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Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos begins construction of 14,000-bed capacity NYSC orientation camp

Construction of a 14,000-bed capacity permanent orientation camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has begun in Lagos State.
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, said with fervent prayers by the Saints Nigeria will overcome the security challenges and the deathly COVID-19 pandemic.

NCPC boss: Nigeria‘ll overcome security challenges, coronavirus through prayers

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam said with fervent prayers by the Saints Nigeria will overcome the security challenges and the deathly COVID-19 pandemic.

IMF: Nigeria debt-GDP ratio to hit 68 percent

Sub-saharan Africa faces a huge challenge, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, to find nearly $900 billion to repay massive debt and fund essential public spending, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Thursday.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Monday that 46 persons died in road accidents at the Old Toll-Gate corridor on the Abeokuta-Lagos expressway between January 2014 and May 2020.

13 persons die in multiple autocrash in Kwara

Thirteen persons were reported dead in two separate motor accidents along Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa highway in the Moro local government area of Kwara state early hours of Thursday.

Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco trapped by virus and poverty

Deprived of work and access to aid, thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa living in Morocco are struggling to make ends meet under Covid-19 restrictions.
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WHO: Coronavirus deaths rise to 1, 200 in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa says the number of COVID-19 deaths in the WHO African Region has increased to 1, 200.
Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

Zimbabwe under strain as malaria cases surge during coronavirus fight

Already battling to contain the novel coronavirus, Zimbabwe health authorities are also facing a surge in malaria cases which has claimed 152 lives this year, a doctor said Friday.

World Bank forecasts sharp fall in remittances to Nigeria, others

The World Bank said remittances will decline sharply by about 23.1 percent to sub-Nigeria and other Saharan African nations this year, due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.
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WHO warns malaria deaths could double during virus pandemic

The new coronavirus pandemic could severely disrupt access to anti-malaria nets and drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that malaria deaths risked doubling if efforts are not urgently scaled up.
WHO stressed that so far, sub-Saharan African countries had reported relatively few cases in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 180,000 people globally and infected more than 2.6 million.

WHO warns malaria deaths could double during virus pandemic

The new coronavirus pandemic could severely disrupt access to anti-malaria nets and drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that malaria deaths risked doubling if efforts are not urgently scaled up.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

South Africa to increase welfare provision over coronavirus – president

South Africa will increase welfare provision to help poor households suffering because of a nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the country’s coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
Lagos state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday directed law enforcement agencies to arrest and disperse any large gatherings to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the state. 1

Africa in for tough battle as coronavirus cases rise

Sub-Saharan Africa recorded its second coronavirus death on Friday as infections rose in South Africa, where the government warned bluntly of a long haul in the fight against the disease.
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.
Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the continent’s largest economy, a report by Bloomberg has shown.

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as Africa’s largest economy

Nigeria’s re-emergence as Africa’s biggest economy followed South Africa’s slump into its second recession in two years, as severe rolling power blackouts frustrate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s attempt to revive growth.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has backed Nigeria’s closure of its borders with some neighbouring countries over issues bordering on illegal trade.

IMF sets Nigeria’s 2020 growth projection at 2.5 percent

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) released Monday has projected that the Nigerian economy will grow at 2.5 per cent this year and next year, same as it had predicted in its October 2019 WEO.
It's a meagre sum -- just $9 per month -- but for many families in poverty-stricken Zimbabwe, it is their last shred of hope.

Aid agencies throw lifeline to hungry Zimbabweans

It's a meagre sum -- just $9 per month -- but for many families in poverty-stricken Zimbabwe, it is their last shred of hope.

UNICEF: 17 million Nigerian children still unregistered

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that despite the significant increase in the number of children whose births are officially registered, there still lies a huge number of unregistered births in Nigeria.
Pix of Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State flanked by Professor Fatima Sawa (Provost) and Mohammed Tukur (Registrar), Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin-Kowa, Gombe State, after the Governor was conferred with an Award of Fellowship by the College.

President Buhari commends Gombe governor for prioritising agriculture

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Gombe State Governor, Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya, for his administration’s effort in giving much priority to the agricultural sector in the State.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has backed Nigeria’s closure of its borders with some neighbouring countries over issues bordering on illegal trade.

