These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Wednesday morning.
1. NCDC confirms 16 new cases of COVID-19 as Nigeria’s total figure rises to 258
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday night confirmed 16 new cases of coronavirus in the country. The figure brought the total number of confirmed infections in Nigeria to 254. Read more
2. Oyo confirms 2 fresh cases of COVID-19
Oyo State government on Tuesday confirmed two new cases of coronavirus in the state. The state governor, Seyi Makinde, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle, said the first case is a 28- year- old who returned to the country from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 22. Read more
3. Katsina’s COVID-19 index case dies
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, Tuesday confirmed the death of the state’s first coronavirus case. Masari, who disclosed this to journalists in Katsina, said the deceased, Dr. Aminu Yakubu, a Daura- based private medical practitioner recently returned from Lagos to the state and died three days later. Read more
4. Nigerian govt to adopt door-to-door distribution system in school feeding programme
The Federal Government said on Tuesday it would adopt a door-to-door voucher distribution system to feed school pupils in the country. The Assistant Director of the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF), Rhoda Iliya, who disclosed in a statement, said the programme would give priority to Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) but will extend to all states currently participating in the programme for a period of 30 days. Read more
5. Caverton cries out as Gov Wike detains pilots for allegedly flouting lockdown order
The management of Caverton Helicopters on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to prevail on the Governor of River State, Nyesom Wike, to release its pilots who had been remanded at a prison in the state capital for defying the government’s directive on movement to the state. Read more
6. ASO ROCK WATCH: That presidential order on salary payments. 2 other talking points
President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the Ministry of Finance and National Planning to ensure prompt payment of workers’ salaries in order to cushion the hardship that came with the ongoing lockdown across the federation was one burning issue at the Presidency last week.
The ministry was also ordered to ensure the protection of critical infrastructures like roads and rails, as well as seek inputs locally to strengthen the nation’s economy.
Buhari’s directive was made public by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Chairman of the Presidential panel to review the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, in Abuja, after intimating him on the latest developments relating to the pandemic. Read more
7. 3,000 health workers infected with COVID-19 worldwide — WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday over 3,000 health workers have been infected with coronavirus globally while many died in the process of offering care to affected people. Read more
8. Abducted Bauchi governor’s elder brother regains freedom
Adamu Mohammed, the abducted elder brother of Bauchi State governor, has been released by his captors. The spokesman of the state police command, Kamal Abubakar, confirmed the release of the governor’s brother to journalists on Tuesday. Read more
9. Rivers govt confirms discharge of index coronavirus case
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday confirmed the discharge of the state’s coronavirus case after recovering from the disease. Read more
10. NUPENG decries security agents’ harassment of members
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Tuesday decried the harassment and intimidation of oil company workers on essential services by security agents. Read more