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Lagos warns of COVID-19 second wave, fresh lockdown

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The Lagos State Government has said residents of the state are at risk of a second wave of coronavirus should they continue to ignore precautionary measures to guide against the spread of the pandemic.

This, it said, in a statement on Tuesday, could lead to a fresh shutdown of the economy and stay-at-home order.

The warning is contained in the statement by the Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo.

The statement quoted the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, as saying that many countries around the world had imposed a second lockdown and restriction of movements with significant socio-economic and security consequences.

“The continuous flagrant disregard of safety guidelines by citizens heralds danger and may lead to a second wave of new infections in Lagos,” the commissioner said.

The statement read in part, “The Lagos State Government has once again stressed the need for residents to strictly adhere to precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection transmission to prevent a recurrence of the situation that led to the lockdown of the economy.

“A resurgence of cases in Lagos may lead to the reversal of the strategically calculated measures put in place by the government to open up the economy.

“The first wave of coronavirus started in December 2019 and swept through an unprepared world. The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded in Lagos on the 27th of February 2020. Lagos has since become the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria with a record of 21,107 confirmed cases and 212 deaths from the virus till date.

“The containment measures put in place at the time included COVID-19 testing, isolation and treatment, surveillance, total shutdown of the state for about 12 weeks and partial shutdown of social, economic and academic activities for over four months.”

Abayomi advised citizens against unnecessary movement and social gatherings, “unless it is absolutely necessary, stressing that travelling into and outside the country should be discouraged except when absolutely necessary.”

He said, “The erroneous belief that COVID-19 has been conquered and is no more in Nigeria should be discarded. Based on our data, this assumption is invalid. It creates a false sense of security amongst the citizens, causing many to abandon the use of face masks and other safety measures and protocols put in place by the government.

“Though we have reached our peak as predicted and are now experiencing a decline in the number of positive cases, this is not a reason to conclude that all is over. COVID-19 is still very much with us as evidenced in the number of cases being recorded in the community daily and occasional deaths from severe complications.

“The reason for the decline in COVID-19 cases in Lagos is attributable to a number of factors, including public adherence to safety regulations of physical and social distancing, hand hygiene, use of face mask in public places, expanded testing strategy and contact tracing, among others, and this is the more reason why citizens should not relent in this regard if we don’t want to experience a second wave of the disease.”

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BREAKING : JAMB fixes dates for 2024 UTME registration, examination

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BREAKING : JAMB fixes dates for 2024 UTME registration, examination

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced dates for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination’s (UTME) sale of application documents, registration and the actual examination.

This is contained in a statement signed by Dr Fabian Benjamin – JAMB Public Communication Advisor (PAC), which was obtained by PlatinumPost on Wednesday in Abuja.

It reads in full: “Based on the series of recommendations emanating from a two-day Information Technology (IT) and Management Retreat held between 26th and 28th, November, 2023, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), has fixed 15th January to 26th February, 2024, for the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application document.

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Meanwhile, 7th March, 2024, has been slated for the 2024 MOCK-UTME, while the main UTME will hold from 19th to 29th April, 2024.

Candidates are expected to print their examination slips as from 10th April, 2024.

Candidates are enjoined to take note of these dates and other advisories issued by the Board in relation to the administration of the examination. They are also to visit the Board’s website @www.jamb gov. ng for any other information. ”

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BREAKING: Tinubu gives NASS 31 days to pass 2024 ‘Budget of Renewed Hope’

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BREAKING: Tinubu gives NASS 31 days to pass 2024 ‘Budget of Renewed Hope’

President Bola Tinubu has presented the 2024 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly, urging lawmakers to expedite its passage by January 1, 2024, to ensure the smooth functioning of his administration.

Themed “Budget of Renewed Hope,” the 2024 budget prioritizes human capital development, poverty reduction, and internal security reforms.

In his address to a joint session of the National Assembly, Tinubu emphasized the importance of timely budget passage, stating, “I urge the National Assembly to ensure the passage of this budget by January 1, 2024, to enable our government to function properly and deliver on its promises to the Nigerian people.”

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The president noted that the 2024 budget proposal allocates significant resources to education, healthcare, and social protection programmes with the aim of addressing the challenges of poverty and inequality that hinder Nigeria’s progress.

President Tinubu also highlighted the need to strengthen the country’s internal security architecture to confront the security threats that have plagued the nation over the years.

Present during the budget presentation were Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganjude; amongst others.

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BREAKING: Tinubu storms National Assembly for 2024 budget presentation

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BREAKING: Tinubu storms National Assembly for 2024 budget presentation

The National Assembly Complex is currently under increased security measures in anticipation of President Bola Tinubu’s presentation of the 2024 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives at 11 am today.

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Additional armed policemen have been deployed to the various entrances of the complex, including the Main (MOPOL) Gate, the Villa Gate, and the Annex Gates, with strict enforcement of accreditation requirements. Unauthorized individuals are being denied access to the premises.

The typically bustling atmosphere of the National Assembly is notably subdued, marked by restricted human and vehicular traffic, creating a more solemn ambiance than usual.

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