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The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented the fate of over 14 million out of school children in Nigeria, declaring that lack of formal education and stagnated development are some of the biggest problems confronting the country.

Ex-President Obasanjo: Investment in agric will curb youth restiveness

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has advised the Federal Government to invest sufficiently in agriculture as a strategy to curb youth restiveness in the country.
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]

NCDC: Why travellers were unable to access coronavirus portal

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the inability of some travellers to obtain QR codes and access their COVID-19 test results on Tuesday was due to system failure.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigerian records 35 new coronavirus recoveries, total jumps to 154,441

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 35 new recoveries from the COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 154,441.
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.

CBN boosts non-oil export with N500 billion facility

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set up a N500 billion non-oil export stimulation facility with the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) to enable exporters process agriculture commodities into other markets in Africa and globally.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Gombe unemployment registration opens for NCE, diploma holders

In continuation of his commitment to tackling youth unemployment, create jobs and harness the vast potentials of youths towards productive activities, Governor Muhammadu Yahya has directed the commencement of registration of holders of National Certificate of Education (NCE) and National Diploma.

NITDA calls for entries for creativity, innovation challenge

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called on Nigerians to submit entries for an challenge to commemorate the 2021 World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID).
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

Nigerian government urges resident doctors to call off strike

The Federal Government has again appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to call off its strike, saying the association has lost all moral and legal grounds to continue its seven-day-old action.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Public Matters, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, said Nigerians are benefitting from the goodwill of the President.

Presidency, Transparency International clash over state of anti-corruption fight in Nigeria

The Federal Government and Transparency International, TI, have continued in their disagreements over the state of the war on corruption in Nigeria as they trade tackles during an anti-corruption radio programme in Abuja this Wednesday.
Washington – The United States on Monday reimposed curbs on an Israeli billionaire accused of corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reversing a move by Donald Trump during his last days in office.

Former US president launches new website

Former President Donald Trump launched a new website on March 29 dedicated to preserving the legacy of his administration and his post-presidency activism.

NIMC launches NIN verification mobile application

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has launched its highly anticipated mobile application known as NIMC APP which seeks to improve verification of National Identification Number (NIN).
The number of coronavirus-associated deaths in Lagos State increased to 181 on Wednesday with four more fatalities, said the state’s Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi.

Lagos government cautions ineligible persons to stay away from vaccination centres

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, has warned those ineligible for the Phase One COVID-19 vaccine to stay away from the 88 designated vaccination centres.
Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines are testing a new digital Covid-19 passport system.

African airlines are testing their own coronavirus passport

The Trusted Travel Pass pilot programme was developed by the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as digital health passports look likely to become a standard requirement for international travel.

Fresh selection begins for N-Power applicants

The Federal Government has begun the selection process for applicants who indicated interest to be employed under the N-Power Batch ‘C’.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nigerian government begins recruitment process for 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, yesterday disclosed that the selection process for 500,000 Batch C beneficiaries of the federal government’s N-Power programme had commenced.
Students of the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, on Thursday barricaded the Lafia-Jos Road for several hours, to protest the closure of the school’s registration portal by its management.

Nasarawa polytechnic students go irate over closure of registration portal

Students of the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, on Thursday barricaded the Lafia-Jos Road for several hours, to protest the closure of the school’s registration portal by its management.
The stimulus package, set up by the apex bank in March 2020, is disbursed through the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Microfinance Bank.

Nigeria’s central bank reopens coronavirus loan portal for households, businesses

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is receiving applications for its N50 billion targeted credit facility (TCF) aimed at supporting households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has partnered indigeneous IT firms to build a digital trade platform to boost trade among women in Africa.

ICC partners indigenous IT firms to boost trade among women

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has partnered indigeneous IT firms to build a digital trade platform to boost trade among women in Africa.
Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio made this known when he briefed State House correspondents, at the end of the Council meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber, Abuja, on Wednesday.

FEC approves N500 million variation for road project in Delta

Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio made this known when he briefed State House correspondents, at the end of the Council meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber, Abuja, on Wednesday.
8. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Ogun governor, others get coronavirus vaccine jab

Abiodun posted on his Twitter page he got the COVID-19 vaccine jab in Abeokuta under the Ogun state health commissioner’s supervision, Omotomilola Coker, on Tuesday.
The Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) has launched her maiden edition of the Open Contracting Compliance Ranking.

PPDC launches maiden edition of open contracting compliance ranking

The event, which was launched virtually, highlighted the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), which were compliant in disclosing procurement information as required by the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) on Nigeria’s Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO).

BUK announces date of 2020/2021 Post UTME

Bayero University Kano (BUK) has fixed March 18 to 20 for its 2020/2021 Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post UTME).
The panel investigating allegation of sexual harassment against a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Mr. Olabisi Olaleye, has submitted its report to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede.

OAU assures students will be mobilised for NYSC 2021 Batch A

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has assured its students that they will be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2021 Batch A.

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The supreme court, on Friday, dismissed a suit filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), seeking the review of a judgment ordering it to pay N17 billion to some Ogoni communities in Rivers state.

Supreme Court declares dissolution of Oyo local councils illegal

The Supreme Court on Friday described the dissolution of local governments in Oyo State and their replacement with caretaker committees as illegal.
The supreme court, on Friday, dismissed a suit filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), seeking the review of a judgment ordering it to pay N17 billion to some Ogoni communities in Rivers state.

Supreme Court upholds INEC’s deregistration of 74 political parties

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal which okayed the deregistration of National Unity Party and 73 others.
Eden Hazard has been branded unprofessional by Thibaut Courtois' father, with the Real Madrid forward told it was not smart for him to be caught laughing with Chelsea players in the wake of a Champions League semi-final defeat.

Eden Hazard apologises to Real Madrid fans for laughing after Champions League exit

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has apologised for laughing with Chelsea players after his side were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals.
Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, has said it is against military takeover of any kind. In a statement, National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi, described military intervention in government as a curse.

Afenifere: We’ll not support military takeover

Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, has said it is against military takeover of any kind.

Unilorin boosts security across campus

Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), says the institution has adopted proactive measures to prevent untoward security breaches.

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane says fans of the club have reached their “tipping point” over the Glazers’ ownership of the club.

Manchester United boss reveals Glazer apology as he reacts to fan protests

The Manchester United manager was reacting to Sunday’s protests which saw the Liverpool game postponed after fans gained access to the Old Trafford pitch.
Jose Mourinho has said Tottenham deserved to win against West Ham as they fell 2-1 to their London rivals.

Jose Mourinho appointed Roma boss on three-year deal

Mourinho, sacked by Premier League club Tottenham last month, will replace fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca who will leave Roma at the end of the current campaign.
A woman from Mali has given birth to nine babies in hospital in Morocco, according to Mali’s health ministry. Photograph: Luis Cortes/Reuters

Malian woman gives birth to nine babies

Halima Cisse, 25, gave birth on Tuesday to five girls and four boys in a Moroccan hospital where she had been admitted, the Malian Health Minister Fanta Siby said in a statement.
L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.

UTME: JAMB denies targeting Baptist girls academy

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has denied any plan to clamp down on Baptist Girls Academy, Lagos, in its preparation for the conduct of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), contrary to reports making the round.