Muslims could resume worship on June 19 while their Christian counterparts would begin the same on June 21, the governor said. There would also be restrictions on the number of persons that may worship at any particular time. “Worshipers are to keep reasonable space in churches and mosques, and no worship centre must be filled to capacity during any service and solat. “There should be the provision of washing facilities or sanitisers for worshipers before entering the churches and mosques. Windows in churches and mosques should be opened during worship for ventilation.
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“Organisations normally deployed perimeter solutions in their office working environment that secure the organisations’ network. “A lot of companies did not budget for remote work solutions hence having to do with what they have or what they can get for free for a limited period. He noted that most Hackers these days don’t hack users rather they hack users’ devices. “Endpoint security has become so critical in the fight against cyber-attacks because cybercriminals have identified end-users as the weakest link. “Always use technology to scan/review the security posture of end-user devices before allowing them to access critical organisational data.
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• Omagbemi, others can be assistants, says NFFNigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s search for a foreign coach for the Super Falcons may have attracted no fewer that six managers, The Guardian has learnt. The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, had declared recently that he would do everything possible to get the best coach for the Super Falcons no matter where the person comes from. The Guardian learnt yesterday that six coaches from different countries had indicated their interest to handle the Super Falcons. An NFF official told The Guardian yesterday that two female and four male foreign coaches are currently jostling for the Super Falcons job. “We are going for a foreign coach for the Super Falcons’ job,” the official said.
In addition, a major state such as Borno could only be surveyed marginally with only households from “accessible” areas included and even in a non-random and non-representative pattern. These issues are very important to the extent that the incidence of poverty may actually be understated particularly given that it deviates from the outcomes of previous poverty studies in Nigeria. These programmes, which range from the Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP), the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), the SURE-P and the N-Power appear to have had their various challenges in both their conception and implementation. Going forward, the shift should be on wealth creation and not on poverty alleviation, given the huge population that the country has. This is the way to migrate from mere rhetoric to action on wealth creation, which should be the focal point.
- ‘Disregard for interstate movement responsible for rising COVID-19 figures in S’East’Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has suspended all government activities for one week following the rising number of COVID-19 cases to 75 even, as some top government officials have been infected. Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, disclosed that the cases rose to 75 after over 3, 000 samples were tested, noting that 26 cases have been discharged and 49 still receiving treatment were stable. Meanwhile, the rising cases of coronavirus in the South-East zone are caused by disregard for the Federal Government’s interstate movement restriction and curfew imposed in states of the federation. Experts argued that the frequency with which people travel around the South East during interstate movement restrictions might worsen the situation with more casualties before the end of June. As at yesterday, the five states of the region recorded 168 cases of the 10,819 confirmed cases in the country.
Angry customers of a new generation bank expressed their rage by blocking all main security doors into the banking hall for not being attended to by the staff of the bank yesterday. The branch, located at Ahmadu Bello Way II, Jos, was crowd packed with customers. They claimed that they were being ignored for selected individuals who bribed their way through the back gate into the banking hall after waiting for hours to be allowed entrance into the banking hall. While speaking to The Guardian, a customer revealed that he has been seeing some customers giving tips with bank details to a worker in an orange shirt for transactions. As at the time of writing this report yesterday afternoon, the entrance of the bank was still barricaded by customers while all attempts to speak with the branch manager proved abortive.
It is well known that Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari brings on board an intimidating resume that doesn’t need any more unveiling. Gambari who was at the New York headquarters of the global body as undersecretary-General blamed the decision on improper advice by Yar’Adua’s aides. Although Covid-19 is the rage of the moment, Prof Gambari had by March 2016, come to certain conclusions on the way Africa should be handling China affairs. Gambari has since hit the ground running, resuming on May 13, 2020, and immediately getting involved in a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. Afterall, Gambari had met his peace and reconciliation objectives in missions such as Darfur and Myanmar!
It, however, noted that those invited still have tomorrow, Friday and Saturday to show up and clarify certain issues. They were expected to appear before the investigative panel yesterday but allegedly shunned the meeting despite invitations said to have been sent to them via electronic mail. However, when contacted, Kolade-Otitoju of TVC said he did not receive any invitation from the panel as claimed by the committee chairman. In another development, Lagos State Government yesterday said that it would soon unveil a reform on the reversal of the Land Use Charge to the pre-2018 rate. Meanwhile, Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has revealed that civil servants in the state got N139 million as housing loan subvention in the last one year.
