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  • 5 months COVID-19: In Phone Conversation With Buhari, Trump Promises to Send Ventilators to Nigeria ThisDay
    By Olawale Ajimotokan United States President Donald Trump has promised to send some unspecified numbers of ventilators to support Nigeria in the fight to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The assurance followed his phone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed some details about the conservation between the two leaders on Tuesday while giving his remarks during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. Mohammed said the telephone conversation which was centred on Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was at ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: Presidential Taskforce Committed to Unravelling Mystery Deaths in Kano, Says Leader ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu The leader of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, has said that it is committed to unravel the mystery behind the mystery deaths in Kano State. The Presidential Task Force, which arrived Kano Tuesday, made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday at the Government House. Gwarzo, who is also the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industries, Commerce and Investment, told Governor Ganduje that the team has been mandated by the president to evaluate the worrying situation in Kano and find a lasting solution to it. He ... more
  • 5 months Workers’ Day: FG Declares May 1 Public Holiday ThisDay
    By Kuni Tyessi The Federal Government has declared Friday, May 1, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, commended Nigerian workers for their resilience, patience and understanding, particularly in their support of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In a statement signed by the permanent secretary, Ms. Georgina Ehuriah, the minister thanked Nigerians and the labour force for their sacrifices in the present period of trial and ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: Rivers Evacuates 150 Vagrants to their States of Origin, Niger Republic ThisDay
    By Ernest Chinwo The Rivers State Government through the Ministry of Social Welfare has profiled and evacuated 150 vagrants to Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom, some states in the north, Niger Republic and some local government areas of the state. The state Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs Inime Aguma, Tuesday led other officials of the ministry to profile all the vagrants before they were evacuated to their states and local government areas of origin. Aguma said the evacuation exercise is a non-discriminatory programme aimed at protecting Rivers people, especially from the coronavirus pandemic. She said that the exercise is not targeted at ... more
  • 5 months Nigeria’s Education will Witness Revolution Post-Covid-19, Says TRCN Registrar ThisDay
    By Kemi Olaitan The Registrar and Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Segun Ajiboye, Tuesday said the teaching profession will witness a total revolution after Covid-19 pandemic is over. This is just as he said faculties of Education and Colleges of Education in the country need to review their curricula to include technology-driven training and preparations. Ajiboye while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said Covid-19 has thrown up a challenge for a paradigm shift in the way teachers are trained and the way learning is executed in Nigeria, adding that the advanced ... more
  • 5 months IMF Approves $3.4bn RFI to Support Nigeria’s COVID-19 Fight ThisDay
    The board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the sum of $3.4 billion to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 fight. The grant to Nigeria is the highest so far to any member country. The grant called Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) is granted to member countries that are not under any IMF programme. Details later… The post IMF Approves $3.4bn RFI to Support Nigeria’s COVID-19 Fight appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: House to Sit Once a Week till Lockdown Order is Lifted ThisDay
    By Udora Orizu Following the extension of the lockdown imposed on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States by President Muhammadu Buhari to curb the spread of coronavirus, the House of Representatives at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday resolved to sit once every week till the lockdown order is lifted. The House made the resolution, following the adoption of a motion, titled ‘Regulating Plenary Sittings in the Period of Covid-19 Pandemic and Lockdown, pursuant to Order One, Rule 1 (2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives’ sponsored by Hon. Abubakar Hassan Fulata. Presenting the motion, ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: Closure of ECOWAS Offices in Abuja, Lagos Extended Till Monday ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale Following the extension of the lockdown imposed by the federal government as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has extended the closure of its offices in Abuja and Lagos till Monday, May 4, 2020. The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou, gave the directive in a statement issued on Tuesday. He said: “The ECOWAS Commission has given directives for the extension of the closure of ECOWAS Offices in Abuja and Lagos to the 4th of May 2020. “This follows the extension ... more
