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Finance minister presents draft 2021 to 2023 MTEF to NEC

Hajia Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, on Thursday presented the draft 2021 to 2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework(MTEF) as well as the Fiscal Strategy Paper to the National Economic Council (NEC).
Electricity pylons are seen along the cooling tower of the defunct Orlando Power Station in Soweto, South Africa, June 28, 2018. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

DISCOs sue Nigerian government over business interference

Electricity distribution companies have dragged the Federal Government to court to restrain it from further interfering in the corporate business activities of the power firms.
FILE - White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks to reporters.

40.7 million Americans seek unemployment benefits

Applications for unemployment compensation eased again in the U.S. last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as some employers started to reopen businesses after the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure.
“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has granted the prayers of the Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, to properly position and empower the ministry to fulfil his digital economy objectives”

Minister lauds Kaduna, Imo, Katsina, Plateau governors for complying with right of way resolution

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has commended Governors El-Rufai, Uzodimma, Masari and Lalong for implementing Right of Way Resolution.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed on Saturday met with the leadership of the National Assembly to intimate it with an Executive proposal to establish a N500 billion COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund.

Excess crude account hits $72.04 million as finance minister briefs economic council

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has presented to the National Economic Council (NEC) the state of Nigeria’s three Special Accounts just as the Excess Crude Account balance as of May 21, 2020 stands at US$72.04 million.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

Minister: Nigerian states to get $1.5 billion from World Bank

The World Bank has got a proposal of 1.5 billion dollars to states as part of economic stimulus to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Emeka Kalu: I’ll support Atiku Abubakar again if he decides to contest

Dr Emeka Kalu, the Director-General of Global Initiative for Good Governance, has said he would not hesitate to support the candidature of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar again if he decides to vie for the highest political office in the country in 2023.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government have commenced a Human Capital Development (HCD) plan towards moving 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.

Coronavirus: Governors to meet on Wednesday

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is set to meet to review the Covid-19 situation and various measures taken by state governments at various stages since the virus hit Nigeria.
Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

Nigerian governors meet on Wednesday over coronavirus pandemic

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is to review the Covid-19 situation and various measures taken by state governments at various stages since the virus hit Nigeria.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019.

Ex-President Obasanjo, Gordon Brown, others demand action against pandemic

About 165 global leaders, including a former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, have called for a concerted global response to the coronavirus pandemic led by the G-20 countries.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara

Kwara launches cash transfer to poor households

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, yesterday, confessed he had gone into self-isolation for the mandatory 14 days, having returned from the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja on March 19, 2020, declaring he was now fine.
The new executive members were announced by the chairman of the PDP state congress committee, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Governor Makinde: I didn’t contract coronavirus at Ibadan PDP rally

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has denied claims that he contracted the coronavirus disease at the unification rally organised by the Peoples Democratic Party in Ibadan on March 18.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it has extended its molecular laboratories with the capacity to detect Coronavirus Disease to six. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the NCDC, disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, while giving an update on COVID-19 in the country.

Oyo coronavirus index patient discharged

“The news of Makinde’s positive test came on the heels of the release of the state’s index case from the COVID-19 isolation centre,” Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary of Makinde, wrote in a press statement issued on Monday evening.
The new executive members were announced by the chairman of the PDP state congress committee, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Oyo governors says working on palliatives for residents

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, informed residents of the state that his government is already working on palliatives to ease the pressure on the people following the partial shutdown of activities as part of the precautionary measures to curtail the spread of Covid-19.

Benue governor orders deputy to undergo virus test as state records first case

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this while briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, shortly after the announcement by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi A. Sule

Nasarawa governor, deputy test negative for virus

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, and his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, have tested negative for COVID-19.
Newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa, Sen. Douye Diri, has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration.

Bayelsa governor tests negative for coronavirus

The governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has taken the rapid diagnostic test for the coronavirus 2019 and came out negative two weeks after rumours went viral that he may have contracted the virus while attending the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja.
Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has urged the Muslim Ummah to pray for peace, unity and security for meaningful development in the country.

Niger governor goes into self-isolation

The Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has gone on self-isolation as a result of his attendance of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s meeting on March 18.

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this on Monday on Channels Television, Programme “Sunrise Daily”, while, speaking on COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

NCDC rules out elderly, symptomatic coronavirus patients from home care

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has ruled out elderly patients and those with severe symptoms from home care treatment for COVID-19.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police order arrest of fake coronavirus taskforce in Anambra

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, has ordered the arrest of illegal task force teams claiming to be enforcing COVID-19 measures including wearing of face masks in the state.
Governor Abubakar Badaru Babura of Jigawa

Governor Badaru: Jigawa power transmission substation set for inauguration

Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa says the 96 megawatts capacity Gagarawa power transmission substation is set for inauguration in three weeks time.
Ibrahim Magu

Presidency: Ibrahim Magu’s probe shows anti-corruption fight is real

The Presidency on Saturday said those who hold the belief that the ongoing investigation of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, is an indication of the administration’s failing anti-corruption fight have missed the point.

NGO distributes palliatives to physically changed

Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, has distributed some palliative materials to the People Living With Disabiluties (PLWDs) in Karamajiji, Abuja.