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FILE PHOTO - Oil tankers are seen parked at a yard outside a fuel depot on the outskirts of Kolkata February 3, 2015. REUTERS-Rupak De Chowdhuri-File Photo

India wields oil ‘weapon’ to cut dependence on Saudi

When India’s government last month asked refiners to speed up diversification and reduce dependence on the Middle East - days after OPEC+ said it would maintain production cuts - it sent a message about its clout and foreshadowed changes to the world’s energy maps.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the appointment of Mr. Alexander Ayoola Okoh as the Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for a second term of four years in accordance with the provision of Section 17 (1)(a) and (2)(a) of the Public Enterprise (Privatization & Commercialization) Act, 1999.

BPE boss seeks increased PPP in maritime sector

The federal government has called for more private sector partnership to attract the needed investment to drive the maritime sector and boost the economy.

Ikeja Electric: Why metering of customers is slow

Ikeja Electric (IE) Plc said that it had metered only some 24,000 customers under the National Mass Metering Programme (NNMP) of the Federal Government flagged off in October 2020.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, in her goodwill message yesterday during the commemoration of the “2021 International Women’s Day National Policy Dialogue,” noted that through the implementation of Finance Acts 2019 and 2020, the federal government is providing tax relief and other forms of support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), many of which are owned by women.

Minister: Why there’s delay in supplementary budget for coronavirus vaccines, security

The Federal Government has explained reasons why there is a delay in the submission of supplementary budget for procurement of security equipment and COVID-19 vaccines to the National Assembly.
The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa has ended in Cape Town, South Africa, producing notable outcomes.

WEF: It’ll take 136 years to close gap between men and women

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back global gender parity by a generation, says a report published Wednesday by the World Economic Forum.
Thierry Henry has revealed that he still harbours ambitions to manage Arsenal, who considered a club legend for the role back in 2018 following the departure of Arsene Wenger.

Thierry Henry ‘available’ as he discusses Celtic job links

Thierry Henry has declared himself "available" while discussing links with the top job at Celtic.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister: 60% of dairy products consumed in Nigeria imported

Nigeria imports at least 60 per cent of dairy products the country consumes, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, has said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has insisted that there is no plan to divest the Federal Government’s stakes in joint venture oil assets.

Minister: President Buhari possesses will to transform Nigeria to gas nation

Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, says that President Muhammadu Buhari has the political will to ensure that Nigeria becomes a gas nation with its huge deposit of gas.
After yet another humbling defeat in the Champions League for Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman does not seem too optimistic about his side’s progression into the next round of the competition.

Jordi Cruyff: Ronald Koeman has done well at Barcelona in tough circumstances

Ronald Koeman has done well at Barcelona in tough circumstances, according to Jordi Cruyff, who says the head coach has shown "a lot of merit" on and off the pitch.
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Telcos reject demand by banks for sim swap list

Telecommunication Companies have rejected the demand by Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) to submit lists of SIM Swap customers to Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) for watchlist against e-fraud.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that certain politicians are frustrating the war against insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kogi governor pushes equal pay for Super Falcons

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has highlighted the gap in pay between the Nigerian men's national team and women, in an event marking International Women's Month.
Dr. Timi Olubiyi, an Entrepreneurship & Business Management expert with a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Babcock University Nigeria.

Sachet economy: Is it a problem, a solution, or both?

History have it that “sachetisation” is not something that just began in Nigeria of Africa. The ‘sachetised’ products have long been part of Indian culture, which is believed to have pioneered the bite-sizing of consumers' products and commodities some 70 years ago, beginning with tea, of course, in small paper pouches tucking precious leaves just enough to make tea for two.
Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, the Minister of State, Ministry of Science and Technology said this on Thursday at the ongoing three-day capacity building workshop on STI Policy Design and Review Processes- Recent Advances and Methodologies in Abuja.

Minister: Nigerian government to adopt STI in developing sectors of the economy

The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) says government is consolidating efforts to adopt Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the development of other sectors of the economy.
3. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has called for the decentralisation of the judiciary to fast-track justice delivery in the country.

Kaduna governor calls for decentralisation of judiciary

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has called for the decentralisation of the judiciary to fast-track justice delivery in the country.
National President of Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP), Mrs Clementina Chinwe Ativie, has blamed the increment in the price of Table Water to high cost of production.

