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Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki
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Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared schools in the state will remain closed until February 1 as the state grapples with the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Obaseki spoke at a press conference in Benin, as most states across the federation gear up to reopen schools on January 18. ”We have decided that schools will not reopen for now; this situation will be reviewed by Feb. 1,” he said. ”We will like our own schools to reopen on Feb. 1, depending on the situation at that point in time. “Between now and that time, we will be going round to make sure that these schools have running water. “We want to ensure spacing for the children are in place and we want to ensure that they have temperature checks at the entrance of each school. “Each classroom ...
COVID-19: TVC Does Documentary On Patients Being Treated At IDH, Yaba, Lagos
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COVID-19: TVC Does Documentary On Patients Being Treated At IDH, Yaba, Lagos

The commissioner of health Akin Abayomi has also moved his office from Alausa to the IDH to effectively fight the pandemic Our brave @AdedojaTVC visited the Yaba IDH to see the Covid19 Patients affected by the 2nd Wave of the virus ... Many of them commended the State Govt on treatment of patients. #Covid19Lagos Oxygen : More Patients require oxygen on daily basis ..... @AdedojaTVC saw used cylinders, about 70 used cylinders from just one ward was used overnight and replaced immediately in the morning THE WARD : A lot of Patients here require Oxygen and are critically ill.... Some patients use as much as 6 cylinders per day (per patient) as noted by @AdedojaTVC. Commissioner for Health, @ProfAkinAbayomi says Mr Governor, Mr @jidesanwoolu has instructed that we should i...
COVID-19: NYSC Shifts Camp Reopening Date, Bans Religious Gatherings
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COVID-19: NYSC Shifts Camp Reopening Date, Bans Religious Gatherings

NYSC Camp Safe Reopening Project Lead, Dr Oyeladun Okunromade, stated this on Friday at a sensitisation webinar for the 2020 Batch B Stream II Corp Members. The event with the theme, ‘Protecting The health Of The Nigerian Youth: Safe Reopening Of NYSC Orientation Camps’ also had in attendance the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, as well as the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu. The NYSC DG said the Service won’t hesitate to decamp any corps member who fails to adhere strictly to Covid protocols on orientation camps. Ibrahim said corps members would be allowed on NYSC approved camps nationwide from January 19, 2021 as against the January 18, 2021 earlier announced date. Also speaking, Okunromade said c...
No Approved COVID-19 Vaccines Yet – NAFDAC
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No Approved COVID-19 Vaccines Yet – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday stated that it has not approved any COVID-19 vaccine. It warned fake vaccines have started circulating in the country, urging the public not to purchase such drugs as they can cause COVID-19-like illnesses and can lead to death. It also urged government establishments, agencies and big corporations not to order COVID vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, made these known in Abuja during a virtual media briefing. She said: “The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has not received any application from Covid Vaccine manufacturers yet and therefore no vaccines have been ap...
LASU Shuts Hostels As Students Test Positive For COVID-19
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LASU Shuts Hostels As Students Test Positive For COVID-19

The Management of the Lagos State University has shut down all hostels at the College of Medicine, LASUCOM, as three students have tested positive for Coronavirus disease. A statement on Thursday night by the Coordinator, Centre for Information Press and Public Relations, CIPPR, Mr Ademola Adekoya, said the affected students had been isolated and were being treated. “In addition, stakeholders are also informed that: Roommates of the three students who tested positive and their associates are being tested; the College already isolated the affected three (3) students and has commenced contact tracing of all affected students. “The hostel facilities were immediately closed for decontamination upon confirmation of the status of the affected students; all students of the College ha...
New COVID-19 Variants Not Cause For Concern – Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG
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New COVID-19 Variants Not Cause For Concern – Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG

Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the new variants or strains of the COVID-19 virus in the country are not a cause for concern because viruses mutate all the time. He said they could only be of concern when the new variants or strains are associated with increased transmission. He stated this Thursday during the World Health Organisation’s online news briefing on the latest COVID-19 developments on the continent. He said Nigeria had not announced new variants so far because there had been no increased transmission and morbidity. Ihekweazu said the Nigerian authorities had also ramped up production of oxygen and brought in the private sector . WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said it was important for countries...
COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians
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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities . “I’m also ca...
COVID-19 Update For January 14 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For January 14 2021 In Nigeria

