Covid-19: NCDC confirms 242 new cases, more deaths

*FG to consider Madagascar herbal remedy The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 242 new Covid-19 cases – a reduction of six on Sunday ‘s figures. The agency made the announcement on Monday night via its Twitter handle. A total of 4,641 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). Ten more deaths were also recorded in the last 24 hours, while 902 were discharged. And in keeping with the trend, Lagos topped with 88 cases while Kano was second with 64.…

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COVID-19: You’ve failed Almajiris, Nigerian masses, PDP tells Buhari, APC 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) of betraying the Almajiris and other poor and vulnerable Nigerians who supported them to win the 2015 presidential election.   The party said in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan that the APC and its government have continued to neglect vulnerable Nigerians since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.   “Today, the APC and its government have succeeded in wrecking the lives of ordinary Nigerians; stole their common patrimony; rendered…

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Orji Kalu: Activist demands remedy for 5-month illegal detention

  An advocate for constitutional democracy and Executive Director, Legislative Watch, Hon. Ngozika Ihuoma wants the judiciary to explain what remedies there are for Senator Orji Uzor Kalu who was held unlawfully for five months before his  acquittal.   Ihuoma, who spoke to our correspondent in Owerri the Imo State capital on Monday, said in near similar scenario, Chief Bode George was freed from prison after serving two years imprisonment.   “What are the remedial options before citizens who have been unlawfully held in prison before the judgment of the…

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Infectious Diseases Bill: Reps to hold 2-day public hearing

Gbajabiamila

…to oversight Covid-19 spendings    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has assured that transparency and accountability will be upheld in the conduct of the public hearing stage of the control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020. The Speaker said the public hearing,  which is expected to take place in the next few weeks, would be for two days and will be physical and open to submission of memorandum and position papers from members of the public. Gbajabiamila, who spoke on Monday while receiving some civil society…

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COVID-19: EdoJobs lifts 500 job seekers, others with relief package

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Edo, the state’s Agency for Skills Development and Job Creation (EdoJobs) has embarked on distribution of relief materials to over 500 job seekers, to complement the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led aministration’s efforts to provide succour to over 190,000 vulnerable households in the state. Executive Director, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, in a chat with journalists, said the 500 job seekers and artisans were pooled from a survey conducted by the agency, to ascertain the impact of the COVID-19-induced partial lockdown in the state,…

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C’River still to benefit from N43 billion World Bank grant

  Cross River State has positioned itself to benefit from a N43 World Bank grant, according to the Commissioner of Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr.   Ekpeyong, who disclosed this on Monday in Calabar, was reacting to insinuations that the state lost the opportunity of benefitting from a N43bn world bank grant.   He said the state was eligible to access the World Bank State Fiscal, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme (SFTAS) and that everything was being worked out in order for the grant to be released to the state later…

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SERAP loses bid to compel release of information on assets declaration 

  A rights organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has lost out in its bid to compel the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to release information on assets declarations of politicians and public officials.   This was sequel to the dismissal of an application regarding the request by Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos. The judge said he cannot compel the CCB to heed SERAP’s request.   In a judgement delivered Monday, the judge upheld the CCB’s argument that releasing such information is dependent…

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COVID-19: Obasanjo’s ex-wife urges youths to join the fight against pandemic

  Former Wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo has urged the Nigerian Youths to join her efforts in the fight against the Corona virus pandemic rampaging the country.     In a statement issued yesterday, Mrs Obasanjo noted that her voluntary organization, Youths for National & International Responsibility, wants all the youths in Nigeria to join her and be actively involved, be persistent in the process of finding lasting solution to the nation’s current corona virus pandemic.     Part of the statement reads:   “Youths for…

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COVID-19: Medical doctor tests positive in Osun

  The Osun government on Monday confirmed that a medical doctor, who came into the state from Lagos, has tested positive for COVID-19. The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, said in a statement in Osogbo that the new case was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Isamotu said the patient was a Lagos-based medical doctor who came into Osun on Saturday to join his family. The commissioner said the doctor, who suspected that he had been infected with the virus, on arrival checked…

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Bayelsa intercepts two busloads of Almajirai 

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa   The Bayelsa State government and security operatives on Monday intercepted and sent back another two buses carrying no fewer than 17 Quranic education pupils, more popularly known as “Almajiri” at the Glory Land entry point into Yenagoa, the state capital. Freston Akpor, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Orientation and also a member of the state’s Covid-19 Taskforce, said that in quick response, the operatives stationed at the entry point ordered that the Almajiri children be taken back in the same buses conveying…

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