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Major News Headlines In Nigeria This Evening, Friday, 26th June, 2020

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1.FAAN to raise passenger service charge by 100%

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is to increase the passenger service charges on domestic and international flight tickets by 100 per cent from August 1, 2020.

It was gathered that the authority would increase the PSC on domestic flights from the current rate of N1, 000 to N2, 000.

FAAN would also hike the PSC on international flights from $ 50 to $ 100 , a development that would warrant a rise in airfares on local and international tickets.

FAAN ’s Managing Director, Rabiu Yadudu , made the agency ’s position known in a letter to airlines.

He told the airlines that the decision was based on the approval given by the Minister of Aviation.

2.Ajimobi died of multiple organ failure — Lagos govt

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Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has said former Oyo Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, died of multiple organ failure.

Professor Akin Abayomi explained, in a tweet, that COVID-19 complications triggered multiple organs failure.

Ajimobi died around 4p.m., on Thursday, at First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos, where he was admitted in the private health facility on June 2.

Abayomi, on his Twitter handle, said: “We regret the death of immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi, who passed on today, June 25, 2020 at First Cardiologist Consultant; a private COVID-19 approved care facility in Lagos State.

3.N-Power Batch C registration to commence 11:45pm June 26

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The Batch C registration for the N-Power programme is scheduled to commence by 11:45 pm Friday (June 26) according to the programme’s official Twitter handle post.

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had earlier announced the commencement of enrolment for a new batch of N-Power Beneficiaries Effective June 26, 2020.

According to a statement by the ministry, “the N-Power Programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries thus far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

4.Over $30bn needed to develop COVID-19 tests, treatments, vaccines ― WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday that a global initiative to speed up the development and production of COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments will require more than $30 billion over the next year.

Providing details of the so-called ACT accelerator, launched in April and aimed at pooling international resources to conquer the pandemic, WHO said “the costed plans presented today call for $31.3 billion in funding.”

So far, $3.4 billion of that had been pledged, it said, pointing out that an additional $27.9 billion was needed over the next 12 months, including nearly $14 billion to cover immediate needs.

The announcement came ahead of a major pledging event in Brussels in support of the ACT accelerator, set to take place on Saturday.

“This is an investment worth making,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a special envoy for the ACT accelerator, told a virtual briefing. 

5.FG to announce flight resumption date next week

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The Federal Government on Thursday said it would announce the date for the reopening of Nigeria’ s airspace to commercial flight operations next week.

It stated that the airports remained shut as some gaps in the aviation restart process had not been closed. 

The Director -General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , Musa Nuhu, disclosed this during Thursday ’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID - 19 in Abuja. 

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