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1. BREAKING: Nigeria records 649 new Corona virus cases, as total reaches 22,020

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Nigeria has recorded 649 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 22,020 in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on Wednesday.

Data obtained by The PUNCH from the NCDC’s website showed that Nigeria currently has 13,867 active COVID-19 cases.

It also showed that over 120,108 samples have been tested for coronavirus in the country.

A further breakdown of the cases showed that Lagos, Oyo, and Plateau recorded the highest cases of COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

While 7,613 COVID-19 patients have been discharged in the country, 542 are dead.

2. FEC has approved N2.3tn stimulus plan

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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the N2.3tn stimulus plan proposed in the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan designed to support the nation’s economy in the face of the disruptions and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan was designed by a committee led by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The approval was given at a virtual meeting of the council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

She said, “The total package that we presented today is in the sum of N2.3tn; N500bn of this is a stimulus package that is already provided for in the amended 2020 Appropriation Act. These are funds that we have sourced from special accounts.

“We also have N1.2tn of this fund to be sourced as structured low-cost loans, which are interventions from the Central Bank of Nigeria as well as other development partners and institutions.

“We have N344bn that will be sourced from bilateral and external sources and also additional funds that we can source locally.”

The minister said the plan was meant to enable the government to respond to the triple problems of low exchange rate, youth unemployment as well as negative growth facing the country.

She added that the plan was also meant to support small businesses that had suffered severe impact of COVID-19 as a result of lockdowns.

She listed the hotel industry, private schools, restaurants as well as the transport sector as some of those that had been severely impacted.

3. APC is a conglomeration yet to fuse, says Forum of ex-lawmakers

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The Forum of Former Members of the House of Representatives has said one of the major problems of All Progressives Congress, APC, is that the party is a conglomeration that is yet to fuse in unity.

The former lawmakers said this in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated June 24 and entitled National Crisis Bedeviling the All Progressive Congress (APC): The Way Forward, adding that the party is grossly disrespectful of its own laws and constitution.

According to the Forum, “APC, as a conglomeration of a number of defunct political parties and interest groups, is yet to fuse into a single party.”

They also listed “long-drawn political manoeuvres and rivalries, the inability of the party leadership to manage and accommodate dissenting opinions, and a weak, untrusted, disrespected and disregarded internal conflict resolution mechanisms.”

They added that “a major source of frictions in APC is the glaring undemocratic usurpation of the powers of NEC, party caucuses, national convention and the BOT, which rendered them inoperative and comatose, while their powers were being exercised in breach by the NWC.

“By the combined actions and inactions of the current leadership, it has lost any moral pedestal to superintend the affairs of the party for its failings to abide by the ground norms and internal processes of the party.

“The flagrant misconducts of the current party leadership is curious, unacceptable, and incurable.

“There is absence of synergy, coordination and communications across the various layers and organs of the party. As party members and leaders, we pick information from the party concerning the internal issues of our party from social media and other news portals.

“There is a near-complete disconnection between party officials from ward levels to the national, which renders the national leadership susceptible to manipulation and intrigues since nature abhors a vacuum.”

4. APC and Zamfara clash over demolition of buildings

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THE battle line has been drawn between the All Progressives Congress and the Zamfara State Government over the demolition of some buildings in Talata-Mafara town belonging to APC members.

The government had through the Zamfara State Urban and Regional Planning Board demolished some structures in Talata-Mafara belonging to former governor Abdulaziz Yari’s younger brother, Yahaya, and his friend, Bello Mafara.

The APC, through its chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, described the action of the state government as unconstitutional and vowed to challenge it in court for demolishing the buildings that were legally constructed.

Reacting to the APC’s threat, the Director-General of the state Urban and Regional Planning Board, Alhaji Sanusi Lilo, in a statement said, “The board was established by Edict No. 2 of October 1996 to control and manage all land development and town planning activities in the state.”

According to him, the board received a series of complaints from the general public that the developers of the two structures in Talata-Mafara grossly contravened the provisions of the edict establishing the board and other land use regulations.

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