Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Covid-19: Wike evicts Carveton Helicopters from Rivers over unsafe…

Kindly Share This Story: Says no investor who values profit above lives is welcomed By Egufe Yafugborhi GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike on Wednesday evicted Carveton Helicopters from Rivers state, ordering the closure of its offices and operations for alleged unsafe business practice against the state’s Executive Order to check the spread of Corona Virus.Rivers State Government had…

15 Chinese doctors arrive in Nigeria despite protest

Kindly Share This Story:The Chinese doctors arrived Nigeria on Wednesday.A group of Chinese medics on Wednesday arrived in Nigeria to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, despite angry criticism from health workers in the country.The 15-medics team were greeted by senior officials on the tarmac at Abuja airport after flying in on a month-long deployment with…

Committee alleges diversion of food items in Kaduna

NAN reports that the cluster was among the five earmarked to benefit from the distribution of the food items to the most vulnerable people in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.The distribution, according to the state government was to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and vulnerable groups following the lockdown of the state…

Network expansion behind fibre cable laying across Nigeria — NCC

Kindly Share This Story: By Prince OsuagwuExecutive Vice Chairman, EVC, of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, on Wednesday, explained that the ongoing laying of fibre optic cables and the deployment of other telecoms equipment by telecom operators across the country is for network expansion services.He stressed the need at this COVID-19 lockdown period,…

UPDATED: Nigeria records 16 new cases of coronavirus, total now 254

Kindly Share This Story:Victor OgunyinkaNigeria has taken its total confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to 254, just as 16 new cases have been confirmed Tuesday evening.The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) explained that of the 16 new cases reported on the 7th of April, ten (10) are in Lagos, two(2) is in FCT, two(2)…

UITH sets up committee to investigate death of suspected Coronavirus patient

Daibo alleged that a relative of the deceased who is also a member of staff of hospital, Prof Alakija Salami concealed the travel history of the Covid-19 suspected case.“The committee will investigate the motives behind the concealment of accurate information provided by the patient’s relative including withholding patients case note by the patient’s relative,” he…

Bauchi gov’s elder brother regains freedom, reunites with family ― Police

On April 8, 202012:15 amIn Newsby Victor Ogunyinka Kindly Share This Story: By Charly Agwam – BauchiThe Nigeria Police has said that the elder brother of Bauchi governor, Adamu Duguri has regained his freedom.Public Relations Officer of Bauchi Command, Kamal Datti in a chat, made this known to newsmen on Tuesday.He said, “With regards to…

$6.9bn COVID-19 loan, plot by FG to deceive Nigerians ― PDP

On April 8, 202012:34 amIn Coronavirus Updatesby Victor Ogunyinka Kindly Share This Story:By Dirisu YakubuPlans by the Federal Government to source as much as the sum of $6.9 billion from international lenders to fight the COVID-19pandemic has been described by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a ploy by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to…

Fake news on Coronavirus can increase mental health problems – APNAFP

“The Association notes the impact of the novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) as it presents new and unique challenges.“The COVID-19 pandemic as a global crisis has also affected Nigerians in various ways ranging from lifestyle changes, enforced shutdowns, economic losses, family dislocations and separations.“Unfortunately, the situation is compounded by fake news, alarming reports and stories as…

ASUU’s insensitive strike – Vanguard News

Kindly Share This Story: THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, returned to its old “hobby” of indefinite strikes on Monday, March 23, 2020. This came after its two-week “warning strike” which commenced on March 9, 2020.According to the Union’s President, Biodun Ogunyemi penultimate Monday, the strike became necessary because “the Nigerian government has chosen…

Time for a one-handed economist

Kindly Share This Story: By Sunny IkhioyaTHE title of this piece is not original to me. Years ago, it was in a situation, such as now, I think, during the Structural Adjustment Programme, SAP, debate under the General Ibrahim Babangida’s regime that Ray Ekpu, in his column in the Sunday Times, titled a piece: “Wanted…

