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World Bank: Nigeria moved out of recession earlier than expected

In its latest Africa Pulse Report for April 2021 titled, ‘COVID-19 and the Future of Work in Africa: Emerging Trends in Digital Technology Adoption’, the bank said Nigeria’s oil sector weakened in the fourth quarter of 2020 despite an increase in oil prices.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank: Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth to hit 3.4 percent in 2021

The World Bank says economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is expected to rise between 2.3 percent and 3.4 percent in 2021 after contracting by 2 percent last year.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB named the world’s best multilateral financial institution

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been named the “Best Multilateral Financial Institution in the world for 2021”. The prestigious US magazine, Global Finance, specialising in financial markets and investment banking, did the assessment and announced the award.
President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, with his new rank of four-star General, and the three service chiefs as three-star Generals. Others decorated on Friday by President Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja were Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amoo, Chief of Air Staff.

Women’s Day: Presidency releases checklist of ‘Buhari’s Women’

The Nigerian presidency has released list of some of the women appointed into key positions as the country joins the global community in celebration of March 8 International Women’s Day.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Abia rural women receive N20 million in federal government cash grants

The federal government at the weekend disbursed N20 million in cash grants to rural women in Abia rural, each recipient getting N20,000. The disbursement was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Alhaji Bashir Nura Alkali.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor explains comments on herders carrying rifles for self defence

Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, on Sunday, explained himself over a comment he made about Fulani herdsmen carrying Ak-47 rifles for self defence, a statement issued by Mr Mukhtar Gidado, his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media, said.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos governor sets up special traffic enforcement team on Apapa gridlock

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, yesterday, approved the constitution of a Special Traffic Management and Enforcement Compliance Team to tackle the traffic gridlock around the Apapa axis.
Former Finance Minister Seth Terkper has revealed that Ghana risked returning to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support following the rising debt.

Ghana risks returning to the IMF over high debt – ex-minister

Former Finance Minister Seth Terkper has revealed that Ghana risked returning to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support following the rising debt.
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.

Fitch forecasts $42 billion external reserves for Nigeria in 2021

Fitch Ratings has predicted that Nigeria’s external reserves would rise to $42 billion in 2021, higher than the $35.374 billion it stood at the end of 2020. This is according to figures obtained from the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Lagos State Safety Commission has sealed off the multi-billion naira Cubana nightclub house in the government reservation area, of Ikeja, and other facilities for non-compliance to the State Government COVID-19 protocols.

Lagos seals off Cubana club for breaking coronavirus protocols

The Lagos State Safety Commission has sealed off the multi-billion naira Cubana nightclub house in the government reservation area, of Ikeja, and other facilities for non-compliance to the State Government COVID-19 protocols.

Youth activist challenges government on empowerment

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), have been urged to take youth development and empowerment in the Niger Delta as a special project.
Ifeanyi Okowa

Delta government sues for peace as police returns to work

Delta State Government has appealed to youths to give peace a chance, as police return to duty in the state.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

House of Reps: We never accused SDGs boss of spending N26.9 billion on...

The House of Representatives Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has debunked reports that the management of the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGs, under Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire was queried over alleged award of N26.9bn COVID-19 related procurements during a recent budget defence session at the National Assembly.
The trial of Ope Saraki, ex-Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), commenced on Thursday.

I gave N11 million to Ope Saraki – witness tells court

The trial of Ope Saraki, ex-Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), commenced on Thursday.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Akwa Ibom State Governmenthas embarked on on-the-spot assessment of properties vandalized in Uyo, the state capital as an aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

Akwa Ibom government tours properties vandalised by hoodlums

Akwa Ibom State Government has embarked on on-the-spot assessment of properties vandalized in Uyo, the state capital as an aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor, moving a bill on the Repeal of Quarantine Act, 2004 at plenary yesterday at National Assembly Abuja. . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. 1

NASS: We have not received new PIB from Presidency

The National Assembly, NASS, has denied getting the new copy of Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry, PIB, from the Presidency.
Governor David Nweze Umahi

2023: NYC tips Ebonyi governor for presidency

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has been enjoined to consider running for Presidency in 2023 due to his developmental strides in the state.
Hon. Osamudiamen Destiny Odeh, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki, has endorsed the Edo State governor for a second term.

Edo 2020: Godfatherism must not return to Edo State – Destiny Odeh

Hon. Osamudiamen Destiny Odeh, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki, has endorsed the Edo State governor for a second term.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi A. Sule

Nasarawa adopts private sector approach on HCD – official

The National HCD has three thematic areas which are: Health, Education and the Workforce, but Nasarawa State has added three more to include: Social development of the youth, local government and community development.

Nasarawa Assembly summons governor’s aide over crisis of power in NUDB board

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has summoned Arc. Stanley Buba, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Development Control to appear on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by 10am at the chamber of the House.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the federal government will provide relief materials for residents of Lagos and Abuja whom he ordered to stay-at-home as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

President Buhari: It’ll be dangerous to go back to fuel subsidy era

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that it would be economically dangerous for Nigeria to go back to the era of fuel subsidy, citing grave financial cost and a return to the era of long fuel queues as certain results.

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Eight students of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Gwagwalada, FCT, on Wednesday, received the sum of N2.2 million for undergraduate research in various disciplines.

UNIABUJA: Only universities have powers of admissions, not external body

The University of Abuja has pointedly told the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, that it lacked constitutional powers to meddle in admissions into universities.
Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Governor Wike tells Senator Okorocha not to give up in the face of current...

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has advised his former Imo State counterpart, Rochad Okorocha, not to look back in his quest to see a new Nigeria realised.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio is APC’s ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom – group

A group, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Advocates Forum has declared former Governor of Akwa Ibom and the Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, as the ‘natural leader’ of the party in the state being a serving cabinet member.
The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) is to collaborate with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on COVID-19 vaccine information dissemination and education.

FCCPC: Our goal is to prevent exploitation of consumers

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring fairness in commerce and market place, as well as preventing the exploitation of consumers.
Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

Nigerian governors seeks digitisation of revenue administration

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that all revenue administrations needed to move to a digital future.

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Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has formally signed a short-term deal with four-time Nigeria Professional Football League Champions Kano Pillars.

NPFL: Ahmed Musa to play for free at Kano Pillars

Musa, 28, signed for the four-time Nigerian champions under the Elite Players Programme of the League Management Company, which encourages top Nigerian internationals to play for local clubs.
HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

HURIWA advises President Buhari to purge the federal government of terrorist sympathizers

Foremost rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to go the whole distance in ridding the federal government of all sympathisers of the ideals of terrorism in the country.
Images depicting the face of the APC leader on bags of rice was recently being circulated on some social media platforms.

Senator Tinubu reacts to ‘Jagaba rice’ distributed in northern Nigeria

National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has denied distributing bags of rice in some states in the northern part of the country.

Mother absconds with N3 million donation meant for daughter’s tumor surgery

A woman (name withheld) has absconded with N3million donation meant for her daughter’s brain tumor surgery, a situation that eventually led to the poor girl’s death on Tuesday morning.
The curtain was drawn on the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ yesterday with the defending champions, Team Delta, amassing an astonishing 384 medals, comprising 158 gold, 116 silver, 110 bronze to beat Host Edo State and other participating states to the number one position for the sixth consecutive time.

Team Delta wins National Sports Festival for sixth record time

The curtain was drawn on the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ yesterday with the defending champions, Team Delta, amassing an astonishing 384 medals, comprising 158 gold, 116 silver, 110 bronze to beat Host Edo State and other participating states to the number one position for the sixth consecutive time.