More than 400 people have reportedly signed a petition seeking the removal/sack of the Managing Director of FCMB Group, Adamu Nuru, following the death of Tunde Thomas, the husband of a married staff the MD reportedly impregnated and fathered her two kids.
Tunde Thomas died of depression a few months after his wife confessed that his supposed two kids were fathered by Adamu Nuru, her boss.
According to the petition, Tunde Thomas’s health deteriorated since the confession and only recovered from a stroke a few months before he got into a new relationship.
In the petition addressed to Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the FCMB’s board, the group described the death of Thomas as “an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elites against the less privileged in the society.”
They, therefore, called for a thorough investigation into the matter, saying Nuru has been working hard to sweep his “unethical conduct” under the carpet.
“This is a case of gross misconduct based on ethical grounds and an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elites (Adam Nuru) against the less privileged in the society,” it read.
“The MD has been doing everything possible to sweep this case under the carpet. We implore the Central Bank of Nigeria as the apex regulator and the board of FCMB to investigate this for the integrity of the bank and Nigerian banking industry.”
Tunde Thomas reportedly tried to move on as he later found someone he planned to marry and was expecting a child with, however, he had not completely recovered from his first marriage issues.
On December 16, Mr Tunde Thomas Died of cadiac arrest after returning home about two days before his introduction his heavily pregnant girlfriend.
Mohammed said “Assuming there was a DNA report that said there was indeed an affair between them and the children belong to the MD, that’s an evidence. But so far, there’s none. Also, has any evidence established his (Thomas’s) death was caused by our MD? Anyone can suffer cardiac arrest,” he said.
“It’s a mere allegation with no evidence or fact to back it up. That’s the issue. But if they come up with an evidence, we will respond. Also, the petition is going through the CBN, does the apex bank settle personal or marital issues?
“The person in question has died. When he was alive, he didn’t take up the matter himself but when he died, some people are claiming to be fighting for him.
“Based on the said petition, the deceased was about to marry another person which implied that he had also moved from what transpired during his first marriage.”
COVID-19: FG To Build 38 Oxygen Plants As Demand For Medical Oxygen Rises
Following the approval of over 16 million dollars by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government says it will build 38 oxygen plants across the country.
This project is meant to address the surge in demand for oxygen as a result of the daily rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.
In the National Economic Council meeting held on Wednesday, the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said that the construction of a new oxygen plant was necessary due to the continuous increase in numbers of COVID-19 patients in need of oxygen.
In a statement, the FG said it had allotted an additional $671,000 for repairs of existing oxygen generation facilities in five hospitals.
According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi,_ “a large number of patients who are currently on admission in the isolation centers are largely dependent on oxygen. A patient with a critical case may use about six cylinders of oxygen in 24 hours”_ Abayomi explains.
In the commercial capital Lagos, the epicenter of Nigeria’s outbreak, demand for oxygen at one of its main hospitals had increased fivefold in recent weeks to 350 6-liter cylinders a day according to the state government.
COVID-19: Nigeria to Receive 100,000 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine By Early February
According to officials, Africa’s most populous country will receive 100,000 doses of COVID-19 by February 2021.
Health expertise at Pfizer affirmed that the COVID-19 vaccine has to be stored in a cold temperature and this might prove difficult when getting them to rural areas.
However, it was reported that Nigeria has found a way to beat the challenge through its ultra-cold chain equipment.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, director-general of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) said “What we do have coming to the country is the Pfizer vaccines that require about -70 degrees Celsius,
“This is why we are actively making sure that we have those vaccines and also bearing in mind that additional vaccines might be brought from the Covax facility that will require these types of temperatures.”
According to Dr. Shuaib, the NPHDA has put in place three Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) equipment that will be used to bring in the vaccine.
He said, “Three of them have a total capacity of 2,100 liters. So, we have more than enough space for the 100,000 doses of the vaccine that will be brought in the first instance”.
“We will be focusing more on those vaccines that do not require these kinds of complicated cold chain mechanisms. So the Oxford-Astrazeneca types of vaccine that require +2 to +8 degrees Celsius are what we are going to be focusing on,” he added.
As of January 22nd, Nigeria reported 118,138 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 1,490 deaths since the outbreak of the virus.
First COVID-19 Vaccine Expected to Arrive Nigeria In February
The largest African economy, Nigeria has been working with World Bank to ensure it receives its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine as early as February.
The information was passed across in a communique issued by Kayode Fayemi on Thursday.
Fayemi who is the head of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum affirmed that the country has been working with the World Bank to ensure that Nigeria is not left behind in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He assures that Nigeria will receive her first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of February.
“Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated the readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines,” Fayemi said.
As of January 22nd, Nigeria reported 118,138 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 1,490 deaths according to the update by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday.
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