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Nigeria Records 58 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections tally is now almost sixty thousand, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recorded 58 new cases on Sunday.

NCDC also announced the discharge of fifty persons in the previous twenty four hours. No death was recorded in the country.

The new cases were found in nine states.  Plateau chopped 18, Lagos recorded 15 and Katsina 10. Ogun, Kaduna, Edo, Ekiti, FCT, and Ondo recorded cases in very low single digits.

Fifty thousand seven hundred sixty-eight cases have been discharged across the country. So far eleven hundred and thirty deaths have been recorded.

Meanwhile, the health agency says it is not time for Nigerians to let down their guard because coronavirus is still in the country, and all health protocols are still in place.

National coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu says Nigerians arriving in the country will bear the cost of covid-19 tests because the federal government cannot afford free covid-19 tests for passengers.

Aliyu explained that the country would run out of test kits if it chooses to test the 5,000 to 7,000 daily arrivals into the country.

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Nigeria Needs N500bn Every Year For Three Years To Develop Road Network – Fashola

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Nigeria’s minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola says the country needs half a trillion naira per year for three years to develop its roads network.

Fashola gave this figure while addressing the press corps of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja on Monday.

The minister seems to lay some blame on past administrations whom he chastised for not showing as much commitment, quote, “as the president Muhammadu Buhari government.”  He said if those past governments had shown such commitment, most of the thirty-five thousand kilometers of the country’s roads would have now been completed.

Fashola said the current administration inherited many roads, some dating back to 2006, and some older. He said the country was earning more from oil, at one hundred dollars per barrel, and the nation’s total budget was four trillion naira. Now, with forty dollars per barrel, Fashola said the country’s budget is thirteen trillion naira.

The minister said there are currently more than seven hundred contracts working on constructing or rehabilitating more than thirteen thousand kilometers out of the nation’s thirty-five thousand kilometers of roads.

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South Korea’s Yoo Myung-Hee Reportedly Withdraws From WTO DG Race

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Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, appears to be the lone ranger standing for the post of director-general of the World Trade Organization.  This follows a report that her opponent, South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-Hee, is withdrawing her candidacy for the position.

South Korea is said to have informed the United States of the decision to drop out of consideration for the position because the trade minister had failed to garner enough support from every region.

Okonjo-Iweala secured wide margins of popular support, but her candidacy was put on hold because the U.S. had not supported her candidacy.

A newsletter, Washington Trade Daily, reports South Korea has already informed the United States of its decision which is expected to be made public in a matter of days.

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Gombe Judge Petitions CJN, Alleges Illegal Exclusion from CJ List

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Justice Beatrice Iliya of Gombe State High Court has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the exclusion of her name from the list of judges to be considered for appointment as chief judge of Gombe State.

Meanwhile, president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, said, in reaction to Iliya’s exclusion, the NJC should stamp out discrimination in the country’s judiciary.

Justice Iliya contends the omission of her name from the list sent to the Njc by the Gombe State judicial service commission was a violation of the NJC directive on the appointment of a chief judge.

She says, as the most senior judge on the Gombe State High Court bench, there was no justification for her name not to be sent to the NJC.

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