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  • 2 hours BREAKING: NCDC confirms 20 new cases of COVID-19 TheNation
    Our Reporter   The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday night confirmed twenty new cases of Coronavirus in the country. Eleven cases were confirmed  in Lagos, three cases confirmed in the FCT, 3 in Edo, twi in Osun and one in Ondo Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo State, with twenty-five cases discharged. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 210   Details Shortly……….
    Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 11 in Lagos, 3 in the FCT, 3 in Edo, 2 in Osun & ... more
  • 3 hours COVID-19: Rivers PDP slams Wike’s critics TheNation
    Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt   Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted persons especially members of the opposition criticizing Governor Nyesom Wike’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic in the state. The outgoing Chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah, in a statement he released in Port Harcourt, described the critics of the governor as political detractors and emissaries of COVID -19 in the state. Obuah said it was difficult to rationalize the actions of the critics in the face of efforts by the state governor to contain the spread of the virus. He said the critics were angry that while ... more
  • 3 hours Oshiomhole, a dogged and fearless leader – Wase TheNation
    Tony Akowe, Abuja Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Idris Ahmed Wase, has described the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as a dogged and fearless leader. Wase said in his message of congratulations on the 68th birthday celebration of the APC chairman that Comrade Oshiomhole has stood solidly for the political development of the country as well standing for justice, equity and fairness to all. In the message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Muhammad Puma, the Deputy Speaker acknowledged the contribution of the APC chairman who has devoted his entire ... more
  • 3 hours 90 countries seek emergency funds – IMF TheNation |Biz
    Agency Reporter   More than 90 countries have asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency funding as the coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented economic crisis, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Friday. “Never in the history of the IMF we have witnessed the world economy come to a standstill,” the head of the Washington-based institution said in a online press conference of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “We are now in recession. “It is way worse than the global financial crisis,” she added. Georgieva said emerging and developing economies were hit the hardest and had seen a ... more
  • 3 hours Kwara denies record of coronavirus case TheNation
    Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin   Kwara State Government Friday denied that the state has recorded a case of coronavirus (COVID-19). It, however, said that all the six samples of suspected cases so far tested in the state have been negative. “The Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 wishes to clarify that the state has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19. As of now, all the six samples tested from Kwara State have returned negative,” Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement in Ilorin. “The committee states that there is no fact, at ... more
  • 3 hours LASHMA gets new general manager TheNation
     Omolola Afolabi   Lagos State Governor, Mr . Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Emanuella Zamba as the new Acting General Manager for Lagos State Health management Agency LASHMA. Until her appointment, Dr. Emanuella Zamba was the Director of Healthcare Planning, Research and Statistic in the Lagos State Ministry of Health a position she held from 2018. Dr. Zamba joined the Lagos State Public Service in 2005 and has served as Director and Coordinator of the Lagos State Health Sector Service Charter Cascade Initiative between 2012 and 2020, State Health Sector Investment Officer between 2016 and 2018; Coordinator, and Health Sector ... more
  • 3 hours Trump again tests negative for coronavirus TheNation
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that his second test for the novel coronavirus came back negative. Trump said he took the test “really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked,” adding that the test took around 15 minutes. Trump was previously tested in mid-March for the virus. Also on Thursday, Trump said he invoked the Defense Production Act to speed up the production of ventilators “to save American lives” and to force 3M to make face masks. Read Also: Trump extends U.S. guidelines beyond Easter The act gives the president wartime powers to force the private sector ... more
  • 3 hours COVID-19: Masari orders census of returnees from Lagos, Abuja TheNation
    Augustine Okezie, Katsina   Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State on Friday ordered a census of returnees from Lagos and Abuja and abroad as part of lockdown measures aimed at checkmating the spread of Coronavirus in the state Masari who gave the order during an emergency meeting with the leadership of Christian community in the state said the meeting was called to review the implementation of the issues discussed during a similar meeting convened last week on COVID-19. At the meeting, the Deputy Governor, the Secretary to Government of the State, the Commissioner of Health and the Permanent ... more
  • 4 hours COVID-19 lockdown: Women decry hike in prices of food items in Ekiti TheNation
    Agency Reporter   Some women in Federal Housing, Ado-Ekiti, on Friday said that the lockdown order, occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, is taking its toll on them. They decried the sudden hike in prices of some food items and disruption of their petty trading. Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado Ekiti, Mrs Ilori Abodunde, a civil servant, said that a bag of Sachet water now goes for N170, as against N150 before the lockdown. She said that before the directive, the same bag directly from the distributors cost N100, now goes for N150. “The price of fuel ... more
  • 4 hours COVID-19: I can’t do giveaway now – Davido tells followers TheNation |E
    Renowned Nigerian entertainer, David Adeleke, popularly known as “Davido”, has told his followers that he has no money to do ‘giveaway’ amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown, due to lack of show. The singer stated this while responding to a follower (fan)@cythianthebread on his Twitter page, who tweeted, asking him “to do giveaway” just like other celebrities. The ace singer responded by telling the fan that there were no shows insight, adding that his source of income is limited. “No money for now,.., no show insight abeg..we all dey here together!,” he wrote. The music star also said he “never ... more
  • 4 hours BSN ranks high among World Best MBA providers TheNation |Biz
    Business School Netherlands (BSN) has been ranked among the top 11 in the global ranking by the CEO Magazine. The 2020 ranking places BSN far ahead of several business schools, eclipsing notable institutions running MBA Programme and many others. In a report titled “CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings,” the editors of CEO Magazine stated specific criteria considered in assessing business schools are based upon key performance indicators considered to be of interest and value to potential students. He said these indicators include: Quality of Faculty (weighted 34.95%), International Diversity (9.71%), Class Size (9.71%), Accreditation (8.74%), Faculty to Student Ratio (7.76%), ... more
  • 4 hours Queen Elizabeth to address Britons on coronavirus crisis April 5 TheNation
    Agency Reporter   Queen Elizabeth will make an extremely rare address to the nation on Sunday as Britain grapples with the increasingly deadly coronavirus outbreak. The government has put Britain into a virtual lockdown, closing pubs, restaurants and nearly all shops, while banning social gatherings and ordering Britons to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential to venture out. The officials said that the measures were intended to stop the spread of the epidemic. The officials added that on Friday the death toll in the United Kingdom among those who had tested positive for the virus had risen by ... more
  • 4 hours Aregbesola, AGF meet on decongesting correctional facilities TheNation
    Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has held a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Chief Judge of FCT, Justice I.U Bello and other government officials. In a message on his twitter handle, the Minister confirmed that the meeting was basically on the process and procedure to radically decongest our correctional facilities. He said: ”I held a midnight meeting on the process and procedure to radically decongest @CorrectionsNg ’s custodial centres with Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Chief Judge of FCT, Justice I.U Bello and other ... more
  • 5 hours Five reasons your phone gets hot and how to resolve it TheNation |Biz
    By Gabriel Ogunjobi Virtually, all phones, especially in this dispensation, unavoidably get heated up. Most of Nigerian youths engage their mobile devices which are Androids and run a lots of robotic commands on the background that it becomes herculean to use a device with poor battery life. At these times, most of us are indoors due to the lockdown to combat coronavirus spread. Here are some reasons why your phone gets hot as well as how you can manage it well: 1. Games: When you are fond of gaming a lot, you won’t be able to avoid the emission. As ... more
  • 6 hours ‘Lean On Me’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81 TheNation |E
    Bill Withers who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own ... more
  • 8 hours Ize-Iyamu releases food helplines for Edo residents TheNation |Politics
    An aspirant of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, has announced the opening of two helplines for residents of the state in need of food materials to reach his campaign organisation for fast dispatch. He also commenced a statewide distribution of food staples and other helpful materials targeted at the most vulnerable. Pastor Ize- Iyamu announced the numbers to be 07046373027 and 08114046290 while releasing a lorry load of food materials headed for all 64 wards in the six local government areas of Edo North on Friday as others meant for Edo South and Edo ... more
  • 9 hours Imo: Suspended LG chairmen vow to challenge appointment of interim bosses TheNation |Politics
    Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri   Suspended Local Government Areas chairmen in Imo state have flayed the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, for appointing interim chairmen for the 27 LGAs of the state. The chairmen said they would use every legal means to challenge the appointment made by the governor. Leader of the embattled chairmen, Emeka Osuorji said on Friday that it was wrong for the governor to have overlooked the law in appointing Interim chairmen for the LGAs. He contended that as a product of the law, the governor ought to have respected the supreme court judgment which ruled that governors had ... more
  • 10 hours COVID-19: council douses tension on Rivers treatment centre TheNation
    Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt   The Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State, has allayed fears created in the council by the decision of the state government to situate a Coronavirus treatment centre in the area. It was gathered that the state government drew the ire of the people in the area when it approved the General Hospital, Ogala Eleme as a Coronavirus Isolation and Treatment Centre. But the Chairman of Eleme council, Philip Okparaji, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Nwafor Awala, said there was no need to express fears over the treatment centre. He said the ... more
  • 10 hours COVID-19: Airtel offers toll-free lines, bulk SMS blast TheNation
    Telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has donated toll-free lines and free bulk SMS blasts to the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in support of the fight against coronavirus. It said the donation would facilitate faster response to citizens as well as help in deepening awareness about safe practices, personal hygiene and other precautionary measures during this critical time. Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said Airtel has been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 and was committed to using its resources and technology to helping contain the spread of the deadly ... more
  • 10 hours Boris Johnson remains in isolation as COVID-19 symptoms persist TheNation
    Agency Reporter   British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in self-isolation as he continues to suffer from COVID-19 symptoms. In a short video posted on Twitter, Johnson said he is feeling better after seven days in self-isolation. However, he added he still has a temperature and so will remain in self-isolation until it has gone. “In my own case, although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I still have a temperature,” Johnson said. “And so in accordance with government advice I must continue my ... more
  • 11 hours COVID-19: Bayelsa residents laud Gov. Diri’s food items distribution TheNation
    Agency Reporter   Residents of Yenagoa have commended Gov. Douye Diri for distribution of food items to Eight local government areas of the state, to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the people. A cross section of residents gave the commendation in separate interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday, against the backdrop of the state government’s distribution of food items. According to Mrs Victoria Aweilayemi, a civil servant, the gesture has shown that the governor is poised to wipe away the suffering of Bayelsa people. She said since his emergence through the Supreme Court ... more
  • 11 hours Kwara chides security personnel for aiding lockdown violation TheNation
    Agency Reporter   Kwara Deputy Governor and Chairman Technical Committee on Coronavirus, Mr Kayode Alabi, on Friday intercepted loaded passenger buses operating along Otte-Ogbomosho road in violation of government’s lockdown Alabi, who was at Ilorin-Ogbomosho road to monitor compliance with the government lockdown, expressed displeasure that some security officials at the roadblock were aiding road users to violate the government’s restriction. The Deputy Governor had apprehended some security officials for allowing as many as twenty vehicles with hundreds of passengers to evade the lockdown and cross the state border. While commending other security agencies for partnering with the state government ... more
  • 11 hours COVID-19: FG to source protective equipment locally – Lai Mohammed TheNation
    The Federal Government says it will meet with indigenous manufacturers to discuss and facilitate the local production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to enhance the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic ravaging the world. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, to give an update on government efforts at containing the pandemic. Mohammed said that the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, would meet with the manufacturers on behalf ... more
  • 12 hours COVID-19: CSOs demand decongestion of Police cells, Correctional Centres TheNation
    By Robert Egbe   Fifty-one civil society organisations (CSOs) across the country on Friday urged the Federal Government to urgently decongest Correctional Centres and Police cells. They accused the police of keeping suspects in custody for minor offences, contrary to the Inspector-General of Police’s instructions, following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The IGP, they said, recently ordered that persons suspected of bailable offences such as misdemeanours, should not be detained at Police stations for safety reasons and because of the shut down of courts in several states. The CSOs include: Amnesty International Nigeria, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, ... more
  • 12 hours Troops rescue ten kidnap victims, kill six terrorists TheNation
    By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja   Ten kidnap victims have been rescued by troops of Special Response Area in Pulka and the  26 Task Force Brigade, as well as men of Civilian Joint Task Force and local hunters. According to the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, “the gallant troops of 26 Brigade Garrison of the land component of operation LAFIYA DOLE on 28 Mar 20, based on credible intelligence along road Gwoza-Pulka succeeded in conducting a robust clearance or offensive operation. “The operation led to the neutralisation of one Boko Haram Terrorist as well as recovery of one ... more
  • 12 hours COVID-19: Akeredolu raises committee on palliatives TheNation
