Summary of the top business, economic and political news in Nigeria today.
- The Federal Executive Council( FEC), yesterday, approved a new policy that bars foreign professionals from practicing in Nigeria unless they were registered and certified by all the necessary regulatory bodies. Link
- THE International Monetary Fund (IMF), yesterday, said Nigeria is expected to emerge from recession this year with an economic growth of 0.8 percent, but warned that threats to recovery remained elevated, and that the economy will not grow enough to reduce unemployment and poverty. The IMF, therefore, advised the Federal Government to pursue a policy of fiscal consolidation through higher non-oil revenues, to ensure stability in growth. Link
- The recent ambush on the oil exploration team in the North-East Nigeria by Boko Haram has put a damper on the nation’s drive to tap its highly under-explored inland basins, industry experts have said. Link
- The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the inclusion of 27 enterprises to the list of pioneer industries and products that would enjoy pioneer status under the Industrial Development Income Tax Relief Act. The pioneer status incentive is a tax holiday given to companies for a period of time to encourage the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. A new company or an existing one with an expansion plan may apply for a certificate of pioneer status, which lasts for three years and is renewable upon application for two years. Link
- The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said on Wednesday that the volume of trade between Nigeria and Singapore reached N846bn from 2011 to 2015 while the absolute balance of trade was N222 billion in favour of Nigeria. Link
- The Federal Government, yesterday, approved N39.17 billion for the supply of electricity meters to the Electricity Generation Companies, GENCOs. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber l, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Link
- The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, and Marine Transport, on Wednesday threatened to issue bench warrant against the Chief Executive Officer of Glo Mobile and other firms who failed to honour its invitation on alleged complicity in the N30tn revenue loss by Nigeria. Link
- From the beginning of 2017 to date, the Nigerian equities market has appreciated by 37.32 per cent. The bourse closed up for the second day running as the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index advanced by 0.50 per cent, bringing the year-to-date return to 37.32 per cent. Link
- The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, has advised exporters to register with the Cargo Defence Fund, an advocacy platform, established by the council to aid exporters and importers with legal services in the course of their business. Link
- Stakeholders in the maritime sector have recommended urgent upgrade of the industry’s infrastructure to make it more productive. They spoke separately during the 2017 African Day of Seas and Oceans in Lagos. The Managing Director, Nigerian Waterways Authority, Mr. Boss Mustapha, in his presentation drew attention to the condition of Nigerian roads, saying that many of them had become too weak to carry the weight of trucks and other articulated vehicles plying them. Link
- Transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday maintained the upbeat trend with the All-Share Index rising by 0.50%. The index which opened at 36,720.62, appreciated by 184.44 points or 0.50 % to close at 36,905.06. Link
- An analysis by FBNQuest has revealed that the net foreign Currency (fx) flows through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were negative by US$760m in May but positive over the 12-month period to the tune of US$5.12bn. Link
- Siemens has announced the addition of a new solution, SGT-A45 TR mobile unit, to its gas turbine portfolio to address the growing market for power generation. The company said in a statement that the aero derivative gas turbine was packaged for rapid deployment and could be installed in less than two weeks, with an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 megawatts. Link
- Total Plc. has highlighted the importance of better access to energy to the growth and development of individuals and societies. The company said more than 10 million people from around the world had so far benefitted from its recently introduced solar lamps. Link
