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Bukola Saraki Announces Death of Mother at 89

19 Jun 2024  |  Okay.ng
Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has announced the passing of his mother at the age of 89.

Ondo State Confirms Two Cases of Cholera, Activates Immediate Response

20 Apr 2024  |  Okay.ng
The Ondo State Government has confirmed two cases of cholera and has activated an immediate response to address the outbreak.

NDLEA Arrests Member of Lagos Drug Syndicate and Notorious Kingpin

27 Nov 2023  |  Okay.ng
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested Lawal Oyenuga, a member of a major Lagos drug syndicate, for attempting to smuggle 400 grammes of cocaine to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, concealed in palm sandals. The arrest led to the capture of a notorious kingpin, Wasiu Gbolahan, known as Teacher, who recruits mules for drug trafficking. Oyenuga was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and his arrest followed the recent capture of a widow attempting a similar smuggling operation. Teacher, who has been linked to previous trafficking attempts, was arrested at his residence in Ikorodu, Lagos. He is a property agent with seven children and four wives.

Labour Party women leader found dead after gunmen attack in Kaduna

31 Oct 2023  |  Okay.ng
Gunmen killed Victoria Chintex, the women leader of the Labour Party in Kaura, Kaduna State. The attack also left her husband injured. The Labour Party's southern Kaduna senatorial zone's publicity secretary, Edward Buju, confirmed the incident and expressed condolences. The party's national publicity secretary, Arabambi Abayomi, stated that the party would engage the police for a thorough investigation. The party leaders, including Peter Obi and Jonathan Asake, urged the community to remain law-abiding.

Federal burrowing should not be for consumption – Obi

04 Oct 2023  |  Okay.ng
Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate, emphasizes his 'consumption to production' theory, advocating for federal borrowing to be directed towards regenerative projects rather than consumption. He outlines plans to reduce governance costs, improve business conditions, and attract foreign investment. Obi also highlights the importance of domestic oil refining, agricultural development, and infrastructure investment to drive Nigeria's economic growth and sustainability.

WHO considers “mpox” as new name for monkeypox

02 Oct 2023  |  Okay.ng
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended the new name 'mpox' for monkeypox to address concerns of racist and stigmatizing language. Both names will be used for a year before phasing out 'monkeypox.' The decision follows consultations with global experts and aims to minimize negative impacts on trade, travel, and animal welfare. The disease, primarily found in Central and West Africa, saw outbreaks worldwide this year, leading to over 80,000 cases and 55 deaths. WHO guidelines emphasize avoiding names that reference specific countries, regions, or animals.

One person reported dead due to alleged suicide case on Bayelsa flyover

01 Oct 2023  |  Okay.ng
An unidentified man, believed to be in his late thirties, was found dead, hanging from a flyover near the NNPC mega filling station in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The incident, suspected to be a suicide, was discovered by passers-by on Sunday. The state police, who have yet to identify the deceased, removed the body and deposited it at the Federal Medical Centre morgue. No suicide note was found, and the man was known to frequent the Swali market area.

2023: We’ll ensure security, unity, create wealth for Nigeria – Obi

01 Oct 2023  |  Okay.ng
Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate, pledges to ensure security, unity, and economic development for Nigeria if elected in 2023. Speaking at a campaign rally in Ibadan, he highlights the need to move the country from consumption to production to address issues like unemployment and drug abuse. Obi emphasizes the importance of voting based on candidates' capacities rather than tribal or religious affiliations. He also promises to tackle corruption, improve the education sector, and engage the youth in solving national problems. Afenifere leader Ayo Adebanjo supports Obi, citing historical agreements on regional representation in the presidency.

Sports Minister in Egypt following Nigeria’s bid to host AFCON 2027

27 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
Senator John Owan Enoh, Nigeria's Minister of Sports Development, has arrived in Egypt with Nigeria Football Federation representatives to attend a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting. Nigeria and the Republic of Benin have submitted a joint bid to host the AFCON tournament in 2027. The CAF team had previously visited Nigeria to assess facilities, and during the meeting, each bidding country will present their readiness to host the tournament. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 27th September 2023, and a positive outcome is anticipated for the Nigeria-Benin Republic joint bid.

