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ISSA appoints CSCS boss member, Operating Committee

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The International Securities Services Association (ISSA) has appointed Mr Haruna Jalo-Waziri, the Chief Executive Officer, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc, as the representative of the global community of Central Securities Depositories (CSD).

Jalo-Waziri will function on the Operating Committee of the ISSA, chaired by Mr Jyi-chen Chueh, Executive Director, Standard Chartered Bank.

The operating committee is saddled with the responsibility of providing technical support and execution to the Executive Board of ISSA in proposing, executing and managing work projects aimed at advancing securities services, globally.

The company, in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, said the appointment was conveyed by Mr Parry Colin, ISSA Chief Executive.

It quoted Colin as saying that the appointment was due to CSCS boss leadership role in the Nigerian CSD.

“We are delighted that Jalo-Waziri has agreed to be a member of the ISSA Operating Committee going forward. We welcome him as the representative of the World Forum of Central Securities Depositories (WFC) to the Committee,” Colin said.

According to him, the nomination and appointment of Jalo-Waziri to the Operating Committee of ISSA was due to his leadership role in the Nigerian CSD and his understanding of ISSA as core member.

Reacting to the appointment, Jalo-Waziri described it as a clarion call to service in an industry that he was most passionate about.

“It is my pleasure to have been nominated and appointed to join the esteemed professionals on the Operating Committee of the ISSA.

“I look forward to working with colleagues with diverse global experience in actively promoting forward-thinking solutions that create efficiencies and mitigate risk within the global securities services industry,” he stated.

ISSA, with headquarters in Switzerland, is an association of the world’s largest central securities depositories, global custodians and securities transaction services banks.

CSCS is a Public Limited Company, with a diversified shareholder base, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange, some of the largest banks in Nigeria, private equity firms, investment banks and other corporate and individual shareholders.

With over two decades of operation serving as the Central Securities Depository for the Nigerian capital market, CSCS has been pivotal to the growth and transformation of the capital market.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Oluwole Sogunle
(NAN)

 

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Guinea-Bissau receives more donation of medical supplies from Jack Ma, Alibaba foundations

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a third batch of medical supplies donated by China‘s Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations to support the country’s COVID-19 response, the World Food Program (WFP) in Guinea-Bissau said in a press release.

This batch of material includes 2,496 test kits, 12 thermometers, 28,550 masks, 5,000 medical gloves, 810 face shields, 50 protective glasses, 1,000 protective suits, one body temperature scanner and two ventilators.

“This donation is very important to improve the working conditions and the protection of health care workers who find themselves on the front line in this fight,” WFP Representative in Guinea-Bissau Kiyomi Kawaguchi said, adding that “Guinea-Bissau needs medical equipment, because there is a risk of inventory shortage.”

In addition, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of Guinea-Bissau’s Health Emergency Operations Center, welcomed the gesture of solidarity from the two Chinese foundations which continue to support Guinea-Bissau.

“This equipment will allow the national laboratory to process and analyze COVID-19 infection tests more quickly,” he said.

Cumba said no COVID-19 test was done on Monday due to the lack of materials at the national laboratory.

So far, Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,178 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths and 42 recoveries.

President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has extended the state of emergency until May 26, and the wearing of masks is mandatory in all public spaces.

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Guinea-Bissau reports 20 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 1,109

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Guinea-Bissau reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,109.

The health authorties of Guinea-Bissau carried out a total of 92 tests in the past 24 hours, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations (COES) said during the daily briefing, adding that 20 positive cases were detected.

He also announced that more patients would be declared cured of COVID-19 if their second tests results would still be negative as their first ones.

On Wednesday, the government of Guinea-Bissau decided to appoint a high commissioner for the COES who would work under the supervision of the president to coordinate the country’s fight against COVID-19.

The government of Guinea-Bissau has shortened the curfew hours to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m, but people are still only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to do their grocery shopping. The President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has also decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26.

The tiny West African Portuguese-speaking country has been isolating itself since March 17 when the government ordered the closure of all borders and suspension of all international flights. Several other drastic measures have been taken as well, including the closing of restaurants, bars, places of worship and schools, as well as the ban on gatherings.

