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  • FG slashes budget, sends to National Assembly for review

The Federal Government has revised downward the revenue projection for the 2020 budget by N3.3tn from the initial approved amount of N8.41tn to N5.08tn.

  • Isolation centre doctors, others lament N30m unpaid allowances

Doctors treating the over 40 COVID-19 patients at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, have complained about the failure of the Federal Government to pay them their allowances.

  • Gbajabiamila slams health minister for claiming ignorance of doctors’ allowances

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday gave the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, a dressing down for failing to answer a question regarding the hazard allowance being paid to doctors treating COVID-19 patients.

  • Give priority to health workers in distribution of masks – WHO

The World Health Organisation has advised countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic to make personal protective equipment such as face masks available for health workers before the general population.

  • FG begins COVID-19 mobile testing, treatment vehicles

The Federal Government on Thursday unveiled mobile testing and treatment vehicles that are to be deployed to combat the COVID -19 pandemic in the country’s rural communities.

  • Demand for Nigerian oil drops by 6.8m barrels, says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says demand for Nigerian crude oil in March dropped by 6.8 million barrels due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • World Bank predicts sharp fall in Nigeria’s GDP

The World Bank has predicted a sharp fall in Nigeria’s real gross domestic product growth as countries in sub-Saharan Africa head towards recession as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

  • $320m Abacha loot: Nigeria opposes US senator’s moves against return

The Nigerian government has kicked against an attempt by United States lawmaker, Senator Chuck Grassley, to block the repatriation of $320m laundered by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

  • COVID-19: Buhari approves withdrawal of $150m from Sovereign Wealth Fund

The President, Major-General Muhamadu Buhari (retd.), has given approval for the withdrawal of $150m from the Sovereign Wealth Fund for distribution to the three tiers of government.

  • FG, UN launch COVID-19 Basket Fund

The federal government and the United Nations have launched a COVID-19 basket fund to harmonise investments for the national pandemic response plan.

  • Disburse palliatives evenly, Elumelu tells FG

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to adopt an even disbursement of palliatives to all states of the federation to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

  • FG social investment initiative excludes poor Nigerians –National Assembly

The leadership of the National Assembly has faulted the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes and how they are being implemented, noting that the conditions set by officials most times excluded poor Nigerians for which the initiative is intended.

  • FG seeks $7bn from IMF, World Bank, Others

Nigeria is seeking about $7.050 billion, an equivalent of N2.679 trillion from multilateral financial institutions to combat the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

  • Panel to monitor COVID-19 fund usage, says FG

The Federal Government will soon constitute a special committee to monitor the disbursement of donations made by individuals, corporate organisations and public sector players towards addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

  • COVID-19: “We will publish full details of relief funds”- FG

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 says it has agreed to publish full details of funds remitted and disbursed from the nation’s relief account.

  • NGF talking with World Bank to support states, says Fayemi

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said the forum is discussing with World Bank to mobilise support for states in order to mitigate the economic and social costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Otedola advises Adenuga, others to redeem pledges

Oil magnate, Femi Otedola, has advised billionaire businessman and founder of Globacom, Mike Adenuga, to redeem his pledge to donate N1bn to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Naira to experience more pressure

The naira will experience more pressure due to slump in the crude oil prices, as the economy grapples with challenges from coronavirus pandemic.

  • Atiku gives economic road map for Nigeria, others

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday raised the alarm that Nigeria and other African countries had yet to see the worst of the effects of coronavirus pandemic.

  • NIDCOM sets fresh conditions for evacuation

Nigerians who want to return home from the United Kingdom must now submit proof of a COVID-19 test before they can be evacuated.

  • WHO – Africa not testing ground for any vaccine

The World Health Organization chief angrily slammed recent comments made by scientists suggesting a vaccine for the new coronavirus should be tested in Africa as “racist” and a hangover from the “colonial mentality”.

  • Africa faces ‘critical shortage’ of virus-fighting facilities —WHO

Africa is facing a dire shortage of intensive-care beds and ventilators, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as coronavirus cases rise across the continent.

  • FG mourns 13 Nigerians who died of coronavirus in UK, US

The Federal Government has released a list of Nigerians who died of coronavirus abroad since the outbreak started some four months.

