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€170K: We don’t know Madagascar’s anti-COVID-19 drug would be so cost – FG, PTF.


Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic, Boss Mustapha, has said he was not aware of any cost paid for the Madagascar herbal mixture.

Mustapha was responding to a question on reports that Nigeria had been asked to pay €170,000 for the Madagascar herbal mixture delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday by the visiting President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo.

He said he had taken delivery of the solution sent to Nigeria as well as other African countries by Madagascar without request without any invoice.

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“In terms of the question of whether it comes with a cost. It was handed to me without an invoice so I assume it doesn’t come with a cost.

“That’s my assumption. For that, I think the Madagascar issue and the Chinese issue should be laid to rest.

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“I think we have said repeatedly hear that we did not ask for the Madagascar consignment, it was given by the government of Madagascar to African countries as their contribution to wanting to find solution to the COVID-19 pandemic and we have repeatedly said our consignment and those of West African countries, was dropped off at Guinea Bissau and that we were making arrangements to go and airlift it.

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“As God would have it, the President of Guinea Bissau decided to visit our President last Saturday and when he was coming, he came with our consignment of five cartons and those five cartons were delivered to me yesterday in the evening, sealed, without a bottle out of it.

“I’m going to engage the Minister of Health who has the responsibility of validation, through his institutions that are chartered by law to do that.

“The President was upfront with that even when he took delivery of it from the President of Guinea Bissau.

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“He said it quite clear of what we are going to do with the consignment would be guided by science, under the processes of validation, we’ll now know where to go”, he said.

The SGF, however charged Nigerians to learn what he described as the biggest lesson the COVID-19 pandemic had foisted on humanity, which he said was the fact that it had exposed the weaknesses in all systems of the world, even of the so-called superpowers.

He noted that it would be a mistake for Nigerians to desire to go back to their old ways, saying “if we do not learn anything from COVID-19 and build institutions that will be enduring and sustainable, we would have failed the next generation.

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“Life after COVID-19 will not be our normal type of life again. COVID-19 has come and it has disrupted everything you know as normal and the benefit of that distraction is that we will begin to put on our thinking cap and begin to address issues differently because it has exposed the weaknesses in all systems.

“It’s not only the Nigeria system that has been exposed, even the big countries with very big economies, COVID-19 has exposed every gap in their systems; their system of health, their social safety nets, their governance issues have all been disrupted and I can assure you that after COVID-19, at the individual level, at the community level, at the state level, at the national level, we will begin to do things differently. It cannot be business as usual again,” he said.


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COVID-19: PTF increase gradual lockdown ease by 2 weeks.


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, announced this on Monday during the briefing of the members of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “The reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace. Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.”

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Mustapha explained that the extension of the first phase of the lockdown ease was to enable other segments of the economy to prepare adequately for compliance with the guidelines, preparatory to reopening in the coming weeks.

According to him, the PTF shares the pains of Nigerians but the future of the country is in their hands and subsequent decisions will depend greatly on their compliance.

The PTF chairman also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved some recommendations of the task force.

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He said, “​The measures, exemptions, advisories, and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 midnight of May 18 to June 1.”

Other recommendations approved by the President include ​intensifying efforts to communicate, identify, and manage COVID-19 cases; and ​elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

The lockdown order in Kano State, according to the SGF, has also been extended by another two weeks.

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He noted that the President had announced a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory in his nationwide broadcast on April 27.

Mustapha added that the President also highlighted the additional nationwide measures aimed at ensuring that the nation’s economy continued to function within the limiting constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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PTF speaks on when Banks should resume work amid lockdown ease.

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has announced that government offices and banks can resume operations from Monday the 4th of May.

This follows the approval of a phased easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, by President Muhammadu Buhari, to allow for the restoration of socio-economic activities.

However, there would be a 6:00 am to 8:00 pm curfew to regulate the movement of people.

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Giving a breakdown of how the easing of the lockdown will be implemented, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, during Wednesday’s briefing, said all government offices and banks can resume operations from Monday.

“For government offices, staff will be allowed to resume from the 4th of May but it will be based on specific grade levels and specific days, so that we can reduce the amount of congestion that we might have in the offices,” he said.

For financial institutions such as banks, the PTF coordinator noted that they will be allowed to open but only between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, while also ensuring that staff and customers adhere to the hygiene and social distancing measures.

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Aliyu stressed that the easing of the lockdown is actually just a shift from one set of interventions to another.

“The most important thing I want to emphasize is, even though we talk about easing the lockdown, in actual fact, we are not really easing, we are just shifting from one set of interventions to another because we are really still far from controlling this epidemic,” he said.

For general movements outside the curfew periods, the PTF coordinator said: “people may go out for work, to buy necessary food and for exercise but we strongly advise persons to restrict themselves to their local government areas except for those that live in metropolitan areas”.

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Interstate travel, according to him, will be restricted to only those involved in the supply chain and services such as goods, agricultural products, petroleum products, courier services and relief items etc.

On the other hand, for intrastate movement, services and businesses were advised to provide hand sanitizers for customers.

