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VON chief: Blame General Babangida for Nigeria’s insecurity

The Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has blamed the insecurity challenge facing the country on the outcome of “Extreme-Poverty” planted in 1986 by the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) of the Ibrahim Babangida regime.
FILE PHOTO - Employees work on a drilling machine production line at a factory in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China November 14, 2018. REUTERS-Stringer

Official: China factory activity grows at slowest pace in nine months

Factory activity in China grew at the slowest pace in nine months in February, as business operations slowed over the country’s Lunar New Year holiday, according to official data released Sunday.
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Seplat driving sustainability with growing gas business – chief

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, leading indigenous energy company, has identified its fast-growing gas business as a strong catalyst for sustainable development in Nigeria.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said Dangote Refinery would buy Nigeria’s crude oil in Naira and also sell petrol to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.

Dangote refinery to buy Nigerian crude in Naira, sell petrol in Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said Dangote Refinery would buy Nigeria’s crude oil in Naira and also sell petrol to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, on Tuesday said the Federal Government had been able to recover 25 sites from 2007 that the programme started.

Minister urges mining companies to prioritize host communities’ welfare

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite, Saturday, urged mining companies to prioritize the welfare of host communities for smooth operations.

CBN governor: Dangote refinery to sell refined crude to Nigerian government in Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, says arrangement is being made to enable the Dangote Refinery sell refined crude to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Minister: Nigeria won’t stop borrowing

Notwithstanding Nigeria owing $86.39 billion (N32.9 trillion) to external creditors, the nation will continue to borrow to finance infrastructural development, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said yesterday.

Ooni unveils ‘herbal remedy’ for coronavirus

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has unveiled a series of traditional medicines, made from local herbs, that boost the human’s immune system against infectious diseases, including the rampaging Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, while addressing journalists on the move by the government to solve the protracted conflict over the competition of land, water, and pasture by herders and farmers.

Nigerian government maps out 30 grazing reserves for livestock transformation plan project implementation

As the conflict between herders and farmers continues to rage, the Federal Government has disclosed mapping out 30 grazing reserves for implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, as a lasting solution to the crisis.

African Union backs call to waive intellectual property rights on coronavirus drugs

The African Union is backing calls for drugmakers to waive some intellectual property rights on Covid-19 medicines and vaccines to speed up their rollout to poor countries, the head of its disease control body said on Thursday.
The Stockfish Dealers Association has called on the federal government to grant importers of stockfish access to the foreign exchange.

Norwegian Seafood Council faults Nigeria’s inclusion of stockfish in banned list

The Norwegian Seafood Council has protested the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s inclusion of stockfish in the list of banned goods to be imported into the country.
This was made known by the Director-General, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, Abuja at the unveiling of Hyundai Kona Electric Car, Nigeria’s first locally assembled electric car in Abuja.

NADDC: Nigerian government attracted over $1 billion investment in automobile industry in 2019

This was disclosed by the Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu at the opening of a two-day investigative hearing held at the instance of the Ad-hoc Committee into the financial budgetary approvals and multilateral donation on skills acquisition and related programs of federal government and its agencies, chaired by Hon. Victor Akinjo.
Nigeria is now the largest producer of cassava in the world, Karima Babangida, a director in the national federal ministry of agriculture declared Wednesday in Bauchi at a workshop on cassava production organised by the ministry.

Nigeria now world’s largest cassava producer – official

Nigeria is now the largest producer of cassava in the world, Karima Babangida, a director in the national federal ministry of agriculture declared Wednesday in Bauchi at a workshop on cassava production organised by the ministry.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa were on Wednesday sworn-in as Governor and Deputy Governor of the state, saying his second term is not for relaxation.

Ondo governor sworn-in for second term, pledges to work harder

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa were on Wednesday sworn-in as Governor and Deputy Governor of the state, saying his second term is not for relaxation. The inauguration ceremony...
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Nigerian government set to roll out digital switch over in 31 states

With N9.4 billion paid to stakeholders, including service providers, approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), and with 31 states to cover, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the federal government has no more excuses for not rapidly rolling out the Digital Switch Over (DSO).
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Stanbic IBTC offers low-interest agric loans

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc has reaffirmed its commitment to the growth of Nigeria’s agriculture sector by supporting farmers and other players in the agricultural value chain.

DPR flags off search, rescue, command centre in Lagos

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday flagged off the Oil and Gas Search, Rescue and Surveillance (SeRAS) Command and Control Centre in Lagos.
The move, according to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, is part of efforts to create an integrated transport system for Kano as emerging megacity.

Kano government approves N344 million for procurement of 100 tractors‎

The Kano State Government has approved N344 million for the purchase of 100 tractors in order to boost agricultural production in the state.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

Peak Milk renews relationship with NFF as official sponsor of Super Eagles

Peak became the Official Milk of the Super Eagles prior to the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, where the Eagles reached the Round of 16 with spectacular wins over Spain and Bulgaria. France ’98 remains the only FIFA World Cup finals that Nigeria has made the Round of 16 ahead of her last game of the group phase.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC vows to shut down packaged water factories endangering Nigerians’ health

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has vowed to shut down packaged water production facilities that fail the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements.
South-West governors on Saturday adopted the decision by the National Economic Council on forest ownership and management across the country.

Southwest governor: Nigeria must stop foreign herdsmen, states manage their forests

Rising from a security meeting in the Oyo State Government House in Ibadan, the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, told journalists that in line with NEC position, all the states should be in charge of their forests.

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Despite denial by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, that he did not punch the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo, he (Agbowu), on Sunday, insisted that Oluwo punched him.

Oluwo: Insecurity in Nigeria is perennial problem

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi said insecurity in Nigeria is a perrenial challenge which requires a linear process to be tamed.
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Police nab three ‘cultists’ in Anambra

The Police Command in Anambra say they have arrested three suspected members of different cult groups in the state.
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Three remanded for invading palace, beating up Osun monarch

A 35-year-old man, Wasiu Tijani, and two others were on Monday dragged before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly beating up a monarch in his palace.

Maiduguri rockets attack death toll rise to 16

The governor had after visits to both University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and State Specialist Hospital lamented that 10 persons were lost and 47 persons injured.
A widow, Dorothy Nnabode on Monday told the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel that the police shot and killed her husband in front of her.

NHRC urges Zamfara government to reconsider stand on ‘repentant bandits’

The National Human Rights Commission, on Saturday, expressed concerns over the rising cases of kidnapping of boarding schools’ students in northern parts of the country.
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