Nigeria records 10 deaths, 245 new cases of COVID-19

  Nigeria on Friday recorded 10 new Coronavirus Disease-related deaths and 245 new infections. This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its Twitter handle late on Friday. The figures released showed that Lagos State had 131 infections, followed by Jigawa and Ogun states, which 16 and 13 cases respectively. BREAKDOWN 245 new cases of #COVID19; 131-Lagos 16-Jigawa 13-Ogun 12-Borno 9-Kaduna 9-Oyo 9-Rivers 9-Ebonyi 8-Kano 7-Kwara 5-Katsina 3-Akwa Ibom 3-Sokoto 2-Bauchi 2-Yobe 1-Anambra 1-Gombe 1-Niger 1-Ondo 1-Plateau 1-FCT 1-Bayelsa *7261 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria Discharged:…

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Airtel partners ministry to subsidize Internet access fee for select educational sites

  Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a strategic partnership with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to subsidize internet access fee for select educational sites. According to both organisations, the programme will enable young Nigerians to continue their learning and acquisition of new skills despite the ongoing global pandemic that is ravaging the world. The initiative, which is at the instance of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, will offer more young Nigerians digital opportunities and platforms that will enhance…

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Umahi sets committee to investigate cleric’s torture in Ebonyi

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Friday ordered the setting up of five-man committee to investigate the alleged torture of a cleric and social critic, Okochi Obeni in Amasiri, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state. Obeni, 30,  was punished with 36 strokes of cane  by the Isi-oru age grade for posting what they considered as slanderous against some leaders of the community including the council chairman, Hon. Oko Enyum. Obeni was said to have made some posts on his face book account against some leaders of the community including which the…

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Edo 2020: Group kicks against APC’s adoption of Direct Primaries

Members of the All Progressives Congress under the umbrella of Concerned Edo Citizens Forum (CECF) Friday kicked against the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to adopt direct primaries to elect candidate for the September 19 governrorship election in the state. They also urged other political parties to reject the process due to its possible escalation of the spread of Covid-19. The group, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari proactive measures taken in combating the spread of the killer virus. According to a statement signed by Convener…

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Fasting continues Saturday, Eid-el-Fitr holds Sunday

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  The 2020 Eid-el-fitr will hold on Sunday as fasting during the month of Ramadan will end on Saturday. This national moon sighting committee of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Abuja, disclosed this in a tweet on Friday. “There was no positive sighting report of the Shawwal crescent in Nigeria, tomorrow is 30th Ramadan. An official statement from the Sultanate will be released shortly,” the tweet read. Ramadan is known to be either 29 or 30 days.

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Armed robbers shot FRSC officer dead in Bayelsa

  Charles Ifeanyi Osakwe a Deputy Route Commander of the Bayelsa State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in charge of IT was on Tuesday shot dead in Yenagoa by unknown gunmen The Sector Commander, Mr.Ikechukwu Igwe speaking to New Telegraph about the incident, maintained that the information they had was that the officer was attacked in his house on that faithful day and shot at close range which led to his death before medical attention can get to him. He described the late Osakwe as a hard-working, focused and friendly…

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Covid-19:Group decries rising suicide rate, begins hope campaign

  …Says not all suicide cases Sniper-induced   Worried by the growing rate of suicides in the country, especially the Covid-19 lockdown induced suicides, a non – governmental organisation, Suicide Is No Solution (SINS), Friday lamented how more Nigerians commit suicide on daily basis. New Telegraph learnt that it was predicted that by 2020 the rate of suicides will increase to one every 20 seconds. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had also estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of…

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Emmanuel’s bold steps towards food sufficiency

  Essien Ndueso Agricultural development under Governor Udom Emmanuel has catapulted Akwa Ibom State into a bastion of food sufficiency. A man with rare foresight and unprecedented creativity, Governor Emmanuel, on assumption of office caused a cherished revolution in the agricultural sector. His drive towards Food Sufficiency necessitated the opening up of the hinterlands with high quality roads’ networks, creating access to the rich agricultural prospects across the State. This redeeming wind blew across Ini, Obot Akara, Uruan, Oron, Oruk Anam and others. Such critical opening up preceded and gave…

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JUST IN: Buhari appoints Prof. Obioma as new NECO Registrar

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO). This is coming barely 48 hours after his predecessor; Prof. Charles Uwakwe’s appointment was terminated following allegations of misconduct. In a letter dated May 15, with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134 and signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, it stated that the appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from May 14, 2020. A professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation, Obioma was born on…

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COVID-19: Edo discharges four more patients, records 25 new cases, one death

The Edo State Government has announced the discharge of four more coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, who have tested negative for the virus and cleared from the state’s isolation centres. The state also recorded 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, as the government ramps up efforts to curtail the spread of the virus across all communities in the state. The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who disclosed this in a statement, commended the passion and commitment of health workers and other first responders on the frontline of government’s…

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