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Nigeria Reports More Cases of COVID-19, Total Now 5445

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  • Nigeria Reports More Cases of COVID-19, Total Now 5445

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday reported more cases of COVID-19 in Africa’s largest economy.

The centre reported 288 new cases of the virus and 3 additional deaths.

“Till date, 5445 cases have been confirmed, 1320 cases have been discharged and 171 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC stated in its report on Friday.

A further break down of the 288 new cases revealed that it was reported from 15 states- Lagos(179), Kaduna (20), Katsina (15), Jigawa(15), Borno (13), Ogun(11), Kano(8), FCT(7), Niger (4), Ekiti(4), Oyo (3), Delta (3), Bauchi(3), Kwara (2) and Edo(1).

Complete Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 2,278 1,701 541 36
Kano 761 638 90 33
FCT 386 291 88 7
Katsina 239 198 29 12
Bauchi 210 166 41 3
Borno 204 140 44 20
Jigawa 191 184 4 3
Ogun 145 81 59 5
Kaduna 134 78 53 3
Gombe 124 32 90 2
Sokoto 112 46 53 13
Edo 93 61 27 5
Oyo 76 46 28 2
Zamfara 73 39 29 5
Kwara 58 45 12 1
Osun 42 8 30 4
Rivers 33 20 10 3
Yobe 32 28 3 1
Kebbi 31 16 11 4
Nasarawa 29 23 5 1
Delta 25 12 9 4
Plateau 21 17 4 0
Adamawa 21 10 11 0
Ekiti 19 5 13 1
Ondo 19 7 11 1
Taraba 17 16 1 0
Akwa Ibom 16 2 12 2
Niger 14 12 2 0
Enugu 12 10 2 0
Ebonyi 9 8 1 0
Imo 7 5 2 0
Bayelsa 6 3 3 0
Benue 4 4 0 0
Anambra 2 1 1 0
Abia 2 1 1 0

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Nigerians Paid $1.26 Billion in Bribes Last Year, Survey Shows

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A recent survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed the extent of bribery in Nigeria with citizens paying an estimated N721 billion or $1.26 billion in cash bribes in 2023.

The report highlights a significant discrepancy between rural and urban areas, with rural residents bearing a higher burden of bribe payments.

According to the NBS report, “The frequency of bribery is, on average, higher in rural areas than in urban areas. In 2023, bribe-payers living in urban areas paid on average 4.5 bribes, while those living in rural areas paid on average 5.8 bribes.”

This extensive bribery, amounting to 0.35% of Nigeria’s GDP, shows the persistent challenge of corruption in Africa’s most populous nation.

Despite various government pledges to combat corruption, public officials continue to demand and receive bribes to perform their duties, affecting the delivery of essential public services.

The survey, conducted between October and November, indicates that the estimated number of bribes exchanged decreased from 117 million in 2019 to 87 million in 2023.

This decline appears to be linked to reduced interactions with public officials, which dropped from 63% of the population in 2019 to 53% in 2023.

Bribery was most prevalent among prosecutors, land registry officers, and customs and immigration officials, with judges and magistrates receiving the largest kick-backs.

Despite anti-corruption promises by successive governments, public officials have developed a reputation for converting public funds for personal use and demanding gratifications for performing their functions.

The NBS report also notes a growing resistance to bribery among Nigerians, with 23% refusing to pay bribes when demanded.

This defiance is partly fueled by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, exacerbated by currency reforms and the partial removal of a gasoline subsidy, which has heightened economic hardship.

The survey participants ranked corruption fourth on their list of priorities, behind economic hardship, insecurity, and unemployment.

Interestingly, bribe payments in the private sector more than doubled in 2023, though public-sector corruption remains dominant in the West African nation.

The data reveals that less than a third of Nigerians believe the government is effective in fighting corruption, a stark decline from more than half in 2019 during former President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.

Buhari, first elected in 2015 on promises to end corruption, left office with the nation still grappling with pervasive bribery and corruption.

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PSG Ready to Splash €200 Million on Napoli Stars Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia

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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reportedly set its sights on Napoli’s dynamic duo, Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

According to reports emerging from Italy, PSG is prepared to table €200 million bid to secure the services of these coveted talents.

The French giants, having recently seen Kylian Mbappe depart for Real Madrid, are keen to bolster their attacking prowess.

Osimhen, renowned for his blistering pace and clinical finishing, has emerged as a prime target.

