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  • Abba Kyari, Buhari’s Chief of Staff is dead

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, is dead. Abba Kyari died on Saturday after battling with Coronavirus.

  • Abba Kyari to be buried today

The late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, will be buried on Saturday (today).

  • 72% Nigerians express hunger concerns

About 72 per cent of Nigerians have expressed concern over lack of food, economic hardship and hunger during the ongoing lockdown in the Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states.

  • N21bn donation is for the poor, EU tells Nigeria

the Head, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Amb. Ketil Karlsen, has said that the N21bn (€50m) donated to Nigeria by the EU is largely meant for the poor.

  • COVID-19: Jimoh Ibrahim donates N40m to Ondo govt

Businessman and former governorship aspirant, Jimoh Ibrahim, has advised the Federal government to engage the services of private hospitals in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic.

  • COVID-19: Nigeria’s testing capacity very low, NMA, nurses, others warn

Some professional associations in the health sector on Sunday said Nigeria must step up its testing capacity to successfully battle the spread of COVID-19.

  • Lockdown: HDAN makes case for homeless Nigerians

The Housing Development Advocacy Network has called on the government and the private sector to put measures in place for people in need of decent accommodation in the country during the period of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • No reopening of schools yet, FG tells Nigerians

The Federal Ministry of Education has urged Nigerians to disregard some false news making the rounds that the Federal Government had directed the reopening of schools.

  • Free electricity, mere propaganda, says TCN

The recent announcement of plan to give Nigerians two months of free electricity as part of palliatives for COVID-19 is nothing more than propaganda that cannot work, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has said.

  • FG working to curb crime in volatile areas – Taskforce

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 is working towards ensuring that crime in volatile areas across the country does not lead to crisis, thereby affecting response efforts towards defeating the coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: IMF asks banks to restructure loans

The International Monetary Fund has advised Nigerian banks, and their counterparts across the world to restructure loans given to sectors that were badly hit by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

  • IMF projects recession for sub-Saharan Africa in 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product is expected to contract 1.6 per cent this year, compared with 3.1 per cent growth in 2019, as the coronavirus pandemic wrecks the region’s economies, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

  • How to access N50bn COVID-19 intervention fund – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria says interested stakeholders must meet its set criteria to access its N50bn intervention loans for small and medium scale enterprises.

  • 80,000 apply for CBN’s N50bn COVID-19 intervention fund

Three weeks after the Central Bank of Nigeria released the guidelines for the N50bn targeted credit facility, over 80,000 applications have so far been received from businesses and individuals.

  • FG begins payments to 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has said that the 500,000 N-Power enrollees across the country should expect to receive bank credit alerts for outstanding payments of their monthly entitlements from Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

  • We’ll feed 100,000 youths daily, dole out cash –Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday introduced a new scheme to cushion the effect of the lockdown extension in the state.

  • Proscription: We’re hungry, NURTW tells Makinde

The National Union of Road Transport Workers in Oyo State has said its members have been faced with financial hardship since Governor Seyi Makinde proscribed the union about a year ago.

  • Jonathan, Atiku, Lawan, others mourn Abba Kyari

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, have expressed shock to the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

  • Abba Kyari’s death saddening, says Ekweremadu

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, (PDP Enugu-West) has described the death of Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, as a heavy loss to the Presidency and the nation.

  • Israel’s former chief rabbi dies of coronavirus

Israel’s former chief rabbi Eliahou Bakshi-Doron, who was known for promoting interfaith dialogue, died Sunday of the new coronavirus, the Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem said.

  • US freezes funding for World Health Organization

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he had instructed his administration to suspend funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in a move that drew immediate condemnation.

  • Trump halts funding to W.H.O over poor handling of COVID-19

The U.S President, Donald Trump has temporarily halted funding the United Nations’ Health Organization over perceived poor handling of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Nigeria receives 50 ventilators from UN

The Federal Government has received medical equipment donated by the United Nations to aid Nigeria’s efforts at combating Coronavirus pandemic.

  • TB vaccine cannot protect against COVID-19- WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed reports that the conventional vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) offers protection against the novel coronavirus. The health body said there was no evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG) protects people against the virus.

  • Coronavirus: Singapore invents disinfecting robot

Singapore researchers have invented a disinfecting robot with an arm that mimics human movement, to help take the load off overworked cleaners during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • China denies cover-up in coronavirus outbreak

On Friday, China denied that it had covered up the extent of its coronavirus outbreak, as it responded to growing questions from Western powers led by the United States.

  • UN releases test kits for Nigeria

The United Nations on Thursday in Abuja received health supplies, including 10,000 test kits and 15 oxygen concentrators, which the organisation would be donating to the Nigerian government to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

  • Osinbajo panel plans stimulus for imminent recession

The Federal Government has said it is working out a stimulus package that will take the country’s economy out of global recession to positive growth in 2021.

  • Sokoto jacks up health workers’ hazard allowance

Sokoto State Executive Council has approved the immediate increment of hazard allowance of the state’s health workers by 100 per cent for the months of April and May.

  • No sufficient isolation centres for Nigerians awaiting evacuation — Onyeama

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the planned evacuation of Nigerians from foreign countries will be staggered as the number of interested persons is high.

  • COVID-19: South-West govs agree on joint border closures

Governors in the South-West have agreed to jointly close all the borders in the region as part of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.

  • FG to evacuate Nigerians in China over maltreatment

Following new revelations regarding the reported maltreatment of Nigerians in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China, the Federal Government said it would immediately begin the process of evacuating affected persons.

  • Super Eagles’ 2018 W/Cup shirt rated 5th most iconic Jersey

Nigeria’s home shirt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been voted the fifth best in the top 20 all-time iconic football jersey on a BBC Sports Website.

  • Premier League debate how to finish season

Premier League clubs will debate how to finish the season with reports that a June 30 deadline will be proposed amid the coronavirus crisis.

  • Didier Drogba offers hospital as treatment centre

Former Chelsea striker, football star, Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in his country, Ivory Coast as a treatment centre for patients.

  • NFF to take effective decisions after COVID-19

The Nigeria football federation is preparing for life after the ongoing global health crisis and president of the body, Amaju Pinnick said some difficult decisions will be made.

  • Nigeria, South Africa, others lose $4.2bn, says IMF

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the largest capital outflow from sub-Saharan Africa with over $4.2bn leaving the region from the end of February.

  • Sanders endorses Biden for U.S Presidential nomination

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, was formally endorsed on Monday by longtime rival Bernie Sanders, a move that may help unify the Democratic Party ahead of a general-election matchup against Republican President Donald Trump.

  • Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden’s Presidential Bid

After staying on the sidelines since the start of electoral campaigns in the United States, former president, Barack Obama, has finally endorsed his deputy during his tenure.