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Travellers must bear full costs of COVID-19 tests – PTF

Travellers must bear full costs of COVID-19 tests – PTF

Business, COVIS-19
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has said the country cannot afford to conduct free COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving into Nigeria. Aliyu, who made this statement on Saturday during a webinar organised by the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, explained that the country would run out of test kits if it chooses to test the 5,000 to 7,000 persons who come into the country daily. For this reason, he said, travellers must pay for the full cost of COVID-19 testing. The coordinator explained that the kits were expensive and testing everyone was not sustainable.  He said, “The main reason why we can’t test people is due to the number of passengers we get into Nigeria. It is nothing compare...
Ondo poll: APC govs rally support for Akeredolu

Ondo poll: APC govs rally support for Akeredolu

Politics, What's Hot
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have have resolved to ensure that the loss suffered by the party in last Saturday’s Edo State governorship election, is not repeated in Ondo. It was gathered in Abuja, on Friday, that unlike the scenario which played out in Edo State; where most of them were allegedly non-committal to the party’s campaign efforts, the governors have resolved to ensure that the party doesn’t suffer the same fate in Ondo. A top ranking member of the party, who pleaded anonymity for fear of retribution, said, “We all know what happened in Edo. Our governors were hurt and justifiably so. They came together to plead with the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole for Akinwu...
174,574 apply for COVID-19 N75bn MSME survival fund

174,574 apply for COVID-19 N75bn MSME survival fund

Business, COVIS-19
Within 48 hours a total of 174,574 persons successfully registered for the N75bn National MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus schemes under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, the Federal Government announced on Thursday. Registration for the MSME Survival Funds commenced at 11pm on Monday. The schemes were introduced by the Federal Government to support individuals and businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, told journalists in Abuja that “as at 8.30am this (Thursday) morning, total successful registrations stood at 174,574.” She added, “The following states have the highest applications as follows, Kano, 19,895; Kaduna, 13,575; Lagos, 13,640; Katsina: 8,383; Feder...
BREAKING: Many injured as gas explodes in Iju, Lagos

BREAKING: Many injured as gas explodes in Iju, Lagos

Breaking News, What's Hot
Many people were injured in a gas explosion that occurred at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State on Thursday. It was learnt that many vehicles were also burnt. It was also gathered that some buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke. The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties, but many people are injured.” The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident. He noted that emergency responders have arrived at the scene of the incident. He said, “On arrival at the scene, it was observed that there was a gas explosion. “Further investigation revealed that a truck had a lone accident and exploded. “...
FG order schools to conduct weekly COVID-19 assessment

FG order schools to conduct weekly COVID-19 assessment

Breaking News, COVIS-19
The Federal Government has released more guidelines that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more states fully reopen schools on Monday. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, which disclosed this to BUSTANEWS on Thursday,  stated that schools had been directed to conduct COVID-19 risk assessment every week. The NCDC also disclosed that local governments and states were directed to conduct monthly and quarterly COVID-19 risk assessment in schools respectively. The NCDC  Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu,  stated these in an electronic mail sent to one of our correspondents in response to enquiries. According to the NCDC, the assessment will determine schools’ level of compliance with safety protocols including physical distancing, hand-washing and the use of ...
FG inaugurates N75bn SMEs COVID-19 stimulus schemes

FG inaugurates N75bn SMEs COVID-19 stimulus schemes

Business, COVIS-19
The Federal Government on Thursday flagged off two schemes to financially support about 1.7 million micro, small and medium enterprises across the country with N75bn. At a briefing on the flag-off of the National MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Schemes under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, said the schemes would impact positively on businesses. The Economic Sustainability Plan was approved by the Federal Executive Council on June 24, 2020 following its initiation by the Economic Sustainability Committee that was established by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on March 30. The committee, which is chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, compr...
Summon Malami to testify in probe hearing, Magu petitions Salami panel

Summon Malami to testify in probe hearing, Magu petitions Salami panel

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The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has applied to the Justice Ayo Salami (retd)-led investigative panel to summon the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. Magu, who is being investigated by the panel for alleged abuse of office and other infractions, stated in his September 4, 2020 letter addressed to Justice Salami, that in line with the principle of fair hearing, Malami whose letter to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), triggered the setting up of the panel should be summoned to testify and tender relevant documents in the probe. In a separate letter also dated September 4, 2020, Magu sought the recall of “several witnesses who appeared and testified before this jud...
FG, Ghanaian officials meet over $1m traders’ levy, border closure.

FG, Ghanaian officials meet over $1m traders’ levy, border closure.

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The Federal Government on Thursday hosted a delegation of senior Ghanaian officials led by the Minister for Trade and Industry, Allan Kyeremanteng in Abuja. Other members of the Ghanaian delegation include the Minister for Information, Kojo Nkrumah, and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mohammed Tijani. The delegation was in Abuja to discuss the $1 million trade levy imposed on Nigerian traders in Ghana, closure of the Seme border by the Federal Government, and other economic and bilateral issues. According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, the FG delegation to the meeting was led by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo. Other ministers at the meeting were the Minister...
Covid 19: Buhari Approves Third Phase Of Eased Lock-down, Extends timeline of PTF till December.

Covid 19: Buhari Approves Third Phase Of Eased Lock-down, Extends timeline of PTF till December.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the transition into the third phase of eased lockdown in the nation’s coordinated response to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Mr. Boss Mustapha announced this after his team inspected facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja towards the reopening of the nation’s international airspace. The third phase according to Mustapha, will now take effect from Friday September 4 “in line with amendments to address economic, socio-political and health considerations reflected in the implementation guidelines.” The SGF also disclosed that president Buhari has similarly approved the extension of the six-month mandate of the PT...
Fires in Brazilian Amazon cause extensive health damage, report says

Fires in Brazilian Amazon cause extensive health damage, report says

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Fires resulting from unchecked deforestation are poisoning air millions of people breathe, affecting health throughout the Brazilian Amazon, a report said on Wednesday. Fires and deforestation in the Amazon have increased dramatically since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, according to the report by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), the Institute for Health Policy Studies (IEPS) and Human Rights Watch. Deforestation went up 85 per cent in Bolsonaro’s first year in power, the report said. The president’s critics accuse him of not trying to stop fires in Brazil’s share of the Amazon rainforest, which extends over several South American countries and plays a key role in the fight against global warming. Nearly 2,200 hospitalisations due to r...