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As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

NCDC activates Ondo state public health laboratory to its network

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated the inclusion of the Ondo State Public Health Laboratory to its Molecular Laboratory Network in the country.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the state.

Oyo governor to declare Hijrah holiday from next year

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday offered automatic employment to 110 ex-corps members in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships for the pursuit of post-graduate studies up to doctoral level in any university in Nigeria.

President Buhari approves establishment of N1 trillion infrastructure company

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a Public Private Partnership styled Infrastructure company named Infra-Co with an initial seed capital of N1 Trillion.
Pan-African banking conglomerate, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, has announced the appointment of an independent of non-executive director, Hervé S. Assah.

Ecobank appoints new director

Pan-African banking conglomerate, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, has announced the appointment of an independent of non-executive director, Hervé S. Assah.
Botswana plans to add more 600 megawatts (MW) of solar and coal-fired power in the next six years as the country looks to wean itself off imports while also eyeing power exports, the minerals and energy minister said on Monday.

Nigerian government steps up deployment of 19,000 solar homes systems

The federal government yesterday continued its ongoing deployment of 19,000 Solar Homes Systems (SHS), with the inauguration of an 85KWP Solar Hybrid Mini-grid in Dakiti, Akko Local Government of Gombe State.
The statement said Google.org is offering free online safety books in commemoration of this year’s global Safer Internet Day, themed- “Together for a better Internet.”

Google introduces online safety programme for Nigeria, other African countries

Google on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, to bolster its efforts to ensure safety of internet users, particularly children and young people. Google Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan, in...

Court remands man for ‘setting house ablaze’

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, on Monday remanded one Jemilu Sanni at the Agodi Correctional Centre, for allegedly setting a house on fire.
Japanese infectious disease specialist Atsuo Hamada wants to see the Olympics happen in Tokyo this summer, but admits if they were being held anywhere else, he’d probably support a cancellation.

Tokyo 2021: Japan, medical experts disagree over safe Olympics

Japanese infectious disease specialist Atsuo Hamada wants to see the Olympics happen in Tokyo this summer, but admits if they were being held anywhere else, he’d probably support a cancellation.

Edo NUT suspends three week-old strike

Public primary school heads and teachers in Edo, under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Teacher (NUT), have suspended their three weeks of industrial action over wage issues.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Official: Police kill 8 ‘kidnappers’ in Edo

The police in Edo State said they have killed eight suspected kidnappers in the state in the last three weeks.
About two million Mozambicans in the epicentre of the country's coronavirus breakout will from Friday adhere to a curfew for the first time since the civil war ended in 1992, President Filipe Nyusi announced on Thursday.

Virus leads to first Mozambique curfew since civil war

About two million Mozambicans in the epicentre of the country's coronavirus breakout will from Friday adhere to a curfew for the first time since the civil war ended in 1992, President Filipe Nyusi announced on Thursday.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

ASUU: Nigerian private universities often produce graduates with ’empty brains’

Most Nigerian private universities do not produce high quality graduates despite the exorbitant fees they receive in tuition from students, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Plateau State, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, said on Thursday in Jos.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NPHCDA boss: Nigeria, others seek fair price for coronavirus vaccines

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Dr. Shuaib Faisal, has disclosed that the delay in the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines was because countries were negotiating price reduction, safety and effectiveness and required logistics to stop ongoing community transmission of the virus.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Indefinite strike: Edo teachers defy Governor Obaseki

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Edo State Wing, has defied today (Monday)’s resumption order of Governor Godwin Obaseki by asking parents and guardians to keep their children and wards from public primary schools.
Peter Ben Embarek, a member of the WHO team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, arrives with his team at Baishazhou market in Wuhan, China, January 31, 2021. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

WHO team visits Wuhan market where first coronavirus infections detected

A World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 visited Huanan market on Sunday, the wholesale seafood centre in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the new coronavirus was initially detected.
Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

Nigerian government to commence procurement process for highway concessions

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has said that with the receipt of the Certificate of Compliance, the Federal Government is to officially commence the procurement process for the highway concessions under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI).
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

APC: Governor Obaseki plotting to deny pupils of first school leaving certificates

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo state, has accused Governor Godwin Obaseki, of attempting to deprive the 2020 generation of Primary 5 and 6 pupils of their first school leaving certificates, by canceling the first school leaving certificate examination in the state.
DELTA State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Monday released funds to affected local government areas to purchase food items for the affected communities as part of an effort to cushion the effect of their sufferings.

Delta government approves Kwale industrial park

Delta State Government held its first Executive Council (EXCO) meeting of the year at Government House, Asaba, weekend, announcing the approval of key infrastructural projects, including the full establishment of the Kwale Industrial Park in Ndokwa West.
The federal government, Monday, declared that no COVID-19 test was required for returning students to be admitted into their schools.

Enugu schools resume with strict compliance with coronavirus protocols

Public and private schools in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State started smoothly on Monday with strict compliance with National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocols.

Lagos DPP: 91% of prison inmates are awaiting trials

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, has said that 2,663 inmates out of 2,423 representing 91 percent of total inmates enrolled at the five federal correctional centres in the state, as at December 2020, are awaiting trial.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, made the remark on Saturday while speaking with newsmen after leading a team to monitor the conduct of the examinations in some centres in Lokoja.

Kogi readjusts school calendar, sets resumption date for January 18

The Kogi Government on Thursday said all public and private schools in the state would resume academic activities on Jan. 18, and urged all relevant stakeholders to strictly comply.
Members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department check commuters’ documents at a roadblock. Getty Images

South Africa police arrest thousands for not wearing masks

South African police have arrested more than 7,000 people caught without face masks in public since the end of December, the government said on Wednesday.

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Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.

Ghanaian president becomes world’s first recipient of free Covax jab

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.
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Reports: Three names disappear from U.S. intel report on Jamal Khashoggi after initial release

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Top public relations official for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stepped down, the government says on Monday.

Japanese premier’s aide quits amid wining, dining scandal

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The Eze Igbo of Zamfara, Chief Egbuna Obijiaku, on Saturday commended Gov. Bello Matawalle for tackling the security challenges in the state.

Zamfara governor: Nigerians’ll be shocked by those behind schoolgirls’ abduction

The Zamfara State Governor, Mr. Bello Matawalle, yesterday said that Nigerians would be shocked to know those behind the abduction of 317 female students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe.
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.

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US to release report blaming Saudi prince in Jamal Khashoggi murder

A US intelligence report expected to be made public Friday will blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — a key figure in the US-Saudi relationship — for the murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Humaira Mustapha, whose 2 daughters were kidnapped by gunmen at the Government Girls Secondary School, cries at her home, the day after the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls.

Families wait as Nigerian security forces search for 300 abducted girls

Relatives of more than 300 girls abducted by gunmen from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria endured an agonising wait for news amid rumours that they had been released, while security forces continued their search on Sunday.
New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told his new squad that everyone now has a clean slate.

Manchester United boss: Thomas Tuchel has quickly transformed Chelsea

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has praised the early work of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, saying that he has transformed the club already.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, says military equipment purchased by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have yet to arrive in Nigeria.

Defence chief seeks collaboration with telecoms firms to track criminals

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, has urged telecommunications service providers in Nigeria to support the efforts by the military and other security agencies to address insecurity across the country to apprehend perpetrators of crimes across the country.
Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen lost consciousness during Atalanta-Napoli and was rushed to the hospital, but according to Sky Sport the Napoli striker is now alert.

Napoli doctor: Victor Osimhen suffered head trauma with memory loss

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen will be out of action until early March after suffering head trauma with memory loss, according to Napoli based Doctor Alfredo Bucciero.