Festus Keyamo vows to resign if politicians hijack job slots

– The minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has threatened to resign his appointment if politicians hijack job slots – Keyamo said government employment programmes are for ordinary Nigerians and should not be hijacked by politicians – The minister noted that the ministry to labour would not bow to the pressure of any politician to hijack FG’s employment programmes The minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has threatened to resign his appointment if politicians hijack job slots approveKeyamo said the jobs were for ordinary Nigerians and should…

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NIGERIA POLITICS — Police arrest three people for insulting President Buhari on social media

– Three people have been arrested by the police for allegedly insulting President Buhari and the Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari – The Katsina police command disclosed that the suspects were arrested for making a viral video on social where they insulted the president the state governor – The police said the offenders violated the provisions of the cyber-crime act and will be made to face the wrath of the law Three people were arrested by the Katsina state police command on Thursday, April 30, for allegedly insulting President Muhammadu Buhari…

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10 COVID-19 scams spreading right now that people are falling for

The numbers are staggering. The Federal Trade Commission says coronavirus-related scams have cost Americans $13.4 million so far this year. Google blocks more than 100 million phishing emails every day as criminals try to steal money and personal information. About 18 million of them are coronavirus-related. Scam websites pose as the real thing, collecting personal data and credit card numbers. With over 40,000 domain names using the word “coronavirus,” you have to be on alert. Scam calls are getting more convincing, too. In the last year alone, Americans were swindled…

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Karen Pence says Mike Pence did not find out about Mayo Clinic mask policy until after visit

Second lady Karen Pence said her husband Vice President Mike Pence did not know about the Mayo Clinic’s mask policy until after his visit to the medical center on Tuesday when he appeared to violate the clinic’s rules by not wearing a face covering.  “Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the disease, and knowing that he doesn’t have COVID-19, he didn’t wear one. It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask,” Karen Pence said during a…

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No income and number 88,000 in line: This is what it’s like to be unemployed in America

Marci Oberst sat down at her computer Tuesday and embarked on what’s become a daily ritual – trying to log onto the Maryland Department of Labor’s website so she can extend her unemployment insurance. At 9:30 AM, she was number 88,000 in line, according to the state’s labor website.  “You call the Department of Labor (and) it’s either busy or gives you a recording and just hangs up on you,” says Oberst who is trying to apply for the extra 13 weeks of benefits that are part of the $2.2…

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Joe Grogan Out as WH Domestic Policy Adviser: “He previously served as a lobbyist for the drug company Gilead Sciences Inc.” @WSJ https://t.co/DHK1zAKgqj — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 30, 2020

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Spike in US deaths and cases flagged as pneumonia suggest even greater COVID-19 impact

Federal data released this week shows that the number of deaths recorded in the U.S. this year is higher than normal, outpacing deaths attributed to COVID-19 in states that have been hit hardest by the virus.The data provides the first look at death trends this year across the country and offers more evidence that the official tally of coronavirus deaths is low.The phenomenon is pronounced in states with some of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks. From March 22 to April 11, New York saw 14,403 more deaths than the average of the…

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COVID-19 and the Lagos Informal Sector – Realities, Implications and Responses

Authors: Babajide Oluwase, Wole Ademola Ademola With excitement and fireworks, the world ushered in 2020 with so much dreams and expectations but never thought everything would be brought to a halt and on the brink of global recession in a flash by a virus outbreak. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which started at the tail-end of 2019 in Wuhan, China has now become the biggest invincible enemy of the world. The world as we know took a challenging turn on 30 January 2020, when the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health…

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Nigeria Unveils Learning Websites for Primary and Secondary School Students Affected by Covid-19

Nigeria launches websites for primary and secondary school students: schoolgate.ng and mobileclassroom.com.ng to mitigate the school shutdowns as a result of Covid-19. Also, the “the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, is collaborating with network providers to grant the students free access to the portals on their mobile phones”. Good one there, Team Nigeria. The Federal Government has launched free e-learning portals for all students in primary and secondary schools following the closure of schools nationwide to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this on Friday in…

