… No community testing across states yet, says NCDC
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to pick up Madagascar’s herbal drug –COVID Organics – from Equatorial Guinea.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made this known on Monday.
Mustapha said Nigeria’s consignment had been sent to Equatorial Guinea, for ease of transportation, African countries were divided into zones leading to the freighting of Nigeria’s consignments to Equatorial Guinea.
He also said the products would be subjected to validation process after they had been picked up.
Mustapha had on April 28, 2020 said the nation was ready to give Madagascar’s herbal remedy a trial.
He said, “I want to assure you that whatever is happening in the world, we are mindful of it and we are keeping a tab.
The Presidency has announced its plans for the 311 million US Dollars repatriated from the United States as Abacha loot. This money followed a series of repatriated funds stolen by the former military General Sanni Abacha since 1998.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Federal government recovered the latest on Monday.
According to him, the funds have already been allocated and will be used in full, for vital and decades-overdue infrastructure development.
The projects to be executed include the second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressways – creating tens of thousands of Nigerian construction jobs and local skills, which can then be useful in future projects.
“Part of the funds will also be invested in the Mambilla Power Project which, when completed, will provide electricity to some three million homes – over ten million citizens – in our country,” He added.
He, however, made it known that the receipt of these stolen monies – and the hundreds of millions more that have already been returned from the United Kingdom and Switzerland – are an opportunity for the development of our nation, made far harder for those decades the country was robbed of these funds.
“Indeed, previous monies returned last year from Switzerland – some $320 million US dollars – are already being used for the government’s free school feeding scheme, a stipend for millions of disadvantaged citizens, and grain grants for those in severe food hardship.
Without these funds, the fight against Covid-19 would be even tougher.
The latest return is a testament to the growing and deepening relationship between the government of Nigeria and the government of the United States.
Without cooperation both from the UK Government, the US Executive branch and US Congress, we would not have achieved the return of these funds at all.
For years many countries deemed successive Nigerian administrations as too corrupt, too venal and too likely to squander and re-steal the stolen monies – so they did not return the funds.
Today, US, UK and other jurisdictions have found the partnership with the nation of Nigeria they can finally trust,” the statement read in parts.
Mr Shehu then assured that the Buhari-led administration is committed to – and is enacting – total and zero tolerance to corruption in politics and public administration.
“The days when the government was seen and used by the political class as their personal ATM to empty are over. The time of better governance and clean hands in the affairs of state is here to stay,” He declared.
Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, leader of the Presidential Task Force Committee on COVID-19, has said that the novel Coronavirus is responsible for people dropping dead in Kano state in recent times.
The state has recorded an unusual increase in deaths since it recorded its first coronavirus case in April. Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor, had denied that the deaths were linked to COVID-19, saying investigation was ongoing.
He also announced that after consultation with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the government had agreed on “verbal autopsy” to ascertain the cause of the deaths. But speaking with reporters in Kano on Sunday, Gwarzo, who also lost his father during the period that Kano recorded a high number of deaths
Gwarzo who disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday May 3rd, said tests carried out so far, established that COVID-19 was the cause of the mass deaths.
“Let me inform us that most of the deaths recorded of recent and test carried out showed that coronavirus was the cause. So, before the final report which would be ready in the next one week or few days, it is necessary for people of Kano to wake up from their slumber that this is a serious issue.
We need to know what is happening. We are successful in identifying what the problems are and secondly we are happy on the level of cooperation from the private sector and other stake holders. Many people have come out to support the state. We cannot expand our investigation until we are certain.
We have five cogent reasons to say that the mass death recorded in Kano is associated with coronavirus” he said.
There have been concerns about the COVID-19 cases and the increasing deaths in the state. President Buhari last week, gave a matching order to the Gwarzo-led Presidential Task Force to unravel the cause of the mysterious deaths in Kano and also to contain the spread of the virus in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8pm. Television, radio and other electronic media stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
The president will be expected to speak on the current lockdown he had earlier imposed on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states as some state governors have called for an interstate restriction of movements to contain the virus.
After four weeks of two instalments, the lockdown expires today.
The body appointed Buhari on Thursday at the Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on COVID-19 held via teleconferencing under the Chairmanship of, Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.
ECOWAS, according to a statement released by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina during the teleconference, made the announcement.
President Buhari then called on fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and tap into various opportunities that it presents for the betterment of lives in the Member States.
