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Telecommunications remains the best enabler in expanding the frontiers of financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, has said.

NCC contributes N2.272 trillion to Nigeria’s GDP – chief

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Garba Dambatta, has said that the contribution of the Telecommunication sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has risen from 8.5 per cent in 2015 to 14.3 per cent as at September this year amounting to N2.272 trillion.

Tony Elumelu named in 2020 TIME100

TIME has named Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s leading investors and philanthropists, in the 2020 TIME100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Mr Elumelu, who is one of only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.
Governor Willie Obiano

35 youths get empowerment start-up kits in Anambra

Thirty-five youths who participated in the third phase of Anambra Government’s “One Youth, One Skill” programme, on Saturday received start-up kits in their various areas of specialisation.
Governor Seyi Makinde

Oyo to approve paternity leave, extends maternity leave to nine months

Oyo State government on Thursday said efforts are ongoing to ensure that maternity leave for pregnant and nursing mothers is extended from four to six months for nursing mothers in the employment of the State while men also will soon begin to enjoy paternity leave.
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has expressed concern over the increasing cases of rape and other violence against women and girls in Africa, describing it as alarming.

FIDA: Gender budgeting, key to achieving gender equality

The International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Lagos State Chapter, has called for the implementation of gender budgeting, arguing that it is key to the achievement of gender equality and a part of the National Action Plan on Resource Allocation for Gender.
The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has empowered three of its freed inmates with vocational training and tools to enable them make a difference in the society.

Correctional service empowers three freed inmates with training, tools

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has empowered three of its freed inmates with vocational training and tools to enable them make a difference in the society.
President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, presiding over plenary on Tuesday at the National Assembly, Abuja.5

Senate President tasks power sector C’ttee to look into privatisation deal of 2013

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday charged the Senate Committee on Power to look at what has happened to the agreement signed in 2013 on the privatisation of power sector.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB, ECOWAS engage EY on human capital strategy development

Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have engaged Ernst & Young, EY Nigeria, a global professional services firm, to support the development of a well-thought-out human capital strategy, focusing on education, skills development and labour.

FCT trains rural farmers on plantain, banana production

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat organized a one day training on the production of plantain and banana for rural farmers.
Olufolake Abdulrazaq, the wife of Kwara’s Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on Saturday led some residents of the state on a walk to raise awareness against gender-based violence.

Kwara governor’s wife leads walk against gender-based violence

Olufolake Abdulrazaq, the wife of Kwara’s Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on Saturday led some residents of the state on a walk to raise awareness against gender-based violence.
Stormzy poses at an awards ceremony with Jeremy Corbyn in 2017, when he also backed Labour in the general election. David M Benett-Getty Images

Stormzy is better at rap than politics – British minister

British minister Michael Gove dismissed Stormzy’s criticism of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, saying the grime star was a far better rapper than he was a political analyst.
A suspected kidnap lord in Taraba State, Hamisu Wadume, as been re-arrested.

Wadume: Mixed reactions trail kidnap kingpin’s accusing Taraba governor

Residents of Jalingo have expressed mixed reactions following allegations by notorious kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala (also known as Wadume), accusing Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku of having sponsored his criminal enterprise with six million naira.

Nigeria to host African telecoms regulators conference

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to host the Conference of African Telecommunications Regulators on Consumer Affairs (CATCO) in Abuja from August 20 to 22.
Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo

Akwa Ibom Reps member appoints 50 aides

A federal lawmaker from Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, has recruited 50 people to serve as personal aides.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI INAUGURATES BOARD MEMBERS OF THE NORTH-EAST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBER STATE HOUSE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 8 2019 3

President Buhari: How West Africa can succeed in battle against criminals, criminality

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, said for countries in the West African sub region to successfully tackle criminalities confronting them, security heads of member states must not only begin to share their experiences but also re-assess as well as harmonise crime control and operations in their respective countries.
Mary Ekpere-Eta

NCWD empowers 76 women with laptops

The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has empowered 76 female farmers and entrepreneurs with laptops as start up tool, to enhance their business using Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Hadiza Bala Usman

NPA empowers 70 women with grinding, sewing machines

As part of efforts to alleviate the plight of women in Katsina State, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in collaboration with Madinah Associate Limited has trained and presented 70 grinding and sewing machines to 70 youths and women worth over N3 million to assuage their sufferings and make them self-reliant.

Aisha Buhari inaugurates women center, visits patients

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has inaugurated the new office building of Daura Grassroots Women Initiative, a women’s association aimed at empowering women towards self-reliance.

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The Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has lauded the supreme sacrifice, selfless service and invaluable roles played by officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in continually ensuring the oneness and indivisible Nigeria.

Coronavirus: Osun ready to test every willing resident – official

Osun State Government has stated the readiness to test every willing resident to ensure that the further spread of the coronavirus is curtailed in the state.
Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic has accused hosts Cameroon of ‘witchcraft’ ahead of their African Nations Championship opener in Yaounde on Saturday.

CHAN 2021: Zimbabwe accuse Cameroon of witchcraft after dead bat found on the pitch

Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic has accused hosts Cameroon of ‘witchcraft’ ahead of their African Nations Championship opener in Yaounde on Saturday.

APC hails Bisi Akande at 82

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Saturday congratulated the party’s first interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande on his 82nd Birthday.
FILE PHOTO - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is charged with participation in an unauthorised protest rally, walks before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia July 1, 2019. REUTERS-Tatyana Makeyeva

Berlin hands transcripts to Moscow for probe into Alexei Navalny poisoning

Germany has given transcripts of interviews with Alexei Navalny to Russia as part of Moscow’s probe into the poisoning of the Kremlin critic, a Justice Ministry spokesman said, demanding a thorough investigation into the crime.
Doses of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, Argentina January 16, 2021. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian

Argentina receives second batch of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

The second batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine arrived in Argentina on Saturday, allowing the South American country to apply the second part of the two-dose program aimed at inoculating front-line health workers.