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FG disburses over N35.3bn to states for COVID-19



The National Coordinator, Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (NG-CARES) Dr Abdulkareem Obaje says the Agency has disbursed over N35.3 billion to all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to boost their performance in cushion the effect of COVID 19 pandemic in the country.

He made this known in Abuja at the training for Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Heads of Delivery Platforms in all the states as well as Heads of States Cares Coordination Units.

Dr Obaje Maintained that the training was designed to give the target participants first-hand knowledge on operationalisation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Manual developed jointly with the states adding that NG-CARES encouraged all the state governments to add more resources to the projects.

Also the Chairman of, Federal Cares Technical Committee, Mr Aso Vakporaye, reiterated that the programme was aimed at ameliorating the impact of COVID-19 on the vulnerable and the poor.

The Head, State Cares Coordinating Units, Delta State, Mrs.Lady Patience Ogbewe, said the workshop had exposed them to generate credible data for effective implementation of the programme.

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Adamawa State Gets 1,166 Hajj. Seats in 2022, Exec-Sec. Pilgrims Welfare Commission.



The Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission, who is also a Permanent Secretary in the state Civil Service, Mal. Abubakar Salihu has disclosed that the State has been allocated 1,166 seats in the 2022 Hajj exercise.

Salihu Made the disclosure during a press conference in Yola on Tuesday, He noted that Saudi Arabia has allocated a total of 43,008 Hajj seats to Nigeria.

The executive secretary who noted that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated 1,000,000 seats for the exercise across the globe, noted that 850,000 of the seats will come from outside the kingdom.

Salihu disclosed that Saudi Arabian authorities have put conditions for the conduct of the Hajj exercise noting that intending pilgrims must be immunized against COVID-19 pandemic, must present negative PCR results of 72 hours or less before departure from Nigeria and must be less that 65 years of age.

He noted that as a result of fall in the value of naira, rise in VAT from 5% to 15% and reintroduction of COVID-19 protocols, Hajj fare is expected to rise to N2,565,265.84k in 2022.

Salihu called on all those who deposited money to augment payment to the tune of N2,565,265 and wait for further information as the Hajj fare was not yet finalized.

The executive Secretary said his commission is working hard to reduce the cost of accommodation while not compromising standards adding that the move will reduce the overall cost of the Hajj greatly.

He noted that 80% of the state slots will be given to those who rolled over from 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in that order, “this means we will use the first come first serve system or the queuing system. The remaining 20% will be shared between the HSS, state government, sponsors and LGA Sponsors.

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Covid19: Bauchi Gov Flags Off Booster Dose Vaccination



Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad has directed all the 20 local government council chairmen to flag off the COVID-19 vaccination Booster dose with a view to eradicate the Omicron Variant in their domain.

The Governor gave the charge while declaring open the commencement of COVID-19 vaccination Booster dose held at the Government House, Bauchi.

Represented by the his deputy Senator Bala Tela, the Governor said the state government has received 83,000 doses of Phizer vaccine from the national primary health care development agency to be used as a booster dose.

He added that Bauchi state has successfully implemented the first and second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination and currently implementing the third phase which is meant for all adult who are 18 years and above.

Bala Muhammad said the World health organization recommended that having additional dose of the vaccine after two initial doses provide protection against strain of the Omicron of Corona Virus.

According to him, the state government has invested huge amount of money for the prevention of the pandemic in the state by establishing and equipping the two standard molecular reference COVID-19 laboratories at ATBUTH and Specialist hospital Bauchi.

While commending the traditional and religious leaders for having trust in government and for supporting the vaccination and other health programs, the governor used the medium to appreciate the support of development partners financial and technical in the fight against the pandemic.

The COVID-19 vaccination Booster dose was administered to the Emir of Bauchi Alh Dr Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu and other traditional and religious leaders, Secretary to the state government, Chief of staff, representative of various security agencies among others.

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COVID-19: Experts Harp On Vaccination As Cases Surge



Experts have advised Nigerians to continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19 amid increasing cases and deaths from the virus in the last few weeks.

The advice comes following complaints from members of the public that people are getting infected and dying from COVID-19 complications despite getting vaccinated.

However, experts said that the fatality would have been higher if not for the medical breakthrough in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also advocated for the booster shots to be taken by those who have been vaccinated to strengthen their immunity.

It was reports that millions of Nigerians are apprehensive about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine as evident in the fact that only 3.8 per cent of eligible citizens have been vaccinated so far.

Data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that between Friday, December 24 and Sunday, December 26, Nigeria recorded a total of 29 deaths from COVID-19.

Between Friday and Saturday, 21 people died from the disease while an additional eight people were killed by the virus on Sunday.

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