Now that Covid-19 cases decline daily…

September 18, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

For some months now, the number of recorded Covid-19 cases in Nigeria is on a steady decline, with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) often reporting less than 100 or even 75 cases in a day. PAUL OKAH takes a critical look at the implications. Before the berthing of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria in February this year, many Read More

Kano govt orders reopening of 6 colleges for NABTEB exams

September 14, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Kano state government has ordered the immediate reopening of six technical colleges in the state to enable their students in the exit class to participate in the forthcoming  National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) examinations. The Commissioner for Education, Malam Sanusi Kiru, gave the order in a statement issued on Sunday in Kano by the Ministry’s Public Relations Read More

What COVID-19 has taught us – UNGA President

September 14, 2020 Blueprint 0

Outgoing President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has highlighted some critical lessons from COVID-19. He told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the pandemic had further underscored the need for concerted efforts to bridge the global technological gap. Muhammad-Bande referenced a UN report indicating that 463 million school children, mostly from developing countries, Read More

Breaking: Lagos reveals classes approved for resumption as schools reopen

September 13, 2020 Editor 0

Lagos state government has revealed that only JSS 3 and SS2 classes will resume as from September 21, 2020. The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, who stated this via a press statement by Head, Public Affairs, Lagos state Ministry of Education, Mr Kayode Abayomi, Sunday said a gradual reopening of schools will be adopted. Part of the statement Read More

Coronavirus: Bollywood star Kumar drinks cow urine in search of cure

September 11, 2020 Agency Report 0

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has revealed that he drinks cow urine daily, joining a growing number of Indians who believe it has medicinal benefits – including against the coronavirus. Kumar is considered a staunch supporter of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which has earmarked millions of dollars for research into products using bovine waste to cure diseases like Read More

Zaria LG sensitises workers on Covid-19 protocols

September 11, 2020 Moh Bello Habib 0

As workers in Kaduna state resumed work after the lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Zaria local government area has sensitised its workers against the spread of the disease. It urged workers to ensure regular washing of hands and abiding by all other protocols outlined by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Speaking at the sensitisation programme Read More

UCH begins production of reusable PPE

August 26, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan, has commenced the production of reusable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the first in Nigeria. A statement on the Website of the Federal Ministry of Health said the  Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Professor Jesse Otegbayo, unveiling 2000 pieces of the reusable PPE on Tuesday, said the materials were made by the hospital as Read More

Cradle foundation supports Badagry hospital with PPE

August 26, 2020 Helen Oji 0

To support the efforts of government towards reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection among health workers, Friends From Cradle Foundation has presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the General Hospital, Badagry. President of the foundation, Dr. Michael Kunnuji, said the gesture is to protect frontline health workers against infection. “We are here today to extend our support to the management Read More

7 WASSCE candidates test positive to COVID-19 in Gombe

August 20, 2020 Ahmad Auwal 0

The Gombe state government Wednesday said seven students of the Government Girls Secondary School Doma tested positive to COVID-19. The development brings the total number of students that had contracted the virus since reopening of schools in the state to eight. A student of Government Science Secondary School Gombe, had earlier tested positive to the virus. The state’s Commissioner for Read More

Covid-19: Prisons admit new 9,900 inmates, reopens in 28 states

August 19, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

The Controller General of Correctional Service, Alhaji Jaafaru Ahmed, has said the Service has began addmission of inmates into Custodian Centres in 28 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that 8 states are yet to comply with the guidelines for covid-19 pandemic. The Correctional Service boss also explained that since the admission was restored, over Read More

Breaking: Panic grips many as Coronavirus hits NFF secretariat

August 19, 2020 Editor 0

Management and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation will undergo coronavirus pandemic tests at the Sunday Dankaro House, National Stadium Complex, Abuja on Thursday. The General Secretary of the Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who addressed the management and staff on Wednesday, informing them that the test has become pertinent following the positive detection of a member of the management. The Read More

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Prudential Zenith Life donates $100,000 to Slum2School for Covid-19 fight

August 18, 2020 David Agba 0

Prudential Zenith Life Insurance has donated the sum of One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$100,000) to Slum2School Africa to help combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in disadvantaged communities in Nigeria. The donation was made through a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fund from the Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential Plc in Asia and Read More