     Osagie Otabor, Akure   Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has set up a seven-man committee headed by Pastor Akin Olotu for the purpose of providing palliatives to cushion effects of suffering occasioned by C0VID-19 A statement by the state Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the governor was concerned by the enormous burden imposed on the people following measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ondo State. Read Also: ‘COVID-19 corpses’ can’t be claimed for burial – Lai Mohammed Ojogo said other responsibilities of the committee was to work out modalities as well as mobilise ... more
  • 12 hours Blackmail: Salawa Abeni lauds Nigerians over support TheNation |E
    Agency Reporter   Veteran musician Queen Salawa Abeni, has expressed gratitude to fans for their unwavering support over an attempt to blackmail her on social media. Salawa gave her gratitude while reacting to story via ” Your View” on Friday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a young man named Jason had sent Salawa’s semi-nude pictures via her WhatsApp demanding a ransom as a condition to backpedal from posting the picture. NAN also reports that the scammer had threatened to tarnish her image and destroyed her career of over 45 years with the nude pictures. Salawa ... more
  • 12 hours COVID-19: Military set to deploy 80 medical doctors TheNation
    Okodili Ndidi, Abuja   As part of efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian Military is set to deploy 80 medical personnel to complement the number of health workers fighting the Virus. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who made the disclosure while briefing Defence Correspondents on the preparedness of the Nigerian Armed Forces to manage COVID-19 cases, said that the 80 medical personnel have commenced the requisite training and will soon be deployed. He also disclosed that an additional treatment centre has been provided at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos, bringing ... more
  • 14 hours Worship Kulture drops two new singles, ‘Farahan’ and ‘Yahweh’ TheNation |E
    Ahead of the release of their debut EP, Worship Kulture, a contemporary inspirational outreach initiative, dedicated to publishing gospel music to the world, has released two new singles, ‘Farahan’ and ‘Yahweh’. The group, which explores different sounds through various artists, released the upbeat, crossover Afro-pop, gospel track ‘Farahan’ off their self titled EP, scheduled for April 17 release. Farahan’ is an upbeat, contemporary Gospel song embracing the philosophy of traditional gospel but mixing it up with cool and edgy Afro-pop beats and rhythms. It’s a song bound to get you smiling and tapping your feet. The song is essentially an ... more
  • 14 hours Police arrest 6 suspected armed robbers, recover AK-47, ammunition in Enugu TheNation |Politics
    Agency Reporter   The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested six notorious armed robbery suspects operating within the state for some months now. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Friday that the members of the armed gang were arrested from March 24 within the state. Ndukwe said that the command recovered one AK-47 rifle with number 12097; three live ammunition, one tricycle, one cutlass, one Infinix Hot phone and one Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. He gave the names of the suspects as: Eneh Ekene, 35; Ani Chinedu, 32, also known as “Doctor’’; ... more
  • 18 hours Wigwe: Access Bank supports fight against COVID-19 TheNation |Biz
    Collins Nweze Access Bank Plc is at the forefront of the interventions deployed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by big players in the private sector, the bank’s Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe has said. He said the bank played a major role in the formation of the Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID), a task force instituted to ensure the minimisation of the impact of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. Speaking on the bank’s activities,  Wigwe said, “In our characteristic manner of offering ‘more than banking,’ Access Bank is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. Through our various projects, we are ... more
  • 18 hours FCMB temporarily suspends millionaire promo TheNation |Biz
    Collins Nweze First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has announced a temporary suspension of the season 7 edition of its bumper promotion package for savings account customers tagged, ‘’FCMB Millionaire Promo’’. The decision, which has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is part of the strategies of the Bank to support the efforts of the government to mitigate the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. In a statement, FCMB explained that the development is also in line with the social distancing protocol and other measures recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease ... more
  • 18 hours ABCON advises forex users not to patronize street traders TheNation |Biz
    Collins Nweze The Association  of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has asked foreign exchange buyers not to patronize street traders  because of the dangers associated with such transactions. The advice a two-week market holiday granted to the bureaux de change (BDCs) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during which the regulator will not sale forex to the BDCs. This followed a request by the ABCON to the CBN for the regulator to grant it the holidays given the ongoing challenges faced in local and global economies due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic. In ... more
  • 18 hours Covid-19: Berger Paints donates paints TheNation |Biz
    Taofik Salako, Deputy Group Business Editor Berger Paints Nigeria Plc has donated paints to Lagos State Government in support of the government’s efforts towards building isolation centres to contain Covid-19 pandemic. The company stated that the donation was in line with its philosophy as a responsible corporate citizen and as part of its strategic partnership with the Lagos State Government. According to the company, the donation is expected to reduce the financial burden of providing decent accommodation for the victims of the Coronavirus pandemic. Managing Director, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc, Mr. Anjan Sircar, said the donation was made in recognition ... more
  • 18 hours COVID-19: CISLAC demands accountability of donated funds TheNation |Biz
    By Toba Agboola The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Transparency International (TI) has called on governments at all levels to show accountability of the utilisation and distribution of funds donated to the country by both public and private organisations in the country and beyond to combat the COVID-19 virus pandemic. This is as the organisations commended the ongoing donations by indigenous groups towards combating the spread of the disease in the country. CISLAC in a statement by its Exceutive Director, Mr Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, also applauded the recent constitution of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 response with ... more
  • 18 hours ‘Why jobs, wages must be protected’ TheNation |Biz
    By Toba Agboola The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has demanded that jobs and wages be protected during the lockdown. Its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said to make this possible, factories and businesses would require fiscal stimulus, aid and other incentives. Wabba said workers in the informal sector should be given grants through their associations to enable them to cope during this time. Wabba said: “As it is, we foresee a situation where more factories and workplaces will experience closure and reduction in working hours. We insist that workers must not be cannon fodders for these socio-economic fallouts.” He, however, saluted ... more
  • 18 hours Covid-19: Access Bank unveils Nigeria’s first dual-card service TheNation |Biz
    Taofik Salako, Deputy Group Business Editor Access Bank Plc has introduced a dual transaction service (DTS), an enhanced debit card service that provides access to credit at the same time. The bank stated that the service was part of his supports to alleviate challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The DTS is a bundled service designed to allow pre-approved customers access a credit line through their existing debit card. Executive Director, Retail Banking, Access Bank Plc, Victor Etuokwu said the bank blazed the trails as the first bank in Nigeria to provide this kind of combined essential service to its ... more
  • 18 hours ILO to G20: support workers, jobs TheNation |Biz
