Covid-19 and food crisis

June 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has released a damning report of imminent or looming hunger in African continent as the result of Covid-19 pandemic unless a workable solution is put in place to arrest the horrible situation. In its report, FAO pointed out that Nigeria is one of the African countries that would be hit by hunger. It identifies Read More

Updated: El-Rufai reopens businesses, churches, mosques in Kaduna

June 9, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state on Tuesday announced the reopening of businesses, Friday and Sunday worship in mosques and churches respectively, but stated that markets and schools remain under lock and key. The new measures are coming after 75 days of partial lockdown, following the invocation of the Quarantine Act and the Kaduna State Public Health Law on March 26, Read More

Covid-19: Abuja monarch calls for strict enforcement of ban on night travels

June 7, 2020 Emmanuel Ologun 0

Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, has urged the federal government and the nation’s capital administration to adopt stringent measures to curb night travels between Abuja and other states of the federation which violate curfew in place. Dr. Yunusa, who is also the Onah of Abaji Area Council observed that several vehicles Read More

COVID-19: Reps probe police, NSCDC complicity in ‘collapsed’ interstate travel ban

May 28, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has mandated its relevant committees to jointly investigate the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), over alleged complicity of the two agencies, leading to collapse of the interstate travel ban ordered by the federal government as a measure to control the spread of coronavirus. While seeking ways to curb the noted lapses, Read More

The obnoxious regard for Hausa writers

May 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In Nigeria, any local literature could expect to become a derision to the supercilious English grandiloquence which pretends to be more cerebral than others. This folk of people with a frivolous attitude towards their lingos are incontrovertibly having their brains inverted brimming with superficiality of the whites. This might sound grievous I know but I just can’t hesitate to be Read More

Edo 2020 to hold, 11-man c’ttee to decide new date

May 19, 2020 Lekan Olaseinde 0

Despite divergent views by members of the National Council of Sports which held yesterday, the general consensus is that the Festival should be held this year. Speaking during the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development , contributors said although the Covid 19 pandemic was a source of concern, the sports Festival can go ahead if Read More

Restriction order: Niger sends 204 violators to jail

April 30, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

Mobile courts in Niger state have convicted 204 persons to six months in prison for violation of the restriction order by the state government in a bid to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in the state.The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed this in Minna on Thursday.He said the convicts were charged Read More

Niger govt mulls purchase of prepaid metres for residents – SSG

April 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Niger government on Friday said it would negotiate with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) buy prepaid metres in bulk for electricity consumers in the state. Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Minna. Matane said that the measure would give the people value for Read More

Covid-19: DisCos agree to supply Nigerians free electricity for two months

April 21, 2020 David Agba 0

The 11 electricity Distribution Companies ( DisCos), have said they will align with the bill before the House of Representatives proposing free electricity supply to all Nigerians for two months, to mitigate the harsh effect of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 on the power consumers. The DisCos operating under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, promised to abide Read More

Edo: Residents rush to beat curfew deadline

April 21, 2020 Patrick Ahano 0

Residents in Benin City, Edo state capital, Monday rushed home in order not to be caught in the web of the dust to dawn curfew imposed by the State government. Governor Godwin Obaseki  in a broadcast on Sunday said: “I have imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the State for 10 days  in order to ensure strict compliance with Read More

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COVID-19: Arab Africa Trade Bridges outlines actions to support developing countries

April 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), and its partners have approved an AATB Program Action Plan to support African and Arab countries to strengthen their socio-economic resilience in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to ITFC, the 4th Executive Committee meeting of the AATB Program, held virtually, was attended by heads of member institutions including Arab Bank for Read More

Borno begins decongestion of IDPs

April 13, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The state government has started the process of relocating and decongesting internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in an effort to prevent the spread  of coronavirus disease at the camps across the state. The state deputy governor, Alhaji  Usman Umar Kadafur, disclosed this to newsmen in Maiduguri over the weekend while fielding questions from journalists on measures taken by the high powered committee Read More

