The House of Representatives on Wednesday began the debate into the general principle of the 2020 Appropriation bill.
The ₦10.33 trillion budget was presented on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari before a joint session of the National Assembly.
The both chambers of the assembly had earlier assured of passage before the end of the year.
The members of the house, however, began debate in a motion moved by the Leader of the House, Rep. Ado Doguwa.
In his contribution, Rep. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno) commended the Federal Government for the allocation to the Agriculture sector and the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
The agriculture sector got ₦83 billion while the NEDC got ₦38 billion.
“Our population is growing at geometric progression, and our ability to put food on the table is growing at arithmetic progression and agriculture is the most important way of solving unemployment.
Also speaking in support of the bill, Rep. Luke Onofiok (PDP-Akwa Ibom) commended Mr President for his commitment to ensure the timely implementation of the budget.
Onofiok also lauded the Federal Government for allocation to investments in sea ports in the Niger Delta.
“I will like to commend the President for bringing it in time, so that we can implemennt the budget starting January.
“We are now at the year 2020 we used to look at; we were promised infrastructure and sustained growth in 2020, now we are moving to the year 2020.
“Of importance is the increase in recurrent expenditure, which the president explained is to take care of minimum wage, and funding of salaries of security personnel,” he said.
The lawmaker, however, expressed concern that the amount allocated to Debt Service was more than what was allocated to Capital Expenditure.
The planned Debt Service for 2020 was put at ₦2.45 trillion while Capital Expenditure was ₦2.14 trillion.
Also, Rep. Salam Bamidele (PDP-Osun) urged the house to look at the possibility of increasing the allocation to Social Investment from ₦30 billion to “at least ₦100 billion”.
Furthermore, Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye (APC-Lagos) urged the National Population Census (NPC) to conduct a new census, to ensure proper planning.
“I will like to talk on population census, if we are planning, we must know the population of the actual Nigerians.
“The last census was in 2006, and we are 2019, we have been estimating our population; it is important that we know the population, so that we can know our needs,” he said.
Agunsoye also expressed concern on the porous nature of the country’s borders.
The house, however, suspended the budget debate till Thursday, Oct. 10. (NAN)
Edited by Felix Ajide
Insecurity: House of Reps invites NSA, security chiefs, IGP, DSS
The House of Representatives have invited the National Security Adviser, all the security Chiefs, Director, Department of State Security and Inspector General of Police to brief the House on the state of insecurity in the country.
Moving the motion earlier, Soli said that there was need for the security experts to brief the house on effort being made to ensure safety of lives and properties of citizens.
He said that there was need to know the way forward to bring an end to the killings, kidnapping and armed banditry at the next seating.
Soli said that that in recent time, the security situation in some parts of the country has degenerated.
He said that the Presidential directives had not helped to drastically reduce cases of kidnaping, killings and banditry in the country.
According to him, “this is due to lack of sustained tempo in the intervention, these criminals have continued to regroup in different camps in the government reserve forests and surrounding villages across the country.
“The magnitude of the attacks on various communities have reached an alarming rate as these criminals have continued to perpetuate their criminal acts unabated.
“If this criminality is not urgently addressed, there will be an imminent present danger to our food security in the country.
“Any deferment by the security agencies to abridge the continuous horror and inhumanity will result to an enormous loss of lives, destruction of properties and immobilise the Socio-Economic and Educational activities of various communities,” he said.
Soli said that the country is battling to contain the dangerous community infection rate of COVID-19.
He added that with the persistent attacks by criminals on farming communities across the country, especially in the North-West and North Central, may result to serious food shortage.
He said that the criminals are armed to the teeth with weapons supplied by ‘ gun runners living in cosmopolitan cities across the country.
According to him, if government could give such attention to COVID-19, why have we not seen the same attention directed to banditry.
The lawmaker said the bandits come out in their hundreds and operate for hours without any intervention from security personnel.
He said if this is allowed to continue, there would be food shortages and people might resort to self help which would lead to a total breakdowns flaw and order.
Kazaure said that it was embarrassing for a sitting governor to be negotiating with bandits because security agencies had failed in their duties.
He said that the primary function of government is the protection of lives and properties and government must raise up to its responsibilities.
He said that the leadership of the House would continue to engage all security agencies on a monthly basis on the progress being made until normalcy is restored.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Reps to amend Labour Act to strengthen NLC
The House of Representatives says it plans to amend the Labour Act to strengthen the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House made the pledge on Wednesday in Abuja, while receiving the leadership of the NLC in his office in Abuja.
