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Day 15 Of #EndSARS Protest

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Newscentral Tv Journalist, MaryAnn Okon discusses with Athi Mtongana of Newzroom about Nigerians protesting in Capetown and Pretoria on #EndSars

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Business Edge | Petroleum Industry Bill Passes Second Reading in the House of Representatives

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PIB has passed second reading at the House of Representatives. The PIB in many quarters appears to be the most politicized piece of legislation in Nigeria’s legislative history. It was conceived by the Executive Arm of government some 18 years ago to principally inject transparency and stimulate growth in the country’s oil industry. But controversies arising from vested interests have continued to bog it down, making it one of the longest bills in the National Assembly that had been subjected to legislative fireworks.

To get it passed in the first attempt, the document was balkanised by the two chambers of the Nigerian National Assembly, the Senate, and the House of Representatives which called it “Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB”. With the new name, the Bill was passed simultaneously in both chambers in January 2018.

It was later forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for presidential assent. But the President expressly declined his assent, citing anomalies, particularly the reduction of Powers of the Minister of Petroleum over Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The refusal then necessitated the return of the Bill to the National Parliament.

Also, Ethiopia plans to sell a 45% stake in its Ethio Telecom monopoly, an adviser to the state minister of finance said, as the government pursues the liberalization of the sector despite an armed conflict in the north of the country. Ethiopia’s telecoms industry is considered the big prize in a push to liberalize the African country’s economy because of a vast protected market, which serves around 100 million people. Tolulope Adeleru Balogun discussed these with Nasir Afolabi Agbalaya and Ralph Malik

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COVID-19 Vaccine: What is the plan in Africa?

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COVID-19 vaccine is around the corner and some countries are not only prepared to buy but have plans on distribution. What’s the plan in Africa? Dr Gbonjubola Abiri is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Managerial Psychologist, Professional Speaker and the Medical Director of Tranquil and Quest Behavioral health, Lagos, joined us on the news to explain this.

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NC Reports | Uganda Unrest

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Ugandan Musician turned politician, Bobi Wine has been released on bail following his arrest. Charges against breaking COVID-19 restrictions on gathering by the presidential candidate have now led to protests among several Ugandan youths

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