Reacting to the development via his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode whos is also a former Aviation Minister said the African body made its greatest mistake with the appointment.
“The greatest mistake that the ECOWAS leaders have made is to appoint @MBuhari as the leader of the fight against COVID 19. This is a cataclysmic error which they will deeply regret. He can barely manage himself & now you ask him to manage a sub-region of 400 million people?,” he asks.
The 36 state Governors in Nigeria have recommended a national lockdown over the next two weeks to further curb the spread of coronavirus.
The decision was reached at a meeting of the Governors on Wednesday.
Chairman of the forum, kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, in a statement, said the inter state lockdown had become a necessary following a continued rise of in number infected persons and fatalities recorded.
Fayemi said the Governors also resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level to be headed by health commissioners.
The Governors also express concern over the rising infection among health workers in the country.
Members also conveyed their condolence to President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Borno State on the passing of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, who passed away on 17th April 2020 in the line of duty to the country.
BBNaija 4 winner Mercy Eke opens up on lover in new love reality show. The winner of Big Brother Naija season 4, Mercy Eke, will be joining her lover, Ike Onyema, for a reality TV show, "Mercy and Ike."
The new reality TV show, Mercy and Ike, is expected to kick off on Sunday, April 26, on Africa Magic Showcase, DStv Ch151; 6:30p.m.
Mercy and Ike show follows the love life of the ex-BBNaija housemates, who began a relationship during their time at the Big Brother house.
The pair’s unlikely bond during the show makes for a great love story as they continue to entertain viewers with their pranks and an affection that took everyone by surprise.
The lovers have expressed delight at the reality TV show which brings their love life back to the front burner on TV.
Speaking on the launch of these new shows, Channel Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “We at Africa Magic are passionate about ensuring that our viewers are presented with the best entertainment. The relationship between Mercy and Ike is both entertaining and exciting and we would like the viewers to see that love can be found anywhere.”
On April 16, the Gates Foundation announced another additional donation amount of 150 million US dollars, and promised to use the foundation's "strategic investment fund" resources to accelerate the procurement of key medical materials. Earlier, Gates invested billions of dollars to develop and produce seven promising coronavirus vaccines, so that they can be quickly put into mass production after they are determined to be effective against the new coronavirus.
Gates said in an interview: "Because there are no better alternatives, we will waste billions of dollars on vaccine factories that have not been selected in the future. However, in this case, where we are The situation is (if the epidemic cannot be controlled), trillions of dollars in losses will be faced, and in contrast, these losses are worth it. "
As early as 2017, Gates created the Epidemic Prevention Innovation Alliance, a new alliance aimed at accelerating vaccine research and development to prevent and control epidemics.
Bill Gates is particularly sensible on the issue of the US epidemic. He has been calling for a unified measure throughout the country, that is, a large-scale "closure of the city." Said that US government agencies need to increase screening for new coronavirus infections and should provide more tests. We should also summarize the results so that we can quickly identify potential volunteers for clinical trials and know exactly when we will return to normal.
However, at present, Bill Gates is under threat of death. Some people in the United States believe that the outbreak itself was "made" by the Bill Gates Foundation and others. His "human removal plan" ...
The whistleblower vowed to declare that Bill Gates has launched a secret project that will achieve the purpose of controlling all humanity through the new crown vaccine. The specific method is to put a microchip in the vaccine.
The word came out of a pair of American twins, black female internet celebrities "Diamond and Silk", they are Trump's fanatical admirers, they think Trump is the best president in the history of America. Thank you for your support, Trump is ready for all Americans to have the opportunity to get the American Dream. The duo claimed: "As long as the new crown vaccine is given, Bill Gates will be able to track you down. We don't want to be his pilot!"
These people also said that as early as 1997, Bill Gates envisaged the use of a lung virus to control the world's population. For many years, Bill Gates heavily funded vaccine research and conducted experiments on black Africans. 2020 is his chance to realize his "ideal": kill a large group of people with a virus, and the rest are implanted with a chip through a vaccine to eventually control all humans.
These people misinterpreted Bill Gates ’previous interviews and became evidence that Bill Gates was the murderer of the new corona virus.
On the petition site change.org, more than 150,000 people asked Bill Gates to stop the digital identity authentication project code-named "ID2020", which is considered to inject chips into the human body through a vaccine.
