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Country music Hall of Fame, Kenny Rogers dies at 81.

in tough coronavirus era


Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81, his family said late Friday.

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” they said in a statement.


The family said they were planning a small private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.”

A three-time Grammy winner, Rogers was known for a string of hits including “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream.”


In 2018 Rogers scrapped the final dates of his farewell tour due to health concerns.

Born in Texas, Rogers started his career in the late 1950s and quickly became active in rockabilly, jazz and other genres that he brought into his country style.


He went on to have 24 number one hits, was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His easygoing ballads and constant touring won him mainstream pop appeal, as have his popular takes on Christmas standards.

Rogers also came to prominence through his collaboration with Dolly Parton and appearances on films and television programs including “The Muppet Show.”


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COVID-19: Lagos monitoring 349 persons from virus affected countries.


The Lagos State Government on Saturday March 8, disclosed that it is monitoring 349 persons from countries where coronavirus have been confirmed.

In a tweet shared on the official Twitter handle of Lagos State Commissioner of Health Prof Akin Abayomi, it was gathered that 50 new samples have been collected for analysis.

The tweet reads;

“One confirmed case identified. 50 new samples collected for analysis.

“349 Persons of interest from endemic countries under follow up. Training of stakeholders and awareness on #COVID19 ongoing.”

Coronavirus: Lagos monitoring 349 persons from endemic countries

Coronavirus: Lagos monitoring 349 persons from endemic countries

Coronavirus: Lagos monitoring 349 persons from endemic countries

Coronavirus: Lagos monitoring 349 persons from endemic countries

Coronavirus: Lagos monitoring 349 persons from endemic countries


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See Nigeria’s position among countries with highest corruption rate in the world


Nigeria has dropped two places on the 2019 corruption perception index published by Transparency International.

According to the report which was released on Thursday, Nigeria is now ranked 146 out of the 180 countries considered.


The country scored 26 out of 100 points, a drop from the 27 points that it has maintained since 2017.

In the 2018 index, Nigeria rose by four places on the index from 148 to 144.


The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption in the opinion of experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

“The Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 reveals a staggering number of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption. Our analysis also suggests that reducing big money in politics and promoting inclusive political decision-making are essential to curb corruption,” the report read.


“From fraud that occurs at the highest levels of government to petty bribery that blocks access to basic public services like healthcare and education, citizens are fed up with corrupt leaders and institutions.

“This frustration fuels a growing lack of trust in government and further erodes public confidence in political leaders, elected officials and democracy.”


“Governments must urgently address the corrupting role of big money in political party financing and the undue influence it exerts on our political systems,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Transparency International’s chair, said.

The sub-Saharan Africa region was classified as the lowest-performing region while western Europe was the highest-scoring region.


NIGERIA IS THE FOURTH MOST CORRUPT COUNTRY IN WEST AFRICA

Of the 19 countries in the West African region, Nigeria was ranked the fourth most corrupt country in the region.

Here is a list of the countries below:

Benin: 80
Burkina Faso: 85
Cape Verde: 41
The Gambia: 96
Ghana: 80
Guinea: 130
Guinea-Bissau:168
Ivory Coast: 106
Liberia: 137
Mali: 130
Mauritania: 137
Niger: 120
Nigeria: 146
Senegal: 66
Sierra Leone: 119
Togo: 130
Chad: 162
Cameroon: 153
Equatorial Guinea: 173

President Muhammadu Buhari was elected into office in 2015 on the strength of his anti-corruption campaign.


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Hilarious: Turkey Goalkeeper sent off by referee after saving 2 penalties, his replacer saves the third (Video)


In Turkey, Goalkeeper Ersin Aydin surely had a day he’ll never forget as he helped his club Usakspor beat Turkish third-tier rivals Ergene Velimese.

Ersin, had a day most goalkeepers can only wish for, as he saved two penalties but was yellow carded twice for coming out of his line, so after he was sent off against Ergene Velimese, his replacement, defender Levent Aktug stopped another spot-kick in a thrilling game on Sunday evening.


The match which was still 2-0 as at stoppage time, would have had a more damaging scoreline had Ersin let the penalties be scored- but not only did Ersin keep him team in the game, his teammate came up and saved a penalty as he had no back up keeper .

