The Breaking News In Nigeria Today, Tuesday, 16th of June 2020
Below are Breaking News today, Tuesday 16th June 2020
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 573 new Covid-19 infections in the country bringing total number of confirmed cases to 16,658
1. Worship centres to operate at 25 percent capacity in Oyo State
The Oyo State Government has warned the citizens, that it will not hesitate to lockdown the state again to prevent the escalation of coronavirus in the state.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Taiwo Adisa, in Ibadan capital of Oyo state south west Nigeria on Monday, Governor Seyi Makinde said that curfew would now be imposed from 10 pm to 4 am.
The Governor who is also the Chairman of the State Covid-19 task force said that Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students would return to classes from Monday, June 29, but must wear face masks, while the Parents /Teachers association are to provide, water and sanitizers in their schools as the tertiary institutions remained close. Also under locks are night clubs, bar and restaurants.
All category of workers will be back to office with all protocols duly observed at the state secretariat from June 22.
But Churches and mosques are to operate only at 25 percent capacity while public gathering should not exceed 25 persons to prevent Covid-19 explosion.
2. Abia government threatens stiffer measures over COVID-19
The Abia State Deputy Governor, Ude Oko Chukwu has warned that the government may be forced to take stiffer measures to reduce the spread of COVID 19 if Abia residents continue to disobey the government’s directives.
Speaking at a meeting with members of the State Joint Task Force on Covid-19 at the Government House, Umuahia, the Deputy Governor insisted that the rising cases in the state were a result of careless behaviour of some people, especially the Aba residents.
The Deputy Governor who said that the state is expecting two molecular laboratories to be installed noted that it will encourage massive testing of Abia residents.
3. Gbajabiamila appeals to resident doctors to reconsider strike action
The Speaker of the House of Rep. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has called on the Resident Doctors to call off their strike while resolutions for their demand are implemented one after the other by the government.
The Speaker who expressed surprise over the nationwide strike on Monday, after last Tuesday’s 3-hours meeting with the leadership of the resident doctors and the executive arm led by the two ministers of the Federal Ministry of Health, said that a lot have been achieved.
These are the hazard allowance inclusion in the revised 2020 Budget, with the law to back it up and The provision of N4 billion approved by the House from the Service Wide Votes for the funding of residency programme as provided for by the Medical Residency Training Act which the Senate also agreed to, on the issue of PPEs, it was revealed at the meeting that all Federal Government medical facilities in the country have been provided, while the sack of 23 doctors was also resolved.
4. FG lauds Nigerian youths for their ingenuity
The Federal Government on Monday lauded Nigerian youths for their ingenuity in producing hand sanitising machines in an effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Dr George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, gave the commendation when he received locally-made hand sanitising machines from the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals (IICFIP) in Abuja.
Akume, represented by Mr Festus Dauda, a Permanent Secretary in the ministry, appreciated the IICFIP for its initiative to support government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating the hand sanitising machines.
According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a national challenge, but a global challenge that has compelled governments throughout the world to take measures to combat it.
“It is a war that is being fought which I believe that in no distant time, we will overcome. The government on its part is trying its best to see how this challenge can be surmounted.
5. Consider suspending NYSC camps for 2 years, Osinbajo committee tells FG
The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on the federal government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years.
In its report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari last week and seen by TheCable, the committee recommended the consideration of suspension of NYSC camps for 24 months.
“The immediate focus in the Education sector is to address the disruptions caused by the pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures at all levels of education,” the report read.
“Practical steps will be taken to minimise disruption to learning, utilising technology as appropriate. Specifically, virtual learning will be implemented (either online or through broadcast), virtual convocation ceremonies or issuance of certificates (with postponed ceremonies) should be implemented to continue educational progression.
“In similar context, consideration will be given to suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp Exercises for at least 24 months while allowing deployment to places of primary assignment.