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The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Afenifere seeks foreign intervention to combat herdsmen crisis

The apex Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday urged the international community to intervene in the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria to stem the tide.
AbdulSamad Rabiu

BUA advocates liberalisation of cement policy to crash price

The Chairman and Founder of the BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, has called for the liberalisation of Nigeria’s cement policy to boost production and subsequently crash the price of the commodity.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

N-Power: 30,000 beneficiaries hired as agric enumerators – Presidency

The N-Power, cash-for-work programme, inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with 500,000 of direct beneficiaries, is spread across the key industries targeted by the programme – Agriculture, Health, Education, and Tax.
FILE PHOTO - Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania U.S., October 5, 2017. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid

Analysts foresee faster economic recovery as oil price hits $60

Analysts yesterday forecasted a faster economic recovery for Nigeria as crude oil prices, at $60 per barrel, hit a new high since February 2020.

Nigeria’s central bank to partner investors to build modern health facilities, sponsor research on...

Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said that the bank is partnering government at all levels and the private sector to provide sophisticated health facilities in the country to address the healthcare needs of the people.
South Africa is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after finding it offers limited protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant discovered there.

Nigeria set to receive 16 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Nigeria is set to receive the largest allocation of 16 million doses out of the 88 million AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine doses allocated to African countries in the first phase by the end of February instead of the initial 100,000 Pfizer doses earlier expected, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hinted on Saturday.
Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Rivers governor tasked to set up cardiovascular centre

The Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Nigeria, ACTSON, has tasked Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to set up Cardiovascular Centre in the state.

SERAP asks World Bank to release information on $500 million electricity projects funding in...

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the World Bank to release information on the $500million funding for electricity projects in Nigeria.

Nigerian government announces visitation panels to 25 polytechnics, 21 COEs

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has released the list of Visitation Panels to 25 Federal Polytechnics and 21 Colleges of Education as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, with a directive to submit their reports in six weeks.
Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO: 2.5 billion people in 130 countries without coronavirus vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says three-quarters of all COVID-19 vaccinations were only in 10 countries, accounting for almost 60 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN to bridge gap in health facilities, sponsor research on coronavirus

The Governor of Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, says that the bank will partner government and relevant private sector organisations to provide modern facilities in the heath sector and sponsor research on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the country.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

Nigerian government appoints visitation panels to polytechnics, colleges of education

A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said the constitution of the panels was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS.

Microsoft suspends donations for US politicians who attempted to overturn the 2020 election

Microsoft has announced that it will suspend all donations for the upcoming 2022 election cycle for any members of Congress, state officials, and organizations that voted to object to the certification of electors in the 2020 election or supported attempting to overturn the election.
Kwara State Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq

APC hails Kwara governor at 61

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday in Abuja, commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara for ensuring good governance and developing the state in spite of its lean finances.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF applauds Southeast commitment to end female genital mutilation

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has praised the commitments of states in the South-east of the country in stopping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Nigerian university workers begin nationwide strike today

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of Educational and Associated Institution commenced nationwide industrial action to compel the federal government to address their grievances.
FILE PHOTO - A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang-File Photo

Zimbabwe to get 200 000 vaccine doses from China’s Sinopharm for free

Zimbabwe will receive 200 000 free doses of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday, after China and Russia offered shots against the coronavirus to the impoverished southern African nation.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

ASUU: Nigerian private universities often produce graduates with ’empty brains’

Most Nigerian private universities do not produce high quality graduates despite the exorbitant fees they receive in tuition from students, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Plateau State, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, said on Thursday in Jos.

AGPC secures $260 million financing for $650 million gas processing facility

ANOH Gas Processing Company Limited (AGPC), a gas processing company established by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (Seplat) on a 50-50 basis has successfully raised $260million in debt to fund the completion of the AGPC Gas Processing Plant. The financing was more than 50percent oversubscribed.

Nigerian government tasks states on funding of SDG programs

The Federal Government has called on States and the Federal Capital Territory to provide the necessary leadership and resources for the implementation of Social Protection and SDGs activities.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, addressing stakeholders during a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state, on Monday at Government House Jos.

Plateau governor raises concern on emerging security threats

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has raised concern about the activities of criminal but assured residents that his administration is working hard with the security agencies and stakeholders to ensure that the ugly incidences are dealt with.

Maize farmers oppose calls for importation

The farmers assured that Nigeria “should be able to achieve at least 25 million metric tonnes (MMTs) of maize before the end of the year” going by the current improvement in local production capacity and funding support from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) as well as expectations that the COVID-19 pandemic would be better managed globally going forward.

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The Non-Interest Financial Institutions Association of Nigeria (NIFIAN), on Friday in Abuja elected the Managing Director of Jaiz Bank Plc, Hassan Usman, as its pioneer president.

NIFAN elects Jaiz Bank chief as pioneer president

The Non-Interest Financial Institutions Association of Nigeria (NIFIAN), on Friday in Abuja elected the Managing Director of Jaiz Bank Plc, Hassan Usman, as its pioneer president.

Chef in court for allegedly stealing employer’s tea jugs, glasses

A 34-year-old chef, Jerry Bamai, on Monday appeared in a Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing his employer’s tea jugs, glasses and briefcase.’
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Petrol queues: NNPC calls for calm, says no price hike in March

The Corporation’s new stand is contrary to expectation of possible price hike in the month following rise in the price of crude oil in the international market and the warning by the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, that NNPC could not continue to absolve the extra cost in the pump price of petrol.
National Bureau of Statistics NBS

NBS completes listing of households in Edo

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says it has completed the listing of households in 50 enumeration areas of Edo, ahead of the 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 6) in the state.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest three ‘kidnappers’ in Adamawa

The Police Command in Adamawa says it has arrested three suspected kidnappers, recovered weapons and others items from them.

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A former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen, who was capped 30 times for the Scottish football team, has been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Former Manchester United player diagnosed with dementia

A former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen, who was capped 30 times for the Scottish football team, has been diagnosed with vascular dementia. Confirming this through a statement, his family asked that attention be paid to the occurrence of this amongst today’s crop of players.
Abuja- Federal government has disclosed it plan to sell Geregu, Omotosho and Calabar power plants at N434 billion in 2021.

NDPHC to export 70MW of electricity to Togo

The management of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, has disclosed that the company has entered a bilateral agreement with the Republic of Togo to supply the country with 70 Megawatt, MW, of electricity under the Power Purchase Agreement, PPA.
Nigerian international Peter Olayinka was in action for Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in their 3-1 home defeat to Italian giants Inter Milan in UEFA champions league clash on Wednesday.

Peter Olayinka relishes Slavia Prague’s Europa League win vs Leicester

Peter Olayinka has celebrated Slavia Prague’s impressive 2-0 away win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night.
Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Manchester United threaten Liverpool plans for Leeds dazzler Raphinha

Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha.
FILE PHOTO: A protester tries to escape from a riot police vehicle after being detained, a day after opposition presidential candidate Mahamane Ousmane rejected election results that gave his opponent Mohamed Bazoum a majority of the votes, in Niamey, Niger February 24, 2021, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Reuters TV/File Photo

Violent protests rock Niger over contested election result

Supporters of the losing candidate in Niger’s presidential election burnt tyres, threw rocks and set several buildings on fire on Thursday, in a third day of violent protests in the capital Niamey.