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APC Will Continue To Win Election In Nigeria ― Governor Bello
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has said the ruling All Progressives Congress would continue to win the presidential election in Nigeria.
Governor Bello made the declaration, on Tuesday, while speaking at the inauguration of the Party Women and Youth Sensitisation and Mobilisation Committee by the Yobe State governor and Chairman Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Governor Bello who admitted that the recent youth protests across the country, tagged the EndSars was the culmination of frustration with bad governance however said the APC would continue to win general elections in the country owing to his ability to mobilise the electorate.
January 18 Schools Resumption Stays For Now ― PTF
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has said that the January 18, 2021, resumption date for schools across the country has not changed. Speaking in a television programme on Tuesday night, the PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, said the date remains the same until the Federal Ministry of Education determines otherwise.
His clarification followed the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu’s remark on Monday, which had indicated that the January 18 date for resumption of schools in the country would be reviewed because of the rising cases of COVID-19 In the country.
Aliyu said: “What the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date. He said they will review the situation and let the nation know. So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”
Nigeria Records 1,270 New Cases Of COVID-19, Toll Now 102,601
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,270 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 102,601.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday.
“1270 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-435 FCT-234 Oyo-103 Plateau-86 Rivers-71 Enugu-51 Nasarawa-41 Delta-39 Edo-39 Osun-33 Niger-31 Sokoto-23 Ondo-16 Taraba-13 Ebonyi-12 Kano-10 Abia-9 Bayelsa-8 Bauchi-7 Imo-5 Katsina-3 Gombe-1.”
COVID-19: Why We Are Against Reopening Of Varsities —ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has cautioned the Federal Government against the hasty reopening of universities in the face of rising cases of COVID-19 and concerns about the safety of the lecturers.
President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, warned the government against the January 18 set for the resumption of schools, arguing that Nigerian universities were not ready to reopen in the middle of a pandemic. Ogunyemi, who spoke on Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday, expressed fears about the death of many university workers as a result of COVID-19 complications, saying a situation where “lecturers are dying like chicken” calls for concern.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) had earlier directed universities to resume academic activities on January 18, in line with the tentative date announced by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Nigerian Scientists Brief FG On Possible COVID-19 Drug
A team of Nigerian professors and scientists has proposed the adoption of a drug, Ivermectin, as part of the uniform treatment guidelines of COVID-19 in the country and as prophylaxis, pending the rollout of vaccination programmes or alongside them.
The proposal is contained in the report of a research carried out by the team of scientists led by an Ophthalmologist and Surgeon, Professor Femi Babalola and the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Professor Chris Bode.
In the report presented to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the team of researchers found out that Ivermectin inhibits viral entry into cells nucleus and guarantees direct suppression of viral RNA load of SARS CoV2. The study revealed that safe doses of Ivermectin are useful in the treatment of patients with virology proven COVID-19 disease, lowering viral load, shortening time to negativity and causing improvement in clinical parameters when compared with Lopinavir/ Ritonavir/Placebo.
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