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Nigeria: 420,000 women, 21,000 babies infected with HIV
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Nigeria: 420,000 women, 21,000 babies infected with HIV

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed concern over new paediatric HIV infections in children aged 0-4 years. “For example, PMTCT coverage is only 37 per cent and 21,000 new paediatric HIV infections recorded in children aged 0-4 years in 2019,” Mr Ehanire said during a national dialogue on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) on Tuesday in Abuja. He added, “Nigeria, being one of the 21 priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa for the elimination of vertical transmission of HIV, committed to and endorsed the Global Plan. “We agreed to be held accountable for achieving the set targets by 2015. Since then, we implemented several pillars cutting across leadership, policy, and coordination.”   According to the health minister, the ...
Russia Reports the First Known Cases of H5N8 Bird Flu in Humans
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Russia Reports the First Known Cases of H5N8 Bird Flu in Humans

Russia has reported first cases of H5N8 viral found in human as seven people at a poultry farm in southern Russia have been infected. This is making it the first time that the highly pathogenic virus has been found in humans but there’s no evidence of human-to-human transmission. “Today, I want to inform you about an important scientific discovery made by scientists at the Vector scientific center,” Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, said on Saturday, February 20.
Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year
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Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year

Scientists have asked the British government to ensure that social distancing is enforced until the end of the year. Sunday Telegraph reported that restrictions can only be relaxed once the Coronavirus vaccines are at least 85% effective and a ‘high uptake’ of the jab is vital to avoid another deadly wave of the disease.   In the paper which was commissioned by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), a sub-group of the government’s SAGE advisory committee, many scientists are said to believe transmissions will be reduced by around 60%. The report added that even in a best case scenario in which vaccines stop 85 per cent of transmission in those vaccinated, lockdown would have to be kept in place until the end of May to prevent another significant ...
Nigeria Requires ₦1 Trillion For Efficient Electricity Transmission – TCN
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Nigeria Requires ₦1 Trillion For Efficient Electricity Transmission – TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has said Nigeria requires nothing less than N1tn to effectively wheel electricity through the national grid. The Executive Director, Transmission Service Provider, TCN, Victor Adewumi, said this at the 52nd Power Dialogue of the Nigeria Electricity Hub on which held online in Abuja on Wednesday. He said TCN would require the sum to make the country’s power grid stable, adding that the $1.6bn which the transmission company was getting from international agencies would not be enough to stablilise the grid. When asked to state how much would be needed to get the grid to transmit electricity effectively, Adewumi replied, “Simply put, TCN requires nothing less than N1tn to make the grid to be very stable. “For the project that TCN is financing...
Osun Government Eases Lockdown in 4 Local Government Areas
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Osun Government Eases Lockdown in 4 Local Government Areas

The Osun State government on Monday July 13, lifted the lockdown it imposed on 4 local government areas to curb community transmission of the Coronavirus. The local governments are; Ilesha East, Ilesha West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West. Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji who made the announcement on Monday evening, said the state government approved the conditional ease of lockdown based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders as well as civil society groups within the axis, that compliance with safety guidelines shall strictly be adhered to.   The Ondo State Government also said it will be enforcing safety protocols, especially the use of nose masks in public places in the affected local governments and...
Chad Requests Electricity Supply From Nigeria
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Chad Requests Electricity Supply From Nigeria

The government of Chad Republic has made a formal request to the federal government to  to connect the country to the Nigerian electricity grid. of getting connected to the Nigerian electricity grid to the federal government. Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi made the request during a visit to the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman in Abuja. While the ambassador stressed the historical and economic value of connecting Chad to Nigeria’s electricity grid, the Minister of Power on his own part said it would help in enhancing the long existing relations between the two countries. Mamman who approved the request to host his counterpart from the Republic of Chad for a technical analysis of the request, said Nigeria would evaluate it within the various projects...
Risk of Contracting Coronavirus is now Higher than Before – PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu
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Risk of Contracting Coronavirus is now Higher than Before – PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu

Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has disclosed that the risk of contracting Coronavirus is now higher than before in Nigeria. Aliyu who revealed this during a PTF briefing in Abuja on Thursday June18, hinged it on relaxation of the lockdown order in different states across the country. He said; “The PTF continues to be very concerned about the issue of compliance. As you are aware, we are here to push for the containment of COVID-19 in the country through data-driven medical advisories. “The fact that we are receiving many reports on the flouting of the guidelines, the hint by individuals, groups and organisations is simply unacceptable. “As I said in the past, COVID-19 is far from over globally, neither is it over in ...
Lagos Accredits Three Private Hospitals for COVID-19 Treatment
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Lagos Accredits Three Private Hospitals for COVID-19 Treatment

The Lagos state government has accredited three private hospitals for treatment and management of Coronavirus cases. Lagos Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi who made the announcement during a press briefing, said the accredited hospitals passed a biosecurity compliance test which was designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. He added that the accredited hospitals will still be under the supervision of the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health. Abayomi said;   “They have passed the biosecurity compliance test. They have made modifications to their hospitals so that their staff and other patients are not put in danger or exposed to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. “Those private hospitals have passed the test and we are just in...
List of 20 LGAs with Highest Covid-19 Cases in Nigeria
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List of 20 LGAs with Highest Covid-19 Cases in Nigeria

A report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has shown that 11 of the 20 local government areas that account for 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases are in Lagos State. The report, which was obtained at the weekend, showed Lagos Mainland council has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 1,274. Following behind Lagos Mainland are Abuja Municipal council with 536 cases, Mushin Local Government Area in Lagos  with 458 cases, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos with 403 cases, and Tarauni in Kano State with 248 cases of COVID-19. The report said 7,276 confirmed cases (74 per cent) have unknown sources of exposure, giving credence to heightened community transmission. The report was shared before the confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country shot up to 10,578 a...
Coronavirus is Weaker than it was During the Height of the Pandemic – Italian Doctors Say
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Coronavirus is Weaker than it was During the Height of the Pandemic – Italian Doctors Say

Coronavirus has weakened and is no longer as potent as it was when the outbreak started. According to doctors in Italy, patients are showing much smaller amounts of the viral load in their system, compared to samples taken during the peak of the crisis in March and April,  saying the disease which has killed 370,000 worldwide - is much less lethal than it was and 'no longer clinically exists'. Italy was once the Epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, but Covid-19 deaths have been falling in Italy for weeks. Viruses may become weaker over time in a bid to survive if they kill or cripple all their human hosts but some virologists have now come out to cast doubt on the Italian doctors' claims, saying there is no evidence the virus is losing potency anywhere. Professor Al...
FG Lifts ban on Religious Gathering
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FG Lifts ban on Religious Gathering

The federal government on Monday June 1, lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country. Chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the daily briefing of the task force today. Mustapha said relaxation of restriction on places of worship is based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments. However gathering of more than 20 persons remains prohibited outside of work places and in religious services. He said; “The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review. “Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the ...
Fruits Have not been Identified as a Mode of Transmission for Coronavirus- NCDC Boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu
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Fruits Have not been Identified as a Mode of Transmission for Coronavirus- NCDC Boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Iheakweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, has said that fruits have not been identified as a mode of transmission for the novel Coronavirus. Ihekweazu said this while responding to a question posed to him by a reporter at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja today May 19. A reporter had asked him if the virus can be transmitted to persons who consume fruits purchased from the market that might have been touched by an infected person. The reporter said people have been advised to wash their hands with soap and water and not edibles like fruits, to get rid of the virus. In his response, the NCDC boss said ''Handwashing is good whether you are eating fruits or not. Fruits have not been identifie...
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WHO Clears Air On Coronavirus Transmission Through Surface Contact

