Breaking! Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced because they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”, the pair said, in an issued statement. The tech entrepreneur and his wife are among the richest people on the planet and also a huge driving force in the world of global philanthropy. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” a joint statement read. “Over the last 27 years, we…

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Just In: Microsoft partners FG on digital transformation of economy

Microsoft and Nigerian Government have announced a partnership aimed at accelerating the nation’s move to becoming a digital economy. This is sequel to talks between both parties. Microsoft has identified three key pillars that will help to build strong foundations for a digital economy in Nigeria. The three key pillars includes; connectivity, skilling and digital transformation. Microsoft, after discussions with the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and local partners, has picked six regions in the country for the development of high-speed internet infrastructure. Microsoft’s Airband team will work…

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Mbaka admits discussing contract with Buhari

The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry (AMEN), Father Ejike Mbaka, has admitted meeting President Muhammadu Buhari with three persons over a contract that has become controversial. Although the Catholic priest denied meeting the president for any personal gain, he admitted during his sermon on Sunday that the deal in question was a “contract of securing the country”. He also said the meeting was during Buhari’s first term when he went to “hand over” three white men he never knew but who said “they had the platform to end insecurity…

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World Press Freedom Day: Gombe governor tasks journalists on ethics, professionalism

…Pledges continued partnership with media to entrench transparency, accountability in governance By Umar Kaltungo As journalists in Gombe State join their counterparts the world over to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day, the State governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has charged the media practitioners to continue to uphold the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity. In a goodwill message, Governor Yahaya paid tribute to media practitioners in the State for their resilience and commitment in enlightening and sensitizing the citizenry on…

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Insecurity: “Nigeria already at war” – Utomi, Kila, Falana, Bugaje, others lament

…Ask National Assembly to invoke doctrine of necessity Nigerian intellectuals and civil society leaders, under the umbrella of the ‘New Fabian Society of the Concerned Professionals’, have suggested to the National Assembly to consider invoking the doctrine of necessity to birth “new leaders and refocus the agenda of the country” in the light of mounting security and economic challenges. The leaders, who made the suggestion in an issued statement made available to our correspondents at the weekend, expressed frustration with the security situation in Nigeria, noting that the country is…

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Pantami: “Count us out”, Northern governors declare

The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has said that it has no intention of joining in the Isa Pantami saga, just as it claims a shadowy group is planning to engage in a smear campaign against the NSGF as well as its chairman, governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.  Lalong, in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr. Makut Simon Macham, revealed that the group had concluded plans to carry out the act by printing and circulating posters to the effect that the Northern States…

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364 rape cases recorded in Borno in 4 months – FIDA

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Borno State chapter, has revealed that no fewer than 364 sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) was recorded between January to April this year across the State. FIDA said to curtail the alarming rate of the SGBV cases, it is working with various stakeholders including the Borno State House of Assembly to ensure domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 in the State. Speaking at a High-Level Advocacy on ‘Popularisation and Increased Visibility for the Borno State Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill’ at…

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Kano: Ganduje extends teachers, lecturers retirement age to 65

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has extended the retirement age for teachers and lecturers working with the state-owned institutions of learning to 65 years. Ganduje announced this at the award night marking the 2021 May Day celebration, organised by the Kano State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC), in Kano. According to the governor, “The Federal Government has since approved this for teachers and lecturers working in its institutions, hence, teachers in Kano State are also not left behind. Therefore, our teachers and lecturers from now on will…

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Covid-19: FG bars travellers from Brazil, India, Turkey

The Federal Government has placed a travel ban on non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India, or Turkey within 14 days of gaining entry into Nigeria. The announcement was made known in a statement signed by Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, yesterday. According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the decision was made following the increasing cases of Covid-19 and fatalities in the afore-mentioned countries. The PSC Chairman said the travel ban does not apply to…

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INEC office set ablaze in Akwa-Ibom

The Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom State, has been set ablaze. Confirming the development in a press statement,  the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said: “The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, (yesterday); our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. “Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture. The police,…

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