FG to Commence N75,000 Cash Payment to 75m Nigerians

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Minister of Finance, Wale Edun has said the federal government has restarted the provision of conditional direct N75,000 cash transfers to 75 million Nigerians to tackle the impact of inflation. The Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, announced this at the ministerial sectoral briefing to mark the first year in office of the President Bola Tinubu administration in Abuja. He noted that the beneficiaries of the social investment scheme are 15 million households nationwide. Edun who is the chairman of the Presidential Panel of Social Investment programme explained that the cash transfer will improve the living standard of Nigerians in the immediate term.

As Tinubu Clocks One Year In Office, Nigeria Still On ’Trial-An-Error Policies’ – Atiku Chides Tinubu


Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2023 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar says Nigeria is not working one year after President Bola Tinubu took over power. Atiku described Tinubu’s one year in office as a cocktail of trial-and-error economic policies. The former Vice President recalled that Tinubu appeared to raise hopes of Nigerians when he pledged to “remodel our economy to bring about growth and development through job creation, food security and an end of extreme poverty.” To an extent of citing Lagos state as his model. 

INEC: CVR Commences In Edo, Ondo

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the commencement of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in 397 centres of Edo and Ondo State, ahead of the governorship elections scheduled for 21 September, 2024 and 16 November, 2024 respectively. This was made known on Monday by Sam Olumekun, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairperson, Information and Voter Education Committee.

Nigeria Losing Its Health Professionals To Countries That Did Not Invest in Their Education – FG

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The Nigerian Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Pate, says that health systems in Nigerian will remain weak as long as developing countries like Nigeria continue to lose its trained health professionals to developed countries that did not invest in their first professional education. Pate made these remarks at the opening plenary of the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) yesterday, saying half the world’s population is still facing “health poverty”, deprivations of access to affordable basic health care, such as immunisation, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care. 

NPHCDA Targets Over 288,000 Girls For HPV Vaccine In Kogi


The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is targeting more than 288,000 girls for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine against Cervical Cancer in Kogi beginning May 27. Mr Mohammed Bala, the Technical Assistant on HPV Introduction, John Snow Incorporated (JSI), made the disclosure in an interview in Lokoja on Saturday.

Nigeria To Unify National Blood Database


The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated steps to unify national blood database to ensure safe and reliable supply of blood for patients in need.

NNPCL Discovers 112 Illegal Oil Refineries In Niger Delta


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has discovered 122 illegal oil refining in the last seven days in the Niger Delta region. According to a documentary released by the NNPCL on Tuesday, the firm said a filling station was sealed for selling illegally refined fuel to motorists in Akwa Ibom State. The report noted that 65 illegal pipeline connections were uncovered and removed within the past week in Rivers and other states in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Labour Rejects FG’s ₦60,000 Minimum Wage Offer, Shifts To ₦494,000

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The Organised Labour has once again rejected a new minimum wage proposal from the Federal Government. The government had initially proposed ₦48,000 and ₦54,000 last week, both of which were rejected by labour, however, the union shifted its position from its previous stance of ₦497,000 to ₦494,000.

FG: Tomato Scarcity, Price Increase Caused By Farm Infestation

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The Federal Government (FG) through the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari has said the scarcity of tomatoes and its associated increase in price in some parts of the country is caused as a result of farm infestation as stated in a post from his official X (formerly Twitter) page. He said, “A significant number of our tomato farms have been affected by a severe infestation known as Tomato Ebola or Tomato Leaf Miner. This has drastically reduced the availability of tomatoes and contributed to rising costs.

Elon Musk's xAI Raises $6b Investment

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Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup xAI has raised $6bn in a Series B funding round backed by investors including Valor Equity Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and Sequoia Capital, among others.
In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the startup announced that the funds from this round would be used to bring xAI’s first products to market, build advanced infrastructure, and accelerate the research and development of future technologies. “xAI will continue on this steep trajectory of progress over the coming months, with multiple exciting technology updates and products soon to be announced,” the startup said.

