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Vaccines Do Not Provide Immunity Immediately, End To COVID Not Likely In 2021― WHO

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Vaccines Do Not Provide Immunity Immediately, End To COVID Not Likely In 2021― WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) believes it is unlikely the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will come to an end by the end of 2021.

 

“I think it will be very premature and unrealistic to think that we are going to finish with this virus by the end of the year,” Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said at a briefing on Tuesday.

 

“What we can, if we are smart, finish with is the hospitalisations and the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic,” Ryan added.

WHO’s focus at present was to keep transmissions as low as possible and vaccinate more and more people.

The situation regarding the delivery of vaccine doses had already improved compared to 10 weeks ago, Ryan said, although he said there were “huge challenges” in distributing them and the virus still had the upper hand.

 

“If the vaccines begin to impact not only on death and not only on hospitalisation, but have a significant impact on transmission dynamics and transmission risk, then I believe we will accelerate towards controlling this pandemic,” Ryan said.

 

The number of new cases of COVID-19 rose by 7 per cent worldwide, last week, WHO said later on Tuesday.

This is the first increase following a fall in case numbers over the past six weeks.

 

In the last week of February, 2.6 million cases were reported to the UN agency in Geneva in the last week of February.

 

The increase could be due to new and more contagious strains of the virus, the WHO said, citing easing of rules and fatigue with regulations as other possible causes.

 

The Middle East saw the largest rise of 14 per cent, followed by a 9-per-cent rise in South-East Asia.

Case numbers also rose by 9 per cent in Europe and by 6 per cent in the Americas.

In contrast, nearly a quarter fewer cases were reported in Africa compared to the week before.

Likewise case numbers fell slightly in the Western Pacific region including East Asia and Australia.

According to WHO, vaccines do not provide immunity immediately but need several weeks before they become effective, and noted it would take even longer to protect whole populations.

That means testing, contact tracing, social distancing, masks and other hygiene measures remain critical.

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Economy: Buhari Sad, Admits Failure, Pushes Restructuring To Legislators.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure at the tumbling economy of the country, even as he confessed that the development is giving him a serious concern.

 

 

The President made the confession Friday night during an interview session with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.

 

 

He said the low performance of the economy has been a thing of concern to him, adding that his administration was doing everything possible to improve the economy.

According to him, one of the steps taken so far is reaching out to the international community to allow their multinational firms to come to Nigeria and establish their presence by employing Nigerians through which the economy will pick up.

 

 

On corruption, President Buhari said it was high time special courts were established to try several corruption cases currently stuck in conventional courts.

 

 

“You have instances of cases lasting for as long as 10 years before they are determined and in some cases judges handling the cases may die. But if there are special courts, there will be a time frame to conclude the corruption cases and not dragging on unnecessarily,” he said.

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said only the National Assembly can deal with the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers.

 

 

Buhari said this on Friday while receiving members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.

The President restated his position on devolving more power to the people.
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.

“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.

“Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.

“Luckily, the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’

Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant role in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.

“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.

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Afe Babalola Canvases Strong Legal Framework For Tourism In Nigeria

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 A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.

 

Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office , Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on Wednesday 26 May 2021, after a tour of the Afe Babalola University campus,  the Multi-System Hospital, the Planetarium and ABUAD Farms all within the ambit of Afe Babalola University, Ado – Ekiti.

 

Aare Afe Babalola who commended Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision exposed why  Nigeria has not been reaping   bountifully  from tourism  “We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form.

 

We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening them delved out to eke something from the tourism offerings.

 

We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria. But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era “

 

He disclosed  that “ One of the impediments truncating the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary  jelly  for  the lubrication  of a vibrant tourism economy  and business in Nigeria “

 

He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.

 

Ambassador Ojo –Lanre in his remark disclosed that his mission to ABUAD was in furtherance of Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s tourism policy of enhancement of tourism potentialities of Ekiti State.

 

He described  Aare Afe Babalola as an asset of inestimable value to Ekiti State not just only  because  he  planted  an international  trans-generational academic enclave in Ado Ekiti,  but has  also created in  Ado – Ekiti a global tourism destination capable of attracting millions of tourists to Ekiti State.

 

Ambassador  Ojo – Lanre pointed out that “Here within the canopy of Afe Babalola University  one can enjoy  the luxury of an Educ-tour by feeding one’s eyes with  the beauty of a truly  conducive academic environment,  embarking on  agro-tourism sightseeing  of  a  large expanse of well-mechanized farmland of varieties of crops, poultry and animal husbandry with allied  industries processing them  to finish products, take an expedition on medical tourism to one of the most equipped medical complex  in  Africa and finally take a trip from the Earth and explore the space at the biggest and largest Planetarium in West – Africa.

 

He pointed out that   the totality of Aare Afe Babalola as a person and accomplishments is tourism itself for those who want to take a tour of a life which survived in the middle of hopeless deprivation and rose from grass to grace of fortune and opulence .

 

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Rumours Of Fresh War Between Ife And Modakeke Hit The Internet

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Thepagenews reports that there is a rumour going round about  war going on between Ife and Modakeke in Osun state on the social media.

 

Ife and Modakeke have always been rivals from the time past, and  as a result of this, a border had to come between them to demarcate each land space.

 

Many years ago when the crisis between them happened, it led to the death of many, until some Yoruba leaders intervened.

 

However, the report of a fresh war between them has not been confirmed or denied but it’s not something that should happen especially at a time like this.

 

Read the rumours making rounds below

 

 

 

 

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