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CAF bars Zimbabwe from hosting international matches

Zimbabwe may have to find a ‘home’ away from home when they kick-off their World Cup qualifiers later in the year after being barred from hosting international matches by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed on Tuesday that all three of their main stadia – Barbourfields in Bulawayo, Mandava […]

South Africa’s Shoprite and Equities Property fund form $273 mln JV

South Africa’s Shoprite Holdings will transfer its distribution centres and undeveloped land valued at 2 billion rand ($133 million) to a new joint venture (JV) it is creating with Equities Property Fund, the supermarket chain said on Tuesday. Shoppers leave the Shoprite store in Daveyton, South Africa May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo Shoprite, which […]

MTN eSwatini appoints Wandile Mtshali as units CEO

MTN eSwatini, the local unit of telecoms group MTN, on Tuesday appointed Wandile Mtshali Chief Executive Officer after his predecessor was appointed prime minister of the southern African kingdom. Mtshali, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Botswana in electronics and computer engineering, will take the helm on Monday, the company said. Former […]

South Africa’s rand recovers as budget risk draws nearer

South Africa’s rand traded firmer early on Tuesday, recovering alongside fellow emerging markets currencies flattened in the previous session as investors worried about the rapid spread of the coronavirus outside of China. At 0900 GMT the rand was 0.75% firmer at 15.0530 per dollar. It had earlier tumbled to a four-month low of 15.1900 in […]

South Africa’s Libstar full-year earnings expected to rise

South African food producer Libstar Holdings Ltd on Tuesday flagged annual earnings up as much as 12%, boosted by improved profits in each of the group’s product categories. Libstar, whose products include baking aids, snacks, confectionery and perishables, said normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS) including the impact of first-time adoption of IFRS 16 and […]

Nigeria loses $1.5bn in GDP annually to micro-nutrient deficiencies

Nigeria loses 1.5 billion dollars in Gross Domestic Products (GDP) annually to Micro-Nutrient deficiency (MND), the World Bank, an international financial institution that provides loan to Nigeria and other developing countries, said. This means that MND causes an increased financial burden on the healthcare system and an indirect loss of productivity, the report states. A […]

Nigeria boosts job creation with safety net job for unskilled persons

• Condemns slave labour The Federal Government has initiated a safety net-job for unskilled persons, as a strategy to move a significant percentage of untrained, un-trainable and idle youths out of the unemployment population. The Director, Special Duties and Project, Federal Ministry Labour and Employment, Dr. Martina Nwordu, revealed this at a National Survey for […]

5G deployment’s first phase to gulp $900b

• Coverage to hit 25% by 2030 Research group, McKinsey, has pointed out in latest report that the wireless industry will invest heavily to promote 5G networks. But in the next 10 years, the first wave of 5G will not benefit most people. McKinsey predicts that the first round of 5G deployment will cost $700-900billion, […]

Government moves to rid Nigerian waters of pollution

• Mulls new bill to ban plastics The Federal Government has launched an action plan to tackle the challenge of marine litter and plastics, to ensure cleaner seas and ocean for healthy living and protection of maritime ecosystem. This is even as the National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Environment are putting finishing touches […]

Digital banking, key to realising financial inclusion targets

As digital innovation positions as the future of payments, opportunities abound for organisations and financial institutions to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and enhance large-scale productivity. Indeed, digital banking in Nigeria has evolved significantly to become an integral part of our daily activities, driving financial inclusion, e-commerce, utilities and effective daily solutions. For […]

Arsenal, Man United battle for passage as Europa League returns

Football lovers are gearing up for another action-packed Europa League matchday as Manchester United host Club Brugge at Old Trafford, while Arsenal take on Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium in the return legs of their quest for round of 16 tickets. Manchester United have kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League and the encounter […]

Fayemi pledges to complete all abandoned projects

• Begins work on uncompleted secretariat buildings • FG appoints Ekiti First Lady WASH ambassador Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday said that all projects abandoned by previous administrations would be completed by his administration for public use in a bid to put an end to the ugly trend of project abandonment in the state. […]

AMCON takes over Buba Galadima’s residence, company

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1136/2019 has ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over the business and assets of Bedko Nigeria Limited and Buba Galadima. Bedko Nigeria Limited and Buba Galadima owe AMCON about N900m through a loan purchased during the first phase of Eligible Bank […]