INEC to conduct mock accreditation of voters in Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi in Oct. 11

26 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct mock voter accreditation in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states on October 14, ahead of the November 11 governorship elections. The process will utilize the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and results will be uploaded to the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV). The exercise aims to ensure a smooth process on election day, with detailed information available on the INEC website and social media platforms.

Phyno Discusses Rejecting Cult Group for Music Success

25 Sep 2023  |  kanyidaily.com
Nigerian rapper Phyno, born Nelson Azubuike, shared his experience of being encouraged to join a cult to quickly succeed in his music career. He rejected this notion, emphasizing his belief in hard work, determination, and flexibility as the keys to success. Phyno advised young artists against seeking instant fame and to carefully consider record label contracts. He stressed the importance of patience, hard work, and perseverance in the music industry.

Bridge collapses in Enugu, as Governor Mbah advises FG to concession federal roads to states

25 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has urged the Federal Government to concession federal roads to state governments, citing the failure of the current road maintenance model. This call came after a flyover bridge collapsed on the Enugu-Port Harcourt federal highway, which fortunately resulted in no casualties. Mbah emphasized the need for routine maintenance and a new funding model for road upkeep. Enugu State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Gerald Otiji, advised commuters to use alternative routes while repairs are planned.

Nollywood Loses Veteran Actor Yemi Adeyemi ‘Suara’

25 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
Veteran actor Yemi Adeyemi, known as Suara, passed away on September 24, 2023. His death was announced by his family, though the cause remains undisclosed. Adeyemi was renowned for his role in the Super Story series, particularly in 'Oh Father! Oh Daughter!' where he starred alongside Bukky Wright and Sola Shobowale.

Nigerian UFC star, Usman wins Collier in Vegas

24 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
Mohammed Usman, a Nigerian MMA fighter, defeated Jake Collier by unanimous decision at the UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas, marking his return to the Octagon. Usman, the younger brother of Kamoru Usman, stepped in as a replacement for Valter Walker and secured the win with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28 from the judges.

Gunmen kills 3 Nasarawa polytechnic students, kidnapps one

01 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
Three students from ISA Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic in Lafia were shot by suspected kidnappers, and a female student was abducted during a robbery. The victims are receiving treatment and are in stable condition. The police confirmed the incident and a witness called for increased security around the institution.

Tacha seeks advice as ex-lover tries to reconcile, surprises her with gift

01 Sep 2023  |  www.kanyidaily.com
Tacha, also known as Natacha Akide, seeks advice from her social media followers about reconciling with her ex-boyfriend, who surprised her with a gift. The post sparked various reactions from users, offering different suggestions and opinions on whether she should take him back.

Why my late son always warned me not to eat at Naira Marley’s house – Mohbad’s mother opens up

01 Sep 2023  |  kanyidaily.com
Mohbad's mother, in an interview, shared her late son's advice against eating at Naira Marley's house due to safety concerns. She recounted her son's warnings about food and wine offered there, his fasting habits, and her preference to stay with him rather than at hotels. The article also includes reactions from social media users questioning her visits to Naira Marley's house.

FG to reform women ministry, introduce SGBV mobile courts

01 Sep 2023  |  kanyidaily.com
The Nigerian Federal Government, through the Minister of Women Affairs Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, announced the introduction of mobile courts to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) as part of key reforms within the first 100 days in office. The reforms aim to provide more sustainable support to grassroots women, moving away from non-sustainable interventions like periodic sanitary towel distribution to establishing sanitary pad production ventures. The government also plans to replace gas cylinder distribution with charcoal burners and biogas stoves to ensure long-term sustainability. The minister emphasized the government's commitment to justice for cases of sexual harassment.

