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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 17, 2019 an activist backing the depenalization of abortion reacts after the Ecuadorean Congress voted against the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape, outside the Congress building in Quito. – Ecuador’s Constitutional Court decriminalized abortion in cases of rape on April 28, 2021, the country’s human rights ombudsman announced, a major step in Catholic-majority Latin America where termination of pregnancy is largely taboo. (Photo by Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

Ecuador court decriminalizes abortion in rape cases

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday decriminalized abortion in cases of rape, the country’s human rights ombudsman announced, a major step in Catholic-majority Latin America where termination of pregnancy is largely taboo.

Official: NSITF spends over N4 billion as compensation for workplace injuries

Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr Kelly Nwagha, Wednesday, disclosed that the organisation has spent over N4 billion as compensation paid to employees of various organizations who had accidents in their workplaces.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

Nigerian government tasks House on speedy passage of NSIP Office bill

Federal Government has called on the House of Representatives to expedite action on the passage of the National Social Investment Office Establishment Bill.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

Electoral Act: CSOs storm National Assembly to seek inclusion of e-voting

A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday, seeking the inclusion of electronic voting in the Electoral Act.
10. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC: 50% of meningitis patients will die if untreated

Dr Pricillia Ibekwe, the Director of Special Duties and Technical Lead for the National Cerebrospinal Meningitis Technical Working Group of NCDC, made this known during an awareness walk to mark the 2021 World Meningitis Day.

FUOYE offers indigent students N3.1 million insurance scheme

The Federal University of Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti (FUOYE) has approved special insurance package of N3.1 million at N125, 000 each for 25 students to enable them complete their programmes.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Official: Kaduna captures 2.1 million poor, vulnerable in social register

The Kaduna State Government has captured 2.1 million individuals from 524,424 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in its Social Register.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigerian government urges resident doctors to call off strike

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, has appealed to the resident doctors to call off their strike in the interest of patients that needed care at this critical time.

Official: National Social Register captures 30 million poor Nigerians since 2018

National Coordinator of the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Mr Apera Iorwa, has said that no fewer than seven million poor and vulnerable households nationwide, or 30 million individuals, had been registered between 2018 and February, 2021.

ECOWAS to formulate regional action plan on disability

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the weekend disclosed that it would unveil Regional Action Plan on Disability to fully include persons with disabilities in all strata of the society.
One of the pristine rallying points for all Yoruba in Nigeria and the diaspora, Olojo cultural festival, will this year come with unique features and upscale celebration, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II in Ife, has said.

Ooni trains 100 women in tie and dye fabrics

The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, in his unique gesture, recently spent the day which was for the commemoration of the International Women’s Day, 2021 with persons with disability, during which he gave them moral and material supports.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nigerian government disburses n20,000 to over 3,000 women in Osun

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs. Disaster Management and Social Development in a press statement by the Director of Information, Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, said the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who was represented by the Director Finance and Account, Dr. Matthew Dada disclosed this during the flag off ceremony of the programme in the state.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nigerian government empowers over 5,000 women in Oyo

The Federal Government in its drive towards putting smile to people at the grassroots on Thursday empowered no fewer than 5, 000 women with cash and other various foods items that can make life more meaningful to the down trodden that are selected from all different geo-political area across the State.
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Mallam Kasifu Inuwa Abdullahi, says with the introduction of electric vehicles in the country, the nation is definitely advancing towards a vibrant economy.

NITDA empowers people living with disabilities with ICT training

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has commenced a 5-day training program with People Living with Disabilities (PLWD’s) to facilitate innovative, technology-driven economic growth, through the use of ICT.
The Northern Governors Forum on Monday expressed support for proposals to regulate the social media to check the spread of fake news in the country.

Security: Northern governors, NSA, IGP meet in Kaduna

Governors of the 19 Nothern States and traditional rulers of the region are meeting in Kaduna over security challenges bedeviling the region.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Nigerian government orders deployment of sign language interpreters on TV stations

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has directed the National Broadcasting Commission to implement the Broadcasting Code provision that mandates television stations to deploy sign language interpreters on their major news bulletin, for the benefit of persons living with a disability.
The State’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Zahra’u Muhammad-Umar, made the disclosure while repatriating the beggars in Kano on Friday.