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has not been proven if people can catch the novel coronavirus by touching surfaces where it lingers, such as handles, doorknobs, or keyboards. The UN agency, which said this on Saturday, recommended in its safety guidelines that people disinfect objects. The guidelines reference a study that showed the virus could survive on the outside of a medical face mask for up to seven days. But the WHO also noted that studies about the ability of the coronavirus to survive should be viewed with some skepticism since such studies are conducted in laboratories with little bearing on real-world conditions. In the mentioned study, the virus survived on stainless steel and plastic for four days, on glass for two and on fabric and wood for one. ...
190,000 People Could Die in Africa if Coronavirus Containment Fails – WHO
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190,000 People Could Die in Africa if Coronavirus Containment Fails – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed fear of about 190,000 people dying from Coronavirus in Africa if containment of the disease fails. In a new study carried out by the agency's regional office in Brazzaville, it was found that between 83,000 and 190,000 could die and 29 to 44 million be infected during the period. The research is based on prediction modelling and covers 47 countries with a total population of one billion. AFP reported that though spread of the virus has been slow across the continent which has yet not recorded the soaring number of infections or deaths seen in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, experts have consistently warned that Africa is particularly vulnerable to an outbreak, due to weak health infrastructure, high rates of poverty, nume...
Reorganise yourselves or risk another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians
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Reorganise yourselves or risk another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians

The Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the government may issue another lockdown if Nigerians do not compose themselves. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, Chikwe stated that if there is an explosion of COVID-19 cases in the country, the lockdown will be re-issued He said “It is not the guidelines per se, it is the thinking behind it. How do we want to manage the risk of explosion and transmission? Today, we might forgive a little bite because it is the first day,” he said. “We will have infection because of what happened today, no doubt about that. But how can we learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow, next tomorrow so by Friday hopefully we have normalised some...
Children of Dead COVID19 Patient and the Pastor Praying for his Recovery, Test positive for Coronavirus in Rivers
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Children of Dead COVID19 Patient and the Pastor Praying for his Recovery, Test positive for Coronavirus in Rivers

Two children of a deceased COVID19 patient and his pastor who was praying for his recovery, have all tested positive for the novel virus in Rivers state. This was disclosed by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, during a press briefing held in Port Harcourt, the state capital today May 1st. The governor in his briefing, said the pattern of transmission of the novel virus in the state has shown that most of the cases were imported. He accused the security agents of sabotaging his government's efforts to curb the spread of the virus. The State has recorded 13 cases with two deaths.   "The logical conclusion therefore, is that the pattern of transmission of COVID-19 in the State is evidentially predicated on outside importation just as the rate of infection and progressio...
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Gateman who recently Traveled from Lagos to Kaduna Via Public transport, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Kaduna State Government has confirmed a new case of Coronavirus in the state. A statement released by the state Commissioner for Health, Amina Mohammed Baloni, said the fresh case is a gateman in the Mando area who recently returned from Lagos.? Baloni said the patient had no connection to the first five cases in the state. ? Dr Baloni said the sixth case had traveled on public transport and contacted the authorities as his symptoms worsened. He said the patient has been evacuated to the state’s Infectious Disease Centre.”? The Commissioner added that the latest case presents the nightmare scenario of possible community transmission of Covid-19 in the state as it would be very difficult and complicated to trace all those he might have had contact with while commuting in a publ...
South Africa now has 116 Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus
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South Africa now has 116 Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus

South Africa recorded a spike in coronavirus cases in the country in the late hours of Tuesday, as 31 new cases have now been confirmed. In the early hours of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa stood at 85. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has now confirmed there are 116 confirmed positive cases in the country, out of which there are 14 local transmissions. In a statement he issued, Mkhize disclosed they have collated background information on how these patients were infected. He said;   “Today we have a further increase of six local transmission cases. As part of tracking and tracing, we have collated background information on how these patients were infected. We will provide more information to the public to make them aware...
President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Says
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President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Says

President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, the White House has announced. The news comes just hours after Trump revealed during a Saturday press briefing at the White House that he took the test on Friday amid concerns about his exposure to several people who have been infected for the virus. "Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed," according to the statement about the results released by press secretary Stephanie Grisham with Trump's permission. "One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their bes...
Algeria Announce its First Coronavirus Death
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Algeria Announce its First Coronavirus Death

The Algerian Health Ministry on Thursday announced that a woman has died from Coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in the North African country. The ministry said the woman died in a hospital in the province of Blida, near the capital Algiers. According to the ministry, she is among 24 confirmed Coronavirus infections recorded in Algeria. They include five cases announced on Thursday, two of whom recently came from France. On Tuesday, Morocco, a neighbour of Algeria, reported its first death from the virus. Egypt, another North African country, announced its first such fatality on Sunday. Experts consider Africa to be at high risk due to its close links with China, the epicentre of the Coronavirus epidemic and the weak health systems in many African countries. ...
See the New $2 Million Roofless Bentley Car with Trim Made From Trees That Fell 5,000 Years Ago
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See the New $2 Million Roofless Bentley Car with Trim Made From Trees That Fell 5,000 Years Ago

