Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has revealed that state governors in the country have received one billion naira each from the federal government as palliative for the coronavirus pandemic. Bello also said, in addition, governors have signed a memorandum of understanding with the world bank to receive another one point one billion naira for the same purpose.
Governor bello gave this information during a television interview on Tuesday morning. He said his state received the federal government’s one billion naira even though Kogi had no coronavirus infection because his state was equally affected by the pandemic, and because the funds were to assist every state.
Bello said he was the only state governor who did not sign an MoU with the world bank for the one point one billion naira fund because, as he put it, it was a one-sided agreement.
The governor denied allegations that his government hoarded CA-COVID relief packages in Lokoja or anywhere in the state. He said those allegations were to discredit state governors and the federal government.
Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman
Now, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, can continue as the commission’s boss after the senate confirmed him on Tuesday for a second and final term.
Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, succeeding Attahiru Jega, who supervised that year’s general election.
Committee chairman, Kabiru Gaya, says Yakubu was re-confirmed because of his suitability for the position with no petition or incriminatory report against him. Gaya says Yakubu is a nominee with a high level of intelligence, no affiliation to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.
Yakubu resumes immediately.
Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021
Delta State independent electoral commission has fixed march next year for elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions in the state.
Commission chairman, Michael Ogbodu made the announcement after meeting with stakeholders and party chairmen on Tuesday in Asaba.
Ogbodu says additional 34 wards was created to add to the existing 466 wards across the 25 local government areas in the state.
The commission chairman approved immediate commencement of pre-election activities such as campaigns.
Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases
The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.
As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.
The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.
The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.
Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.