- MTN Group, Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, says it has moved away from a turbulent 2016 that highlighted the risks of the company’s emerging markets strategy to a profit-making firm. MTN said on Thursday in Johannesburg that its earnings for first-half of the year had rebounded. It said that its headline earnings came in at 3.9 billion rand ($294.40m, or 212 cents per share, in the six months to end June compared with a loss of 4.9 billion rand, or 271 cents per share, a year earlier. Link
- Konica Minolta, manufacturers of Konica Minolta office documentation and print production machines, and its partner and sole distributor in Nigeria and Ghana, Skysat Technologies, has formerly introduced a highly efficient and productive digital printing machine, the Accurio Press C2070, into the Nigerian market as a successor to the highly functional BizHub Press C1070. Link
- Telecommunications Company, 9mobile, in partnership with the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University has bolstered the growth of local small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) by hosting budding entrepreneurs in Abuja and adjoining states at the 17th edition of the company’s Market Access Forum. Link
- Britain’s Unilever will subscribe to a N58.85bn ($162m) share sale by its Nigerian unit in cash and will not convert a shareholder loan to equity for the rights issue, Unilever Nigeria Plc said on Wednesday. Link
- Oriental Energy Resources Limited has performed the ground-breaking for the construction of a N700 million ultra-modern residential estate of 100 units in Enwang, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Link
- The African operations of Indian telecommunications giant, Bharti Airtel, has fetched it about $52million profit in quarter one (Q1), against $78million losses a year ago. The rise in profit has been helped by the growth in data customers and consumption. Link
- Releaf, a Nigerian-American based organisation has secured a $120,000 investment from Y Combinator, the world’s leading early startup investor, to upscale its solution in Nigeria. Link
- The Group Executive Chairman of Jagal, Mr. Anwar Jarmakani, has been honoured with the Business Legacy Award by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in recognition of his contributions to nation building and socio-economic development. Link
- The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), yesterday told boat operators, dredgers and other stakeholders operating on the waterways in Lagos to ignore the recent ultimatum slammed on them by the Lagos State government. Link
- The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said it will partner ASB Valiant Company Limited to develop a 30-megawatts independent power plant to provide electricity to its member companies. The plant, which will be located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is expected to supply power to MAN members and industries on the Makun corridor. Link
- The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), the Police and other security agencies, are collaborating to rid the power sector of corrupt officials, it was learnt. Link
- The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday, said the West African Gas Pipeline, WAGP, would be extended from Ghana to Cote d’Ivoire. According to a statement by the NNPC, the planned extension of the pipeline was part of the Federal Government’s West African energy integration policy. Link
- Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has called on the federal government to put in place energy-saving policy to compel consumption of compact fluorescent lamp, CFL, saying this can generate savings of $49 million (about N18 billion) annually for the economy. Popularly known as energy-saving bulb, CFL is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace the incandescent lamp; it fits into light fixtures normally used for incandescent lamps. Link
- The Bank of Agriculture (BoA) says it is targeting about 15 million smallholder rice farmers in the next two years, the bank’s Managing Director, Kabir Adamu, has said. Speaking while playing host to the Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, during a working visit to BoA headquarters in Abuja, Adamu disclosed that the bank was partnering relevant agencies to open branches in all local government areas of the federation to enable it meet the target. Link
- Foreign airlines have $175million ticket sales proceeds trapped in Nigeia, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said yesterday. But the organisation applauded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for reducing the debt, which could not be paid due to the dearth of foreign exchange, from $600 million in June 2017 to $175m this year. Link
