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Nigeria Records 404 New COVID-19 Cases Pushing Totals Past 42,000

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Nigeria is now nursing forty-two thousand, two hundred eight cases of Coronavirus infections after the country’s Center for Disease Control, NCDC, reported four hundred and four new cases on Wednesday.

The new cases represent the lowest daily record for this month.  July started with a high number of seven hundred and ninety COVID-19 cases on the first.  The lowest figure before now was five days ago when four hundred thirty-five cases were confirmed.

The number of deaths rose to eighty hundred seventy-three after five new fatalities were reported on Wednesday.

Just about half of the total cases still have the virus while nineteen thousand and four have recovered.  The infections are spread among thirty-five states and the federal capital territory.

NCDC says Wednesday’s new cases were reported in 19 states with Lagos booking the highest number of one hundred and six, followed by the Federal Capital Territory at fifty-four.

NCDC has advised Nigerians to adhere to established COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and embracing proper hygiene as they prepare for Sallah festivities that begin today, Thursday.  The center also urged the elderly and Nigerians with underlying health conditions to be more cautious so they won’t risk contracting the virus.

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TCN Says Nigeria Needs N1TRN To Stabilize National Grid

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria says the country must fork out a lot of money, one trillion naira to be exact, if it is to stabilize the national grid.

The company’s executive director Victor Adewumi, dropped this bomb on Wednesday during the fifty-second power dialogue of the Nigeria electricity hub.

He said the one and a half trillion dollars inflow into the company from international agencies is not enough to stabilize the grid.  He said with internal financing through its internally generated revenue and federal government input, TCN would still require at least six hundred billion naira.  He said, when the two are combined, about one trillion naira would be needed to accomplish the goal.

Adewumi said that kind of money does not flow into TCN at the moment because distribution companies, discos, are not paying TCN the required monies.  Adewumi said TCN is getting below sixty percent of its tariff.

The TCN boss said the alternative funding avenue is to explore project financing, where financiers would fund specific areas of TCN operations, like transmission lines.  Those financiers would get their money back over a period of time, based on the cost of energy that is ultimately wheeled on those lines.

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IGP Blames Fakes News For Massive Destruction During EndSARS Protests

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Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has laid the blame for EndSARS destruction, at the tail end of the otherwise peaceful protests, on fake news, which he says is inimical to the growth and unity of the country.

Adamu made the charge while visiting the Nigeria Police Command in Ondo State.  He said one of the goals of the EndSARS protesters was to destabilize the current government although he provided no proof to the charge.

Adamu praised the police for showing respect to human lives during the protests across the country.

The IGP wrapped up his visit with a courtesy call on the state governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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Fashola To APC: Respect Your Zoning Plan In 2023

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Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula in picking a presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Fashola says this is the core of the agreement by APC founding fathers before the 2015 elections.

The minister said although zoning is not in the party’s constitution, party leaders had agreed on the zoning when the party was being formed.

Fashola has also advised party members to support the Mala Buni-led caretaker, extra-ordinary, convention committee, which he described as a product of necessity.

He says the caretaker committee must be respected because it is a by-product of the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.

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