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The Enugu State Government has announced the commencement of the second phase of verification for pensioners whose pension accounts are domiciled in the Office of the Accountant-General of the state. This was contained in a statement signed by the Enugu State Head of Service, Ken Chukwuegbo in Enugu on Tuesday. Chukwuegbo said that the exercise would commence in the pensioners’ respective banks from Jan. 4, 2021 and end on March 4. He advised pensioners to...

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South Africa on Tuesday assumed the rotating monthly presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It marks the second time the country has served in this capacity during its two-year elected term on the Council (2019-2020). Pretoria will use its role to focus on strengthening African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Cooperation and emphasising the importance of a proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security. In this regard, International Relations...

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has appointed a National Task Team on COVID-19 vaccine, tasked with the responsibility to acquire and deploy vaccines in the country. The information is in a statement signed by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Director of Hospital Services in the ministry on Tuesday in Abuja. She noted that members of health is the Chairman of the Task Team, while the minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora, will serve as Alternate Chairman....

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Nigeria is one of the first countries to develop cheaper and faster COVID-19 test kits, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Osinbajo said on Tuesday in Abuja that such test kits would enable testing to be carried out in places experiencing kit shortages. The vice president, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Adeola Ipaye, said this in Abuja at the opening ceremony of i-FAIR Israel-Nigeria 2020/21 Innovation Programme, scheduled to hold...

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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for re- appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Yakubu’s confirmation by the Senate followed the presentation of the report of its Committee on INEC by its Chairman, Sen. Kabiru Gaya, during plenary. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Nov. 25, transmitted to the Senate for confirmation, the nomination of Yakubu for a second term in...

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, says the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) of the Federal Government will create two million jobs annually in the country. Sylva disclosed this at the inauguration of the programme by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday. He said the introduction of gas for the powering of automobiles and other engines was a step in the right direction, adding it remained a cheaper and cleaner...

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The Federal Government has berated a UK parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat, for accusing a former Nigerian leader, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, of stealing during a debate on the #EndSARS protest in the House of Commons. The government also rebuked the UK parliament for acting in an uninformed manner in recommending sanctions for Nigeria over the hoax massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate during the protest. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a...

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The Save Lagos Group (SLG), a civil rights organisation seeks the intervention of the Lagos state government over a land dispute between the Awogboro and the Olakitan, two indigenous families. The controversy surrounds the ownership of  Olakitan Estate, a 27.324 hectares of land located in Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, Alimosho Local Government Area of the State. On Monday, the civil rights group in a statement signed by the convener, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman urged the state...

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On Tuesday, the Senate asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs as a result of their failure to secure the country. The Senate decision is the third time that it would be passed this year. The motion was moved by Kashim Shettima following their reaction to the recent killings of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents. The legislators asked Buhari to replace the security chiefs with the new...

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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has called for a collective national endeavor to secure the necessary constitutional amendment. The governor added that some persons or group are scared that restructuring would affect their political viability. El-Rufai said this in a press statement by his Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye. The statement which was shared on the governor’s social media handles, was titled, ‘Restructuring is a national endeavour, let’s...

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