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NPopC to begin birth registration of children in Niger

In collaboration with the National Population Commission, the National Orientation Agency says it is targeting to register 40,000 under five years children in Niger.

INEC intensifies consultation on new polling units

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, who held a meeting with the media in Abuja, yesterday, said that existing 119, 973 PUs, created 25 years ago had become grossly inadequate, leading to crisis situations during elections.
Residents, government troops flee as armed group overran a town in Nigeria’s Borno state in attack claimed by ISIL.

Troops arrest 10 suspects, recover 16 weapons in Benue

Troops of the Nigerian military have arrested 10 suspected criminals and recovered 16 weapons following the communal clash that took place recently between Ibilla and Ukpa communities in Oju Local Government Area of Benue State.

Seven killed as NURTW members clash in Ebonyi motor park

Seven people have been confirmed dead, with several others sustaining injuries, in a clash between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at Effium Motor Park in Ohaukwu, Ebonyi State.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army shortlists successful candidates for short service courses

According to a notice on its website, signed by GAT Ochigbano, the Military Secretary (Army), the successful candidates are to report at the Falgore Training Area in Kano State.

Bayelsa council stakeholders rally support for enumeration exercise

Stakeholders in the Southern Ijaw council area of Bayelsa State have reiterated their preparedness to cooperate with the National Population Commission to ensure a successful Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor, moving a bill on the Repeal of Quarantine Act, 2004 at plenary yesterday at National Assembly Abuja. . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. 2

National Assembly passes N13.58 trillion budget for 2021

The National Assembly, during an emergency session convened on Monday, passed a N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

NIMC insists on deadline for linking of NIN to mobile numbers

Despite criticisms from many Nigerians of the two-week ultimatum for the registration and linking of National Identity Number (NIN) to mobile numbers, the federal government has insisted on the deadline.

Kebbi has highest out-of-school children – survey

Kebbi State has the highest population of out-of-school children, the 2020 Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) has revealed.

Kebbi, Yobe, Zamfara top list of out-of-school children – survey

Kebbi, Yobe and Zamfara states have the highest number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, according to Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) 2020.
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NPopC: Nigeria’s population now 206 million

The Chairman of the NPopC, Nasir Kwarra, said this at a press conference on the commencement of the next Enumeration Area Demarcation in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that peace and harmony have returned to the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Nigerian government plans health insurance package for senior citizens

Health minister Osagie Ehanire on Monday inaugurated a ministerial committee to work with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in developing the framework for the scheme.
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NPopC seeks traditional rulers’ support for enumeration, demarcation in Kwara

The National Population Commission (NPC) on Friday called for the support of traditional rulers in Kwara for the success of its coming enumeration and demarcation exercise in three local government areas of the state.
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HDP moves to stop Mahmood Yakubu’s reappointment as INEC chair

One of the de registered political parties, the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), has filed a suit in the Federal High Court seeking to restrain the Senate from screening Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as a second term chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Apparently to thank him for the peaceful outcome of the just concluded Edo state Governorship Election, newly re-elected governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, Friday paid an appreciation visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

FEC approves N2.9 billion for printing of exam materials

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N2.9 billion contracts for the printing of sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.
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UNICEF: 57% Nigerian children don’t have birth certificates

The United Nations Children’s Fund on Monday said about 57 per cent of Nigerian children under the age of five years don’t have birth certificates.
In response to the discovery of environmental Polio Virus strains in Lagos State, the Lagos State Government will embark on House to House polio Immunisation for all children aged 0-five years, irrespective of the previous immunisation status.

Nigeria launches survey on immunisation coverage

Nigeria has formally commenced the process of conducting the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS6) and National Immunization Coverage Survey (NICS).
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NBS solicits Nigerians’ support on survey on children, women

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has appealed to the general public to support its survey on the situation of women and children it is conducting, is brought to “ a successful end”.
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Southern, Middle-Belt leaders’ forum rejects water resources bill

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, has accused the Federal Government of clandestine moves to revive the rejected Water Resources Bill, warning that such agenda would be inimical to the growth and development of the country.
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Nigeria’s recession will be short-lived – minister

This came as the Federal Government, yesterday, said despite the N2.3 trillion Economic Stimulus Plan put in place to contain impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the economy, there is the possibility that the third quarter, 2020 (Q3’20) Gross Domestic Product, GDP, growth rate will be negative, while the economy will relapse into a recession.
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NPopC: More girls to drop out of school

The Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Eyitayo Oyetunji, has said that the continued closure of schools will lead to more girls dropping out of school.

UNFPA: Over one million Nigerian girls still circumcised yearly

The United Nations Population Fund says at least 1, 025, 000 Nigerian girls still face genital circumcision every year.

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The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.

Outrage greets blockade of food, cattle coming south

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.
3. Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, are seen after their release in Zamfara , Nigeria March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Zamfara governor: Abducted schoolgirls released by kidnappers

An armed gang abducted 317 girls from the Government Girls Science Secondary (GGSS) School in the town of Jangebe at around 1 a.m. on Friday. The governor’s tweets did not state how many girls had been released, but carried images of girls wearing Muslim veils.
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Australian police close investigation into ‘rape’ by cabinet minister

Australian police said on Tuesday an investigation into a rape allegation against an unidentified cabinet minister was closed after authorities concluded there was insufficient
The Chairman of United Nigeria Airline, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, yesterday declared his intention to vie for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State on the platform the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urging the party to give its ticket to someone with the capacity to win the election.

Anambra election: United Nigeria airline boss urges PDP to give ticket to winning candidate

The Chairman of United Nigeria Airline, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, yesterday declared his intention to vie for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State on the platform the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urging the party to give its ticket to someone with the capacity to win the election.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the Federal Government planned to cover 70 per cent of Nigerians within two years.

PTF: No coronavirus vaccines for under-18

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that Nigerians under the age of 18 years will not receive the COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

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Prison riots leave 50 inmates dead

About 50 Ecuadorian inmates died in prisons due to riots on Tuesday, as local police described the violence as “concerted.”

Ex-Barcelona president arrested over Barçagate scandal

The Catalan police force arrived at the club on Monday to carry out a search and seize operation. The developments surround the so-called Barçagate scandal from last year, which saw club officials accused of orchestrating a smear campaign against players and coaches.
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Senator Kalu urges Nigerian government to set up joint security committee

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has called on federal government to set up a joint committee of representatives of all security forces to help existing commands to fast-track the release of the abducted students in Niger.
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Leicester boss: Arsenal capitalised on our weak points to upstage us

Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, has said they were flat for defeat to Arsenal.
The Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, who disclosed this in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle, explained that the Siemens deal would expand Nigeria’s power grid capacity to 25,000 megawatts.

Nigeria plans 200MW solar power, largest in West Africa

The federal government and some private firms have planned to build Ashama 200 megawatts (MW) solar power farm, which may be the largest in West Africa.