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MUSIC — DJ MALICTIKAL DROPS LOCKDOWN MIX PARTY OFFICIALLY

Nigeria’s Fast Rising Super Disc Jockey @DjMalictikal ? has officially dropped a high heat Mix for this #Lockdown season. @DjMalictikal known for the indigenous style of radiant on the turn table when it comes to mixing of Afro, Hiphop, and western genres. #nowplaying DJ_malictikal – Lockdown Party by @DjMalictikal via the @audiomack app https://audiomack.m/song/djmalictikal/dj-malictikal-lockdown-party. @djmalictikaltkg @DjMalictikal  He’s in his 20ties and has been able to manage the spotlight scene which can be evident in the approach of inclining himself with great associates  and big actors in the Nigerian ? front, Arts…

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COVID– 19 PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS SUSPENDED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE JETS MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has suspended the movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets in Nigeria.This was made available during the Presidents broadcast to the Nation on Monday.. “Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis,” he said. Details later

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Kano State has not recorded any new case of coronavirus infection in the last 48 hours, The PUNCH reports. This is happening despite the disturbing record of deaths resulting from “strange illnesses” in the last few days.The state government has attributed the “unusual deaths” to malaria and diabetes while the state Health Ministry announced two COVID-19 deaths on Monday afternoon via Twitter. But the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its daily updates on April 26 and 27 has not recorded any new case or death for the state.The centre announced 91 new…

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CORONAVIRUS — NO NEW CASE OF COVID– 19 REPORTED IN KANO DESPITE STRANGE KILLINGS

Kano State has not recorded any new case of coronavirus infection in the last 48 hours, EMAGE NEWS reports. This is happening despite the disturbing record of deaths resulting from “strange illnesses” in the last few days.The state government has attributed the “unusual deaths” to malaria and diabetes while the state Health Ministry announced two COVID-19 deaths on Monday afternoon via Twitter. But the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its daily updates on April 26 and 27 has not recorded any new case or death for the state.The centre announced 91…

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Man vows to trek from Lagos to Maiduguri if Shekau is captured alive

– A 40-year-old man has promised to take a walk of victory should the troops of the Nigerian Army captured the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau – Deji Oladimeji said this in reaction to the military’s recent successes against the terrorists’ group – According to Oladimeji, he does not mind embarking on the victory walk from Lagos to Maiduguri A native of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, Deji Oladimeji, has vowed to march from Lagos to Maiduguri should the Nigerian Army capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau alive. Oladimeji, who resides…

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IMF may approve Nigeria’s $3.4bn loan today

   There are strong indications  that the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund may approve the $3.4bn loan sought by Nigeria on Tuesday (today). Although the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had on April 6, while announcing that Nigeria had applied for the loan, said the funds were expected within six to 12 weeks, Reuters and Bloomberg reported that the IMF would meet over the request today. The reports quoted unofficial sources in the IMF. If approved, the loan would be among the largest allocations by…

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Be ready to pay higher for fuel –PPPRA

Nigerians should be ready to pay high or low prices for petrol following the price liberalisation scheme currently in place, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency said on Monday. The PPPRA is also engaging with the Central Bank of Nigeria to determine the applicable foreign exchange rates for the importation of petroleum products by oil marketers. The agency’s Executive Secretary, Abdulkadir Saidu, said these while answering questions on the new PMS price regime in Nigeria. He said, “What we have in place is a market reflective pricing system. Petroleum products…

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Covid-19 —Vaccines coming sooner than later-Billionaire Bill Gate

Billionaire and philanthropist, Bill Gates, who had warned about a possible virus pandemic since 2015, has disclosed that a vaccine for the rampaging COVID-19 disease may come between 18-24 months. He made this known on NBC Today Show that there is evidence that this timeline may come to pass. According to the Microsoft co-founder, usually, a vaccine takes over five years. There are steps including first testing in animals, then with humans on small, medium and large scales. But with the coronavirus pandemic, “because of all the incredibly negative effects,…

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