President Buhari Congratulates New CCN President, Celebrates Arthur Eze at 74

01 Apr 2023  |  Okay.ng
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his congratulations to the Most Rev David Onuoha on his election as the National President of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN). The CCN is a part of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The president's message, delivered through his spokesman Femi Adesina, highlighted Onuoha's spiritual dedication and his role in promoting ecumenical unity in Nigeria. Buhari also recalled his positive interaction with Onuoha during a state visit to Imo. Additionally, Buhari celebrated the 74th birthday of Prince Arthur Eze, acknowledging his contributions to Nigeria's oil and gas sector, philanthropy, and support for infrastructure development. The president wished both individuals success and prosperity in their future endeavors.

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Onaiyekan, Badejo commend Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s good moral conduct

31 Dec 2022  |  www.okay.ng
John Cardinal Onaiyekan and Bishop Emmanuel Badejo have praised the moral character of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI following his death, with Onaiyekan expressing confidence in his ascent to heaven and Badejo highlighting his respectful engagement with the Church and his prudent retirement due to declining energy and mental capacity.

Buhari confirms new appointments

31 Dec 2022  |  okay.ng
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new appointments and tenure renewals for various Nigerian parastatal agencies. Dauda Biu was appointed as Corp Marshal/CEO of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mojisola Adeyeye was re-appointed as Director-General of NAFDAC, and Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission. Additionally, five executive directors were re-appointed or appointed in the nation's River Basin Development Authorities. The President congratulated the appointees and encouraged them to utilize their experience in their roles.

Beware Of thieves, FG warns Nigerians traveling to UK, US

28 Nov 2022  |  okay.ng
The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a warning to Nigerians traveling to the United States, the United Kingdom, and some European countries to be vigilant of thieves targeting their passports and valuables. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced the advisory in Abuja, citing a surge in theft reports. This follows a month after the US and UK issued advisories about potential terror threats in Nigeria's capital, which the Minister had previously dismissed, noting that no country, including the US, is completely safe.

Thugs set Ebonyi INEC office on fire

28 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
Hoodlums set ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, destroying 340 ballot boxes and an undetermined quantity of Permanent Voters’ Cards. This marks the third attack on INEC offices in three weeks, following similar incidents in Ogun and Osun states. INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye confirmed the incident, noting that no casualties were reported but significant property damage occurred. The Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have commenced an investigation into the attack.

Soft Drink Prices May Soar on Proposed Excise Tax, Warns Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

26 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has warned that the prices of soft drinks may increase if the federal government implements a proposed 20 percent excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages. This statement was made during a business discussion in Lagos attended by sectoral heads. The current N10 per litre tax is already considered burdensome by the industry, and the additional tax is expected to exacerbate the situation, potentially leading to a significant decline in sector revenue and job losses. Ekuma Eze, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director at the Nigerian Bottling Company, emphasized the severe impact the tax could have, including a projected 25% revenue decline by December 2022 and the risk of job losses across various layers of the workforce.

Soft Drink Prices May Soar on Proposed Excise Tax, Warns Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

26 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has warned that the prices of soft drinks may increase if the federal government implements a proposed 20 percent excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages. This statement was made during a business discussion in Lagos attended by sectoral heads. The current N10 per litre tax is already considered burdensome by the industry, and the additional tax is expected to exacerbate the situation, potentially leading to a significant decline in sector revenue and job losses. Ekuma Eze, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director at the Nigerian Bottling Company, emphasized the severe impact the tax could have, including a projected 25% revenue decline by December 2022 and the risk of job losses across various layers of the workforce.

Kaduna govt sympathize with victims of bandit attacks in 3 LGAs

26 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
The Kaduna State Government has expressed condolences to the families of victims killed in attacks by bandits in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, and Kajuru Local Government Areas. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, issued a statement conveying the government's sympathies and detailing the incidents, including the death tolls in the affected areas. Governor Nasir El-Rufai is reported to be deeply saddened by the events and has extended his heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families, as well as prayers for the deceased and a swift recovery for the injured. The government is also in talks with security forces regarding the situation.

