Nigeria
  • Nigeria's economy grew by 1.95 per cent in first quarter of 2018
    21 may 2018 13:56:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday said that the Nigerian economy registered a marginal decline by about -0.16 per cent from last quarter of 2017, though it maintained a strong growth trend in the first quarter of 2018. Full text...
  • AfDB approves US$ 100 million for Nigerian company to double fertilizer production
    18 may 2018 13:15:02
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$100 million loan for Nigerian firm, Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd., to support the company’s plans to double its fertilizer production from 1.4 million tons of urea to 2.8 million tons per annum. Full text...
  • 2 soldiers wounded, 6 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Northeast Nigeria
    15 may 2018 15:52:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said that two of its soldiers were wounded while its troops killed six Boko Haram terrorists during a “clearance operation” in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria reveal 30-man provisional squad
    15 may 2018 15:38:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has named a 30-man provisional squad for the FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018, featuring the usual faces, including captain John Mikel Obi. Full text...
  • Nigerian President Buhari returns home
    11 may 2018 21:48:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari returned home on Friday from London where he had an engagement with his doctor, the Presidency announced. Full text...
  • Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak contained, but continued vigilance needed - WHO
    11 may 2018 11:37:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With six weeks of declining numbers and only a handful of confirmed cases reported in recent weeks, the critical phase of Nigeria’s largest-ever Lassa fever outbreak is under control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...
  • UN chief denounces attack on village in north-west Nigeria
    08 may 2018 04:59:27
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack on a village in the Nigerian province of Kaduna and underscored the need to hold the perpetrators to account. Full text...
  • Nigerian president Buhari returns to London for medical treatment
    07 may 2018 21:18:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday undertake a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom, his spokesperson has said. Full text...
  • RwandAir launches direct Abuja flights
    27 april 2018 11:09:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Friday said it has launched a new route from Kigali to Nigeria's capital city, Abuja. Full text...
  • ECOWAS Parliament 'worried about threats to parliamentary practice' in Sierra Leone
    26 april 2018 16:41:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday expressed worry about threats to parliamentary practice in Sierra Leone following developments in the just inaugurated Parliament. Full text...
  • Lesotho Electoral Commission team visits ECONEC
    25 april 2018 15:45:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission, led by Dr Letholetseny Austeria Ntsike, its Director of Elections, visited the Abuja Secretariat of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Wednesday, as part the six-member delegation’s tour of The Electoral Institute, an arm of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), where ECONEC Secretariat is located. Full text...
  • Nigerian oil firms relinquish concession quota in Sudan oilfield
    24 april 2018 19:29:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Nigerian Express and Misana oil companies have relinquished their concession quotas of a total 30% in Al-Rawat Oilfield in bloc 25 in Sudan's White Nile State to state-owned Sudapet Company, which controlled a 70% stake. Full text...
  • 4 killed, 8 injured as Boko Haram suicide bombers strike in Northeast Nigeria
    22 april 2018 15:45:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Four persons were killed and eight others injured as two Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the Borno State town of Bama, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • ECONEC chief visits Abuja secretariat
    20 april 2018 18:47:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof Mahmood Yakubu, President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board and Chairman, Nigeria's Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) visited the ECONEC Permanent Secratariat on Friday.Full text...
  • Rights group slams Nigeria police over crackdown on Islamic leader's supporters
    18 april 2018 07:53:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has sharply criticised Nigerian police for violence against protesting supporters of an Islamic leader who has been detained since 2015. Full text...
  • Ghana Navy 'seizes' 5 ships engaged in illegal activities
    16 april 2018 22:33:53
    Takoradi, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Navy on Monday said it seized three vessels in Ghanaian waters at Takoradi in the Western Region, for allegedly engaging in illegal activities. Full text...
  • AfDB supports Nigeria’s healthcare sector
    16 april 2018 13:27:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) says because Lagos State, Nigeria’s largest healthcare market, lacks an adequate supply of quality secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities with only about 700 to 1,000 quality beds for a population of over 21 million people, its board of Directors has approved a loan of US$ 20 million to help Nigeria develop human capital through improved service delivery in the healthcare system. Full text...
