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Federal Government set to ban UK,Canada and Saudi Arabia airlines from entering Nigeria in response to Covid-19 Omicron travel ban

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika revealed the federal government will make sure countries like UK, Saudi Arabia and Canada that put Nigeria on the Covid-19 Omicron variant redlist will be restricted from travelling into the country.

omicron variant
omicron variant

The minister also apologised to Nigerians who have been affected by the travel ban and noted the decision of the FG to reciprocate the ban is in the interest of the country.

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hadi sirika

he said;

“There is also the case of Saudi Arabia that put Nigeria on the ban list. On Sunday, I participated in a meeting with the COVID-19 task force,” NAN quoted the minister as saying.

We have given our input that it is not acceptable by us, and we recommended that those Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina also be put on the red list.

As they did to us if they do not allow our citizens into their countries; who are they coming, as airlines, to pick from our country?

They are not supposed to come in. I am very sure in the next three days; Monday or Tuesday, all those countries will be put on the red list of COVID-19.”

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I felt it coming, i named my first album superstar, so i was born to do this – Wizkid talks about Made in Lagos success and maturity in his sound

Wizkid spoke about the success of his album, Made in Lagos when he was giving his speech after he received the award for Apple music African artiste of the year.

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wizkid

Big Wiz revealed he has been working on it for years and the album is not a different sound abut its more matured than what he used to make.

wizkid
wizkid

He said, “I felt it coming. I would say I’m lying if I didn’t feel it coming because it took me three years to work on that album. So I felt like there was going to be a shift, but I didn’t know how it would come. Because I knew that it was kind of like a different… it wasn’t a different sound, but it was a more matured sound from what I used to make. From when I was way young, man. I called my first album ‘Superstar.’ How confident can you be? So yeah. I was born to do this sh**, man.”

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Emirates Airline suspends Flight operations in Nigeria

The international airline company released a statement less than a week after getting an all clear from the government to resume operations, they have decided to suspend operations in the country due to unfavorable conditions set and importantly they will be allowing UAE and Nigerian authorities sort things before coming back.

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fly emirates

the statement reads;

“With the recently imposed directive limiting Emirates to operate one flight per week to Nigeria via Abuja, Emirates will be suspending its flights between Nigeria and Dubai from 13 December 2021, until the UAE and Nigerian authorities work on a solution to the ongoing issue. The last flights to operate on 12 December 2021are EK 783/784 to/from Lagos and EK 785/786 to/from Abuja. Customers holding tickets with the final destinations Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted at the point of origin. Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans. Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused. Emirates is committed to its operations in Nigeria, and we stand ready to reinstate services once restrictions are lifted by the Nigerian authorities, ensuring travelers have more choice and access to trade and tourism opportunities in Dubai and beyond to our network of over 120 destinations.”

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Rationale for being so hasty in putting countries on the red list is not something that is very helpful” – Minister of health Ehanire Dr Osagie

The Minister on an interview with Channels Tv, revealed the Federal government is not happy with the hastiness and rationale for putting of Nigeria on its red list following the detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

omicron variant
omicron variant

Dr Osagie Ehanire stated that the step the Uk government is taking is not helpful, because there hasn’t been report of any severe illness or fatalities and not much is known about the Covid-19 Variant.

Dr Osagie
Dr Osagie

He said; 

“We were not very happy when six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were placed on a red list and the WHO also advised against putting each on the red list.

“From what we know about the COVID-19, there are many ways to manage it, and besides, not much is still known about the Omicron variant. We know, for example, that there have been no fatalities. There have also been no reports of very severe illness. Actually, the rationale for being so hasty in putting countries on the red list is not something that is very helpful. It is going to disrupt commerce. It is going to disrupt family reunions. If every country were going to put other countries on the ban list, very soon you would have a large number of countries on your red list. So, I do believe there are other ways of going about it. We in Nigeria do not regard banning flights and movements of people as particularly helpful and supportive.”

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Federal Government has completed 11,000 houses nationwide – Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this during a TV interview with Arise Tv .

The former Lagos state Governor said ;

Fashola said; 

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fashola

“We have pilot housing projects in 34 states. We are now in some phases. Phases two and three have a total of over 5,000 housing units.

