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2.6.20

Senate approves Buhari’s $5.513billion external loan request

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Senate approves Buhari’s $5.513billion external loan request
President Muhammadu Buhari’s $5.513 billion external loan request to finance the revised 2020 budget, has been approved by the senate. 

 

Though the senate stood down a component of loan which the federal government said will help in execution of its priority projects and for projects to support State Governments in stimulating their economy which has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on grounds of lacking requisite details, the loan request was however approved after presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.

 

Lenders for the federal government’s priority projects as approved by the Senate are: the AfDB – $125million to strengthen healthcare system and improve response to COVID-19 and $23 million for financing smallholder farmers to mitigate food security impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, $600million from the Islamic Development Bank to support Nigeria’s response to challenges posed by COVID-19 and $500 million from the African Export-Import Bank to provide critical Medical supplies to combat COVID-19.

 

The Federal Government's intention of borrowing €995million from the Export-Import Bank of Brazil to support Green imperative and enhance the mechanisation of agriculture and agro-processing in Nigeria, was put in abeyance by the upper chamber.

 

The $500 – $750 million also being negotiated with the World Bank for State Fiscal Transparency and Sustainability Program to provide fiscal support to the States was not approved.

 

The ongoing negotiation by the Federal Government with the World Bank for between $500million – $750 million for COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Program to support state-level efforts to protect livelihoods, ensure food security and stimulate economic activities, is also yet to be approved.

#JusticeForUwa: President Buhari Reacts to the Rape and Murder of Uwa

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#JusticeForUwa: President Buhari Reacts to the Rape and Murder of Uwa
President Muhammadu Buhari has taken to Twitter to react to rape and murder of Uwaila Omozuwa, the 100-level student of the University of Benin.

Buhari, in his tweet, implored the Nigerian police to ensure the perpetrators of the dastard act are brought to book.

In his words;

“I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Uwaila Omozuwa. I expect the Nigeria Police Force to speedily and diligently investigate this case and ensure that all the culprits responsible for this barbaric act are brought to justice.

Nigerian Government Releases Guidelines For Reopening Of Churches, Mosques

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FG Releases Guidelines For Reopening Of Churches, Mosques
The Federal Government has released the guidelines for religious centres to resume activities in the country, The PUNCH reports.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Tuesday during a briefing in Abuja.

He said, “In view of the widespread community transmission of COVID-19, it is important that places of worship operate in a safe manner to ensure the protection of public health, avoid outbreaks and safeguard the health of the vulnerable members of the population.

“To this end, the following guidelines have been developed as a minimum set of standards that have to be complied with for places of worship to safely operate nationwide.

“They have been developed by the PTF in liaison with the leadership of religious communities in the country and should be used as a baseline for states to allow these activities.

“It is important to note that due to the nature of religious congregations, places of worship are particularly recognised to have a major potential for spreading COVID-19 infections amongst worshippers.

“Therefore places of worship that are not able to comply with these measures should not be allowed to operate by state governments.

“The following measures are recommended;

“All places of worship must sign up to full compliance with all aspects of non-pharmaceutical interventions required to protect the public from COVID-19 including but not limited to ensuring the supply of running water and soap, alcohol sanitisers at entry and exit points in all high contact locations including bathrooms.

“Worshippers must sanitise their hands before entry.

“Worshippers must have temperature checks before entry and the supervision and the enforcement of this will be led by the leaders of these facilities.

“Use of face masks is mandatory.

“Strongly discourage all close contacts including shaking hands, hugging, using prayer mats, musical organs, microphones etc.

“The capacity of the facility should be limited to allow physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.

“Facilities should consider the use of cloth or surface markings to guide distancing and people from the same household should be encouraged to stay together.

“Local arrangements will apply to the capacity of these facilities but the most important thing is to make sure that the physical distancing rule applies.

“Local authorities will be advised in terms of areas of hotspots that might require greater restrictions

“Volunteers should be limited to exact numbers needed and none of the volunteers should have underlying medical conditions or be above the age of 55 years.

