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L-R- Flagging Off of the Extended Special Public Works Programme by the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat

Nigerian government flags-off extended special public works programme in Lagos

After a protracted discussion among the stakeholders, the Federal Government today in Lagos finally launched the Extended Special Public Works (SPW) Programme (the 774,000 jobs) aiming at providing employment opportunities for the unemployed Nigerians.

Niger Delta: Oil producing communities ask federal government to scrap NDDC

Host Communities of oil producing states have called on the federal government to scrap the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on the US to help rein in the power of social media firms, creating a global rule book “based on our values.”

EU calls on US to help rein in powerful social media giants

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on the US to help rein in the power of social media firms, creating a global rule book “based on our values.”
FILE PHOTO - German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference at the Bundespressekonferenz, about the current situation of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2021. Michael Kappeler-Pool-REUTERS

German chancellor hopes to step up work on digital tax with Joe Biden administration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she hoped to intensify work with the U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration on minimum taxation of digital companies.
The International Monetary Fund is looking to triple its concessional financing for the poorest countries to over $18 billion to help them respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday.

IMF: Climate change risk to economic stability

Ms Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), says climate resilience is a critical priority as climate change has become a fundamental risk to economic and financial stability.

Judge’s death paralyses activities at Federal High Court

Activities at the Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, was on Monday, paralysed over the death of Justice Ibrahim Watila of the Abeokuta Division in Ogun.
Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

Minister: Nigerian government executing 43 road projects in tertiary institutions

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has stated that his ministry was currently executing 43 road projects within tertiary institutions across the country with a view to enhancing the learning environment.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel (right) in an interaction with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State during a condolence visit by Governor Wike following the demise of former Governor , Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd., and State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Obong Udo Ekpenyong at the Hilltop Mansion , Government House , Uyo.

Rivers governor commiserates Akwa Ibom over death of PDP, PANDEF chairmen

Wike described the death of the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Udo Ekpenyong and the Director-General of Governor Emmanuel’s two terms Divine Mandate organization and Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd., as a grave loss not just to Akwa Ibom State but the entire South-South region and the party which, he said, is Nigeria’s hope.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Afenifere warns Arewa to stop threatening war

Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, on Saturday described as hypocritical comments by the Arewa Consultative Forum on the clashes in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State over the activities of Fulani herdsmen.
No fewer than seven persons have been arrested in connection with the invasion of Sen. Teslim Folarin’s house in Ibadan on Saturday.

Oyo APC senator empowers over 2,000 constituents

No fewer than 2,000 people across 20 local governments in Oyo State have benefitted from the empowerment programme organised by Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central).
Osun State Govenror Adegboyega Oyetola

Osun governor launches juice production company in Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, on Friday inaugurated the construction work of a juice production company at the Omoluabi Free Trade Zone, Osogbo.
Award-winning global sensation, disc jockey and record executive, DJ Khaled, has been announced as the international host of the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA).

Grammy Award-winning DJ Khaled to host 2021 MAMA

Award-winning global sensation, disc jockey and record executive, DJ Khaled, has been announced as the international host of the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA).
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said it will continue to support states to strengthen their health security capacity in 2021. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, DG of NCDC, disclosed on Friday in Abuja in an interview.

NCDC: Benefits of children in school outweighs risk of coronavirus transmission

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it supports the Federal Government’s decision to reopen schools for the second term of the 2020/2021 academic session because the benefits of having children in school outweighs the risks of transmission of COVID-19.
This picture taken on January 19, 2021 shows detail on the forehead of Miraitowa, the mascot for the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, at the office of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. – When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, officials promised they would open in 2021 as proof of humankind’s triumph over the coronavirus. But six months before the delayed start, victory over the virus remains distant, and fears are growing rapidly that the Games of the 32nd Olympiad may not happen at all. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY OLY-2020-2021-JAPAN-VIRUS-HEALTH BY ANDREW MCKIRDY

Don’t shout, don’t cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs

Don’t cheer, talk loudly, eat, drink, or wave flags. This is the likely experience awaiting fans at the Tokyo Olympics — if they can get in at all.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has commenced restoration of Trans-Ekulu damaged infrastructures that were cannibalized during the EndSARS protest last year.

#EndSARS: Enugu governor rebuilds Trans-Ekulu infrastructure

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has commenced restoration of Trans-Ekulu damaged infrastructures that were cannibalized during the EndSARS protest last year.
A government COVID-19 advertisement is seen in front of the Houses of Parliament amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London, Britain January 19, 2021. REUTERS-John Sibley

British police break up coronavirus rule-breaching wedding with 400 guests

British police said on Friday they had broken up a wedding with almost 400 guests in violation of COVID lockdown rules, which only allow six people to attend.
USA Boxing is holding a training camp in preparation for this year’s Olympics in Tokyo in an abandoned department store.

USA Boxing convert department store into training facility in preparation for Tokyo games

National team boxers have been unable to use the facilities at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center at Colorado Springs since March.
Kenya’s Tourism Minister Najib Balala has defended the decision to name British model Naomi Campbell as the country’s international tourism ambassador.

Kenya defends Naomi Campbell tourism role

Kenya’s Tourism Minister Najib Balala has defended the decision to name British model Naomi Campbell as the country’s international tourism ambassador.

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L-R- Flagging Off of the Extended Special Public Works Programme by the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat

Nigerian government flags-off extended special public works programme in Lagos

After a protracted discussion among the stakeholders, the Federal Government today in Lagos finally launched the Extended Special Public Works (SPW) Programme (the 774,000 jobs) aiming at providing employment opportunities for the unemployed Nigerians.