U.S. approves sale of $600 million attack planes to Nigeria

The United State government has approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack aircraft worth $600 million (N219 billion) to Nigeria’s Air Force for the fight against the violent extremist group, Boko Haram, White House officials briefed on the matter told the Associated Press.

President Donald Trump has pushed forward plan to sell the attack planes to Nigeria after it was suddenly suspended by the Barack Obama administration following the January bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Rann, Borno State Nigeria.

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New AIDS drug distributes in kenya set for roll out in Nigeria

Unitaid is to roll out a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of tens of thousands of people who suffer severe side effects and resistance to other treatments in Nigeria.

Unitaid, a global health initiative, said a generic of Dolutegravir (DTG), first approved in the U.S. in 2013, is being given to 20,000 patients in Kenya before being rolled out in Nigeria and Uganda later in the year.

DTG is the drug of choice for people with HIV in high-income countries who have never taken antiretroviral therapy before and for those who have developed resistance to other treatment.

Kenya is the first African country to start using the DTG.

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Boko Haram: Trump moves to sell $5 billion fighter aircraft to Nigeria

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President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

Sources said the deal could be worth up to $600 million (about N184 billion).

Sources also said the Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.

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Nigeria’s inflation rate increases, hits 18.72 per cent

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From 18.55 per cent in December 2016, Nigeria’s inflation rate increased to 18.72 per cent in January 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has said.

According to the Bureau, the Consumer Price Index, CPI, which measures inflation increased by 18.72 per cent (year-on-year) in January 2017, 0.17 percentage points higher from the rate recorded in December; and increases were recorded in all divisions that yield the Headline Index.

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Nigeria inflation hits 18.48%

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Nigeria’s inflation continued an upward swing in November, reaching 18.48 per cent, from 18.33 percent recorded in October, the National Bureau of Statistics said in its latest consumer price index report released Thursday.

When compared month-to-month, the November-October phase shows a fall of 0.78 per cent, compared to October-September phase that had a 0.83 per cent rise.

The report said year-on-year inflation increased from 18.1 per cent in October to 18.2 per cent in November.

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Nigerian Senate wants presidents inaugurated inside National Assembly

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A bill for an Act to Provide for the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, passed second reading in the Senate on Thursday.

The bill, titled “Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2016’’, sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, seeks to align presidential inauguration in Nigeria with what obtained in advanced democracies of the world.

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MultiChoice concludes auditions for Big Brother Nigeria

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MultiChoice Nigeria has concluded its search for participants in the upcoming Big Brother Naija reality TV show.

The auditions, which held in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, witnessed a turn out of Big Brother Naija hopefuls from different backgrounds, each with unique skills and personalities.

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UK appeals to Nigeria to abolish death penalty

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The United Kingdom on Monday appealed to Nigeria to abolish the death penalty, saying that capital punishment cheapened human life.

The UK made the appeal in a statement issued by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, on the 2016 World Day against the Death Penalty.

Mr. Arkwright said the British Government believed the death penalty had no place in the modern world and its use undermined human dignity.

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Nigerian Presidency lists 6 things Nigeria, Africa gained from Buhari’s trip to Kenya

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The Presidency has listed the gains of President Muhammadu Buhari’s participation in the just concluded Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) to include the billions of dollar to be injected into African economies by Japan.

A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, said the Japanese Government had pledged to expend 40 billion dollars to boost the African economies in the next four years.

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Nigeria to create 758,500 jobs for youth through agriculture’

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The Federal Government says it will create jobs for over 758,500 youth across the country under the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) to boost agricultural productivity.

Mrs Karima Babangida, the National Programme Coordinator said this on Tuesday in Katsina during the inauguration of Katsina State YEAP Steering Committee.
Represented by Mr Suleiman Aliyu, Babangida said that the three-year programme was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

Babangida said that 740,000 jobs would be `market-oriented’ for young agricultural producers, while the remaining 18,500 jobs were reserved for university graduates, ‘nagropreneurs’ across the nation.

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