Chukwudi Akasike, Port HarcourtThe RIVERS State Government has launched a COVID-19 free bus scheme to cushion the effect of the pandemic on citizens. Ejekwu stated that the buses would ply Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt, Oyigbo and Eleme Local Government Areas as a pilot scheme. “With the launch of this scheme, you can feel the pulse of a governor that is concerned about the health and welfare of Rivers people. “Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Wike has done so much to show his love for his people. The buses, he said, would pick and drop passengers only at designated bus stops, adding that the buses will operate from 6:30am to 7pm daily.
Many other countries have taken deliberate steps to heal the wounds of their people after a war, genocide or major crisis, to ensure there is no repeat. As far as Nigeria is concerned, the best way to address the issues concerning the Biafran War is to quash it. Nigeria reacts poorly to problems by thinking that once problems are swept under the carpet, they get forgotten or magically solved. Even most leaders of Nigeria have little or no faith in Nigeria. When will Nigeria end its wandering in the jungle and seek for a pathway that will lead it to destination?
Sampson Itode, Port HarcourtThe Association of Lady Pharmacists in Nigeria has lamented the alleged neglect of widows in the distribution of palliatives in Rivers State. The group said this on Monday while distributing bags of rice, beans, cartons of vegetable oil, tin tomato pastes and groceries to over 50 Rivers widows in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The National Chairperson, ALPN, Victoria Ukwu, noted that widows had complained of not benefitting from previous palliative interventions. She said, “From our observations, widows are left behind in most government palliative interventions. “We are targeting 50 widows, but what we brought out today from our calculations can take or exceed that number.”Copyright PUNCH.
Friday Olokor, AbujaThe Christian Association of Nigeria has called on churches nationwide to be more security conscious to prevent abductions and attacks of its members. “The CAN Secretariat released a press statement demanding his immediate release, calling on all and sundry to facilitate this. “I thank the family and Church members of Bishop Masin for their faith in God. We thank and appreciate the Federal Government, the Nasarawa State government, the Nigeria Police Force and the media for their efforts and concerns. I call on churches in the country to be more security conscious and to ensure adequate security of our pastors and leaders to prevent a reoccurrence.
Daud Olatunji, AbeokutaThe Nigeria Medical Association, Ogun State chapter and the South-West caucus of the Association of Resident Doctors, on Monday, attacked the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for berating doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. The NMA said it was disappointed and ashamed of the governor for calling its members irresponsible for demanding their rights. The NARD South-West stated its position in a statement by its leader, Dr Oiwoh Sebastine, to journalists in Abeokuta on Monday. Abiodun was reported to have described the strike embarked upon by the Resident Doctors at the OOUTH, Sagamu, as irresponsible and politically motivated. The NMA chairman, Ismail Lawal, said he was ashamed over the comment made by the governor.
Nike PopoolaAXA Mansard Insurance Plc said its gross written premium in its unaudited financial report 2020 rose by 21 per cent to N21.08bn as of March 2020 from N17.42bn in the same period of 2019. A statement from the firm said the company’s net premium income grew by 39 per cent to N8.25bn from N5.95bn reported in March 2019. While profit before tax recorded 96 per cent increase to N2.01bn in 2020 from N1.02bn recorded in March 2019, the profit after tax moved up by 105 per cent to N1.82bn in 2020. “The profitability recorded during the first quarter also cut across P and C, life and health portfolios. “This will continue to be our focus as we navigate through the challenges brought on by the pandemic.”Copyright PUNCH.
June 01, 2020 22:52 UTC
In support of the current global COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria’s JE Technical Services Ltd has been appointed the sole legal trade representative of BioMedomics Inc COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid test kit in Nigeria. JE Technical Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Jean Edwards Consulting UK, is an organisation with the mandate to enhance socio-economic development in Nigeria via strategic Consultancy and Technology. BioMedomics is an ISO 13485 diagnostic manufacturing/development company located in North Carolina USA making cutting-edge diagnostic technologies globally accessible and affordable. The collaboration between JE Technical Services Nigeria and BioMedomics exists for one very important reason: to make this state-of-the-art, validated diagnostic kit available to support, facilitate and transform COVID-19 testing capabilities in Nigeria. Mr. Edward Nnadi, CEO and Managing Director, JE Technical Services stated “This partnership is critical given the quality and accuracy of the BioMedomics IgM-IgG Combined Antibody Rapid Test.
