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Four dead, others trapped as three-storey building collapses in Delta

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Four persons have been confirmed dead after a three-storey building under construction collapsed in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was reported that scores of persons were also trapped inside the collapsed building.

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Although the cause of the collapse could not be ascertained, however, it was learnt that the building caved in during a downpour on Saturday morning, Punch reports.

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It was gathered that the victims were in the building waiting for the rain to subside to begin work when a section of the building started falling.

A few persons who were working on the building escaped but four persons were confirmed dead.

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Don’t ever tell people how much you earn, it is a bad idea, Nigerian man warns

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Don't ever tell people how much you earn, it is a bad idea, Nigerian man warns

A Nigerian man on social media has disclosed why it is a bad idea for anyone to tell people how much they earn.

The man identified as Charles Ishidi stated that in Nigeria, colleagues working in the same place of work will ride the same uber home and discuss every other thing but will not mention how much they are paid.

“In Nigeria that you and all your colleagues will ride the same uber home, you will be critical of all the management decisions, how your salary is small and all things in between… in fact ride home is for venting. Not one time will anybody even mention how much they are paid,” he said.

Charles went on to disclose what happened when he told his friend how much he earns.

He said, “guys, see the day I told my very close friend how much I earned, I sorta noticed him sink into a shell. And the conversation turned to how I earn more than a Nigerian airforce fighter pilot, and all the possible mathematics he could have done that night. Bad idea, dead it.”

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We’ve issued identity numbers to 41 million Nigerians- NIMC

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We’ve issued identity numbers to 41 million Nigerians- NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission says it has enrolled and issued 41 million Nigerians with National Identity Number as of today.

The Director-General of the NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, in an interview with journalists, said enrolment was ongoing for Nigerians in the Diaspora in 15 other countries.

Aziz said the NIN has been approved by the Federal Government as the only valid means of identification for government services by law and is a requirement for the application for a new and renewal of an expired Nigerian passport, among others.

Speaking on the challenges regarding the rate of enrolment, he said inadequate electricity, Information Technology infrastructure, inadequate enrolment centres and devices and insufficient sensitisation and awareness of the public, among others, still persisted.

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According to him, the challenges are being addressed in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders, government and with the help of the media.

“As of today, we have reached record 41 million by sheer determination and hard work. I owe all of this to the great staff of the NIMC who pushed themselves beyond their limits to see this happen,” he said.

“Diaspora enrolment was greatly received by the Nigerians in other countries and it has been going well since the launch. Enrolment is happening in over 15 countries across the world, with more countries to come on board in the near future.”

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He said the plans to implement the strategic road map for accelerating digital identity in the country in June 2020 had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to him, the project will either begin in September or December this year.

Aziz said the $433m it secured from the World Bank, Agence Francaise de Development and the European Union would be used for the expansion of enrolment centres to 4,000.

“The funding covers digital ID enrolment, issuance and usage; strengthening of the enabling law, security, privacy, data protection and cybersecurity mechanisms; as well as strengthening the IT and other backend infrastructure,” the NIMC boss stated.

He added, “There is still a need for funding on the card aspect of the programme as well as on the other regulatory functions of the commission. We are consulting with the Federal Government on these aspects.”

Aziz stressed that the commission was working on strategies to scale up card production and issuance in partnership with the private sector.

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However, he said NIN was sufficient to prove or assert the identity of Nigerians anytime, anywhere.

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England: British government eases Covid-19 measures

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England: British government eases Covid-19 measures

British prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Monday evening that non-essential retailers are allowed to reopen in England in June.

Shops selling clothes, furniture, electronics or books, as well as auction houses and tailors are to be allowed to offer their services again from June 15.

Outdoor markets can reopen as of June 1.

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Retail premises must be made “COVID-secure,” Johnson said.

On March 23, Johnson closed all stores that did not serve primary needs as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Supermarkets and pharmacies remained open.

The prime minister had already announced on Sunday that schools in England would be opened again for certain classes from June.

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Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are going their own way in the fight against the coronavirus.

Britain is the country with the most COVID-19 victims in Europe.

So far, 36,914 deaths have been recorded, Johnson said on Monday evening.

It is believed there is also a high number of unreported cases.

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