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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 14 January, 2021)

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

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PDP Blasts PTF Over COVID-19 Second Wave Handling

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday expressed alarm over what is observed as the manifest lack of commitment and proactiveness by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to check the spate of the second wave of COVID-19 and the escalating deaths arising from the spread of the pandemic in our country.

The main opposition party maintained that it is unpardonable that the lives of Nigerians are increasingly becoming endangered, as citizens’, including prominent Nigerians’ deaths are daily being announced as a result of COVID-19, while the Buhari administration has remained lethargic with no concrete commitment for a solution.

A statement issued by in Abuja by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary said the party is shocked that the Buhari administration did not make any budgetary provision in the 2021 Appropriation for the acquisition of essential therapeutics, including vaccines, even in the face of the heightened anxieties over the second wave of the pandemic in our nation.

COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 1,398 New Cases, Total Rises To 103,999

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,398 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 103,999.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

“1398 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-542 FCT-131 Oyo-120 Rivers-113 Plateau-111 Kaduna-71 Kwara-71 Akwa Ibom-34 Sokoto-31 Benue-28 Ogun-27 Kano-26 Kebbi-17 Osun-12 Nasarawa-11 Delta-10 Gombe-10 Bayelsa-9 Borno-9 Edo-8 Ekiti-3 Jigawa-2 Katsina-2.”

Performance Grants: 32 States Get N123.348bn

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed said on Wednesday that she had just disbursed the second tranche of N123.348 billion to 32 states as performance-based grants under Federal Government’s States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme for results.

The disbursement was consequent upon 2019 Annual Performance Assessment (APA) assessment carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

Ahmed said that the disbursement included N91.048 billion ($239.6 million) of performance-based grants for the 2019 APA results achieved by 32 eligible states across various disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) covering fiscal transparency, accountability, expenditure efficiency, revenue mobilisation and debt sustainability. States received grants in accordance to the number of results achieved, with Sokoto State receiving the highest amount of N6.612 billion while Kano State got the lowest amount of N1.710 billion.

You Have No Right To Issue Quit Notice To Kukah Though His Utterances Offended Many People, Presidency Tells Muslim Group

The Presidency on Wednesday affirmed that the remarks by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, have greatly offended many people but has warned Muslim groups against the issuance of quit notice to the cleric.

A statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), urged restraint and avoidance of what it termed knee jerk reactions.

It said that the bishop has the right to practice his faith and politics anywhere in the country, noting that issuing him a notice to quit Sokoto is against the constitution.

COVID-19: Mass Closure Of Varsities Unconstitutional, Afe Babalola Tells FG

Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, SAN has said the continuous closure of universities in the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was unconstitutional and would be counter-productive.

He was reacting to the statement credited to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, that the January 18 earlier set by the federal government for school resumption would be reviewed. The frontline lawyer said such action would be so disastrous to the education sector and the future of many students in the country.

Babalola who spoke while addressing newsmen in ABUAD on Wednesday frowns at the attempt by the federal government to defer the resumption of universities earlier slated for January 18, describing it as a decision targeted mainly at the private institutions. Expressing opposition to mass closure of universities, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria noted that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 must refrain from given blanket order, saying there was no due consultation with the proprietors of private universities.

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