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Nigeria at 60: FG lists roads to be closed, tightens security at Eagle Square

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FG lists roads to be closed

The federal government has announced increased security measures for Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary celebration.

Ahead of the October 1 event, security has been enhanced in and around the venue – Eagle Square in Abuja.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the announcement in a statement Tuesday night.

He noted that from midnight on Wednesday, all routes leading to the Eagle Square will be blocked.

The Shehu Shagari Way, Ahmadu Bello Way, outward and inward-bound Airport and adjoining roads will also be shut to traffic.

Additionally, the Federal Secretariat will be evacuated by 2.00 pm on Wednesday.

“This means all workers within the precinct of the Eagle Square are expected to vacate their offices from that time”, Mohammed said.

The government had declared Thursday a public holiday in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee.

NERC finally suspends electricity tariff hike

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NERC finally suspends electricity tariff hike
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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Wednesday directed the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to suspend the Sept. 1 new tariff.

The commission’s suspension order of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2020 signed by Prof James Momoh, NERC’s Chairman was released on its website on Wednesday.

The suspension, which followed a joint communique issued by the Federal Government and the labour unions, is for 14 days.

Recall that the Federal Government had agreed the suspension is in order to further consultations and finalisation of negotiations between the parties.

The order by NERC said that from Sept 28 to Oct 11, the DisCos must revert all charges to the tariff existing as of Aug 31.
“This means that for the next two weeks, electricity consumers having power above 12 hours who were affected by the over 100 per cent tariff hike would revert to their old charges,” it said.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases hit 58,647

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases
Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases hit 58,647

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said no death was recorded in the last 24-hours.

The agency said Nigeria recorded 187 new cases of COVID-19 in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle.

It added that Nigeria recorded a total of 58,647 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The centre said that Lagos State recorded most cases with 74, followed by Plateau and Rivers States with 25 each.

It said that in addition, Gombe and FCT recorded 19 new cases each.

Others are Osun-10, Kaduna-five, Borno-three, Ogun-two, Katsina-two, Nasarawa-one, Bayelsa-one, and Edo-one.

The NCDC stated that 47 patients have been treated and discharged in the last 24 hours.

It also added that there are 7,599 active cases across the country.

The centre said 49,937 patients have recovered and 1,111 have lost their lives.

Chelsea midfielder leaves for EPL rivals after Carabao Cup exit

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Chelsea midfielder leaves for EPL
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Chelsea have sent Ross Barkley out on a one-year loan at Aston Villa.

The move was confirmed by the Midlands club on Wednesday morning.

Barkley was left out of Frank Lampard’s squad that lost 5-4 on penalties to Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.

The 26-year-old has been an unused substitute in Chelsea’s last two matches.

He only started one game this season – a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over Barnsley in which he scored.

Barkley has fallen down the pecking order under Lampard, following the summer arrivals of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

He has now decided to join Villa to get more playing time.

Coronavirus: Global death toll exceeds 1 million

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Coronavirus: Global death toll exceeds 1 million
Coronavirus Global death

The number of global coronavirus deaths has exceeded 1 million.

Cases recorded have passed 33.5 million.

The United States is the worst hit with over 7.3 million cases and 209,000 deaths.

Brazil has nearly 4.75 million cases, with 142,000 deaths.

There are more than 6.1 million cases in India and 96,000 fatalities.

On Tuesday, figures by Johns Hopkins University and Worldometers confirmed the 7-figure death toll.

The pandemic was first recorded in Wuhan, China.

The U.S. and China clashed last week at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

President Donald Trump, in his pre-recorded video message, called COVID-19 the “China virus” for the umpteenth time.

He insisted that all counties must hold them accountable for unleashing “this plague onto the world”.

“In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world”, Trump said.

The American leader reiterated that China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) “deliberately misled” the world on the mode of transmission.

Zhang Jun, Chinese ambassador to the UN, fired back, adding that China would not be cowed by America’s “bully tactics”.

“We strongly and totally reject the baseless accusation against China. No matter what others say, we support multilateralism and the UN to play its central role in international affairs,” Jun said.

Ojukwu varsity lecturers shun ASUU strike, resume duties

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ASUU strike

Lecturers of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, Igbariam, Anambra State on Tuesday said they have resumed academic duties in the university, and would not join the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the institution on its recently announced strike.