Peaceful protests also marred by looting and agitated law enforcement have taken place throughout the country, further deteriorating the state of affairs. In various countries around the world, we see massive protests in support of George Floyd and countless African-Americans who have been killed by excessive force in the United States. Floyd is a reflection of a global problem that needs swift balance. Generally, people understand police officers put their lives on the line to protect citizens and communities. Yetunde A. Odugbesan-Omede is a professor of global affairs and politics, policy adviser and writer on global issues, law and politics.
Agriculturists and financial managers have reiterated that farmers have to be empowered with critical farm inputs such as seeds, fertiliser, insecticides and tools to rev food production. This is just as over 75,000 farmers are to benefit from a post-COVID-19 mitigation strategy aimed at boosting income of smallholder and medium-scaled farmers in Nigeria to avert hunger. A seed breeding scientists at the Institute of Agricultural research and training, Ibadan, Prof. Samuel Olakojo, reiterated that the first step to ensure food security is empowering farmers with quality inputs. Quality seeds, fertiliser, insecticides and mechanization services are what he enumerated as essential to food productivity and profitability of farmers. The Director-General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr Philips Ojo, also enjoined farmers, at various fora, to use quality inputs to maximise productivity per hectare.
To ensure sustainability in its waste management and disposal efforts, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) had begun rehabilitation of its five legal dumpsites. The exercise, which involves building 21 platforms on the sites will ensure the seeing off of wastes within 20 minutes, thereby increasing the PSP operators’ daily trips from 500 to 850. According to him, the authority is poised to return to its core activity of waste management and engagement with relevant stakeholders to know the challenges and address their concerns. He also indicated plans to reposition the blue box programme launched last year by the governor to ensure in-depth spread. On medical waste, he said the authority is reviewing its operations to ensure that medical wastes are well segregated from others and well treated to avoid compliance that can result in health challenges.
Professor Samuel Ajala, a maize specialist at IITA, disclosed that Nigeria produces about 12 million tonnes of maize while it consumes about 16 million tonnes for food, animal feeds and other products. To close the deficient gap, he said, an additional 4 million tonnes would have to be produced yearly and to become maize-secure, another 4 million tonnes would be required to clock 20 million metric tonnes yearly. Professor Samuel Olakojo, another grain breeding specialist at IAR&T, affirmed that though accurate data on production in Nigeria is practically unavailable, maize production is around 12 million tonnes. Maximising yield per hectare is the key to profitability in maize or any other grain farming, so said Professor Olakojo. In the savanna ecology of northern zones, farmers should plant maize in late May to June.
During the distribution, representatives of the families pick a live chicken and 2.5kg rice each. Founder of the FMF, Qasim Badrudeen, said the distribution was done in a bid to assist the beneficiaries during this trying period. He explained that the coronavirus lockdown made things difficult for many families, including feeding. This year, we were able to reach about 50 families and we hope to reach more families in subsequent editions. We appeal for support and hope to also put smiles on the faces of people during the festival,” he added.
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The cankerworm of multiple taxes by local, state and federal governments and their agencies is threatening the survival of the telecom sector. Another major problem is the thorny issue of Nigeria’s public power supply, which seems to have defiled all known solution. A situation where telecom operators spend an incredible N45.9 billion (approximately $2.9 Billion) annual bill on diesel in running power supply to their infrastructure is unacceptable. Power supply is like the nerve, in fact, the engine of production. The near absence of public power supply has a devastating effect on businesses and has forced many companies to close shop because they could no longer remain competitive.
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Are you saying that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, is not scared of direct primary? In the camp of Governor Akeredolu, our case is different. It is agreed that Governor Akeredolu has performed; so what else is required. Governor Akeredolu is alleged to be behind the crisis in the Unity Group, especially over the choice of consensus candidate for the group? Ahead the next governorship election, don’t you think governor Akeredolu should be bothered with number of his kinsmen from seeking to unseat him?
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