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The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, on Thursday, urged the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to continue providing enhanced and timely intelligence support for the ongoing military operations across the country.

Nigerian government seeks support from US for army aviation

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has solicited the support of the U.S. for the Nigerian Army Aviation to become fully operational.
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Insecurity: Cross River APC chieftain urges other governors adopt Governor Ayade’s crime bursting blueprint

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Mr Goddy Akpama, has applauded Governor Ben Ayade’s handling of security issues in the state.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has advised African countries against the use of Ivermectin for treating COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Africa CDC advises against use of Ivermectin

“Member States are advised against the use of Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 because there is no conclusive clinical data to support its safety and efficacy. The public is advised to adhere to country-specific guidelines for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19,” it said in a statement Saturday.
A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches its inoculation campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. Behrouz Mehri-Pool via REUTERS

Pfizer, BioNTech start testing coronavirus vaccine in pregnant women

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have started an international study with 4,000 volunteers to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in healthy pregnant women, the companies said on Thursday.
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Adamawa government recruits over 1,000 health workers

Dr Sulaiman Bashir, the Executive Chairman of the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHACDA), said this while addressing newsmen on the assessment of primary healthcare services in the state on Tuesday in Yola.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

UK study: Kent variant may be 70 percent more deadly

The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.
Chairman House Committee on NDDC, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has assured that NDDC will be made to deliver on its mandates to the people of Niger Delta.

House of Reps committee: We‘Il make NDDC deliver on its mandates

Chairman House Committee on NDDC, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has assured that NDDC will be made to deliver on its mandates to the people of Niger Delta.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

AstraZeneca says coronavirus vaccine “not perfect, but saves lives”

AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine is not perfect, but will have a big impact on the pandemic, its chief executive predicted on Thursday, as the drugmaker pledged to double output by April and the African Union gave its backing for the shot.
Africa CDC Director, John Nkengasong, at an online press briefing, said that “access to oxygen is becoming a huge critical need across the continent.”

Africa CDC says countries without new variant should use AstraZeneca vaccine

African countries that have not reported the circulation of the 501Y.V2 coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa should proceed with the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the African Union's disease control body said on Thursday.
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved contracts worth over N26.7 billion for projects under the ministries of Information and Culture; Communication and Digital Economy, and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

Nigerian government approves new debt management strategy

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a new Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for Nigeria (MTDS) for the period 2020-2023.
South Africa will begin its coronavirus inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the health minister said on Wednesday, after withholding the Oxford-AstraZeneca formula over doubts about effectiveness.

Minister: South Africa opts for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

South Africa will begin its coronavirus inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the health minister said on Wednesday, after withholding the Oxford/AstraZeneca formula over doubts about effectiveness.

COAS tasks troops to hasten fight to end insurgency in North-East

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Monday, charged troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to hasten the fight to end insurgency in the Northeast.

IMF: Nigeria’s economic outlook remains challenging

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Nigeria’s outlook remains challenging and charged the federal government to urgently undertake policy adjustments.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-File Photo

Australia urges calm over AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after South Africa suspends use

Australia on Monday moved to reassure its citizens over the efficacy of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after South Africa suspended use of the shot because data showed it offered limited protection against a new strain of the virus.
South Africa is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after finding it offers limited protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant discovered there.

Nigeria set to receive 16 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Nigeria is set to receive the largest allocation of 16 million doses out of the 88 million AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine doses allocated to African countries in the first phase by the end of February instead of the initial 100,000 Pfizer doses earlier expected, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hinted on Saturday.
A company, Food Doctors Nigeria Limited (FDNL), says it has invented a “cold bike” to aide safe transportation and distribution of vaccines in Nigeria.

Coy invents ‘cold bike’ for coronavirus vaccines transportation, distribution

A company, Food Doctors Nigeria Limited (FDNL), says it has invented a “cold bike” to aide safe transportation and distribution of vaccines in Nigeria.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Coronavirus: Nobody is safe until everyone is vaccinated – PTF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said that COVID-19 vaccines are important for the safety of Nigerians.
4. 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.