  • NAICOM adjusts rules of insurers’ operations

The National Insurance Commission says it has given regulatory forbearance to insurance companies as part of business continuity measures to ensure availability of insurance services and protection of policyholders during the COVID-19 movement restriction.

  • U.S Senator Bernie Sanders pulls out of Presidential race

U.S Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has ended his presidential bid, making former Vice President, Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee to face Republican President, Donald Trump, in November.

  • Scientists in Senegal produce 3-D ventilators for patients

For almost two weeks now, scientists at Thies Polytechnic in Senegal have been working in a college that has been deserted because of the partial lockdown, to develop a cheap, locally made ventilator.

  • CBN to suspend interest payment on state debts

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the payment of interest on debts owed by state governments.

  • WHO urges US, China to unite in fight against COVID-19

The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the United States and China to join forces to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying there would be “many more body bags” without international unity.

  • EU announces €15bn to fight virus worldwide

The European Union is to put up 15 billion euros ($16.4 billion) to help poor countries fight the coronavirus epidemic, the bloc’s chief announced on Tuesday.

  • PREMIER LEAGUE SUSPENDS TWO SEASONS INDEFINITELY

The Premier League has suspended the 2019/20 season indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic and the UK’s lockdown, but remains intent on completing the full campaign.

  • Ecuador ex-president sentenced to eight years for corruption

Former Ecuador President, Rafael Correa, was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for corruption while in office, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

  • UEFA president wants Liverpool handed premiership title

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin has suggested Liverpool should be given the English premier league title if the season is canceled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • 149th Golf Open Championship cancelled

The 149th Golf Open Championship scheduled to take off in July at the Royal St George, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Qatar denies allegations of buying world cup rights

Qatar has denied allegations from the United states Department of Justice that bribes were paid to secure votes for the hosting rights of the 2022 World cup tournament.

  • Barcelona crisis deepens as six directors quit

Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona were in turmoil on Friday after six directors quit in the latest unravelling of the club’s hierarchy that fans and players are increasingly angry at.

  • Chinese medical team arrives in Nigeria

The visiting 15-member medical team from China have arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, despite opposition by the Nigerian Medical Association and Lawmakers.

  • Five Nigerians test positive for Covid-19 in China

Seven persons, including five Nigerians, have tested positive for coronavirus after eating at the same restaurant in China, sparking fears of a new outbreak as the country scrambles to get back to normal.

  • FG DECLARES PUBLIC HOLIDAY

The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 as public holidays to mark the Easter celebration.

  • President Buhari sends Easter message to Nigerians

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Nigerians a Happy Easter. In his words:

  • Bayelsa govt relaxes lockdown for Easter celebrations

Bayelsa state government has relaxed the lockdown of its land and sea borders only for the Easter period, and asked the church to observe social distance rules as it prepares to celebrate the christian festival.

  • Lockdown: Lagos withdraws charges against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi

The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against a musician, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, and a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi.

  • Stock market extends gain by N77bn

Nigerian stocks on Wednesday sustained its positive outlook as the overall performance measures, NSE ASI and market capitalisation, rose further by 0.71 per cent each.

  • IMF board to meet on Nigeria’s $3.4bn loan request

The International Monetary Fund executive board would soon meet over a fresh $3.4bn loan request from Nigeria.

  • Facebook inaugurates coronavirus information centre in Nigeria, others

Facebook says it is expanding its coronavirus Information Centre to Nigeria and 16 other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • We should not go back to business as usual after COVID-19

Today, there is an eerie silence across the globe. Bustling cities have gone quiet and highways that were once jammed with bumper to bumper traffic, are empty. In homes, thousands of families are anxiously awaiting a phone call from a hospital about their loved ones. Many have already received the devastating news that their mother, father, child, spouse, sibling or friend has died from coronavirus complications – often without the comfort of someone familiar to hold their hands.

  • IMF grants Tunisia $745m loan to combat coronavirus

The International Monetary Fund on Friday announced the approval of a 745-million-dollar loan to help Tunisia cope with the economic crisis arising from coronavirus pandemic.