At present, hundreds of thousands of Americans believe that Fuchs and Bill Gates are the main promoters of the new crown virus, and Fuchs, known in the United States, has repeatedly sang counter-attacks and told the audience the harmful effects of the virus in a pragmatic manner and making a stand on the front line of the sniper virus. However, this was opposed by Trump supporters.
As he faced more and more threats, the federal government had to strengthen his security. More than six special agents from the HHS inspector general's office provided Foch with protection services.
Why Bill Gates was rumored by the American people as the maker of the new coronavirus, this is related to the US anti-vaccine group and Trump supporters.
For the Republican voters who support Trump, everything Trump has said is correct, and Foch, who is in opposition to Trump, is undoubtedly a member of Trump ’s “deep state” resistance. They behave just like extreme fans.
Bill Gates has repeatedly commented on Trump ’s anti-epidemic decision, and recently opposed Trump ’s statement to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO) and affirmed China ’s anti-epidemic achievements. , Bill Gates has always been a thorn in his eyes.
It is against this background that Bill Gates became the behind-the-scenes hand of the new coronavirus. Fuch once said that the public needs reliable and understandable medical information, especially during a crisis.
However, as Bill Gates, Fuchs and other courageous individuals have encountered personal threats, and many whistleblowers have been suppressed, what exactly will the epidemic unravel?
The disagreement inside the kitchen cabinet of the President had not been the same since the unfortunate news.
The President, was hit hard by the news. “He was optimistic up till the very end,” said our source. Now the full weight of reality has come down on the shoulders of the president in a manner he is not accustomed to.
Abba Kyari had played a role in the Buhari administration that defined the administration’s perception by the public and by the manner it executes its duties.
Abba Kyari, through the urging of President, turned the office of the chief of staff as the most powerful office in Nigeria.
For this reason, seeking a replacement for Kyari has become a do or die affair for the members of the kitchen cabinet, particularly Maman Daura – the supposed leader of the Buhari kitchen cabinet.
Also, the wife to the President, Aisha Buhari has thrown her weight into the race for the new chief of staff.
As reported, Maman Daura has indicated an interest in old political guru Babagana Kingibe as his prime choice. While Aisha Buhari prefers Buba Marwa.
Kingibe, according to reports, had already begun running the office of the chief of staff while Kyari was away for medical treatment. “Kingibe was there openly running the government before Kyari’s death,” said our source who also noted that the first lady was not particularly happy with the decision to let Kinigibe into the office to handle affairs in the absence of Kyari.
She saw Kyari’s absence as the opportunity and the opening she had been longing for since her husband’s arrival to the Presidential villa in 2015. “Madam is determined. Don’t underrate her”.
The members of the President Executive Council [FEC] are believed to be privately working to advance the First Lady’s interest to arm-twist the President into reducing the influence of Mama.
Opinions points to significant numbers from the National Assembly who are with ‘Madam”.
They do not want another Abba Kyari styled chief of staff again. Rather they prefer a more seasoned and independent politician at the seat. They have no particular affinity to Marwa. They just do not want Maman Daura to make the choice.
She also believes Kingibe will “certainly betray Buhari”. He is said to be “a very selfish and ambitious politician”.
Kingibe was the one responsible for the plot for the removal of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation [SGF], Ahmed Yayale during the late President Ya’Adua administration. Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation [SGF], Ahmed Yayale President Buhari, on his side, had already sealed up his mind on this matter.
He had already selected Kingibe as the next chief of staff. This is not until pressures began to mount from unlikely quarters – who want Maman Daura’s influence over the chief of staff’s office.
The Buhari Organization [TBO], Buhari Support Group [BSG] and other like groups have indicated their strong feelings over the choice of Kingibe.
Maman Daura, on his end, is not moved. He is still firm on his resolve to hoist Kingibe to the seat.
In fact, Kingibe continues to act as the chief of staff, presently. Daura is confident, the President will follow as instructed.
Meanwhile other personalities are lineup for the position. Some of the mentioned names are ;
Mohammed Sarki Abba who currently serves as the S. A. Domestic – he is the preferred choice of the Buhari organization, [TBO].
Adamu – minister of education – he has no sponsor but he is considered the most independent-minded.
Hamid Ali – the Customs boss – preferred choice of Buhari Support Group [BSG]. He is regarded as too stiff and pretentious.
Ibikunle Amosun – former governor of Ogun State. He is a personal choice of the President. He is considered too arrogant and power-hungry.
Confirmed by the President's spokesperson. The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari. The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020,” a statement from spokesman Garba Shehu read in part.
