Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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    FCTA: Abuja markets free to open seven days a week

FCTA: Abuja markets free to open seven days a week

The federal capital territory administration (FCTA) says markets within the FCT are now free to open all days of the week. In April, Muhammad Bello, FCT minister, had directed markets in Abuja to operate only three days a week due to the lockdown declared in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Wednesday, Anthony Ogunleye, chief press secretary to [...]

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    Airtel Nigeria adds 5m subscribers in one year

Airtel Nigeria adds 5m subscribers in one year

Airtel Nigeria released its first-quarter 2020 results for the period ended June 30, 2020, on Friday. According to the financial results released by the telco, it witnessed a 5 million increase in subscribers from 37.5 million in June 2019 to 42.5 million in June 2020. Total revenue grew by 8.9 percent to $341 million in Q1 2020 compared to $313 million in [...]

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    CAN: Churches must be reopened for divine solution to COVID-19

CAN: Churches must be reopened for divine solution to COVID-19

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against the continued closure of churches in parts of Nigeria despite the relaxation of the lockdown.  Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, said via a statement on Tuesday the continued closure of places of worship is "no longer acceptable and reasonably justified". In relaxing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the federal government had lifted [...]

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    PTF: We’ll recommend another lockdown if the need arises

PTF: We’ll recommend another lockdown if the need arises

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, says the committee will not hesitate to advice President Muhammadu Buhari to lock down the country again if the need arises. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, Mustapha asked Nigerians to learn from the experience of the 1918 Spanish flu. He said the federal government decided to [...]

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    COVID-19: Oyetola locks down 4 LGAs

COVID-19: Oyetola locks down 4 LGAs

Gboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun, has ordered the total lockdown of four local government areas (LGAs) in the state. The LGAs affected are Ilesa east, Ilesa west, Atakumosa east and Atakumosa west. The lockdown, which will begin on July 7, will run for seven days at first, but may be extended "if the compliance level is not encouraging". The directive was contained in [...]

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    Ganduje lifts lockdown, bans street hawking

Ganduje lifts lockdown, bans street hawking

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, has lifted the lockdown imposed on the state as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The governor made the announcement at a press briefing of the state task force on COVID-19 on Thursday. He, however, maintained that the curfew from 10pm to 4am will remain in place, and ordered civil servants on grade level [...]

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    COVID-19: FG ‘mulls lockdown’ of 18 LGAs with highest number of cases 

COVID-19: FG ‘mulls lockdown’ of 18 LGAs with highest number of cases 

The federal government may be considering locking down the 18 local government areas (LGAs) with the highest cases of COVID-19.  Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, gave the hint after the PTF briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday. The government had in March locked down the federal capital [...]

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    PTF briefs Buhari as second phase of eased lockdown ends

PTF briefs Buhari as second phase of eased lockdown ends

President Muhammadu Buhari has received briefing from the presidential task force on COVID-19 at the end of another phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown he ordered to check the spread of coronavirus. The briefing took place at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Monday. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the task force, led his [...]

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    Ogun suspends ‘lockdown officials’ who assaulted woman in viral video

Ogun suspends ‘lockdown officials’ who assaulted woman in viral video

Officials who were enforcing a lockdown order which led to an assault on a woman at the Ifo local government office in Ogun state have been suspended. A Twitter user, @TeeBaibie, had posted a video of the local government officials trying to deflate her tyres on Saturday at Ojodu Abiodun area. She said she had explained that they were not aware that [...]

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    Kaduna orders removal of roadblocks at state boundaries

Kaduna orders removal of roadblocks at state boundaries

The Kaduna state government has directed the removal of roadblocks at various boundaries of the state. This development is coming a week after the state government lifted the 75 days lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. Roadblocks had earlier been stationed at the boundaries of the state to implement the lockdown and interstate travel ban as directed by the federal government. In a [...]

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    NCDC: States not bringing enough samples for COVID-19 tests

NCDC: States not bringing enough samples for COVID-19 tests

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says states are not bringing enough samples for COVID-19 tests. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Ihekweazu said the molecular laboratories under NCDC network are testing just 2,000 samples daily, despite its capacity to test 10,000 a day. He said the increase in COVID-19 cases [...]

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    We may not experience total lockdown again, says SGF

We may not experience total lockdown again, says SGF

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says the government will not consider another total lockdown. As measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, President Muhammadu Buhari had declared a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja for a period of five weeks, but  the lockdown was eased from May 4 and the economy has been partially opened. At a briefing on Thursday, Mustapha who [...]

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    UN: 13m jobs at risk in Nigeria if COVID-19 restrictions continue

UN: 13m jobs at risk in Nigeria if COVID-19 restrictions continue

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says the COVID-19 lockdown measures may lead to 13 million job losses in Nigeria if the restrictions continue. The federal and state governments had closed borders, while government offices and private institutions were shut in order to check the spread of the disease in the country. But there has been a gradual easing of [...]

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    Kaduna lifts lockdown after 75 days

Kaduna lifts lockdown after 75 days

The Kaduna government has lifted the lockdown imposed on the state to curb the spread of COVID-19. The state had been on partial lockdown since March 26. In a state broadcast on Tuesday, Nasir el-Rufai, the governor, said as from Wednesday, the quarantine order will be amended to permit a significant reopening of the state, especially for businesses and places of worship. Schools [...]

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    EXTRA: Russian chefs protest naked as COVID-19 lockdown ‘strips them of income’

EXTRA: Russian chefs protest naked as COVID-19 lockdown ‘strips them of income’

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    Lockdown has not been lifted, Kaduna warns residents

Lockdown has not been lifted, Kaduna warns residents

The Kaduna government has warned its residents to dismiss the rumour that the lockdown in the state has been lifted. In a statement, Muyiwa Adekeye, special adviser on media to the governor, said a fake document in circulation claimed that the quarantine law has been reviewed and that the lockdown is now from 6pm to 6am. "The Quarantine Order remains in force [...]

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