Release the N27bn bailout to airlines

August 18, 2020 Editorial III 0

Recent media report that Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest domestic airline, has laid off over 1,000 workers, out of which 150 pilots and engineers were affected, is worrisome. The dire situation calls for urgent measures including the release of the N27 billion bailout for domestic airlines as promised by the federal government. According to the spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olise; Read More

Gombe COVID-19 patient writes WASSCE from isolation centre

August 17, 2020 Ahmad Auwal 0

A candidate who tested positive to COVID-19 in Gombe, Monday wrote his first paper in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from an isolation centre. The male candidate (name withheld) wrote his Mathematics examination under the supervision of an invigilator who was fully kitted in a Personal Protective Equipment. The Gombe state Public Health Emergency Operations Centre Read More

Breaking: International flights to resume August 29th

August 17, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The federal government through the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has announced that International flights which were suspended by the nation’s aviation authorities in the country as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic globally, will resume on 29th August 2020. The Minister who announced this at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said Nigeria’s Read More

Covid-19: Kaduna spends N200m as 88,000 students write WAEC

August 14, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state government said it had spent over N200 million to prepare for the 2020 West African Examination Council (WAEC), as 88,775 SSS3 students in the state prepare to write their final year exam, during the Covid-19 pandemic, starting from Monday. The state has also approved Sunday, August 16 and Monday, August 17, 2020, as the resumption dates for the Read More

Covid-19 prayers: Ganduje’s special adviser coughs out N310, 000

August 14, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission has disclosed that it had recovered N310, 000 from the special adviser on religious affairs to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Ali Baba Fagge. The Commission’s chairman, Mr. Muhyi Magaji, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen Friday in Kano. Fagge was recently invited with his children by the Commission following complaints of alleged deduction Read More

Finally, Ogun re-opens worship centres, unveils 20 guidelines

August 14, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

Four months after religious centres were shutdown in Ogun state, following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the governor, Dapo Abiodun, Friday lifted the ban on closure of worship centres. The governor, who gave the order for the re-opening of worship centres in a statement, also canceled the weekend lockdown in the state. He said there must be more than 200 Read More

Covid-19: FG moves to avert job losses in aviation sector

August 14, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

The federal government has called for social dialogue between the employers and the employees in the aviation industry to prevent job losses. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, made the call in a statement, signed by the deputy director, press and public relations in the ministry, Mr. Charles Akpna, in the ministry on Friday in Abuja. Ngige Read More

Breaking: 20 guidelines rolled out as worship centres reopen in Ogun

August 14, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

Four months after religious centres were shutdown in Ogun state, following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Dapo Abiodun, Friday lifted the ban on closure of worship centres. The governor who gave the order for the reopening of worship centres in a statement, personally signed by him, also canceled the weekend lockdown in the state. He insisted that there must be Read More

Uneasy calm as Coronavirus kills governor

August 14, 2020 Anadolu Agency 0

Vivas, a strong ally of President Nicolas Maduro, announced on July 19 that he had tested positive for the disease. “He died in combat…taking care of his health and all of us in this difficult battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter. Vivas is the third high-level Venezuelan official to contract the coronavirus. The country Read More

Updated: Putin, Russian leader declares COVID-19 vaccine ready for use

August 12, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

Russian President Vladimir Putin’ Tuesday said his country has become the first country in the world to clear a COVID-19 vaccine and declared it ready for use. He said in a statement that one of his daughters has already been inoculated with the vaccine, despite international skepticism. He stated further that the vaccine underwent necessary tests and has proven efficient, Read More

Revealed! Kashamu’s last words before he died

August 11, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Tuesday revealed the last conversation he had with late Senator Buruji Kashamu, disclosing that the deceased last wish was to cede his political structure to him. This revelation is coming barely four days after the demise of Kashamu, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state who died of complications Read More

COVID-19: Access to family planning increases by 57% in Nasarawa

August 11, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

A health centre in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, has said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more women of reproductive age accessed family planning services from its facility. The state focal person, Mrs. Salome AyaAya, who spoke through the officer in charge of facility at the Primary Healthcare Centre, Doma Road Lafia, Mr. Abdulmuminu Aliyu, Monday said the centre had received Read More