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Conte’s Inter on a ‘mission’ to kill off Juventus domination

Antonio Conte begins his second season as Inter Milan coach with a mission to stop his former club Juventus winning a 10th consecutive Serie A title. Conte led Juve to the first three of their current run of nine straight league crowns starting in 2012 before moving on to coach Italy and Chelsea, taking over […]

Liverpool face Chelsea test as Manchester clubs enter fray

Liverpool faces an early test of their Premier League title defence against Chelsea this weekend as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions. Arsenal, Everton and Leicester hope to build on encouraging opening wins while Jose Mourinho needs a morale-boosting victory for Tottenham. AFP Sport looks at some of the main […]

Man Utd’s Solskjaer under pressure to dispel ‘nearly man’ tag

Manchester United made undoubted progress in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge with a third-place finish in the Premier League and runs to three semi-finals in cup competitions. But with United still languishing well behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the table, the Norwegian is now under the spotlight to mount a […]

Kogi State accuses US of partisanship over travel ban

Kogi State has accused the United State government of partisanship after it slammed some unnamed individuals with a travel ban for electoral misconduct in the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections. The state accused the United States of reigniting the “dying embers of discord” started by Nigeria’s last general elections and the state governorship held […]

Third Mainland Bridge phase one rehabilitation almost complete

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Friday assured that Third Mainland Bridge repairs was progressing rapidly, and the first phase would be delivered on schedule in October. Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that almost all the bad expansion joints had been pulled out and would […]

Oil rises after OPEC warn members to stick to quotas

Oil prices rose for a fourth day in a row on Friday, putting crude on track for a weekly gain of about 10 per cent, after Saudi Arabia pressed allies to stick to production quotas and banks, including Goldman Sachs, predicted a supply deficit. Brent crude was up 18 cents at $43.48 a barrel by […]

Military destroys illegal refineries, recovers stolen crude

The Defence Headquarters says military has intensified its aggressive fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, bunkering, economic saboteurs and other criminal activities in the country. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while giving weekly update on the operations of Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja. Enenche said that […]

Jailed Algerian journalist must be released, say UN experts

United Nations independent experts have called for the release of an Algerian journalist jailed over his coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. Khaled Drareni, an independent journalist who has extensively covered the year-long protest movement calling for an overhaul of the country’s political system, was handed a two-year jail sentence by a court in […]

Currency that never gains gets lifeline from Ghana central bank

Ghana’s cedi has weakened every year since at least 1994. Now the central bank appears to have drawn a line in the sand, ready to intervene should the currency slip out of the tight range it’s held since May. The Bank of Ghana has sold dollars in the spot and forward markets to stabilize the […]

In Wisconsin, Trump announces $13 billion in farm aid

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new round of pandemic assistance to farmers of about $13 billion at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday night, delivering aid to an important sector in a crucial battleground state. “Starting next week my administration is committing an additional … $13 billion in relief to help farmers recover […]

Fed Govt to review Treasury forms

The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has commenced a comprehensive review of treasury forms and other accounting source documents in use in all Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). The review is to issue officially approved forms bearing treasury numbers for use in all MDAs to ensure uniformity. A statement from the […]

We know how to beat Liverpool, Lampard boasts

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has said they’re capable of beating defending Premier League champions, Liverpool. Lampard is relishing the prospect of playing Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, despite losing both encounters in 2019-20. The Blues did, however, win their FA Cup showdown and wants to show no fear hosting the champions on Sunday. Lampard claimed: “I […]

‘Lagos to use technology to manage traffic’

Lagos State Government is committed to the deployment of technology to manage traffic congestion, Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Gbenga Omotoso has said. He spoke on Thursday at the Lagos Traffic Radio during the inauguration of the pilot scheme of the Lagos Traffic Radio motorcycles meant to boost live coverage of gridlock and other […]

X-raying planned fixing of refineries

Will Nigeria’s refineries ever come back life and be able to perform at full capacity? The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is a dream that will come to fruition in a few years. ROBERT EGBE examines the state of the refineries on which over $396 million was spent between 2013 and 2015 with […]

