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No research has linked 5G network with Coronavirus – Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication

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No research has linked 5G network with Coronavirus – Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication

Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has weighed in on the controversy 5G network has generated on Nigeria’s social media space in the last few days.

Some people are of the belief that 5G network which was launched in China in 2019 by Huawei and later being installed in other parts of the world has a link with the coronavirus pandemic that is now ravaging the world.

In an interview on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Sunday April 5, the Minister said he is yet to see any research linking 5G network with Coronavirus amid the discussion on the safety of the network.

Pantami dismissed speculations about the network and its safety, and further stated that the government does not take decisions based on online speculations.

He said;

“Firstly, it is not what is said online that government will work with. We are always taking decisions based on the opinions of experts, based on research.

“When it comes to health, we have (the) World Health Organisation and many health bodies.

“I just want you to bring out any research which they have conducted and (in which they) made their position about 5G’s relationship with COVID-19. I am yet to see anyone from the World Health Organisation.

“This is a body that accommodates our experts in health globally. We have ITU, the International Telecommunication Union.

“I just challenge you to let me know one expert or ITU as a body or any other professional body that conducted research and also made it public that this is the position.”

The Minister who revealed that the trial of the 5G network was conducted in Nigeria in November 2019 after it was stalled for about two months, said the government is expecting the recommendations from the stakeholders before deciding whether or not to deploy the 5G network.

Pantami added, “There is no approval for any operator to deploy 5G; this decision will be taken after research and we are taking our time. Many countries deployed 5g – the US, UK, Germany, South Korea, India, and many more.

“We are not in any way rushing; we are more interested in doing an extensive investigation so that we will be able to come out with something tangible.”

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About Nigerian Ojeifo who won Bill Gates’ 2020 Change Maker Award (Video)

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Nigerian Hauwa Ojeifo wins Bill Gates 2020 Change Maker Award

Nigerian gender and disabilities rights activist, Hauwa Ojeifo has won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Change Maker award for the year 2020.

The foundation made the announcement during the Gates Foundation Global Goalkeeper Award won by director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Dr. John Nkengasong.

The 2020 Changemaker Award celebrates an individual, who has inspired change using personal experience or from a position of leadership.

It recognised Ojeifo for her work promoting gender equality (Global Goal #5).

Ojeifo is a sexual and domestic abuse survivor and founder of She Writes Woman, a women-led movement giving the issue of mental health a voice in Nigeria.

About Nigerian Ojeifo who won Bill Gates’ 2020 Change Maker Award (Video)

Nigerian Hauwa Ojeifo wins Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Change Maker Award
As part of its annual goal keepers campaign, the foundation also announced three other goal keepers awards and launched two innovative partnerships that address the impact of COVID-19 on Kenya’s health and economy.

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, praised Nkengasong and the Africa CDC for their commitment to the fight against COVID-19.

Gates said: “Dr. Nkengasong and his team at Africa CDC are deeply deserving of this award. Their commitment to securing the latest innovations from elsewhere in the world—as well as developing them themselves—will go a long way towards ensuring that the continent has the vaccines and medicines it needs to fight COVID-19.”

In addition to Dr. Nkengasong, and Ojeifo, two other winners also emerged. They are: Bonita Sharma of Nepal, and the MASH Project Foundation based in India.

“Each was recognised for playing a role in addressing the effects of COVID-19 in their communities.

“The 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award recognises an established individual demonstrating significant commitment to health and development, specifically in response to the pandemic. The award was presented to Dr. Nkengasong, a central voice for Africa’s scientific community.

As co-chair of the Africa CDC Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials (CONCVACT), Dr. Nkengasong is leading the securement of a variety of late-stage vaccine clinical trials on the continent by bringing together global vaccine developers, funders, and local facilitators.

The 2020 Progress Award, which celebrates an individual who supports progress via a science, technology, digital or business initiative, recognised Bonita Sharma of Nepal for her work promoting good health and well-being (Global Goal #3).

