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Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said on Wednesday.

Malawi to destroy 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines

Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said on Wednesday.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF: Over 1.2 million children yet to be immunised in Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says no fewer than 1.2 million children in Nigeria are yet to be immunised.
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

UNICEF urges Nigerians to stop spreading rumours, get vaccinated

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against the novel Coronavirus instead of spreading rumours about the efficacy of vaccine which is to prevent the virus.
Journalists in Tunisia's state news agency carry flags as they protest against the appointment of a new CEO in Tunis, Tunisia April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tarek Amara

Tunisian journalists protest over new head of state news agency

Journalists at Tunisia’s state news agency protested on Tuesday against the appointment of a new chief executive, calling it an attempt to undermine editorial independence.

UN seeks funds to ease hunger in Mozambique as conflict deepens

The World Food Programme on Tuesday said it needed $82 million to provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of people facing severe hunger in violence-ravaged northern Mozambique.
Veteran stand-up comedian, Omobaba, in a recent chat with newsmen, has advised his colleagues who are online skit makers to stop dressing like women.

Omobaba: Male skit makers should stop dressing like women

Veteran stand-up comedian, Omobaba, in a recent chat with newsmen, has advised his colleagues who are online skit makers to stop dressing like women.

Australians protest Aboriginal deaths in custody, 30 years after major report

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Australia’s major cities on Saturday to protest the deaths of Indigenous people in custody, ahead of the 30th anniversary of a major report into the issue.

Family facing ‘unprecedented threat’ in Nigeria – health expert

A public health expert has said that the family, as a unit of the society, is facing an “unprecedented threat” in Nigeria.
Onyema Nwachukwu, acting director for defence information, DHQ

DHQ: No massacre in Benue

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed report of an alleged massacre by the military in Konshisha area of Benue, following the killing of 11 troops by bandits.
American rapper Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, is currently in the hospital and the prognosis is not good.

DMX still on life support amid death rumours on Twitter

DMX, an American hip-hop star, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is not dead and still on life support.

Oxfam promises to continue defending marginalized people

Oxfam International has promised to continue to defend those who are marginalised, and whose rights have been trampled upon.
Satire pages will now be labelled as such, along with public officials, fan pages, and government news outlets. Facebook

Facebook hopes tiny labels on posts will stop users confusing satire with reality

Facebook is adding additional labels to posts from Pages that appear in users’ News Feeds in a bid to reduce confusion about their origin. These labels will include “public official,” “fan page,” and “satire page.” The company says it’s already started testing the deployment of these labels in the US, and will gradually add them to more posts.
World Leading Smartphone device Xiaomi, has signed former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, as their new corporate brand ambassador to represent its latest mobile device.

Xiaomi signs Jay Jay Okocha as brand ambassador

World Leading Smartphone device Xiaomi, has signed former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, as their new corporate brand ambassador to represent its latest mobile device.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, made this known while responding to questions from newsmen in Abuja, weekend.

NCPC chief: Nigerian government, states must make more efforts in tackling banditry

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam said Federal and States Government need to make more commitment in tackling banditry kidnapping and other criminalities in the country.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

Femi Falana: US report on Lekki shootings misleading

A human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted a report by the US Department of State on Lekki shootings.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as an indivisible entity despite its diversity, saying that way, it will be a better and stronger nation.

President Buhari: Nigeria better, stronger as one indivisible nation

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as an indivisible entity despite its diversity, saying that way, it will be a better and stronger nation.
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.

VP Osinbajo seeks new tribe of Nigerians to promote unity

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has cautioned those calling for the break-up of Nigeria to have a rethink, saying that now is an opportunity to increase the number of new tribe of men and women of all faith and ethnicities committed to a country run on high values of integrity, hard work, justice and love of country.

Jigawa governor: Story of President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu rift sponsored to heat up polity

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Strategy and Contact Committee Chairman, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, yesterday said stories about alleged rift between President Buhari and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu were being pushed by some unnamed people to heat up the polity.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

CSOs oppose government’s ‘payment’ of ransom to bandits, kidnappers

As Nigerians continue to grapple with a high level of insecurity, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, on Friday, opposed alleged payment of ransom by the government to bandits and kidnappers to free victims.
Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

UN: Men forced to rape family members in Ethiopia’s Tigray

"Women say they have been raped by armed actors, they also told stories of gang rape, rape in front of family members and men being forced to rape their own family members under the threat of violence," Wafaa Said, deputy UN aid coordinator in Ethiopia, said in a briefing to UN member states in New York.

Presidency: No rift between President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu

The Presidency on Wednesday evening formally reacted to the purported rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying categorically that there is no rift between the President and his strong political ally.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said that the parliament passed 2021 in good time to ensure the country maintains the January to December budget cycle started last year.

House speaker: Nigeria’s foreign missions full of embarrassing stories

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has lamented that Nigeria’s foreign missions are full of embarrassing stories.

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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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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 to repatriate commercial sex workers to states of origin

Bauchi State Government said it will repatriate all commercial sex workers operating in the state back to their various state of origin.

Stakeholders engages local seed coy to multiply PBR cowpea

Due to the high demand of the newly developed Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, Agriculture stakeholders have engaged indigenous seed companies for the multiplication and sales of PBR cowpea.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

World leaders mourn Prince Philip

Current and former world leaders joined a chorus of condolences from around the world following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99.
Pedestrians walk in Buenos Aires' financial district, Argentina September 24, 2020. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian

SDRs and debt holidays still just a band-aid for debt-hobbled countries

Debt experts, charity groups and investors welcomed news on Wednesday that the world’s poorest countries will get new IMF funds and COVID-19 debt relief, but they also cautioned that for some it would still only be a band-aid solution.

Fulani youth groups seek end to extrajudicial killings

Youth groups under the aegis, Coalition of Fulani Youth Groups have urged governments at all levels to take steps towards ending extrajudicial killings.