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COVID-9: 245 New Cases Reported on Monday in Nigeria



  • COVID-9: 245 New Cases Reported on Monday in Nigeria

More cases of COVID-19 are being reported daily in Nigeria despite efforts to curtail the spread of the virus in Africa’s most populous nation.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday reported 245 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

It says “On the 4th of May 2020, 245 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.”

“Till date, 2802 cases have been confirmed, 417 cases have been discharged and 93 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

A breakdown of the 245 new cases shows 76 were reported in Lagos, 37 in Katsina, 32 in Jigawa, 23 in Kano, 19 in FCT, 18 in Borno, 10 in Edo, 9 in Bauchi, 6 in Adamawa, 5 in Oyo, 5 in Ogun, 1 in Ekiti, 1 in Osun, 1 in Benue, 1 in Niger and 1 in Zamfara.

A total of 417 patients have been discharged while 93 deaths have been reported so far.

Complete Break Down of Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 1,183 899 254 30
Kano 365 350 7 8
FCT 297 254 40 3
Borno 100 86 0 14
Gombe 96 96 0 0
Ogun 85 71 12 2
Katsina 83 70 6 7
Kaduna 81 70 10 1
Bauchi 80 74 6 0
Sokoto 66 57 1 8
Edo 62 48 10 4
Oyo 39 28 9 2
Jigawa 39 38 0 1
Osun 37 3 30 4
Delta 17 13 2 2
Akwa Ibom 16 4 10 2
Kwara 16 8 8 0
Rivers 14 10 2 2
Yobe 13 12 0 1
Ondo 13 10 3 0
Zamfara 13 12 0 1
Ekiti 12 9 2 1
Adamawa 12 12 0 0
Kebbi 12 12 0 0
Nasarawa 11 11 0 0
Enugu 8 6 2 0
Taraba 8 8 0 0
Ebonyi 5 5 0 0
Bayelsa 5 5 0 0
Niger 4 3 1 0
Plateau 3 3 0 0
Abia 2 1 1 0
Benue 2 2 0 0
Imo 2 2 0 0
Anambra 1 0 1 0

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Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Made Top 5 Candidates for WTO Top Job



Financial Inclusion

WTO Shortlists Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for Final Stage

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and former Managing Director of the World Bank, has been shortlisted for the final five candidates for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) job.

The Geneva-based organisation said candidates like Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi did not secure sufficient support in a first of three rounds voting to proceed to the next stage.

The other candidates that moved to the next stage with Okonjo-Iweala, are Saudi Arabia’s former minister of economy and planning, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri; UK’s former secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox; South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee; and Kenya’s former international trade minister, Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril.

Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members,” David Walker, WTO’s General Council Chairman, stated in a statement released on Friday.

Walker from New Zealand and his two co-facilitators, Dacio Castillo of Honduras and Harald Aspelund of Iceland said they were impressed with the five candidates shortlisted.

Throughout the six days of consultations it was clear to us that the entire membership is both committed to and fully engaged in this process,” Walker, who expressed his gratitude to all the candidates, including those who will not advance further, said.

“Members consider all the candidates highly qualified and respected individuals. I would also like to pay tribute to the dignified manner in which they, their delegations, and their governments have conducted themselves in this process.

“Their willingness to engage, especially at these challenging times, has been greatly appreciated, and the Organisation is in their debt. Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members. I am sure I speak on behalf of all of you in wishing them well in their future endeavours,” he added.

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International Passport Process Made Easy as NIS Improves Online Service




NIS Improves International Passport Process With Efficient Online Service

Many Nigerians have taken to their social media accounts to commend the new initiative of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at curbing bribery, reducing processing time and improving service delivery of international passport at its various offices across the nation.

NIS, in recent months, has said Nigerians no longer need to pay more than the stipulated amount to obtain a new passport or renew their expired international passports. However, several Nigerians and even a few bad eggs in the agency have refuted that declaration, saying many online applications are either not attended to or left for months and even years in some cases.

But few patriots like Claudia Nwankwo, who applied and paid the N25,000 stipulated online, have said it indeed works.

In a long detailed post, Nwankwo, a PR Media consultant, said “As “Nigerians” we (naturally) shy away from using government agency portals or online platforms. Many would say that the portals do not work and they make things more difficult. Others would not even bother to try because as far as they are concerned it’s all make believe.

She said after she was told to prepare between N40,000 to N50,000 to renew her 32 pages international passport, she noticed the amount stipulated on the NIS website was half the amount.

I checked on the NIS website and saw that renewal for adults cost only 25k. So, I proceeded to apply using the online portal. I filled the form, printed the necessary document and went straight to Alausa passport office.

“At the office, I was directed to the lady in-charge of online applications. She told me all I needed to do. It seemed as though there was going to be unnecessary delays. I quickly escalated my case and voila! I was ready for capturing.

“The good thing about using the online portal is that you have first-hand information about your application and it puts you half-way through the entire process. Such that when you get to the passport office you only need to get your forms/application approved and proceed for capturing (most likely) same day.”

Nwankwo explained that online application reduces the long stressful process of filling your forms today and returning another day for capturing.

According to her, after capturing applicants are issued a slip which they need to present when picking up their international passport within 72 working hours.

She, therefore, advised intending international passport applicants to follow the steps below in order to apply for a new international passport or renew their expired international passports.

First and foremost, visit the NIS website to get all necessary information as per requirement and process of application.

If you can do it on your own, its perfect! If not, go straight to the helpdesk of any NIS passport office near you. Immigration Officers would guide you on all you need to know and do. If in doubt or you encounter any misconduct, do well to escalate but insist on the right thing.

• Afterwards, you will need to print out the completed application form, sign it, print out your acknowledgment and payment slip.

• Take along your NIMC slip (compulsory)
• NIN number (compulsory)
• Copies of first and last page of your expired/old passport (if any)
• Hard copy of your expired/old (for sighting)
• Two passport photographs

She added that the international passport cost N25,000 while the payment gateway that facilitates payments for NIS charges N1,000. Bringing total cost to N26,000.

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Resident Doctors Ebonyi Chapter Joins Strike



Health Insurance

Resident Doctors Ebonyi Chapter Down Tools

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Ebonyi State Chapter on Monday joined the nationwide strike declared by the National Executive of the union.

Chidubem Phillip Osuagwu, the Chairman of the union in Ebonyi, confirmed this on Monday.

According to him, doctors are protesting the non-implementation of the COVID-19 welfare packages to their members.

He said since the coronavirus outbreak started in the country in February, its members in Ebonyi have only received the hazard allowance for only two months.

“Federal government did not respect the agreement we had we them. They were to pay for six months but they paid only April and May.

“The agreement was that they will pay 60 percent of basic salary to doctors working in any hospital treating COVID-19 while other health workers will get 40 percent. Also there is an additional 20 percent to those treating Covid-19 patients,” he said.

Mr. Osuagwu added that the resident doctors are also protesting the non-stop worship of Residency Training.

“The claimed that it was captured in the 2020 budget but up till now there has been no implementation. The last report we got is that there was no provision for it,” he said.

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