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NECA’s Director-General, Mr Timothy Olawale, who made the call on Tuesday in Lagos, called for more specific and direct business sustainability schemes, to save the private sector.

Private sector, labour call for guided relaxation of lockdown to save economy

Organised Private Sector, OPS; Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, counterpart, have agreed that there is need for guided relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

Coronavirus: INEC to shift Edo, Ondo guber polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has hinted that it might be constrained to adjust the timetable and schedule of activities of the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections due to the crippling challenges coronavirus pandemic posed on the country.
Priti Patel said it would be necessary for businesses to look more to potential British workers, helping them to ‘up their skills and make their skills relevant’. Will Oliver-EPA

Britain coronavirus death toll passes 20,000

The UK’s official coronavirus death toll passed the milestone of 20,000 on Saturday, which the Home Secretary Priti Patel described as “a deeply tragic and moving moment”.
In continuation of its renewed efforts to provide more critical infrastructure in the state, the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the execution of development projects worth over N2.5 billion.

Lockdown: Enugu intensifies boundary surveillance

Commissioner for Transport, Chief Mathias Ekweremadu said that the state COVID-19 taskforce has also been working diligently to enforce compliance with the ‘Stay-at-home’ order, particularly in ensuring that no vehicle was allowed from outside the state, except those conveying essential goods.

Ogun IPAC condemns attack on Senator Kashamu

The Ogun State Chapter of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has condemned the recent attack on former Member of the House of Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu as an expired politician.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq has declared that her Ministry will focus on the urban poor, National Social Register as well as Bank Verification Number (BVN) to determine who benefits from the distribution palliatives to cushion the biting effect of COVID-19 on Nigerians.

Minister: People living with disabilities will benefit from Nigerian government intervention

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, says People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) will also benefit from the Federal Government’s intervention to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has confirmed the index case of Covid -19 in the state, saying it is not a death sentence.

Official: Face mask compulsory for Delta residents

Delta State Government on Tuesday disclosed that it would make the use of face mask compulsory for residents in the state as part of measures to check the spread of Covid-19.
Senator Smart Adeyemi

Senator Adeyemi gives food support to constituents

Senator Smart Adeyemi has embarked on donation of food items to people of his constituency in order to help them cope with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. He represents people of Kogi West in upper legislative chamber.
Lesotho troops deployed by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane withdrew from the capital's streets on Sunday in a showdown between the octogenerian leader and opponents demanding his resignation.

Lesotho’s army withdraws as calls mount for premier to resign

Lesotho troops deployed by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane withdrew from the capital's streets on Sunday in a showdown between the octogenerian leader and opponents demanding his resignation.

Sule Lamido, security aide, driver test negative for coronavirus

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said: “Dr Imam Wada Bello called at 5:35pm on April 15, 2020, and informed me that they are through with our sample tests and our results, that is myself, driver and orderly thankfully are All Negative and that he will send me the details later tonight.”
A SOCIO-POLITICAL group, Afenifere, has donated N3million to Southwest governors to help fight the scourge of coronavirus ravaging the world. The National Leader of the group, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, addressing reporters on Thursday in Osogbo, hailed the governors for their efforts at containing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic in the region.

Afenifere donates N3 million to Southwest governors

A socio-political group, Afenifere, has donated N3million to Southwest governors to help fight the scourge of coronavirus ravaging the world.
This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT /

Kim Jong Un tribute absence sparks speculation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s conspicuous absence from commemorations for his grandfather Kim Il Sung’s birth anniversary this week suggests he could be looking to emphasise his own authority over his family’s legacy, analysts said.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, alerted Nigerians to be mindful of fake chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets currently in circulation.

Experts lose enthusiasm for chloroquine treatment promoted by Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s assumption that he can dictate the course of scientific research based on his gut is taking a beating when it comes to chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drugs he’s been promoting as miracle cures for COVID-19.
The Iraqi government has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story claiming the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than the number officially reported.

Iraq suspends Reuters over report on coronavirus cases

The Iraqi government has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story claiming the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than the number officially reported.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank decided to cut the repo rate by 100 basis points. This takes the repo rate to 4.25 per cent per annum, the bank said in a statement.

South African central bank delivers surprise rate cut and signals more to come

South Africa’s central bank cut lending rates to record lows on Tuesday following an unscheduled meeting of its policy committee in response to the economic turmoil wrought by the coronavirus outbreak.
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has announced that the state government will give free foods to residents of the state.

Governor Ayade: It’s dangerous to protect lives ignoring livelihoods

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, has warned that since there will be life after the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the need for government to protect not just lives but also livelihoods.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara

Lockdown: Residents lament politicisation of palliatives in Kwara

The people alleged that some members of the ruling party, APC that are loyal to the state governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, had been benefiting more from the distribution of palliatives.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech to honor Japan’s architect Arata Isozaki at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 24, 2019. Isozaki is the laureate of the 2019 Pritzker architecture prize.-br --Francois Mori - POOL - AP - AFP

France’s Emmanuel Macron expected to announce length of lockdown extension

French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on Monday evening and is expected to clarify how long a previously announced extension of the county’s lockdown will last.

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Medical council validates four coronavirus test kits – registrar

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) says it has validated four Rapid Test Kits to determine their suitability for testing SAR-COV-2 infection popularly known as COVID-19 in the country.
Legendary reggae artiste, Majekodunmi Fasheke, aka Majek Fashek is dead. The artiste died in a New York hospital after a protracted illness on Monday about 5-45pm. He was aged 71.

Nigerian celebrities mourn deceased Majek Fashek

Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the death of Music Legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, a.k.a Majek Fashek.
Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.

Rwanda set to announce new coronavirus restrictions

Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.
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Nigeria declares telecoms facilities critical national Infrastructure

In response to the yearnings of industry stakeholders to declare telecom facilities Critical National Infrastructure, President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in place to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again, addressed Nigerians on the efforts of its government to contain the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) that is ravaging the country 4

ASCAB: President Buhari’s speech underestimate Sani Abacha’s $5 billion loot

Alliance for Surviv­ing COVID-19 and Beyond, (ASCAB), a group led by prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that President Mu­hammadu Buhari’s claim that late dictator, Sani Abacha, stole $1 billion con­tradicts the figures earlier released by his own officials.