Thursday, April 22, 2021



Golf: We need more tournaments, sponsorship – Oche

Andrew Oche, Nigeria’s number one professional golf player, on Tuesday called for regular tournaments and more corporate sponsorship for the game to develop in the country.

CSOs threaten to occupy NASS over Electoral Act amendment

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations has threatened to occupy the National Assembly after Ramadan fasting, if the lawmakers fail to pass the Bill for an amendment of the Electoral Act.

China builds port in Kenya’s Lamu, to be operational June – Official

Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, official on Monday said a Chinese-built seaport in Kenya’s coastal island of Lamu would be operational in June.

Somali army captures al-Shabab bases in central region

The Somali National Army, SNA, said its forces took over several bases which were under al-Shabab areas during early Wednesday operations in Galgaduud, in the central part of Somalia.

Agric firm uncovers fertiliser blends for augmenting nutrient deficiencies in plants

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, AGRA, says it has commenced a-three-year identification of balanced fertiliser blends in Nigeria to augment for nutrients deficiency in the soil.

World leaders call for new international pandemic treaty

Twenty-five world leaders have thrown their weight behind a proposal from European Council President Charles Michel to draw up a new international treaty on pandemic preparedness in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

US President Biden invites Buhari, 39 other leaders to climate summit

The United States President Joe Biden has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to a Leaders Summit on Climate holding between April 22 and 23. Mr Biden...

72% Nigerians ready to accept COVID-19 vaccine, says Africa-CDC

At least, 72 per cent of Nigerians are ready to accept the COVID-19 vaccine, says the African Center for Diseases Control, Africa-CDC.

Digital Financing: AfDB approves $1.3m for African women

The African Development Bank, AfDB, has approved two grants of $1.3 million for research aimed to increase African women’s access to a range of digital financial services, including loans and micro-insurance.

ECOWAS Court orders Nigeria to pay N53m for unlawful detention of German

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Nigerian Government to pay over N53 million to a German national, Martin Gegenheimer, for unlawful arrest...

COVID-19: Kenya receives 1m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Kenya on Wednesday received the first batch of over one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine via the World Health Organisation, WHO-led COVAX global distribution facility, officials said.

NAVSA program takes off in Gombe, 140 farmers to be trained on Smart Agriculture

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has launched one-week training for 140 farmers in Gombe state on digital farming, under the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture, NAVSA, empowerment programme.

American missionary gets 15 years in jail for sexually abusing orphaned children

An American missionary and philanthropist who set up an orphanage in Kenya has been sent to 15 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision after his conviction for sex crime and abuse of teenage children, a US attorney said on Thursday.

Buhari, Kankara schoolboys and the imperatives of history, by Dr Samaila Suleiman

On the 17th of December 2020, President Buhari addressed the 344 schoolboys of Government Boys Science Secondary School, Kankara, who were freed by their abductors after six days in captivity.

Nigeria releases 18 high yielding crop varieties for farmers [SEE LIST]

The National Varieties Release Committee, NVRC, has released 18 high yielding crop varieties to boost Nigerian agricultural productivity in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s...

Somalia gives 7-day ultimatum for diplomats to leave country

Somalia has broken off its diplomatic ties with Kenya after the leader of self-declared Somaliland visited Kenya earlier in the month, Information Minister Osman Dubbe said on Tuesday.

BREAKING: Naira bounces back, now N470/$ in parallel market

The naira Wednesday morning reversed its two weeks loss to the dollar in the parallel market - appreciating by N20 to N470 per dollar, the Vanguard reports.

Borno killings: Don’t lose hope in military, Lai Mohammed urges Nigerians

Following Saturday’s killing of some farmers by suspected Boko Haram members in Borno, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the capability and commitment of the military to routing the terrorists.

UAE suspends visas to 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, Aljazeera...

Nigerian athletes may miss Tokyo 2020

Nigerian athletes risk missing out on featuring at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the country was listed among eight others with the highest doping risk.

FIFA releases names of African referees, assistant referees to feature Women’s World Cup 2023

Nineteen female referees from Africa have been selected to participate in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, during a reserved period in the FIFA Women’s International Match Calendar between 10 July and 20 August 2023.

Olympic medalist bags 20-year jail term over sex with minor

Olympic gold medalist, Conseslus Kipruto, is facing a 20-year jail term after being charged with having sex with a minor in Kenya.

Kenya’s Cheruiyot ready to hunt for glory on the tracks again

Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, the 1,500 metres world champion, is hoping to return to competitive running next month after a hiatus caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases pass 10,000 mark

Kenya’s number of COVID-19 cases passed 10,000 mark on Sunday as the Ministry of Health intensifies measures to contain the spread of the respiratory disease.

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