Senate, Lawan assures completion of legislative actions on PIB, other

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Lawan stated this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents shortly after the signing of the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja on Thursday.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the National Assembly will ensure the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), amendment of the Electoral Act as well as Constitution review between January and December 2021.

He said that efforts would be intensified by NASS to ensure the passage of the PIB before the end of the first quarter of 2021.

He stated that the issue of security would also receive serious legislative attention with a view to finding lasting solutions to the security challenges facing the country.

He said, “In the National Assembly, we have three or four critical things to do from January.

“First of all, the Petroleum Industry Bill, the PIB which we intend to work so assiduously to ensure that we pass it within the first quarter of next year, but if we can’t, then, before the end of 2021.

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“Similarly and equally important is to pass the Electoral Act Amendment, this is also to ensure that we continue to refine our electoral processes so that Nigerians when they vote, their votes will continue to count, and of course, the Constitution Amendment that we always undertake.

“Security is a major issue and it is something that the executive and the legislature will continue to work together to ensure that we address it. In fact, there is nothing more important than security today in this country.

We need to work hard and of course resources will be made more available, we believe that with the kind of commitment we have so far shown in the National Assembly to work with the executive on addressing the security challenges of this country and with the commitment Mr President has also shown, I believe that at the end of the day, we will have a better security environment.”

According to the senate president, the National Assembly will continue to support the president to enable him function properly as the President of the country.

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Lawan said: “We are here to represent our people, we are in the National Assembly to represent the national interest, it doesn’t matter where that interest is coming from or which interest it is so long as it is a national interest.

“We will give Mr President the kind of support that he requires to make Nigeria a better place, to make Nigeria a safer place and to make the economy of Nigeria work for every Nigeria.”

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Budget’21: See the most important bill Buhari signed into law for 2021

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The signed budget comprises total Capital Supplementation of N1,060,751,051,650.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13,588,027,886,175 into law.

The president’s action followed the earlier passing of the bill by the National Assembly on Dec. 21 during an emergency session convened for the purpose of passing the budget.

The signing of the budget is also in line with the president’s promise to return the nation to the January to December Budget circle.

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The budget estimate was increased by the sum of N505, 607,317,942 from the estimate of N13, 082, 420, 568,233 presented to the joint sitting of National Assembly by President Buhari on Oct. 8, 2020.

Statutory Transfer stands at N496,528,471,273; recurrent Expenditure of N5,641,970,060,680 and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 3.00 Per cent.

It also provides N3,324,380,000 trillion for debt servicing while N5,641,970,060,680 is for Recurrent Expenditure; and N4,125,149,354,222 for Capital Expenditure.

The president also signed the 2020 Finance Bill into law.

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Those who witnessed the signing of the budget include the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Others at the Council Chamber were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, some cabinet ministers as well as few top government officials.

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Lagos CP orders matching orders over New Year curfew [Nigeria]

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Odumosu, however, urged the general public to be law-abiding and support security agencies for effective policing of the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered police officers to enforce the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He also directed them to enforce all other protocols highlighted by the PTF as well as ensure the total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, amongst others.

In a statement released by the force on Thursday, Odumosu gave the order to Commanders and DPOs during an event at Ikeja.

The statement partly read, “The Commissioner of Police reiterated that they must enforce the use of face mask regularly at public places (markets/malls), social distancing, total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, no social party, street carnivals, use of infra-red thermometer to check body temperature, sanitisers and enforcement of the imposed curfew between 12 midnight and 4am.

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“He further ordered that all Area Commanders and DPOs must ensure such due enforcement in their various offices across the command; noting that COVID-19 is real and we must do everything possible within our reach to halt its spread.”

Odumosu was also quoted to have warned police officers in the state against incivility, drunkenness, excessive or misuse of power, accidental discharge, extortion and other inappropriate behaviours in the New Year, noting that “anyone found wanting will be heavily sanctioned within the ambit of the law”.

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Igbo leaders send warning to Atiku, Jonathan, Obasanjo

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Igbo youths were not left out in the agitation as the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Arthur Obiora, said 2023 President must be an Igbo man.

All hopes that leaders of Southeast geopolitical zone would play as united team towards the 2023 general election cycle were shattered yesterday, when stakeholders from the zone met in Owerri.

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Apart from the most recent joiner to the party, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, who was represented by Senator Anthony Agbo, most aboriginal members like immediate past Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, were conspicuously absent from the grand meeting.

Prominent APC stalwarts, including the host, Governor Hope Uzodimma, members of House of Representatives, Nkiruka Onyejeocha and Chinedu Ogah; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnia Onu; Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; member of the APC Interim Committee, Senator Ken Nnamani; Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr. George Muoghalu; former Imo deputy governor, Eze Madumere, Senators Osita Izunaso, Nkechi Nwaogu and Andy Ubah; Tony Nwoye Chinwe Obaji, among others, were present.

