Experts task Lagos on proper disposal of facemasks

January 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Buoyed by reports that about 1.5 billion face marks found their way into the planet’s oceans in 2020, environmentalists have urged the Lagos State government to initiate campaigns against the indiscriminate disposal of face masks. They noted that despite the vital roles played by facemasks and other protective items in the fight against COVID-19, the materials have detrimental impacts on Read More

Pantami, Adamu daring COVID-19

January 18, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria is sheepishly taking on COVID-19 in a frontal assault that might prove to be a catastrophic miscalculation. The Federal Ministry of Education has defiantly ordered the reopening of primary and secondary schools across the country. Millions of pupils are now cheap targets for the deadly virus. The first cheap target for COVID-19 was presented three weeks ago by Isa Read More

Covid-19 in Nigeria: 105,478 infected, 83,830 recover, 1,405 dead

January 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that a total of 105,478 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the country. The agency made this known on its website, stating that no fewer than 1,405 have died of the virus. Data on the website showed that the country recorded 1,479 new infections of Covid-19 and 23 fresh deaths Read More

Pochettino tests positive for COVID-19

January 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for Covid-19, the French champions said Friday, just two weeks after taking up his job. The 48-year-old Argentine will “respect isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocols”, PSG said on Twitter. His assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D’Agostino will take charge of the team for Saturday’s trip to Angers. Three Read More

UK set to shut travel corridors

January 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said the country will close all travel corridors from Monday as part of efforts to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. According to the BBC, travel corridors were introduced in the summer to allow people travelling from some countries with low numbers of COVID-19 cases to come to the UK without having Read More

Second insurer agrees to pay Covid-19 lockdown business interruption claims

January 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) has welcomed the decision by Hollard and Guardrisk to pay claims from businesses forced to close during the national lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus. This follows the recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling in favour of the business interruption claim made by Café Chameleon, a Guardrisk customer . On December 18, the Read More

BMO to Falana-led ASCAB: Your COVID-19 corruption claim spurious

January 14, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has denounced claims of corruption in Nigeria’s COVID-19 response by the Femi Falana-led Alliance for the Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB). A statement issued by BMO chairman Niyi Akinsiju and secretary Cassidy Madueke made available to Blueprint Wednesday said the Femi Falana-led group by it s comments demeaned the efforts of the federal government’s Read More

COVID-19 and the future of Nigerian students

January 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

Education is the only instrument that paves the way for remarkable positive changes that lead to a better and a brighter transformation of every human society. Other sectors like health, economy as well as security all depend on education to prosper. The likes of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and the Nigerian Police Academy (NPA) are typical examples illustrating the fact Read More

The coming of COVID-19 vaccine

January 12, 2021 George Mbah 0

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, recently said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered on Nigerians free when vaccination begins. Through the GAVI arrangement, there is the assurance that over 40 million Nigerians would be vaccinated. GAVI is a vaccine alliance which fought to find solution to the global crisis caused Read More

School resumption: FG gives fresh hint as COVID-19 second wave spreads

January 11, 2021 Editor 0

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) Monday revealed plans to review the earlier date scheduled for resumption of schools across Nigeria. January 18, 2021 had been announced as schools’ reopening date. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who spoke during the routine PTF briefing on COVID-19 attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country. Adamu said Read More

FG, states agree on local production of Covid-19 vaccines

January 8, 2021 Editorial III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, met with the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti state, Dr.  Kayode Fayemi, on the production and administration of the Covid-19 vaccine. This is as President Buhari has expressed the willingness to engage Bishops, Chief Imams, top musicians, sports personalities among others in the COVID-19 vaccination in order to remove the doubts Read More

Covid-19: Are health workers endangered species?

January 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The outbreak of Covid-19 infections in Nigeria has resulted in many deaths, especially among medical doctors and other health workers. In this report SAMSON BENJAMIN examines casualties of the second wave of the pandemic and high rate of deaths among medical workers amidst poor condition of service. Most nations of the world were yet to recover from the deadly blow Read More

Kano records 40 new COVID-19 infections

January 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kano state has recorded 40 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 318.The state Ministry of Health announced this on Tuesday via its verified Twitter handle @KNSMOH. It said 48 patients who recovered from the disease were also discharged in the last 24 hours in the state. “Forty new cases were recorded from Read More

731 corps members COVID-19 positive – PTF

January 6, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has revealed that 731 members of Batch B National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive to COVID-19. Chairman PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha stated this at the national briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday in Abuja. According to him, in continuation of the NYSC engagement, Read More

Popular Nigerian musician tests positive for Coronavirus

January 5, 2021 Editor 0

Popular Nigerian singer, Paul Okoye, has tested positive for covid-19. Paul who was a former member of the defunct P Square group made this known via his Instagram page on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He wrote, “Y’all better be careful out there 🙏❤️ if you like believe me, if you like don’t, believe me, 🤷🏾‍♂️ you can as well wait Read More

COVID-19’ll determine Nigeria’s economy in 2021 – Expert

January 4, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

A cross-session of analysts who have attempted an economic forecast for the year 2021 have said chief among the concerns for 2021for the Nigerian economy is the second wave of Covid-19 which is rearing its head. According to the Director General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Dr. Segun Ajayi Kadiri, while that there is need to be optimistic Read More

Tinubu denies testing positive to COVID-19

January 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

A former governor of Lagos state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has denied a report trending on social media that he is battling with COVID-19. Tinubu’s spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, said his principal has done COVID-19 test 15 times and all results came negative. There were speculations on Sunday morning about the health status of the national Read More

Pam tasks saints on prayers to overcome COVID-19, insecurity

January 4, 2021 Adoyi Aba 0

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam has said assured that with the prayers of the Saints Nigeria would be able to overcome her current security challenges. The cleric and administrator gave this assurance in his New Year message, made available to Blueprint Rev Pam commended the Nigeria Armed Forces for their gallantry at Read More

A year like none other: Challenges, lessons of 2020

… Covid-19 brought the universe to her knees The year 2020 will remain indelible in the annals of history given the dashed expectations, many challenges and unending possibilities  brought about by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus also known as Covid-19; ELEOJO IDACHABA, BENJAMIN SAMSON, and TOPE SUNDAY write. The year 2020 may have come and gone, but many Nigerians Read More