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Monday, 13 July 2020

Malami Threatens To Sue Sahara Reporters

7/13/2020 08:29:00 pm 0
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has threatened to sue Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous and defamatory publications against him. 


In a statement released by his spokesperson Umar Gwandu on Monday July 13, Malami threatened to sue the news platform if they fail to retract stories published about him on July 10, 11 and 12, 2020.


He added that the reports have caused him considerable distress, psychological trauma and anxiety.


The statement read; 


“Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, vowed to take legal action against Sahara Reporters on account of defamatory publications made against him.

“Malami said, the consequence of the criminal defamation published by Sahara Reporters, has subjected him to considerable distress, psychological trauma, anxiety and greatly injured his character and reputation, which is capable of lowering his estimation in the eyes of right-thinking persons in the society. 

“He said since the 10th of July 2020 when the defamatory articles was first published, he has been receiving several telephone calls and visits from well-meaning Nigerians, his friends, well-wishers and associates from all over the world including those he has dealt with/still dealing with in his official capacity as Nigeria’s chief law officer, many of whom have expressed serious concerns over the publication.

“Malami gave the medium a seven-day ultimatum to retract all the libellous and criminally defamatory publications against him and issue a public apology to be published on the platform and on the front pages of three national newspapers for three consecutive days.

“A senior lawyer has already been briefed to deal with the matter as may be appropriate, in the event of failure to retract the publication in question and offer the requested apology within the stipulated time.”
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CBN Bans Forex For Maize Importation

7/13/2020 08:23:00 pm 0
Banks have been directed to stop processing Forms M for the importation of maize with immediate effect. 


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who made the order on Monday July 13, said the decision to ban forex for maize importation was made to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery, safeguard rural livelihoods.


The apex bank further stated that the decision will would increase jobs which have been lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The statement partly read; 


“Authorised dealers are hereby directed to discontinue the processing of Forms M for the importation of maize/corn with immediate effect. 

“Accordingly, all authorised dealers are hereby requested to submit the list of Forms M already registered for the importation of maize/corn on or before the close of business on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.”
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Governor Umahi Suspends Ebonyi Auditors-General Indefinitely

7/13/2020 08:19:00 pm 0
Ebonyi state's auditor-general, Innocent Nweda and the Auditor General for local government in the state, George Ukpai have been suspended indefinitely by Governor David Umahi. 


Secretary to the State Government(SSG) Kenneth Ugbala who made the announcement, said the auditors were suspended for failing to carry out their duties. They were accused of failing to prepare and produce the annual audited accounts of the State and Local government.


While Nweda was asked to hand over to the next most senior officer in rank, Governor Umahi asked Dr U. A. Udu to take over as Acting Auditor General for local government until further notice.
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FG Release Guidelines For School Resumption

7/13/2020 08:12:00 pm 0
The Federal Government has issued guidelines ahead of the planned resumption of schools in the country.


The guidelines, which failed to disclose the date of school resumption, was signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Minister of State (Education), Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba. It was developed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health and health safety experts in the country


The guidelines outlined actions, measures and requirements needed for the safe reopening of schools after the coronavirus pandemic.


The guidelines released today, July 13, requires that students should be aided to maintain social distancing and stay at least 2 meters apart.


The guidelines dealt extensively on plans for school reopening and operations, including attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programmes.


Mallam Adamu explained that the need to develop the guidelines became imperative, "given that COVID – 19 may be with us for a while."


On social distancing in shools, the document reads, "However, there are exceptions where the two-meter rule cannot be reasonably applied and other risk mitigation strategies may be adopted. Examples include early years, younger primary school children, and those with additional needs.


"In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel in mind. The scenarios require organizing learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the risk mitigation strategies. The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise."


With the release of the guidelines, the government would conduct a rapid assessment and determine funding requirement for upgrading infrastructure and facilities such as classrooms, furniture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH and ICT facilities to meet and sustain prescribed safe school reopening requirements.


Notable among the items in the guidelines are recommendations for the review of existing policies, practices, and risk mitigation strategies in the use of schools for other purposes, such as distance learning centres, temporary shelters, isolation, quarantine and treatment centres, markets, voting centres, among others.


The document adds: "COVID – 19 pandemic poses an enormous risk to the health and safety of learners, teachers, parents, school administrators, education practitioners, and the wider community…More than 1.5 billion children and young people globally have been affected by school and university closures.


"As a responsible government, it is also our duty to provide comprehensive guidelines for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities. We do so knowing that the health, safety, and security of learners, teachers, education personnel, and families are priorities."


Adamu said the guidelines also highlight the urgent need to maintain and improve upon distance-learning programmes.


Adamu said: "Our aim is to identify and strengthen programmes that will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps resulting from the pandemic.


"The guidelines were drafted in close coordination with health, environmental, education, and school safety experts who were tasked with the responsibility of charting a pathway for safely reopening our schools and learning facilities for quality teaching and learning."
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Nigeria Lose N2.5 Trillion To Fraud Every Year- Forensic Body

7/13/2020 08:05:00 pm 0
The Society for Forensic Accountants and Fraud Prevention (SFAFP), a body that studies the management of funds by Government agencies, has revealed that Nigeria loses N2.5 trillion yearly in the national budget to public sector fraud and corruption.