  • 5 months Relaxation of Lockdown Will Increase Community Spread of COVID-19, Says Medical Association ThisDay
    By Martins Ifijeh The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Saliu Oseni, has said that the phased and gradual relaxation of lockdown by the federal government will fuel community spread of COVID-19. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a broadcast Monday said the lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states would be relaxed May 4 and that other measures would be in place to halt community spread of the respiratory disease. Speaking with THIDAY Tuesday, Oseni said there was need for extension of the lockdown, adding that the country was already battling with person to person transmission which ... more
  • 5 months Akwa Ibom Spends N1bn to Fight Covid-19, Says Gov ThisDay
    By Okon Bassey The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has said that the state government has so far spent close to N1 billion in the fight against the Covid-19 in the state. Speaking during a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday, the governor stated that the state government had received monetary donations and equipment from individuals and corporate bodies, adding that the figure would be made public at the appropriate time. Emmanuel hinted that the federal government had also sent 1,800 bags of custom bonded warehouse rice to the state as palliatives for the lockdown, but regretted that ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: Police Arrest Bishop for Defying Lockdown to Protest at Chinese Embassy in Lagos ThisDay
    Chiemelie Ezeobi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa alias Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, for defying the lockdown order to protest at the Chinese Embassy in Lagos. Benjamin, the police alleged, led about 100 persons to the Chinese Embassy in Victoria Island to protest the maltreatment of Nigerians in China. According to the cleric, the Chinese were operating freely in Nigeria despite that COVID-19 started in their country but have chosen to maltreat Nigerians and other blacks in China. It was gathered that officials of the embassy sent a ... more
  • 5 months Nigeria’s COVID19 Cases Jump to 782 ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh Nigeria has recorded 117 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 782 the total number of confirmed cases in the country. Announcing this Tuesday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Lagos recorded 59 new cases, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 29, Kano 14, Borno six, Katsina four, Ogun three, while Rivers and Bauchi got one each. NCDC said: “As at 11:25 pm April 21, there are 782 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 197 have been discharged with 25 deaths. The breakdown of the figures show that Lagos has 430 cases, FCT 118, Kano 73, Osun and ... more
  • 5 months NASCO Group Donates N60m Palliatives to FG, Others ThisDay
    Seriki Adinoyi in Jos As part of the efforts to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic threatening the world, NASCO Group of Companies has donated over N60 million worth assorted products of the company to the federal government, Plateau, Lagos, and Ogun. The Executive Chairman of Nasco Group Nigeria, Dr. Attia Nasreddin who disclosed this at the Corporate Headquarters of the company in Jos shortly before the trucks loaded with the goods departed for their various destinations, said everyone owed it a duty to consciously identify with and open their doors to help others overcome the difficult psychological, social ... more
  • 5 months Economic Sustainability Plan Ready Soon, as Osinbajo Meets IMF, World Bank Representatives ThisDay
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is enlarging the pool of options open to Nigeria in achieving the Buhari Presidency’s plan to turn the current economic challenges to an opportunity for Nigerians, especially the “Common Man.” The vice president met with representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Tuesday as Nigeria continues to improve on its economic stimulus packages for its citizens. President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Vice President to chair the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) and the Committee has been collaborating with domestic sectors of the Nigerian economy and now the vice president is interfacing with international ... more