So far Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,109 cases of COVID-19, including six deaths and 42 recoveries since March 25.

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Catalan authorities deny report of Nissan closing factory in Barcelona

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The Catalan regional authority on Friday denied a report that appeared in the Japanese newspaper Nikkei on Thursday that automaker Nissan is planning to close its car factory in Barcelona and move production to other plants.

The Catalan region’s Vice President Pere Aragones, who is also responsible for economy and finance, said on the Spanish radio network Radio 4 that Catalan authorities “were in contact with the company and unions. Nissan tells us they have not taken a decision yet and one will be made on May 28.”

The Nissan plant in Barcelona currently employs around 3,000 people directly and is also responsible for thousands of other posts in the logistics and transport sectors. Workers at the plant have been on strike since the start of the month because of the uncertainty over their future and the possible risk of working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aragones said authorities would do “everything possible” to keep production at the plant. “There is nothing decided at the moment, but we can’t be overconfident,” he said.

Meanwhile, Spain‘s Minister of Economy and Business Nadia Calvino said that she had not been informed of possible closure and that Spain was a “strategic” country for the automobile industry.

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Guinea-Bissau reports 59 new COVID-19 confirmed cases

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Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday reported 59 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the provisional number to 820 cases in the country, the country’s health authorities announced.

Among 94 tests carried out in 24 hours, 59 cases came back positive, including 30 men and 29 women, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations and member of the Interministerial Commission for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, announced during the daily briefing in Bissau.

The government of Guinea-Bissau announced to shorten the curfew hours to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., but people are still only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to do their grocery shopping.

The President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo decided on Monday to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26 from zero o’clock on Tuesday.

The West African Portuguese-speaking country has already put in place several drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus, including the closing of borders, restaurants, bars, places of worship and schools, as well as the ban on gatherings and circulation of people.

So far, Guinea-Bissau has reported 820 cases of COVID-19, including three deaths and 26 recovery cases, since March 25.

The other Portuguese-speaking country in West Africa, Cape Verde, reported Tuesday only seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bring the total number of confirmed cases to 267, including two deaths and 58 recovered cases.

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Guinea-Bissau’s president extends state of emergency untill May 26

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The president of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the country until May 26, he announced on Monday in a presidential decree.

President Embalo said that the decision to extend the state of emergency came after analyzing the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

“We have seen that the number of coronavirus infections is increasing every day in the country,” he said, adding that “the current number of contamination is very high and the authorities are worried about this rapid spreading of virus”.

Embalo urged the health authorities to put in place an effective plan to limit the spread of the virus in the communities. In addition, he asked the government to reinforce the measures in place if necessary.

He also strongly recommended that people wear a mask in public spaces and in transport.

The state of emergency will be extended from zero o’clock on Tuesday, while the curfew between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be maintained, and people are only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to go shopping.

In order to fight against the spread of the pandemic, the government of Guinea-Bissau has decided to maintain the restrictive measures that have already been in place, including the closing of borders, restaurants, bars, places of worships and schools, and banning gathering of people.

So far, Guinea-Bissau has 726 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 26 cured and 3 deaths.

(XINHUA)

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Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Nabian tests positive for COVID-19

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Prime Minister Nuno Nabian of Guinea-Bissau and several other senior officials have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Lusa news agency reported on Wednesday.

Nabian and at least three other members of his government are infected, Lusa quoted Health Minister Antonio Deuna as saying in a televised address.

A government source told Lusa that the other infected officials are Interior Minister Botche Cande and two secretaries of state, Mario Fambe and Monica Buaro.

The cases are related to a senior Interior Ministry official who has died, Lusa reported.

Guinea-Bissau had recorded 73 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death by Wednesday, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The small country, which has a population of about 1.8 million, is considered one of Africa’s most volatile states, with 16 coup attempts since it gained independence in 1974. Four succeeded.

Nabian has served as Prime Minister since February.

