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Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 March 2020

March 26, 2020

[Breaking News] Bauchi Governor’s Friend Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Bauchi State government has confirmed a second case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, announced this during a press briefing on Thursday in Bauchi.

According to him, the second case is a 62-year-old male and a close friend of the state governor, Bala Mohammed.
Maigoro explained that 48 samples were taken for test and two have been confirmed positive.

He added that 37 others returned negative while the results of nine samples were still pending.

The commissioner noted that the State Ministry of Health has since begun the contact tracing of the second case.

This comes two days after the government confirmed that Governor Mohammed tested positive for the disease.

In a statement on Tuesday, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, explained that Governor Mohammed took the test after he had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who had been infected with the virus.

He said the governor had returned to Bauchi from an official trip to Lagos after he met with Atiku’s son on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Governor Mohammed has since gone into self-isolation to prevent any possible spread of the virus.
March 26, 2020

[Breaking News] Katsina gov’t bans large gatherings for Friday prayers, weddings

Katsina gov’t bans large gatherings for Friday prayers, weddings The Katsina State government under the leadership of Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari has directed for the immediate suspension of large gatherings for the purpose of Friday congregational prayers and church services across the State. This is contained in a statement signed by Kasim Ibrahim.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

March 25, 2020

[News] COVID-19: Nigeria Confirms Five New Cases, Total Now 51

NCDC has confirmed five fresh new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt at about 11:25pm on Wednesday night.

Three cases where said to be returning travellers into Nigeria and two are close contact to a confirmed case.
Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, 2 in Lagos & 1 in Rivers

3 are returning travellers into Nigeria & 2 are close contacts of a confirmed case

As at 11:25 pm 25th March, there are

51 confirmed cases
2 discharged
1 death

Sunday, 22 March 2020

March 22, 2020

[News] Atiku’s son tests positive for coronavirus

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has announced that his son tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

He made his known via his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.

“My son has tested positive for coronavirus,” he tweeted.

According to the former Vice-President of Nigeria, his son has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment.
“The @NCDCGov (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real,” he added.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

March 18, 2020

[News] Katsina records 1st suspected Corona Virus case

The Katsina State government has confirmed that the state recorded its first suspected Corona Virus also known as Covid-19 case in Dutsin-ma local government area.

This was disclosed to newsmen in Katsina by the Katsina State Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha during a press conference.


Sunday, 15 March 2020

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

March 11, 2020

[News] Katsina govt dismisses teacher, suspends principal over student’s death

Katsina State Government has suspended the principal of Government Girls Arabic Senior Secondary School, Fago, Fatima Yakubu, over her negligence that led to the death of a SS2 student, late Fatima Maikano. Also dismissed and banned for life from premises of all its schools was the mathematics teacher, Abubakar Suleiman, who was privately engaged by the principal to teach in the school.

Badamasi Lawal, while briefing newsmen on Tuesday on the outcome of an all-inclusive meeting involving the deceased’s parent said a committee has been set up to further investigate the matter. He added that the state government has henceforth banned corporal punishment across it schools and warned principals and teachers to ensure that no student is henceforth flogged with cane

He said the incidence is so unfortunate, adding that government would not fold its arms but ensure the safety of its students who were entrusted to teachers and principals.

Also speaking, the parent of the deceased student, Tasi’u Maikano said the recent action taken by the ministry will go a long way in soothing his pains and that of his family.

Daily Trust recalls that the late Fatima died when she alongside her classmates were flogged by the Maths teacher over their inability to submit an assignment earlier given to them. Fatima, having fallen sick, was neither provided with medical assistant at the school’s dispensary nor moved to a nearby hospital since she came down with sickness after the flogging.

Monday, 9 March 2020

March 09, 2020

[News] Kano Govt dethrones Emir Sanusi

The Kano State government has on Monday, dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
The dethronement of the Emir followed the State Council executive meeting presided over by the Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Details shortly…

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

March 04, 2020

[News] Father Mbaka: I Spend $2 Million On Charity Monthly

I spend over $2m on charity monthly — Father Mbaka

…Pays N28m for empowerment, medical bills

By Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU—FOUNDER and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, said he spends over $2 million monthly for various charity works he embarks on.

