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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...
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...
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...
Plateau leads as NCDC confirms 252 new COVID-19 infections

Plateau leads as NCDC confirms 252 new COVID-19 infections

COVIS-19
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 252 new cases of Coronavirus pandemic in the country. The NCDC, which made this known via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, said that a Multi-Sectoral National Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 3, has continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country. The public health agency said that the 252 put the country’s total number of infection at 52,800, with 1,007 dead and more than 39,000 persons discharged. The NCDC said that Plateau topped the list of states with new cases with 50, while Enugu has 35. Others are Rivers 27, Lagos 26, FCT 18, Kaduna 18, Ekiti 10, Kano 10, Taraba 9, Anambra 8, Edo 8, Oyo 8, Delta 7, Ogun 6, Abia 5, Bayelsa 5, Ebonyi 1 and Osun 1. It noted that so fa...