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N-Power releases dates for device collection

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The President Muhammadu Buhari-led youth empowerment scheme, N-Power, is set to release tablet devices to beneficiaries to aid them in the process of learning and working in the course of the duties.

Recall that the 2016 batch were asked to select devices, and right now the Afrione device of the N-Power scheme has landed for collection. Other devices are gradually arriving as the scheme plans to start disbursement from July 15.

N-Power is a Federal Government initiative intended to provide young graduates and non-graduates alike with skills and enablement for livelihood so as to transition them from unemployed to resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative youths.

Participants will provide teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 key areas (N-Power Agro, N-Power Health, N-Power Teach, N-Power Vaids).

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Prof. Osinbajo and N-Power team holding tablet devices to be distributed to beneficiaries

See below the date of collection of the N-Power devices:

Afri-One (2-in 1): July 15th
RLG Adulawo Limited: July 21st
Samsung Tab E: July 27th
Zinox Z Pad: July 27th
Brain NPower IPAD: August 15th
Techno Pad: August 31st
Floss Signatures: July 27th
Speedstar: August 31st.

Requirement for collection of N-Power Device

Beneficiaries will have to present means of identification uploaded on the N-Power online profile.

Other requirement for the collection are the payment history print out in your NPVN portal; print out of your profile face showing your passport and Id card you uploaded; the valid identity card you uploaded at your NPVN profile; email that will be sent to you.

Note: The N-power gadgets are devices to assist the successful applicants (N-power Volunteers) in the discharge of their duties.

More devices arrived for delivery to beneficiaries

To check the device you picked during the time of application, login to your NPVN portal, what you will see at your portal homepage beside the N-Power Verified Logo is ‘Click Here To See Device Selected’. If you click on it, you’ll see the device you earlier selected.

Through the N- Power Volunteering Corps programme, the government’s commitment to the improvement of quality of lives, reduction in income inequality and tackling of the deficiencies in public services will be actualized.

Currently the N-Power registration and assessment test is ongoing.

The registration portal will close on July 27 while the test for all participants will be completed by August 31. [SEE full Timetable here]

One basic post-registration procedure is to wait for SMS validation of BVN so that the participant can log in to the portal with phone number and BVN to write the test.

Recall that participants are having difficulties in login in to the portal because of the rigorous steps adopted by the scheme in validating BVN so as to forestall challenges of non-payment of stipends faced in the previous batch occasioned by discrepancies in bank details. So participants have been urged to exercise patience.

The N-Power Volunteer Corps will engage and train 500,000 unemployed young Nigerians.

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Nigeria records 500% increase in COVID-19 infections, in 2 weeks, says NCDC

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Nigeria recorded a 500 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country.

This is contained in a statement issued and signed by the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, in Abuja.

Adetifa attributed the 500 per cent increase in infections in the country to the COVID-19 Delta and Omicron variants.

“As of Dec. 19, Nigeria reported 223,887 cases and 2,985 deaths in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The country is now in a fourth COVID-19 wave.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as NCDC and its partners, are therefore intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk we face and need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus.

“The response to COVID-19 requires a whole-of-society approach. Therefore, individuals, families and institutions also need to play their part in protecting each other by ensuring adherence to COVID-19 public health and social measures,” he explained.

He also disclosed that the NCDC was launching its yuletide season campaign themed #CelebrateResponsibly as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign which began in February 2020.

“#CelebrateResponsibly focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need to take to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 during this period.

“The #CelebrateResponsibly campaign targets the entertainment industry, transport industry, religious settings, media, security personnel, young people, and the general public to promote adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures during this festive period,” he added.

He urged Nigerians to adhere to recommended measures by the agency and other public health authorities, as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.

“Please avoid all non-essential travel within and outside Nigeria to reduce the risk of transmission.

“The virus that causes COVID-19 is more likely to spread in mass gatherings especially when held indoors with full capacity and poor ventilation.

“We strongly recommend outdoor events with physical distancing, compulsory use of facemasks, and provision of handwashing facilities or hand sanitisers.

“Please make use of every opportunity provided to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” he advised.

The NCDC boss noted that the government had made the COVID-19 vaccines available for all eligible citizens and booster doses available for those previously vaccinated.

The Celebrate Responsibly campaign which spans from the Christmas holiday through to the start of the new year, he said, emphasises the responsibility of all Nigerians, the government, private sector, institutions, associations, communities, families and individuals in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Religious leaders and heads of institutions, organisations and businesses, he added, are urged to enforce public compliance to COVID-19 preventive measures in their jurisdiction.

“COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and the livelihoods of Nigerians therefore we must not let our guards down this festive season.

“We urge Nigerians to take all precautions necessary to ensure we and our loved ones live to celebrate many more events and festivities.

“The campaign includes the production of key messages, audio and visual materials for wide dissemination.

“The NCDC urges all individuals, traditional and religious leaders, business owners, the media, transport workers and other institutions and sectors to join the campaign by adopting the key messages and sharing within their networks,” he said.

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Nigeria records three more cases of Omicron variant, total now six

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday announced the discovery of three additional cases of the Omicron variant in the country.

The agency had on Wednesday detected the first three cases of the variant. With Tuesday’s discovery, the total number of the omicron variant cases in Nigeria stands at six.

Last week, Canada after it said it detected three cases with travel history to Nigeria, banned travellers from the country.

Also, on Saturday the United Kingdom placed a travel ban on Nigeria following the discovery of 21 Omicron cases with travel history to Nigeria.

On Tuesday, the NCDC, in a statement signed by its Director General, Ifedayo Adetifa stated that three additional cases of the variant had been discovered.

He said, “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, i.e., the Omicron variant, in Nigeria. In addition to the three cases announced earlier on 1st December 2021, this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria to six .”

The NCDC also added that it had been notified by the UK of seven cases of the omicron variant which were linked to passengers from Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Governor’s Forum has condemned the stigmatization of Nigeria by the United kingdom and Canada by placing travel ban on the country, describing it as precipitate, unfair and discriminatory.

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Omicron: Canada issues travel ban on Nigeria, others

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Canadian authorities have issued a travel ban on Nigeria in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

The announcement was made on Tuesday December 30. Other countries affected by the travel ban include South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt.

Canadian Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra, has said foreign nationals who had been to these countries in the previous 14 days would be temporarily banned from entering Canada.

Alghabra added that Canadians and permanent residents who have been in the 10 countries, even those who are fully vaccinated, must also be tested before entering Canada.

This is coming as the Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) announced that two cases of Omicron variant had been detected in the country.

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