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Govt Not Sure Of When To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

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The Federal Government is unsure of how soon it will receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines.

Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire told journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja that government was no longer sure when exactly the vaccines would arrive in the country.

According to him, the delivery of the vaccines is not in the hands of the Nigerian government.

He said : “But the question is, when are they delivering? That is not in our hands. It is in the hand of the person who is bringing it to us. “We have been told to open an account with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that already successfully because we are going to pay for that part of the vaccine. The COVAX vaccine is free, at no cost to us, it is made from donations.

“Now, the COVAX will start delivering to African countries before the end of February. That’s what they told us. But they didn’t tell us which country is first or which is second, which is third.

“So, COVAX begins to deliver before the end of February. And we hope that before the end of this month, it would be our turn or latest by beginning of next month.”

But he noted that Nigeria would get COVID-19 vaccines from three donor sources, which should satisfy the need of the country without having to procure.

The minister said that the country was expecting vaccine supplies from COVAX facilitated by the World Health Organisation (WHO); the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) set up by the African Union.

This, according to him, is apart from individuals, government and organisations that are making vaccine donations to the country.

“We are ready to use vaccination once it arrives; we met all the conditions. They have asked us to sign an indemnification form; we have done that. Indemnification means that you do not hold us responsible for anything that happens from using this vaccine. That’s a standard process. We’ve signed that indemnification and so we are waiting for the vaccines to arrive anytime.

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“I don’t think that they will arrive in all African countries at the same time. They arrive one by one, stage by stage or the order in which they arrive is determined by COVAX .

“Now the largest number of vaccines we are getting is AstraZeneca in Africa, and this AstraZeneca is made under licence. It’s a UK vaccine but is manufactured under licence by the Serum Institute of India. So, Serum Institute of India is donating all these vaccines.”

On why Nigeria is receiving the AstraZeneca vaccines whose rollout has been discontinued by South Africa because it was found to be less effective, Ehanire disclosed that WHO has said the country could make use of it.

He added that the South African variant of the virus was not in Nigeria, noting therefore that the AstraZeneca vaccine could provide immunity to citizens.

“South Africa discovered that these vaccine had some weaknesses against their own variant, the South African virus variant. It’s a peculiar variant by itself and the South Africans say that it didn’t seem to be very effective against their own variant.

“Now, we turn to the World Health Organisation and say what do we do? They say, well, if you don’t have that variant, don’t worry, use it. In Nigeria, we do not have the South African variant. So, use it, it will be effective. Therefore, we are using it because we do not have the South African virus variant here in our country. And if you start the vaccination on time and get Nigerians immunised, then they are immune and even if the variant comes in later on, it probably will not have any effect.”

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Why I Couldn’t Implement 2014 Confab Report – Jonathan

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Why I Couldn't Implement 2014 Confab Report - Jonathan

The then existing political atmosphere was among the factors that did not allow former President Goodluck Jonathan to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference report.

Jonathan explained that the political climate did not warrant his then government to implement the report.

He noted that Nigeria was on the verge of the 2015 general election; hence it was impossible to review the constitution, which would have allowed his administration to implement the report.

The former president disclosed this at the public presentation of a book on the 2014 National Conference in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Represented by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Jonathan noted that defections among past lawmakers in the National Assembly contributed to his inability to implement the conference report.

Jonathan said his administration could not implement the report because the then legislature was anti-government.

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He said: “Those familiar with the process of constitutional review will know that to implement the confab report, a number of alterations will be made in the constitution, which will require the involvement of the National and State Assemblies.

“Such an elaborate review will be termed impossible at the time because at the time the report was submitted in August 2014, we were already on the verge of the 2015 election.

“It is also important to point out that at that time, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who was a member of my party, the PDP had already moved out with some members to join the opposition.

“That meant that a reasonable part of the legislature was already anti-government. When you know that your parliament is under that kind of situation, it would have been impudent on my part to take such a precious document, which I considered crucial for development, to a parliament that would not take it into consideration.”

Jonathan also noted that his administration could not implement the recommendations from the report because Nigerians were suspicious of his government.

“There was no way that could have been done. We were also fully aware that a segment of our population were already suspicious of the actions of government,” he added.

 

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Court Halts Impeachment Of Oyo Deputy Governor

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Court Halts Impeachment Of Oyo Deputy Governor

Justice Oladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court has restrained the House of Assembly from further impeachment process against the state deputy governor, Raufu Olaniyan.

Justice Akintola ruled that the State Assembly should stop any removal process they may want to initiate until the court decides.

The Assembly is billed to read Olaniyan’s reply to their allegation this morning but has placed a hold on the further process regarding the impeachment.

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The court adjourned the matter till Tuesday, July 5 2022 for the continuation of the hearing.

The adjournment was to allow the Assembly to file its reply to that of Olaniyan at the Court.

The Director of legal services, Olabanji represented the Assembly, while Chief Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), led Olaniyan’s legal team.

 

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Sokoto Speaker, Others Defect To PDP

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Sokoto Speaker, Others Defect To PDP

The Sokoto State House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida, and three gubernatorial aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate received the defectors in Sokoto State on Sunday.

The gubernatorial aspirants, who defected to the PDP were identified as former Minister of Sports Yusuf Suleiman, Alhaji Abubakar Gumbi and serving Rep. Balarabe Salame.

Others include, Rep. Yusuf Kurdula, Sen. Bello Gada, State lawmaker, Murtala Maigona, serving National Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission and Sen. Jibril Gada.

Okowa while receiving the defectors, said that the PDP was working judiciously to salvage Nigeria from its current challenges of insecurity.

He also stated that Atiku Abubakar has the quality and knowledge to solve the country’s numerous challenges.

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He said, “Atiku is the man to take Nigeria out of its present stage, as such our country of tomorrow needs every one in the struggle by PDP,” he said.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State expressed happiness over the acceptance of the defectors to join the PDP in the State.

“Today you are all returning home. I am happy that all of you are satisfied and convinced with the PDP leadership in Sokoto and Nigeria,” he said.

Tambuwal described Atiku and Okowa as true nationalists with passion for Nigeria’s prosperity, saying their combination will yield the right leadership needed for the country.

 

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