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COVID-19 Vaccines Will Cushion Humanitarian Challenges In Nigeria- Umar Farouq

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Joel Ajayi

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has expressed delight in the arrival of 3.92 million doses of of  Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines today.

The minister stated at a brief ceremony to receive the consignment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Tuesday,  that the vaccines will help reduce the humanitarian issues in the country.

“Let me start my expressing my happiness for the arrival of the first consignment of the Covid 19 vaccines. This demonstrates a milestone in the history of this country in the fight against COVID- 19.

“COVID 19 is not only a health emergency but a humanitarian challenge for us in the ministry but with  these vaccines now to be  administered on our citizens, it  will really go a long way in cushioning the humanitarian challenges that we are facing. 

”I use this opportunity to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he has given to the Presidential Task Force through the chairman and SGF Mr Boss Mustapha . We are all pleased and we hope that these vaccines will effectively utilized” Umar Farouq said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Mr Boss Mustapha also described the arrival of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines as a milestone in the history of the country and international  response to Covid-19.

“In the last one year, the whole world  has been attacked by this virus.

“The successful development of vaccines and the accelerated process for emergency authorisation has brought hope to humanity all over the world. The delivery of these vaccines was made possible as a result of the resourceful leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly and major financial support from our friends globally”.

The PTF Chairman said that the federal government is expecting an additional 84 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX this year, which will serve 20% of Nigeria’s over 200m  population.

He stated that government will begin the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers who are the highest-priority recipients in Abuja on March 5 followed by strategic leaders on March 8.

The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) is from Mumbai.

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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