ATWAP explains spike in cost of table water in local market

National President of Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP), Mrs Clementina Chinwe Ativie, has blamed the increment in the price of Table Water to high cost of production.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Monday arrived in Beijing for talks on the coronavirus outbreak, the WHO office in the Chinese capital confirmed.

WHO: Coronavirus impacts on TB as treatment drops by 21% in 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says data from more than 80 countries show 21 per cent reduction in Tuberculosis (TB) treatment in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lagos IRS gives tax evaders March 31 deadline for payment

The Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has warned tax evaders in the state, saying that the Service would wield the stick on defaulters who insist on shortchanging the State Government.
View of a Microsoft logo on March 10, 2021, in New York. John Smith-VIEWpress via Getty

Microsoft to start reopening HQ on March 29th

Microsoft is planning to start reopening its Redmond, Seattle headquarters later this month. The software giant originally started encouraging employees to work from home more than a year ago, just as the coronavirus pandemic began, and the company’s main US offices have remained closed for months as a result. This will start to change on March 29th, with a limited reopening of Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Seattle.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO hails Africa for vaccinating seven million people in two weeks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Africa for progress made in vaccinating its citizens against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raiola is one of football’s biggest agents, boasting of managing some world-class clients such as Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and of course the wonderkid Erling Haaland.

Barcelona boss addresses Erling Haaland transfer rumours

Ronald Koeman has addressed the ongoing rumours of a potential transfer to Barcelona for Erling Haaland.

New investor set to inject $200 million in Airtel

Airtel Africa Plc has signed an agreement that will make The Rise Fund invest $200 million in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV (AMC BV).
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

WHO: Nearly 7 million doses of coronavirus vaccines administered in Africa

Nearly 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa, where after months of waiting on the side-lines for vaccines, many of the first wave of countries to start campaigns are rapidly vaccinating high-risk groups.

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao- says Service Chefs will submit to DHQ under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor.

NAF chief: Terrorists’ll be brought to their knees

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has said the Nigerian military will win the war on insecurity in the North-East and other parts of the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Oyo: Police rescues three abducted women after four days in captivity

The Oyo State Police Command on Friday confirmed the release of the abducted victims at Onipe, a suburb along the Ijebu-ode/Idi-Ayunre axis of Oluyole Local Government Area of the state on Monday by unknown gunmen.
The newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Prof George Obiozor has admonished the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to thread cautiously his agitation for a separate country from Nigeria.

Ohanaeze: No ‘no man’s land’ in Igbo land

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has warned non-Igbo indigenes residing in the South-East to erase ‘no man’s land’ from their minds.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses to the nation on his second anniversary as the President of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Sunday, adding that his symptoms were light and that he was receiving medical treatment. Photo taken December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico president backs extension of supreme court head’s term, sparks backlash

Mexico's Senate on Thursday voted to extend the term of the president of the Supreme Court for an extra two years, a move criticized by opposition lawmakers who called it a bid by the ruling party to strengthen its hold on the country's institutions.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Kaduna: Police arrest three for criminal conspiracy, incitement, abduction

The Police Command in Kaduna State said on Friday that it had arrested three suspects for criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbances and abduction in the state.

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The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

44 companies to face NSE’s sanctions over default filing

A total of 44 companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, may face sanctions from the Exchange for failing the timeline in rendition of 2020 audited financial results.
A research published on the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday found that calling an ambulance when experiencing chest pain rather than organising other transport to a hospital means faster intervention and may deliver better outcomes.

Calling ambulance when experiencing chest pain may deliver better outcomes – research

A research published on the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday found that calling an ambulance when experiencing chest pain rather than organising other transport to a hospital means faster intervention and may deliver better outcomes.

ECOWAS: Nigeria leads West Africa in organic agriculture promotion

The Head of Agriculture Division, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Mr Ernest Aubee, has said that Nigeria was leading in the promotion of Organic Agriculture in the West Africa region.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Niger Delta agitators: NDDC under Senator Akpabio’s ministry to curtail excesses

The 21st Century Youths of Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience, 21st CYNDAC, Sunday, said the Presidency placed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, under the supervision of Ministry of Niger Delta, MNDA, to put the interventionist agency in check.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored an injury-time winner as Liverpool came from behind to beat Aston Villa and end a run of six consecutive defeats at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury-time winner rescues Liverpool against Villa

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored an injury-time winner as Liverpool came from behind to beat Aston Villa and end a run of six consecutive defeats at Anfield.