The general public was also advised to imbibe the use of face masks and other hygiene measures.

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On the issue of mass gatherings, Aliyu said there shall be no gatherings of more than 20 persons anywhere per time so as to ensure adherence to physical distancing.

For the manufacturing sector, “we encourage shift work for manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies and limiting staff to only 30-50% to maintain physical distancing and pharmacy shops may remain open overnight,” he said.

Restaurants have been asked not open to the public but will be allowed to engage in home deliveries of food items.

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While partial operations will be allowed for the above sectors, academic institutions were, however, advised to remain closed until further evaluation is done.

“Schools are encouraged to continue with e-learning and virtual teaching”, the PTF coordinator added.


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Presidential taskforce for COVID-19 arrive Kano. [Nigeria]

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The presidential team on COVID-19 pandemic has arrived Kano State with full commitment to unravel the mystery behind the mass death in the state.

On arrival, leader of the presidential committee Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo led the technical team on a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday at Government House.

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Dr Gwarzo, who is also the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Industries, Commerce and Investment, told Governor Ganduje that the team had received matching order to evaluate the worrying situation in Kano and finding a lasting solution.

Dr Gwarzo said the experience of epidemiologists and other technical personnel in the team will be used to support the state task force to review cases of COVID-19 pandemic and determine whether or not the mysterious death has a connection with it.

“We are here to support the Kano and offer technical assistance. Our interest has directed is to interrupt further spread of the virus in Kano,” Gwarzo said.

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“We are also mandated to evaluate the incessant death in the state and whether or not the cause of the death is natural or associated with COVID-19 pandemic.”

While receiving the presidential team, Governor Ganduje applauded president Muhammad Buhari’s decision to impose total lockdown in Kano to further curtail the spread of the virus.

Ganduje, who disclosed that the spread of COVID-19 pandemic is directly proportional to population density, noted that increasing cases in Kano was not unconnected to its population size.

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He advocated urgent intervention in Kano’s fight against the virus and called for the immediate reopening of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) test centre in Kano to determine the status of large suspects.

Aside the total lockdown imposed on Kano, president Muhammad Buhari had directed the deployment of a presidential task force to offer all necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic.


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[Nigeria] Governor Ganduje accuse COVID-19 taskforce of Neglecting Kano.

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>>> 2 Police officers test positive for COVID-19 pandemic <<<


Two officers of Nigeria police have tested positive for coronavirus in Ondo State.

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Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu made the disclosure during his weekly broadcast on COVID-19 in the state.

Currently, Ondo State has eight cases of coronavirus after recording five cases over the weekend.

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“The fourth and fifth Cases occurred on Saturday while the sixth, seventh and eighth Cases were discovered yesterday, Sunday,” Akeredolu said.

“The fourth and fifth Cases are officers of the Nigerian Police Force, serving under the Lagos State Police Command.”

Akeredolu on Sunday disclosed that one of the arrested suspects in the murder of Funke Olakunrin tested positive for coronavirus.

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The governor disclosed that the seventh coronavirus case “was a female civilian who sneaked into the State from Abuja. Meanwhile, the eighth case was discovered in Owo and samples taken were confirmed positive late last night.”

To curtail a further spread of coronavirus in the state, Akeredolu said he has directed the wider processes to trace, isolate and test all primary and secondary contacts with all the cases while at large in the state.

Akeredolu said himself and other governors in the country “are seriously worried about the implications of the existing measures on the self-preservation, well-being and prosperity of our people.”

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>>> Kano Governor blame presidential taskforce for COVID-19 over neglecting Date <<<


Kano State governor Umar Ganduje on Monday accused the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus of neglecting the state in treatment and containing the spread of the global pandemic.

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“The problem (is) with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Even its Director-General was in Kano. He spent a night here but we have not heard from him again,” Ganduje said in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service.

“The Minister of Health is also aware that the laboratory is not functioning.”

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Kano State health commissioner Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa on Saturday, April 11 announced the first case of coronavirus in the state.

Since the first case, Kano now has 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). One death has been recorded.

But asides the cases of coronavirus, Kano State is currently dealing with a situation of ‘strange deaths’ that has killed over 600 residents.

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The state government is yet to speak on the cause of the deaths whether it is coronavirus related or not.

Residents of Kano have continued to live in anxiety about the strange ailment killing many people, including prominent indigenes, in the city almost on a daily basis.

Nigeria’s health minister Dr Osagie Ehanire during the weekend said the Federal Government is investigating the cause of the ‘mysterious deaths’ in the state.

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Ganduje, however, speaking on coronavirus in the state describes the situation is scary.

“We are in a serious problem. I can tell you the situation is really bad and scary. Because what we solely rely upon in fighting the disease is the testing centre,” Ganduje said.

The governor said there is also a shortage of sample collection equipment which is expensive to acquire.

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Ganduje said residents, whose samples were collected are still waiting to know their fate.

“There is a serious problem. We have been complaining that Kano needs more than one testing centre, right from the beginning of this (pandemic),” Ganduje said.


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