    By Toba Agboola The Director-General, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, has called on G20 countries to protect people, jobs, income and enterprises from the COVID-19 pandemic. He welcomed the commitment of the G20 leaders as an important first step in constructing a truly global response to the  challenges of the pandemic. Ryder made the submission during the G20’s extraordinary virtual summit on the pandemic,  hosted by Saudi Arabia. “The G20’s strong and clear commitment to do whatever it takes to overcome the intertwined health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic is a very welcome first step. Their decision ... more
  • 18 hours Large-cap stocks lift equities to N10b gain TheNation |Biz
    Taofik Salako, Deputy Group Business Editor   Nigerian equities staged a modest recovery yesterday as large-cap stocks in industrial and food manufacturing sectors rallied the overall market position to net capital gain of N10 billion. Benchmark indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) recorded their first gain this week after Nigeria’s largest quoted company, Dangote Cement and largest food manufacturing company, Flour Mills of Nigeria rallied substantial gains. The All Share Index (ASI)- the value-based common index that tracks all share prices at the NSE, rose by 0.1 per cent from its opening index of 21,100.54 points to close at ... more
  • 18 hours ‘Outsourcing relevant to work, economy’ TheNation |Biz
    To many, outsourcing is a bad omen to the economy. Not so, say experts who believe the model has a lot of advantages, TOBA AGBOOLA reports. The dream of every worker, all things being equal, is to put in long and unbroken years of service as permitted by the law, and retire to enjoy the fruits of his labour. But the times have changed, no thanks to the undulating forces of demand and supply that have so  impacted the economy, such that workers have been badly hit. As such, job security has become a mere rhetoric. To survive, employers have ... more
  • 18 hours More cases likely, say minister, NCDC TheNation
    From Moses Emorinken, Abuja As the country expands its testing capacity, more coronavirus positive cases are expected, Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said on Thursday. They spoke during the daily briefing on the COVID-19 situation in Abuja on Thursday. Ehanire said: “As contact tracing and testing capacity are being ramped up, more and more cases will be found and the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to rise initially. We also worry about persons, especially Nigerians, returning to the country through land borders, ... more
  • 18 hours COVID-19: Vaccine to be ready soon Iwu TheNation
    From Chris Njoku, Owerri The drug for the treatment of the dreaded coronavirus will be ready as soon as the testing of the vaccine is completed, the Chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on Covid-19, Prof. Maurice Iwu said on Thursday. He gave the assurance in Owerri, where he presented a plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19 which is presently being tested in United States to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The professor of Pharmacognosy from the University of Nigeria Nsukka’s (UNN), presentation had followed on the heels of Seplat Petroleum  and Waltersmith Oil Limited’s donation ... more
  • 19 hours ‘Akwa Ibom is cleanest state’ TheNation
    Franca Ochigbo, Abuja Clean-Up Nigeria has rated Akwa Ibom State as the cleanest state in Nigeria beating the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by two per cent. In a statement, Clean-Up Nigeria, said the ratings submitted by the National Technical Study Group (NTSG) showed that Akwa Ibom State scored 68 per cent, followed by Abuja with 66 per cent. NTSG  National Coordinator, Secretary, Ene Baba Owoh, noted that the report covered January 2018 to last December. According to the report, “In 2019, the Study Group comprised 15 members who were split into seven teams comprising two persons per team for each ... more
  • 19 hours Atiku’s son Mohammed: I’m getting better TheNation
    By Precious Igbonwelundu Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar son Mohammed, who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning from a trip abroad on Thursday, shared his experience from his hospital bed. In five minutes 39 seconds video recorded at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and posted by the former Vice President on his verified Twitter handle, Mohammed advised Nigerians to desist from spreading false information about sufferers of COVID-19. According to him, he tested positive for the virus on March 20 and was taken to the isolation centre later that evening where he has made progress and hope to ... more
  • 19 hours Task force has ‘no access to donated fund’ TheNation
    From Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja The Presidential Task Force on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has said it has no control over the multi-billion naira contributions have have so far been announced by various donors towards the fight against the pandemic. Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave clarifications on the operations of his special group said the only thing so far received by the task force was the materials donated by the founder of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma. According to the SGF, there are four fronts through which government, organisations, ... more
  • 19 hours Buhari’s daughter out of self-isolation TheNation
    By Joseph Jibueze One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters, who went into self-isolation on her return from the United Kingdom (UK) on March 18, is out. First Lady Hajia Aisha Buhari broke the news in a tweet on her verified Tweeter handle @aishambuhari. She tweeted: “It is a thing of joy and gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria. “While I’m wishing all those infected for a speedy recovery, I pray for the end of this pandemic. #AbujaScaleUp.” The First Lady had earlier clarified ... more
  • 19 hours Governors seek debt restructuring TheNation
    From Eric Ikhilae, Abuja Governors have requested the suspension of deductions from their allocations and restructuring of debt service payments to the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This is to enable them safeguard their liquidity level in the face of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) attack on their finances. They suggested the acceleration of an arrangement to suspend all deductions. This is part of the resolutions at the end of the second COVID-19 teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday. According to a statement by NGF spokesman Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo, the governors also resolved to work with ... more
  • 19 hours COVID-19: NACA urges PLWAs to stay safe TheNation |Health
    Adekunle Yusuf In the face of raging coronavirus pandemic disrupting social order across the globe, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised all persons living with HIV to stay safe and be vigilant. In his message to PLWAs, the Director-General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Gumel Aliyu, said the virus is a serious global respiratory pandemic, which has no cure for now. While adding that the virus is dangerous for anyone, Aliyu said people with pre-existing medical challenges are the ones that suffer severely from the disease because of poor immunity. He, therefore, admonished people living with ... more
  • 19 hours Minister to varsities: restart session through virtual teaching TheNation
    From Yusuf Alli, Abuja Higher institutions shut to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are likely to reopen for teaching but through the e-platform Unsure of how soon the Coronavirus pandemic will end, Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu on Thursday opened talks with 237 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts on how to reopen using virtual learning. He directed all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to activate virtual learning environment to enable students to continue their studies through digital devices. He said although the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike, the government will do its best to ... more
  • 19 hours Akwa Ibom, NCDC disagree on five positive cases TheNation
    From Bassey Anthony, Uyo and Moses Emorinken, Abuja Akwa Ibom State government on Thursday demanded fresh tests for the five persons who the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said tested positive for coronavirus. But Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said there was “a disturbing breach in the test and reporting procedure”. He spoke to reporters after a meeting with the State Incident Management Committee at the Government House in Uyo, the state capital. Ukpong said: “Akwa Ibom State Government only heard about the test results in the news. “The Director-General of NCDC was not aware of the reported ... more
