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NCCE trains 300 educators on new curriculum

The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has trained 300 pre-service and in-service teachers on the reviewed curricula on family life and emerging health issues.
Congolese Mai-Mai rebels who surrendered their weapons to government officials stand in a formation in Kitchanga, in the Masisi territory of North Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo June 21, 2021. REUTERS-Djaaffar Al Katanty

Dozens of Congo’s rebels lay down weapons in the east

Dozens of militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have laid down their weapons and surrendered, the first to do so since President Felix Tshisekedi announced martial law to tackle worsening security in two eastern provinces.
FILE PHOTO- A woman sits next to an image of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Catarina, Nicaragua October 1, 2020.REUTERS-Oswaldo Rivas-File Photo

U.S. blasts Nicaragua ‘campaign of terror’ as global condemnation grows

International pressure mounted on Nicaragua on Tuesday, with President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on the opposition described by Washington as a “campaign of terror” that the United Nations said meant November elections were unlikely to be free or fair.
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 expert: Eritrea has ‘effective control’ in parts of Tigray

Eritrea now has “effective control” of parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, a U.N. human rights expert said on Tuesday, calling for troops to withdraw and for a prompt investigation into abuses, including the abduction of refugees.
Afghan Commando forces are seen at the site of a battle field where they clash with the Taliban insurgent in Kunduz province, Afghanistan June 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Taliban launch major offensives in northern Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents have conducted a wave of offensives in Afghanistan's north in recent days, moving beyond their southern strongholds as international forces withdraw.
Supporters of Ebrahim Raisi celebrate his presidential election victory in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran accuses U.S. of meddling for criticising election

Iran accused the United States on Tuesday of interference for saying its election was neither free nor fair as political factions traded blame for the record low turnout and high number of invalid ballots.
Dr. Timi Olubiyi, an Entrepreneurship & Business Management expert with a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Babcock University Nigeria.

Agriculture and Food Processing in Nigeria: A system ripe for transformation

Undoubtedly, the demand for more food consumption is the case globally, mainly due to the increasing population year on year. One of the extreme challenges that Africa faces particularly Nigeria is that of feeding its growing population amidst other perennial issues.
FILE PHOTO- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was “deeply disturbed” by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopians to vote in what government bills as first free election

Ethiopians vote on Monday in national and regional elections that the prime minister has billed as proof of his commitment to democracy after decades of repressive rule in Africa's second-most populous nation.
Four southern African nations are considering breaking away from the United Nations’ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to set up a parallel organization to allow trade in ivory.

Southern African leaders float idea of reviving ivory trade

Four southern African nations are considering breaking away from the United Nations’ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to set up a parallel organization to allow trade in ivory.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

NADECO: President Buhari’s ‘Fulanisation’ policy, disregard for constitution fueling secessionist agitations

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has said it has no option but to join those insisting that there should be no more elections under the 1999 constitution, while also demanding the return to the 1960 and 1963 Federal Constitutions which were in operation in the First Republic.
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on his re-appointment for a second-term in office & the extension of Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed’s tenure for another 5 years.

President Buhari salutes UN chief, deputy on second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on his re-appointment for a second-term in office, and the extension of Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed’s tenure for another five years.
Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim said the country had made important contributions to the fight against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain, foremost among them the recent launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project.

UN lauds Nigeria’s leading role in securing Gulf of Guinea

The United Nations (UN) has commended Nigeria for playing a leading role in efforts to secure the Gulf of Guinea, saying it will continue to support the country and the region.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on their election victory.

Indian premier writes Nigeria’s president on health benefits of Yoga

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, on health benefits of Yoga, particularly in boosting immunity and helping recovery from COVID-19.
A medical staff member wearing protective gear holds a coronavirus sample of a resident at a drive-through screening and testing facility at the port city of Karachi. Rizwan TABASSUM - AFP

Malawi runs out of coronavirus vaccines as second jabs due

Delays in coronavirus vaccine shipments to Malawi have caused health facilities to run out of doses as hundreds are due to receive a second shot, the health minister said Saturday.

