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The plan could include a merger of the indebted state railway operator, ONCF, and the highway company ADM into a single entity, the minister, Mohamed Benchaaboun, told reporters.

Morocco to reform state bodies in virus response – ministry

Morocco plans to reform, merge or dissolve some state bodies to reduce their dependency on a state budget hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said on Wednesday.
United States Army soldiers can no longer use TikTok on government-owned phones following a decision to ban the app.

Donald Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to seal TikTok deal

President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
Kola Ologbondiyan

Chinese loan: APC mortgaging Nigeria’s sovereignty – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the revelation of obnoxious clauses in the agreements entered into by the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration with their Chinese lenders in the $500 million loan, has vindicated its stand that the ruling party has been secretly mortgaging the sovereignty of Nigeria to benefit its selfish leaders.
Yekini Nabena

APC: PDP planning to rig Edo, Ondo elections

The ruling All Progressives Congress has dismissed the call for credible elections in Edo and Ondo States by the forum of Peoples’ Democratic Party governors as a smokescreen.
Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Bayelsa set to pay hazard allowances

The Bayelsa Government has indicated its readiness to pay special allowances to frontline health workers combating the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Fidelity Bank Plc has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the general public of the appointment of Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, as the incoming Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Fidelity Bank appoints Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe as managing director-designate

Fidelity Bank Plc has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the general public of the appointment of Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, as the incoming Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
UBA - United Bank for Africa

UBA Group appoints deputy managing directors

The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), a pan-African financial services group, on Tuesday announced the appointments of Mr Ayoku Liadi and Oliver Alawuba as Deputy Managing Directors.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the Emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari suspends NSITF boss, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate and indefinite suspension from Office of the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mr Adebayo Somefun.
The Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) said that two patients admitted to the hospital tested positive to COVID-19 disease.

Tension in Rivers as three VIPs die in five days

Health workers use proxy to bare frustrations on avoidable risks of infection they are subjected to at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital where three VIP coronavirus cases died in five days.

Ex-President Obasanjo: AfDB’s governance at risk of being hijacked

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has faulted a demand by the United States Treasury to probe the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina, who had earlier been cleared of all allegations by an investigative body.
Lawyers, social critics, Aba residents and civil society groups on Thursday lauded the 12-year prison sentence handed down to ex-Governor Orji Kalu of Abia by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Supreme court lawfully quashed Senator Kalu’s conviction – SAN

Mr Abiodun Owonikoko, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), yesterday said that the Supreme Court lawfully quashed the conviction and 12-year imprisonment of former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor-Kalu.
Lawyers, social critics, Aba residents and civil society groups on Thursday lauded the 12-year prison sentence handed down to ex-Governor Orji Kalu of Abia by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Supreme Court voids Senator Orji Kalu’s conviction, jail term

The Supreme Court, on Friday, quashed the judgement that convicted and sentenced the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor-Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment.
Zimbabwe Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube arrives to present the 2020 National Budget at Parliament Building in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14, 2019. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe pleads with foreign lenders to prevent coronavirus “catastrophe”

Zimbabwe is headed for a health and economic catastrophe from the coronavirus pandemic because its debt arrears mean it cannot access foreign lenders, the finance minister warned in a letter to the IMF.
A member of medical staff attends to residents as they queu during screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lenasia, South Africa, April 21, 2020. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s coronavirus cases jump by 297

South Africa reported another 297 positive cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, another big jump after cases climbed by their most in single day on Wednesday, bringing the total in the country to 5,647, the health department said in a statement.
Dondo Mogajane, director general of the National Treasury, said in an interview with eNCA television on Sunday that South Africa “will certainly go” for the IMF funding.

Official: South Africa seeking $5 billion from multilateral lenders to fight virus

South Africa is seeking 95 billion rand ($4.99 billion) from multilateral lenders to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior Treasury official said on Sunday.
Banks and other financial institutions could soon find themselves in the crosshairs of North Korean hackers, according to a warning issued Wednesday by U.S. officials.

US: North Korea hackers pose ‘significant threat’ to global finances

Banks and other financial institutions could soon find themselves in the crosshairs of North Korean hackers, according to a warning issued Wednesday by U.S. officials.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019.

Ex-President Obasanjo, Gordon Brown, others demand action against pandemic

About 165 global leaders, including a former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, have called for a concerted global response to the coronavirus pandemic led by the G-20 countries.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador struck an optimistic tone Sunday, uncommon elsewhere nowadays, as the COVID-19 has drastically slowed the economy around the world.

President: No big coronavirus related economic stimulus in Mexico

Mexico’s President said there will not be a big economic stimulus package related to the coronavirus pandemic, although the country is facing a crisis unlike anything before.

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3. The truce-seeking trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Malian capital of Bamako on Thursday ended without a deal to soothe the country’s escalating political crisis.

President Buhari hailed over decision to overhaul security architecture

A two-time Katsina State governorship candidate of All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), Engr. Nura Khalil, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the decision to overhaul Nigeria’s security apparatus.

Dan Orbih: Asiwaju Tinubu behind Edo Assembly crisis

The National Vice Chairman, South-South, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dan Orbih, says All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, is behind the political instability rocking the Edo State House of Assembly.

Cleric tasks religious leaders on establishing youth skills centres

Pastor Godwin Olaoluwa of Glory of Christ Church, Ilorin, Kwara, has urged religious leaders to support the youth by establishing skills centres.
Aminu Bello Masari

Katsina appreciates Nigerian Army on improved security

Katsina State Government has appreciated the military and other security agencies for the gradual restoration of peace and normalcy to the state. It was also noted that the general security situation in Katsina State was gradually returning to normalcy.
213 British nationals were Monday evacuated from Nigeria through the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a British Airways flight BA9157 .

331 Nigerian nationals arrive Abuja from UAE

Three hundred and thirty-one Nigerians have arrived Abuja, the nation’s capital from the United Arab Emirates. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed this on Friday via Twitter.