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Valecdictory Session for May 22, Not Cabinet Dissolution, Says Minister

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has clarified that the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to be held on May 22, does not mean that the cabinet will be dissolved on the same day.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the minister said it is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the cabinet anytime he chooses.

The statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, clarified the minister’s earlier statement to State House correspondents after Thursday’s FEC meeting in Abuja.

”It is inaccurate to extrapolate from my statement – that the FEC valedictory session will hold on 22 May – to say that the President will dissolve the cabinet on the same day.

“They do not mean the same thing,” he said.

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DSS Summons Mailafia for Boko Haram Sponsorship Comment

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The Department of State Services has invited a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, to its Jos office.

Mailafia confirmed the development to our correspondent in Jos on Tuesday.

He said, “Yes, it true. The DSS invited me to appear in their Jos office tomorrow (Wednesday) by noon.”

Mailafia said his invitation was not unconnected to an interview he granted an Abuja radio station, 95.1FM, on Monday.

In the interview, he said repentant terrorists told him that a serving northern governor was the Boko Haram leader.

Mailafia, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, said the terrorists moved weapons even during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Nigeria Records 290 New COVID-19 Infections, Total Now 46, 867

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Nigeria on Monday recorded 290 new coronavirus infections, the second lowest daily figure since June 8.

Five deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of deaths to 950.

Monday’s figure is slightly higher than the 288 daily cases recorded exactly one week ago.

Nigeria has continued to record cases below 500 for the past two weeks, a sign that the country’s epidemiological curve is heading downwards.

The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 46,867, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC in its daily update of the infection on its Twitter handle @NCDCgov said out of a total 46,867 infected persons so far, more than 33,000 have recovered and have been discharged after treatment in the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The 290 new cases were reported from 16 states- Lagos (82), Plateau (82), Oyo (19), FCT (18), Edo (16), Kaduna (15), Enugu (9), Ogun (9), Kano (8), Kwara (8), Cross River (5), Ondo (5), Rivers (5), Ekiti (4), Imo (3) and Borno (2).

Lagos is the hardest-hit state with about a third of Nigeria’s cases (over 15, 000) recorded in the country’s commercial capital.

The second most affected place in Nigeria is Abuja, the capital city, with more than 4,000 cases.

Nigeria has only tested nearly 320,000 out of its over 200 million population.

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I’m Committed to Welfare of Ondo People – Akeredolu

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he was committed to the welfare of the people of the state.

He said many projects abandoned by his predecessor had been completed during his administration.

Akeredolu stated this on Monday while speaking at the flag off of distribution palliatives items donated by a Non-Governmental Organisation, the Coalition Against COVID-19 also known as CA-COVID-19 in Akure, the state capital,

Some of the items distributed included rice, sugar, noodles, marcaroni, spaghetti, garri among others.

The governor said the commodities donated to the state would be able to take care of at least 50,000 households across the nook and cranny of the state.

He said, “Part of our mitigation strategies is the provision of food items as palliatives to our people.  Our administration, has again, within the available resources gone the extra-mile to make this a reality.

“If previous government had shown concern, we would have had a seaport. Agagu started it but we had a government that abandoned it. That government abandoned OAUSTEC. Come on Saturday and see the wonderful work we are doing there.”

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