Norwegian PM Solberg fined for breaking Covid-19 rule

April 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been fined by the police for breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules. Solberg was fined 20,000 Norwegian crowns ($2,352) for organising a family gathering to celebrate her birthday. “Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of the law,’’ Police Chief Ole Saeverud, told reporters yesterday in Oslo. The Read More

China sets role model for global poverty reduction

April 9, 2021 Editor 0

Poverty is a chronic affliction of human society and a common challenge faced by the whole world. China had long been plagued by poverty at a scale and a level of severity that has rarely been seen anywhere else in the world. As a result, the challenge of poverty alleviation in China almost defies imagination. Over the past century, the Read More

COVID – 19: Senate faults FG’s conversion of PTF to Steering Committee

April 9, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Committee on Health has faulted the federal government for converting the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID – 19 to Steering Committee on the pandemic without required collaboration with the National Assembly. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe made these declarations Thursday during a public hearing on a bill titled: “Federal Medical Centre, Read More

Why the West is paranoid about China

April 8, 2021 Charles Onunaiju 0

Late last month, the European Union, United States, Britain and Canada each announced sanctions against China over alleged human right abuses in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, claiming an unproven repression of the Uyghur ethnic group. Also in a report of human rights published by the United States, it accused China of carrying out “genocide” against the Uyghur ethnic group. Read More

Breaking: 20th National Sports Festival goes on, no plan to halt competition abruptly – FG

April 8, 2021 Editor 0

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified that the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is going on as planned with competitions going on as scheduled. A press statement from the ministry, signed by the assistant director Press Ramon Balogun on Thursday morning, said, “the Ministry and the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the festival are unaware of Read More

Kogi commences COVID-19 vaccination

April 8, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Kogi state government has called on the people to volunteer themselves for the vaccination exercise against the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic. The Commissioner for Health, Doctor Saka Haruna, stated this Wednesday during the flag off of COVID-19 vaccination exercise in collaboration with the Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KPHCDA) at the premises of the Ministry of Health, Lokoja. Read More

Group partners Enugu on COVID-19 funds, donations, interventions

April 7, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

In a bid to ensure transparency and accountability around government funds, donations and interventions towards combating COVID-19 in Enugu state, a non-governmental organisation, Connected Development (CODE) in partnership with OXFAM Nigeria has carried out a two-day advocacy visit to relevant MDAs in the state. The non-governmental organization, led by Dr Onyekachi Onuoha of CODE, had explained that the purpose of Read More

Breaking: FG receives additional 100, 000 Astrazeneca vaccine doses from India

April 6, 2021 Editor 0

The federal government has received an additional 100,000 doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine from India. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja said the vaccines, donated by the government of India to Nigeria, will help boost the number of Nigerians to be vaccinated. Details loading…

Breaking: COVID-19 forces WAEC to postpone May/June examination, releases results for private candidates

April 6, 2021 Editor 0

The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has postponed the conduct of 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates. Head of WAEC Patrick Areghan who disclosed this in Lagos said the examination was postponed indefinitely due to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic. He said the pandemic distorted academic calendar, hence it was not possible to hold the Read More

Transport operators raise concerns over N10bn COVID-19 bailout fund

April 5, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s auto industry have alleged that they are yet to receive the N10 billion COVID-19 bailout fund released by the federal government as intervention fund to operators. Recall that the federal government had released the fund in 2020 as intervention to the auto industry to rescue ailing companies and firms in the sector. It was gathered that Read More

NPHCDA, COVID -19 and the fall of anti-vaxxers

April 5, 2021 Pine Oralu 0

The coronavirus pandemic indeed brought the world to its knees, with various countries imposing lockdown in the bid to stop the further spread of the virus. Consequently, efforts were deployed towards developing a vaccine that would halt the further spread of the novel coronavirus. In Nigeria, it was not any different as the country was also in lockdown. The government Read More

I never said 17 doctors died of COVID -19 in UCH – ARD boss

April 5, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Dr Temitope Hussain said it was not true that 17 doctors died of COVID -19 in the hospital. Dr Hussain in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists by the hospital Public Relations Officer, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, denied ever granting an interview saying 17 Read More

What killed my husband, Odumakin’s wife opens up

April 4, 2021 Editor 0

Dr Joe Okei Odumakin, the widow of the late human rights and pro-democracy activist, Yinka Odumakin, has said her husband died of respiratory issues due to COVID-19 complications. She her husband had recovered from COVID-19 out a week ago. In a statement she personally signed on Saturday, titled; “A part of me is gone.” The statement read in part: “With Read More

In Kaduna, El-Rufai preaches peace, harmony at Easter

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has appealed to all citizens of Kaduna state to embrace their common humanity and uphold their obligations for peace and harmony in their various communities. Speaking in an Easter message to Christian faithful in Kaduna state on Saturday, the governor advised citizens to isolate and expose the criminals in their midst. ‘’While we all do our utmost Read More

Breaking: Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, is dead

April 3, 2021 Editor 0

Spokesman for pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere,  Mr Yinka Odumakin, is dead. Reports say Odumakin died after COVID-19 complications at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital isolation centre. His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, who is heartbroken has already confirmed her husband’s demise. Details loading…

AstraZeneca: After vaccinating over 18 million, UK records 30 blood clotting cases

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Thirty cases of rare blood clotting have been recorded in Britain among more than 18 million people who have had the AstraZeneca vaccination, the national medicines regulator said Friday. “The benefits of the vaccines against Covid-19 continue to outweigh any risks,” the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said, urging the public to keep taking the vaccine. Up to Read More

What Covid-19 pandemic taught me – Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya is 30 years old; according to most members of Kannywood, she is upright and down-to-earth in her dealings. She tells ALIYU ASKIRA in this interview that since the Covid-19 pandemic, she has diversified her businesses by mostly concentrating on advertisements for companies and dealing in beverages and others. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, you have been scarce; what Read More

Zaria emir tasks Nigerians on security, Covid-19 procedures

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Ahmad Bamalli, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ on love and sacrifice. He also called for more security consciousness and observance of all COVID-19 prevention protocols by citizens. The emir made the call in an interaction with newsmen at his palace in Zaria on Friday. Bamalli said “in festive periods like Read More

Adhere strictly to Covid-19 protocols – Niger gov’s aide

April 2, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The special adviser on politics and strategy to the Niger state governor, Alhaji Nma Kolo, has cautioned Nigerians on the need to strictly observe the Covid-19 protocols during the Easter celebrations, warning that “the virus is not yet totally tamed.” Kolo, who gave the advice in a statement issued in Minna on Friday, insisted that people should celebrate with great Read More

Covid-19: Pantami presents Jaiz bank’s N125m to innovators, entrepreneurs

April 2, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Thursday, in Abuja presented cheques amounting to N125 million to four entrepreneurs and innovators.  The entrepreneurs and innovators were adjudged winners of Jaiz Bank’s Covid-19 challenge competition. The competition is part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aimed at spurring ideas and innovation on how to curb Read More

UN agencies say seafarers’ vaccinations must be prioritised

COVID-19 vaccinations of seafarers must be prioritised amid concerns that lack of inoculation for vessel crews could leave the global supply chains vulnerable, five top UN bodies agree. The World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, International Maritime Organisation, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).issued a joint statement last week urging all United Nations Member Read More

COVID-19: FCTA vaccinates journalists to enhance public confidence

April 2, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday begun the vaccination of members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Chapter, with a view to enhancing public confidence on the vaccine. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, who inaugurated the exercise, at the NUJ Secretariat in Utako, said the administration considered it necessary to vaccinate journalists because they are Read More