Luxury car manufacturer, Bentley, have unveiled the Mulliner Bacalar, a $2 million car with no roof whatsoever and trim that's made from trees that fell 5,000 years ago. The Bacalar doesn't have a roof or even a removable cloth top making it unusable in the event of rain, and Bentley have announced only 12 of this cars will be produced. The car is powered by a 650 horsepower 12-cylinder engine and it has an eight-speed transmission. The interior wood trim of the car is made from trees that have been naturally preserved for more than 5,000 years in the rivers and lakes of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. It's distinct black color has been gotten from aging for five thousand years in wet soil . Bentley planned to reveal the Bacalar at the Geneva Motor Show on Thursday, but th...
Fire razes Freedom Radio in Kaduna
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Fire razes Freedom Radio in Kaduna

An early morning fire, on Sunday, razed five offices of Freedom Radio in Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Freedom Radio is a private radio station based in Kaduna. NAN also reports that the offices affected with the fire incident included engineering room, office of the Head of Marketing, conference hall, security office and drivers’ room. The station’s Head of Operations, Abubakar Usman, who confirmed the incident to NAN, said that the fire, which started around 2:30 am., was put out around 3:30 am. by the personnel of Kaduna State Fire Service. Usman, who said that there was no loss of live or injury, however, added that the main cause of the fire incident had yet to be ascertained. He put the value of the damage caused by the incident at N20 million. ...
Coronavirus: We Will Ban Public Gatherings if Cases Escalate – Governor Sanwo-Olu
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Coronavirus: We Will Ban Public Gatherings if Cases Escalate – Governor Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that he will be banning public gatherings if cases of coronavirus in the state escalates. Speaking at a press conference held at the State House in Marina on Friday February 28, the Governor said taking such measures now will create panic in the state. Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that the index case of coronavirus in Nigeria who has already been isolated at the state’s bio-security facility in Yaba, is not ‘highly contagious’ at the moment. He said; “It is only when there is a high level of escalation that the public can be panicky and this is when we realise that it is getting to person-to-person transmission. “As we have said, this isolated case has been contained right from the hospital where he was first admitted and the guestho...
‘Stop Hugging and Kissing’ – Scientists Warn People Ahead of Valentine’s Day in Order to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
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‘Stop Hugging and Kissing’ – Scientists Warn People Ahead of Valentine’s Day in Order to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Scientists have warned people to avoid hugging and kissing ahead of Valentine's Day in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Professor John Oxford, from Queen Mary University, said people could protect themselves from the deadly virus by employing a bit of 'British standoffishness'. Commenting ahead of Valentine's Day, Professor Oxford described the illness as a 'social virus' that could infect people by close contact and want people cut contact off. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Professor Oxford said: 'I think we have to galvanise ourselves in our social actions – how we interact with people I think that is extremely important; more so than wearing a mask. I think that's a total diversion. 'What we need to do is less of the handshaking, hugging, kiss...
Chinese Father who Mistakenly Thought he had Caught Coronavirus Hung Himself to Protect his Family from the Disease 
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Chinese Father who Mistakenly Thought he had Caught Coronavirus Hung Himself to Protect his Family from the Disease 

A father who mistakenly thought he had been infected with coronavirus committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a bid to avoid the transmission of the virus to his family in India. The family of 50-year-old Bala Krishna said he had obsessively watched videos about the spread of the disease after contracting viral fever he wrongly thought was coronavirus. According to his family, he locked his wife and children in their home in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district before hanging himself from a tree near his mother's grave. His son, Bala Murali said his father took himself to the general hospital in Tirumala last week after being ill for several days and was diagnosed with a viral fever. Doctors reportedly told him that it wasn't coronavirus that has claimed more than...
30 Hours Old Baby Becomes Youngest Victim of Coronavirus
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30 Hours Old Baby Becomes Youngest Victim of Coronavirus

