News Headlines for today, Wednesday May 13 2920

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1. Nigeria Records 146 New Cases Of COVID-19

The Nigerian Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 146 new cases of COVID-19 across the nation.

The new cases have taken the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 4,787

“146 new cases of #COVID19;

57 – Lagos, 27 – Kano, 10 – Kwara, 9 – Edo, 8 – Bauchi, 7 – Yobe, 4 – Kebbi, 4 – Oyo, 3 – Kastina, 3 – Niger, 2 – Plateau, 2 – Borno, 2 – Sokoto, 2 – Benue, 1 – Gombe, 1 – Enugu, 1 – Ebonyi, 1 – Ogun, 1 – FCT, 1 – Rivers

4787 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria

Discharged: 959

Deaths: 158”, they tweeted.

2. President Mohammadu Buhari Appoints Gambari As Chief Of Staff

Former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has been appointed as the next Chief of Staff to President Mohammadu Buhari

Although the presidency has yet to formally confirm this, there are strong indications that the announcement will be made at the Federal Executive Council meeting today, Wednesday, May 13 2020.

Professor Gambari served as the minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under Buhari, during the military era.

3. Reps Approve Buhari’s Request To Raise N850bn From Domestic Capital

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, approved the request by President Mohammadu Buhari to borrow N850bn to fund the 2020 budget.

The lawmakers at the lower legislative chamber on Tuesday gave the approval during plenary in Abuja.

4. Reps Ask FG To Stop Repatriation Of Almajiri Children

During plenary on Tuesday, members of the House of Representatives have called on the federal government to stop the repatriation of Almajiri children to their states of origin.

This one of the solutions reached by the lawmakers at the lower chamber of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The motion was sponsored by Hon. Aishatu Dukku

Dukku stated that the repatriation of the children is against the fundamental rights of any Nigerian to reside in any parts of the country.

5. Kano Extends Lockdown As COVID-19 Deaths Reach 32

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has extended the lockdown in the state by one week.

The lockdown was extended in order to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba announced this in a statement on Monday night.

Kano has recorded 666 confirmed cases and 32 deaths.

6. President Buhari Nominates 42 Ambassadors

President Mohammadu Buhari has nominated 42 people as ambassador-designate, all of them carrier officers.

The Nigerian senate received and executive communication from President Mohammadu Buhari, seeking confirmation of career ambassador-designate.

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, while reading the letter during Tuesday plenary said, the nomination was in line with the relevant sections of the constitution, hence, Senators should do justice to the request.

In the letter, President Buhari also said the profiles of the nominees will be forwarded to the Senate.

7. Buhari’s Incompetence, Backseat Governance Destroying Nigeria – PDP

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said the manifest incompetence of President Mohammadu Buhari-led presidency is destroying Nigeria.

PDP said Buhari’s lack of visibility and failure to personalized from the front is responsible for the failure to check the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The opposition party lamented that the alarming increase in infection and mortality rate in Nigeria would have been curtailed if the nation had a competent, proactive and transparent leadership with the capacity to articulate a quick national response to the pandemic.

PDP made the assertion in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya.

8. FG To Begin Home Feeding For School Children On Thursday

The federal government of Nigeria has announced that the homegrown school feeding program would commence on Thursday, May 14 despite school being under lockdown.

According to the minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar who made the announcement on Monday, she said consultations with state governments to identify the distribution of Take-Home Rations to the households of the children in the program has begun.

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