  • 5 months Breaking: Lagos Discharges Nine More COVID-19 Patients ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh The Lagos State Government has discharged nine more COVID-19 patients, bringing to 107 the total number of successfully treated persons in the state. Announcing this Tuesday, the Incident Commander on COVID-19 in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the discharged patients include five females and four males. He said: “They are eight Nigerians and one Polish citizen. Five were discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba and four from Onikan Isolation Centre.” The post Breaking: Lagos Discharges Nine More COVID-19 Patients appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 5 months Makinde Mourns Akinjide, Says Oyo Lost a Gem, Shining Light ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the demise of the Second Republic Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), as the end of an era and a huge loss to Oyo State, the legal profession, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed, the world at large. Makinde, who also described the demise as the loss of a gem and a shining light, said he was saddened by the demise of the foremost legal luminary. The governor, in a condolence message made available through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. ... more
  • 5 months Moroccan Prison Records 66 COVID-19 Cases ThisDay
    More than 66 cases of COVID-19 has been recorded in a jail in Southern Morocco, mostly among staff, the country’s prisons service has said. The DGAPR agency, in a statement said 60 workers and six inmates had tested positive for COVID-19 at the prison in the town of Ouarzazate after checks were carried out on all prisoners. “Nine staff and two inmates had previously tested positive at a jail in the southern city of Marrakesh and in Ksar Kebir, in the North of the kingdom,” the statement said. The prison service said that cases of contamination in Morocco’s prisons — ... more
  • 5 months FG to Halt Extended Power Cuts during Lockdown ThisDay
    By Emmanuel Addeh The federal government has made arrangements to ensure that prolonged power outages are reduced in the country throughout the period of the current lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In that regard, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it had set up a situation room to ensure that all cases are promptly resolved to relieve Nigerians of the discomfort occasioned by the restriction of movements. Already, the regulatory agency, who said Tuesday that it received 3,225 cases, added that it succeeded in resolving about 1,433 complaints between April 4 and April 17, noting that ... more
  • 5 months Host Communities to Get 60% Jobs in Economic Zones, Says NEPZA Boss ThisDay
    James Emejo in Abuja The acting Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Mr. Bitrus Dawuk, Tuesday said it is working on a framework for ensuring that 60 per cent of jobs in free trade zones across the country are allocated to host communities going forward. The disclosure followed a recent labour crisis at the Ogun-Guandong Free Zone, Igbesa, Ogun State. He said the industrial dispute between the workers and management of Goodwin Ceramic Free Zone Enterprise (FZE) located in the zone, had been caused by the extension of the lockdown currently being implemented by the state ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: Buhari to Take Tough Decisions Next Week ThisDay
    Francis Sardauna in Katsina The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will next week take tougher decisions for the country on the ongoing war against the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. He therefore urged Nigerians to be prepared for the tougher directives that the federal government would put in place to tackle the spread of the pandemic. Ihekweazu, who was speaking in Katsina when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari at the Government House, said the decisions would be taken across the nation in different ways. He ... more
  • 5 months Tambuwal Frees 29 Prison Inmates, Pardons Two Civil Servants ThisDay
    Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto In its bid to decongest prisons and avoid the spread of coronavirus among inmates, the Sokoto State Government under its Committee on Prerogative of Mercy Saturday freed 29 inmates from the Sokoto Central Prison. Also, two civil servants hitherto dismissed from the state’s service now have their penalties converted to retirement. The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in the state, who is also the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, Suleman Usman (SAN), announced the pardon at the Sokoto Central Prison on behalf of the Governor Aminu Tambuwal. According to Usman, “The pardon was ... more
  • 5 months Buhari: Kyari was the Very Best of Us, a Loyal Friend ThisDay
    Our Correspondents President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, paid glowing tributes to his late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on Friday night at the age of 67 following complications from the coronavirus disease. Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 about three weeks ago and was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Lagos, before he succumbed to the virus. He was buried yesterday at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, amid outpouring of tributes by Nigerians from all walks of life. Many acknowledged his invaluable role in the success of the Buhari administration and presidency. In an emotional statement, Buhari praised ... more
  • 5 months WHO: No Evidence People that Survived COVID-19 Can’t be Reinfected ThisDay
