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Biden’s Appointment of Nigerians, A Proof that We Are Hard Working -Onyeama

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The US President-Elect, Joe Biden‘s appointment of three Nigerian citizens into his cabinet is proof that a decent number of Nigerians abroad are progressing nicely, notwithstanding whatever opposite view anybody may have, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has said.

“Mr. Joe Biden, the in-coming US President, has three Nigerians in his new cabinet. It shows that Nigerians are flourishing – doing great any place they are. Nigerians should keep on showing their gifts any place they go,” said Onyeama.

The Minister, who said this at Okpara Square, Enugu when he flagged off the Public Service Works (PWS), one of the few projects started by President Muhammadu Buhari-drove organization to engage youths in the nation and deter them from going abroad to look for greener pastures.

Admitting that the circumstance of things has been very harsh and intense for the youths over the most recent ten years, Onyeama emphasised: “It hurts me how Nigerian youths are being trafficked to different nations where they are looking for greener pasture, where some of them don’t live to get the greener pasture; consequently this empowerment focusing at the youngsters of this nation.”

He said that President Buhari was doing a great deal to empower young people in Nigeria and to prevent them from running out of the nation looking for purported better life in foreign lands, in this manner exposing themselves to the harsh climate and brutal treatment by their host country.

“Some lose their lives in the desert while others die in the high oceans,” he stated, asking the youths to utilize such projects.

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“Most of the black doctors, scientists, who are doing well abroad are Nigerians,” Onyeama, said, recalling that when he travelled the Caribbean Island (Jamaica), he was pleasantly surprised to realize that one of the best hospitals in that country “is owned by a Nigerian, an indigene of Enugu State,” adding that “Nigeria is blessed with every good thing. All we need is good leadership.”

“The vast majority of the doctors, scientists, who are doing great abroad are Nigerians,” Onyeama, stated, recalling that when he toured the Caribbean Island (Jamaica), he was enjoyably shocked to understand that one of the best hospitals in that nation “is owned by a Nigerian, an indigene of Enugu State,” adding that “Nigeria is blessed with each beneficial thing. All we require is good leadership.”

Onyeama further stated: “I went with Mr. President to China around two years back. Furthermore, the President was considering how China had the ability to lift a very numerous individuals from neediness in three years,” clarifying that the three things that contributed to this included “having the ability to take care of yourself, having technical education and having money to finance the program.”

He said that President Buhari has set a target of lifting 100 million vulnerable Nigerians out of poverty in ten years, noting that this is a target no leader in Africa has set previously.

He advised the 17,000 beneficiaries of the PSW programme in 17 local government areas of Enugu State to “take it seriously because once you are creating a job, it has a multiplier effects.”

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Buhari, Osinbajo Receive COVID Vaccine

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The duo took doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja on Saturday.

Their physicians administered the vaccine on them in the presence of members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

It was broadcast across different television stations.

Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday, delivered under the international COVAX scheme.

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Three doctors and a nurse got the first does of the vaccine on Friday.

Plans are being made to send the vaccine across the country and governors have promised to take the dose on live television to encourage people to get vaccinated.

However, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said he would not take the vaccine because he is healthy.

Bello, who said Kogi has more serious issues to deal with, has repeatedly described COVID as a ruse.

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I Tested Positive For COVID – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday revealed that he tested positive for the Coronavirus.

He made this known in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, while speaking at a colloquium put in place to celebrate his 84th birthday.

The programme held within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

Obasanjo, who said he was a bit concerned about it, added that he had to call his daughter, Dr. Iyabo ObasanjoBello, an epidemiologist.

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Obasanjo said, “It will surprise you that I tested positive for COVID-19. I called them to come and test me, they came on a Saturday, I didn’t get the result till Wednesday and it came out positive but I didn’t see any symptoms.

“When they came three days after, they tested me and said I am negative, that is three days after I tested positive.

“My daughter, Iyabo is an epidemiologist and I called her to explain, she said maybe they tested me at the later stage of being positive.

“I told her I had no symptoms and she said it could be a faulty result. But I tested positive. Since then, I have been tested three times and the test came back negative. So, if you want to come near me, you can come near me.

“It is nothing to worry about, when I tested positive, my household ran from me, I told them to stay in their place while I stayed in mine.”

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Covid Vaccine: Buhari, Osinbajo to take vaccines on Saturday

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Few days after the COVID-19 Vaccines arrived in Nigeria, authorities have taken actions to expedite actions towards the dispensation of the vaccines to reach almost 4 million Nigerians.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will be one of the first persons to receive shots of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday.

This was disclosed on Saturday by the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, at a State House briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the exercise, which will start with the president and the vice will boost the confidence of Nigerians to receive the doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19.

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Shuaib said, “The next step in the vaccination programme given that we’ve now received the vaccines is a launch that will be taking place at the National Hospital tomorrow (Friday). The time scheduled for that launch is 10 a.m. The launch will be conducted by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, (Boss Mustapha).

“The plan is to vaccinate the frontline health workers that work in the treatment center of the National Hospital, those will be the first people just like we’ve communicated that frontline health workers will be the first people to take the vaccines.

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“After that, the plan is to vaccinate Mr President, Mr Vice-President and strategic leaders on Saturday. Again, we are hopeful that when Nigerians see leaders like Mr President and Mr Vice-President take the vaccines; it will increase their confidence around the safety of the vaccines.

“As you are well aware that even before the vaccines arrived Nigeria, there is a lot of hesitancy. It is a global phenomenon. Vaccine hesitancy is similar no matter where you are, you have to provide the right information and to those people who have questions, we cannot dismiss their cynicism.

“It is our responsibility as public health workers not to only offer the vaccines but do the extra work in terms of providing the resources that are needed and to convince people that these vaccines are safe.”

The NPHCDA boss also enjoined Nigerians who wish to receive the vaccines to register on the website of the agency.

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