- The House of Representatives recently mandated its committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to investigate allegations of the disappearance of N11 billion worth of petroleum products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), following the adoption of a motion titled: “Need to Investigate the Disappearance of Eleven billion Naira worth of Petroleum Products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)”, sponsored by Tajudeen Yusuf. Link
- The Budget Office of the Federation yesterday commenced training for 4,250 workers of over 800 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on how to prepare budgets electronically using the online Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIMFIS). Link
- The Federal Government has commenced consultations with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, aimed at re-activating Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO), the Bonga oilfield. Link
- Barring unforeseen circumstances, stockbrokers in Nigeria may soon have the flexibility of trading in the United Kingdom, and many other countries following the special training being organised by the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), in the United Kingdom. Link
- The Federal Government has listed roads and bridges captured for construction as contained in the 2017 Budget. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babantunde Fashola, in a statement, reiterated that the intention is to connect states, drive economy, move fuel, food and import and export of goods. Link
- The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and local arms of Chevron and Shell have signed alternative financing deals for key projects expected to boost Nigeria’s oil and gas reserves, improve power supply as well as support government’s effort to cut gas flaring. Link
- The Lagos State government has paid N515 million to 252 pensioners just as it advised retirees not to put their retirement fund into ventures that they could not manage. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Akintola Benson at the 41st Retirement Bond Certificate Presentation Ceremony in Lagos, said the continuous payment of retiree’s entitlements was to ensure that they do not live in poverty. Link
- Following indiscriminate dumping of refuse across the state, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the new 57 council chairmen to embark on daily evacuation of waste in their locality, pending official kick off of Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI, next month. Link
- From today, bus conductors in Lagos will start wearing uniform as part of efforts to promote the Smart City Initiatives, SCI, of the state government. Link
- Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said that work on the proposed expansion and reconstruction of the Oshodi-International Airport Road would commence next month. Link
- Lagos State government has commenced moves aimed at harmonising collection of taxes, levies and fees by all revenue generation agencies at both the state and local government levels. This came just as stakeholders in table water production in the state assured the state government of generating N1billion revenue annually from water vendors if a well harmonised tax system is put in place. Link
- The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N20.6 billion for road contracts in Plateau and Kwara states. Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola briefed State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Link
- The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that minors cannot obtain the National Identification Cards (NIC), until they are 16 years.Link
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 7th of August 2020, 443 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 45,687 confirmed cases.
On the 7th of August 2020, 443 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,835 samples across the country.
To date, 45,687 cases have been confirmed, 32,637 cases have been discharged and 936 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 310,729 tests have been carried out as of August 7th, 2020 compared to 306,894 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 7th August 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 45,687
- Total Number Discharged – 32,637
- Total Deaths – 936
- Total Tests Carried out – 310,729