Ending malnutrition through women empowerment

One of the best ways to end malnutrition in Nigeria is women empowerment. This was the submission of medical and nutrition experts at the Protein Challenge webinar, which had the theme: “Empowering women to break the cycle of malnutrition in Nigeria.” In his keynote address, Ibiyemi Olayiwola, a professor of Human Nutrition at the Federal […]

Edo Election – Buhari warns against violence, rigging of poll

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated his commitment to credible elections. He warned against violence and lack of fairness in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State. Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are the leading candidates. Twelve others are also contesting. The […]

NAHCO acquires N500 million ground handling equipment

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc has acquired another set of ground support equipment valued at about half a billion naira. The investment is part of the N3.6 billion equipment proposed in 2019 for injection into the company to aid facility upgrades and enhanced service delivery. The new delivery is the first of two sets […]

Manufacturing may witness Q3 contraction as demand slows

Although the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for August 2020, rose to 48.5 points, against 44.9 points in July, economic activities in the manufacturing sector still remain in slow recovery and may fuel a third-quarter contraction by the end of September. With manufacturers still unable to access foreign exchange for importation of needed raw materials and […]

Bale, Reguilón expected in London today to seal Spurs loan move

Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón have been booked to fly on the same private jet today from Madrid to London, where they are set to put the finishing touches to their transfers from Real Madrid to Tottenham. Bale will arrive on a one-year loan and continue to earn his basic £600,000-a-week wage, with Real paying […]

World Bank targets green, resilient economic growth in Africa

The World Bank Group yesterday released the Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan (NG-ACBP), which sets out a blueprint to help Sub-Saharan African (SSA) economies achieve a low carbon, and climate-resilient outcomes. The Plan calls for countries to seize the opportunity to scale-up climate resilience to grow their economies and reduce poverty, intensify efforts to […]

Tiger Woods begins search for 16th major at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will play his first-round with close friend, Justin Thomas, and the latest Major sensation Collin Morikawa in the opening round of the 120th US Open this week, reports outlookindia.com. Playing only his fifth event since the re-start of golf following the shut down due to COVID-19, Woods is searching for the form that […]

Nigeria reaffirms support for civil rule in West Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to deploying resources at its disposal to consolidate democracy in West Africa. Receiving President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, who was on a one-day official visit yesterday to the State House, Abuja, the Nigerian leader noted: “We are keeping tabs on situations in countries that have […]

NNPC begins rehabilitation of refineries

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has audited the government’s ailing refineries and mobilised funds and technical resources to restore them to full operating capacity within the shortest possible time to crash fuel prices and guarantee energy security. The move has been applauded by industry experts and consumers, especially now that the government has discarded […]

kerosene price rose by 3.28% in August

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said the average price per litre paid by consumers for household kerosene increased by 3.28 per cent month-on-month and by 7.41 per cent year-on-year to N346.53 in August from N335.54 the previous month. According to its report entitled: “National Household Kerosene Price Watch – August 2020,” states with […]

La Liga deal for Kannywood star

Nigeria movie sensation, Ali Nuhu, has signed a new football deal as an influencer of the Spanish league brand, La Liga reports judicialsketch.com. The actor confirmed the development on the fringe of the La Liga fans meeting held in Kano last Sunday but declined the to disclose the worth of the deal. “I guess because […]

‘INEC will conduct credible poll in Edo’

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, has reiterated the agency’s determination to conduct a free and fair governorship poll in Edo State on Saturday. Noting that the exercise is the first one during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said the global health emergency has necessitated a review of policies, processes and […]

Monarchs vital to fight against insecurity, says Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said traditional rulers should be given specific roles in the Constitution for Nigeria to surmount its security challenges. Lawan said this yesterday in Abuja when he hosted a delegation from the Emir Argungu in Kebbi State. “Traditional fathers have always been supportive of government. In fact, in the past, for […]