Mbaka disclosed this shortly after presenting N18.8 million to the management of Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene, Enugu, on behalf of Multi-Life Savers for the Less Privileged, a non-governmental arm of his ministry.

He gave out N10 million to 200 select members of the Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria for empowerment coupled with a bag of rice each.

According to Mbaka, the N18.8 million was to cover accumulated free medical services that the hospital had rendered to indigent people on his bill, amounting to over N14 million, while the balance covers a deposit for other indigent patients that would require the services of the Catholic health facility in future.

According to him, the hospital is one of several health facilities where his foundation usually referred indigent patients to receive free qualitative medical care, to save them from dying unduly.

He said: “We are basically here to continue the relationship that this wonderful health facility has with our charity organisation and Adoration Ministry, Enugu.

“We presented a bank draft worth N18.8 million to them to cover the accumulated bills of indigent patients they had treated at our instance, plus a deposit for other indigent patients that would come here in future.
We do this every day and it is on record that there is no month that I don’t spend at least $2 million silently, on charity. So, this visit is just one out of several charity outings that we undertake without any publicity.

I represent the ministry here, as the chief servant. What we are doing is physical but I am also here, on behalf of the supernatural part of the exercise.

“This programme is purely inter-religious, inter-tribal and interdenominational. Among the beneficiaries are Catholics, Pentecostals, and Muslims, among others.”

Friday, 28 February 2020

February 28, 2020

[News] Nigerian Footballer Contracts Coronavirus

King Paul Akpan Udoh, Italian-Nigerian player, has become the first footballer to be infected with coronavirus .
King Paul currently plies his trade with Pianese, an Italian Serie C side.
The Pianese forward was diagnosed of the disease on February 27, and he has been quarantined.

The 22-year-old started his career with Reggiana before moving to Juventus in 2011 where he was loaned back for a year.

After progressing through the youth ranks of Juventus, Udoh secured a loan move to Virtus Lanciano, a Serie B side in 2016 with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Failing to impress, he was returned to Juve, and then loaned to Lega Pro side Pontedera later the same year.

He had a loan stint with Pontedera, Fernana, Fano and Viareggio before joining Pianese on July 14, 2019.

Coronavirus has spread from China to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa.

Italy is the country in Europe with the highest number of reported cases. Some Italian Serie A matches were postponed last weekend as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

On Friday, the Lagos state government and the federal ministry of health confirmed the
first case of coronavirus in Nigeria. The index patient is an Italian who arrived in the country on February 25.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

February 27, 2020

[News] BREAKING: First Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Lagos

The Ministry of Health in Lagos State has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 and reported it to the Federal Ministry of Health.
The case according to the ministry was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The statement asserted that, ’’The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit.
‘’He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
‘’The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. The Government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
‘’We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures. I wish to assure all Lagosians and Nigerians that we have been strengthening our preparedness since the first confirmation of cases in China.
‘’ We will use all the resources made available by the State and the Federal Government to respond to this case. We are working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he arrived in Nigeria. Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses.
‘’ All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below: 1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
‘’3. People coughing persistently or sneezing should stay indoors or keep a social distance, but not mix with a crowd.
‘’4. Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow.
‘’Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. 5. Stay indoors if you feel unwell with symptoms, such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 which are available day and night.
‘’6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, the Social Media, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health. Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic.’’
The statement added that Lagos State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Lagos.

