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NCDC Records 356 New COVID-19 Infections

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, reports 356 new COVID-19 infections in the country as it confirms six more deaths related to the disease.

Fourteen states and the Federal Capital Territory shared the new infections. Abuja led with seventy-nine new infections followed by Lagos with fifty-nine. Kaduna posted fifty-six, Katsina thirty-seven, and Nasarawa thirty.

The Presidential Task Force says the way social centers operate in Lagos could worsen the spread of the virus and swell the number of isolation center patients.  The PTF says people flagrantly disobey laid down COVID-19 protocols and hang out recklessly, behavior the task force says could endanger many even beyond the city.

Lagos State health commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi, has urged residents to strictly observe precautionary measures laid down to slow transmission of the deadly virus.  He said this would prevent the type of situation that led to a lockdown earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, the federal government has ordered civil servants on grade level 12 and lower to work from home for the next five weeks.  It has also mandated all schools to close until mid-January next year to ensure COVID-19 measures would take effect in the schools.

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Farmers, Drivers, Forest Guards, Ondo Monarchs Back Akeredolu’s Herdsmen Order

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The order by Ondo governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu that unregistered herders in the state must vacate government forest reserves is receiving strong support from most Ondo residents.

But, different reactions have been coming out of the presidency and northern elders on the governor’s order.

The presidency says the governor should not issue a unilateral order banning unregistered herders from the state’s forest reserves.  Akeredolu responded he would do what is right for the state.

Northern elders, on the other hand, have basically issued an order to the governor to leave the herders alone.

To ensure the governor would not back down, his supporters, including farmers, drivers, and forest guards, took to the streets of Akure to encourage him to stick to his order.  One protesting farmer said if the current state of insecurity is not quickly checked, it might lead to famine in the state.

Meanwhile, Ondo traditional rulers are also throwing their weight behind governor Akeredolu’s directive to the unregistered herders.

The monarchs briefed journalists after an emergency meeting in Akure on Thursday during which they called on president Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate to the world that he is the father of all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity.

They also said some persons are deliberately twisting the governor’s directive. But they stated the Fulanis, like any other ethnic group, are free to live and conduct their legitimate businesses anywhere in the country, including Ondo State.

 

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Kaduna Govt Sacks 65 Primary School Teachers

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The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has on Friday confirmed the sack of 65 primary school teachers after investigation revealed they were recruited illegally in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.

According to an official who served as the secretary of the investigation committee confirmed the development to Newsmen in Kaduna.

Earlier, the council Chairman, Charles Danladi, had on Wednesday announced the sack of the teachers to journalists in Gwantu, the Council headquarters.

Danladi alleged that the anomaly was detected through the over-bloated wage bill of the teachers, which kept increasing every month without new employment.

Their appointments have been terminated.

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Nigeria To Get COVID-19 Vaccines By February

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Nigeria can now look forward to assessing COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February.  Nigeria governors’ forum chairman, Kayode Fayemi says the country is collaborating with the world bank to ensure the country is able to assess the vaccines.

Fayemi gave the information while briefing the forum on his meeting with the chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the roll-out of the vaccines.

Reports say Fayemi had told the meeting there is an arrangement for the world health organization to work on ensuring equity in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in developing nations.

He said Nigeria one of a dozen African nations that has expressed the readiness among the 92 qualified countries for the facility.  Its first shipment of vaccines should arrive by the end of February.

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