The Nigerian striker’s performances have garnered attention from top Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

However, Napoli’s steadfast insistence on Osimhen’s €130 million release clause has thus far deterred potential suitors.

Kvaratskhelia, the Georgian winger who dazzled alongside Osimhen during Napoli’s triumphant Serie A campaign, has also captured PSG’s attention.

Named Serie A Player of the Year, Kvaratskhelia’s electrifying pace and creativity on the wing have made him a sought-after commodity in European football.

Despite PSG’s substantial bid, Napoli remains resolute in their stance.

The Italian club rebuffed a €110 million offer for Kvaratskhelia earlier in the summer and is unlikely to entertain PSG’s current proposal, even with Osimhen included in the deal.

Sources close to the negotiations suggest that if Osimhen does make a move, Napoli is poised to secure Romelu Lukaku as his replacement.

The Belgian striker, currently with Chelsea, has reportedly agreed to terms with Napoli and expressed his eagerness to reunite with manager Antonio Conte.

Osimhen, meanwhile, harbors ambitions of playing in the Premier League, but PSG’s €200 million bid may force Napoli to reconsider their position.

Nevertheless, the Italian club’s resolve to retain their star players remains firm, leaving the footballing world on edge as the transfer saga unfolds.

PSG’s pursuit of Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia underscores their determination to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season, aiming to reclaim domestic glory and mount a serious challenge in European competitions.

As negotiations continue, all eyes are on Napoli’s response and whether PSG’s record-breaking bid will sway the Serie A club’s resolve.

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Kaizen Academy Nigeria Limited Announces NBA Presidential Chat with In-house Counsel Community

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Kaizen Academy Nigeria Limited is pleased to announce a virtual fireside chat featuring the presidential candidates for the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).

The event, titled “NBA Presidential Chat with In-house Counsel,” will be held on Friday, July 12, 2024, at 2:00 PM.

This special session aims to foster dialogue between the in-house counsel community and the NBA presidential candidates, providing a platform for discussing the future of the legal profession in Nigeria and addressing the unique needs and perspectives of in-house counsels.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Registration: Register Here

Agenda:

  • 12:45 PM: Speakers Tune in for Final Technical Preparations
  • 1:00 PM – 1:05 PM: Introduction of Moderators – Titi Adeyemi
  • 1:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Introductions – Moderator/Co-Moderator
  • 1:11 PM – 2:20 PM: Questions to Panelists – Panelists
  • 2:20 PM – 2:25 PM: Questions from Audience – Audience
  • 2:25 PM – 2:30 PM: Vote of Thanks – Adeola Olumeyan

Moderators:

  • Titi Adeyemi, Analyst, Kaizen Academy
  • Yewande Giwa, Head, Governance & Sustainability, Honeywell Group Limited
  • Edem Aye, Company Secretary/Manager, Legal & Compliance, Mixta Africa

Panelists:

  1. Mazi Afam Josiah Osigwe, SAN – Senior Partner, LAW FORTE
  2. Chukwuka Nwabueze Ikwuazom, SAN – Partner, ALN Nigeria (Aluko & Oyebode)
  3. Mr. Tobenna Chigbo Erojikwe – Partner, The Law Crest LLP

The session will be co-moderated by Mrs. Yewande Giwa and Ms. Edem Aye, who will guide the discussion through various topics relevant to the in-house counsel community.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Vision and key goals for the NBA
  • Addressing the needs and voices of in-house counsels
  • Legal reforms and advocacy plans
  • Technological adoption and innovation within the NBA
  • Upholding and strengthening ethical standards
  • Addressing challenges in the legal profession, including regulatory issues and judicial inefficiencies
  • Recognition for exceptional General Counsels
  • NBA’s stance on national matters of interest
  • Career progression for in-house counsels
  • Marginalization of in-house counsels in NBA elections
  • Achievements in previous NBA roles and preparation for the presidency
  • Support for young lawyers in career development

Contact Information:

Kaizen Academy Nigeria Limited is committed to fostering continuous professional development and providing platforms for meaningful dialogue on critical issues facing the legal community. We look forward to an engaging and insightful session and encourage all in-house counsels to participate actively.

About Kaizen Academy Nigeria Limited:

Kaizen Academy Nigeria Limited is dedicated to advancing professional excellence through training and educational initiatives tailored for legal professionals. Our mission is to create opportunities for growth, learning, and impactful discussions that drive the legal profession forward.

For more information about the event and to register, please visit our website or contact us directly.

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