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2021 Golden Globes: See all Red Carpet Photos and how Some Stars Dressed up at home
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2021 Golden Globes: See all Red Carpet Photos and how Some Stars Dressed up at home

The 78th Golden Globe Awards honor the best in American television of 2020, as well as film in 2020 and early 2021, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The award ceremony held on Sunday, February 28, at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, two months after it was originally scheduled to take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some celebrities were at the awards ceremony in person as presenters, most-watched from their homes and shared images of their outfits from their garden or in their living room. American-Mexican film actress, Salma Hayek alongside Margot Robbie, Renee Zellweger, and Gal Gadot walked the socially distant red carpet while other stars appeared virtually - including nominees.
Lagos To Lay 4th Mainland Bridge Foundation Before End Of 2021 – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos To Lay 4th Mainland Bridge Foundation Before End Of 2021 – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said that the foundation for the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge would be laid before the end of year 2021. Sanwo-Olu made this known during the 16th Executive/Legislative Parley, with the theme: ”A Consensus Agenda for Rebuilding Lagos”, organised by the Office of Civic Engagement. He said that the government was determined that execute the Fourth Mainland Bridge, as it would improve movement in the state. ”We did not politically promise Fourth Mainland Bridge but we are going to do Fourth Mainland Bridge. ”With your prayers and by the grace of Almighty God, we shall turn the sod and lay the foundation for the building and construction of that Fourth Mainland Bridge before the end of this year. ”We are on course and...
Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo
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Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo

The vice president says the population growth is "handsomely" ahead of the economic growth figures Nigeria has to act fast to develop a sustainable food system as it faces a population growth that is “handsomely” ahead of its economic growth figures, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Mr Osinbajo said the need to create a food system that works “has never been more urgent and more existential” as the country’s poverty levels has worsened particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. The vice president made these remarks during the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), organised by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the United Nations, which was held virtually with over 700 participants in attendance. The dialogue was orga...
Products From Dangote Refinery To Hit The Market By Early 2022 – Devakumar Edwin
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Products From Dangote Refinery To Hit The Market By Early 2022 – Devakumar Edwin

Dangote Group says petroleum products from its 650,000 per day refinery will hit the market by early 2022 against the previous 2021 fourth-quarter target. Devakumar Edwin, executive director of capital projects and portfolio management at Dangote Group, told Arise TV that the earlier completion and products production date could not be met due to the COVID-19 pandemic that as restrictions led to delays in the shipment of equipment from abroad. In November 2020, the group said its refinery had reached 80 percent completion; engineering and construction were 100 percent, and procurement was 98 percent ready. He said the group has gone ahead with the construction schedule and that by end of 2021 it would have achieved mechanical completion and proceed with the inauguration in Dec...
Public Health Nigeria Condemns CACOVID’s Attempt To Demonize BUA Over Vaccine
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Public Health Nigeria Condemns CACOVID’s Attempt To Demonize BUA Over Vaccine

When the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) a private sector-led initiative was established to assist the government in combating the Coronavirus disease in the country, the Public Health community lauded the initiative because it was a noble idea. However, according to a statement by the Executive Director of Public Health Nigeria, Dr. Oche Joseph Otorkpa the events of the past 24 Hours has clearly shown that the Organization has lost focus in the midst of a second wave that has ravaged Africa and continues to take lives and destroy businesses across Nigeria. The original purpose of the relief fund was to support the Federal government of Nigeria in containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies...
Despite Loans, Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Conditions Deteriorated ― IMF
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Despite Loans, Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Conditions Deteriorated ― IMF

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded that despite the $3.5 billion loan it gave Nigeria to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, socio-economic conditions have worsened. In a report published, on Monday, on the Article IV Consultation for 2020, which ended on January 27, the Board noted that “Nigeria’s economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a sharp drop in oil prices and capital outflows, real GDP is estimated to have contracted by 3.2 per cent in 2020 amidst the pandemic-related lockdown. “In April 2020, Nigeria received IMF emergency financial assistance of $3.5 billion under the Rapid Financing Instrument to help cushion the impact of the pandemic. In a report published, on Monday, on the Article IV Consultation for 2020, ...
Recession: Buhari To Spend Highest Amount On Presidential Villa Since Elected
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Recession: Buhari To Spend Highest Amount On Presidential Villa Since Elected

