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The House of Representatives has asked the Federal government to set up a delegation of academia to visit Madagascar and Senegal in a bid to study their alleged COVID19 breakthrough.

The lower chamber has also asked for a N15bn Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Nigerian Universities and Tertiary Institutions.

The green chamber also asked the federal government to set up an Infectious Diseases Research Institute in 6 selected Federal Government universities across the Six Geo-Political Zones of the country.

These were part of the resolutions of a motion moved by Steve Azaiki and nine others on Tuesday during plenary.

Moving the motion, Azaiki noted that Nigeria needs to invest in research to retain its status as the giant of Africa and the globe.

He noted that COVID-19 has further exposed Nigeria’s vulnerability.

“Nigeria must be counted as one of the countries making contributions in science and research to find the cure and vaccine for COVID–19 and to achieve this objective there is need to provide support and funding to universities and research institutions through special emergency funding to enable them carry out such responsibilities, ” he stated.

He added that the “COVID–19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Nigeria’s universities and tertiary education system and without major mitigation, like discovering an effective therapy or vaccine, mass testing and a new strategic infusion of federal funding, the landscape of Nigeria’s university and tertiary institutions may be forever changed.”

Meanwhile, the lawmaker commended some selected schools in Nigeria that have made efforts in the fight against the Virus.

“We must take cognizance of the efforts by some Nigerian institutions like University of Benin (UNIBEN) Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU) and Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in contributing to the ongoing fight against COVID19, where researchers have produced clinically tested low-cost and effective ventilators.”

Adding that, “strategic additional funding could increase their capacity in this regard.”

The green chamber also resolved to urge the Federal Government to empower some special universities to build the capacity to do the required testing to meet up with the national demand on testing.

The chamber also mandated the committees on Tertiary Education, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Science and Technology to ensure implementation, while also seeking the concurrence of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: We don’t have money to buy food – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged farmers to return to their farms in order to provide food for Nigerians, as there is no money for importation.

Buhari, while speaking with State House reporters after Eid prayers on Sunday, also prayed for a favourable raining season.

“I hope the raining season would be bountiful so that we get a lot of food.

“I wish the farmers will go to farms and save our lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quantity so that we don’t have to import food.

“In any case, we don’t have any money to import food. So, we must produce what we are going to eat,” he said.

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, used the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in containing the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I wish to thank the Federal Ministry of Health and also the NCDC for their efforts in combating the pandemic,” she said.

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Sanwo-Olu to virtually inaugurate projects to mark one year in office

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In fulfillment of his promises to renew infrastructure in critical sectors, Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is to inaugurate housing, education, and road projects as part of activities to mark one year in the office.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Sunday, that some of the projects would be inaugurated virtually while the others would be on-site.
He noted that Sanwo-Olu’s administration would be one year old on May 29.
The official said that a number of programmes had been slated to commemorate the anniversary.

He said that the governor would visit Ikorodu to inaugurate the 360-unit Lagos Homes and visit Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate, Lekki, and the Courtland Villas on Femi Okunnu Estate during the weeklong celebration.
”In the education sector, Sanwo-Olu will conduct virtual inauguration of completed classroom blocks in Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu; Eva Adelaja Junior School, Bariga; and Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, among others.
”Virtual inauguration of completed works such as the Concrete Jetty in Baiyeku, Ikorodu, Aradagun-Ajido- Epeme Road in Badagry, and the Maryland Signalisation project also forms part of the itinerary to commemorate the anniversary
”Prior to May 29, Sanwo-Olu will deliver Children’s Day address on May 27, which coincides with the 53rd anniversary of the state,” he said.
The commissioner said that the anniversary events would not be held elaborately, in order to reflect the realities and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
”This is not a time to engage in any elaborate celebrations.
”The governor, however, considers it essential to render an account of his service to Lagosians since he was voted into office a year ago,” Omotosho said.
The commissioner said that in the next few days, the anniversary programmes would begin at the J.J.T Park in Alausa, with press briefings by some members of the state executive council.
He said that commissioners and special advisers would present their scorecards in tandem with the six pillars of the state’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

”Three special publications highlighting the achievements of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration and testimonies of beneficiaries of various initiatives of the government are slated for presentation to the public by the governor and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.
”Sanwo-Olu remains focused on fulfilling his campaign promises to Lagosians and determined to accomplish set targets in spite of the temporary setback occasioned by the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an interesting alteration to our ways of life,” he said.

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