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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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Nigeria’s inflation drops to 17.93 percent

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation dropped to 17.93 per cent (year-on-year) in May compared to 18.12 per cent in the preceding month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
FILE PHOTO - Iran's presidential candidates stand after the election debate at a television studio, in Tehran, Iran June 12, 2021. Morteza Fakhri Nezhad-YJC-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran vote turnout poses test of youth frustrations and hopes

Like many young Iranians yearning for democracy, Shirin doesn’t believe elected officials want to deliver greater political and social freedoms, and doubts Iran’s ruling theocracy would let them even if they tried.
“We can’t tell (French, Polish, Hungarian and European) citizens that (we) can have financial solidarity in Europe and not care how the basic rules of democracy, free media and equal rights are respected,’’ Clement Beaune said in an interview.

French minister: Brexit tensions are a test for Europe

French European Affairs junior minister Clement Beaune said on Monday that current tensions over Brexit between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government and the European Union were “a test” for Europe.

Niger governor reassures residents of continuous growth

Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has reassured residents of the state of his continued commitment to fast-track development at all sectors.
The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, in a statement on Sunday said that planting of fruit trees in schools was also to encourage students to become healthy, productive and maintain a sound environment.

Lagos seizes 34 rams, vows to confiscate roaming goats, others

The Lagos State Government has seized 34 rams during raids of illegal slaughter slabs in different parts of the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Sunday in Lagos.

Lagos dislodges 10 illegal slaughter slabs

The Lagos State Government says it has dislodged 10 more illegal slaughter slabs and animal markets in four different areas of the state.

IPOB sit-at-home: Sharp increase in food prices as people resort to panic buying in...

Prices of foodstuff in Awka, Anambra State capital, have gone up astronomically as residents engaged in panic buying ahead of the Monday, 31st May sit-at-home order the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) issued.
Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl (CP Foods) chicken products sit on display inside a grocery store in Bangkok, Thailand [File- Brent Lewin-Bloomberg]

Top Thai meat producer shuts factory over coronavirus outbreak

Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl, Thailand’s biggest meat producer, will close its factory in Saraburi province for five days to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the provincial government.
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Nigeria’s inflation rate slows to 18.12% in April 2021

The consumer price index, which measures the rate of change in the price of goods and services, dropped to 18.12 percent in April from 18.17 in March.

PDP: 82.9 million Nigerians starving under President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sunday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government to address what it called the worsening food insecurity now threatening millions of Nigerians under his watch.
South Sudan’s National Police Service detained a man this week for allegedly trying to sell two of his children at Juba’s Konyo Konyo market.

Food now very costly in Benue – residents

Benue, a central Nigerian state which prides itself as “the food basket of the nation” is experiencing scarcity as costs of food items skyrockets, according to some residents of Makurdi, the state capital.
Following the recent announcement of the Southeast regional Vigilante group, Ebubeagu, the security outfit has made its first public outing in Ebonyi.

Ebubeagu arrests 8 ‘armed robbers’ in Ebonyi

The Eastern Security Network known as “Ebubeagu”, Ebonyi State branch, has arrested eight armed robbery suspects in the state.
State Governor Aminu Bello Masari urged security agencies and healthcare professionals to ensure compliance with the directive.

Katsina governor: North not afraid of restructuring

Katsina State governor and Chairman North-west Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has dismissed insinuations that northerners are not favourably disposed to the persistent clamour for the restructuring of the country.

Consumption of animal skin dangerous – vice-chancellor

The Vice Chancellor of the Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan, Oyo State, Professor Kola Oloke has warned against consumption of animal skin popularly known as ‘Ponmo’.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Sunday in Lagos.

Lagos clamps down on illegal veterinary premises

Lagos State government has commenced the dislodgement of illegal abattoirs, slaughter houses, animal markets and other veterinary premises in the state.
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: Nigerian government to attract private investment in livestock production

The Federal Government says it will encourage private investment in the livestock sector to curb banditry, cattle rustling and farmers-herdsmen clashes.
The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, in a statement on Sunday said that planting of fruit trees in schools was also to encourage students to become healthy, productive and maintain a sound environment.