Abba Kyari, had been diagnosed with coronavirus which he is believed to have contracted whiles on official duty in Germany. He was transferred from the capital Abuja to Lagos for medical care.
A Reuters report of March 24 described Kyari, who is in his 70s, as “an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and his illness could have ramifications for the running of the country. Kyari has a history of medical complications, including diabetes, and is the gatekeeper to the president. Many who wish to deal with Buhari must go through Kyari, including Nigeria’s top politicians and business owners.”
The national tally as at 10:00 pm 17th April stood at 493 confirmed cases. Out of which fifty-one were new cases: the breakdown of which were as follows – 32 in Lagos, 6 in Kano, 5 in Kwara, 2 each in Oyo, FCT and Katsina, one each in Ogun and Ekiti.
There are 159 discharges and death toll stands at 17. Kano with today’s figures consolidates its third spot. The number of affected states still stands at 20 out of 36.
Abayomi disclosed this at a press briefing on Tuesday, April 14. He said a total of 118,000 households had been reached in the search of possible COVID-19 cases in communities.
The Lagos State Government had announced on Thursday, April 9, that it has commenced a house to house search to find possible Coronavirus patients. He said community search was activated to limit the spread of the disease in the state which had the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the country.
The search yielded 119 people showing symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19.
Abayomi said: “We’ve embarked on an active case search in communities. The idea is to go to hot spots and go from door to door with our health personnel.
“So far, in the last two days, we’ve visited 118,000 households and we’re looking for the typical symptoms of COVID-19.
“We’ve identified about 119 people who have the symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19.
He said those identified to have COVID-19 will be taken to the isolation centres, in order to reduce the opportunities for transmission.
There have been anxiety in many quarters whether the lockdown which was imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) would be extended or lifted.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja, Monday said, “President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7pm. “Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that the lockdown order will last as long as his 'scientific advisers' declare they are necessary.
In a statement released by Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, Buhari who acknowledged the efforts of Nigerians as well as the sacrifices made during the stay at home period, stated that the lockdown is a major attempt to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
“We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering.
“No elected government could ask more of the citizens of the country that elected them than today we ask of you. But we must ask you – once more – to observe restrictions on movement where they are in place, and follow the instructions of our scientists and medical advisers: stay home, wash your hands, save lives.
“The freedoms we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential – world over – to halt and defeat the spread of this virus.”
The President also disclosed that he has ordered the release of 70,000 tonnes of grain from the National Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution and also disbursement of cash to poor families.
He urged Nigerians to listen and follow public announcements via the mass media for instructions as to how to receive this government support – and learn of more public assistance in the coming days.
The statement added;
“For those who suffer most egregiously, the Government has announced multiple measures to assist: 70,000 tonnes of grain is being released from the National Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution to those in most need; distribution of small cash payments are also being made, and will continue to be made by the federal government in the states and local government areas.
“We ask you to listen and follow public announcements via the mass media for instructions as to how to receive this government support – and learn of more public assistance in the coming days.
“All that the Government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic. There is no vaccine. And that means there are choices to be made: between continuing as usual, or accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.
“But at this darkest hour, it remains our duty to offer you the full and unvarnished truth: This is a global pandemic. 210 countries and territories across the globe are affected. We cannot expect others to come to our assistance. No one is coming to defeat this virus for us.
“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now. And so we must – and we will – end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians, together”.
According to NCDC, fourteen new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Nigeria: 13 in Lagos and 1 in Delta State.
Also yesterday, we erroneously reported 2 new cases in Bauchi. Following further review, we can confirm that these were repeat tests for previously confirmed cases.
We apologise for this error and remain committed to ensuring transparent and accurate reporting of test results
The Chinese doctors who arrived yesterday in Nigeria are expected to begin their duties today. Let's go on to how they got here yesterday and how they're going to operate here in Nigeria, and what they want every Nigerian to understand from their arrival.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian; Executive Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Jacques Liao, senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and others welcomed the medical staff who landed about 5:15 pm.
And they said they donated a lot of things. From Algeria to Zimbabwe, both funding from the Chinese government and Chinese companies operating on the continent, mobilized by their embassies, have embarked on a cash, PPE and test kit donation blitz.
The personnel, who are experts in infectious diseases, respiratory disease, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology, all wore face masks as they filed off the aircraft.
Liao also disclosed in a statement on Tuesday that the medical team would come with 16-tons test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, drugs, infrarot thermometer and other items ordered by the Federal Government.