Nigeria requires $410 billion to meet energy transition

25 Nov 2022  |  okay.ng
Nigeria's Federal Government states that $410 billion is needed to achieve the country's energy transition plan by 2060, aiming to address sector challenges and policy flexibility. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, represented by Permanent Secretary Gabriel Aduda, announced this at the 7th Meeting of the National Council on Hydrocarbons in Minna. The meeting's theme focused on the roadmap for Nigeria's energy transition, with the goal of ending energy poverty and lifting 100 million people out of poverty. The government is also preparing to introduce advanced technology in gold mining through the Solid Minerals Development Fund.

Ronaldo penalty call 'a fault'

25 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
Asamoah Gyan criticizes the penalty awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal's 3-2 win over Ghana in the 2022 World Cup, describing it as a soft call. Despite the loss, Gyan praises the Black Stars' performance and spirit, particularly in the second half. He also questions the timing of substitutions made after Ghana's equalizer. The Black Stars aim to revive their campaign in upcoming matches against South Korea and Uruguay.

CBN increases interest rate to 16.5%

22 Nov 2022  |  okay.ng
The Central Bank of Nigeria's Monetary Policy Committee increased the benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points to 16.5%, the highest since 2001, to combat rising inflation and bolster investor confidence. The decision was announced by CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele on November 22, 2022. Other monetary policy tools such as the asymmetric corridor, Cash Reserve Ratio, and Liquidity Ratio remained unchanged. This rate hike follows three consecutive increases from an initial rate of 11.5% earlier in the year, in response to an inflation rate that reached 21.09% in October 2022.

Wizkid breaks record, wins AMA Afrobeats Award

21 Nov 2022  |  okay.ng
Nigerian singer Ayo Balogun, known as Wizkid, became the first African and Nigerian to win an American Music Award for his song 'Essence' featuring Tems. The announcement was made via the award organizers' Twitter account. The article also lists other winners in various categories of the American Music Awards.

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UK commits $100m to finance Women enterprises in Nigeria

16 Nov 2022  |  www.okay.ng
The United Kingdom has announced a $100 million fund to support women-owned enterprises in Nigeria, delivered through the First Bank of Nigeria. This initiative was confirmed by British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, at a gender and inclusion summit in Abuja. The fund is part of the UK's three 'Es' projects aimed at educating girls, empowering women, and ending violence against women and girls. The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, also emphasized the importance of gender equality and the upcoming 2023 elections as an opportunity to increase women's participation in governance. Osasuyi Dirisu from the Policy Innovation Center highlighted the organization's work in various strategic areas including gender and public policy.

Police take over Ekiti Assembly amidst security threat

16 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
The Nigeria Police have shut down and taken over the Ekiti State House of Assembly due to a rumored threat of an attack by unknown thugs. Staff were ordered to leave the premises by the State Police Headquarters. The newly-elected Speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan, stated there was no crisis and that the police presence was based on intelligence about potential hoodlums. Aribisogan, who was elected Speaker after defeating Olubunmi Adelugba, assured that normalcy would return following an investigation.

$9.6bn P&ID theft: Court issues bench warrant order on British man, Nolan

15 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
James Richard Nolan, a British national, has been issued a bench warrant by Justice D U Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja for skipping bail in a case involving 16 counts of money laundering. Nolan, a director of Goidel Resources Limited and ICIL Limited, failed to appear for trial. The EFCC's counsel, G.C. Ofulue, requested the bench warrant, and the defense attorney, Michael Ajara, informed the court that efforts are being made to locate Nolan. The court has given the defense more time to produce the defendant, with the prosecution seeking forfeiture of the defendant's and his surety's properties to the federal government.

Inflation heightens to 21.09%

15 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
Nigeria's inflation rate has risen to 21.09 percent year-on-year in October, up from 15.09 percent in the same month the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The month-on-month inflation rate for October was 1.24 percent, slightly lower than September's 1.36 percent. Food inflation reached 23.72 percent annually, a significant increase from 18.34 percent in October 2021. Core inflation, which excludes volatile agricultural produce, was recorded at 17.76 percent, an increase from 13.24 percent in the previous year.

