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COVID-19: Buhari approves N6.250 bn for Niger Delta region, extends tenure of NDDC Interim Management Committee

COVID-19: Buhari approves N6.250 bn for Niger Delta region, extends tenure of NDDC Interim Management Committee

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) provides intervention support to complement efforts of the Federal and State governments against further spread of COVID-19 in the nine States of the Niger Delta region, in the sum of Six Billion, Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N6,250,000,000.00). Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President, (Media and Publicity) ... Read More »

Special Interview: Nigeria’s IMF Financial Assistance to Support Health Care Sector, Protect Jobs and Businesses – Mission chief for Nigeria, Amine Mati

Special Interview: Nigeria’s IMF Financial Assistance to Support Health Care Sector, Protect Jobs and Businesses – Mission chief for Nigeria, Amine Mati

The IMF has approved its largest COVID-19 emergency financing package so far—a US$3.4 billion Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) for Nigeria. The country has been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly because of the associated plunge in the price of oil—Nigeria’s top export commodity. In a conversation with IMF Country Focus, the IMF’s mission chief for Nigeria, Amine Mati, described the ... Read More »

Burying COVID-19 dead bodies at the Cemetery won’t contaminate your boreholes – FCDA tells apprehensive residents

Burying COVID-19 dead bodies at the Cemetery won’t contaminate your boreholes – FCDA tells apprehensive residents

By MIKAIL MUMUNI The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has allayed fears being expressed by the Lokogoma Estates Residents that the citing of a Cemetery at Kaura District in Phase II of the Federal Capital City (FCC) constitutes a long-term health danger to persons residing within the residential estates. It said in a statement made available to The State Online ... Read More »

Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ reels out rules players must follow when they return to training

Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ reels out rules players must follow when they return to training

Premier League players will be told to wear masks at all times while spitting and tackling will be prohibited as part of new guidelines for clubs to follow during their training sessions. Metro.co.uk reports that the aim is to resume the English top flight on June 8 but the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plan has already faced widespread opposition. Arsenal, ... Read More »

Coronavirus wipes out family in three weekends

Coronavirus wipes out family in three weekends

A family was obliterated by coronavirus after it killed three of them over the course of three distressing weekends, Metro.co.uk reports. Husband and wife Mario and Esperanza Mayorga, both 72, and their son Mario Jr, 42, all died of Covid-19 in North Carolina, grieving relative Marcela Lastre, 33, said. Mario Jr was diagnosed first, in mid-March, with his parents testing ... Read More »

Russian PM Mishustin is diagnosed with coronavirus as country reaches grim double milestone of 1,000 Covid-19 deaths and 100,000 cases

Russian PM Mishustin is diagnosed with coronavirus as country reaches grim double milestone of 1,000 Covid-19 deaths and 100,000 cases

Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has told President Vladimir Putin that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, and has temporarily stepped back from his work as he begins a period of self isolation. Speaking during a televised meeting, Mishustin recommended to Putin that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov should become the acting Prime Minister for the duration of ... Read More »

I Was Treated With Chloroquine and Zithromax , Says Bauchi Governor

I Was Treated With Chloroquine and Zithromax , Says Bauchi Governor

The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, on Wednesday said he has authorised the use of chloroquine as a medication for the treatment of COVID-19. Mr Mohammed, who was the COVID-19 index case in the state, said he was treated with “chloroquine and Zithromax.” The governor, who disclosed this while providing an update on COVID-19 in the state, at the ... Read More »

Zulum on Goni: ‘One of Nigeria’s best is gone’

Zulum on Goni: ‘One of Nigeria’s best is gone’

“With the shocking demise of former Governor of Borno state, Mohammed Goni, Nigeria has certainly lost one of its self-effacing best,” Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has said. Malam Isa Gusau, special adviser to the governor on public relations and strategy, in a tribute by Borno State Governor of the first civilian governor old Borno State who died on Wednesday after ... Read More »

Death of Shehu of Bama a loss to Nigeria, says NSCIA in condolence letter to Shehu of Borno

Death of Shehu of Bama a loss to Nigeria, says NSCIA in condolence letter to Shehu of Borno

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has described the death of the Emir of Bama, Alh. Kyari Umar El-Kanemi,as a loss to Nigeria and not just Borno State. NSCIA stated this in a condolence message signed by it’s Secretary General, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, to the Shehu of Borno, Alh. Abubakar Umar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi. “The late Shehu was ... Read More »

FCT Minister condoles Adamawa Governor over mother’s death

FCT Minister condoles Adamawa Governor over mother’s death

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has condolence message to Governor Ahmadu Umar Fintiri of Adamawa State over the demise of his mother, Hajia Fatima Umar Badami. Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the Minister stated this in a statement on Thursday. According to Ogunleye, “The Honourable Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has, ... Read More »

Stop All Football in Europe! French President, Emmanuel Macron ‘Lobbies England, Italy, Spain and Germany To EndThe Season NOW