Monday, 24 February 2020

February 24, 2020

[News] NAFDAC warns Nigerians against `Maishayi’ Tea

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to be cautious when taking cup of tea popularly known as `Maishayi’ from vendors. Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday In Abuja.
Adeyeye said that the warning became necessary following information the agency received that Maishayi now mix intoxicating drugs in the tea prepared for customers. She mentioned intoxicating drugs such as tramadol, Vieteling, Marijuana and others, adding that people could lose their lives after taking tea mixed with such drugs.
“In the US, lots of people are dying because of these medicines. How can such medicines mix with palm wine in the name of getting high in Nigeria?
“There are some medicines you cannot take if you have cardiovascular problem,’’ she said.
The director-general said that the agency was working toward collaborating with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to check for quality medicine in orthodox and herbal. According to her, the idea is necessary since NIPRD specialises on research, and the purpose is to safeguard health of the nation. She however, called on the people to desist from harmful medicine in the name of power enhancement in whatever area they think of. Adeyeye added that the agency’s five laboratories had been accredited many times and has quality with high standard. “We are going further, we want a central drug lab to be World Health Organisation (WHO) pre-qualify; we are raising our bar higher,’’ she said. Adeyeye said that it would continue to sensitise people against the drugs and believe that within the year, the agency would get the WHO pre-qualified central drug lab. (NAN)


Thursday, 20 February 2020

February 20, 2020

[News] Malumfashi LGA bans sales of alcohol, orders for the closure 2 houses

The officials of the Malumfashi Local Government Area, Katsina State has banned the sales and consumption of alcohol in the Local government.

The officials has also ordered the closure of all houses known to the be selling the alcohol.

This is contained in an official letter sent to the Divisional Police Officer in Malumfashi by the Head of Local Government Administration dated Thursday 20th February 2020 and seen by Katsina Post.

The letter reads in part: “I have been directed to write and inform you that the local government has directed the closure of all houses selling alcohol.

” This is in consonance with section 150 of Katsina State Shari’a Penal Code currently enforce in the state which prohibit the selling.

Houses of Maria and Coach at Mararabar Kankara are to be closed with immediate effect, failure to comply can be prosecuted for deterrance.”

SOURCE :- Katsina Post

Saturday, 11 January 2020

January 11, 2020

[News] JAMB suspends use of NIN for UTME registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has suspended the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for registration of applicants for 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME).
JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede announced the suspension at a briefing at the headquaters of the board in Bwari, Abuja on Saturday.

Oloyede was joined at the briefing by the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz.

Details shortly…

Source :-

Thursday, 9 January 2020

January 09, 2020

[News] N-Power Disengagement Of 200,000 Volunteers

After three years of their recruitment into the N-Power Scheme, the federal government is set to exit 200,000 of the beneficiaries from the programme. Their disengagement will take place between January and February this year, LEADERSHIP has learnt.

Some officials of the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, operators of the scheme confirmed the development in Abuja, yesterday.

They said that the 200,000 persons to go were among 500,000 young Nigerians recruited by the federal government for the N-Power programme in 2016.

It was gathered that they were being dropped from the scheme because there was no budgetary provision for them in the 2020 national budget.

The youth empowerment programme was created by the federal government with a focus on large-scale skill development for employment and social development. The beneficiaries were recruited in two batches: Batch A: 200,000 and Batch B: 300,000 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

A top official of NSIO told LEADERSHIP that the time had come for the affected 200,000 beneficiaries to go, as he repeatedly said: “But they must go. They have to go. Government cannot sustain it. Government has to graduate some so that they can enroll other people too.”

The source said that the management of NSIO had already prepared an exit plan for the exiting beneficiaries after spending 16 extra months for the two-year programme. They were reportedly paid nine months of the extra time.

It was further gathered that the exit plan is currently waiting the approval of the minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

Also a source in the presidency explained that the first batch of 200,000 were supposed to leave the internship scheme before now, adding that they were left on the payroll because of the 2019 general elections because that was not the right time to disengage the.

“Their exit time fell on 2018 which was election period. So, it will not be wise for the government to be sacking 200,000 people on the eve of the general elections. Politically, it’s not wise. That’s why the programme stretched till this time. They have even stayed nine months extra on the payroll.

“The truth is that they don’t even have allocation for them in the 2020 budget and because of that, they will not be paid. They will exit them this January or so,” the source said.