Nigeria’s economy may be in a recession and the country may not have enough money to fund its 2021 budget but this has not deterred the Muhammadu Buhari administration from allocating its highest amount ever to the State House including the ‘presidential wing’ of a hospital the president seldom uses. President Muhammadu Buhari will spend N17.3 billion this year to run the State House, Nigeria’s seat of power, details of the assented 2021 budget have shown. About N3.4 billion of this approved expenditure will be spent on feeding and travel expenses for the offices of the president and the vice president. The former gets about N2.6 billion and the latter, about N873 million. The N17.3 billion is the highest amount budgeted for running of the nation’s headquarters since Mr Buhari...
“Banned” Almajirai Return To Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna Street‘s Months After Eviction
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“Banned” Almajirai Return To Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna Street‘s Months After Eviction

Hundreds of almajirai have returned to the streets months after Northern state governors banned the almajirai in their states. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Northern state governors spent millions evacuating almajirai to their home states and some outrightly banned the almajirci practice. However, despite the confusion relocating the almajirai generated among state governors, many children are seen in their numbers, in tattered clothes and with begging bowls in the streets of Zuba, Bauchi, Lafia, Kano and Kaduna. Our correspondent in Bauchi observed an increasing number of almajirai at different markets, motor parks, petrol stations, local food joints and prominent junctions in the state capital particularly Wunti Roundabout, where they spend the day begging for ...
Sani-Gwarzo Blames EndSARS Protest, COVID-19 For Rising Cement Price
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Sani-Gwarzo Blames EndSARS Protest, COVID-19 For Rising Cement Price

The Federal Government says last year’s #ENDSARS protests and the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted production flows were responsible for the skyrocketing of cement price in Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo said this at an event in Abuja adding that the development affected the volume of stock levels in the supply chain due to reduction of cash flow of major distributors and high cost of transportation. Market surveys show that prices of cement and associated products, such as blocks, in many states, including Abuja, have continued to rise. For instance, the price of a 50-kilogramme bag now goes for N3, 700 in Lagos and Cross River states; N4,000 in Enugu and Imo states; Rivers state N4,300; Abuja N3,700; Kano ...
Insecurity: Northerners Not Happy, Bafarawa Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Northerners Not Happy, Bafarawa Tells Buhari

A former Governor of Sokoto State and elder statesman, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, has said that Northerners and indeed all Nigerians are not happy with security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to focus and show more concern on insecurity than COVID-19. Bafarawa said this on Wednesday in Abuja in his State of the Nation address. According to him, insecurity has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives than COVID-19 pandemic has ever done. He also lamented that “government appears to have abandoned the situation and channelled all its effort to a pandemic that has taken barely 2000 lives in the country.” The former governor insisted that insecurity is worsening in the country, asking the Federal Government to divert the proposed N400bn for the...
FG To Pay 24 Million Poor Nigerians N5,000 Each – Sadiya Farouq
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FG To Pay 24 Million Poor Nigerians N5,000 Each – Sadiya Farouq

The Federal Government on Tuesday said about 24.3 million poor Nigerians would get N5,000 each for a period of six months. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor. A statement issued in Abuja by her aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the intervention would serve as cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement read in part, “According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register. “Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months.” Farouq said the intervention database ...
You Lack Effrontery To Advise Nigerians On COVID-19 Vaccine – Wada To Bello
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You Lack Effrontery To Advise Nigerians On COVID-19 Vaccine – Wada To Bello

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kogi 2019 gubernatorial election, Engr Musa Wada on Tuesday, has asked the incumbent governor Yahaya Bello to stop using COVID-19 as part of his Presidential ambition campaign, describing his last outburst against the use of yet-to-arrive vaccine, as careless and unnecessary misleading. Considering the fact that COVID-19 pandemic is strictly scientific-based issue, which ought not to be merely political, the engineer raises alarm against the approach of governor Bello towards the pandemic. Engr Wada, in a statement signed by his campaign spokesperson in Abuja, Usman Okai Austin, asked the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government to take a very definite stand on the pandemic, as the party is blowing hot and cold the same ti...
Lifting 20 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 2 Years Within Reach – Osinbajo
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Lifting 20 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 2 Years Within Reach – Osinbajo

