Wednesday, January 20, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines: Afreximbank advances USD2bn for procurement - ITREALMS

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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has advanced the sum of US$2 billion for procurement commitment to COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer in the continent, reports ITREALMS.
Afreximbank President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Prof. Benedict Oramah made this disclosure on Tuesday, said it would afford African countries to get the vaccines at competitive prices and in a timely manner.

Fayemi makes case for qualified female lawyers elevation to Bench - ITREALMS

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has canvassed the elevation of qualified female lawyers as well as young lawyers as judges in the state High Court, reports 
ITREALMS.

Dr Fayemi advocated these in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday during the inauguration of the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Adeniyi Familoni as a judge of the State High Court, following his recommendation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Makinde says 'We‘ll digitalise educational system in Oyo' - ITREALMS

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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Tuesday, said that his administration remains committed to digitalising the educational system in the state with a view to bringing about qualitative education and enhancing teaching and learning.

The governor equally stated that his administration is ready to partner with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on quality education service delivery in the state.

Between companies and external law firms - ITREALMS

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Especially in times of crisis, legal departments question their cooperation with external law firms and look for flexible, efficient and timely solutions for legal issues


The corona pandemic is causing turmoil worldwide and has had a massive impact on economic activity. Internal legal departments are therefore facing new challenges. On the one hand, companies are cutting their budgets for legal services, and on the other hand, the complexity and amount of legal issues is increasing. In-house lawyers have to minimize their costs while also reducing the work pressure on their teams.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Africa genetics: GSK, Novartis collaborate on scientific research - ITREALMS

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GSK and Novartis are collaborating on scientific research in Africa, just as they dangle some USD 3.6 million on genetic diversity, reports ITREALMS. 
Even as call has been made by the Project Africa GRADIENT for local researchers to submit proposals exploring the link between genetic diversity and response to malaria and tuberculosis drugs in African patients.

The call is for researchers based at universities, science councils and other public research organizations across Africa to express ‘intent to submit’ by March 1, 2021.

47.8m NINs collected by telcos - ITREALMS

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Across the five major mobile telecom operators in the country, a total of 47.8m National Identity Numbers (NINs) have been collected, reports 
ITREALMS.
These operators include Airtel, MTN, nTel, 9mobile and Glo.


This was disclosed by the Director Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde to 
ITREALMS after the review meeting held on Monday.

Clearance sale @Konga kicks off - ITREALMS

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Over 65,000 mobile phones, 15,000 laptops/desktops/printers, 3,150 inverters and inverter batteries, 1550 TVs, loads of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), as well as Home & Kitchen items of assorted brands and configurations are up for grabs on e-Commerce giant, Konga’s first major sales campaign for 2021 tagged January Clearance Sale. 

The January Clearance Sale, which kicked off on Monday, January 18 will run until Sunday, January 31, 2021.


Catholic Church, CAN broker peace among Gov. Umahi, Anyim & Egwu - ITREALMS

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The Catholic Church and leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have brokered peace among the Governor of Ebonyi, Chief Dave Umahi, former Senate President, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and former Governor and current Senate Samuel Egwu, reports 
ITREALMS.
Bishop Okoro

Confirming this to ITREALMS, Technical Adviser to Governor Umahi on Media, Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze also commended the efforts of the Catholic Church in resolving the fuss among her boss who doubles as Chairman, South/East Governors Forum.

CBN approves N10bn revival fund for companies - ITREALMS

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved a N10 billion revival fund for companies impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, reports 
ITREALMS.

This followed the efforts of the Kano Investment and Diaspora, in partnership with the Foreign Commonwealth Development (LINKS) and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).


Anambra: Anierobi resumes as Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs - ITREALMS

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The newly appointed Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Dr Kenneth Anierobi has resumed duties at the ministry on Monday, January 18, this year, reports ITREALMS.

The commissioner, who hails from Omo, Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) was appointed on December 15, 2020, and he took oath a month later.

