Two hundred and fifty cows have arrived in crates at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from the United States, as part of a joint venture programme between Ekiti state and a food and beverage company, Promasidor Group. 

 The announcement was made on Thursday by Akin Oyebode, the state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning.

He said the cows were taken for delivery to Ikun Dairy Farm Limited, to help boost milk production through the state-owned Ikun Dairy Farm.

He said “Update: 250 cows arrived this morning, for onward delivery to Ikun Dairy Farm Limited; a JV between Ekiti state government and Promasidor Group. We now have 300 jersey cows, and almost 500 in total. We moo-ve!. Ikun Dairy Farm plans to reach 10,000 litres of milk daily with cows from the USA. A great collaboration with Consulate Lagos that helps Nigeria grow and diversify its economy.”

This one is after the August 2020 that Promasidor had invested $5 million into Ikun Dairy Farm for the purchase of equipment, provision of appropriate herd of cattle, and development of an out-grower scheme with local farmers for providing feed for the cattle.

The US President Joe Biden is deploying one of his closest allies to Ethiopia to liaise with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed his grave concerns over the crisis in the northern region of Tigray, the allegations of human rights abuses, and the risk of broader instability.

The Senator identified as Chris Coons will also consult the African Union.

“I look forward to engaging with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and conveying the President’s concern,” he said.

The American special operations forces have announced plans to spend two months training troops in Mozambique to try to prevent the spread of Islamist militant violence in the north of the country.

Mozambique has turned to private military companies but rights groups have accused mercenaries and government forces of abuses, including shooting civilians.

Insurgents have staged regular attacks in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since 2017, leaving at least 2,500 people dead and half a million displaced.

The US embassy said the training program would prioritize civilian protection, human rights, and community involvement to help combat what it called Islamic State in Mozambique.

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, affirms that his governance will tighten the bonds and relationship between the state and the United States. 

Douye Diri notes that the synergy between Bayelsa and the United States is undoubtedly an asset to his state as well as the country. 

The Governor made the disclosure when delegates from the American Embassy Political and Economic Affairs Bureau under the Political / Economic Chief, Brandon Hudspeth, visited him in Government House, Yenagoa. 

Daniel Habrah, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, also said Diri was optimistic and confident about the fruitful result the partnership would yield to the people of Bayelsa. 

Diri also emphasized that the state government would make security a priority. He said, “Security is one area that this government has taken very seriously and as we celebrate our first anniversary, we look back and we thump our chest that we have done very well in terms of peace and security in the state. “

Hudspeth commended the governor for making important projects the priority which will attract several investments from the government of the US to various private partners. 

In the meantime, the Opu-Nembe Council of Chiefs in Nembe Council of Bayelsa State warns the youths of the state against vandalism of the government’s project. 

They also advise parents and guardians of the youths to caution them against things that could slow down federal projects in Nembe and the state entirely 

A coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests has been approved by the FDA on Friday.

The Vice-president, Mike Pence in a press briefing on Thursday said, “the new diagnostic test could accelerate testing in the United States, allowing for rapid results in doctors’ offices. But shortages of critical equipment used to collect patient specimens, like masks and swabs, could blunt its impact.”

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the test for emergency use, signaling that federal regulators were satisfied with the test’s validation data and believe its benefits outweigh any risks, such as false positives or negatives.

Last week, the FDA authorized another rapid test from molecular diagnostics company Cepheid, which provides results in about 45 minutes. Most laboratory tests for the coronavirus take anywhere from a few hours to days to receive results.

All FDA-authorized tests, however, require samples from patients and health care facilities say they’re facing shortages of critical supplies needed to collect specimens.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a guidance allowing some patients to collect their own nasal swabs in health care facilities, which could reduce the amount of protective equipment needed for health care workers.

Health Officials in New York City said that patients with a coronavirus-like illness should stay home, saying that is safer for the patients and health care workers” and doesn’t change the treatment patients receive.

As U.S. coronavirus cases increase, more efforts are bing imputed to prevent future spread of the virus. Presently U.S has at least 3,485 cases and 65 fatalities.

