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Ex-NIMASA chief Dakuku Peterside’s book launch postponed

The launch of the book by the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and a public lecture to mark his 50th birthday earlier scheduled for January 28, 2021 have been postponed.
For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

President Joe Biden urges Americans to unite

Biden, sworn in along with Vice President Kamala Harris, in his inaugural address, spoke glowingly about the US democracy, tested to the limit by the acrimony over the outcome of the November 3, 2020, presidential election, saying finally, democracy prevailed.
(FILES) In this file photograph taken on February 10, 2020, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde (C), gestures as he arrives at The African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, during the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African heads of States. – Guinean President Alpha Conde said August 6, 2020, that he acknowledged his party’s request to run for a third presidential term later this year, a scenario that has sparked violent protests in the West African state. Speaking at a party congress in the capital Conakry, the 82-year-old president said: “I take note, you heard me, I take note,” without clarifying further. (Photo by Michael TEWELDE / AFP)

Guinea’s Alpha Conde pushes ahead with government after disputed election

Guinean President Alpha Conde has pushed ahead with a new government after fiercely disputed elections last October that claimed dozens of lives.
FILE PHOTO - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Tehran, Iran December 14, 2020. Official Presidential website-Handout via REUTERS

Iran’s president says ‘ball in U.S. court’ over nuclear dispute

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
A Civil Society Group has decried the plans by educational institutions across the country to resume academic activities without adequate safety measures to contain the devastating impacts of the second wave of COVID-19.

Private, public schools reopen amid fear of coronavirus

The Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Control, announced in December that schools should not reopen for the second term, following the second wave of Coronavirus.
In a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the state government declared that “this illegality will not stand” and advised “powerful persons not be allowed to set our State ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.”

Edo government suspends resumption in all schools

The Edo State Government has said that the suspension of schools’ resumption is applicable to all educational institutions in the state.
Conversations about election fraud dropped across several social media sites in the week after President Trump was banned from Twitter, an analytics firm found. (Olivier Douliery-AFP-Getty Images)

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Donald Trump

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.

SERAP urges NASS to stop President Buhari from selling government properties

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “urgently review the 2021 appropriation legislation to stop the government of President Muhammadu Buhari from selling public properties to fund the 2021 budget, and to identify areas in the budget to cut such as salaries and allowances for members and the Presidency to make sayings to address the growing level of deficit and borrowing.”
Guinean President Alpha Condé speaks during a press conference at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France, on April 11, 2017. PHOTO- Lionel Bonaventure, AFP

Guinea president Alpha Conde receives coronavirus vaccine jab

The 82-year-old president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, has received his first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus, part of a scheme mainly involving government members, a source close to his office said Saturday.

Kaduna CPFN chair: Bishop Kukah spoke minds of majority of Nigerians

Chairman, Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN), Kaduna State chapter, Pastor Shola Olatunbosun has said that the Christmas outburst on the state of the nation by the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Kukah, was in order because he spoke the minds of majority of Nigerians.
A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

53 Health workers test positive for coronavirus in Edo

Edo State has recorded eight new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and one death from the disease as at Thursday, January 14, while 53 healthcare workers have been infected with the virus since the second wave of the disease outbreak in the state.
FILE PHOTO - John Elphinstone receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Marianne Stewart, a practice nurse, at the Pentland Medical Practice, in Currie, Scotland, Britain January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Russell Cheyne-Pool

Britain targets 24/7 coronavirus vaccinations to speed rollout

AstraZeneca executives said the company was on track to deliver 2 million doses a week before mid-February, and Johnson said the availability of more shots would be crucial to scaling up to a round-the-clock service.
Following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the full accreditation status of the School of Nursing Sciences of the College of Medical Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has been restored.

Ahmadu Bello University announces date for resumption

The management of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna State, has fixed Monday, January 25th, 2021 as the date for the reopening of the institution for academic activities.
FILE PHOTO - A man wearing a protective face mask as he shops inside a Sainsburys supermarket in Watford while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Watford, Britain, March 19, 2020. REUTERS-Paul Childs

UK police will back up supermarkets in enforcing coronavirus rules – minister

Britain’s policing minister Kit Malthouse said police would intervene in serious breaches of COVID rules in shops, but measures imposed and enforced by owners would be effective in most cases.
2. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC: Non-adherence to health, social measures worsening coronavirus spread

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Monday night alerted that the non-adherence to public health and social measures by Nigerians was exacerbating the public health response efforts to limit the continued spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Customers wearing protective face masks shop at a Sainsbury's supermarket, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain January 11, 2021. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

UK retailers call for police help to enforce mask rules

British retailers called on the police to help enforce the wearing of masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, with two of the biggest supermarkets saying on Monday they would challenge people who were flouting the rules.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the Russian vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet in Nigeria.

NIN registration may be suspended nationwide – minister

The ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment may be suspended considering the large crowds seeking registration in centres across Nigeria and the risk of COVID-19, the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said.
Peloton, a company known for its internet-connected bikes and treadmills, is wading into the Stop The Steal mess.

Peloton blocks #StopTheSteal hashtag from being created or used

Peloton, a company known for its internet-connected bikes and treadmills, is wading into the Stop The Steal mess. The company is now preventing users from creating a #StopTheSteal tag from within the app, saying the tag does not “meet our guidelines” when a user goes to create it.

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Save the Children admonishes implementation of child protection law in Katsina

The non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International (SCI), has admonished the Katsina State Government and other critical stakeholders to put machinery in motion to ensure the speedy implementation of the recent passed Child Protection Law in the state.
Former Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa has hit back at critics of his move to Saudi Arabia outfit Al-Nassr following calls for him to be dropped from the national team of Nigeria, where he is the first vice captain.

Super Eagles skipper set to join West Brom

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa is set to join Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on a permanent deal.
DELTA State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Monday released funds to affected local government areas to purchase food items for the affected communities as part of an effort to cushion the effect of their sufferings.

Delta approves over N1.260 billion for roads reconstruction, rehabilitation

Delta State Government, weekend, approved the construction of Aragba-Orogun township Roads in Ughelli North, widening and rehabilitation of the 2.1 kilometres Orhunwhorun Road in Udu and the overlay of the Old Lagos/Asaba Road through Umunede/Ekwuoma/Igbodo in Ika North East Local Government Areas of the state with a spur at a total cost of over N1.260 billion.
FILE PHOTO - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at the Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Russel Cheyne-Pool

Scottish leader says British premier fears democracy over independence issue

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday of fearing democracy when it comes to letting the Scottish people express their will on independence from the United Kingdom.
Bishop David Oyedepo, President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide has warned that people should stop accusing pastors of stealing money, to avoid God’s wrath.

Winners Chapel to commence 100,000 capacity Ark auditorium project soon

Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide otherwise known as Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo has disclosed the commencement of the long-awaited megachurch auditorium project to be carried out by the Church.