The stakeholders resolved to do all in their powers to win the forthcoming Anambra State governorship poll, even as they harped on the need for conscientious membership registration and reconciliation of party structures from ward to state levels.

In his remarks Governor Uzodimma said APC in Southeast had all it would take to dominate the zone, stressing the need for unity, brotherly love and genuine reconciliation.

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He noted that the Anambra governorship poll was the ground to demonstrate the resolve of the party to capture the zone. He therefore appealed to members to shelve petty animosities and antagonism to work towards winning the election for the party.

“I believe that winning Anambra governorship will make the party stronger in the zone. And we can only succeed in doing this through genuine reconciliation and unity among members of the party,” the governor stated.

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The governor regretted recriminations among party members in the zone, stressing that such grievances constitute the major problems confronting APC, just as he noted that the process of reconciliation should begin immediately to strengthen and fortify the party for future elections in the country.

His words: “The problem confronting APC in southeast is grievances, and we must begin today to address it, this will help our party, we need to reconcile all aggrieved members, our party would be stronger and we also urge all of you to help secure victory in Anambra.”

Also speaking, the Minister of Science and Technology, Onu, affirmed that Southeast people are yearning for APC, assuring that it was for “this reason that APC would win the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election.

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According to Onu, “People of the southeast want APC, this is why we must be united and be at peace with each other, we must be united to achieve our aims, we will make sure southeast controls Anambra.”

Former President of Senate, Nnamani, informed the stakeholders that registration will commence from the unit levels, where members will cast their votes, stressing that the process will enable the party to actually know its strength at every unit.

Nnamani therefore pleaded with members to take the registration seriously just as he urged party faithful to immediately take part in the process.

Speaking through his representative, Senator Agbo, Umahi said he was happy to be in “the midst of progressive members of the party in the zone.” He disabused the minds of members, especially those who said he was not in good terms with his Imo state counterpart, assuring that he would work with Uzodimma to make sure other governors join APC from the zone.

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Meanwhile, Igbo leaders, yesterday, restated the call for the next President to emerge from South-East.

They spoke at a Solidarity Conference organised by Global Movement for Igbo President 2023 and United for Better Nigeria Initiative. The conference focused on the emergence of an Igbo President.

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In his opening address, a First Republic minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, expressed the hope that the emergence of an Igbo man of South-East zone as President would resolve leadership crises in the country.

A former Women Affairs Minister, Josephine Anenih, said the Igbo believe in one Nigeria in spite of deprivations and provocations, saying it justifies the need for an Igbo President to address the myriad of challenges confronting the country.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the conference was part of efforts to consult widely towards ensuring that every Nigerian supports the quest by the region to produce the next President.

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Similarly, the National Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu, stated that being one of the six zones in the country, “it is not out of place if Igbo or South-East comes up that it is their time to rescue Nigeria.”

He appealed to Amechi to ensure realisation of the dream of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

Obiora, represented by the Director of Planning and Strategy, and leader of Igbo Young Politicians Forum, Tony-Ezekwelu, an engineer, said:
“We are not begging anybody, Igbo man must be President come 2023.

He urged political parties to zone their 2023 presidential tickets to South-East.

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“If they want us to remain as multi-ethnic nations that Nigeria is, we will remain and build Nigeria as a country where there is peace, justice, equity and fairness.

“We are not begging anybody, Igbo man must be President come 2023. Those who are supporting Bola Tinubu and former President Goodluck Jonathan and Atiku Abubakar want to break Nigeria up.” According to him, rotational Presidency should start with Igbo ethnic nation.

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COVID-19: Kwara records 36 new cases

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The Kwara Government says 36 more people have tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 1,415.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, made this known in a statement he issued on Thursday.

According to the statement, this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,415 with 1,179 patients’ discharged and 32 deaths recorded in the state.

“As at 9:20 a. m. on Wednesday, the number of active cases was 204, while 1,179 had so far been discharged and 32 deaths recorded.

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[Nigeria] Buhari to make New Year broadcast in next 24 hours

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The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will make a New Year broadcast to the nation on Jan. 1, 2021 at 7.00a.m.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He said: “Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to join the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively, for the broadcast.’’

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#BLM: NIDCOM demands justice for Nigerian killed in Ireland

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Dabiri-Erewa in a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NiDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, condemned in strong terms the killing of Nkencho,

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman /CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has demanded justice for Mr George Nkencho, a 27-year-old Nigerian killed in Ireland.

She described as callous and wicked, the killing of the Nigerian by a police officer.

The NiDCOM chair, therefore, called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing.

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She appealed to the enraged Nigerian community in Ireland to exercise patience and wait for the outcome of investigation into the unfortunate incident.

She condoled with the family of he deceased and the Nigerian community in Ireland over the incident and prayed God to give the family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Sciatica forces Pope Francis to skip New Year masses

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The chronic nerve condition that causes hip pain for the 84-year-old meant that “celebrations this evening and tomorrow morning… will not be led by the Holy Father,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

Pope Francis will be unable to celebrate New Year’s masses Thursday evening and Friday morning at St Peter’s Basilica because he is suffering from sciatica, the Vatican announced.

