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NEWS

  • FG Declares May 25th And 26th As Public Holidays To Mark Eid Al-Fitr

The Federal Government has declared Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May, 2020 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid al-Fitr Celebration.

  • Sultan Declares Sunday As Eid-El-Fitr

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sunday, May 24, 2020, as the first day of Shawwal 1441 after Hijrah, and as such, the Eid-el-Fitr.

  • Eid-el-Fitr: JNI suspends Eid prayers, asks Muslims to pray at home

Sokoto—Ahead of Eid-el-Fitr celebration, the Sultan of Sokoto-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has directed Muslims in Nigeria to pray at home with their families on Sallah day, as the eid prayer congregation remained suspended, due to the rampaging and highly contagious coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

  • Ekiti Obaship tussle : Armed security men, govt officials invade palace

here was tension on Friday, in the Orin-Ekiti community in Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti State, as armed security men allegedly aided by politicians broke into the palace and began the selection process for the installation of a new Olorin.

  • Buhari Signs Executive Order On Financial Autonomy Of State Legislature, Judiciary

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary Order, 2020.

  • Nigeria’s $1bn suit against Shell and Eni suffers set back

Christopher Butcher, a UK High Court Judge has dismissed Nigeria’s $1b suit against Shell and Eni, noting that the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the claim.

  • Relaxing Restrictions: Ensure No Gathering Of Over 20 Persons – SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has asked states relaxing restrictions because of Sallah celebrations to exercise caution in doing so.

  • FG slashes salaries of airport workers

The Federal Government has slashed the salaries of airport workers in the country. In a circular to staff dated May 19, 2020, the Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said the reduction in salaries is due to airport closures occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Cancel power privatization now, Senate tells FG

Following unending epileptic electricity supply in the country, the Senate yesterday condemned the power sector, and asked the Federal Government to urgently cancel the entire privatization process carried out during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

ECONOMY

  • World bank proposes $1.5b financial package to states in Nigeria

The world bank has proposed a financial package of $1.5b to help states in Nigeria cope with the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

  • Soaring food prices push up inflation rate to 12.34%

Nigeria’s annual inflation rate rose for the eight consecutive months to 12.34 percent in April, driven by higher food prices prompted by the COVID-19 induced restrictions across the country.

  • Nigeria Is Heading Towards Recession – Finance Minister

The nation’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, says the coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices are set to force the economy into negative growth.

  • Kerosene import crashes, diesel rises

Nigeria may have recorded significant shift in energy consumption pattern with National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, data showing massive drop in kerosene imports while a significant increase has been recorded in diesel import.

  • COVID-19 Could Send Millions In Africa Into ‘Extreme Poverty’ – Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that millions of people could be pushed into extreme poverty in Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic and called for “global solidarity” with the continent.

  • CBN naira defence depletes foreign reserves by $3.17bn

The country’s foreign reserves which stood at $38.07bn at the end of 2019 fell to $34.9bn at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

  • 417,000bpd oil cut will deepen Nigeria’s recession- Fitch

Global credit ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, has said Nigeria’s compliance with the oil production cut deal led by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will lead to deeper economic contraction and fiscal deficits.

HEALTH

  • Ogun trains medical personnel on handling of waste

Ogun State Waste Management Authority has trained medical personnel and waste managers on how to be part of struggle to stop Community spreading of Coronavirus in the state, intead of being agents of mass transmission of the virus due to improper handling of medical waste.

  • FG says COVID-19 fatalities increasing due to self-medication

The Federal Government has lamented that the growing number of casualties with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic is due to self-medication, saying many of those who died recently, apart from having some underlying illnesses, had embarked on some form of self-medication or home care.

  • NCP proposes free healthcare, improved power for Nigerians

The National Council on Privatisation (NCP) in a meeting chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Tuesday, seeks the approval for free healthcare and improved power sector to the benefit of millions of Nigerians.

  • Lockdown could kill more than COVID-19 – UNICEF warns

The United Nations Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has warned that lockdown in developing countries could kill more people than COVID-19, predicting there could be 1.2 million child deaths.

POLITICS

  • Buhari signs 2018 Executive Order on overseas assets declaration

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2018 Amended Executive Order 008 on Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularisation Scheme (VOARS).

  • Kaduna PDP crisis deepens, as party suspends more chieftains

The crisis currently rocking the People’s Democratic Party,PDP, in Kaduna state was yet to be over as Local Government Chapters of the party have commenced suspending Party chieftains allegedly loyal to contending camps in the state.

  • APC gets new National Secretary

The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday sworn in Alhaji Waziri Bulama as the new acting National Secretary of the party.

  • Oshiomhole’s lawlessness will destroy APC, says deputy chairman

The Deputy National Chairman (North), of the All Progressives Congress, Lawal Shuaibu, on Wednesday, warned that the party stood the risk of disintegration should the alleged arbitrariness of its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was left unchecked.

  • Edo, Ondo Guber aspirants to pay N22.5m fee – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says all governorship aspirants in Edo and Ondo State will pay N22.5 million as part of the requirements for contesting in the states’ governorship elections on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10.

SPORTS

  • Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, signs new deal

German coach Gernot Rohr has extended his tenure as Super Eagles manager after signing a new deal on Thursday. Rohr agreed to a two and a half year contract extension with the Nigeria football federation, a deal that will see him remain in charge of the Eagles until after the 2022 World cup in Qatar.

  • German Women’s Football League to Resume on May 29

The German women’s championship will resume behind closed doors on May 29, the country’s football federation announced Wednesday, after a suspension of almost three months due to the coronavirus.

  • Manchester United Loses £28m To Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has cost Manchester United £28m with the figure expected to rise, according to a statement by the Premier League giants on Thursday.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • UK agency sanctions Pastor Oyakhilome’s channel over coronavirus, 5G conspiracy claims

Loveworld is the third broadcaster in the UK to be sanctioned for airing potentially harmful claims on coronavirus.

  • DJ Cuppy bashed for BBNaija Housemate dream

Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, known as DJ Cuppy, the celebrity disc jockey and daughter of Femi Otedola, a wealthy Nigerian businessman, is in the mood to contest in the upcoming BBNaija reality show.

WORLD

  • Trump says US states must allow religious services resume

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday demanded that states allow religious services to take place again this weekend, thus ending shutdowns that were part of efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.