Day: October 6, 2020

COVlD-19: Kwara Assembly tasks schools on safety measures as session begins

As Kwara government reopened primary and secondary schools in the state on Monday, the Kwara House of Assembly has charged managements of schools. to strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols to guard against the dreaded virus ravaging the globe. The House made the call on Tuesday in its resolution after adopting a matter of urgent …

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BBNaija 2020: Gov. Abiodun donates house, cash to Laycon

Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, on Tuesday, announced the donation of N5 million and a three-bedroom bungalow to the winner of the just-concluded Big Brother Naija reality show, Olamilekan Agbelesebioba. He also appointed him as the Youth Ambassador of the state. Abiodun made the announcement when he played host to Agbelesebioba, popularly known as Laycon, …

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Lagos light-rail to begin operation in 2022 – LAMATA

The Lagos light-rail under construction is expected to begin full operation in the year 2022, according to the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, the Managing Director of LAMATA announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos. Akinajo was quoted as giving the assurance after a meeting with contractors and consultants …

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COVID-19: NIS issues travel advisory to UAE-bound passengers

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has issued a travel advisory to United Arab Emirates (UAE)-bound passengers in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. NIS Public Relations Officer Sunday James, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the passengers were expected to be in possession of confirmed return ticket and confirmed hotel reservation for the …

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FG reiterates commitment on Digital Economy

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment towards developing a digital economy for Nigeria, especially with the advent of COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said this at the Nigeria Innovation Summit 2020 organised by Innovation Hub Africa on Tuesday in Abuja. Pantami was represented by Mr Kashifu Inuwa, Director …

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Cerebral Palsy Day: Consultant urges states to domesticate disability act

An Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Peace Amaraegbulam, has urged state governments to domesticate the Disability Act “to minimise discrimination against people living with cerebral palsy and other forms of disabilities.” Amaraegbulam, a Consultant at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on …

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Australian casino billionaire James Packer admits he sent ‘shameful’ email threats

Australian casino billionaire James Packer on Tuesday acknowledged sending threatening emails in 2015 to an unnamed person with whom he was working on taking Crown Resorts Ltd CWN.AX private while a director at the company he created. Packer, during questioning by a government inquiry, blamed his “medical state” for the threats which he agreed were …

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China, WHO in talks for assessing COVID-19 vaccines for global use

China, WHO in talks for assessing COVID-19 vaccines for global use

China is in talks to have its locally-produced COVID-19 vaccines assessed by the World Health Organisation, as a step toward making them available for international use, a WHO official said on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of essential workers and other groups considered at high risk in China have been given locally-developed vaccines even as clinical …

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Alleged environmental degradation: ECOWAS court fixes Oct. 27 for $37bn damages suit

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed Oct. 27 to hear a 37billion dollar suit in damages filed by 11 persons representing the oil producing communities. In a statement on Tuesday, the court said that the plaintiffs sought compensation for the alleged environmental degradation, pollution and health hazards caused by natural gas flared through oil …

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FRSC urges motorists in Kebbi to obtain new number plates

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has urged motorists in Kebbi to upgrade to the new number plate, in line with the National Road Traffic Regulation (NRTR). Mr Danasabe Shehu, Kebbi FRSC Sector Commander, in a statement issued by the command’s Public Education Officer, Mr Uko Uko in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, stressed the need …

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Trump returns to White House after COVID-19 treatment at military hospital

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday evening returned to the White House from hospital, three days after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Wearing a black mask and surrounded by Secret Service operatives, Trump walked out of the Walter Reed Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, at 6:38 p.m. (11:38 p.m. Nigerian time). Against …

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Atletico Madrid confirm sale of Partey to Arsenal

Atletico Madrid confirm sale of Partey to Arsenal

English Premier League (EPL) side Arsenal completed the biggest move of transfer deadline day on Monday as they secured the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. “La Liga on Monday informed Atletico Madrid at 23:28 that representatives from Arsenal arrived at the footballing body’s headquarters looking to meet Thomas Partey’s release clause,” read a …

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Kvitova reaches first French Open quarter-final for 8 years

Czech left-hander Petra Kvitova reached the French Open quarter-finals for the first time in eight years as she overpowered China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4 on Monday. On yet another chilly day in the French capital, seventh seed Kvitova’s superior firepower proved decisive as she posted her fourth successive straight sets victory. With so many big …

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Maradona’s coronavirus test is negative, his lawyer says

Former Argentine football player Diego Maradona tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday, his lawyer said on Monday. His announcement helped to allay fears the Argentina football legend had contacted the virus after hugging a colleague who was later found to have tested positive. The man who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 took …

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Wilshere confident of playing at the highest level after West Ham exit

English midfielder Jack Wilshere has said he was not given the opportunities to feature regularly at West Ham United, in spite of being fully fit and that he is confident that he can continue playing at the highest level. Wilshere, 28, joined West Ham from Arsenal on a three-year deal in 2018 hoping to resurrect …

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Ondo: NPC calls for peaceful, credible governorship poll

Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), Chairman, National Peace Committee (NPC), has urged stakeholders to ensure a peaceful and credible election in Ondo State ahead of the Oct. 10 Gubernatorial Election. Abubakar made the call in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday which was made available to the the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said …

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Warner Bros delays ‘Dune’, ‘The Batman’ movies

Warner Bros said late Monday it is delaying the release of “Dune” and “The Batman” movies, another setback for the entertainment industry hit by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing measures that have closed theatres worldwide. “Dune”, a sci-fi movie directed by Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve, is now scheduled to open in October 2021, instead …

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Minister to investigate allegations against SARS personnel

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, has pledged to ensure a comprehensive investigation into allegations of infractions against personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police. The Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Dingyadi said the idea was to …

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