“Responsibility for enforcement will be with the leadership, church or mosque committees and supported by local authorities including state governments.

“Churches to open from 5am and close by 8pm.

“For churches, each service should be for a maximum of an hour with an interval of thirty minutes in between services to allow time for disinfection.

“Mosques may open 15 minutes before and ten minutes after prayers. The total time for Friday prayers should not exceed an hour.

“Islamiya schools, Sunday schools, night vigils, and children classes are to remain suspended.

“Worshippers should be encouraged to sign up for preferred worship and make the option of virtual service an option.

“There should be no gathering either or after worship and business outlets within the premises should remain closed.

“We are strongly advising vulnerable people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases to please stay at home.

“Windows should be left open during services and preferably use open-air facility as much as possible.”

Bola Tinubu joins the campaign for justice for Uwa, Tina and Jennifer

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Bola Tinubu joins the campaign for justice for Uwa, Tina and Jennifer
Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader, has joined the campaign for justice for rape victims, Uwa and Jennifer as well as the victim of Police brutality in Lagos state, Tina Ezekwe.

 

The politician posed for a photo carrying a placard with the inscription #JusticeForUWA,#JusticeForJennifer and #JusticeForTina.

Apostle Suleiman To Give N1million To Anyone With Information On Murder Of UNIBEN Student

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Apostle Johnson Suleiman To Give N1million To Anyone With Information On Murder Of UNIBEN Student
Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries has promised to give the sum of N1million to anyone that can provide reliable information that will lead to the arrest of those who rape and murdered of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.
 
The man of God condemned the killing in a tweet on Monday.
 
Recall that Uwaila was allegedly raped and killed by some unknown persons while reading in a Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Benin City.
 
“I would give N1million to anyone willing to provide reliable information to the apprehension of those behind the rape/murder of Vera Uwaila who was murdered in the church..contact +2348119313785,” Apostle Suleiman tweeted.
 
Meanwhile, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on Sunday condemned the terrible incident.
 
Adeboye commiserated with the deceased family and called for calm.

Outrage as Man Plans to Bang His Daughter When Wife is not Around

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Outrage as Man Plans to Bang His Daughter When Wife is not Around
A man has provoked the ire of Facebook users after he revealed plans to rape his daughter in future.

 

The man said this while reacting to a shocking post about a man abusing his own child. While people said the story was too horrible to be real, Facebook user, Ofe Noni, laughed about it and said he can't wait to be able to have a daughter so he can abuse her sexually.

 

He wrote: "I can't wait to give birth to a beautiful girl... So I can bang her when my wife is not around."

 

He added a licking lips emoji that made his post even more creepy.

Outrage as Man Plans to Bang His Daughter When Wife is not Around

His comment and photo is now being circulated on Facebook.

Nigeria Has The Second-Highest Coronavirus Cases In Africa – WHO

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Nigeria Has The Second-Highest COVID-19 Cases In Africa – WHO
Nigeria has recorded the second-highest cases of coronavirus in Africa, The PUNCH reports.

The World Health Organisation made this known on Tuesday.

WHO reported that COVID-19 cases in Africa had risen to over 150, 000, as of June 2.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official Twitter handle @WHOAFRO.

“There are over 150,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent  with more than 63,000 recoveries and 4,200 deaths
,’’ it said.

The figures show that South Africa, Nigeria, and Algeria have the highest reported cases on the continent.

According to the report, South Africa has 34,357 cases and 705 deaths, followed by Nigeria with 10, 578 confirmed cases and 299 deaths, while Algeria has 9,513 confirmed cases and 661 deaths.

It said Ghana had 8,070 reported cases and 36 deaths, while Cameroon recorded 6,397 confirmed cases and 191 deaths.

The report said Lesotho, Seychelles and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death, Seychelles had 11 reported cases and zero death, while Namibia recorded 25 confirmed cases with no death.

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