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NCDC Reports 252 New COVID-19 Cases As Nigeria’s Total Rises To 52,800

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Nigeria recorded a fairly low number of covid-19 infections on Tuesday as 252 fresh cases were confirmed.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the cases were recorded in 17 states and Abuja.

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It added that three persons died from complications resulting from the virus on Tuesday.  This pushed up the number of COVID-19 fatalities to one thousand and seven.

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Also, the total number of confirmed cases has increased to 52,800.  Lagos, usually the leader in case numbers, ran fourth on Tuesday with twenty-six cases.  Plateau state led the pack with fifty infections.

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NCDC reports 39,964 patients have been discharged from various isolation facilities across the country as at Tuesday night.

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PDP Reacts As FG Approves $1.9bn Rail Line To Niger Republic

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FG Approves $1.9bn Rail Line To Niger Republic

The Federal Government has on Wednesday approved $1,959,744,723.71 for the construction of a rail line that will link Nigeria to Niger Republic.

At the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting, the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told reporters that the sum approved for the development of the proposed rail line linking Kano-Dutse-Katsina-Jibia and to Maradi in Niger Republic is inclusive of Value Added Tax.

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The minister said apart from that, the council also approved the award of a contract worth N3.049 billion for the design, manufacture, supply, testing, and commissioning of one railway crane for the purposes of clearing rail tracks in situations of accidents.

Meanwhile, the decision by the federal government has attracted criticisms from the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party saying the project was a misplacement of priority in a country facing intractable problems of insecurity and harsh economic conditions arising from hikes in fuel price and electricity tariff.

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According to PUNCH newspaper, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbindiyan in a telephone interview said “the problem of this regime is that it has never got its  priorities right and at the end of the day, Nigerians are the ones who suffer from these poor choices by these people.

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Ologbindiyan said “let’s even look at it from the point of view of the economy. What is the economic benefit of this project to Nigeria. The Nigerian economy,  as it is today, is not in a state to contain this kind of wasteful spending.”

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At Least 30 Persons Killed In Kogi As Tanker Collides With Keke Napep

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Over 30 people killed, as tanker collides with Keke Napep in

More than 30 persons were burnt alive when a petrol tanker collided with a tricycle early Wednesday morning in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Among those burnt to ashes were a family of six, Kogi State Polytechnic students, primary and secondary school students being conveyed in their school bus, residents and passersby.

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Eyewitnesses say the tanker’s brake had failed causing the accident in which more than 10 vehicles were burnt to ashes at the scene of the incident.

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No Going Back On Strike, Protest, Labour Insists

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The Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Labour Congress are set to commence nationwide demonstrations from Monday.

This is to protest against the federal government’s failure to reverse increases in electricity tariffs and petrol pump price.

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The unions say they would work together with their affiliate members to execute the industrial action for maximum effect.

The national executive council of the NLC comprising the chairpersons of the 36 states and the federal capital territory endorsed last Wednesday’s decision by the central working committee of the congress.

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The committee will be making good on its earlier two-week ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the price hikes or face industrial action.

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