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Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio: Judge me by my legacy

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has stated that he desires to be judged by the legacy he would leave behind and not by what critics say.
The Federal Government will go the whole distance to put measures in place to address flooding on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has assured.

Minister: Nigerian government to tackle flood-prone areas on Lagos-Ibadan rail line

The Federal Government will go the whole distance to put measures in place to address flooding on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has assured.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari appoints new DTCA, NIIA chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).
President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as the substantive Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).

President Buhari appoints new DTCA chief

President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as the substantive Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje

Kano governor: How I escaped death in plane crash that killed many

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, on Thursday, narrated how he escaped death in the plane crash that claimed the life of the former Military administrator of the state, late Abdullahi Wase, and some other state government officials.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, disclosed this on Saturday at a Town Hall meeting in Ilorin, Kwara Statement.

Senate faults PTF conversion to PSC, laments doctors strike

The Senate Committee on Health said on Thursday that the Presidency should have consulted the National Assembly before converting the the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to the Presidential Steering Committee.

Senator Mark urges Nigerians to bury religious, ethnic differences

A former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has charged Nigerians to bury their religious and ethnic differences and come together to establish a common front against forces threatening the peaceful coexistence of the people.
The Edo State Government has announced that it is confident and prepared to host 11,500 athletes and officials at the 20th National Sports Festival which kicks off in Benin City on March 22.

NSF: Edo government locks out officials

The Edo State government has shut down the Main Organising Committee (MOC) office of the National Sports Festival at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City. The government said it took the decision as a result...
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

Minister: National sports festival will continue as planned

Sporting activities at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival in Edo State will continue as planned despite threats by the hosts, Edo State, to shut down the competition over lack of funds, the Federal Government has stated.
The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, formally presented zero draft National Biosecurity Policy to stakeholders.

Minister advocates speedy passage of climate change bill

The Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ekeazor, has appealed to the National Assembly to speed up action on the passing into law of the bill on climate change.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of Prof. Oluwakemi Ayoola, wife of a former late Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kehinde Ayoola, as sad and painful.

Oyo governor Mourns deceased permanent secretary

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Wasiu Gbadegesin, as a painful blow.

#EndSARS: Oyo panel postpones sitting over demise of solicitor general, reporter

The Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and other related matters has postponed its sitting over the deaths of the state’s Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Prince Wasiu Gbadegesin and a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria reporter covering the proceedings of the Panel, Mr. Sunday Ogunyemi.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu

Lagos: Police deploy personnel in boarding schools

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has deployed personnel to secure all boarding schools in the state.
An Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane flying into Zambia accidentally landed at an airport that is still under construction, a government official said on Monday.

Ethiopian Airlines pilot lands at wrong Zambia airport

An Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane flying into Zambia accidentally landed at an airport that is still under construction, a government official said on Monday.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCT workers gear for war over non-implementation of Civil Service Act

Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC) workers in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) have concluded arrangements for an industrial action over the non-implementation of the FCT Civil Service Commission Act.
The Gombe State Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, has strongly condemned in totality the immorality and ungodly ideas of same-sex marriage been canvassed by some sections of the society as satanic and ungodly.

Gombe deputy governor condemned same-sex marriage

The Gombe State Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau has strongly condemned in totality the immorality and ungodly ideas of same-sex marriage been canvassed by some sections of the society as satanic and ungodly.
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has directed the state’s Commodity, Marketing and Distribution Board to take charge of supplying foodstuff for the boarding secondary school feeding scheme to guarantee its quality.

Group asks EFCC to probe N37.4 billion Zamfara promissory notes

The Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPSD) has asked the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate alleged diversion of N37.4 billion promissory notes by the administration of Abdulazeez Yari in Zamfara.

Ogun workers undergo oral interview for promotion exercise

The Ogun State Civil Service Commission has commenced oral interview for the year 2018, 2019 and 2020 promotion exercises.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo governor orders feuding communities to keep off disputed land

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered Uhonmora and Sabongida-Ora communities in Owan West Local Government Area of the state to steer clear of the disputed land between the two communities in which three lives were lost last week.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara

Kwara sponsors free eye surgeries for 450 patients

About 450 patients have benefitted from the Kwara State government’s free cataract surgeries, the Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Abubakar Ayinla, has said.
The Edo State Government has announced that it is confident and prepared to host 11,500 athletes and officials at the 20th National Sports Festival which kicks off in Benin City on March 22.

NSF: Ondo government urges athletes to avoid banned substances

Ondo State government has urged its athletes going to the 20th National Sports Festival in Benin, Edo, to avoid the use of drugs and banned substances.
The Bauchi state governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed, on Friday, inaugurated the newly appointed 20 commissioners as members of the State Executive Council (SEC).

Official: Bauchi upgrades three model primary schools in three council areas

The Bauchi state government has upgraded three model primary schools, with the provision of health centres and water, in three local government areas of the state, according to Alhaji Garba Babaji.

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Nigeria records 57 new coronavirus infections

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Alibaba accepts record fine, vows to change

Chinese tech giant Alibaba said on Monday that it accepted a record penalty imposed by the country’s anti-monopoly regulator.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

NSF: Minister charges team FCT to win more medals

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has charged Team FCT to work harder and win more medals for the nation’s capital at the ongoing Edo 2020 National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.
There are fresh controversies trailing the N2 billion airport project proposed to be built at Wasimi in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Furore over Ogun cargo airport project at Wasimi

Newsmen gathered that the then Minister of State for Transport in charge of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika in 2018, allegedly made a request to President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of a passenger airport in Wasimi.

Polytechnic staff warn of ‘industrial disharmony’ over arrears, minimum wage

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) has warned of “industrial disharmony” should the federal and state governments refuse to implement the new minimum wage, pay promotion arrears and adjust the current tax charged its members by the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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Abuja: FHA accused of land grabbing, sale of waterways

Residents of Adkan Estate in Gwarimpa, Abuja have accused the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) of land grabbing, selling of lands on waterways and green areas.
Chairman of NEF and former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ango Abdullahi who spoke during the opening of the Northern People’s Summit at the Arewa House Kaduna on Wednesday, said Northerners will not vote along with ethnicity and faith in electing political leaders in 2023, while those that would be voted for must have the socio-economic development plans for the northerners irrespective of tribe and religion.

Northern elders: 2023 not business as usual

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has said that 2023 would not be business as usual because Northerners have learnt their lessons at great cost and would only vote for people that cared for them.
Jorginho is planning to spend “at least another four years” at Chelsea, claims his representative Joao Santos.

Chelsea star Jorginho makes Napoli return admission

Jorginho has revealed that he intends to return to Napoli “one day”, but the Italy international insists Chelsea will continue to get his full commitment for the foreseeable future.
Hansi Flick says defender Jerome Boateng will have the final say over his own future after falling out of favour at Bayern Munich.

Jerome Boateng ‘free to quit Bayern Munich this summer’

Bundesliga leaders, Bayern Munich, will reportedly let defender Jerome Boateng leave the club on a free transfer this summer.
People pick up children from a school in Beijing, China, April 6, 2021. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

China’s census could point to a looming demographic slide

China’s once-a-decade census is expected to show a further fall in the percentage of young people in its fast-aging population as high living costs and an aversion to having children among urban couples push China closer to a demographic crunch.