A 30 hours old baby has become the youngest coronavirus case since the outbreak of the flu-like virus which has killed over 565 people. The medical test which confirmed that the baby who was born on February 2 in Wuhan is infected with the virus, has led to speculation that the lethal illness could potentially be passed from a mother to a fetus as the baby's mother tested positive to the virus before giving birth. The baby weighed 3.25kg at birth (7lbs 2oz) and is now in a stable condition and under observation. Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who also developed a vaccine for Sars (another coronavirus which spread in China in 2003), said there is more to know about the virus. He said; “We’re still ...
11 Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in the US
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11 Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in the US

Health officials on Sunday, announced three more cases of the coronavirus in California, bringing the state's total to six and the country's total to 11 cases. Two cases were identified in San Benito County, where a husband and wife have been diagnosed with the virus. The husband travelled to Wuhan, China, but the wife contracted the disease in the second person-to-person transmission in the country, according to a statement from local health officials. These two patients have remained at home since the husband’s return to the U.S. The man was screened at San Francisco International Airport on Jan. 24 and was found to be healthy without symptoms. Both he and his wife developed symptoms days later. Another case was reported in Santa Clara County after a woman travelled from Wuh...
Coronavirus: Foreigners Fleeing China Arrive Germany
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Coronavirus: Foreigners Fleeing China Arrive Germany

A plane carrying German and foreign nationals evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, landed in Germany on Saturday, an AFP reporter said. The plane carrying 102 German citizens and 26 foreign nationals landed at Frankfurt Airport around 1540 GMT after being delayed when Russia refused to let it land and refuel. The Moscow airport claimed it had a “lack of capacity” and the Airbus A310 jet was forced to stop in Helsinki instead. The passengers will be examined for symptoms of the virus, which has killed 259 people in China so far, at a specially equipped facility at the airport in Frankfurt. Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn said on Saturday that none of the passengers had shown any such symptoms. Those who are cleared...
Third Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in the US
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Third Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in the US

A third case of the deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, health officials have revealed. The Centers for Disease Control said the patient in Orange County, southern California, tested positive for the disease which has killed 56 in China and infected 2,000 worldwide. The patient had traveled to the US from Wuhan, the city where the killer virus broke out from and was taken into isolation where he remains in good condition. He was actually the one who contacted local health officials, that provided him guidance to reduce exposure to the public while awaiting laboratory confirmation from the CDC. The Orange County agency has consulted with the CDC and the California Department of Health and will follow up with people who have had close contact with the pat...
Killer Coronavirus Could be Spread Through the Eyes: Chinese Doctor Says
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Killer Coronavirus Could be Spread Through the Eyes: Chinese Doctor Says

A Chinese doctor has revealed that the killer coronavirus could be spread through the eyes and that everyone must wear protective goggles as he fears he might have been infected because he wasn't wearing one. The coronavirus – previously unknown to science – first appeared in Wuhan, a Chinese City, last month. It originated in a meat market and scientists believe it 'jumped the species barrier' from snakes, which may have been on sale illegally, to humans. The disease symptoms include fever, dry cough, which develops to Pneumonia and then death with China reporting 26 deaths already with over 800 affected leading to the Chinese government shutting down the city of Wuhan, stopping people from traveling. Cases of the virus has already been reported in the US, Hong Kong, France a...
Grid Sheds 292.4MW as Power Station Catches Fire in Kaduna
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Grid Sheds 292.4MW as Power Station Catches Fire in Kaduna