He said the NLC represented vast majority of Nigerians and had a mandate to protect the interest of the common man just like the legislature.
“We will be looking forward to your inputs, we are ready to look at them and amend the Labour Act.
“You should do that on time because time is of the essence so that we pass it very quickly,” Gbajabimila said.
The speaker urged the union to key into the motto of the 9th House of Representatives which was “Nation Building, a Joint Task”.
He said that NLC should always conduct its activities free from political, religious or ethnic influences.
Earlier, NLC Chairman, Mr Ayuba Wabba said that the visit was aimed at seeking collaboration of the house towards building the union into a strong institution.
Wabba said that democracy can only thrive in the country through strong institutions like the NLC, legislature, judiciary among others.
He said that the NLC was made up of unions in the informal and formal sectors and that it represented the interest of the common man.
The chairman said the NLC was interested in sustaining cordial relationship with the green chamber for the protection of Nigerian people.
According to him, the United States, Germany, China and other developed countries have very strong labour unions and there is need to strengthen the NLC.
He stressed the need to put an end to casualisation of workers through legislation, describing it as modern day slavery.
Wabba said that when amending the Labour Act, labour unions should be made more independent and that every Nigerian worker should be free to join any union of his choice.
He said there was need for a social dialogue which should be made up of all stakeholders to address issues rather than strikes.
Wabba commended the house for its interventions in resolving labour related matters especially in the health, education and power sectors in the country.
Reps approve Buhari’s loan request
The House Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management, had presented its report through the Chairman, Rep. Ahmed Safana (APC-Katsina) at the House Committee on Supply.
Safana observed that out of the total borrowing of $22,898,446,773 as contained in the October 2019 re-forwarded request of President Muhammadu Buhari, a sum of $17,065,496,773 is for funds proposed to be borrowed from China Eximbank Bank.
He said out of the $22.799 billion loan, China Eximbank is to provide larger chunk of the fund worth $17.066 billion at 20 years maturity, 7 years moratorium, 0.5 per cent management fee, 2.75 per cent interest rate, 0.3 per cent commitment fee and 3-7 years duration.
The lawmaker said that the World Bank is to provide $2.854 billion at average repayment maturity of between 20 – 25 years, 1.25 per cent interest rate, 0.25 per cent commitment charge, 0.25 per cent front-end fee and five years duration.
He said that the African Development Bank (AfDB), is to provide $1.889 billion at average repayment maturity of 20 years, 0.75 per cent service charge, 0.5 per cent commitment charge, 5 years grace period, 1.127 per cent interest rate and 5-8 years duration.
According to him, Agencie Francaise de Development (AFD) is to provide $480 million at 15-20 years maturity, 4-7 years grace period, 2.6 – 2.9 per cent rate in USD based on Libor floating market rates (1.3 per cent in Euros in Euribomarket rates) depending on loan maturity, 0.5 per cent commitment fee, 0.5 per cent appraisal fee and five years duration.
He said German Development Bank is to provide $200 million at 15 years maturity, 5 years grace period, 3.99 per cent interest rate, 0.25 per cent commitment fee of the undisturbed amount and 0.4 per cent management fee of the loan.
He also said that the Islamic Development Bank is to provide $110 million at average repayment maturity of between 25 years, Service Charge not exceeding 2 per cent, 2.5 per cent interest rate and four years duration.
The breakdown of the approved loans include, $350 million World Bank Development Policy Operation loan for Kaduna and $110 million Islamic Development Bank Health Systems Projects Loan for Katsina State.
Reacting to the adopted report, the Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Toby Okechukwu said that the approval does not meet the expectations of the people down south.
“First and foremost, there are certain strategic projects that ought to be there, one is the Western Corridor Rail line, which goes from Lagos to Kano and the Eastern Corridor Rail line that goes from Port Harcourt through Enugu to Makurdi, Plateau down to Maiduguri.
“They were established the same day, they commenced the same day, and they were completed the same day they were operating.
“So to take one in exclusion of the other is not appropriate,” he said.
According to him, it is an infrastructural sufficiency to give impetus to the eastern corridor passing through South South, South East, North Central and North East.
“If you check all these areas, what you will see is that we have trouble from Boko Haram to agitations to militancy; we have challenges in these areas and when you don’t undertake economic activities that will improve it, you are not helping.
“So it is our considered opinion that they should have been a priority; we appreciate the effort of Mr. Speaker in terms of trying by all means for the past 4 months to accommodate these Lines but of course there was no initiation for it.
