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COVID-19: FCT makes some relaxation on restrictions imposed on market

COVID-19: FCT makes some relaxation on restrictions imposed on market

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Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the minister of federal capital territory FCT, has made some relaxation on some of the restriction imposed on markets as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This included adding an extra days and opening more sections of the market for operation. This was revealed by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunleye, said Malam Bello had approved the new guidelines when he chaired a joint meeting of the FCT Covid-19 Emergency Response Team and the FCT Security Committee, as part of efforts to curtail the spread of the virus in the FCT.
President Muhammad Buhari restricts ministers from removing heads of agencies and parastatals they are supervising

President Muhammad Buhari restricts ministers from removing heads of agencies and parastatals they are supervising

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President Muhammad Buhari has restricted ministers from removing heads of agencies and parastatals they are supervising in Nigeria. According to reports, now in place is a multi-layered procedure that appears to strengthen the role of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the disciplinary process, and government circular showing so. The circular, dated May 19 and endorsed by the SGF, Boss Mustapha, related the “concern” of the government about the tendency by some ministers to arbitrarily remove chief executive officers of agencies and its impact on stability and service delivery. For example, In January, the power minister, Sale Mamman, removed Damilola Ogunbiyi and Marilyn Amobi, respectively the chief executives of the Rural Electrification Agency and the Nigerian Bulk

Prof Godswill Obioma approved as new registrar for Neco

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Prof Godswill Obioma has been approved by president Muhammad Buhari as the new Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO). This was disclosed in a statement released yesterday at Minna by the NECO Head, Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani. According to him, a letter dated 15th May, 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134 and signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated that the appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from 14th May, 2020. Before his appointment he was the Ebonyi State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission. He has also served as former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council.
COVID-19: FG hands over next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to state governors

COVID-19: FG hands over next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to state governors

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has come to a consensus to support state governors in tackling the next phase of COVID-19 pandemic, as they plan for state governors to take ownership of response. PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, disclosed these during the briefing of the team in Abuja on Thursday. He also disclosed that they will support governors in making decisions and provide them with the best guidance based on the data available, “but we’ll not continue to drive this response centrally from the federal side. “We expect state governments to have their capacity to be able to implement those measures required to safeguard the lives of the people. He said.
COVID-19: Eid-el-Fitr prayer suspended by FG for the first time

COVID-19: Eid-el-Fitr prayer suspended by FG for the first time

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As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, muslims all over the are expected to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr soon after, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic current ravaging the world, the traditional eid prayer has been cancelled by the federal government as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the nation. This was disclosed by the The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, in which he says the holy places of worship remains shut even on Eid-el-Fitr day. As an advice from medical experts and guidelines from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Mosques and churches have been shutdown for the past two months in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The minister had a meeting with representatives of the FCT Christian and Muslim communities led by t...
COVID-19: 6 inviduals tested positive in 3 different premier league clubs

COVID-19: 6 inviduals tested positive in 3 different premier league clubs

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As the premier league prepares to return to action, with all clubs resuming training recently and are being tested alongside the officials before commencement of all league activities. 6 people have tested positive of the COVID-19 virus after the initial general testing in 3 different clubs, in the premier league. “The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19,” the league said in a statement. “Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs.” Although the infected individuals remains anonymous. But those who tested positive will remain in self isolation for 7 days the league said.
COVID-19: Nigeria records 6,175 cases according to NCDC

COVID-19: Nigeria records 6,175 cases according to NCDC

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According to the NCDC, Nigeria has now recorded the sum total of 6,175, with 191 fatalities recorded in the country. As they initially announced 216 new cases and nine new deaths on monday night. In their statement on their two twitter handle they said; Till date, 6175 cases have been confirmed, 4,339 are active cases, 1644 cases have been discharged and 191 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 216 new cases are reported from 15 states- Lagos (74), Katsina (33), Oyo (19), Kano (17), Edo (13), Zamfara (10), Ogun (8), Borno (8), Gombe (8), Bauchi(7), Kwara (7), FCT (4), Kaduna (3), Enugu (3), Rivers (2) 35,345 samples have been tested since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria, and out of the 35,345 samples, 6175 were confirmed positive for
COVID-19: Lagos state government commends residents for adherence to the NCDC guidelines

COVID-19: Lagos state government commends residents for adherence to the NCDC guidelines

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GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, has commended the compliance of the Lagos state residents to the guidelines being put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus after the easing of the lockdown. saying the state was considering full re-opening of critical sectors of its economy but was not in a hurry to do so. He said: “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management. “There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness f
COVID-19: Chinese medical practitioners not missing in Nigeria

COVID-19: Chinese medical practitioners not missing in Nigeria

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The Chinese Embassy in Abuja  has denied reports that the Chinese medical practitioners whom nigeria invited to help in curbing the COVID-19 virus, were missing by one of the leading political parties in Nigeria. That in fact contrary to that, the 14 medical experts were actively helping out in their duty posts to meet the mandate for which they came to Nigeria. Mr. Sun Saixiong, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, revealed that although the embassy was not directly involved in the activities of these Chinese medical practitioners, it was fully aware of their various contributions towards the containment of the pandemic in Nigeria.
COVID-19: Katsina governor relaxes lockdown order

COVID-19: Katsina governor relaxes lockdown order

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The Katsina state government has issued a lockdown relaxation order being imposed initially to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus. According to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Mustapha Inuwa, on Saturday, reveals that the relaxation of the lockdown order would be effective between Monday and Sunday May 24. “The relaxation of the lockdown order is to be observed within local government areas (LGAs), while the ban on movements across LGAs remain in force,” Inuwa said. He further elaborated that the governor has given directive to the Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils to ensure that District and Village Heads stayed in their domain to observe the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr.