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Somali president signs law extending mandate for two years

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate for another two years, despite threats of sanctions from the international community.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

FPHB: 40,000 FCT residents have taken coronavirus vaccination

The acting executive secretary, Federal Capital Territory Primary Healthcare Board (FPHB), Dr. Nda-Eyo Iwot, has said that over 40,000 residents of the FCT are said to have received their first shots of the COVID-19 vaccines since the roll out of the exercise in March.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Experts task Nigerian government on utilisation of N126 billion coronavirus budget

Experts have called on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to utilise the N126 billion allocated for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the health budget judiciously, to build a resilient health system in the country.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was more deserving of the Best FIFA Men's Player award in 2019 than Barcelona star Lionel Messi, according to France great Alain Giresse.

Liverpool boss ‘not concerned’ about Sadio Mane’s poor form

Jurgen Klopp has said he had no concerns over the form of Sadio Mane, despite the Liverpool forward’s struggles in front of goal in recent weeks.
HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

HURIWA faults IGP’s South-East security assessment

Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has faulted the claims of the newly appointed Inspector General of Police Usman Baba of dire security situations in the South-east region of the country.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Friday inaugurated a 10-member committee to investigative alleged killing of two persons by men of Nigerian Air Force in Mabera area of Sokoto metropolis.

PDP governors demand devolution of powers, restructuring

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from a meeting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Friday and demanded the devolution of power and restructuring of the country, Channels Television has reported.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

PDP governors urges President Buhari to stem ethnic, religious tension

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of utmost urgency, stem the tide of endless ethnic and religious tension spreading like wildfire in the country.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

Nigerian government targets 25 million residents with solar home system

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday launched an ambitious programme by the Federal to supply electricity to 25 million Nigerians through Solar Home System, SMS.
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s priority in the January transfer window is to trim their bloated squad as he seeks to build on a mini-revival at the Premier League club.

Mikel Arteta sure Arsenal can still reach Europa League semi-finals

Mikel Arteta still has total belief that Arsenal can beat Slavia Prague and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says.

Arsene Wenger: Offside calls could be automated at 2022 World Cup

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that offside calls could be automated at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with further advances in technology planned amid ongoing criticism of VAR.
The umbrella body of pilots and aircraft engineers in the country, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has commended the professional regulatory safety oversight function performed by NCAA on Azman Air operations.

Azman Air apologises to NCAA chief over false accusations

After series of accusations and counter-accusations generated by the suspension of Azman from flight operations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) over violation of safety rules, the management of the airline has finally apologised to the regulatory agency for the rash actions it took over the suspension.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC trains 200 officers on CCTV surveillance

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Oyo State Command, on Tuesday began training of 200 officers on the use of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) to tackle insecurity.
Juan Mata says he decided to sign a contract extension at Manchester United because it is a special club and he already has his sights on winning major trophies next season.

Mata confident he still has much to offer Man Utd

The Spaniard told the UTD Podcast: “Of course, I heard much about him as a player. About that goal, about the many goals. So we had a meeting between us, the team, and they said: ‘Listen, it’s probable that Ole’s going to come. He’s going to take care of the team until the end of the season. He’s coming from Molde in Norway.’
Porto boss Sergio Conceicao fears a backlash from Chelsea after their home thumping by West Brom.

Porto boss: I wish Chelsea had beaten West Brom

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao fears a backlash from Chelsea after their home thumping by West Brom.
La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.

La Liga investigating Valencia racism claims – chief

La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

APC’s litmus tests

All party members and leaders should prioritise ensuring that the Caretaker Committee is able to complete the task of organising a National Convention where new leaders of the party will be elected. The first test therefore is whether the challenges leading to the dissolution of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC are being resolved by the Caretaker Committee. To what extent, are the resolution of challenges facing the party conforming to both democratic principles and progressive ideals?

Zulumnomics, civil service and Nigeria’s economic revival

Nigeria is a country where there is a chasm between the leaders and the led. The distrust of the ordinary Nigerian for political office holders is such that most Nigerians celebrate when their leaders encounter tragic situations. If the governor takes ill in some states, a substantial proportion of the electorate would wish death on their state’s chief executive.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi A. Sule

Abdullahi Sule vows to punish killers of Miyetti Allah leaders

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi A. Sule has vowed to work closely with the security agencies to bring to book the criminal elements who killed State Miyetti Allah chairman and those disturbing the peace in the state.
Catholic Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins

Archbishop Martins: We must not jeopardize the peace, unity of our country

Nigerians have been urged to unite and work assiduously to build a peaceful and united country, particularly at this period of growing insecurity, fear and anxiety in the land.
A container ship sails at the Suez Canal, in Ismailia, Egypt March 31, 2021. Suez Canal Authority-Handout via REUTERS

Suez Canal shipping backlog to end on Saturday – Canal authority

The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would report its findings soon.
The Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, has called for strict compliance with extant laws establishing the bureau, in other to fulfill its mandate.

Official: Why CCB denies Nigerians access to public officers’ assets information

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on Wednesday explained why it denies Nigerians access to the details of the assets declared by public officers.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president: How Nigeria can successfully vaccinate its over 200 million population

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday said that for Nigeria to provide ‘herd immunity’ for its over two hundred million population, efforts must be made by the Federal Government to collaborate with international bodies to develop and produce a vaccine for the purpose.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo presides as FEC mourns ex-minister Mahmud Tukur

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s priority in the January transfer window is to trim their bloated squad as he seeks to build on a mini-revival at the Premier League club.

Mikel Arteta sure Arsenal can still reach Europa League semi-finals

Mikel Arteta still has total belief that Arsenal can beat Slavia Prague and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.
School owners in Obinze, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo state, yesterday lamented the damages the windstorm caused to their buildings.

Windstorm: Imo school owners lament destruction

School owners in Obinze, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo state, yesterday lamented the damages the windstorm caused to their buildings.
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) said it has begun the implementation of the revised service-based reflective tariff as approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Load rotation: IBEDC apologises to customers for inconveniences

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has apologised to its customers in Magboro, Ibafo, Mowe and environs for the inconveniences on the load shedding arrangement ongoing in the areas.
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Lagos sets to introduce waste management in primary school curriculum

Lagos State Government, through the state Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has concluded plans to incorporate waste management in the curriculum of primary schools in the state.