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The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPHCDA: Nigeria inoculates 1.04 million residents with first dose of coronavirus vaccine

One month into the national COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria, a total of 1,043,737 eligible Nigerians have so far been vaccinated with the first dose pf the vaccine, representing 51.9 per cent of the proportion vaccinated.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC raises oil demand growth on stronger economic recovery

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has raised its forecast for crude oil demand growth this year on the back of an expected stronger economic recovery.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC records 37.21% drop in oil pipeline vandalism in January

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a 37.21 % decrease in cases of pipeline vandalism across the country in the month of January 2021.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC supplies 1.44 billion litres of petrol in 31 days

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that it supplied 1.44 billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit, petrol, in the month of January 2021, amounting to an average daily supply of 46.30million.

Dangote: We’ve lost dollars to sell cement in Nigeria

The Dangote Cement Plc. has denied selling its products at higher rates in Nigeria than elsewhere, saying it has instead lost dollar earnings to meet local demand.
Pharmacists prepare syringes with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Covid-19 in Detroit on Monday.Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News, via Associated Press

U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after clotting cases

Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination.

Dangote: Cement price from our factories is between N2,450, N2,510 per bag

Management of Dangote Cement Plc has clarified that the price of a bag of cement from its factories and plants across Nigeria (as at 12th April, 2021) is N2,450 in Obajana and Gboko, and N2,510 in Ibese inclusive of VAT. The clarification was made in view of recent insinuations that the company sells cement in Nigeria at significantly higher prices relative to other countries, particularly Ghana and Zambia.
4. The execution of the nation’s $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK gas pipeline project was boosted, weekend, through the delivery of 96 pipes from Warri to Itakpe in Kogi state.

NNPC boss excited as train delivers gas pipes for for $2.8 billion AKK project

For the first since its take-off last year, the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project received a boost at the weekend when a Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC)-operated train delivered 96 pipes from Warri, Delta State to Itakpe in Kogi State.
2. The execution of the nation’s $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK gas pipeline project was boosted, weekend, through the delivery of 96 pipes from Warri to Itakpe in Kogi state.

NNPC delivers 96 AKK project pipes by rail to Itakpe

The execution of the nation’s $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK gas pipeline project was boosted, weekend, through the delivery of 96 pipes from Warri to Itakpe in Kogi state.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

Ramadan: Sultan asks Muslims to look out for moon Monday

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.
Alhaji Munir Sanusi, the chief of staff to the Emir of Kano, has confirmed the receipt of the query issued to Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government.

Mallam Sanusi advocates debt relief for Nigeria

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has advocated debt relief for Nigeria as it mounts, saying the debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio is a useless way of measuring debt sustainability.
Ahmad said the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties and the unveiling of the FIRS Adhesive Stamp in Abuja.

FIRS to access computers, PoS of taxable persons, firms

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said it will soon begin to access computers and electronic storages belonging to taxable individuals through its Automated Tax Administration Solution.
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.

Paris Club refund: Rivers dragged to court over ‘N25 billion debt’

The government of Rivers State has been dragged before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), over an alleged debt of N25 billion owed to an accounting firm, regarding the Paris Club refund by the federal government.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Experts raise concerns over India’s stoppage of AstraZeneca vaccine exports

India, one of the world’s largest producers of vaccines, last week temporarily halted all exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine that it manufactures, citing the need to prioritise its own domestic needs in the face of rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the Serum Institute of India, SII, which produces Novavax and AstraZeneca vaccines also warned that raw material shortages were affecting their production.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

Presidency: President Buhari never promised to make N1 equal $1

The Presidency has said that there was not a time when President Muhammadu Buhari promised to make N1 equivalent to $1.

South Africa’s bruising fight for free education

When South African student Itumeleng Chalele left his hometown of Qwaqwa -- once a tribal "bantustan" where blacks were contained during apartheid -- he was bursting with hope.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC records N2.2 trillion from petrol sales in one year

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday said it generated a total of N2.197trillion from the sale of petrol between December 2019 to December 2020.

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.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

Femi Falana: EFCC can mandate bank MDs, executives to declare assets

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of all laws relating to economic and financial crimes, Africa’s leading human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has said.

Dangote Cement announces N273 billion dividend for shareholders

Nigeria’s biggest public company Dangote Cement Plc said it would pay shareholders N16 for every share held in the company for the 2020 financial year, translating to a total dividend payout of N272.648 billion, a note published by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday.
The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on Monday, March 8, 2021, charged all staff of the Commission to be disciplined and dedicated to their duties.

EFCC directs banks staff to declare assets, gives deadline

EFCC chairman Abdulrashed Bawa on Tuesday told reporters at the Presidential Villa that the move is part of measures to sanitise the nation’s financial system and block loopholes exploited by unscrupulous players to undermine the Nigerian economy through money laundering and illicit financial flows.
A Bill to effect that, which was obtained by newsmen, is sponsored by House Spokesman, Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia).

House of Reps: We’re broke

The House of Representatives has said it is broke and cannot afford to carry out its constitutional mandate effectively.

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Eritrea admits presence in Ethiopia’s Tigray, tells U.N. withdrawing

Eritrea told the United Nations Security Council on Friday that it has agreed to start withdrawing its troops from Ethiopia's Tigray region, acknowledging publicly for the first time the country's involvement in the conflict.
Thierry Murangira, spokesman for the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation, said Beatrice Munyenyezi will be charged for crimes ranging from murder to complicity in rape, which occurred as she was manning a road block in the southern city of Butare.

Rwandan deported from the US faces seven charges related to genocide

A Rwandan woman who was deported by the United States after serving a prison term for lying on her naturalisation application faces seven charges related to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, authorities in Kigali said.
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Ramadan: Zamfara governor urges traders to reduce commodities prices

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, on Friday, visited the Gusau Central Market to assess the prices of foodstuff and other essential commodities.
FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Indonesia on April 24, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, for his first known foreign trip since he staged a Feb. 1 coup.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi government raises panel on release of ‘warlords’

The Ebonyi State government yesterday set up a panel of inquiry over the unauthorized release of 55 suspected warlords who were arrested in Effuim in Ohaukwu local government area of the state in the lingering communal clash between Effuim and Ezza Effuim communities.

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Congo names new cabinet, cementing president’s power over predecessor

Democratic Republic of Congo's Prime Minister announced a new cabinet on Monday, completing a government overhaul by President Felix Tshisekedi that strengthens his hold on power.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor: Bandits responsible for South-East attacks not IPOB

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, says bandits are responsible for attacks in the South-East but accuse the Eastern Security Network operated by the Indigenous People of Biafra of being the masterminds.
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WFP: Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts, coronavirus

Food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest levels in nearly a decade due to coronavirus lockdowns and a decline in cereal production, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday.
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has said that in October, last year, it removed no fewer than 20,089 unverified pensioners from its payroll.

Senate summons insurance firms over failure to remit N17.4 billion pension fund

The Senate Public Accounts Committee, on Monday, summoned NICON Insurance Plc, AIICO Insurance and other insurance companies over alleged failure to remit N17.4 billion fund to Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
Marco Verratti has expressed his belief that Neymar is Paris Saint-Germain's most important player.

PSG snubbed €300 million Neymar offer from Real Madrid – ex-agent

Real Madrid had a €300 million (£260m/$357m) bid for Neymar knocked back in 2019 claims Wagner Ribeiro, who says Paris Saint-Germain made it clear that even "a billion" would not be enough to get the Brazilian.