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  1. Pulse Nigeria: A bill banning the sale and consumption of alcohol in certain areas of Kwara State has been signed into law. The bill states that alcohol will not be allowed to be produced, sold, or consumed in specific areas in Ilorin, the state capital.
  2. Daily Post Nigeria: The Nigerian Senate has spoken on President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the National Assembly’s amendment of the Electoral Act. Spokesman of Nigerian Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, said that members of the Senate were yet to deliberate on President Buhari’s letter rejecting the amendment to the Electoral Act.
  3. Daily Post Nigeria: Senator representing Nasarawa West in the National Assembly, Abdullahi Adamu has spoken on the reported ₦70 million belonging to the Northern Senators Forum, NSF, allegedly swallowed by a monkey. Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust, the senator said the allegation was made to give him a bad name following his position on the electoral act amendment bill.
  4. Vanguard: As the 10-week-old strike by doctors in Kogi State continues, the state government has said it has no option than to engage the services of serving National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, doctors as palliative measure.
  5. Vanguard: The first tenure of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will officially end on March 16, 2018 and following his re-election during last year’s governorship poll, he will be sworn in on March 17, 2018. Meanwhile, newsmen stumbled on a memo by the SSG, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, directing all political appointees and heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, who are not civil servants, to prepare their handover notes and submit them to their respective permanent secretaries or the most senior civil servant in their offices by March 16, 2018, a day to the swearing-in ceremony.
  6. Information Nigeria: Days ago, Rihanna shared a dance video of a Lagos-based young dance crew, Dream Catchers, dancing to Wizkid and DJ Spinall’s ‘Nowo’ on Instagram, to celebrate her win as first female artist to pass 2 billion streams worldwide on Apple Music. The kids then appreciated Rihanna for posting their video by sharing a photo of them holding a placard with Rihanna’s name. She has now in turn appreciated them via an Instagram re-gram.
  7. Guardian (blog): The Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation on Wednesday announced the names of six athletes that will represent the country in the forthcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Games will hold between April 4 and April 14.
  8. Disrupt Africa: The World Bank has provided US$3 million in funding to six technology and innovation hubs across Nigeria to boost the government’s plan of using tech to develop its economy. That is according to the country’s vice president Yemi Osinbajo, speaking while opening the TechnoExpo in Abuja.
  9. TechPoint: Diamond Bank has launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot, leveraging pioneering technology to reach more customers with an enhanced service in Nigeria. The Chatbot named ‘Ada’ uses AI technology to provide a human-like interaction and personalized experience for Diamond Bank customers. As Ada learns from past interactions, Diamond Bank can offer more relevant and timely solutions that are really simple for customers to use. Ada enables transactions such as airtime purchase, bill payments, stock trading, and money transfers all via a social network platform. Already live on Facebook Messenger, the most popular social chat programme, Ada will also be on other messaging platforms in the coming months.
  10. Guardian (blog): Concerned about the high rate at which Nigeria’s retired footballers are dying due to lack of proper care, a body called Nigerian Ex-International Footballers Association (NEIFA) based in the United States of America has put a machinery in place to halt the ugly trend. Speaking with The Guardian in Lagos yesterday, President of NEIFA, Francis Monidafe said the main objective of the body is to promote the development of football in Nigeria and internationally, provide for the welfare of former and present national team players and serve as ambassadors for Nigerians.

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This article was first published on 15th March 2018


Chidinma Kalu is a trained psychologist and an entrepreneur. Aside from writing, she spends her time researching on anything that has her curiosity piqued. In 2016, her essay was shortlisted for a prize. She hopes to actually win something someday. ?

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