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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 22 January, 2021)

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

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Quit Notice To Illegal Herdsmen: How Ondo Reactivated 1969 Cattle Trade Law

Facts emerged on Thursday that prior to the ultimatum issued by the Ondo State government to unregistered herdsmen and farmers in the state to vacate all forest reserves within seven days, the state government had already reactivated the 1969 Cattle Trade Law to pronounce the ultimatum in the state.

It was revealed that the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has quoted relevant portions of two laws to pronounce an ultimatum that herders should vacate Government Reserved Forests. The portions of the law were drawn from the Land Use Act of 1978 and the 1969 Trade Cattle Tax Law of Ondo which was promulgated in 1969 prior to the creation of the state, which still sufficed to meet the needs.

This is as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in the state, Mr Gboyega Adefarati, disclosed that registration of farmers and their businesses is not new, adding that over 50,000 farmers have registered with the state in the last four years.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Hit 116,655 As NCDC Confirms 1,964 New Infections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,964 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 116,655.

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

“1964 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-824 FCT-246 Plateau-166 Kaduna-128 Ogun-76 Nasarawa-74 Anambra-69 Edo-50 Rivers-45 Ondo-44 Niger-40 Oyo-38 Adamawa-35 Kano-31 Akwa Ibom-27 Gombe-19 Kwara-13 Ekiti-12 Delta-6 Kebbi-6 Bauchi-5 Ebonyi-4 Osun-3 Zamfara-1.”

Buhari Approves N6.45bn For 38 Oxygen Plants To Tackle COVID-19

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N6.45 billion for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations across the country in his administration’s bid to enhance the treatment of COVID-19 patients who need oxygen.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, at the virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

She said the president’s approval of the release of the funds was necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in the country.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Africa In Danger, May Be Left Behind ― WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned, on Thursday, that Africa is in danger of being left behind in accessing safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

In a statement released yesterday, the WHO said Africa needs timely access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. But it stated that the continent is in danger of being left behind as countries in other regions strike bilateral deals, driving up prices.

The statement said: “While the development and approval of safe and effective vaccines less than a year after the emergence of COVID-19 is a stunning achievement, Africa is in danger of being left behind as countries in other regions strike bilateral deals, driving up prices.”

NIN Mandatory For JAMB Registration ― FG

The Federal Government has said that the use of National Identification Number (NIN) is now a mandatory requirement for registration for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by candidates.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who made this known, on Thursday, in Abuja during 2020 Ministerial press briefing, ordered the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to work out modalities with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for implementation.

The Board had attempted introduction of the policy two years ago but failed because of the low level of enrolment for the National Identity Cards by Nigerians. Adamu while speaking, on Thursday, however, said, “the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for JAMB registration by candidates is now a government policy.

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