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Written by on May 30, 2020

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NEWS

  • Sanwo-Olu Dedicates First Year In Office To Frontline Workers

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has dedicated his first year in office to all frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

  • 17 firms jostle to monitor utilisation of $311m Abacha loot

Seventeen organisations have indicated interest in monitoring the spending of nearly 311million dollars, repatriated Abacha loot.

  • May 29: Nigeria celebrates 21 years of uninterrupted democracy

Nigeria is set for celebration of May 29 as “Inauguration Day”, rather than Democracy Day for the second time, after June 12 was given the honour by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018.

  • Nigeria rallies support for AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina

The Nigerian government has rallied support for the president of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina.

  • FG fines UK-based Flairjet N1m for violating aviation regulations

The Federal Government has imposed a fine of N1m on a United Kingdom airplane impounded last week for undertaking illegal commercial operations in Nigeria.

  • Pressurise UK to turn in Diezani for trial, Magu tells Nigerians in Diaspora

The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu has asked Nigerians in Diaspora to put pressure on the United Kingdom to release former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison Madueke, to face trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria.

  • Community Policing: South East governors at loggerheads with IG over implementation

The southeast Governors Forum has expressed dismay that the Inspector General of Police allegedly reneged on its agreements on practice and composition for the establishment of community policing in the zone.

 

HEALTH

  • COVID-19 test kits now being sold in black markets – NCDC raises alarm

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said yesterday Nigerians have started selling COVID-19 diagnostic test kits in “black markets”.

  • We Can’t Continue To Live Like There Is No More Threat – PTF Chairman

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Thursday decried the rather careless manner in which many Nigerians have been handling the COVID-19 advisories, thereby putting themselves at risk and endangering the lives of others.

 

 

ECONOMY

  • FG inaugurates committee for job creation in 774 LGAs

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has constituted special committees to carry out an extended public works programme initiated by President Buhari.

  • FG in fresh bid to borrow N5.51trn – 2020 Budget

THE Federal government has asked the National Assembly to approve a total of N5.51 trillion external borrowing to fund its revised 2020 budget. With the new request, Nigeria’s total debt will be around N41.6 trillion when approved.

  • Buhari Renews Call For Debt Cancellation At UN High-Level Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday said global solidarity was the hope for humanity, and called on developed countries and international financial institutions to cancel the debts of ”needy countries” especially in Africa to enable them reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race.

  • CBN cuts MPR to 12.5% to stimulate economic growth

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday reduced its benchmark interest rate, the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to 12.5 percent from 13.5 percent, in a bid to stimulate the economy ahead the projected economic recession arising from the impacts of Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

 

POLITICS

  • COVID-19: Time to restructure is now — AFENIFERE, OHANAEZE, MIMIKO

President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. John Nwodo, elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, have asked the Federal Government to take advantage of coronavirus pandemic to restructure the country, saying Nigeria was currently operating an illegal constitution foisted on the people by the military.

  • EDO GOVERNORSHIP: Oshiomhole, Obaseki’s men in fresh tussle over primaries

National Vice Chairman (North-Central), of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Suleiman Wambai, has said that direct primary remains the best way to select APC’s governorship candidate in Edo State to avoid a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State where its candidates won elections in 2019 but were disqualified by the courts.

  • Court Strikes Out Charges Against Senator Adeleke

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out the case against Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

  • Withhold legislature, judiciary cash, lose your allocations, FG warns govs

The federal government has warn-ed by an Executive Order that any state government which withholds funds meant for their respective Houses of Assembly and judiciary would get their allocations deducted at source by the Accountant General of the Federation and remitted directly to the affected state organs.

  • We won’t allow COVID-19 truncate our democracy, electoral process, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has promised to go ahead with the Governorship Elections in Edo and Ondo states as well as nine legislative bye-elections in nine states of the Federation, saying it would not allow the Covid-19 pandemic to truncate the nation’s democracy and electoral process.

 

 

WORLD

  • COVID-19: U.S President Donald Trump cuts ties with W.H.O

President of the United States,, Donald Trump, has announced that the country would no longer be part of the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • WHO suspends trial of hydoxychloroquine for COVID-19

A clinical trial of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients has been suspended amid safety concerns.

The drug has been touted by President Donald Trump and he even revealed he took the medication for two weeks as a prophylactic.

  • Cyprus To Pay Medical Bill If Tourists Catch Coronavirus

Cyprus hopes to attract tourists after its coronavirus lockdown by paying the medical costs of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while holidaying on the island, officials said on Wednesday.

  • US call for fresh probe of Adesina, plot to destabilise AfDB, says Bank’s Ethics C’ttee

The call by the United States government for a fresh and in-depth investigation into the allegations against the President of African Development Bank, Mr Akinwumi Adesina, after he was cleared of all allegations of impropriety and fraud by the ethics committee recently, is seen as a plan to destabilise the bank.

  • Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to former African presidents on Adesina – Full text

I hope that you are keeping well in the midst of the current COVID 19 pandemic that we are all going through in Africa and all over the world. I am writing to you in respect of developments at the African Development Bank.

  • AfDB says ‘no decision’ yet on demands for probe of Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday said “no decision” had been taken regarding a US push for an outside probe into its president, Akinwumi Adesina accused by whistleblowers of ethics

  • COVID-19: Thailand Enters Global Race For Vaccine With Trials On Monkeys

Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday.

  • Thousands ignore Minneapolis curfew as US protests spread over killing of George Floyd

Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of forceful police response to take to the Minneapolis streets for a fourth straight night, as the anger stoked by the police killing of George Floyd spread to more cities across the U.S.

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Lagos to re-open schools if… — Education commissioner

Strong indications emerged, yesterday, that officials of the Federal and Lagos State governments are working out guidelines for re-opening of schools, which closure was precipitated by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We’ll jail parents who enrol children into Almajiri system — El-Rufai

All the 218 Almajirai who were recently repatriated to Kaduna State would be compulsorily enrolled in primary schools, Governor Nasiru Almad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said.

 

 

SPORTS

  • Senate President appoints Sani Fema SA, sports

The President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan has appointed Hon. Sani Fema as his Special Assistant on Sports Development.

  • Women’s Super League season ended with immediate effect

The Women’s Super League and Championship seasons have been ended with immediate effect.

  • Victor Osimhen Loses Father

Nigerian footballer, Victor Osimhen has lost his father, Patrick Osimhen.

  • Solskjaer hopeful Shanghai Shenhua will extend Ighalo’s loan deal

Shanghai Shenhua are open to allowing Odion Ighalo to remain at Manchester United until January.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • DJ Cuppy is Apple Music’s show host

Apple Music is launching its first radio show in Africa on Sunday, with its host being DJ Cuppy, whose real name is Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola.

  • Davido, Others Celebrities Pledge Support For Cynthia Morgan’s Comeback

Nigerian celebrities including hip hop star, Davido on Sunday pledged support for the embattled queen of dancehall, Cynthia Morgan.

 

METRO PLUS

  • Nigeria Police Force Undergoes Major Reorganization

As part of efforts geared at addressing threats posed by the dynamics of crimes in the country, and the full implementation of the Community Policing initiative, the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the reorganization of the Nigeria Police Force.

  • Police Order Investigation Into Killing Of 17-Year-Old Girl In Lagos

The Police on Friday ordered an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of 17-year-old Tina Ezekwe.

  • Mystery midnight fire guts 228 shops, several vehicles in Lagos market

Tragedy occurred in the early hours of Saturday, May 30, 2020, when fire gutted Olaleye Market in Somolu, Bariga area of Lagos State in which several items and properties worth billions of naira were destroyed.



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