  • 20 hours Oil price climbs to $29 per barrel TheNation
    By Emeka Ugwuanyi It was cheery news in the global oil industry on Thursday as the price of international benchmark grade, Brent crude, climbed $4.40 or 17.8 per cent to $29.14 per barrel from less than $25 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude futures also surged 24.67 per cent to settle at $25.32 per barrel, for its largest single-day percentage gain in history. The prices rose on Thursday after President Donald Trump told CNBC that Saudi Arabia and Russia would ease pressure on oil, ending a price war that has contributed to crude’s massive plunge. Trump said he spoke to ... more
  • 20 hours ‘We are gradually getting our act together’ on COVID-19 TheNation |Health
    ADEKUNLE YUSUF After berating the Nigerian authorities for acting a bit late to contain the spread of coronavirus, former president of Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), Prof Oyewale Tomori, said the country is now doing the right things. The former Vice Chancellor, Redeemer’s University told The Nation that the country waited too long before rolling up its sleeves to fight the disease, stressing that it is regrettable that Nigeria did not act fast enough until it recorded its index case. “We are gradually getting our act together and making strenuous attempts to catch up with the epidemic/pandemic.  However,  I think ... more
  • 20 hours Waging a united war against Coronavirus TheNation |Health
    Wealthy individuals, banks and other organisations are coming to the aid of federal and state governments by donating materials and hefty sums to fight coronavirus, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF Amid fears that the economic situation of the country may hamper efforts to fight coronavirus, corporate organisations and affluent individuals have entered the fray, donating billions to help in containing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria. The Federal Government led in this regard by approving an immediate release of a N10 billion grant to boost the fight against the spread of coronavirus. In a statement, President Muhammadu Buhari said ... more
  • 22 hours Tinubu: A penchant for producing leaders TheNation |Politics
    Femi Salako extols the virtues of All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who clocked 68 on Thursday. The political space of Nigeria has over the decades churned out quite a good number of leaders since the nation attained independence. Some of the leaders had manifested varied character traits. Few of the leaders have done well, while the vast majority have only been self seeking. However, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) has been dominating the political spaces of Lagos State and Nigerian by extension like a colossus since 1999 with some of his ... more
  • 22 hours Lagos Assembly crisis: suspended members resume TheNation |Politics
    Emmanuel Oladesu, Deputy Editor Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Midashiru Obasa has lifted the indefinite suspension on two lawmakers, Lanre Oshun (Mainland) and Raheem Adewale (Ibeju-Lekki). However, the removal of two principal officers, Chief Whip Rotimi Abiru ( Somolu) and Deputy Majority Leader Wahab Jimoh (Apapa) has not been reversed. The four lawmakers are associates of former member of the House from Kosofe Constituency, Senator Bayo Osinowo. According to party insiders, many chieftains, including Minister of Interior Chief Rauf Aregbesola and Senator Osinnowo, want the dethroned principal officers back in their previous status. Following the escalation of the crisis, ... more
  • 23 hours Upcoming music act, SIL releases debut single TheNation |E
    Adeniyi Adewoyin An upcoming music act, SIL, has released his first single on the Nigerian entertainment scene. SIL’s debut single is entitled ‘Body’. The less than four minutes single was written by the musician and produced by Kingpin. According to SIL, ‘Body’ is a song he sang to express his appreciation for the beauty and physique of African women. “African women are gorgeous. You can see it in her appearance, how she carries herself and her sexiness. I just love our women and singing about their qualities in my first work is the way to go for me,” he said. ... more
  • 23 hours Sadiq Daba’s health worsens  TheNation |E
    Olaitan Ganiu Veteran actor and broadcaster Sadiq Daba’s health is getting worse by the day and he is on the verge of losing one of his eyes. Daba’s health nosedived months after it was believed that he is fast recuperating. Four years ago, Daba was diagnosed with leukemia and prostate cancer. He was treated for the diseases after which he was later diagnosed with chronic obstructive venereal disease. In December 2019, an ailing Daba was honoured with an award at the Best of Nollywood Awards in Kano. The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had also supported him with N1 million. READ ... more
  • 24 hours COVID -19: Desmond Elliot under criticism for handwashing project TheNation |E
    Adeniyi Adewoyin Nollywood practitioner and lawmaker, Desmond Olushola Elliot has come under fire for his recent handwashing project in his Surulere constituency. A few days after the lawmaker showcased his handwashing project to further support the Lagos State government in combating the spread of COVID-19, he came under criticism from Twitter users. “So we constructed a makeshift cleansing mechanism, where passersby or people entering streets could wash their hands with soap and water and also sanitize before entering the streets -pilot works can be seen in these areas Olodeokuta, Ojuelegbe both sides, love gardening, Hogan Bassey, Masha bus stop, Shitta ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: I’d be out soon, Atiku’s son speaks from isolation TheNation
    By Alao Abiodun Mohammed Atiku, the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19, has expressed optimism about being discharged soon. Mohammed spoke from isolation on Thursday in a video shared by his father (Atiku) via Twitter. He said, “On the 20th of (March), I tested positive for COVID-19 and I was brought over to the Isolation Centre at Gwagwalada University Teaching Hospital where I have been since. “I am currently on my 12th day here and I hope to be out soon – perhaps when my next test is taken and the results are favourable. ... more
  • 1 day Buhari’s daughter back from self-isolation TheNation
    By Alao Abiodun One of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, who self-isolated after returning from the United Kingdom, has rejoined the family. Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, broke the news in a tweet. Read Also: BREAKING: I’d be out soon, Atiku’s son speaks from isolation She said “It is a thing of joy & gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria. While I’m wishing all those infected for a speedy recovery, I pray for the end of this pandemic. . #AbujaScaleUp”
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  • 1 day 22 test negative for COVID-19 in Kano TheNation
    By Kolade Adeyemi, Kano Kano State Government on Thursday confirmed that 22 out of the 25 suspected COVID-19 cases in Kano have tested negative. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsyanwa, announced this on Thursday at a news conference. He said the results of the 22 suspected persons received from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) tested negative while the results of 3 others are being awaited. READ ALSO: Dangote to build 600 bed isolation facility in Kano Kano is one of the states across the federation with no record of the dreaded COVID-19 disease. Tsyanwa said the state ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Putin orders Russians to stay off work in April TheNation
    Agency Reporter President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered Russians not go to work for the rest of April to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Putin gave the order in a nationally televised address in Moscow. Russia has reported more than 3,500 cases of the new coronavirus, while senior officials have warned that the actual number of cases is probably much higher. This week marked the beginning of a nationwide quarantine period, in which Russians working at jobs not considered obligatory for the functioning of the country were advised to stay home. Supermarkets, pharmacies and certain state services have continued to operate ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Gov. Emmanuel orders total lockdown TheNation