He noted, "All working team members have tested negative for COVID-19 and will begin their stay in Nigeria by spending fourteen days in quarantine.
"The team's primary purpose is to provide critical and necessary healthcare assistance for CCECC employees. We always come to the employees with appropriate personal protective equipment and medical supplies. "They'll be spending 30 days in the country.
The medical team's visit had been mired in controversy with the Nigerian Medical Association and other organisations opposed to the initiative.
But the CCECC, which arranged the visit, said the Chinese doctors had come to treat their employees, adding that they would come with their medications, and equipment to perform COVID-19 tests on the country's workers.
China has made it clear that it wants to help but even in Africa, where it has established deep ties, this assistance is regarded suspiciously and even rejected in some cases.
"There is a urgent need for medical protective equipment and supplies to assist public health workers in Africa, and China's contributions fill part of that need at a time when not many others have stepped up to help," says Eric Olander, Chinese Africa Project Manager.
22 new cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Lagos, Abuja, Edo and Bauchi by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)
As at 09:00pm on April 8, there are 276 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria. 44 patients have been discharged, and 6 deaths have been recorded.
Here is a breakdown of cases across states in the country; Lagos- 145, FCT- 54, Osun- 20, Oyo- 11, Edo- 12, Bauchi- 8, Akwa Ibom- 5, Kaduna- 5, Ogun- 4, Enugu- 2, Ekiti- 2, Rivers-2, Benue- 1, Ondo- 1, Kwara- 2, Delta- 1, Katsina-1.
The Nigeria Centres for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed sixteen new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
NCDC made the announcement Tuesday night via its social media handle.
It tweeted: “Sixteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 10 in Lagos, 2 in the FCT, 2 in Oyo, 1 in Delta and 1 in Katsina.
"As at 09:30 pm 7th April, there are 254 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Fourty-four have been discharged with six deaths”
The federal government has hinted that the order could be extended.
In a bid to curb the widespread of Coronavirus in Kaduna state which propelled the government to enforce a stay-at-home order, five people were allegedly killed during a clash between youths and police officers.
The clash reportedly took place at Trikania in Sabogeri Nasarawa under Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday April 6.
It was gathered that traders converged at a temporary market located at Trikania following the closure of Monday market as a result of the lockdown order.
It was further learnt that the Civilian Joint Task Force made attempts to disperse the traders but the move was resisted by youths in the area, who were said to have overpowered the task force.
According to the report, armed policemen from Kakuri Divisional police station were drafted to the scene. The police were said to have allegedly opened fire on the angry mob upon arrival in an attempt to disperse them, leading to the death of five persons.
Meanwhile the state government has threatened to review the ongoing lockdown order in the state by closing the two-day window it provided for residents to re-stock food supplies, if the people continue flouting the Quarantine Law.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe who handed down this warning on Monday, also said that Government has ordered security agents to deal decisively with violators henceforth.
It will be recalled that the State Government had reviewed the 24 hour lockdown last Wednesday, by giving a two-day window of Tuesday and Wednesday every week, to enable residents buy food and other essential commodities.
The Deputy Governor noted that the restriction of movement has been serially violated and threatened to revert to the 24 hour lockdown.
Nigeria has recorded six new cases of coronavirus.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Monday evening that two of the cases are Edo, two in Kwara, one in Rivers and one is FCT.
The new cases bring the total number to 238 in Nigeria.
As at 09:30 pm 6th April there are 238 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Thirty-five have been discharged with five deaths”
Nollywood actress actress, Funke Akindele- Bello and her husband, Jjc Skillz havs been sentenced to 14days community service.
This is coming after the actress and her husband hosted a birthday party with over twenty persons in attendance as oppose to the law of the state at their Amen Estate home in lagos recently.
Recall that the couple had been under backlash since the video of the party surfaced online on Saturday. Social media users were not pleased with the video because according to them the couple aren't following the social distancing techniques to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.
The police however were swift to whisk away the actress and invited her husband. They were both charged to court and sentenced to fourteen days community service and each to pay N100,000.
During their service, the couple are to serve three hours per day excluding Saturday and Sunday. They must each visit 10 public places to educate people on the consequences of not complying with directives on Coronavirus.
A South-East group, Igbo Renaissance Forum has knocked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over its approach to the N20,000 stimulus package for the ‘poorest in the society.’