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT ESP CASH TRANSFER SCHEME: LIFTING 20 MILLION NIGERIANS OUT OF POVERTY IN NEXT 2 YEARS NOW WITHIN REACH, SAYS OSINBAJO *VP adds: Nigeria deserves social security scheme not just for poverty alleviation, but wealth creation also *Nigeria first country in Africa to develop & test wholly technology-based approach to social protection Following the successful activation of the Economic Sustainability Plan’s (ESP) Cash Transfer scheme aimed at delivering financial support to at least 1 million urban-based households using technology, the Buhari administration’s vision of reducing extreme poverty by lifting at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next two years is now within reach, according to Vice Preside...
4 Airlines Set To Launch Operation
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4 Airlines Set To Launch Operation

Amidst the headwinds in global aviation markets triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, experts foresee a quicker recovery in Nigeria’s sector as more airlines acquire new planes even as many others prepare to hit the sky. Experts expect four new airlines to launch operation this year as they put finishing touches to the process of obtaining an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). At least 24 carriers are in different stages of the AOC application process. One of Nigeria’s foremost airlines, Azman Air, started the year on a promising note with the acquisition of its second Airbus A340-600 aircraft. The second delivery came barely a year after the first wide-bodied aircraft was purchased. Though aviation globally was hit by the pandemic last year, Azman’s plan to launch an internation...
Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki
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Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared schools in the state will remain closed until February 1 as the state grapples with the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Obaseki spoke at a press conference in Benin, as most states across the federation gear up to reopen schools on January 18. ”We have decided that schools will not reopen for now; this situation will be reviewed by Feb. 1,” he said. ”We will like our own schools to reopen on Feb. 1, depending on the situation at that point in time. “Between now and that time, we will be going round to make sure that these schools have running water. “We want to ensure spacing for the children are in place and we want to ensure that they have temperature checks at the entrance of each school. “Each classroom ...
University Of Ibadan To Hold First Semester Of 2020/2021 Session Virtually
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University Of Ibadan To Hold First Semester Of 2020/2021 Session Virtually

The University of Ibadan, UI, is to hold the First Semester of 2020/2021 academic session virtually, kicking off from February 20. The school released its approved academic calendar for the 2018/2019 and 2020/2021 academic sessions on Friday. In the approved academic calendar, the school will hold the First Semester of 2020/2021 academic session virtually for 13 weeks rigorous academic activities. This will end on Friday, 21 May, 2021. Matriculation Ceremony will hold on Tuesday 16 March 2021. The institution has also fixed one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May. In approving the Calendar, the Senate noted the prevailing circumstances occasioned by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to com...
Anambra Schools To Resume 1st February, 2021 – Governor Obiano
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Anambra Schools To Resume 1st February, 2021 – Governor Obiano

Anambra state government has announced that schools in Anambra will resume on the first of February, 2021. Governor Willie Obiano who made the announcement during a statewide broadcast on the ravaging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the new resumption date is to give school managers enough time to make adequate arrangements and preparations before resumption. According to the Governor, the second wave of the virus is more deadly, as one hundred and ten positive cases have been recorded between 7th December 2020, and 11th January 2021 in the state, emphasizing that his administration anticipated the rise because ndi Anambra who are well travelled came back from various parts of the world for Christmas and new year celebrations. Governor Obiano however expressed ...
COVID-19 Kills 200 ECWA Mission Supporters
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COVID-19 Kills 200 ECWA Mission Supporters

