Just In: Presidential Taskforce Extends Gradual Easing Of COVID-19 Lockdown By Two 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.   See below speech by the SGF:     REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION/CHAIRMAN OF THE PTF ON COVID-19 AT THE NATIONAL BRIEFING OF MONDAY 18TH MAY, 2020 ​ I welcome you to…

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BREAKING: Buhari Cancels National Broadcast On COVID-19, Holds Virtual Meeting with Govs

The Presidency has said that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd.), will not make any broadcast on COVID -19 updates today. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known on Monday afternoon via Twitter. He said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, would update the nation during its briefings. “No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. “None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the…

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COVId-19: Heritage Bank Set To Disburse CBN’s N100bn Loan, Sells FX to SMEs, Education Sectors

As part of proactive measures to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 and revamp the nation’s dwindling economy, Heritage Bank is set to disburse the N100billion set aside by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This is in line with the apex bank’s policy to introduce another intervention scheme directed to the health sector, which is known as the NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare sector (the Scheme). Specifically, the scheme is to provide credit to indigenous pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare value chain players intending to build or…

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Dokpesi Asks AIT/Raypower to Stop Airing Son’s Comment on COVID-19, Son Vows Not To Grant Interview to Both Media Houses Again

Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications Plc, has asked the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM to stop airing comments by him and his son on their experience with COVID-19 at an isolation centre in Abuja — for now. Dokpesi and his son were admitted to Gwagwalada isolation centre after they tested positive for COVID-19. When he was discharged, Raymond Dokpesi jnr expressed disappointment that he was not given documentary evidence of his COVID-19 status. In a related development, Dokpesi Snr had also in a recent video said he…

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Nigeria Records 338 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Closing 6,000

Nigeria has recorded 338 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. In a tweet on its official handle late Sunday, the NCDC said Lagos had recorded 177 new cases, while Kano posted 64 cases. Other regions with new cases include the FCT with 21, Rivers with 16, Plateau with 14, Oyo 11, Katsina nine, Jigawa and Kaduna with four each, and three cases from the trio of Abia, Bauchi, and Borno. Gombe, Akwa Ibom, and Delta states also recorded two new cases each,…

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