    Bassey Anthony,  Uyo Following the confirmation of five suspected cases of the dreaded Corona Virus in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of all events of any nature for 14 days in the State. This is to enable a thorough process of contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the five confirmed victims. In a statewide broadcast Thursday evening, Governor Emmanuel explained that the Covid 19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the State isolation centres for ... more
  • 1 day Fayose tests negative for COVID-19 TheNation
    Agency Reporter A former governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose, said on Thursday that he had undergone voluntary testing for the coronavirus and had turned out negative. Fayose, in a statement issued by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said he was delighted to be adjudged free of the virus and asked more Nigerians to go for test while praying for victims. ” I took a Covid-19 test yesterday because of my percieved exposure in the last two weeks, I just got the result which is negative ” Notwithstanding, I will remain indoor like other Nigerians and I encourage more people to ... more
  • 1 day Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca, Medina TheNation
    Agency Reporter Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina on Thursday, extending measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,700 people in the kingdom and killed 16. The Interior Ministry said in a statement there were some exceptions, including for essential workers and in order for residents to buy food and access medical care. Cars in those cities’ residential districts may only carry one passenger to limit the virus’ transmission, it said. The country of 30 million has taken drastic steps to contain the disease, halting ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: States seek loans repayment suspension, debt restructuring TheNation
    By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja As part of efforts to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on states’ finances, Governors have called for prompt measures to safeguard the liquidity of state governments, They suggested the acceleration of an arrangement to suspend all state deductions and restructure all debt service payments on Federal Government and CBN-owned debts. This formed part of the resolutions contained in a communique issued at the end of the second COVID-19 teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday. In the communique, made available on Thursday by NGF’s spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo, the Governors also resolved ... more
  • 1 day NUPENG threatens strike over sacked refinery workers TheNation
    By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have threatened to commence an industrial action following the decision of the management of the Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC) to sack over 175 causal workers. The workers said nothing would stop them from going on strike in the next 48 hours if the management of PHRC failed to rescind its decision. The NUPENG Port Harcourt Zone said it would stop the operations of all tanker drivers, petrol station workers and others if PHRC refused to recall the sacked workers. The zonal Chairman of the ... more
  • 1 day Number of COVID-19 cases to rise dramatically – FG TheNation
    By Moses Emorinken, Abuja The federal government has said that it expects the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to rise dramatically while it scales up contact tracing and testing capacity. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. According to him: “As contact tracing and testing capacity are being ramped up, more and more cases will be found and the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to rise initially. “We also worry about persons, especially Nigerians, returning to the country through land ... more
  • 1 day German actress, vegetarian activist Barbara Ruetting dies aged 92 TheNation |E
    German actress, writer and politician Barbara Ruetting has died at the age of 92, her best friend said on Thursday. Ruetting died, surrounded by her closest friends, last Saturday in the Bavarian town of Marktheidenfeld, her best and co-worker added. Over the course of her career, Ruetting starred in over 45 films, including the 1961 film “Town Without Pity” alongside Kirk Douglas. She cemented her status as a top actress among German audiences with her starring role in 1956’s “Die Geierwally,” about a rebellious farmer’s daughter who refuses to accept an arranged marriage. The Brandenburg-born actress also appeared in many ... more
  • 1 day FIRS collects ₦1.1tr revenue in Q1 2020 TheNation |Biz
    Nduka Chiejina (Assistant Editor) The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), says it has recorded an 7% increase in its collection target for the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2020) compared to the same period in the last fiscal year-Q1 2019. The Service said it collected N1,123,377,654,135.14 in the first quarter of 2020 compared to Q1 2019 collected of N1,046,889,787,060.27. A statement from the FIRS said: ” A massive 568% increase in Capital Gains Tax from N96,408,740.90 in Q1 2019 to N643,935,849.06 in Q1 2020 gave the Service’s revenue its biggest lift.” This, the FIRS said, is “as a direct result ... more
  • 1 day APC dismisses Kumo over alleged anti-party activities TheNation |Politics
    By, Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) Kumo East Ward Chapter of Akko Local Government, Gombe State has expelled Rep Usman Bello Kumo of the Akko Federal Constituency over alleged anti-party activities. The chapter, in the letter to the Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said the expulsion followed a petition against the federal lawmaker. The letter signed by Musa Barade, chairman of the APC in Kumo East and 20 others, said upon receipt of the petition, the ward executive committee constituted and inaugurated a seven man facts-finding committee to investigate the allegations leveled against the lawmaker. ... more
  • 1 day Ize-Iyamu announces major appointment into campaign organisation TheNation |Politics
    Our Reporter Leading aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Iyamu, has announced the appointments of 13 directors into his campaign organisation. The appointed directors and their positions are: Hon. Charity Amanyaevbo, Director of Mobilization; Hon. Kehinde Garrick, Director of Special Duties; Mr. Gideon Obhakhan, Director of Research; Hon. Almed Momoh, Director of Welfare; Engr Tom Eshemogie, Director of Administrations; Chief Barr Frank Erewele, Director of Logistics; Abu Momodu, Director of Finance and Mrs. Jubrin Mariam, Director of Women Mobilization. Others are: Hon. Pius Alile, Director of Strategy; C.P Victor N. Ojo (Rtd), Director of ... more
  • 1 day Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85, fought virus, says Son TheNation |E
    Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85. “Pneumonia was the actual thing that caused his demise. But it was pneumonia brought on by COVID-19,” Ellis Marsalis III confirmed in an Associated Press phone interview. He said he drove Sunday from Baltimore to be with his father, who was hospitalised Saturday in Louisiana, which has been hit hard by the outbreak. Others in the family spent time with him, too. Four ... more
  • 1 day PHOTOS: Buhari meets COVID-19 Presidential Committee TheNation
     
    PRESIDENT BUHARI MEETS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Minister of State Petroleum Resoucres, High Chief Temipire Sylva and GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
    PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed during a meeting with the Presidential ... more
  • 1 day Buhari receives briefing from special economic Committee TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   President Muhammadu Buhari, just minutes ago, received briefings from members of the Presidential Committee on the review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. The President disclosed this on his Tweeter handle, @MBuhari at about 1:51pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The President disclosed those who were in the meeting to include the Minister of Financial, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva; the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele; and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the ... more
  • 1 day Police in Anambra apprehend 4 fake health officials with fake sanitisers TheNation
    Agency Reporter   The Anambra Police Command says it has arrested four suspects, who allegedly posed as health officials to sell fake sanitisers and unhygienic face masks to members of the public in Onitsha. The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. Mohammed identified the suspects as Anthony Oyatubo (30); Nwachukwu Chidi (31); Chris Okeke (30); and Olisa Moura (25). “On March 31, at about 3p.m., following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Central Police Station, Onitsha, arrested members of the syndicate. “Suspects, who allegedly claimed to be officials of ... more
