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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

NIN-SIM verification: Criminals feeling the heat – minister

The Federal Government on Monday boasted that criminals were now feeling the heat following its directive on the verification of National Identity Numbers with Subscriber Identification Module cards.

Businessman recovers Lekki property from ‘trespasser’

A businessman, Mr. Adedayo Mumuni Shittu, has recovered from an “unknown individual”, his plot of land at Block B Plot 2 Victory Park Estate Igbokushu, Lekki Phase I, Lagos, following a court order.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Hajj: 2,837 Kaduna intending pilgrims receive coronavirus vaccine

The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has vaccinated no fewer than 2,837 intending pilgrims for the 2021 Hajj

Public works programme participants lament non-payment by government

Participants in the Federal Government’s Special Public Works programme have complained about the non-payment of their stipends three months after the initiative took off.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

Ramadan: Sultan asks Muslims to look out for moon Monday

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs arrest three smugglers, intercept contrabands worth N786 million

Officers and Men attached to the Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team of the Nigeria Customs Service have arrested three smugglers and intercepted contraband with a duty paid value of N786,911,648 across the northern region.

Bayelsa government urges contractors to keep to project specification

The chairman of the Directorate for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Ebiye Tarabina, has charged contractors handling Bayelsa state government projects to execute their contract jobs according to standard and specifications.
The State Secretary to the Government, Alh. Ahmed Matane, who made the appeal in Dutsen Magaji, Mariga Local Government Area of the State while addressing Bandits and their Commanders said recent developments in the state calls for sober reflection.

Niger restricts tricycles, motorcycles over banditry

Niger state has restricted the movement of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in Minna metropolis from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am daily.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

NLC demands reversal of mass sack of Kaduna workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Kaduna State Government to reverse the mass sack of workers in the state, describing it as an “arbitrary and cruel” decision.

2023: It’s North Central turn to produce president – group

Ahead of 2023 presidential election, a group, under the aegis of North Central Patriot, has called on the region to agitate for presidency.
Shehu Teminu Mohammed a National Diploma II Public Administration student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja must have over prepared for his final examination when he was nabbed at the school gate by security agents in the morning of Friday, 9th April, 2021.

Kogi polytechnic student nabbed with revolver, ammunition

Shehu Teminu Mohammed, a National Diploma II Public Administration student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, must have over prepared for his final examination when he was nabbed at the school gate by security agents in the morning of Friday, 9th April, 2021.

Strike: JUSUN chairman lauds workers compliance in Kaduna

The Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Kaduna State chapter, Murtala Aminu, has commended judiciary workers for their understanding and compliance with the ongoing industrial action by the union.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure strict compliance with service and establishment matters so that their Organisation can stand the test of time.

Coronavirus: Nigerian government extends work from home directive to junior civil servants

The Nigeria government has extended the work from home directive to civil servants from Grade Level 12 and below until the end of April.
Governor David Nweze Umahi

Ebonyi government directs security agencies to defend themselves against assailants

Ebonyi government on Wednesday directed security agencies in the state to defend themselves and relevant facilities when attacked by gunmen.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the Russian vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet in Nigeria.

Minister: Why Nigerian government directed states to halt coronavirus vaccination halfway

The Federal Government has explained why it asked all states administering the COVID-19 vaccine to stop the exercise the moment they used half of the doses allocated to them.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hajj: Kaduna board begins vaccination of intending pilgrims

The Kaduna State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board has begun COVID-19 vaccination for 2021 intending pilgrims from the state.
Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia governor imposes curfew in Aba, Umuahia indefinitely

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10pm and 6am daily from today, Monday, 5th April, 2021 till further notice.

JUSUN directs members to shutdown courts nationwide from Tuesday

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had directed its members across Nigeria to shut down courts nationwide beginning from Tuesday, following the inability of the government to implement Financial Autonomy for the Judiciary.
Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

Consultants overwhelmed as resident doctors’ strike persists

Consultants have taken over the provision of skeletal services to patients following the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which enters the fifth day today.

Judicial workers begin strike Tuesday, to shut courts nationwide

Workers in the judiciary sector will from Tuesday shut down courts across the country, as the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) commences a nationwide strike over the non-implementation of financial autonomy of the judiciary in line with the constitution of the country and other extant laws.
Mohammed Monguno

Gold buyers association accuses NSA of ordering arrest of their members

Gold Buyers and Jewellery Shop Owners Association has accused the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Mungonu of ordering the arrest and detention of some of its members with the aim of coercing them into implicating the Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Easter: Edo governor preaches love, hope, forgiveness

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has charged Christians to imbibe the exemplary life of love, selfless service and forgiveness, which Christ demonstrated in his death and resurrection.

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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.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.

Violent herdsmen entering Osun – group

A socio-cultural group in Osun State, Kiriji Heritage Defenders has alerted security agencies in the state to the influx of violent Fulani herdsmen into some parts of the state.
The Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KSCPC) has sealed off a restaurant and suya (kebab) spot in the Kano metropolis to curtail the spread of Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B: Kano seals off restaurant, suya spot

The Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KSCPC) has sealed off a restaurant and suya (kebab) spot in the Kano metropolis to curtail the spread of Hepatitis B.
The State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Inyang Asibong, made this known when the EU team visited her on Tuesday in Calabar.

Cross River to partner EU conservation society on forests management

The Cross River State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Union Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS EU) on forests management and conservation.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

Kano NLC suspends planned strike

The organised labour has suspended the three-day warning strike it planned to commence today (Thursday) in Kano over the deduction of workers salary for the month of March by the state government.
Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 [Fayez Nureldine-AFP]

Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers for ‘cooperating with enemy’

Saudi Arabia has executed three soldiers convicted of “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy”, with a statement from the kingdom’s defence ministry saying the trio was sentenced to death by a specialist court after a fair trial.