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COVID-19: Nigerians react as CBN partners NNPC to feed, accommodate Nigerian returnees

Some expressed confusion, with one Twitter user asking where the NNPC intended to get the money from.

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The agreement between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to spend as much as N1 billion as quarantine costs for about 3,000 Nigerian returnees, has drawn widespread reactions from Nigerians on social media.

The Details: The decision by the CBN and the NNPC was disclosed, yesterday, by Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs’ Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. According to Onyema, this is a CSR gesture by the CBN and the NNPC. The N1 billion is expected to cover the costs of hotel accommodation and the feeding of the returnees.

READ ALSO: NNPC pipeline vandalism up by 50% in January, may suspend crude oil production

Mixed Reactions: As expected, this development elicited varied responses such that while some liked it, others did not. Alluding to earlier reports that the Federal Government had demanded prospective evacuees to pay N290,000 for their isolation, one Twitter user stated that it was relieving to see the CBN and the NNPC finally come to the rescue. Apparently, the government had asked prospective evacuees from the USA, United Kingdom, India, China, Thailand, and Canada to pay for their quarantine and feeding, because the government is broke.

READ ALSO: Households in Nigeria spend N22.7 trillion on food

Meanwhile, not all Nigerians were excited by this news. Some expressed confusion, as one Twitter user asking where the NNPC intended to get the money from. Others wondered whether the CBN and the NNPC were no longer public-owned companies and why they were engaging in CSR.

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Other Nigerians simply claimed that the decision by the CBN and NNPC was tantamount to “daylight robbery. For this reason, they called on SERAP and other pressure groups to consider calling for an immediate probe.

READ ALSO: CBN Governor guarantees investors over forex repatriation

Recall that cash-strapped Nigeria had relied on its private sector to raise billions of naira with which it launched its fight against the deadly Coronavirus. So far, more than five thousand Nigerians have contracted the virus according to the NCDC, with nearly two hundred deaths.

Part of the money raised by the private sector has been used for the purchase of medical supplies as well as the provision of palliatives to Nigerians.

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Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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FG reintroduces Covid-19 restrictions, shuts bars, night clubs, reimposes curfew

The Federal Government has announced the reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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The Federal Government has announced the reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This follows the disturbing resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic and is also seen as part of preemptive measures to be taken to mitigate the impact of the new variants of the disease, should they be imported into the country.

The disclosure was made by the Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Covid-19, Dr Muktar Mohammed while briefing the press on Monday in Abuja.

Mohammed said that this new directive is expected to take effect by midnight of Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The reintroduction of the Covid-19 restrictions means that mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time, while access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask.

Mohammed said that government meetings and travels had been limited to virtual platforms, adding that the government had directed that bars and nightclubs should remain closed and the nationwide curfew would be in force until further notice.

While stating that only essential international travels would be encouraged and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to, the PSC member, however, stated that there was no limitation to intra-state travel.

On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who also doubles as the Chairman of PSC, Boss Mustapha, revealed that the committee had considered several pre-emptive measures to be taken to mitigate the likely impact of the variants of Covid-19, should they get imported into Nigeria.

Mustapha explained that the step became important in view of the fragile state of the nation’s health systems, the disruption to the delivery of vaccines, and the lack of compliance with the extant public health and social measures contained in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 10th of May 2021, 37 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 165,468 confirmed cases.

On the 10th of May 2021, 37 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 165,468, cases have been confirmed, 156,318 cases have been discharged and 2,065 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

A total of 1.94 million tests have been carried out as of 10th May 2021 compared to 1.91 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 10th May 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 165,468
  • Total Number Discharged – 156,318
  • Total Deaths – 2,065
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,939,165

According to the NCDC, the 49 new cases are reported from 4 states-Abuja (27), Lagos (11), Enugu (8), and Oyo (3).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 58,599, followed by Abuja (19,836), Kaduna (9,065), Plateau (9,060), Rivers (7,132), Oyo (6,852), Edo (4,905), Ogun (4,680), Kano (3,961), Ondo (3,248), Kwara (3,122), Delta (2,623), Osun (2,575), Nasarawa (2,382), Enugu (2,401), Katsina (2,097), Gombe (2,034), Ebonyi (2,030), Anambra (1,909), Akwa Ibom (1,859), and Abia (1,689).

Imo State has recorded 1,657 cases, Bauchi (1,548), Borno (1,337), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (1,111), Taraba (974), Niger (930), Bayelsa (886), Ekiti (870), Sokoto (775), Jigawa (528), Kebbi (450), Cross River (394), Yobe (390), Zamfara (240), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

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.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

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On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

 

 

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