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COVID-19: Nationwide roll-out to gulp N10.6bn transportation cost
The Federal Government, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, has budgeted the sum of N10.6bn to transport COVID-19 vaccine to the 36 states and the 774 local government areas as well as the Federal Capital Territory and the six area councils.
Also, about N1.4bn was set aside for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment while N373m was earmarked for the purchase of Adverse Events Following Immunisation kits otherwise known as AEFI kits.
This is according to a document obtained by Saturday PUNCH on Friday, which was presented to the 36 governors during a meeting between representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Governors Forum on Thursday.
‘Food blockade to South-West taught us to redevelop capacity to feed our people — farmers
“It is painful that the South has relaxed in growing crops such as pepper, tomatoes, yams, beans brought from the North,” Thomson Asaya, Chairman Rice Growers’ Association in Ofada, told Saturday PUNCH.
The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria had declared nationwide strike on Thursday, February 25, leading to a stoppage of food supply to the southern part of the country. The AUFCDN premised the strike on the alleged killing of its members and property lost during the #EndSARS protests and the Sasa market crisis, demanding N4.75bn compensation from the Federal Government. Although the strike had been called off since Wednesday Asaya and other farmers in the affected states, who spoke to our correspondents during the week, said the incident was a wakeup call for the region to live up to its full potential in farming.
“The blockade of food supply from the North is a lesson to us,” Asaya declared. “I can tell you categorically that the land in the North is not as fertile as the one in the South but people over there are more committed to farming than those of us in the South.”
Uzodinma, Okorocha supporters clash over plan to recall ex-governor
Supporters of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, have clashed over an alleged plan to recall Okorocha as the Senator representing Imo West District at the National Assembly.
While a group of Uzodinma’s supporters called the Orlu Political Consecutive Assembly has insisted to continue with plans to recall Okorocha from the Senate, the Association of Orlu Women for Good Governance has urged Uzodinma not to spend state resources to recall the senator.
AOWGG, at a press conference, asked Uzodinma and Okorocha – who they described as their sons – to stop “disgracing the people of Orlu zone.” The association’s President-General, Mrs Bailia Chibuike, advised Uzodinma to face governance and stop fighting Okorocha.
Give me custody of my four kids, Fani-Kayode’s wife begs court
A former beauty pageant, Precious Chikwendu, has demanded the full custody of her four sons with her ex-husband and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.
Chikwendu accused Fani-Kayode of beating her up several times, including when she was pregnant, accusing the ex-minister of confining her to a hospital when she attempted to escape.
The former beauty queen made the allegations in an affidavit she deposed to in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child Rights Act, 2003. She said she met Fani-Kayode in 2014 at the peak of her career and they soon fell in love and began living together and had four children, a son aged five and a set of triplets aged three.
My household avoided me after I tested COVID-19 positive –Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday said his household avoided him after he tested positive for COVID-19. He, however, said he was asymptomatic and recovered from the infection three days later.
Obasanjo, who turned 84 on Friday, said this at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, while making remarks at a colloquium to celebrate his birthday.
The colloquium, which took place simultaneously online and offline, was themed, ‘Reflection on Governance and Changes for Post-pandemic Leadership in Africa.’
My 2023 presidential ambition mere speculation, says Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, said rumours of his interest in contesting in the 2023 presidential election was “mere speculation.”
Jonathan, who stated this when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State at Government House, Asaba, over the recent demise of his father, Sir Okorie Okowa, pledged to continue to serve God, humanity, and Africa to the best of his ability.
He said, “On the rumour of my interest in the 2023 presidential election, it is mere speculation. I will continue to serve God, humanity, Africa and the world to the best of his ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity.”
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