According to the NCDC, the 443 new cases were reported from 19 states- Plateau (103), Lagos (70), FCT (60), Ondo (35), Edo (27), Rivers (27), Kaduna (20), Osun (19), Borno (18), Oyo (18), Kwara (11), Adamawa (9), Nasarawa (7), Gombe (6), Bayelsa (4), Imo (4), Bauchi (2), Ogun (2) and Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 15,697, followed by Abuja (4,301), Oyo (2,843), Edo (2,367), Rivers (1,938), Kano (1,609), Delta (1,557), Kaduna (1,550), Ogun (1,430), Plateau (1,397), Ondo (1,278), Enugu (880), Ebonyi (838), Kwara (826), Katsina (746), Borno (652), Gombe (626), Abia (625), Osun (605), and Bauchi (576).
Imo State has recorded 476 cases, Nasarawa (367), Benue (356), Bayelsa (346), Jigawa (322), Akwa Ibom (234), Niger (226), Adamawa (185), Ekiti (159), Sokoto (154), Anambra (142), Kebbi (90), Zamfara (77), Taraba (72), Cross River (68), Yobe (67), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
|Date||Confirmed case||New cases||Total deaths||New deaths||Total recovery||Active cases||Critical cases|
|August 7, 2020||45687||443||936||6||32637||12114||7|
|August 6, 2020||45244||354||930||3||32430||11884||7|
|August 5, 2020||44890||457||927||17||32165||11798||7|
|August 4, 2020||44433||304||910||14||31851||11672||7|
|August 3, 2020||44129||288||896||8||20663||22570||7|
|August 2, 2020||43841||304||888||5||20308||22645||7|
|August 1, 2020||43537||386||883||4||20287||22567||7|
|July 31, 2020||43151||462||879||1||19565||22707||7|
|July 30, 2020||42689||481||878||5||19270||22541||7|
|July 29, 2020||42208||404||873||5||19004||22331||7|
|July 28, 2020||41804||624||868||8||18764||22172||7|
|July 27, 2020||41180||648||860||2||18203||22117||7|
|July 26, 2020||40532||555||858||2||17374||22300||7|
|July 25, 2020||39977||438||856||11||16948||22173||7|
|July 24, 2020||39539||591||845||12||16559||22135||7|
|July 23, 2020||38948||604||833||20||16061||22054||7|
|July 22, 2020||38344||543||813||8||15815||21716||7|
|July 21, 2020||37801||576||805||4||15677||21319||7|
|July 20, 2020||37225||562||801||12||15333||21091||7|
|July 19, 2020||36663||556||789||11||15105||20769||7|
|July 18, 2020||36107||653||778||6||14938||20391||7|
|July 17, 2020||35454||600||772||3||14633||20049||7|
|July 16, 2020||34854||595||769||9||14292||19793||7|
|July 15, 2020||34259||643||760||6||13999||19500||7|
|July 14, 2020||33616||463||754||10||13792||19070||7|
|July 13, 2020||33153||595||744||4||13671||18738||7|
|July 12, 2020||32558||571||740||16||13447||18371||7|
|July 11, 2020||31987||664||724||15||13103||18160||7|
|July 10, 2020||31323||575||709||20||12795||17819||7|
|July 9, 2020||30748||499||689||5||12546||17513||7|
|July 8, 2020||30249||460||684||15||12373||17192||7|
|July 7, 2020||29789||503||669||15||12108||17012||7|
|July 6, 2020||29286||575||654||9||11828||16804||7|
|July 5, 2020||28711||544||645||11||11665||16401||7|
|July 4, 2020||28167||603||634||6||11462||16071||7|
|July 3, 2020||27564||454||628||12||11069||15867||7|
|July 2, 2020||27110||626||616||13||10801||15693||7|
|July 1, 2020||26484||790||603||13||10152||15729||7|
|June 30, 2020||25694||561||590||17||9746||15358||7|
|June 29, 2020||25133||566||573||8||9402||15158||7|
|June 28, 2020||24867||490||565||7||9007||14995||7|
|June 27, 2020||24077||779||558||4||8625||14894||7|
|June 26, 2020||23298||684||554||5||8253||14491||7|
|June 25, 2020||22614||594||549||7||7822||14243||7|
|June 24, 2020||22020||649||542||9||7613||13865||7|
|June 23, 2020||21371||452||533||8||7338||13500||7|
|June 22, 2020||20919||675||525||7||7109||13285||7|
|June 21, 2020||20242||436||518||12||6879||12847||7|
|June 20, 2020||19808||661||506||19||6718||12584||7|
|June 19, 2020||19147||667||487||12||6581||12079||7|
|June 18, 2020||18480||745||475||6||6307||11698||7|
|June 17, 2020||17735||587||469||14||5967||11299||7|
|June 16, 2020||17148||490||455||31||5623||11070||7|
|June 15, 2020||16658||573||424||4||5349||10885||7|
|June 14, 2020||16085||403||420||13||5220||10445||7|
|June 13, 2020||15682||501||407||8||5101||10174||7|
|June 12, 2020||15181||627||399||12||4891||9891||7|
|June 11, 2020||14554||681||387||5||4494||9673||7|
|June 10, 2020||13873||409||382||17||4351||9140||7|
|June 9, 2020||13464||663||365||4||4206||8893||7|
|June 8, 2020||12801||315||361||7||4040||8400||7|
|June 7, 2020||12486||260||354||12||3959||8173||7|
|June 6, 2020||12233||389||342||9||3826||8065||7|
|June 5, 2020||11844||328||333||10||3696||7815||7|
|June 4, 2020||11516||350||323||8||3535||7646||7|
|June 3, 2020||11166||348||315||1||3329||7522||7|
|June 2, 2020||10819||241||314||15||3239||7266||7|
|June 1, 2020||10578||416||299||12||3122||7157||9|
|May 31, 2020||10162||307||287||14||3007||6868||7|