The beneficiaries were to have graduated from the N-Power after two years of internship but they stayed longer for another 16 months on the government’s payroll, he said.

Disengagement Plans

Commenting on the disengagement plan for the Batch A members, the source explained that the federal government is looking for a soft-landing for them, adding that the aim was to ensure that they were not pushed into the labour market without any empowerment.

Part of the plan, according to him, is to allow the participants access to loans of between N30,000 and N100,000 to start up small and medium scale businesses.

The source added that federal government officials were already meeting with the state governments that benefited from the N-Power Agro, N-Power Health, N-Power Teach, N-Power Community Education, and N-Power Health workers to absorb or engage those that had been productive.

It was also learnt that the government plans to liaise with private sector employers and other public institutions such as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the police to absorb some of them since they had acquired about three years’ experience in various areas.

Another source disclosed that the government plans to enlist some of them into the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) being run by the Bank of Industry (BoI) to give them loan facilities.

Source :-
January 09, 2020

[Tech] Phones To Avoid If You Live In Nigeria - Phones

Nigeria has a lot of Nigerians in it. So many (179 million) that if you took half of them out of the country, Nigeria would still have the highest population of any African country.
The Nigerian phone market in recent times has become saturated with fake phones and many unsuspecting buyers have been scammed into buying fake phones for the price of an original one. Fake phones especially Android phones have become so rampant that one wonders if phone dealers are deliberately taking advantage of their customers.

I noticed that most of the fake phones in the market are the so called ‘UK or London Used Phones’ and fairly used phones, there are also fake new phones but they don’t seem to be as many as the used phones.

Most of these fake phones match the original phones almost exactly in design and since most phone buyers are not tech savvy, they are very easily deceived. Many people do not know they bought a fake phone until after a while when they probably meet someone with the original version of the phone and find huge differences between their phone and the original. Even small phones popularly called ‘Torchlight phones’.
Before you hurriedly buy or upgrade to a new phone, here are some things to consider:

By Ayodele Efunla

Buying phones from roadside sellers or unauthorised outlets goes with a lot of risks as experiences of many patrons of such unregistered dealers have confirmed.

Complaints of overheating, battery malfunctioning and many more are on the increase. Some, including very expensive smartphones, break down irretrievably almost immediately after purchase.

Therefore, before you buy phone, here are some things to consider:

1. Don’t buy phones which parts are not readily available in Nigeria.

2. Avoid buying used or second-hand smartphones either from the roadside or from an unregistered outlet. Failure to exercise this caution may lead to regret. You may also be unknowingly buying a stolen phone. Buying a new smartphone will ensure that you know the phone’s history and it comes with a battery that has long lifespan.

3. Don’t buy a phone you cannot afford its parts in case you want to repair. Don’t let competition or peer pressure push you. Live within the boundary of your income .

4. Don’t rush to buy a newly introduced phone. If you wait for a few months, you would discover that the price will crash.

5. Avoid phones that are not designed for the Nigerian weather.

6. Phones which the operating system will no longer be supported in 2020, such as Blackberry phones, iPhone running iOS 8 or older ones, should be avoided.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

December 19, 2019

[Sport] Champions League last-16 draw: Man City face Real Madrid, Liverpool land Atletico & Chelsea tackle Bayern

Defending champions Liverpool will face Atletico Madrid in the first knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League, according to the draw made today.

Manchester City will take on Real Madrid, while Barcelona are drawn against Napoli.

Paris Saint-Germain who beat Real Madrid to first place in Group A will take on Borussia Dortmund, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus will battle Lyon.
Five-time winners Bayern Munich will meet Chelsea in a rematch of the 2011-12 Champions League final, when the Blues won 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

The first round of matches are scheduled to take place on February 18-19 and February 25-26. The second-leg fixtures begin on March 10-11, and the final round-of-16 games will take place on March 17-18.

