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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 27 March, 2020)

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Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

FG searches for 4,370 contacts as coronavirus cases hit 65

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was tracing   4,370 persons, who came into contact with people that were suffering from COVID-19.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, said the country was on the verge of community transmission of the disease.

Mohammed said this just as coronavirus cases in the country increased to 65  on Thursday.

Reps take delivery of exotic cars, begin distribution

The House of Representatives has started taking delivery of the Toyota Camry 2020 model cars acquired for members as official cars, otherwise called utility vehicles, The PUNCH has reliably learnt.

The Punch correspondent reportedly sighted some of the cars at different parking lots within the National Assembly Complex, on Thursday.

The legislators had at an executive (closed-door) session on February 5, 2020, resolved to purchase 400 units of the exotic car.

CBN suspends forex sales to BDCs over pandemic

The Central Bank of Nigeria has granted a two- week market holidays to the Bureaux De Change operators.

This followed a request by the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria to the CBN for the regulator to grant it market holidays given the ongoing challenges faced in local and global economies due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a notice to the BDC operators and directors, the President, ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said the CBN’s approval meant that sales of foreign exchange to the BDCs were now suspended till further notice.

Dangote loses $2.5bn in one month

The President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, saw its total net worth drop by $2.5bn in the last 30 days, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The index, which is a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people, showed that his wealth fell from $15.9bn as of February 25, 2020 to $13.4bn on March 26. It had risen to a high of $16.5bn on January 27.

NECO sends 89 workers to ICPC for certificate forgery

The National Examinations Council is currently verifying its workers and examination officers in its bid to fish out those in possession of forged certificates and to sanitise the examination system.

The Registrar of the council, Mr Abubakar Gana, set up a committee, headed by the Director of Human Resource Management, Mr Mustapha Abdul in 2019, in line with the council’s policy of zero tolerance for corruption, with the registrar directing that the committee should fish out any worker using fake certificates.

The council told The Punch on Wednesday that about 157 members of staff of NECO had cases to answer concerning their certificates. It added that they were invited for further screening by the Verification Committee.

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