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    How they stand: The final eight candidates for WTO top job

How they stand: The final eight candidates for WTO top job

The nomination process for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has finally closed, and all the candidates for the WTO top job are now known. There are eight candidates in the race; three from Africa, two from Europe, one from the Middle-East, one from North America, and one from Asia. In the race are three women -- [...]

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    Lagos to give 10,000 radio sets to pupils for homeschooling, says commissioner

Lagos to give 10,000 radio sets to pupils for homeschooling, says commissioner

Folasade Adefisayo, the commissioner for education in Lagos state, says the state is giving out 10,000 radio sets to pupils in underserved communities to continue their schooling. Speaking with TheCable via a live interview with Ogechi Ekeanyanwu on Sunday evening, Adefisayo said the state government has been in conversations with telecommunications companies to give free or subsidised data to private schools [...]

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    Vivour-Adeniyi: It’s a myth — Lagos study shows people don’t get raped for how they dress

Vivour-Adeniyi: It’s a myth — Lagos study shows people don’t get raped for how they dress

Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), says a study by the state government has shown that people do not get raped for how the dress. Speaking with TheCable via an Instagram live interview on Sunday night, Vivour-Adeniyi said the belief that people get raped because of how they dress is only a [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala still eligible to run for office of DG, says WTO

EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala still eligible to run for office of DG, says WTO

Despite claims to the contrary, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank and two-time minister of finance in Nigeria, is still eligible to run for the office as director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable can report. The WTO told TheCable on Friday that according to its agreed procedures for the appointment of WTO directors-general, a candidate only [...]

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    10m jobs in one year, N2.3trn stimulus, national carrier… Osinbajo’s master plan for COVID-19 recession

10m jobs in one year, N2.3trn stimulus, national carrier… Osinbajo’s master plan for COVID-19 recession

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, confirmed that Nigeria is inevitably heading for a recession following the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus disease on the price of crude oil and general economic productivity in Nigeria and across the world. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the recession will be the deepest in three decades.  President Muhammadu Buhari had, at the [...]

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    Consider suspending NYSC camps for 2 years, Osinbajo committee tells FG

Consider suspending NYSC camps for 2 years, Osinbajo committee tells FG

The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on the federal government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years. In its report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari last week and seen by TheCable, the committee recommended the consideration of suspension of NYSC camps for 24 months. "The immediate focus in [...]

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    ‘Noah was on lockdown for 150 days’ — Bakare says his Church may not open till end of the year

‘Noah was on lockdown for 150 days’ — Bakare says his Church may not open till end of the year

Tunde Bakare, the serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, says the church he pastors will not be opened "until the coast is clear". Speaking at the second edition of the virtual 3Gz -- Guys, Girls and God -- session of the CGCC Legacy Youth Fellowship, Bakare said "government cannot shut the church, it [...]

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    I chose Atiku because nothing was changing with Buhari, says Dele Momodu

I chose Atiku because nothing was changing with Buhari, says Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu, journalist and former presidential candidate, says he chose Atiku Abubakar for the presidency in 2019 because nothing was changing with incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. Momodu added that the Buhari-led administration has crippled the independence of both the national assembly and the judiciary. In an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Momodu said the APC arm-twisted the voters, arm-twisted [...]

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    How volunteers are fighting hunger amid COVID-19 crisis

How volunteers are fighting hunger amid COVID-19 crisis

In recent months, strict measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus diseases have affected low-income households and those working in the informal economy due to the loss of livelihoods and inability to access markets. This has left the most vulnerable families with no option than to ‘hope for their next meal’. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 51 [...]

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    WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination for DG

WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination for DG

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the candidates for the office of the director-general of the organisation.  "Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020," the [...]

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    Why is Egypt running scared of Okonjo-Iweala in the race for WTO DG?

Why is Egypt running scared of Okonjo-Iweala in the race for WTO DG?

When President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job, Egypt went on the offensive. Citing an executive decision of the African Union (AU) which had set a deadline of November 30, 2019 for African countries to nominate candidates, Egypt made the extraordinary claim that even Yonov Frederick Agah -- Nigeria's permanent representative to the WTO who was earlier [...]

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    COVID-19: Brazil stops releasing total fatality numbers after recording ‘one death per minute’

COVID-19: Brazil stops releasing total fatality numbers after recording ‘one death per minute’

Brazil has stopped releasing its total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths after recording an average of at least one death per minute on Thursday. Jair Bolsonaro, the country's president, has since been accused of censorship and an attempt to erase the memory of the dead. As of Sunday evening, Brazil had recorded 672,846 cases of the novel coronavirus disease, making [...]

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    Gates Foundation commits fresh $1.6bn to Gavi in preparation for COVID-19  vaccine

Gates Foundation commits fresh $1.6bn to Gavi in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a five-year, US$1.6 billion commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to deliver life-saving vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. According to the Gates, the "funding and global coordination will ensure" people all over the world are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they become available.  The commitment was announced at the Global Vaccine [...]

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    ANALYSIS: Were lockdowns that effective in Nigeria? Here is what the data suggest

ANALYSIS: Were lockdowns that effective in Nigeria? Here is what the data suggest

Like you, we also have questions: now that Nigeria is relaxing the lockdown, was it effective in the first place? Should the government have lifted the lockdowns? Have we flattened the curve? Is anything getting better? How much longer before this virus gets out of our lives? We asked the data, and yes, we got some answers. Come with us [...]

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    Maikanti Baru, former NNPC GMD, dies at 60

Maikanti Baru, former NNPC GMD, dies at 60

Maikanti Baru, the immediate past group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is dead. He was 60 years old as at the time of his death, and only two months away from his 61st birthday. This was disclosed by Mele Kyari, the current GMD of the state-run oil company. "My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, [...]

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    ICYMI: You will now pay stamp duty on ATM printouts, some WhatsApp messages, says FIRS

ICYMI: You will now pay stamp duty on ATM printouts, some WhatsApp messages, says FIRS

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) says Nigerians will now pay stamp duties on WhatsApp messages, SMS, and messages via any electronic platform acknowledging receipt of funds.  The revenue service also stated that stamp duties will be paid on  "POS receipts, fiscalised device receipts, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) print-outs". According to an information circular published by the agency, and seen by TheCable, Nigerians will [...]

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