Northeast governors demand more FG projects in 2021

The Northeast Governors Forum has called for execution of more Federal Government capital projects in 2021 to ensure rapid development of the region.The forum expressed disappointment over the provision of N45.32 billion for capital projects in the region by the Federal Government budget for 2021.The governors made the appeal in a communique issued at the[...]

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Europa: Napoli honour Maradona with win, Leicester reach last 32

Napoli honoured the memory of Diego Maradona with a 2-0 win over Rijeka which allowed them to go top of Europa League Group F in the first match since the death their Argentine icon.Gennaro Gattuso’s side entered the field all wearing the number 10 jersey of Maradona, who won Napoli’s only Serie A titles in[...]

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No pardon for rapists, says Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said no offender indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence will go scot-free under his watch.The governor spoke on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, to give[...]

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Research: TETFund releases N12bn to 12 varsities

Twelve public universities have been given N12 billion by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund, to undertake researches.The amount which according to TETFund, would be shared equally among the universities, is to enable them to carry out research and development programmes that would contribute to national growth.Among the universities picked included University of Abuja (UNIABUJA),[...]

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76,575 voters to participate in Kogi Assembly by-election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 76, 575 voters will participate in the Dec. 5 by-election to fill the only vacant seat in the Kogi State House of Assembly.The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, who disclosed this on Thursday in Lokoja, said that the seat became vacant in June following the[...]

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Africa lacks preparedness for virus vaccine roll-out ― WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday urged African countries to improve their capacity to vaccinate populations against Covid-19, warning the continent was still “far from ready” for mass immunisation.With three coronavirus vaccines now showing efficacy rates of 70 percent or more, the UN body called on Africa to “ramp up” preparations for “the continent’s[...]

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There can’t be development in an insecure environment —Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, underscored the need for adequate security in African countries.He said no growth or development could be achieved an insecure environment.According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving a special envoy of the Algerian President, who[...]

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Indonesian man collapses during flogging for child rape

An Indonesian man collapsed as he was flogged nearly 150 times Thursday for raping a child in conservative Aceh province, where public whipping is a common punishment for violating Islamic law.The 19-year-old grimaced and cried out as a masked sharia officer lashed his back with a rattan stick in the town of Idi.He pleaded for[...]

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Obiano mourns Ojukwu’s Chief of Staff Nwobosi

The Chief of Staff to the late Igbo leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Colonel Emmanuel Nwobosi (retd.), has died at the age of 82.Nwobosi served Ojukwu as Chief of Staff, during the 1967-1970 civil war; followed him at the end of the war to the Ivory Coast in exile and remained with him up to[...]

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Ebonyi governor Umahi sacks two aides

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Thursday, sacked the coordinators of Ivo and Echiele Development Centres, Okorie Daniel and Fabian Ovoke, respectively.This is as the Governor had dissolved members of Commissions and Boards, whose appointments are not tenured by law.The PUNCH reports that Governor Umahi, on Tuesday, also dissolved boards of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki,[...]

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Maradona’s body arrives presidential palace in Argentina

Diego Maradona’s coffin arrived at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires for a period of lying in state, TV reports showed, following the death of the Argentine football legend aged 60 on Wednesday.Hundreds of people were already lining up to pay their respects to Maradona, who died while recovering from a brain operation, the images[...]

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Kano sponsored students in private varsities with N1.8bn -Ganduje

The Kano State Government has spent N1.8bn to sponsor students to private universities.The programme, which was started by the former administration of governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso, involved the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Crescent University, Al-Qalam University, Bells University of Technology, Otta, and Igbinediom University, Okada.A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba[...]

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I joined APC to become Adamawa governor in 2023 – Abbo

The Senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, has explained that he left the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress, in order to pursue his 2023 governorship ambition.Abbo, whose letter of defection was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, however insisted at a news[...]

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Americans ‘won’t stand’ for election results not being honored ― Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that Americans “won’t stand” for the results of the November 3 election not being honoured.“Our democracy was tested this year,” Biden said in a Thanksgiving Day address in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. “And what we learned is this: The people of this nation are up to the task.“In[...]

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Igbo Presidency: Ekweremadu advocates negotiation with North

A former Deputy President of the Senate, Dr Ike Ekweremadu, has weighed in on calls for ceding the presidential tickets of the major political parties to the South East, saying while it is possible to have a president of Igbo extraction in 2023, the zone must engage the northern part of the country in dialogue.This[...]

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Football legend, Maradona is dead

Football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 as a result of cardiac arrest.He recently underwent an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain on October 30.Mirror reports that the Gimnasia boss fell unwell after his side beat Patronato 3-0 and was taken to hospital in La Plata, near the[...]

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Germany to hold general election Sept 2021 —Official

The German government on Wednesday agreed on September 26 next year for the general election to choose a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, a government spokeswoman said.Merkel has said she will not stand for a fifth term and will retire from politics next year after 16 years at the helm of Europe’s top economic power[...]

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OSUN: Don’t provoke Oyetola, Oyinlola advises Aregbesola

A former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has urged the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola not to embark on activities to provoke fresh violence in the state.This followed the tension generated by reports that ex-Governor Rauf Aregbesola plans to hold a political programme parallel to the incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s second-anniversary celebrations[...]

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Maina: Court hears Ndume’s bail application Thursday

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Thursday for the hearing of the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina adjudged to have jumped bail.Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, is being prosecuted[...]

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