AEDC official stabbed to death while disconnecting light

AN employee of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was yesterday afternoon stabbed to death in Kabusa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, while one other colleague of the deceased escaped with serious injuries following an attack by assailants. The AEDC workers were on duty disconnecting the electricity of customers who failed to […]

Court sentences Metuh to seven years in prison

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisah Metuh, and his firm, Destra Investments Limited, have been sentenced to seven years in prison. This was after he was found guilty of count one, two and three of the seven-count charge levelled against them by the Federal Government. Justice Okon Abang of […]

Erdogan says two Turkish troops killed in Libya conflict

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday two Turkish troops were killed in Libya where they back the internationally-recognised government in the north African state’s conflict, adding allied Syrians are honoured to fight there too. Turkey has been providing military support to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which has been trying to fend off […]

Matawalle donates N10m to fire victims

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has donated N10 million to victims of Yan katako market fire in Gusau. Matawalle, who commiserated with the victims, urged them to consider the disaster as an act of God. “God knows why this happened. I urge you to consider it as a test from our creator, and I pray […]

Nigerian firms frustrating indigenous manpower development’

The Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), which enforces the Federal Government’s policy on the use domestic human and material resources in their operations, has said its major challenge is the unwillingness of Nigerian firms to comply with the policy. ‘Nigerians are the cause of our problems at the board’, Manager of Capacity Building, […]

Kano to stop tree felling

Kano State Commissioner of Environment Kabiru Getso has said plans are on pass a law to end the indiscriminate felling of trees to prevent desertification. He said the states will plant one million seeds in 2020. The commissioner spoke yesterday when the House of Assembly Committee on Environment visited his office. According to him, the […]

CDS seeks security forces synergy

The Service Chiefs on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja. At the meeting were: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas and […]

NIMASA donates to 20,000 IDPs

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated relief materials to 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State. Director-General Dakuku Peterside, who was represented by the Director of Internal Audit, Victor Onuzuruike, said the gesture was part of the NIMASA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to assist victims of natural disasters in the […]

Police on alert over Naraguta conflict

Security agencies have been placed on alert following the land dispute in Naraguta community, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. Police spokesman Gabriel Agaba said policemen have been stationed in the village and will remain there for some time. He said: “We have restored calm in the troubled area; the police have initiated […]

Ondo deep seaport to attract N500 billion investment

Succour is on the way for Ondo State as the government declares that the deep seaport project would attract over N500billion investments to the host communities in Ilaje Local Government Area, when completed. Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ forum, said the deep seaport would generate more than N500billion new […]

Group tasks INEC on electoral misconduct

The Forum of Registered Political Parties (FRPP) Edo State chapter has stressed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to put measures in place aimed at criminalising vote-buying and other issues hindering smooth management of elections in the country. In a statement yesterday in Benin City by its chairman and secretary, Comrades Ogba […]

PDP seeks review of 2019 presidential election verdict

•Accuses ruling party of intimidating judges •APC support groups urge S’Court to appraise Bayels, Zamfara rulings The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it was approaching the Supreme Court to seek a review of its judgment on the petition it filed in respect of the 2019 presidential election.This is just as the main opposition party […]

Dino Sporting Club target Pro League spot

The Management of Dino Sporting Club of Abeokuta says its target is to gain promotion from the Nigeria National League Division One to professional league status at the end of this season. President of Dino Sporting Club, Samuel Omamofe Columbus stated that he was confident of picking the promotion ticket after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over […]

Kwara beats Bauchi to win 2020 Ramat Cup

Kwara State has won the 37th edition of the U-16 Ramat Football Competition, which was concluded at the weekend at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.In an entertaining final match watched by a representative of the Chief of Defence Staff, Col. C.K Uwa, representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Commodore, Sulieman Bello, that of the […]

Okowa urges presidency to speak up on herdsmen menace

Donates 35 vehicles to security agencies Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday urged the Federal Government to speak up on the herdsmen menace, insisting that clarifying the situation would help to douse tension in the country.He, however, dashed the hopes of those clamouring for an anti-grazing law in the state, as a measure to curtail […]

NDDC restates commitment to Niger Delta’s $129m agro project

•Rules out witch-hunt in forensic audit Despite its seeming instability, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) management has reiterated commitment to the $129.17 million agricultural project in the oil-rich Niger Delta. NDDC’s Acting Managing Director, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, said the interventionist agency remained committed to its partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) […]

Mike Bloomberg’s social media strategy is under fire as Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for platform manipulation

