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A farmer opens a cocoa pod at a cocoa farm in Ivory Coast, December 6, 2019. REUTERS-Thierry Gouegnon-File Photo

US investigates child labour in Ivory Coast cocoa supply chains

U.S. customs authorities have asked cocoa traders to report where and when they encounter child labour in their supply chains in top grower Ivory Coast, three industry sources said, following calls from American lawmakers to ban some imports.
The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Burkina Faso reports first coronavirus death in sub-Saharan Africa

“We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care,” Burkina’s national coordinator for responding to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, told the press.
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja granted full scholarship up to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree level to three secondary students who emerged winners at the year 2020 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition.

President Buhari awards scholarships to three science students

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja granted full scholarship up to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree level to three secondary students who emerged winners at the year 2020 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

Nigerian agency trains 1,680 youths, women in Kaduna

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Monday, said it had trained 1,680 youth and women on various skills and other empowerment schemes in Kaduna State in 2020.
Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

Senator Lawan: Falling oil price a challenge for Nigeria to look inwards

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday said the global falling price of crude oil should be a challenge for Nigeria to devise other means of growing the nation's economy.

Governor Makinde: Oyo’ll be known for good governance throughout my tenure

Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared the State would be known for good governance all through his tenure.

NERC postpones TCN public hearing over scanty data

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Wednesday, postponed till Monday 16, March 2020, a Public Hearing on the on the application for the extraordinary tariff review for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Alhaji Munir Sanusi, the chief of staff to the Emir of Kano, has confirmed the receipt of the query issued to Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government.

Emir Sanusi and the conspiracy of Northern oligarchy

His background in Islamic Studies at a leading Islamic University in Khatourm, the capital of Sudan, should have ordinarily perverted critical reasoning in him, paradoxically, the recently ‘deposed’ Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, frantically utilized Islamic knowledge as an intellectual instrument to illuminate the dark sides of his society.

Yinka Odumakin: APC has used, dumped ousted Emir Sanusi

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Tuesday said deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, must have crossed some political lines under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has expressed concern over the increasing cases of rape and other violence against women and girls in Africa, describing it as alarming.

FIDA: No country has attained gender equality

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) says in spite of the ongoing efforts to promote same opportunities in all areas for the sexes, gender equality has not been attained by any country of the world. =

Former police chief MD Abubakar stresses need for unity at Abuja walk

The National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute, Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar (retd.), has called for unity among Nigerians.

Nigeria to spend N12.5 billion for irrigation project in Gombe

The Federal Government says it will spend N12.5 billion on Transforming Irrigation Management In Nigeria (TRIMING) in Gombe State and some parts of Borno.
Gov. Babagana Zulum disclosed this when members of the Borno-Yobe Elders Forum-Residents of Abuja paid him a courtesy visit on Sunday in Maiduguri.

President Buhari approves 10,000 housing units for Borno – governor

The Federal Government has approved the building of 10,000 housing units in Borno to fast track Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) programme in the war-torn state.
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly

Shehu Sani: Bad leaders cause poverty in North

Senator Shehu Sani said on Thursday that the acute poverty and begging culture in the north were as a result of social injustice and the systemic failure of political leaders of the region.

Professor advises government on ways to improve power supply

Prof. Sylvester Egwu, of Howard University, has called on the Federal Government to resolve challenges impeding improved electricity supply in the country

State police: Ibrahim Gambari seeks adoption of 2014 confab report

A former Minister of External Affairs, Amb. Ibrahim Gambari, has declared that Nigeria must go back to the reports of the National Conference (Confab) held in 2014 in order to effectively tackle Nigeria’s security challenges, which have given rise to agitations for state policing.

West Africa still facing challenges in eradicating TB – WAHO chief

West Africa still faces challenges in eradicating tuberculosis (TB) as evidenced by the high burden imposed by TB, multidrug resistance TB (MDR-TB), and TB/HIV infection, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has said.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not implement policies that will affect the existence of the poor while raising revenue to fund the nation’s infrastructure projects.

Insecurity: President Buhari urged declare state of emergency

Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, the National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. over the lingering security issues bedeviling the country.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed prompt payment of salaries to all employees. 4

President Buhari meets with presidential committee on Nigeria’s economy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with the Presidential Committee on the impact of the coronavirus on Nigeria’s economy, and directed the Ministry of Finance and National Planning to ensure that salaries were paid.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed prompt payment of salaries to all employees. 2

President Buhari directs prompt payment of salaries

He also directed the ministry to ensure that critical infrastructure like roads, rails are protected and as much as possible, use local inputs so that the country retains value within her economy.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, made the call in a telephone interview in Uyo on Saturday.

Akwa Ibom government demands second coronavirus tests, questions NCDC announcement of confirmed cases

The Akwa Ibom government appears to be contesting the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s announcement of cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Shippers council donates N10 million items to curtail coronavirus spread

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), has donated protective gears for port users worth N5 million and an additional N5 million to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos and FCT respectively.
Acting Governor Baba Tella made the observation at the weekend while updating reporters on efforts by the state to fight COVID-19.

Official: Bauchi to discharge two coronavirus patients

The Bauchi State Government has said that two out of the three index Coronavirus (covid-19) patients would soon be discharged.