Stop All Football in Europe! French President, Emmanuel Macron ‘Lobbies England, Italy, Spain and Germany To EndThe Season NOW

French President Emmanuel Macron is lobbying his counterparts in Europe to block any plans for the football season to restart in their respective countries, according to reports   On Tuesday it was announced that the top two divisions in France – Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 – will not resume after France banned all sporting events, including behind closed doors, ... Read More »

Man drank pint of disinfectant after Trump suggested it as Covid-19 treatment

Man drank pint of disinfectant after Trump suggested it as Covid-19 treatment

A man was hospitalized after he drank a full pint of disinfectant after Donald Trump suggested it as a possible treatment for Covid-19, Metro.co.uk reports. The director of the Georgia Poison Center, Gaylord Lopez, said that the man was rushed to a medical center on Saturday after he admitted he ingested 16 ounces of bleach ‘to prevent Covid.’ Lopez added ... Read More »

Jigawa Governor Orders Lockdown Of The State After Recording Five New Coronavirus Cases

Jigawa Governor Orders Lockdown Of The State After Recording Five New Coronavirus Cases

Jigawa state Government has announced the lockdown  of its borders with neighbouring states after recording five additiinal cases of coronavirus in addition to four ealier established  cases in the State. This was confirmed by the state Governor, Badaru Abubakar in a press briefing at the state Government house in Dutse, the state Capital indicating the order will commenced from 12 ... Read More »

Katsina State gov’t slashes 2020 budget by over N25bn

Katsina State gov’t slashes 2020 budget by over N25bn

A meeting of Katsina State Executive Council presided over by Governor Aminu Bello Masari has ended in Katsina. At the end of the meeting, the state commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Faruk Lawal Jobe and his colleague from the health ministry, Engineer Nuhu Yakubu Danja briefed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting. Alhaji Faruk Lawal Jobe told ... Read More »

N125m up for grabs as JAIZ Bank launches #JaizFightBackCOVID-19 innovative competition  

N125m up for grabs as JAIZ Bank launches #JaizFightBackCOVID-19 innovative competition  

Nigeria’s foremost non-interest banking institution, JAIZ Bank Plc has launched an innovative competition against COVID-19. Tagged #JaizFightBackCOVID-19t thefirst prize in the competition, according to the bank is N50m while the second, third and fourth prizes are N40m, N20m and N15 m respectively. In a statement announcing the competition, JAIZ Bank said: Do you have innovative ideas that can aid in ... Read More »

COVID-19: Lagos Taskforce Shuts Down Party, Arrests Guests at Abule-Egba

COVID-19: Lagos Taskforce Shuts Down Party, Arrests Guests at Abule-Egba

The Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce, on Wednesday, arrested more than 50 fun-seeking youths who had attended a party at 84, Parks and Gardens, Idi-Oparun Bus Stop, opposite Abattoir at Abule Egba, Lagos in violation of the lockdown, public gathering and social distancing directives of the Federal and State governments. Speaking on the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection ... Read More »

COVID-19: Lagos records 87, Kano 25, Gombe 18, Kaduna 17, FCT 16 new cases

COVID-19: Lagos records 87, Kano 25, Gombe 18, Kaduna 17, FCT 16 new cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 196 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in the country. The breakdown per state are : 87-Lagos 24-Kano 18-Gombe 17-Kaduna 16-FCT 10-Katsina 8-Sokoto 7-Edo 6-Borno 1-Yobe 1-Ebonyi 1-Adamawa As at 11:55pm 29th April- 1,728 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Discharged: 307 Deaths: 51 As at April 29th 2020, #COVID19 confirmed cases ... Read More »

Trump claims China will ‘do anything’ to stop his re-election as coronavirus row escalates

Trump claims China will ‘do anything’ to stop his re-election as coronavirus row escalates

Donald Trump has claimed that China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November. In an interview with Reuters, the US president said he was looking at different options in terms of consequences for Beijing over the virus. “I can do a lot,” he said, without ... Read More »

COVID-19 :  Cloth or Surgical Facemask; the realities – By  Dr. Noimot Abisola Balogun

COVID-19 :  Cloth or Surgical Facemask; the realities – By  Dr. Noimot Abisola Balogun

Why home made cloth Facemask? Without trying to counter established research evidence, the N95 facemasks have been shown to be the most effective against viral spread filtering put about 0.3 microns of particles or larger. Similar but lower reviews have been said about the surgical masks commonly worn in many health facilities. The surgical masks as highlighted by research reduce the ... Read More »

Polish Medical Team Shares COVID-19 Lessons Learned with US National Guard

Polish Medical Team Shares COVID-19 Lessons Learned with US National Guard

The Illinois National Guard’s partnership with Poland’s armed forces is paying dividends in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are deeply moved by the incredible act of kindness and support from our friends from Poland who are joining us here in Chicago to share their experience and expertise in fighting [COVID-19] and offering to lend a hand in some ... Read More »