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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 20 January, 2021)

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan

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Senate Won’t Fight Buhari To Please Anyone ― Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said the Ninth National Assembly would not engage in a face-off with the executive arm of government to please anyone.

He made the declaration on Tuesday when he received a delegation from Adamawa State who paid him a visit in appreciation to the National Assembly for converting the Modibbo Adama University, Yola, into a conventional university.

Several resolutions by the Senate asking President Muhammadu Buhari administration to sack the service chiefs have since been rebuffed by the presidency. Lawan however maintained that Nigerians can only enjoy the benefits of democracy if both arms of government continue to work in harmony, as he noted that acrimony would only heat up the polity.

Nigeria Records New 1,301 COVID-19 Cases As Total Rises To 113,305

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,301 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 113,305.

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

“1,301 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-551 FCT-209 Oyo-83 Plateau-65 Kaduna-64 Enugu-61 Rivers-44 Ondo-39 Benue-37 Akwa Ibom-31 Kano-19 Delta-18 Gombe-18 Ogun-16 Edo-15 Kebbi-10 Ebonyi-9 Jigawa-4 Osun-3 Zamfara-3 Borno-1 Nasarawa-1.”

Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo ― Presidency

The presidency on Tuesday noted that as a lawyer, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in tackling insecurity is not expected to unilaterally oust Fulani herders in the state or he will go against the constitution of the country.

This followed an ultimatum issued by the government for them to vacate government reserves over security concerns.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja, the presidency maintained that asking the herders to leave can set off a chain of events, which the constitution anticipated and tries to guard against. It, therefore, called for caution on both sides.

COVID-19: Lagos Oxygen Demand Hits 360 Cylinders Per Day ― Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has raised the alarm over rising COVID-19 positive cases in the wake of the second of the pandemic, saying the oxygen demand by patients in the state-owned isolation facilities had jumped from 70 to 360-litre cylinders per day and projected to hit 750 by end of January, 2021.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also counselled that, in the second wave of the pandemic, any malaria-like symptoms by patients should be considered as COVID-19 infection unless proven otherwise by the test conducted on the patients.

The governor made this known, on Tuesday, while briefing newsmen on the update of COVID-19 situation in the state, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. This was just as he said that the increase in the positivity of cases had necessitated the provision of greater amounts of concentrated oxygen for the moderate to severe cases on admission in the state isolation centres.

FG To Lift 20 Million Nigerians Out Poverty In Two Years ― Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that with the successful activation of the Economic Sustainability Plan’s (ESP) Cash Transfer scheme, the present administration’s vision of reducing extreme poverty by lifting at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next two years is now within reach.

He stated this, on Tuesday, in Abuja, while flagging-off, virtually, the cash transfer scheme to be facilitated through a wholly technology-based approach called the Rapid Response Register (RRR).

According to a statement issued by spokesman, Laolu Akande, the scheme is aimed at delivering financial support to at least 1 million urban-based households using technology. The statement explained that RRR is the means by which urban poor and vulnerable population can be speedily identified using geographic satellite technology and other related means for the purposes of delivering cash to households affected by the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

INEC Fixes November 6 For Anambra State Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 6, 2021 for the conduct of governorship election in Anambra State.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.

Okoye further disclosed that the commission took the decision after a meeting in deference to certain provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act which stipulated that “election into the office of a state governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.”

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