European stocks skid from one-month high as Fed underwhelms

European stocks fell from a one-month closing high on Thursday after an underwhelming response to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for a prolonged period. The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX dropped 1.1% by 0710 GMT, on course to break its four-day winning streak. The U.S. central bank on Wednesday vowed to […]

China lodges complaint with US over senior official visiting Taiwan

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had lodged a formal complaint with the United States about the upcoming visit of U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach to Chinese-claimed Taiwan. China has lodged “stern representations” with Washington and would respond as needed depending on the situation, spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing, without […]

Fuludu, Ikpeba petition FIFA, Buhari over emergence of new Delta FA board

Begin legal battle to reclaim mandate The emergence of ex-Nigeria international, Kenneth Nwaomucha as chairman of Delta State Football Association in an election conducted in Asaba on Tuesday, may have ignited another legal battle in the nation’s football, as the incumbent chairman, Edema Fuludu and his vice, Victor Ikpeba have vowed to pursue the matter […]

Clearing of ‘rubbles’ begins at Lagos National Stadium as demolition ends

• Baba Ijebu may take over complex soon After two weeks of ‘operation pull down illegal structures’ at the Lagos National Stadium, the exercise ended yesterday, according to an official of the Ministerial Implementation Committee. The action is aimed at returning the stadium to its original design. Already, some major structures, including the popular Ojez […]

FG promises justice for Nigerian traders in Ghana

The Federal Government has vowed to ensure that Nigerian traders caught in the web of Ghanaian crisis get justice, notwithstanding the seeming delay in resolving their concerns regarding some stiff business regulations imposed on them by the authorities. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the assurance on Tuesday evening during a meeting with representatives of the […]

Sanwo-Olu says government aware of lockdown impact on entertainment industry

• Operators demand tax holiday over revenue loss • No alternative to fiscal federalism, says Abiru Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said his government was mindful of the economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the entertainment industry, particularly the cinema sector, promising to work with the association to achieve a win-win situation. […]

Nigeria eyes $10b from local content in oil sector yearly

•Stakeholders seek expansion The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) yesterday said that local content in the oil and gas sector would hit 70 per cent, with hope that it would help the government to save $10 billion yearly. At the 12th edition of the HSSE Forum, which focused on “Nigerian Content Development: Facing […]

FG moves to create agency for crime proceeds

Economy doing better than projected, says Ahmed The Federal Government has approved the Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill to be transmitted to the National Assembly for legislative sanction. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, disclosed this to State House correspondents yesterday after a virtual Federal Executive […]

Oyo reopens tertiary institutions Sept 28

Oyo has announced September 28 reopening date for public and private higher institutions in the state. The new development follows an earlier directive on reopening of primary and secondary schools slated for Monday September 21. The directive was contained in a statement by Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology Olasunkanmi Olaleye on Tuesday. According to […]

Ekiti State gets NEPZA nod to establish agro economic zone

Ekiti State has been given the approval to establish a knowledge-based and agriculture special economic zone by the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA). The move is aimed at better harnessing the State’s comparative advantage in the areas of scholarship and agriculture, making it the first service-oriented zone in Nigeria. Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode […]

Air travellers stranded as carrier abandons operation

• NCAA intervenes in Arik, unions’ crisis Scores of passengers were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, Monday, when their carrier, Azman Air, allegedly abandoned the scheduled flight for charter operation. Several of the travellers said they were not informed of the cancellation, although a few others said they got information about the […]

Buhari justifies borrowing to fund infrastructure

50m Africans may fall below poverty line by year-end President Muhammadu Buhari has justified his administration’s borrowing to finance infrastructure, asserting that government took loans in the interest of the country. Speaking yesterday at a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari stated that […]

FG, Lagos State stop barge operations along Marina coastline

50m Africans may fall below poverty line by year-end President Muhammadu Buhari has justified his administration’s borrowing to finance infrastructure, asserting that government took loans in the interest of the country. Speaking yesterday at a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari stated that […]

