Day: July 20, 2020

Third Mainland Bridge closure:FERMA intensifies alternative routes rehabilitation

The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) on Monday said it was speeding up alternative routes repairs to ensure smooth rides and avert gridlock during closure of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge for repairs. Mr Rufus Onimisi, FERMA South West II Zonal Coordinator, said this during site inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation of roads in Ijora …

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Ebonyi Governor Umahi to lay off over 1,000 aides of their operations August 1

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi on Monday announced that he would disengage from service some categories of aides, numbering more than 1,000, on Aug. 1 due to non-performance in their duties. Umahi made the announcement in Abakaliki during a virtual swearing-in of some Special Assistants and Caretaker Chairmen of Local Governments, among others. He noted …

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Kaduna: Climate change stakeholders meet over worrying environmental pollution

Climate Change stakeholders on Monday met to deliberate on ways to reduce environmental pollution and hazardous chemicals in the country. At the meeting held in Kaduna, the Director, African Climate Reporters, Nurudden Bello noted that industrial and manufacturing wastes were becoming increasingly very harmful to all living organism in the environment He called for collective …

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Kwara Govt vows to punish Covid-19 protocols violators

The Kwara government on Monday restated its commitment to ensuring public adherence to COVID-19 protocols while punishing violators. Rafiu Ajakaye, the spokesman of Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said this during a press briefing in Ilorin. Ajakaye said that wearing of face masks and adherence to other preventive measures such social distancing in public …

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Delta Governor Okowa swears in 5 new Permanent Secretaries

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday sworn in five new Permanent Secretaries in the state’s public service, charging them to lead by example. Okowa, at the swearing-in ceremony in Asaba, urged the Permanent Secretaries to uphold commitment, accountability, fairness and versatility in the discharge of their duties. The new permanent secretaries are: Mr Daniel …

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Expert explains benefits of forex ban in maize importation

An Agricultural Economist, Nnamdi Infenkwe, says the ban on access to foreign exchange (Forex) for importers and dealers of maize/corn will lead to unprecedented rise in the cost of livestock feeds. Infenkwe, a Senior Manager with Nissi Agro-allied Services revealed in Lagos on Monday that the development might be the bane of the sector. “About …

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Labour lauds FIRS for boosting FG’s revenue

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has commended the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for boosting government’s revenue via stamp duty collection. Mr Alade Lawal, the association’s Secretary-General said in Lagos on Monday that the FIRS remittance of N66 billion to the Federation account within the first five months was remarkable. “When …

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News Analysis: Rape and defilement: Fighting to finish

On June 14, 2020,the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, disclosed that the police arrested 799 rape and related suspects from January 2020 to June 2020 and conclusively investigated and charged to court, 631 cases. Adamu also revealed that the police were investigating 52 cases. The police chief was responding to public outcry against …

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Police arraign 25-year-old man over alleged fraud

The Police in Osun on Monday arraigned a 25-year-old man, Tofade Paul, at an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud. Paul is accused of defrauding three persons of their monies, totalling N313,000. The prosecutor, Insp. Abdullahi Emmanuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 8 at Oke-Ogbo area, Ile-Ife. Emmanuel said …

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Abia jailbreak: Police begin manhunt for 9 escapees – PPRO

The Police in Abia have begun manhunt for the remaining nine of the 29 criminal suspects that escaped from police cell in Umuahia on Saturday. SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Police Public Relations Officer for Abia Command, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that 29 detainees escaped from the Umuahia Central Police …

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Police parade 33 kidnappers, 10 robbery suspects in Adamawa

The Police Command in Adamawa has paraded 33 kidnappers and 10 robbery suspects, as well as 16 others allegedly involved in inciting communal conflict in the state. Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, confirmed the development while parading the suspects on Monday in Yola. Adeyanju said that the arrests were made from the …

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Kaduna legislator wants state govt to ensure end to killings

A lawmaker in Kaduna state, Yusuf Mugu, has called on the state government to take steps to ensure an end to incessant attacks and killings in the state. Mugu, who represents Kaura Constituency in the state Assembly, was reacting to recent attacks in Kukum Daji and three other communities in Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) …

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Côte d’Ivoire ruling party asks president to run again

Côte d’Ivoire’s ruling party on Monday asked President Alassane Ouattara to stand for a third term after the death of his chosen successor. Ouattara, 78, had said he would step down and named his close ally, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, as the RHDP party’s candidate for the Oct. 31 ballot. However, Gon Coulibaly died …

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The 6th National Broadcasting Code and Stakeholders Apprehensions

David Rooy, American author and international human relations managers, once said, “Change is the only constant in life, yet human are evolutionarily predispose to resist change because of the risks associated with it” This position by Rooy, best summarised the stiff opposition and public outcry that have trailed the recently amended 6th edition of the …

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Gov. Ugwuanyi embarks on infrastructure upgrade of PHC centres

The Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA) says that Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has embarked on massive infrastructure upgrading of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs). The Executive Secretary of ENS-PHCDA, Dr George Ugwu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday. He said that Ugwuanyi had recently renovated and upgraded …

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CBN Global Standing Guidelines will encourage lending for developmental purposes — expert

Prof. Mike Obadan, an Economist says implementation of the operational guidelines on Global Standing Instruction (GSI) issued by the CBN will encourage commercial banks to lend money for developmental purposes. Obadan, the Chairman of GoldMark Education Academy and a Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said this in an interview with the …

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Bangladesh to host late-stage trial of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

Bangladesh’s state medical research agency has approved a third-phase trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd, as infections rise in the densely populated South Asian country. “Sinovac has been looking for volunteers outside China as the number of coronavirus cases there has dwindled,’’ said a member of Bangladesh’s national technical …

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COVID-19: FRSC sensitises drivers, passengers at Ore motor parks

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday said it had begun Coronavirus sensitisation programme for motorists and passengers at motor parks in Ore. Mr Olusegun Aladenika, the FRSC Unit Commander in Ore, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the sensitisation was to curtail COVID-19 spread. According to Aladenika, the effort is to …

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