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FILE PHOTO - People wear masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the financial Central district in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2020. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong extends work from home for civil servants until January 27

Hong Kong will extend work-from-home arrangements for civil servants by a week until Jan. 27, the government said on Tuesday, as the global financial hub seeks to contain a rise in coronavirus infections into triple digits.
Joe Biden has cast himself as a unifier for the nation, but there is someone else the incoming administration hopes can help start healing a divided United States next week- universally beloved actor Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks to host Joe Biden inauguration TV show

Joe Biden has cast himself as a unifier for the nation, but there is someone else the incoming administration hopes can help start healing a divided United States next week: universally beloved actor Tom Hanks.
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.

PTF: Nigerian government approves establishment of life-support oxygen plants nationwide

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of at least one oxygen plant in each state of the federation to aid gas available for life support for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police parade 83 suspected cultists, armed robbers, others in Benue

No fewer than 83 suspected cultists, armed robbers and others were, on Tuesday, paraded publicly in Makurdi by the Benue Police Command, following a crack down on criminal activities in the state during the festive period.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Minister: Nigeria will never be a failed state

“This has not happened and it will not happen,” he said, adding that the Federal Government had made remarkable progress in tackling insecurity as could be seen with the peaceful Christmas and New Year festivities.

DBN donates palliatives to Adamawa, Cross River, Nasarawa communities

As part of its corporate social responsibility, the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc (DBN) has donated relief materials to economically-challenged individuals, including widows in rural communities of Keana, Madagalli and Bakassi in Nasarawa, Adamawa and Cross River States respectively.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks at a drive-in rally Sunday in Garden City during a campaign stop for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (AP Photo-Stephen B. Morton)

Kamala Harris: Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia a ‘bold abuse of power’

In his latest effort to challenge results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden, Trump – in an hour-long Saturday phone call – pressured Georgia’s top elections official to “find” nearly 12,000 votes needed to flip the state in his favour, according to recordings published on Sunday by the Washington Post.
People wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, pray on the first day of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

Coronavirus overshadows Japan’s New Year’s Day festivities

New Year’s Day is the biggest holiday in Japan’s calendar, but this year’s festivities have been subdued following record highs in new coronavirus cases nationwide and calls from the government to stay home.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Niger: Police assure residents of peaceful New Year celebrations

The Niger State Police Command has taken proactive measures to ensure hitch-free New Year celebrations, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Usman, has said.

NYSC: We haven’t abandoned corps members positive for coronavirus

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Wednesday, said it had not abandoned corps members who tested positive for COVID-19 in Jigawa state as reported by some news outlet.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

NCDC: Why Nigeria will experience spike in coronavirus cases in January

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has predicted a significant increase in coronavirus infections in Nigeria by January, 2021.
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.

Nigerian government blames states for low coronavirus testing

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the joint national briefing on the taskforce.
Christmas trees and glittery ornaments are for sale at a Saudi gift shop, a once unthinkable sight in the cradle of Islam where all public non-Muslim worship is banned.

Christmas celebrated under pandemic’s shadow

Hundreds of millions across the world celebrated pared-down Christmas festivities on Friday due to coronavirus restrictions, as Pope Francis called for vaccines for everyone, describing them as “glimmers of hope in this period of darkness and uncertainty”.
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Christmas: Nigeria to exit recession soon – APC

As Nigerians celebrate Christmas, the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has assured of the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to pull the nation’s economy out of recession.
The Jigawa Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is to depoy 285 of its staff to ensure free flow of traffic and carry out rescue operations in the state during the Eid-El-Kabir break.

FRSC urges motorists to exercise patience

The Ifo Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun has advised motorists to exercise patience and drive with caution to stem road crashes during the Yuletide.
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Expert: Excess alcohol intake injurious to health

A medical practitioner, Dr Akintunde Ogunfeyimi, has cautioned Nigerians against excessive intake of alcohol especially during the yuletide in order not to cause havoc to their health.

Yelutide: Vigilante group to deploy six million officers

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria, (VGN) says it has concluded arrangement to deploy no fewer than six million of its officers, to ensure hitch-free celebrations during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Many banks in different parts of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, were unable to meet cash demands of customers on Monday as residents trooped out in their numbers to withdraw money ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Banks overwhelmed as Port Harcourt residents troop out for yuletide withdrawals

Many banks in different parts of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, were unable to meet cash demands of customers on Monday as residents trooped out in their numbers to withdraw money ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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FILE PHOTO - A 3D printed oil pump jack is placed on dollar banknotes in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Oil rises as U.S. crude stockpiles drop, new Chinese coronavirus cases decline

Oil prices climbed on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week and China, the world’s second-biggest oil user, recorded its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the State.

Kwara governor signs 2021 appropriation bill into law

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law, with the assurances that the administration will build on the ongoing infrastructural development and increased investments in social protection and youth empowerment.
Arewa Youth Forum | AYF

AYF urges new service chiefs to justify confidence repose in them

The Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, has joined teeming Nigerians to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens by removing the service chiefs.
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.
The FEC, during its first meeting of the year 2021, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, approved the bill; Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers Bill, 2021, to be sent to the National Assembly for its consideration and possible approval.

President Buhari seeks reduction in out-of-school children

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to coordinate and lead the deployment of a national plan to address the issue of out-of-school children in the country.