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FG Extends Phase 2 Of Eased Lockdown By Four Weeks, Lifts Interstate Travel Ban

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FG Issues Fresh Warning To Offices, Places Of Worship As Domestic Flights Resume

The federal government has also lifted the ban placed on interstate travels with effect from tomorrow.

Ban on local flight operations has also been lifted. Passengers would now have to be at the airport at least three hours before their flights to observe health protocols instituted by the airports authority.

PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha, who spoke at a news conference after briefing president Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the four-week gradual easing of lockdown says the reason for the precision lockdown is to place specific measures that will be administered by state governments and local authorities.

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The federal government has approved what it calls “safe reopening” of schools nationwide which includes only graduating pupils in primary six, JSS 3 and SS 3.

Higher institutions, day care centres and other classes in primary and secondary schools remain closed.

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Nigeria on Thursday confirmed five hundred sixty-six new cases of coronavirus, this brings to more than twenty-five thousand, the total number of covid-19 cases in the country.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed the infections were recorded in twenty states. Lagos posted the highest number of cases with one hundred sixty-six new cases.  Oyo followed with sixty-six infections.

The agency says ninety-four hundred and two patients have been discharged so far.

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NCDC says in the absence of a vaccine, Nigerians need to adhere strictly to its guidelines of wearing face masks, physical distancing and hand washing.  The agency says these are the most effective strategies to limit covid-19 spread.

The agency revealed eighteen local governments across the nation that account for 60 percent of covid-19 cases may face imminent lockdown.

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COVID-19: Tax Keeps Nigeria Afloat, Not Oil Money – FIRS Tells Nigerians

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COVID-19: Tax Keeps Nigeria Afloat, Not Oil Money -- FIRS Tells Nigerians

The Federal Inland Revenue Service is urging Nigerians to pay their taxes.

FIRS executive chairman, Muhammad Nami, says Nigeria’s economy is being sustained by taxes, not by oil revenues, even in light of the covid-19 outbreak.

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Nami says tax revenues have played a great role in financing part of allocations shared by states.  The FIRS boss made these comments during a television public enlightenment appearance to educate citizens on voluntary tax compliance, including stamp duty payments which he says have increased from eighteen billion naira to a current level of around eighty billion naira.

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He implored outlets that collect the taxes to remit them to the government so the impact of oil revenue bust would be minimized.

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Shoprite Debunks Rumors Of Leaving Nigeria

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Shoprite Debunks Rumors Of  Leaving Nigeria

Retail giant, Shoprite, which has been in the Nigerian marketplace for fifteen years now, has debunked rumors it was planning to leave Nigeria.

Stories began flooding the social media on Monday that Shoprite has decided to leave the country because of a series of problems in doing business in Nigeria.

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But, country director for Chastex Consult, Ini Archibong, told a newspaper in Lagos, Shoprite is staying in Nigeria.  He said all the company had done was to open up investment opportunities in the company to Nigerians.  He said the company would not exit the country where it has a thirty-billion-dollar investment.

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If the report had been true, more than two thousand Nigerians would have lost their jobs.

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Air Peace Sacks Pilots Over Coronavirus Pandemic

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Air Peace Sacks 69 Pilots Over Coronavirus Pandemic

The devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic cut across different sectors of the economy not leaving out the aviation sector as one of Nigeria’s biggest airline operator, Air Peace laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries.

The airline said in a statement on Monday that the decision became necessary in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations without disclosing the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at around 70.

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The company said that it took the “very painful, but rightful decision”, adding that “the airline cannot afford to toe the path of being unable to continue to fulfill its financial obligations to its staff, external vendors, aviation agencies, maintenance organizations, insurance companies, banks and other creditors.

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Air Peace said “anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period.

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