  • 1 day APC chieftain berates Soyinka, others over opposition to lockdown TheNation
    Jide Orintunsin, Abuja The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Moh’d Lukman, has faulted the opposition of the Nobel Laurette Professor Wole Soyinka and two senior legal practitioners to the lockdown order in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory by President Muhammadu Buhari. He described the debate as unnecessary distrsaction. Lukman, who is also a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), knocked Soyinka, Messers Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN and Femi Falana SAN on their continued argument against the lockdown measures taken by the federal government in a statement titled “Covid-19 Emergency Timeline: Legal and Related ... more
  • 1 day Joke Silva, Mercy Aigbe, others hail Salawa for releasing nude to block blackmailer TheNation |E
    By Praise Olowe   Nigerian celebrities have hailed veteran singer, Salawa Abeni for releasing nude pictures to block blackmailer. The singer on Wednesday took to Instagram where she released the pictures to escape being blackmailed by an unknown man. She said the scammer, who identified himself as Jason and lives in Osun State, was threatening to tarnish her image and destroy her career of over 45 years. The celebrities including Joke Silva, Mercy Aigbe, Saidi Balogi among others called her strong and powerful. Joke Silva commented on her Instagram post. She said  “Well done girl. You took the power away ... more
  • 1 day Under pressure, British PM promises ‘massive’ coronavirus tests increase TheNation
    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ramp up testing for coronavirus after his government faced criticism for being slower than some European peers to roll out mass checks for front-line health workers and the population. Britain initially took a restrained approach to the outbreak but changed course after modelling showed that a quarter of a million people in the country could perish. Johnson imposed more stringent measures, effectively shuttering the world’s fifth largest economy, but the government has faced widespread criticism for having too few ventilators and too little testing. Over half of Britons say government was too slow ... more
  • 1 day Ooni engages Oro deities to cleanse Nigeria of COVID-19 TheNation
    By Toba Adedeji, Osogbo   The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has engaged deities in Ile Ife, Osun State to cleanse the country from the coronavirus pandemic. The Ooni, in a public announcement signed by Chief Oyalami Awoyode, charged residents of Ile-Ife to stay indoors throughout Thursday as masqueraders will be performing traditional rite to cleanse Nigeria from the pandemic. He said the Oro deities would be moving around the entire Ife town to perform spiritual rites against spread of the virus. Read Also: Coronavirus negatively impacting on entertainment, tourism sectors – Don He warned residents to steer clear the ... more
  • 1 day Ortom, deputy test for COVID-19 TheNation
    Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom and his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, have voluntarily had their samples taken for coronavirus test. Also taken for COVID-19 test were samples of Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, David Olofu. Speaking on his decision to willingly go for the test, Ortom said it was the right thing to do by everyone without waiting to have symptoms of the disease. READ ALSO: Pandemonium in Benue as Ortom announces lock down He encouraged other Benue residents to also present themselves for the COVID-19 test, as doing so would help to contain the spread of the ... more
  • 1 day Coronavirus negatively impacting on entertainment, tourism sectors – Don TheNation |E
    An ecotourism expert, Prof. Lameed Gbolagade, says the coronavirus pandemic is negatively impacting on the entertainment and tourism sectors. Gbolagade, a professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Ibadan, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. The don said that with the shutdown of borders, activities in the entertainment and tourism sectors had been grounded. READ ALSO: From Coronavirus to ‘Coro-fear-virus’ According to him, the global community is already losing interest in recreation and relaxation activities. “If these effects of total lockdown persist longer than expected, many tourism centers or recreational areas will ... more
  • 1 day Coronavirus negatively impacting on entertainment, tourism sectors – Don TheNation
    An ecotourism expert, Prof. Lameed Gbolagade, says the coronavirus pandemic is negatively impacting on the entertainment and tourism sectors. Gbolagade, a professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Ibadan, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. The don said that with the shutdown of borders, activities in the entertainment and tourism sectors had been grounded. READ ALSO: From Coronavirus to ‘Coro-fear-virus’ According to him, the global community is already losing interest in recreation and relaxation activities. “If these effects of total lockdown persist longer than expected, many tourism centers or recreational areas will ... more
  • 1 day You’ll regret defying lockdown order if caught, LASTMA tells motorists TheNation
    The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Thursday read the riot acts to motorists to remind them that they are not exempted from the government’s lockdown order. The authority advised motorists to comply with the government’s directive and desist from any action that could bring regret to them if caught on the road. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, in a broadcast to the nation on Sunday evening on the Coronavirus pandemic , directed cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11p.m. ... more
  • 1 day IGP cautions against trampling on citizens’ rights TheNation
    Nicholas Kalu, Abuja The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police deployed for the enforcement of the lockdown and social restriction orders, due to COVID-19 to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are not infringed upon under any pretext. IGP Adamu also said persons on essential duties, duly exempted from the restriction orders, should be accorded due courtesies and unfettered access to and fro their places of duty. He made this known in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, on Thursday. The statement reads: ... more
  • 2 days Beats inspired me to sing “Boom”, says America born Nigerian artist, Cynthia Proper TheNation |E
    America born Nigerian Musician, Osazuwa Cynthia with stage name Cynthia Proper, said her new song ” Boom” which she co-song with singer Wande Coal was born out of inspiration from the beats form musical instruments. Cynthia told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that “Boom” was basically a result of what she felt at the time she composed the song. She added that the title of her new song, “Boom” was a fall out of the rhythm from the beat, adding that she grabbed the inspiration to name the album “Boom”. Proper who is currently doing her doctorate degree ... more
  • 2 days CBN, coalition raise N15.3b to fight virus TheNation |Biz
    From Nduka Chiejina, Abuja and Collins Nweze, Lagos   THIRTY-SEVEN donors, including individuals, banks and other corporates bodies have contributed N15 billion to the account of the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This was contained in a statement issued yesterday on behalf of the coalition by the CBN Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor. A breakdown of the contributions showed that the CBN and Aliko Dangote donated N2 billion each, Abdul Samad Rabiu (BUA Sugar Refinery); Segun Agbaje (GTB); Tony Elumelu (UBA); Oba Otudeko (First Bank); Jim Ovia (Zenith Bank); Herbert Wigwe ... more
  • 2 days Osinbajo rallies NEC’s committee TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja     DELIBERATIONS continued on Wednesday on the development of additional measures to cushion the effects of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It was at the second meeting of the National Economic Council’s (NEC) Special Committee on the COVID-19 in Abuja. Members of the committee met on Tuesday via video conferencing. The meeting, which was coordinated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who doubles as the NEC Chairman, discussed the implications of the global pandemic in Nigeria. According to a statement by his spokesman Laolu Akande, the meeting was in continuation of the task of coordinating the federal ... more