  • Nigerian Government still failing victims of Boko Haram - Amnesty International
    14 april 2018 06:48:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Saturday that the Nigerian government is still failing victims of Boko Haram terrorist group four years after the abduction of hundreds of school girls in Chibok. Full text...
  • More than 1,000 children in northeastern Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013 - UNICEF
    13 april 2018 11:25:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Since 2013, more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...
  • Nigeria Army to implement fresh guidelines on anti-terror, other operations for personnel
    12 april 2018 15:27:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Thursday presented three documents to guide its troops on anti-terrorism and internal security operations and exercises within Nigeria, especially in the fight against Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • Nigeria's inflation rate drops to 13.34% in March 2018
    12 april 2018 15:22:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday said that the nation’s inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), dropped from 14.33% in February to 13.34% in March year-on-year. Full text...
  • Buhari condole Algerians on military aircraft crash that claimed 257 lives
    12 april 2018 14:37:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday condoled with the government and people of Algeria on the crash of a military aircraft which killed 257 people on Wednesday in a military airport near the Algerian capital, Algiers.Full text...
  • Electoral commissions in Africa commit to optimising benefits of technology
    11 april 2018 17:15:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Western and Southern African regions have pledged to leverage technological innovations to improve the credibility of electoral processes and enhance the sanctity of the ballot and integrity of electoral outcomes. Full text...
  • ECONEC presents findings of study on cost of elections
    11 april 2018 13:48:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three consultants commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) to conduct a study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, presented their findings to the on-going Abuja International Conference on Wednesday, with the Lead Consultant, Prof. Adele Jinadu, advocating that elections should be considered as an investment with social benefits that will engender democracy and economic development. Full text...
  • UN-backed campaign to protect nearly a billion people in Africa from yellow fever by 2026
    10 april 2018 22:27:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries. Full text...
  • ECOWAS election assistance improving polls with integrity in West Africa
    10 april 2018 16:28:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A book on "A Decade of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa" has been unveiled in Abuja with an official of the German Development Agency, GIZ, which provided funding for the publication commending ECOWAS’ electoral assistance for adding value to elections in the region.Full text...
  • Nigeria's foreign reserves rise to $47.37 bn
    09 april 2018 20:10:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday said that the country's foreign reserves hit $47.37 billion as at last Thursday, up about $8.83 million from about $46.2 billion at the end of March. Full text...
  • ECONEC President urges appropriate, cost effective use of technology in elections
    09 april 2018 19:07:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has called for “appropriate and cost-effective” use of technology to boost public confidence in the electoral process and for the protection of the sanctity and integrity of the ballot. Full text...
  • Nigerian military kills one suicide bomber in Northeast Nigeria
    09 april 2018 14:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Special Forces of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in conjunction with some Nigerian Army (NA) troops, successfully foiled a suicide bombing attack by Boko Haram terrorists (BHTs) at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • Nigerian president Buhari to contest for second term
    09 april 2018 14:12:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday made the long-expected announcement that he will seek a second term next year.Full text...
  • Nigerian President Buhari begins official visit to Britain Monday
    09 april 2018 11:06:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja on Monday for an official visit to Britain during which he would hold discussions on Nigeria–British relations with Prime Minister Theresa May, presidential spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, has said. Full text...
  • ECONEC board meets ahead of Abuja int'l conference on use of technology in elections
    08 april 2018 19:19:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) held its second governing board meeting on Saturday, in Abuja, Nigeria, presided over by its President, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to agree on the accelerated implementation of the body’s activities and action plan, ahead of a three-day International Conference opening on Monday, on the "Opportunities and Challenges in the use of Technology in Elections". Full text...
  • UN condemns attack on civilians in northeast Nigeria
    03 april 2018 06:31:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigeria’s restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians.Full text...