Adamawa government inaugurates 347.6km feeder road

15 Nov 2022  |  okay.ng
The Adamawa government has completed 347.6 kilometers of feeder roads across 21 local government areas, as part of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri’s low volume infrastructure initiative. Commissioner Abdullahi Prambe highlighted the project's role in connecting rural communities to urban centers and boosting economic activities. Additionally, power supply was restored to Michika and Madagali, and newly constructed cottage hospitals were connected to the national grid. The government also invested in repairing boreholes, culverts, and waterways.

Nigeria Concludes 'Nigeria Agenda 2050' to Replace Vision 2020

15 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
Nigeria is finalizing 'Nigeria Agenda 2050' to succeed Vision 2020, as announced by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja. The new agenda aims to increase Nigeria's GDP per capita to $33,000 and will focus on mobilizing resources with less reliance on oil revenues, emphasizing non-oil revenue sources and fiscal prudence. The National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-2025 is already in its second year, prioritizing critical infrastructure projects to boost the economy post-COVID-19.

SSS: Nnamdi Kanu refuses to show up in court

14 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
The State Security Service (SSS) informed the Federal Apex Court in Abuja that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), refused to appear in court. The trial judge, Binta Nyako, was told by the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mohammed Abubakar, that Mr. Kanu was not present. An SSS lawyer stated that Mr. Kanu rejected the court order to appear. Mike Ozekhome, Mr. Kanu's lead lawyer, expressed surprise, noting that Mr. Kanu had always wanted to be present in court for his trial.

Access Bank appropriates $1bn to improve SMEs in Africa

11 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
Access Bank plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years to support 10 million SMEs across Africa, addressing key issues such as access to funding, affordability, and business management. The initiative, announced at the SMEs Immersion Round table in Lagos, aims to enhance the capabilities of SMEs, particularly focusing on young and female entrepreneurs. The bank, with operations in 14 African countries, collaborates with Development Finance Institutions to provide comprehensive support beyond financing, aiming to transform the region's economic landscape.

SON urges tourism sector towards quality delivery

11 Nov 2022  |  Okay.ng
Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Farouk Salim, emphasized the importance of standardisation and quality assurance for the growth of the tourism industry at the 16th International Conference of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria in Abuja. Represented by Mr. Felix Nyado, Salim highlighted the availability of 44 published international standards for the sector and Nigeria's participation in ISO/TC 228. He urged industry stakeholders to comply with these standards to meet customer expectations, improve profitability, and enhance competitiveness.

English Premier League Weekend Fixtures: Rivalries and Relegation Battles

22 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
The article previews upcoming English Premier League football matches, focusing on the rivalry between Chelsea and Manchester United, which is expected to be a highlight of the weekend. Manchester United is coming off a strong performance against Tottenham, while Chelsea was held to a draw by Brentford. Manchester City is set to play Brighton, looking to bounce back from recent goalless performances and close the gap with league leader Arsenal. Liverpool is facing Nottingham Forest, a team in the relegation zone, in a match that harks back to their last Premier League encounter in 1999.

Customs dismisses 2,000 workers, earns $17.6bn after automation

20 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
Col. Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), announced that over 2,000 officials have been dismissed for various forms of misconduct since he assumed leadership. During the 55th session of the presidential briefing in Abuja, Ali highlighted the service's achievements, including the collection and remittance of N2.143 trillion to the government. He also addressed challenges in meeting the N3.019 trillion target due to delays in collecting telecom tariffs and carbonated drinks tax. Furthermore, Ali revealed that the NCS's automation, which is projected to cost $3.5 billion, could generate $17.6 billion for the country upon completion, reducing human interactions in customs operations.

Nigeria’s inflation rate experience 20.77% rise due higher food, commodity prices

18 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that Nigeria's inflation rate rose to 20.77% in September 2022, marking the highest year-on-year increase in 17 years. The rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was attributed to higher prices of food items like bread, cereals, and oils. Despite the annual increase, there was a month-on-month drop in food inflation due to reduced prices of some food items. Core inflation, excluding volatile agricultural produce, also saw a year-on-year increase. Urban and rural inflation rates rose as well, with Kogi, Rivers, and Benue experiencing the highest rates. Analysts from Cowry Assets Management Limited predict a potential slowdown in inflation in October due to supply disruptions from flooding but expect prices to surge again towards the year-end due to the weakening Nigerian naira.

