Over 500,000 Nigerians vaccinated against COVID-19
Over 500,000 Nigerians have received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the National Primary Health Care Agency (NPHCDA) said on Sunday.
Nigeria commenced vaccination on 5 March, first with healthcare workers.
According to the agency, as of March 28, over 513,626 eligible people have been vaccinated in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The agency said that Kogi state is yet to commence vaccination as of March 28, because the state had not been supplied with the vaccine. #
Resident doctors begin nationwide industrial action April 1
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has directed its members to embark on a nationwide strike beginning from Thursday, April 1st, 2021.
The directive was contained in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by over 50 chapters of NARD and signed by their EXCOS.
According to the communique, the NEC unanimously agreed that NARD should proceed on a total and indefinite strike on April 1, 2021, by 8 am if the government failed to meet its demand.
One of the demands, according to the doctors, was the immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers, including March salaries (regardless of quota system) before the end of business on March 31, 2021. #
Police Arrest 16 Suspects Linked to Killings of Security Operatives
The Nigeria Police has arrested sixteen suspects including a pastor allegedly involved in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states, particularly in the south-eastern part of the country.
The Force public relations officer, C.P Frank Mba in a statement explained that the arrest was made in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force following sustained and intelligence-driven sting operations.
Sophisticated firearms, live ammunition, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), camouflage bullet-proof vests, walkie-talkies, and other incriminating items were recovered. #
Drama as Imo traditional ruler engages Rochas Okorocha in near fisticuffs inside the plane
There was a mild drama between former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya inside the business class section of Air Peace at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri on weekend.
According to reports, Ilomuanya, who was calmly seated before Okorocha’s arrival, suddenly charged at the senator representing Imo West when he entered the plane and attacked him with his walking stick.
Okorocha, who was said to have maintained calmness, was said to have been immediately relocated to another seat, even as Ilomuanya was heard warning him to stay away from Orlu Senatorial District if he truly wanted peace to reign.
Ilomuanya is one of the two monarchs dethroned by Okorocha on June 6, 2014. He was earlier removed as the chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers. #
SEC releases new rules on warehousing, collateral management
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has released new rules covering warehousing and collateral management to ensure vibrant commodities trading in a bid to ensure the nation has a vibrant commodities trading ecosystem which would, in turn, translate into foreign exchange earnings for the country.
According to the rule, every warehouse that stores commodities to be traded on a registered Exchange must apply to be registered by the Commission.
A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja and released to newsmen stipulated that the Commission must maintain a Register of all registered warehouses. #
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