The House of Representatives, on Thursday, passed a bill seeking to establish a South-East, South-West, North Central Development Commission. All the six geopolitical zones will now have development commissions, as the Niger Delta Development Commission already exists for the oil-producing states in the South-South and some in the South-East and South-West. Hon. Femi Fakeye, while presenting the report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to establish the South-West Development Commission during a penultimate sitting, said the commission will be amongst others, charged with the responsibility to receive and manage funds from allocation of the Federation Account, including donations and gifts, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other Infrastructural damages suffered by the region. The report for the South-East Development Commission was also presented by the Deputy Chief Whip Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who stated that the commission will serve as a catalyst to develop the commercial potentials of the South East.
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has been affirmed as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA by the Supreme Court on Thursday in Abuja. The court in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of justices led by Justice Mary Peter Odili, upheld the judgement of the Kano State Division of the Court of Appeal, which validated the November 6, 2021, primary election in Anambra state that produced Soludo.
The Zamfara House of Assembly has suspended two of its members, Yusuf Muhammad (APC) representing Anka and Ibrahim Tukur (APC) representing Bakura for allegedly aiding banditry in the State. The suspension follows adoption of a motion by Yusuf Kanoma (APC), a member representing Maru North on Tuesday, urging the house to suspend the lawmakers over the allegations against them. “One of them is suspected to have supplied information to bandits leading to the death of one of our lawmakers, Muhammad Ahmad, representing Shinkafi Constituency, who was killed on his way to Kano a few months ago. “The other was seen rejoicing after the kidnap of our Speaker’s father, who died in bandits captivity,” Kanoma said.
The death toll from the COVID¬-19 indicated an increase with 33 deaths recorded from Saturday after infection and death rates in Nigeria slowed down last week. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Sunday, saying that 33 people had died from the COVID-19 on Sunday with a difference of two deaths when compared to Saturday. This brings the total death toll to 2,837 deaths. According to NCDC, 125 new infections were recorded across 9 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), totaling the country's infection toll to 209,298 cases.
The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has announced an updated international travel protocol for passengers travelling to Nigeria. The revised travel advisory states that all travellers to Nigeria must present a negative COVID-19 test done not more than 72 hours prior to boarding, whether the traveller has taken COVID-19 vaccination or not. This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by the Chairman, PSC on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.
The Federal Government (FG) has disclosed that plans are in place to set up mass vaccination centres across the country. Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure on Thursday, during a press briefing in Abuja. Dr. Shuaib said “The objective of this strategy is to vaccinate a high volume of individuals through large sites such as federal institutions (universities, polytechnics), shopping malls, religious centers, sporting events, conference centers, and markets, etc.
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Dr. Ezra Yakusak as the new Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC). This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu. According to the presidential aide, the appointment is for an initial term of four years and would take effect from November 27, 2021.
Following the approval of the N178.09 million in the 2022 Appropriation bill, the national population and housing census will hold next year after a 15-year hiatus. The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed said this on Friday during the public presentation and breakdown of the 2022 Budget in Abuja, saying President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to make a proclamation on the planned 2022 headcount exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) with the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NURC). This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan during the confirmation of board members of NURC.
Mobile telecommunications operator, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has announced that subscribers would be compensated for network disruptions experienced last Saturday. On Saturday, October 9, 2021, users of MTN Nigeria experienced hours of network disruption which left customers without a connection. The Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Olutokun Toriola apologized to customers for any inconvenience experienced and also stated that in order to avoid a repeat of such an event, new measures were already being implemented.
Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) readiness to begin full deployment and implementation of 5G network in the country is at 97 percent status, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said. Danbatta re-affirmed the status of the Commission’s 5G technology deployment in a statement on Thursday. Danbatta, during the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AFRITECH) 2021, held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal,” stated that this paradigm shift in communication has led to a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented upsurge in internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications. He explained that the NCC is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion. These, he said, include an ongoing plan to auction spectrum in 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) band to operators for the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.
