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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 16 January, 2021)

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

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Buhari, Osibanjo To Lead In Taking COVID-19 Vaccine

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osibajo will be the first set of Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by medical experts in Sokoto during sensitization of media 50 personnel on COVID-19 and introduction COVID-19 vaccines in the state, organised by World Health Organization (WHO) in conjunction with United Children Education Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday.

The bodies while charging media and other stakeholders to step up public enlightenment on the importance of embracing COVID-19 vaccines, they maintained that for now there is no cure for the disease hence the need to prevent the spread of the disease.

Obaseki Imposes 10pm To 5am Curfew, Shifts School Resumption To Feb 1

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Friday announced another round of curfew time of 10 pm to 5 am and shifted the resumption of schools in the state, tentatively, to February all in a bid to check the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Obaseki, who announced the measures at a press briefing in Government House on the second wave of the pandemic, stressed that the curfew became imperative following the fast spread among rural and urban dwellers, unlike the first wave when infections were limited to the urban centres.

The governor announced that private schools in the state would resume, tentatively on February 1 to ensure that modalities were put in place in line with the COVID-19 protocols, adding that a monitoring team from the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would oversee compliance before the proposed date. The resumption date might be shifted depending on the level of compliance with the COVID-19 protocols and how well the curve would have been flattening then.

More Needs To Be Done To Resecure Nigeria ― Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Waziri of Sokoto State has reiterated the urgent need for Nigeria to be protected and stable taking into consideration the security challenges it is currently facing.

The governor stated this on Friday while commending the Nigerian Armed Forces for doing their best in keeping the country united over the years. He stated this at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at Ahmad Maigero Open Theatre in Sokoto, the state capital.

“We need to actually do more to resecure this country,” he said, just as he appealed to the security forces to collaborate between themselves, show commitment to their official pledge and sink their energy into rescuing the country totally. According to him, the security forces should “continue to work in synergy…live up to their oath of office, and give their best to the service of the country.”

Nigeria Confirms 1,867 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 107,345

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,867 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 107,345.

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

“1867 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-713 Plateau-273 FCT-199 Kaduna-117 Oyo-79 Enugu-58 Ondo-53 Kano-49 Sokoto-43 Ogun-37 Osun-37 Nasarawa-36 Rivers-28 Benue-24 Delta-24 Niger-24 Gombe-18 Edo-15 Taraba-12 Bayelsa-10 Ekiti-9 Borno-6 Zamfara-2 Jigawa-1,” the NCDC said.

Armed Forces Day: Buhari, Others Honour Fallen Heroes

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday led other senior government officials to honour the memories of fallen heroes on the occasion of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

The event, which took place at the National Arcade, Abuja, saw the president leading Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the service chiefs in laying wreaths.

Other senior government officials who laid wreaths at the ceremony included the Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad. Also participating were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; the Minister for the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, among others.

PHCN Privatization: Senate Investigation Reveals Loss Of N387m To Canadian Company

The Senate Committee on Public Account has been presented with startling reports of how the federal government lost the sum of N387million to a Canadian company. CPCS Transcom Limited, in the course of privatization of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The office of the Auditor General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine has queried payment of 1 per cent of the proceeds of the sale of a minimum of 51 per cent of FGN’s equity holding in the successor companies (SCs), to the Canadian firm without accounting for the mandatory 10 per cent Withholding Tax amounting to N387.7 million contrary to Financial Regulation.

The report submitted to the Senate Committee Chairman on Public Account, Senator Mathew Urhoghide revealed that N383 billion was earned as proceeds from sales of PHCN Generation and Distribution companies which represented 99 per cent of the total cost, while CPCS Transcom Limited which was appointed in 2010 as sole consultant Privatization Advisory Services of the Distribution and General Company created out of PHCN earned 1 per cent of the proceeds, amounting to N3.8 billion. The query addressed to Director-General of BPE by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation which was sustained by the Senate asked the former to explain the circumstances surrounding the payment to consultant the sales proceeds at source without deducting the mandatory 10 per cent WHT.

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