SFAFP Chairman Iliyasu Gashinbaki, revealed that in Africa, 25 per cent of annual budgets of countries are diverted through bad schemes by politicians.  


Gashinbaki, speaking at a virtual induction of 192 associates of SFAFP at the weekend, revealed public officers mismanaged government money by unlawful use of public assets for private advances, underpayment of taxes and duties on export as well as import.

Other methods of embezzlement include payment of salary to ghost workers; bribery and extortion; payment for air supply (goods or services not provided or rendered); over and under-invoicing; fraudulent court awards of financial compensations above damage suffered.

“Recent studies have shown that most African governments struggle with the huge debt burden, in addition to huge loss of revenue due to fraud and corruption consistently draining its little resources.

"In Nigeria, N2.5 trillion is lost yearly to fraud using schemes like over and under-invoicing'. He said.

"Other ways include fraudulent court awards of financial compensations above damage suffered, fraud and embezzlement include payment of salary to ghost workers; bribery and extortion; payment for air supply and goods or services not provided or rendered.


According to Gashinbaki, the SFAFP, would continue to provide technical support for the public and private sectors.
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Passengers Can Arrive Airport 1 Hour 30 Minutes Before Flights – Hadi Sirika

7/13/2020 07:17:00 pm 0
The Federal Government has said passengers on Domestic flights can now arrive at the airport one hour thirty minutes before their flight.


Recall that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had earlier advised passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flight so as to undergo all the COVID19 protocols before boarding.


However in a tweet posted today July 13, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said passengers can now come one hour thirty minutes before their departure time.


“My colleagues & I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports; consequently I am happy to announce that, henceforth travelers are to arrive one hour and a half before their departure time for domestic flights. Travelers are advised to check in online, please.” he tweeted
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Fire Outbreak At The World Trade Center Abuja

7/13/2020 05:50:00 pm 0
A section of the World Trade Center Abuja is currently on fire.


The fire outbreak started from the top of the skyscraper which is located at the Central Business District in the Federal Capital Territory FCT.


The cause of the fire outbreak is yet unknown. Men of the Federal Fire Service are working to put out the fire. See more photos below.

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4.48 Million Nigerians Applied For The N-Power Jobs

7/13/2020 05:45:00 pm 0
Recruitment of the third batch of N-Power enrolees has so far received 4.48 million applications.


Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq made the announcement via her Twitter handle. 


Farouq wrote;


 “My team and I continue to interface with stakeholders to ensure a successful transition for the @npower_ng. It has been 16 days since the portal opened and we have received 4.48 million applications to date”.
Recall that sixteen days after the portal was opened for application, the ministry said over 4million applications have been received.


The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had also disclosed that only 400,000 applicants will be absorbed into the third batch of its N-Power National Social Investment Scheme (NSIP) at the end of the recruitment exercise.
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Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan Resigns

7/13/2020 05:40:00 pm 0
Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Vice President of Ivory Coast has resigned from his position as confirmed by the presidency on Monday July 13. 


Patrick Achi, the secretary-general of the presidency told reporters that the 77-year-old resigned due to personal reasons. 


Achi said in a statement; 


"The President of the Republic proceeded on Wednesday, July 8, to the signing of a decree terminating the functions of Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice president of the Republic. 

"After several talks, the last of which took place on Tuesday, July 7, President Alassane Ouattara took note of this resignation and proceeded to sign the decree terminating Daniel Kablan Duncan."


Daniel Kablan previously served as Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from 1993-1999 under Henri Konan Bedié and again from 2012-2017 under the current president, Ouattara.


He resigned from his position days after the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was also the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election.
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Coronavirus Infect People On Daily Basis Through Common Cold - New Research

7/13/2020 05:33:00 pm 0
According to a new research, immunity to Covid-19 might be lost within months.


According to the research conducted by scientists at King’s College London, COVID-19 could infect people continually on an annual basis just like the common cold and flu virus.

The scientists looked at the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, putting to bed reports that herd immunity could be a way of defeating the virus.

The scientists found that antibody levels peaked three weeks after symptoms and then declined.


Speaking to the Guardian, Dr Katie Doores, the lead scientist of the research said: ‘People are producing a reasonable antibody response to the virus, but it’s waning over a short period of time and depending on how high your peak is, that determines how long the antibodies are staying.’ 


According to Dr Katie, antibody levels were highest and lasted longest in patients who had the most severe cases, and that any protection from a vaccine may not be very long lasting meaning that the vaccine may need to be reformulated every year.


This research comes after a new study found more than half of hospitalised Coronavirus patients given heart scans worldwide were found to have abnormalities.


The study by the British Heart Foundation showed 55 per cent of 1,261 patients from 69 countries had abnormal changes to the way their heart was pumping, with around one in seven showing evidence of severe dysfunction.


According to the study, majority of patients had never been diagnosed with heart problems before, leading scientists to conclude that COVID-19 may seriously affect the heart.
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