|May 30, 2020||9855||553||273||12||2856||6726||7|
|May 29, 2020||9302||387||261||2||2697||6344||7|
|May 28, 2020||8915||182||259||5||2592||6064||7|
|May 27, 2020||8733||389||254||5||2501||5978||7|
|May 26, 2020||8344||276||249||16||2385||5710||7|
|May 25, 2020||8068||229||233||7||2311||5524||7|
|May 24, 2020||7839||313||226||5||2263||5360||7|
|May 23, 2020||7526||265||221||0||2174||5131||7|
|May 22, 2020||7261||245||221||10||2007||5033||7|
|May 21, 2020||7016||339||211||11||1907||4898||7|
|May 20, 2020||6677||284||200||8||1840||4637||7|
|May 19, 2020||6401||226||192||1||1734||4475||7|
|May 18, 2020||6175||216||191||9||1644||4340||7|
|May 17, 2020||5959||388||182||6||1594||4183||7|
|May 16, 2020||5621||176||176||5||1472||3973||7|
|May 15, 2020||5445||288||171||3||1320||3954||4|
|May 14, 2020||5162||193||168||3||1180||3815||4|
|May 13, 2020||4971||184||164||6||1070||3737||4|
|May 12, 2020||4787||146||158||6||959||3670||4|
|May 11, 2020||4641||242||152||10||902||3589||4|
|May 10, 2020||4399||248||142||17||778||3479||4|
|May 9, 2020||4151||239||127||11||745||3278||4|
|May 8, 2020||3912||386||118||10||679||3115||4|
|May 7, 2020||3526||381||108||4||601||2818||4|
|May 6, 2020||3145||195||104||5||534||2507||1|
|May 5, 2020||2950||148||99||5||481||2370||4|
|May 4, 2020||2802||245||94||6||417||2291||2|
|May 3, 2020||2558||170||88||2||400||2070||2|
|May 2, 2020||2388||220||86||17||351||1952||2|
|May 1, 2020||2170||238||69||10||351||1751||2|
|April 30, 2020||1932||204||59||7||317||1556||2|
|April 29, 2020||1728||196||52||7||307||1369||2|
|April 28, 2020||1532||195||45||4||255||1232||2|
|April 27, 2020||1337||64||41||0||255||994||2|
|April 26, 2020||1273||91||41||5||239||994||2|
|April 25, 2020||1182||87||36||3||222||925||2|
|April 24, 2020||1095||114||33||1||208||855||2|
|April 23, 2020||981||108||32||3||197||753||2|
|April 22, 2020||873||91||29||3||197||648||2|
|April 21, 2020||782||117||26||3||197||560||2|
|April 20, 2020||665||38||23||1||188||466||2|
|April 19, 2020||627||86||22||2||170||436||2|
|April 18, 2020||541||48||20||2||166||356||2|
|April 17, 2020||493||51||18||4||159||317||2|
|April 16, 2020||442||35||13||1||152||277||2|
|April 15, 2020||407||34||12||1||128||267||2|
|April 14, 2020||373||30||11||1||99||263||2|
|April 13, 2020||343||20||10||0||91||242||2|
|April 12, 2020||323||5||10||0||85||228||2|
|April 11, 2020||318||13||10||3||70||238||2|
|April 10, 2020||305||17||7||0||58||240||2|
|April 9, 2020||288||14||7||1||51||230||2|
|April 8, 2020||274||22||6||0||44||226||2|
|April 7, 2020||254||16||6||1||44||204||2|
|April 6, 2020||238||6||5||0||35||198||2|
|April 5, 2020||232||18||5||1||33||194||2|
|April 4, 2020||214||5||4||0||25||185||0|
|April 3, 2020||209||25||4||2||25||180||0|
|April 2, 2020||184||10||2||0||20||162||0|
|April 1, 2020||174||35||2||0||9||163||0|
|March 31, 2020||139||8||2||0||9||128||0|
|March 30, 2020||131||20||2||1||8||121||0|
|March 29, 2020||111||22||1||0||3||107||0|
|March 28, 2020||89||19||1||0||3||85||0|
|March 27, 2020||70||5||1||0||3||66||0|
|March 26, 2020||65||14||1||0||2||62||0|
|March 25, 2020||51||7||1||0||2||48||0|
|March 24, 2020||44||4||1||0||2||41||0|
|March 23, 2020||40||10||1||1||2||37||0|
|March 22, 2020||30||8||0||0||2||28||0|
|March 21, 2020||22||10||0||0||1||21||0|
|March 20, 2020||12||4||0||0||1||11||0|
|March 19, 2020||8||0||0||0||1||7||0|
|March 18, 2020||8||5||0||0||1||7||0|
|March 17, 2020||3||1||0||0||0||3||0|
|March 16, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 15, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 14, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 13, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 12, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 11, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 10, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 9, 2020||2||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 8, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 7, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 6, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 5, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 4, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 3, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 2, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 1, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|February 29, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|February 28, 2020||1||1||0||0||0||1||0|
Lagos sets up committee to monitor worship centres compliance to COVID-19 protocols
To ensure compliance to COVID-19 protocols, the Lagos government has set up a committee.