“This is where you find out that the budget or loan approval is as good, but we need to think globally,” he said.
Okechukwu, however, appreciated the provision that says that the South East should be prioritised in the next borrowing plan.
He said that loan approval should have waited until the feasibility study is completed so that the South East and North East are sufficiently accommodated.
DSTV: Reps C’ttee vows to implement pay-as-you-go package
Idem, also Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Communication, representing Ukanafun/Orukanam Constituency of Akwa-Ibom, said the matter before the committee affected vast majority of Nigerians.
“As chairman of this ad hoc committee, I want to assure Nigerians that their interest will be protected.
“When I moved the motion on the floor of the house, I stated that business of this nature, the customers should be given the right to choose what they want.
“We have interacted with Nigerians and what they want is pay-as-you-go so that when they are out in their respective locations, their subscriptions can be there and they will make use of it when they return.
“We are here to defend our constituents who happen to be the consumers; based on the inauguration today, I can tell Nigerians that justice will be done at the end of the day,” he said.
Edem said the committee was ready to step on toes, saying that constituents elected reps based on courage and boldness and that would be brought to play.
The lawmaker said all stakeholders including the regulators and service providers would be invited to deliberate on ways to open up the sector.
He said that all bottle necks would be critically looked into with the view to liberalising it for more interested Nigerians to benefit.
Reps urge AFDB Board to stop further harassment of Dr Adesina
The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion of Matter of Public Urgent Importance by the Minority Leader of the house, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) at plenary on Tuesday.
Earlier, Elumelu recalled that at a conference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Khartoum, Sudan, in August ,1963, an agreement was reached for the establishment of AfDB.
He said the agreement was co-signed by 23 African Governments, including Nigeria which birthed the bank.
Elumelu said that in 1964 the agreement came into force with a mission of fighting poverty and improving standard of living on the African continent.
He said the bank was also saddled with the responsibility of promoting the investment of public and private capital, through the implementation of projects and programmes that contributed to the economic and social development of Africa.
According to the lawmaker, on May 8, 2015, a distinguished Nigerian and one time Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, was elected the presumptive President of the bank, being the first Nigeria to hold the office.
Elumelu said that the AfDB under the leadership of Adesina had been very remarkable in steering the organisation as its presence was highly visible and that it impacted much in less than five years.
“Recently a group of whistleblowers petitioned Dr Adesina, accusing him of 16 breaches of the bank’s code of conduct, some of which include private gains, impediments to efficiency, preferential treatment and involvement in political activities, which he has continued to deny.
“On investigation by the ethics committee of the board of directors, the allegations were found to be frivolous, unsubstantiated, lacking merit and Dr Adesina was exonerated of all the 16 allegations.
“The chairman of board of governors being satisfied that the committee had done a thorough job, haven followed all known rules and procedures of the bank in handling such cases, declared Adesina exonerated,” he said.
Elumelu, however, expressed worry that though the ethics committee had cleared Adesina, the United States Treasury Secretary, Mr Steven Mnuchin, rejected the verdict.
The lawmaker said Mnuchin called for an independent investigation into the allegations against Adesina, whose tenure was due for renewal, given the fact that he was the only contender to the office.
According to Elumelu, the interference portends a grave danger to the independence and laws governing the establishment of the bank and if not addressed, will be tantamount to undermining its hard earned reputation.
Elumelu said the action may be an attempt to discredit Adesina and prevent him from seeking another term at the helm of Africa’s largest multilateral lender.
He said that 11 former African Heads of State led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in their wisdom, issued a statement showing the grave danger it portended to disregard the laws governing an institution such as the AFDB.
The lawmaker said that the African leaders stated in clear terms that no nation no matter how powerful had a veto power over the AfDB.
“If this sort of witch hunt and unnecessary harassment is not put to check and discouraged, it may become a recurring decimal thereby destabilising the stability the bank has enjoyed for decades and the intended results on a steady decrease,” he said.
The lawmaker said that Adesina had remained Afrocentric and had insisted on the independence of the bank.
He said that the bank’s president had repositioned the bank to move Africa to the next level as he had set the continent on the path of industrialisation.
According to him, soon, Africa will begin to produce locally most of all she imports and this is not going down well with many Western powers.
Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) said that there was no true African that did not support how Adesina had run the bank in the last four years.
He, however, cautioned the house to get more facts before making recommendations so that its position would be fact-based.
Ossai described the ongoing call for investigation into the bank as “international politics,” saying that there was need for the house to be more careful.
