Over Six Hundred (600) shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been reopened to business by the Ghanaian government has been under lock and key for over six months.
According to a statement signed on Tuesday by Gabriel Odu of Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) the President, National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) Ken Ukaoha disclosed this on Solidarity visit to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Tuesday, in Abuja.
Ukaoha stated that the visit to NIDCOM is to commend and appreciate the Chairman/CEO Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa for her untiring and unrelenting efforts in resolving the lockdown of Nigerian shops in Ghana for over six months.
Ukaoha believes that the ECOWAS Protocol of the Free Movement of Persons, Goods, and Services shouldn’t be observed in breach but rather be observed in the spirit of brotherhood and diplomatic reciprocity.
In a similar development, Abike Dabiri-Erewa lauded the NANTS led by its Ukaoha for appreciating NIDCOM’s role in the reopening of Nigerian shops in Ghana, the statement said.
She also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and stated that the intervention was multi-level especially at the highest level of diplomacy and bilateral relations between Ghana and Nigeria. Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerian traders in Ghana to always obey the laws of their host country and conduct themselves with respect and dignity.
It could be recalled that shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been on lockdown since December 2019.
The reopening of the shops may also have been connected with the effort being made by the Ghanaian Government to appease the Nigerian government in order to resolve the recent face-off with Nigeria over the demolition of a residential building within the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.
WASSCE: Edo reopens schools Aug 10
Edo State Government has said graduating pupils would resume effective August 10, a week before the commencement date of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
The Federal Ministry of Education had advised pupils in exiting classes to resume starting August 4 after schools were closed for about five months due to lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on Monday titled,
“Edo Govt okays August 10 resumption date for graduating students in secondary schools”, Edo Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, stressed that only Senior Secondary School 3 pupils who enrolled for WASSCE or/and National Examination Council examinations would be allowed to resume.
The statement quoted Ijegbai as saying,
“This is to inform the general public, particularly parents/guardians, students, principals, proprietors of public and private secondary schools in Edo State that schools will not resume on the 4th of August, 2020 as announced by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“Only students in SS3 who have enrolled for the WASSCE and schools who have enrolled for the NECO Basic Education Certificate Examinations are to reopen on Monday the 10th of August, 2020. This is to enable operators of schools in the state to complete the modalities for a safe school re-opening.
“A date for the reopening of other classes will be announced in due course.
“Meanwhile, proprietors of private schools are to strictly comply with the provision of school re-opening guidelines obtainable from the Ministry of Education in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.”
COVID-19: FG to announce details for third phase of lockdown on Thursday
The federal government will release new protocols for the next phase of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country by Thursday.
This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, during Monday’s press briefing in Abuja.
“I will like to remind us all of the safety guidelines for the eased lockdown phase two, which will continue to be in place until Thursday, August 6, when we will announce a new protocol for the third phase,” Aliyu said.
Aliyu also noted that more countries were experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, forcing them back into lockdown.
Corroborating Aliyu’s comments, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said the new protocols will be released after its sixth interim report must have been submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As mentioned during our last press briefing of Monday July 27, 2020, the PTF will submit its sixth interim report to Mr President and subject to his approval, we hope to present the way forward to Nigerians at the next briefing on Thursday, August 6, 2020,” Mustapha said.
Meanwhile, Nigeria on Monday recorded 288 coronavirus infections, the lowest number since June 8.
The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 44, 129, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Monday’s figure is lower than those of the past four days, showing a consistent decline in the country’s epidemiological curve.
JUST IN: Air Peace sacks 70 pilots
Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace has fired over 70 pilots across its fleets.
According to a leaked statement obtained by our correspondent, the management of the airline linked the disengagement of the pilots’ contract to the devasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It can be recalled that the Pilots on July 22nd protested a major pay cut after negotiations with the management over pilots’ remuneration broke down.
The management of Air Peace denied the reports by issuing a statement that its pilots were not on strike as insinuated in the social media.
Notably amongst those affected are those who were signatories to the agitations.
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