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ABUJA — The Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES), has urged the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to accelerate the implementation of the programmes. Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, the World Bank, Lead Specialist, Social Protection, and Task Team Leader for NG-CARES, made the call at a two-day implemention status review meeting with States’ Coordinators on Thursday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NG-CARES is...

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) describes the COVID-19 pandemic as a defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge faced since World War II. The UN agency argues that since COVID-19’s emergence in Asia in 2019, the virus has spread to every continent except Antarctica. It says the pandemic is in fact much more than a health crisis taking into consideration its unprecedented socio-economic impact. Stressing every one of the countries...

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Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned that COVID-19 is not over in spite of the reports that cases and deaths have declined significantly. Ghebreyesus said this at the opening of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO comprised of representatives of 194 countries, on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland. The 75th World Health Assembly, the first in-person Health Assembly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, is being held in...

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Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nigeria and across the world have reopened their places of worship, known as Kingdom Halls, after observing two years of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. At the outset of the pandemic, starting in March 2020, most of the Witnesses’ Kingdom Halls were closed in favor of biweekly meetings conducted via Zoom. The Christian body, however, resumed in-person worship on Friday, April, 1. Olusegun Eroyemi, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nigeria in a video announcement...

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The Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan, has lamented that Guzamala and Kukawa local government areas are still held by the terrorist group. Lawan was speaking at the official flag off ceremony for distribution of Phase IV Scholarship worth N5 million to 446 indigent students of Guzamala, displaced by insurgents in the last six years, studying at various tertiary institutions. The occasion which took place at the Kashim Ibrahim College...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government, on Monday, said that fully vaccinated inbound travelers would no longer be required to take the pre-departure PCR Covid-19 test. The FG said they would, however, be subjected to rapid antigen test at the airport by the NCDC within the arrival hall of the airport free of charge. The decision was coming after the complaints by many travellers over the cost placed on the PCR test. The Secretary to the...

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health has announced a relaxation of the COVID-19 containment measures following relatively fewer cases as well as positivity rates over the past couple of months. The Health Minister, Mutahi Kagwe, in a press address on Friday, announced that Kenyans are no longer obligated to wear face masks in public places. The Minister, however, encouraged Kenyans to keep wearing their face masks during indoor meetings, where all attendees must have undertaken the jab...

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ABUJA — A member of the House of Representatives, Olufemi Adebanjo has protested against the continuous wearing of face masks in the chamber, saying there are no more cases of COVID-19 in the country. Hon. Adebanjo, the lawmaker representing Alimosho federal constituency of Lagos State, gave the charge at plenary when he raised a point of order on Thursday, urging the National Assembly to relax the COVID-19 protocols on wearing face masks. The lawmaker said...

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ABUJA — The federal government has condemned Canada for blocking truckers who were protesting over COVID-19 mandates and other restrictions in the country as rioters. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, noted that the action of the Canadian government amounted to double standards. “Protesters who barricaded roads had been branded as threats to public safety and subjected to a number of clampdowns by the Canadian government and private Organisations. “The Ontario government had frozen...

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On Wednesday, the World Health Organization called on rich countries to pay their fair share of the money needed for its efforts in conquering COVID-19 by contributing $16 billion as a matter of urgency. The health organization said the rapid cash injection into its Access to COVID Tools Accelerator could finish off Covid as a global health emergency this year. The WHO-led ACT-A is aimed at developing, producing, procuring, and distributing tools to tackle the...

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