A preventative measure encouraged by health and government officials is Social distancing. This preventative measure is altering the way people in the U.S. eat, work, study and socialize.

President Trump officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a national emergency Friday, pledging $50 billion in federal funds to combat the virus.

Trump said private labs and vaccine developers would be provided millions of coronavirus tests within a month, including half a million this week.

On Saturday night, The White House announced that Trump had tested negative for the coronavirus. He was tested Friday night after recent contact with two people who have tested positive.

The president, speaking Friday at the Rose Garden event, had said of the outbreak: “This will pass. This will pass through, and we will be even stronger for it.”

A clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the virus begins Monday. The first participant received an experimental dose, a government official told the news agency.

Healthy volunteers will get different doses of shots, which are developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. The volunteers participating will not become infected because the shots do not contain the virus itself. He said

Along with sports leagues, museums and other cultural institutions, churches and mosques, synagogues and sanghas, temples and gurudwaras have temporarily closed to guard against spreading the virus.

Many Catholic parishes have suspended public mass, while other churches offered services online and on television. Episcopal congregants receiving Holy Communion over the weekend could choose not to dip the consecrated bread in a shared chalice, and many Muslims were asked not to embrace or kiss each other on the cheek, but greet each other with a respectful nod or warm smile.

Students in at least 31 states, as well as in Los Angeles and New York city, are not heading to school. School districts and universities have started to transition to online methods of instruction until work can resume in classrooms.

Pete Buttigieg, the former Indiana mayor, has announced he is ending his campaign for the White House.

The 38-year-old became the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major party when he announced he was running for the Democratic nomination.

But despite a successful start, his campaign lost momentum in recent weeks.

His decision to drop out comes ahead of a key day on Tuesday in the Democratic race to take on Trump.

Fourteen states will vote on Super Tuesday, by the end of which staunch left-winger Bernie Sanders could have an unbeatable lead and be a step closer to the nomination.

His departure leaves six Democrats still in the running – Joe Biden, Mr Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard.

Speaking to supporters in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, Mr Buttigieg stressed the values he said his campaign had hoped to promote.

“And so we must recognise that at this point in the race, the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our nation together. So tonight I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency.” He said.

He pledged he would do everything in his my power to ensure a Democratic win in November’s election.

Mr Buttigieg surprisingly, and narrowly, won the first event of the primary season, in Iowa on 3 February. But he failed to repeat that success and win the delegates needed to make him the front- runner and later confirm his nomination. He finished a distant fourth in South Carolina on Saturday.

Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, holding off a surge from rival Pete Buttigieg and making him the favorite to become the Democratic presidential nominee. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden were vying for fourth place as final results came in. The two could not attain the 15% threshold required to win pledged delegates, nationwide and in both of its congressional districts.

The victory gives Sanders an early boost in the push for the Democratic presidential nomination after he left the Iowa caucuses with the second-most pledged national delegates in the field. The process now enters a series of generally larger, more diverse states, where the Vermont senator has outperformed Buttigieg and Klobuchar in polls.

“Let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he told supporters as news outlets started to project his victory.

Sanders and Buttigieg are expected to be awarded the same share of New Hampshire’s 24 delegates: nine each. Klobuchar is projected to win six. Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar appeared to perform well with late-deciding voters.

The U.S. Departments of State and Justice has sent two letters which confirmed the choice of The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to manage the $308,460,329 Abacha loot.

The Department of Justice on its part noted that an agreement was reached with the Federal Government that the NSIA should administer the funds to ensure transparency and accountability.

Other terms included in the agreement are financial review by an independent auditor and monitoring by an independent civil society organization with expertise in engineering and other areas.

The agreement also precludes the expenditure of funds to benefit alleged perpetrators of the corruption or to pay contingency fees for lawyers.

According to the letter from the Department of Justice, “Gen. Abacha and his cronies robbed Nigerians of vast public resources and abused the U.S. and international financial systems to launder their criminal proceeds.

The Department of Justice further stated that “the United States is also continuing to seek forfeiture of over $177 million in additional laundered funds held in trusts that name Abacha associate … and his relatives as beneficiaries.”

