High anxiety increases risk of depression

Researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) and their counterparts from Zimbabwe have found that people were most likely to suffer long-term depression if they have a high level of anxiety. Findings of the study showed that persistent depression was more likely in those who also experience symptoms of anxiety. The findings of the study published in ‘The Lancet’s E-Clinical Medicine Journal,’ showed that over three quarters of participants in the study suffered from anxiety alongside major depression. In the study, anxiety consisted of feelings of nervousness, worry, restlessness, and fear…

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Abiodun postpones projects’ inauguration

Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has put on hold inauguration of projects to mark his one year in office. Abiodun, in a statement he personally signed in Abeokuta yesterday, said he had opted for low-key celebration in view of the prevailing coronavirus pandemic in the country. May 29, which marks the governor’s first year in office, also coincides with his 60th birthday. The governor, however, said a low-key approach was adopted to mark the two events in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and the guidelines to combat the…

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Buhari has delivered on mandates, says Presidency

The Presidency has rated the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari high in performance five years after taking control of the lever of power in the country. His spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, evaluated Buhari’s performance based on the three areas of his interventionist agenda released in 2015 ahead of the Presidential election. Adesina wrote: “May 29, 2020, marks the end of the first year of the second four-year term of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, and the fifth year of the government in office. “Between…

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Senate considers revised N10.51trn 2020 budget

The Senate, yesterday, in an emergency session, commenced the process of considering for approval the revised 2020 budget. Consequently, the apex legislative chamber considered President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for approval of the revised 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper, and revised Appropriation Bill 2020. The bill to amend the 2020 Appropriation Act, which scaled second reading on the floor, was considered immediately after a letter to that effect was read by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan. The revised 2020 Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill as submitted by the Executive…

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President auctioning Nigeria on world market, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried the rate of borrowing by the Federal Government and said it has compromised the fiscal integrity of the country. The party said the move by President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow a fresh $5.513 billion is akin to placing Nigeria and her people on the international auction market. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, accused President Buhari of opening up Nigeria for economic annexation by foreign creditors The party noted that the administration had earlier borrowed $22.79 billion (about…

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Ondo teachers get N47.6m car loan

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State yesterday disbursed a one-digit interest car loan cheques of N47.6 million to primary school teachers in the state. Akeredolu, who presented the cheques to the teachers at the government house in Akure, explained that the opportunity would be spread once the State’s purse became buoyant. While encouraging the teachers to guard against every form of abuse and corrupt practices, the governor said arrangements had been made to employ more teachers into the state’s teaching service. Applauding Akeredolu for the gesture, the state’s NLC chairman,…

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COVID-19: Osun rolls out guidelines for burials

Determined to curb spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Osun state, the state government yesterday rolled out safety protocols to embrace during burial rites in the state. A statement made available by the secretary to the state government, Prince Woke Oyebamiji, stated that “for any burial in the State of Osun, henceforth, there must not be more than 20 people who must put on nose masks at the burial site. The relatives of the deceased must provide sanitizer at the venue and ensure observance of social distancing.” The statement…

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Edo 2020: 18 APC LG chairmen fault adoption of Ize-Iyamu

The Chairmen of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) from the 18 local government areas in Edo State yesterday distanced themselves from an agreement to adopt Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the consensus candidate of a faction of the party ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state. This was as they urged President Muhammadu Buhari as the National Leader of the party to call the National Chairman of the party and former Governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to order.  The Chairmen declared that such arm twisting…

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Lockdown now only on weekends in Ogun, says Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has further eased the lockdown currently in operation in the state towards containing coronavirus pandemic. Abiodun, who briefed reporters on Thursday night at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the new phase of the lockdown will take effect from June 1. The governor stated that his administration had decided to open up all the five working days in the week, leaving only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days. “There will be no time restriction from Monday to Friday, with the exception of the curfew…

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Njemanze lauds Uzodinma for restoring judiciary’s lost glory

Elder statesman, Prince Bob Njemanze has commended Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for commencing a process of sanitizing the state Judiciary and restoring the dignity and integrity of the Bench. Njemanze, a member of the 2014 National Constitutional Conference regretted that the worst legacy former Governor Achike Udenwa’s administration left behind was institutionalizing abuse of seniority in the appointment of Chief Judge in the Imo State Judiciary. He said: “Most unfortunately their selected beneficiary of the office of the Chief Judge endeavored to put in place a Judicial Service…

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