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Economist: Dishonesty remains Nigeria’s topmost challenge

Former lecturer, economist and business woman, Maimuna Ahman Pategi, has claimed that apart from bad leadership, criminality and other social vices bedevilling the Nigerian society, dishonesty is topmost as 99.9percent of the populace are guilty of it.
A police officer orders a vendor to leave after stocking fresh produce from a vegetable market in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP

Zimbabwe street vendors reel under virus curbs

For years, Zimbabwean single mother Spiwe Tembo would sell buns on the streets of central Harare, earning enough to feed her three children. But her fortunes have dived.
People pray against an epidemic of kidnappings sweeping Haiti, amid deepening political unrest and economic misery, during a mass in Port-au-Prince, Haiti April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Valerie Baeriswyl

Kidnapping explosion terrorizes Haiti

A wave of kidnappings is sweeping Haiti. But even in a country growing inured to horrific abductions, the case of five-year-old Olslina Janneus sparked outrage.
Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.

Turkish lira dips to near record low on rate cut, US concerns

Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.
A renowned lawmaker, Senator Chris Anyanwu, has emerged the pioneer President of Nzuko Umunna (NU), a leading think-tank of foremost Igbo technocrats and professionals.

Senator Anyanwu emerges leader of Igbo technocrats

A renowned lawmaker, Senator Chris Anyanwu, has emerged the pioneer President of Nzuko Umunna (NU), a leading think-tank of foremost Igbo technocrats and professionals.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

APC governors disown Godwin Obaseki over allegation of currency printing

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) has debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo that the Federal Government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion in March.
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.
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.

N60 billion mint: Governor Obaseki’s revelation a wakeup call – PDP chair

Dr Anthony Aziegbemi, an Economist and Edo chapter Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has hailed the courage of Gov. Godwin Obaseki to mention the printing of N60 billion by the federal government to augment revenue allocation.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Politics: Winners take all syndrome dangerous – ex-President Jonathan

Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan said, yesterday, that winners take all syndrome in politics has made the Nigerian political environment a very tough and dangerous option.

Pat Utomi: Calibre of politicians terrible mistake for Nigeria

A political economist and former presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi, has described the calibre of people who became politicians in Nigeria as a terrible mistake for the country.
Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso and his wife Maria de Lourdes Alcivar react after Lasso wins the presidential runoff vote, in Guayaquil, Ecuador April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Maria Fernanda Landin

Ecuador shuns socialism with Lasso’s surprise election

Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso unexpectedly won the nation’s presidency on promises to revive an economy battered by coronavirus as his rival’s vows of a return to socialist largesse failed to win over a skeptical electorate.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-chairmen Tino Chrupalla (L) and Joerg Meuthen (R) speak with AfD’s deputy leader Beatrix von Storch (C) during a congress of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD – Alternative fuer Deutschland) party in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. – Members of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany gather for a party congress in Dresden this weekend, despite coronavirus restrictions, to finalise their strategy ahead of the general election on September 26, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Germany’s divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

The far-right AfD will firm up its election manifesto this weekend as Germany prepares for the post-Merkel era, with the party seeking to reverse a lag in support amid infighting and an ailing effort to capitalise on the pandemic.

Zulumnomics, civil service and Nigeria’s economic revival

Nigeria is a country where there is a chasm between the leaders and the led. The distrust of the ordinary Nigerian for political office holders is such that most Nigerians celebrate when their leaders encounter tragic situations. If the governor takes ill in some states, a substantial proportion of the electorate would wish death on their state’s chief executive.
Under the programme employees will get the same salaries despite putting in fewer hours [File: Paul Hanna/Bloomberg]

Spain to see if workweek can be four days without harming economy

Spain is about to ask hundreds of companies to join in one of the biggest-ever tests of whether a four-day workweek can be implemented without harming the economy.
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Proposed OPEC meeting pushes oil prices downward

Oil prices fell slightly yesterday as shipping traffic resumed through the Suez Canal after days on hold and attention now switched to an OPEC+ meeting this week where the extension of supply curbs may be on the table amid new coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank: Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth to hit 3.4 percent in 2021

The World Bank says economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is expected to rise between 2.3 percent and 3.4 percent in 2021 after contracting by 2 percent last year.
The Tanzanian parliament has confirmed the appointment of Finance Minister Philip Isdor Mpango as the country’s vice-president.