The lawmaker said that he was part of the committee that cleared Adesina for the office of the Minister of Agriculture and that he had no doubt about the integrity of the AfDB president.
The house urged the Federal Government to call on all African leaders to intervene in the matter with a view to protecting the independence of the bank.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the Committees on ECOWAS Parliament and Pan African Parliament to investigate, resolve the matter and report to the house within reasonable time.
COVID-19: Plateau Reps,NNPC, donate money, ambulance to Plateau Govt.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase ,led the delegation that made the presentation on Monday at Government House, Jos.
Wase commended Gov. Simon Lalong for being the first to install CCTVs at the state’s borders.
He also commended the efforts of Gov. Lalong toward curbing the scourge of the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He prayed for more wisdom and guidance for the governor to steer the affairs of Plateau toward fast tracking its development.
The deputy speaker said that even though they were giving individual and constitutional responsibilities in interventions to stem the disease, it was still imperative for them to contribute as a group representing the different interests of the state at the National Assembly.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that while on the visit, the members also presented a Toyota Hiace ambulance bus to the governor under the initiative of the the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Intervention on COVID-19 donated by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Independent Petroleum Producers group.
NAN reports that the donation by the initiative also included two ventilators, 10,000 surgical face masks, 5,000 face masks and 2,000 hand gloves.
Lalong thanked all the members representing Plateau at the National Assembly for the gesture, describing it as laudable and worthy emulation.
He also acknowledged their contributions at their constitutional levels and their efforts to sensitise and enlighten their constituents on preventive measures against the disease.
He assured that their contribution to the Plateau government COVID-19 trust fund would be put into good use, while appreciating their cooperation to ensure the well-being of Plateau people.
“We will also give you the necessary cooperation to discharge your duties at the National Assembly.
“We have inaugurated a research committee comprising of specialists in the field on alternative ways of addressing COVID-19 and other possible emergence of infectious diseases,” he said.
He said the state had also established a palliative committee which was already distributing foodstuff and other essentials to the indigents and vulnerable in the state.
The governor also said it had evacuated Quaranic Education Students (Almajiri),from Plateau to their home states as agreed by Northern Governors in order to protect them from the pandemic, saying they are being tested for the disease before taking to their homes.
He thanked the Members for ensuring Plateau benefited from the intervention of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Intervention, saying he was optimistic that the state through their influence would benefit from more Federal Government interventions.
He said business Mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation was establishing a 100 bed capacity isolation center in Shendam Local Government Area.
NAN reports that other members of the delegation were Sen. Hezekiah Dimka representing Plateau Central, Sen Istifanus Gyang representing Plateau North, while the representatives in attendance were Mr Haruna Maitala representing Jos North and Komsol Longgap representing Mikang/Qu’anpan/Shendam constituency among others.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
Don’t use foreign airline to evacuate stranded Nigerians- Reps Committee
Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, has advised the Federal Government against using foreign airline to evacuate stranded Nigerians from Canada.
Nnaji, representing Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State, said in a statement in Lagos on Sunday that the House would not condone it.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was persistent refusal by the Canadian authorities to grant Air Peace airline landing rights for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Canada.
NAN reports that the Canadian Government was alleged to have given preference to Ethiopian Airline for evacuation of stranded Nigerians desiring to come home as against the Air Peace which the task force has already engaged for the evacuation.
Air Peace is charging 1,134 dollars per passenger as against the sum of 2,500 dollars charged by the Ethiopian Airline.
Nnaji, however, said that the position of the House of Representatives was very clear on the issue of evacuation flights.
The lawmaker explained that the House had on May 12 adopted the motion against the use of foreign airlines for evacuation of stranded Nigerians in other countries.
Nnaji said the House had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and relevant Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the motion.
He said the House had urged them to ensure that Nigerian Airlines enjoy the right of first refusal in all circumstances where Nigerians need to be evacuated from other countries.
“The House of Representatives had insisted that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Aviation and indeed the COVID-19 Task Force must explore all available diplomatic channels to ensure that a Nigerian airline operate the evacuation flight out of Canada.
“The aviation committee has also observed that Canadian authorities has no reason to deny Air Peace landing right.
“This is because available records had shown that the airline has the require certification and approvals to operate internationally.
“Our findings have shown that Air Peace is International Air Transport Association’s Safety Oversight Audit (IOSA) certified.
“This means that the airline has a major international parameter for measuring airlines’ safety standards,” he said.
Nnaji said that there was need for the Canadian Government to treat the flight as a special emergency occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic and immediately grant the necessary approvals to the Air Peace.