1479 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-697 FCT-201 Nasarawa-80 Plateau-74 Rivers-72 Edo-46 Adamawa-43 Osun-39 Akwa Ibom-35 Delta-31 Anambra-27 Oyo-24 Kano-21 Abia-19 Enugu-19 Ogun-18 Sokoto-12 Bauchi-7 Taraba-7 Ekiti-4 Gombe-4 Imo-4 Bayelsa-2 Jigawa-2 Zamfara-1 Highlights On the 14th of January 2021, 1479 new confirmed cases and 23 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 105478 cases have been confirmed, 83830 cases have been discharged and 1405 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 1479 new cases are reported from 25 states- Lagos (697), FCT (201), Nasarawa (80), Plateau (74), Rivers (62), Edo (46), Adamawa (43), Osun (39), Akwa Ibom (35), Delta (31), Anambra (27), Oyo (24), Kano (21), Abia (19), Enugu (19), Ogun (...
January 18 School Resumption Date Stands – Ministry Of Education
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January 18 School Resumption Date Stands – Ministry Of Education

The federal government says the January 18, 2021 resumption date for schools stands. According to Ben Goong, director, press and public relations of the federal ministry of education, the decision not to alter the date was taken after wide consultation. Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had earlier said the date might be reviewed as a result of the spike in COVID-19 cases. But in a statement on Thursday, Goong said schools have been directed to reopen on Monday under strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols to avoid spread of the virus. “Sequel to the hint given during the press 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation,” the statement read...
Arrested Lagos Clubber Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Police Cell
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Arrested Lagos Clubber Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Police Cell

A man who was arrested at Eclipse nightclub in Victoria Island, Lagos State says he has tested positive for COVID-19 in police cell. Ipadeola Oriyomi, a social media influencer, said on Instagram he spent the night at Maroko Police Station after the arrest before being moved to Oshodi task force. “I have been in Oshodi Taskforce since Monday. They tested us yesterday for COVID-19. The test came out today (Thursday) and it shows I’m positive,” he said. Mr Oriyomi said he was thrown right back into the cell instead of being isolated or taken to an isolation centre for COVID-19 infected persons. The social media influencer who pleaded with authorities concerning his case said the decision to throw him back into the cell endangers his health and that of the people inside the cell wit...
COVID-19 Update For January 13 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For January 13 2021 In Nigeria

1398 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-542 FCT-131 Oyo-120 Rivers-113 Plateau-111 Kaduna-71 Kwara-71 Akwa Ibom-34 Sokoto-31 Benue-28 Ogun-27 Kano-26 Kebbi-17 Osun-12 Nasarawa-11 Delta-10 Gombe-10 Bayelsa-9 Borno-9 Edo-8 Ekiti-3 Jigawa-2 Katsina-2 Highlights On the 13th of January 2021, 1398 new confirmed cases and 9 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 103999 cases have been confirmed, 82555 cases have been discharged and 1382 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 1398 new cases are reported from 23 states- Lagos (542), FCT (131), Oyo (120), Rivers (113), Plateau (111), Kaduna (71), Kwara (71), Akwa Ibom (34), Sokoto (31), Benue (28), Ogun (27), Kano (26), Kebbi (17), Osun (12), Nasarawa (11), Delta (10), Gombe (...
UNILAG To Resume January 25, 2021
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UNILAG To Resume January 25, 2021

The authorities of the University of Lagos have approved January 25 as the resumption date for academic activities. Head of the Media Unit of the university, Mrs Olufadeke Akinleye, said the institution would commence online classes on the announced date due to the second wave of COVID-19. The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government had approved January 18 for schools to reopen across the country. But branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that varsities were not ready for reopening. When contacted, Vice Chancellors of some state and federal universities said they were ready to reopen their institutions as directed by the Federal Government. Meanwhile, the University of Ilorin and some universities have started online lectures. The management of...
Billionaire, Bolu Akin-olugbade Dies Of COVID-19
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Billionaire, Bolu Akin-olugbade Dies Of COVID-19

