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COVID-19: PTF to release new directives tomorrow

COVID-19: PTF to release new directives tomorrow

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, today attributed the low figures recorded in the areas of testing and confirmed cases of COVID-19 recently to the public holiday declared to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir. He stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after the task force presented its interim report to President Muhammadu ... Read More »

POOR PREPARATIONS THREATEN STUDENTS’ RESUMPTION THIS WEEK

POOR PREPARATIONS THREATEN STUDENTS’ RESUMPTION THIS WEEK

…Most schools lack hand-washing points, running water, PPE, others States were on Sunday divided over the Federal Government’s directive that the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils should resume on Tuesday in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations starting on August 17. Findings by The PUNCH showed that SSS3 pupils in Lagos, Benue, Kwara and Ogun states are ... Read More »

Schools Re-Opening: Oyo Govt. Hails Teachers

Schools Re-Opening: Oyo Govt. Hails Teachers

…Provides Details Of New School Calendar Oyo State Government has hailed teachers in the state as the heroes of the successful resumption of classes in the state despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said in a statement yesterday that the state government was appreciative of the commitment of the teachers to ... Read More »

FG disburses N7billion flood assistance materials to Jigawa

FG disburses N7billion flood assistance materials to Jigawa

No fewer than 72,000 household in different locations in Jigawa State have benefitted from N7billion flood relief materials of the Federal Government between 2018 and now, the Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Relief Agency, Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura has stated. Least amongst the distributed items were 350,000 bags of fertilizers of different brand, varieties of cultivation seeds, agro chemicals of different ... Read More »

Governor Fayemi tests negative to coronavirus

Governor Fayemi tests negative to coronavirus

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has tested negative to the coronavirus after 11 days in isolation. He disclosed his new health status on Twitter this morning and also appreciated those who stood by him while battling with the deadly virus. He wrote: “After 11 days in isolation, I received news that my CoviD 19 repeat test came back negative. ... Read More »

FIRS plans stamp duty palliatives for tenants

FIRS plans stamp duty palliatives for tenants

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it is working on a stamp duty palliative package for tenants in view of the current economic realities occasioned by COVID-19. Mr Abdullahi Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of the service made this known in a statement in Abuja. Ahmad said the FIRS Executive Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Nami, hinted that stamp duty ... Read More »

EID-EL-KABIR: OYO TO OPEN PRAYING GROUNDS, SAYS SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPULSORY

EID-EL-KABIR: OYO TO OPEN PRAYING GROUNDS, SAYS SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPULSORY

…FAITHFUL MUST OBSERVE ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS — GOVT The Oyo State Government, today, said Muslim Praying Grounds across the state will be opened for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers, warning, however, that Muslim faithful must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the state. According to the government, it has become imperative for the sake of public health and wellbeing of ... Read More »

COVID-19: SSANIP Rejects Reopening of Polytechnics

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) South West Zone has said it would reject resumption of full academic activities in polytechnics if sufficient provisions are not made for it by the government. The association stated this in a communique issued at the end of SSANIP Zone ‘F’ Executive Council Meeting held in Offa, Kwara ... Read More »

Alleged N5.2m Fraud: COVID-19 Stalls Trial Of  Benue Deputy Speaker, Clerk

Alleged N5.2m Fraud: COVID-19 Stalls Trial Of Benue Deputy Speaker, Clerk

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Justice S.O Itodo of the Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi on Monday, July 27, 2020 adjourned a fraud case involving the deputy speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji and the Clerk of the House, Torese Agena to October 14, 2020, owing to a report that Adaji had tested positive to the ... Read More »

$105 billion package to help schools reopen in US

$105 billion package to help schools reopen in US

….As Mnuchin says GOP plan for unemployment extension will be based on ’70% wage replacement’ The Republican coronavirus relief plan will extend enhanced unemployment insurance “based on approximately 70% wage replacement,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday. The Treasury secretary also said a payroll tax holiday, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly pushed for, “won’t be in the base bill.” ... Read More »

