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The United Kingdom (UK) has the highest coronavirus death rate in Europe, new data has revealed.

Global coronavirus deaths surpass 1.5 million

The world has crossed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths amid the wait for the distribution of vaccines.
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14 political parties, 120 candidates battle for legislative seats in by-elections

Fourteen political parties including the two major parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are fielding over 120 candidates in a contest for various senatorial and state houses of assembly seats in the rescheduled by-elections holding in 10 states across the country today.
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UNICEF spends N14 million for training of 1,500 Katsina pupils

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has expended N14 million for the training of 1,500 pupils across the three senatorial zones of the state on School Improvement Plan.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government needs to revisit the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment of the broadcasting code. 2

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria needs $3 trillion to bridge infrastructural deficit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says three trillion dollars is needed to bridge the infrastructural deficit in Nigeria over the next 30 years.

Millions of Australians unable to afford medical care

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data published on Friday, 907,000 Australians did not fill a prescription in 2020 because it was too expensive.
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Cross River launches ‘Operation Akpakwu’ to fight kidnapping, robbery

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Thursday launched a special operation to flush out criminals from the state, especially kidnappers.
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Apostle Suleman: President Buhari’s administration the worst ever

Johnson Suleman, a Nigerian televangelist, on Tuesday, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as the “worst government ever.”
The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has criticised the overdependence on importation in Nigeria.

Survey rates NAFDAC high on efficient service delivery

A recent research titled, ‘Transactional Accountability, Process Consistency and Operational Transparency- A Report on NAFDAC,’ has adjudged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as one of the best performing MDAs in terms of satisfaction of its clients.
The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented the fate of over 14 million out of school children in Nigeria, declaring that lack of formal education and stagnated development are some of the biggest problems confronting the country.

Ex-President Obasanjo decries fate of Nigeria’s 14 million out-of-school children

The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented the fate of over 14 million out of school children in Nigeria, declaring that lack of formal education and stagnated development are some of the biggest problems confronting the country.

Central bank orders Bureau de Change operators to sell dollar at N392

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has instructed Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in Nigeria to sell dollars at N392 to end-users.
Youths and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has urged Nigerian athletes to keep hope alive on the occasion of the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister: New sports policy key to transforming Nigerian sports

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says the country’s new Sports Industry Policy will serve as catalyst for transforming sports into a big business sector when operational.

NGO: Nigeria in recession due to over-reliance on oil

Lillian Akhigbe, Communications Manager, in a statement on Thursday, noted that successive governments at all tiers neglected Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs).
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi said this at the stakeholders workshop on child road safety strategy for Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

FRSC: Nigerian government developing child road safety strategy

The Federal Government has expressed determination to put appropriate structures in place to mitigate child road mortality.
Lai Mohammed is the current Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. A Nigerian lawyer, and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress.

Nigeria’s economy doing well in spite of recession – minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the news of Nigeria entering recession marks a positive development for the nation’s economy.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

We’ll pay workers November, December salaries – minister

The Federal Government has allayed fears in some quarters that the current economic recession in the country will affect the prompt payment of workers’ salaries in November and December 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the quarterly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) at the State House, Abuja.

President Buhari: How we’re addressing gender-based violence in Nigeria

In July, an inter-ministerial committee on eradication of sexual and gender-based violence was set up in response to cases of sexual and gender-based violence in the country arising from the COVID-19 lockdowns. The Senate had also approved the sexual harassment bill in furtherance of the legislative agenda to protect women’s rights.
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UNICEF: Perpetrators of violence against children in Nigeria are parents, teachers, caregivers

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has identified parents, teachers, caregivers as well as neighbours as major perpetrators of violence against children in Nigeria.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

PTF says passengers shun post arrival coronavirus tests, fake test results

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has accused some in-bound travelers of refusing to take the mandatory post-seven days Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests after arriving the country.

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Barbara Creecy, minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa and President of AMCEN, said: “Whilst this pandemic is having a profound negative impact on sustainable development and our efforts to combat environmental degradation and eradicate poverty, it also presents opportunities to set our recovery on a path of transformative sustainable development.”

African environment ministers support green recovery plan

Ministers of Environment from Africa on Friday agreed to support a comprehensive green recovery plan to boost economies and social systems aimed at building back better from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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AU welcomes Nigeria ahead of AfCFTA kick-off

The African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert Muchanga, said in Addis Ababa on Friday that instruments signifying Nigeria’s entry into the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will be received at the commission’s headquarters shortly ahead of next year’s kick-off of trading.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose

Ayo Fayose: President Buhari must account for $1 billion taken from excess crude account

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has queried President Muhammadu Buhari to account for the $1 billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to battle insecurity in the country.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood can improve their game by studying the movement of new team-mate Edinson Cavani, says former Manchester United defender Wes Brown.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Edinson Cavani arrival a boost for Anthony Martial

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Edinson Cavani’s arrival has been good for Anthony Martial.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo-Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden mulls atypical inauguration

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has given a preview of what his January inauguration will look like, noting that the event will not be typical due to the pandemic.