Governors of the 36 States of the Federation on the platform of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have resolved to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, publicly next week Tuesday, March 9.
Aprokorepublic gathered that this was one of the decisions taken at their emergency meeting to discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country.
In the meeting were the the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Director-General , Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib as well as medical experts who play advisory roles for the NGF on the pandemic.
The chairman of NGF and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who read out the communique, said the governors assured on the security of vaccines but insisted on ensuring the efficacy of the vaccines, pledging advocacy so that all of their peoples would be covered.
State governors commit to work with the FG to ensure required cold Chain set up, trained personnel and security of the vaccine roll out are in place.
The Governors encouraged citizens to use the e-registeration portal on the NPHCDA website – nphcsaict.com.ng/publicreg to register.
Mustapha told the governors that 3,924,000 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines (part of the 16 million does of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility arrangement) arrived on Tuesday.
He assured that the vaccine is researched to be safe for persons 18 years and above.
He said NAFDEC was conducting test to confirm vaccine is safe for roll out.
He explained that government leadership and frontline health workers to receive vaccines first starting March 6th 2020 with the President and the Vice President.
Nigeria Is Number 1 Importer In Africa- WTO
The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday revealed that Nigeria is the number one importer of commercial services in Africa in 2020.
WTO made the revelation in a data released on Friday.
The Geneva-based international trade organization ranked Nigeria as the 25th commercial importer in the world but the first commercial importer in Africa, followed by Egypt which was ranked 28th in the world.
While Egypt and Morocco made the list of world exporters led by the United States, Nigeria was conspicuously absent in the global commercial exporters’ list.
The US also ranked first in the commercial importers’ list followed by China, United Kingdom and Japan; while US, UK, China and India topped the exporters’ list.
WTO noted that preliminary estimates were based on quarterly statistics.
“Figures for the number of countries and territories have been estimated by the Secretariat.”
“Data for 2020 are not yet available for the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, commercial services exports were valued at US$72 billion and imports at US$73 billion,”
Living faith Church(Winners) to spend N160 Billion on New 100,000 seater Auditorium.
The living faith Church founded by Bishop David oyedepo is to spend over N160 billion to build 100,000 seater Auditorium known as “The Ark”
Ground breaking ceremony for The Ark was carried out by Bishop Oyedepo in March 2021.
It is sited on about 1,000 hectares of land withing the premises of the current Church building , The ark will specifically accommodate 106,000 seats and will include 24-floor mission Tower made up of two twin towers of 12 floors each.
Upon completion the existing 50,000 seaters faith Tabernacle will serve as an overflow facility .
Oyedepo has said members will not be tasked for the project
NYSC To Consider Deploying Corps Members To ECOWAS States
The National Youth Service Corps may consider deploying corps members to the 16 member states of the Economic Community of West African States Corps, going by one of the suggestions offered at its top management retreat in Niger State.
A lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Oka Obono, gave the proposition to the NYSC top management during the retreat in Suleja, while delivering his lecture titled; “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World.”
Obono stated that the advantages of Nigerian corps members deployed across the West African sub-region would include the vast reduction of unemployment among the youths as well as regional exposure.
He advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to the West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reducing pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” Prof Obono told the NYSC management.
The don, who described inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems, lauded the NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim for his leadership style since assuming duty as the 18th DG of NYSC.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt a high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
The NYSC DG, Ibrahim, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management.
According to a release by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the agency will consider the suggestion.
The DG added that the retreat would also help to formulate new strategies to guide its operations in a changing world.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim added.
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