COVID-19: Cattle markets not closed—Oyo Commissioner …advises abattoirs on preventive measures

The Oyo State government, on Wednesday, affirmed that cattle markets were not affected by the order of the government closing the markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle, said that cattle market operators were allowed to run their businesses within the limit of COVID-19 restrictions. According to the Commissioner, the cattle market is involved in essential commodity, which are not covered by the closure of the markets, adding that the failure to open the cattle markets was already leading to meat scarcity…

COVID-19: Ensure fairness, equity in stimulus package for Nigerians – Lawan urges Executive

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday urged the Executive arm of government to ensure equity and fairness in the distribution of the stimulus package across the country. Lawan made the appeal during a meeting of the National Assembly leadership with some members of the Presidental Committee on COVID-19. In attendance were the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of state for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. The meeting was also attended by the Speaker of…

LOCKDOWN: Osun Govt doles out 6,020 bags of rice to residents

The State Government of Osun on Wednesday commenced the distribution a total number of 6,020 bags of rice to residents as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the lockdown in the state. The 6,020 bags of 50kg rice according to the government will be distributed across the 3,010 polling units in the state. The State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola disclosed this on Wednesday, when he flagged off the distribution exercise at the Government Secretariat, Abeere, Osogbo. Oyetola said the food items were procured solely by the state government as…

COVID-19: Corps members produce hand sanitizer, donate face masks

Serving Corps Members in Oyo State have started mass production of hand sanitizer through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED) of the NYSC.   The sanitizers which would be distributed to hospitals and different communities within the State will prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Also in Kwara State, Corps Members led by the NYSC Kwara State Coordinator, Mrs Fransisca Olaleye has produced and distributed hand sanitizers and antiseptic liquid soaps as part of her efforts towards curtailing the spread of Corona virus in the State.   Olaleye…

CLOSE-UP: Yusuf Sambo, the Nigerian engineer leading Scotland’s 5G revolution

Much of the global market in 2019 has been driven by trade wars between the United States and The Peoples Republic of China. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that no US company should use telecommunications equipment made by technology companies that pose national security risks. The ban was targeted at Huawei, the Chinese tech company leading 5G revolution in Asia. Experts say the US may lose as much as $500 billion, if China beats America to the best 5G technology — highlighting how important 5G will be in…