Giovanni Battista Re, the dean of the College of Cardinals, will celebrate the vespers on Thursday, while Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin — the pope’s right-hand man — will preside over the New Year’s Day mass, Bruni said.

Later Friday, the pontiff will lead the Angelus prayer from the library in the Apostolic Palace “as planned”, the spokesman said.

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Shortly before Christmas, two cardinals in the pope’s entourage contracted Covid-19, raising fears that Francis, who rarely wears a mask, risked infection.

In addition to the Argentinian-born pope’s official events reported by the Holy See’s press office, he also has many private meetings at the Vatican’s guest house Santa Marta, where he lives.

During Italy’s first lockdown in March, Francis initially delivered his Sunday Angelus prayers from the Vatican library instead of his usual window overlooking crowds on Saint Peter’s Square.

The restriction prompted him to say he felt “caged”, and he made several brief appearances at the window, greeting the few people who ventured out into the vast square.

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The pope has a risk factor for Covid aside from his advanced age. When he was 21 years old in 1957, he suffered from severe pleurisy, requiring surgery to remove part of his right lung, according to biographer Austen Ivereigh.

The Vatican has not yet indicated when the pope may be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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NDLEA nabs suspected drug traffickers

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Aloye said that the Command also secured the conviction of 28 suspects for possession and trafficking in drugs to different jail terms at the Federal High Court Minna.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested 61 suspected drug traffickers from January to date in different parts of the state.

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The acting Commander of the agency in the state, Mr Isaac Aloye, disclosed this to NoRM in Minna on Thursday.

He said that drugs seized from the suspects include, Cannabis Sativa, 3,066.9334 kg, Cocaine:0.014 kg, Methamphetamine, 0.001 kg, and Psychotropic Substances, 62.05kg.

He said that the 3,066 kg of the total drug seized consist of variants of Cannabis Sativa namely, the locally grown strain, the Skunk popularly known as “SK”by users, the Arizona(fondly known as “AZ”), and the Loud.

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“The Command also secured the final forfeiture of 10 vehicles used by convicted drug dealers and temporary forfeiture of 20 others.

“This is a great feat in the history of the command, and a great disincentive to drug dealers and would-be dealers alike that drug doesn’t pay,” the Commander said.

Aloye said that the quantity and quality of the various drugs seized during the period of COVID-19 lockdown in the state was of great concern as most of the drugs were seized as waybills.

“The agency is worried that drug traffickers now waybill the drugs to physically distance themselves from the drugs upon interception.

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” It takes a great deal to trace and arrest the recipients and senders of the drugs,” the commander said.

He said that the agency would not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large.

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Just in: President Buhari signs 2021 budget. [Nigeria]

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The National Assembly also provided the sum of N3,324,380,000 (trillion) for debt servicing.

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2021 Appropriation Act.

Buhari officially signed the document at a ceremony held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Noble Reporters Media reports

The National Assembly had on December 21, 2020, passed the 2021 Appropriation Bill with an aggregate expenditure of N13, 588, 027,886, 175 trillion.

It comprises total Capital Supplementation of N1,060,751,051,650 and total Capital Expenditure of N4,125,149,354,222, Statutory Transfer stands at N496,528,471,273; recurrent Expenditure of N5,641,970,060,680 and Gross Domestic Product, GDP growth rate of 3.00 Percent.

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The parliament increased the budget estimate by the sum of N505, 607,317,942 from the estimate of N13, 082, 420, 568,233 presented to the joint sitting of National Assembly by President Buhari on October 8, 2020.

Present to witness the ceremony were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed among other government officials.

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Lagos Churches makes U-turn on Cross over night service

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The senior pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, is however not new to this arrangement.

A number of popular churches in Lagos State have adjusted their service time for crossover services this year.

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This follows a directive from the Lagos State government that curfew times will be imposed from 12am to 4am.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has since instructed worship centres to adhere to government’s directives.

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In the years past, most churches began their Crossover services by 9pm or 10pm and it ended way back midnight on January 1 of the New Year.

However, this year, they have been forced to push back by several hours.

The House on the Rock Church in highbrow Lekki area for instance, will begin their service by 6.30pm with an end-of-the-year praise and worship session. The main service starts 7pm and ends 9pm.

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It will not be streamed online until 10pm.

Also, The Covenant Nation has announced through its senior pastor, Poju Oyemade, that the on-site service will be held from 7pm to 9pm.

Oyemade said it would be “a time of teaching praises and declarations”.

He has always ended his services before 11pm, encouraging families to cross into the New Year together, in their homes.

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This week, Adeyemi tweeted: “If you say “Happy New Year” at 2pm on 31st December in Lagos, you won’t be wrong. You’ll only be joining people in Sydney Australia to say it at that time. In fact, you’ll be 10 hours ahead of others in Nigeria.

