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FG extends COVID-19 second dose administration

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The federal government Thursday said the COVID-19 second dose administration that was to end on June 25 has been extended by 10 days.

At a press conference held at the headquarters of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Abuja, the executive director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, stated that government decided to extend the timeline because it recognises the constraints of time arising from various economic and social engagements of Nigerians.

Dr Faisal said: “You would recall that the initial closing date for second dose administration was 25th of June, 2021. Even though we have extended the timeline for the second dose administration until July 5th, those  who have received  their first dose no later than May 13th  are advised to visit  the nearest  vaccination site to receive their second dose as soon as possible, for full protection against COVID-19.”

Dr Faisal also said the agency has decided to reopen the administration of the first dose for those who are yet to be vaccinated adding: “Please let us take the advantage of this opportunity to get ourselves, our families and communities protected by going to get your jabs and kindly encourage others who are 18 years and above to do so as well.

“This set of people should be rest assured that by the time they are due for their second doses, we would have received another consignment of the vaccine.”

Dr Faisal said after more than three million  vaccinations, 13, 267people have experienced mild to moderate side effects,  while 4,708 have experienced moderate to severe side effects.

While saying that Nigeria has not recorded any case of death directly linked to COVID-19 vaccine, he added that there were cases of mild, moderate and severe reactions. He said the reactions recorded are expected from normal vaccination and those who experienced such reactions have since recovered and doing well.

He urged Nigerians not to allow the fear of side effects to discourage them from taking the vaccine as the long term benefits of getting vaccinated far outweighs the brief side effects.

On theories that those who take the vaccine would die exactly two years after taking it, Dr Shuaib said there are evidences that  the rate of mortality has reduced, adding that vaccine reduces possibility of death and hospitalisation.

He stated further that as of June 24th, the agency’s data shows that 2,099, 568 Nigerians have been vaccinated with their first doses while 1,005,234 have received their second doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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