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INEC polling units and the future of elections

The last time new polling units were defined in Nigeria was 25 years ago by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), as INEC was then known. At the time the country had on the voters’ register, 50 million voters. Over the years, it worked with an estimate of 120,000 polling units across the country but an eventual census put the exact figure at 119, 973 polling units.
Private jet owners risk having their airplanes impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service if they fail to verify their documents before July 6, 2021 when a month grace period would have expired.

Nigeria customs to impound unverified private jets by July 6

Private jet owners risk having their airplanes impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service if they fail to verify their documents before July 6, 2021 when a month grace period would have expired.
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Plateau council polls: APC screens aspirants, fixes date for primaries

The Plateau Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has started its screening exercise for aspirants ahead of the Local Government elections scheduled for October 9th.

APC chieftain: President Buhari’s body language fuelling tension in South East, South West

A former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa on Monday marked his 60th birthday in Minna, the state capital with an appeal to President Mohammadu Buhari to change his body language in order to reduce the growing tension in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

Minister: Why Nigerian government is borrowing to expand infrastructure

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has defended the Federal Government’s resort to loans to expand infrastructure in the country.
The Federal Government has given end of December this year to complete the ongoing construction and rehabilitation of Abuja-Lokoja Highway.

Minister: Nigeria’s road construction expenditure rises to N400 billion

The Federal Government’s expenditure on road infrastructure rose from N18 billion in 2015 to about N400 billion this year, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed in Abuja on Sunday.
Jordi Alba admitted Spain’s players were “gutted” after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Poland but is backing them to deliver against Slovakia on Wednesday and reach the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Euro 2020: Jordi Alba backs Spain to deliver in pressure game against Slovakia

Jordi Alba admitted Spain’s players were “gutted” after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Poland but is backing them to deliver against Slovakia on Wednesday and reach the last 16 of Euro 2020.
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.

EFCC boss: We won’t hand over cases of interest to any state

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has declared that the commission, under his leadership, would not hand over cases of interest to any state government. Bawa spoke against the backdrop of the setting up of anti-corruption agencies by some states.
L-R: Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Senator Walid Jubril, Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi O. Ibani and Hon. Marcus Nle Ejii during the inauguration of Community Secondary School, Eteo, Eleme LGA on Friday.

Rivers governor praises youths for resisting secessionist agitators

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has commended youths in Eleme parts of the for resisting attempts by some persons with secessionist agenda to use their community as a base for their activities.
Senator Ita Solomon Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters (senate),

Senator Enang urges Nigerian leaders to stop demonising the youth

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang has warned Nigerian leaders and elders to stop demonizing the youth by calling them derogatory names such as criminals, cultists or lazy youth.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Ekiti APC suspends two members for ‘fraternising’ with pro-Tinubu group

For allegedly fraternising with the South West Agenda for 2023 (SWAGA), a political platform rooting for the Presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, Ekiti chapter, has again suspended two members of the party.
Mele Kyari,

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.
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attend his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections

Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country’s first free and fair polls after decades of repressive rule.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that Southern governors’ irrevocable decision on open grazing and others issues must be respected.

Rivers to send anti-open grazing law to state assembly

Rivers State Goverment has promised to give the ban on open grazing in the state a legal backing by sending the required bill to the House of Assembly.

Gani Adams drags Nigerian government before UN, AU, US, others over insecurity

The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has dragged the federal government before the United Nations, as attempt to seek the immediate intervention on the spate of killings in the South-west region of the country.
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PDP threatens civil action against Senate president over Lauretta Onochie’s nomination

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened civil action if the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan failed to return the nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie, back to the President.
President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure project in Nigeria, called the Deep Blue Project.

Igbo leaders disown IPOB, rally support for President Buhari

Igbo elders and traditional rulers and under the aegis of Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) and the Association of the Eze Ndigbo in 19 northern states of the federation have rallied support for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in the bid to combat insecurity, ensure peace and unity in the country.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has cried out about the endless martyrdom of youth in the country.

