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Coronavirus: Remote learning out of reach for 500 million students – UN

A new report by the United Nations has shown that remote learning remains out of reach for at least 500 million students across the world during the novel Coronavirus pandemic. The report also states that inequalities in education are exacerbated by COVID-19 as only 65 per cent of primary schools…

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Uber acquires Postmates for $2.65 billion

American multinational ride-hailing company, Uber Technologies Inc. has officially acquired Postmates Inc. for approximately $2.65 billion in an all-stock transaction. Uber announced the agreement in a statement made available on Monday. According to the statement, the transaction brings together Uber’s global Rides and Eats platform with Postmates’ distinctive delivery business…

Amina C. Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture, nominated by #Kenya as a candidate for the post of WTO Director-General. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of WTO]

Kenyan minister to challenge Okonjo-Iweala, others for WTO DG

Kenya has presented its Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture, Amina Mohamed, as a candidate for the post of World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General. Ms Mohamed announced her candidature in a statement on her campaign Twitter handle on Tuesday. "I am delighted to announce my candidature for @WTO Director…

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos govt launches job initiative for youth

The Lagos State Government has launched the ‘Jobs Initiative Lagos’ programme for youth in eight Lagos-based tertiary institutions. According to a statement on Tuesday by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, the programme is designed as a complementary training for students in final…

SERAP condemns “arbitrary arrest” of EFCC chairman

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned what it called the arbitrary arrest of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, by security agents in Abuja. The group expressed “concerns" that the arrest was "the outcome of power-play at the highest levels…

The Police Inspector-General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

Nigerian police dismiss 10 senior officers, reduce ranks of eight others

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed ten senior police officers and reduced the ranks of eight others over various cases of misconduct in the line of duty. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported that the PSC approved the promotion of 6,618 senior officers, including one Assistant Inspector General (AIG), four Commissioners…

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO CREDIT: Bashir Ahmad]

Nigeria content board approves $50 million research and development fund

The Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has approved the establishment of a US$50 million Nigerian Content Research & Development Fund (NCR&DF). According to a statement made available by NCDMB on Monday, the decision was reached at the Governing Council meeting which was held on…

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Shake-up in NNPC as top officials redeployed

The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the exit of two senior officials and the redeployment of others. Two officials who recently left the corporation were replaced while other redeployments were also carried out. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported that the Chief Operating Officer in charge of…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Makinde, Okowa, others mourn Ajimobi

The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has expressed sadness over the death of the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi. Mr Makinde, in a condolence message to the Ajimobi family, also directed that the state's flags fly at half-mast on Friday. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported his death…

Former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi in Shock

Ten things to know about ex-Oyo governor Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi, a former Nigerian senator who completed his second term as Oyo State governor last year, died on Thursday. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported his death at a private hospital in Lagos after spending weeks in intensive care for coronavirus complications, according to Akin Alabi, a federal lawmaker and political…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

Coronavirus: Oyo plans to reopen schools despite FG’s warning

Despite a warning by the federal government not to reopen schools in the state, the Oyo government, on Tuesday said it will be going ahead with its plans, with 'modification'. Its COVID-19 Task Force said it has modified the resumption date for primary six, Junior Secondary School III and Senior…

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COVID-19: Low voter turnout may mar Edo, Ondo elections – Report

A report has shown that low voter turnout may mar the 2020 Edo and Ondo states gubernatorial elections, due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. The report was published by Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), a youth-focused non-profit organisation that advances good governance, democratic rights, public policy, public engagement and sustainable economy.…

A cross-section of teachers and students at the programme

Coronavirus: About 7 million students face risk of dropping out globally — Report

A new report has shown that close to seven million students from primary up to secondary education could drop out due to the income shock of novel coronavirus alone. Published by World Bank Group Education, the report using data on 157 countries revealed that both the global level of schooling…

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One in two children suffer violence each year – Report

A new report has shown that one out of two children aged 2–17 years experience some form of violence globally each year. The report estimates that over a billion children experience violence. The report was jointly published by WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children,…

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Ekiti radio station sacks staff three months after takeoff

Barely three months after take off, NewCruise 92.7 FM, an Ikere-Ekiti based radio service owned by a former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun, on Monday sacked 13 workers. The radio station is a division of WOLDAB Communications Limited owned by the lawyer. It is the first radio…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun [PHOTO CREDIT: @dabiodunMFR]

Coronavirus: Ogun unveils guidelines for ‘reopening economy’

The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has released the guidelines for reopening the state's economy on Monday. Mr Abiodun disclosed this in an address on Thursday. The governor had earlier said the state will ease the lockdown imposed to curb coronavirus and will reopen its economy by June 1.…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun [PHOTO CREDIT: @dabiodunMFR]

Coronavirus: Ogun confirms 25 new cases

The Ogun State government has confirmed 25 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 178. A statement on the official Twitter page of the state government on Wednesday said the 25 patients have been quarantined across the treatment and isolation centres in…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun [PHOTO CREDIT: @dabiodunMFR]

Two COVID-19 patients recover in Ogun

Two more patients have recovered from coronavirus in Ogun and have been discharged, the Ogun State Ministry of Health has announced. The ministry gave the update on its Twitter page. It said the discharged persons tested negative to the Coronavirus, making the overall number of discharged cases in the State…

Coronavirus: Ogun commissions 100-bed isolation centre

The Ogun State Government has commissioned an additional 100- bed isolation and treatment centre for COVID-19 patients. According to a statement released on the official Twitter page of the state, the centre, which is a donation from the private sector Coalition Against Covid-19 ( CACOVID), is located in the Oke-Mosan…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun [PHOTO CREDIT: @dabiodunMFR]

Coronavirus: 11 more patients discharged in Ogun

Eleven more patients have recovered from coronavirus in Ogun State and have been discharged, the state ministry of health has announced. The ministry gave the update on its Twitter page. It said the discharged persons, who twice tested negative to the virus, rejoined their families on Thursday, taking the overall…

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Abducted Ekiti commissioner regains freedom

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture, Olabode Folorunso, who was abducted last week, has regained his freedom, an official has said. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how unidentified gunmen kidnapped the commissioner while he was travelling to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the attack occurred along Isan-Iludun Road,…

Gboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State.[PHOTO CREDIT: @GboyegaOyetola]

Coronavirus: Osun announces mandatory use of face mask in public

As a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Osun State Government has announced the mandatory use of face masks in public places effective from tomorrow, April 24. The State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, who made this known in a statement released by his chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on…

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COVID-19: Ogun confirms two new cases

Ogun State has confirmed two new cases of COVID-19, bringing its total as of Saturday night to 12 patients made up of nine males and three females. A statement on the official Twitter page of the state government on Sunday said the two new cases are contacts of an earlier…

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Coronavirus: ICPC inaugurates team to monitor intervention funds

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has set up a team charged with preventing the mismanagement of the COVID-19 special intervention funds. It said this is in execution of its preventive mandate in Section 6 (b)-(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. According…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

Coronavirus: Ogun govt deploys mobile app for residents’ self-assessment

The Ogun State Government has developed a mobile application for members of public to self-assess themselves on individual basis for the dreaded Coronavirus. The state government had earlier launched a real time concurrently updated mobile application for health workers in March, which has been deployed to all government and private…