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UNDP-GEF trains farmers on RiceAdvice application, innovative farming

The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) in partnership with Sovisage Nig. Ltd. on Monday began a two-day training on RiceAdvice and weed manager application.
The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, formally presented zero draft National Biosecurity Policy to stakeholders.

Stakeholders meet on national policy on biosecurity

The Federal Government has brought stakeholders together to bring up a final policy paper on the nation’s biosecurity.
A Chinese national flag flies from the Bank of China in the financial district of the City of London, Britain January 7, 2016. REUTERS-Toby Melville-File Photo

China denounces G7 statement, urges group to stop slandering country

China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro holds his protective face mask during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Brasilia, Brazil, June 10, 2021. REUTERS-Adriano Machado

Brazilian president fined for not wearing mask

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been fined for not wearing a mask as he joined thousands of motorcyclists at a rally in Sao Paulo.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor urges Nigerians to support government for quality education

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged well-meaning individuals and groups in the country to join hands with the government to make quality education more accessible to our people, especially our children and youths, because the requirements for delivering standard quality education demands that all hands should be on deck.
A Palestinian child stands amidst the rubble of buildings, destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on 21 May 2021. Emmanuel Dunando / AFP

Egypt eyes Gaza reconstruction to boost regional clout

Egypt is banking on a $500-million Gaza reconstruction project to shore up its influence in the Middle East, capitalising on clout it garnered by brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has suspended sponsorship of conference attendance for Nigerian lecturers over allegations of fraudulent practices by many the beneficiaries.

Rector: TETFund earmarks N78 billion for ASCETA

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has over the years earmarked up to N78billion for academic staff development at the Abia State College of Education Technical, Arochukwu, (ASCETA) in Abia State.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that Southern governors’ irrevocable decision on open grazing and others issues must be respected.

Rivers government threatens to acquire disputed land in Ogoni over crisis

Rivers State Government has threatened to acquire a disputed land between Bomu and Lewe communities in Ogoni, if they fail to end their communal war.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s GDP to grow by $3 billion on import reduction

The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, who, at the weekend, advocated for import substitution, noted that the importation of petroleum products alone makes up about 25 per cent of annual imports aside from other products that are high import.
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Nigerian government assures parents of security in unity colleges as 77, 000 sit for...

The Federal Government has assured parents of adequate security in the 110 unity schools across the country, saying the colleges are more secured than most schools.

CBN chief: Dangote refinery, fertiliser plant to save Nigeria $3 billion annually

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday, said the Dangote Petroleum Refinery as well as its Fertiliser Plant would save the country $3 billion annually, thereby conserving scarce foreign exchange.

NATFORCE boss promises to be transparent in staff recruitment

The Director General, National Task Force on Illegal Ammunition and Light Weapons (NATFORCE), Baba Mohammed, has promised to be transparent in the recruitment of staff, saying that whoever caught in any dubious act would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has said that it is only knowledge-based economy that would add value and create a new lease of life for all Nigerians.

Nigerian government lauds Israel’s support for innovation

The Federal government of Nigeria has commended the efforts of the Israeli administration for supporting innovative Nigerian youths in transforming their ideas to inventions.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says his ministry is determined to accelerate the pace of industrialisation of Nigeria, to create wealth for citizens.

Minister calls for the protection of women children

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has acknowledged the good work of International Federation of women Lawyers (FIDA) in tackling the problems of women and children in the areas of abuse and manipulation of human right.

2023: North prepared to support southern candidate – group

A coalition of northern groups under the aegis of the Arewa Mandate Initiative, has declared that a majority of northerners were committed to the idea of rotating the Presidency between the North and South.
HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

HURIWA faults ‘audio killings’ of terrorists in South-East

A Non-profit organization and rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused security agencies of allegedly faking killings of terrorists operating in the South-East while simultaneously carrying out actual killings “of many Igbo youths” in the zone.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has said that it is only knowledge-based economy that would add value and create a new lease of life for all Nigerians.

Minister: Nigeria wants transparency to eliminate fraud in government activities

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said Nigeria needs transparency in governance to eliminate all fraud in all government activities and in the private sector.
The affected schools are the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, and Umar Ibn Ibrahim El Kanemi College of Science and Technology, Bama.

