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FG to Finance student loan scheme through education tax

The Federal Government has announced that the Student Loan Scheme expected to commence soon would have as one of its sources of funding, the Education Tax under the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The FIRS Chairman, Zacch Adedeji who revealed this while briefing the press at the Presidential Villa, Abuja alongside the Executive Secretary of […]

Lagos Bans Styrofoam, Other Single Use Plastics

The Lagos State Government has banned the use and distribution of single-use plastics, such as Styrofoam, in the state. Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who made this known in a statement yesterday, said the decision was in response to the environmental threat posed by single-use plastics, particularly non-biodegradable styrofoams, adding that the […]

US Congress Speedily Backs New Funding before Government Shutdown

The US Congress has passed legislation to fund the government through early March, avoiding a partial government shutdown on Saturday. The House of Representatives passed the short-term funding measure by a vote of 314 to 108, about two hours after the Senate passed it by a vote off 77 to 18, despite political tensions. Democrats […]

NCDC Activates Emergency Operations Centre for Lassa Fever Over Escalating Incidence

Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has activated its Lassa fever emergency operations centre in response to the country’s escalating incidence of the disease. A statement signed by the NCDC Director General, Ifedayo Adetifa, on Thursday stated that in 2023, there was an increase in the number of cases reported from week 49 […]

Court Grants Godwin Emefiele Permission to Travel Out of Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele’s request to travel out of the Abuja. Justice Hamza Muazu who handed the ruling however said Emefiele must however remain in the country.  The Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, did […]

The Oral Cholera Vaccination Programme has Started in Zambia

Zambia has commenced the administration of the oral cholera vaccine.  On Tuesday authorites rolled out some doses in in Matero township, one of the affected shanty compounds of Lusaka, the country’s capital, most affected by the current outbreak. According to health authorities, the countrywide cholera outbreak has so far killed 363 people, 30% of which […]

Students Loan Scheme Will Take Off This January

The federal government has reaffirmed that the January target for the takeoff of the Students Loan Scheme is still very much intact. Minister of State for Education, Yusuf Sununu, who gave the affirmation while addressing journalists after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC), said all is now set for the scheme to begin with the completion […]

Panic as an Explosion Demolishes Ibadan Buildings

There was panic in Ibadan, Oyo State, as loud explosion rocked the ancient city around 8:00pm, with buildings collapsing due to terrific vibration. The Oyo State Government also confirmed what it described as “an uncommon explosion” which residents speculate that houses and cars far from the scene were impacted by the blast wave. The number […]

WHO Declares Cape Verde as Malaria-Free

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Cape Verde malaria free. The West African nation was officially certified by the international body during a live ceremony attended by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Cape Verde Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva welcomed the milestone, for a country in which tourism is its main economic […]

CBN has Appointed New Executives for Union, Keystone, and Polaris banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced a new appointment of executive officers for Union Bank, Keystone Bank, and Polaris Bank following the dissolution of the board of the banks on Wednesday.  The acting director of Corporate Communication, Sidi-Ali Hakama, made this disclosure in a circular dated January 10, 2024.  According to the CBN, the […]