‘More people likely to die of hunger than Covid-19 in Africa’ – AfDB President, Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has conveyed fears that hunger and food insecurity may kill more Africans than Covid-19. This was made known by the AfDB President at the Leaders’ Dialogue on ‘Africa Covid-Climate Emergency‘ event, organised by the Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). According to Adesina, “I think that the risks are probably much higher for many in Africa to die from hunger than Covid-19 pandemic. So, we must boost access to food and good nutrition because vaccines are important but only…

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“We gave Niger-Delta govs. N100m each as Covid-19 palliatives” – NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), has stated that it gave each of the governors of the nine oil-producing states N100 million each as Covid-19 palliatives.  This claim was reportedly made by NDDC officials while appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions.  The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Patrick Ayo Akinyelure told newsmen that the Senate may summon the governors to testify on how the money was spent. He warned that the NDDC Sole Administrator must appear before it or risk an arrest warrant being issued against him…

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Covid-19: “Nobody is safe until everyone is vaccinated” – Boss Mustapha

Ø  First dose of vaccines administered in Abuja Ø  Govs. to be vaccinated publicly on March, 10 Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha says nobody is safe from Covid-19 infection until everyone is vaccinated. The SGF, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, stated this yesterday, during the formal rollout of Covid-19 vaccines at the National Hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital. According to him, “We must understand that nobody is safe until everyone is vaccinated. We must recognise that…

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COVID-19: Nigeria begins AstraZeneca vaccination

National Hospital doctor receives first jab Buhari, Osinbajo slated for Saturday As Governors, deputies set to be vaccinated March 10 By Ishaku Yohanna History has been made as a medical doctor, Cyprian Nyong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, received the first jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine as Nigeria on Friday commenced its COVID-19 vaccination exercise. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, flagged off the exercise on Friday on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Hospital,…

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Covid-19: FG extends work-from-home order to civil servants

The work-from-home directive for federal civil servants from Grade Level-12 and below, which was to last till the end of March, has been extended by the Federal Government. The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan issued the new directive. Esan, in a statement released by the Director Press and Public Relations, office of the HOCSF, AbdulGaniyu Aminu, said the directive was given in adherence to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19. The Head of Service also emphasised the need for all…

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New Covid-19 variant discovered in Nigeria, 15 countries – NCDC

…’AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive within one week’– FG The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that a new variant of Covid-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries. Disclosing this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 briefing yesterday in Abuja, the NCDC Director-General Chikwe Iheakweazu, said that researchers and scientists were still working hard to understand if the variant had any effect on the virus’ transmissibility, immunity as well as diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. “As we shared the vaccines, a total of 54 cases…

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Lagos shuts 103 health facilities

The Lagos Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, (HEFAMAA), has disclosed that 103 health facilities were shut down across the State in 2020 for non-compliance with regulatory standards. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Abiola Idowu, who disclosed this on Friday during a virtual meeting with the agency’s  staff, however, stated that some of the facilities had been re-opened, having corrected the infractions and pledged to abide by set standards. While emphasising the commitment of the State government in sustaining the fight against quackery and unprofessional conducts in the…

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Nigeria not disqualified from accessing Covid-19 vaccines — WHO

Contrary to reports, Nigeria has not been disqualified from accessing Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. Clarifying the position in Abuja on Saturday at an emergency press briefing called by the National Primary Healthcare Development, Agency, NPHCDA, the World Health Organisation, WHO, country representative in Nigeria said the agency has not disqualified any country from accessing vaccines from the facility. The WHO said, on the contrary, it was assisting Nigeria and other African countries to start accessing the Astrazeneca vaccine as from February, as soon as it received clearance for…

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Reps. set to begin probe of N83.9bn Covid-19 funds

The House of Representatives is expected to commence investigation into the N83.9 billion appropriated for response to Covid-19 in the 2020 Appropriation Act. As stipulated in the audit report on the Emergency Response programme, from the N83.9 billion appropriated, a total of N63,797,839,685.42 had been disbursed to implement entities and States at the time of the audit. According to financial records obtained by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (oAuGF) and transmitted to the Senate and House of Representatives committees on Public Accounts, N16.9 billion was approved in…

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Covid-19: Lagos extends work-from-home directive to public servants

Ø  Sanwo-Olu Okays Ivertmectin trial in Lagos The Lagos State government has extended the work-from-home directive to all state public servants on Grade levels 14 and below from Monday, February 1, 2021 to Friday, February 26, 2021. This was disclosed by the State’s Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, via a statement issued on Sunday evening. According to him, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, took the decision based on pockets of Coronavirus infections observed among public servants in the state. Muri-Okunola stated that the directive is in line with the Presidential…

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