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The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Sunday expressed its readiness to work with other donor partners and the Government of Nigeria to put appropriate policies in place and advance peace and security in the North-East.

UK to support Nigeria’s efforts to restore peace in Northeast

The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Sunday expressed its readiness to work with other donor partners and the Government of Nigeria to put appropriate policies in place and advance peace and security in the North-East.

Don: Twitter ban will enhance misinformation

Following the recent ban on Twitter by the Federal Government, the need to keep all channels of engagement and information, especially social media platforms, with the citizenry open in order for the government to effectively tackle competitive misinformation and the spread of fake news has been emphasised.
16. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who spoke during the passing out ceremony of 192 pioneer members of the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps officers) on Tuesday in Akure

Ondo governor Inaugurates 503 Amotekun corps

Determined to strengthen the operation of the home grown security initiative in a bid to tackle insecurity, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwatotimi Akeredolu, Tuesday inaugurated another batch of personnel into the State Security...
Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Bayelsa governor: Sports useful tool for development

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has emphasised the place of sports in state and national development, saying it is a veritable tool if properly utilised.

Nestle, MTN, others win at NECA’s excellence award

Nestle Nigeria and MTN Nigeria are among 25 companies that emerged winners at the maiden edition of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) 2020 Employers’ Excellence Award ceremony on Wednesday night.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

INEC chairman, 36 RECs in crucial meeting over threat to facilities

Worried by the incessant distruction of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) facilities across Nigeria byarsonists, its Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday summoned an emergency meeting with the 36 Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde, Senegal's President Macky Sall and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, attend the opening session of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies, in Paris, France, May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

Leaders meet in Paris to help finance Africa’s post-pandemic recovery

African leaders and the heads of multilateral lenders met in Paris on Tuesday to find ways of financing African economies hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss handling the continent's billions of dollars in debt.
Environment minister Mohammad Abubakar made this known at an event organised in conjunction with the French Embassy to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement in Abuja.

Nigerian government moves to restore mangrove forests in Niger Delta

At the meeting, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, in his opening remarks, said: “Today’s meeting is a turning point for mangrove ecosystems in Ogoniland. Using the knowledge and experience of the experts assembled here today, together, we will be able to restore the mangroves and improve the lives of the Ogoni communities who are affected every day by the devastating pollution.”
Wife of the Bayelsa State governor, Dr. Mrs. Gloria Diri, has restated government’s commitment to revitalise primary healthcare facilities in local government areas across the state.

Bayelsa, UNICEF flag-off campaign on maternal, newborn mortality

Wife of the Bayelsa State governor, Dr. Mrs. Gloris Diri, has restated government’s commitment to revitalise primary healthcare facilities in local government areas across the state.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

President Ramaphosa: ANC should have done more to prevent Jacob Zuma-era corruption

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the governing party "could and should" have done more to prevent corruption under his predecessor Jacob Zuma, in highly anticipated testimony to a graft inquiry.
Gov. Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe has that the North East region was going through a hard time but it will bounce back.

Yobe government asks military to incorporate vigilantes, hunters

Yobe State Government has called on the military and other security agencies to incorporate hunters and local vigilantes into their war strategies against Boko Haram terrorists.qg
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has thrown his weight behind the zoning formula which favours the south for the 2023 presidency.

Katsina enrols 320,000 persons in contributory healthcare scheme

The Katsina State Government has enrolled 320,000 persons in the formal sector programme of its contributory healthcare scheme and 53,241 vulnerable population are expected to be covered under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).
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OPEC maintains oil demand growth forecast on coronavirus worries

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies on the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) are keeping the cartel’s forecast for growth in global oil demand this year, amid worries of surging COVID-19 cases in India, it was learnt yesterday.
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Max Air begins airlifting of passengers in Kebbi airport

Max Airline has commenced the airlifting operations of passengers at the Sir Armadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state.
The allegation of marginalisation against Governor Udom Emmanuel by the Oro Think Tank is unfair and has no basis in objectivity, the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has declared.

Akwa Ibom wins CIRDDOC 2020 best budget transparency award

In a move that gives credence and endorsement of the commitment of the Udom Emmanuel led administration in ensuring openness, transparency and accountability in budgeting and governance, the Akwa Ibom State Government has been ranked one of the best performing states in the 2020 sub-National Budget Transparency Survey.

2023: Kingsley Moghalu urges young people to join politics

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has asked young people in Nigeria to actively participate in politics and help reshape the future of the country.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Nigerian government fingers insecurity as trigger for rising secessionist agitations

The federal government yesterday stated that the general state of insecurity in the country has triggered a rising call for secession as well as politicisation of ethnic and religious differences.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor: Security agencies’ slow response to threats unacceptable

The governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has said the way security agencies act on security threats in the country was unacceptable.

Military asks National Assembly for more funding for research, development

The Director-General, Defence Research and Development Bureau, AVM Ubrufih Uzezi, on Tuesday, appealed to the National Assembly to increase its annual budgetary allocation for research and development.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

Sultan: Nigeria’s unity is paramount to traditional rulers

The Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, NCTRN, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday said the unity of Nigeria was paramount to the royal fathers.
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, Friday asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a challenge on his eligibility for the office.

Lagos senator urges youths to prepare to rebuild Nigeria

Youths in Nigeria have been urged to play active roles at ensuring that the country once again regain its rightful place in the comity of nations

INEC: Why PWDs not fully included in electoral process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that lack of dis-aggregated data of People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country, was responsible for the Commission’s inability to fully capture them in all electoral processes.

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Lagos council poll: AAC to contest only three councillorship seats – chairman

The African Action Congress (AAC) on Tuesday said it would contest only three councillorship seats in two local government councils at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Drummer Jacques Iyok performs on stage with his band JAMM at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Saint Louis, Senegal, June 18, 2021. Picture taken June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Cooper Inveen.

Senegal’s famed jazz festival returns after pandemic delay

On a small island where the Senegal River meets the sea, hundreds of mask-wearing jazz enthusiasts listened to French-Senegalese vocalist Awa Ly sing the blues for uncertain times.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Police move to rescue abducted Rivers United coach

Enugu Police command has begun an operation to rescue the abducted manager of Rivers United Football Club, Stanley Eguma.
Former Presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba II, has reacted to the recent immigrant visa ban on Nigerians by the US President, Donald Trump.

Adamu Garba wants NBC to license his Crowwe as option to Twitter

A new social media platform, Crowwe, has applied for a licence from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in line with the Federal Government’s new drive to register all social media platforms in the country.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor knocks chief judge’s counsel over comment on court’s judgement

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday reacted to the comments made by Mr Jubrin Okutepa, the counsel to the state Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Olanrewaju, over the judgment on the case between the state government and the CJ.
Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has charged all the Civil Societies and Non- Governmental Organizations in the state to partner with state government for progress and energies youths through empowerment activities.

Kebbi governor: Why we didn’t close FGC Yauri despite intelligence on bandits’ presence

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Friday said two weeks before bandits attacked Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, there was a report of bandits presence.
The favourite to succeed Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist prevented under the constitution from serving a third four-year term, is hardline Ebrahim Raisi.

Hardliner under U.S. sanctions set to take over Iranian presidency

Iranians voted on Friday in a presidential election likely to be won by a hardline judge subject to U.S. sanctions, though many are expected to ignore the ballot amid economic hardship and calls for a boycott by liberals at home and abroad.