Watch the thrilling video below.


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China birth rate drops


China’s birth rate dropped last year to its lowest level since the Communist country was founded in 1949, adding to concerns that an ageing society and shrinking workforce will pile pressure on a slowing economy.

To avoid a demographic crisis, the government relaxed its one-child policy in 2016 to allow people to have two children, but the change has not resulted in more pregnancies.

In 2019, the birth rate stood at 10.48 per 1,000 people, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released on Friday.


The number of births has now fallen for three consecutive years.

There were 14.65 million babies born in 2019, after 15.23 million in 2018 and 17.23 million in 2017.


Still, China’s population stood at 1.4 billion by the end of 2019, increasing by 4.67 million from the year before.

China’s workforce continued to shrink last year.


The NBS said there were 896.4 million people aged between 16 and 59 — its population of working age — a drop from the 897.3 million in 2018.

This marks the eighth consecutive year of decline, and the workforce is expected to decline by as much as 23 percent by 2050.

Although China’s limit on family sizes could be removed, the rising cost of living has discouraged many of child-bearing age to have bigger families.

China’s economy grew by 6.1 percent in 2019, its slowest pace since 1990 as it was hit by weaker demand and a bruising trade war with the United States.


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53,000 locals displaced in erupting Philippines volcano


At least 53,000 people had fled at-risk areas near an erupting volcano in the Philippines on Wednesday, as authorities stressed that the danger may not be over.

The Taal Volcano in Batangas province, which is 66 kilometres south of Manila and located in the middle of a lake of the same name, started sporadically expelling ash on Sunday.

Residents were evacuated from towns in Batangas and Cavite provinces, but some men stayed behind to watch over their properties and livestock.


Emergency teams, including police and soldiers, were seen scouring the affected towns to make sure that everyone has left, amid reports that some people have shunned official advice and returned home after staying in cramped evacuation centres.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it had monitored “continuous but generally weaker eruption of the main crater due to magmatic and hydrovolcanic processes” in the Taal Volcano over the past 23 hours.


But the institute noted that huge road cracks and ground deformation in towns surrounding the volcano, hundreds of volcanic earthquakes and high sulphur dioxide emissions signified continuous magmatic movement that may lead to more eruptive events.

Phivolcs reiterated its recommendation for the total evacuation of the island and high-risk areas.

“Alert level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano,” Phivolcs said in its latest bulletin.

“This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days,” it added


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China’s trade with BRI participating countries positively yield in 2019


China’s trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) posted robust growth in 2019, revealing the resilience of the world’s biggest trader against economic headwinds, customs data showed Tuesday.

Trade with BRI partner countries totalled 9.27 trillion yuan (about 1.34 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2019, up 10.8 percent year on year, outpacing the country’s aggregate trade growth by 7.4 percentage points, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

In the 2014-2019 period, the total trade volume between China and BRI countries surpassed 44 trillion yuan, with an average annual growth of 6.1 percent. China has become the biggest trade partner of 25 BRI countries, GAC data showed.BRI countries’ share of China’s total trade approached 30 percent last year, up by 2 percentage points from 2018.


Zou Zhiwu, vice minister of the GAC, noted that alongside fast growth with its major trading partners like the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China has also seen its imports and exports expand rapidly with the BRI countries and emerging economies in Africa and Latin America.

“The Chinese economy has significant resilience, potential and room to maneuver. It is the same in terms of its foreign trade,” said Zou, describing China’s trading partners as “globally scattered” and “flowering in various regions.”


Zou attributed the solid trade growth momentum with the BRI countries to enhanced customs cooperation and trade facilitation measures.

China has signed the most Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) agreements in the world to facilitate customs clearance for enterprises. Among all the 42 countries and regions holding AEO agreements with China, 18 are BRI countries and regions, he said.

The country has set up seven fast customs clearance channels for agricultural products at borders with BRI countries including Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Mongolia and promoted the opening of China-Europe freight trains for mail service.

Zou also noted that Chinese customs signed 198 documents on inspection and quarantine cooperation in 2019, including 89 with B&R countries and regions.


