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LAGOS — The Lagos State Government says it has given owners of the 45 buildings on the Lekki axis encroaching on canals three days’ ultimatum to remove all the illegal constructions or face sanctions. This is contained in a statement on Monday by Mr. Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, spokesman of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA). Abdulraheem said LASBCA, General Manager, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, led the enforcement team of the agency on Sunday to inspect the...

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed George Abang Ekpungu, Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Dr. Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Minister of Justice, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja. He said the appointment was for a fresh tenure of five years. Also appointed as Board Members are Luqman Muhammad (South-South), Anumba Adaeze (South East), Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (North Central), and Alhaji Yahya...

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LAGOS — Google on Monday said it has renewed its commitment to support startups in Africa with a combined 6 million dollars funding to startup founders and female entrepreneurs in Africa. Nitin Gajria, Managing Director of Google Sub-Saharan Africa said on Monday in a statement that It was part of the ongoing plans to double down on supporting Black startup Founders. Gajra said that this program in collaboration with the Tony Elumelu Foundation will provide...

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ABUJA — The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has called for unity among stakeholders in Anambra state, ahead of the June 26 primaries for the state governorship election. The party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, made the call during the NWC meeting with the party aspirants, leaders, and other stakeholders from Anambra, held in Abuja on Monday. Secondus said the meeting was called to enable the NWC to interact with stakeholders, as...

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ABUJA — Mr. Apera Iorwa,  National Coordinator, National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) says the Federal Government pays  N10 billion to one million beneficiaries every two months from the National Cash Transfer. Iorwa said this at the National Social Safety-Nets Programme (NASSP) Third-Party Project scorecard dissemination meeting on Monday, in Abuja. NASSCO is a Federal Government agency with the mandate to establish the building blocks and delivery of targeted transfers and livelihood supports to extreme...

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ENUGU — South-East Governors and Leaders of Thought have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those leaving in the zone. The leaders made the call on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting attended by political leaders, socio-cultural organizations, the clergy, and the traditional institution. The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, who addressed newsmen after the meeting, condemned the killing of civilians in the zone...

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OWERRI — Candidates of the 2021 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Imo have expressed satisfaction with the security at the Computer Based Test centers for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UTME is conducted nationwide from June 19 to July 3. There was widespread speculation that gunmen would attack some of the centers in Imo, following the recent security unrest in the state. Although there was...

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BENIN — Mr. Mustapha Zubair, the Acting Rector of Auchi Polytechnic, says Nigeria will not get out of its economic mess until the country goes into massive production of goods and services. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Zubair spoke on Saturday while fielding questions from newsmen in Benin. While calling for more investment in science and technology and massive production, the rector stressed that buying and selling will only compound Nigeria’s economic woes....

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NEW YORK — U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday said the U.S. had administered 300 million COVID-19 vaccines in 150 days, noting that COVID-19 cases and deaths have decreased by more than 90 per cent. Biden said this in“300 Million Shots in 150 Days: The President’s COVID-19 Strategy is Delivering for Americans’’ issued to commemorate his 150 days in office. According to the statement, when Biden took office 150 days ago, more than 3,300 Americans...

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ILORIN — Kwara State Government has suspended two senior officials of the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR) for alleged financial irregularities and inconsistencies in the handling of funds. They are the SOML-PforR state Programme Manager, Dr. Ibrahim Omar, and the programme accountant, Alabi Rahman Olalekan. According to a statement signed by the Press Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, in Ilorin on Wednesday, Falade Gbenga Tayo that their suspension is connected...

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