Borno shuts down tertiary institutions over students’ unrest

The Borno government has shut down two tertiary institutions in the state following students’ unrest.
The Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Professor Labo Popoola on Thursday admitted 3,671 students into the instruction’s various colleges for the 2020-21 academic session.

Osun university matriculates 3,671 students for 2020/21 academic session

The Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Professor Labo Popoola on Thursday admitted 3,671 students into the instruction’s various colleges for the 2020/21 academic session.
Embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has survived a second round of investigation into his conduct, giving him a boost in his re-election bid next month.

AfDB president calls for more investment in science

African Development Bank President, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, has called for more investment in science and technology to cope with the fourth industrial revolution.
Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has announced the reopening of the State Secretariat, Alausa as well as other government establishments.

Lagos integrates 55 MDAs on e-procurement platforms

Lagos Public Procurement Agency yesterday said it had integrated a total of 55 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state on the e-procurement platforms to enhance the ease of doing business with the state government within the first two years of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration in the state.
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Abia governor calls for strengthening of Igbo apprenticeship scheme

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has made a case for the sustenance of the Igbo apprenticeship system which he said is better than what is being taught at the various international Schools of Business .

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World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, says it is difficult ignoring criticisms from fans and pundits.

Anthony Joshua to Deontay Wilder: I pity you and your one hand, you ll...

Nigeria born British pugilist Anthony Joshua has addressed challenger Deontay Wilder in the language he expects him to understand, noting that going to war with just one weapon is like shooting oneself on the leg.
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Lagos council poll: AAC to contest only three councillorship seats – chairman

The African Action Congress (AAC) on Tuesday said it would contest only three councillorship seats in two local government councils at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Drummer Jacques Iyok performs on stage with his band JAMM at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Saint Louis, Senegal, June 18, 2021. Picture taken June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Cooper Inveen.

Senegal’s famed jazz festival returns after pandemic delay

On a small island where the Senegal River meets the sea, hundreds of mask-wearing jazz enthusiasts listened to French-Senegalese vocalist Awa Ly sing the blues for uncertain times.
A sign is seen at the entrance to the Google retail store in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, U.S., June 17, 2021. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton

Google drops engineering residency after protests over ‘inequities’

Alphabet Inc’s Google plans to shut down a long-running program aimed at entry-level engineers from underrepresented backgrounds after participants said it enforced “systemic pay inequities,” according to internal correspondence seen by Reuters.
FILE PHOTO - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attends the Roundtable Summit Phase One Sessions of Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. REUTERS-Lintao Zhang-Pool

Belarus: Western sanctions bordering on a ‘declaration of economic war’

Belarus views Western sanctions, imposed in response to Minsk’s forced landing of a Ryanair plane last month to arrest a journalist on board, as a declaration of economic war, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed that it would take six months for him to recover from his facial injury.

Kevin De Bruyne: Why it will take me six months to recover from facial...

Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed that it would take six months for him to recover from his facial injury.
Staff of department of fish studies at the National Museum of Kenya on Nov. 19, 2001, display a coelacanth fish weighing 77 kilograms and measuring 1.7 metres caught by Kenyan fishermen at the coastal town of Malindi in April 2001. REUTERS/George Mulala/File Photo

Fish once labeled a ‘living fossil’ surprises scientists again

The coelacanth - a wondrous fish that was thought to have gone extinct along with the dinosaurs 66 million years ago before unexpectedly being found alive and well in 1938 off South Africa's east coast - is offering up even more surprises.

World Bank: Nigerian growth lags Africa, poverty rising

Nigerian economic growth has resumed after the COVID shock but is lagging the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, with food inflation, heightened insecurity and stalled reforms slowing growth and increasing poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday.
Supporters of Ebrahim Raisi celebrate his presidential election victory in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran accuses U.S. of meddling for criticising election

Iran accused the United States on Tuesday of interference for saying its election was neither free nor fair as political factions traded blame for the record low turnout and high number of invalid ballots.
Wales have progressed into the round of 16 at this year’s Euros despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Euro 2020: Wales qualify for knockout stage despite defeat to Italy

Wales have progressed into the round of 16 at this year’s Euros despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.