Under the agreement signed between, the U.S. governments and Nigeria, the U.S. will transfer 100 per cent of the net forfeited assets to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to support three critical infrastructure projects in Nigeria that were previously authorized by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian legislature

The complaint for the recovery of the loot, the Department of Justice said “alleges that Gen. Abacha, his son Mohammed Sani Abacha, their associate and others embezzled, misappropriated and extorted billions from the government of Nigeria and others, then laundered their criminal proceeds through U.S. financial institutions and the purchase of bonds backed by the United States.”

TOPSHOT – President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives at the US Capitol Building on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The United State Senate acquitted Donald Trump of his impeachment trials which brought an end to the impeachment saga that has been on ground since the House of Representatives launched its inquiry into some action taken by Trump last September.

Trump was denied the full support of Republicans as Mitt Romney became the first senator in US history to vote to convict a president from his own party. Democrat fell far short of the two-third majority required to remove Trump from office. Senator voted 52 to 48 to acquit him on the abuse- of -power allegation and the 53 to 47 to clear him of obstruction.

The white House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “throughout this wholly corrupt process, President Trump successfully advanced the interests of the United State and remained focused on the issues that matter to Americans.”

“He spent his time achieving real victories for the people of this country, and the the Democrats – once again – have nothing to show for their fraudulent schemes” said Grisham.

The third impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history concluded one of the most bitter episodes in recent memory in Washington — marked by partisan fighting over what constitutes a fair trial, furious debates over the propriety of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and outsized pressure on a small core of Republican senators who held considerable sway in whether the trial would subpoena key witnesses from the Trump administration who had defied calls to appear before the House during its investigation.

Romney vote robbed the president of the unified GOP opposition against impeachment that he had enjoyed and repeatedly boastred of since the inquiry began in september.

He called Trump’s demand to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter a “flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values.”

In a July 25 phone call with Zelensky that he has repeatedly described as “perfect,” Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate not only the Bidens but a discredited theory that it was Ukraine rather than Russia that attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, announced today that he desires a closer relationship with both the United State and China, on his meeting with the US President Donald Trump on a potential free trade agreement.

“We don’t want to be forced to choose. We want to work with everybody, and we think there is an opportunity for everybody,” Kenyatta told the audience at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council think-tank.

“Kenya, is bent on securing its economic future and can benefit from closer partnerships with both the US and China”, Kenyatta said. While there has been a rise in tourism and growing investment, the East African nation needs to boost exports to create jobs at home for millions of young people. 

Kenyatta’s meeting with Trump is especially pertinent as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which allows sub-Saharan African countries to export thousands of products to the US without tariffs or quotas, is set to expire in 2025.

John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, in 2018 announced plans to expand US economic ties with African nations to counter what he called aggressive efforts by China and Russia to expand their influence there.

“Kenya can have several best friends – the United States, China, Great Britain, the European Union and others. They need to do what is best for them to progress their economy, build their infrastructure and push the country forward,” said Johnnie Carson, a former US ambassador to Kenya.

Kyle McCarter, the current US envoy to Kenya, told Reuters that he viewed Kenya as an important strategic partner in Africa and looked forward to expanded trade in coming years.

“I don’t believe that a deepening of trade between our two countries … threatens anything,” President Kenyatta said.

The US imposed the visa restrictions on Ghana in February 2019 after the West African nation refused to accept the return of 7,000 Ghanaian nationals that it wanted to deport.

It was during Akufo-Addo government’s terrain where they failed to issue travel documents to over 7,000 Ghanaian citizens awaiting deportation from the United States.

Limitations were also placed on the validity and the number of entries on new tourists and business visas for all Ghanaian Executive and Legislative branch employees, their spouses and their children under 21 years to a one-month single entry.

As of Friday, January 17, 2020,The United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section 243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. Visa processing will return to the normal procedures.

The validity period and number of entries on new tourist and business visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative branch employees, their spouses, and their children under 21 will revert to receiving the normal validity, based on reciprocity, which is currently five years with multiple entries. 

All pending non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees (A3 and G5) of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States that were received during the visa restrictions will now be processed.

This follows the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validating and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final orders of removal in a manner consistent with international standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, of which Ghana is a Member State.