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Africa’s COVID vaccine campaigns hurt by India’s export ban

Africa’s COVID vaccine campaigns hurt by India’s export ban

Africa’s vaccination campaigns to battle COVID-19 are facing significant delays because of the export ban imposed by India as it grapples with a devastating resurgence of the disease, Africa’s top health official has said. The AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the [...]

May 21, 2021 Africa, Health issues
Japan approves Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines

Japan approves Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines

Japan formally approved Moderna and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, but the latter will not be used immediately because of lingering concern over very rare blood clots. The decision comes just over two months before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, with growing [...]

May 21, 2021 Health issues
ICPC: Foreign countries should refund stolen funds with interest

ICPC: Foreign countries should refund stolen funds

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoy, has canvassed the payment of interests on stolen funds by benefiting foreign nations as part of measures to redress the menace of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs). The [...]

May 21, 2021 Finance
Buhari Returns To Nigeria From France

Buhari Returns To Nigeria From France

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from Paris, France. President Buhari had departed Abuja, the nation’s capital, for a summit in France on Sunday. The statement by the Presidency before his departure, read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, May [...]

May 21, 2021 Government and politics
Kidnapping: Be Vigilant, Lekki Alerts Residents

Kidnapping: Be Vigilant, Lekki Alerts Residents

As the security situation in the country worsens with rising cases of kidnappings and killings, the Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association has alerted residents of the area to be vigilant as they go about their lawful activities. LERSA, which [...]

May 21, 2021 Security
Malawi destroys nearly 20,000 expired COVID-19 shots

Malawi destroys nearly 20,000 expired COVID-19 shots

Malawi health authorities have destroyed 19,610 doses of expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, stating that the move would boost public confidence in the country’s vaccine programme. Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda put some of the vials of the expired doses into [...]

May 20, 2021 Health issues
Bandits kill one, abduct others in Katsina

Bandits kill one, abduct others in Katsina

Gunmen have killed a sexagenarian, simply identified as Alhaji Hassan, and abducted others in Batsari Local Council of Katsina State. The gunmen reportedly stormed the area about midnight of Tuesday and into early hours yesterday. A local, Harisu Hamza, said [...]

May 20, 2021 Crime
Nigeria’s national air carrier to begin operation in 2022

Nigeria’s national air carrier to begin operation in 2022

Nigeria will begin the operation of a new national air carrier in the first quarter of 2022, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced Wednesday. Mr Sirika said this while speaking to journalists after the Federal Executive Council presided by Vice President [...]

May 20, 2021 Business
Oduduwa, Biafra Republics Coming Soon

Oduduwa, Biafra Republics Coming Soon

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has stated that the agitations for the independence of the Oduduwa and Biafra republics will soon come to fruition. Speaking of the 1914 amalgamation, Kanu in a tweet on Wednesday, stated that [...]

May 20, 2021 Government and politics
100 Thugs Invade NLC Office In Kaduna

100 Thugs Invade NLC Office In Kaduna

Over 100 armed thugs have invaded the premises of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Kaduna State. Hopefornigeriaonline gathered that the thugs stormed the premises on Wednesday morning to further disrupt protests in the state. When contacted by Hopefornigeriaonline correspondent, [...]

May 20, 2021 Crime
Paris summit mobilises finance, vaccines for Africa

Paris summit mobilises finance, vaccines for Africa

A Paris summit Tuesday promised to help Africa overcome the coronavirus pandemic with a “New Deal” using global financial firepower to replenish depleted coffers and ramp up a sluggish vaccine rollout. The summit, which brought together African leaders and global [...]

May 19, 2021 Finance
Buhari seeks fresh N2.3tr loan to fund 2021 budget

Buhari seeks fresh N2.3tr loan to fund 2021 budget

UNDP ex-consultant cautions President against sinking Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, wrote the National Assembly for approval to borrow fresh $6.183 billion (N2.343 trillion) to fund the 2021 budget deficit of N5.602 trillion. Titled “Request for the resolution of the [...]

May 19, 2021 Economy
FG wades into NLC, Kaduna govt face-off

FG wades into NLC, Kaduna govt face-off

The federal government says it is concerned with the crisis in Kaduna State between workers and the state government. The labour minister, Chris Ngige, in a statement Tuesday called on both parties to observe a ‘ceasefire.’ Hopefornigeriaonline reported how the two [...]

May 19, 2021 Government and politics
Mezuo Composes For Netflix's Movie

Mezuo Composes For Netflix’s Movie

A Nigerian-American artist, Charles Chiemezuo OKehie has joined the list of young composers for major studio picture in the Netflix film “Clash” Popularly known as Mezuo, the Los Angeles-based artist is said to have composed the original film score for [...]

