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U.S. blocks websites linked to Iranian disinformation

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday blocked some three dozen websites, many of them associated with Iranian disinformation activities, a U.S. government source said, adding an official announcement was expected.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed optimism that the current clouds and travails covering Nigeria would give way to a glorious and bright new nation.

VP Osinbajo restates Nigerian government’s commitment to growth of MSMEs

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to give prioritize attention to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) especially those creating jobs for Nigerians.
A screen grab from alalamtv.net shows a notice saying the website has been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action, as seen June 22, 2021. REUTERS

Notices on Iran-linked websites say they have been seized by U.S.

Notices appeared on Tuesday on a number of Iran-affiliated websites saying they had been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate wants implementation of 75% import duty on syringes, needles

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to accelerate the implementation of 75 per cent import duties on syringes and needles.
FILE PHOTO - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the Grand Palais Ephemere for the Financing of African Economies Summit, at the Champs de Mars in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ian Langsdon-Pool via REUTERS

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa accuses Big Pharma of ‘selfish, unjust’ vaccine policy

South Africa’s president said on Monday the “selfish, unjust” refusal of pharmaceutical companies and allied Western governments to entertain emergency patent waivers on COVID-19 vaccines was endangering the entire world.
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has said that it will be working with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, to identify, document and disclose the real owners of Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining assets under the country’s implementation of Beneficial Ownership policy of the global extractive industries transparency initiative.

NEITI: Nigeria’s solid minerals revenue increases to N79.9 billion

Nigeria recorded an increase in revenue from its solid minerals sector in 2019 as it earned N79.96bn from the industry during the period, data released on Sunday by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative showed.
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: Nigeria committed to entrepreneurship development

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Nigerian government is committed to the development of entrepreneurship and made-in-Nigeria products.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) says it is providing one billion dollars grant to African countries to support the implementation of the Agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

WISTA president: Nigerian women must take advantage of AfCFTA

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has urged women in the maritime Industry to explore investment opportunities in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which came into full effect in January 2021.

NURTW: We aren’t part of PMS ‘atrocities’ in Oyo

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has distanced itself from the alleged nefarious activities of the Park Management System (PMS) in Oyo State.

Oyo crisis: Governor Makinde’s ‘Auxiliary’ expelled since 2011 – NURTW

“The NURTW is miffed by the persistent reports labeling the union with Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde’s appointed Chairman of the Parking Management System (PMS) Mukaila Lamidi, popularly called Auxiliary and the Union is once again distancing itself from the atrocities committed by the individual.” He added.
Air Peace’s personnel again foiled an attempt to traffick two babies by a man and a woman at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal 2 (MMA2) Lagos.

Air Peace to receive all 13 brand new aircraft in 2022

Air Peace yesterday received the third of its brand new Embraer 195-E5 aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and disclosed that it would receive all the 13 aircraft it ordered from the Brazilian plane marker before the end of 2022.
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NNPC boss: Rising oil prices will create problems for Nigeria

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has warned that rather than being a positive development, the rising prices of crude oil in the international market could cause major challenges for resource-dependent nations like Nigeria.

Stakeholders divided over film, video censor bill

Major stakeholders in the movie and film industry were on Thursday divided over some provisions in the National Film and Video Censor Bill currently before the House of Representatives. The stakeholders, who differed on some...

ACCI president: How to benefit from digital economy

The President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar has affirmed that Nigeria should deepen private sector participation in the making of digital economy policies and programmes to benefit maximally from the booming sector.

Nigerian pilots, engineers partner Airtech on aviation database

Airtech Aviation Support Services in partnership with the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has launched a database, which would serve as a single resource point for manpower availability, aviation information and data in the Nigerian aviation sector.
The House of Representatives has postponed the planned security summit scheduled to hold on Monday.

IPC, NGO reject bill seeking to empower NBC to regulate DSTV, Startimes’ tariffs

A bill seeking to regulate tariff of digital satellite service providers was on Wednesday rejected by several participants at the public hearing on the bill.
Netflix announced at Tokyo’s AnimeJapan 2021 Expo Saturday that it will launch 40 new anime titles in 2021, Bloomberg reported, following the success of its Blood of Zeusseries last year.

Netflix begins movie production training for Nigerians, others

Netflix has announced the commencement of a three-month training programme in story writing and post-production for film and television professionals in Africa.
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.

Nigerian government seeks powers to license, regulate internet broadcast, online media

The Federal Government on Wednesday sought power to regulate private broadcasting in the country using the internet and other online outlets, saying the government has an obligation to monitor broadcast content.
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it is set to complete analogue switch off across Nigeria by end of 2022.

IPC, CSOs reject proposed tariff regulation for satellite TV in new NBC amendment bill

The International Press Centre (IPC), as well as civil society organisations (CSOs) have rejected the proposed tariff regulations for satellite television in the new National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act amendment bill.
Popular gospel singer, Lanre Teriba, has said that he has no problem with fellow singer, Tope Alabi.

Lanre Teriba: I have no problem with Tope Alabi

Tope Alabi had criticised the popular Christian song, Oniduro Mi, which was sung by iconic singers, Tolu Adelegan and Yinka Alaseyori, at different times.

NGO trains Kebbi food processors on basic nutrition, food safety

Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN), an NGO, has organised a two-day training for food processors in Kebbi State on basic nutrition and food safety.

NAICOM partners FRSC on insurance of 10 million uninsured vehicles

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has partnered the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) on enforcement of compulsory motor insurance in the country.

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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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CAF releases interclub competition details for next season

The continental Football governing body in Africa, CAF, has released the 2021/22 interclub season schedule which details the information relating to the list of countries that are allowed to enter two clubs in the 2021/22 campaign.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

WHO: Most poorer countries do not have enough COVAX shots to continue vaccinations

More than half of poorer countries receiving doses via the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme do not have enough supplies to continue, an official from the World Health Orgnization which co-runs it said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

WHO setting up hub to make coronavirus vaccines in South Africa

The WHO is setting up a hub in South Africa to give companies from poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licenses to produce COVID-19 vaccines, in what President Cyril Ramaphosa called an historic step to spread lifesaving technology.
Vincent Onovo, who was handed a late Super Eagles call-up for a recent friendly against Cameroon, is expected in Izmir to finalise his move to Super Lig side Gotzepe.

Vincent Onovo confirms Goztepe interest

Onovo, who is based in Hungary, was handed a call-up by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr as the replacement for injured William Troost-Ekong ahead of Super Eagles’ second friendly match against Cameroon a week ago.

Five police officers killed by ‘terrorists’ in Burkina Faso

Officers say the attack happened on their post in the village of Bilbalogo, in the north-central province of Sanmatenga, as a team of 22 policemen was on its way to replace another on duty.