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DBN appoints executive, non-executive directors

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), Nigeria’s primary wholesale development finance institution has announced the appointments of Mrs. Ijeoma Ozulumba and Mr. Kyari Abba Kyari as Executive Director and Independent Non-Executive Director respectively on the board of the Bank.
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.

NUJ to partner British Council on training of journalists

The Federal Capital Territory Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to collaborate with the British Council Media Hub (BCMH) on the training of journalists especially in the area of Presentation and Scrip Writing.

CSO demands total ban on smoking in Nollywood scenes

As more youths take to smoking cigarettes, a Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, CAPPA, Thursday, demanded total ban on smoking in Nollywood movies as they, directly and indirectly, advertise products of tobacco companies.
Henceforth, hotels and eateries in Akwa Ibom State which do not meet the environmental health conditions-guidelines of the state government, would be shut down, the state Commissioner of Environment, Mr. Charles Udo, has warned.

Akwa Ibom warns hoteliers, eatery operators on sanitation

Henceforth, hotels and eateries in Akwa Ibom State which do not meet the environmental health conditions/guidelines of the state government, would be shut down, the state Commissioner of Environment, Mr. Charles Udo, has warned.
The grant according to the wife of the Chief Of Army Staff, Mrs Fati Attahiru, was made possible through the federal government NIRSAL COVID-19, palliative that provides small and medium scale entrepreneurs with funds to boost their businesses.

NAOWA to empower 5,810 widows, soldiers wives to set up businesses

The grant according to the wife of the Chief Of Army Staff, Mrs Fati Attahiru, was made possible through the federal government NIRSAL COVID-19, palliative that provides small and medium scale entrepreneurs with funds to boost their businesses.
Ever Given container ship is seen in Suez Canal in this satellite image taken by Satellogic?s NewSat-16 on March 25, 2021. Satellogic-Handout via REUTERS

SCA: Tugs, dredgers continuing efforts to free ship stranded in Suez Canal

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Sunday that tugging and dredging operations to free a grounded container ship blocking the waterway would continue around the clock, according to wind conditions and tides.
University of Aberdeen approves the repatriation of bronze sculpture depicting an Oba (king) of Benin with return to happen within weeks

Germany’s move to return stolen Benin bronzes piles pressure on Britain

There are strong indications that the German authorities may hand over some Benin Bronzes to Nigeria in September, a development which observers said would put pressure on British museum to return its own share of the looted artefacts to the Nigerian government.
A sign reading 'EU hands off Ulster' is seen affixed to a lamp post in the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, March 6, 2021. REUTERS-Clodagh Kilcoyne

Brexit reality stokes fears for the peace in Northern Ireland

The deep anger among some pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland over post-Brexit trade barriers that cut it off from the rest of the United Kingdom is emblazoned along the road from Belfast to the mainly Protestant port town of Larne.
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Quake hits Japan area devastated a decade ago, tsunami alerts lifted

An earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Saturday, hitting areas devastated by the 2011 disaster, generating a tsunami of 1 metre and shaking buildings.
View of a Microsoft logo on March 10, 2021, in New York. John Smith-VIEWpress via Getty

Microsoft could reap more than $150 million in U.S. cyber funding despite security shortcomings

Microsoft stands to receive nearly a quarter of Covid relief funds destined for U.S. cybersecurity defenders, sources told Reuters, angering some lawmakers who don’t want to increase funding for a company whose software was recently at the heart of two big hacks.
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Wednesday denied allegations that it padded its 2020 budget with N4 billion worth of fraudulent and non-existent projects.

NIWA: Second Niger Bridge opens for traffic February 2022

The Managing Director and Chief Executive of National Inland Waterways, NIWA, Chief George Moghalu, has said the 2nd Niger Bridge would be opened to traffic from February 2022.
Nigerian singer and actor, Olurotimi Akinosho, better known as Rotimi, says he was excited to be a part of the new movie, “Coming 2 America,” saying that the movie portrayed Africa in a good light

Rotimi: Coming 2 America paints Africa positively

Rotimi said: “Being on the project was something legendary. I felt like I was a part of something generational. As a first generation Nigerian-American, I watched the first part of the movie as early as when I was six years old. I recall that I was then living in a one-bedroom apartment in East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America, with my family.”

South-west PDP holds zonal caucus meeting in Ibadan, harps on unity

Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West Zone held a zonal caucus meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday, where they stressed the need for a united front ahead of the zonal congresses of the party slated for March 6.
Akwa United’s right-back, Etim Mathew, has expressed confidence that the Promise Keepers have the wherewithal to conquer Enyimba International when the two teams will face each other on NPFL Match-day 12 on Wednesday in Aba.

