The Federal Government has said that the inter-state border restrictions would be lifted on July 1st.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said this on Monday in Abuja at the 47th joint national briefing of the committee.
However, he said that the movement would only be within the non-curfew time. The nationwide curfew is between 10pm and 4am.
Dear our valued reader, we would like to hear your view about a membership club that we plan to launch. Kindly help us fill this survey. He also said that while the schools remained closed, exiting students across the country, including primary six, JS three and SS three, would resume at a time to be announced.
He also said that bars, cinemas and night clubs remained closed till further notice; while guests at wedding would be limited to 20, including family members.
Speaking earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. Boss Mustapha, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the extension of ease of lockdown by four weeks. “Permission of movement across state borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020; enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places.
“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations; safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable,” Mustapha said. He said that there would be publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities; provision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response.
He also said that there would be the strengthening partnerships with states, local governments, traditional rulers, community or religious leaders and civil society to ensure increased public awareness and compliance with preventive guidelines.
The SGF said they would be encouraging state governments to empower Local Government Authorities to intensify contact tracing efforts and ensure stronger grassroots mobilisation to support the response; encourage states and hospital authorities to ensure continuity of other health services to prevent fatalities from other life-threatening conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic; and deepening of collaboration with other mandate groups at states or federal levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response in the short, medium and long terms.
According to him, harnessing of data, which shows that 60 percent of the confirmed cases are in a handful of local governments in the country with 18 out of 774 LGAs nationwide, and putting in place targeted interventions. Mustapha said that this were part of recommendations as the PTF submitted its 5th Interim Report to Mr. President for his consideration.
FG To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Six Months
The Federal Government is set to shut the Third Mainland Bridge for six months starting from Friday, July 24.
This was confirmed by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola.
According to him, consultations are ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8km bridge.
Popoola explained that the work will commence on the outward mainland section of the bridge, and the ministry is working with relevant agencies to perfect traffic during the period.
The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.
There have also been reports of some worn-out expansion joints on the structure, raising concerns over the state of the bridge.
This development will force motorists in Lagos who ply the bridge to begin making arrangements for alternative routes.
List of 5 Most Performing Chairmen in Plateau State, Hon. Kwallu Emerges Top – COA Media
In pursuit of our organisational objectives and consistent value of checkmating and encouraging good governance, the COA Media Group embarked on mirroring the performance of Plateau State LGA CHAIRMEN for the first half of 2020 (January – June).
With respect to this exercise, Hon. Isaac Kyale Kwallu FCIA, FCIPMA, the Executive Chairman Quaan-Pan Local Government Area made it to the top of the ladder in this maiden edition. He and other four (4) Local Government Chairmen emerged the top five (5) Performing Local Government Chairmen for the first half of the year 2020.
Other Chairmen who made it to the list are;
Hon. Joshua laven Ubandoma.
Executive Chairman Langtang North Local Government Area.
Hon. Shehu Bala.
Executive Chairman Jos North Local Government Area.
Hon. Nde Emmanuel lar.
Executive Chairman Kanke Local Government Area.
Hon. Gwalson Mafeng.
Executive Chairman Riyom Local Government Area.
Activities of these Chairmen ranging from Infrastructural Development, Poverty Alleviation, Security, Empowerment, Youth Engagements, awareness and aptness in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Improvement of internally generated revenue of their various local council areas, is not only applauding but worth emulating.
These Chairmen have indeed demonstrated excellent leadership and good governance to the admiration of many.
“This process involved opinions sampling generated from our over twenty thousand members online who participated in the monitoring. Evaluation process across the state after which primary data were received from the Local Government Areas..”
Justifying the criteria used in arriving at its decision, Amb. Cletus Akhimien, Executive Director COA Media Group said the organisation arrived at its conclusion through its over 20 thousand members who sent in opinions through an online platform which is verifiable.
However stated that the aim of the project is to raise the awareness and participation of Plateau people in the socio-economic and political development of the state through the Local Govt system..
‘We launched a platform which allowed all our twenty thousand members to determine the top five CHAIRMEN in Plateau State. They were accessed based on five prioritised areas which includes Infrastructure, Accessibility, Youth Engagements, Security and prompt response in tackling the spread of Covid-19 pandemic” he stated.
The COA Media Group added that the evaluation exercise will be done twice yearly. The organisation will subsequently commence the assessment of all the elected officials.
Source: Crest TV Nigeria.
3Million Candidates Apply For 400,000 N-Power Jobs
3 million Plus applicants have enrolled for about 400,000 in The Federal Government’s N-Power programme.
Candidates applied for the programme through the online portal of the N-Power scheme which was opened for applications on June 26, 2020.
N-Power is one of the National Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government.
Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. It was said on Friday that it was carrying out the transitioning of independent monitors recruited to monitor Batch A and B of the N-Power programme as well as other NSIPs.
The Federal Government, through the N-Power office, had stated that it would absorb 400,000 applicants as Batch C beneficiaries.
Humanitarian ministry’s Deputy Director, Information, Rhoda Iliya, said,
“Enrolment of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C commenced on June 26, 2020. They received over three million applications since the portal opened.”
“Application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.”
It was inaugurated by the government in 2016. The mandate was to lift citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
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