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Top news stories in Nigeria today, 17 July 2020

Osinbajo unveils Buhari’s financial support for private schools, hotels, MSMEs

As part of efforts to support small businesses in Nigeria to survive the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Government is set to implement a number of schemes to keep MSMEs afloat, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.


The Vice President stated this on Thursday, at the 2020 edition of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Awards, which held via video conference.


2. COVID-19: FG threatens to jail VIPs, others flouting airports protocols

The Federal Government, has said that it is investigating the flouting of COVID-19 protocol put in place at three domestic airports by VIPs, warning that if found guilty, they will either go to jail of two months and above, pay a fine or get both sanctions combined.


The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, gave the warning on Thursday in Abuja at the 51st joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.


3. 602 repentant Boko Haram fighters take oath of allegiance

The Defence Headquarters said, no fewer than 602 repentant Boko Haram members, had sworn an Oath of Allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the last one week.


The ex-fighters reportedly renounced their membership of the sect and underwent the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and re-integration programme of the Operation Safe Corridor.


4. NLC, ULC end crisis, reconcile after five years

The Nigeria Labour Congress, has reconciled with the factional United Labour Congress to form a united labour movement.


The ULC led by Joe Ajaero broke away during the 10th National Delegates Conference, in 2015 following disagreements during the election, as NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, announced the development to journalists at the end of a joint session meeting, addressed by the two union leaders on Thursday in Abuja.


5. Only mosques, churches with approvals will reopen –Ekiti


The Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment, Gbenga Agbeyo, said on Thursday that, only places of worship that met the stipulated COVID-19 guidelines, and issued with the certificate of fitness, would be allowed to reopen on Fridays and Sundays as earlier directed by the Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.


Mosques and churches, which had been shut down since March, have been given the go-ahead to reopen for worship; once a week on Friday for Muslims effective from July 17, and once a week on Sunday effective from July 19, for Christians.


6. WASSCE: Reps to lobby govs over school reopening

The House of Representatives on Thursday, met with stakeholders in the education sector on the ways schools could be reopened, to allow pupils sit the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination.


The House Committee on Basic Education and Services, held a roundtable with the Federal Ministry of Education and West African Examination Council, Nigeria, to discuss the matter, while the House resolved to meet with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, which is expected to lobby the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to order reopening of schools.


7. Lagos pays indigent residents N20,000 for business


The Lagos State Government has started disbursing funds, to indigent residents as start-up capital for small scale businesses, the empowerment scheme is under the Eko Cares Initiative


Under the scheme, each beneficiary gets N20,000 to invest in consumer goods to generate quick turnover, which is then ploughed back into the business for a higher turnover, in a statement on Thursday, 217 beneficiaries of the scheme, who are part of the 2,000 people earmarked for the first phase, were at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, to receive the cash payment.


8. I won’t tolerate disrespect to National Assembly, Buhari warns Keyamo, other ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari says ministers and all heads of departments and agencies, should at all times conduct themselves in ways, that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership and members.


President Buhari said this on Thursday, when he received in audience Senate President, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, at the State House, Aso Villa, Abuja.

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