Economy will bounce back, Buhari assures Nigerians

• CBN urges banks to explore agric sector gaps President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the economy would bounce back strongly, given the right policy responses to the uncertainties created by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. He said that since the government could not wait for things to get better on their own, it […]
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News Focus – NBA Conference 2020

Several Nigerian lawyers have registered their discontent over the decision of the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to include Governor Nasir El-Rufai as a guest speaker in the association’s forthcoming annual general conference. Mr El-Rufai, the Kaduna State governor, is one of the speakers at the conference which holds August 26-29. He is […]

Sudan’s Bashir trial adjourned to September 22

The trial of Sudan’s deposed strongman Omar al-Bashir over his role in the 1989 military coup that brought him to power was adjourned to September 22, the judge said Tuesday. The brief session, which was broadcast on Sudan TV, saw Bashir and other co-accused appear behind bars in the courtroom crowded with lawyers. The judge […]

Former Ghosn aide Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial opens

Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations of financial misconduct as his trial began in Tokyo. Ghosn is at large as an international fugitive, after jumping bail and fleeing Japan for Lebanon last year, leaving Kelly the only person facing trial in the rollercoaster saga. […]

West Africa leaders press Mali junta over transition

West African leaders met the head of Mali’s military junta on Tuesday to press for the return to civilian rule nearly a month after rebel officers seized power in the fragile state. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped sanctions on Mali after the putsch, including closing borders and a ban on trade […]

Hurricane Sally strengthens, on track to hit southern US

Hurricane Sally churned slowly towards the coast of the southern US states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday as it intensified into Category 2 storm. The National Hurricane Center said the storm in the Gulf of Mexico was packing maximum sustained winds of around 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour. At 2100 GMT, it […]

Navalny says ‘able to breathe’ unaided after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was able to breathe unaided, in his first public comments after his alleged poisoning in Siberia last month. “Hello, this is Navalny,” he said in a post on Instagram, appearing with his wife Yulia and two children in the Berlin hospital where he was flown for treatment […]

Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid

Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council on Monday ruled that President Alassane Ouattara is eligible to run for a third term in the Oct. 31 presidential election, even as opponents said his candidacy jeopardises the West African country’s democracy. Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara, in power since 2010, announced his candidacy. Over a dozen […]

Nigeria’s inflation further rises in August

The consumer price index (CPI) which measures inflation increased by 13.22 percent (year-on-year) in August 2020. This is 0.40 percent points higher than the rate recorded in July 2020 (12.82 percent), the National Bureau of Statistics said in a Report just released The increases were driven by food, border closure and energy prices . The […]

Panama uncovers new mass grave linked to human sacrifice

Authorities in Panama have discovered a new mass grave in a remote area where in January they found the remains of seven people that police believe were tortured and killed by a religious sect. Prosecutors said Monday they believe a different sect is responsible for the new mass grave, however. The state prosecutor’s office said […]

Farmers seek 3% interest rate for poultry investors

POULTRY Association of Nigeria (PAN) has urged the Federal Government to encourage private sector investments in agriculture by pegging interest rate on borrowing at a maximum of three per cent. The association also urged the government to allow free duty charge for the importation of poultry machines that are not produced locally rather than the […]

‘Dangote refinery will sell petrol at international price’

THE Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has said when Dangote Refinery kicks off next year, it may not significantly reduce the price of petrol because the refinery will be selling at the international price. Mrs Ahmed said this is because the refinery is located at the Export Processing Zone in […]

National Assembly postpones resumption till Sept 29

The National Assembly on Friday postponed resumption of plenary sessions by two weeks. The Acting Clerk to the National Assembly, Arc. Olatunde Ojo, in a statement in Abuja, said lawmakers would now resume on Tuesday 29th September, 2020. It will be recalled that the Senate and the House of Representatives had on Thursday July 23, […]

Trump hosts Israel, Bahrain, UAE peace ceremony

US President Donald Trump will host a ceremony Tuesday where Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations with Israel, redrawing the Middle East’s diplomatic map — and boosting the Republican’s reelection hopes. The event on the White House South Lawn, attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the […]

