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President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming COVID czar, Jeffrey Zients, is facing new scrutiny over his corporate ties — particularly a two-year stint on Facebook’s board of directors.

Joe Biden coronavirus appointee has cut ties with Facebook – transition team

President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming COVID czar, Jeffrey Zients, is facing new scrutiny over his corporate ties — particularly a two-year stint on Facebook’s board of directors. But the Biden transition team confirmed that Zients liquidated his Facebook stock earlier this year and will retain no equity when he officially begins his White House role.
Italian prosecutors said on Thursday they suspect Juventus of involvement in Luis Suarez allegedly cheating in an Italian language exam earlier this year.

Prosecutors suspect Juventus helped Luis Suarez in Italian exam

Italian prosecutors said on Thursday they suspect Juventus of involvement in Luis Suarez allegedly cheating in an Italian language exam earlier this year.
The Senate Committee on Local Content has threatened to sanction the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and Festus Keyamo, over their failure to appear at an investigative hearing on diving operations in the oil and gas industry.

Senate threatens labour ministers over absence at hearing

The Senate Committee on Local Content has threatened to sanction the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and Festus Keyamo, over their failure to appear at an investigative hearing on diving operations in the oil and gas industry.
Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

Nigeria most expensive for upstream projects – NNPC chief

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari, has disclosed that Nigeria remains one of the most expensive countries in the world for petroleum upstream projects.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

House of Reps summon minister, directors over polytechnic’s unaudited accounts

The House of Representatives on Thursday, summoned the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and other directors at his Ministry, to appear before it, over alleged frustration of the submission of financial audit reports of 2018 and 2019 by the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN directs banks to close naira accounts for IMTO proceeds

Following its new policy that grants unfettered access to forex from Diaspora and other money transfer remittances, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday directed all banks to close all naira ledger accounts opened for receiving International Monetary Transfer Operators’ (IMTOs’) proceeds.
President Buhari commissions New Terminal Building of Abuja International Airport on 20th December 2018-9

FAAN conducts facility tour of Nigeria’s airports

The management of the Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) has commenced a 10-day facility tour of the nation’s 23 airports.
Nnamdi Okonkwo, the managing director of Fidelity Bank, has been named the banking sector CEO of the decade at the recently held BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

Fidelity boss named banking sector CEO of the decade

Nnamdi Okonkwo, the managing director of Fidelity Bank, has been named the banking sector CEO of the decade at the recently held BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.
Barcelona

Barcelona confirm €122 million salary cuts, announce presidential election schedule

Barcelona have officially announced the club has ratified an agreement over a reduction in salary for players and staff, as well as confirming the schedule for the upcoming presidential election.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

House of Reps panel seeks prosecution of NDDC IMC, contractors over N81.5 billion infractions

The House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), is seeking to have the Interim Management Committee (IMC), of the Commission and a number of contractors investigated and prosecuted by anti graft agencies should they fail to account for N81.5bn suspicious spending from January to May, 2020.
The Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday, discovered a hidden camera at the Lekki Toll Gate, Admiralty Circle, in Lagos.

#EndSARS: Lawyer wants Tunde Fashola summoned over camera found at Lekki tollgate

A lawyer to some #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, Adesina Ogunlana, has requested that Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, be summoned by the Lagos State EndSARS panel to explain the circumstances in which he found a camera at the Lekki Tollgate.
The Forum of Department of State Security Retired Directors, FORD, yesterday paid a solidarity visit to the Director General of the agency, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, and lauded his leadership and commitment to welfare of officers of the service.

Forum commends DSS chief, wants tough action against security threats

The Forum of Department of State Security Retired Directors, FORD, yesterday paid a solidarity visit to the Director General of the agency, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, and lauded his leadership and commitment to welfare of officers of the service. Led by the duo of Chief J.O. Obuseh and Barrister Peter Egure, singled out Alhaji Bichi for praise, saying since his assumption of office, the moral of staff has continued to be on the upward swing.
As the probe into the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate continues, the panel set up by the state government to look into the incident has been told by Mr Abayomi Omomuwa, managing director, Lekki Concession Company, operator of the tollgate, that he could not quantify the losses when the toll gate was occupied by #EndSARS protesters in October.

#EndSARS: Our losses can’t be quantified – LCC

As the probe into the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate continues, the panel set up by the state government to look into the incident has been told by Mr Abayomi Omomuwa, managing director, Lekki Concession Company, operator of the tollgate, that he could not quantify the losses when the toll gate was occupied by #EndSARS protesters in October.
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NITDA begins third phase capacity training for on e-Government

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced the third phase of virtual strategic capacity building training for Federal Public Institutions (FPI) in Abuja.
Group Managing Director, Dangote Industries Ltd, Alake Olakunle, said a progressive organisation is a function of Effective board and competent management which unavoidably affect the country’s economy.

Experts call for mentoring young directors to grow Nigerian economy

As Nigerians grapple with economic distress and social unrest, business experts have called on established personnel in different disciplines to take up the task of mentoring young corporate directors and others to grow the Nigerian economy.

eGovernment: NITDA begins capacity building for ministries, agencies

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Wednesday began a two-day virtual strategic capacity building workshop for federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
An EFCC operative, Mohammed Goji has revealed how Abdulrasheed Maina, former Pension Reform Task Team boss, illegally acquired several properties using his son, Faisal’s name.

Witness exposes Abdulrasheed Maina’s son in court

Rouqayya, a Principal Detective Superintendent (PDS) with the EFCC, stated in the testimony, that Faisal Maina made contradictory statements concerning the registration of a company he allegedly used in siphoning funds to the tune of N58million.
Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)

Nigerian government deploys treasury directors in NNPC, others

The FGOEs affected included the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Nigeria Ports Authority, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Maritime Administration Agency, Department of Petroleum Resources, Corporate Affairs Commission, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and Nigeria Shippers’ Council.

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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.

Lai Mohammed: Social media has come to stay

The Federal Government said on Friday that despite that fake news and misinformation on social media fuelled the recent #EndSARS crisis, it would not shut down the internet or stifle press freedom.
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Katsina governor approves automatic employment for first class graduates of state’s varsity

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The legal team set up by the Nigerian Army to represent the service at the ongoing Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the alleged shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate has submitted its report to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Nigerian Army chief warns new generals against scuttling democracy

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned the newly-promoted generals against coup plots.