“Don’t stress over time to crossover. Just crossover. #HappyNewYear.”

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CAR presidential election: Touadera heading to victory – Party

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But his government controls only about one-third of the country, with militia groups that emerged from the conflict in 2013 controlling the other two-thirds.

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera is on track to win last weekend’s elections, his party said on Thursday, a day after the opposition called for the vote to be annulled.

“Trends… point to a first-round victory by Professor Touadera, reflecting the renewed legitimacy that the people have conferred on our candidate,” his campaign director, Simplice Mathieu Sarandji, told a news conference.

A powerful coalition of opposition groups said Wednesday the vote in the violence-torn country had been badly flawed, and called for its “cancellation, pure and simple.”

Sarandji said the electoral and judicial bodies could be trusted.

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“No candidate has any right to go through non-official channels to call for the elections to be cancelled and to be held again,” he said, speaking at the headquarters of Touadera’s United Hearts Movement (MCU) party.

The elections, staged last Sunday for the presidency and the legislature, are widely seen as a key stability test for the CAR. NoRM reports

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The landlocked country is one of the poorest in the world and among the most volatile, suffering a string of coups and wars since gaining independence from France in 1960.

In 2013, it spiralled once more into bloodshed when then-president, Francois Bozize, who had himself seized power a decade earlier, was overturned by a mostly Muslim coalition called the Seleka.

Touadera, who was elected in 2016 after a turbulent transition following the coup, is the frontrunner in the crowded field of 16 candidates.

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On Wednesday, the Democratic Opposition Coalition (COD-2020), an alliance of political and other groups, said the elections “were not fair and inclusive and are in no way the expression of the people’s will”.

Condemning an “electoral farce”, it claimed widespread ballot stuffing and complained of a lack of observers.

According to official figures, voting did not take place in 29 of the country’s 71 sub-prefectures (sub-divisions of large administrative districts), and only partly so in six others.

In many areas, militia groups hampered the organisation of the elections and intimidated voters, according to local leaders and UN workers who asked not to be named.

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In addition, thousands of people were prevented from voting or never received their voting cards because of the lack of security.

Provisional results are expected from January 4, but no final results are expected before January 18. A runoff will be held on February 14 if there is no outright winner in the first round.

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Cross River: Gov. Ayade signs 2021 ‘heavyweight’ budget into law

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Ayade, however, expressed the hope that with the several industries he has so far established and commencing fully in 2021, the state’s economy would receive a giant boost.

Cross River State Governor, Benedict Ayade, has signed 2021 budget of ‘Blush and Bliss’ into law following passage of the of N282b appropriation bill that was reduced from N1.01tr by the House of Assembly on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Speaking shortly after signing the budget yesterday at the Governor’s Office in Calabar, Ayade disclosed that the budget made provisions for the establishment of a state polytechnic.

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“It also has provisions for social welfare schemes like grants and other financial benefits to help cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Cross River people,” he said.

Ayade explained that the size of the budget was smaller when compared to previous budgets of over N1tr and that his administration decided to reduce the financial commitment in key projects like the Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 275km superhighway to five per cent.

According to him, the state government will build the Seaport on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, adding: “For the 2021 budget of “Blush and Bliss,” the gross component is in its reduction from N1.01tr to N282b. My worry is what will then happen to the gap.

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“We had explained this during the budget presentation that we are shifting from all the big dreams to the basic, primordial things of survival and ensuring that there is food on our tables.”

Ayade stated that his government had planned that by 2021, it would move away from food on the table to food on the plough, but that with the COVID-19 pandemic and #EndSARS protests, government realised that it had to further sustain its food on the table agenda.

He maintained that the 2021 budget was streamlined to meet the intended focus, hence it provided a 5 per cent cost for capital projects like the 275km Superhighway, the Bakassi Deep Sea port and Calas Vegas Island, among others.

He said the state’s privatisation council in partnership with KPMG, as consultants would select the best investors for the capital projects.

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He commended the state House of Assembly in ensuring that the 2021 budget was ready for signing.

Speaker of the House, Eteng Williams, explained that the House did some adjustments to the appropriation bill Governor Ayade submitted in October to accommodate current realities that were captured in the bill, such as establishment of the Cross River state Polytechnic, which the governor recently signed into law.

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Breaking: 554 deployed for community policing in Katsina

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Five hundred and fifty-four indigenes of Katsina State will be used as pilot constables for the commencement of community policing in the state. This followed their graduation in Kaduna Police College.

Spokesperson for Katsina police command, SP Gambo Isah, stated yesterday that the constables would carry arms and do normal police work in their communities.

“A total of 554 special constables of Katsina origin passed out from the premier Police College, Kaduna,” he said.

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Addressing the constables at the Command Headquarters, Katsina, the Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, urged them to be upright, discipline and dedicated to duty.

He stated that they would go back to their respective communities to serve, to help in reducing crime.

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This new way of buying Bitcoin with ease in 2021 will get you overwhelmed

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Somehow, all the wild Bitcoin predictions you heard earlier this year don’t seem so wild anymore.