New Tanzania president names finance minister as vice-president

The Tanzanian parliament has confirmed the appointment of Finance Minister Philip Isdor Mpango as the country’s vice-president.
Second Republic Minister of Science and Technology and a native of Ilawe Ekiti in Ekiti Southwest Local government area of Ekiti State, Senator Bode Olowoporoku, is dead.

Former minister Bode Olowoporoku passes on

Second Republic Minister of Science and Technology and a native of Ilawe Ekiti in Ekiti Southwest Local government area of Ekiti State, Senator Bode Olowoporoku, is dead.
Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA),Tony Elumelu, on his 58 birth anniversary.

Delta governor congratulates Tony Elumelu at 58

Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu, on his 58 birth anniversary.
Security forces in the Republic of Congo were casting their ballots on Wednesday ahead of presidential elections in which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is frontrunner.

Polls open in Congo as main opposition party boycotts election

Polls have opened in the Republic of Congo's presidential election that is boycotted by the main opposition party and attacked by critics as tilted toward veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso.
FILE PHOTO - Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania U.S., October 5, 2017. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid

Fuel price hike looms as crude oil hits $71 per barrel

There will be more money for the 2021 budget implementation as the crude oil price on Monday hit $71/ barrel which doubles the $30 benchmark.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has charged the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), to redouble its efforts in making Kaduna State the topmost investment destination in Nigeria, by improving its Ease of Doing Business ranking.

Kaduna governor appoints Mallam Sanusi as KADIPA board vice-chairman

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has charged the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), to redouble its efforts in making Kaduna State the topmost investment destination in Nigeria, by improving its Ease of Doing Business ranking.

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) generated N39.06 billion in 2018 as against N35.72 billion it generated as local revenue in 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

Nigeria Immigration commences recruitment exercise

In a press release on Monday, the Civil Defense, Correctional Fire, and Immigration Services Board approved the commencement of the NIS 2019/2020 recruitment exercise.
Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, through her foundation, ‘Future Assured’, has donated 16 trucks of assorted food items and for distribution to 500,000 households in Kano State.

Aisha Buhari donates food items to IDPs in Niger

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, yesterday donated some food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gwada town of Niger State.
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Catholic bishops: Every part of Nigeria is bleeding

The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province weekend, rose from an emergency meeting in Owerri, expressing deep worry that every part of the country is bleeding, as the level of insecurity escalates.
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Arsenal, Tottenham to compete for Maurizio Sarri

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could reportedly compete for former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri this summer.
Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has formally launched his new novel, titled- Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth.

Wole Soyinka: President Buhari can’t unite Nigeria

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he doesn’t believe Nigerian unity is attainable under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari due to its systemic failure.

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Javi Martinez admits the time is approaching for him to experience “something new”, with the World Cup winner approaching the end of his contract at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich confirm Javi Martinez will leave in the summer after nine-years

Bayern Munich have confirmed that Javi Martinez will bring the curtain down on his trophy-laden nine-year career at Allianz Arena this summer.
FILE PHOTO - British academic Matthew Hedges, who has been jailed for spying in the UAE, is seen in this undated photo supplied by his wife Daniela Tejada. Photo supplied on November 23, 2018. Daniela Tejada-Handout via REUTERS

British academic sues UAE officials over assault claims

A British academic, who was detained in the United Arab Emirates two years ago on spying charges, has launched legal action against a number of senior officials from the Gulf state, accusing them of assault, torture and false imprisonment.
The suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says he has accepted the Appeal court’s verdict which upheld his suspension.

Edo: Ex-APC national chairmen attend stakeholders’ meeting, urge members to close ranks

Two former National Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Adams Oshiomhole, attended a stakeholders meeting of the Edo APC in Benin City on Saturday.

Plateau council chair asks Nigerian government to give incentives, light weapons to vigilante group

The Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council of Plateau State, Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven, has appealed to Federal Government to provide incentives and grant Vigilante Group of Nigeria license to carry light weapons in the fight against kidnapping and banditry in the country.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) generated N39.06 billion in 2018 as against N35.72 billion it generated as local revenue in 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

Nigeria Immigration commences recruitment exercise

In a press release on Monday, the Civil Defense, Correctional Fire, and Immigration Services Board approved the commencement of the NIS 2019/2020 recruitment exercise.