Similarly, the lawmaker said the committee had summoned the COVID-19 Task Force and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aviation and agencies to appear before it on Thursday.
Nnaji explained that the committee summoned those directly or indirectly involved in the earlier evacuation flights handled by the British Airways, Emirates and Ethopian Airlines from the UK, United Arab Emirates and America.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Eid-el Fitr: Reps minority caucus felicitates muslims, urges national rebirth.
The Minority Leader of the House of representatives, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, (PDP-Delta) has urged Muslim faithfuls to use the Eid-el Fitr celebration to activate the much desired national rebirth.
In a congratulatory message on behalf of the minority caucus on Saturday in Abuja, Elumelu said that Eid-el Fitr presents a fresh opportunity for a national regeneration in all aspects of life.
“As a nation, we must use this period for deep introspection and rekindle the virtues of forgiveness, tolerance, love for one another and commitment to the stability and progress of our dear nation and humanity at large.
“Indeed, the successful completion of the Ramadan fast as well as our commitment to prayers and supplications during the period, strongly confirm our individual and collective trust in God in the determination to excel as a united people,” he said.
He called on Nigerians to spread the joy of the Eid-el Fitr by reaching out to one another at this critical time.
Elumelu added that with unity and trust in God, Nigeria will definitely overcome all her challenges and once again stand tall among the comity of nations.
He urged Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to all safety protocols on COVID-19 as they observe the Eid-el Fitr.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
COVID-19: Reps C’ttee cautions MDAs against tampering with 2020 budget
The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation has cautioned Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) against tampering with the 2020 Appropriation Act.
The Chairman of the committee,Rep. Muktar Betara (APC-Borno) ,issued the warning in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, no MDA has powers to tinker with the budget as only the National Assembly is statutorily empowered to review, adjust, consider and pass budget.
“There are reports that following the downward review of the budget from N10.59 trillion to N10.52 trillion due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“As a result of the dwindling oil prices, some MDAs were already adjusting the budget proposal to suit their needs.
“Such acts will not be condoned by the National Assembly as any MDA or official found to be engaged in such illegal practice will be made to face the music.
“I want to warn that no other arm or department of government has any power over budget except the legislature, which is the National Assembly,” he said.
The lawmaker stressed that the process to review the budget was ongoing in line with the powers of the National Assembly.
He said that the Constitution confers appropriation powers on the parliament as well as its responsibilities over the national purse.
According to him, both the 1999 Constitution and Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 provide for no limitations on the National Assembly’s power to amend the Appropriations bill.
“Section 80 (4) specifically provided that ‘no money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly.
“Therefore, we shall not shirk in our responsibilities and we will also not hesitate to wield the big stick on whoever goes beyond his brief to tamper with the budget,” he said.
Betara said that because of the importance the National Assembly attach to the budget, members of the relevant committees would continue work on it during the two-week Sallah break.
He assured that the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation is committed to working with other relevant committees, the Senate and Executive to have workable and implementable budget to help the country overcome the negative economic effects of COVID-19.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
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- Brescia to terminate Balotelli’s contract for missing training
- Zambia FM holds virtual meeting with UN Special envoy for Great Lakes Region
- Enugu CP assures CSOs of partnership to check rape, sexual offences
- NASS member regrets comments on rape debate
- 1,700 new COVID-19 infections detected in Qatar, 67,195 in total
- Don cautions youths against social media addiction
- Romanian football fan jailed 90 months for attempted murder
- Tribute: Oni lauds Olumilua’s integrity, transparency
- AfDB approves 288.5 mln USD to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 response
- `No Knelling’: Trump renews criticism of protests during United States anthem
- Palestine exerts effort in UNSC to stop Israel’s annexation plan: official
- 5.0-magnitude quake hits 85 km NE of Tobelo, Indonesia — USGS
- ILO’s Better Factories Cambodia launches “COVID-19: Worker Safety” hotline
