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A coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer has reportedly proved more than 90 per cent effective in a preliminary analysis of a trial involving thousands of enrollees, a major milestone in the race for shots that can reel in the pandemic.

The drug maker said it tallied 94 infections in trial participants and looked at who received the vaccine, versus the placebo, to determine its efficacy.

Recipients were said to have achieved protection 28 days after the second dose of the vaccine.

“Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO, Dr Albert Bourla, said.

The news is likely to reverberate around the world with the US recording over 100,000 new infections per day, signalling a potentially rocky road ahead as winter looms.

“We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development programme at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen,” Bourla said.

He added, “With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis.”

Pfizer will not seek emergency approval of its candidate immediately.

The Food and Drug Administration wants two months of safety data from half of the trial participants after their second dose, pushing the timeline to the latter half of November.

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JUST IN: Court quashes dethronement of Emir Bayero, others

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JUST IN: Court quashes dethronement of Emir Bayero, others

A Federal High Court in Kano has nullified all actions by Kano State Government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law.

The Kano Assembly repealed the law after which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf implemented it by dethroning Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Kano.

The Governor also reversed the creation of four emirates Bichi, Rano Karaye and Gaya, sacking the Emirs appointed by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

The law was also relied upon to re-appoint the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

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But a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, challenged the propriety of the law and asked the court, through his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), to declare it null and void.

In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman set aside the action of Kano government, ordering parties to maintain status quo.

The judge held that the defendants were aware of the interim order granted by the court but chose to ignore it and went ahead with implementation of the law.

The judge held that he would assume his coercive powers to enforce compliance with his order.

However, the judge transferred the case to Justice Simon Amobeda for continuation in view of his elevation to the Court of Appeal.

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Presidency speaks on Aisha Yesufu’s claim of Tinubu being disgraced in South Africa

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Presidency speaks on Aisha Yesufu’s claim of Tinubu being disgraced in South Africa

Aisha Yesufu’s recent criticisms of President Bola Tinubu have ignited a heated exchange on social media, prompting a robust response from the presidency.

The controversy began when Yesufu alleged on Twitter that Tinubu was humiliated and overlooked by South African President Ramaphosa during an inauguration event following his re-election

In a sharp rebuttal, Presidential spokesman Bayo Onanuga described Yesufu and her supporters as “an uncouth horde of pessimists” who remain bitter over their candidate’s third-place finish in the 2023 elections.

Onanuga accused Yesufu of rushing to judgment and consistently displaying a negative attitude towards Tinubu, contrasting her behaviour with supporters of the second-place candidate.

Similarly, O’tega Ogra, Tinubu’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, joined in the criticism, accusing Yesufu of exhibiting “crass ignorance” and engaging in behaviour aimed at garnering social media approval rather than constructive engagement.

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Ogra stated, “Aisha, you have the constitutionally guaranteed right to express yourself, but your consistent display of crass ignorance and shameful behaviour, seemingly aimed at garnering likes and retweets, in the name of your disdain and hatred (which you profess at any given opportunity) for Nigeria is shameful, to say the least.

“For the record: 1. The first row at today’s inauguration was reserved for South African kings/royalty. 2. The South African President wasn’t expected to start greeting dignitaries at the time of the video you shared. He was respectfully recalled to the podium by the inauguration compere (see video below). 3. Immediately after President Ramaphosa finished the anthem, he went ahead to greet the visiting presidents who were all seated in the second row (similar to the way visiting presidents were seated in the third row during Nigeria’s inauguration on May 29, 2023…).”

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HND holders to get lecturing jobs – NBTE

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HND holders to get lecturing jobs – NBTE

In the new schemes of service approved for polytechnics, holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) will now be employed as lecturers in the institution.

This was disclosed yesterday during the presentation of the new schemes of service to polytechnics’ stakeholders by the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Mohammed Bugaje.

The NBTE boss, while presenting the schemes as approved by the Head of Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said under the schemes, the instructor cadre, which represents segregation against HND holders in the past, has been abolished.

Prof. Bugaje stated that the new schemes of service, which became operational from June 7, 2024, presents a unified approach to the recruitment and promotion of staff across Nigerian polytechnics, Federal, state, and even private.

According to him, “from June 7, 20024, all previous versions of the schemes of service, cease to become legal tender. We are all united from now onwards to operate the new schemes of service in the Nigerian Polytechnic System (NPS).

“This milestone has taken over a decade of struggle and efforts by our Staff Unions, Rectors of Polytechnics through their COHEADS/COFER bodies, the Federal Ministry of Education, and the NBTE. I must commend all of you for all your contributions and pray that we shall operationalize the new Schemes of Service with all sense of responsibility.

“When I took office in April 2021, I announced my 3-S Agenda as my key areas of focus as Executive Secretary, namely the Skills development agenda, the Spirit of work in the NBTE which must be revived and a new Scheme of service that gives recognition to the products of the Nigerian Polytechnic System. With gratitude to Allah, the Most High, I am glad to announce that, working with you as a team, we have been able to achieve all the three within 3 years.

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“Schemes of Service cannot be said to be perfect, since it is man-made, and could still be subject to future reviews. But we are happy with the new Schemes for the following innovations: HND Holders with good grades are now to be appointed as Academic Staff (Graduate Assistants), like their degree counterparts, in a system that is theirs.

“The instructor cadre, which represents segregation against HND holders in the past, has been abolished. The technician cadre has been subsumed by the technologist cadre, allowing ND holders to be appointed as Assistant Technologists.

“The Pharmacy Technology cadre has been maintained. For those with a HND in Pharmacy Technology, but who may not be allowed to work in hospitals by the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, their space in the public service has been retained.

“An area of contention raised by ASUP is the terminal level for the Registry Cadre which is now the Deputy Registrar (CONTEDISS 15) since the position of the Registrar is tenured on consolidated salary like other principal officers.

“This matter is easily resolvable because the salary of the Registrar Cadre is CONTEDISS, not CONPCASS (academic staff). Equally, an area of concern for other Unions (SSANIP and NASU) is that skipping has been abolished. This is open for discussion with the HoSF to get this position streamlined along with the provisions in other cadres of public service.

“The requirement of NSQ Level 3 minimum for Senior Lecturers and above is a positive step aimed at institutionalizing skills training in the Polytechnics. Let me advise that current lecturers seeking promotion to senior level shall be given three years moratorium to acquire the NSQ (or its equivalent) and where necessary shall be offered Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to qualify.

“This provision shall put check on the inflow of academic staff from universities into our polytechnics, especially those who may not have skills qualification. On the overall, the new Schemes of Service presents a unified approach to the recruitment and promotion of staff across Nigerian polytechnics, Federal, State, and even private.

“We shall use it as an instrument of accreditation in old and new Institutions in terms of compliance. These marvelous achievements were made possible by the Mother of Skills Development in Nigeria, the Head of Service of the Federation, a pillar of support for the Polytechnic sector, and a very fair arbiter in our affairs, Dr. Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR. We are most grateful for her tireless efforts that culminated in today’s celebration.

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