  • 2 days How lockdown should run, by Task Force TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   TWO days after President Muhammadu Buhari issues the sit-at-home order to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states, the Presidential Task Force PTF on the Containment of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, announced the implementation guideline. The guideline contained the protocol for the enforcement of the lockdown policy. Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Aliyu Sani, read out the guide and protocol handbook at Wednesday’s daily press briefing of the task force. It was after the adoption of the protocol handbook had been announced by task force Chairman, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who is the Secretary ... more
  • 2 days Foreign returnees import 12 COVID-19 cases into Osun TheNation
    Toba Adedeji, Osogbo     THERE is anxiety in Osun State over the 12 coronavirus confirmed cases from among  returnees from Cote d’Ivoire. They arrived on Saturday. The latest results have taken the state’s COVID-19 positive tally to 14, prompting the state government to request for Federal Government support to manage the situation. From Wednesday’s latest figures from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the national tally of positive cases is now 174. It rose from 139 on Tuesday. On Saturday, 127 persons travelling by road from Cote d’Ivoire to Ejigbo in Osun State , were barred from entering ... more
  • 2 days Men make up 70 per cent of infected persons, says minister TheNation
     Moses Emorinken, Abuja     NO fewer than 2,000 persons have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said on Wednesday. He said the country’s diagnostic capacity was being expanded. Ehanire spoke during the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja. He said 70 per cent of those who tested positive for COVID-19 were males. “Over 2000 persons have been tested. We are expanding our diagnostic capacity to test across the country. This is expected to improve turnaround time and enhance timely access to testing. “About 70 per cent of those who have tested positive are males. ... more
  • 2 days Five-year-old Abule-Ado explosion victim reunites with family TheNation
    Agency Reporter   THE Alimosho General Hospital in Lagos on Wednesday reunited David Nnamdi, a five-year-old victim of the March 15 Abule-Ado explosion, with his family, after he full recuperated. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nnamdi sustained head injuries in the Abule-Ado explosion and was brought to the hospital by the Lagos State Ambulance team (LASAMBUS). The explosion and fire accident occurred in the Abule-Ado area around Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State. NAN reports that the fire which started around 9.00a.m was put off in the around 11.00p.m. Dr Madewa Adebajo, ... more
  • 2 days Courts expected to sit during lockdown, says Malami TheNation
    Our Reporter   COURTS are expected to attend to matters that are urgent, essential or time-bound, even during the lockdown, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has said. Malami, a senior advocate, said this in a statement issued by Dr Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Minister. “Speedy dispensation of justice is a cardinal principle of the Justice Sector Reform of the present administration, hence, time-bound cases are treated with dispatch and accorded the required attention,” Malami was quoted as said. Read Also: Sanusi dethronement: Count me out, says Malami Malami ... more
  • 2 days Enugu nurses protest lack of PPE in ESUTH TheNation
    Our Reporter   THE National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), Parklane, on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest demanding for sufficient protective equipment for them. The protesting medical workers chanted solidarity songs asking the state government to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including hand sanitisers, face masks and hand gloves to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread. They said they would no longer work until government provided the equipment for them, thereby leaving patients in the hospital at their mercy. In a swift reaction, the hospital management said that the State Multi-Sectoral Rapid ... more
  • 2 days Akeredolu pledges compensation TheNation
    From Osagie Otabor, Akure   Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has promised to compensate owners of Ansar-Ud- Deen Mega Primary School, Oke- Agbe in Akoko North West Local Government. He said acquisition of the school was not to spite owners of the school and the Muslim community. Akeredolu spoke through the Chairman, Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi, when a delegation of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society Worldwide in Akure visited. He said the takeover of the school was to upgrade and bring higher education closer to the grassroots. Read Also: Amosun supports Ogun with N25m   The governor said a committee has ... more
  • 2 days No nose mask, no movement in Cross River TheNation
    Our Reporter   FOLLOWING the proliferation of new coronavirus cases in neighboring states, Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has imposed new restrictions on residents These are: No citizen or resident of the state will be allowed to leave home without a face mask from Friday. Failure to adhere to this directive will lead to the arrest and quarantine of the offender for 14 days. The Cross River State garment factory has been mandated to produce face masks to be distributed free to citizens and residents alike to meet with the demand. Read Also: Cross River to build market Those who ... more
  • 2 days Group to support govt to combat virus TheNation
      Members of the Association of Practitioners of Community Media in Nigeria (APCOM) have agreed to support government’s efforts to contain Coronavirus pandemic. The association made the pledge during a visit to the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, in Alausa, Ikeja. Led by their patron and former Information commissioner Kehinde Bamigbetan and the association’s President, Mr. Dayo Akintobi, members hailed the state government’s efforts to contain the spread of the disease. Read Also: Bamidele donates N10m to Ekiti govt   Akintobi said the body exists to ensure that the information needs of communities across the country ... more
  • 2 days BoI records N39.33 billion profit TheNation |Biz
    By Daniel Essiet   The   Bank of Industry (BoI) has recorded a profit of N39.33 billion for the        2019 financial year. The bank said in a statement that it disbursed N234 billion to 10,145 enterprises, thus facilitating        the creating of an estimated 1 million direct and indirect jobs. The group’s total equity ,it  said  stood at  N293.09 billion         showing a 13.4 per cent increase over 2018 position of ¦ 258.24 billion. During the period under review, Profit Before Tax grew to N39.33  billion marking a year-on-year growth of 7.2 per  cent  over N36.66 billion of  2018. The increase in profitability, ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria, others seek $100b debt relief TheNation |Biz
       Nduka Chiejina, Abuja     AFRICAN Ministers of Finance have launched a coordinated attempt to secure $100 billion debt relief following the economic impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the continent. The ministers said Africa’s economy is facing a deep and synchronised slowdown that could take up to three years to recover. They spoke after a virtual meeting with Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). At the meeting, they stressed the need to engage “all possible actions to slow down and bring the spread of COVID19 under control in the short term” but acknowledged ... more
  • 2 days IPMAN to sell fuel at N123.50 per litre TheNation |Biz
    From John Ofikhenua and Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja   The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to compel private depots owners to operationalize the new pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol. It however assured Nigerians that its members were  ready to sell petrol at the new price of N123.50 per litre announced Tuesday night by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency  (PPPRA ), if hiccups at private depots were eliminated. The new price, according to  the  PPPRA Executive  Secretary,  Mr. Abdulkadir  Saidu, took effect yesterday. “The guiding ... more
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