Nigeria’s billionaire, Bolu Akin-Olugbade is dead. The 61-year-old businessman passed away on Wednesday. The socialite died at the Paelon COVID Centre, Ikeja, Lagos. Until his death, Akin-Olugbade was the Aare Onakakanfo of Owu Kingdom. He obtained a doctorate degree in Company Law from Cambridge University. Akin-Olugbade was a Rolls Royce lover and one of the largest collectors worldwide. His 10th Rolls Royce, the Cullinan worth $450,000, was reportedly the first shipped to Africa in 2019. A man of taste and glamour, Akin-Olugbade told ThisDay in 2018: “I have different concepts of how I spend money. “I spend money on cars because I have always loved cars. I bought my first Rolls Royce in 1984 and now, I am on my ninth Rolls Royce. I believe in dressing well an...
Schools Resume January 18 Until Further Directive – PTF
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Schools Resume January 18 Until Further Directive – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Tuesday, said schools in the country will resume on January 18 until the Ministry of Education announces further directive. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, stated this while featuring on a television programme monitored by The PUNCH. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on Monday, said the Federal Government would review the January 18 earlier date fixed for resumption of schools across Nigeria. The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country. Speaking further on the issue on Tuesday, the PTF coordinator said the minister did not say the date has been changed. Aliyu said, “As regards schools, I just want to make a clarifica...
Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume
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Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume

Vice-Chancellors of some federal and state universities in Nigeria have expressed readiness to reopen schools. Though the Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that varsities were not ready for reopening, the VCs said they had planned to reopen their institutions as directed by the Federal Government. One of the VCs of a federal university in the South-West told our correspondent that it was wrong for ASUU to claim that there were no guidelines for reopening varsities. Apart from the scare arising from the second wave of COVID-19, another VC said some of them (VCs) had planned to stagger resumption. “I think ASUU should begin to speak to facts. Inasmuch as we do not want the COVID-19 outbreak on our campuses, we had our plans. Some academic activities can resume for c...
COVID-19: Many Lagos Civil Servants Test Positive, Govt Orders Work Rotation
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COVID-19: Many Lagos Civil Servants Test Positive, Govt Orders Work Rotation

The Lagos State Government has raised the alarm over the increasing rate at which civil servants test positive for COVID-19. The Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in a memo addressed to all accounting officers, said they should come up with duty rosters to stem the outbreak of COVID-19 in their respective ministries, departments and agencies. He said the rosters should be prepared with an officer having to report for duty at most twice a month. The memo read, “I wish to note with deep concern the spate at which officers are testing positive for COVID 19 and hereby enjoins all accounting officers to come up with duty rosters to stem the outbreak in your respective MDAs. “The roster should be prepared with an officer having to report for duty at most (one week) twice a mo...
Second Wave: Travels, School Reopening Caused COVID-19 Surge – PTF
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Second Wave: Travels, School Reopening Caused COVID-19 Surge – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID - 19 has said travels, reopening of schools , businesses and religious centres contributed to the rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria . Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha , made this known on Monday during a media briefing in Abuja . He said, “ It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities , reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID -19 safety measures . “ The full import of the fore- going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non -pharma...
Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA DG
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Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA DG

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has explained why Nigeria cannot produce COVID-19 vaccines or other vaccines. Mr Shuaib, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the process of producing a vaccine requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades. “There are questions around why Nigeria is not producing COVID-19 vaccines. I want to put on record that the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated. It requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades,” he said. Mr Faisal noted that Nigeria used to produce vaccines in its first few decades after independence in 1960, a process which, he said, suffered a set...
US First Lady, Melania Trump Makes First Comments About Attack On The Capitol, Condemns The Attack
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US First Lady, Melania Trump Makes First Comments About Attack On The Capitol, Condemns The Attack

