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Management shuts NASS, asks banks, business outfits to stop operation


Buhari NASS

The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, has shut down all forms of activities in the complex until further notice.

Sani-Omolori, stated this in a Circular marked, NASSICNAI46NOI. 1/41 and dated March 24, 2020, and addressed to the presiding officers of both chambers

The circular explained that the action was taken after a meeting between the management and the National Assembly leadership.

He said the action was taken based on the need to put in place, effective measures to curtail the possible incidence and spread of the disease in the National Assembly.

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It read in part:

“Earlier today, both Houses adjourned plenary till 7 April 2020.

“In furtherance of the above objectives, the following measures are being put ‘in place:

“All staff, including legislative aides, other than those enumerated in paragraph 2(b) are directed to remain at home with effect from Wednesday, 25th March. 2020, for an initial period of two weeks, subject to review.

“The following categories of staff are exempted from the measure contained in paragraph 2 (a) above:

“Clerks of the two chambers and secretaries to the Directorates; All directors/heads of Departments; Identified essential staff covering Medical, Security and Utility services; and any other staff that might be needed from time to time as will be indicated by the Clerks of the two Chambers and Secretaries to the Directorates.

“All Staff of the National Assembly are hereby directed to remain within the Federal Capital Territory as any staff needed will be summoned to the Office.

“I wish to add that failure to heed to this directive will attract sanctions.

“By this Circular, all banks, restaurants and other business outfits within the National Assembly Complex are to close for the period.

“In the meantime, all legislators and staff are requested to strictly adhere to professional advice from the Honourable Minister of Health, the National Centre for Disease Control and the Presidential Task Force for the Control of COVID -19.

“You are also enjoined to maintain personal hygiene and to report suspicious cases/symptoms of COVlD-19 around you to the National Centre for Disease Control.”


Lockdown: Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano. loses over N15m revenue



The management of the Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano, says it has lost over N15 million in revenue since the lockdown of the state aimed at curbing COVID-19 spread.

Mr. Muhammad Bashir, the market’s Director of Administration and General Services, gave the figure while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.

“As a result of this loss, we cannot even pay our staff salaries; we pay our staff from the revenue we generate.

“Every month, we generate over N12 million out of which we normally spend over N8 million as workers’ salaries,” he said.

Bashir said that huge business activities in the market were making social distancing difficult.

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The director said that the management of the market had, however, received over 20,000 face masks from the Kano State Government for distribution to traders and customers to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Bashir appealed to the state government to assist the management with funds to enable it to pay workers’ salaries.

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The director said that payment of workers’ salaries would reduce hardship induced by the 45-day-old lockdown.

He hailed the state government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials



Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials

The World Health Organization says it will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug backed by President Donald Trump to combat the deadly coronavirus, according to CNBC reports.

The Data Safety Monitoring Board decided there was no reason to discontinue the international trial after reviewing available data on the drug, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference Wednesday at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.

“The executive group received this recommendation and endorsed the continuation of all arms of solidarity trial including hydroxychloroquine,” he said.

On May 25, WHO announced it had temporarily suspended its trial of the drug over safety concerns. The announcement came days after a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, which is now being reexamined, found that hospitalized Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine had a higher risk of death than those who didn’t take it.

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The move by the agency spurred French drugmaker Sanofi and others to temporarily suspend recruitment their own trials looking at the drug.

Tedros said Wednesday that the safety board will continue to closely monitor the safety of all therapeutics being tested in its trials, which include more than 3,500 patients across 35 countries.

“WHO is committed to accelerating the development of effective therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics as part of our commitment to serving the world with science, solutions and solidarity,” he said.


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JUST IN: Nigeria records 348 coronavirus cases, total now 11,166



Nigeria has recorded new Coronavirus cases with the NCDC announcing 348 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Newsone Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 348 new Coronavirus cases in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday evening, June 2.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the NCDC noted that of the 348 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday evening, 163 were detected in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, FCT-76 Ebonyi-23 Rivers-21 Delta-8 Nasarawa-8 Niger-8 Enugu-6 Bauchi-5 Edo-5 Ekiti-5 Ondo-5 Gombe-5 Benue-4 Ogun-2 Osun-1 Plateau-1 Kogi-1 Anambra-1, southeast Nigeria.

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To be continued……

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