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Top Breaking News Headlines in Nigeria This Morning, Thursday, June 25, 2020

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1. ‘Earth-shaking decisions’ will be made at APC NEC meeting today — Sources.

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There will be earth-shaking decisions at All Progressives Congress, APC, controversial National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting today, Thursday, June 25, Vanguard has learned.

Sources told Vanguard that the “earth-shaking decisions” were inevitable but necessary for the well-being of the party.

Recall that the leadership crisis in APC took a vital turn when, on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari declared support for the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting summoned by the court-recognised Acting National Chairman, Chief Victor Giadom.

The President promised to attend the meeting billed for today.

But the President’s intervention appears to have added fuel to the raging inferno, as members of the factional Acting National Chairman, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, declared the NEC meeting illegal and urged others to disregard the notice.

Meanwhile, National Vice Chairman, South-South, Hilliard Eta, who is acting for Ajimobi that has been battling COVID-19, raised an alarm, on Wednesday, alleging threats to his life by people he described as political thugs operating from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

However, Chief Giadom urged him to report the case to the Police, saying it is possible that Eta is even the one who has a plan to bring in thugs from Calabar, Cross River, to achieve a sinister objective.

Speaking in Abuja, Eta, who said he would file a formal complaint with the Nigeria Police, added that some forces were planning to burn the APC national secretariat and lay the blame on the NWC on the grounds that it does not want Chief Victor Giadom to access the premises.

But a chieftain of APC, Prince Tonye Princewill, called for an external intervention to resolve the lingering crisis in the Rivers State chapter of the party which is also currently threatening its national leadership.

He said: “In 2019, we saw the result of ‘if it’s not me, then it’s nobody’. Today, we are seeing it building slowly again. I didn’t join APC for this. Call leaders to order, calm frayed nerves and let us end this public show of shame.

“It is only the Presidents that can solve this. The Senate President, the Vice President or the President himself. As an Imperial College engineer by training, I believe if you understand problems, you can design solutions. Please, therefore, permit me to quote from Physics, Newton’s first Law of Motion to be exact.

2. LASU produces automated solar-powered hand washing station machine.

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The Lagos State University (LASU) Faculty of Engineering COVID-19 Response Team has produced an Automated Solar-Powered Hand Washing Station Machine as part of contributions to the fight against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The LASU team, headed by Dr Nurudeen Raji, during the presentation and demonstration of the hand washing machine which took place at the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room, New Senate Building, received a pat on the back from the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN.

The VC also lauded the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Victoria Island branch, under the leadership of Engr. John Audu, for its willingness to partner the Faculty of Engineering in sponsoring the production of the machine.

He further charged the Faculty of Engineering team to leverage on the support of the NSE to come up with many other laudable research works that would stand the test of time and would equally benefit humankind, adding: “We must sustain the collaboration which is already in existence between the two bodies, we need to link up and leverage on the Nigerian Society of Engineers to achieve our dreams. We need to have Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Society of Engineers for a robust relationship and continuity.”

The Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Victoria Island Branch, Engr. John Audu, who led the body’s team to the demonstration, said his branch decided to adopt Faculty of Engineering, LASU in order to carry out research that would provide solutions to problems in our society.

He noted that such collaborations in the past with other institutions did not yield any positive results but LASU’s case had been a huge success and he was highly impressed with the Faculty of Engineering, and willing to do more.

He appreciated Professor Olumuyiwa Odusanya, the Director, Directorate of Research Management and Innovations, for his contributions towards making the project a reality.

The Dean Faculty of Engineering, Professor Elkanah Oyetunji, while giving his welcome speech, said the project was successful because a lot of challenges were thrown at the Faculty of Engineering to come up with innovations on the coronavirus pandemic just like other institutions are doing.

3. COVID-19: First generation bank shuts down in Jos after employee tests positive.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities in the country, a staff of a First Generation Bank’s main branch in Jos, the Plateau State capital has tested positive for the virus.

This has also led to a temporary shutdown of activities at the bank.

DAILYPOST reliably gathered that the bank was closed down and the premises have been fumigated.

It was also gathered that all staff of the bank in the branch are now being tested for COVID-19.

However, when contacted the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, confirmed the incident.

Lar said that the person infected has been moved to the isolation centre and has started receiving treatment.

According to him, “As I speak to you, contact tracing has already commenced.”

The Health Commissioner advised people of the state to adhere to laid down guidelines in order to stop the spread of the virus.

4. COVID-19: Rivers govt sets new guidelines for marriage, burial ceremonies.

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The Rivers State Executive Council has approved new guidelines for marriages during the Covid-19 period in the State.

State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim announced the Council’s decision while briefing newsmen at Government House Port Harcourt.

Paulinus said prospective couples would be required to apply to the State Governor through the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.

“Such applications must be accompanied with information on the venue of the ceremony, names, addresses and phone numbers of attendees to make contact tracing easy if the need arises.

“Marriages would not have more than 50 attendees, including family members who must wear face masks and adhere strictly to social distancing of not less than two meters.

“While church weddings must be conducted between 9am and 12noon, traditional marriages would be conducted between 4pm and 7pm.

“Venues of marriages must have provisions for running water and soap at three points and the venue decontaminated after the event,” he said.

Pastor Nsirim said after wedding receptions are prohibited under the guidelines to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19.

He added that violators of the guidelines would be made to pay a fine of 10 million Naira.

He also said those seeking to bury their loved ones would also be expected to include names, addresses and phone numbers of those to attend such funerals in their applications.

Pastor Nsirim said the government would not grant approval to any application without names, addresses and phone numbers.

The Rivers State Executive Council meeting was presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike.

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