FG Debunks Binance $150m Bribery Claim

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has dismissed claims made by Binance, that it was asked to pay a $150 million bribe by unidentified government officials. On Wednesday 8th May 2024, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Rabiu Ibrahim disclosed that the government is aware of Binance's attempt to improve its tarnished reputation as a company that does not follow the rules and regulations governing business practices in sovereign nations.

Google Rolls Out AI-Powered 'Circle-To-Search' Feature For iPhones

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Google has rolled out Android's Circle to Search for iPhone users. The move harnesses the power of Google Lens and iOS Shortcuts, making it possible for iPhone users to enjoy the same functionality previously exclusive to Android. Earlier this year, Google launched the Circle to Search feature for Android that takes a screenshot and lets you select what to look up. Google has highlighted that Circle to Search differs from Google Lens primarily in accessibility, as it is universally available on Android devices with a simple long-press, both features share the same search and OCR technology. Circle to Search stands out for its capability to circle or lasso items for selection instead of merely tapping.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 34. He shared this news in a letter to Real Madrid fans, expressing his gratitude for their love and support since he joined the club in 2014. Kroos also confirmed that the 2024 Euros will mark his final international appearance.

Why I Snubbed England To Play For Nigeria – Iwobi


Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed why he had to turn down England to play for Nigeria at senior level. Iwobi, a former Arsenal star, graduated from Arsenal youth team and played for England at U16, U17, and U18 levels before becoming cap-tied to Nigeria. He played his competitive debut against Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25, 2016. 

Juventus Dismiss Coach Allegri after Cup Final Antics


Juventus on Friday terminated the services of its head coach Massimiliano Allegri, over his behavior during and after this week's Coppa Italia final. Juve said in a statement that they had dismissed Allegri for “certain behavior during and after the Italian Cup final that the club deemed incompatible with its values”. The Serie A club won their 15th Italian Cup on Wednesday night but Allegri burst into a rage, first being sent off in the final minutes after ranting at match officials and then dismissively waving away sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli during the post-match celebrations. He is also alleged to have manhandled and threatened the chief editor of the newspaper Tuttosport before the post-match press conference.

FG Bans Money Ritual, Smoking Scenes in Nollywood Movies


The Federal Government has approved the prohibition of money rituals and the glamorizing of vices in Nigerian films. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Executive Director and CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Shaibu Husseini disclosed this at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu on Wednesday. The event was organized by the NFVCB and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa. Movie producers, directors and actors drawn from different parts of the country, as well as leaders of various guilds and associations in the Nigerian film industry were present at the event.

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti’ Gross Over N30m In Its Opening Weekend

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Nollywood biopic “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti” has grossed over N30 million in its opening weekend following its release on Friday, May 17, 2024. The movie which is a chart-topper made an impressive debut at the box office and also set a new record for the highest-grossing opening weekkend for a biopic in Nigeria.

Dj Cuppy Mulls Marrying An Indian Guy

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Nigerian popular disc jockey, Florence Otedola, popularly known by her stage name as DJ Cuppy, is contemplating marrying an Indian guy as husband. The billionaire daughter witnessed one of an Indian mirage that swept her off her feet as she shares photos of an Indian wedding she attended via her Instagram account recently. 

Russia To Delist Afghanistan's Taliban As ‘Terror’ Group

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During its annual economic forum, Russia announced plans to remove Afghanistan's ruling Taliban from the list of Moscow-designated terrorist organizations. Confirming the news, special presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, disclosed to the state-run TASS news agency that the delisting would enable Moscow to decide whether to recognize the Taliban government. Russia formally labeled the Taliban a terrorist organization in 2003 when the radical group was waging a deadly insurgency against the United States and allied troops in Afghanistan.

Tinubu Attends Chad’s President Déby’s Inauguration

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President Bola Tinubu arrived N’Djamena, Republic of Chad, to attend the inauguration of President Idriss Mahamat Déby Itno.

General Election To Hold On 4th July - Uk PM

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has chosen July 4 as the date for a snap general election, ending months of speculation about when a new poll will be held. This call is coming earlier than expected. The Prime Minister who stood outside his Downing Street office on Wednesday stated that “Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future,” he said, listing what he considers to be the highlights of his time in government, including the introduction of the so-called furlough scheme that helped businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will have a general election on July 4.”

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