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Federal Government to distribute 1000 clean cooking stoves to local governments across the country

The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen says Federal Government has promised to distribute over One thousand clean cooking stoves to women living in rural areas to save them from the pollution arising from use of firewood.

She made the statement in Abuja on Tuesday at a four-day training workshop on the Adoption of clean cooking solutions for sustainable energy development, organized by the Energy Commission of Nigeria in collaboration with Surez Global Resources Nigeria limited.


Boko Haram Forcing Parents to Withdraw Children from Schools, Niger Raises Alarm

Insurgents in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been forcing parents to withdraw their children from schools and flouting government’s orders.

On the other hand, bandits have resorted to burning of farm produce in the communities because farmers reportedly refused to pay the tax imposed on them.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this on Tuesday while giving a security update in Minna, the state capital.

Matane said, they are the areas believed that the operations seem to resemble those of Boko Haram and ISWAP because these people came and tried to align with communities telling them that they need to cooperate with them  so that they would be free; they would not touch them.

He said Borgu Local Government Area sharing borders with the Benin Republic had also come under the activities of Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP), particularly around Babanna.

He noted that the security challenges were more in six local governments of Munya, Shiroro, Rafi, Mariga, as well as parts of Msshegu and Lapai sharing borders with other states.

He decried inadequate police personnel in the state, saying less than 8, 000 police personnel were manning the state, making quick response difficult whenever there were attacks.

He said the state had kept up the security responses to ensure that the bandits did not establish any permanent camp in the state and called for continuous support of the federal government to be able to deal with the situation.


N2.3tn was spent as stimulus package for COVID-19 — FG

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba says the Federal Government spent more than N2.3trillion as a stimulus package to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agba disclosed this on Tuesday at the 3-Day 4th National Treasury Workshop with the theme: ‘Covid-19 and the global economy: Implications on Nigeria’s National Treasury,’ organized by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation which held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.

He said that the fiscal and monetary policies were support to states, businesses, households and individuals through grants, tax relief, payroll support, tariff reductions, and direct support to the health sector.

According to the minister, the real sector interventions were focused on mass agriculture, mass housing, public works, off-grid solar power installations and support to small businesses.

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom while declaring open the workshop said that the state government had set up a Post COVID-19 Economic Advisory Committee made up of professionals to advise the state government on the way forward.

Emmanuel, who was represented by his deputy, Moses Ekpo, said that the state government had started implementing some of the committee’s recommendations, such as the applications of ICT and other tools of technology to stimulate entrepreneurial drives amongst the people.

Also, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, said that the workshop would provide financial shock-absorber to the government on how to manage any pandemic induced financial challenges.


FCTA demolishes structures on railway line in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, on Tuesday, demolished illegal buildings obstructing road construction leading to Kukwaba II train station, in Karon-Majigi.

The Senior Special Assistant (Designate) to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah, who led the exercise, stated that the Kukwaba train station had been completed long ago and ready for use, adding that occupants of the illegal structures had refused to vacate the area.

Warning residents, he said all illegal structures standing in the way of any project would be demolished at the owner’s loss.

He said, In Karon-Majigi we removed all illegal structures over 100 of them that are obstructing the road project to Kukwaba train station. We have to clear the houses wrongly built on these road corridors.



Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Suspend Industrial Action for Two Weeks

Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA) has announced the suspension of its planned strike and any other actions for the next two weeks.

The group in a statement on Wednesday said the decision was taken after a meeting with Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) where it was agreed that a four-man follow-up and implementation group be submitted by NATCA to work with the management team in looking into their demands.

NATCA had earlier on Tuesday lamented poor working conditions and threatened industrial action following the death of their colleague, Aniekan Effiong Inuk, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The group said they have lost nine members on active service due to stress-related health complications which seem associated with poor working conditions and inadequate staffing.

They announced the commencement of three-hour flow control for two days affecting flight operations in the country.




Sweden Gets First Woman Prime Minister 

Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday elected Social Democratic party leader and current Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first woman prime minister after she clinched a last-minute deal securing key support.

Andersson will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Stefan Lofven after a total of 117 members of parliament voted for her, while 57 abstained, 174 voted against and one was absent.

Under Sweden’s system, a prime ministerial candidate does not need the support of a majority in parliament, they just need to not have a majority or 175 votes — against them.

The 54-year-old, who took over as leader of the Social Democrats earlier this month, reached a deal with the Left Party late on Tuesday to raise pensions in exchange for its backing in Wednesday’s vote.

She had previously received the support of the Social Democrats’ coalition partner the Greens, as well as the Centre Party.

However, Andersson faced her first setback even before her election on Wednesday.

The Centre Party announced that while it would not oppose Andersson in the vote for prime minister, it would withdraw its support for the government’s budget to be voted on later Wednesday, due to the concessions made to the Left.

Andersson will formally take over her functions and present her government on Friday.



Chelsea Demolish Juventus To Reach Champions League Last 16

Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League last 16 as Trevoh Chalobah’s controversial goal put the holders on course for an imperious 4-0 rout of Juventus on Tuesday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead when Antonio Rudiger’s handball went unpunished in the build-up to Chalobah’s first half opener at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus never recovered from that blow as Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner struck after half-time to send Chelsea to the top of Group H.

Chelsea are above Juventus on goal difference and will guarantee a first-place finish if they win at Zenit Saint Petersburg in their last group fixture on December 8.

It was another commanding display from Chelsea, who are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions since losing 1-0 at Juventus in September.

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