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The Saudi Government, through the Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, Ibrahim Alghamedi, announced the donation in April, stressing that it was part of its efforts to strengthen bilateral ties with Nigeria and help to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic at the international level.

Nigerian government receives $1 million worth medical equipment from Saudi Arabia

The Federal Government has received 23 ventilators worth $1 million donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which it said will help combat the debilitating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Receiving the...
Drummer Jacques Iyok performs on stage with his band JAMM at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Saint Louis, Senegal, June 18, 2021. Picture taken June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Cooper Inveen.

Senegal’s famed jazz festival returns after pandemic delay

On a small island where the Senegal River meets the sea, hundreds of mask-wearing jazz enthusiasts listened to French-Senegalese vocalist Awa Ly sing the blues for uncertain times.
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Akwa Ibom: NDLEA arrests 244, secures 21 convictions in 1 year

No fewer than 244 suspects have been arrested and a total of 21 convicted for drug related offences between July 2020 and June 2021, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Akwa Ibom State has disclosed.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC: Inadequate manpower hinders agro rangers’ operations

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)’s Agro Rangers’ productivity has been slowed down due to several challenges confronting the unit, notwithstanding its marked performance.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Minister: Nigeria has highest burden of sickle cell disease in the world

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed that Nigeria currently has the highest burden of sickle cell disease in the world ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo and India, with an estimated 25% of her adult population being carriers of defective S-gene.

NiMet, FAO strategise to combat food security in Nigeria

Bothered by the growing food insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) yesterday hinted that it was collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to strategise on best weather and climate services model to mitigate negative impact of weather to agriculture.
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FAO reiterates support to Nigerian government’s efforts to tackle food insecurity

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has reiterated its commitment to support the Federal Government‘s efforts to ensure food sufficiency.
Environment minister Mohammad Abubakar made this known at an event organised in conjunction with the French Embassy to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement in Abuja.

Nigerian government laments desertification

The federal government has lamented that desert encroachment is having a great toll on the nation as it has severely affected states which produce over 95 per cent of Nigeria’s livestock population.

Experts: Rising poverty will worsen Nigeria’s economic instability, insecurity

Economic experts have warned that the rising poverty level in Nigeria would have more adverse impacts on the economy and further worsen the security challenges in the country.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Communal clash: Gombe sets up early warning, response systems – official

Alhaji Adamu Dishi, the Commisioner for Internal Security and Ethical Orientations disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank: Rising prices pushed seven million Nigerians below poverty line

The World Bank has stated that inflationary pressure in Nigeria has pushed about seven million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020 alone.
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NNPC to supply oil to Indonesia, subsidiary eyes $70 million profit

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through its subsidiary Duke Oil has sealed a pact to supply 30,000 barrels per day crude oil supply to Indonesia’s state oil corp, Pertamina, and Indian Oil Corporation.
The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Sunday expressed its readiness to work with other donor partners and the Government of Nigeria to put appropriate policies in place and advance peace and security in the North-East.

UK to support Nigeria’s efforts to restore peace in Northeast

The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Sunday expressed its readiness to work with other donor partners and the Government of Nigeria to put appropriate policies in place and advance peace and security in the North-East.
Sensing the negative reactions that greeted his recent meeting with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to allegedly dissolve the leadership of the party from the ward to the state level in order to accommodate his loyalists who came from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reportedly beaten a retreat.

Edo governor seeks more serious action against child labour

Edo State’s Governor Godwin Obaseki has called for legislation and increased collaboration among global stakeholders to prevent, prohibit and eradicate child labour in its entirety.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

COVID-19: Hard choices made by Nigeria responsible for successful impact – President Buhari

The president, who addressed Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on Saturday to mark the 2021 Democracy Day, was referring to some measures, including travel restrictions across the states of the federation and beyond, compulsory use of nose masks, hand washing protocols and other relevant protocols instituted to limit spread of the virus.

Don: Twitter ban will enhance misinformation

Following the recent ban on Twitter by the Federal Government, the need to keep all channels of engagement and information, especially social media platforms, with the citizenry open in order for the government to effectively tackle competitive misinformation and the spread of fake news has been emphasised.
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has suspended sponsorship of conference attendance for Nigerian lecturers over allegations of fraudulent practices by many the beneficiaries.

Rector: TETFund earmarks N78 billion for ASCETA

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has over the years earmarked up to N78billion for academic staff development at the Abia State College of Education Technical, Arochukwu, (ASCETA) in Abia State.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has endorsed the recommendations of the visitation panel to the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, including the dissolution of the institution’s Adebayo Ninalowo-led governing council.

Lagos governor unveils five-year climate action plan

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unveiled a five-year Lagos State Climate Action Plan aimed at coordinating responses and achieving resilience under challenging climate conditions till 2025.

Igbo youth leaders call for end to militarisation of South East

South East Igbo Youth leaders have commended the South East governors and Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide for their declaration and support of May 30 as a public holiday.
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UNICEF Report: Preventing children from watching porn infringes on their human rights

A report published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that pornography may not always be harmful to children. And preventing children from watching porn may violate their human rights based on extensive interpretation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Electricity: NDPHC completes 22 sub stations, others

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, a key intervention agency in the power sector, has contributed over 3,400 megawatts, MW, to the national grid, while delivering 22 substations, a new report has shown.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Delta governor: Ranching alternative to open grazing

Delta Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to support willing states to establish ranches as alternative to open grazing.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

Three suspected armed robbers on Saturday were involved a ghastly motor accident at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, while escaping with a car they allegedly snatched at gunpoint.

Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

A group of Russians detained by the police in a part of northern Chad where the army has been battling a rebel invasion from Libya said on Wednesday that they were tourists who had come to sightsee in the Sahara Desert.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will publish the names of government agencies that have refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to defend the interrogations of the Auditor-General for the Federation in the 2015 report.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Manchester United have identified Alexander Isak as an alternative target to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer, The Star reports.

Chelsea manager Tuchel turning to Sweden’s Alexander Isak

According to AS, Isak is among a number of targets that Chelsea could pursue instead, the 21-year-old who has previously been linked with Arsenal is one of the continent’s most sought-after forwards and has impressed for Sweden at Euro 2020.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Nollywood producer arrested with guns in Delta

Operatives of the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), on patrol, have arrested a Nollywood star, Mike Omoruyi, with guns in Delta State.
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NEMA advises residents as another tanker crashes, spills content in Lagos

A tanker conveying 45,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) crashed on Saturday, spilling its content at Community Road, Ijegun-Imore by Navy Town, Lagos causing panic among residents.
A Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Russian airline Rossiya made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours of Friday after the pilot reported a problem with the engine, media reports say.

U.S. opens $500 million fund for relatives of Boeing 737 MAX victims

A $500 million U.S. victim compensation fund for the relatives of 346 people killed in two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes opened Monday, the claim administrators told Reuters.

Private polytechnic owners set to clamp down on illegal operators

The National President of the Association of Private Polytechnic Founders/Rectors in Nigeria, Pastor Bassey James, has said that illegal school operators across the country would soon run out of business.