Peak electricity generation on the national grid dropped by 292.4 megawatts this week. Figures from the Federal Ministry of Power showed that a fault involving an underground cable connecting 60 MEGA VOLT AMP 132/33 KILO VOLT T3 and its grounding transformer in Kakuri power transmission substation in Kaduna caused a fire incident that affected the transformer. The power generation figures for the last two days of 2019 were the most recent updates released by the Transmission Company of Nigeria on Wednesday. General Manager, Public Affairs Division of TCN’s transmission substation in Kaduna , Ndidi Mbah, explained that the fire led to a temporary disconnection of power supply to three feeders. The transmission company, however, stated that there was enough redundancy...
Governor Seyi Makinde Reveals Real Reason He Will Set Up Anti Corruption Agency in Oyo
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Governor Seyi Makinde Reveals Real Reason He Will Set Up Anti Corruption Agency in Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday forwarded the Oyo State Anti-Corruption bill, 2019 to the State House of Assembly for legislative action. Governor Makinde, who formally presented a copy of the draft bill to his Special Adviser, Legislative Matters, Hon. Samuel Adejumobi, for onward transmission to Oyo State House of Assembly, further restated his resolve to waive his immunity to appear before the anti-corruption agency if he is found wanting in any way. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor also charged Permanent Secretaries in the state to be accountable as the purse-keepers of Oyo state. He declared that those who would want to politicise his move to set up the anti-corruption agency should ...
You Caused The Rise In Suicides And Divorces In The Country – PDP Blames President Buhari
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You Caused The Rise In Suicides And Divorces In The Country – PDP Blames President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for rising social degeneration, particularly acts of suicide, in the country. In a statement signed by the PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, May 26, 2019, the main opposition party said the rise of social ills in the country is due to bad governance under Buhari’s leadership. The party further alleged that despondency, depression and misery have escalated in the country “since the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election”, an election won by President Buhari. The party further blamed Buhari and the APC for failing to deal with escalating insecurity in the country and leaving Nigerians exposed to the worst kinds of crimes. The party said, “The...
Buhari Govt to release N30 Billion for Digital Switch over
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Buhari Govt to release N30 Billion for Digital Switch over

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says the Federal Government is working on releasing N30 billion to boost the process of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the country. The Director-General of the NBC, Ishaq Kawu, told newsmen in Lagos on Friday that the money would be released in two batches of N15 billion each. Kawu said that the money would be repaid from resources that would be realised from the list of frequencies to be auctioned. He said that the commission had concluded the digital mapping of the country, to ensure effective DSO rollout. According to him, NBC now has a plan for all the points and locations it is going to have digital transmission facilities, the major population centres in the entire country. ...
Fire breaks out at Power Transmission Station in Abuja
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Fire breaks out at Power Transmission Station in Abuja

A power transmission substation in Apo, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory went up in flames on Sunday evening. According to initial reports, the fire started at about 1.30pm from a transformer in the substation and persisted for some hours. The Transmission Company of Nigeria confirmed the incident and stated that one of the 45MVA 132/33kV power transformers in the substation was involved. It said the burnt transformer was part of those that feed the 33kV feeders of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. The fire was put off by the combined efforts of the federal, FCT and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation fire service. “It is, however, still early for TCN to determine if the burnt transformer can be salvaged,” the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mba...
Electronic Transmission Of Election Result Illegal – Lawyers
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Electronic Transmission Of Election Result Illegal – Lawyers

Until the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill is passed into law any election result that is electronically transmitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is illegal, a cross section of Nigerian lawyers has said. In their contributions to the raging controversy over INEC’s purported transmission of the results of the 2019 presidential election, the lawyers told LEADERSHIP Weekend that it amounts to illegality for the commission or its officers to have transmitted the said results when the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, has not been signed into law. They argued that Section 52 (2) of the operating Electoral Act 2010 prohibits the use of electronic voting machine in Nigeria, including the transmission of the results electronically. In the same vein, the legal ...
Atiku Parading Fake 2019 Election Results – INEC
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Atiku Parading Fake 2019 Election Results – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, fabricated the votes he claimed to have scored. Atiku, in his petition before the presidential election tribunal, had claimed he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by 1,615,302 votes. He said data from INEC server showed that he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said had 16,741,430 votes. However, INEC’s polling figures from the 36 states and the FCT gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes. In its response as the first respondent in the case, INEC disowned the figures from Atiku. On page eight of its 80-page r...
Last Words by Pilot of the Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Plane has been Revealed
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Last Words by Pilot of the Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Plane has been Revealed

A new report has revealed that one of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302’s pilots told the other “pitch up, pitch-up” moments before the Boeing 737 Max jetliner crashed three weeks ago. According to The Wall Street Journal, that instruction and other information about the plane’s final moments paint a picture of a flight crew that was quickly overwhelmed. The Ethiopian Airlines jet took off from Addis Ababa on March 10 and ran into trouble almost immediately, the Journal reported. First Officer Ahmed Nur Mohammed contacted the control tower and in a crackling transmission reported a “flight control problem,” according to the newspaper, which cited people close to the ongoing investigation. The tower asked for details as Captain Yared Getachew tried to climb and correct the glide pat...
Nigeria loses 42,160.87MW in 2018
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Nigeria loses 42,160.87MW in 2018