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Just in: Egypt calls for state of emergency


The Egyptian parliament approved on Tuesday a three-month extension of an already-imposed state of emergency due to security challenges facing the country, a member of the parliament said.

The parliament approved a presidential decree to extend the emergency state by another three months, starting from Jan. 27, Mohamed Abou Hamid told Xinhua. Under the decree, military and police personnel should take necessary measures to face terrorism and maintain security across the country.


The state of emergency was first imposed in April 2017 after two church bombings killed 47 people. It has continued since then.

Egypt’s security forces have been fighting terrorist groups concentrated in North Sinai and launched a major operation in the remote region in February 2018.

“Extending the state of emergency provides concerned executive institutions with the legal tools for fighting terrorism,” Abou Hamid said, noting that all the parliament’s members have voted for the decision.

Under the Egyptian constitution, presidential decisions to renew emergency state must be approved by the parliament.


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Nigeria among countries with low rated passports


Nigeria might be Africa’s largest economy but it is increasingly home to one of the continent’s weakest passports.

Over the past decade, the Nigerian passport has suffered the worst decline in rankings on the annual Henley Passport Index with a 19-place drop. The decline in passport power now sees Africa’s most populous country rank 95th—firmly etched in the bottom quarter of the rankings. The drop in rankings also means Nigerian passport holders can visit two countries fewer now than they could in 2010 without first obtaining a visa.


Regionally, Africa accounts for four of the seven biggest drops in ranking on the index since 2010. Keeping with the historical trends, the region also dominates the bottom quarter of the rankings with only two countries—Seychelles and Mauritius—in the top 50.

In some cases, passport power is affected by local conflict and security fears as seen in the cases of Libya which has dropped 16 places since 2010 and Mali which has dropped 13 places. But, generally, the decline in the power of African countries is largely because countries in other regions are easing travel with reciprocity and boosting the strength of their passports at a much faster pace.


Without the luxury of visa-free travel or even receiving visas on arrival, traveling abroad comes with the hurdle of expensive, paperwork-intensive visa application processes for a majority of holders of African passports. But most applications are likely to be met with rejection—sometimes without just cause: a joint All-Party Parliamentary Group report from British lawmakers in August showed Africans are being unfairly denied UK visas.

The real-life implications of difficult visa processes for Africans range from being unable to visit family members abroad to scuttling higher education plans. Up to 75% of African students who applied for study permits in Canada between January and May 2019 were rejected— far higher than the global rejection rate of 39%.

One easy way for African countries to boost the strength of their passports is by easing visa regimes on the continent. Yet, progress in easing travel between African countries remains slow-moving: 49% of countries on the continent offer neither visa on arrival nor visa-free travel to other African visitors.


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7 Strange traditions & customs in African countries


Africa is full of bizarre practices some of which are known, and many others that are unknown to the world.

Some of these strange customs still exist many years after civilization. These ethnic communities practice certain traditions that will shock you.


1. Stealing each other’s wives – Niger

In the Wodaabe tribe of Niger in West Africa, men are known to steal each other’s wives. The Wodaabe’s first marriage is arranged by their parents in infancy and must be between cousins of the same lineage. However, at the yearly Gerewol Festival, Wodaabe men wear elaborate makeup and costumes and dance to impress the women – and hopefully steal a new wife.

If a man is able to steal away undetected (especially from a current husband who may not want to part with his wife), then they become socially recognized.


2. Spitting as a form of greeting – Massai tribe

The Massai tribe, found in Kenya and Tanzania, spit as a way of saying hello. While the English man would say hello, spitting is a way of greeting.

Asides that, when a baby is born, it is the custom of the men to spit on the newborn and refer to him as bad. They believe this would protect the baby from evil spirits. Maasai warriors also spit in their hands before shaking the hand of an elder. Furthermore, the Massai tribe is also famous for its drinking of fresh animal blood.


3. Festival of the dead – Malawi

The Chewa community is a Bantu tribe mostly found in Malawi.

During the burial ceremony of a tribe member, it is customary for the body of the deceased to be washed.

The corpse is taken to a sacred place where the cleansing is done by slitting the throat and pouring water through the insides of the dead.