    •Oyo to enforce compulsory use of facemasks •49 new cases recorded, total now 542, while 166 have been discharged •Global death toll hits 160, 755; over 2.3 million people infected Tobi Soniyi and Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo There is currently no evidence to support the belief that people who have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) are immune to the virus and may not catch it again, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The United Kingdom’s Daily Mirror quoted senior WHO epidemiologists as warning that despite the hopes governments across the world have piled on antibody tests, there is no proof ... more
  • 5 months Nigeria’s Economy Beyond COVID-19 ThisDay
    The COVID-19 pandemic offers another opportunity to initiate bold reforms that would transform the economy, writes Obinna Chima The Nigerian economy is currently in dire straits with major economic indicators looking grim amidst increasing vulnerabilities. The disruption caused by the COVID-19, which also contributed to the significant drop in the price of crude oil exposed the economy’s weak underbelly. Crude oil represents about 95 per cent of Nigeria’s export revenue and a downturn in the market for the commodity always has a ripple effect on the economy. These shocks tend to spook the foreign exchange market leading to a depreciation ... more
  • 5 months Akinwunmi Adesina, Africa’s Bold Reformer ThisDay
    The African Development Bank is set to re-elect Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as its president in May. Buffeted by hastily cooked-up allegations, Adesina is depending on his many accomplishments and growth driving policies to earn him a second term. Nosa James-Igbinadolor looks at the many accomplishments of the AfDB president and reports on why denying him a tenure renewal might be difficult In the Beginning On July 14, 2019, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s highly respected former Agriculture Minister and current President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), told reporters in Malabo that he would be seeking to renew his presidency in ... more
  • 5 months Babatunde Fowler in the News Again! ThisDay
    Some things happen that prompt a thousand and one wishes and hopes. For example, one wishes to God that governance in Nigeria were not limited to a meagre four-year cycle; wishes to God that it was until one man died and another took his place. What if nobody takes his place, anyway? If such wishes would only become real, what is happening in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) with relations to Babatunde Fowler wouldn’t be happening. It is no secret that the incumbent FIRS boss, Mohammad Nami, is not the greatest fan of his predecessor, Babatunde Fowler. Since Nami ... more
  • 5 months NSE Extends Financial Statements Filling Deadline for Firms ThisDay
    Goddy Egene The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has extended the due date for the submission of the audited financial statements (AFS) for listed companies with 31 March year end by 60 days from June 29, 2020 to August 28, 2020. According to the NSE, the extension is necessary in order to ensure that the operations of companies are affected constrained by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The exchange had last month granted listed companies 60 days grace period for the submission of AFS for the year ended 31 December 2019. “Further to the provisions of Rule 17:20 (g): Financial Reporting ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: N’Assembly Members Reach Out to Constituents ThisDay
    Apart from donating part of their salaries towards the fight against the spread of Coronavirus, some federal lawmakers have also been reaching out to their constituents through palliatives to cushion the effects of the lockdown, report Deji Elumoye and Udora Orizu The leadership of the National Assembly, last month, adjourned plenary in both the Red and the Green chambers in a bid to help curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the Assembly. This was followed with the announcement few days after that the Senators and House members pledged to donate part of their salaries to the Relief Fund set ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19 as Expression of Global Power Rivalry: The Case of US-China Cold War ThisDay
    By Bola A. Akinterinwa The United Nations Charter was done in 1945 with the ultimate objective of preventing a new scourge of World War through the fostering of international cooperation at regional and multilateral levels. In this regard, the global community has been lucky not to have had any critical inter-state war since then. What the world has witnessed was not only the emergence of the United States and the former Soviet Union as superpowers, but also intra-state crises and conflicts capable of provoking a fresh world war. However, the intra-state crises and conflicts, as at today, have been ... more
  • 5 months How was Used Oby Ezekwesili and Dumped ThisDay
    THE ALTERNATIVE With Reno Omokri Do not be fooled. Oby Ezekwesili, for all her religious pretensions, is a self-righteous hypocrite. I know this because I have incontrovertible proof that lays her hypocrisy bare. Oby is a woman that loves to criticise others, but cannot stand to be criticised. While I was one of President Jonathan’s spokesmen, I watched her criticise my boss using polite and impolite language. Then one day, I saw her respond to criticism by another person against her, and all hell broke lose. She attacked me like a mother hen whose chickens were under threat and promised ... more