Etim Matthew: Akwa United Going For Victory In Aba

Akwa United’s right-back, Etim Mathew, has expressed confidence that the Promise Keepers have the wherewithal to conquer Enyimba International when the two teams will face each other on NPFL Match-day 12 on Wednesday in Aba.
The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL PLC) has facilitated over N148 billion in finance and investments for agriculture and agribusiness.

NIRSAL: We facilitated N148 billion in agricultural investments in 2020

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) says it made available over N30 billion to the country’s agricultural value chains in the last 13 months. NIRSAL’s Managing Director, Aliyu Abdulhameed, who said...

WTO: We need to build capacity for international competitiveness – LCCI

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has posited that for Nigeria to take advantage of opportunities offered by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) under the leadership of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, it was important to build capacity for international competitiveness of our products and services.
The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL PLC) has facilitated over N148 billion in finance and investments for agriculture and agribusiness.

NIRSAL facilitates N148 billion into agric sector

The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL PLC) has facilitated over N148 billion in finance and investments for agriculture and agribusiness.
Ronald Koeman has insisted that Lionel Messi is excited and happy at Barcelona despite ongoing transfer talk.

Barcelona boss: Lionel Messi ‘excited and happy’ at Camp Nou despite transfer talk

The Argentine continues to be linked with a move away from Camp Nou after entering the final five months of his contract, but Koeman thinks he is enjoying his football again amid Barca's improved domestic form.
There were talks making the rounds that the job of Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso was hanging by a thread after some disappointing results including the semi-final exit from the Coppa Italia in midweek.

Napoli deal Juventus a title-chasing blow

However, neither appeared possible. They were to achieve that tall order against the Serie A champions Juventus, that had won nine of their last 11 games in all competitions and boasted an unyielding defense. And, they were to overcome such daunting challenge without key players like Belgian striker Dries Mertens and Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Fela tops voting chart for 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti is currently toping the vote for nomination of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for possible induction.
D’Tigress forward Evelyn Akhator has shed more light on why she missed out of the team’s camping in Atlanta ahead of the Olympic Games.

Coronavirus restrictions keep D’Tigress star away from Atlanta camp

D’Tigress forward Evelyn Akhator has shed more light on why she missed out of the team’s camping in Atlanta ahead of the Olympic Games.

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The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Governor Sani-Bello: Niger has used 47.5% of coronavirus vaccines received

Niger State governor and chairman, North Central Governors’ Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello says out of the 74,110 doses of COVID-19 vaccines received by the state, 35,170 doses have been utilised in the state, representing 47.5 per cent.
Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal will welcome Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back from a bout of malaria before the end of the season.

Arsenal boss offers positive update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang return

The Gunners saw their club captain figure in two games immediately after the March international break, but a disease picked up while away with Gabon soon left the 31-year-old frontman unable to continue.

Normalcy returns to Kano prison after inmates riot

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) says normalcy has been restored to the Kurmawa Custodial facility in Kano metropolis following a violent protest staged by the inmates on Thursday.
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Zamfara governor condemns bandits attacks on villages, closes four markets

Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has directed the immediate closure of four major markets in its bid to crush the activities of bandits in the state.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

NLC to embark on five day strike, protest in Kaduna over mass sack

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced plans to withdraw services from both public and private organisations in Kaduna State for five days in protest of the mass sacking of thousands of workers by the state government.

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JUSUN strike: I will endorse governors’ forum decision – Kano governor

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, says he will accept whatever decision is taken by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on the demand by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Minister blames setback in NDDC on corruption, others

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has blamed past failures of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to deliver on its mandate on corruption and weak political and institutional governance in the region.

SEC: Capital market operators get deadline to renew licences

The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, has given Capital Market Operators, CMO, April 30, 2021, as deadline to renew their operation licences.
The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, says if Nigerians are not very open to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it will have a negative impact on the country’s efforts to curtail the spread of the virus.

SGF provides relief materials to insurgency victims in Adamawa

The Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustpaha, has provided relief materials to the victims of terrorist attack in Hong LGA of Adamawa state.
Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has charged all the Civil Societies and Non- Governmental Organizations in the state to partner with state government for progress and energies youths through empowerment activities.

N60 billion mint: APC governors disown Godwin Obaseki

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) yesterday debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things.