Reports Osinbajo flouted due process in supervision of agencies false, misleading — Aide
Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, says reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did not follow due process in the supervsion of agencies under him are false and misleading.
Akande in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the report by The Cable published on Tuesday, which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Osinbajo to seek approvals for agencies under him was sensational.
He said that the report suggested, falsely, that agencies under the supervision of the vice President did not normally comply with established rules where presidential approvals were required.
“This is obviously misleading and aims only to plant seeds of discord in the Presidency, while attempting to create unnecessary national hysteria.
“The agencies in question are established by law and the vice president has always insisted on due compliance with the enabling statutes and other established regulations.
“Depending on the particular scope of activity in question, agencies may require management approval only, at the level of the Director-General or Chief Executive Officer.
“In this category falls the great majority of their day-to-day activities.
“However, other activities, or procurements, with value exceeding a certain threshold, require Board approval.
“These may get to the agency Board chaired by the Vice President.
“In a few cases where presidential approval is required, the Director-General must seek such approval from the President, through the vice president.
“These rules have always guided the activities of statutory agencies and the ones under the vice president’s supervision have always been so guided.”
Akande said that to claim that in the first term of the Buhari administration, agencies of government had not been complying with the provisions (of getting final approvals from the president) was false.
According to him, the attempt to suggest the vice president’s complicity in such irregularities is simply mischievous and reprehensible.
He said that effective and mutually respecting relationship between the president and the vice president was well known to Nigerians and it was futile to insinuate otherwise.
“Even though the vice president has a statutory role as Board Chairman of some government agencies under his office, with appropriate approval limits, which often do not include contract approvals, it is ludicrous to even insinuate that a Board Chairman approves contracts.
“Evidently, the Federal Executive Council, which oversees Federal Ministries and agencies of government, is chaired by the President, and it is in its purview to approve or ratify award of contracts within the prescribed threshold.
“We urge media organisations, as gatekeepers, to uphold truth, balance, fairness and objectivity in their reports,” he said.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
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The daily caseload stayed above 30 for five straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.
Of the new cases, five were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,280.
No more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 273. The total fatality rate stood at 2.34 percent.
A total of seven more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 10,506. The total recovery rate was 90.0 percent.
Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 990,000 people, among whom 950,526 tested negative for the virus and 28,766 are being checked.
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He said that 926 patients recovered from the disease, raising the tally of recoveries in the country to 131,778.
“Our test count is over 54,000, including for screening purposes. The number of patients who need intensive care continues to decrease,” the minister said.
Chinese doctors and medical experts held a video conference with Turkish counterparts to share China‘s experiences in treating coronavirus patients, protecting medical workers, and controlling the spread of the virus.
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According to a statement issued by the ministry, all new cases, including 265 Omanis, are related to community contact.
Meanwhile, 606 more have recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 3,451.
The ministry called on people to observe the procedures for quarantine, avoid public places or places of worship, and ensure public hygiene.
Malaysia reports highest daily jump of 277 new COVID-19 cases, mostly from detention center
Health ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that 270 of the new cases are foreign nationals detained at an immigration detention center on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
The facility was the first such detention depot where cluster infections were found among foreign detainees, before similar clusters were detected in several other facilities.
Noor Hisham said the detainees might be infected due to the confined space in the facility but they were tested negative in the previous screening.
He emphasized that new local transmissions involving Malaysians were only single digit as only four cases reported on Thursday were local transmission involving Malaysian citizens.
Meanwhile, another 28 cases have been released bringing the total cured and discharged to 6,559 cases or 79.5 percent of all cases.
Of the remaining 1,573 active cases, six are currently being held in intensive care and two of those are in need of assisted breathing. No new deaths have been reported, leaving the total deaths at 115.
Indonesia reports 585 more COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths
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According to him, 486 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients to 8,892.
The country’s capital of Jakarta on Thursday decided to extend the period of the government’s large-scale social restrictions up to the end of June, but no definitive date is set yet.
The move was taken following the end of the third extension of the restrictions on June 4.
Iran reports 3,574 new COVID-19 cases, 164,270 in total
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Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19.
Bangladesh reports 2,423 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 57,563
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Bangladesh recorded the highest 2,911 cases in a 24-hour period on June 2.
According to the official, 12,694 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in the labs across Bangladesh.
Also during the last 24 hours, 571 more patients were released from hospitals and clinics, bringing the number of recovered patients in the country to 12,161.
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Mongolia reported one new COVID-19 case in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide count to 186, the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.
According to the official, all the confirmed cases, including four foreigners, were imported, mostly from Russia. No local transmissions or deaths have been reported in the country so far.
Nyamkhuu added that 21 more patients have recovered from the disease, raising the total number to 65.
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