Wole Soyinka: Nigeria must decentralise or disintegrate

“Not if it continues this way. Not if it fails to decentralise. Some people use the word reconstruction; some people use the word…, whatever! But if Nigeria fails to decentralise, and I mean to decentralise as fast as possible, manifestly and not as rhetoric, then Nigeria cannot stay together”, he warned, as he respond to question if Nigeria can continue as one?”
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

President Buhari urged to order non-Nigerian Fulani carrying AK-47s out of the country

The Eze Ndigbo of Ibadan and Oyo State, Dr Alex Anozie, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order all non-Nigerian Fulani going around the country and wreaking havoc with AK-47 and other lethal weapons to return to their countries.
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 urges Boko Haram terrorists to surrender

The Nigerian Army has urged remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to surrender and embrace peace.

Democracy versus civilian government

The question on the lips of many Nigerians as the nation marks another Democracy Day is this: Is democracy defined only by the fact that the government is led by elected civilians?
Popular Nigerian singer, Omawumi Megbele aka Omawonder, has cleared the air on pregnancy rumours.

Omawumi: Why I chose to be baby mama for four years

Soulful singer Omawumi Megbele has opened up on why she shunned marriage for four years after the birth of her first child.

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Passive smoking increases arthritis risk

Researchers at the 2021 European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) said there is increasing evidence that environmental air pollution is associated with people developing inflammatory arthritis.

JAMB gives new directive to candidates in 24 delisted centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates who were initially assigned to the 24 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres delisted by the Board to reprint their examination slips for their new schedules.
Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly preparing to launch a £40m offer for Real Madrid French defender Raphael Varane.

Manchester United receive Raphael Varane transfer blow

Manchester United’s hopes of making Raphael Varane their marquee summer signing have received a major blow as Paris Saint-Germain have joined the chase for the Frenchman, according to reports in Spain.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu on Monday adopted Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the new leader in the South East Zone.

Enugu governor thanks stakeholders, residents for peace

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday said the relative peace being enjoyed in the state was as a result of the support of all the stakeholders and people of the state, “who agreed that peace should reign.”
Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United will be up in the air unless he puts a pen to the dotted line. He is entering the final year in his contract, and reports suggest he could be used as a makeweight in a deal with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid reject Manchester United’s Paul Pogba straight swap transfer offer

Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United will be up in the air unless he puts a pen to the dotted line. He is entering the final year in his contract, and reports suggest he could be used as a makeweight in a deal with Real Madrid.

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The American boxer, Deontay Wilder, who secured the arbitration decision that set aside the unification bout between the top British heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, has labelled his opponent Fury a “coward.”

Deontay Wilder says he is from Edo

Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, stunned fans globally after he revealed on Saturday he had traced his roots to Edo State.
Arsenal don’t have an agreement to let Hector Bellerin go yet, but Unai Emery is a huge admirer and Villarreal are looking at a deal for him.

Unai Emery ‘huge admirer’ of Hector Bellerin as Villarreal pursue deal

James Benge reports that there’s still no agreement with any interested parties to sign Hector Bellerin just yet. Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla are among the teams looking at a deal for him at the moment.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Delta governor task NBA on professionalism, crusade against corruption

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has called on the Nigerian Bar Association to always maintain professional standards and join in the crusade against corruption in order to bequeath a nation of achievers as well creator of wealth and entrepreneurship to the next generation.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1,400 corps members to Gombe State for the 2019 Batch B Stream II orientation course.

NYSC applauded over free health services in Taraba

Nzoka specially called on the residents of Wuro Sembe Community in Jalingo Local Government Area to take advantage of the opportunity to access free and quality health services provided by the NYSC health professionals during the four-day programme.
A logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

Guinea declares end to Ebola outbreak that killed 12

An Ebola outbreak which started in Guinea in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the health ministry and the World Health Organization said on Saturday.