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Guinea-Bissau’s PM tests positive for COVID-19

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Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Na Biam tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health Minister Antonio Deuna announced on Tuesday night on national television.

The prime minister’s infection is a community transmission case, said Deuna.

He also revealed that some members of the government have been tested and are waiting for the results.

Biam is the first member of the government to test positive for COVID-19.

In order to fight against the spread of the pandemic, the government of Guinea-Bissau has decided it’s necessary to maintain the restrictive measures that have been put in place, including the closing of borders, restaurants, bars, places of worships and schools, and banning gathering of people.

A curfew has been imposed between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and people are only allowed to leave their homes between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to go shopping and buy food.

The President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo announced last Sunday to extend the state of emergency again across the country till May 11.

So far, Guinea-Bissau has recorded 75 confirmed cases, including 18 cured and 1 death.

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Guinea-Bissau reports its first death related to COVID-19

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Guinea-Bissau reported the country’s first death related to COVID-19 on Sunday, announced Dionisio Kumba, member of the interministerial commission for the prevention and fight against COVID-19.

“The death was reported from Simao Mendes National Hospital, it was General Biom Nantchongo, National Police Commissioner for Public Order,” Mr. Kumba explained without giving further details.

The President of the Republic Umaro Sissoco Embalo also decided this Sunday to extend the state of emergency from zero o’clock of April 27 to May 11.

On April 11, Embalo already extended the state of emergency which would end this Sunday at midnight.

Guinea-Bissau currently has 52 COVID-19 cases, including 3 cured, 1 death and 48 still under treatment.
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UN chief asks Guinea-Bissau to move ahead after region endorses outcome of presidential poll

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday asked political players in Guinea-Bissau to accept the results of last year’s presidential election and work to form a new government, said his spokesman.

Guterres took note of Thursday’s decision by the heads of state and government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to recognize Umaro Sissoco Embalo as the winner of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.

Guterres encouraged all Bissau-Guinean actors to work inclusively and constructively to implement relevant ECOWAS decisions, particularly regarding the appointment of a prime minister and the formation of a new government, in full compliance with the constitution, and taking into account the results of the March 2019 legislative elections, said the statement.

Guterres reiterated the UN’s commitment to continue to accompany Bissau-Guineans in their efforts to consolidate peace, democracy and sustainable development, it said.

Embalo finished second in the first round of voting on Nov. 24. He won 54 percent of the vote in the second round run-off on Dec. 29 against Domingos Simoes Pereira, who led in the first round.

Pereira refused to concede and challenged the outcome. Embalo swore him in as president in February 2020 without clearance from either the Supreme Court or Parliament.
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Lockdown: Issa Aremu lauds Ilorin Emir over palliatives

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Comrade lssa Aremu,  Labour Union Leader, has lauded the foresight of  Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari for his  fatherly initiatives in  the ongoing lockdown in Kwara,  by setting up palliatives committee to give succour to the people.

Aremu who was the 2019  governorship candidate of the Labour Party in
Kwara,  stated this to newsmen in his felicitation message to the Emir who  clocked  80 years on Thursday.

According to the Aremu,  the gesture of the royal father is part of  global efforts to ameliorate the effects of the current lockdown against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Aremu, who is  the Vice President, United Industrial Global Union, observed that Kwara and Nigeria were blessed with the sterling attributes of the Emir, especially at this challenging period of COVID-19 pandemic.

He identified with what he described as the bold steps taken by the Emir  who set up  an Ilorin Emirate Palliative Committee to raise resources for the voiceless and vulnerable members of the community.

According to him, such a timely intervention will  complement various efforts by the state government toward reducing the impact of the lockdown as a result of the pandemic.

The labour leader appealed to wealthy people in the state to  join the laudable movement as a way of providing succour to the down trodden during this period.

Aremu also  recognised efforts by the Emir toward promoting peaceful coexistence among the people of the state.

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COVID-19: UN Solidarity flight arrives Guinea-Bissau – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the UN Solidarity Flight carrying medical supplies has arrived Guinea-Bissau to support health workers in the fight against COVID-19.

