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COVID-19 spike: FG considers another lockdown



Nigerian Government considers another lockdown as Presidential Taskforce revealed 33 persons died from the viral disease last week.

This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, during a TV interview on Sunday, January 3.

Speaking on National TV, Aliyu said the only way Nigerians can prevent the enforcement of another lockdown is to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical protocols of Coronavirus.

“If you don’t want a lockdown, the only way is to make sure we use our facemasks, avoid mass gatherings, avoid people who have respiratory tract infections, sanitise our hands and follow those non-pharmaceutical interventions. The very vaccines that we currently have are those non-pharmaceutical interventions.

If numbers continue to go up, all options are on the table. There are countries in the world that have been able to control this pandemic simply by following these non-pharmaceutical interventions. They may be inconvenient, but they will not be as difficult as a lockdown” he said.

He disclosed that more than 33 people died of Covid 19 in just a week.

“We are talking holistically here. All I can say is that 33 people died of COVID-19 in the last one week. Are we saying those people died for nothing? We have just recorded 6,000 cases in one week, far more than we ever recorded.

COVID-19 exists; anybody who says COVID-19 does not exist is probably living in a completely different world. In the last one week, we’ve had a tripling of cases. You can see what’s happening in the United States, you can see what’s happening in the UK.

I’m sure most of those who have been following the numbers will realise that what we have now far exceeds what we had in June/July last year.

In week 52, which is the week we’ve just finished, we’ve seen a tripling in weekly number of cases, compared to what we had three weeks ago. The 6,000 cases per week is really huge. Our hospitals are already starting to get overloaded and we are already starting to feel the pressure within the healthcare system.

So, talking about the projection, the projection really depends on whether people will start taking this very seriously and start following those non-pharmaceutical interventions that we’ve been talking about for the last one year.

We’ve been able to demonstrate that it’s possible to flatten the curve, but we need the cooperation of everybody, we need the cooperation of the general public, we need the cooperation of the state governments” he said.

He also revealed that Nigerian Government is working towards getting coronavirus vaccine by the end of January, 2021.

The vaccine, together with the non-pharmaceutical interventions, is the only way to get on top of this epidemic and by the way, Nigeria cannot afford to be a pariah nation. I can tell you that in the coming months, as more and more people start taking this vaccine, it will be very clear there’s not going to be an issue with safety.

“If you don’t have the vaccine, you are going to be stuck because I am very certain that countries, internationally in the next six months to a year, will start insisting on a certificate before you get into their country. So, you’ll not be able to go for the Hajj, the Umrah or the Christian pilgrimage, holiday to Dubai, or business trip to China or South Africa, if you do not have the vaccine.

“Hopefully, we should have the first batch of the vaccine in the next four weeks, by the end of January.” he said.

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FG suspends Air Nigeria project indefinitely




The Air Nigeria project has been placed on indefinite hold by the federal government until further notice.

The minister of aviation and aerospace, Festus Keyamo stated that the airline was never a Nigerian airline, despite what the general public believed, and that they merely attempted to introduce the concept of a foreign airline posing as a Nigerian airline.

At the Ministerial briefing to commemorate President Bola Tinubu’s inaugural year in office, he made this statement.

He said, “It remains suspended and it was never Air Nigeria. It was only.

“If it is so, why not allow our local people to fly our flag? Why bring foreign airlines to fly our flag?

“So nobody should deceive you that it was Air Nigeria.”

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No To Student Education Loan In Tertiary Institutions – ASUU




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has expressed opposition to the idea of providing student education loan for those attending tertiary institutions across the country.

This was made known to the public on Monday during a press conference held in the capital of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo, where it was stated that the student education loan program would force pupils to enslavement, permanent debt, depression, and ultimately suicide.

Happiness Uduk, the ASUU Zonal Cordinator, expressed how depressing it was that those who benefited from food subsidies, bursary awards, and school scholarships were also the ones enforcing some of these offensive policies and vowed that the union would not back down in the face of them whenever necessary.

She said, “It is disheartening that people who attended schools on scholarship, enjoyed meal subsidies, free laundry services and bursary awards are the same running our economy today.

“Their Children are on scholarship in the best foreign universities in the world but after siphoning our economy, they turn around to impose a strangulating Education Loan in tax payers’ children so that they will be enslaved and remain indebted to the country forever. They do not mind the devastating effect of this scheme on the country, such as depression, suicide, and collosal loss of intellectuals.

“To this end, we vehemently condemn the idea of Education Loan and state clearly that using the money for intervention in higher Institutions will be about a positive turn-around of events that will make our institutions self reliant on highly subsidized tertiary education in Nigeria.”

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May 29: President Tinubu Begins Nationwide Project Inauguration




Nigerian president, Tinubu is set to commence the Inauguration of project across the country to mark his one year in service.

This was made known to the public through a statement signed by Special Advisor on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, with the headline “President Tinubu Set To Inaugurate Projects To Mark One Year In Office”.

According to Bayo, the completion of Lagos’ Third Main Land Bridge will be the first project carried out on May 31, 2024, President Tinubu’s first anniversary in office. Additionally, he will be traveling throughout the week, starting on Sunday (tomorrow) and ending on Friday, to oversee other projects including the commissioning of 330 roads and bridges across the nation.

The statement reads below:



“Ahead of the first anniversary of his administration on 29 May, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu today departed Abuja for Lagos to begin a commissioning spree of projects completed under his administration.

“In Lagos on Sunday, the President will inaugurate the concrete-paved road to the nation’s major ports in Apapa and Tin Can Island. The reconstructed road which began under the Muhammadu Buhari Administration was financed by the Dangote Group, using its tax credits.

“On the same day, President Tinubu will formally inaugurate, by virtual means, the refurbished Third Mainland Bridge, which has drawn public acclaim for its excellent finishing and aesthetic furnishing. He will also commission, virtually, the rehabilitation of 330 roads and bridges across the country.

“The highpoint of the President’s engagements on Sunday will be the inauguration of the iconic Lagos-Calabar Superhighway, estimated to cost about N15 trillion. Work has begun on the legacy project that will connect nine coastal states, with Section Two already awarded to Hitech Construction Limited.

“President Tinubu will return to Abuja on Tuesday to begin another round of commissioning. He will first inaugurate the Southern Parkway, which the Nyesom Wike-led FCT Administration named after him.

“On Wednesday, the President will attend the National Assembly Dialogue Series, after which he will unveil the National Assembly Library Complex, named after him.

“President Tinubu will leave the National Assembly to relaunch the commercialisation of Abuja Light Rail, also known as Abuja Metro. He will symbolically join a train ride to the city centre.

“The Abuja Metro was completed in 2018 by the Buhari Administration. It was put into commercial use up till 2020. But with the onset of COVID-19, the train service was abandoned. Vandals descended on the facility, putting it out of use.

“FCT Minister Wike, after spending $15 million and building access roads to the various stations, has refurbished it for commercial service.

“After the train ride, President Tinubu will also inaugurate the Wuye Flyover-Link Bridge and the Defence Intelligence Agency Headquarters.

“On Friday 31 May, President Tinubu will commission the NASENI-Portland Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Reverse Engineering Centre at Utako.

Bayo Onanuga

Special Adviser Information and Strategy.

25 May, 2024.”

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