Pope Francis To Have COVID-19 Vaccine, Says It Is The Ethical Choice For All

Pope Francis to have COVID-19 vaccine, says it is the ethical choice for all

Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of others. “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope said in an interview with TV station Canale 5. “It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.” Vatican City, the smallest independent county in the world, home…

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FRSC Makes NIN Compulsory For Vehicle Registrations

FRSC makes NIN compulsory for vehicle registrations

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN) is compulsory for all categories of vehicle registration. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said the move, which is in total compliance with the presidential directives, would commence from the second quarter of the year. “Beginning from the second quarter of this year (2021), if you want to register your vehicle, it is going to be compulsory for you to provide your NIN. This is part of the…

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LASU Sacks 20 Lecturers For Not Possessing Ph.D Degrees

LASU sacks 20 lecturers for not possessing Ph.D degrees

Lagos State University (LASU) has sacked 20 lecturers and retired one for not possessing Ph.D. degrees. The sacked academic staff are mainly Lecturer 1 and 11, some of whom had worked for 33 years in LASU without acquiring doctoral degrees. The Governing Council of LASU took the decision recently after the report of the Appointments and Promotions (Academic) Committee (APC). The decision to sack the staff without Ph.D. degrees was on recommendations of the report of the 137th statutory meeting of APC which was presented at the 124th statutory meeting…

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Queen Elizabeth, Husband Receive Covid-19 Vaccine As UK Cases Surge

Queen Elizabeth, husband receive Covid-19 vaccine as UK cases surge

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip joined the country’s vaccination drive on Saturday as health officials said the UK had recorded more than three million cases since the start of the pandemic. “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations,” the Buckingham Palace said in a statement. The Queen is 94 years old and Philip is 99. A royal source said the vaccines were administered by a household doctor at the queen’s Windsor Castle residence, adding that she made the news public to counter any speculation. With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across…

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia Reopen Border After Gulf Rift

Qatar, Saudi Arabia reopen border after Gulf rift

Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopened their land border Saturday as they restored ties following a landmark deal to end a three and a half year rift. Saudi shut its side of Qatar’s only land border in June 2017 as part of a package of sanctions it said was a response to Doha’s backing radical Islamist groups and closeness to Iran. Qatar always denied the charges. A Qatari source said traffic at the Abu Samrah crossing, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Doha, had resumed around 0700 GMT. Saudi Arabia, along with…

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Insurgency: You Can’t Defeat Boko Haram By Sitting In Aso Rock – Soyinka Tells Buhari

Insurgency: You can’t defeat Boko Haram by sitting in Aso Rock – Soyinka tells Buhari

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called for a national mobilization to combat the menace of insecurity bedeviling the country. He also said Nigeria’s sovereignty had been taken away by Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements. In a direct reference to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nobel laureate said the President could not end the insecurity challenge in the country, sitting down in Aso Rock. Soyinka stated this on Saturday while featuring on an Arise TV program. According to him, Nigeria has reached the “stage of desperation” and the government…

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2023: South-East Leaders Ask APC, PDP To Cede Presidency To Zone

2023: South-East leaders ask APC, PDP to cede presidency to zone

South-East leaders across political parties have asked for the ceding of the 2023 presidency to the zone, in the spirit of justice and national harmony. Rising from a bipartisan meeting in Igbere, Abia State, the leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (AGPA), among other political parties, said in the rotation of power, it is only the South East that has not produced the president in the current democratic dispensation. The communique signed by Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor…

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COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Arrive Early Enough, Says FG

COVID-19 vaccines may not arrive early enough, says FG

The Federal Government has warned that COVID-19 vaccines might not arrive “soon enough” in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said this while urging Nigerians not to be complacent in containing the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Mamora, who was represented by the Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, assured Nigerians of FG’s determination to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The minister said, “We are working very hard to…

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COVID-19: SGF, Minister Of Health, Others May Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence

COVID-19: SGF, Minister of Health, others may take vaccine first to boost confidence

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, may be part of the nation’s strategic leaders that will be part of those to be vaccinated first when COVID-19 vaccine arrives Nigeria later in the month. The Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Shuaib, has also offered to take the vaccine in public to prove to Nigerians that it is safe. Shuaib had at a press briefing of PTF on Tuesday said in…

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NERC Debunks 50% Electricity Tariffs Increase Rumours

NERC debunks 50% electricity tariffs increase rumours

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has debunked the news published by media houses claiming it has approved a 50% increase in electricity tariffs. NERC in series of tweets today said there is no approval of a 50% increase in electricity tariff in the Tariff Order for electricity distribution companies which took effect on January 1, 2021. The NERC tweet reads; “Public notice on purported 50% increase in electricity tariffs “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to publications in the print and electronic media misinforming electricity consumers that…

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