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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 15 January, 2021)

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January 18 Schools Resumption: FG Urges Strict Compliance With COVID-19 Protocols

The Federal Government has set full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including the compulsory wearing of facemasks and temperature checks as a condition for the resumption of schools nationwide on January 18, 2021.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, called for strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols already made available to the institutions after the state governments, proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students have all agreed that the schools resume on January 18.

Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Bem Goong, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said sequel to the hint given Minister of Education on January 12, for the review of the proposed resumption date of January 18, 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation.

Your Govt Brought Reversal Of Fortune To Nigerians, PDP Tells Buhari

Against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari call for critics to consider what he inherited, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated administration for allegedly reversing the country’s fortune in the five years it has been in office.

The main opposition party also chastised the president for allegedly resorting to “desperate face-saving media stunts in his incongruous plea to Nigerians to accept that the situation in Nigeria is better under his watch, despite the contrary harsh reality in the country.”

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, the party asserted that President Buhari’s illusory self-assessment further validates its position that “he has since abandoned governance for the luxury and pleasures of Aso Presidential villa, having lost sync with the reality of the devastation his incompetent administration has brought to our nation in the last five years.”

Consider What We Met When Criticizing Us, Buhari Tells Nigerian Elite

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday told the Nigerian elite that when they criticize his administration, they should take into consideration the state of the country before he assumed power.

Speaking at the presidential villa, Abuja when he received in audience Reverend Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, President Buhari, therefore, called on them to be fair in their criticism of his administration.

He said: “Those criticising the administration should be fair in terms of reflecting on where we were before we came, where we are now and what resources are available to us and what we have done with the limited resources. We had to struggle paying debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding, to revamp the rail and try to get power. This is what I hope the elite when they want to criticise will use to compare notes.”

COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 1,479 New Cases As Total Rises To 105,478

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,479 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 105,478. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.

“On the 14th of January 2021, 1479 new confirmed cases and 23 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. Till date, 105478 cases have been confirmed, 83830 cases have been discharged and 1405 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 1479 new cases are reported from 25 states- Lagos (697), FCT (201), Nasarawa (80), Plateau (74), Rivers (62), Edo (46), Adamawa (43), Osun (39), Akwa Ibom (35), Delta (31), Anambra (27), Oyo (24), Kano (21), Abia (19), Enugu (19), Ogun (18), Sokoto (12), Bauchi (7), Taraba (7), Ekiti (4), Gombe (4), Imo (4), Bayelsa (2), Jigawa (2), and Zamfara (1),” the NCDC said.

Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Yahaya Bello’s Election

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Thursday, dismissed the suit brought before it by Michael Elokun and two others challenging the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

In a unanimous judgement by a three-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, presided by Justice Steven Adah, the appellate court agreed with the judgement of Justice John Tsoho, now the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, which had, in 2018 dismissed the suit for want of jurisdiction.

Justice Adah held in the judgment that the Kogi State Governorship election been challenged by the appellants was held in 2015 and the plaintiffs, at the lower court filed their suit in 2016, making the suit incompetent in the face of the law. The appellate court agreed with the trial court that the plaintiffs had no sufficient interest in the Kogi State governorship election to warrant them institute the Laval action.

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