The Evangelical Church, Winning All (ECWA), yesterday said the COVID-19 pandemic had claimed the lives of over 200 of its mission supporters, calling on Nigerians to be careful to avoid contracting the virus. This was revealed by the president of the church, The Rev Dr Stephen Panya Baba, during the funeral service of Mr Yakubu Abiri Kadiya at Kent Academy, Miango, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Baba, who was represented at the occasion by the acting assistant secretary-general of the church, The Rev Samuel Atu, described as sad and unfortunate, the rate at which staunch mission supporters were dying as a result of the virus. He further described the late Kadiya as a rare gem who was committed to God’s work during his lifetime. He urged his children to follow in...
Tokyo Olympic Games Already The Most Over Budget Games In Recent History
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Tokyo Olympic Games Already The Most Over Budget Games In Recent History

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 was postponed to 2021 which will end up costing the country of Japan even more than the significant amount already needed to host any Olympic Games. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 is already the most over-budget Games for absolute dollar values at around $7.2B over budget. Before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the 1992 Barcelona Games claimed the unwanted honour of being the most over-budget games as the final bill came to $7B – a staggering 266% over the initial budget of $2.6B. London 2012 is the most expensive running of the Olympic Games in history with a final bill of just under $15B, despite already having an initial budget of close to $9B. COVID-19 Pandemic Postpone...
Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP
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Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who updated him on the progress so far in the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said it was the duo’s first official meeting for the year. Buhari had in 2020 mandated Osinbajo, as chair of the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC), to coordinate the implementation of the ESP aimed at cushioning the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Osinbajo said that three months into the implementation of different components of the ESP: MSMEs Survival Fund; Solar Home System, Social Housing Scheme, among others, Nigerians across different sectors had been impacted. He explained that under MSME...
‘It’s amazing what 2,000 fans can do!’ – Lampard praises Chelsea crowd in Leeds win
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‘It’s amazing what 2,000 fans can do!’ – Lampard praises Chelsea crowd in Leeds win

The Blues boss was delighted to see his side come from behind to seal the three points at Stamford Bridge Chelsea coach Frank Lampard says his side's work on set-pieces and the return of fans to Stamford Bridge played key roles in his side's 3-1 win against Leeds on Saturday. Spectators were present to see the Blues in action for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Premier League's suspension in March and resulted in games being played behind closed doors. Chelsea had a rough start when Patrick Bamford gave Leeds the advantage, but Olivier Giroud pulled the hosts level before the half-hour mark.
Arik Air Sacks 300 Workers
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Arik Air Sacks 300 Workers

The management of Arik Air has relieved 300 members of staff of their appointments. This was announced in a statement by the airline on Friday. It blamed the sacking on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The press statement was titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”. The company explained that a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions. The statement read in part, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its...
Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’
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Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’

The Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force Police, and other security agencies will soon receive not less than 1 billion USD from the Qatari government with a view to procuring modern scientific equipment, Africa-Global Empowerment and Development Network (AGED-Network) has disclosed. President of AGED-Network, Dr Bala Kontagora, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during a one-day National Conference on the roles of Nigeria’s Security Agencies in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment, organised in collaboration with National Defence College. Kontagora said seeking funds from the Qatari government through Sheikh (Dr.) Badr Al-Hajri, and other international countries to equip the police and other agencies with modern equipment became imperative due to growing security challenges across the cou...
Nigeria Must Cut Cost Of Governance To Exit Recession – Peter Obi (Video)
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Nigeria Must Cut Cost Of Governance To Exit Recession – Peter Obi (Video)

Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has given out what can be described as a pathway to economic recovery. Mr Obi, who spoke on Arise TV on Monday, agreed that the recent recession which affected about 40 countries around the world was as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He however warned that the recession would bite harder on Nigeria because the country already had ‘underlying economic conditions’ ranging from extreme poverty to high unemployment rate, high number of out-of-school children, highest infant mortality rate and soaring incidences drug abuse, among others. Obi explained that unlike the previous recession where Nigeria recklessly borrowed its way out, this present recession demands fiscal discipline for the country to scale through. He argued that th...
2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS
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2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the Finance Bill, 2020 to the National Assembly, seeking its expeditious passage into law to aid the implementation of the proposed 2021 budget. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read the President’s letter at plenary on Tuesday morning. Buhari’s transmission of the Bill to the lawmakers was done pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The Bill is proposing key reforms to taxation and Customs among other far-reaching decisions against the backdrop of the international oil price decline and effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Future Awards Africa 2020 Winners (Full List)
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The Future Awards Africa 2020 Winners (Full List)