There are indications that Nigeria power sector may have lost over 42,160.87 Megawatts, MW, in 2018. According to the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the nation’s installed power generation capacity as at 2018 were estimated at 13,000MW, while available generation is said to be 7,500MW. But despite these figures, the country still recorded a downturn in generation during the year, amounting to an average of 3,867.13MW and totalling 46.405.56MW during the year, 2018. A document obtained by Vanguard showed that the country generated a total of 46,405.56MW while over 42,160.87MW was lost as stranded power in the year 2018. According to the report, in January 2018, power generation averaged 3,733.01MW, while 3,956.03MW was lost. 4,001.33MW was said to have been generated, w...
”Declare Atiku Winner Now” – PDP to INEC
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”Declare Atiku Winner Now” – PDP to INEC

Press statement from PDP below... The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately announce results as delivered from the polling units and declare the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner of the February 23 Presidential election Our position is predicated on clear and verifiable results across the nation, showing that Atiku Abubakar is in clear lead both in spread and total number of votes cast. Intelligence available to us is that INEC is delaying the announcement of results following directives by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which are bent on altering the figures from the polling centers and allocate fictitious figures for President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in no...
Trump Says HIV Will Be Defeated in The US By 2030
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Trump Says HIV Will Be Defeated in The US By 2030

President Donald Trump has announced plans to rid the US of new transmissions of HIV by the year 2030. He made this known during his 2019 State of the Union address. Government scientist have been working for months on ways to prevent spread of the disease by working to provide better treatment for those already infected. “In recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” Trump told the nation. “Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach. My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.” “Together, we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond,” the president said. The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar II, des...
2019 Elections: No Going Back On Manual Results Collation, Transmission – INEC
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2019 Elections: No Going Back On Manual Results Collation, Transmission – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted on manual collation and transmission of the forth coming elections’ results. The commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, told journalists at an interactive session, in Abuja, last night that, the decision to stick to manual collation and transmission of results was in line with extant electoral laws. We have a Bill for the amendment of the electoral law before the National Assembly. We have to conduct the elections in accordance with the provisions of the existing law. If the National Assembly amends the law, then we can act accordingly. We cannot act outside the law,” he said. Asked if the refusal of President Buhari to assent to the Bill which had bee...
Maiduguri Residents Decry YEDC’s Outrageous Electricity Billings
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Maiduguri Residents Decry YEDC’s Outrageous Electricity Billings

  Some electricity consumers in Maiduguri have decried the outrageous electricity billings by the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC). Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, described the development as worrisome, adding that it was not in the interest of the masses, because it has hindered economic activities and social life of the people. They also alleged that YEDC jacked up their electricity bills by over 100 per cent for commercial and residential areas sequel to appreciable improvement in power supply in the area. Mr Esther Chukwuma, one of the consumers, described the new billing adopted by the power distribution companies as frustrating and lamentable. “My bill indicated that I used 605 units in November and t...
GOVERNMENT AND CHALLENGES OF POWER SUPPLY
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GOVERNMENT AND CHALLENGES OF POWER SUPPLY

Ettu Mohammed argues that government has more stake in the power sector than it is ready to admit Last week, Nigerians were surprised to hear from the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) while speaking on the challenges of power that “it is not the federal government’s problem if Nigerians lack electricity.” It was shocking because he did not acknowledge the true situation which is that the federal government has 40% stake in Disco, Genco and a 100% stake in TCN which is the major stumbling block in the power sector. The problem is shared 60/40 ratio. Yes the businessmen lead at the front but what about the government’s angle? The consistent thing that has marked the last three years from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing with rega...
TCN Targets 20,000mw Electricity Transmission by 2021
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TCN Targets 20,000mw Electricity Transmission by 2021

