The People's Democracy Party (PDP) Screening Committee recently cleared the aspirants to contest the party's governorship primary election slated for 16th July 2022 in Osun State. The five-member committee, in its report to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on 13th January, stated that none of the aspirants that was screened initially was disqualified because the petition leveled against the does not hold water.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking the confirmation of nominees for appointment in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
Recall that no fewer than twenty (20) Governors were present at the meeting of the ruling party held on Sunday night at the Kebbi state Governor's Lodge in the Asokoro District of Abuja. whether to go on with the convention in February or postpone it to a later date.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said it has integrated childhood vaccination at the COVID-19 vaccination site for children between 0-23 months. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure at the National COVID-19 vaccines weekly briefing in Abuja, saying the childhood vaccination is to further protect children of that age from the disease. He noted that the integration of childhood COVID-19 vaccination is in line with the Federal Government's plan to involve childhood immunization to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign train.
The Federal Government has launched a National HIV self-testing (HIVST) and Pre-Exposure (PrEP) communication strategy. The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Gambo Aliyu disclosed this, saying the national HIVST and PrEP communication strategy are approved tools in the HIV combination prevention package for people with a substantial risk of HIV infection.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Friday recommended two new drugs, Baricitinib and Sotrovimab for the treatment of COVID-19, giving more options for treating the disease. According to the health body, the first drug, Baricitinib, is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical COVID cases, however, cautioning nations against treating the Omicron variant as "common cold or mild", noting 15 million infections in seven days.
Following jubilation by Nigerians over a U-turn made by the federal government (FG) on the total removal of fuel subsidy by mid this year yesterday, the Minister of petroleum, Timipre Sylva, says that it is not yet over as the FG need about 18months extension to make some amendments in the petroleum Industry Act (PIA) before it will finally be removed. The Minister gave this information today Tuesday while speaking to the state House correspondents in Abuja, saying they will soon send the petroleum Industrial Act to the lawmakers for amendment.
The Minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva, has disclosed that President Buhari has not given a nod to the total removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria as being carried by some sections of media. The Minister made this disclosure during an interview on Channels Television program “Newsnight”. In the last three months, there has been anxiety amongst Nigeria over the pronouncement by the Ministry of Finance that by mid-next year, there will be no fuel subsidy. This has made the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) start preparing the ground for a nationwide protest.
The President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote revealed that the refinery would begin processing crude by the third quarter of 2022.
President Muhammadu Buhari stated that Fifth Generation (5G) would provide opportunities capable of enhancing the security and economic situation in the country.
The tech giant, Microsoft Corporation announced on Tuesday that it was set to purchase US gaming giant Activision Blizzard for a record-breaking sum of $69 billion.
Twitter has agreed to a raft of conditions to end a seven-month ban in Nigeria, in what feels like a big win for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in its efforts to regulate the internet, some analysts say. Nigeria - Africa's most populous country - now joins the likes of India, Indonesia and Turkey, which tightly regulate social media companies. This is something other African governments are likely to take note of, as they try to prevent the use of social media for mobilising opposition groups.
At least eight people have died outside Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations game against Comoros in Yaounde. 38 other persons were injured in the crush ahead of the game played at Olembé Stadium with a capacity of 60,000. The stadium was only supposed to be 80 per cent full due to Covid restrictions, however 50,000 fans tried to attend the match, according to officials. Videos showed screaming fans being crushed at the entry gate to the stadium. Witnesses described chaotic scenes outside the ground as thousands of fans struggled to get access. Cameroon President Paul Biya has confirmed the launching of an enquiry into the incident, while the Confederation of African Football announced on Monday that they were beginning their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, adding that a minute’s silence will be observed at future matches as a mark of respect to those who died.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Tunisia knocked out Nigeria from the round of 16 stages of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon following a shock 1-0 victory thanks to a Youseff Msakni goal at the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua on Sunday. In the clash of the Eagles, the Carthage Eagles, who came into this encounter without several players and their coach due to COVID-19, emerged winners over the Super Eagles in a shock result.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has crowned Nigeria's interim coach Augustine Eguavoen the winner of the group stage best manager award following his outstanding performance at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which is currently taking place in Cameroon.
The Recording Academy has announced a new date and location for the 2022 Grammy Awards, following the surge of the Omicron variant. The Awards is now slated for April 3, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Recording Academy had earlier postponed the awards ceremony which was scheduled to hold on January 5th, 2022 at the Crypto.com Arena. This is the second year in a row that the Grammy Awards have been postponed.
American streaming service and production company, Netflix has on Friday announced that it has increased the monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 in the United States and Canada, depending on the plan. The Company said the increase in to enable pay for new programming to compete in the streaming TV market. "We're updating our prices so that we can continue to offer a wide variety of quality entertainment options," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.
Nominations for the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were announced on Wednesday for best performances in film and television in 2021 by Hollywood actresses, Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson. This year's SAG awards, set to take place February 27, 2022, and will be broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. HBO's Succession and Apple TV+ Ted Lasso bagged five nominations each, dominating the awards for both ensemble and individual nominations. Also, Netflix's Korean show, Squid Game scored few nominations for ensemble and actors.
The Burkina Faso Military has announced that it has deposed President Roch Kabore, seizing control of the country and dissolved the government. In a televised broadcast on Monday, the army said it had taken over the government, suspended the constitution and the National Assembly, as well as closed the country's borders. The announcement, signed by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was read by another officer on the state television, noting that the takeover had been carried out without violence and those detained are in a secured location.
President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Kabore has reportedly been detained at a military camp by mutinying soldiers, following gunfire around the presidential residence in Ouagadougou on Sunday night. The report of his detention came on Monday, a day after soldiers staged mutinies at several army barracks, and later several armoured vehicles of the presidential fleet riddled with bullets holes and abandoned in the street. Kabore's whereabouts are unknown as of the time of this report and the government has denied seize power by the army.
The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ghada Wali has applauded the Nigerian government for its leadership role in curbing maritime crimes following the country’s first-ever successful prosecution of piracy, first in Africa.