NPHCDA boss: Nigeria, others seek fair price for coronavirus vaccines

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Dr. Shuaib Faisal, has disclosed that the delay in the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines was because countries were negotiating price reduction, safety and effectiveness and required logistics to stop ongoing community transmission of the virus.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, has said the Federal Government will welcome long-term agribusiness activities coming from Russia to Nigeria.

Nigerian sugar institute to create thousands of jobs – minister

The Minister of Industry, Trade and investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, says the Nigeria Sugar Institute (NSI) just commissioned in Ilorin, Kwara State, ”will create hundreds of thousands of jobs”.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, has said the Federal Government will welcome long-term agribusiness activities coming from Russia to Nigeria.

Minister: Investment in sugar industry will provide jobs for youths

Minister of Industry, Trade Investment, Chief Niyi Adebayo, has reiterated commitment of the federal government to partner with private and public investors in the sugar industry to accelerate the nation’s economic growth.
Fabienne Garbo, 54, attends an online video call with her father Claude Garbo, 86 years old, who suffers from Alzheimer and lives in a nursing home in the south of France, as she attends an interview with Reuters about her refusal to sign the consent form to vaccine her father against Covid-19, at her home in L?Hopital, France, January 27, 2021. Picture taken January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Caroline Pailliez

French woman declines coronavirus vaccine for her sick father

Fabienne Garbo’s father suffers from an illness similar to Alzheimer’s and was eligible for a COVID-19 shot as soon as France started vaccinating care home residents. But she has not signed the consent form.
FILE PHOTO - Smartphone with google app icon is seen in front of the displayed Australian flag in this illustration taken, January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Australia takes on Google advertising dominance in latest Big Tech fight

An Australian regulator is considering letting internet users choose what personal data companies like Google share with advertisers, as part of the country’s attempts to shatter the dominance of tech titans.

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FILE PHOTO - A worker looks on as the second delivery of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is offloaded at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 27, 2021. Kim Ludbrook-Pool via REUTERS

South Africa signs J&J vaccine deal, eases restrictions

South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) congratulates players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 28, 2021. – The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / AFP)

Manchester United rages at penalty talk as team draw another blank

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are being negatively influenced by opposition managers referring to their penalty record after being denied a spot-kick in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that construction work on the Gusau Airport project would commence this month.

Zamfara governor: Abducted schoolgirls will be released soon

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be released very soon.

Primate Ayodele: President Buhari has broken Nigeria’s unity

The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has once again knocked the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over the unsecured state of the country.
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NANS asks Nigerian government to declare abductors of students terrorists

Following the gale of abductions of school children in the Northern part of the country, the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), has advised the federal government to list bandits perpetrating such horrendous crime as terrorists.

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This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, while addressing journalists on the move by the government to solve the protracted conflict over the competition of land, water, and pasture by herders and farmers.

Nigerian government maps out 30 grazing reserves for livestock transformation plan project implementation

As the conflict between herders and farmers continues to rage, the Federal Government has disclosed mapping out 30 grazing reserves for implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, as a lasting solution to the crisis.
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Journalists barred as Niger government receives freed Kagara students, staff

Journalists in Niger State were barred from entering the venue when the government received the freed Kagara staff and students.
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NDLEA arrests 8 drug traffickers in Niger

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested eight suspected drug traffickers with 603.24 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in different parts of the state.
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My $1.9 billion in Minnesota bank

Let’s have a comic diversion today from weightier matters of our national life. Because what I want to discuss can only be comic, if not also idiotic and otiose.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Lagos pickpocket confesses to stealing over 240 phones from commuters

The Rapid Response Squad has arrested a pickpocket who disclosed that he has stolen over 240 mobile phones from Lagos commuters.