World Bank releases $82m support to strengthen Nigerian public health response

The bank explained that in addition, the World Bank had been asked to provide a multi-pronged package of support over the next six months to strengthen the country’s preparedness for the immediate health crisis.The statement indicated that the World Bank would also provide the Federal Government with budget support for a pro-poor stimulus package and…

A Broadcast sector in search of a better future

Kindly Share This Story: By Okoh AiheFor broadcasting, the challenging times may be over and a new dawn of orchestrated change on the cards as the acting Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Prof Armstrong Idachaba, has pledged to follow every word of the Act setting up the Commission to deliver and refocus the…

COVID-19: Social media experiences 61 percent increase

Kindly Share This Story: By Juliet UmehAs billions of people around the world observe stay at home directives issued by the governments in the wake of the coronavirus, COVID-19, a new report has revealed that social media has experienced boom in its engagements.This is as many people have turn to social media for support, communication…

No link between 5G and Coronavirus disease

NAN reports that there have been several claims on the social media linking 5G as the major cause of the Coronavirus pandemic ravishing the globe.He said: ”5G is the fifth generation wire communications technologies to support cellular data networks, involving mobile phones, laptops and others which was launched in 2019.“This is an upgrade of 4G…

COVID-19, 5G MIX-UP: Why Nigerians are worried

Kindly Share This Story:By Prince Osuagwu, Hi-Tech EditorElectromagnetic radiation is the new buzz word. Naturally, any mention of ‘radiation’ alarms a random person. It is apparently on this basis a wide claim that the rampaging Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, has a root in radiations emitting from 5G facilities like base stations and masts has caught the…

Govt breaching Pension Reform Act — Labour

Kindly Share This Story: By Victor YoungOrganised Labour has accused the Federal Government of breaching the Pension Reform Act, PFA,    2004, claiming the “Federal Government is yet to effectively implement the increase in 2014 amendment.”Speaking through the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, Organised  Labour, equally lamented that most…

Lockdown: Lagos markets record drop in prices of perishables food items

NAN reports that a 40 kilogramme (kg) basket of tomato, which sold for N12, 000 immediately the lockdown was announced had dropped to N8, 000.Similarly, a 50kg basket of bell pepper (Tatashe) dropped from N10, 000 to N7, 000.The survey also showed that a 50kg Chilli pepper (Shombo) has now been pegged at N8, 000…

Dear Bunmi: He wants to record our love-making session

Kindly Share This Story:Dear Bunmi, my current boyfriend is a hunk, sophisticated and loving. He is also quite adventurous in his love-making.A few weeks ago, he said he’d like to spice up our love life by bringing his camcorder into the bedroom and taping as we make love!We currently live together, but until he made…

COVID 19: RCCG hands over medical equipment to Ogun Govt

Kindly Share This Story: James Ogunnaike – AbeokutaThe Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)  on Tuesday handed over some medical equipment to the Ogun State government, as part of its contributions to the fight against coronavirus pandemic in the State.Handing over the equipment on behalf of the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare…

Coronavirus Lockdown: Aba residents flout stay-at-home order

The directives included buses taking fewer passengers and traders procuring hand-washing materials for customers entering their their shops and stalls.The government later ordered a complete lockdown of the state on April 1, to ensure the disease did not get into the state, which was yet to record any case.A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent…

EU wants to help Africa, others fight coronavirus with €15 bn

On April 8, 20204:00 amIn Coronavirus Updatesby David O Royal Kindly Share This Story: The European Union flagThe European Union is set to give 15 billion euros’ (16.3 billion dollars’) worth of support to Africa and otherregions of the world for their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.“In a few weeks, Africa and our neighbours…

Buhari felicitates with Amb Igali at 60, lauds selfless service to Nigeria

Kindly Share This Story: By Gabriel Ewepu – AbujaThis was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, which the President acknowledged Amb Igali’s selfless service to the country, especially as career diplomat to several countries.The statement reads in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates…

Police kill 4 in Kaduna over violation of coronavirus-enforced lockdown

To combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, the Kaduna State government had ordered a shutdown of social and economic activities last month.According to a report by Daily Trust, the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) enforcing the order had a confrontation with some youths in Tirkania on Monday, April 6, 2020, over the…

Dear Bunmi, Should I dump this absent boyfriend?