The first UN Solidarity Flight which is part of a larger effort to ship lifesaving medical supplies to 95 countries departed Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to various countries on April 14.

The UN health agency disclosed this in its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Monday.

“The cargo is transporting face shields, gloves, goggles, gowns, masks, medical aprons and thermometers, as well as ventilators.

“The UN ‘Solidarity Flight’ arrived last night in Guinea-Bissau with medical equipment to support health workers in the fight against COVID-19.

“The cargo was donated by WHO and the Jack Ma Foundation with logistics and transportation supported by World Food Programme (WFP)

“Representatives from WHO and Ministry of Health in the country were there to receive the cargo ,’’ WHO said.

In a related development the WHO in in a statement said it would accelerate delivery of critical supplies in West and Central Africa to support front line health workers.

It stated that just over two months since COVID-19 was first detected in Africa, the disease had now spread to nearly every country, resulting in nearly 21, 000 confirmed cases and around 1,000 deaths across the continent.

While South Africa has sub-Saharan Africa’s most severe outbreak, West and Central Africa are of growing concern.

Cameroon has confirmed more 1,016 cases, while Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea have reported a rapid rise in numbers during the past week.

The statement quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO, Regional Director for Africa, as saying: “Eleven out of 17 countries with more than 100 cases of COVID-19 are in West and Central Africa.

“We are working with the governments to better understand what is happening on the ground, but this is worrisome as countries in these sub regions often have particularly fragile health systems.”

Crucial medical equipment needed to respond to COVID-19 is lacking in many countries

WHO has been working closely with the World Food Programme (WFP), the African Union (AU), national governments and the Jack Ma Foundation to make sure that vital supplies get to the people who need it most: front line health workers in Africa.

In the past two days, more eight countries have received medical equipment.

“For countries to ramp up testing, tracing and treatment capacity, they need supplies and solidarity.

“There is enough personal protective equipment in this shipment to allow health workers from across Africa to treat 30, 000 patients without putting themselves at risk.

“This equipment will keep them safe and let them focus on saving lives.

“These cargo flights demonstrate the power of international co-operation and collective action,” Moeti said.

According to him, with several borders closed and flights cancelled, ensuring countries receive deliveries of much-needed medical equipment has become increasingly difficult.

WHO has called for humanitarian corridors and this week’s ‘Solidarity Flights’ are delivering essential supplies to every country in Africa.

The medical cargo contains face shields, gloves, goggles, gowns, masks, medical aprons and thermometers, as well as more than 400 ventilators.

A lack of personal protective equipment is already hampering response in many countries in Africa, making deliveries such as these – and the spirit of generosity and solidarity that underpin them – more essential than ever.

Healthcare workers are often disproportionately affected by infectious disease outbreaks and there is some evidence that COVID-19 is threatening health workers in Africa.

In Niger, for example, 32 health workers have already tested positive for COVID-19, making up 7.2 per cent of total cases.

Kenya expanded its testing capacity and has now more than 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The country is one of the countries which received these critical supplies in the past few days.

Improved surveillance has shown that cases are increasingly cropping up outside of Nairobi and the country is moving to decentralise its response.

In another example of international solidarity, emergency medical teams from China and the United Kingdom have begun supporting the response in the African region.

A team from China is currently supporting the response in Nigeria, while a British team is working in Zambia, and another will soon be deployed in Burkina Faso.

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Guinea-Bissau receives more medical donation from Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a second donation of medical supplies from the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba, the country’s Secretary of State for Hospital Management, Cornelia Aleluia Lopes Man, announced.

“This batch of equipment includes respirators, screening kits, thermometers, protective suits and other laboratory equipment,” Ms. Man told Xinhua.

She recalled that “Guinea-Bissau had already benefited from a first donation of medical supplies from the Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations”.

“In addition, the country received another donation of medical supplies from the Chinese government last Saturday.

“These gestures of solidarity prove once again that China is indeed by the side of Guinea-Bissau in the fight against COVID-19,’’ she said.

The authorities have taken several drastic measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Drastic measures such as closure of borders, bars, restaurants, markets, places of worship, schools and universities, prohibition of gatherings and movement of people and suspension of public transport.

