bothered by the growing food insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) yesterday hinted that it was collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to strategise on best weather and climate services model to mitigate negative impact of weather to agriculture.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made this known on Tuesday, while receiving a delegation from the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG), led by its Governor, Buah Saidy.

CBN plans to reduce Nigerian imports by 35 percent

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed plans to reduce the country’s import bill by about 35 percent.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has agreed in principle to mint The Gambian Dalasi.

Gambia explores Nigeria to mint currency

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, agreed to the currency minting proposal from the Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia, Buah Saidy, who led a delegation to visit him on Tuesday.
The Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, who disclosed this in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle, explained that the Siemens deal would expand Nigeria’s power grid capacity to 25,000 megawatts.

Ministers meet NDPHC, TCN over power supply

The minister of power, Saleh Maman, and his minister of state counterpart, Goddy Agba, have met with major players in the power sector to address the electricity challenge in the country.
Debates on revenue collections from Stamp Duties between Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) was brought to a close as FIRS submitted that it was backed by law to collect stamp duties.

FIRS gets online portal to check fake tax certificates

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has deployed an online portal to address fake Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) issued by fraudsters.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank, AU collaborate to deploy coronavirus vaccines for 400 million Africans

The World Bank and the African Union’s COVID-19 Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) say they will work together to deploy vaccines for 400 million Africans.
The Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Ahmad Bamalli, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ on love and sacrifice.

Kaduna emir: War is already at our doorsteps

Zaria, the ancient Kaduna city which some of the indigenes fondly referred to as Zazzau Emirate is under siege of bandits who have practically turn living a hellish affair for majority of the inhabitants.

Igbos back Delta government’s anti-open grazing law

Peter Chukwu, the Ezendigbo in Delta central and southern districts, gave the support while addressing journalists on Monday in Warri after leading a delegation of the Igbo community to the palace of Olu of Warri on a condolence visit to the Itsekiris over the demise of the previous Olu, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
The Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, on Monday said the emirate is under siege.

Emir Bamalli: Zaria is under siege

The Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, on Monday said the emirate is under siege.
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 president: Nigerian armed forces to get more funds in 2022

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that the legislature will work with the Executive to ensure that the Armed Forces are properly resourced and motivated.
Iran has said it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after a US airstrike killed its top general in Baghdad on Friday.

Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Saturday as the European Union said negotiations were “intense” and Germany called for rapid progress.
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 president leads delegation to visit injured soldiers in Kaduna hospital

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has departed Abuja Saturday morning at the head of a Senate delegation to a military hospital in Kaduna.

Senator Ekweremadu warns of growing insecurity in Southeast

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has warned against playing “extreme and dangerous politics” with insecurity in the South East.
International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday trained journalists from ten states on reporting humanitarian related issues.

ICRC train journalists on humanitarian reporting

International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday trained journalists from ten states on reporting humanitarian related issues.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 2016, the Twitter logo is seen on a sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California. - Twitter reported on October 25, 2018, stronger-than-expected profits and revenues in the third quarter, igniting a strong rally in shares of the key social network. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)

US calls for immediate reversal of Twitter ban

The United States Government has called for the immediate reversal of the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

UN condemns Nigerian government’s ban on Twitter

The United Nations (UN), through its Human Rights office, and the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, have condemned the Nigerian government’s ban on the use of Twitter in the country.
Super Falcons won their second group game at the Turkish Women’s Cup and they were even more impressive today against Uzbekistan than they were in their opening game against CSKA Moscow.

Super Falcons camp bubbles with 17 players in

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum is upbeat ahead of the start of the Four-Nation invitational tournament tagged Summer Series, following the arrival Tuesday of no fewer than 16 players at team’s Marriot Marquis in Houston, Texas.
FILE PHOTO - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech in Minsk, Belarus May 26, 2021. Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus-Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Belarus introduces prison sentences for taking part in protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed into law prison sentences for people taking part in protests or insulting state officials, part of an unprecedented crackdown by the veteran leader since a disputed election last year.

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The senate has confirmed Faruk Yahaya as the chief of army staff.

Senate confirms General Yahaya as army chief

The upper legislative chamber confirmed him after a report was presented by Aliyu Wamakko, chairman of the defence committee.
World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, says it is difficult ignoring criticisms from fans and pundits.

Anthony Joshua to Deontay Wilder: I pity you and your one hand, you ll...

Nigeria born British pugilist Anthony Joshua has addressed challenger Deontay Wilder in the language he expects him to understand, noting that going to war with just one weapon is like shooting oneself on the leg.
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Lagos council poll: AAC to contest only three councillorship seats – chairman

The African Action Congress (AAC) on Tuesday said it would contest only three councillorship seats in two local government councils at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Drummer Jacques Iyok performs on stage with his band JAMM at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Saint Louis, Senegal, June 18, 2021. Picture taken June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Cooper Inveen.

Senegal’s famed jazz festival returns after pandemic delay

On a small island where the Senegal River meets the sea, hundreds of mask-wearing jazz enthusiasts listened to French-Senegalese vocalist Awa Ly sing the blues for uncertain times.
A sign is seen at the entrance to the Google retail store in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, U.S., June 17, 2021. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton

Google drops engineering residency after protests over ‘inequities’

Alphabet Inc’s Google plans to shut down a long-running program aimed at entry-level engineers from underrepresented backgrounds after participants said it enforced “systemic pay inequities,” according to internal correspondence seen by Reuters.

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MTN Nigeria Plc (MTN) has announced the trial of e-SIM services on its network based on approvals received from the Federal Government.

MTN: Service disruption to be minimal

Reacting to what it described as misleading media coverage relating to a notice sent to a select group of its enterprise customers about potential service disruptions, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, said that maintaining network stability and high levels of customer service remained a key priority for the company.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

WHO: Most poorer countries do not have enough COVAX shots to continue vaccinations

More than half of poorer countries receiving doses via the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme do not have enough supplies to continue, an official from the World Health Orgnization which co-runs it said on Monday.
From Left... ED/COO of United Nigeria Airlines, Mazo Osita Okonkwo and Mr. Linus Awute, Director of Administration sign the MoU on behalf of the airline while Hon. Kombowei Friday Benson, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Biriyai Dambo (SAN), Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, watch at the event recently.

United Nigeria Airlines, Bayelsa government sign service deal

The Management of the United Nigeria Airlines on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Bayelsa State for the commencement of direct scheduled flight operations through the Bayelsa International Airport.
Governor Aminu Masari has ordered all boarding schools shut in Katsina a day after bandits abducted some students of Kankara Government Science Secondary School, 97 Kms from the capital..

Katsina governor declares no negotiations with bandits

Masari made the declaration while visiting the Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Isiaka Oladayo Amao at NAF Headquarters, Abuja, stated that the State Government had made several attempts in the past to engage the bandits but that not much success was recorded because each group of bandits operates independently.

Togolese farmer attacks 16-year-old pastoralist in Kwara

A Togolese farmer based in Owode, Asa local government area of Kwara State, Kosi Salisu (45), has attacked a 16-year-old pastoralist, Umar Abdullahi, inflicting injuries on his head and stomach.