June 01, 2020 21:22 UTC
In a recent update, the federal government has lifted restrictions placed on religious gatherings in Nigeria amid coronavirus breakout. Many Nigerians are reacting to the news that religious gatherings can now hold and below are some of the reactions:Lmao how do you open churches and mosques but prohibit other gatherings above 20 people??? — J (@Retired_T) June 1, 2020Prohibits gatherings of over 20 people, but goes ahead to allow reopening of churches and mosques. What’s the point in keeping restriction on markets and interstate travel, then relaxing Churches and Mosques? — Ikenna Ronald Nzimora (@ronaldnzimora) June 1, 2020How do you open churches and mosques but prohibit other gatherings above 20 people?
June 01, 2020 21:00 UTC
Proteins consist of chains of amino acids which are classified as essential amino acids (n=9) and non-essential amino acids (n=11). The body cannot synthesize the essential amino acids itself and therefore these need to be obtained through food. Milk protein has a high digestibility and contains all nine essential amino acids in a greater amount than the reference value for protein. A salient question then arises; Can we do more with milk as a nutritional safety net in the diet of the Nigerian child? Happy World Milk Day.
June 01, 2020 20:37 UTC
Kayode OyeroThe Federal Government says the date for the resumption of international flights in the country will be announced soon, The PUNCH reports. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known on Monday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. Responding to a question about the likely date for the resumption of international flights, the minister said, “The (date for) international (flights) will follow today. Before the end of the day, we’ll be receiving directives or suggestions, practices, and standards from the International Civil Aviation Organisation. “The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.
June 01, 2020 18:33 UTC
He ordered the respondents to the suit including the Edo State Government, the governor, the Inspector-General of Police, and the Department of State Services, not to take any action until the court decides whether or not it has jurisdiction to entertain the APC chairman’s suit. was set up by the Edo State Government to investigate and make recommendations over the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment for the hospital, during the tenure of Oshiomhole as the governor of the state. READ ALSO: FG relaxes restriction on churches, mosquesThe commission in its report issued in May indicted Oshiomhole’s administration for breach of the state’s Public Procurement Law. The judge directed Oshiomhole’s lawyer to, within 48 hours, serve all the respondents the processes he had filed in the case. Oshiomhole, who is the immediate-past governor of the state, was instrumental to the emergence of Obaseki as the governor of the state in November 2016.
June 01, 2020 18:00 UTC
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure while inaugurating the 16-member State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for FCT, on Monday in Abuja. Bello said that community policing worldwide had proved to be effective in curbing crime by making the police and community members work together in the prevention and solving of crimes. He noted that community policing was a strategy that was anchored on trust between the people and the security officers. Responding, Bala Ciroma, Chairman of the 16-member policing advisory committee and the FCT Commissioner of Police, promised to deliver on the mandate and to entrench a result-oriented community policing approach in FCT communities. The lawmaker commended the Inspector General of Police for reviving the community policing system aimed at improving national security.
June 01, 2020 18:00 UTC
Dr. Onyishi told VTv that business growth is chronologically hence there is the need for entrepreneurs to start small and grow as they learn more about the business environment. Using his successful transportation business as a reference, Dr Onyishi said one of the biggest challenges for businesses is bribery which does not incentivize hard work. Despite the challenges, Dr Onyishi, who was once a bus conductor, said Nigeria remains a place of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Dr. Onyishi said people must value education whether formal or informal and know their numbers, about bookkeeping, income, profit, loss and capital. Operations of Peace Transit was disrupted by the outbreak of the pandemic and a ban on interstate travels, nonetheless, Dr. Onyishi said he has investments he can comfortably rely on, a lesson for budding entrepreneurs.
June 01, 2020 17:26 UTC
The Nigerian equities market set off the new month on a bullish run, sustaining previous gain as the All Share Index recorded 0.21 per cent gain at the close of trading on Monday, June 1st, to settle at 25,321.29 basis points. With the increase in the indicator, ASI’s Year-to-Date (YtD) return at -5.67 per cent while the market capitalisation stands at N13.20 trillion, having added N25.20 billion. Similarly, the bull dominated the market after the market breadth recorded 28 gainers versus 10 tickers in the decliners chart. Japaul Oil and NAHCO topped the gainers’ chart having advanced by ten per cent, to close at 22 Kobo and N2.75 kobo respectively. Value followed suit to close downbeat by 40.87 per cent from the previous session to close at N2.65 billion on Monday.
June 01, 2020 17:15 UTC
Sodiq OyelekeSome commuters in Lagos State on Monday complained that Bus Rapid Transit in the state was loading full capacity despite the increase in fares and the need for social distancing. The PUNCH had reported last Thursday that Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of BRT, announced an increment in fares by 50 per cent. But the commuters alleged that the BRT buses were “overloaded” with no regard for measures announced by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus. One of them, Bisiriyu Ganiyu, described the increase in fares without adequate measures being implemented as unjust. Bimbo said, “The fares were increased by up to 200 per cent on certain routes.
June 01, 2020 17:04 UTC