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“Life as we used to know it, I think that’s very, very possible but we will have to continue with the hygiene, physical distancing. Vaccines do not equal zero COVID. Adding vaccines to our current measures will allow us to really crush the curve, avoid lockdowns and gain progressive control over the disease,” Mike Ryan told RTE television in his native Ireland.

WHO expert sees progressive control of coronavirus in 2021, cautions on Christmas

The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Thursday the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine should allow the world to gain progressive control over the disease next year.
Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sabri Boukadoun, disclosed this at a meeting with President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou in Abuja.

Algeria seeks improved multilateral ties with ECOWAS

Algeria says it is seeking to strengthen economic, trade, political, diplomatic, and security relations with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2019. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Uganda launches door-to-door investigation amid coronavirus cases surge

Uganda has adopted the Village Health Team (VHT) strategy as a new battlefront to quell the resurgence of coronavirus in the country, said the health ministry.
Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of the approvals.

FEC approves N39.771 billion for road repairs, others

Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of the approvals.

LUTH dismisses allege eviction of nursing mothers without notice

Some nursing mothers at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, yesterday decried alleged inhuman treatment melted on them by the hospital management, claiming they were evicted from the hospital lodge without prior notice.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he initially 'felt empty inside' after the club secured the Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool will not have 11 fit players without changes

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the Premier League’s top six could be left without 11 fit players unless changes are made to protect the welfare of stretched squads.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, says restriction measures like social distancing, and wearing of face masks need to continue during the period of Ramadan, which is around the corner.

PTF advises schools to send any child with respiratory symptoms home

The National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has advised schools to send home any child with respiratory symptoms consistent with coronavirus in order to reduce risk of transmission.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigerian government to inaugurate 18-man coronavirus vaccine security committee

The Federal Government will next week inaugurate an 18-man national COVID-19 task team to ensure vaccine security, even as it welcomes developments in the scientific community announcing a COVID-19 vaccine.
Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo on Monday, said bad governance superintended by President Muhammadu Buhari, and not COVID-19, is responsible for the country slipping into another recession.

Ayo Adebanjo: Bad governance not coronavirus led Nigeria to another recession

Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo on Monday, said bad governance superintended by President Muhammadu Buhari, and not COVID-19, is responsible for the country slipping into another recession.
Wall Street's main indexes opened lower on Friday as rising infections overshadow positive vaccine news [Shannon Stapleton-Reuters]

Dow opens up 200 points on another jab of promising vaccine news

Wall Street’s main stock indexes pushed higher on Monday kicking off another week on a shot of positive vaccines news – this time from AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Kingsley Moghalu: Only intellectual leader will change Nigeria’s economy

The former presidential candidate on Monday said unless the problem of leadership selection and constitution structure is addressed, Nigeria’s economy cannot create wealth for its citizens except for those with political connections.
A Nigerian doctor, Dr. Onyema Ogbuagbu, is at the centre of the Pfizer-led research, development and trials that have culminated in a breakthrough for COVID-19 vaccines.

Nigerian doctor in coronavirus vaccine breakthrough

A Nigerian doctor, Dr. Onyema Ogbuagbu, is at the centre of the Pfizer-led research, development and trials that have culminated in a breakthrough for COVID-19 vaccines.
Ciro Immobile scored on his return from coronavirus isolation as Lazio beat rock-bottom Crotone 2-0 under driving rain in southern Italy on Saturday.

Ciro Immobile helps Lazio win at rain-drenched Crotone

Ciro Immobile scored on his return from coronavirus isolation as Lazio beat rock-bottom Crotone 2-0 under driving rain in southern Italy on Saturday.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF concerned for children’s safety as coronavirus pandemic lingers

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned in a new report of significant and growing consequences for children as the COVID-19 pandemic lurches toward a second year, ahead of World Children’s Day on 20 November, Averting a Lost COVID Generation is the first UNICEF report to comprehensively outline the dire and growing consequences for children as the pandemic drags on.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on the pitch before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS-Michael Dalder

Chelsea boss wants Premier League should scrap early kick-offs

Frank Lampard has warned that the Premier League is undermining its own product by asking Chelsea to travel to Newcastle for an early Saturday kick-off straight after the international break.

UN: Nigeria recorded 3,600 rape cases during coronavirus lockdown

The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed made this known during the launch of the ‘Violence against Women and Girls Situation Room – Spotlight Initiative’.
Musician Erykah Badu says she received conflicting results from her COVID-19 test and has decided to play safe.

Erykah Badu says her coronavirus test showed positive in left nostril, negative in right

The singer tweeted that a coronavirus swab test from her left nostril returned positive while a second test from samples from her right nostril returned a negative result.

Why we impounded bikes – Lagos taskforce

Pandemonium broke out, yesterday, at Second Rainbow in Amuwo Odofin Local government area, along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, as commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada, violently protested the seizure of their bikes by the Lagos State Task Force.

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Afenifere: Nigeria becoming ungovernable

Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Thursday declared that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, insisting that the country must restructure to survive the near precipice.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Kano governor orders compulsory drug test for council election contestants

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has directed all cleared contestants in the forthcoming local government elections scheduled to hold January 16 to be subjected to a compulsory drug test.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 5

Senator Lawan urges South Africa to secure business interests of Nigerians

President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has urged the South African authorities to reciprocate Nigerian Government’s gesture by ensuring that business interests of Nigerians in South Africa are secured.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

INEC chief wants Senate to accelerate Electoral Act amendment

The nominee for the position of Chairperson for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has appealed to the National Assembly to expeditiously pass the Electoral Act Amendment Bill before the end of first quarter of 2021.
Zlatan Ibrahimović has signed a new one-year deal to stay with Milan for the 2020-21 season.

Swedish FA: Zlatan Ibrahimovic in talks about restarting international career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in talks with Sweden head coach Janne Andersson about a potential return to the national team, the Swedish Football Association said Thursday.