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Expect new directives from Buhari on Monday and other COVID-19 updates across Nigeria

From Muhammadu Buhari’s anticipated new directives, to the easing of the lockdown in Kaduna and Raymond Dokpesi’s new comments on COVID-19, we bring the news around COVID-19 across Nigeria.

‘Expect new directives from Buhari on Monday’

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will address the country to give new directives to curtail the spread of COVID-19

He said this shortly after he led members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Dokpesi retraces steps on COVID-19 comments

Founder of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi has asked the African Independent Television (AIT) to stop airing comments by him and his son on their experience with COVID-19 at an isolation centre in Abuja — for now.

When he was discharged, Raymond Dokpesi jnr expressed disappointment that he was not given documentary evidence of his COVID-19 status.

But in a memo dated May 17 and addressed to the chairman (his son), general managing director (GMD), managing director (MD) AIT and other top members of the management team, the founder said he agrees with some senior citizens who suggested that he should have written to the presidential task force on COVID-19 rather than create “doubt in the minds of the public”.

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‘Lagos may reopen for FULL business’

The governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the state is considering full reopening of the critical sectors of its economy soon.

Speaking at a media briefing Sunday, at the state house in Marina, the governor said the plan will not be implemented in a hurry.

He said the state government would be rolling out register-to-open initiative as a part of its plan because it cannot afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown permanently.

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Kaduna to relax restriction on movement

The Kaduna Government has re-adjusted the two-day window of the restriction of movement order. This is to allow residents to purchase food and other essentials from markets.

A statement by the Managing Director of Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company (KMDMC), Muhammad Hafiz Bayero on Sunday, said, Wednesdays  and Thursdays are now  the two-day window which the restriction of movement will be  relaxed.

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Insurers move to tackle COVID-19 impacts via research funding

Operators in the nation’s insurance industry have revealed plans to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic through research funding geared toward curtailing the spread of the disease across the continents.

The Chief Executive Officer, AXA Group, Thomas Buberl, who spoke to The Guardian at the weekend in a telephone interview said, it has earmarked fresh €5 million as part of philanthropic research funding to get rid of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.

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