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is once again in hot water over his campaign’s social media strategy. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Twitter was suspending 70 accounts for tweeting identical messages of support for Bloomberg for violating its rules against platform manipulation. Some accounts were permanently […]

Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus cases

Kuwait and Bahrain confirmed on Monday their first novel coronavirus cases, health ministries in the two Gulf states announced, adding all had come from Iran. Kuwait reported three infections and Bahrain one. “Tests conducted on those coming from the Iranian holy city of Mashhad showed there were three confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19),” the […]

Haiti police exchange fire with troops near national palace

Haitian police officers exchanged gunfire for hours Sunday with soldiers of the newly reconstituted army outside the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. At least three police officers were wounded, fellow officers told The Associated Press. The army’s high command said in an online statement that a […]

Coronavirus challenges $45 billion cruise industry

Coronavirus concerns have pushed the $45 billion cruise line industry to cancel trips and reroute ships as it struggles to contain the impact from fearful travelers. But experts say the industry will bounce back after the outbreak is contained. “Business is soft, people are scared to travel,” Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line […]

The first step in stopping the spread of melanoma

When melanoma spreads, survival rates decrease. But the tumor cells responsible have been notoriously difficult to detect. Now, researchers in Australia think they know why. New research uses artificial intelligence to detect melanoma cells more accurately. Although melanoma only makes up around 1% of skin cancers, it is responsible for a significant number of deaths. […]

Study maps gut bacteria and immune cell interactions

In a new study, researchers have analyzed human colon samples to map out the interactions between populations of gut bacteria and the immune system. Researchers have started putting together an ‘atlas’ of gut bacteria and immune cell interactions. Human bodies are made up of a complex array of cells that form different types of tissue […]

Milk: Is it as healthful as we think?

Many people include milk in their diet, but few meet the daily recommended quantities. Experts now urge us to rethink these recommendations and explain why milk may not be as healthful as we think. According to recent research, milk may not be as good for our health as we once believed. Dairy milk’s image has […]

Experts condemn ‘rumors and misinformation’ about coronavirus

Scientists from nine countries have issued a joint statement “strongly condemning conspiracy theories” surrounding the origin of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and urging those who cultivate the rumors to consider the harmful consequences of misinformation. International experts have expressed serious concern over persistent rumors regarding the origins of the new coronavirus. On Wednesday of this […]

Increased exposure to ozone may increase the risk of death

Scientists have found an association between an increase in ozone exposure and short-term risk of death. New research suggests that authorities globally should lower their recommendations for ozone thresholds. An international team of scientists has found an association between increased exposure to ozone and the short-term risk of death. The findings, which appear in the […]

Activities for brain health: It’s the variety that counts

Individuals who participate in a variety of activities are likely to have better cognitive abilities than those who do not, according to a recent study. Although the research has limitations, the findings warrant further investigation. Taking part in a range of activities might protect our cognitive abilities as we age. Although it is not inevitable, […]

Could artery fat actually improve blood vessel function?

New research in rats explores the role of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) — the fat that builds around arteries — in maintaining vascular health. The findings may have implications for conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. New research suggests that scientists should add a fourth layer to the structure of a functional blood vessel. Stephanie […]

Lyme disease treatment: 2 herbal compounds may beat antibiotics

Lyme disease — transmitted via tick bite — affects thousands of people in the United States and around the world. Currently, doctors use antibiotics to treat it, but could plant-based remedies be more effective? Japanese knotweed (pictured above) is one of the two plants whose active compounds appear to be highly effective against the bacterium […]

How walking speed and memory might predict dementia

According to the authors of a new study, monitoring changes in memory and walking speed over time may help identify those most at risk of dementia. Considered together, walking speed and memory might help predict dementia risk. Dementia is predominantly associated with advancing age. So, as the average age of humans on planet Earth steadily […]

Neymar sent off as PSG beat Bordeaux in seven-goal thriller

Edinson Cavani scored his 200th Paris Saint-Germain goal and Marquinhos netted twice as the Ligue 1 leaders bounced back from their Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund to beat Bordeaux 4-3 on Sunday, but their victory was marred by Neymar’s late sending-off. After losing 2-1 in Germany in their Champions League last 16 first leg […]

Nigeria to overhaul N-Power, other NSIPs

The Nigerian government has said it will overhaul the N-Power scheme, school feeding programme and other projects under the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs). “All present processes, especially beneficiary enrolment and payments including for consultancies, are being scrutinised and stakeholders are being consulted for inputs that will lead to the total overhaul of the programmes […]

