CAN Mounts Pressure On Lagos, Ogun, Others To Reopen Churches

CAN President

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on authorities in Lagos, Ogun, and other states where churches are still on lockdown to permit the resumption of activities in places of worship. CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, made the call in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji. He believes the continued lockdown order on the places of worship in the country is no longer acceptable and cannot be reasonably justified. “Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19…

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Aluu Community Levy Forces OPM To Close Down Free Specialist Hospital

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Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State recently imposed levies on a free specialist hospital in the community, forcing the founder of the hospital to close it down barely a year after it became operational. The General Overseer of the Omega Power Ministries (OPM) Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, the founder of the hospital said on Saturday that the OPM free specialist hospital will be shut down indefinitely. Speaking to newsmen at his residence, Apostle Chinyere said ” With a heavy heart, I the General Overseer of Omega Power…

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FG Approves Reopening Of Schools

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The Federal Government has approved what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19. However, only graduating students will resume. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday. He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes to resume preparation for examinations. He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the…

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Fed Govt Snuffs Out Hopes To Reopen Tertiary Institutions

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…doctors, teachers disagree with govt over the school for graduating classes The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 confirmed that there was no plan yet to reopen tertiary institutions. National Coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in a radio interview, said the PTF was, at the moment, concerned with measures that would flatten the curve and contain community transmission. “We know that schools, together with restaurants, bars, and other entrainment activities could encourage community transmission of the dreaded coronavirus, hence the reason we were not in a hurry to reopen…

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Gov. Okowa, Wife Test Positive For COVID-19

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his wife, Dame Edith, have contracted COVID-19. The governor made the announcement via his social media pages on Wednesday. He said, “My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation/medication. We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and our daughter.” The governor had gone into isolation last week with his family after one of his daughters tested positive for the virus. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Olisa…

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13 More Imo Lawmakers Test Positive For Coronavirus

Imo State House of Assembly

Thirteen lawmakers in the Imo State House of Assembly have allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. Recall that the samples of the lawmakers were taken by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) last week. The spokesperson for the Imo State COVID 19 Task Force, Chimezie Iwuala, on Tuesday said the affected lawmakers had been instructed to go into self-isolation with their families. The Chairman, House Committee on Information and Judiciary, Nelson Ezerioha, told our correspondent on the telephone that he didn’t have the exact figure of his colleagues who tested positive for…

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No single state in Nigeria is coronavirus-free,’ says NCDC DG

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The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, says no state in Nigeria is free of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Iheakweazu says Nigeria cannot relent in its efforts until a vaccine is found for the coronavirus. Nigeria has recorded 20,244 cases in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, as of June 21, 2020. That leaves Cross River as the only state in the country yet to officially record an infection, even though federal officials have complained many times about the state’s extremely low…

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POST COVID-19: African Hoteliers Need To Be Astute In Their Offerings In Order To Attract, Retain And Expand Market… Mark Havercroft

For the past two decades, the economy of a number of countries on the African continent has been growing significantly faster than the global average, with sub-Saharan countries particularly leading the way, according to a recent report published by the African Development Bank. According to, Mark Havercroft, Regional Director for Minor Hotels in Africa who said that the continent’s middle class has also shown the largest growth, to some 350 million strong, driving a rise in the private consumption of goods by an average 3.7% year-on-year since 2010, with consumer…

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Resident Doctors Begin Strike Next Week

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the umbrella body of all doctors working in government health facilities, has issued a notice of strike effective Monday, June 15, 2020. The association said the call to strike also includes doctors attending to COVID-19 patients and other emergencies. The National President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, said this in an official letter with reference number NARD/SG/2019-2020/070620/246. The NARD President said the strike would be total regardless of the current pandemic. Sokomba said the action had become necessary due to the failure of…

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Locally-Made Face Masks Don’t Provide Full Protection Against COVID-19 — WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidance on homemade or locally-made face masks for the prevention of COVID-19, noting that the masks do not fully protect against COVID-19, so there still need to observe all the measures that were recommended The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the advice on Sunday on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO. The UN health agency urged people to clean locally-made face masks properly before wearing them again. According to WHO, the guidance on homemade masks are important for preventing…

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