ASUU, led by Prof Okey Aniebo had two weeks ago stated that lecturers in the university would not resume for duty as the institution reopens.

Aniebo said institutions lacked basic facilities for learning, while staff were also paid abysmally.

But lecturers in the university after a meeting on Tuesday denied Aniebo and members of executives, stating that they were being selfish with the struggle.

Prof Osita Chiaghanam, a lecturer in the university who presided over the meeting of the academic staff of the institution, led members to pass a vote of confidence on the management of the university, Prof Greg Nwakoby, insisting that he has fulfilled all the expectations of the staff and also worthy of commendation.

“The management of the university under the leadership of Prof Greg Nwakoby has prioritized staff welfare to a scale that is unprecedented in the annals of the university history.

“Nwakoby upon the inception of his administration dismantled all known impediments to genuine union demands and conducive university-wide elections to fill up internal seats in the governing council of the university.

“ASUU has also benefited from the rapid infrastructural development in the university by having its secretariat roofed by the university management. COOU perhaps is the only university where this has happened.”

The lecturers stated clearly that they have been participating in the academic activities of the university since resumption while adding that some students had also commenced examination.

They lashed out at the Prof Aniebo-led ASUU, calling on him and his executives to quickly resign from office to give way for genuine union struggles.

BBNaija 2020 got 900 million votes – Organizers

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BBNaija 2020
BBNaija 2020 got 900 million votes

The Organizers of the Big Brother Naija season 5 ‘Lockdown’ edition show have revealed that the show got over 900 million votes.

The Managing Director of Multi Choice Nigeria, John Ugbe, made this known on Wednesday during the live presentation of 85 million worth of prize to Laycon who emerged as the winner of this season’s show.

According to him, this Big Brother Lockdown season recorded the highest votes ever in the history of the show because people voted massively.

He said that the show recorded 900 million votes (inclusive of online voting) from the different voting platforms and cost of producing the show was N3.5bn.

He also revealed that this current edition was themed the ‘lockdown’ edition majorly because of the coronavirus pandemic and also because there were no Ninjas and artists coming into the house this season.

BBNaija 2020: Laycon, Dorathy win all expense paid trip to Ireland

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Laycon and Dorathy
BBNaija 2020

Winner of Big Brother Naija ‘lockdown edition and first runner-up, Dorathy has won an all expense paid trip to Ireland.

Laycon and Dorathy will be visiting Ireland.

Organizers of the show announced this during the winners award show on Wednesday.

The winner of this year’s edition walked away with N85 million worth of prize.

The lockdown edition had 20 housemates battling for the prize.

Nigeria at 60: Abdulsalami Abubakar advises Nigerians

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Nigeria at 60: Abdulsalami Abubakar advises Nigerians

A former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to be patriotic and disciplined so that the country can experience meaningful development.

Abubakar made the call while addressing newsmen ahead of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Minna on Wednesday, NAN reports.

The General said that for the country to attain greatness, all hands must be on deck and Nigerians must contribute their own quota in governance.

“For Nigeria to attain greatness, we must become a disciplined society. It is unfortunate that there is still indiscipline in the country. People don’t obey rules and regulations set by the government.

“Every Nigerian is expected to do their best. Desist from sabotage and assist the government in its effort to improve the country’s economy,” he said.

He also called on governments at all levels to carry out their responsibilities by providing infrastructures, adequate power and assisting farmers with farm inputs in order to make life easier for the teeming populations.

“Nigerians must assist the government by exposing miscreants living among us so that the security agencies can arrest and deal with them decisively,” he added.

He, however, called on Nigerians to be awake to their responsibilities and hold their elected leaders responsible and accountable.

ASUU strike will end soon – Nigerian govt

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ASUU strike will end soon – Nigerian govt
ASUU strike will end soon – Nigerian govt

The federal government has assured that the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon end.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He disclosed that the Ministries of Finance, Education, Labour and Employment and the Office of the Accountant General will meet with the union.

“The issue of ASUU will soon come to an end. Two reasons – ASUU have called the Federal Government represented by Finance and the Accountant-General Office and their direct employers, the Ministry of Education to come for the test”, Ngige said.

The nationwide industrial action started in March.

ASUU top officials have repeatedly stated that the strike is still in force.

The body wants implementation of the 2012 agreement.

ASUU is also against government’s insistence that all lecturers must enrol on the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS).