Covid-19: 109 million Nigerians to be plunged into poverty by 2022 – FG reveals

The Federal Government yesterday said the total number of poor Nigerians would hit about 109 million by the end of next year as a result of the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the nation’s economy. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, revealed this yesterday, at the on-going National Covid-19 Summit, in Abuja. Represented by the Director-General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, at the event, themed “Pushing Through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Back Better”, the Minister explained that the pandemic…

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Sokoto Bus Attack: Buhari mourns victims, says he’s distressed by bandits attack

…Solicits Nigerians’ support against ‘evil’ confronting his govt. President Buhari has expressed sadness over the recent gruesome attack on innocent travellers in Sokoto State. A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), yesterday, said while reacting to the incident yesterday, President Buhari said, “I am very distressed at the manner of death visited on these hapless citizens who were undertaking a legitimate journey to another part of the country. “It shows that the evil this administration is confronting is one that requires the support…

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Omicron: Saudi Arabia suspends Nigerian flights

…Cancels Hajj, Umrah visits The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended flights from Nigeria due to the new Coronavirus variant, Omicron. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia confirmed the flight suspension in a circular to all airlines operating in the Kingdom. Earlier yesterday, there were unconfirmed reports that there were preparations for repatriating Nigerians in the Kingdom over Omicron. Since the Kingdom lifted the ban on Nigerian flights, many people, especially from Kano, have visited the country for lesser Hajj, while others are waiting for scheduled…

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Fuel subsidy removal: Northern Coalition threatens to mobilise region for ‘unprecedented’ mass protest, civil disobedience

A group under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, on Wednesday, condemned the plan by the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy, threatening to mobilise the entire people of the region to resist it. CNG said the plan by the government to increase the pump price of fuel to N340 per litre has continued to elicit varying reactions from Nigerians and civil society organisations. Addressing newsmen in Gombe, at the end of their stakeholders meeting organised by the group, the North-East coordinator of the coalition represented by the Taraba…

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Kidnapping: Minister orders deployment of CCTV cameras, streets lights in FCT

…Scavengers banned from refuse collection on estates Following the rising cases of kidnapping in Federal Capital, Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Muhammad Bello, yesterday ordered the deployment of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras with recording facilities in all estates in the nation’s capital. He mandated all estates in the territory to deploy solar lights on their perimeter fences and along streets. The minister, who disclosed this at the commissioning of the Cosgrove Smart Estate, Wuye, said, “Our focus would be ensuring that estates are managed properly to…

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Yuletide Security: Travel agency introduces trips with armed escorts

…Charges over N300k one way from Lagos to S/East Amid rising insecurity, Wakanow Travel Agency has introduced trips with escorts but at an exorbitant rate. This period of the year is known for travels as many Lagos-based indigenes of the South East return to their villages to celebrate the festivity with their loved ones. However, the rising insecurity has been a cause for concern among many across the country. Amid this concern, Waka Now introduced services from Lagos to South Eastern State, announcing that travellers will be charged N320,000. According…

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Omicron: NCDC confirms 3 new cases as UK detects virus in 7 Nigerian travellers

…Senate, Reps. kick over travel ban The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), yesterday, confirmed three additional cases of Covid-19 with the Omicron variant. The three cases were in addition to the three earlier announced on December 1. This brings the tally of confirmed Omicron cases in Nigeria to six. The NCDC, in a statement by its Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, noted that all the Omicron cases, so far, were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa in November. This came as the United Kingdom government said…

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Vaccines Wastage: 1m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine expired in Nigeria last month – Report

…FG clarifies position Up to one million Covid-19 vaccines are estimated to have expired in Nigeria last month without being used, Reuters has reported. According to the international news agency, one million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine supplied via COVAX from Europe in Nigeria expired in November. According to the report, the vaccine loss appears to be one of the largest of its kind over such a short time, even outstripping the total number of vaccines that some other countries in the region have received. In Nigeria, fewer than 4%…

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Fuel Price: NLC vows to shut down economic activities

…Begins mobilisation Following the news of the Federal Government’s plan to increase fuel pump price to N340, the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), has vowed to ground economic activities across the country, adding that it has started mobilisation of its members for the showdown. Recall that the Federal Government recently announced its readiness to withdraw subsidies on petroleum products as from next year, saying that the burden of the subsidy was too heavy to bear. The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who disclosed this during the opening ceremony of 17th NLC…

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2023: Ebonyi Council Of Elders presents Gov. Umahi for President

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Ebonyi State Council of Elders has nominated Governor David Umahi for the contest of Nigeria’s presidency. The council, made up of traditional rulers, elder statesmen and politicians from different political parties in the State, made this known in a press briefing, which was held at the Old Government House, Abakaliki on Monday, explained that Umahi is most suited to lead Nigeria as President from 2023. Chairman of the Ebonyi State Elders Council, Engr. Benjamin Okah, explained that “We have deemed it expedient and…

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