Messi named highest-earning footballer

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has topped the Forbes list for highest-earning footballers in 2020. Messi’s yearly earnings at $126m (£97.2m) with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo second on $117m (£90.3m). Neymar was in third with Paris St-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe fourth. Three Premier League players – Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba and David de Gea – made the […]

FG declares Sept. 16 as National Identity Day

The Federal Government has declared Sept. 16 as National Identity Day and has supported the enrolment of Nigerians for Digital Identity (ID) across the country. Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said this in a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Tuesday, in Abuja. Pantami reminded Nigerians of the […]

‘How Nigeria can fast-track transition to digital economy’

Some stakeholders in the financial technology sector have highlighted ways to will enable the sustainable transition of Nigeria’s economy from cash-based and manual activities to a digital economy. While the country had put in place a cashless policy anchored by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Government had declared as a priority a […]

‘How Nigeria can fast track move from cash, manual economy’

Some stakeholders in the financial technology sector have highlighted leeway that will enable the sustainable transition of Nigeria’s economy from cash-based and manual activities to a digital economy. While the country had in place a cashless policy anchored by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Government had declared as a priority a move […]

‘SEC will regulate crypto-token that qualifies as securities transactions’

The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a legal framework that will regulate Crypto-token or crypto-coin investments when the character of the investments qualifies as securities transactions. According to SEC, the proposed regulation was aimed at promoting market efficiency and transparency and not impede the nascent technology. The apex capital market regulator insisted that […]

Goalkeepers need regular playing time to hone their skills, says Uzoho

Finland-based Coach, Victor Uzoho, has pointed at irregular appearances for club matches, non-exposure to international friendlies, and poor training as reasons Nigerian goalkeepers don’t produce their best forms in matches. The coach, who argued that Nigeria is blessed with good goalkeepers, said talent alone is not enough to make them as good as their counterparts […]

Five things we learned from the Premier League’s return

The Premier League began with a bang this weekend as Liverpool launched their title defence with a pulsating 4-3 win over new boys Leeds. Arsenal and Leicester both recorded impressive 3-0 victories but Jose Mourinho was left fuming after he tasted defeated on the opening day of a league campaign for the first time in […]

Chelsea’s Werner expects to be fit in time for Liverpool clash

Timo Werner insisted he will be fit to face Liverpool on Sunday after Chelsea’s new striker finished their 3-1 win at Brighton with an ice pack on his thigh. Werner marked his Premier League debut by winning a penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead, but the Germany star took a whack on his […]

HEALING STREAMS LIVE HEALING SERVICES

The Healing Streams Live Healing Services is a special online program designed by the Holy Spirit to bring divine healing to everyone that requires healing for their bodies. The program is scheduled to hold from the 18th – 20th September, 2020. To attend this program, kindly register now.

Row over climate change’s role as Trump visits

Democratic politicians on the US West Coast have accused President Donald Trump of being in denial about climate change’s role in the huge wildfires there, before his visit to California. Blazes in California, Oregon and Washington state have burned almost 2m hectares (5m acres) of land and killed at least 35 people since early August. […]

Harvey Weinstein To Be Stripped Of His CBE Award

Disgraced Harvey Weinstein is set to be stripped of his honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award by the British government this week following his conviction for rape. The American film producer, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court earlier this year, is expected to lose […]

Lampard laughs off Klopp’s Chelsea spending jibe

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard says he is amused rather than annoyed by Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of his summer spending, pointing out that Liverpool splashed the cash on the road to Premier League glory. Lampard has invested around £200 million ($257 million) on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, with Thiago Silva arriving […]

Fifth ex-PM speaks out against post-Brexit bill

David Cameron has become the fifth former prime minister to criticise a new bill attempting to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The Internal Market Bill will come before MPs later, with the government calling it an “insurance policy”. Mr Cameron said he had “misgivings” over it and breaking an international treaty should be the “final […]

