Buhari’ll decide whether or not to extend lockdown –SGF

Presidential Taskforce Commends Sanwo-Olu   Indication emerged yesterday that the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari may be extended beyond two weeks as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mr. Boss Mustapha, said that only the president can decide if the lockdown in Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Ogun will end after 14 days or not. The Presidential Taskforce, which also expressed optimism that the current challenge of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria will soon be…

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IMF to Nigeria: We’re working on $3.4bn request

    Following the Federal Government’s announcement that it is seeking a $3.4 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as part of a $6.9 billion external borrowing plan to tackle the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the economy, the Fund has said it is “working hard” to respond to the government’s request. A statement issued by the IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, yesterday, reads: “Nigeria’s economy is being threatened by the twin shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated sharp fall in international oil prices.…

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COVID-19: Fuel marketers fret over banks’ closure, lodgement

Fuel marketers yesterday complained about inability to access banks for cash lodgement received from sales at their various filling stations, fearing they could suffer armed robbery attacks. National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo, who declared this, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant marketers the window to bank transaction for petroleum products operations. The President, he declared, should “direct the relevant ministry, government agencies and the financial institutions concerned in the country to create a window for partial banking transactions to enable…

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Subsidy: PDP demands forensic investigation by NASS

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Assembly to conduct forensic investigation into subsidy payment under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government. The party said the declaration by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, that government would no longer pay subsidy, was dramatic. PDP, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged monumental and unpardonable scam by APC against the nation. It challenged the officials of government to tell Nigerians how the trillions of naira the…

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Police arrest pilots for ‘smuggling’ expatriates into Rivers

Wike seeks prosecution CP: Crew violated order     The Police have arrested two pilots of Carveton Helicopters who transported expatriates to Port Harcourt, Rivers State in contravention of the state’s boundary closure regulations aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called for the prosecution of the two pilots. Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, yesterday, confirmed that the command arrested the pilot and copilot of Carveton Helicopters who ferried unknown passengers to the state. Dandaura said that the pilots violated the regulations…

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FCT , Lagos, Rivers discharge nine COVID-19 patients

Nigeria seems to be winning the war on coronavirus as at least nine patients were yesterday discharged in Lagos and Rivers states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The patients, seven in the FCT, one each in Lagos and Rivers states, were discharged after testing negative for the virus after treatment. So far, 44 COVID-19 patients have been discharged across the country. Lagos has the highest number of discharged patients with 32 freed from the virus in the state. However, the Federal Government has announced 16 new confirmed…

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Ahmed: FG to seek debt relief from China

Zainab Ahmed

Nigeria won’t seek a suspension of interest payments from its Eurobond holders, but the country will seek debt relief from China, as it seeks funds to battle the coronavirus pandemic, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has said. Bloomberg yesterday quoted her as saying “we have not considered investors of our commercial paper. If it happens anywhere, if it’s something that would work, then we will look at it, but right now we are looking at multilateral lenders.” Ahmed said it’s unclear how a debt service…

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Benue sacks 30 resident doctors

At least 30 resident doctors have been given marching orders out of the Benue State health sector by the state government amidst the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. The sacking of the doctors was confirmed by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi. ARD, in a statement jointly signed by its President and Public Relations Officer, Dr. Amina Onyewuchi and Dr. Sesugh Iorfa, gave the state government 21-day ultimatum to reverse the sack or face total shutdown of health sector in the state. But Chief Medical…

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Moghalu: Budgets must be reprogammed to tackle COVID-19

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Kingsley Moghalu, the candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP) for the 2019 presidential election, is a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and a professor at the Fletcher School of International Diplomacy. He proposes how Nigeria can tackle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic   The Coronavirus Disease-2019 (Covid-19) epidemic presents a difficult and challenging time for the world and our country Nigeria. This crisis has security, social and economic dimensions, and we must now and in its aftermath fundamentally re-examine our patterns of thinking, acting,…

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Anambra: COVID-19 rekindles politics of mistrust

OKEY MADUFORO writes on the raging battle between officials of Anambra State government and some political gladiators in the state over measures towards tackling the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world     The coronavirus pandemic has once a gained rekindled the old flame of political rivalry among politicians in Anambra State. True to the nature of Anambra politics, every topical issue is always politicized in a bid to score some form of mileage or relevance by members of Anambra political class. Just recently the Anambra State government made public its…

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