“There is an inherited pilot programme of about 6,000 units and in fact we’ve finished that as well, to give you about 11,000 units.

“There are interventions from mortgage and real estate developers by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria of about 25,000 units across the country.

“And the Federal Housing Authority is also building and developing on its own and in partnership in many parts of the country.”

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Nigeria close to Qatar 2022 world cup qualification and Ahmed Musa becomes most capped player in Super Eagles win over Liberia

The 29 year old winger marked his 102 cap that took him past Yobo and Enyeama with a late goal from the penalty spot after Osimehen also put Nigeria ahead with a goal from the penalty spot.

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ahmed musa
osimehen
osimehen

Super eagles started the game quite stronger than Liberia in Tangier  and it did not take long for them to open the scoring at the Stade Ibn Batouta.

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super eagles

Alot of the players were in fine form like goal kepper Maduka Okoye who made some eye catching saves to keep Super Eagles in the game and Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi was also in fine form but there was no place for the returning Odion Ighalo .

odion Ighalo
odion Ighalo

Nigeria now lead the group and are in good position to qualify for the 2022 wolrd cup in Qatar if they can avoid defeat at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday as they entertain Cape Verde.

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Libya overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s biggest oil producer according to OPEC

A new report released by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reveals that Nigeria’s oil output fell to about 1.23 million barrels per day in October from about 1.25 million bpd in the previous month, which confirmed Libya as the biggest producers of oil in Africa.

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opec

The decline in production of oil by Nigeria has been stated as the reason for the drop which was majorly felt with 45,000 bpd to 1.35 million bpd in October from about 1.40 million bpd in September, and it is reported that this is the second biggest drop in output in October among its peers in OPEC, after Iraq, based on direct communication.

OPEC said ‘; “Crude oil output increased mainly in Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, the UAE, and Kuwait, while production in Nigeria, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea declined. However, soft demand from Asian refiners for Atlantic Basin crude amid unfavorable west-to-east arbitrage capped the rise. Crude differentials of Bonny Light, Forcados, and Qua Iboe rose firmly on a monthly average in October by 70¢, $1.06, and 75¢, respectively, to stand at premiums of 10¢/b, 27¢/b, and 4¢/b.”

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Dont give any policeman your phones at checkpoints, its not our schedule – DCP Bassey Ewah

The deputy commissioner of police, DCP Bassey Ewah has warned Nigerians to stop giving police their phones at checkpoints without seeing a warrant. He made this known while answering questions at a programme organized by the police community relation community in Lagos.

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bassey ewah

The commissioner said ; “I stand to be corrected; please do not give any policeman who stopped you on the checkpoint your phones; it’s not our schedule. If we are investigating you, we will present a warrant and then demand for your phone. Please take note.”

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Odion Ighalo officially re-joins the Super Eagles squad after 2years retirement

The Al Shabab striker retired from the national team after the 2019 Nations cup where he was the highest goal scorer with 5 goals. The Eagles’ coach reveled he was going to be called back because his goals, experience and presence in the dressing room was missed.

odion Ighalo
odion Ighalo

Ighalo joined the 23 man list released by NFF to play against Lone Star of Liberia at the Grand Stade Tangier in Morocco on Saturday, 13th November and then fly into Lagos for the final group game against Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday, 16th November.

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odion Ighalo

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We miss the leadership, experience and goals – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr on Ighalo recall

The Super Eagles coach confirmed he put the former Manchester United striker in his provisional squad because the team miss his experience, goals and leadership.

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Gernot Rohr said the current Super Eagles team have a lot of youngsters and they will learn a lot from Ighalo’s presence in the team.

“I put him in the bigger provisional first list for the next games, Rohr said in a Q&A on Elegbete TV. He is doing very well at his club, and he still has the ambition to help his country. Because we miss his leadership, we miss his experience. We miss the goals he scores. He was the best scorer at the AFCON, the best scorer during the qualifiers, and I think we have so many young players, and they could learn a lot on the side of such a great player. Ighalo is a very important man. I hope that he can come back,”

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odion ighalo

Odion Ighalo retired from the Super Eagles after the 2019 Afcon Nations cup where he was the highest goal scorer and helped Nigeria to a third place finish.