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Minister urges women to sustain legacies left by late Senator Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has called on Nigerian women to sustain and build on the political and empowerment legacies established left by late Aisha Alhassan.

CBN disburses N83 billion loans to healthcare sector

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday, said the central bank had disbursed over N83.9 billion to pharmaceutical and healthcare practitioners in the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo to spend N3 billion on economic recovery programme

Edo state government will spend over N3 billion to implement the Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme.
Bill and Melinda Gates in Paris, France, on 21 April 2017. Frederic Stevens-Getty Images

Divorce: Bill and Melinda Gates kids to inherit $10 million – report

After Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce documents revealed the couple never had a prenup, many are wondering how the couple, with a combined net worth of $130 billion, will split their assets.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

How Bill, Melinda Gates met, got married

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday they are divorcing after a 27-year marriage.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, gave the charge Friday while playing host to the Executive members of the State branch of FIDA, during a courtesy call on him in the Conference room of the Ministry.

Akwa Ibom government reacts to rape, killing of job-seeker

The victim, Iniubong Umoren, a philosophy graduate of the University of Uyo, was lured out of her home in Uyo on Thursday by her suspected killer, Uduak Akpan, with a promise that there was a job waiting for her.
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Kebbi governor: Why we can’t pay leave grant, gratuities

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, on Saturday, thanked the organised labour in the state for their patience, understanding and maintaining very good relationship with the government.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Babangida Hussain, disclosed this at the ongoing 9th National Council on Land, Housing and Urban Development Meeting, holding in Jos, Plateau.

Official: Nigerian government implementing policies to make housing affordable

The Federal Government has stated that several unique programmes and policies are already being implemented to make housing affordable and accessible in the country.
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

NOUN presidential visitation panel meets stakeholders, seeks support

The seven-man presidential visitation panel set up by the federal government to look into the affairs of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) yesterday met with the governing council of the institution to seek support and best strategies to carry out the assignment.
Peter Akinsola Okebukola

ODL: NOUN has highest student enrolment in West Africa – council chair

The Chairman of Governing Council of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof Peter Okebukola, has disclosed that the institution has an enrollment of about 600, 000 students, making it the highest in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in West Africa.
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Official: Kwara to develop local content in various trades

The Kwara State Government has reiterated its commitment to the development of local content in various trades, including agricultural produce.
The Senate of University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) has expelled eight students over alleged misconduct bordering on plagiarism, extortion and examination malpractices.

UNIPORT sets unprecedented record in research grant award

Four research teams at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) have won the highly competitive National Research Fund (NRF) Grant awarded in the 2020 cycle by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

Nigerian governors violating constitution by hindering financial autonomy of judiciary – lawyer

Mr Olalekan Babatunde, a former Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ife Branch, says state governors are violating the Constitution by hindering financial autonomy of judiciary.
National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also known as the “Lion of Bourdillon” appears set to roar into action as the race for the 2023 presidential ticket of the ruling party in the country begins in earnest.

2023: Why Senator Tinubu should run for president

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu held his last political office in 2007 when he completed his tenure as the second civilian governor of Lagos State. That is 24 years ago. Yet, his name is more recurring in political, social and economic conversations than those of many politicians that are in government today.

Myanmar junta releases 23,000 inmates in New Year amnesty

The junta is planning to release more than 23,000 prisoners nationwide, an official said Saturday, even as the military continues to detain and issue arrest warrants for anti-coup dissidents.

Judiciary workers’ strike continues despite Nigerian government’s appeal

Judiciary workers continued with their strike after talks with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and other federal government officials failed on Monday.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

Nigerian government begs judicial workers to suspend strike

The Federal Government Monday appealed to the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, to suspend their nationwide industrial action, which has paralysed court activities the country.

Nigerian government inaugurates visitation panels of federal polytechnics, colleges of education

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on Monday inaugurated the visitation panels of 25 Federal Polytechnics and 21 Colleges of Education in the country.The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on Monday inaugurated the visitation panels of 25 Federal Polytechnics and 21 Colleges of Education in the country.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

IMF, World Bank advocate flexible fiscal support, debt relief

Against the backdrop of a pandemic impacted global and national economies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have urged fiscal authorities to execute flexible and supportive fiscal policies to support economic recovery and cushion the long-term impact of the pandemic.
World Bank Group President David Malpass

Nigeria to benefit as G-20 approves extension of debt relief

Finance ministers of G-20 countries have approved an extension of debt relief for the world’s poorest nations till December 2021.

IMF grants debt relief to 28 low-income countries

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).

Nigerian government urges states to domesticate national chart of accounts to access foreign grants

The federal government has urged state governments to domesticate the National Chart of Accounts (NCoA) to qualify for performance-based grants under the States’ Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results 2020 Annual Performance Assessment (APA) and COVID-19 related Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) due in 2021.

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Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement in Abuja at a world press conference, explained that in arriving at the amnesty various issues were looked at and several options considered.

Eid-ul-Fitri: Nigerian government declares Wednesday, Thursday as public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

#EndSARS: Police commission receives report, pledges to probe abuses

The Police Service Commission has pledged to investigate alleged police misconduct contained in the report of the Action Group on Free Civic Space in Nigeria, which was presented to the commission in Abuja.
The National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, has released the 2019 May-June NBC-NTC examinations

NABTEB releases 2020 exam results

The National Business and Technical Examination Board has released the results for the 2020 Ordinary and Advanced level with 25,844 candidates scoring five credits and above with or without English Language and mathematics out of the 32,541 that sat for the exam.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: 10 Katsina mosque abductees still unaccounted for

Fears still radiated among residents of Jibia community on Monday following the early morning bandits’ abduction of some Muslim worshippers in the town.

BUK students protest ‘killing’ of student on campus

Students of Bayero University, Kano, on Monday, held a protest following the report of the killing of a student at its new campus.

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IPC, others express worry over National Assembly’s delay of electoral reform process

A coalition of media and civil society stakeholders, including the International Press Centre (IPC) and nine others, has expressed worry over their perceived delay by the National Assembly in concluding the electoral reform process which commenced last year.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Minister: Kidnapping, banditry not federal offences

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said it was not the responsibility of the Federal Government to prosecute suspected kidnappers and bandits.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor: Our kind of politics will one day fail us

Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Thursday, Umahi said the trend of venturing into politics without another means of livelihood is not sustainable.
Antonio Guterres

UN chief seeks second term

The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has laid out his case for a second, five-year term to the Member States.
Israeli seurity forces advance amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI - AFP)

Israel boosts security forces ahead of tense night in Jerusalem

Israel said it was beefing up security forces on Saturday in anticipation of more confrontations with Palestinian protesters, a day after fierce clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.