Lagos state government has constituted a Monitoring and Compliance Committee to ensure worship centres comply with the COVID-19 protocols, as they open for services.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi on Friday, via the state government’s Twitter handle.
Sequel to the announcement on the re-opening of worship centres in Lagos State by Gov.@jidesanwoolu, the Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted a Monitoring and Compliance Committee on COVID-19 Protocols for Worship Centres in Lagos State.#LASG #ForAGreaterLagos pic.twitter.com/YjvSnfuXmP
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) August 7, 2020
Back story: A few days ago, Nairametrics reported when the state government introduced some measures and conditions that must be met/fulfiled by all religious centres and places of worships that are planning to reopen, following further relaxation of lockdown.
Some of the measures are:
* Only regular services/gatherings are permitted to hold. Night vigils and other non-regular programmes remain prohibited until further notice.
* Attendees above 65 years are strongly discouraged from attending worship services.
* Consider holding services and gatherings in large, well-ventilated areas or outdoors, as circumstances and faith tradition allow.
* No face mask, no entry policy, must be maintained throughout the duration of the services.
* Regular cleaning and disinfection of facilities must be carried out to maintain clean and hygienic environments before and after every service.
Meanwhile, Prince Elegushi explained that the State Government is satisfied with the readiness of religious leaders
to observe the criteria on protocols for the re-opening of worship centres in the State.
He noted that the partial re-opening of Churches and Mosques is a pilot scheme that is predicated on the strict observance of protocols of monitoring, compliance and enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines by worship centres.
Update: Fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG directs Tanker drivers to withdraw services in Lagos
This was disclosed in a press statement by NUPENG on Friday, August 7, 2020.
The scarcity of petroleum products appears to be looming in Lagos as the leadership of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed its members to withdraw its services in Lagos with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.
This is due to the failure of government authorities to address the various issues that have been causing serious pains and harrowing experience on the petroleum tanker drivers in the state for several months now.
This was disclosed in a press statement by NUPENG on Friday, August 7, 2020.
NUPENG in its statement revealed that the entire rank and file members of the Union are deeply pained and frustrated by the so many challenges being consistently faced by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State.
They said that they are left with no other option but to direct its members to withdraw their services in Lagos State until the State Government and other relevant Stakeholders address these critical. challenges.
The statement from NUPENG reads, ‘’The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed the withdrawal of services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers from Lagos State with effect from Monday, 10th August 2020 following the failure of various authorities in the State to address three major issues that have severely caused pains and harrowing experiences on the hapless Petroleum Tanker Drivers in the State for several months now.’’
‘’The entire rank and file members of the Union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonized by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until Lagos State Government and other relevant Stakeholders address these critical challenges.’’
The Union reiterated that It is sad and disheartening to note that they had made several appeals and reports to Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.
They said that they cannot afford to fold their arms while their members are being consistently and continually extorted, intimidated, harassed and victimized by different groups and segments in Lagos.
NUPENG LEADERSHIP DIRECTS WITHDRAWAL OF SERVICES BY PETROLEUM TANKER DRIVERS IN LAGOS STATE WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
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— NIGERIA UNION OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS WORKERS (@officialNUPENG9) August 7, 2020