Like all of you, I have reflected on the past year and how the invisible enemy, Covid-19, swept across our beautiful country. All Nations have experienced the loss of loved ones, economic pain, and the negative impacts of isolation. As your First Lady, it has been inspiring to witness firsthand what the people of our great Nation will do for one another, especially when we are at our most vulnerable. With nearly every experience I have had, I found myself carrying many individual’s stories home with me in my heart. Most recently, my heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Roseanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time. ...
COVID-19: NIN Registration May Be Suspended – Minister Of State For Health
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COVID-19: NIN Registration May Be Suspended – Minister Of State For Health

Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health, Monday said that the ongoing registration and National Identification Number enrolment may be suspended due to the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country. As at yesterday, 100,087 cases have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 1358 are reported dead since Coronavirus stormed Nigeria on February, 2020. Also, about 80,030 persons have been treated and discharged. On Sunday 10, 2021, NCDC confirmed 1,544 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. This however is a wake-up call to all Nigerian that Covid-19 is real. In other to stem the spread, Mamora while playing host on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme today, said it would be wise if NIN enrolment and r...
COVID-19: FG To Spend $8 Each On Vaccine For 144 Million People
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COVID-19: FG To Spend $8 Each On Vaccine For 144 Million People

Nigeria may spend around $576 million to procure COVID-19 vaccine , it was gathered at the weekend. The government plans to immunise 70 per cent of Nigerians who are at risk of the virus, Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib said. According to him, free vaccine to immunise 20 per cent of those to be vaccinated, will be made available to the country and 91 other countries by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI). The first batch of 100,000 Pfizer vaccine doses from the COVAX facility will arrive in the country at the end of this month or early next month. It will be used in two jabs each on 50,000 Nigerians. To meet up with vaccination of 50 per cent of Nigerians, the government will need to pay $8 for two dos...
COVID-19 Update For January 10 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For January 10 2021 In Nigeria

1024 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-653 Plateau-63 Benue-48 Zamfara-45 FCT-42 Rivers-27 Ondo-26 Adamawa-26 Kaduna-22 Edo-18 Ogun-16 Imo-12 Kano-9 Yobe-6 Ekiti-5 Jigawa-4 Osun-2 Highlights On the 10th of January 2021, 1024 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 100087 cases have been confirmed, 80030 cases have been discharged and 1358 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 1024 new cases are reported from 17 states- Lagos (653), Plateau (63), Benue (48), Zamfara (45), FCT (42), Rivers (27), Ondo (26), Adamawa (26), Kaduna (22), Edo (18), Ogun (16), Imo (12), Kano (9), Yobe (6), Ekiti (5), Jigawa (4) and Osun (2) A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, ...
Pope Francis’ Personal Doctor Dies From COVID-19
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Pope Francis’ Personal Doctor Dies From COVID-19

Fabrizio Soccorsi, the personal doctor of Pope Francis has died from COVID-19 complications. Catholic News Agency reported that the 78-year-old physician was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital for a previous health issue on December 26.  While he was dealing with an “oncological pathology,” COVID was the cause of death, the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported. In August 2015, Pope Francis named him his personal physician after not renewing the term of papal doctor Patrizio Polisca, who was also head of the Vatican’s healthcare services. Since the pontificate of St. Pope John Paul II, the two positions had been tied together, but Pope Francis diverged from this custom by choosing Soccorsi, a doctor from outside the Vatican. The Pope recently declared it was wi...
Ekiti Govt Imposes Curfew, Bans Public Gathering Of More Than 20
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Ekiti Govt Imposes Curfew, Bans Public Gathering Of More Than 20

The Ekiti State Government has imposed a curfew from 8.00 pm to 6.00am and as well banned all gatherings of more than 20 people in the state until further notice. These restrictions take effect from 5am of Monday, January 11, 2021. The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon Akinbowale Omole, announced these new guidelines in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, citing the alarming rate at which the second wave of COVID-19 was spreading in Nigeria and elsewhere as reason for these drastic steps. He said there was need for the government to be proactive and take decisive steps to secure the citizens from falling prey to the second wave of the pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives all over the world recently. He urged the people to continue to observe the COVID-19 pro...
“It is Clear Covid-19 is Ravaging like Wild Fire” – Prof Akin Abayomi Warns as he Shares Infographics Showing Increase in Covid-19 Cases and Deaths
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“It is Clear Covid-19 is Ravaging like Wild Fire” – Prof Akin Abayomi Warns as he Shares Infographics Showing Increase in Covid-19 Cases and Deaths

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Alabi has warned of the spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths. He shared an infographic as he pointed out that the number of Covid-19 related deaths in Lagos increased from 6 in Nov 2020 to 22 deaths just days into January 2021. Diagnosed cases of Covid-19 also tripled, going from 2,172 in Nov to 7,420 in Jan. The commissioner wrote:   From 6 to 22 #COVID19 related deaths between November and December, 2020 and 2,172 to 7,420 positive cases within the same period; It is clear, #COVID19 is raging like wild fire out there! Guys! We Move! #Maskup, #WashYourHands #PhysicalDistancing and #StayKampe at (home)  
House On The Rock Pastor, Yinka Akinbami Dies From COVID-19 Complication
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House On The Rock Pastor, Yinka Akinbami Dies From COVID-19 Complication

As announced by Pastor Paul Adefarasin Yesterday, I received the rude and shocking news of someone deeply dear to me and all of the House on the Rock family. The passing of Pastor Yinka Akinbami has become most painful because if there truly were good men, he was certainly one. Till his passing, Pastor Akinbami was one of the senior presbyters of our church and has been with us for over 25-years, serving in the Family Life Directorate, coaching many exemplary men and women as they embarked upon the journey of building families. Egbon Yinka, your sudden passage is hard to understand, yet we bow respectfully to the sovereignty of God while we remain thankful for the decades of impactful work along with the exemplary life you lived while you were with us. As a dear egbon to me, ev...
COVID-19 Kills 200 ECWA Mission Supporters
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COVID-19 Kills 200 ECWA Mission Supporters

The Evangelical Church, Winning All (ECWA), yesterday said the COVID-19 pandemic had claimed the lives of over 200 of its mission supporters, calling on Nigerians to be careful to avoid contracting the virus. This was revealed by the president of the church, The Rev Dr Stephen Panya Baba, during the funeral service of Mr Yakubu Abiri Kadiya at Kent Academy, Miango, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Baba, who was represented at the occasion by the acting assistant secretary-general of the church, The Rev Samuel Atu, described as sad and unfortunate, the rate at which staunch mission supporters were dying as a result of the virus. He further described the late Kadiya as a rare gem who was committed to God’s work during his lifetime. He urged his children to follow in...
COVID-19: Lagos State Builds Oxygen Plant At IDH, Yaba
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COVID-19: Lagos State Builds Oxygen Plant At IDH, Yaba

In furtherance of the commitment of @followlasg to deploy effective response to #COVID19 pandemic, a brand new oxygen plant situated at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) Yaba, was activated yesterday, January 8, 2021 The oxygen plant was built in collaboration with @gatesfoundation in response to the second wave of #COVID19 in Lagos State. Oxygen plants are industrial device designed for regular supply into healthcare facilities. The plants separate oxygen from other air components by using pressure swing adsorption or membrane separation techniques. High purity oxygen is needed in healthcare facilities and essential for patients undergoing COVID treatments. The increased demand for oxygen for treatment of patients in the second wave of the #COVID19 pandemic necessitate activ...
COVID-19 Update For January 9 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For January 9 2021 In Nigeria

1585 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-573 FCT-182 Plateau-162 Gombe-81 Oyo-75 Rivers-68 Sokoto-58 Ondo-55 Ogun-42 Nasarawa-40 Akwa Ibom-36 Edo-31 Kaduna-27 Anambra-22 Delta-19 Kano-17 Osun-17 Ebonyi-16 Katsina-14 Niger-14 Bayelsa-9 EKiti-8 Borno-7 Jigawa-5 Abia-4 Bauchi-3 https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1348044967231578113?s=19 Our discharges today include 419 community recoveries in Lagos State, 123 community recoveries in Gombe State and 117 community recoveries in Plateau State managed in line with guidelines. Highlights On the 9th of January 2020, 1585 new cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 99063 cases have been confirmed, 79417 cases have been discharged and 1350 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital T...
COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula For Nigeria
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COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula For Nigeria