  • 5 months (Untitled) ThisDay
    IG Redeploys Rivers CP Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, Friday ordered the redeployment of Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Dandaura Mustapha. Details of the exercise showed that CP Gobum Mukan is the new Commisioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command. A statement issued by Force PRO Deputy Commisioner of Police (DCP), Frank Mba, said. Mr Dandaura Mustapha would assume duties as the new CP Provost Force Headquarters, Abuja while CP Musa Adze is the substantive CP Anti-Fraud Unit. “The IGP charges the affected Commissioners of Police to diligently and professionally discharge their duties ... more
  • 5 months Kano Streets Deserted as Residents Comply with Lockdown Order ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu For the first time in Kano, Muslim faithful were barred from observing Friday prayers, following a decision between Islamic Scholars and the State Government, as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had on Thursday ordered a total lockdown of the State, after a former diplomat tested positive. Alll streets in the metropolis were deserted by both commuters and pedestrians. Security checkpoints were erected in all the streets and manned by paramilitary personnel including police, NSCDC, FRSC, State Fire Service, Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Vigilante and Hizbah. ... more
  • 5 months Three Members of Kano COVID-19 Taskforce Test Positive ThisDay
    By By Ibrahim Shuaibu Kano State government has confirmed that three members of the State Taskforce on COVID-19 tested positive for Coronairus. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, in a statement by Hadiza Namadi, the ministry’s information officer, however said the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the state as at 11:15 am on Friday remained 21, with one death. The statement reads “with deep sense of sadness and on behalf of the state government, hereby announces that the Co-chairman and some members of Kano State Taskforce on Covid 19 were tested and three of the results came ... more
  • 5 months SONTA, Plume & Partner Sign N1bn Production Deal, Boost For Movie Industry ThisDay
    King Akan, Abuja The Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) and Plume & Partner Limited; a creative content development company, signed a production deal valued at N1 billion, titled ‘Project Hostage’ an acronym for Project Harvest of Stage, in Abuja recently. The project which is aimed at bridging the stage to screen gap and the deal agreed to last for five years and renewable will see Plume & Partner Limited provide the technical know-how, while SONTA will handle content development, screening and mentoring. The agreement will culminate in the production of 35,000 hours of audio-visual programmes. These will span 90 ... more
  • 5 months Chinese Community in Lagos Pledges to Support Fight against COVID-19 ThisDay
    By Segun James As part of efforts to stem the ravaging Coronavirus in the state, the Chinese community in Lagos Friday donated medical equipment and the sum of N38 million to the state government. The Consulate General of People Republic of China in Lagos who stated this while presenting the materials to the Lagos state government assured that they will support Nigeria in flattening the curve of coronavirus pandemic and eradicate the contagious disease from the country. Speaking on behalf of the Consulate General, the Chairlady of Chinese Women in Nigeria, Ms. Zhou Jun, said they were determined to ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: The Best Solution Remains Evolutionary Learning Conceptual Laboratory Approach ThisDay
    Kenneth Anchang Yongabi is a Professor of Public Health, Infectiology and Phytobiotechnology at the Imo State University, Owerri. He is a Cameroonian national and a member of the African Union Scientific Research and Innovation Council. Yongabi is a consultant to W.H.O., HPD Afro Health Literacy for youths and adolescents. In this interview with AMBY UNEZE in Owerri, this co-founder, and Principal Research fellow at STK Biotech, Owerri, gave more insight into the COVID-19 pandemic. Excerpts. On his opinion on the current COVID-19 Pandemic ravaging the global community and the ongoing conspiracy theories being bandied about as the major cause of ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: PDP BoT Chair Warns Party Members in Nasarawa against Court Cases ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, has warned members of the party in Nasarawa state against instituting court cases and suspending party members. He said it was regrettable that while Nigerians were being mobilised towards combating the spread of COVID-19, some PDP members in Nasarawa, instead of joining in the fight against the spread of the disease, were fighting one another and filing legal suits in court. In a statement on Friday in Kaduna, Jibril condemned the party members and called on them to join hands ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19 Palliatives: Group Faults Ndume’s Allegations ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale The Save the Poor Coalition (SPC) has faulted the allegations made by Senator Ali Ndume on the distribution of Coronavirus palliatives, insisting that distribution of cash transfer register in states was neither a fabrication nor a fraud. Ndume had on Tuesday alleged that most of those benefitting from the palliatives did not deserve them, just as he called for the disbandment of the presidential committee responsible for the distribution. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouk, and the office of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) had been under attack for ... more
