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Suleiman Adamu, Minister Of Water Resources

Minister: 28 states at risk of severe flooding

No fewer than 28 states are likely to experience severe flooding this year, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced on Thursday.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Gombe targets 50,000 households for distribution of palliatives

The Gombe State Government has begun the distribution of palliatives to poor and vulnerable persons in the state, targeting no fewer than 50,000 households.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for the United Kingdom, where he will meet his doctor for a routine medical check-up.

Kebbi monarchs laud President Buhari on HYPPADEC take-off

Emirs in Kebbi State have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for ensuring the take-off of the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to address plights of riverine communities.
National Emergency Management Agency NEMA

Floods: NEMA maps vulnerable communities for emergency response

The National Emergency Management Agency has commenced the mapping of communities that are vulnerable to the impending devastating floods expected this year.
Niger’s newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in, a democratic watershed overshadowed by armed groups’ violence and alleged coup bid two days ago.

New Niger president says he will improve education, security

Mohamed Bazoum said he would make education and security a priority as he took over as president of Niger on Friday, inheriting a state racked by political tension and an Islamist insurgency that has killed more than 300 people this year.

NGO urges stakeholders to improve water management

The Society for the Promotion of People`s Right, an NGO, has urged all tiers of government and relevant stakeholders to improve on water management and increase climate resilience.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF: Over 86% of Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water

UNICEF has expressed concern over the shortage of potable water in Nigeria, saying over 86 per cent of Nigerians lack access to a safely managed drinking water source.

Rainy season: Akwa Ibom deputy governor tasks residents on safety

The Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, has urged residents, especially those living in riverbank communities to ensure the safety of their houses and property against flooding and windstorm disasters as the rains set in.
Fulani herdsmen

Inter-religious council links farmers-herders’ clashes to climate change

The Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, under the joint leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, on Thursday, linked herdsmen and farmers crises in the country to climate change.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi government awards N510 million contracts for road, drainage construction

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Saturday said that the construction of a three-kilometre road and 1.5 km of drainages in Disina town is costing the government N510 million.
Voters queue at a polling station during the second round of the country's presidential election, in Niamey, Niger February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tagaza Djibo

Seven poll workers killed by landmine as Niger votes in presidential runoff

Seven election workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, a local official said, marring a day meant to usher in the country’s first democratic transition of power.
The Executive Director of the centre, Dr. Ganiyu Agbaje recommended this approach at the opening ceremony of the Online Regional Training on Flood Monitoring and Forecasting Modelling in Abuja recently.

UN centre recommends use of floodwater to end herders-farmers conflict

The African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education (ARCSSTE-E) has revealed how floodwater could be used to resolve festering crises between Fulani herdsmen and farmers nationwide.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nigerian government distributes N80 million grant to 4,000 rural women in Niger

No fewer than 4,000 rural women in Niger have received N80 million in total under the Federal Government Special Cash Grant Project for rural women, a statement from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has said.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja has intercepted 21.9kg of Cocaine.

NiMet: Nigerians to experience flight delays due to bad weather in 2021

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has advised stakeholders in the aviation industry to take proactive measures to mitigate experiences of flight delays due to bad weather conditions in 2021.
A flooded area of Buzi, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019, after the passage of cyclone Idai. Adrien BARBIER AFP-File

Report: 480,000 killed by extreme weather this century

Almost half a million people have died in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to a new assessment of the direct threat posed to humanity by climate change.
For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Joe Biden launches coronavirus initiatives on first full day in White House

President Joe Biden launched initiatives on Thursday to rein in the raging COVID-19 pandemic, tackling his top priority on his first full day in the White House as he tries to turn the page on Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership
The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations.

UN: Nations failing to fund climate adaptation

The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations.
This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT /

Kim Jong-un says North Korea’s economic plan failed

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has admitted his five-year economic plan for the isolated country failed to meet its targets in “almost every sector”.

World Bank predicts 4% global economic growth, 1.1% for Nigeria in 2021

The World Bank says global economy is expected to grow by 4 per cent in 2021, assuming an initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout becomes widespread throughout the year.
Festus Keyamo

Minister: 774,000 special public works jobs will kick off today

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said the Special Public Works Programme which will engage 774,000 unemployed Nigerians will kick off today.
FILE PHOTO - Buffaloes are seen on the island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh February 14, 2018. REUTERS-Stringer

Bangladesh to ship new group of Rohingya refugees to remote island

Bangladesh will move a second group of Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, officials said, despite calls by rights groups to stop the relocation on safety grounds.

Boko Haram: UN concerned for safety of refugees in Niger

The United Nations voiced grave concern on Tuesday for the safety of thousands of refugees and internally displaced in the wake of a deadly Boko Haram attack on Toumour, a town in southeastern Niger’s Diffa region, near the border with Nigeria.

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World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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Chelsea to sell Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri ahead of summer transfer spree

Chelsea are keen to raise extra funds for transfers through player sales this summer and remain intent on offloading either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri.
Isaac Success ended his 30-month goal drought with the second goal in Watford’s 2-0 win over Andre Ayew’s Swansea City in a Championship game.

Andre Gray: Watford bench thought Isaac Success was tired before wonder goal

Andre Gray admitted that the Watford bench thought Isaac Success was looking ‘jaded’ before he netted a stunning goal in the 2-0 win over Swansea City at the Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Rauf Olaniyan

2019: PDP’s victory in Oyo shocked opposition – deputy governor

The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan has disclosed that the victory recorded in 2019 by the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde remained a big surprise to some people, particularly the opposition parties.

South Sudan’s president dissolves parliament

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, paving the way for the appointment of MPs from opposing sides in the country’s five-year civil war.
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WHO approves China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

The World Health Organization on Friday approved the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use — the first Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light.