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DOWNLOAD: Osinbajo Committee Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan 2020

The Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan 2020 was produced by a presidential committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in response to the health and economic challenges foisted on the country by the novel coronavirus. Read the executive summary of the report here, and download the document in full below. EXECUTIVE…

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello

COVID-19: Gov. Bello orders lockdown of LGA over index case

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has ordered immediate and total lockdown of Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area for two weeks following a suspected case of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the area. Mr Bello, who gave the order on Monday while briefing journalists in Government House, Lokoja, said the lockdown, which…

Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

COVID-19: Yar’Adua family donates food, protective items to Abuja administration

The family of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has donated food and personal protective gear to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to support the battle against COVID-19 pandemic in the territory. Presenting the supplies, representative of the family, Shehu Yar’Adua, commended the doggedness of all the health workers. “The…

Kwara State map

Kwara records first COVID-19 death

The Kwara State Government announced the death of a COVID-19 patient on Saturday evening. This is the first death related to the virus in the north-central state. According to the spokesperson of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye, the patient recently arrived Kwara from Lagos with his…

Access Bank building

2019: Access Bank posts N666.75bn gross earnings, declares 40k final dividend

Access Bank Plc has posted gross earnings of N666.75 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2019. The bank’s audited result released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that gross earnings was higher by 26.10 per cent when compared with N528.75 billion in the comparative period of 2018.…

Nigerian Stock Exchange Trading floor [Photo: blogs.cfr.org]

NSE: Trading defies December inflation figure, index up 0.90 per cent

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index on Friday rose by 0.90 per cent in spite of rise in inflation rate recorded in December 2019. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the index rose by 265.39 points or 0.90 per cent to close at 29,618.52 against 29,353.13 achieved…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Kogi, labour set up committee on new minimum wage implementation

Kogi State Government and the organised labour have set up a 14-man committee to negotiate the implementation of the new minimum wage to workers in the state. The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mohammed Onogwu, disclosed this in a statement in Lokoja on Monday. Mr Onogwu said the…

Nigerian Police (Masked)

Police inspector kills corporal then commits suicide – Official

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Sunday condemned the killing of a police corporal by an inspector who later committed suicide in the FCT. A statement by Mariam Yusuf in Abuja said the incident happened on Saturday at the Police Divisional Headquarters in Dutse Alhaji area…

China on map

Chinese investors sign MoU for construction of 5200 housing units in FCT, others

A group of investors from China on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Nigerian firm, Zvecan Consulting and Engineering Ltd, for the construction of 5200 housing units in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The MoU will see the Hebei Province Investors of People’s Republic of China carrying…

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Only 300,000 people pay taxes in Anambra – Commissioner

The Anambra State Government says not more than 300,000 residents of the state pay taxes out of a population of 4.5 million. The State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mark Okoye, made the disclosure at a news conference tagged: “2020 Budget Breakdown” on Thursday in Awka, the state capital.…

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state

Plateau Govt promotes 9,000 teachers

The Plateau State Government on Friday said it has released the promotion of 9,000 teachers across the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state. The chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Matthew Suleiman, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos,…

Buhari to Nigerians in South Africa: Don’t forget your country

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians in The Diaspora to always remember their country with skills, resources and talents, and work towards living decent and dignified lives that bring honour to their fatherland. Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja, said…

Algeria on map

Algeria protesters demand army quit politics

Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters chanted slogans on Friday demanding the army quit politics, a purge of the ruling elite, an end to corruption and the freeing of opposition leaders. The demonstrations in the capital Algiers and several other cities follow a ruling by a prominent independent cleric this…

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New Tariffs: U.S. doesn’t need China – Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, in his Twitter page, said China’s new tariffs creates great opportunity for the U.S. to forge ahead, saying the country does not need China. Mr Trump pledges to respond to China soonest, adding that the country has lost trillions of dollars with China over…

Nigerian Stock Exchange Trading floor [Photo: blogs.cfr.org]

NSE market indicators declines by 0.1 per cent

The week-long bearish trend persisted on Friday with the All-Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) declining further by 0.1 per cent, due to profit taking. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the index which opened at 29,300.09 lost 0.1 per cent to close lower at 29,270.95.…

726 witnesses listed to testify in NASS election tribunal in Enugu

No fewer than 726 witnesses are listed to testify before the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Enugu, the Chairman, Haruna Kereng, has said. Mr Kereng disclosed this on Monday during the resumed sitting of the tribunal in Enugu. The tribunal chairman, who said that the witnesses would testify in…

Prison used to illustrate the story.

Oyo CJ frees 86-year old man, 50 other inmates at Agodi prison

The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Munta Abimbola, on Tuesday freed 51 inmates at the Agodi Prisons in Ibadan. The inmates, who were awaiting trial, were chosen out of the 205 considered. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that inmates released included some under-aged persons, those charged with minor…

Map of Pakistan. [Photo credit: Cryptid Wiki - Fandom]

Pakistan seeks multi-billion-dollar bailout from IMF

Pakistan on Monday began a final round of talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package to help the country overcome a deepening economic crisis. “Technical discussions for an IMF-supported programme have started,” said Khaqan Najeeb, a spokesman for the Finance Ministry. The talks for the country’s…

Economic crime: Vodacom Tanzania to pay authorities $2.29 million fine

Vodacom Tanzania has agreed on terms for the release of its chief executive and four other employees, following their arrests last week, the telecom said on Thursday. Vodacom Tanzania had said in a statement in Harare that the terms included a 5.28 billion shilling ($2.29 million) payment to the government.…

global warming and climate change. [PHOTO CREDIT: NASA Global Climate Change]

Climate Change: Actionaid recommends ‘agroecology’ as Nigeria’s adaptation plan

As Nigeria joins other countries across the continent at the African Climate Week currently holding in Accra, Ghana, Actionaid Nigeria has advised the nation to adopt 'agroecology' as the focus of her adaptation plan. According to the group's Country Director, Ene Obi, "Nigerian farmers who depend on predictable rainfall patterns…

Sudan on map

Sudan’s new ministers take oath

The newly-appointed ministers in Sudan’s new government on Thursday took the constitutional oath before President Omar al-Bashir. “We are convinced that this group can lead the country at this phase and bring it out of its crises,” said Mr al-Bashir. Al-Bashir said this when addressing the new ministers after the…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Ortom poised to win Benue governorship election

The Benue State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Ortom, has taken a huge lead in the governorship election in the state after the collation of the results from all but one of the local government areas. From the results collated from the 22 Local governments,…

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, addressing the press.

How Akpabio lost Senate race — Oshiomhole

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adam Oshiomhole, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rigged former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, out of his Senate reelection bid. Mr Oshiomhole made this known while briefing journalist on Thursday at the party's secretariat in Abuja. He said the…

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Teacher who allegedly assaulted nine pupils remanded in prison

Also, an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a 40-year-old lesson teacher, Faruk Adam, who allegedly assaulted nine pupils sexually, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutors (DPP). Mr Adam’s plea was not taken because the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the…

APC calls for cancellation of Ebonyi election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has rejected the outcome of the Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections. It also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the results. Eze Nwachukwu made the party’s position known at a post-election press conference held at the party’s…