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has set a target of 20,000 megawatts of electricity transmission by 2021. The Managing Director, TCN, Mr. Usman Mohammed, who made this known Monday when he presented the company’s 2018 scorecard to State House correspondents in Abuja, said efforts are geared towards giving Nigerians adequate supply of electricity. “We have established transmission, rehabilitation and expansion programme. The main objective of this is rehabilitate, stabilise and expand the delivery capacity of TCN to at least 20,000 megawatts by 2021 and we are on track,” Mohammed said. According to him, the transmission capacity has been improved by over 3,000 megawatts between February and December 2018, an indication that the rehabilitation and expansion programme i...
Electoral Act Amendment Bill: PDP Urges National Assembly to Override Buhari’s Veto
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Electoral Act Amendment Bill: PDP Urges National Assembly to Override Buhari’s Veto

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has called on the National Assembly to save the nation’s democracy by immediately overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. It said Buhari’s repeated refusal to sign amendments passed to check rigging in the election, raises issues of his sincerity of purpose and has the capacity to trigger political unrest and violence, which could in turn truncate the country’s democracy. The Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign council, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was unfortunate that the President, in his desperation to hold on to power, has resorted to taking steps that are capable of destabilising the nation, just because the people are resolute in voting him out of...
UNICEF: 360,000 Adolescents Expected to Die of AIDS by 2030
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UNICEF: 360,000 Adolescents Expected to Die of AIDS by 2030

 Some 360,000 adolescents are expected to die of AIDS by 2030 if investment in HIV prevention is not ramped up, according to a UNICEF report released Thursda The figures show the world is “off track’’ in its goal to end AIDS among children by 2030, UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, said. Projections show there will be a decline in the number of children and young people infected with HIV and dying from AIDS-related causes. But the UN children’s fund warned progress is notably slower among adolescents – defined by the UN as those between ages 10 and 19. For example, AIDS-related deaths are projected to decrease by 57 per cent among children below the age of 14 by 2030, compared with 35 per cent among those aged 15 to 19 years. “Programmes to...
NTA Refuses To Broadcast Atiku’s AUN Founder’s Day Even After Acknowledging Payment
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NTA Refuses To Broadcast Atiku’s AUN Founder’s Day Even After Acknowledging Payment

At the height of allegation of a media blackout in the country, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has been accused of refusing to broadcast Atiku’s AUN Founder’s day despite receiving millions of naira for the event. NTA Executive Director of News, Mr. Muhammad Labbo who denied political sabotage in broadcasting the 13th anniversary of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, however added that the NTA could not broadcast the programme live due to what he ascribed to technical hitches. This Day however gathered that the NTA was duly paid, and the payment was acknowledged and confirmed for the live broadcast of the programme between 4pm to 6pm on Saturday. A source however revealed that the NTA sent its Outside Broadcast (OB) deployed from Jos and they were on ground ...
Presidency Lists The Remarkable Successes President Buhari Has Made In The Power Sector
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Presidency Lists The Remarkable Successes President Buhari Has Made In The Power Sector

Below is a statement from the presidency listing all the remarkable successes President Buhari has made in the power sector. With less than 100 days to the next round of elections, the polity is already charged with so much toxic contents flying back and forth in the media space. People are therefore forgetting to talk about the wonderful things happening in the country. But there should never be a time we should stop talking about where this country was in 2015 and where it is now, in terms of development: ~From 2015 till date, the Buhari/Osibanjo-led government of change has succeeded in increasing power generation, transmission and distribution in the country and there are facts to back up these claims. ~Power generation was 4000 megawatts in 2015, it has now increased to 7000 ...
Thinking Of Buying A Car? Here Is A List Of The Least Reliable Cars
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Thinking Of Buying A Car? Here Is A List Of The Least Reliable Cars

The big decision of buying a car is not one to be taken lightly as it can be the difference between a being happy or sad about your revenue on the long run. When you’re shopping for a new car, you can’t trust all the ads you see on TV or online. Each automaker is going to tout its biggest benefits and go hard at the flaws of its competitors. So who can you really trust when deciding on your next car? Fellow drivers who already own the car you’re considering. Consumer Reports gathered the data for its 2018 Annual Auto Survey. They made use of responses of over 500,000 vehicles, which they ranked from the most reliable to the least reliable for 2018. Coming in dead last: the Ram 3500. The rankings for the least reliable car were determined by studying 17 trouble areas ranging from s...

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