- Five substitutions will help with squad rotation —- Solskjaer
- Active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria fall below 1,000
- Osun 7th Assembly flags off 1st anniversary with prayers
- Post COVID-19: Lagos Govt advises women to acquire skills, embrace agriculture
- Palestinians harvest wheat in southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis
- Iraqi parliament votes on remaining members of al-Kadhimi’s cabinet
- Firm unveils smoother, quicker painting product
- Africa’s COVID-19 cases over 175,000 – WHO
- Tomatoes’ price soar in Enugu markets
- Ajimobi mourns Oyo politician, Adelere
- FIDA advocates death sentence for rapists
- Interview: George Floyd death reveals United States’ double standards on human rights, says former Yugoslavian FM
- UNILAG set to boost entrepreneurship education through direct online platform
- Zambia’s wildlife orphanage receives donations from Chinese enterprise
- Environment: Lawmaker urges more effort to mitigate hazards in N/Delta
- Buhari celebrates Erogbogbo, the ‘Kind Teacher’ at 90
- Egypt’s president meets Libya’s Haftar, announces Cairo initiative for Libya settlement
- Aussie researchers reveal how cancer cells develop resistance to treatment
- Cameroon army kills 4 Boko Haram militants
- Saudi G20 Presidency calls for collaborative global efforts to fight COVID-19
- UK COVID-19 deaths hit 40,465 as another 204 patients die
- Messi trains apart as Barcelona put through their paces at Camp Nou
- Lockdown ease: LASTMA impounds 1, 233 vehicles
- Iran released United States prisoner on “humanitarian purposes”: Iranian ministry
- Firm launches ‘plastic responsibly’ initiative in Nigeria
- COVID-19: Pharmaceutical company donates sanitisers, face masks to ministry
- Tanzania’s Zanzibar reopens for tourism activities
- Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases increase to 329
- Spanish gov’t to levy fines on violators of face mask rules
- Malaysian PM appoints Petronas president to head Malaysia Airlines
- Merkel allies criticise Trump decision to cut United States troops in Germany
- Ethiopian expert says Africa can learn from Chinese pandemic management system
- Kuwait records 31,131 COVID-19 cases, 254 deaths
- Maldives construction industry loses 40 mln USD due to COVID-19
- Maldives reports eighth COVID-19 death
- Interview: UK epidemiologist says global collaboration vital to tackle unprecedented COVID-19 crisis
- People take part in protest over death of George Floyd in central Sydney, Australia
- Indonesian army chopper crashes, 4 killed
- India’s Western Coalfields opens three new coal mines
- New ultrathin nanosheets set to transform dirtiest water into lifesaving resource: Aussie-led study
- Ethiopian staff members trained as professional train drivers of Ethiopia-Djibouti rail line in E China
- Foundation empowers 100 infertility women in Nigeria
- Edo records more than 50 cases of gender-based violence during virus lockdown
- Indonesia plans to recruit volunteers to help contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic
- Sweden urges collaboration in conserving earth resources
- Explosion kills 8 in northeast Syria
- Italy hopes EU nations will open borders to Italians from June 15
- World Environment Day: Society urges Nigerians to protect planet earth
- PLO warns of Israel’s steps towards annexing parts of West Bank
- I-G condoles with PSC over Jumbo Offor’s death
- Interview: South Sudan envoy commends China’s COVID-19 medical supplies assistance
- Jos residents shun Hair Salons for fear of the Coronavirus
- 5.8-magnitude quake hits 104 km N of Ba, Fiji — USGS
- Sen. Folarin worried over increased insecurity in Oyo
- FAO intensifies desert locust control measures in Kenya’s county
- Thai state drug buster hands 600 kg of seized marijuana to medical researchers
- Two women killed in violent attacks in Carinthia, Austria
- Kenyan police nab 3 terror suspects with explosive materials
- Bangladesh reports 2,635 new COVID-19 cases, 35 new deaths
- Malaysia reports 37 new COVID-19 cases, 8,303 in total
- Interview: Death of George Floyd reveals Washington’s double standards, says Indonesian analyst
- 108-year-old Italian woman in nursing home recovers from COVID-19
- Ogun TRACE warns commercial motorcyclists driving against traffic
- Ole! La Liga fires up again after old foes unite
- France says its army killed al Qaeda North Africa chief, Droukdel
- Malians rally against President Keita, demand his resignation
- 27th annual Ulan Bator Book Festival kicks off
- Death toll in India’s chemical factory blast rises to 10
- People attend protest over death of George Floyd in Los Altos
- People participate in march to mark World Environment Day in Athens, Greece
- Iran reports 2,269 new COVID-19 cases, 169,425 in total
- Nomadic tribe begins bi-annual seasonal migration towards upper reaches of Indian-controlled Kashmir
- Legal practitioner seeks amendment of law on rape
- Protestors carry signs during anti-racism rally in Vancouver, Canada
- Chinese embassy donates food to less privileged S. African families
- Troops of Operation Accord kill 70 bandits in Kachia forest – DHQ
- Killings: Oyo police commissioner relocates to Moniya