Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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    Re: Why Quarantine Act of 1926 cannot legalise restriction of movement

Re: Why Quarantine Act of 1926 cannot legalise restriction of movement

BY HAMZA A. GUDAJI This is a rejoinder on the above referenced opinion published in Sahara Reporters on the 31st of March 2020, and it is meant for public discourse, awareness, and to provide a different view-point on the matter. The Quarantine Act LFN 2004 indeed contains clear and unequivocal enabling provisions for the restriction of movement of citizens, to wit Section [...]

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    SMEs: Hike in electricity tariffs in the midst of COVID-19

SMEs: Hike in electricity tariffs in the midst of COVID-19

BY TIMI OLUBIYI Electricity is essential to the economic and social lives of any nation. However, Nigeria is a country still overwhelmed and plagued with electricity concerns, from low generation, poor supply to load shedding and rationing, in fact with frequent power outages and this has become the bane of citizenry and entrepreneurs. In addition, the monopoly structure of the electricity [...]

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    Tinubu: A leader and his wealth of wits

Tinubu: A leader and his wealth of wits

BY TUNDE AKANNI* Not given to easy predictability or bandwagonism in thinking or acting, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu  hardly makes the list of early commentators on issues. Often triggering deep reflections and occasionally stirring up pun where suitable, his interventions, whenever they come, however, get to register profoundly in the public space.  This gets done often with their consistency in focus [...]

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    COVID-19, an awakening

COVID-19, an awakening

BY ROY. U. ILEGBODU Human coronaviruses, first characterized in the 1960s, are responsible for a substantial proportion of upper respiratory tract infections. Since 2003, at least 7 new human coronaviruses have been identified, including the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, which caused significant morbidity and mortality. 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1 represent a group of identified group I coronaviruses that [...]

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    RE: Pantami and ministerial arrogance

RE: Pantami and ministerial arrogance

BY ADEWUNMI OLAOLUWATOMI “When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.” – Piers Anthony It is evidently and surprisingly clear that Nigerian online columnists are resorting to distortion, falsification and misuse of their God-given talents, instead of penning on government [...]

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    Coronavirus: The process of declaring state of emergency should begin

Coronavirus: The process of declaring state of emergency should begin

BY JUDE 'FERANMI In the coming days, we all need to prepare for a nationwide state of emergency, should we fail to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Projected estimates should the virus spread suggest that the only way we would fight a scourge is by total isolation, not even social distancing. This is the lesson we [...]

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    COVID-19: Nigeria had the opportunity to contain the virus but blew it

COVID-19: Nigeria had the opportunity to contain the virus but blew it

BY TAOPHEEK BABAYEJU On the 11th of  January 2020, China reported the first novel coronavirus related death of a 61-year-old man who had visited the animal market in Wuhan. Twelve days later, exactly on the 23rd, China took a proactive measure by imposing a strict lockdown in Wuhan, suspending flights and trains and shutting down subways, buses and ferries in an [...]

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    Nigeria: Leadership vacuum at a time of COVID-19

Nigeria: Leadership vacuum at a time of COVID-19

BY RAYMOND NKANNEBE In a scathing editorial on the Guardian Newspaper of Monday, 23rd March 2020, the respected medium called out President Muhammadu Buahri's "worrisome disposition" in the face of the deadly global pandemic which continues to leave its trail across nations and continents. If that very thoughtful and timely editorial was meant to jolt Mr. President from his slumber as [...]

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    Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank presents ‘Coronavirus Alert’

Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank presents ‘Coronavirus Alert’

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    Ihedioha: Towering above Imo governorship

Ihedioha: Towering above Imo governorship

BY OKE EPIA The dusts may have settled. The eastern heartland is no longer the headline news item. At least, as far as gubernatorial litigation is concerned. The mill of governance now grinds. Or so it seems. But the seed of a thousand forests have been sown. And the shoots and boughs spread out beyond the borderlines of Imo. A sunrise [...]

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    COVID-19: More Islamic than Prophet Muhammad?

COVID-19: More Islamic than Prophet Muhammad?

BY BASHIR MUNDI Thousands of people are dying in many countries around the world. Corona virus is killing people of different faiths, the rich, the poor, and even doctors and nurses caring for corona patients have died so far. In light of this global public health crisis, some (not most) Muslim scholars and leaders, in Nigeria for example, who are displaying [...]

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    Coronavirus: Self-isolation and social distancing ‘in face-me-I-face you’ apartments

Coronavirus: Self-isolation and social distancing ‘in face-me-I-face you’ apartments

BY MOTUNRAYO ALAKA As a child, my family lived at the Iponri Jakande Estate in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. It was a collection of closely built blocks of flats. The Jakande estates, 18 of their types around the state, were initiatives of a former governor of the state, Lateef Jakande. They are blocks of six two and three-bedroom flats with a bathroom [...]

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    Travel ban: Can Nigeria legally refuse entry to its citizens from COVID19 high-risk countries?

Travel ban: Can Nigeria legally refuse entry to its citizens from COVID19 high-risk countries?

BY OYIN' KOMOLAFE On March 18, 2020, the Nigerian government finally heeded the calls of several concerned Nigerians and placed a ban on travels from thirteen “high risk” countries which had recorded more than 1000 cases of the coronavirus pandemic. Those countries include, inter alia: China, Italy, Iran, Germany, and the United Kingdom. But, Nigeria was not the first country to [...]

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    Four ways Nigerian govt should minimize impact of COVID-19 

Four ways Nigerian govt should minimize impact of COVID-19 

BY RAZAQ FATAI AND ADEDAYO BAKARE The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is arguably the biggest challenge facing humanity today. More than 300,000 cases have been confirmed in 188 countries and territories, and over 13,000 people have died. Beyond its health impact, the spread of the virus is hurting the global economy. The impact is already visible in the countries most affected such [...]

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    COVID19: Stirring local inbred innovation among Nigerian scientists for a remedy

COVID19: Stirring local inbred innovation among Nigerian scientists for a remedy

BY OLUMIDE ADENMOSUN While the rest of the world is beginning to see the worst of COVID19 pandemic with another global economic depression looming, many nations are now bracing for impact. The stock markets will further crash, businesses will fold up and jobs will be lost, the worst of all – people will die! Though Africa has been surprisingly unfraught with limited [...]

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    China to Lagos, the frightening timeline of a deadly virus

China to Lagos, the frightening timeline of a deadly virus

BY OLUSEGUN FAFORE Fatality rate across the globe since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Chinese town of Wuhan on December 31, 2019 has signalled that this is not the best of times for humanity. With about 8, 988 deaths and 220,877 people infected in 176 countries since the first death was recorded in China on January 11, 2020, the [...]

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