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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari orders sale of forfeited assets within six months

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Disposal of Federal Government of Nigeria’s Forfeited Assets with a mandate to dispose all forfeited assets within six months.
Marc Short began quarantine and was assisting in the contract tracing process, Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

US: Mike Pence’s chief of staff contracts virus

US Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, a spokesman said, the latest in a list of figures connected to Donald Trump’s administration to do so.
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Gold rises on renewed US stimulus hope, dollar falls

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bill for a compromise stimulus package is being written as she awaits a key phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would take up a comprehensive coronavirus package if an accord is struck. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for the third straight decline.
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: Nigeria not ready for full-scale re-opening of economy

The Federal Government said on Thursday that the country “is not ready for full-scale re-opening of the economy.”
Bauchi State Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has inaugurated a sixty-six member palliative committee as part of the efforts of his administration to cushion the effect of COVID-19 in the state.

Bauchi flags off distribution of 700,000 face masks

The Bauchi State Government has flagged off the distribution of 700,000 face masks to beneficiaries in the state as part of efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.

Godwin Emefiele: Central bank ready to support home grown vaccine

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN,), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has announced that the apex bank is ready to support researchers, science-based institutions and biotechnology firms with N100 billion grant in the quest for a homegrown vaccine to fight COVID-19 in Nigeria.
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NNPC to extend delivery of medical facilities, infrastructure to states not covered

States that have not benefited from medical facilities and infrastructure support from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and her partners in the ongoing intervention initiative have no cause to worry.
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Enugu captures coronavirus patient who fled Delta isolation centre

The Enugu State Government on Tuesday said a COVID-19 patient, who escaped from Delta State Isolation and Treatment Centre was intercepted in the state and had been returned to Delta.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who stated this yesterday during the daily briefing of the Taskforce, added that the federal government would also put in place measures to control the movement of nomadic herdsmen who go across the border in search of greener pastures for their cattle.

PTF directs NCDC to send support team to Kano

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has directed the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to send an enhanced support team to Kano State to mobilise resources for contact tracing.
Bill Gates thinks most countries will fight COVID-19 with interview-based contact tracing and a central database to track exposure.

Bill Gates: Most countries will probably use interviews, databases to track the coronavirus

Bill Gates thinks most countries will fight COVID-19 with interview-based contact tracing and a central database to track exposure. Gates posted a paper today outlining potential pandemic treatments, vaccines, and containment strategies.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday flagged off the COVID-19 Drive-Walk Through Testing programme in the state aimed at controlling the spread of the virus.

UCH Ibadan doctor tests positive for coronavirus

A medical doctor, whose identity has not been revealed at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Apple and Google today said they’re working together on Bluetooth interoperability between Android and iOS devices to empower coronavirus tracking apps for smartphones.

Apple and Google partner on Bluetooth interoperability for coronavirus tracing apps

Apple and Google today said they’re working together on Bluetooth interoperability between Android and iOS devices to empower coronavirus tracking apps for smartphones. Apple and Google own the world’s two most widely-used mobile operating systems. The news was announced today in a joint Apple–Google statement and will enable tracking of close proximity between people across Android and iOS devices.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa making a State broadcast on Delta’s preparations against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Okowa confirms death of second coronavirus case in Delta

Okowa on his verified Facebook handle on Thursday evening in a post, said the deceased had underlying ailment. He said the deceased tested positive to the pandemic.
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Governor Oyetola: 25 of Cote d’Ivoire returnees not from Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, says 25 of the 127 people who returned to the state from Cote d’Ivoire recently are not indigenes of the state.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in a statement issued in Abuja, also disclosed that 19 political parties willingly withdrew their nominations for the elections.

Coronavirus: INEC joins presidential task force on contact tracing

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed about 100 of its vehicles in six states to support the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on combating Coronavirus.
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Asset recovery: States, local councils to pay federal government 30 per cent of recovered...

A new law on recovery and management of stolen public asset has given the federal government at least 30 per cent of the proceeds of asset recovered for state and local governments.
President Buhari signs New National Minimum Wage Bill into Law in State House on 18th April 2019 2

President Buhari assents to mutual assistance in criminal matters act

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, 2019, to further strengthen and boost the ongoing war against corruption within and outside the country.
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Nigeria, Russia sign treaty on legal assistance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Nigeria and Federation of Russia have signed a treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

Federal government to review investigation framework of whistleblower policy

The federal government has expressed its willingness to review the investigation framework of the Whistleblower Policy much of which would tilt more towards exploring preventive rather than punitive measures.

Senator Saraki advocates non-partisan approach to fight against corruption

The Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has called for a non-partisan approach to fight corruption in the country.

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Zamfara governor: I’m ready to resign if it will end insecurity

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, says he is ready to resign if that will end insecurity in his state.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

AFCON: NFF confirms date of final qualifying matches for Super Eagles

On Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) took to the official Twitter account of the Super Eagles to officially confirm the dates and kickoff times for the final stage of the senior men’s national football team’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions.

West African health ministers in joint fight against Ebola

Ministers of Health from Guinea – which is combating a new Ebola outbreak – and neighbouring countries have agreed on a unified front to combat the virus that re-emerged about three weeks ago.

#EndSARS: Oba Akiolu accuses youths of stealing $2 million, N17 million from his palace...

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu has said that youths that invaded his palace during #EndSARS protests in October 2020 stole $2m and N17m from his palace.

Ondo governor dissolves boards, parastatals

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the dissolution of all boards and parastatals, except the statutory ones in the state, with immediate effect.

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Fikayo Tomori’s smooth transition to playing for Milan could help Chelsea’s attempts to lure a key target to Stamford Bridge.

AC Milan set for talks with Chelsea over Fikayo Tomori deal

AC Milan chief Paolo Maldini has affirmed that the Rossoneri want to discuss a permanent deal for Fikayo Tomori with his parent club Chelsea.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.

PDP asks security agents to release Salihu Yakassai

The party according to Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, described the reported arrest of Salihu by security operatives as well as his alleged detention in a secret facility, just after his criticism against the Buhari administration’s failures in the fight against banditry in our country, as completely unacceptable.
Benin Republic forward, Razak Omotoyossi says he’s optimistic the team will defeat the Super Eagles 2-0 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

AFCONQ: Super Eagles will fall in Benin – Razak Omotoyossi

Benin Republic forward, Razak Omotoyossi says he’s optimistic the team will defeat the Super Eagles 2-0 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

House of Reps to probe ‘missing’ 5.2 million barrels of crude oil

The House of Representatives has directed its committee on petroleum to investigate the alleged missing 5.2 million barrels of crude oil allocated to local refineries under the Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP).
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wọlé Soyinka, has warned that the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different states of the federation can degenerate into civil war if the federal government fails to properly handle it.

Wole Soyinka to Nigerians: Don’t accept child hostage taking as a way of life

Following the Friday abduction of over 300 school children in Jangebe in Zamfara State, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday warned Nigerians against accepting kidnapping of school children in parts of the north as a way of life.