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APC Declares Ondo Guber Primary Inconclusive

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that the Ondo state governorship primaries were inconclusive and requested a fresh election. Usman Ododo, the Chairman of the seven-member committee responsible for the conduct of the primaries, declared the exercise inconclusive. He stated that the main reasons behind the decision were the delay and late arrival of materials and personnel to 13 wards in the Okitipupa area council of Ondo state.

Just In: Kano Court Upheld Ganduje’s Suspension From APC


Following the controversial suspension of former governor Abdullahi Ganduje from the All Progressive Congress, APC, party by his ward executive on Monday, Kano State High Court has affirmed the suspension of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The court, while granting an exparte order also restrained Ganduje from further parading himself as a member of the party. 

PDP NEC: Tension As Group Demands Atiku To Drop 2027 Ambition, Suspend Wike


Ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a group within the party called ‘loyalty group’ are insisting that NEC should prevail on the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to discard his presidential ambition ahead of 2027 to enable the party move ahead. Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the National Chairman of the “PDP100% Loyalty”, Mr. Dennis Shima (JP), in his demand has also called party caucus to slam suspension against the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike for anti party activities. 

WHO Raises Awareness On 'Likely' Contaminated J&J Syrup

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The World Health Organization is likely to issue a wider warning about contaminated Johnson and Johnson-made children's cough syrup found in Nigeria last week, it said in an email. On Wednesday last week during a routine test, Nigeria's regulator recalled a batch of Benylin syrup, having found a high level of diethylene glycol in the product. Diethylene glycol is toxic to humans when consumed and can result in acute kidney failure, although there have been no reports of harm in the latest incident. The contaminant, alongside another closely related toxin, has been linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in Gambia, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and Cameroon since 2022. However, there is no evidence that these incidents are linked to the new recalls.

FG To Launch National Cancer Registry

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In an effort to address the rising number of cancer cases in Nigeria, the Federal Government (FG) has announced plans to launch a comprehensive national cancer registry and data system. This was revealed by the Director-General of the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (NICRAT), Dr. Usman Aliyu during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday. He said a centralized cancer registry is necessary, adding that lack of funding from government and private health centres has impeded its establishment.

Nigeria Becomes First Country To Roll Out New Meningitis Vaccine


Nigeria has become the first country in the world to roll out a new meningitis vaccine (called Men5CV) recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a historic move. According to WHO, this is especially important for countries like Nigeria where multiple serogroups are prevalent. The new vaccine uses the same technology as the meningitis A conjugate vaccine (MenAfriVac®), which wiped out meningococcal A epidemics in Nigeria.

Tinubu Appoints New Boards For SEC, NAICOM


President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of several Nigerian professionals to the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The announcement was made in a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity. Mr. Mairiga Aliyu Katuka has been appointed as the Chairman of the board of SEC, while Mr. Emomotimi Agama has been appointed as the Director-General of the board.

Nigeria, Egypt Slips In IMF Latest Forecast

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Nigeria had the largest economy in Africa in 2022, but in 2023, Egypt took over as the largest economy. However, both countries experienced a decline in their economic fortunes due to high inflation rates caused by currency devaluations. These currency devaluations worsened their internal economic crises. Nigeria's GDP for this year is projected to be $253 billion based on current prices according to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) World Economic Outlook. This figure is lower than the GDPs of Algeria, Egypt, and South Africa which are projected to be higher, at $267 billion, $348 billion, and $373 billion, respectively.

Inflation, Weak Earning Has Thrown 10m More Nigerians Into Poverty In 2023 – World Bank


The world Bank report on macro poverty Outlook for Nigeria presented for April 2024 has revealed that raising inflation, weak earning have thrown 10 million more Nigerians into abject poverty in 2023. The reported revealed that “Nominal earnings have not kept up with inflation, pushing another 10 million Nigerians into poverty in 2023” saying that a grim reality where earnings have drastically lagged behind, pushing inflation upwards, wan rendering the economic growth of the country insufficient to improve the living standard of its citizenry.

Coventry Denied Late Winner As Man Utd Scrapes To The FA Cup Final


Manchester United has advanced to the FA Cup final after scraping through via spot kicks against Championship side Coventry City. The second FA Cup semi-final between Coventry City and Manchester United on Sunday evening was incredibly dramatic, as it went into extra time. Manchester United appeared to be in control of the match with a convincing 3-0 lead in the second half, but Coventry City made an impressive comeback, scoring three goals to level the score. Despite this, Manchester United emerged victorious after winning the penalty shootout.

Tunde Onakoya Breaks Chess Marathon Record


Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate, Tunde Onakoya has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon played chess nonstop after playing for more than 60 hours in New York City’s Times Square.

Traffic Diversion Announced Ahead Of Abuja City Half Marathon


The first edition of the Abuja City International Half Marathon, sponsored by Premium Trust Bank is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 20, 2024. As a result of this event, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) announced several road diversions and alternative routes in Abuja.

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Nigeria, 11 Others Gets Meta AI

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Meta has expanded its AI service, Meta AI, to 12 countries that include Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and others. Meta is the company managing Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Meta Llama 3, Meta AI is smarter, faster and more fun. With Meta Llama 3 technology at its core, Meta AI empowers users to accomplish tasks, acquire knowledge, foster creativity, and forge connections with ease. 

Naira Abuse: EFCC Please Forgive Me- Portable


Portable, a street hop musician by name, Habeeb Okikiola, has seek the forgiveness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over spraying of naira on his fans in the past.

Dubai Submerged In Flood

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On Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates experienced strong thunderstorms that resulted in the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in the country in just a few hours. As a result, some parts of the country's main highways and Dubai's international airport were flooded. According to the state-run news agency WAM, this unprecedented weather event surpassed any other documented since data collection began in 1949, before the discovery of crude oil when the region was still part of the Trucial States, a British protectorate.

USAID To Partner Nigeria In Fight Against Food Security


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that the U.S. government has launched its new Country Plan for Nigeria as part of the Global Food Security Strategy. The announcement was made by Melissa Jones, the mission director of USAID, during the "1st Post-harvest Connect Conference and Exhibition" held in Abuja. According to Ms. Jones, the plan was unveiled in March and aligns with President Joe Biden's pledge to enhance food security in Nigeria.