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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 1 April, 2020)

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Good Morning Nigeria! Happy New Month! Hope you are all doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Daily Trust Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick read for our visitors who also enjoys Daily Trust News.

Reps bow to pressure, donate N226.9m for coronavirus

Members of the House of Representatives have donated their two months’ salary amounting to N226.9m to support government effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

“We have in the House of Representatives jointly committed to contributing 100% of our salaries for the next two months to the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria,” Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said in a video message to Nigerians yesterday.

COVID-19: Why we will not evacuate Nigerians abroad – FG

The Federal Government of Nigeria has no plan to evacuate Nigerians in countries with high cases of COVID-19, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has said.

“As at now (Tuesday), that there has not been any requests from any of our embassies indicating any significant numbers of Nigerians to leave and if we receive such notification we would act accordingly,” Onyeama said.

COVID-19: 11m to get palliatives — FG

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, yesterday said the Federal Government had identified over 11 million poor Nigerians to benefit from the palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of the coronaviru pandemic.

Speaking in Abuja at the briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19, she said the ministry had “11,045,537 individuals, 35 states, 453 local governments, 4,946 wards, 47,698 communities and 2,644,495 households on the national social register of poor and vulnerable households.”

COVID-19: Only 169 ventilators in 16 states

As the number of confirmed cases from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic increase in the country, there are only 169 ventilators in sixteen out of the 36 states.

This means there is an average of 10 ventilators in each of the states, and in real terms, some of the states do not have more than five ventilators.

Daily Trust correspondents report that there are some states that are yet to procure any ventilator for the treatment of COVID-19, while others say they have placed orders and were expecting the delivery of the equipment any moment from now.

Again, Nigeria slashes petrol pump price

The Federal Government has announced a further reduction in the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)’s pump price to N123.50 per litre.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)’s Executive Secretary, Abdulkadir Saidu, said the new price takes effect from today, April 1, 2020.

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