The water is squeezed out of the body until it comes out clean. The water is then collected and used to prepare a meal for the whole community.


4. Bull jumping in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia young boys have to undergo some form of ritual to prove their manhood this involves a series of events.

A young boy has to strip naked, run, jump and land on the back of a bull. This is then followed by running across the backs of several bulls arranged in a straight and closely-knit herd pulled by the tail and horns by older men. The practice is known as Hamar.


5. Potency test in Uganda

In the Banyankole tribe, a minority tribe living in Uganda, marriage means quite a burden to the bride’s aunt.

When a couple wants to get married, the aunt has to have sex with the groom as a “potency test” and furthermore, she has to test the bride’s virginity.


6. Beating to earn a wife – Fulani

The Fulani tribes practise Sharo before getting married. Here the groom is beaten by the older members of the community so as to earn a wife and respect. If the man is not strong enough to bare the pain, the wedding is called off.

Other than flogging, the bride family can pick Koowgal, which is a dowry payment option or the Kabbal, an Islamic ceremony similar to marriage but in the absence of the bride and groom.

7. Lip stretching – Ethiopia and Sudan

The people of Surma tribe are found in southern Sudan as well as southwestern Ethiopia. During teenage years, females undergo the lip stretching procedure which involves removing their lower teeth to accommodate a lip plate; the lip plate is increased in size yearly until it is an astounding size.

Some of the men do this similar exercise with their ears. They also indoctrinate their warriors known as ‘stick fighters’ by inflicting scars on them, the belief is that the more scars they have, the more attractive they are to female members of the tribe.


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Military action against U.S over for now – Iran


Takht-Ravanchi, Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, told CNN Friday that military action against the United States is “over for the time being.”

In his appearance on the cable news network, Takht-Ravanchi addressed President Donald Trump’s claims in a Wednesday speech that Iran was standing down, after Tuesday’s attacks against Iraqi military bases that housed American troops. “With the action that we took the other day, we concluded that phase of our military action against the U.S. forces,” the ambassador said.

Later in the interview, Takht-Ravanchi stated that while Iran was done with military action for the time being, Iran would respond if the U.S. attacked again. “When they started something like this and Iran responded proportionately, that phase was over. So, if the U.S. is going to start again, definitely we’ll have to respond,” he said.

The ambassador also said that Iran’s actions were a direct response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.


“We didn’t start this episode,” he said. “It was started by assassinating a top general of the Iranian armed forces in the territory of Iraq. This is against international law; this is against the Iraqi sovereignty.”

In response to Vice President Mike Pence’s claims that Iranian forces weren’t “shooting to miss” and “intended to kill Americans” in the attack, Takht-Ravanchi said that the Iranian government was “not looking after killing Americans within this operation,” and intended to attack where Soleimani was killed.


“We chose the place where the attack against Soleimani was initiated,” Takht-Ravanchi said. “We do not consider a high number of casualties as an instrumental element in our calculations.

The ambassador also said that the attack intended to show the capabilities of the Iranian armed forces.


Takht-Ravanchi also said the Iranian government is not responsible for telling Iraqi militias not to attack U.S. forces. “It is not our job to say that this gentleman or that gentleman should do this or should not do this,” he said. “We are responsible for whatever action we take.”

The Permanent Mission of Iran did not immediately respond to Newsweek‘s request for comment.

On Thursday, Congress approved a War Powers Resolution that requires Trump to seek congressional approval before attacking Iran again.

Before the vote, Trump tweeted his disapproval of the resolution. “Hope that all House Republicans will vote against Crazy Nancy Pelosi’s War Powers Resolution,” he wrote.


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Nigerians must leave keimoes under 12 hours – South Africa


A fresh crisis may be underway in South Africa as some indigenes of Keimoes and Upington areas of Northern Cape Province have given Nigerians and other foreign nationals a 12-hour ultimatum to vacate their communities.

According to The Cable, the president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, made this known in a statement on Thursday.

According to Olubajo, the notice comes after an “ugly incident” that took place on Wednesday between a police officer and a Nigerian.


Olubajo said that the Nigerian man allegedly stabbed to death the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement.

