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COVID-19 protocol: FG mulls suspension of UAE, Netherlands flights

COVID-19 protocol: FG mulls suspension of UAE, Netherlands flightsBy Abujah Racheal The Federal Government has threatened to suspend flight operations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and The Netherlands due to the new COVID-19 protocols introduced by both countries for incoming travellers. The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Musa Nuhu, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 media briefing on Monday in Abuja. Nuhu said that both countries recently requested that passengers from Nigeria must carry out a PCR test four hours before departing the country. “In addition to the requirements are a requirement for PCR test before passengers depart from Nigeria to their countries. They are adding an extra requirement of having a rapid test done four hours before departure or before you board. “For us, passengers do the test 72 hours before departure and then the PCR test and the PTF recognises the rights of all countries to put […]

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PTF declares Kogi high risk state COVID-19

PTF declares Kogi high risk state COVID-19By Abujah Racheal The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has declared Kogi a high-risk state for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the pandemic. The PTF also said that the Kogi government had failed to report testing, lacked isolation centers and therefore warned Nigerians to be weary of visiting the state. It said having analysed the pandemic in the country,  22 high burdened Local Government Areas within 13 states in the country had been identified. The National Incident Manager (NIM) of the PTF COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, said this on Monday in Abuja, during the PTF briefing on COVID-19. Muhammad said: “In addition to these, we have states where data is not coming forth. If we don’t test, your data will not be analysed and if your data is not analysed, we won’t know the level of the pandemic in your state. “Notable among the states are Yobe, […]

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75 Nigerian health workers test positive for COVID-19

75 Nigerian health workers test positive for COVID-19By Abujah Racheal The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 75 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the last one week across the country. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. Ihekweazu said that the number of healthcare workers getting infected was becoming worrisome. He said efforts were ongoing to ensure that health workers were actively protected against the virus. “First, I’ll like to address the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers themselves. “In the last one week, 75 healthcare workers were infected, but we can reduce this risk. “For healthcare workers, please maintain a high index of suspicion at all times. We need you alive and well. “This means that you should suspect COVID-19 in every case you meet, until ruled out. Even, when ruled out, there is still the small risk of infection. […]

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Access Bank Lagos Marathon holds April 10

Access Bank Lagos Marathon holds April 10By Olanrewaju Akojede The organisers of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Monday announced April 10 as the date for the 2021 edition. The Project Consultant of the race, Bukola Olopade, in a statement in Lagos, said the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon had been moved from Feb. 13 to April 10. “On behalf of our Host City, Lagos, the Center of Excellence, our Headline Sponsor, Access Bank and other partners and sponsors, we sincerely apologise for having to postpone our race from Feb. 13 to April 10. “This is because of the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the cancellation or postponement of sporting events worldwide, especially mass participation events like marathons and road races. “The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon organisers and sponsors had put machineries in place to go ahead with the race on Feb. 13, especially all the COVID-19 protocols set by the […]

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NWFL Premiership League resumes Feb. 10

NWFL Premiership League resumes Feb. 10By Olanrewaju Akojede The organiser of the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) says the earlier suspended league will resume on Feb. 10. Its Media Officer, Dapo Shotiminu, made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos. Shotiminu said that the one month suspension of the league was lifted by Aisha Falode, NWFL’s Chairperson. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that management of NWFL had on Jan. 11 suspended the women’s league as a result of shortage of COVID-19 test kits for players and officials. “After a compulsory postponement of the 2020/2021 NWFL, Premiership matches by one month, its Chairperson, Falode, has announced the resumption of league matches on Wednesday, Feb. 10,” Shotiminu said. He said that resumption of the league would take effect in all designated venues across the country. “The NWFL season will now resume after all the 14 clubs had complied with the COVID-19 preventive protocols that were established before […]

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S&P Global affirms African Development Bank’s AAA rating with stable outlook