Monday, January 18, 2021

#EndSARS: Judicial panel ends preliminary analysis of complaints @Oyo - ITREALMS

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The 12-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to look into petitions of police brutality and victimisation in the state will begin public hearing next week Tuesday, reports ITREALMS.


The Panel, after concluding preliminary analysis of complaints/petitions submitted by victims of police brutality/victimisation, will begin the public hearing on Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 at the House of Chiefs, Oyo State House of Assembly Complex, Secretariat, Ibadan from 9.00 a.m. daily.

Bond marketing: Mauritius, Morocco join ABABI - ITREALMS

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The African Development Bank has confirmed the addition of two new countries - Mauritius and Morocco into its Bloomberg African Bond Indices (ABABI), marking a steady progress in the Bank’s efforts to deepen the continent’s local currency bond market, reports 
ITREALMS.

The African Development Bank administers the ABABI, a family of African bond indices launched in February 2015 and calculated by the independent, global index provider Bloomberg.


Uganda restores Internet access to citizens - ITREALMS

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Following the pronouncement on the Ugandan election that President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni allegedly won, the Internet has been restored in the country, reports 
ITREALMS.
President Museveni
Despite that the internet in Uganda has been restored, Monday afternoon, ITREALMS gathered that social media is yet to be restored.

Tinubu mourns Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye - ITREALMS

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Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed his deep condolences over the passing on Sunday of former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, reports 
ITREALMS.

A condolence message available to 

ITREALMS by his media office, Asiwaju Tinubu commiserated with the family, friends, relations and associates of former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Jubril Martins- Kuye, over his passing.

Nigeria's tech community in mourning over killing of David Nketim-Rex - ITREALMS

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Nigeria's technology community has been thrown into mourning as they learnt the killing of the 2018 IBM competition winner, David Nketim-Rex, who was shot at Jibowu-Lagos, last Friday, reports 
ITREALMS.
Late David Nketim-Rex

Media was also awash with the death of the 22-year old, just as a preliminary investigation by the police showed the Systems Engineer and winner of 2018 IBM competition, David Nketim-Rex, was killed by robbers.

Bank launches ecommerce platform, partners Network International - ITREALMS

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Acclaimed continental leader in commercial banking based in Malawi, the NBS Bank has launched its state of the art e-commerce platform, powered by Network International, an enabler of digital commerce across Africa and the Middle East, reports ITREALMS.
The implementation of Network International’s N-Genius Online payment gateway will enable NBS Bank to offer Malawian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large corporations, public institutions and individuals a fast and secure way to enter the rapidly growing e-commerce market in Malawi.


$5m bribe to Malami: Akpabio refutes allegation, threatens court action over fake news - ITREALMS

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The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has refuted his alleged payment of $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), reports 
ITREALMS.

Akpabio also described the news making a round as "fake news," and may be heading to court against the publishers.

10-yrs after: Oyo donates 18-seater buses to state TUC, NULGE - ITREALMS

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The Oyo state government, has donated one 18-seater bus each to the state chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), reports ITREALMS.


This fulfillment came after 10 years when the initial request was made to the government.

The government stated that the buses would help to enhance the discharge of the duties by the Labour unions.

South-West PDP: Lagos pledges support for Makinde - ITREALMS

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said on Saturday, that it was endorsing Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the leader of the party in the South West, reports 
ITREALMS.

Lagos PDP leaders, who made the declaration after a meeting with Governor Makinde in Ibadan, said that they were highly appreciative of the outstanding role the governor has played in the life of the party.

The party leaders also pledged their unflinching loyalty to the leadership of Governor Makinde in the South West PDP, adding that his leadership style was exemplary.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Pantami: Diplomats must obtain NIN – ITREALMS

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The Federal Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (MoCDE), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has said it's mandatory for diplomats to obtain the National Identity Numbers (NIN), reports ITREALMS.


Pantami, ITREALMS disclosed this in a statement on Sunday by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi.

Why Obiano imposed curfew on Aguleri-Umueri mayhem - ITREALMS

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More facts may have began to emerge on the reasons behind imposition of curfew by the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano in Aguleri, Umueri and Umuoba-Anam due to community conflict that erupted at the weekend, reports 
ITREALMS.

