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COVID-19: China donates N48 Million to Nigeria Govt

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The Chinese Government has donated N48 Million to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Chinese Ambassador, Zhou Pingjian, made the donation today April 23, to members of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

Pingjian said the donation is an acknowledgment of the long-standing relationship the Chinese government has with the Nigerian government.

“China will never leave its friends in difficulty, the help China offers does not involve any selfish interest. In spite of the lockdown, China formally supports Nigeria’s fight against the outbreak and stands ready to assist if needed to the best of its ability.

We have full confidence in Nigeria’s determination, capacity, and capability to defeat the virus. We believe Nigeria will continue to treat the Chinese Nationals here as your own” he said

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, thereafter, acknowledged China’s contributions to Nigeria since the pandemic broke in Lagos in February this year.

“We are aware of the huge work you are doing in providing isolation facilities, particularly in Abuja and other parts of the country. You have also contributed immensely to current commodities not only ventilators but also protective equipment that have been distributed across our health institutions. You have provided us with technical assistance in terms of manpower.

“Nigeria is very grateful, the PTF is very grateful and on behalf of the chairman of the PTF, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you. We will continue to work together to make sure that this pandemic is brought to a halt as soon as possible” Aliyu said

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288 New cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Nigeria, Totaling 5445

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288 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Nigeria, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 5445

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288 new cases of #COVID19;

179-Lagos
20-Kaduna
15-Katsina
15-Jigawa
13-Borno
11-Ogun
8-Kano
7-FCT
4-Niger
4-Ekiti
3-Oyo
3-Delta
3-Bauchi
2-Kwara
1-Edo

5445 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 1320
Deaths: 171

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COVID-19: We Can’t Explain Where The Chinese Doctors Are Or What Happened To Them – FG

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The Federal Government has said it does not know the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors and technicians who came into the country to offer assistance to Nigeria in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, wondered why there was so much interest in knowing their whereabouts and he told journalists not to ask him the question again.

Ehanire said:

“I want to explain first of all that I think not all of them were doctors and I heard that some of them are technicians, but they are staff of CCECC, the Ministry of health is not their host, so we can’t always explain what happened to them or where they are.

There seems to be a lot of interests in these doctors but they are the staff of a company and I think they are on the company visa. So I will be very happy if you don’t ask me about where they are because they are not really our guests in that sense.

But we have been able to learn some things from them by interacting with them from their experience in their country, we shared ideas about what they did in their country in managing Covid -19.”

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Don’t allow Governor Tambuwal mislead you on Infectious disease bill – Reps tell Governors

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The house of representatives has asked the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) not to allow Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State “mislead” them on the infectious disease bill. 

LIB reported yesterday that Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) asked the national assembly to suspend the infectious disease bill and to give room for consultations with state governments and other stakeholders. The Governors also disclosed that they were briefed about the bill by the Vice Chairman of the forum, Aminu Tambuwal during a virtual meeting. 

However reacting to the statement from the forum, the house of representatives claimed that Tambuwal’s position on the infectious disease bill is influenced by his “personal and partisan opposition” to the emergence of the current house leadership under Femi Gbajabiamila.

In the statement released by the house of representatives’ spokesperson Benjamin Kalu on Thursday May 14, the Governors were told that their opinion will be welcomed by lawmakers. They were however reminded that the role of the national assembly in constitution amendment, is not subject of concurrence of state houses of assembly or state governors.

The statement reads; 

“It is rather surprising that the NGF, in arriving at its decision, relied on “an update from the Governor of Sokoto State,” who, apart from being a lawyer, is a former Speaker and an ex-ranking member of the House, who should know better and guide the Forum accordingly.

“We assume that his position was informed by his well-known personal and partisan opposition to the emergence of the current leadership of the house considering his obvious stance in 2015 and 2019 .

“Unlike in a constitution amendment matter, where state houses of assembly have a defined constitutional role to play in effecting any review to it, Bills such as the Control of Infectious Diseases are not by our constitution subject of concurrence of state houses of assembly or state governors. We do believe that our respected Governors are aware of this lawful processes of legislation and should not be misguided by a biased position of a former speaker .

“Notwithstanding, the House expresses its readiness to work with the Committee raised by the NGF to meet members of the Green Chamber on the Bill. The Governors are our critical stakeholders in nation building, and we understand the importance of working with our Governors at critical moments such as this pandemic period.”

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