Top five updates on COVID-19 in Nigeria
Owing to the infinite number of information being released at every minute around the novel coronavirus in Nigeria, it is important to not only filter the information we consume so as not to be overwhelmed but to have a reliable space to begin to find the information we need.
Governors ask Buhari to reform distribution of palliatives
Nigerian governors have told President Muhammadu Buhari that the mode of distribution of palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians affected by the coronavirus impact must be reformed.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Mr Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.
80,000 apply for CBN pandemic relief facility
The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), says it received 80,000 applications for the N50 billion targeted credit facility (TCF) released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Abubakar Kure, NIRSAL managing director, told journalists that 40,000 of the total applications were received from households.
Sanwo-Olu says 10,000 youth will be fed daily this period
Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Tuesday, says the state government will feed 100,000 youth daily to cushion the effects of the lockdown on residents.
He said the exercise tagged, “Daily Food Kitchen Programme” will help to reduce hunger among youth who are unable to work as a result of the lockdown.
FG to use phone recharge history, account balance to determine who benefits from palliatives
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq has declared that her Ministry will focus on the urban poor, National Social Register as well as Bank Verification Number (BVN) to determine who benefits from the distribution palliatives to cushion the biting effect of COVID-19 on Nigerians.
“You are aware that the President in his broadcast of Monday, April 13, directed that we expand the beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer by one million and in this regard, we are going to focus more now on the urban poor.
“These are people who depend on the informal sector to earn their livelihood; they are daily wage earners and these are the people that we are really going to focus more on as well as people living with disabilities.”
UN gives 50 ventilators, PPEs to Nigeria to boost Covid-19 response
The UN System in Nigeria has handed over to the Nigerian government a shipment of 50 A30 ventilators, personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies to support the government’s COVID-19 response.
The equipment were procured with funds from the recently launched COVID-19 Basket Fund, including USD $2 million mobilised within the UN System in Nigeria and a USD $200,000 contribution from APM Terminals.