The governor, ITREALMS gathered, imposed a three-day curfew following the mayhem that erupted in early hours of Saturday.

Stop demonising my husband says Mrs Adam Nuru - ITREALMS

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Respite may be coming the way of the embattled Managing Director of the First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, as his wife, Hajia Hauwa has berated those who are trying to demonise her husband over the purported paternity scandal, reports ITREALMS.
Reacting at the weekend on the alleged moving out of her matrimonial home, she described the news as fake.

According to statement accredited to her and available to ITREALMS, Mrs. Hauwa Nuru, said that all the news making round on her husband and purported packing out of family home were false as she goes nowhere.

"This fake news was published by an online newspaper in a calculated attempt to further demonise my beloved husband and a loving father," she was quoted as saying.

How Can They Fly? - ITREALMS

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Mrs Ada MUO, PhD
How can they fly when the hands that eagerly opened their prison doors are the same that hung limp as thousands of Nigerians got sentenced to permanent imprisonment six feet below the earth? Yes, those Nigerians were executed by animals who, like the stinking mkpi arusi, are too sacred to be touched by the law.

How can they fly when the fingers that lovingly caressed their immaculate white dresses and sent them as emissaries of peace to heaven were painted black as charcoal? Yes, those fingers are irredeemably blackened by curses of those they have sent into unending battles in the deepest belly of hell by their unbounded 'mpu-nity' and incurable mischief.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Umahi's defection: 'Your lamentations childish' - ITREALMS

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A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) Chief Eze Chumwuemeka, has expressed discomfort at the continued lamentations of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) over the recent defection of Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to APC, reports 
ITREALMS.
Eze in a press statement available to ITREALMS, said that it remains within the exclusive preserve of every member of a political party to pitch tent with another political association where his genuine grievances, especially those affecting public interests are not properly addressed, noting that the unnecessary blabbing of the opposition party on the issue is a gross display of deliberate iconoclasm.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Online stock scams: Infinox boss, cautions on traders - ITREALMS

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The Managing Director of INFINOX, Jay Mawji, has cautioned online stock traders over falling victims of scams, reports 
ITREALMS.

The online trading partner, Mawji said, is now available in Africa with the aim of empowering traders to trade Forex, shares, commodities and other financial instruments with ease and confidence.

Heirs Holdings acquires 45% of OML 17 from Shell, Total and ENI - ITREALMS

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Leading African strategic investor, the Heirs Holdings (HH) in partnership with affiliated company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) has unconditionally acquired a 45 per cent interest in Nigerian oil licence OML 17 and related assets, reports 
ITREALMS.

This acquisition, ITREALMS gathered was perfected through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited, a related company of Heirs Holdings and Transcorp; from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and ENI.

96 firms bid for NNPC downstream rehabilitation - ITREALMS

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Keeping with the culture of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) of the current management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) is considering no fewer than (96) prominent and reputable companies for the rehabilitation of downstream infrastructure, reports 
ITREALMS.

The companies, ITREALMS gathered, from various jurisdictions have indicated interest in undertaking the rehabilitation of NNPC downstream infrastructure ranging from critical pipelines to depots and terminals through the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) financing model.

'I dey kempe' says wife of embattled FCMB MD - ITREALMS

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The wife of the embattled Managing Director of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Adam Nuru, Hajia Hauwa, has denied reports that she moved out of her husband’s house, declaring that she goes nowhere, reports ITREALMS.
There have been reports on some online platforms suggesting that Mrs Hauwa Adam Nuru had packed out of her husband’s home and preparatory to filing for a divorce following the paternity scandal involving Mr Adam Nuru and a former staff of FCMB, Mrs Moyo Thomas, whose two kids were allegedly fathered by Nuru while she was married to Mr Tunde Thomas who died last December due to alleged heartbreak. 

Arrest MSF leaders or show us were Kukah called for coup - ITREALMS

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned all those threatening the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most. Rev. Dr Matthew Kukah, to stop forthwith the 'unlawful' actions, reports ITREALMS.

