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PDP Leadership Should Intervene In Bauchi/Benue Governor’s Quarrel - Douye Diri

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The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri has beckoned on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to immediately intervene in the ongoing conflict between Governor Samuel Ortom and Governor Bala Mohammed, towards finding amicable resolution. Diri who made the charge on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to his Bauchi State counterpart at the Government House, Bauchi, stated that the war of words between the two PDP governors was becoming disturbing and should not be allowed to escalate further. He appealed to the two PDP governors to sheathe their swords and cease any further actions and reactions in the interest of unity and peace of Nigeria. “Concerning the raging current issue between two brothers, governors of the same party, may I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.

Second Republic Lawmaker, Junaid Muhammed Is Dead

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Former minority leader in the House of Reps in the Second Republic, Junaid Mohammed is dead. The sad news was revealed by his family member last night that their father is dead after he took ill in the last three days in his Kano residence.

Nigeria’s Economy Exits Recession

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has on Thursday said the Nigerian economy has exited recession in the fourth quarter of 2020, recording its first growth in three quarters since the lifting of the COVID-19 linked lockdown.

Ghana Becomes First In Africa To Take Delivery Of COVAX Covid-19 Vaccine

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Ghana today took delivery of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility thereby becoming the first African country to receive the 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses. The vaccines from the global effort to boost access to doses arrived in the capital Accra Wednesday morning. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa made this known via Twitter. In the tweet WHO said the delivery is the first wave of arrivals to continue in the coming days. Ghana’s government said this in a statement on Wednesday “The government of Ghana is taking delivery of 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield).”

New COVID-19 Variant Discovered In Nigeria, 15 Other Countries

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on Monday disclosed that a new variant of the COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries. The new variant “B.1.2.5” is different from the highly infectious “B.1.1.7” variant, and is yet to be described as a variant of concern. This was made known by the Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Iheakweazu during the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, saying researchers and scientists are working to understand the effects of the variant as well as its transmissibility, immunity, diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics.

Kano Government Introduces Home-Based Care Program To Curtail COVID-19 Pandemic

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As part of efforts to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic the Kano State COVID-19 taskforce technical Committee, has introduced a Home-based care program to reach out to people in difficult to reach areas. This was disclosed in a statement from the state Primary Health Care Management Board, signed by its Information Officer, Mr. Maikudi Marafa, on Saturday. According to the statement the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, who launched the program on Saturday, said that it was necessary to curtail the second wave of the pandemic.

Gilbert Houngbo Gets Reappointed As IFAD’s President For A Second Term

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Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reappointed Gilbert Houngbo as President for a second term on Wednesday, at its annual Governing Council meeting. According to the United Nation, UN’s body this was a strong show of support and recognition for the leader who has successfully showcased the significance of long-term rural development as a key solution to the global problems the world is facing at present. IFAD in a statement revealed that even with a more ambitious agenda at the heart of his second mandate, and a particular focus on technological solutions, innovative financing models, and new private-sector partnerships, IFAD would continue tackling hunger and poverty and address the upsetting impacts of climate change, youth unemployment and most recently COVID-19, leading on the ground to guarantee no one is left behind.

IMF Applauds CBN Ban On Cryptocurrency

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has yesterday applauded the effort of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over its directive banning the use of cryptocurrency transactions in the country. However, the IMF warned the federal government against increasing tax in its quest to generate more revenue, saying the global economy is in distress and therefore is not the right time.

“There Is No Plan To Increase Pump Price Of Petrol” - NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has dispelled rumours going around that the Federal Government is planning to increase the pump price of petrol. The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, on Tuesday, clarified the report and allayed the fears of the public stressing that NNPC has not increased its ex-depot price. He said he is certain that NNPC is not likely to increase its ex-depot price in February. Speaking further he disclosed that NNPC has a stock of petrol that can last for over forty days. Obateru urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to clamp down on the marketers engaging in hoarding petrol.

Europa League last-16 draw: EPL Teams Handed Tricky Fixtures

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The Europa League last-16 draw was held today 26th of February 2020 after successful completion of round of 32; This will see the likes of Manchester United playing host to AC Milan while Arsenal and Tottenham will travel east with the hope for a place in Arena Gdańsk, Poland on 26 May 2020.

Liverpool's FC Goalkeeper Loses Father

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Jose Agostinho Becker, Father of Liverpool football club goalkeeper, Alisson Becker has died after a tragic drowning in a lake near his holiday home in the early hours of Thursday. The 57-year-old had been swimming at a dam on his property near the town of Rincao do Inferno and was declared missing around 5 p.m. on Wednesday before the local police confirmed his drowning on Thursday.

Tiger Woods Recuperating From Surgery After An Auto crash

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Tiger Woods an American professional golfer was involved in an auto crash in his SUV downhill road in the Los Angeles suburb in the earlier hours of Tuesday; Woods was driving in his SUV to a television shoot when the crash occurred.

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Zamfara State Government Orders Immediate Closure Of Boarding Schools Within The State

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Governor of Zamafara State,   has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools within the state after a series of attacks, and kidnapping carried out by bandits, on schools across the country especially with the recent abduction of more than 300 students from Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, in the early hours of Friday. According to the Governor, efforts are being made to strengthen security around schools, and for the time being, directed the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools across the State.

Spotify Debut In Nigeria And 84 Others

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The CEO and co finder Daniel EK announced at its online-only Stream today Monday stating that Spotify will be expanding to 85 new markets in a few day's time across Asia, Africa, Caribbean Europe, and Latin America.

Tonto Dikeh Named NCPC Peace Ambassador

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Popular Nollywood Actress, producer, philanthropist, and mother of one, Tonto Dikeh has been made Peace Ambassador for the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, (NCPC). The Foundation was established in view to make life better for displaced and less privileged individuals in Africa, Irrespective of religious background or ethnic differences.

Homosexuality Bill: President Biden Directed US Embassy In Nigeria To Push For Its Passage

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The United States President, Joe Biden has directed the American Embassy in Nigerian and other countries of the World to push for re-introduction of the homosexual legislation in their respective country. Biden gave this directive through a press statement on the memorandum for advancing the Human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and intersex persons across the globe.