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FG support Benue Flood victims with drugs, mosquito nets

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The Federal Ministry of Health has donated drugs and treated nets to people who were displaced by flooding in Makurdi, Benue.

This was made known by the Director, Media and Public Relations,Mrs Boade Akinola, Federal Ministry of Health, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

She said the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, handed over the items to Dr Cecilia Ojabo, the Benue Commissioner for Health in Makurdi on Sunday.

She added that the minister had earlier directed health personnel from Federal Medical Centre Makurdi to provide treatment to flood victims at no cost.

She quoted the minister as saying the essence of his visit to Makurdi was to complement the efforts of Benue Government and partners in providing healthcare services to the victims, as well as
get first-hand information from medical personnel on what they required in furtherance of medical activities in camps created for victims.

She also quoted the minister as saying “we are ready to provide more support based on identified needs; we would provide more drugs and other commodities listed in the request,”

She said the minister commended Nigeria Air Force for deploying medical personnel to work with other partners in the camp, noting that while addressing the victims, Adewole said “we have come to share in your grief and to thank God that you are alive because in other parts of the world, many people die in such disaster.

“We want to assure you that Federal Government is supporting Benue Government to ensure that you are well taken care of, so there is no cause to worry.

“We will look after you, and as soon as things come back to normal, you should be able to go back to your various homes.”

The minister, with other government dignitaries, inspected the International Market Camp and Federal Government Refugee Camp.

Source: ( PM News )

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

Timipre Slyva

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has stated that contrary to popular belief, the federal government has not completely removed petrol subsidy.

Speaking on Channels’ Politics Today, the minister said: “We are still trying to manage this bumpy start. We have not been able to get to that 100 percent removal of subsidy from the foreign exchange end.

“If we were to take it out completely and allow people to access foreign exchange from the parallel market and allow people to import the product, the price of the pump will even be more.

Also Read: Petrol Price Will Increase When Oil Goes Up – Sylva

“The Federal Government, knowing the impact it will have on the people, decided that they are still going to manage this situation.”

Speaking on the importation of petrol from Niger, the Minister expressed that the importation of fuel from the Niger Republic is not something Nigerians should be embarrassed about.

He expressed that Nigerians should be proud that the Federal Government is set to resume the importation of petroleum products from its neighbour.

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‘Your Report On Lekki Capable Of Setting Nigeria On Fire’ — Lai Writes CNN

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JustLai MohammedMinister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that the CNN report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting of October 20 2020 is capable of setting the country on fire.

Recall that CNN had published an investigative report titled, ‘How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement in Nigeria,’ claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

But Nigeria’s Minister for Information denied the report of the US-based cable television, calling for a sanction on CNN over the report, adding that the report on the Lekki tollgate incident was highly irresponsible.

Also Read: Lai Mohammed Condemns CNN Investigation On Lekki Shooting

Reacting in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, CNN maintained that it stood by its earlier report on the Lekki tollgate incident.

In a petition dated November 23 and addressed to Mr. Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the federal government demanded “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.”

Lai Mohammed, who signed the petition, said if the US-based media organisation failed to carry out its demand, the Nigerian government will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the End SARS crisis.

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown at the Abuja-Kaduna railway which occurred between November 18 and November 20.

The former Governor of Rivers State stated this at the Moniya rail station on Monday while inspecting the ongoing rail project in Ibadan.

Amaechi pointed out that the Chinese have been called to attend to the problem as the federal government does not expect any mechanical fault at this early stage.

Also Read: $656m Needed To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”

“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”

“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”

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