Mr Macaroni, a comedian; Sam Adeyemi, a senior pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre; and Rema, Mavin Records singer, are among winners of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2020. TFAA had its first TV/digital edition, which doubles as the award’s fifth anniversary, on Saturday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event aired on Africa Magic, Pop Central, and MTV Base and featured appearances from Funke Akindele, an actress; Tara Fela-Durotoye, a beauty entrepreneur; and Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, the channel director of M-Net West Africa. See the full list of winners below: Acting: Jide-Kene Achufusi Arts: Kingsley Ayogu Content creation: Debo ‘Mr. Macaroni’ Adedayo Entrepreneurship: Akomolafe Henrich Bankole Film: Dafe Oboro Leading conversations: Damilola Odufuwa Music: ...
Finalists Announced For Male And Female World Athlete Of The Year
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Finalists Announced For Male And Female World Athlete Of The Year

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the hosting of all sporting related activities, the world athletics governing body has announced the 10 finalists for the 2020 Male and Female athlete of the year. The male and female athlete of the year would be hosted virtual on December 5 and will be streamed live at on World Athletics YouTube channel, its Facebook page and via Twitter Legendary sprint stars Sanya Richards-Ross and Ato Boldon will host the World Athletics Awards 2020     MALE   Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda – broke world records at 5000m (12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and 5km on the roads (12:51) – was fourth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships on his debut over the distance   Ryan Crouser, USA – undef...
Government Is Open To New, Creative Ideas In Growing Nigeria’s Economy – Osinbajo
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Government Is Open To New, Creative Ideas In Growing Nigeria’s Economy – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a major feature of Nigeria’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic as indicated in the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) currently being implemented, has been an openness to new and creative ideas. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the vice president spoke at a webinar with some French business leaders under the aegis of the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The vice president said that the approach was in a bid to save jobs, protect businesses, and attract new investments He said that part of what the Federal Government had done in its response to the pandemic was to build a business environment that would be supportive of domestic and foreign investors. “It is important to recognise th...
Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo
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Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has emphasised that one of Nigeria’s most pressing priorities is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens. He stated this yesterday at the opening session of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which featured presentations by some Heads of State & Governments alongside international organisations, on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo also said the government is preoccupied with improving healthcare and the economy post-COVID-19. “The priorities of Nigeria in the post-COVID-19 era include improved healthcare and the economy. First, we need to keep the vi...
COVID-19: FG To Get $750m Loan From World Bank For States — Zainab Ahmed
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COVID-19: FG To Get $750m Loan From World Bank For States — Zainab Ahmed

The federal government is currently processing a $750 million loan from the World Bank for state governments to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among the populace. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this at the inauguration of the committee on Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery for Economic Stimulus (N-CARES), in Abuja, yesterday. She said that the administration was determined to assuage the impacts of the COVID-19 on low-income earners who form the bulk of the Nigerian population. Her words, “The diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world with significant consequences on informal businesses, and households that survive on daily income and the peasant farmers who depend on their farm produce to surviv...
2021 Budget: NERC Seeks N2bn For HQ Partitioning, Furniture
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2021 Budget: NERC Seeks N2bn For HQ Partitioning, Furniture