The group said it was baffling that the government decided to share a total of ₦52bn to 2.6 million poor families in cash, without a clear system for accountability and transparency.
The Forum described as shocking government decision to give cash to individuals across the table, adding that by this, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, had flouted the government’s order on social distancing and clearly contravenes the money laundering Act.
Calling for accountability, the Forum demanded that the ministry should immediately make available on their website, the details of those who were benefiting from the stimulus exercise.
“It has also become very evident that the preparedness level of the Federal and State Governments is nothing to write home about. We were caught napping, even though citizens were told that there was full proof readiness by government,” the group said in a statement signed by its international Coordinator, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka (Oyi).
It added that, “This we view as capable of completely eroding the little trust the citizens have for the political leadership in place today.
“There is a complete failure from the state to the federal level, including the National assembly that is abnormally obsessed with sucking the nation dry; sharing exotic cars in the middle of a health crisis and still bent on spending a whopping 37 billion on the renovation of the National Assembly building while the federal government went BEGGING for ventilators to keep themselves and the citizens alive. What a shame!
“We are aware that the Federal Government has announced palliative measures, which included disbursement of stimulus cash of twenty thousand naira to the ‘poorest in the society’ as they claimed.
“It is, however, very shocking to see the crudest form of disbursement of the stimulus cash that would give medieval men goose bumps, as cash is given to individuals across the table.
The battle at Kelkoua, bank of the Lake Chad, saw the killing of many Boko Haram terrorists while bunkers hiding key commanders where discovered and destroyed.
The Chadian Army has killed more Boko Haram terrorists in its ongoing offensive, Operation Wrath Of Bohoma, led by the country's President, Idriss Deby.
Chad, with the help of the Israeli Army, has mapped out the entire Lake Chad region containing both natural and artificial islands for the operation already yielding results.
The battle at Kelkoua, bank of the Lake Chad, saw the killing of many Boko Haram terrorists while bunkers hiding key commanders where discovered and destroyed.
Meanwhile, Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist organization, has pleaded with his fighters not to run away from battle after many of them were killed and weapons confiscated by the Chadian Army.
In a sober voice, Shekau, who spoke in Hausa language, said, "People of Chad, leave us alone, this operation is not approved by the Qur'an. It is not the will of the Prophet Muhammed but if you want to continue, God will help us too because he is bigger than you.
"To my fighters, take heart. It is I, Abubakar Shekau, your leader."
The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, today announced that the state government would be offering free medical services to pregnant women and other persons with health emergencies in the state all through the month of April.
While speaking at a press briefing on Saturday April 4, the governor said the free medical services is part of palliative measures to cushion the effect of the lockdown imposed on the state to fight the spread of COVID-19.
“The Lagos State Government will for the duration of this lockdown, in the first instance throughout the month of April, take full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients who fall under the following categories and present themselves at all our secondary health facilities, meaning our 27 general hospitals and the maternal and child health facilities that we have round the state. Emergencies, casualties, cases including registration, laboratory tests and surgeries will be treated free of charge.
Maternity cases and all pregnant women that have to do deliveries in this month of April, either caesarean or normal delivery will also be attended to free of charge. All admissions within this period will be free and treated free of charge in the month of April at the first instance. What this means is that those that have the above-listed conditions that will need to access the hospitals will be treated free” he said
Lagos state has 108 confirmed cses of Coronavirus. Following presidential directive, the state went into a lockdown beginning from March 30 to last for up two weeks.
As at 11:15 am 5th April there are 224 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty-seven have been discharged with five deaths
Here is a breakdown of cases by states;
Akwa Ibom- 5
The NCDC reported that as at 11:00 am 3rd April there are 190 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty have been discharged with two deaths.
Below are Currently Live Cases Per State;
Akwa Ibom- 5
A statement signed by the PPPRA Executive Secretary, Abdulkadri Saidu, says the new retail price of petrol would be N123.50 beginning from today April 1st.
The new price is N1.50 lower than the N125 per litre announced on March 18th.
“The PPPRA, in line with the government approval for a monthly review of premium motor spirit (PMS) pump price, hereby announces guiding PMS pump price of N123.50 per litre. The guiding price, which becomes effective April 1, 2020, shall apply at all retail outlets nationwide for the month of April, 2020. The PPPRA and other relevant regulatory agencies shall continue to monitor compliance to extant regulations for a sustainable downstream petroleum sector. Members of the public and all oil marketing companies are to be guided, accordingly.” he said
Recall that on March 18, the Federal Executive Council had approved a reduction of petrol pump price from N145 to N125. After the slash of petrol pump price was announced, PPPRA announced that the federal government approved a monthly review of petrol price to reflect global crude oil market trends.