Kindly Share This Story:Dear Bunmi, there’s no longer communication from my current boyfriend. Some weeks I don’t even hear from him let alone see him.I want to end it, but we’ve been together so long— nine years — that I don’t know where to start and don’t want to upset him.Zainab, by e-mail. Dear Zainab,Just do…

With lower oil price, Obasanjo paid our foreign debts

Kindly Share This Story:Says It’s delusory to borrow $6.9 billion now By Atiku AbubakarBEFORE the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the globe, Nigeria spent 42 per cent of her earnings on debt servicing. We have arrived at a new reality today: Even if we devote 100 per cent of our income to rebuilding our economy, it…

Lagos releases 32nd coronavirus patient after recovery

News Tell your friends Lagos has discharged over a dozen coronavirus patients from care since last Thursday. The patient was discharged on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, according to an announcement by the state's governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.The governor said the latest case shows the state is winning in its fight against the disease."We are resolute in…

COVID-19: Two Clergymen arraigned for holding service

Kindly Share This Story: Kaduna State Government said that two clergymen were arrested by security agents for holding church service last Sunday in violation of the lockdown order by the government.A statement issued by the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Tuesday said that one Ifeanyi Ojonu and Giniki Okafor held…

COVID-19 Social Distance Enforcement: FRSC nabs 321 for overloading

Kindly Share This Story: FRSC Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi,The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has arrested and booked a total of 321 offenders for violating the social distance order by overloading their vehicles with excess passengers.The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement by the corps Public Education Officer,…

ECOWAS offers support to Member States on COVID-19 fight

1. ECOWAS continues to closely monitor the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic in the world and particularly in West Africa.As of 5 April 2020, the 15 Member States are affected by the pandemic with 1 739 confirmed cases of contamination, 55 deaths and 328 persons who have fully recovered. It should be noted that approximately…

Customs boss approves release of rice, other items worth N3.2bn for distribution

Kindly Share This Story: Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (read)The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has approved the release of 46,000 metric tons of rice, 36,495 kegs of vegetable oil and other items valued at N3.2 billion for distribution.The Customs’ Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph…

COVID-19: FG review of restrictions in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun (4)

Kindly Share This Story:Illustrative: Lockdown in Nigeria to stem spread of coronavirusBy Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona & Rose Chukwu“In my own opinion, the decision taken by the government is really for the benefits of all. The government is being considerate in allowing markets open between those hours but I will advise that Lagos residents abide…

LUTH inaugurates 60-bed isolation centre for Coronavirus

Bode said that the minister, the presidential committee, Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi came to see LUTH’s preparedness and readiness to admit patients.“It is better for us to rise up to the occasion.“With the help and assistance of the minister and Lagos government, we have been able to put…

Judge: R Kelly must remain locked up amid coronavirus crisis

Kindly Share This Story: A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied R&B singer R. Kelly’s request for release from jail in Chicago because he was concerned he could contract the coronavirus while behind bars.“The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or…

COVID-19: APC lawmaker, group fault Ondo resource c’ttee membership

Kindly Share This Story: •Govt calls for calmBy Dayo JohnsonTHE lawmaker representing Ese-Odo constituency, Mr. Success Torhukerhijo and the Indigenous People of Ondo, IPO, yesterday, kicked against the composition of the committees set up by the state government to source funds and to distribute palliatives to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the…

NDDC alerts Nigerians on fraudulent social media accounts offering jobs, contracts

“The two Facebook accounts used in deceiving Nigerians were operated by so-called ‘Dr. Alfred of SDG’ with phone number: 08148615295.“Also, Truecaller application identifies the phone number as belonging to Engineer Alfred.“Clearly, the Facebook accounts were created for the purpose of duping unsuspecting members of the public and in the process bringing the NDDC and its…

