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Botswana plans to add more 600 megawatts (MW) of solar and coal-fired power in the next six years as the country looks to wean itself off imports while also eyeing power exports, the minerals and energy minister said on Monday.

Nigerian government steps up deployment of 19,000 solar homes systems

The federal government yesterday continued its ongoing deployment of 19,000 Solar Homes Systems (SHS), with the inauguration of an 85KWP Solar Hybrid Mini-grid in Dakiti, Akko Local Government of Gombe State.
The Kwara Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Susan Oluwole, said the government is working at reaching acceptable agreement with Labour Unions on the implementation of the new minimum wage for civil servants in the state.

Kwara: We are close to implementing the new minimum wage – HoS

The Kwara Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Susan Oluwole, said the government is working at reaching acceptable agreement with Labour Unions on the implementation of the new minimum wage for civil servants in the state.
The Director of Development and Delivery Office of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Alfred Dixon, has been named among the top 20 most influential plant breeders in Africa.

Three IITA scientists named among top 20 most influential plant breeders in Africa

The Director of Development and Delivery Office of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Alfred Dixon, has been named among the top 20 most influential plant breeders in Africa.
General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe, disclosed this on Tuesday at a Public Engagement and Enlightenment Programme, tagged: “Prevention of Building Collapse: A Collective Responsibility,” held in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

LASBCA: 300 distressed buildings to undergo integrity test in Lagos

General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe, disclosed this on Tuesday at a Public Engagement and Enlightenment Programme, tagged: “Prevention of Building Collapse: A Collective Responsibility,” held in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

CBN: Only cassava farmers growing improved varieties will have access to N25 billion loan

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said only farmers who grow improved disease-free cassava stems will have access to the N25 billion facility it has created to boost cassava production in Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.

Nigerian government reels out plans to end malnutrition

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.
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Benin residents to enjoy 24-hour electricity from Ossiomo IPP

Residential homes, offices and businesses within vicinity of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, in Benin, Edo state, will soon be enjoying uninterrupted 24-hours power supply, as the 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Independent Power Plant will extend its services to them.
An 18 year old and second year pharmacy student of the University of Port Harcourt, Abasiekeme Edet, has won the 4th edition of the national essay competition for undergraduates.

Uniport student wins NCDMB essay contest

An 18 year old and second year pharmacy student of the University of Port Harcourt, Abasiekeme Edet, has won the 4th edition of the national essay competition for undergraduates.
Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme, said during the launch that the three aspects of the programme were for forestry, lands and water.

Zambia launches programme for sustainable use of natural resources

Zambia on Thursday launched three technical reports aimed at promoting sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources were mainstreamed in development planning.
The peaceful protest is fast yielding results with the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and setting up a judicial panel of enquiry by state governments.

Group tasks youths on peaceful coexistence, unity of Nigerians

The Inter-Faith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), has urged Nigerian youths to stand up and ensure unity and peaceful coexistence, which is paramount for sustainable development of the country.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Friday that it supports the Iraqi government plan to return displaced people to their homes, and is committed to coordinating with the Iraqi government on humanitarian aid.

UN mission in Iraq supports plan to close displacement camps

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Friday that it supports the Iraqi government plan to return displaced people to their homes, and is committed to coordinating with the Iraqi government on humanitarian aid.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned what it called the silence of President Buhari over protests against operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, in the past two weeks.

#EndSARS: Group laments effects of protests on Nigeria’s SDG achievement

The Civil Society Organisations Strategy Group on Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria (CSOSG-SDGs-Nigeria) says that the ENDSARS protests will take back the country in realising the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 manufacturing sector contracts further

As the Nigerian economy contends with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has further contracted for the fifth consecutive time at 46.9 index points.
Google is creating a website for people to screen their health and help them find testing sites at Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart locations

Google, UNWTO partner to boost tourism in Nigeria, others

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Google on Wednesday hosted the first UNWTO & Google Tourism Acceleration Program which focused on insights from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presided over a virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s recovery from pandemic fallouts must be innovative

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo has stressed the need to harness and deploy technology and innovation to address emerging challenges crucial to Nigeria’s recovery from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Ekiti partners NEPC to export banana

Ekiti State Commissioner for Trade and Industries, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, has reiterated the commitment of the Kayode Fayemi-led administration to creating an enabling environment for individuals and corporate bodies.
Dr Dolapo Fasawe, the General Manager of the agency, made it known that the Agency was reinvigorating its efforts to reposition LASEPA by aligning its mandate with best global practices and this webinar was an avenue towards that realisation.

