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The Senate has described as “erroneous” report that it approved fresh loan of N850 billion at the plenary on Tuesday.

Senate rejects payment of N98.4 million for printing of PIB flyers by petroleum ministry

The Senate has taken a swipe at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources over the payment of N98.4 million for the printing of leaflets for the awareness campaign programme for the Petroleum Industrial Bill without due process.
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Kwara governor launches 10-year agric transformation plan

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday launched a 10-year Agricultural Transformation Plan, which is designed to ensure food security, generate employment opportunities, and reduce poverty rate.
2. The ongoing reconstruction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road project has been progressing appreciably and would be completed in the life of this administration.

Ministry: Reconstruction of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road progressing appreciably

The ongoing reconstruction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road project has been progressing appreciably and would be completed in the life of this administration.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Minister: Two million Nigerians displaced by insurgency, banditry

The Federal Government has placed the number of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, armed banditry in the North-West and communal clashes in the country at about two million.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in his New Year broadcast decried the level of violence in the country, saying insecurity is setting Nigeria back at “critical points” through the destruction of public and private investments.

President Buhari charges commission on lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja charged National Commission for Persons with Disabilities to play its roles adequately in the realisation of the government objective of lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty.
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 appoints directors-general, deputy directors-general in regional offices

The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of directors-general for the East, Central and Southern Africa regions and deputy general for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCTA arrests 50 dispatch riders for traffic violations

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has arrested over 50 dispatch riders for various traffic offences lights within the city centre.
Governor Samuel Ortom has denied reports that he requested a return of confiscated weapons.

Benue governor shakes up cabinet, creates new ministry, appoints adviser

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Wednesday effected a minor reshuffle of his cabinet and also created a new Ministry of Industry and Cooperatives.
FILE PHOTO - Bob Atighechi administers the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination to Margaret Dubois, 87, a resident at The Reservoir nursing facility, in West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S., December 18, 2020. Stephen Dunn-Pool via REUTERS

U.S. coronavirus vaccination drive heads to nursing homes

The U.S. government and two of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains on Monday began a nationwide campaign to vaccinate nursing home residents against COVID-19, a week after the first vaccines authorized in the country went to healthcare workers.
Sabo Nanono, minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), was quoted to have said “The foundation of a solid crop value chain is based on best-bet varieties,”

Nigeria to introduce new cassava varieties

Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava have been approved for release in Nigeria.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presided over a virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Government alone can’t provide people’s economic needs

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday appealed to well-meaning citizens to adopt development programmes or projects for their various communities amid acute infrastructure deficit facing the country.
FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Johnson & Johnson enrolls about 45,000 participants for late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial

Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday it has enrolled about 45,000 participants for the first late-stage trial of its COVID-19 single-dose vaccine candidate and that it expects interim data by late-January.

Kebbi has highest out-of-school children – survey

Kebbi State has the highest population of out-of-school children, the 2020 Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) has revealed.
One of the leading researchers at the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, Dr Folashade Olajuyigbe, has won the 2020 International Research Grant from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Collaborative Research Programme (ICGEB-CRP) Italy.

FUTA scholar wins international grant for genetic and biotechnology research

One of the leading researchers at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Dr Folashade Olajuyigbe, has won the 2020 International Research Grant from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Collaborative Research Programme (ICGEB-CRP) Italy.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; President, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Sir Dipo Ajayi; and ARCON Kwara Rep, Kayode Makanjuola, during ARCON's visit to the governor at Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti… recently

ARCON encourages Ekiti to use architects database to track revenue

The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has recommended that the Ekiti State government use the Architects Project Registration Number (APRN) to enable them track revenues from property transactions.

ICT expert urges government to establish more entrepreneurship centres in Nigeria

Mr John Ademola, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert has appealed to Federal Government to establish more entrepreneurship centres in the country to harness the potential of Nigerian youths.
Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, says the Federal Government has initiated a process to revive the collapsed industries in Kano State.

Nigerian government suspends licensing of free trade zones

According to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Nigeria is yet to see the potential of FTZs as an instrument for economic growth due to poor implementation.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Equities shed N464 billion as profit taking halts bull run

The equities market shed N463.7 billion last week as the bullish streak was halted by persistent profit taking. Following the unprecedented growth recorded in the month of November, many investors have been locking in profits. Despite the pockets of profit taking, the market had maintained a positive weekly performance.

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The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) said it has impounded over 150 cartons of unregistered drugs and injections worth over N20 million and arrested two suspects.

Kano agency intercepts vehicle with cannabis worth N30 million

The Kano State Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA), said it intercepted a Golf car carrying cannabis worth over N30 million in Kano.
Kelechi Iheanacho has refused to fault the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for disallowing his goal against Norwich in last night’s premier league encounter.

Top Bundesliga club chase Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho is among several strikers on the shopping list of German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, according to the authoritative Bild.
The Governing Council of Federal University Wukari in Taraba has announced the appointment of Jude Rabo as the new vice-chancellor of the institution.

Wukari federal university gets new vice chancellor

The Governing Council of Federal University Wukari in Taraba has announced the appointment of Jude Rabo as the new vice-chancellor of the institution.
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Kebbi government approves N464 million for women empowerment, others

The Kebbi governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, has approved N468.5 million for the execution of projects and empowerment programmes under the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police parade two herdsmen over abduction of four Turkish nationals

Operatives of the Kwara State Police Command yesterday paraded two Fulani herdsmen over their alleged involvement in the 2019 abduction of four Turkish nationals in Gbugbu village in Edu Local Government Area of the state.