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Lockdowns, curfews vital to break Germany’s third wave Merkel

GERMAN Chancellor, Angela Merkel has urged lawmakers to approve new powers that would allow her to force coronavirus lockdowns and curfews on areas with high infection rates, saying a majority of Germans were in favour of stricter measures.   "The third wave of the pandemic has our country firmly in its grip. Intensive care...

China ready to step up climate change cooperation with France, Germany

CHINA is willing to strengthen cooperation with France and Germany to cope with climate change, President Xi Jinping has told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.    Xi last year, announced that China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, would achieve a peak in carbon dioxide emissions before 2030...

Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts, COVID-19 – WFP

ACCORDING to World Food Programme (WFP), food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest levels in nearly a decade due to coronavirus lockdowns and a decline in cereal production.   More than 31 million people are expected to become food insecure between June and August, raising...

AstraZeneca vaccine: Australia reports first blood clot death

AUSTRALIA has today reported its first fatality from blood clots in a recipient of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot, and its regulator said there was a likely link between the 48-year-old woman's death and the vaccine.   Hers was the third instance of the rare blood clots appearing in people who have been administered the vaccine...

Lightening kills eight-yr-old pupil in Bayelsa

AN EIGHT-year-old student of Matha Day Secondary School, Imiringi, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Master Stephen Akana, has been struck dead by ferocious lightning.   The incident was said to have occurred on Wednesday, when Akana, a Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS1) pupil, was allegedly playing a football match with his...

Fruit juice kills 10, endangers 400 lives in Kano

... Lagos, C' River, Sokoto warn residents KANO State Government yesterday, said 10 people had died and 400 others hospitalised after drinking a poisonous fruit juice.   The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, in a video recording made available to journalists in Kano on Thursday, stated that out of...

In Oyo, NOA tasks youths on capacity building

IN AN Effort to reposition and encourage the youths to get more involved in national development, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Oyo State, on Tuesday, organised a day summit for youth in Ibadan.   The summit which had youth organisations, corps members, students and civil society organisations as participants also focused on capacity building...

Army officers wives donate food items, cash to widows in Oyo

NIGERIAN Army Officers Wives Association NAOWA, on Tuesday donated foodstuffs, cash and clothes to widows of falling officers as well as members of the Nigerian Army Soldiers Wives Association (NASWA) in 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan.   The wife of Chief of Army Staff who is also the National President of NAOWA,  Fati Attahiru...

Communal clashes: Ebonyi donates 100 motorcycles to security agencies

EBONYI State Government has donated 100 motorcycles to security agencies in the state to enable them aid the process of restoring peace to the warring communities.   The distribution of the 100 pieces of motorcycles were shared across the security agencies in the state- 30 pieces for the police, 20 pieces for the army...

Oyo to partner body on food production, exportation

OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said that the present administration in the state would partner the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in capacity building to meet the global standard in exportation.   The governor stated this while hosting a courtesy visit paid by the Executive Director, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Chief Olusegun Awolowo...

EEDC blames rainstorm for inadequate power supply

THE Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) has attributed the loss of supply currently being experienced in parts of its network to the recent heavy rain and windstorm.   The company expressed that the situation which led to loss of several High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) poles, aluminum conductors as well as other...

FG lifts ban on SIM registration

FEDERAL government has approved the activation of new SIM card registration with mandatory National Identity Number linking, starting from April 19, 2021.   This was contained in a statement signed on Thursday, by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi.   According...

In Enugu, ESUT patients protest against poor food, sanitation

PATIENTS and their relatives recently embarked on a protest against poor food offered to patients and poor sanitation in the hospital as a result of lack of water at Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), ParkLane, Enugu.   During the protest on Wednesday, they lamented the nonchalant attitude of some medical staff to patients,...

Nigeria’s crude oil production per day unknown – NEITI

THE Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Orji Ogbonnaya Orji has stated that no Nigerian knows the exact volume of crude oil produced in Nigeria especially at deep offshore fields.   Disclosing this yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Mansur...

Osinbajo commends Abiodun on digital economy

VICE President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday commended Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, over the launching of Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Project in the state.   Osinbajo gave this commendation while speaking virtually at official launch of the project, held in Abeokuta, the state capital.   He noted that digital economy technology...

Africa uncertain of second COVID-19 vaccine arrival

UNCERTAINTY now hangs over Africa's COVID-19 vaccine rollout and vaccination campaign, due to a shortage of vaccine doses across the continent.   The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, who disclosed this on Thursday, decried the development, noting that Africa is at risk of limited access to vaccine...

More 7,359 Nigerians take COVID-19 jabs

... Total figure nears two million THE number of eligible people who have taken their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria has exceeded the one million mark and heading down to two million.   This was revealed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) yesterday, while...

COVID-19: India records 217,000 virus cases, 1,185 deaths in 24hrs

INDIA saw an unprecedented surge of 217,353 coronavirus cases today as authorities impose further restrictions to contain a severe second wave of infections.   This is the second consecutive day that India has recorded more than 200,000 new cases.   Fresh infections were 7.6 per cent higher than yesterday, when the...

In Osun, youths protest man’s death after eating at child christening

SOME youths, yesterday, blocked Ikirun/Ada Road in Iragbiji,  hometown of the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola to protest the death of a man, whose identity was not revealed who allegedly passed away after eating at a child christening party.   Rampaging youths, armed with machetes and broken bottles, besieged the area, setting up bonfires at...

Anambra guber election: APC slates June 12 for primaries

ALL Progressives Congress, (APC) has announced that the party will hold its primary election for Anambra governorship election on June 26.   This was disclosed by the party's Director of Organisation, Prof. Al-Mustapha Medaner, yesterday, in Abuja, during a schedule of activities for the election.   He noted that the party...

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Lockdowns, curfews vital to break Germany’s third wave Merkel

GERMAN Chancellor, Angela Merkel has urged lawmakers to approve new powers that would allow her to force coronavirus lockdowns and curfews on...

China ready to step up climate change cooperation with France, Germany

CHINA is willing to strengthen cooperation with France and Germany to cope with climate change, President Xi Jinping has told his French...

Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts, COVID-19 – WFP

ACCORDING to World Food Programme (WFP), food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest...

AstraZeneca vaccine: Australia reports first blood clot death

AUSTRALIA has today reported its first fatality from blood clots in a recipient of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot, and its regulator said there...

Lightening kills eight-yr-old pupil in Bayelsa

AN EIGHT-year-old student of Matha Day Secondary School, Imiringi, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Master Stephen Akana, has been...

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