Olubajo also disclosed that details of the incident are still very sketchy, as the “major witness” was also stabbed multiple times and was still in critical condition at the hospital.

He said:


After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular. These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington.

Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.


They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for bail hearing.

We commend the swift intervention of the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the arrest of the suspect is a welcome development,” he said.

We hope the police will continue to maintain law and order in the area.

He added that the suspect who stabbed the police officer has been arrested and will appear in court on or before Monday.


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Xenophobia: South Africa raise new threat on ‘evicting’ Nigerians in Keimoes


Nigerians and other foreign national, were yesterday, handed a 12-hour ultimatum Some by indigenes of Keimoes and Upington areas of northern cape province South Africa, to move out.

Adetola Olubajo, president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, said in a statement that the development was as a result of an “ugly incident” that took place between a police officer and a Nigerian on Wednesday.


He said the Nigerian, an indigene of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state, allegedly stabbed to death the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement.

Olubajo said the details of the disagreement were still not very clear as the “major witness” was also stabbed multiple times and was still in critical condition at the hospital.


“After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular,” he said.

“These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington.


“Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.

“They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for bail hearing.”


He added that the suspect who stabbed the police officer had been arrested and would appear in court on or before Monday.

“We commend the swift intervention of the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the arrest of the suspect is a welcome development,” he said.


“We hope the police will continue to maintain law and order in the area.”

There was tension in August following xenophobic attacks in South Africa and reprisals in Nigeria.

Many Nigerians were forced to leave the country while a diplomatic face-off was prevented between Nigeria and South Africa.

President Muhammadu Buhari had visited the country in October and both nations renewed their diplomatic ties while President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised to Nigerians.


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Iran says they will defends their country after threatening two US base with missiles


Iran on Tuesday January 7, fired a barrage of missiles on two US bases in Iraq following the country’s threats to revenge the US killing of Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Forces.

Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif has since called the missle attacks ‘self-defense,’ adding that they do ‘not seek escalation or war’ but would defend themselves against any aggression.


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Senegalese, Sadio Mane named ‘African Player of the Year’


Senegalese footballer, Sadio Mane has been named the 2019 African Player of the Year after winning the UEFA Champions League with his club Liverpool and leading his country, Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Saido Mane defeated his liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah – winner in 2017 and 2018 – and Algeria attacker Riyad Mahrez to win the 2019 CAF player of the year award that held on Tuesday night in Egypt.

Sadio Mane wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Votes from head coaches/technical directors and captains of the senior national teams from CAF’s member associations saw Mane selected as the continent’s best footballer in 2019 ahead of his other two rivals who also play in the premier league .

Sadio Mane wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Mane helped guide Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations before ending the 2018-19 season by winning the Champions League and Premier League Golden Boot award.

He then scored twice in the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea, and provided the assist for Roberto Firmino’s goal that won Liverpool the FIFA Club World Cup for the very first time.


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CSO stands against illegal detention in Nigeria


The People’s Alternative Fronts has launched a campaign against illegal detention of Nigerians by security agencies in the country.

PAF started the campaign in the wake of the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki after prolonged detention by the Department of State Services.


Sowore was held for months while Dasuki was held for over four years in contravention of different court orders granting their release on bail.

Secretary of PAF, Eze Alloysius, in a statement, said that the campaign would seek to end illegal arrest and detention of citizens without trial.


He called on Nigerians who have been detained or someone who knows anyone that is being detained to come forward with information for PAF to take action on it.

He said, “We hereby ask Nigerians whose family members, friends or loved ones are being detained by police and other agencies to contact us with detailed information.

“Those who are being detained in defiance of court orders should send certified true copies of the court orders.”

Alloysius asked Nigerians to call 08034723660 or email it to pafronts@gmail.com to submit their complaints for legal actions to be taken by PAF.


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CSO stands against illegal detention in Nigeria


The People’s Alternative Fronts has launched a campaign against illegal detention of Nigerians by security agencies in the country.

PAF started the campaign in the wake of the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki after prolonged detention by the Department of State Services.


Sowore was held for months while Dasuki was held for over four years in contravention of different court orders granting their release on bail.

