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Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)

Nigerian government deploys treasury directors in NNPC, others

The FGOEs affected included the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Nigeria Ports Authority, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Maritime Administration Agency, Department of Petroleum Resources, Corporate Affairs Commission, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and Nigeria Shippers’ Council.
Bitcoin can baffle even bigger-fish investors [Dado Ruvic-Reuters]

Rollercoaster: Bitcoiners who missed rally feel relief and regret

Arianna O’Dell, a 30-year-old entrepreneur and songwriter based in New York City, had a tumultuous four-year journey in cryptocurrency before selling her investments in February.
Leveraging on the worsening insecurity in the country, a local airline, Misha Travels, has launched an Abuja-Kaduna air shuttle, the shortest distance in scheduled operations in the country.

IATA: African airlines to lose $2 billion in 2020 on coronavirus impact

International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of the world’s airlines, says aviation industry in Africa will lose $2 billion in 2020 while global losses is expected to drop deeper at $118.5 billion in 2020.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Monday, presented a total of two hundred and sixty-six billion, six hundred and forty-four million, two hundred and seventy -three thousand, three hundred and five naira, four kobo (N266,644,273,305.04) for the 2021 fiscal year.

Oyo governor budgets N266.6 billion for 2021

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Monday, presented a total of two hundred and sixty-six billion, six hundred and forty-four million, two hundred and seventy -three thousand, three hundred and five naira, four kobo (N266,644,273,305.04) for the 2021 fiscal year.

Report: Nigeria needs $3 trillion to bridge infrastructure gap

Global credit rating agency, Moody’s Investors Service, has stated that the infrastructure in Nigeria is behind other emerging market peers, with about $3tn needed over 30 years to close the gap.
The camp of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Ondo state was depleted over the weekend as its former deputy state chairman, Engr. Abayomi Adebayo and others defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC in the state.

INEC: Suit against Mahmoud Yakubu’s nomination reckless ― ZLP

The national working committee of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) at the weekend disclosed its move to be joined in the suit, challenging the nomination of erstwhile national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu for a fresh term of five years.
Shoppers leave the Shoprite store in Daveyton, South Africa May 23, 2018. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

Shoprite opens stores for local producers

Nigerian producers will again have the opportunity to sell their fruit and vegetables directly to Shoprite customers with effect from next Saturday, Shoprite has disclosed.

MAN, LCCI others blame recession on coronavirus, #EndSARS crisis

Nigeria has formally entered its second economic recession in five years as the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global crude oil prices and restrictions imposed to curb the virus caused the nation’s economy to contract for the second consecutive quarter by 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

Recession: Financial expert seeks aggressive implementation of ESP

Uche Uwaleke, Professor of Finance and Capital Market, has called for early passage of the 2021 Appropriation Bill and aggressive implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), as the country enters recession.

PDP: There can’t be credible election without improvement of electoral laws

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said elections in Nigeria are not going to be credible until there are improvements in the country’s electoral laws.
Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook: AI has fueled hate speech crackdown

Facebook says it is proactively detecting more hate speech using artificial intelligence. A new transparency report released on Thursday offers greater detail on social media hate following policy changes earlier this year, although it leaves some big questions unanswered.
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.

Interior ministry records 95.6% budget performance for 2020

The Federal Ministry of Interior said it has so far recorded about 95.69 percent budget performance for the year 2020, asking the National Assembly to help boost its allocations in order to continue to discharge its mandate creditably.
Africa’s richest businessman, Aliko Dangote, has donated a mobile testing centre with the capacity to test 400 people for COVID-19 daily, to the Kano State Government.

CNNIC launches new content to showcase Dangote projects

CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has launched a new global branded content campaignto demonstrate the impact of Dangote Industries’ investment across Africa through its transformational projects.
The Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance, published every two years, gives each country’s government a score according to criteria including anti-corruption measures, protection of civil liberties and caring for the environment.

Nigeria declines in Mo Ibrahim governance index

The 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Nigeria 34 out of 54 countries.
The COVID-19 overlay will now give information about the total number of cases in an area.

Google Maps updates help users cope with coronavirus pandemic

Google has announced a handful of improvements coming to Google Maps including updates to its COVID overlay, takeout ordering features, and real-time crowdedness information for public transport. Alongside them, the company says the Google Assistant driving mode, which gives you access to features like voice controls for music while you’re driving, is launching in preview in the US.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

UNICEF, WHO call for urgent action to avert major measles and polio epidemics

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics, as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide, including in Nigeria – leaving millions of vulnerable children worldwide at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger has commended the efforts of Mr Hamzat Adekunle with state code number NG-19C-1696, for conducting free diabetes tests for 65 persons in the camp.

NYSC promises strict compliance with virus guidelines ahead of orientation

Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has promised strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols endorsed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the pandemic and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in all its orientation camps in the country.
Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa attended the investiture of his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob in Windhoek on Saturday, defying his own government’s ban on anyone leaving the country over coronavirus.

Zimbabwean government agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers

The Zimbabwean government and former white commercial farmers on Wednesday signed a 3.5 billion United States dollars compensation agreement for the farmers.

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VP Osinbajo: Nigerian government prioritizing poverty reduction, social inclusion, business growth

Aside from the main goal of ending open defecation across the country, the Buhari administration is prioritizing the Clean Nigeria Campaign as its success contributes to key initiatives including, enhancing social inclusion; poverty reduction; business growth, and entrepreneurship; greater access to quality education and affordable healthcare, among others.Aside from the main goal of ending open defecation across the country, the Buhari administration is prioritizing the Clean Nigeria Campaign as its success contributes to key initiatives including, enhancing social inclusion; poverty reduction; business growth, and entrepreneurship; greater access to quality education and affordable healthcare, among others.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on November 26, 2020, arraigned Prince Lasberry Okafor Anyanwu before Justice E.F Njemanze of the Imo State High Court for alleged fraud.

EFCC docks ex-Imo commissioner for ‘N180 million fraud’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on November 26, 2020, arraigned Prince Lasberry Okafor Anyanwu before Justice E.F Njemanze of the Imo State High Court for alleged fraud.
Mike Igini

Mike Igini: Local council elections are nothing but organised crime

Local elections in Nigeria are conducted by state electoral commissions, while national elections – presidential, governorship, state and federal legislatures – are conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
L-R: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Mr. Harry van Dijk, at the handover of the repatriated Ife Terracotta by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Minister of Information and Culture in Abuja on Thursday.

Nigerian government receives repatriated 600-year-old Ife Tarrecotta

The Nigerian Government on Thursday has formally received the 600-year-old Ife Terracotta which was smuggled from the country through Ghana to The Netherlands in 2019 with a forged document.
Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of the approvals.

President Buhari seeks better deal on OPEC quota

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to consider Nigeria’s huge population size and physical development deficits when sharing oil production cuts.