Guinea-Bissau currently has 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including three cured and 47 under treatment.

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Guinea-Bissau receives more medical donation from Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a second donation of medical supplies from the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba, the country’s Secretary of State for Hospital Management Cornelia Aleluia Lopes Man announced.

“This batch of equipment includes respirators, screening kits, thermometers, protective suits and other laboratory equipment,” Ms. Man told Xinhua.

She recalled that “Guinea-Bissau had already benefited from a first donation of medical supplies from the Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations”.

In addition, “the country received another donation of medical supplies from the Chinese government last Saturday,” she said.

“These gestures of solidarity prove once again that China is indeed by the side of Guinea-Bissau in the fight against COVID-19,” Ms. Man said.

The authorities have taken several drastic measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, such as closure of borders, bars, restaurants, markets, places of worship, schools and universities, prohibition of gatherings and movement of people and suspension of public transport.

Guinea-Bissau currently has 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3 cured and 47 under treatment.
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FG committed to fighting crimes-Issa-Onilu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is the commitment of the Federal Government to tackle crimes arising from lockdown against COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

APC National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu expressed this view in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

 

He said: “The key responsibility of government remains ensuring the safety and security of lives and property of all citizens.

“From the renewed and intensified Boko Haram counter-insurgency to the enhanced offensive against emerging crimes in other parts of the country, the government is committed to taking bold steps to secure the country and the citizenry.

“In line with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari during his broadcast on Monday, a major and coordinated offensive by the Police, Army, Navy, Airforce and Directorate of State Services (DSS) is underway against the miscreants.”

According to him, there is no dispute about the hardships being faced by many citizens as a result of the unavoidable lockdown.

“However, we must resist criminal elements trying to exploit the situation and in the process inflicting further hardships on already stressed fellow Nigerians”, the party’s spokesman said.

He said that Nigerians needed  to offer support and ensure that they provided as much comfort as possible for one another.

“While the government and private concerns are doing their best to provide relief, we all have a responsibility to join our security services in protecting ourselves and communities from miscreants,” he said.

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Lagos residents express dissatisfaction with 14-day lockdown extension

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Some residents in Festac area of Lagos on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the 14-day extension of the lockdown in the state, saying one week would have been bearable, but not two.

In interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria the residents complained that even though they knew that the COVID-19 was dangerous, but hunger was most likely to “finish them” first.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari in a broadcast on Monday announced the extension of the lockdown in Abuja and Lagos State as well as Ogun State for another 14 days to further contian the spread COVID-19.

Mrs Ngozi Felix, a civil servant, applauded the effort of the Federal Government in curbing the spread of the virus, but said  that the situation in the country was not that bad as to warrant an extra 14 days lockdown.

“The President could have extended it for just one more week taking into consideration that many families out there are not able to make money for feeding since this lock down began.

“Also, the outbreak is not so much in Nigeria, so what government should really do is to educate the people on hygiene and other measures that will keep them safe from the virus.

“There is hunger in the country right now, my neighbouring have been complaining of hunger for a few days now, I cook in big pots and share for them, but for how long?,

“I thought this was going to be over soon, but for an extra two weeks, I don’t know if I can continue feeding them,” she said.

A trader, Mrs Kelechi Agu, told NAN that she would not be able to feed her family for another two weeks without help.

“I thought that this lockdown was going to be over by now, my calculation was that we would eat what we have for a few days, at most, one week, before I can go back to market and sell my goods.

“My husband retired since 2018 and doesn’t make any money, the sales I make from my shop feed us at home, I have four children that eat a lot.

“At this rate, we are more likely to die from hunger than from this virus, I thought the government would help us, we are yet to receive any help,” Agu said.

Another resident, Mr Osemedua Nnamabia, a businessman, said that the extension was going to drastically affect businesses, increase hardships and poverty in the country.

He said that the aim was valid, but that more measures could have to been put in place to ease the impact of the stay at home order.

“Already, we are seeing the result of the earlier two-week stay-at-home order as it begins to affect basic means for survival, food prices are now on the increase.  