S&P Global affirms African Development Bank’s AAA rating with stable outlookDownload logo Ratings agency S&P Global has affirmed its “AAA/A-1+” foreign currency issuer credit rating of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) with a stable outlook. The ratings agency said its outlook reflected the expectation that the African Development Bank (AfDB)would, over the next two years, “prudently manage its capital while maintaining solid levels of high-quality liquidity assets and a robust funding profile. We also assume extraordinary shareholder support to the bank will remain unchanged.” In a letter, dated 29 January 2021, S&P Global Ratings noted the Bank’s $115 billion capital increase, approved by its shareholders in October 2019. S&P said: “Our ratings on AfDB reflect its important role in Africa, marked by a long track record of fulfilling its policy mandate through economic cycles, combined with robust shareholder support. In October 2019, the bank’s shareholders approved its seventh general capital increase (GCI-VII), effectively increasing the bank’s capital base by $115 […]

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Coronavirus – South Africa: The National Institute for Communicable Diseases conducts healthcare utilisation and COVID-19 Seroprevalence survey

Coronavirus – South Africa: The National Institute for Communicable Diseases conducts healthcare utilisation and COVID-19 Seroprevalence surveyDownload logo The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), together with research partners Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), Epicentre, and Genesis Analytics, are currently conducting a survey on Healthcare Utilisation and Seroprevalence of COVID-19 in three districts in South Africa, referred to as the HUTS survey. The NICD has been monitoring respiratory diseases, such as influenza and pneumococcal disease, in South Africa since 1984. These surveillance systems include pneumonia and influenza-like illness surveillance systems conducted at 15 hospitals and clinics in five different provinces in South Africa. As part of the surveillance, individuals are enrolled and samples are collected to test for pathogens of public health importance, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and Bordetella pertussis. As of March 2020, the testing of samples for COVID-19 was included. The survey is be conducted in the same districts where the NICD has these long-standing surveillance programmes. Although these surveillance programmes have provided […]

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South Sudan Pursues a Power Sector Revival (By Charné Hundermark)

South Sudan Pursues a Power Sector Revival (By Charné Hundermark)By Charné Hundermark South Sudan is re-directing its focus on power sector development in a bid to dramatically transform its electricity market, which faces a deficit of approximately 170 MW and has led to one of the lowest electricity access rates globally. Through the development of several power generation projects expected to boost installed capacity, along with the implementation of the South Sudan Electricity Master Plan, the country is working to expand distribution systems and increase access to electricity nation-wide. According to state-owned utility South Sudan Electricity Corporation (SSEC), more than 90% of the population lacks access to the national grid. As a result, an estimated 70% of businesses in the country rely on diesel-powered generators to operate, significantly limiting output. The primary challenge facing the domestic power sector is its lack of quality infrastructure needed for power generation, transmission and distribution. In conjunction with limited financial resources and technical […]

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Suriname Oil Discoveries are Cause for Celebration, but Only If We Apply Proven Lessons to Make it Work for Everyone (By Clarence Seedorf and NJ Ayuk)

Suriname Oil Discoveries are Cause for Celebration, but Only If We Apply Proven Lessons to Make it Work for Everyone (By Clarence Seedorf and NJ Ayuk)By Clarence Seedorf (Chair, Black Impact Foundation) and NJ Ayuk (Chair, African Energy Chamber [www.EnergyChamber.org]) There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has sent global energy markets reeling. Oil and gas has undeniably been one of the hardest-hit industries, with prices still struggling to rebound from the collapse in demand during the first quarter of 2020. Coupled with increasing concerns about climate change and its effect on conventional energy production, it seems difficult to find a bright spot.  But there is one, and it’s Suriname. In the year since news reports first began describing a novel coronavirus in China, the resource-rich waters off the South American nation have become the target for increased drilling activity, and a growing number of producers are taking a chance on the region’s potential. Last April, for example, Apache Corporation and Total reported a significant oil offshore discovery. The successful Sapakara West-1 well was actually […]

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