CAN, ITREALMS gathered, also asked the security agencies to make certain the safety and security of the cleric is not breached.


Fallen, but not forgotten! - ITREALMS

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In Commemoration of January 15th as Armed Forces Remembrance Day!

Nigeria learnt nothing from civil war says Bishop Kukah - ITREALMS

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Giving the high level of undue anxiety, frustration in Nigeria, the country obviously learnt nothing from the civil war that occurred some 51 years ago, says the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, reports 
ITREALMS.


Speaking Thursday at the second edition of Never Again Conference with the theme, '51 Years After After the Civil War' held virtually and organised by Nzuko Umunna, a pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Kukah expressed regrets that Nigeria did not learn any lesson from the civil war 51 years after it ended. 

Makinde: Oyo to tackle youth restiveness through sport, receives Oyekola - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Governor, Engr. ‘Seyi Makinde has said that the state government would tackle the challenges of youth restiveness and unemployment through sporting activities, reports ITREALMS.

The governor stated this while receiving the holder of the World Boxing Federation's Super Featherweight title, Ridwan Oyekola, a.k.a. Scorpion in Ibadan, the state capital.

ITREALMS recalls that the title fight was held in Ibadan in December 2020, where Rilwan Oyekola beat an Argentine to claim the World belt.

Why customers applaud Polaris Bank for USD payout - ITREALMS

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A cross-section of customers have applauded Polaris Bank for the payment of US dollars to beneficiaries of money transfer in line with Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) recent payout policy directive, reports ITREALMS.

The Bank noted, shortly after it sent out notices to customers that beneficiaries of money transfer who received their remittance in US dollars in cash or directly into domiciliary account have been very impressed with the Bank's seamless service.


Anambra teachers to resume 18, students February 1 - ITREALMS

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The Anambra State Government has revealed that schools in the state, would open for full academic activities from February 1, 2021, reports 
ITREALMS.


Although the teachers are expected to resume on January 18 to enable them prepare for this term.

PI condemns Uganda Internet shutdown - ITREALMS

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Paradigm Initiative condemns, in the strongest terms possible, the directive by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), ordering a temporary “Suspension of the Operation of Internet Gateways” the country, reports 
ITREALMS.


The organisation also decried alleged exercise of UCC functions, under Sections 5(1) and 56 of the Uganda Communications Act of 2013. As a result of this directive, major internet service providers such as MTN and Airtel Uganda have issued communications to the effect that they have complied as ordered.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Fayemi mourns former Lagos Governor, Ndubuisi Kanu - ITREALMS

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed his condolences on the death of the former Military Governor of Lagos States and Chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, retired, reports 
ITREALMS.

The late Rear Admiral Kanu, who also served as military Governor of Imo State, passed on Wednesday at the age 77.

FirstBank begins 2021 with innovative Virtual Payment card - ITREALMS

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Leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria, the First Bank Plc, has launched the Virtual Payment card, reports 
ITREALMS.
The virtual payment card is a Naira denominated debit card and digital representation of the plastic debit card and designed to be linked to either a customer’s operative account or wallet account.

Makinde mourns late SA Adepoju, commends contributions - ITREALMS

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The Governor of Oyo State, Engr. 
‘Seyi Makinde has expressed sadness over the death of his Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Engineer Simiyu James Adepoju, describing it as a huge loss to the state, reports ITREALMS.

Makinde while speaking Thursday, said that the contributions of the late engineer to the ongoing infrastructure development drive in the state were remarkable.

BoK rides on Temenos Core to optimise operations - ITREALMS

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Leading financial institution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, with 175 branches, the 
Bank of Khyber (BoK), has successfully went live with Temenos Transact, reports ITREALMS.
Temenos Transact, ITREALMS gathered is the next generation core banking, Temenos Infinity digital banking platform, Financial Crime Mitigation and Analytics.  