“Even robbery has increased in some parts of Lagos and it is only a matter of time for insecurity and poverty to become bigger concerns than COVID-19,” Nnamabia said.

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Buhari meets Guinea-Bissau’s President Sissoco Embalo at Aso Villa

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday officially received Guinea-Bissau’s President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Embalo was received at the fore court of the presidential villa by the Nigerian leader at about 11.05 a.m.

NAN reports that the two leaders immediately went into closed door to discuss issues concerning both countries as well as regional and continental matters.

Embalo, candidate of the Movement for Democratic Alternation, who obtained 53.5 per cent of the votes during the country’s presidential election runoff held on Dec. 29, 2019, was reported to have sworn in himself on Feb. 27, 2020.

A local media outfit had reported that,“the ceremony took place despite a continuing legal and political battle over the official results”.

There was no authorisation from the Supreme Court of Justice, and National People’s Assembly President Guinea-Bissau Cipriano Cassama was absent.

“However, many opposition leaders who had supported Embalo in the second round of presidential elections, as well as outgoing President Jose Mario Vaz, assisted in the ceremony.’’

In his inaugural speech, Embalo, who had visited Nigeria twice before his swearing in, pledged to fight against corruption, drug trafficking and nepotism, and to promote “national reconciliation”.

A political commentator, who preferred not to be named, told NAN that the Friday’s official visit of the Guinea Bissau’s President to Nigeria and his subsequent meeting with President Buhari “is a clear recognition of Embalo’s Presidency by Nigerian Government in spite the ongoing political crisis surrounding his election”.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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I’ll always come to Nigeria for your advice, Guinea Bissau’s President tells Buhari

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The President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoko Embalo, says he will always come to President Muhammadu Buhari to seek for advice as Nigeria remains one of the best symbols of democracy in the continent.

Embalo stated this on Friday when he spoke to State House Correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja.

The president, who said he was in Nigeria to thank President Buhari and all Nigerians for supporting him, said “Nigeria has always proved that democratic choices remain the best in all circumstances.’’

He said: “We are aware that Nigeria is a reference for democracy in the whole world; not only for your population but you have always shown that democratic choice is the best way to resolve things.

“It is the people who make the choice; and that is why I am here today to reaffirm the solidarity of the people of Nigeria toward us.

“I thank Baba, my Dad, the President of Nigeria and all the Nigerian people for everything you have been doing.”

According to him, Nigeria is the most important country on the African continent, because of the role it plays in stabilising the continent.

“You cannot even imagine the feeling I have for our friendship with Nigeria.

“I will always refer to President Buhari as my dad. Nigeria has a very important role to play in Africa. Therefore, I will always come to Nigeria to ask for your advice.

“Nigeria has shown the people of Guinea Bissau solidarity in the most difficult moments of our country and also today Baba you have shown solidarity towards the population of Guinea Bissau,” he said.

While reacting to the controversy surrounding his emergence as the President of Guinea Bissau, Sissoko said power comes from God and God has destined that he should lead his people.

“I don’t want to say our voting system is the best in the world but it provides that when you are voting, the ballot has to be counted in front of everybody.

“Our law provides that once you don’t pronounce any irregularity at the point of counting, the matter becomes dead.

“When the matter went to our high court, we have 11 judges there and nine of them affirmed my victory but only the President and Vice President of the court had a contrary opinion.

“I am sad that that put our country in a bad situation.

“But today we say thanks to God because I believe in Him who gives power. Nigeria with over 200 million people decided it is Baba (referring to President Buhari) they want.

“In Guinea Bissau, we have one and half million people and they elected me, not because I am more intelligent or more handsome than other candidates.

“But God said today it is me, tomorrow it can be another person and that is why I was chosen and today I am President of Guinea Bissau,” he affirmed.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
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Alleged unlawful dismissal: Court strike out suit filed by widow against NCS

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The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Monday struck out a suit filed by Dr Jemila Aruna, widow of a dismissed deceased officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Isiaka, challenging the termination of his appointment after his death.