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has released the details of how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be distributed across states. This was disclosed during a webinar organised by NHPCDA tagged “Sensitisation Meeting with Media Gatekeepers on COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction”. Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the NPHCDA, had said the country will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the end of January. Bassey Okposen, programme manager, national emergency routine immunisation coordination centre, NPHCDA, during his presentation at the webinar on Friday, said the vaccines would be administered around the last week of January or early February. According to Okposen, states with higher percentage of confirmed cases wou...
COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari
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COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari

Nigerians have excoriated the Buhari administration for advancing moves to inoculate millions of citizens with the controversial Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from China. Foreign minister Geoffery Onyeama said Tuesday that Nigeria was in talks with Beijing to procure coronavirus vaccines to immunise millions of Nigerians against the viral infection, which had recorded 1342 fatalities as of Friday, January 8. The Nigerian government had notified citizens of an expected shipment of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, due to arrive in the country late January. A Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed that the awaited inoculation was facilitated by the global COVAX programme of the World Health Organisation, which provides vaccines to indigent countries. Coordinator of the...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Klopp Reveals how They will Prepare for EPL Crunch Tie
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Klopp Reveals how They will Prepare for EPL Crunch Tie

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said his players will take part in 11 vs 11 training to get their “rhythm” back, ahead of their crunch clash against Manchester United on January 17. The hectic fixture schedule has meant little respite for Premier League sides. However, after Friday night’s 4-1 victory over Aston Villa in their FA Cup third-round clash at Villa Park, the Reds now have nine days to prepare for their league meeting with United. Klopp named a strong side against a Villa side, which had academy players because of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Midlands club. Liverpool have stuttered in the Premier League and are without a win in their last three games. This poor form has allowed in-form United to make up the ground on them, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a...
COVID-19 Update For January 8 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For January 8 2021 In Nigeria

1544 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-739 Plateau-168 FCT-153 Oyo-91 Nasarawa-90 Rivers-80 Kaduna-35 Edo-33 Kano-29 Ogun-21 Delta-19 Sokoto-16 Akwa Ibom-11 Ebonyi-11 Enugu-10 Osun-10 Niger-9 Bauchi-8 Kebbi-8 Katsina-2 Taraba-1 Highlights On the 8th of January 2021, 1544 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 97478 cases have been confirmed, 78552 cases have been discharged and 1342 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 1544 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (739), Plateau (168), FCT (153), Oyo (91), Nasarawa (90), Rivers (80), Kaduna (35), Edo (33), Kano (29), Ogun (21), Delta (19), Sokoto (16), Akwa Ibom (11), Ebonyi (11), Enugu (10), Osun (10), Niger (9), Bauchi (8), Kebbi (8)...
NIN: NIMC Workers Suspend Strike
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NIN: NIMC Workers Suspend Strike

Workers of the National Identity Management Commission have suspended the industrial action which they embarked upon on Thursday over the fear of COVID-19 spread in the agency. It was gathered that the workers decided to put the strike on hold after a meeting with the Federal Government , where it was agreed that the demands of the employees would be addressed . The President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria , NIMC Unit , Asekokhai Lucky , confirmed the suspension of the strike to our correspondent in Abuja . He said workers of the commission across the country were being contacted to resume work by Monday and begin the enrolment of citizens for National Identity Numbers.
Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani
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Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani says President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha do not need to receive COVID-19 vaccine on live telecast. Tweeting on Friday, Sani said Nigeria’s leaders should only ensure they are vaccinated with the same brand as would be given to ordinary citizens. “No need to Vaccinate d VIPs on live TV. Just do the right thing, when you vaccinate the leaders with Pfizer, make sure the people are also vaccinated with Pfizer,” the former Kaduna lawmaker wrote. “When you vaccinate the People with Russian or Chinese vaccine, make sure the leaders are also vaccinated with same brand.” Nigeria is expecting the US-manufactured Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the end of January. The governm...
We Will Impose Fresh Nationwide Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise- PTF
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We Will Impose Fresh Nationwide Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise- PTF

