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BREAKING NEWS IN NIGERIA THIS AFTERNOON

Published by on July 1st, 2020.


BREAKING NEWS IN NIGERIA THIS AFTERNOON

1. President Buhari presides over the 6th Virtual Federal Executive Committee meeting.

President of Nigeria Muhammad Buhari is currently presiding over the 6th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting today being July 1st 2020.

The council meeting started with the rendition of national anthem immediately President Buhari entered the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa.

Also present at the meeting are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd).

The seven ministers that are physically present are; the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fasola; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

Others are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Bello; and the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu.

 

2 DSTV to suspend new tariffs.:- National Broadcasting commission

Mr. Armstrong  Idachaba The Acting Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC  yesterday ordered the management of MultiChoice, to suspend the implementation of its new hiked tariffs on different bouquets on its Digital Satellite Television (DSTV).

Besides, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also disclosed Federal government’s plan to break the Sporting rights monopoly of DSTV.

The duo spoke at the National Assembly, while briefing members of an Ad Hoc Committee looking into the hike in tariffs.

“I want to agree, with the Committee and call on DSTV to suspend the hike in tariffs,” Idachaba, said when pushed by the Committee.

 

3 Edo State Frontline Covid-19 health workers to get outstanding allowance.

The Edo State Government has said that the frontline workers temporarily engaged in screening and testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, would be paid their outstanding allowance upon the conclusion of the vetting of their payroll.

Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, in a statement, said the taskforce was demobilised after the state exceeded its target to screen and test over 500,000 and 5,000 persons respectfully.

In a part of the statement, Osagie said; “The screening exercise was massive and crosscutting. The officials were inundated with lists of persons, who were said to have participated in the exercise. So, we are carefully vetting the lists before making the final payment. The outstanding allowances would be paid before the end of the week.”

He assured that the delay in payment of allowances was as a result of the vetting of the list of volunteers and other frontline workers, which would be resolved within the week.

4 Federal Government warn against job racketeering.

President Muhammadu Buhari has again, warned political appointees and other government officials against using their positions to bestow undue advantage on anyone seeking government jobs and other favours, saying this is antithetical to the character of the Administration.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement in Abuja today being Wednesday, that Mr. President’s repeated warning followed persistent reports of fraudsters using the business cards and purported referral letters from presidential aides and other government officials to solicit employment, contract, and other favours.

He advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies should disregard any purported request from government officials aiming to confer undue advantage on anyone seeking such favours

He said the administration has put in place a systematic and disciplined approach to ensure that the government runs smoothly for all Nigerians, whether in the area of employment or contract procurement 

5 Covid 19 test remains free of charge:– Lagos State Government

The Lagos State Government has reiterated that COVID-19 testing for residents of the state was free of charge.

Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy said this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said; “The state would like to reassure the general public that testing is still free at all the COVID-19 public testing laboratories for all Lagos residents.

Residents are enjoined to take advantage of this service if they feel unwell or feel they have had close contact with an infected person.”

Omotoso said that the government has established sampling centres across the state and has continued to enhance the capacity of the public testing laboratories to examine all those who required testing free of charge.

According to him, if any resident feels unwell, he should please, lodge a complaint through the appropriate channel by calling 08000CORONA.

He said that the state government has launched a consortium of seven private laboratories in the first phase.

 

6 Some African oil exporting countries and Nigeria will lose $34billion due to Corona virus:- IMF Says 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to cost Nigeria and other oil exporters in Africa a total of about $34bn in revenue.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the projected decline in revenue is attributable to the dwindling global crude oil prices.

IMF’s Director, African Department, Abebe Selassie, disclosed this at the Africa Ministerial Roundtable on COVID-19 impact on the energy sector in Africa.

The fund noted that African governments would be under intense budget pressure and rise in debt burden, adding that such burden would be higher among oil exporting countries.

It said if the pandemic persists, it could transform profoundly the demand for energy.

Selassie stated; “The shock is certainly crippling fiscal resources in the short run, but it should not be allowed to wipe out the achievements in terms of human development over the last two decades.”

He added, “The recovery on the continent depends crucially on investing in renewable energy which offers huge potential in terms of badly needed jobs and acquiring new technological capabilities.”

7.President of Nigeria(Mohammad BUHARI) approves new appointment.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Adesoji Adesugba, as the new Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA).

NEPZA is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

Adesugba’s appointment was confirmed in a letter signed by Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari and addressed to the Minister, Julius Toba-Jegede.

A statement by Toba-Jegede’s Media Assistant, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, hailed Buhari over Adesugba’s appointment.

The Minister also said he was confident Adesugba’s experience and academic exposure will add value to NEPZA, urging the new appointee to operate with an open-door policy.

Adesugba is an accomplished specialist in Investment Promotion and Economic Development, who is known for his proficiency in organizational development and institutional reforms.

He has combined the best in private sector entrepreneurial acumen with an expert ability to navigate public sector practice.

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