2023 Delta Governorship Aspirant, Kenneth Okpara Is Dead
A Delta State governorship aspirant in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Kenneth Okpara, has been reported dead.
A top PDP official who disclosed details of Opara’s death to newsmen on condition of anonymity said the politician died in the early hour of Friday.
Okpara who was a former Commissioner for Economic Planning and Finance in the state reportedly gave up the ghost after battling an undisclosed illness.
The deceased hailed from Eku kingdom in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State and before his death enjoyed appointment by the immediate past governor of the state.
Nigeria receives 100m COVID-19 doses, to vaccinate 111m citizens from January
National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib says Nigeria has received over 100 million doses of covid-19 vaccines
Shuaib made a presentation on Thursday at the National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He said that the vaccines were received from COVAX, the African Union (AU) and countries including France, India, and the United States.
The official said the doses would cover 50 per cent of the targeted eligible population of 111 million, adding that there would be a scaling up of over 3,000 health facilities nationwide.
Lekki massacre: Govt lawyer faults panel for making findings public, says report not accurate
The Lagos State Government’s lawyer, Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, has blamed the panel for making its findings, recommendations and conclusions public.
While claiming that there are at least 40 discrepancies in the report, Owonikoko also said that the content of the report was not completely accurate
Owonikoko, who represented the state during the year-long sitting of the investigative EndSARS judicial panel, said this when he appeared on Arise TV on Thursday.
Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel on Monday, November 15 submitted its report to the Lagos State Government, which revealed that police and soldiers of the Nigerian Army intentionally killed and assaulted at least 48 protesting unarmed youths at the scene.
Buhari approves fresh N656bn support fund for 36 states
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a fresh six hundred and fifty-six point one –one –two billion naira Bridge Financing Facility to all states in Nigeria.
The approval was part of the outcome of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting on Thursday.
Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, informed NEC that the Bridge Facility is being processed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, stating that the funds will be disbursed in six tranches over six months, with a 30-year tenor, and a 2-year moratorium at an interest rate of 9 percent.
According to her, each state will get eighteen point two billion naira to help them meet financial obligations, especially the previous budget support due for repayment.
Ahmed said there would be deductions from state governments as repayment for the previous CBN bailout
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
UK moves to ban Hamas as ‘terrorist organisation’
Hamas has condemned a move by the British government to ban the group as a terrorist organisation, which could see supporters face up to 14 years in prison.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Friday she will push for the change in Parliament next week, arguing that it was not possible to distinguish between Hamas’s political and military wings.
Patel, who is on a trip to Washington, DC, said the move was based upon a wide range of intelligence, information and also links to terrorism.
The group called on its supporters to condemn as it described Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, forcible displacement of Palestinians, the demolition of their homes, and the siege of more than two million in the Gaza Strip, as “terrorism”.
We’ve not sacked Gernot Rohr, says NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has dismissed rumours going round that the country had parted ways with Super Eagles’ head coach, Gernot Rohr, following an unimpressive performance by the team in the race to Qatar 2022 World Cup.
According to online reports in the early hours of Thursday, Rohr was sacked after a company associated with the team agreed to pay the termination clause in his contract
The football governing body in a statement issued on Friday, said Rohr has a contract with the NFF, and there is a procedure for disengagement.
According to the statement, the Board of Nigeria Football Federation was studying the report of the Technical Committee, which it submitted after the match against Cape Verde in Lagos on Tuesday.