Secretary of PAF, Eze Alloysius, in a statement, said that the campaign would seek to end illegal arrest and detention of citizens without trial.


He called on Nigerians who have been detained or someone who knows anyone that is being detained to come forward with information for PAF to take action on it.

He said, “We hereby ask Nigerians whose family members, friends or loved ones are being detained by police and other agencies to contact us with detailed information.

“Those who are being detained in defiance of court orders should send certified true copies of the court orders.”

Alloysius asked Nigerians to call 08034723660 or email it to pafronts@gmail.com to submit their complaints for legal actions to be taken by PAF.


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385.65 MW: Electricity issue hits Nigeria


There are indications that Nigerian electricity consumers are in for a rough patch as power supply is said to have dropped from 3,993.65 megawatts, MW, to 3,608 MW.

According to a Vanguard report, this is as a result of “inadequate gas, poor transmission infrastructure and limited distribution facilities.”

The paper quoted a source from the office of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as saying that “On January 2, 2020, average energy sent out was 3,608 MW/Hour (down by 385.65 MW from the previous day). 2,026.5 MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas.” It further noted that “60 MW was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure, while 2,417.1 MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from the unavailability of distribution infrastructure. The power sector lost an estimated N2, 162,000,000 (Two Billion One Hundred and Sixty-Two Million Naira) on January 2, 2020, due to constraints from insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure and transmission infrastructure.”


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Stand Accord – France asks Iran after Soleimani’s death


France urged Tehran Saturday to stick with a landmark nuclear accord at risk of falling apart, the day after Washington killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he had discussed the issue with his Chinese and German colleagues, hoping to avoid escalation of an already intense stand-off between Iran and the United States.


“France fully shares with Germany the central objective of de-escalation and preservation of the Vienna (nuclear) accord,” Le Drian said in a statement.

With China, “we in particular noted our agreement… to urge Iran to avoid any new violation of the Vienna accord,” he added.


The 2015 agreement negotiated between Iran and the UN Security Council permanent members — Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States — plus Germany offered Tehran relief from stinging sanctions in return for curbs to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal last year and reimposed even more sanctions on Iran, which in turn has progressively dropped key commitments in the accord, including limits on uranium stock and enrichment levels.

Tehran recently announced that it would take a further step away from the accord in early January and this was widely expected to be announced on Monday.

The European Union, which helped broker the 2015 deal, has been trying to keep the accord alive despite the US withdrawal, but analysts say that now looks increasingly unlikely after the US killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian figure.


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Nigerians must stop seeking treatment from other countries – Buhari


President Buhari on Friday January 3, stated that Nigerians can no longer continue seeking medical treatment abroad.

President Buhari who was represented at the inauguration of some projects at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state by minister of science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu, said that Nigerians going abroad for treatment is not good for the country and must stop.

The Nigerian leader also disclosed that his administration has paid attention to the health of Nigerians and will continue doing so with the commissioned projects.


He said;

“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again.

“We have paid very serious attention to the health of our people and will continue to do so. The projects you celebrate their completion today were seriously affecting the workings of this teaching hospital.

President Muhammadu Buhari


“But today, we can say their completion have started helping to improve on the performance and welfare of both the staff and patients of this hospital.

“I wish to use this medium to congratulate the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and his team in the Ecological Fund Office; the project contractor, Messrs Amayaro Nigeria Limited, as well as the project consultant, Messrs Kanode and Associates Limited, for their commitment to ensuring timely and speedy completion of the project.”


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Woman sells husband for N6,000 to buy clothes


A Kenyan woman identified as Edna Mukwana has left many shocked, after she sold her husband for Ksh 1700 equivalent to N6,000 to buy clothes for her children.

According to Mukwana, she took the decision after she caught her husband who didn’t return home for over 7 days with another woman on their matrimonial bed.

She said;

” My husband is married to alcohol and whoring around. I told the woman who has been misleading him to send me Ksh 2000 but she sent me Ksh 1700 instead. I have used all the money to buy new year clothes for my children”

Woman

On if she will accept him back, Mukwana said;

”I can’t. I don’t want to get into the new year with the 2019 nuisance”


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