May 19, 2021 entertainment
Wabba Tells El-Rufai: Come And Arrest Me

Wabba Tells El-Rufai: Come And Arrest Me

The Chairman of National Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has dared the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El’rufai, who declared him wanted for calling on strike in the state, to arrest him. The NLC boss said, “let the governor come and [...]

May 19, 2021 Government and politics
People face ‘horrific’ situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray

People face ‘horrific’ situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region is facing a horrifying situation with people dying of hunger, health services destroyed and rape “rampant”, according to the World Health Organization chief, who is from the region. “The situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, is, if I [...]

May 18, 2021 Africa, Human rights
Robbery at the presidential villa

Robbery at the presidential villa

The reported attempt to burgle the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Agboola Gambari and another Presidential Administration Officer, Abubakar Maikano is a pointer to the grave security situation in Nigeria. Worse still, is the reaction [...]

May 18, 2021 Security
Nigeria’s inflation falls the first time in 21 months

Nigeria’s inflation falls the first time in 21 months

Nigeria’s inflation rate reduced by 0.05 per cent in April compared to what obtained in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a report Monday. The bureau said while inflation rate stood at 18.17 per cent in March, it reduced to [...]

May 18, 2021 Economy
Kidnapped UNIJOS Professor Regained Freedom

Kidnapped UNIJOS Professor Regained Freedom

A professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Grace Ayanbimpe and her husband kidnapped by gunmen in Jos, the Plateau state capital on Monday have been rescued by security operatives. It would be recalled [...]

May 18, 2021 Security
Black Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza Crowned Miss Universe 2021

Black Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Universe 2021

Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country. Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, [...]

May 18, 2021 entertainment
Ethiopia delays polls again amid security

Ethiopia delays polls again amid security

Ethiopia has delayed its national election again after some opposition parties said they would not take part and as a conflict in the country’s Tigray region means no vote is being held there, further complicating Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts [...]

May 17, 2021 Africa, Government and politics
Owoh: Currency printing is Finance Ministry’s responsibility

Owoh: Currency printing is Finance Ministry’s responsibility

Godwin Owoh, a professor of applied economics and expert in central banking, in an interview with GEOFF IYATSE, speaks on the economic distortion caused by unrestrained Ways & Means (W&M) financing, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) supervision and other [...]

May 17, 2021 Finance
Fire guts another INEC office

Fire guts another INEC office

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State, was on Sunday night gutted by fire. The latest incident occured barely one week after another INEC office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu, Enugu State, was razed.The office affected by the latest [...]

May 17, 2021 Incidents
Buhari Is Nothing But A Clown If He Can't Fix Nigeria

Buhari Is Nothing But A Clown If He Can’t Fix Nigeria

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has urged those clamouring for the creation of state police to think twice, saying it will only worsen the current situation. Addressing his church members in Akure [...]

May 17, 2021 Government and politics
Gov. Ugwuanyi Leads Rescue Operation At Accident Scene

Gov. Ugwuanyi Leads Rescue Operation At Accident Scene

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Saturday, led rescue operation at an accident scene at Ekulu Bridge, Abakpa Nike, Enugu East Local Government Area, where a petroleum products truck lost control and fell into a ditch. Prior to the [...]

May 17, 2021 Incidents
Mali to form new ‘broad-based’ transitional government

Mali to form new ‘broad-based’ transitional government

Mali’s interim government is set to form a new “broad-based” cabinet amid growing criticism of the army-dominated authorities in the Sahel state. Prime Minister Moctar Ouane resigned on Friday but was immediately reappointed to carry out the reshuffle, transitional president [...]

May 15, 2021 Government and politics
JAMB to shift 2021 UTME date

JAMB to shift 2021 UTME date

At least 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are yet to register, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said.  The problem may not be unconnected to the glitches [...]

May 15, 2021 Education
Remains of slain Akwa Ibom job-seeker laid to rest

Remains of slain Akwa Ibom job-seeker laid to rest

The body of Iniubong Umoren, the 26-year-old University of Uyo Philosophy graduate, who was raped and killed by a fake job recruiter, has been buried. Miss Umoren, an orphan, was buried on Friday at her hometown, Nung Ita, Ikot Essien in Oruk [...]

May 15, 2021 Crime, Human rights
Panic As Gunmen Attack Osun Town, Kill Two

Panic As Gunmen Attack Osun Town

Two persons have been killed by some hoodlums during the chaos at Arulogun area of Ede town in Osun State while properties were also destroyed. The Police Public Relations Officer for Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident [...]

May 15, 2021 Crime
FG Clueless On Economic Revival

FG Clueless On Economic Revival

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed has said the Federal Government has lost ideas on how to address the various economic challenge bedeviling the nation. Mohammed, who spoke on Thursday at the Government House shortly after performing the Eid prayers to mark [...]

May 15, 2021 Economy