Lagos renews clamp-down on illegal abattoirs, veterinary premises

Lagos State Government on Monday resumed the dislodgement of illegal abattoirs, slaughterhouses, animal markets and other veterinary premises.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Sunday in Lagos.

Official: Lagos resumes clampdown of illegal abattoirs, veterinary premises April 19

The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya said the state would resume dislodgement of illegal abattoirs, slaughterhouses, animal markets and other veterinary premises, as from April 19.
Botswana banned poultry and poultry product imports from South Africa after an avian flu outbreak. PHOTO: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Botswana bans poultry imports from South Africa amid avian flu outbreak

Botswana's agriculture ministry announced the ban on Wednesday and it has been implemented with immediate effect. The ban includes products such as meat, eggs and feathers.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister: Nigeria’s livestock sector has economic potentials worth N33 trillion

The Federal Government says the country’s livestock sector has a huge economic potential worth over N33 trillion that should be explored and harnessed.
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South East, South South bishops declare support for Imo governor

Anglican Bishops of the South East and South South Province have pledged their support to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State whose governance style they said has shown that integrity can be brought into service.

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A sign is seen at the entrance to the Google retail store in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, U.S., June 17, 2021. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton

Google drops engineering residency after protests over ‘inequities’

Alphabet Inc’s Google plans to shut down a long-running program aimed at entry-level engineers from underrepresented backgrounds after participants said it enforced “systemic pay inequities,” according to internal correspondence seen by Reuters.
FILE PHOTO - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attends the Roundtable Summit Phase One Sessions of Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. REUTERS-Lintao Zhang-Pool

Belarus: Western sanctions bordering on a ‘declaration of economic war’

Belarus views Western sanctions, imposed in response to Minsk’s forced landing of a Ryanair plane last month to arrest a journalist on board, as a declaration of economic war, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Supporters of Ebrahim Raisi celebrate his presidential election victory in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran accuses U.S. of meddling for criticising election

Iran accused the United States on Tuesday of interference for saying its election was neither free nor fair as political factions traded blame for the record low turnout and high number of invalid ballots.
People visit a makeshift memorial on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, after the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc band council encouraged mourners to take part in a national day of prayer to honour the remains of 215 children that were found at the site in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada June 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier//File Photo

China, allies seek probe into indigenous children’s remains in Canada

China and its allies called on Tuesday for an independent investigation into the discovery last month of the remains of more than 200 indigenous children at a Canadian boarding school.
A lecturer has been dismissed, while 10 other lecturers have been suspended at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, over the allegation of demanding cash or sex for grades from desperate students.

Rivers university student nabbed with ‘Indian hemp’

The Management of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has suspended one Mr. Chimara Prince a student of Guidance & Counselling Department of the institution for allegedly being in possession of cannabis sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

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President Buhari visits ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari visited the personnel of the Operation Hadin Kai, the theatre of the counter-insurgency war, in Borno on Thursday.

NLNG boss: Train 7 project will bring $10 billion foreign investment into Nigeria

The managing director of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG), Anthony Attah, said the Train 7 project will stimulate inflow of about $10 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country.
Facebook will soon begin testing ads inside its Oculus Quest virtual reality system.

Facebook to start displaying ads in Oculus Quest apps

Facebook will soon begin testing ads inside its Oculus Quest virtual reality system. In the coming weeks, ads will start appearing inside the Resolution Games title Blaston as well as two other unnamed apps.

JAMB: UTME candidates in delisted CBT centres to begin printout of notification slip

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed candidates scheduled to take examinations in the 24 delisted centres to print their notification slips for new dates and time of examinations.
Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said other measures undertaken by the agency included the re-launch of the inter-faith dialogue and instilling the culture of integrity in young people.

House minority caucus cautions Nigerian government against muffling EFCC boss’ death threat complaints

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has tasked the federal government not to muffle the outcry by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, that he has been receiving death threats in the course of his duty.