Power regulator, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said it requires a total of N2 billion in the 2021 Budget, to partition and furnish its headquarters in Abuja. Chairman of NERC, Prof. James Momoh, disclosed this yesterday at a budget defence with the House of Representatives Committee on Power. He said the partitioning and furnishing of the eight-floor headquarters building became necessary to make the building befitting and habitable after it was acquired. The chairman said work on the building is ongoing, which made the commission to propose funding for it in the 2020 and 2021 budgets. He explained that the commission was unable to spend all the money released to it for the project in the 2020 Budget because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following his prese...
Electronic Voting May Be Introduced For Anambra Election Next Year, Says INEC Chairman
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Electronic Voting May Be Introduced For Anambra Election Next Year, Says INEC Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says electronic voting might be introduced in the Anambra State election come 2021. This was disclosed by Chairman of the Electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu after a budget defence session with the House of Reps Committee on INEC. After a closed door session with the legislators, Professor Yakubu said the electoral umpire is looking at better ways to conduct free and fair elections in the country. At an earlier meeting with the Senate Committee on INEC, Professor Yakubu announced that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will commence in the first quarter of 2021 ahead of the 2023 general election. He also stated that the sum of N1billion has been earmarked by INEC for the exercise. Professor Yakubu du...
Xiaomi Surpasses Apple To Become The World’s Third Biggest Smartphone Brand
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Xiaomi Surpasses Apple To Become The World’s Third Biggest Smartphone Brand

International Data Corporation (IDC) has released its report related to the smartphone shipments in the third quarter of this year, i.e. Q3 2020 and the report reveals that the South Korean giant Samsung has managed to keep its leading position. It reveals that the quarter witness decline in smartphone shipments by 1.3 percent year-on-year, which is better than expected because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic in which several countries were on lockdown for months. Around 353.6 million smartphones were shipped in the third quarter of this year, i.e. from July to September. Earlier, IDC had predicted that there could be a decline of around 9 percent but the actual numbers are better than expected. As per the report, Samsung takes the pole position with a 22.7 percent marke...
Hoodlums Plundered WHO’s Office In Nigeria, PPEs Stolen – Matshidiso Moeti
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Hoodlums Plundered WHO’s Office In Nigeria, PPEs Stolen – Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, October 29, that hoodlums looted one of its offices in Nigeria and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were stolen from the stores. The African Regional Director, WHO, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, made this known while responding to questions on the impact of the hijacked endsars protest, riots and looting on its facilities and on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, during a webinar on Thursday October 29. Moeti said that mass gathering remains a breeding ground for wide spread of the pandemic. She said, “I think it is always a major concern when you have mass gathering where people fail to take precautions , especially during riots and demonstrations, there’s certainly going to be wide spread of the pandemic. “A...
“A State Got FG’s Palliatives And Was Looking For Buyers” – Buba Galadima
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“A State Got FG’s Palliatives And Was Looking For Buyers” – Buba Galadima

Chairman of the defunct Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), Buba Galadima says hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives is more of reality than fiction. He stated this while weighing in on the allegation that many state governments got palliatives to assuage the suffering of Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown and hoarded them. There has been massive looting of warehouses storing COVID-19 palliatives across the nation. Some affected states include Lagos, Osun, Kwara, Edo, Plateau, Cross River, Adamawa, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). All the states affected have denied hoarding the palliatives, giving different reasons why they have not been fully distributed. However, in an appearance on “Focus Nigeria”, an AIT programme, Galadima alleged th...
We Kept Palliatives Ahead Of Second Wave Of COVID-19 – Governors
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We Kept Palliatives Ahead Of Second Wave Of COVID-19 – Governors

Some Nigerians upon the recent discovery of undistributed relief materials have taken to carting them away, berating the governors for stealing items meant for the public. Nigerian state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors' Forum said the recent cache of palliatives discovered by citizens in warehouses across the country was kept in anticipation of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Some Nigerians upon the recent discovery of undistributed relief materials have taken to carting them away, berating the governors for stealing items meant for the public. Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the NGF’s Head, Media and Public Affairs, on behalf of the governors in a statement, said, “The NGF pleads with members of the public to desist from spreading rumour...
‘Turn Back Your Children And Husband If They Bring Back Unaccounted Goods –  Buhari To Wives, Families On Looting
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‘Turn Back Your Children And Husband If They Bring Back Unaccounted Goods – Buhari To Wives, Families On Looting

