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Buhari May Submit Ministerial List Before Weekend, Senate President Hints

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President Muhammadu Buhari may submit the list of ministerial nominees for consideration and approval before the end of the week.

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, disclosed this during Wednesday’s plenary in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

He was responding to a point of order by Senator Bassey Akpan who represents Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district.

Senator Akpan had reminded the lawmakers of their long recess coming up and the need for the President to constitute a cabinet.

In his response, the Senate President told the lawmakers that the Executive Arm was working to ensure that the list was ready before they proceed on their annual two-month break.

 

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Nigeria: Undisrupted financial services during COVID-19 lockdown

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It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a directive restricting the movement of people – excluding those on essential service – with effect from 11pm on Monday, March 30, 2020, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States, as a response to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Subsequently, the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria obtained Presidential approval to permit critical financial services to function during this period.

Consequently, relevant security agencies have been requested to grant passage to critical staff of these institutions to enable essential and strategic financial transactions to go undisrupted during the period of the lockdown. These institutions include:

i. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN);

ii. Deposit Money Banks (DMBs);

iii. The Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) Plc;

iv. Switching companies,

v. Mobile money operators,

vi. Payment solution service providers.

In view of the ongoing restrictions and in order to check further spread of the corona virus disease, the CBN hereby urges the general public to limit their use of cash and avail themselves of the use of alternative payment channels such as mobile banking, Internet banking, Mobile money, Point of Sale, and USSD. The public is therefore assured that financial institutions will remain operational during this period and therefore should guard against panic withdrawals from their banks.

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We also urge all Nigerians to adhere strictly to the movement restrictions and follow stipulated guidelines by the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant health agencies of government to curb possible spread of the virus in Nigeria.

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Oyo: My COVID-19 confirmation test result is positive – Makinde reveals

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Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation. 

Governor Makinde disclosed this on Monday through  his verified Twitter handle, adding  that he is asymptomatic.

“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate”, he tweeted.

The governor also directed the former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge, to be the Head of COVID-19 Task Force as he recovers.

“I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.”

Governor Makinde further urged the people of Oyo State to comply with instructions from the COVID-19 Task Force.

“Stay home, stay safe,” he urged Oyo residents.

He is the third governor in the country to test positive for coronavirus.

 

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Curfew: Respect journalists as essential service providers, Oyo NUJ cautions security

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Oyo State Council on Monday cautioned security agencies in the state to respect journalists as essential service providers as the dusk to dawn curfew declared by State Government began.

In a release jointly signed its Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo in Ibadan, the Union maintained that journalists are major stakeholders in the efforts to curtail the spread of corona virus(COVID-19).

The NUJ also  called on heads of security agencies in the state to caution their officers from harassing journalists in the discharge of their duties during the period of the curfew.

It  further called on media organisations to provide kits and sanitisers to their crews and ensure only experienced reporters are made to handle critical report at the period.

The NUJ urged members to maintain social distancing at their live interview programmes, while handwashing basins and sanitisers be provided at every important corridor.

The union also called on media managers to allow colleagues work from home except where it was absolutely necessary to come to office or studio.

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