Sharma is the co-founder and CEO of Social Changemakers and Innovators (SOCHAI), a youth-led nonprofit working to improve the nutritional health of nursing mothers and young children and to economically empower marginalized women through business opportunities.

The 2020 Campaign Award, which celebrates a campaign that has raised awareness or built a community by inspiring action and creating change, recognised the MASH Project Foundation for furthering global cooperation and partnership (Global Goal #17).

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Ex-Minister, Kenneth Gbagi strips hotel Staff naked over alleged N5k theft in Delta

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Ex-Minister, Kenneth Gbagi strips hotel Staff naked over alleged N5k theft in Delta

A former Nigerian Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, has been accused of stripping his hotels staff naked over alleged N5,000 theft.

The politician reportedly arrested the four workers named, Gloria Oguzie, Victor Ephraim, Rosslyn Okiemute and Achibong Precious, who worked in his Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State, after subjecting them to dehumanizing treatment.

Expressive Info learnt that Gbagi, who is reportedly nursing a 2023 governorship ambition in Delta State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, last week Friday arrested the workers after they were striped naked, photographed inside the hotel before being taken away by the police to Ebrumede Police Station where they were locked up.

Former Nigerian Minister, Kenneth Gbagi strips hotel Staff naked over alleged N5k theft
Speaking with newsmen, a member of staff of the hotel revealed that his colleagues were arrested by the former minister over the alleged theft of the of 5,000 naira.

He said, “My boss, former Minister of State for Education and owner of Signatious Hotel, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, arrested four of my colleagues working for him over the stealing of N5,000 from the hotel when actually the N5,000 was given as a gift to them by a guest because of their good behaviour.”

“Before they were arrested by the police on Friday last week at the hotel, the four staff were stripped naked while they were photographed in the presence of the police.

“We learnt that the dehumanising treatment was instructed by our boss.”

Staff of Signatious Hotel, Warri stripped naked by Nigerian Minister, Kenneth Gbagi over alleged N5k theft


It was further gathered that the hotel management forcefully made some withdrawals from the bank accounts of the four staff through their ATM cards before the police took them away in a waiting van.

Ex-Minister, Kenneth Gbagi strips hotel Staff naked over alleged N5k theft in Delta

The four staff were charged before a magistrate court sitting in Effurun after four days of detention.

In a five-count charge, the police accused the suspects of conniving among themselves to steal monies ranging from N156,000, N110,000, N5,000 and N2,000 owned by Signatious Hotel and committed an offence punishable under section 516 and 390 (9), of the criminal code Law Cap21C Vol.1 Law of Delta State.

Ex-Minister, Kenneth Gbagi strips hotel Staff naked over alleged N5k theft in Delta

The four staff, it was learnt, were granted bail on Monday through the intervention of some anti-corruption and human rights activists, who decided to take up the matter.

Warri-based human rights lawyer, Omemiroro Maxwell Ogedegbe, who confirmed the story, said that the staff worker were granted bail by a magistrate court sitting in Effurun, Delta State.

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FG opens online portal today for Nigerians to access N75billion survival fund

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FG opens online portal today for Nigerians to access N75billion survival fund

An online portal for Nigerians to register for the N75billion survival fund for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), will be launched on Monday September 21 by the federal government.

Mariam Katagum, minister of state for industry, trade and investment said the programme is aimed at tackling the economic challenges faced by small businesses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Project Delivery Office also said in a statement;

“Nigerians interested in the Payroll Support scheme are to note that the site for registration will be open from 10 pm Monday September 21, 2020.

“In order to ensure seamless registration process, the Project Delivery Office has designed a registration schedule.

“Registration for Payroll Support will start with educational institutions on Monday and will be followed with businesses in the hospitality industry on Friday September 25 beginning from 12 A.M.

“The portal will also be open to other category of small businesses from 12 A.M., on Monday September 28, 2020.”

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