The Federal Government has said it will be left with no option than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the number of COVID-19 infections continues to spike. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVIF-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Friday during a media briefing in Abuja. Aliyu said the rising Coronavirus infections was a source of concern and might require a fresh lockdown. He said, “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.” Also, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who spoke earlier, said, “The Presidential Task Force is...
Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC
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Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed vice-chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18. This is in accordance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. The directive was contained in a statement signed by NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed. Maiyaki urged universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars. “I am to add that universities on resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cyc...
Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television

Faisal Shuaib, executive director and chief executive officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says provisions would be made for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live television. Around 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are expected in the country at the end of January. Speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, held in Abuja on Thursday, Shuaib said administering the vaccine on live TV is part of efforts to promote awareness. He added that frontline health workers would also be given priority on receiving the vaccine when the doses arrive Nigeria. “We will like to see a situation where Mr. president, the vice-president, the SGF, critical ...
COVID-19 Update For January 7 2021 In Nigeria
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COVID-19 Update For January 7 2021 In Nigeria

1565 New COVID-19 Cases, 683 Discharged And 6 Deaths On January 7 1565 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-807 FCT-236 Kaduna-79 Oyo-57 Plateau-47 Rivers-37 Katsina-35 Edo-30 Sokoto-30 Delta-26 Kebbi-23 Ondo-20 Enugu-18 Abia-17 Ogun-17 Benue-16 Bayelsa-15 Bauchi-14 Niger-13 Kano-10 Borno-6 Imo-5 Ekiti-4 Osun-2 Jigawa-1 Highlights On the 7th of January 2021, 1565 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria Till date, 95934 cases have been confirmed, 77982 cases have been discharged and 1330 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 1565 new cases are reported from 25 states- Lagos (807), FCT (236), Kaduna (79), Oyo (57), Plateau (47), Rivers (37), Katsina (35), Edo (30), Sokoto (30), Delta (26), Kebbi (23), Ond...
NIMC Workers Begin Strike
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NIMC Workers Begin Strike

Thousands of applicants have been locked outside of the offices of the National Identity Management Commission following a strike embarked on by NIMC staff. The notice of strike was signed by the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch, Lucky Michael, and its Secretary, Odia Victor. It read in part, “Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the above mentioned association that took place on January 6, 2020, the unit executive directs all members of grade level 12 and below in the head office and state offices to report to their respective duty posts tomorrow January 7, 2020 and do nothing. Currently, over 100 million Nigerians have yet to do so which has caused huge crowds to gather at the various offices of NIMC in breach of the COV...
Atiku Abubakar Receives Coronavirus Vaccine
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Atiku Abubakar Receives Coronavirus Vaccine

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Pfizer vaccine which is the first Coronavirus vaccine to be granted emergency use authorisation by the WHO, is said to be 90 percent effective. In a statement released by the spokesperson of the former PDP Presidential candidate Paul Ibe, Atiku expressed hope of Nigerians, especially medical professionals in the frontline and the most vulnerable will be vaccinated in the country. It read;   “The importance of the #COVID19 vaccine in mitigating the effect of the coronavirus cannot be overstated, particularly in Africa and Nigeria. Yesterday (Wednesday), as part of the mass vaccination programme, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar received the Pfizer-BioNTech...
Atiku Abubakar Receives Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Dubai (Photos)
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Atiku Abubakar Receives Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Dubai (Photos)

Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar reportedly took the Pfizer’s vaccine in the United Arab Emirates. The people’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections took the dose in Dubai to prevent symptomatic cases of Covid-19. The Pfizer’s vaccine, when administered in its full two-dose regimen, was found to be 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases of Covid-19. The effectiveness rate of the vaccine was hailed as a very welcome news amid soaring coronavirus caseloads.
Teacher Fakes her Own Kidnap in Kwara to Extort N250, 000 From her Father
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Teacher Fakes her Own Kidnap in Kwara to Extort N250, 000 From her Father