Furious Neymar alleges racism as five sent off in PSG storm

Neymar insisted he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. PSG’s Brazilian star appeared to accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious […]

TikTok rejects Microsoft offer, Oracle sole remaining bidder

American tech giant Microsoft said Sunday its offer to buy TikTok was rejected, leaving Oracle as the sole remaining bidder ahead of the imminent deadline for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations. TikTok is at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing, and President Donald Trump […]

‘Hotel Rwanda hero’ appears in Rwandan court amid tight security

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, appeared in a Rwandan court amid tight security on Monday, where prosecutors are expected to formally charge him and hear his plea. The Rwanda Investigation Bureau had previously said he would face several charges including “terrorism, financing terrorism … arson, kidnap […]

‘Hotel Rwanda hero’ appears in Rwandan court amid tight security

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, appeared in a Rwandan court amid tight security on Monday, where prosecutors are expected to formally charge him and hear his plea. The Rwanda Investigation Bureau had previously said he would face several charges including “terrorism, financing terrorism, arson, kidnap and […]

Nigeria reels from twin crises that threaten food availability

Mal Shehu Ladan took a boat across what was, until this month, a growing rice paddy. Now, like thousands of hectares of rice in Nigeria’s Kebbi state, it is under water. “Almost all my farm has been flooded. I didn’t harvest any rice,” Ladan told Reuters. “It’s going to be devastating.” Floods early this month […]

Mali’s M5-RFP coalition rejects junta’s post-coup charter

The M5-RFP coalition in Mali that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup has rejected a political charter pushed through by the ruling junta on Saturday, M5-RFP said. After three days of talks with political leaders and civil society groups, the junta’s roadmap was meant to chart an agreed transition after the Aug. 18 coup […]

Congo gold miners scour rubble for bodies after cave-in

Informal gold miners in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo scoured rubble on Saturday for more than 50 colleagues presumed dead after a mine collapsed under the weight of heavy rain. Hundreds of young men in rubber boots crowded around the site of Friday’s cave-in, with some removing rocks by hand from the muddy hillside, video […]

Protesters set government building on fire in eastern Libya

Protesters set fire to the government’s headquarters in the Libyan city of Benghazi, as rare demonstrations over living conditions and corruption continued in the east of the country for a third day. The protests late on Saturday also erupted in Al-Bayda, where the government was previously based, in Sabha in the south, and for the […]

Ivory Coast’s Bedie promises to let exiles return if elected president

Former Ivory Coast President Henri Konan Bedie promised on Saturday to let political exiles, including former President Laurent Gbagbo, return home if he wins October’s election. Bedie is considered President Alassane Ouattara’s main challenger in the Oct. 31 vote, when Ouattara will seek a third term that his opponents say would violate constitutional term limits. […]

Ivory Coast government seeks end to violence ahead of October election

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government has reached out to his main opponents and religious leaders to intervene and ease tensions following his decision to bid for a third term in next month’s election. Ouattara made his appeal to religious leaders during a tour of the east of the country on Friday. A source in […]

Japan’s Suga wins party leadership race, headed for premiership

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a loyal aide to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won a landslide victory in a ruling party leadership election on Monday, paving the way for him to replace Abe this week. Suga, 71, who has said he will pursue Abe’s key economic and foreign policies, won 377 votes out […]

Germany says French, Swedish labs confirm Navalny’s Novichok poisoning

Laboratories in Sweden and France have independently confirmed that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok, the German government said on Monday. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert also said samples taken from the opposition politician, who is currently being treated in Berlin, had also been sent to the Organisation for the […]

Belarus leader in Russia on mission to win Putin’s backing

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus arrived in Russia to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday, seeking Moscow’s backing after a fifth consecutive weekend of huge protests demanding his resignation. Flight tracking data showed Lukashenko’s plane touched down in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where Putin often hosts visiting dignitaries. The fate of the Belarusian leader […]

