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New NYSC DG Unveils 5 Point Agenda

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The newly appointed Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Y. D. Ahmed unveiled his 5-point agenda at the NYSC Headquarters, Abuja on Monday during the handing-over ceremony with the outgoing acting DG, Christy Uba .

NYSC DG: President Buhari Appoints Ahmed

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Brig. Gen. Yusha’u Dogara Ahmed as the Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The newly appointed DG is expected to take over from the first female NYSC DG, Christy Uba on Monday, January 30, 2023.

INEC Extends PVC Collection Date

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by an additional one week, hence bringing the end of the collection process to 5th February 2023, as disclosed by the INEC's National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye. INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, had on Friday said his meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) will deliberate on the ongoing collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in its 774 Local Government Offices nationwide.

JUST IN: NCDC Warn Nigerians On Possible Diphtheria Out-Break

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The Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention has put Nigerians on alert over the possible outbreak of Diphtheria. There were cases reported in Lagos and Kano States. Continuous monitoring of the situation by NCDC in Osun and Yobe States is sustained and new cases are now being picked up.

COVID-19- FG To Tighten Surveillance In International Airports

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The Federal Government has revealed plans on stepping up its surveillance and all health protocols at all international airports in the country, in response to the increase in the spread of the novel virus COVID-19. In the quest of curtailing the spread of the virus, a revisit to the relaxed scientific approach will be needed, by creating awareness and involving the public with increasing vaccination, hence travelers will now fill out health forms, in addition to temperature checks. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire made this known while speaking at the 17th Edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard on 10th January 2023.

FG Secures Borders Over Outbreak Of Bird Flu In Neighboring Countries

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The Federal Government via its Federal Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr. Maimuna Abdullahi Habib on 5th January 2023 has revealed that it has tightened its border over the movement of birds into the country, following an outbreak of the popular influenza virus (bird flu) that affects birds in Niger Republic, hence the commencement of bird vaccination in the country. Maimuna also noted that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar would be meeting with stakeholders in the poultry industry to ensure measures are put in place to avert the menace of this bird disease.

Kano State: President Buhari Commissions Tier-Four Data Centre, Others

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President Muhammadu Buhari was in Kano State on Monday for a one-day official visit to commission several projects such as a national tier-4 Data Centre, a 10-megawatt solar power project, Dala Inland Dry Port, amongst other projects. According to reports, the tier-4 Data Centre which was executed by Galaxy Backbone Limited is the first of its kind in northern Nigeria with a 41 terabytes memory capacity and 2.2-petabyte storage capacity which is expected to provide more storage facilities for private and public sectors of the country.

CBN Extends Use Of Old Naira Notes Till February 10

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its Governor, Godwin Emefiele has on 29th January 2023 announced a 10 days extension of the deadline from 31st January to 10th February 2023 for the use of old naira cut across the nation. This was made known by the CBN boss, in Daura, Katsina State after meeting and gaining approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the extension deadline, more so noting that Nigerians will be able to deposit their old naira note directly with the apex bank until the 17th February 2023 as described as "grace period".

Naira Redesign: CBN Deploys Agents Across Nation, Urges Banks To Release Notes

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has engaged its agents to fast-track its cash swap policy in states across the nation and has ordered Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to release the new naira notes to customers including the Point of Sale (POS) operators. The Apex embarked on a sensitization program on Monday 23rd January 2022, to enlighten those in the rural communities on the currency swap programme as part of plans to phase out old naira notes and enhance the collection of new notes.

SpaceX: Starlink Available In Nigeria

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The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) announced on Monday via its official Twitter handle that Starlink is currently available in Nigeria, adding that it is the first African country to commence operations. Starlink is a satellite internet service that was launched in 2019 by Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, and the social media platform, Twitter.

FEC Approves National Online Policy To Protect Children

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The Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, deliberated on a national online policy to protect children from accessing unwholesome information on the internet. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, who presented the memo for deliberations at FEC, said it became necessary to protect the rights of children who access the internet to gather information. Pantami said it has become a global requirement, in line with a policy document released by the international telecommunications union (of which Nigeria is a member) on keeping children safe in the digital era.

Mobile Subscriptions Hit 222 Million - NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has revealed that the total number of subscribers rose from 195.13 million as of December 2021 to 222.23 million. The commission added that the growth signifies a complete shake-off in the decline that plagued the telecoms industry in 2021 when the total number of mobile subscriptions dropped by 4.42 per cent from 204.15 million in December 2020 to 195.13 million in December 2021.