Vertiv brings Powerhouse Panel to discuss 2021 Data Centre Trends Live on LinkedIn - ITREALMS

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Global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, Vertiv, is hosting a LinkedIn Live event, Trendspotting: The Track Ahead for the Data Centre Industry in 2021 on January 19th, 2021 at 17:00PM UAE time, reports 
ITREALMS.

This event brings together experts from around the globe with a combined 60+ years of experience in the IT, data centre and manufacturing world to share their regional insights into the recently announced 2021 data centre trends and discuss how these predictions resonate in their regions and impact their customers.

Making sense of manual ‘Digital’ directive - ITREALMS

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The COVID19 pandemic is not letting up. It continues to race and rage across the globe. With 92 million cases and almost two million deaths, one expects every hand to be on deck to curb the spread. 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.

DHL Global invests R126.5m for new facility in South Africa - ITREALMS

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DHL Global Forwarding has signed an exclusive 10-year lease for approximately 13,000 square meters of office and warehousing space at the newly-developed Skyparks Business Estate near Oliver Reginald (O.R.) Tambo International Airport, reports 
ITREALMS.
The new facility, ITREALMS gathered will boast 10,000 square meters of warehousing space, doubling the existing capacity to meet future demand.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Stakeholders seek Buhari’s intervention in Kwara APC crisis - ITREALMS

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A group, Critical Stakeholders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s leadership to intervene in the current crisis rocking the party in the state, reports 
ITREALMS.

The leader of the group, Mr Akogun Oyedepo, made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen at the APC National Secretariat.

Africa: Most ‘ready-for-circularity’ continent?

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The Africa's chances of moving towards circular business models are easier than in other continents where most infrastructures were built without their next life cycles in mind, reports 
ITREALMS.

"Africa is potentially one of the most ‘ready-for-circularity’ continents because its ecological footprint is still very low. Join REVOLVE Circular and circular experience on 14 January to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of circularity in Africa," a press statement available to ITREALMS read. 

COVID-19: Fayemi unveils coldchain solar-powered refrigerators ahead of vaccines - ITREALMS

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In a proactive move to prepare for the planned COVID-19 vaccines promised by the Federal Government, Ekiti State has acquired 187 solar powered cold chain refrigerators for vaccine storage for its primary healthcare centers in the 177 wards of the state.

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who restated the commitment of his administration to further improve healthcare delivery in the state, also set aside N300 million for the State’s Basic Health Care Provision Fund.

The Governor made this known on Tuesday at the commissioning of the  Solar Direct Drive Cold Chain equipment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ado-Ekiti.

Stop managing COVID-19 patients in private facilities - ITREALMS

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The owners of private health facilities in Oyo State have been warned against managing COVID-19 cases in their facilities, reports 
ITREALMS.
This, has also been linked with the rising cases of the infection in the state.

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the state's COVID-19 Technical Task Force, gave this warning weekend, noting that there are 30 approved Testing Centres including the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, for the purpose of testing samples.

Nigeria sharing formula policy made north unproductive says Utomi - ITREALMS

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The Nigeria's sharing formula policy has been attributed to the major reason, the northern part of the country has remained unproductive, reports ITREALMS.

A renowned political-economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, ITREALMS reports, made this assertions on Sunday at a virtual media parley, hence some actors in Northern part of Nigeria is afraid of much desired restructuring even 51 years after the civil war.
Speaking at a virtual media parley hosted by Nzuko Umunna, Ovation and Njenje Media, ahead of the 2021 conference to foster national cohesion and development, Utomi said north cannot stand on its own without Nigeria as less than five states can unite as one. 

Remaking Nigeria, 60 years after - ITREALMS

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“…Nation-building is a futuristic venture; it is not something you do looking back. If a nation would be tempted, like Lot’s wife, to keep looking back, perhaps that nation will turn to a pillar of salt.” – Tope Fasua in Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices.

“A country is as good and redeeming as those who engage in its politics.” – Joel Nwokeoma in Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices.  

“They prayed for things God had given them capacity to do for themselves yet killed and maimed in the name of God. They fought for God and left their fight to God.” – Aisha Yesufu in Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices.