2023 President: APC Postpone Screening Of Aspirants


The All Progressive Congress (APC) party has postponed its earlier scheduled screening of its presidential aspirants that was slated for today Monday, April 2022. The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Felix Morka made this known yesterday in Abuja, saying his party regrets announcing the postponement of its earlier scheduled primary election but promised to get back as soon as the next date is scheduled. Vigil360 earlier reported that no fewer than 25 aspirants have indicated interest to vie for the number one seat on the platform of the ruling party.

President Buhari Appoints New Statistician-General

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate appointment of Mr. Semiu Adeniran as the new Statistician-General of the Federation and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

2023: PDP NWC Adjusts Dates For Primaries

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adjusted the dates for the primaries ahead of the 2023 general elections. The Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Hakeem Amode, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos. According to him, the new date of the party’s primary elections for the State Houses of Assembly and the House of Representatives seats is now May 22.

Healthcare Financing: FG Impose Tax On Phone Calls To Foot Bill


The Federal Government has revealed that it has introduced a new telecommunication tax that is targeted to finance a subsidy cost for the provision of healthcare to vulnerable persons in the country. The new law was contained in the just concluded national Health Insurance Authority Bill 2021 and was just endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari into law on May 19, 2022. As contained in the new law, section 26(1c) of the Act states that the source of the money for the funding of the new health law will include; telecommunication tax, at least a kobo per second of total GSM calls being made in Nigeria.

National Health Bill Approved By President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law which repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. During the signing ceremony, President Buhari stated that a fund will be set up “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission”.

COVID-19: Biden Boosts Access To Antivirals As Demand Increase

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced plans on Tuesday to nearly double the number of pharmacies that carry antiviral pills to combat covid-19 as many consumers report difficulty finding a doctor to prescribe the medication, or a pharmacy that carries it, when they get sick. Dozens have struggled to get Paxlovid pill amid the latest wave of infections driven by the highly transmissible omicron subvariant BA.2 Paxlovid was expected to be a major tool in the battle against COVID after it reduced hospitalizations or deaths in high-risk patients by around 90% in a clinical trial. Beginning from this week pharmacies participating in the federal pharmacy program for distributing antiviral treatments will be able to order the free treatments directly from the U.S. government.

FG Approves Tax Reliefs, Other Support For Tech Start-ups

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The Federal Government (FG) has approved tax reliefs and other incentives for tech start-up companies to enable the implementation of strategies to support the development of more Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDE). The approved tax reliefs and incentives are expected to create millions of jobs across the country. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

FG Appoints New Accountant-General

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The Federal government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwuyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. This was revealed in a statement by one of the President's media aides Tolu Ogunlesi via social media on 22nd May 2022, noting that Nwabuoku is to assume the office of the OAGF pending the outcome of Ahmed Idris's investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

e-Naira: CBN Calls On Nigerians To Key In, Say Paper Money May Disappear Soon


The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has called on the Nigerian populace to key into the e-naira revealing that paper money may disappear sooner than they think from circulation. Delta state branch Controller of CBN, Mr. Godwin Okafor, made this statement known today during a sensitization program on e-naira at the Ogbogonogo market in Delta state. Okafor has called on traders to key into the central bank e-naira policy for ease of transaction across the country; saying is the safest way to go.

NIS Set To Introduce Passport Tracking System


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) stated that it has introduced a tracking system to enhance the process of issuance and collection of passports. The Acting Comptroller-General, NIS, Idris Jere disclosed this to journalists during a virtual media briefing. According to him, “The NIS has introduced a passport tracking system. With the system, applicants can now trace the status of their passports from the comfort of their homes.

NCC Alerts Nigerians On New Car Theft Pattern

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) crave the indulgence of telecom consumers and members of the public on an ongoing cyber-vulnerability that allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wirelessly and make away with the cars. The Commission revealed that the fact that car remotes are categorized as short-range devices that make use of radiofrequency (RF) to lock and unlock cars informed the need for the Commission to alert the general public on this danger, where hackers take advantage to unlock and start a compromised car.

Zinox Eyes Jumia Takeover, After Owning Konga

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Zinox Group who acquired Konga in 2018 are now positioning itself to acquire one of Africa's major e-commerce players, Jumia after its shares fell below 12% on Wednesday to $4.78 from a record high of $59.96 as investors flee tech stocks amidst a market sell-off that has engulfed US Stocks.

Europa League Final: Okocha Predict Win For His Former Club, Frankfurt


Nigerian Super Eagle Legend Austine Okocha has explained why his former club, Eintracht Frankfurt will beat Rangers in the UEFA Europa League despite the struggle by Rangers. Okocha played for four years with the Eagles and netted 18 goals in 90 appearances for the former Bundesliga champions. The rangers have three countrymen of Okocha who are considered good to score the league for the club, they include, Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, and Leon Balogun in the squad.

Flying Eagles qualify For 2023 U-20 AFCON


The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have booked a place in next year's U-20 AFCON after defeating Cote D’Ivoire 2-1 in the semi-final of the ongoing WAFU B U20 championship in Niamey.

NBBF Crisis: Nigeria Withdraws From All International Basketball Competitions


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Nigeria’s immediate withdrawal from all international basketball competitions with immediate effect. This was disclosed on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ismaila Abubakar on behalf of the Minister, Sunday Dare.

Kanye West Faces Lawsuit After Sampling Sermon Without Permission


A Texas pastor has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against American rapper and record producer Ye who is formerly known as Kanye West over a sample featured in the song “Come to Life.” Bishop David P. Moten alleges that about 20% of the Donda single is lifted from a sermon he delivered at Victoria, Texas’ the Joy of the Lord Worship Center in 2011, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday at the U.S. District Court in Dallas, Billboard reports. A portion of Moten’s sermon, “My soul cries out Hallelujah and I thank God for saving me” is heard at the beginning of “Come to Life,” with that excerpt sampled throughout the song. Moten claims that West and his team did not seek permission to use the sample prior to releasing it on Donda.

My First Wife, Still My Number One – Yul Edoche Fire Back Critics


Nollywood star turn politician, Yul Edochie has reacted to the criticism that trailed his announcement of having a second wife and also presenting a child he fathered for the second wife. Yul Edochie had yesterday Wednesday surprised his fans when he took to social media to present his new baby from his second wife, Judy Austin Muoghalu, saying he loves the child just like his other children from his first wife.

Nicolas Cage Reveals New Baby's Sex And Name With Riko Shibata


American actor and filmmaker, Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, has finally revealed he is expecting a child with his wife, Riko Shibata, 27. The actor, 58, shared the news while promoting his latest film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent on The Kelly Clarkson Show Thursday. "I'm gonna announce some big news for everyone," he said. "I am gonna have a little girl."

Russia Pulls Out Of The Council of Baltic Sea States

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Russia has on Tuesday 17th of May 2021 announced that it had decided to pull out of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), stating that the organisation has abandoned the principles on which it was created, and is turning it into an instrument of anti-Russian policy.

Russia-Ukraine: Sweden Insist On Joining NATO Despite Russia Threat

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As the Russia-Ukraine war enters the third month, Finland and Sweden are insisting on joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO amidst the Russian threat of Military consequences. Accordingly, the parliament in Finland has today voted 188-8 to approve a bid for joining NATO membership. To indicate serious commitment, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Ann Linde signed an application form for onward submission to Brussels as an official application. This follows President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin who made the announcement on Sunday of their determination of joining NATO.

Just In: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Has Died

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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has passed on Friday 13th May, 2022, at the age of 73, leaving behind a £120billion fortune. According to a state media report, the leader had been battling an illness for several years. A statement from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said it "condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE".

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