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    NMA president: Why some Nigerians think COVID-19 is a hoax

NMA president: Why some Nigerians think COVID-19 is a hoax

Innocent Ujah, president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), says Nigerians should not wait until bodies litter the streets before they obey COVID-19 guidelines. He said the gap in sensitisation is the reason some citizens think the disease is a hoax. In an interview with The PUNCH, Ujah said more sensitisation should be done to inform citizens about the disease. So far, Nigeria [...]

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    EXTRA: We’ll send Wike to an isolation centre, says Ganduje on Edo election

EXTRA: We’ll send Wike to an isolation centre, says Ganduje on Edo election

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, says Nyesom Wike, his Rivers counterpart will be sent to an isolation centre ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo state. While Wike is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign committee in Edo, Ganduje is the head of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign. Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC will be [...]

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    Lawan: We’re right to demand explanation on 774,000 jobs — recruitment is on hold

Lawan: We’re right to demand explanation on 774,000 jobs — recruitment is on hold

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says a joint committee of the national assembly was right to demand explanation on the recruitment of 774,000 citizens. Last week, Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, engaged in a shouting match with some senators and house of representatives members while responding to questions about the recruitment. The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is meant [...]

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    Inuwa Abdulkadir, ex-minister, is dead

Inuwa Abdulkadir, ex-minister, is dead

Inuwa Abdulkadir, immediate past vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) north-west, is dead. TheCable learnt he died at Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, in the early hours of Monday after a brief illness. He was 54. He was the pro-chancellor of Sokoto State University. Abdulkadir was minister of youth and sports under Goodluck Jonathan, but he was fired under controversial circumstances in [...]

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    ‘You approved the N3.4bn for staff training’ — NSITF management tackles Ngige

‘You approved the N3.4bn for staff training’ — NSITF management tackles Ngige

The management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, approved the controversial N3.4 billion for the training of staff. Last week, Ngige suspended the management over “misappropriation and other gross misconduct”. The minister said while the sum of N2.3 billion was already paid for "non-existent staff training", N1.1 billion is being processed [...]

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    I did not endorse Obaseki, says Dangote

I did not endorse Obaseki, says Dangote

Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, has denied endorsing Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, for a second term. Speaking through Anthony Chiejina, his spokesman, Dangote described the reports that he endorsed the governor as an attempt to tarnish his image. He said as a business leader, his focus is on development, job creation and philanthropy, not politics. "This is the first time that [...]

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    Many south-east residents wear face masks ‘just to avoid police harassment’

Many south-east residents wear face masks ‘just to avoid police harassment’

CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), says many residents of the south-east wear face masks to avoid harassment by security agents. In a statement on Sunday, Benson Olugbuo, CLEEN Foundation's executive director, said many of them are nonchalant to the existence of COVID-19. "Several people in the South-East wear face masks because of security agents and not necessarily to prevent coronavirus spread," [...]

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    COVID-19: It’s dangerous to reopen schools, Anap Think Tank tells FG

COVID-19: It’s dangerous to reopen schools, Anap Think Tank tells FG

The Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank,  a group established to respond to the coronavirus disease, says the decision of the federal government to reopen schools portends a "great danger" to the pupils/students, teachers, and their families. Last week, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the reopening of schools for pupils and students in primary six, [...]

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    ‘Misplaced priority’ — outcry as Matawalle inspects Zamfara lodge in Kaduna

‘Misplaced priority’ — outcry as Matawalle inspects Zamfara lodge in Kaduna

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, has been criticised on social media over the inspection of a lodge of the state government in Kaduna. Abdulwali Anwar Tahir, the governor's senior special assistant on new media, had tweeted images of the lodge, saying Matawalle went to see for himself "the ongoing project." "His Excellency Governor Dr. @Bellomatawalle1 went to see for himself the ongoing [...]

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    Ghana president self-isolates after meeting COVID-19 patient

Ghana president self-isolates after meeting COVID-19 patient

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has gone into isolation for two weeks after someone close to him tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement on Saturday, Kojo Nkrumah, Ghana's minister of information, said the president has tested negative but has taken the measure in line with COVID-19 protocols. Nkrumah said Akufo-Addo would keep working from the presidential villa in Accra, the country's capital. "On [...]

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    Not all Nigerians are criminals, says PhD student who returned missing cash in Japan

Not all Nigerians are criminals, says PhD student who returned missing cash in Japan

Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian Ph.D student in Japan, says not everyone from his country is a criminal. While on his way home in Japan on June 19, Nweke had found a wallet containing a "huge sum of money". But rather than keep it to himself, he not only returned it but refused to collect a percentage of the money that he is [...]

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    ‘Nobody can ban almajiri’ — top Islamic cleric dares governors

‘Nobody can ban almajiri’ — top Islamic cleric dares governors

Dahiru Usman Bauchi, an Islamic cleric, has rejected the ban of Almajiri system by northern governors. In an interview with The Sun, Bauchi said his rights and that of those who believe in the system are being violated by the ban. The Almajiri system is a process where children leave their homes in search of Islamic knowledge. The cleric said the country's constitution [...]

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    NSITF MD ignores Ngige’s directive, shows up at work

NSITF MD ignores Ngige’s directive, shows up at work

Adebayo Somefun, managing director of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), was at his office on Friday despite being suspended by Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment. In a letter dated July 1 and addressed to Somefun, Ngige said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved his suspension. Somefun was accused of "misappropriation and other gross misconduct." The managing director was instructed to [...]

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    PDP grants Ondo deputy gov waiver to contest guber primary

PDP grants Ondo deputy gov waiver to contest guber primary

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted a waiver to Agboola Ajayi, Ondo state deputy governor, to contest the party's governorship primary election. The waiver was granted to him following an application to the party's national working committee (NWC). The deputy governor defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in June. He joined the opposition party hours after he was [...]

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    UN suspends two male employees in viral sex video

UN suspends two male employees in viral sex video

The United Nations (UN) says it suspended two of its male staff allegedly seen having sex in its official vehicle in Tel Aviv, Israel. Last week, the world body launched an investigation after a video of the incident went viral on the internet. Speaking with journalists in New York, US, on Thursday, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman of the UN secretary-general, said both workers [...]

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    N’assembly asked to probe ‘N80bn fraud’ in NDDC

N’assembly asked to probe ‘N80bn fraud’ in NDDC

A group known as the Act for Positive Transformation Initiative (ACT) has asked the national assembly to probe an alleged fraud of N80 billion in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The senate is currently probing the interim management committee (IMC) of the NDDC for allegedly mismanaging N40 billion. There have been allegations and counter-allegations following the decision of the upper legislative [...]

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