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FG Seeks $750m Loan From World Bank To Fight COVID-19

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As part of efforts to mitigate the effect of COVID-19, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government, is in the process of acquiring a 750 million dollar loan, from the world bank to help states.

This loan according to her is to stimulate the local economy and support vulnerable household consumption.

Mrs. Ahmed disclosed this at the inauguration of the Federal Steering Committees of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) program, in the nation’s capital.

The minister noted that the federal government has created windows of intervention, as captured in the economic sustainability plan inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, in March 2020.

She stressed that in going to borrow the money the federal government is considering the cause and consequences of civil unrest and COVID-19 in the country.

“The consequences will be too high if we ignore the root cause of rising civil unrest in our country. We must, therefore, fashion out ways of ensuring that post-Covid-19 is not injurious to the Nigerian people and the economy,” Mrs. Ahmed stated.

According to her, in a bid to ensure that the implementation of the N-CARES is in line with the federal government priorities as outlined in the ESP, the Federal Steering Committee made up of ministers and permanent secretaries as well as a Technical Committee, made up of directors of key ministries, department, and agencies (MDAs) has to be in place.

The minister stated that the government has carefully selected the “members of the Federal Steering and Technical Committees because of the important role MDAs play in the recovery of the Nigerian economy as well as the fulfillment of lifting 100 million people out of poverty”.

Speaking on the expediency of the inauguration of the committee, the Finance Minister said, “the inauguration of the committees “is expedient given the nature of this emergency intervention; Nigeria as the biggest economy in Africa cannot afford to remain in recession; the survival of over 200 million population is germane to all we do and we must address the concerns of the majority of our populace”.


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U.K Becomes The First State To Approve Covid19 Vaccine

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Pfizer vaccine has been approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in the UK.

UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

British regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says the Pfizer vaccine, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out next week.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday that ‘Help is on its way’ in response to the coronavirus ravaging the entire country and the world.

What to know about COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine use in the UK

“The MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19.

‘The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.

‘The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.’

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: ‘The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.

‘This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

‘The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will shortly also publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

‘The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.’

According to reports, the NHS staff are first in line to receive the vaccine. Pfizer vaccine, which reported early results suggesting the jab is 95 per cent effective, needs to be stored at extremely low temperatures.


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Why The Rising Cases Of COVID-19 In NYSC Camps? NYSC Reacts

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Why The Rising Cases Of COVID-19 In NYSC Camps? – As published by dailytrust.com

There have been reported cases of COVID-19 among corps members taking part in the orientation programme of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Over 100 corps members are said to have contracted the virus at the various camps.

What could have been responsible for this rising cases of COVID-19 among the corps members?

Were the corps members properly screened before entering the camps? Were there adequate protective measures put in place?

The NYSC gave the assurances that all safety protocols would be observed at the camps.

But is that truly the situation at the camps. The NYSC authorities must look into the situation before we experience unimaginable situations at the camps.

NYSC reacts, refutes report of rising cases of COVID-19 in orientation camp

The attention of Management has been drawn to the write-up with the above caption trending on the new and traditional media.

Management wishes to once again reiterate that there is no COVID-19 positive Corps Member in any of the 37 Orientation Camps of the Scheme spread across all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Kindly note that before the commencement of the ongoing Orientation programme, the Scheme in collaboration with Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) tested all the prospective Corps Members reporting to the camps and those that tested positive to COVID-19 were handled by the NCDC. No one, both staff and Prospective Corps Member that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the Orientation Camps.

Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in the NYSC Camps.

It is pertinent to state that the terminology, Prospective Corps Member should not be confused with Corps Member as both cannot be used interchangeably. A Corps Member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC Orientation Camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bona fide member of the service Corps.

The general public is advised to disregard the misleading story. Clarification should always be sought from the NYSC or NCDC on issues pertaining to COVID- 19, so as to guard against the spread of false information.

The Scheme shall never shirk its core responsibility of prioritising the welfare and security of Corps Members.
Management


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Oby Ezekwesili Demands A Medical Panel On President Buhari

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Ex Nigerian minister, Oby Ezekwesili, is calling for a Medical Panel On President Buhari. Ezekwesili made this known via Twitter:

I think that at this stage and depth of fragility of the Nigeria-State, Privacy has to yield ground to our Right-to-know as citizens, the state of health of @MBuhari .

We really must assess the physical or mental capability of @NGRPresident to carry on the duties of office.✍�

Citizens can collectively push for an Independent Panel to help us make the critical medical determination of the state of mind and body of our President, @MBuhari .

The conditions of Nigeria have become too grave for us all to sit still and watch a train wreck in the making.

As an extremely concerned citizen, I hereby demand for a #MedicalPanelOnBuhari since we obviously cannot trust the State House Physician to provide us accurate information.

It is reasonable demand now for citizens to have full disclosure on the state of health of @MBuhari


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