WhatsApp promises to improve its voice messaging functionality in a move that could see users finally given the ability to pause voice messages while recording. Earlier in the year, WhatsApp took aim at one of the app’s biggest annoyances by adding multi-support across devices on iOS and Android. It’s now shifting its sights to handle the app’s built-in voice messaging. Though text messages are the core of WhatsApp, many people use voice messaging as it’s quicker to record a short clip of you speaking than typing it, or dictating it and then correcting Siri or Google Assistant’s transcription. There’s no word on when the new feature will be introduced to the public version of the app, but according to WABetaInfo, it’s currently being tested in beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS. Currently, WhatsApp does not let users pause and record voice messages without having to start afresh every time they need a break. Recording a voice message in a single attempt is the only option currently available to WhatsApp’s users, there is no way to pause and then resume your message, which could be quite frustrating for some users, especially when one gets interrupted or distracted while recording.
Kenya’s world record holder Agnes Tirop, two-times a world championship bronze medalist, has been found dead at her home. The 25-year-old distance runner represented Kenya in the 5,000m event at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the final after clocking 14:39.62. The country’s athletic body said in a statement on Wednesday said Kenya has lost a jewel. They added that they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, with crime scene investigators at her house on Wednesday. “Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.” “We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”
Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday in a fierce performance, knocking Deontay Wilder out in the 11th round concluding the trilogy fight between the two boxers. Both opponents performed spectacularly at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with both Fury and Wilder getting knocked out, however, the Gypsy King dominated the fight landing three knockouts, after recovering from two KOs landed by Wilder.
Former Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua is set for a rematch against Heavyweight rival, Oleksandr Usyk, Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter confirmed. Hearn said the fight is expected to take place in March, next year in the UK. “He (Joshua) has got his head back in the game,” Hearn told DAZN on Saturday.
South Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ has officially broken the record as Netflix’s most-watched television series of all time. The show topped ultra-popular Netflix show, “Bridgerton,” which was projected to have streamed in 63 million households within its first four weeks on the streaming platform. According to the movie streaming giant in a tweet on Tuesday, the series had hit 111 million worldwide views knocking off 2020 series ‘Bridgerton’ with its record of N82 million views. Earlier this month, it was announced that “Squid Game” which premiered in September, was the top show in 90 countries and was on track to be the No. 1 show in Netfilx history, Entertainment Tonight reports. Not only has it reached that No. 1 spot, it also is expected to be among the most popular Halloween costumes this year, and recipes for the show’s infamous honeycomb candy are all over social media.
Hazel Oyeye Onou, popularly known as "White Money" has on Sunday emerged as the winner of the Big Brother Naija season 6 'Shine Ya Eyes' reality show, walking away with N90 million grand prize. Roseline Afije "Liquorose" and Pere emerged as first and second runner ups respectively.
Big Brother Naija, season six finalist, Whitemoney, has today revealed the reason he begged for forgiveness from Michael during the Saturday night party. The Saturday Night party codenamed “Champions party” brought together including the evicted housemates alongside the six finalists waiting in the big brother house. Whitemoney said he asked Michael to forgive him following the controversy with Jackie B, while talking to Pere. According to the star boy, though he doesn’t remember offending Michael in any way, but needed to apologize to him for fear of the unknown outside the Big brother house after the show.
General Colin L. Powell, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black Secretary of State of the United States has died on Monday following COVID-19 complications.
Powell died at age 84 at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C, despite being fully vaccinated. Powell's death was announced by his family on Facebook, saying "General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19.
Up to 32 worshippers were on Friday killed following an explosion that went off inside mosque in southern city during Juma'at prayers. 45 others have been wounded after the explosion went off inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar, according to public health officials in the province. The explosion on Friday afternoon took place in the Bibi Fatima mosque, the largest mosque for Shia worshippers in Kandahar city. A local reporter in Kandahar told Reuters that eyewitnesses had described three suicide attackers, one of whom blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque with the two others detonating their devices inside the building. While referring to a local hospital where dead and injured had been taken he said, "The situation is very bad. Mirwais hospital is messaging and calling on young people to give blood."
A military court in Ouagadougou on Monday commenced the long-awaited trial of 14 men, including the former president, who was accused of the assassination of Burkina Faso's left-wing leader Thomas Sankara 34 years ago. The slaying of Sankara, an icon of pan-Africanism, has for years cast a dark shadow over the Sahel state. A hit squad in October 1987 riddled Sankara and 12 others with bullets during a putsch that brought his friend and comrade-in-arms Blaise Compaore to power. The 14 men going on trial are accused of complicity in the murder of Sankara who was known as "Africa's Che Guevara".