Round-of-16 Matchups

Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Real Madrid vs. Manchester City

Atalanta vs. Valencia

Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool

Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich

Lyon vs. Juventus

Tottenham Hotspur vs. RB Leipzig

Napoli vs. Barcelona

Saturday, 7 December 2019

December 07, 2019

[News] Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz by unanimous decision in their rematch (photos, video)

British fighter Anthony Joshua has reclaimed his heavyweight titles six months after initially losing them to Andy Ruiz.
The 30-year-old Watford-born boxer emerges victorious at the end of the 12th round in the bout having amassed more points than his opponent.

Joshua won the fight Two cards have it 118-110, the other 119-109.

This time in Diriyah, in a purpose-built 15,000-seat arena, there had been a downpour in the desert but a disaster for Joshua was averted by his most disciplined and controlled performance to date.

Anthony Joshua reclaimed the world heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night by outclassing Andy Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds.

Joshua gained revenge for his nightmare in New York earlier this year, when he fell four times in defeat to Ruiz Jr, by winning a unanimous decision in their rematch and clawing back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

He came into the rings as a challenger but returned as the champion having tasted defeat for the first time in his career earlier this year.

Joshua drew blood from Ruiz Jr in the earliest exchanges – he immediately seemed far more relaxed than during the ill-fated first fight and fired a swift right hook which did the damage.

But Joshua then suffered a similar cut in the second round, above his eye, although he remained poised and unhurt.

Joshua was able to keep the shorter and heavier Ruiz Jr at his preferred range by moving quickly on his back foot, and flicking out a jab whenever the champion tried to creep forwards.

Ruiz Jr finally had success at the end of the fourth round when an overhand right crashed home. Joshua felt it, and the bell came at a good time for him.

But still Joshua was still able to execute his game-plan, geed on by Rob McCracken, the long-serving trainer in his corner who he unequivocally backed after the first fight. At his lightest ever for a world title fight and 10lbs lighter than the first fight, the Brit had enough to gas to keep Ruiz Jr at bay.

Joshua landed a strong left hook in the sixth but Ruiz Jr would not be dissuaded from plodding forwards and threatening his own punches. The build-up to this fight had been respectful but, at the end of the sixth, Joshua shot a spiteful stare when Ruiz Jr threw two illegal punches.

Mexico’s first ever heavyweight champion, by the seventh, was getting frustrated and the referee admonished him for more illegal shots.

They went toe-to-toe for the first time moments later, in scenes reminiscent of the first fight when Joshua fell, but this time he remained firm.

Ruiz Jr’s eyes lit up in the eighth round when he landed hard punches to the side of Joshua’s head. There was a collective intake of breath at ringside but Joshua did not go down. Joshua then had to absorb even more in the ninth.

It was Joshua’s skill and finesse (although he crashed a right hand home in the final round) that ultimately made him a two-time heavyweight champion, joining esteemed company such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis in reigning again after suffering defeat.

Two scores of 118-110 and another of 119-109 meant the world titles returned to Joshua, who celebrated with his family and embraced Ruiz Jr after the decision.

More photos below:


Sunday, 10 November 2019

November 10, 2019

[News] Femi Otedola and Dangote donate N5billion / N100Million respectively to Dj Cuppy’s foundation for the less privileged children

Nigerian oil tycoons Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote have donated N5billion and N100million respectively to Cuppy’s foundation, to help the less privileged children in Nigeria.

Femi Otedola is not just a successful and highly celebrated businessman, he has also proven to be a true father and humanitarian through his applaudable charity works for the less privileged.
Currently, he has promised to give out N5billion to help children who are in dire need of financial assistance, through his daughter’s foundation.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has also donated N100m for the children. Congratulations to the tycoons for a job well done.

Renowed blogger, Linda Ikeji shared the news via her Instagram. She wrote;

“Mr Femi Otedola should be father and humanitarian of the year. OMG! He just donated N5billion to Save The Children Foundation through his daughter @cuppymusic foundation for children in need in Nigeria. Was so overwhelmed I had to post it here. Massive thank you to him on behalf of all the children that will benefit from this. Incredible! Dangote also donated N100million”