NiMet, FAO strategise to combat food security in Nigeria

Bothered by the growing food insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) yesterday hinted that it was collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to strategise on best weather and climate services model to mitigate negative impact of weather to agriculture.
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Prince Nwoko steps up anti-malaria crusade

For a while, billionaire businessman, Prince Ned Nwoko, has been tireless in his desire to eradicate malaria in Africa by striking different partnership deals with entertainers and organisations.
Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed has been reappointed to serve as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) for a second term.

Amina Mohammed gets second term as UN deputy chief

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed has been reappointed to serve as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) for a second term.
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U.N. chief Antonio Guterres appointed for second term

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appointed for a second five-year term on Friday by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.
“Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it,” Mami Mizutori, the U.N.’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, told an online press briefing ahead of the report’s release.

U.N. warns drought may be ‘the next pandemic’

Water scarcity and drought are set to wreak damage on a scale to rival the COVID-19 pandemic with risks growing rapidly as global temperatures rise, according to the United Nations.
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attend his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections

Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country’s first free and fair polls after decades of repressive rule.

Gani Adams drags Nigerian government before UN, AU, US, others over insecurity

The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has dragged the federal government before the United Nations, as attempt to seek the immediate intervention on the spate of killings in the South-west region of the country.

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US universities admit about 13,000 Nigerians yearly

The United States Consulate’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Stephen Ibelli, has disclosed that about 13, 000 Nigerian students are admitted in US annually.
Mr Wamkele Mene, the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, says 38 countries have now deposited their instrument of ratification of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA.

Official: 38 countries have ratified AfCFTA agreement

Mr Wamkele Mene, the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, says 38 countries have now deposited their instrument of ratification of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA.

Dermatologists: Cosmetics increase risk of kidney, other diseases

The Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) has raised concern over poor regulation of cosmetic products in the country, saying many of these products have bad side effects resulting in diabetics, kidney and other systemic diseases.
A Nigerian, Mark Okuo and his Kenyan accomplice, Florence Musau, have been accused of alleged conspiracy in internet scam, leading to over $4 million.

Nigerian, Kenyan nationals accused of ‘internet scam’ in US

A Nigerian, Mark Okuo and his Kenyan accomplice, Florence Musau, have been accused of alleged conspiracy in internet scam, leading to over $4 million.
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has commended the Nigerian military over recent gains recorded against Boko Haram’s fighters in Gwoza and the road leading to the northern part of the State.

Boko Haram: Borno faces famine from threat to farmers – governor

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday says famine is imminent in the state unless its farmers can return to their farms.

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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.

Senate president: Abductions, kidnappings worsening education in the North

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has lamented the rising spate of abduction and kidnapping of students in the North has worsened education in the region.
A message by the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, to mark the World Blood Donor Day, said the theme of the year’s celebration is “Give blood and keep the world beating”

WHO: Africa in a ‘full-blown third wave’ of Covid-19 infections

Africa is seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases, an increase driven by new variants of the virus and slow vaccination rates, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives on Marine One for a weekend trip to his home in Wilmington at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, U.S., June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Al Drago

White House: No plans for Joe Biden to meet new Iranian leader

There are currently no plans for U.S. President Joe Biden to meet with Iran's newly elected leader, according to the White House, which downplayed Ebrahim Raisi's influence.
The logo of MTN is pictured in Abuja, Nigeria September 11, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde-File Photo

MTN to invest N640 billion to expand broadband access

MTN Nigeria plans to invest N640 billion (approximately US$1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country, in line with the federal government’s 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan and in support of MTN Group’s strategy, Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.
FILE PHOTO - Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra-Handout via REUTERS

EU warns Lebanon’s leaders of sanctions over ‘home-made’ crisis

The European Union’s foreign policy chief told Lebanon’s leaders on Saturday they were to blame for the country’s political and economic crisis and some could face sanctions if they continue to obstruct steps to form a new government and implement reform.