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The FEC, during its first meeting of the year 2021, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, approved the bill; Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers Bill, 2021, to be sent to the National Assembly for its consideration and possible approval.

President Buhari condoles with Daura monarch, community over matriarch’s death

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep condolences and sympathy over the demise of Hajiya Mairo Sa’idu Daura, wife of the Emir’s late older brother and a respected lady who worked for the welfare of the community.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State

Kwara governor celebrates 61st birthday with students with disabilities

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Friday visited the school of special needs where he joined students with disabilities to cut his 61st birthday cake.
President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, presiding over plenary on Tuesday at the National Assembly, Abuja.5

Senate president: Amended Electoral Act will reduce violence in our polls

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the 2023 General Elections would record significant reduction in electoral violence after the passage of the amended Electoral Act in June by the National Assembly.
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has confirmed that dialogue in national transformation at this year’s economic summit will focus on job creation, youth empowerment and entrepreneurship.

NESG: Nigerian economy to beat IMF growth forecast in 2021

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group has predicted a growth rate of 2.9 per cent for the Nigerian economy in 2021, higher than the 1.5 per cent growth rate suggested by the International Monetary Fund.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Southeast governors insist on ban of open grazing

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Chairman Southe East Governors Forum says the zone insists on the ban of open grazing of cattle in the zone.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabo, has said that the welfare of troops fighting insurgents in the nation’s northeast remains one of the top priorities of the present administration.

CDS assures troops of improved welfare

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabo, has said that the welfare of troops fighting insurgents in the nation’s northeast remains one of the top priorities of the present administration.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, says military equipment purchased by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have yet to arrive in Nigeria.

CDS: Military equipment to fight Boko Haram in transit to Nigeria

The CDS, who was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, assured the troops of improved welfare the theatre to motivate their fighting spirit.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Indefinite strike: Edo teachers defy Governor Obaseki

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Edo State Wing, has defied today (Monday)’s resumption order of Governor Godwin Obaseki by asking parents and guardians to keep their children and wards from public primary schools.
Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has called on the federal government to adopt proactive measures to tackle the second wave of the dreaded coronavirus before things get out of hand.

Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria needs urgent rescue

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has declared Nigeria is in dire need of urgent rescue.

NLC, TUC commend Imo governor for prompt payment of salaries

The National leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has commended Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for prompt payment of salaries inspite of the economic challenges facing the country.
(2nd Right) Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali, (4th Left) The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Her Excellency Noimat Salako-Oyedele, (2nd Left) Special Adviser to Governor on Women Affairs, Honourable Adijat Adeleye, (1st Left) Director Humanitarian Affairs, Grema Ali Alhaji, (3rd Left) Honourable Commissioner Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Barrister Femi Ogunbanwo, (1st Right) Permanent Secretary Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr Orasanya Kehinde, (3rd Right) a Beneficiary Saidat Akande, during the Federal Government Special Grant for Rural women in Ogun State, held at the Government Office, Ogun State, on the 30th January, 2021. Photo: Khalid Ahmed.

Nigerian government inaugurates cash grant for 3,500 Ogun rural women

The Federal Government on Saturday inaugurated its N20,000 cash grant each for 3,500 rural women drawn from the 20 local government areas (LGAs) of Ogun.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa wears a protective face shield and face mask. JEKESAI NJIKIZANA - AFP

Zimbabwe elite forced to confront crippled healthcare system

On January 20, Zimbabweans were shocked to hear the news of the death of Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo, the latest government official to succumb to Covid-19.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

Femi Falana: President Buhari’s government defending killer-herdsmen

Human rights activist Femi Falana has accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of defending killer-herdsmen which was why the issues continued.
Dr Efem Ubi, Director of Research, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, says the allegation by critics that Nigeria is gradually ceding her sovereignty to China on account of excessive borrowing is untrue. Chinese Yuan

Institute: Nigeria not ceding sovereignty to China by borrowing

Dr Efem Ubi, Director of Research, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, says the allegation by critics that Nigeria is gradually ceding her sovereignty to China on account of excessive borrowing is untrue.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

WellMed debunks report of coronavirus outbreak at facility

The management of WellMed Healthcare Limited, medical diagnostic centre, has refuted a newspaper report that five of its workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Court dissolves 38-year-old marriage, asks husband to vacate home

A Mapo Customary Court, Ibadan, on Friday dissolved a 38-year-old marriage between a trader, Justina Bassey, and her estranged husband, Evans, over financial exploitation and a threat to life.