The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father. Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher. She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.   I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, b...
Kanye West ‘Sad, but Okay’ as he Waits for Kim Kardashian to Serve him with Divorce Papers
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Kanye West ‘Sad, but Okay’ as he Waits for Kim Kardashian to Serve him with Divorce Papers

Kanye West is reportedly "sad, but okay" over his impending divorce from Kim Kardashian. According to PEOPLE, a source close to the couple says Kim is delaying filing divorce papers to figure out a way to protect their four children during the divorce process. "He knows that she's done. She has had enough, and she told him that she wants some space to figure out her future," a source told PEOPLE, adding that Kanye is waiting to be served with the divorce papers. Kim and Kanye have been living separately for at least a year with Kanye spending the majority of his time in Wyoming while Kim was in Calabasas with their 4 children. Kim began seriously considering filing for divorce months ago during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Kim and Kanye tied the knot on May 24, 2014 after dat...
Nigeria Customs Service Generated ₦1.5 Trillion in 2020
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Nigeria Customs Service Generated ₦1.5 Trillion in 2020

The Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of 1.5 trillion Naira (?1,562,115,419,216) for the year 2020. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Dec 6, the Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said that despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the generated revenue was over the target of ?1,380,765,353,462 and over the sum of ?1,342,006,918,504 generated in 2019. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, credited this achievement to the resolute pursuit of what was right and the willingness to adapt to changes brought on by global health challenges occasioned by COVID-19. The NCS spokesman said the agency’s revenue generation profile had continued to be on the rise annually based on the ongoing reforms in the service. He noted that the partial border closure...
Stop Treating COVID-19 As Malaria – LUTH Tells Nigerians To Get Tested
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Stop Treating COVID-19 As Malaria – LUTH Tells Nigerians To Get Tested

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH, on Wednesday, warned Nigerians that the second wave of COVID-19 is deadlier than the first one. LUTH issued the warning in an advisory issued by its Chief Medical Director, Professor Chris Bode, He warned that the second wave of the virus is easily transmissible. Prof. Bode urged Nigerians to take all the COVID-19 protocols seriously, adding that the hospital may be overwhelmed if the spread does not stop. Part of statement read: “We have seen an upsurge of people treating malaria instead of going for COVID19 test. Most of the people that have died from the disease went to the hospital late for diagnosis and treatment. “This is to alarm the people but rather to alert us all to what is important and call on each person to do ag...
UNILAG Professor, Duro Ajeyalemi Dies Of COVID-19 Disease
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UNILAG Professor, Duro Ajeyalemi Dies Of COVID-19 Disease

The University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has lost another prominent professor, Duro Ajeyalemi, to coronavirus disease. The late Professor Ajeyalemi, who retired at the age of 70 from the university in November, in 2020, was a former dean of the institution’s faculty of education and the pioneer registrar of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB). The university’s deputy vice-chancellor in charge of development services, Folasade Ogunsola, who confirmed the development said the institution’s management was “again shocked to receive the news of the death of another great scholar.” “It is true Professor Ajeyalemi is dead. We are still in shock. Nigerians should know that COVID-19 is real and they should please use masks appropriately,” Mrs Ogunsola told our ...
If not that Covid-19 kills the rich too, celebrities won’t bother – Seun Kuti
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If not that Covid-19 kills the rich too, celebrities won’t bother – Seun Kuti

Nigerian afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti has said celebrities are saying Covid-19 is real because unlike hunger, it does not kill only the poor, but the rich too. He made this comment on the reignited awareness about Coronavirus which has gained grounds following the second wave of the disease. Recall that Nigerian comedian, Alibaba and Paul Okoye recently recovered from covid-19 and have taken to social media to warn their followers over the reality of the virus. Kuti who praised “faves” of some Nigerians over their zeal in telling their followers about the virus, wondered why they are not channeling same passion to talk about hunger. He however wondered if these faves are talking about Coronavirus being real just because it can kill them too while hunger kills only the poor man. ...