Coronavirus: 11 million poor Nigerians to get cash transfer, reliefs – FG

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, yesterday said the Federal Government had identified over 11 million poor Nigerians to benefit from the palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of the coronaviru pandemic. Speaking in Abuja at the briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19, she said the

Tinubu will dominate Nigeria’s political athmosphere for many years to come – Fayemi

Former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on his 68th birthday. Despite their political differences, Atiku, in a tweet wished Tinubu good health and long life. “On behalf of my family, I wish you, @AsiwajuTinubu, a happy 68th

FG Worries As Nigeria Has Less Than 500 Ventilators For Coronavirus Patients

As coronavirus spreads to six states in Nigeria, with fear that the infection could get worse, highly-placed health workers have said that the nation does not have up to 500 ventilators across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Findings by our correspondents show that hospitals may experience difficulties in handling seriously ill COVID-19

Coronavirus hits National Assembly as senators, reps suspected to have contacted the viral disease

Fear heightened on Monday over the fate of about 35 senators who have not complied with the measures to determine their Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) status. The senators last week returned from a trip to the United Kingdom (UK), where they attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London. It was learnt that they

Coronavirus: FG To Use Police, Military To Enforce Social Distancing – Lai Muhammed

The federal government of Nigeria has said it will deploy the military and police to enforce social distancing as part of efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday. The minister deplored some religious leaders’ decision to flout directives

Coronavirus: IGP Tells Nigerians Not To Visit Police Stations For Social Visits

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has counselled Nigerians to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices as confirmed cases of coronavirus rise to 30 in Nigeria. He also urged the citizens to minimise official visits to police stations, except where absolutely necessary. Adamu in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, by

End insurgency now – Buhari orders military

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called on the Armed Forces to intensify actions to bring the insurgency to put to a speedy conclusion,” Buhari made the call at State House, Abuja, at the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee chaired by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq. “I

Senate asks Buhari to address Nigerians on Coronavirus

The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the coronavirus in the country. It also urged the federal government to shut down all international airports except Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of the disease. The lawmakers asked the president to suspend the issuance of visa on arrival at the

Coronavirus: Katsina records first suspected case

Katsina State Ministry of Health, says it has recorded a first suspected case of coronavirus ( COVID 19 ) in the state. Briefing newsmen, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Kabir Mustapha, said the patient who is presently on self-isolation returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warrant further investigations. Already, the blood samples have

Coronavirus: FG confirms five new cases

The Federal Government has confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria. The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire confirmed the cases during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He explained that three of the victims came from the United States of America including a mother and child while two others

Buhari issues travel ban on 13 countries over Coronavirus

The Federal Government has issued a travel ban on 13 countries over the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, the United States of America, Norway, the United Kingdom, Netherlands & Switzerland. These are all countries

Togo, Benin, Niger owe Nigeria 30 billion naira for electricity

The Republics of Togo, Niger and Benin owe Nigeria a total of N29.97bn for the electricity supplied to them from January to September last year, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. Nigeria, through its electricity transmission company, supplies power to these countries, which are classified as international customers in the Nigerian power sector. Niger’s

FG suspends plans to borrow $22.7bn

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Monday, disclosed that the Federal Government has suspended its $22.7 billion external borrowing plans due to current realities in the global economic landscape. Speaking in Abuja, at the 2020 International Conference on the Nigerian Commodities Market, organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Ahmed stated that the

FG bars Persons who stammer, bad teeth, k-legs, obesity from immigration jobs

The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board, which is the Federal Government organ in charge of the paramilitary services, has barred persons who stammer or have “gross malformation of teeth” from applying for the superintendent, inspectorate and assistant cadre positions in the ongoing Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise. Also barred from applying are

Fayemi moves to dethrone 16 kings in Ekiti

Smarting from the successful removal of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has set machinery in motion for the removal of the 16 “Pelupelu” (Paramount) traditional rulers in the State. Source told WazobiaReporters that a query was issued to the

Coronavirus affecting our revenue — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that the outbreak of Coronavirus was affecting Nigeria’s main source of revenue. He was speaking on the impact of coronavirus on the nation’s revenue for the first time while receiving workers in the health sector under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly Healthcare Professionals Associations. On Monday,

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Nigeria

The Nigerian government on Monday confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus in the country. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said at a press conference in Benin City, Edo State, that the new patient had contact with the Italian man who was first infected. “It is my duty, therefore, to announce a new

PDP To Sack National Secretariat Workers

The Peoples Democratic Party has confirmed plans to sack some of its national secretariat workers. A memo to this effect has been circulated to all members of staff of the party. A copy of the document obtained by our correspondent, in Abuja, on Thursday, said the exercise was approved during the party’s 89th National Executive

2019 election will be last manual elections — INEC vows

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday that with the proposed reform of the electoral Act, the 2019 election may be the last “mainly manual” election in Nigeria. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakub said this is achievable with the support of the National Assembly, tasking the lawmakers to expedite action on the

Senate approves Buhari’s $22.7bn loan request

The senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to borrow $22.7 billion. The upper legislative chamber okayed the request on Thursday amid objections from some senators. While the matter was being debated, Enyinnaya Abaribe, minority leader, warned against considering all the recommendations on the loan at once. He suggested that it should be done “item

Oshiomhole vows to remain APC chairman, despite court orders

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday declared he would hold on to his position despite the court order that upheld his suspension from the party. A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi District, had yesterday upheld the suspension of Oshiomhole, pending the determination of a substantive

Bayelsa Assembly approves N2.9bn car loan for Diri

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved a request from Governor Douye Diri to collect N2.9 billion loan “to buy operational vehicles for the governor, deputy governor, and other top government functionaries.” The Assembly granted the loan for Diri during a plenary on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Leader of the House,