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NCDC Records 104 New COVID-19 Cases, Seven Deaths

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NCDC Reports Zero COVID-19 Case

Nigeria has recorded seven deaths relating to coronavirus and 104 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total nationwide death toll from the disease to 2,048.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Sunday 104 new cases were confirmed from 11 states and the nation’s capital, of which, Lagos reported the highest figure of 48 new infections.  Enugu recorded the second highest number at 16, Kwara – eight, and Kaduna – six.

Edo, Ekiti, Kano, Katsina, Ogun, Plateau, Rivers, and the FCT also reported cases, total of which now stands at 162,593.  More than 150,000 patients have been discharged, and 10,237 cases are still active.

Nigeria has tested nearly two million samples for covid-19.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has dispelled misleading information about coronavirus vaccine.  It says misconceptions surrounding the vaccine, has created hesitancy and its rejection by the people.

WHO experts reiterate the vaccine is safe, and that the benefits of taking it outweigh the side effects.

WHO, public health officer, Dr. Jerry Pantuvo, one of the facilitators at a two-day workshop organized by who in Yola, Adamawa State capital, for north-east journalists, said it is true that there are minor side effects after taking the vaccine such as fever, cold, headache among others, but they go away after some time.

He said the reason for the side effects is because the body reacts to anything newly introduce to it, adding that the body sees the vaccine as strange, “which is the reason for the side effects but after sometime, it gets use to it.”

The medical expert explained that the benefits of the vaccine is that it is introduced to aid prevention because it empowers and develops antibodies cells, “which will develop stiff resistance against the pandemic from penetrating the body.”

He said there was no need to entertain fears and reservation about the safety of the vaccine.

“We the health workers are among the first category of people to be vaccinated; if it is not safe, we couldn’t have agreed to take it,” he said.

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Twitter Bows To Nigerian Govt, Agrees To Open Office In Nigeria

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Just as the Nigerian has promised to lift the suspension on Twitter operations in Nigeria, the Federal Government has on Wednesday said that the micro blogging patform has agreed to open its office in Nigeria in 2022.

Disclosing this, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed told State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC explaining that the federal government’s engagement with Twitter has been extremely positive without any acrimony.

Mohammed said “We have made it clear what we want from Twitter. The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight.

According to Daily Post, the minister added ‘We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there.

He said Twitter have shown a lot of flexibility and has agreed to open office in the country in 2022.

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Reps Oppose FG’s Plan To Allow Firemen Bear Arms

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The house of representatives has also opposed the plan to allow fire fighters to carry arms. The lawmakers say the Federal Fire Service is a civil outfit and not a security agency, and does not require arms to carry out its duties.

They say some mob attacks on firefighters are usually caused by frustration on the part of victims when firefighters arrive late and are ill-prepared to avert emergencies.

The house believes instead of creating an arms squad of the Federal Fire Service, adequate resources should be channeled into improving the service delivery of the federal fire service, including the provision of fire hydrants in every local government area and updating the global positioning system service of the federal fire service to locate emergency scenes swiftly.

The members say they are worried that equipping the Federal Fire Service with arms would add to the growing concerns about the reckless use of arms by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

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Lawmakers Suspend Media Regulation Debate Amid Uproar

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Nigerian lawmakers have suspended deliberations on new laws to regulate the media. The sponsor of the controversial Nigeria Press Council (NPC) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment bills, Segun Odebunmi, who is also the chairman of the house committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values, said the reprieve would avail the lawmakers time for proper consultations over the bill , and so, on Tuesday  the house has agreed to suspend the bills.

The bills have been resisted by Nigerians, including a media solidarity on Monday calling for the bills to be thrown out. Media groups called it draconian and what they call an extension of the existing censorship on broadcast stations, but the lawmakers said it was aimed at oiling the machineries of the press for optimum performance.

Ran with the caption ‘information blackout,’ on the front page of many national dailies of Monday and Tuesday as well as television chyron and lead graphics on online media.

“it’s not just against the media,” the advertorial read. “it is about society’s right to know, your right to be heard.”

The groups saw the bills as an extension of the existing censorship on broadcast stations, which are often ordered to stop airing programmes the government feels displeased with and slammed with heavy fines at will when there is an alleged breach.

On one hand, the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) empowers the president to appoint the chairman of the board of the council as well as other members of the board upon the recommendation of the information minister.

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