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Nigerian governors push for local production of coronavirus vaccine

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have stressed the need to consider local manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine despite the current arrangement with global partners on its availability.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB grants $11.26 million for women, girls’ education in Chad

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a grant of $11.26 million to the Government of Chad to finance the Girls’ Education and Women’s Literacy Project – the bank’s first grant exclusively targeting women and girls.
Police officers in riot gear line up as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., after Trump supporters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations as a joint session Congress was to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

US Capitol Police confirm death of officer after Donald Trump’s supporters mob action

The US Capitol Police confirmed the death of one of their officers late Thursday from injuries suffered when a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol a day before.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB appoints directors-general, deputy directors-general in regional offices

The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of directors-general for the East, Central and Southern Africa regions and deputy general for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
American lawyer John Clancey walks out of a building as he is taken away by police officers in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS-Lam Yik

Hong Kong arrests 53 activists for attempt to “overthrow” govt with unofficial vote

Hong Kong police arrested 53 people in raids on democracy activists on Wednesday, with authorities saying an unofficial vote to choose opposition candidates in city elections was part of a plan to “overthrow” the government.
Pro-democracy activist Lester Shum is taken away by police officers after over 50 Hong Kong activists arrested under security law as crackdown intensifies, in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Arrested Hong Kong activists trying to ‘overthrow’ government – security official

Hong Kong police arrested 53 people in raids on democracy activists on Wednesday, with authorities saying an unofficial vote to choose opposition candidates in city elections was part of a plan to “overthrow” the government.

Shan George: I don’t like playing romantic roles

She said: “One of the most awkward movie roles I have had was acting as a mermaid. It was very challenging because I was trying to be something that I didn’t know and something I had never seen. How does a mermaid laugh or express anger?”
Members of the OPEC group of oil producers and their partners will meet via videoconference on Monday to decide on production levels for February, hoping to turn the corner on a difficult year.

OPEC+ meeting to decide oil production levels after a dismal 2020

Members of the OPEC group of oil producers and their partners will meet via videoconference on Monday to decide on production levels for February, hoping to turn the corner on a difficult year.
This consensus was reached after Mr Alan Kyerematen, Ghana’s Minister of Trade & Industry and the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, UK Secretary of State for International Trade met via video conference Thursday December 31.

Ghana, UK reach agreement to provide duty free economy

This provides the basis to replicate, the effects of the existing trade relationship between the UK and Ghana – a relationship which is underpinned by our strong people to people connections and has driven economic growth, created jobs, and inspired creativity and innovation in both our countries, the statement added.

NYSC: We haven’t abandoned corps members positive for coronavirus

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Wednesday, said it had not abandoned corps members who tested positive for COVID-19 in Jigawa state as reported by some news outlet.
Pastor of Church Unusual (Church of God Mission) Benin City, Nigeria, Laurie Idahosa, has advised couples to stop being overly possessive and obsessed to the point of monitoring each other’s every move.

Laurie Idahosa cautions couples against desperation

Pastor of Church Unusual (Church of God Mission) Benin City, Nigeria, Laurie Idahosa, has advised couples to stop being overly possessive and obsessed to the point of monitoring each other’s every move.

Students accuse Omoyele Sowore of stoking division in NANS

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has accused the proponent of #RevolutionNow, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, of using his connections in the media to destroy the image of the association.
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

World Bank predicts remittances to decline 14% by the end of 2021

The World Bank has projected that remittances – the money that migrants send to their home countries – will decline by 14 per cent at the end of 2021 following the coronavirus pandemic.

Crossover night: CAN urges churches to cooperate with government

The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has urged churches in the country to follow strictly the COVID-19 protocols and additional directives by the relevant state government authorities as they prepare for the crossover night service.

Official: Major importers of Russian weapons among countries most affected by coronavirus

Countries that are major importers of Russian weapons, such as Algeria and Egypt, are among those that have been most affected by the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic, a top Russian official said.
Fredrick Nwabufo

Social media could end marriage as we know it

Chioma is having troubles with her mother-in-law. I know because she made it headline news on her social media page. She does not share her concerns with the other party in the nuptial contract or with a trained counsellor, but with aliens on social media who are sweating on the treadmill of their own problems and who have no understanding of the situational context.
A vehicle burns near the site of an explosion in the area of Second and Commerce in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. December 25, 2020. Andrew Nelles-Tennessean.com-USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS

Investigation underway following Christmas Day explosion in U.S

Investigation is underway in the U.S. state of Tennessee following a massive car explosion in the capital, Nashville, on Christmas morning.

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Lionel Messi saw red - quite literally - during the latter stages of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Leo Messi sent off as Athletic Bilbao beat Barcelona to win Super Cup

Inaki Williams’s brilliant strike in extra time earned Athletic Bilbao a 3-2 win over FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday, with Lionel Messi sent off in the final stages.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Mr Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Ekiti relaxes curfew, restrictions, orders schools to reopen Monday

Ekiti State Government on Sunday night announced that the curfew it imposed on the state from 8 pm to 6 am, including various other restrictions, had been relaxed.
Akwa United defenders Olisah Ndah says couples of missed and questionable officiating are the factors that cost the promise Keepers all important three points against Katsina United.

Akwa United skipper confirms team’s readiness for Wikki Tourists tie

Akwa United captain Utobong Effiong has confirmed his side’s readiness to take on NPFL challengers Wikki Tourists ahead today’s clash in Uyo.
Former Nigerian goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has asked the Golden Eaglets to forget their previous results against Ivory Coast and go for a win today.

WAFU U17: Ike Shorunmu asks Eaglets to go for win vs Ivory Coast

“Everyone is looking to become champions – right now, they have qualified for the main competition in Morocco. So, they should forget about the last result against Ivory Coast but they should do their best.”
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) registered 1,867 new cases of COVID-19, in the last 24 hours, the highest single day rise since the index case was confirmed on Feb. 27, 2020.

Nigeria records 1,444 new coronavirus infections, total now 110,387

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,444 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.