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The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government has extended the Lagos-Ibadan Modernisation Project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to Lagos Ports.

Minister: Workers contracting coronavirus stalled Apapa port rail project

An outbreak of COVID-19 among the workers involved in the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in January stalled the completion of the contract, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has denied media report credited to him that the dislodged Boko Haram insurgents are regrouping in his state, particularly on the Benue-Nasarawa border.

Nasarawa government threatens shutdown of Lafia market over filthy environment

The Nasarawa State Government has given the management of Lafia modern market seven days ultimatum to clear the filth in market or face shutdown.
Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO representative in Nigeria, told a briefing by video link that Nigeria was expecting 14 million doses in total.

WHO: Nigeria expects first four million coronavirus vaccine doses from COVAX next week

Nigeria is expecting its first 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week from the global COVAX vaccine programme for poor and middle-income countries, the head of the World Health Organization mission in Nigeria said on Friday.
Akwa United defender, David Phillip, has dedicated his first career goal to God and his wife.

David Philip dedicates first career goal to God, wife

Akwa United defender, David Phillip, has dedicated his first career goal to God and his wife.
As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

NCDC activates Ondo state public health laboratory to its network

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated the inclusion of the Ondo State Public Health Laboratory to its Molecular Laboratory Network in the country.
Italian club Torino's league game on Friday against Sassuolo has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the club, the Lega Serie A confirmed.

Coronavirus: Torino game against Sassuolo postponed

Italian club Torino’s league game on Friday against Sassuolo has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the club, the Lega Serie A confirmed.
The Stockfish Dealers Association has called on the federal government to grant importers of stockfish access to the foreign exchange.

Nigerian stockfish dealers seek access to forex

The Stockfish Dealers Association has called on the federal government to grant importers of stockfish access to the foreign exchange.

NCC highlights role of telecoms in Nigeria’s exit from recession

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has highlighted the role played by the telecommunications sector in lifting the country out of recession in the recently released fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for the fourth quarter of 2020.
11. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC calls for calm as another coronavirus variant surfaces in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday said a new variant of COVID-19 had been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries.
A girl gets inoculated with an Ebola vaccine in Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Delayed Ebola vaccination drive to begin in Guinea

Guinea will launch an Ebola vaccination drive Tuesday after a flight delayed by a Saharan dust storm arrived carrying thousands of jabs, as the West African country fights to stamp out a resurgence of the deadly virus.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 75 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week across the country. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

NCDC: Coronavirus infection higher in males than females in Nigeria

A survey has found infection rates of COVID-19 to be higher among males than females in the country.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzania’s president admits country has coronavirus problem

The president of Tanzania has urged its citizens to take preventive measures against the coronavirus after downplaying the disease for months and claiming it had been defeated by prayers.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari condemns violence over Gombe chieftaincy tussle

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “great shock and deep concern” over the eruption of violence on a chieftaincy tussle in Billiri town in Gombe State.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

Nigeria records 521 new coronavirus cases

Worst still, health experts say the official numbers do not give a “full picture” of the outbreak in the country. They say low testing in many states across the country means infections have been under-reported, a situation considered the biggest challenge in the nation’s management of the outbreak.

Journalist, others escape ‘herdsmen’ attack in Edo

The Benin-city by-pass in Edo State is gaining notoriety for kidnapping and banditry as a journalist, Ben Duno, who was travelling on that route with other commuters at the weekend escaped being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen at the weekend.
Mr Israel Famurewa, Chairman, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says government will ensure merit and create a level-playing field for all applicants in the ongoing teachers’ recruitment exercise in the state.

Osun SUBEB chair: We’ll place merit above nepotism in teachers’ recruitment

Mr Israel Famurewa, Chairman, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says government will ensure merit and create a level-playing field for all applicants in the ongoing teachers’ recruitment exercise in the state.
FILE PHOTO - A man, wearing a protective face mask, rides his scooter in a local market in Nice amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Eric Gaillard

French city of Nice asks tourists to stay away amid coronavirus surge

The mayor of Nice in southern France called on Sunday for a weekend lockdown in the area to reduce the flow of tourists as it battles a sharp spike in coronavirus infections to triple the national rate.
A protester steps on an image of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a rally after he and nine ministers survived no-confidence debates, outside the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, February 20, 2021. REUTERS-Athit Perawongmetha

Thai protests outside parliament after PM survives vote

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a parliamentary no-confidence motion on Saturday after a four-day censure debate.
FILE PHOTO - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House, in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS-Chalinee Thirasupa-Pool

Thai premier survives no-confidence vote as protests planned

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has reacted to claims making the rounds that COVID-19 and Malaria are similar.

Nigeria records 662 new coronavirus infections, 10 more deaths

Nigeria on Friday recorded 10 deaths from COVID-19 raising the fatality toll in the past two days to 26.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzanian president: God testing us with coronavirus

“We will not lock down the country now because I believe that if we submit ourselves to God, this also will .. pass,” Mr. Magufuli said live on television, adding that “God is testing us.”
At least 639 people have died from Ebola since August in DR Congo in what is now the second deadliest outbreak in history [Samuel Mambo-Reuters]

Number of confirmed Ebola cases in DRC rises to 6, 2 people dead

The number of confirmed cases of the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has reached six, with two people having died, the health minister of the North Kivu province said.

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Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.

Yohan Blake: I’d rather miss Olympics than take coronavirus vaccine

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN to revive oil palm sector, stop importation – official

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emiefele, has reiterated the apex bank’s commitment to reviving the oil palm sector with a view to stopping importation of the commodity.

Fire razes over 15 shops in Edo market

Goods worth millions of naira were last Saturday night destroyed by fire, which razed a section of the Ikpoba Hill market in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s central bank plans to strengthen Naira, economy through $15 billion Dangote refinery

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has concluded plans to strengthen the Naira, and by extension the nation’s economy through the $15 billion Dangote Refinery.
Paris Saint-Germain are making a move for Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City boss: Kun Aguero needs time to return to best form

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero needs time to rediscover his best form after a lengthy spell out and the Argentine will have to fight for his spot in the squad, manager Pep Guardiola said.

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PDP berates Senator Adeyemi over ‘verbal assault’ on Abia governor

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the verbal attack on Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, by Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi) as irresponsible.
Moses Ogbu has signed a two-year contract with Chinese club Wuhan FC, who also parade former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins.

Moses Ogbu joins Chinese side Wuhan FC

Moses Ogbu has signed a two-year contract with Chinese club Wuhan FC, who also parade former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins.

NERC: Over 600,000 electricity meters deployed under MAP since 2019

The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, says a total of 611,231 meters were deployed across the country as of January 31 under the Meter Assets Provider (MAP) initiative of the federal government.

N9.7 billion fraud: Court acquits ex-NAF chief on 6 out of 7-count charge

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, discharged and acquitted the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar Dikko, on six out of the seven-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him.
The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has described the death of the seven Nigerian Air Force personnel who lost their lives in an air crash involving a NAF Beechcraft King Air B350i in Abuja..

NAF plane crash victims for burial Thursday

On Thursday, seven Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers killed in Sunday’s air crash at Abuja will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery, Airport Road, in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital.