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Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok

Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the immensely popular social media app known for its fun short-form videos, in a move that could prevent the Trump administration from banning it from the US, according to reports.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

NLC asks governors to scrap security vote

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said the security votes in the executive arm of government should be scrapped from the budgeting system, to avert abuses in line with the reality of the COVID-19 financial constraints on the country.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this on Monday on Channels Television, Programme “Sunrise Daily”, while, speaking on COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Medical practitioners in Akwa Ibom commend NCDC chief’s professionalism

Medical practitioners in Akwa Ibom State have commended the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, for his display of professionalism and sincerity in handling COVID-19 pandemic in the country, describing him as an upright man.
President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone president accuses opposition of ‘terrorizing’ state

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio on Friday vowed to crush an act of “terrorism” been allegedly perpetrated against the state and accused the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) of being behind it.

SERAP seeks weekly publication of spending details on coronavirus

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal Government to publish weekly details of the exact funds and other resources allocated by the authorities.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha

Coronavirus: Nigeria suspends visa on arrival policy

The federal government has announced the temporary suspension of the issuance of visa on arrival policy which came into effect in January 2020 as a measure to curb the further spread of COVID-19 into the country.

SERAP wins first round in battle to get details of payment of jumbo pensions...

There is prospect Nigerians keen on knowing details of payment of life pensions to former governors across the 36 states in the country, and the names and number of ex-governors and other officials collecting pensions, may soon have some answers, as Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has won the latest round in the legal battle to compel 36 state governors to disclose these details.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says he will remain loyal to his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari.

SERAP asks court to order President Buhari, VP Osinbajo, 36 governors to publish their...

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to order President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, 36 state governors and their deputies to “make public details of their assets, specifically property and income, contained in their asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) since assuming office.”
Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has commended female military and police officers for what she regarded as excellent display

Aisha Buhari: Garba Shehu meddling in my affairs

Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari, has accused presidential spokeswoman, Garba Shehu, of being loyal to others who have no stake in the contract signed by President Muhammadu Buhari with Nigerians.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government have commenced a Human Capital Development (HCD) plan towards moving 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.

SERAP gives states seven days to disclose payments of pensions to former governors, others

The organization is also urging each of the 36 state governors to “provide information on whether any such pension law exists in your state, and if so, to provide the names and number of ex-governors and other ex-officials receiving pensions in your state, and to publicly commit to repealing the law, and to pursue recovery of funds collected under the pension law.”
United Nations UN

UNODC: Nigerians paid N675 billion cash as bribes to public officials in 2019

An estimated N675 billion was paid in cash as bribes to Nigerian public officials in 2019, an anti-corruption survey on Nigerians who had encounters with public officers has shown.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Local Governments and Community Affairs, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, has admonished public officials working in the 57 Local Governments/Local Council Development Areas of the State to rise above the traditional constraints and old ways of doing things and begin to think globally, but act locally to facilitate the achievement of the developmental agenda and blueprint of the State Government in all sectors of the State’s economy.

Lagos: Public servants must think globally, but act locally

The Lagos State Commissioner for Local Governments and Community Affairs, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, has admonished public officials working in the 57 Local Governments/Local Council Development Areas of the State to rise above the traditional constraints and old ways of doing things and begin to think globally, but act locally to facilitate the achievement of the developmental agenda and blueprint of the State Government in all sectors of the State’s economy.
“In several cases, journalists, bloggers and activists have either been denied bail, as it is the case with journalist Agba Jalingo, or granted bail with stringent conditions that implicitly violate human rights, as it is the case with journalist and activist Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare. In all of such cases, the alleged offences are not constitutionally and internationally recognizable.”

SERAP writes NJC, seeks directives on citizens’ rights

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council (NJC), urging him to use his offices and leadership of the NJC to “urgently develop measures and issue directives to all courts to respond to the disturbing trends by state governments and federal government to use the court as a tool to suppress citizens’ human rights.”
Tanzanian Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, on Sunday suspended seven public officials in Morogoro region over embezzlement of 1.3 billion Tanzanian shillings ($567,000), a statement said.

Tanzanian premier suspends seven public officials over ’embezzlement of public funds’

Tanzanian Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, on Sunday suspended seven public officials in Morogoro region over embezzlement of 1.3 billion Tanzanian shillings ($567,000), a statement said.
Muhammadu Buhari

Federal government threatens corrupt lawyers, bankers, brokers with sanction

The Federal Government has said it will henceforth insist on enforcement of sanctions by professional bodies against lawyers, bankers and brokers indicted for corruption.
President Buhari receives Salah Homage in celebration of Eid El Filtri in State House on 4th June 2019 1

President Buhari: Eight ways I’ll fight corruption in second term

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday listed eight priorities he will give more attention to give his anti-corruption agenda a big bite in the next four years.

SERAP tells Governor Dickson to reject life pension for Bayelsa lawmakers

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State to reject life pension for lawmakers in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned public officials, particularly those elected and appointed into office, that they must keep public trust or leave.-3

Presidency to deal with public officials that betray government

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned public officials, particularly those elected and appointed into office, that they must keep public trust or leave.

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCTA directs schools to re-open for graduating class students Tuesday

The Education Authority, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed all schools in Abuja to re-open academic activities for students in graduating classes on Tuesday.
Kayode Alabi

Kwara students to resume Wednesday

All Senior Secondary 3 students in Kwara would resume on Wednesday as the state government had distributed 65, 000 face masks to schools ahead of the resumption.
Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

NGF expresses solidarity with Borno governor over Boko Haram attack

The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga.

Ondo guber: PDP may suffer defeat over choice of running mate – chieftain

A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

NSE resumes trading for August with 0.30 per cent growth

The nation’s bourse commenced trading for August after Sallah break with a growth of 0.30 per cent on renewed bargain hunting.