AfDB group unveils $10bn response facility to curb COVID-19

April 9, 2020 David Agba 0

The African Development Bank Group on Wednesday announced the creation of the COVID-19 Response Facility to assist regional member countries in fighting the pandemic. The Facility is the latest measure taken by the Bank to respond to the pandemic and will be the institution’s primary channel for its efforts to address the crisis. It provides up to $10 billion to Read More

COVID-19: NOA tells Kogites what to do

April 1, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has appealed   to the residents and the people of Kogi state to display high level of compliance with the ‘stay at home’ order by the Kogi state government as part of measures to prevent the spread of corona virus pandemic. This was contained in a statement signed by the  director of the agency, Ambassador Mohammed Othman Read More

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COVID-19: NAWOJ donates food, sanitisers to Sokoto VVF patients

March 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Sokoto state chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ),  Sunday distributed food items and sanitisers to Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) clients at the Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital, Sokoto. The gesture was part of the association’s contribution to cushion the effects of coronavirus pandemic in the country. NAWOJ acting chairperson in the state, Hajia Rakiya Muhammad, Read More

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COVID-19: US mulls evacuating citizens from Nigeria

March 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The government of United States of America (USA) is considering evacuating its citizens living in Nigeria back to the country because of covid-19. Indication towards this emerged Thursday on a wall post made through a verified Facebook account of the US embassy in Abuja. Although, dates are yet to be fixed, according to the embassy, any US citizen in Nigeria who Read More

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COVID-19: Ebonyi to restrict visitors from March 28

March 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Ebonyi state government Thursday said passengers/commuters would be restricted from going in and out of the state from Saturday, March 28, 2020. This, the government said, is another measure to ensure that corona virus does not infiltrate the state. A statement released by the secretary to the government, Dr Kenneth Ugbala said indigenes of the state were advised to reach Read More

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Zamfara assembly shuts down

March 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Zamfara state House of Assembly has announced the suspension of all activities including plenaries until further notice. The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau, Thursday by the Public Relations Officer of the Assembly, Malam Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura. Magarya expressed deep concern over the dreaded coronavirus which is now a Read More

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Kwara mulls more stringent measures

March 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Kwara state government has said it will announce more stringent measures to curtail the spread of coronavirus  in the state. The state governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, gave the  hint during a visit to the state infectious disease and treatment centre where the state isolation centre is being upgraded at the Sobi specialist hospital, Ilorin . Kwara currently has no confirmed Read More

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COVID-19: PDP directs partial shutdown, skeletal activities at secretariats

March 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

         The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed partial shut-down and skeletal activities at the National Secretariat, Abuja from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, over the outbreak of COVID -19. The PDP in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Monday explained that the measures were taken to safeguard the nation from the spread of COVID-19. The statement Read More

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COVID 19: Atiku calls decisive economic action to protect Nigerians

March 19, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called for decisive economic action to protect Nigerians from coronavirus also known as COVID 19. In a statement Atiku personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja, Tuesday noted that “corona virus is raging in the world and not Read More

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Coronavirus: PDP rally senseless – APC

March 19, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Wednesday condemned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for holding a unification rally in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, amid coronavirus outbreak. The party said the event was held at a time countries all over the world were taking deliberate, coordinated and concerted measures to contain the global outbreak of coronavirus. APC noted that the disease had forced Read More

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Bauchi records 85% increase in pupils, students enrollment

March 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB) has said that the state recorded about 85 per cent increase in enrollment of pupils in primary and Junior Secondary schools. Spokesperson of the board, Malam Muhammad Abdullahi, stated in Bauchi, Wednesday, that the feat was achieved following measures taken to boost education in the state, especially Girl-Child education. He listed the measures Read More

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Why Hackers are targeting African businesses-Microsoft

March 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Hackers are now focusing more on African Banks, telecom firms and many other corporate bodies on the African continent due to low implementation of safety measures, Microsoft has disclosed. According to Business Group Director, Security and Modern Workplace for Middle East and Africa Multi-Country Cluster (MEA MCC) covering Africa, Levant and Pakistan at Microsoft, Pratik Roy, all hands must be Read More