Google searches for how to buy Bitcoin in 2021 have exploded since Bitcoin passed ? 11 million for the first time ever.

You may also be wondering whether it’s too late to buy Bitcoin as 2021 knocks on our doors. Like this video says, it’s better to look at it in terms of how valuable Bitcoin will be in the future. And it’s best to start planning for that future now.

So how exactly do you join the Bitcoin club? The easiest way to buy Bitcoin is through a cryptocurrency exchange. This is an online platform where you can deposit money in a normal currency like Naira and convert it to a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin at the current exchange.

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What to Look Out for When Buying Bitcoin

When looking for a cryptocurrency exchange to use, there are some things you should look out for.

  • First, you want a fast exchange. Because of how quickly the price of Bitcoin goes up and down, you’ll need to be able to buy and sell quickly. Always look out for an instant buy and sell option.
  • Secondly, you want an exchange that will allow you to send your Bitcoin to people and receive Bitcoin from people quickly if you need to.
  • You’ll also need an exchange with at least 1 stable coin. A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that is tied to the price of a normal currency so that it doesn’t swing up and down wildly. For example, Tether also known as USDT is a stablecoin and it’s tied to the US Dollar. So 1 dollar is equal to 1 USDT. You need a stablecoin so that when Bitcoin is unstable and you want to wait for things to cool down, you can quickly convert to a stablecoin and back.
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Where to Buy Bitcoin in 2021

A few years ago, you had to change your money to dollars or run around Bitcoin trading groups (some of which were scams) just to buy Bitcoin. But now, you can do it from the comfort of your house because there are several cryptocurrency exchanges that allow you to buy Bitcoin with Naira.

Some exchanges have websites, mobile apps, or both and you can choose which platform to use depending on what works best for you.

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For example, exchanges like Quidax have a website, and a mobile app for iOS and Android. So you can pick what works best for you.

The most important thing is for you to find a fast, secure, and reliable exchange that will help you enjoy your Bitcoin journey.

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Why iPhones, Androids will no longer run WhatsApp from January 1, 2021

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By implication, Whatsapp said all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will from January 1st, 2021 begin to lose support for the messaging platform.

Some WhatsApp enthusiasts may have cause to worry as their phones may no longer run the Whatsapp app from January 1st, 2021.

Some of the affected phones include iPhones and Android smartphones.

According to the company, the move is to withdraw its support for older versions of Operating System (OS) from next year, noting that several Android and iOS phones may no longer be able to run the app going forward.

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Information released by WhatsApp said the company will only be compatible with phones running the Android 4.0.3 operating system or newer as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 and newer devices.

It listed affected mobile phones like iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6S.

Others in the Android category are: HTC Desire, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will lose WhatsApp support as 2020 ends.

It, however, explained that the instant messaging platform will keep the app running for select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1 OS or newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

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To check which OS in the iPhone category is running, go to the Settings menu, then to the General and Information option, Software and the users will be able to see the OS running that particular iPhone.

Similarly, for Android users, go to Settings, then About Phone to see which Android version their smartphone is running on. Meanwhile below are some of the phones that would lose WhatsApp support from January 1, 2021: Apple iPhone 1-4; Samsung Galaxy S2; HTC Desire; LG Optimus Black; Motorola Droid Razr; Any Android released before 2010. These phones will need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3: Apple iPhone 4S; iPhone 5; iPhone 5S; iPhone 6; iPhone 6S; Samsung Galaxy S3; Samsung Galaxy Note; HTC Sensation; HTC Thunderbolt; LG Lucid; Motorola Droid 4 and other newer devices. Other phones that need to be updated include Samsung Galaxy S2; HTC Desire; Motorola Droid Razr; LG Optimus Black and any Android released before 2010.

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COVID-19: Eleven new deaths as 21 Nigerian States report 1,016 cases

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 1,016 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,278.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 86,000 cases as total infections hit 86,576 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 73,322.

Lagos, FCT & Plateau reports highest cases of 434, 155 & 94 respectively as Delta, Niger & Osun State reports lowest case(s) of 3 each.

Newest cases of 1,016 were reported from 21 states.

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States’ Stands

1,016 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-434
FCT-155
Plateau-94
Kaduna-56
Rivers-56
Oyo-30
Nasarawa-27
Zamfara-25
Abia-22
Enugu-18
Kano-18
Bayelsa-15
Edo-14
Ogun-11
Borno-10
Ebonyi-10
Jigawa-7
Anambra-4
Delta-3
Niger-3
Osun-3

86,576 confirmed
73,322 discharged
1,278 deaths

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Deploy refurbished tractors to food farmers – Buhari directs NASENI

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The NASENI boss reiterated the commitment of the agency to build Nigeria and Nigerians’ confidence in providing capital goods, machines and equipment needed for industrialisation and transformation of the economy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to deploy all refurbished tractors to farmers to boost agricultural activities in the country.

The Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, told State House correspondents that the president gave the order when he updated (Buhari) him on the activities of the agency at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

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Haruna stated that the presidential directive was in line with the Buhari administration’s efforts to revamp the agricultural sector.

NoRM learnt reports that President Buhari had on Dec. 29 assured Nigerians that his administration would keep a keen eye on food inflation in the New Year by ensuring food security through mass agricultural activities across the country.

However, the NASENI boss, who said he updated the president on the achievements as well as challenges of the agency, quoted Buhari as saying that one of the most crucial modern implements required to till the ground to aid farmers to realise bountiful harvests are farming aids like tractors.

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“My briefing of Mr President today is a routine. Mr President is the Chairman, Governing Board of NASENI.

“So, we are here to update him on the activities of the agency – what we have achieved so far within this period and what we need his intervention on,’’ he said.

He said that the agency had successfully refurbished several of such tractors at its institute in Minna, Niger, through the Partnership arrangements.

He named the trio of Machine & Equipment Consortium Africa (MECA), the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL) and NASENI as principal partners in the project.

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He stated that the president was eager to see that the tractors were deployed to farmers before the next farming season.

According to him, the president is concerned about the state of drudgery and suffering by farmers without modern farm implements.

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Haruna said the president, who is the Chairman of the Governing Board of NASENI, expressed satisfaction with the activities of the Agency most especially the efforts to fabricate agricultural tools and reverse-engineering of modern machines and equipment aimed at boosting agricultural activities.

He said the presidential marching order and the availability of the tractors already on ground in the Agency was a proof that the agency was fulfilling or alive with its mandate.

“All what we need is support by every Nigerians and governments so we can continue to fulfil our mandate to the nation,’’ he added.

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He listed the achievements of NASENI to include the production of First made-in-Nigeria Tricycle (KEKE NASENI), both Passenger and cargo types.

According to him, the technology has been handed over to Innoson Vehicle Nigeria LTD for commercialisation and mass production for the markets.

He further disclosed that NASENI had designed and produced First Made-in-Nigeria Motorcycle, First Made-In-Nigeria Solar Powered Electronic Voting device.

He added: “NASENI is the Agency of government currently manufacturing locally Solar panels and other solar products and accessories in the whole of West Africa.

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“NASENI has produced first made-in-Nigeria transformers which was designed and produced by Nigerian Engineers who were trained recently in China, all were engineers in NASENI.’’

Haruna stated that the agency had produced an unmmaned Aerial vehicle (UAV), used for the purpose of Agriculture (spraying of insecticides on farms) and surveillance purpose and many more.

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Tigray conflict ‘tickles’ land dispute

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Yet any attempt by Mulu to exert authority over Alamata is unlikely to go over well.

As rifle-toting militiamen fired celebratory rounds into the air, young men marched through the streets denouncing the former ruling party of Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “thieves.”

The party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), is the target of military operations ordered by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year’s Nobel Peace laureate, that have reportedly left thousands dead since early November.

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But the impromptu parade this month in Alamata, a farming town in southern Tigray flanked by low, rolling mountains, was unrelated to any kind of battlefield victory.

Rather it was to hail the release of Berhanu Belay Teferra, a self-described political prisoner under the TPLF whose pet issue, analysts warn, risks becoming Ethiopia’s next flashpoint.

In 2018, Berhanu, 48, was detained by the TPLF for advocating that his homeland — located in an area known as Raya, of which Alamata is the biggest city — had no business falling under Tigrayan control.

Berhanu argued that the TPLF had illegally incorporated the famously fertile land into Tigray after it came to power in the early 1990s.

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He was detained for more than two years — enduring beatings and long stretches of solitary confinement in a cave — before pro-TPLF forces, fleeing the government’s assault in November, let him go, setting the stage for his triumphant homecoming.

Now reunited with his wife and four children, Berhanu is back to agitating for the transfer of Alamata and its surroundings to Ethiopia’s Amhara region, which borders Tigray to the south.

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“We don’t want to live with Tigray people, who don’t know our culture and traditions,” Berhanu told AFP a few days after the parade marking his return — a moment of joy he said was unrivalled by every other event in his life besides his wedding.

Risking ‘bloodshed’
Raya is not the only place in Tigray where, since the onset of fighting on November 4, some residents have been clamouring for change.

A similar dynamic is playing out in western Tigray, where activists and politicians also accuse the TPLF of annexing land historically administered by ethnic Amharas.

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In both areas, Abiy is, at least for the time being, relying on Amhara special forces to provide security now that the TPLF has been kicked out.

Amhara officials are leading transitional administrations in multiple towns and cities.

And the word “Amhara” has been scrawled on countless abandoned homes and shuttered storefronts like a hastily graffitied claim of ownership.

William Davison, Ethiopia analyst for the International Crisis Group (ICG), described what’s happening in western and southern Tigray as “unconstitutional de facto annexations” that “set a destabilising precedent for the federation”.