Meningitis kills 56 in 32 states, FCT

07 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has reported 961 suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) and 56 fatalities across 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) this year. Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, the Director-General of NCDC, acknowledged underreporting and stated that efforts are being made to strengthen surveillance in affected states. The NCDC has also been working on strategic prevention and control measures to combat meningitis outbreaks. Despite progress in monitoring and vaccine research, CSM remains a significant public health threat globally. Nigeria, being part of Africa's 'Meningitis Belt,' is actively involved in the global plan to eradicate meningitis by 2030, which was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in November 2020.

Osinbajo Calls for Collaboration in Africa’s Blue Economy Through Seabed Resources

06 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo urged African states and stakeholders to collaborate in harnessing seabed resources to enhance the continent's Blue Economy. Speaking at the 4th African Deep Seabed Resources Workshop in Abuja, organized by the ISA, the Nigerian government, AU, and NORAD, Osinbajo highlighted the untapped potential for African countries in deep-sea mineral exploration. He emphasized the need for synergy among African industrial stakeholders, private organizations, and NGOs to strengthen Africa's engagement in international seabed activities. The workshop aims to provoke discussions and provide actionable decisions for sustainable development through seabed mineral exploration. ISA Secretary General Michael Lodge and Nigerian Representative Dr. Maureen Tamuno also spoke on the importance of deep-sea resources for African economic growth, while Anita Krogan from the Norwegian Embassy discussed the increasing demand for minerals due to population growth.

World Bank: Nigeria’s 2023 economic growth falls to 3.3%

04 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
The World Bank has revised its economic growth forecast for Nigeria in 2023 down to 3.2% from 3.3%, citing a global slowdown, the Ukraine crisis, and reduced Chinese imports of African commodities. The bank also lowered its growth projection for Sub-Saharan Africa to 3.3% for 2022, down from 4.1% in 2021. The World Bank's report, included in the October edition of Africa’s Pulse, emphasizes the need for Sub-Saharan governments to restore macroeconomic stability and protect vulnerable populations amid slow growth and high inflation. The report predicts private consumption in Nigeria will recover as inflationary pressures ease and expects a growth boost from a large refinery project. However, the region faces challenges from high inflation, increased hunger due to various factors, and higher debt levels, with governments advised to optimize resources and invest in agriculture for long-term food security.

Ademola Lookman Scores Winning Goal for Atalanta in Serie A Match

03 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
Ademola Lookman, a Nigerian striker, scored his first goal for Atalanta, leading to a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in a Serie A match. Lookman, who is 24 years old, expressed his joy and belief in the importance of self-confidence and performance. Despite challenges, Atalanta maintained their energy and now share the lead in the Serie A table with Napoli, both having 20 points. Lookman, who transferred from RB Leipzig to Atalanta in August for nearly €9m, has had a strong start with the team, participating in eight games, scoring two goals, and making three assists in the 2022/23 season. Atalanta is preparing for their next match against Udinese.

Federal Government Begins Re-opening of Trans Niger Pipeline

03 Oct 2022  |  Okay.ng
The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated the reopening of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), which was shut down in April due to oil theft and vandalism. The TNP is crucial for transporting Bonny Light, one of Nigeria's top crude oil grades, and plays a vital role in domestic power generation and the export of liquified gas. The pipeline's closure by Shell six months ago halted the transport of 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Bala Wunti, the General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NPCL), announced the reopening and highlighted the importance of the pipeline. Wunti's team visited the Bodo community in Rivers state as part of efforts to reopen the TNP and to strengthen trust with local communities and stakeholders. The commitment to integrity, excellence, and sustainability was emphasized, with support from NNPC leadership and a week-long engagement with the community led by Zakariya Budawara, the General Manager of Joint Venture Operation.
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