COVID-19: Ogun records 2, Lagos discharges 2

Kindly Share This Story: By Olasunkanmi Akoni & James OgunnaikeGOVERNOR Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, yesterday, disclosed two new positive cases of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.Addressing newsmen in Iperu Remo in Ikenne local government area of the state, the governor said the discovery brings the total number to six.He said: “I have the unpleasant…

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: Funke Akindele, husband sentenced

Kindly Share This Story: …As Police arrest Naira MarleyBy Henry OjeluNOLLYWOOD actress, Funke Akindele and her husband AbdulRasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, were yesterday, convicted and fined N100,000 each by an Ogba Magistrate Court for flaunting the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020.Delivering judgment after the couple pleaded guilty, Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa…

Stop blaming pastors for inability to cure Coronavirus – Cleric

He said Jesus Christ is the divine healer while Ministers were simply vessels, mortals and instruments with no power of their own unless it is willed, sanctioned and commanded by God.“It is wrong to ascribe the power of miracles and healing to pastors and as such blame them for not performing healing at this time,”…

COVID-19: Fake chloroquine 250mg tablets now in circulation — NAFDAC

Kindly Share This Story: By Gabriel OlawaleTHE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, alerted Nigerians to be mindful of fake chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets currently in circulation.In a statement by the Director-General of the agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said NAFDAC was notified by the World Health Organisation, WHO, of the…

Coronavirus: Buhari sends message of solidarity to PM Boris Johnson

”President Buhari’s sympathy and solidarity are with the British leader as he battles COVID-19 personally, and with the British people as their country battles the devastating effects of the pandemic,” the statement maintained.President Buhari prayed that Prime Minister Johnson would soon be well enough to resume his great leadership of his country at this most…

APC chieftain hails Lagos residents for obeying restriction order

On April 7, 20207:36 amIn Newsby Nwafor Kindly Share This Story: All Progressive CongressA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Lanre Razak, yesterday, commended Lagos residents for complying with the stay at home order.Razak, in a chat with newsmen, stated that their cooperation with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has made his job of combating…

Violence mars distribution of free food in Kaduna

Chairman of the distribution committee, Malam Sule Garba said the incident took place on Monday evening at Narayi LEA Primary School.Garba, who is also the Village Head of Narayi, told NAN on Tuesday in Kaduna that a rowdy crowd of young men and women swooped over the foodstuffs and carted it away.He listed the food…

Effect of COVID-19 pandemic on Nigeria still unclear —UN

Kindly Share This Story: …As FG launches One Covid-19 Basket FundBy Omeiza AjayiThe United Nations, UN, has expressed concerns about the effect and true magnitude of the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, saying it was yet unclear.According to the global body, the quality of response to the disease must match the scale of the…

Nigeria, 38 other African countries to benefit from GPE $250m fund

Kindly Share This Story: By Chioma ObinnaThe Global Partnership for Education, GPE, has announced the provision of $250 million to help developing countries mitigate both the immediate and long-term disruptions to education by COVID-19 pandemic.The GPE COVID-19 fund will be available for 67 developing countries.In Africa, the 39 eligible countries include Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso,…

Yahaya Bello sacks VC, Rector, names replacements

News Tell your friends Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has relieved the Vice Chancellor of the Kogi State University, Ayangba , Prof Mohammed Abdulkadir, of his appointment. Both Abdulkadir and Atureta had earlier in February been placed on indefinite suspension for ignoring the governor’s directive on Single Treasury Account (TSA).It further said that the governor…

Lockdown: FG begins release of garri, other food items to vulnerable Nigerians

He said the 12,500 metric tonnes of items released from the 25,000 metric tonnes capacity silo complex in Minna, comprised 10,000 metric tonnes of maize and 2,500 metric tonnes of garri.This, according to him, is to officially launch release of the 70,000 metric tonnes of garri, maize, millet and sorghum from six silo complexes across…

Kwara gov launches cash transfer to poor households

Kindly Share This Story: Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq…Says he was in self-isolation…Govt awaits outcome of investigation of UITHBy Demola AkinyemiGovernor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, yesterday, confessed he had gone into self-isolation for the mandatory 14 days, having returned from the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja on March 19, 2020, declaring he was…