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Some newly-installed officials make clear they want nothing to do with Tigray, raising the possibility of future conflict over the land.

“First we were forced to become part of [Tigray]. Now by force this area is liberated,” said Alamata’s new mayor, Kassa Reda Belay, adding he hoped Abiy would “answer the question of the people” — meaning place the area under Amhara authority.

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“If not, there will be a lot of bloodshed, and there will be a civil war,” Kassa said.

Path ahead uncertain
It is not clear what the federal government’s long-term plans are for the contested territory.

The Amhara region’s president, Agegnehu Teshager, has said Amhara security forces did not get involved in the conflict to reclaim land.

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But Zadig Abraha, Ethiopia’s democratisation minister and an Alamata native, told AFP that the city could one day fall under Amhara control.

“The people have asked loud and clear to be part of it. There is a possibility for that to happen and we will have to wait for some time,” Zadig said.

In the meantime, Abiy’s government is working to prop up a caretaker administration in Tigray led by Mulu Nega, a Tigrayan former higher education official.

“If Dr Mulu Nega comes here, there will be two or more demonstrations against it. We don’t want him to come. From now on… we want to live with Amhara people,” said Kassa, the Alamata mayor.

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‘I don’t feel safe’
That kind of language strikes fear into the hearts of men like Hailay Gebremedhin, a Tigrayan who has owned a clothing shop on Alamata’s main street for six years.

In November, when fighting broke out in the mountains around Alamata, he stuffed his sneakers and other merchandise into burlap sacks and ran home, where he huddled for weeks.

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Hailay reopened his shop earlier this month because he’d run out of money and food, but he’s not sure what kind of life he and his fellow Tigrayans can have in the city.

“I don’t feel safe here because there are people going around saying, ‘Oh, we’ve defeated them, we’ve broken them, now they will leave,’” he said.

The ICG’s Davison said “there is likely to be sustained Tigrayan resistance if territories are taken out of Tigray, in the same way that Amhara activists have long agitated for the ‘return’ of them.”

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There are also some activists who believe Raya should become its own region, belonging to neither Tigray nor Amhara.

For now, though, such voices are quiet in Alamata.

Hailay told AFP he’s afraid even to speak in Tigrinya, the Tigrayan language, for fear of reprisals from Amhara officials and security forces.

As he spoke, he looked out towards the roundabout where large crowds gathered during the parade welcoming the return of Berhanu, the self-described political prisoner.

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Planted in the grass was a picket sign that, to Hailay’s mind, read like a threat.

“The Amharas wait patiently,” it said, “but they cannot be broken.”

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Papua New Guinea: Over 12 loses to death amid massive landslide

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The group was panning a riverbed for gold.

Up to 15 people were feared dead after a landslide struck a mining camp in central Papua New Guinea following heavy rain, officials said Wednesday.

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Local MP William Samb said the camp in Goilala was buried as miners slept early Monday.

“Unfortunately there are no survivors from what we hear,” Samb told ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster.

“Sadly they were all buried alive.”

Officials said the exact death toll was unclear, but two bodies had so far been recovered and up to 15 were feared dead.

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Heavy rain and a lack of equipment had hampered local rescuers attempting to dig through the mud.

Better tools and supplies were being flown in to help the recovery effort, with the Governor of the Central Province, Robert Agarobe, expected to arrive Thursday to help assess the damage.

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Over 20 killed in Yemen airport blasts

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The new government includes ministers loyal to Hadi and supporters of the secessionist Southern Transitional Council (STC), as well as other parties.

At least 26 people were killed Wednesday as explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport moments after a new unity government flew in, in what some officials charged was a “cowardly” attack by Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Although all government ministers were reported to be unharmed, more than 50 people were wounded, medical and government sources told AFP in the southern city, with the casualty toll feared likely to rise.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was preparing a “mass casualty medical response plan”.

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As smoke billowed out of the airport terminal from an initial blast, with debris strewn across the area and people rushing to tend to the wounded, a second explosion took place.

Video footage shot by AFP appears to show missile-like ordnance striking the airport apron — that moment before had been packed with crowds — and exploding into a ball of intense flames.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosions.

Sporadic gunfire was heard soon after.

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Yemen’s internationally recognised government and southern separatists formed a power-sharing cabinet on December 18, forging a joint front against the Huthi rebels who have seized the capital Sanaa and much of the north.

Both Yemeni Information Minister Moammar Al-Eryani and Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik Saeed said that all the members of the government were safe.

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“We assure our great people that members of the government are fine, and we assure you that the cowardly terrorist attack by the Iran-supported Huthi militia will not deter us from carrying out our patriotic duty,” Eryani said on Twitter.

‘Unacceptable act of violence’
Saeed tweeted that the “terrorist attack… was part of the war waged against Yemen and its people”, but stopped short of accusing the Huthi insurgents.

Yemen’s government spokesman Rajih Badi called for an international investigation into the “terrorist” attack he said targeted “all members of the cabinet”.