  • 5 months After 10 Years, 53 Extra Goes Off-Air ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha On Monday, April 20, Africa Magic’s lifestyle magazine show Studio 53 Extra will draw its curtains. The show which premiered on July 1, 2010, was created as a spin-off of Studio 53 which was hosted by media personality IK Osakioduwa and film director Kemi Adetiba. Studio 53 Extra was draped with a double dose of girl power with Dolapo Oni and Eku Edewor as co-pilots at its launch and featured all the most wanted glitz, glam and gist. Studio 53 also beamed its spotlight on the brightest shining stars and celebrities of the African fashion, music and ... more
  • 5 months Sauti Sol to Release Fifth Album in June ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha ‘Midnight Train’, the anticipated fifth album from award-winning afro pop band, Sauti Sol, will be released on June 5, 2020. Fans of the band had the opportunity to pre-add singles such as ‘Brighter Days’, ‘Suzanna’ and ‘Disco Matanga’ to their playlists before the official launch. Recorded between Los Angeles, California, Johannesburg, South Africa and their hometown Nairobi, Kenya, ‘Midnight Train’ demonstrates the bands songwriting and producing skills with electric energy and new rhythms. The album’s theme is centered around enjoying the journey of life but also embracing the hustles and the trials that come with it. The band, ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: Katsina Records Four new Cases ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna The Katsina State Government on Friday confirmed four new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the state to nine. The Chairman of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Committee and Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, who disclosed this while briefing journalists, said the four new cases were recorded in Daura and Dutsin-Ma Local Government Areas of the state. He said: “We have received four additional positive cases in the state on 16th of April, 2020, making a total of nine. Out of the four new cases, three were from Daura, a ... more
  • 5 months Thousands of Dead Fish Washed up on Rivers Shoreline ThisDay
    * Govt begins investigation, warns against consumption By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt The banks of many riverine communities in Rivers State have been littered with thousands of dead fish washed ashore by waves. Worried by the development, the Rivers State Government has warned residents to refrain from the consumption of the dead fish while it carries out investigations on the cause of death. The areas most affected are communities in Bonny and Andoni Local Government Areas of the state. Specifically, the dead fish were seen in Amariari, Lighthouse, River 7, Agaja, Uku-Mbi, Mbisu 1, Mbisu 2, and Ifoko communities ... more
  • 5 months China, G20 Countries Offer Nigeria, Others Debt Relief ThisDay
    By Nume Ekeghe The World Bank Group President Mr. David Malpass, and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, on Friday confirmed that China and other G20 member countries had agreed to grant debt relief to the International Development Association (IDA) countries, which Nigeria is part of. Malpass said this during a joint press conference at the ongoing World Bank Group/IMF 2020 virtual Spring Meetings in Washington DC, United States. He also said the World Bank, Regional Development Banks (RDBs) through various instruments were planning to assist poor countries with $240 billion in the next ... more
  • 5 months I Stand by My Position on COVID-19 Palliatives Committee, Ndume Replies Presidency ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye and Chuks Okocha Few hours after the Presidency reacted to his call for the dissolution of COVID 19 Palliatives Measures Committee headed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadia Farouq, former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, on Friday said he stands by his position on the programme. The Presidency had earlier on Friday in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu, accused Ndume of politicising a national emergency and challenged him to name the alleged kleptocrats in Buhari’s government. In a swift reaction ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: Wike Vows to Prosecute ExxonMobil Staff for Illegal Entry to Rivers ThisDay
