President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sent the list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate. Reports from TheCable reveal that the list was sent to the Nigerian Senate on Monday evening via Executive Communication, and it is expected to be read on the floor of the Senate today.
The Nigerian Senate had earlier announced it would be proceeding on a two-month recess on Thursday. This means the ministerial nominees are expected to be screened before the commencement of the legislative recess.
The list: Contrary to earlier speculations, only 12 ministers are re-appointed from the former cabinet. While the President appointed 36 ministers during his first term, the list increased to 43 ministers. This means each state, as well as each geopolitical zone, has a representative.
Senate announced ministerial list: Below is the full ministerial list sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari:
- Dr. Ikechukwu Ogar (Abia State)
- Muhammadu Musa Bello (Adamawa State)
- Sen Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State)
- Dr. Chris Ngige (Anambra State)
- Sharon O. Ikeazor (Anambra State)
- Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State)
- Amb Maryam Katagun (Bauchi State)
- Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa State)
- Sen. George Akume (Benue State)
- Mustafa Baba Shewuye (Borno State)
- Goddy Agba (Cross-River State)
- Festus Keyamo (Delta State)
- Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State)
- Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo State)
- Clement Agba (Edo State)
- Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti State)
- Geofrey Onyeama (Enugu State)
- Dr. Ali Ibrahim Isa Pantami (Gombe State)
- Emeka Nwajuiba (Imo State)
- Engr Suleman Adamu (Jigawa State)
- Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna State)
- Dr. Mohammed Mamood (Kaduna State)
- Sabo Nanono (Kano State)
- Maj. Gen. Bashir Saleh Magashi Rtd (Kano State)
- Sen Hadi Sirika (Katsina State)
- Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State)
- Ramatu Tijani (Kogi State)
- Lai Mohammed (Kwara State)
- Sen Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara State)
- Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos State)
- Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora (Lagos State)
- Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa State)
- Amb Zubairu Dada (Niger State)
- Arc Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun State)
- Sen Tayo Alasaodura (Ondo State)
- Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State)
- Sunday Dare (Oyo State)
- Pauline Talen (Plateau State)
- Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State)
- Muhammadu Maigari Dangyadi (Sokoto State)
- Engr. Saleh Mamman (Taraba State)
- Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe State)
- Sadiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara State)
Google launches Chromecast with Google TV
Google unveils the Chromecast device to stream contents from Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ and Netflix.
Alphabet Inc’s Google, some hours ago, launched Chromecast with Google TV, a hardware platform designed to show contents from leading streaming services like Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ and the most popular streaming service company, Netflix.
The tech juggernaut unveiled the Chromecast streaming device that now comes with a remote control. It will cost $49.99 in the U.S, and will be available in other countries by the end of 2020.
The real advantage this device holds looks to be the underlying search smarts that serve as the foundation for so much of what Google does. Here’s the company discussing the new feature in a blog post:
“Google TV’s For You tab gives you personalized watch suggestions from across your subscriptions organized based on what you like to watch—even your guilty pleasure reality dramas. Google TV’s Watchlist lets you bookmark movies and shows you want to save for later.
You can add to your Watchlist from your phone or laptop, and it will be waiting on your TV when you get home.
The new Chromecast with Google TV comes in a compact and thin design and is packed with the latest technology to give you the best viewing experience. It neatly plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and tucks behind your screen.
- Switching it on, the new Google Tv comes with a crystal clear video in up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second in no time. With Dolby Vision, you’ll get extraordinary color, contrast, and brightness on your TV.
- The Hardware also supports HDMI pass coupled with Dolby audio content.
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 30th of September 2020, 201 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 58,848 confirmed cases.
On the 30th of September 2020, 201 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,549 samples across the country.
To date, 58,848 cases have been confirmed, 50,358 cases have been discharged and 1,112 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 509,555 tests have been carried out as of September 30th, 2020 compared to 507,006 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 30th September 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 58,848
- Total Number Discharged – 50,358
- Total Deaths – 1,112
- Total Tests Carried out – 509,555
According to the NCDC, the 201 new cases were reported from 13 states- Lagos (77), Rivers (37), Plateau (25), FCT (13), Kaduna (12), Ogun (12), Adamawa (8), Taraba (7), Imo (4), Kwara (2), Osun (2), Abia (1), Oyo (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 19,461, followed by Abuja (5,709), Plateau (3,450), Oyo (3,261), Edo (2,626), Rivers (2,432), Kaduna (2,419), Ogun (1,850), Delta (1,802), Kano (1,737), Ondo (1,631), Enugu (1,289), Ebonyi (1,040), Kwara (1,036), Abia (895), Gombe (883). Katsina (861), Osun (839), Borno (745), and Bauchi (699).
Imo State has recorded 572 cases, Benue (481), Nasarawa (450), Bayelsa (399), Jigawa (325), Ekiti (321), Akwa Ibom (288), Niger (259), Adamawa (248), Anambra (237), Sokoto (162), Taraba (102), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara (78), Yobe (76), 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.
Lagos cancels parade, opts for a low-key celebration of Independence Day
Due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, the Lagos state government has said it would observe a low-key celebration.
Lagos State government has opted for a low-key celebration of the 60th independence anniversary of the nation. This decision is due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still with us.
This statement was made by the Government of Lagos State today, via its official Twitter account.
The Lagos State Government has opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still with us.@jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @gbenga_omo @gboyegaakosile @Mr_JAGss #LASG #ForAGreaterLagos pic.twitter.com/xDzMGWig7w
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) September 30, 2020
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed that the planned Independence Day Parade at the Agege Stadium by 9 a.m and other activities that involve the gathering of more than 50 people should be canceled.
He congratulates Lagosians on this auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country. He asked that they should also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.
The Governor urges Lagosians not to let down their guards on COVID-19 so as not to reverse the gains that the state has made in fighting the disease.
The governor congratulates Lagosians on the auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country. They should also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.