IMF: Nigeria’s border closure hurting Benin, Niger economies

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the sustained closure of the Nigerian land borders is hurting economies of Benin Republic and Niger Republic.

‘Oil thieves’ set Agip pipeline ablaze in Niger Delta

Unscrupulous people, described as crude oil thieves, have set fire on an oil pipeline, belonging to Italian oil giant Agip, at Ubeta community in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers.
Medical Tools belonging to a woman practicing illegal abortion are displayed on a table in her living room on July 25, 2019 in Antananarivo. In Madagascar, the predominantly Christian island state where the Pope is expected in early September, abortion is illegal, including in cases of rape, and punishable by 10 years in prison. In this poor country of 25 million inhabitants, three women die each day following a “spontaneous or induced abortion,” according to Lalaina Razafinirinasoa, national leader of the British-based family planning NGO, Marie Stopes International. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Madagascar’s ‘angel makers’ flourish in ban on abortion

Volatiana keeps her secret behind a flimsy wooden gate, tucked along a red brick wall at the back of her vegetable garden in Madagascar’s Antananarivo.
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PepsiCo offers $1.7 billion to buy South Africa’s Pioneer Foods

PepsiCo has made a 1.7 billion dollars (1.35 billion pounds) offer to buy South Africa’s Pioneer Food Group, the companies said on Friday, boosting the target’s shares by nearly 30 per cent.

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At least 31 Nigerian soldiers were killed when IS-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy escorting weapons and overran a base in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, military sources told AFP Monday.

Igbo group: Shoot-on-sight order will worsen insecurity in South-East

A think-tank of Igbo intellectuals and professionals, Nzuko Umunna, on Tuesday, wrote an open letter to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, over the alleged shoot-on-sight order against Igbo youths to the soldiers in the South-East and South-South.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has said that the current push to conduct drug test on politicians, workers and students is to be able to urgently provide help for those who need treatment and rehabilitation, in addition to serving as deterrence.

NDLEA merges SWAT teams, reshuffles directors

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has reshuffled directors in the Agency, merging Special Weapon and Tactics teams, and creating new directorates in the process.
Manchester City and Chelsea could emerge as contenders to sign Robert Lewandowski if he leaves Bayern Munich this summer, ESPN reports.

Robert Lewandowski reacts to talk of Serie A switch

Robert Lewandowski admits to being a fan of Italian football, but the Bayern Munich striker has suggested that no move to Serie A will be made any time soon.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has vowed to ensure peace in all troubled areas in the country.

IGP: New security measures underway for South-South, South-East

The National Security Council (NSC) rose from its third meeting in two weeks with the approval of new security measures for both South-south and South-east geo-political zones.
The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has commended the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity for granting recognition to the trade union in spite of an alleged deregistration plot against it by a rival union.

Niger government, Labour ministry disown ASUSS

The plan by secondary school teachers to float a different organisation from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) may have hit the rocks following the rejection of the plan by both the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Niger State Government.

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The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.

IGP vows to improve public safety

There were echoes of war in the South East before he was appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police. The situation was such that policemen went about their lawful duties in mufti.
Hotel owners in Abia State under the aegis of Hotel Welfare Association (HWA) and others have lauded the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali over his appointment of AIG Etim Eneh Okon to head the Police Zone 9 command, Umuahia.

South-east group hails re-organisation in Nigeria Police Force

The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders has expressed delight over the recent re-organisation in the Nigeria Police Force.
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Kano government mulls closure of more boarding schools over insecurity

Kano State government has said that it would not hesitate to shut down more boarding schools if the state of insecurity across the country, especially in some of its neighboring states, worsens.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor: I believe in united Nigeria, not secession

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Saturday declared his belief in a united Nigeria and condemned calls for secession by some groups in the country.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Eight ‘gunmen’ killed, vehicles recovered in Imo

Eight people suspected to be hoodlums operating under the name “unknown gunmen” on Thursday night were gunned down in a gun battle with joint security operatives.