Breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Tuesday 30th of June 2020
1. Federal Government approves re-opening of schools for Primary Six, SSS3, JSS3, and Final Year Students.
The Federal Government has approved the safe reopening of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.
However, only graduating pupils in Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 will resume.
Higher institutions, day care centres and other classes in primary and secondary schools, apart from final classes, will remain closed.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed these at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow pupils in graduating classes resume preparation for examinations.
He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the day.
2. 2,683 Covid-19 patients refused to be admitted – Lagos State Commissioner for Health says.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said 2,683 COVID-19 patients in the state have not turned up for admission after their test came out positive.
Abayomi disclosed this on his Twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, saying the patients out of fear of stigmatisation or ignorance refused to show up at the isolation centres.
At a briefing on Monday at Alausa, Abayomi said the patients could decide to be treated at home under the supervision of the state ministry of health.
Abayomi said; “They have been informed of their status and they have decided that they won’t wish to be admitted. So, they have made it difficult for us to find them, the evacuation team has been trying to call them, once they know our phone number, they stopped picking our calls. When we go to their homes to collect them, they are not there.
If we are diagnosing 250 every day, we need to move to several locations in one day. If a person doesn’t wish to be admitted, it is very difficult to enforce it. However, what we have observed is that when you know your status and you start to feel unwell, people voluntarily walk into the isolation centres and present themselves with their COVID-19 test result so that they will be admitted.”
The commissioner added that the state had begun home treatment for COVID-19 patients and currently had over 500 patients in the state’s isolation centres.
The health commissioner predicted that by August the number of confirmed COVID-19 case in Lagos State might hit between 90,000 and 120,000.
3. CBN plans increased Local Production in Agricultural Sector.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it is stimulating local production in the agriculture business to enhance growth and boost employment in the country.
Some of the apex bank’s agribusiness initiatives are the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund, Agricultural Credit Support Scheme, the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme, and the Real Sector Support Facility, according to a statement.
The Director, Development Finance Department, CBN, Yila Yusuf, said the bank’s funding of the Anchor Borrowers Programme for the 2020 season was the highest since the inception of the programme in 2015.
He said, “Over 1.1 million farmers cultivating over one million farmlands were expected to benefit from the loans that will help to produce a collective output of 8.3 million metric tons.”
A global culinary product manufacturing firm, GBFoods, said in a statement that it partnered with the CBN and some others recently to complete a 20billion Naira tomato processing factory in Kebbi State.
According to the statement, the factory is the second largest in Nigeria, West Africa’s only fully backward integrated plant and has the largest single tomatoes farm in Nigeria.
4. Abia State is no more God’s own State, but Miyetti Allah Cattle market – Nnamdi Kanu says.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday alleged that Abia State has changed from Gods Own State to Miyetti Allah owned cattle market.
In a statement, titled: “Finally the reason why they initiated Operation Python Dance and proscription of IPOB become very clear,” that was made available to newsmen through IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, Nnamdi Kanu alleged that the more Miyetti Allah terrorists kill the people of Abia and South East in general in their own land, the more the so-called governors are prepared to give to them more land.
Nnamdi Kanu also blamed Ohanaeze Ndigbo for the alleged borrowing the people of Southeast are going through in the hands of the hands of the Miyetti Allah terrorists pretending to be herdsmen.
5. Politicians are trying to blackmail me over 774,000 jobs – Minister of State for Labour says.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has accused unnamed politicians of harassing him over the public works programme meant to create 774,000 unskilled jobs.
He vowed not to succumb to any form of blackmail, pledging to drive the initiative to a successful conclusion.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the inauguration of state selection committees of the programme, Keyamo cautioned the state chairmen against compromising the objective of the initiative which he said was to give job opportunity to the people.
He said any chairman that failed to adhere to the guidelines on the operation of the scheme would be removed.
The minister said; “There have been attempts at blackmailing me in this particular programme too to make us also yield to political leaders and we have said no, not while I am here.
I have a pedigree, I have a background, I know where I am coming from. Before I came into public office, I have a pedigree and what I stand for.
Except Mr President, who appointed me stops me, and who gave me the opportunity and rare privilege to drive this programme, except he stops me, no other political leader or person can stop me. I am answerable only to Mr President.”
The minister added that in the past, certain people entrusted with such a programme handed it over to political leaders as a form of patronage.
6. Don’t let Igbo resort to self help – Ohanaeze Ndigbo faction Leader warns.
A factional leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, Basil Onyeacholam, has warned that the Igbo may resort to self-help in handling insecurity in their territory, occasioned by the activities of herdsmen.
As a consequence, he has asked the President, Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue to dissuade the people of the area from looking for an alternative means of securing themselves.
Onyeacholam’s warning came barely 24 hours after he was inaugurated as the President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation by the traditional ruler of Igbariam in the Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Nkelly Nzekwe, who claimed to be the Board of Trustees chairman of the group.
He said his mission included to ensure that in 2023, an Igbo man would be elected the president of Nigeria.
He enjoined the Federal Government to address the agitations of Ndigbo to give them a sense of belonging.
7. President Buhari to flag off AKK gas pipeline construction.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to flag-off virtually, the construction phase of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-kano, AKK, pipeline simultaneously in Ajaokuta Kogi State and Rigachikun in Kaduna State today being Tuesday, June 30.
The Pipeline which originates from Ajaokuta, in Kogi State would traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna and terminate at Kano. It is expected to be fed from the existing domestic Infrastructure with a capacity of over 1.5 billion cubic feet, daily, Bcf/d and is being expanded by Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System II (ELPS II) and Obiafu-Obrikom 3 (OB3) gas pipeline (under construction) that will double the capacity to over 3 billion cubic gas per day
The proposed Ajaokuta – Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Gas Pipeline is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (“TNGP”) with a capacity to transport about 2.2 Bcf/d of gas. The right of way for the proposed AKK gas pipeline is planned to run parallel to the existing NPSC 16’’ crude oil and 12’’ product pipelines wherever possible.
The Project will also facilitate the development of three (3) base independent power plants (IPPs) in Abuja (1350MW), Kaduna (900MW) and Kano (1350MW) and steer the development of gas based industries along its corridor and beyond.
Federal Executive Council awarded the Engineering Procurement and Construction Contract (EPC) in favour of Oilserv Plc Consortium & CFHEC for lot1, while Brentex Petroleum Services and China Pipeline Bureau (Brentex-CPP) got lot2
The project is on build-and-transfer-basis (BT) with a completion period of 24 months and defect liability period of 12months.
These are some of the breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Tuesday 30th of June 2020.
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