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World Bank warned over $114 million grant to Nigeria

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent a letter to the World Bank President, David Malpass, urging him to demand that the Nigerian government account for the spending of $114.28million grant for COVID-19.
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 to build reference hospital in South-East

Nigerian Army says it has concluded plans to boost healthcare delivery in South-East by building a state-of-the-art Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) has renamed its Postgraduate Hall after Senator Joseph Waku, the late Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, who died on February 3, 2019.

FUTA suspends student who ‘hacked’ Premium Times website

The Federal University of Technology, Akure, (FUTA) has suspended a student, Mr Afolabi Emmanuel, for allegedly hacking the website of Premium Times, an online news publication.
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 states position on soldiers involved in Ebonyi bullion van robbery

The Nigerian Army has said that the soldiers arrested for bullion van robbery in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, are not its personnel.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC on Friday confirmed that workers in Borno state have mostly received their salaries for January 2020 with a new N30,000 minimum wage of increase implemented by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.

Police confirm Boko Haram attack on Borno governor’s convoy

Zulum said, “You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base. Then we should forget about Baga, I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy the men to other places that they can be useful,” the governor promised.

Over 5 million Nigerians apply for N-Power as government extends deadline

The federal government has extended the ongoing N-Power Batch C online application by two weeks, an official has said, adding that over five million people have so far applied.
President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila immediately after a meeting on Wednesday at the National Assembly with some Ministers and Heads of Government agencies on the planned review of the 2020 budget.

SERAP asks National Assembly leadership to publish reports on corruption probes

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, urging them to use their “good offices and leadership positions to urgently publish all reports of completed public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since the return of democracy in 1999.”
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.

SERAP asks President Buhari to suspend Senator Akpabio, set up panel

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a presidential investigative panel to probe corruption allegations in the Niger Delta Development Commission.
China’s commercial banks saw a net forex settlement surplus of 553.1 billion yuan (about $78.6 billion) in the first half of this year, the country’s forex regulator said on Friday.

Chinese banks report forex settlement surplus in H1

China’s commercial banks saw a net forex settlement surplus of 553.1 billion yuan (about $78.6 billion) in the first half of this year, the country’s forex regulator said on Friday.
Dr Rose Gidado, Scientist and National Coordinator, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Nigeria chapter, says the application of biotechnology to agriculture enhances soil quality and reduces the levels of soil erosion.

Expert: Biotechnology enhances soil quality, checks erosion

Dr Rose Gidado, Scientist and National Coordinator, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Nigeria chapter, says the application of biotechnology to agriculture enhances soil quality and reduces the levels of soil erosion.
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SERAP asks Nigerian government to prosecute held EFCC chief or release him immediately

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has asked the Federal Government to charge embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, “with a recognisable criminal offence” or release him “immediately”.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the Emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

SERAP gives President Buhari 14 days to probe over N300 billion missing public funds

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has given President Muhammadu Buhari 14 days to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to urgently investigate allegations that over N300bn of public funds are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen, as documented in the 2017 audited report by the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF).”
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

Minister: Suspension of NSITF top management followed due process

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Saturday told the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, that the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Adebayo Somefun, and other top management staff followed due process.

JAMB disinfects offices over coronavirus

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has commenced disinfecting its offices over COVID-19 with made- in- Nigeria disinfectant sprayer tunnels.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Edo guber: Atiku Abubakar directs support groups to work for Governor Obaseki

The Former Vice President and the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has directed the activation of his over 150 independent support groups in Edo State in preparation for the state governorship election fixed for September 19.

NASENI produces disinfectant sprayers, ventilators

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has assured of its commitment to invest more in manufacturing of Disinfectant Sprayer Tunnels (DST) to boost fights against COVID-19.
The General Court Martial set up by the Nigerian Army to try the General Officer Commanding 8 division, Sokoto Major Gen Hakeem Oladapo Otiki has found the senior officer guilty on all five counts and ordered his dismissal from service with disgrace and dishonour.

Court martial finds General Hakeem Otiki guilty, orders his dismissal from service

The General Court Martial set up by the Nigerian Army to try the General Officer Commanding 8 division, Sokoto Major Gen Hakeem Oladapo Otiki has found the senior officer guilty on all five counts and ordered his dismissal from service with disgrace and dishonour.
Workers are seen on a production line manufacturing masks at a factory in Shanghai, China January 31, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song

China’s industrial output continues slow recovery from virus hit

China's factory output rose again in May, while official data Monday also showed retail sales improved further after collapsing at the start of the year but officials warned the country faced a rocky recovery as it emerges from the coronavirus crisis.

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Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk reach Europa League semi-finals

Sevilla midfielder Lucas Ocampos headed a late goal to snatch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers as they reached the Europa League semi-finals on Tuesday.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Monday slammed the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for not standing up for embattled Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Governor Wike dissolves task force on illegal street trading, motor parks

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Tuesday dissolved the state Task Force on Illegal Street Trading and Motor Parks.
World Athletics is set to rewrite the 2020 season calendar, following disruptions to sports schedules by the unfolding coronavirus drama worldwide.

World Athletics issue reminder of rule limiting height of track spikes

World Athletics has issued a reminder of the rule which reduces the maximum allowable height of soles in spiked track shoes.
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Amotekun: Ondo governor calls for more investment in security

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said that the conventional policing system needed to be revamped and strengthened, explaining that it had become imperative for government at all levels to invest a lot in security for them to be effective.
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Election losers still learning to accept loss in Nigeria – activist

The National Chairman of the Pan Ndi-Igbo Foundation, a US-based political group, Dr Acho Orabuchi says losers in political elections in Nigeria are still learning how to magnanimously accept the loss.