The judge, Justice Oyejoju Oyewumi, struck out the suit following an application by Dr Aruna’s counsel, Mr Abdulganiyu Shuaibu, for the withdrawal of the suit.

Shuaibu said the application for withdrawal was made on grounds that parties had reached some form of agreement and that they had decided to settle out of court.

Defence counsel, Mr Umar Lawal, aligned with the position of the claimant’s counsel and said he had no objection to the application.

Justice Oyewumi therefore said; “in pursuant to the application made by the claimant’s counsel for withdrawal, this case is hereby struck out”.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that Aruna, in her statement of claims said that a year after her husband ‘s demise, she went to inform the defendant officially about the incidence and to also claim his benefits, but instead was served with a letter, terminating the husband’s appointment.

She then approached the court to seeking for a declaration that the appointment of her husband who died on September 16, 2013 while in active service was valid and subsisting. 

The widow also sought a declaration that the appointment of her husband as a staff of NCS vide a letter dated Sept. 24,1992, was still extant and subsisting, until his death

Aruna further prayed the court to void the dismissal of her husband from service on Nov.4, 2014, a year after his demise.

The claimant also sought an order of the court, directing the defendant to reinstate the deceased husband to the position he occupied before his death and pay his salaries, emoluments and entitlements.

In addition, she urged the court to direct the defendant to pay her N300 million as exemplary and aggravated damages.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
(NAN)

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Nissan seeks 10bn yen in damages suit against ex-boss Ghosn

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Japanese carmaker, Nissan, on Wednesday said that it had filed a civil lawsuit against ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn, seeking 10 billion yen (or 91 million dollars) in damages.

According to Japan’s second-largest car manufacturer, the financial damages are linked to Ghosn’s breach of fiduciary duty as a company Director and his misappropriation of Nissan’s resources and assets.

It added that the claim for damages had been calculated on the basis of costs incurred due to Ghosn and his corrupt practices over the years.

“The size of the damages is expected to increase in future as Nissan seeks to recover fines to be paid to Japanese Financial Services Agency.

“And likely penalties imposed on the company in criminal proceedings related to Ghosn’s misconduct,” it said.

Ghosn, who once led the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, fled Japan for Lebanon in December in a daring escape that surprised even his lawyers. Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan.

Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial documents to understate his income. He spent a total of 130 days in Japanese detention.

“I fled injustice and persecution, “ he said.

In January, Ghosn accused some Nissan executives of being behind his arrest as they wanted to stop him from seeking a merger with Renault, which they feared could erode the Japanese carmaker’s independence.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Felix Ajide

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African leaders inaugurate CISSA Headquarters in Addis Ababa to boost security

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H.E. President Mbasogo has maintained an active role towards ensuring that the building project is completed on schedule.

”CISSA fully appreciates this Pan-African gesture. We are grateful to Your Excellency as well. Few member countries, including Sudan, Angola, Djibouti, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania provided seed money for the project. We thank you.

”In the sixteen years of its existence, CISSA has evolved into a truly continental organisation with 52 members, making significant contributions to the implementation of its mandate.

”All this was possible because of the support, assistance and contributions of member countries, ranging from timely and consistent payment of dues, secondment of staff, technical assistance and special grants.

”Here, Nigeria, Algeria, Sudan and South Africa stand out.

”We thank all our Heads of State and Government for your support, trust and guidance. We assure you of our dedication and commitment to service, ” he said.

The CISSA Chairperson also expressed gratitude to the AU Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki, for his interest in the Committee’s work and encouragement.

”Today, the dream of a befitting Headquarters for CISSA has become a reality. With this, we re-commit ourselves to the collective task of making Africa safe and stable, while also continuing to work for global peace and security,” he said.

The decision to establish CISSA was made on 26th August, 2004 in Abuja, Nigeria, by Heads of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa.

The Mandate of CISSA is to provide the African Union Commission (AUC) and its members services with timely and insightful intelligence, which would assist them in making informed decisions.

It is also a platform where members can exchange intelligence, expertise and experiences while dealing with common threats that affect the continent.

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