LASEPA: Lagos enjoyed very good air quality index during lockdowns

The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), the body tasked with the protection, improvement and regulation of environmental issues in the State held a webinar session on the theme “Clean Air for a Healthy and Sustainable Environment in Lagos (Fantasy or Reality)”. The webinar was held in commemoration of the First International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on the 7th of September.

US health chief sceptical of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine claim

United States health chief on Wednesday expressed scepticism about Russia’s claim of developing the world’s first safe coronavirus vaccine, pointing to the lack of data from its initial trials.
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Ex-President Jonathan warns against politics of bitterness, violence

The former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has warned politicians against politics of bitterness and violence and charged them to forge a common agenda that would promote peace and sustainable development in the nation.
Okereke, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Monday.

Revised NDC will impact Nigeria’s climate, economic development – environmentalist

An Environmental Expert, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, says the revision of the nation’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) has the potential to impact Nigeria and Africa’s climate change policy and economic development.
The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it was ready for fresh and immediate re-trial of the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Orji Kalu: Nigeria’s diversity must be seen as blessing

Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr Orji Kalu, says Nigeria’s diversity must be seen as a blessing.

Coalition urges Kaduna to increase investment in nutrition

The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has called on the Kaduna State Government to increase investment in nutrition, describing it as “key” to sustainable development.

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The Nigeria Police Force on Monday paraded some suspected kidnappers and robbers apprehended in different states at the SARS office in Abuja.

Report: Non-state actors in possession of five million weapons

A report prepared by a research and consultancy group, Beacon Consulting Ltd., a member of ASIS International, world’s largest association for security management professionals, has shown that of the 6.5 million small arms and light weapons circulating in Nigeria, 5 million are in the possession of non-state actors while 568,000 are in the hands of law enforcement agencies.
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has expressed his condolences on the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye, son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Ekiti governor condoles with Pastor Adeboye over son’s death

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has expressed his condolences on the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye, son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Authorities of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), Benue State, have confirmed the abduction of an undisclosed number of its students on Sunday night.

FUAM: Governing council unveils institution’s new name

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Abba Alkasum has formally unveiled the new identity of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (FUAM) as Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi (JSTUM).
As agribusiness continues to be the focus of wealth and job creation towards boosting food security, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, has concluded plans to boost cassava production with a packaging plant in Ogun State.

NALDA to boost cassava production with packaging plant in Ogun

As agribusiness continues to be the focus of wealth and job creation towards boosting food security, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, has concluded plans to boost cassava production with a packaging plant in Ogun State.
The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to his victory at the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ondo governor orders residents to submit illegal weapons to police

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has called on Ondo residents to turn in illegal weapons in their possession and threatened to sanction any traditional ruler in the state who cannot contain the activities of cultists in their domain.

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More than 50 houses and other properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed by rainstorm in communities in Qua’an pan Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Rainstorm destroys houses, properties in Plateau communities

More than 50 houses and other properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed by rainstorm in communities in Qua’an pan Local Government Area of Plateau State.
A Tanzanian PhD student, Ngowi Emanuel Harrison, died in India on April 26 of Covid-19 complications.

Tanzanian student dies of coronavirus in India

A Tanzanian PhD student, Ngowi Emanuel Harrison, died in India on April 26 of Covid-19 complications.

Cash transfer officers charged to enrol vulnerable households in Enugu

National enrolment officer of the Conditional Cash Transfer, Mr Shimang Shikfu, has tasked the Enugu State Cash Transfer Unit officers to enrol the “poorest of the poor and vulnerable households” into the scheme to eradicate poverty.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has appealed to the Federal Government to stay action on the implementation of the new ex-depot price.

IPMAN arrests four trucks with ‘stolen’ petroleum products

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has arrested four trucks laden with stolen Automotive Gas Oil, AGO.

PDP: President Buhari incapable of securing Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has chided the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over its handling of the security challenges bedeviling the country in the past few years.