  • WHO says Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak is slowing, but remains a concern
    28 march 2018 06:56:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After nearly 400 confirmed infections and 100 deaths, the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria is beginning to slow but the epidemic is far from contained, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have warned. Full text...
  • UN allocates $9 million to help thousands of people displaced in north-east Nigeria
    27 march 2018 22:40:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 60,000 people displaced by ongoing hostilities in Nigeria’s crisis-torn Borno state will receive life-saving aid thanks to an allocation from the United Nations-managed country-based humanitarian assistance fund. Full text...
  • Army to bury 11 soldiers killed by bandits in northwest Nigeria
    27 march 2018 18:20:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A week after bandits killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in Kaduna, northwest of the country, the Nigerian Army on Tuesday said arrangements have been completed for their burial on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia win pre-World cup friendlies, Senegal draw
    24 march 2018 20:05:18
    Wroclaw, Poland (PANA) - Of the five African countries bound for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia on Friday won their pre-World Cup friendlies in Europe, according to the FIFA media outlet. Full text...
  • Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso sign deal on power interconnection project
    22 march 2018 18:28:45
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Financing agreements for the Nigeria-Niger-Benin-Burkina Faso multinational electricity interconnection project were signed on Thursday in Niamey by the Nigerien Minister of Planning, Mrs Kane Aïchatou Boulama, and the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Nouredine Kane. Full text...
  • Buhari accents freedom of Christian schoolgirl held by Boko Haram for refusal to embrace Islam
    22 march 2018 18:05:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he is personally committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity as he was to the girls' freedom when all 110 were held by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...
  • Multinational joint maritime exercise begins in Nigeria
    22 march 2018 17:17:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy has deployed four warships and two helicopters as part of the platforms for the 7-day joint multinational maritime exercise code named “Obangame" which began on Tuesday in the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...
  • UNICEF welcomes release of Dapchi schoolgirls
    22 march 2018 06:14:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the release of more than 100 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 19 February 2018 from a school in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • Number of released Dapchi schoolgirls hits 101
    21 march 2018 15:21:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has reviewed upwards to 101 the number of schoolgirls, abducted from Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram terrorists but released earlier Wednesday. Full text...
  • UPDATE: Nigerian gov't says 76 Dapchi schoolgirls released so far
    21 march 2018 10:20:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Wednesday said that 76 of 110 students of Government Girls’ Technical College, Dapchi, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 19 February, have so far been released. Full text...
  • Nigerian presidency confirms 'release' of abducted Dapchi schoolgirls
    21 march 2018 10:05:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Presidential Spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu on Wednesday confirmed that the abducted students of Government Girls’ Technical College at Dapchi, in the northeast of the country, have been found and transported home. Full text...
  • Cameroonians pour into Nigeria, stretching scant resources – UNHCR
    20 march 2018 21:18:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As more and more Anglophone Cameroonians flee a violent crackdown in the region and seek asylum in Nigeria, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that without more funding and assistance, their situation and that of the Nigerian communities hosting them, will become even more desperate. Full text...
  • Buhari congratulates Russian President Putin on re-election
    20 march 2018 18:31:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Tuesday extended his “sincere congratulations” to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election. Full text...
  • Buhari congratulates Chancellor Merkel on her re-election
    20 march 2018 18:27:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her re-election for another term. Full text...
  • Nigeria open camp in Poland ahead of pre-World Cup friendlies
    20 march 2018 13:18:43
    Wroclaw, Poland (PANA) - Ahead of their participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Nigerian players will star arriving in the Polish town of Wroclaw to open a camp for a number of pre-world cup friendly matches. Full text...
  • Rights group says Nigeria security forces warned about latest abduction of schoolgirls
    20 march 2018 06:59:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards a town where they abducted 110 schoolgirls last month, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Full text...
  • Nigeria's president cancels Rwandan trip to attend CFTA summit
    18 march 2018 20:33:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will not be in Rwanda to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement designed to promote commerce among African countries. Full text...

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