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked parents and guardians not to encourage their children and wards to partake in the nationwide looting, destruction of property. “Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way, wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home,” the President said. This statement is coming just as the judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government and other states start sitting on Monday to look into the pillage that ensued following a rather abrupt halt to the #EndSARS protests across the country. President Buhari in a statement on Sunday expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were mu...
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern wins second term following her effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern wins second term following her effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has won re-election in a landslide victory after her effective response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 40-year-old leader went head to head with Judith Collins of the National Party in the Saturday's election to form the country's 53rd parliament Ardern's Labor Party won 49.1% of the vote after Saturday's election. It was more than a 20% margin against their opponent, the conservative National Party, which won 26.8% of the vote. The Labor Party scored the highest result since New Zealand's current mixed-member proportional political system was first adopted in 1996, according to CNN. The party also secured a majority of 64 seats out of the 120-seat assembly, making the Labor Party the first to be able to govern alone since 1996, ...
ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned
Education

ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned

While Mr Ngige led the federal government's team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers team. Thursday’s conciliatory meeting aimed at putting an end to the strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has been adjourned to October 21. The industrial action, which started over six months ago, is a major reason why universities are yet to resume after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Thursday meeting was convened as a follow up to the previous meeting held with the Senate leadership on Tuesday, where the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, committed to engaging Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to iron out the outstanding issues. While Mr Ngige led the federal government’s...
Sport

Asisat Oshoala Shows Off Liga Trophy

  The Spanish Football Federation ended the Liga Primera Iberdrola abruptly on May 6th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Barcelona Femeni were declared champions of the 2019/2020 season. It is the first time that Barca have won the league since the 2014/2015 season. The trophy presentation could not be made at the time due to the lockdown. Football has since resumed and the Liga trophy was presented to Barca last weekend. Asisat Oshoala took to Twitter and Instagram yesterday to show off the trophy. ASISAT M.O.N @AsisatOshoala This particular Werey no Dey disguise ooo.....my face show well well 19/20 league champions @FCBfemeni    
Hushpuppi’s Trial Suspended Till March 2021
Crime

Hushpuppi’s Trial Suspended Till March 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trial of Ramon Abbas, the Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the U.S., has been moved to 2021. According to the chambers orders of Judge Otis Wright released September 23, the jury trial will continue by 9:00 a.m. on May 4, 2021. Across the globe, the respiratory disease has been contracted by over 35 million people and has killed more than 1 million persons. Apart from the economic challenges the pandemic has posed as a result of lockdown and some restrictions, it has affected judicial processes globally. In June, the 37-year-old Mr Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, who is known for flaunting his opulent lifestyle on social media, was arrested in Dubai by some special operatives including the Emerati police officers and ...
Nigerians Are Taking Loans To Buy Food As 68% Of Households Suffer Food Insecurity – NBS
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Nigerians Are Taking Loans To Buy Food As 68% Of Households Suffer Food Insecurity – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 68 percent of Nigerian households experienced moderate or severe food insecurity in August as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the national longitudinal survey on the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 on Nigerian households, conducted by the bureau in August, 51 percent of households used loans taken after the pandemic began to pay for food items. “About one in four households were already indebted prior to the pandemic while nearly one-third have taken out new loans since the onset of the pandemic,” the report read. “The food security situation in Nigeria remains precarious, even as the lockdown restrictions continue to be loosened,” “The share of households experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity remaine...
FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Federal Government Colleges On October 12
Education

FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Federal Government Colleges On October 12

Remember that schools were closed down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in March, The Federal Government had on Friday, announced that Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria, as well as Federal Government Colleges, otherwise known as Unity Schools, will reopen on October 12th for the continuation of academic activities. State and Private universities are also expected to decide on their resumption date and resume accordingly. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, addressing a press conference in Abuja, said the decision to reopen the schools was due to the fall in the COVID-19 cases across the country. He said: “We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector including the Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Educatio...
School Resumption: FG Issues Fresh Warning To State Governors, Proprietors
Education

School Resumption: FG Issues Fresh Warning To State Governors, Proprietors

FG issues fresh warning to state governors, proprietors over proposed full resumption of schools In advance of the arrangements for the resumption of primary and secondary schools across the country, the federal government sent a fresh warning message to the state governments and the proprietors of private schools. Nigerian Tribune reports that the federal government directed state governments to certify that adequate measures are put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic before the full reopening of schools. FG said it would not delay to shut any school reopened without adherence to guidelines and protocols provided by the national response. This was revealed on Monday, September 14, in Abuja by the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, d...
Fans set to be allowed to return to stadiums from October 1 in the UK
Sport