Kano government empowers 60 beggars as ban on street begging takes effect

The Kano state government has empowered no fewer than 60 women and youths with different entrepreneurial skills, following the ban on street begging in the state, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Zahra’u Muhammad-Umar, has said.

Expert: FGM can cause cerebral palsy, intellectual disability on babies

Dr Sylvia Anthony-Eweputanna, a pediatrician at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, says Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is capable of causing cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and others as complication of perinatal asphyxia on babies.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police vow to arrest suspected arsonists in Ebonyi community

The Ebonyi Police Command says it will investigate and arrest those suspected to be behind the fire that destroyed herders’ houses in Oshibo community in Ebonyi Local Government Area.
Yohei Sasakawa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, says overcoming leprosy involves more than early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

WHO: Overcoming leprosy more than early diagnosis, prompt treatment

Yohei Sasakawa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, says overcoming leprosy involves more than early diagnosis and prompt treatment.
Actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for each new film and television production at NBCUniversal, which becomes the second major media company to make such a commitment.

NBCUniversal vows auditions for actors with disabilities

Actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for each new film and television production at NBCUniversal, which becomes the second major media company to make such a commitment.
FILE PHOTO - Medical workers bring a patient out of an ambulance, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, outside Royal London Hospital, in London, Britain, January 17, 2021. REUTERS-Toby Melville

Global life insurers impose restrictions, worried about long-term pandemic risks

Global life insurers are taking steps to curb payouts stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term health consequences that are not fully understood, industry sources told Reuters.

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Rebels in northern Chad are ready to observe a ceasefire and to discuss a political settlement after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby. (Photo by Abdoulaye Adoum Mahamat/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Chadian rebels, government forces clash in area where slain leader was shot

Government troops and rebels clashed on Thursday in a region of western Chad where president Idriss Deby Itno was killed earlier this month.
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Kano governor: Nigeria can’t progress with current level of corruption

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said Nigeria cannot progress with the level of corruption in the country.
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NGF, FRC to collaborate to promote fiscal responsibility in states

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on Thursday met to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration towards promoting fiscal responsibility at the sub-national level.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Presidency: Benue governor politicising insecurity

The presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his condolences to the families of citizens who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in Benue State.
Youth members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-West have urged the leadership of the party to pick Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike as Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2023 elections.

Rivers governor imposes statewide curfew

Governor Nyesom Wike has imposed statewide curfew on Rivers based on the advice of the state security council.

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Washington, DC’s police department has confirmed its servers have been breached after hackers began leaking its data online, The New York Times reports.

Ransomware attack: Hackers threaten to release Washington DC police data

Washington, DC’s police department has confirmed its servers have been breached after hackers began leaking its data online, The New York Times reports. In a statement, the department confirmed it was aware of “unauthorized access on our server” and said it was working with the FBI to investigate the incident. The hacked data appears to include details on arrests and persons of interest.
National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also known as the “Lion of Bourdillon” appears set to roar into action as the race for the 2023 presidential ticket of the ruling party in the country begins in earnest.

Asiwaju Tinubu: No President’ll expose his citizens to banditry, danger

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that there is no President that will intentionally want his citizens exposed to banditry and danger
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Group demands rescue of abducted students

The Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), a coalition of labour and civil society organisations, has asked the federal government to initiate needed actions for the urgent release of abducted students.

Boko Haram cuts off telecom network in Yobe town

Many residents of Geidam town in Yobe State no longer have network on their phones as Boko Haram fighters have razed the masts of Airtel and MTN in the town.
National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also known as the “Lion of Bourdillon” appears set to roar into action as the race for the 2023 presidential ticket of the ruling party in the country begins in earnest.

2023: Pro-Tinubu campaigners are volunteers – coordinator

National Coordinator of Tinubu 2023 (T23), an umbrella body for various pro-Tinubu groups, Dr. Oladipupo Okeyomi, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is not sponsoring any group to campaign for his presidential ambition.