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Nigerian govt releases N386m to fight Coronavirus

THE Federal Government has released N386 million to two health agencies to strengthen Nigeria’s preparedness to combat Coronavirus (COVID19).

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Mr Abdulaziz Mashi Abdulaziz,  told reporters in Abuja that  the amount was released by the government in two batches.

Also speaking, the Minister of State for health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, said information available to Nigerian government was that the first case of Coronavirus had been reported from Egypt and that the affected person was a foreigner.

Mamora added that the ministry has inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee to provide oversight leadership.

He said the committee was being coordinated by the NCDC and that it met twice a week.

He said: “Nigeria is receiving technical support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa Centre for Disease Control and West African Health Organisation.

He added that the Port Health Services had intensified screening of passengers coming from China and other countries of high risk.

Screening forms have been provided to all airlines. Thenationonlineng

Nigerian govt finds 1 billion barrels of oil, says sector ‘almost stagnant’

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has announced the discovery of one billion barrel of crude oil in the North-east.

Sylva said this at the end of the 2020 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja on Wednesday.

“The figure is not totally out yet but from the evaluation results so far, the reserve that has been discovered in the northeast is about a billion barrels”, NAN quoted him as saying.

“Those are the kind of figures we are seeing and we are beginning to understand the geological structure of the region”.

Sylva said that there was a need for more exploration across the country in order to find more oil.

On the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), the minister expressed confidence that it would be passed.

“We have been quivering about the PIB for more than 20 years. We have not been able to attract a lot of investment to the oil sector.

“An example: By the year 2002, our oil reserves stood at around 22 billion barrels. We were able to grow that reserve from 22 billion barrels to 37 billion barrels by 2007.

“From 2007 to now, we have only been able to grow our reserves from 37 billion barrels to 37.5 billion barrels, in more than 10 years.”

The former Bayelsa governor said if nobody knows when laws will be passed, no investor will put money in Nigeria.

“And that is why you see that we have almost been stagnant in the Nigerian oil industry.

“We believe that there is a consensus among all of us – industry, Nigerians and government – that there is a need to stabilise the fiscal framework so that investors will be certain and move their money to Nigeria,” he said.

Sylva added that there all patriotic Nigerians are hoping that in six months, the PIB will be passed.NAN

Nigerian Govt reveals plan for visa-on-arrival policy

The Federal Government has said it is planning visa on arrival policy for foreigners wishing to visit Nigeria in order to encourage investment in the country.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Ms Sarah Sanda.

He said Nigeria and the Republic of Namibia have agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas that will be beneficial to both countries in particular and the African continent.

Onyeama said that the agreement was reached at a meeting in Windhoek with Namibian Ministers led by the country’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mrs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

He said that the agreed mechanism for achieving this was through a meeting of the Joint Commission which will be held in 2020.

“We addressed recent issues regarding the issuance of visas to Namibians and Nigerians and entry into Namibia for Nigerians and reached very important and concrete agreements in respect of those.

“Any Namibian wishing to obtain a visa to Nigeria can apply and will be considered as that was the case in the past.

“Once the requirements are met, such a person will be issued a visa. It applies to a Nigerian wishing to go to Namibia,” Onyeama said.(Dailypost)
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