WTA: Sabalenka Wins First Grand Slam

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Aryna Sabalenka has won her first Grand Slam title after coming back a set down to beat Elena Rybakina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open women's final on Saturday. The 24-year-old Belarusian who was competing under a neutral flag due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, after the tournament organizer required Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutrals, appeared and won her first major final.

Again Mike Tyson Accused Of Rape, Sued For $5M

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American former professional boxer Mike Tyson is being accused of raping a woman after the two met at an Albany night club in the early 1990’s, according to the unidentified plaintiff’s $5 million lawsuit filed earlier this month. Tyson served three years in jail for raping a beauty pageant contestant in 1993. He struggled with guilt and remorse for the actions he committed back then, but the story seems to continue. The legal action in the upstate New York area was filed under the state's recently-adopted Adult Survivors Act that offers sexual assault victims a one-year time space to file lawsuits that took place years or even decades ago. The victim's identity remains a secret but she detailed how Tyson ran into her at a local night club called 'Septembers'. She later got into Mike's limousine after the boxer offered to pick up one of her friends and take both of them to a party. This victim claims Mike Tyson quickly started groping her and kissing her.

EPL: Everton Sacked Frank Lampard

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Everton manager Frank Lampard has been sacked by the club management following the poor results and recent defeat at West Ham, making it the last match of his carrier as the Toffees coach. The Toffees are currently languishing in 19th place after picking up just five points from their last 12 Premier League games. Lampard arrived at Goodison Park in January 2022.

Annie Wersching, Star Of TV Series ‘24’, Dies At Age 45

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The actress Annie Wersching, best known for her roles on the television series “Star Trek; Picard,” “24,” “Bosch” and “Timeless,” died on Sunday morning in Los Angeles at age 45. Ms. Wersching’s untimely death was confirmed by her publicist, Craig Schneider. Revealing the cause of her death Mr. Schneider in a statement on Sunday said Wersching was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 but had continued her acting work, playing the Borg Queen on the second season of “Picard,” a “Star Trek” spinoff on Paramount+, and also as the serial killer Rosalind Dyeron the ABC crime series “The Rookie.”

Wizkid Hints On A Joint Music Tour With Davido

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Afrobeat superstar, (Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun) Wizkid has on Wednesday hinted on a joint music tour with fellow music superstar, (David Adeleke), Davido.

Legend Actor, Papa Ajasco Has Passed On

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi, popularly known by his stage name, Papa Ajasco is dead. The news of his demise was made known by one, Husseini Shuaibu, a theatre practitioner through his Twitter handle today. Shuaibu twitted, “I have just been reliably informed that the ethnomusicologist, former Music Instructor with @NATIONALTROUPE and one-time stand-in for the ‘Papa Ajasco’ character on the popular @waleadenugaprod Comic Series ‘Papa Ajasco’ Mr. Femi Ogunrombi is DEAD!”

Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility For Deadly Mosque Explosion That Killed 48 Worshippers

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The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly blast in a mosque in Peshawar on Monday, the latest attack on the city northwest Pakistan. The powerful explosion killed at least 48 people and left about 157 injured. The blast, caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself inside the fully packed mosque devastated that high-security zone. Many of the worshippers included police, army and bomb disposal squad who were offering the Zuhr (afternoon) prayers. The impact of the explosion collapsed the roof and one wall of the mosque and injured many people, said Zafar Khan, a local police officer. Witnesses said the blast took place in the main hall just as afternoon prayers were about to begin and worshippers were packed tightly inside. According to officials, the bomber had been standing in the front row.

Nine Palestinians Reportedly Killed By Israeli Forces In Jenin

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Palestinian officials have revealed that nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, have reportedly been killed in an Israeli military raid in the occupied West bank. According to Palestinian health ministry 16 others were injured with live ammunition in the raid on Jenin refugee camp. The ministry also warned that the situation was “critical” in Jenin, with many other people injured and ambulances unable to get to get. Israeli forces launched a large-scale raid and besieged the camp in the early hours with undercover forces, dozens of armoured vehicles and snipers. Armed confrontation with Palestinian resistance fighters soon broke out.

Gunman Kills 10 In California During Lunar New Year Festival

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At least 10 persons have been killed by a dance club, in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California in the United States on Saturday. The latest incident is been described to as one of the worst mass shooting in California after a 72-year-old gunman gunned down 5 men and 5 women in a Ball Room Dance floor while they were celebrating Chinese New Year. Ten others were injured. The area where the incident occurred is a predominantly Asian community on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

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