Oyo Monarch Pays Thank You Visit To Water Minister

Oyo Monarch Pays Thank You Visit To Water Minister

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Monarch of Saki, in Oyo State, Oba Kahalid Olabisi, in company with former Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, and others, Friday, July 24, paid a courtesy visit to the Honorable Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, to register his appreciation and that of his people for the improved water supply facilities provided for ... Read More »

PEWASH to improve on public health, poverty eradication – Water Minister

PEWASH to improve on public health, poverty eradication – Water Minister

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Thursday, July 23, flagged off the ministry’s phase 2 of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) program to continue in his quest to build on the ministry’s ongoing efforts. During the WEBINAR event from his office in Abuja, Adamu noted that the programme was, ... Read More »

How Indorama Molecular Lab Will Help Fight COVID-19 and Sustain Agriculture and Industralisation in Nigeria

How Indorama Molecular Lab Will Help Fight COVID-19 and Sustain Agriculture and Industralisation in Nigeria

  Indorama-Nigeria, owner of Indorama Eleme petrochemicals and Indorama fertiliser says that its Molecular laboratory accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will help to fight the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Rivers State and Nigeria in general. NCDC yesterday announced that it has accredited five new Molecular Laboratories, including Indorama Molecular lab in Port Harcourt, Rivers State ... Read More »

Gov. Fayemi Tests Positive To COVID-19

Gov. Fayemi Tests Positive To COVID-19

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State who also chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has tested positive toCOVID-19. The governor disclosed this on Twitter early this morning. He said: “I took my third Covid-19 test yesterday and it came back positive. I’m generally ok and I’m already self isolating at home and receiving the best of care from my medical ... Read More »

Covid-19: FG disburses palliatives to Jigawa

Covid-19: FG disburses palliatives to Jigawa

BY SHEHU MUSA, DUTSE The Federal Government has disbursed 150 trucks of food stuffs as palliatives to cushion the effects of Covid-19 to the people of Jigawa State, the state Governor, Alh. Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar has disclosed. Presently the state government has taken the delivery of 110 out of the 150 trucks which comprised rice, millet, guinea- corn, and maize, ... Read More »

Kwara COVID-19 New Test Centre Helps To Detect More Cases

Kwara COVID-19 New Test Centre Helps To Detect More Cases

….Govt. set to enforce mask law By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin Kwara State government has explained the reason behind the seeming rising figures of COVID-19 in the state just as it will commence going tough on people not wearing masks from this Friday. Addressing a press conference in Ilorin, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor: Rafiu Ajakaiye Saud it was ... Read More »

Isa Funtua, Former NPAN President, Is Dead

Isa Funtua, Former NPAN President, Is Dead

Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, publisher of the defunct Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, is dead. Reports indicated that Funtua, regarded as a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and a member of his kitchen cabinet, died of cardiac arrest this evening. The late newspaper publisher was life patron of NPAN and Chairman ... Read More »

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: The war on women

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: The war on women

A few days ago, we received the news of the passing of Ms Tolulope Arotile, the first ever female combat flying helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force. She died in a car accident and she was in her early twenties. It is such a dreadful loss and I pray that God Almighty will comfort her family ... Read More »

Obi of Onitsha tests negative to COVID -19

Obi of Onitsha tests negative to COVID -19

The Chairman, Anambra traditional rulers Council and Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, has tested negative for coronavirus. The monarch made this known Thursday at the traditional ruler’s Chambers in Awka when members of Anambra State COVID -19 Action Team led by Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala visited them. He told the traditional rulers and Anambra residents to submit themselves ... Read More »

REQUIEM FOR ELDER BỌ̀DÉ OYÈÉWỌLÉ: THE MAN WITH A HOME THAT HAS MATTRESSES FOR ALL

REQUIEM FOR ELDER BỌ̀DÉ OYÈÉWỌLÉ: THE MAN WITH A HOME THAT HAS MATTRESSES FOR ALL

By Diipo Fagunwa The big eyed owl showed its face while the crow cawed thrice as Àyàngbéndé’s drum brought the dirge that no one wanted to hear. The kite left on a long journey, its head bowed while the cuckoo called from the North looking to the ground in supplication. Àyàngbéndé’s drum was sad. It was a long time that ... Read More »