Coronavirus: NUJ canvasses hazard allowance for journalists

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa state chapter, has called on the state government to consider inclusion of journalists for COVID-19 hazard allowance among other benefits given to essential workers in the frontline fighting against the pandemic.
Both Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were subject to torrents of racist comments on social media, leading to Tuanzebe deleting his Twitter account and removing a post from Instagram.

Manchester United kick against racist abuse

Manchester United have issued a statement condemning racist abuse received by players after their loss to Sheffield United on Wednesday.
The Inspector General of Police, IG Mohammed Adamu, yesterday vowed that the police would arrest the arsonists involved in the inferno that razed the house of Chief Sunday Igboho in Ibadan, Oyo State last Tuesday.

IGP Adamu vows to arrest arsonists of Sunday Igboho’s house

The Inspector General of Police, IG Mohammed Adamu, yesterday vowed that the police would arrest the arsonists involved in the inferno that razed the house of Chief Sunday Igboho in Ibadan, Oyo State last Tuesday.
Mr Debo Adeniran, Chairman of Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has charged anti-graft agencies to ensure that all those who aided Abacha loot must be prosecuted.

CACOL applauds General Marwa’s NDLEA appointment

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has given a pat on the back to the President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing former Governor of Lagos and Borno state, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) as the Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the State.

Kwara governor signs 2021 appropriation bill into law

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law, with the assurances that the administration will build on the ongoing infrastructural development and increased investments in social protection and youth empowerment.

NANS: AAUA accident has again exposed government failure

​The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said that the auto crash that claimed the lives of students and traders in Akungba Akoko, Ondo state has again exposed the failure of the government.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
Nuno Espirito Santo (left) jokes with Raul Jimenez (right), who visited Wolves while training

Wolves boss ‘confident’ Raul Jimenez will return this season

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is "totally confident" Mexico striker Raul Jimenez will be back from his fractured skull before the end of this season.

OPC nabs four ‘kidnappers’ in Ibarapa

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in Oyo State said yesterday that it arrested four suspected Kidnappers in the Ibarapa, area of the state.
“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

Countries seeking their own vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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Myanmar migrants to be deported from Malaysia are seen inside an immigration truck, in Lumut, Malaysia February 23, 2021. REUTERS-Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia court allows temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals

A Malaysian court has allowed a temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar detainees who were scheduled to be sent back on Tuesday, according to a lawyer for rights groups that petitioned to stop the deportation.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, gestures as he stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Russia February 16, 2021, in this still image taken from video. Press Service of Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT.

Only ‘language of power’ and sanctions can free Alexie Navalny – ally

Russia would only consider releasing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny if its leadership was hit with painful personal sanctions, a close ally said ahead of a meeting with European policymakers in Brussels on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made their first move to sign highly-rated Anderlecht Nigerian winger Paul Mukairu this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur make move for Nigerian winger

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made their first move to sign highly-rated Anderlecht Nigerian winger Paul Mukairu this summer.
Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged his supporters to resist further attacks from the government. He said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives.

Senator Okorocha says forfeiture order won’t stand on properties

The former governor of Imo state and the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, yesterday challenged the Imo state government, on the interim forfeiture order on his said to be illegally acquired properties that it would not stand.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

IPOB ‘attacks’ APC registration officers, cart away materials in Anambra

The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Anambra State Chapter, Chief Basil Ejidike, has alleged that suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) attacked registration officers and workers, carted away materials meant for the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise at Isseke in Ihiala local government area of the state.