The federal government has been advised on the management of COVID-19 second wave.
Anap foundation, a think tank that was established earlier this year to respond to the coronavirus disease pandemic, says the federal government cannot afford to shut small businesses as a result of coronavirus second wave. The group says the government must consider recession, high unemployment and rising insecurity.
A statement by the group over the weekend noted Nigeria should study countries that have similar realities, like Ethiopia and Senegal, rather than copying other countries that are experimenting with variations of lockdown measures to balance lives and livelihoods, as infection cases rise, especially during the holiday season.
The foundation has recommended that businesses in Nigeria stay open and that all Nigerians should observe safety measures like wearing face masks maintaining physical distancing, avoiding indoor crowds and frequently washing hands. The group also says Nigerians who can work from home should be encouraged to do so.
It also advised the federal government not to join the bandwagon of countries banning flights from the United Kingdom and other hot spots. It says the country’s travel protocols are robust enough as they require seven days Isolation on arrival and a second test.
The group has eighteen members drawn from across the six geo-political zones and from Germany and the United States.
BREAKING: Sunday Igboho’s House In Ibadan Set Ablaze
A building owned by Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho was on Tuesday set ablaze by suspected arsonist in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Sources close to Igboho confirmed the incident to reporters saying the building is his Soka residence in the state.
Last week, the activist made headlines after he accused Fulani herdsmen in the state of masterminding abductions and killings as he gave them ultimatum to leave the state.
Police Confirm 8 Deaths, 60 Arrests In Effium-Ezza Effium
The police in Ebonyi State have confirmed eight persons were killed in the unrest between Effium and Ezza Effium communities in Ohaukwu local government area of the state.
Ebonyi commissioner of police, Aliyu Garba said normalcy has returned to the communities, but at least eight houses and a petrol station were burnt.
He said a leadership tussle at the branch of the national union of road transport workers in the area, that involved old and new executives, torched the nerves that resulted in the fracas.
Garba said his command has ensured proper security in the area. He expressed confidence no further breach of the peace would occur in the area again.
Commissioner for border, peace and internal security, lauded what he called the police proactive response which he said helped in restoring normalcy to the areas.
The deputy governor has called for calm. He said the government would ensure this would be a permanent solution to the problem.
Presidency Seeks Peace Over Ondo Herdsmen Fracas
The federal government says it wants a peaceful resolution to the Ondo herdsmen conflict that has roiled sharp exchanges between the Ondo government and the presidency in the last week.
The seven-day ultimatum issued by the Ondo State government to unauthorized herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves expired on Sunday.
In a bid to foster peace, the federal government has prompted the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to hold an urgent meeting with southwest governors today, Monday. State chairman of the association, Garba Bello, says the Natioal chairman of the association, Abdullahi Badejo, as well as governors of Ekiti, Osun, Jigawa and Kebbi states will participate in the meeting.
Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has warned the presidency and the Arewa Consultative Forum against playing politics and ethnicity with what it calls the worrisome state of insecurity in the southwest.