    By Ernest Chinwo The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to quarantine and prosecute 22 staff of multinational oil giant, ExxonMobil, for illegally entering the state in violation of an executive order to curtail the spread of coronavirus. The governor also announced that the second case of coronavirus in the state, a 62-year-old United Kingdom returnee, has been discharged after testing negative to the virus for a second time. He said he would Saturday announce the lockdown of parts of Port Harcourt metropolis to ensure compliance with government’s restriction orders. Wike spoke Friday in a live press conference at ... more
  • 5 months Lockdown: Lawan Flays Extra Judicial Killings ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has flayed the reported extra judicial killing of 18 people by security agents in the course of enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown ordered by the federal government. Lawan, in a statement on Friday, condemned in strong terms the cases of extra-judicial killings by security agents as reported by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the course of the enforcement of the lockdown ordered in parts of the country to contain the spread of the coronavirus. He said he was saddened by the report by the NHRC that 18 persons ... more
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  • 5 months We’re Not Forced to Contribute Money to Combat COVID-19, Say Insurance Operators ThisDay
    Insurance operators have debunked recent allegation that they were compelled to contribute N10 million each towards the ongoing fight against Coronavirus pandemic. The insurers, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Insurers Association (NIA), said the report by an online medium that their regulator, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), compelled them to make the donation was embarrassing insisting that their decision to contribute towards the fight against spread of Coronavirus was purely voluntary and not under compulsion as reported by the medium. The 57 insurance firms in the country, under the auspices of their umbrella body, the Nigeria Insurers Association (NIA), ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: 2020 Hajj May Still Go Ahead, Says NAHCON ThisDay
    By Olawale Ajimotokan The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has given hints that the 2020 Hajj may still take place in Saudi Arabia in spite of the spread of coronavirus pandemic. A statement issued Friday by the commission’s spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara, said Hassan’s optimism was hinged on the recent indicators which emanated from Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. The latest indicator has projected that the Kingdom will hopefully witness a decline of the COVID-19 infection in the country from April 21, 2020 and a possible eradication of the ... more
  • 5 months Don’t Taint Abaribe’s Character, Group Tells Mischief Makers ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye The Igbo Renaissance Forum (IRF) has warned mischief makers to stay clear and not taint the character of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. The Forum in a release signed by its International Co-ordinator, Ugo-Akpe Onwuka, warned those who have preoccupied themselves with sending out fake messages on social media in the name of Senator Abaribe to stop henceforth. The one-page release dated April 13, stated inter alia: “We have taken note of the messages making the rounds in the social media, purporting that the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe warned that the China Doctors must not be ... more
  • 6 months Kano Begins Fumigation of Places Visited By Index Case ThisDay
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  • 6 months CBN: No Processing Fee for COVID-19 Loan Applications ThisDay
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  • 6 months Rivers Earmarks N2bn for Food Purchase to Feed Residents ThisDay
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  • 6 months Court Sentences Funke Akindele, Husband to 14-day Community Service ThisDay
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  • 6 months Govs Seek to Distribute FG’s Palliatives ThisDay
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  • 6 months Coronavirus: Ogun Police Release Detainees ThisDay
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  • 6 months COVID-19: In Ogun, It’s Now 20 Persons Per Gathering ThisDay
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  • 6 months ABCON Assures of Dollar Sale at Official Price ThisDay
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  • 6 months Measures against COVID-19 ThisDay
    As countries close their borders, restrict flights in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, Chinedu Eze writes that the measure, though effective, has paralysed flight operations Many governments have locked down their borders and restricted flight operations as in order to contain the spread of the pandemic, coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Frightened by the records of the spread and number of deaths, nations rose to adopt very stringent measures against the disease, which economic experts project would bankrupt world. Records show that the cases outside China have surpassed those inside it and Spain now has the fourth-most cases in ... more
  • 6 months Task Before New NIMASA Board ThisDay
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