The 360 members of the House of Representatives have resolved to donate their two months salary to the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has announced.
The two-month salary donation, the Speaker said, will be independent of the contributions by individual lawmakers to alleviate the hardship that their constituents face at this time of national emergency. He said that starting from March salary, the lawmakers' donation will be transferred directly to the National Relief Fund account for the fight against COVID-19, the Speaker also said.
In a video message to Nigerians as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gbajabiamila said:
"We have in the House of Representatives jointly committed to contributing one hundred per cent (100%) of our salaries for the next two months to the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Our contribution will support provisions for the welfare of frontline medical professionals and health workers, and other interventions to provide for the wellbeing of all Nigerians through these trying times.
Accordingly, I have directed the Clerk to the National Assembly to see to it that all members’ salaries are transferred to the National Relief Fund for this month and the next.
This is independent of ongoing individual efforts by members to alleviate the suffering brought on by this virus and to improve the living conditions of citizens in their various constituencies''.
The Speaker added that the House would exercise its oversight power to ensure faithful administration of all emergency funds and contributions made so far to ensure they serve the purpose for which they were intended.
There is a way you can spend this break/holiday that will improve your health, mood and also boost your brain function. If you want to get the absolute best benefit out of this holiday break, here is what you really need to do:
(1) Get Plenty Of Sleep: Sleep is extremely important to our work and health and most of us don't get enough of it.Studies prove that vacations improve our well being if we make sure we get all the sleep we need during our time off.
(2) Try Out A New Skill: There is plenty of evidence that learning something new, such as a language or musical instrument, it has powerful brain boosting power.It will also help you stretch your mind in new ways that will create new connection in your brain. By taking yourself out of your usual mental patterns, you will go back to your work/school refreshed.
(3) Do Something Memorable: Plan to do something out of the ordinary that you will deeply enjoy, even if it's just for one day or even half a day, of the break. You will reap the benefits for a long time to come.
(4) Enjoy Yourself: All of this advice is useless if it leads you do do something you don't want to do. The most important way to create happiness and we'll being during and after this break is to make sure you spend at least some of your time off doing things that you truly enjoy.
(5) Watch A Movie: Try to while away time by watching movies. Find the time and make it happen.
(6) Cook Something Different: Try to cook something that you have not tasted before. Go make that meal now and your taste buds will thank you.
(7) Do Something Useful: So this one isn't so fun, but it makes sense. Take an afternoon to scrub out your kitchen cupboards, take care of your surroundings, and defrost your freezer.
(8) Gardening: If you are the earthly type, being one with your surroundings, the greenery brings immense therapeutic rewards.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020.
The Act declared coronavirus a dangerous infectious disease. The signing was contained in a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina.
It states that the president relied powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004).
The Regulations, effective March 30, 2020, also gave legal backing to the various measures outlined in the President’s National Broadcast on March 29, 2020.
These include Restriction/Cessation of Movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State and others toward containing the spread of the pandemic in the country.
“In addition, to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions, exemption is granted financial system and money markets to allow very skeletal operations in order to keep the system in light operations during the pendency of these regulations”, the statement added.
Some journalists, legal practitioners, prominent Nigerians had condemned the lockdown.
They argued it was unconstitutional and had no legal backing as at the time of announcement.
The critics included Wole Soyinka, Dino Melaye, Inibehe Effiong among others.
The Ogun State government has shifted the lockdown directive earlier put at midnight of Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, 2020.
This was disclosed by the Governor Dapo Abiodun while addressing the people of the state, shortly after inspecting a 128-bed isolation facility located within the premises of HID Awolowo Model School, Ikenne-Remo.
Nigeria has recorded its second coronavirus death.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, announced this to newsmen during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja today Monday March 30th.
''Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.
We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.
As of today, the 30th of March, 2020, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria of which 68 are in Lagos, 21 in the FCT, seven in Oyo, three in Ogun, two in Bauchi, two in Edo, two in Osun, two in Enugu, and one each in Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna and Rivers States,” he said
On March 23rd, Suleiman Achimugu, a former managing director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) became Nigeria's first death case since the Coronavirus pandemic broke in February this year.