Nigerian Army can’t win war against Boko Haram — Nnamdi Kanu

Kindly Share This Story: Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of BiafraBy Chimaobi NwaiwuNNEWI — THE leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday said that Nigeria and its Armed Forces cannot win the fight against Boko Haram insurgents because they lack  focus in their legitimate duty.He also alleged that the…

Lagos discharges another coronavirus patient

News Tell your friends Sanwo-Olu says more coronavirus patients will be discharged on Sunday or Monday. The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this on Saturday, April 4, 2020.The governor said more patients who are currently receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba would be discharged on Sunday or Monday, April 6, 2020.Sanwo-Olu also said…

COVID-19: Imo Fancy Hotel to befumigated tomorrow

Kindly Share This Story: •Nnewi youths storm markets to control food prices•Police Inspector kills man in Abia•Ebonyi flags off fumigation of markets, public places•Abia govt threatens to arrest traders for defying lockdownBy Anayo Okoli, Peter Okutu, Chinonso Alozie, Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Ugochukwu AlaribeCHAIRMAN, Task Force on covid-19 in Imo, Professor Maurice Iwu, yesterday said that the Fancy…

LUTH approves life insurance for health workers, as coronavirus spreads

Kindly Share This Story: By Chioma ObinnaManagement of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH has approved life insurance for each staff working as warriors in the drive to rid Nigeria of COVID-19.The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof Chris Bode while addressing health workers at the institution acknowledged the difficulties involved in managing the condition,…

The age of the start-ups: The familiar path of companies that have failed the...

Despite the many possibilities and potentials in the Nigerian market, not so many new businesses are able to scale through the fundamental stage, and as such are either forced to relocate or perhaps fold up, if they don ’t end up been purchased by a third party company.Some of the companies of the internet era…

Private hospitals not allowed to treat COVID-19 patients — LASG

Kindly Share This Story:Says state battling local transmission, tracing 2,293 contactsCases rising at pace workers can control By Chioma ObinnaThe Lagos State Government has warned that private hospitals across the state are not yet allowed to treat COVID-19 patients.The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this on Monday, said although cases of…

Gerrard and Rangers players ‘volunteer’ for wage deferrals

Kindly Share This Story: Rangers have revealed manager Steven Gerrard and his first-team squad “volunteered” to receive wage deferrals for the next three months.The Ibrox club will also make use of the Government’s job retention scheme to ensure other employees receive their full wages.The players and coaching staff are reported to be taking only half…

Sanwo-Olu says Lagos may extend lockdown

News Tell your friends Sanwo-Olu says if there's a need to extend the lockdown, he will. The governor said this during a media briefing on Saturday, April 4, 2020.Sanwo-Olu, who earlier announced the release of another coronavirus patient from the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba said the number of patients discharged in Lagos had risen to…

Covid-19 Palliatives: Wike commits N2Billion to foodstuff for Rivers people

Kindly Share This Story:…Says state’s index case could be discharged weekend …Explains why he will no longer allow expatriates flights into Rivers WikeRIVERS State Government has committed N2Billion of its 2020 contingency funds to purchase of foodstuffs for distribution to Rivers people as palliatives against hardship being posed by Corona Virus.Wike during a Monday update…

Strive to preserve your mental health during lockdown — Sheikh

Kindly Share This Story: By Sola OgundipeIn the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria, APN, has urged Nigerians to take care of their emotional and mental health.In a position statement and advice to Nigerians on the COVID-19, President of the APN, Dr. Taiwo Sheikh said no Nigerian should suffer a…

No licence has been issued for 5G in Nigeria

i. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G;ii. No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country;iii. A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to…

GOV POLL: Why I want to govern Ondo — Ayorinde

Kindly Share This Story: By Dayo JohnsonA former National Assembly member, Mr. Bode Ayorinde, yesterday, declared his intention to contest the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, vowing to make a positive difference in the state.Ayorinde was a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives…