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COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Come Soon – FG

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The federal government has warned against complacency in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.  The government says the country should note that COVID-19 vaccines might not get to the country anytime soon.

During the Thursday briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19, minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora said even though the government is working very hard to get vaccines as soon as possible, Nigerians have to faithfully observe all COVID-19 protocols to check its spread.

His representative on the panel, director of hospital services in the ministry, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi said “the federal government is determined to ensure morbidity due to COVID-19 is reduced to the barest minimum while improving on the fatality rate.”

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Alleged N2bn Fraud: Maina Appeals For Bail Over Health Condition

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Former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has again approached Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja for another bail.

Maina said the application is important because of his bad health.

Maina had earlier pleaded not guilty to the 12-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

Maina told the court that he had reasonable and responsible persons who were willing to act as sureties if granted bail.

He said his health had worsened as a result of his re-arrest and detention.

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INEC Fixes Anambra Election For November 6

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Anambra governorship election has been fixed for November the 6th, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the guidelines, timetable and schedule of activities yesterday.

In a statement by INEC’s national commissioner in charge of voter education and publicity, Festus Okoye, the electoral body said the guidelines and schedule of activities are in line with the constitutional provisions.

Okoye says the election into the office of a state governor should hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.

The commission has also advised that the primaries be rancour-free, and should guarantee level playing field for all aspirants.  It also calls for due diligence on all forms and documents that will be submitted to the commission.

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FEC Approves New Bill To Increase Teachers Retirement Age

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The Federal Executive Council has approved the harmonised retirement age for teachers bill, 2021 which adjusts the teachers retirement age from 60 to 65.

The bill, which is on its way to the national assembly, also seeks to change the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40.

Other highlights of the bill include the introduction of bursary awards, special rural posting allowances, and other measures to attract the best brains to the profession.

Adamu says the bill seeks to enhance the teaching profession in the country.

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