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Nigerians hail ILO over appointment of  NECA DG, as board member                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                           DG, ILO, Houngbo, a Togolese elected in 2022.              NECA DG, Oyerinde appointed member, ILO governing board,                                                                      ...

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UNDP partners FCMB on job creation through agro-entrepreneurs

United Nations Development Programme UNDP in partnership with the First City Monument Bank, FCMB, has unveiled an agro-entrepreneuship, geared towards value-addition while creating job opportunities in the agricultural sector.   Aimed at developing agric-tech startups, agri-business, entrepreneur-engineers, as well as solution-enthusiasts across the country, the UNDP said it would carry out the programme, which is called Agro-Hack in collaboration with the FCMB.  The UNDP in its website explained that the programme tagged, ‘Agro-Hack Challenge and Summit 2022’ would seek innovative ideas across the value-chain of the nation’s agriculture industry.  The international agency said the aim of the programme is to ...

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Terrorism: US, UK order diplomats’ families to leave Nigeria immediately

By Sylva Emeka-Okereke, JP, Publisher The United State Department has ordered the families of US embassy staff in the Nigeria’s capital to leave the country, due to heightened fears of a terrorist attack. This is on the background of repeated warnings for all Americans to reconsider traveling to any part of the country, including not visiting Abuja at all. The fears may worsen, as the nation’s 2023 general elections draw near, amid possible threats to lives and properties. Earlier before now, the British government had directed her own citizens to vacate Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections, predicting security ...

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Sunak may become UK’s next PM, as Mordaunt withdraws from race

By Steve Ndubueze with agency reports At last, Mordaunt has dropped from the Prime Minister race, paving way for Rishi Sunak to become the UK’s next Prime Minister. Sunak was announced as the new Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, after rival Penny Mordaunt conceded moments before the closure of time. The former Chancellor was selected by MPs to succeed Liz Truss, as Tory leader and will enter Downing Street, less than two months, after he lost the last race. The extraordinary turn of events means he will be the UK’s third Prime Minister in seven weeks, after Ms Truss ...

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Americans, British may shun Nigeria, following renewed travel warnings

By Nnamdi Ukwatar, Correspondent American and British citizens may shun travelling to Nigeria, following renewed travel warnings by the two countries, following rising insecurity in the country. There is no doubt, that Nigeria is facing serious insecurity issues at the hand of bandits as well as violent Islamists. The US and the UK have issued a stark warning over the risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, with the US embassy in Abuja, telling people to “avoid all non-essential travel or movements”. The US embassy also said, there was a long list of potential targets, including: “Government buildings, places of worship, ...

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Truss becomes Britain’s shortest-serving PM, quits six weeks, after resumption

By Steve Ndubueze with agency report British Prime Minister, Liz Truss has been forced out, six weeks, after assumption of office, due to her economic programme, said to have shattered the country’s reputation for financial stability, which left many people poorer, thus becming the shortest, most chaotic tenure in the history of the country. She was elected last month, September. The Conservative Party, which holds a big majority in the Parliament need not to call a nationwide election for another two years, but would go ahead to elect a new leader by October 28. Truss is Britain’s fifth prime minister ...

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EU describes Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure as war crimes

By Our Reporter with agency reports Russia’s missile and drone attacks on power stations and other infrastructure in Ukraine are “acts of pure terror” that amount to war crimes, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday. “Yesterday we saw again Russia’s targeted attacks against civilian infrastructure. This is marking another chapter in an already very cruel war. The international order is very clear. These are war crimes,” von der Leyen said in a speech to lawmakers in the European Parliament.

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NATO heightens tension, plans nuclear strikes against Russia this week

A NATO nuclear exercise with warplanes that can drop atomic bombs will take place from this week over the United Kingdom, the North Sea and Belgium, the alliance has said. The annual training called Steadfast Noon is going ahead, despite escalating tensions with Russia over the fears that President Vladimir Putin might consider a real nuclear strike in Ukraine. Unusually, NATO chose to highlight in advance, the fact that the exercise is coming up to ensure transparency and reduce the risk misunderstanding about top secrets and highly sensitive exercise. Vladimir Putin says he is open to talks, but threatens NATO, ...

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WTO forecasts sluggish trade growth in 2023, amid war in Ukraine

World Trade Organisation, WTO, has foreseen a sluggish global trade growth in the year 2023. WTO’s Director-General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference that a sharply higher energy, food prices and rising interest rates had curbed import demands and warned of a possible contraction, if the war in Ukraine worsens. The Geneva-based trade body said that merchandise trade would increase by 3.5 per cent this year, up from its April estimate of 3.0 per cent. However, for 2023, it foresees trade growth of just 1.0 per cent compared with a previous forecast of 3.4 per cent. Okonjo-Iweala said, there was ...

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2023: US to support free, fair elections in Nigeria

By Sylva Emeka-Okereke, JP, Publisher United States government has pledged to support Nigeria to conduct free and fair general elections in 2023. US Secretary, Antony Blinken, who disclosed this over the weekend, said the relationship between both countries was built on shared values of democracy, diversity, and spirit of entrepreneurship. Blinken also noted that, US is committed to supporting Nigeria’s efforts to counter terrorism, insecurity as well as free and fair elections. According to the US Secretary said, “The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of ...

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