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“It is too soon to accuse any party before an investigation reveals who executed the attack, including (accusing) the Huthis,” he told AFP, adding those injured included civilians, security guards and local officials.

Meanwhile, UN envoy Martin Griffiths condemned the attack on Twitter, calling it an “unacceptable act of violence”.

“I wish the cabinet strength in facing the difficult tasks ahead,” he said. “This unacceptable act of violence is a tragic reminder of the importance of bringing Yemen urgently back on the path towards peace.”

Michael Aron, the British ambassador to Yemen, also condemned the blasts.

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“A despicable attempt to cause carnage and chaos and bring suffering when Yemenis had chosen to move forward together,” he said.

The cabinet members arrived in Aden days after being sworn in by Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against the insurgents.

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Hadi fled to the Saudi-capital Riyadh after Sanaa fell to the Huthis in 2014.

Humanitarian crisis
Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions displaced in Yemen’s grinding five-year war, which has triggered what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

While all oppose Huthi rebels, deep divisions have grown between the forces and the Riyadh-sponsored push to form the unity government was designed to mend rifts.

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Saudi Arabia has been encouraging the unity government to quell the “war within a civil war” and to bolster the coalition against the Huthis, who are poised to seize the key town of Marib, the last government stronghold in the north.

In recent months, the rebels have stepped up attacks on Saudi Arabia — including its critical oil infrastructure — in retaliation for the Riyadh-led military campaign.

Yemen also still hosts a significant jihadist presence, including Al-Qaeda and militants loyal to the Islamic State group, despite two decades of air and drone strikes by the United States.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which the US considers the terror group’s most dangerous branch, has thrived in the chaos of Yemen’s civil war between pro-government forces and the Huthi rebels.

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It has carried out operations against both the Huthis and government forces.

The unity government formation comes a month before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, who was critical of Saudi Arabia during his campaign amid the humanitarian disaster in Yemen since Riyadh’s intervention in the conflict in 2015.

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COVID-19: Gov’t suspends 100 passport of passengers [Nigeria]

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The Federal Government has suspended the passports of 100 in-bound airline passengers who failed to take the second test of COVID-19 after arriving in the country.

Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, disclosed this at the national briefing on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Mustapha, also, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said that the names of the passengers would be published on Jan. 1, 2021, while the suspension of the passports would last for six months.

“With effect from Jan. 1, 2021, passports of the first 100 passengers, who failed to take their day-seven post-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, would be published in the national dailies,” he said.

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”Week 52 has so far given us the highest number of infections in a single week to date. Our analysis shows that 16 out of every 100 tests carried out are positive.

”We are also seeing increasing transmission among younger people and this is not considered good and safe. We must, therefore, exercise utmost restraint by taking responsibility,” he said.

Mustapha said that the PTF had discussed two critical issues, Oxygen supply and Case Management, and during the conversation with health authorities, CMDs of Federal Tertiary Institutions in Abuja, National Hospital; Jabi & Gwagwalada, the PTF directed that the level of Infections, Prevention and Control, as well as case management, should be prioritised immediately.

”With the increasing number of infections and hospitalisation, our objectives are to: ensure that infection, prevention and control (IPC) is properly instituted to minimise spread and exposure of health care workers to the virus;

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”Ensure that those who require hospitalisation are well managed; those requiring medical attention for other ailments gain access to Treatment at medical facilities; and critical care is available and deployed, especially where oxygen is needed.

“The situation in Abuja and its environs has been of concern to the PTF,” he said.

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The PTF chairman added: “You will recall that we recently issued some protocols to states to which a number of states have been actively implementing. We thank these States and urge others to follow suit.

“Closely related to these protocols, is the fact that the strategy of testing to detect and treat remains central to the role states are expected to play.

”Data shows that despite the resources already made available to sub-national entities, testing is very low across States in varying degrees.

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“This is not helping our National Response. Indeed, some states have not reported any infections in several weeks, and laboratories recently established in the States are not working optimally.

“You will recall that we moved from two laboratories to about ninety (Public & Private) located in all states of the Federation. Their inability to function optimally has resulted in unacceptable levels of delay in receiving results and pressure on the National Reference Labs.

“We wish to urge all States to reopen all laboratories and ensure that testing is expanded and turnaround time for results is substantially reduced. In the same vein, states should please keep their Isolation/Treatment Centres open because of the rising cases of infection nationwide.”

He further said that the PTF “ has worked out additional quarantine protocols to be observed by travellers arriving from the UK and South Africa. This is in keeping with our determination to minimise any possibility of importation of the virus.

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“The new policy started from Monday, Dec.28, 2020 with key changes that include requirement from passengers for two additional documents: permit to travel/QR code obtained from the travel portal, after payment for the day seven post-arrival test; and COVID-19 PCR negative test with a validity now shortened to 96 hours or four days.

“The PTF shall remain vigilant on this matter and our relevant agencies are also working on the sequencing to determine the (COVID-19) strain found”, he said.

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