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Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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COVID-19: NAFDAC has not approved any vaccines — DG

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says the agency has not approved any COVID-19 vaccines.

She stated that the agency had not received any application from vaccine manufacturers “and therefore, no vaccine had been approved by NAFDAC.

“There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria; NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware. COVID-19 vaccines are new, and the side effects must be monitored. No COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC. Fake vaccines can cause COVID-like illnesses or other serious diseases that can kill.’’

Calls for service chiefs’ sack unfortunate, says Defence Hqtrs

The Defence Headquarters, on Friday, described calls for the sack of service chiefs as unfortunate and unguarded, noting, however, that the calls do not dampen the soldiers’ morale in any way.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, said this on Arise TV monitored by Vanguard.

Enenche said soldiers were laying down their lives for Nigerians to sleep well, which was different from what obtained before May 2015. He added that the soldiers were focused on their duties and have no time to hear such talks so were not demoralised.

Insecurity: Service chiefs have reached their wits’ end — Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has called on the Federal Government to change the Security Chiefs in order to allow for fresh ideas and strategy in tackling the threats to internal insecurity in Nigeria. Wike acknowledged the efforts made so far by the country’s security chiefs in the battle against insurgents.

He, however, noted that in spite of full military engagement with Boko Haram and killer bandits, the threats appear to be overwhelming the country’s security agencies. He made the call on Friday during the wreath-laying and parade ceremony to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt.

According to Wike, Boko Haram, bandits and killer herdsmen have continued to overrun communities, randomly killing and abducting helpless people. He said that since insurgents had been destroying private and public property with relative ease, the Federal Government should take decisive action and end such menace.

COVID-19: NYSC to decamp corpers who shun safety protocols

National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Friday, said it would not hesitate to decamp any corps member who flouts the extant guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19.

The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, handed down the warning while speaking during a sensitisation webinar jointly organised by the NYSC and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) for prospective corps members.

The move, according to the NYSC DG, was to prevent the spread of the disease in the camps, especially in view of the second wave of the pandemic; noting that the Scheme has the backing of the federal government to enforce sanctions.

FCT directs schools to resume Jan 18, urges compliance with COVID-19 protocols

The FCT Education Secretariat has directed all schools to resume on Monday, Jan. 18, following the announcement by the Federal Ministry of Education on maintaining the resumption date.

Malam Leramoh Abdulrazaq, Acting Secretary and Director, Administration and Finance, issued the directive at a stakeholder meeting on Friday in Abuja.

Abdulrazaq urged heads of schools to ensure total compliance with COVID-19 protocols, school resumption guidelines and checklist earlier released for FCT schools. “The FCT Education Secretariat has directed all Schools in FCT to resume accordingly,” he said.

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