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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 9 January, 2021)

Babatunde Fashola

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

FG Restates Commitment To Completion Of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road Project

The Federal Government (FG) has restated its commitment to completion of the ongoing reconstruction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road project. This was even as it said work is progressing on the project and would be completed by 2023.

Engr Funso Adebiyi, the Director Highways Construction and Rehabilitation, Ministry of Works and Housing stated this during the ongoing visit to the project site. “We are satisfied with the quality of work going on and we are working to increase the pace of the work. You can see that work is going on simultaneously on all sections of both lanes of the dual carriage 375km long road from Abuja-Kaduna- Kano,” he said.

On the level of work done so far, Engr Adebiyi said: “We have made a lot of progress. You can see that over 100km though not at a stretch, have been completed under section one to three (Abuja-Kano), 40km completed under section two (Kaduna-Zaria), and 70km completed under section three (Zaria-Kano).”

COVID-19: Governors Want Local Production Of Vaccines

State governors have called for the local manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines for the effective immunization of Nigerians against the disease.

They have also called for clarity to be given to the issue of when the vaccines will be available for distribution in the country, stressing the need for public health and risk communication to break down resistance to vaccination.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gave this position to correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Friday.

Any Amotekun Personnel Found Abusing Their Office Will Be Dealt With ― Makinde

Following recent instances of clashes between personnel of the Oyo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps) and members of the public, Governor Seyi Makinde has promised to look into alleged highhandedness of members of the corps.

Breaking his silence on the recent activities of Amotekun in the state, Makinde via his Twitter handle, @seyiamakinde, on Friday, said corps members found abusing their office will be dealt with accordingly.

Makinde’s words come on the heels of Wednesday’s killing of two 20-year-old youths in Tapa, Ibarapa North local government area of the state after a clash between the youths and Amotekun corps members.

EFCC Arrests Cross River Commissioner Over Alleged Money Laundering

The Cross River State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mfon Bassey, was on Thursday arrested by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering.

Tribune Online gathered that Mr Mfon was arrested at his residence in Calabar and has since remained in detention at the EFCC’s Uyo Office.

Further investigation revealed that the commissioner was arrested in connection with allegations of fake contracts and forged documents to obtain funds . Reliable sources within the anti-graft agency revealed to Tribune Online that the arrest became pertinent after the commissioner had allegedly refused to honour the several invitations extended to him by the commission.

COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 1,544 New Cases, Total Now 97,478

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,544 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 97,478.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Friday. “On the 8th of January 2021, 1544 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. Till date, 97478 cases have been confirmed, 78552 cases have been discharged and 1342 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 1544 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (739), Plateau (168), FCT (153), Oyo (91), Nasarawa (90), Rivers (80), Kaduna (35), Edo (33), Kano (29), Ogun (21), Delta (19), Sokoto (16), Akwa Ibom (11), Ebonyi (11), Enugu (10), Osun (10), Niger (9), Bauchi (8), Kebbi (8), Katsina (2), and Taraba (1),” the NCDC said.

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