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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 03 March, 2021 Edition)

Nigeria takes delivery of about 3.9M doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine today in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory

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States gear up as Nigeria gets 3.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID – 19 vaccine. The vaccine was received through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX). COVAX, an initiative co-led by the Vaccine Alliance, GAVI and the World Health Organisation seeks to ensure equitable access to a COVID – 19 vaccine by dividing about two billion doses across 92 low-and middle-income countries.

Nigeria is the third African country to benefit from the COVAX facility after Ghana and Ivory Coast. The COVID – 19 vaccines arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard the Boeing 777 300 ER aircraft of the Emirates Airline at 11.45am.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who led the government team to receive the vaccine, said the arrival of the Astra-Zeneca vaccines, marked a significant milestone in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Kwankwaso hails Wike, asks gov to prepare for national assignment

A former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has called on the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to prepare for national assignment after completing his second term in 2023. Kwankwaso said this when he inaugurated the Rumuogba flyover in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Tuesday.

The former Kano State governor told Wike, “Your Excellency, keep on moving, keep on doing the right thing. Being a governor is a very serious challenge. It is a serious assignment.

“It is a contract between you and your people for eight years. Now we are almost six years. We have just two years plus to be in Government House, here in Rivers State, before by the grace of God you move forward for the national assignment.”

Matawalle, ACF clash over kidnap leaders’ identities

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Tuesday insisted that he would reveal the identities of people behind the abduction of over 300 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

The governor, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Gusau, the state capital, however said he would make the revelation after the abducted schoolgirls, who were released earlier on Tuesday, might have been reunited with their families.

But the pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, berated the governor, saying he should stop embarrassing the north.

I was made to swear on oath by Orji Kalu’s brother – Abaribe

The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said he was taken to a shrine to swear an oath of loyalty 24 hours before inauguration as deputy governor in 1999.

Abaribe was deputy governor to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from May 29, 1999 till March 2003 before he resigned and defected to the defunct All Nigerian People’s Party.

Abaribe stated this in his new book, ‘Made in Aba’ which was launched in Abuja on Monday. He explained that the former Aba North Local Government Area Chairman, one Chief Duru, and Kalu’s younger brother, Uzor, took him to “a so-called prophet” on School Road, Aba, in Abia State.

EFCC deepens Tinubu probe, demands asset declaration form from CCB

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has deepened its probe into All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, The PUNCH has learnt. To this end, the EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau, requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form.

A copy of the letter which was published by online news medium, The Peoples Gazette, revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The letter marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020 was signed by the then Lagos zonal head, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is now the Chairman of the EFCC.

Wike, Fintiri reconcile Ortom, Mohammed in Rivers

The acrimonious relationship between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and his Bauchi State counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed, has been amicably resolved.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, indicated that the conflict was resolved in Port Harcourt on Tuesday following the intervention of Governor of Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Governor Ahmed Fintiri (Adamawa).

Briefing journalists at the meeting which held at Governor Wike’s private residence at Rumuepirikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, Mohammed said the feud between him and Ortom over herders/Fulani profiling was regrettable.

Saraki meets Obasanjo, says APC can’t handle Nigeria’s problems

A former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said Nigeria’s problems shouldn’t be left to the governing All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government alone.

Saraki, who doubles as the chairman, Peoples Democratic Party National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, stressed the need for a bi-partisan approach to finding lasting solutions to national problems, especially in the area of security.

He spoke shortly after a two-hour close-door meeting with ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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