U.N. rights chief discussing visit to Xinjiang with China

The United Nations (UN) human rights chief said on Monday she was discussing a possible visit to China’s Xinjiang region with Chinese authorities who are facing growing backlash over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs there. “My Office continues to engage with the Chinese Government on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the […]

Fight and talk: Facing negotiations, Taliban almost took key Afghan city

Khan Agha has endured years of violence in Kunduz, but it was the Taliban’s attack on the strategic city in northeastern Afghanistan, as the government and insurgents were preparing for historic peace talks, that unnerved him. “Like me, the majority of Kunduz residents are living in fear,” Agha, a 46-year-old driver, told Reuters. “Looking at […]

Index plunges by 0.05% amid dividend declarations

. Analysts blame CBN CRR debits on banks, others Despite the dividend declarations expected to support market uptrend, equity transactions declined for three consecutive sessions last week, causing the All-share index, and market capitalisation to fall by 0.05 per cent to close the week at 25,591.95 and N13.351 trillion, respectively. All other indices finished lower […]

Assessing group life insurance viability in NNPC

The House of Representatives is currently investigating the insurances of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and a few Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to evaluate the insurance portfolios of NNPC to know the viability of the allegation levelled against it. The lawmakers, a month ago, said it will carry out an investigation into $179 […]

NBBF, Total to sign five-year league sponsorship deal tomorrow

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced that it will officially sign a memorandum of understanding with Total E&P Nigeria Limited tomorrow for the sponsorship rights of the Division 1 and 2 men’s basketball leagues. NBBF Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi said the landmark event would hold at the company’s headquarters in Lagos. Speaking on the […]

Sports stakeholders rally for Obaseki’s re-election on Benin streets

Sportsmen and women, including serving and retired athletes, as well as sports administrators on Thursday reaffirmed their support for the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy and running mate, Philip Shaibu, in this month’s governorship polls. At a solidarity rally held in Benin City, the sportsmen and women vowed to come out en […]

Ibadan FA revives Olubadan Cup, sets for Super Eight competition

After a six-year absence, Ibadan Football Association (IFA) is set to revive the Olubadan Cup with improved cash prize of N350, 000. The next edition of the competition is the 46th since its inception. IFA, which is the second oldest football body in Nigeria, will also organise a Super Eight competition, which will be used […]

Buhari hails SGF over ministerial retreat

President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, for organising a successful Ministers’ Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari, in a letter yesterday, said he was “very impressed” with the SGF’s performance at the retreat, hailing his speech on the second day. A two-day First Year […]

We won’t bow to pressure in constitution review, senate committee vows

Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that the committee is not under pressure from external forces, contrary rumours. In a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media, Yomi Odunuga, the senator assured that the panel would not bow to […]

Ekiti State partners Nigeria Export Promotion Council to drive single crop export

The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has pledged its support for the enhancement of Ekiti State’s non-oil agricultural crop with export potential. The state’s Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the NEPC had asked the state to select a single crop for which it has the greatest […]

Unions shuts down Arik Air operations over 90% staff layoff

Operations of Arik Air were on Monday shut down by the aviation unions over alleged non payment of staff salaries since April after placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that unions included the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) […]

Bloomberg to spend at least $100 mn in Florida to boost Biden: media

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg will spend at least $100 million to boost Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s prospects in Florida, a battleground state that could sway the presidential election’s outcome, US media reported Sunday. The former New York mayor made the decision after President Donald Trump announced earlier in the week he is prepared to spend part […]
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News Focus – Water Bill

Governors have resolved to review the contentious Water Resources Bill to present a common position to the Federal Government. Join Marshall Anthoni Ononye with his Guest as they discuss issues of the nation.

China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border

China and India said on Friday they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow. Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including […]

U.S.’s Pompeo welcomes ‘historic’ Afghan peace talks

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed long-awaited “historic” peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban while on his way to the opening event in Qatar’s capital of Doha, late on Thursday. The United States has been attempting to ease negotiations between the two warring sides since signing a troop withdrawal […]
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