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Good Day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad: 

1. The National Examinations Council on Wednesday announced that it rescheduled the 2023 National Common Entrance Examinations to give states with low number of registrants the opportunity to register more candidates. In a statement issued in Niger State, the examination body noted that the NCCE examination for admission into Federal Unity Colleges would now hold on Saturday 3rd June 2023 instead of Saturday, April 29, 2023 as earlier scheduled. PUNCH

2. The Programme Manager, Osun State Malaria Elimination Control, Dr Olufemi Oroge, has stated that Nigeria is contributing 31.3 percent of global malaria deaths. He also revealed that Nigeria is also leading with 27 percent of the global malaria cases. He made this known on Tuesday during a radio programme held to commemorate World Malaria Day in Osun. DAILY POST

3. The buses facilitating the evacuation of Nigerian students from Sudan have finally arrived, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said on Wednesday. NIDCOM, in a tweet, said the buses arrived on Tuesday night with more buses expected to arrive on Wednesday morning with help from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan. CHANNEL

4. Former New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern has revealed that she will go into the academic profession at Harvard University. Ardern who stepped down early this year will be heading to Harvard University for two fellowships. CNN reported that she was appointed to dual fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School, the university’s school of public policy and government, according to a news release by Harvard. She will serve as the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow, a program aimed at high-profile leaders transitioning from public service roles. VANGUARD

5. A new suit seeking to halt the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s new President on May 29, 2023, has been filed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja. The suit marked CA/CV/259/2023 filed by Hope Democratic Party (HDP) is praying the court for an order stopping the inauguration. The party prayed the court to prohibit President Muhammadu Buhari, attorney general of the federation and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from inaugurating the 2023 President-elect on May 29. LEADERSHIP

6. The Federal Government is yet to host the U-17 women’s national team, the Flamingos, 175 days after it pledged to receive the bronze-winning team at the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup in India. The Flamingos claimed their first-ever bronze medal at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India after defeating favourites Germany 3-2 on penalties. Having consistently failed to get past the last eight of the competition, Bankole Olowookere’s side overcame the free-scoring USA on penalties to book a place with Colombia in the semi-finals. The South Americans, however, ended the Flamingos’ dream of reaching the final after they triumphed 6-5 on penalties. PUNCH

7. Nollywood actress, Lilian Afegbai has bemoaned the unstable power supply system in South Africa. The thespian said prior to her recent trip to South Africa, she never knew power outages occur abroad. She took to her Instagram live session to share her bitter experience with power outages in South Africa. She said, “Any small thing them go take light oh; four hours, six hours. They go tell you say them go take am at intervals, them go dey send you messages. They come give am one name say na load shedding. Wetin you dey shed for the load? NEPA take light abi NEPA no take light?. DAILY POST

8. Britain on Tuesday began evacuating its citizens from Sudan, after criticism of a delay in getting its passport holders out of the restive country. “The first flight has left and you can expect that there will be at least two more flights overnight tonight,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman told reporters. Britain only announced that it had launched a large-scale evacuation on Tuesday morning, lagging other countries and 10 days since fierce urban fighting erupted, leading to hundreds of deaths. It came after a US-brokered 72-hour ceasefire between Sudan’s warring generals officially took effect. CHANNELS

9. Hollywood actor Vin Diesel recently shared that ‘Calm Down,’ a catchy song by Rema, the talented Afrobeats singer, is currently his favourite track. Diesel opened up about his musical preferences during an interview at the European Gala for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3,’ an eagerly anticipated Marvel Studios film, held in Paris. The release of the second sequel to the beloved movie franchise is set for May 5. When asked about his favourite song at the moment, Diesel revealed that his daughter had a significant influence on his choice, as she loves to sing Calm Down around their home. PULSE

10. A former Minister of Labour and Productivity, and pioneer member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Musa Gwadabe, is dead. Gwadabe died Wednesday morning (today) at the age of 86 at a Kano hospital after a prolonged illness. A daughter of the deceased, who is also a worker at Radio Nigeria Pyramid FM Kano, Aisha Musa Gwadabe confirmed the death, saying the funeral prayer of the late minister would hold at 2.00 pm (today) at his residence off Maiduguri road, in Kano. PUNCH

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