Ex-Naval director forfeits N500m to Fed Govt

A FORMER Director of Navy Accounts, Rear Admiral Tahir Yusuf, has permanently forfeited about N500 million to the Federal Government. Rear Admiral Yusuf, who was second-in-command to the Chief of Account and Budget, Naval Headquarters (NHQ),, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), held the cash in seven accounts with two banks. Five […]

Lagos seals off 309 health facilities

LAGOS State Government said it shut down 309 health facilities in 2019 for non-compliance to stipulated medical standards. The Executive Secretary, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Dr. Abiola Idowu, disclosed this yesterday in a statement in Lagos. She, however, noted that some of the health facilities had been reopened, adding that they had […]

My plan for Bayelsa, by Diri

BAYELSA Governor Douye Diri on Sunday unfolded his agenda for the state, saying he knew the take-off point, having been part of the immediate past administration. He also told reporters in Abuja that he dubbed himself a miracle governor. Diri said: “I christen myself a miracle governor. At a point, everybody gave up; we (the […]

Buhari orders aggressive battle against sect

MIFFED by the persistent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on soft targets, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered an aggressive battle against the sect. He said the battle soon to be launched will rout the terrorists once and for all. Reacting in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, […]

Oshiomhole should inform me before visiting Edo, says Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Sunday said courtesy demanded that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole should notify him whenever he intended to visit home. The former governor, who was in Benin at the weekend for a funeral, was booed at the airport by youths. His convoy was pelted with water […]

CBN sets rules for domiciliary account

THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Sunday said customers can deposit dollar into their domiciliary accounts but are not allowed to transfer it to another party. In a statement, CBN, Corporate Communications Director, Isaac Okorafor, said the apex bank had not prohibited the acceptance of foreign currency cash deposits by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs). […]

Nasarawa for agro-processing zone

Nasarawa State has been selected as one of the agro industrial zones by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Governor Abdullahi Sule stated this at the weekend during the 2019 Banker’ Committee dinner and award night in Lafia. Sule said officials of the bank have confirmed that Nasarawa is among the six states selected to benefit […]

Group opposes jail term for minor crimes

Pensioners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has kicked against the imprisonment of offenders with minor crimes to decongest the prisons. Programmes Officer Mrs. Katumi Iboirien, who addressed reporters during PRAWA’s second coordination meeting yesterday, recommended that cases of minor offenders should rather be mediated out of court and resolved. According to her, most of these […]

Governors upset by Excess Crude Account depletion

GOVERNORS are worried about the depletion of the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and the resurgence of insecurity especially the upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, it was learnt at the weekend. Also of concern to the states helmsmen is the reluctance of the Federal Government to tinker with the revenue allocation formula which they believe is […]

Katsina community enjoys medical outreach

One hundred and seventy persons in Modaji, Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina State enjoyed free medical outreach organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Medical Team/Red Cross Community Development Service. State Schedule Officer and Head of Corps Welfare Okoliko Daniel, who represented the State Coordinator, Yahaya Ahidjo, urged host communities to create the […]

Ekiti PDP rejects Fayose’s consensus arrangement

The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected plan by former governor Ayodele Fayose and some elders in the party to pick a consensus candidate ahead of the coming congress slated for April 2. It was gathered that Fayose’s camp were making an arrangement to scheme in favour of anointed chairmanship […]

Mike Tyson filmed dancing for joy after Fury’s victory

Last night, Tyson Fury defied the odds – not for the first time in his remarkable career – to bully, suffocate and ultimately stop his opponent, Deontay Wilder. It was a sensational performance from the self-styled Gypsy King, who weighed in at a significant 273lbs last night, clearly intent on keeping his promise of knocking […]

Fury appears to lick Wilder’s blood during bout

Tyson Fury became heavyweight world champion in a brutal title rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday night, proving that he’s wilder than Wilder. “A fighting man tastes blood,” Tyson Fury said ahead of his bout with Deontay Wilder. “I want to taste it, rub it, punch it and mix it up.” It seems that he […]

Rivers Hoopers’ coach sure of advancing to BAL knockout phase

Rivers Hoopers’ Head Coach, Ogoh Odaudu has expressed confidence in his team’s chances of making it to the single-elimination playoffs of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) in Kigali, Rwanda. Hoopers are drawn alongside Patriots, Ferroviario de Maputo, U.S. Monastir, Forces Armees et Police Basketball (FAP) and Zamalek in the Nile Conference of the BAL. Reacting […]