Crossover Service May Be Threatened As FG Restricts Religious Gatherings To 50 Percent Over COVID-19 Scare


The annual crossover services held by religious organisations across the country is under threat as the Boss Mustapha-led Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 declared that indoor religious gatherings should be limited to 50 per cent with full compliance to public health measures. This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha...

Omicron Variant: UK Removes Nigeria From Red List


Authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) have finalised the decision to review the travel ban imposed on Nigeria and 10 other countries amid the detection of Omicron COVID variant. Sajid Javid, UK Health Secretary, said this when he briefed the British Parliament on Tuesday. According to him, England will remove all 11 countries from red list from 04:00 GMT on Wednesday. “So...

It’s Greed To Be Stingy With Vaccines – South African President Ramaphosa


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said it is greedy of nations who have more than enough to be stingy with vaccines. Ramaphosa said this at the ongoing peace and security conference in Dakar Senegal. Although he didn’t specify any particular country, he said it's disappointing that some countries are still being stingy and unwilling to give out their vaccines to...

Nigerian Govt Asks UK To Rescind Travel Ban Over OMICRON Variant


The Federal Government has asked the United Kingdom to review its decision to impose travel ban on Nigerians because of Omicron variant of COVID-19, ABN TV reports. It said the UK’s decision was “unfair, unjust, punitive and discriminatory because it does not follow science.” The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made the position of the government known at a...

President Buhari Receives South African President Ramaphosa In Aso Rock Amid Omicron COVID-19 Concerns


President Muhammadu Buhari has received the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Ramaphosa arrived at the Villa at about 10 am on Wednesday and was received by Buhari. He, thereafter, inspected a guard of honour and was treated to a 21-gun salute. His visit to the Villa is coming hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control...

Canada Extends Travel Ban To Nigeria


Amid the growing concerns over the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Canada has added Egypt, Malawi, and Nigeria to the ‘travel ban’ list. “We are adding three countries to the list of these countries that we talked about last Friday, these are Malawi, Egypt and Nigeria,” Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos was quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency. Duclos added that...

NCDC Confirms 2 Cases Of New COVID-19 Virus, Omicron Variant In Nigeria


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC on Wednesday morning confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in the country. This was contained in a press release issued by the centre and signed by the Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa. ABN TV reported that the Omicron variant, a new strain of the coronavirus disease, was reported by South Africa and first...

Paris Peace Forum: President Buhari Calls For Objective Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Paris, France, urged world leaders and global health institutions to follow a regime of enabling access to the COVID-19 vaccines. Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman in a statement, said Buhari, who stated this while delivering a keynote statement at the Paris Peace Forum (PPF), admonished that sidelining countries in terms of reach would...

COVID-19: Lagos State Government Unveils Mass Vaccination Programme


The Lagos State government on Wednesday unveiled a mass vaccination campaign, as part of the strategies to stave off re-emergence of the COVID-19 viral infection. Speaking during the event, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the objective is to vaccinate four million residents in Lagos before the end of 2021. The accelerated vaccine rollout is tagged: ‘Operation Count Me in 4 Million Lagosians...

You Must Take COVID-19 Vaccine Before Dec. 1, FG Tells Civil Servants


The Federal Government has set a deadline of December 1 for civil servants to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced this at a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja. “With effect from 1st December 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof...

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