Fans set to be allowed to return to stadiums from October 1 in the UK

The UK government is set to allow fans return to watch live sport next month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a letter written to a Conservative MP from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the number permitted now is set to be heavily reduced to around 1,000 - 2,500 instead of the initial plans for up to 30 percent of a venue. Nigel Huddleston of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport wrote to fellow Conservative MP and former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to underline the plan to continue to open sporting events for a small number of spectators from October 1. 'I know how important this is for sports clubs for whom paying spectators are vital,' Huddleston wrote to Crouch. 'Subject to public health conditions, we hope to open elite sport fixtures including ...
Nigeria’s Economy Will Be 21% Digital Driven By 2021 – Isa Pantami
Politics

Nigeria’s Economy Will Be 21% Digital Driven By 2021 – Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has predicted that the Nigerian economy would be 21 per cent digital come 2021, because digitalisation is becoming the most adopted economy globally. The minister, while speaking at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria’s (CIBN) 2020 Graduates’ Induction and Prize Award’s Day, said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of the digitalization in the growth of any nation’s economy. Pantami noted that there has never been a more urgent time to fast track digital transformation in Nigeria, saying that the digital economy drive is aimed at rapidly enhancing digital identification, broadband penetration, how bank accounts are run, etc. While stressing the need for professionals to develop more innovat...
SERAP Condemns Arbitrary Electricity Tariff, Fuel Price Hike
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SERAP Condemns Arbitrary Electricity Tariff, Fuel Price Hike

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned “the patently unfair and arbitrary hike in electricity tariff and fuel price by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is unjust to many people living in extreme poverty, and entirely incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] and the country’s international human rights obligations.” Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP deputy director said in a statement today: “The hike will endanger lives and increase inequality and poverty exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. SERAP will challenge this travesty in court if the Federal Government does not immediately drop these retrogressive measures against the Nigerian people.” “Specifically, the increase in electricity tariff and fuel price clearly vi...
INEC Denies Plan To Shift Edo Election By Two Weeks
Politics

INEC Denies Plan To Shift Edo Election By Two Weeks

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied rumours that it is planning to shift the September 19 governorship election in Edo state by two weeks due to logistics issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, there is anxiety in Edo as the residents are unsure if the much-anticipated election believed to be a straight fight between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) will proceed as scheduled. It will be recalled that in 2016, INEC was forced to postpone the governorship election in Edo State by two weeks citing security issues and threat to peaceful conduct of the poll. However, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman in a chat with Daily Independent said there is no iota of truth in the report, s...
Borrowing To Subsidise Electricity Grossly Irresponsible – FG
Politics

Borrowing To Subsidise Electricity Grossly Irresponsible – FG

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says it will be “grossly irresponsible” to borrow to subsidise electricity tariff amid the economic crunch caused by the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said no provision was made for fuel subsidy in the Revised 2020 Budget, noting that about N1.7trn has been spent on tariff shortfalls to support the electricity sector since its privatisation. The President, who spoke on Monday during his second-term First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja, noted that under the new arrangement, only customers who get electricity for 12 hours and above per day would have their tariff increased. Buhari had won his re-election in 2019 after defeating the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Ati...
If You Are Afraid Of Death At 70, Check Your Salvation – Pastor Adeboye
Religion

If You Are Afraid Of Death At 70, Check Your Salvation – Pastor Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has said that people who were above 70 years needed to check their salvation if they were still afraid of death. Adeboye said this at the first Sunday Thanksgiving of the RCCG new year calendar, held at the headquarters in Lagos State on Sunday. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, old people were advised to stay at home and not come to church which is good advice. “But if you are over 70 years of age and you are still afraid of death, then you should check your salvation,” he said. Adeboye, however, declared that no one would die, adding that everyone would live to declare the word of God. He added that the Almighty God would turn down coronavirus, adding that no virus would come near the...