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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 6 January, 2021)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

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No Sustainable Development Without Infrastructure ― Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that sustainable development is impossible when a country is hobbled by severe infrastructural deficits.

He spoke on Tuesday at the presidential villa, Abuja, while receiving in audience Mr Wang Yi, the State Councillor and Foreign Minister, People’s Republic of China.

A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) quoted the president as saying: “We thank China for its support to us in various ways; in the building of rail, road, power, defence, and many others. You are helping us to reduce our severe infrastructural deficits, and we are glad. There cannot be sustainable development without infrastructural development.”

COVID-19 Vaccine: Nigeria Opens Discussion With China

Nigeria has opened a discussion with the People’s Republic of China to have access to COVID-19 vaccines. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Geoffery Onyeama, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja shortly after a bilateral meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi. The latter is on a working visit to Nigeria.

The Foreign Affairs Minister who recalled the tremendous assistance the Asian country offered Nigeria in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly virus said Nigeria was looking forward to assistance from China in the area of access to the vaccine.

He said: “We have received a lot of support from China in the area of personal protective equipment that they were very quick to provide us with. And of course, with the vaccine discoveries now, China is also one of those countries that has been able to discover vaccines for COVID-19. So we are also engaging with China to also help with regards to access to vaccines for our people.”

Nigeria Records 1,354 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 92,705

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,354new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 92,705.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday. “On the 5th of January 2021, 1354 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria. “Till date, 92705 cases have been confirmed, 76396 cases have been discharged and 1319 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 1354 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (712), FCT (145), Plateau (117), Kwara (81), Kaduna (54), Sokoto (39), Oyo(38), Rivers (37), Gombe (21), Enugu (20), Akwa Ibom (16), Bauchi (14), Delta (14), Ebonyi (13), Anambra (9), Taraba (8), Edo (8), Kano (3), Osun (2), Ekiti (2) and Ogun (1),” the NCDC said.

Nigerians Will Still Vote Us, Reject PDP In 2023, APC Boasts

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said sustained criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari administration by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not earn the opposition party return to power in 2023.

National Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) APC, Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedehe made the declaration on Tuesday in a press statement. Senator Udoedehe was reacting to Monday statement by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan where he dismissed the APC-led federal government as a monumental failure.

The Secretary of the APC Caretaker team who detailed the achievements of the Buhari administration further claimed that Nigerians were not willing to return to the 16 years of PDP administration when the collective patrimony of all Nigerians were looted by a few.

Electricity Tariff Increase: NLC Threatens Unprecedented Industrial Action

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for an immediate reversal in the increase in electricity tariff, even as it declared that Nigerians have bled enough.

In a statement released late Tuesday night and signed by the President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the congress said the Federal Government should reverse the increase immediately or face an unprecedented industrial resistance by Nigerian workers.

Wabba pointed out that the increase in electricity tariff negates the agreement the organised labour reached with the government in September 2020. Besides, he said the increase will further imperil the local economy, lead to the loss of millions of jobs by Nigerian workers and trigger wider social discomfitures.

UI Clears Obaseki Of Degree Certificate Forgery

Authorities of the University of Ibadan, on Tuesday, cleared Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State of alleged forgery of degree certificate brought against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its chieftains, Williams Edobor.

The degree certificate was confirmed to have been issued Obaseki by the University in 1979 after his formal graduation.

The Deputy Chief Registrar, Legal of the University, Mr Abayomi Samuel Ajayi, the second defend witness (DW2) who testified on subpoena told the Federal High Court in Abuja that the governor graduated from the University.

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