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UK looks forwards to easing lockdown from March – Foreign Minister

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Britain’s government looks forward to easing some lockdown restrictions in March as it presses ahead with Europe’s quickest rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, said on Sunday.

The country, which also has Europe’s highest COVID-19 death toll, has been under national lockdown since Jan. 5, with schools closed for most pupils, non-essential businesses shut and people ordered to work from home where possible.

The nation, which additionally has Europe’s highest COVID-19 loss of life, has been under public lockdown since Jan. 5, with schools for most students, non-essential businesses shut and individuals requested to work remotely where possible.

“Our plan is to get out of this national lockdown as soon as we can,’’ Raab told Sky News television.

“By late-winter, ideally, by March, we’ll be in a situation to settle on those decisions.

“I think it’s right to state that we won’t do it across the board in one big bang.

“As we phase out the national lockdown, I think we’ll wind up staging through a (regional) layered methodology.’’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a target of immunising the oldest age groups, the clinically vulnerable and frontline workers – approximately 14 million individuals – by the middle of February.

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He said that England can consider easing lockdown restrictions from that time if all goes as wished.

The Sunday Times said that British ministers had settled their disparities to back a three-point plan that could prompt some lockdown restrictions being lifted as soon as early March.

Regions will have restrictions eased once their death rate has decreased, the number of hospital admissions drops and some people aged between 50 and 70 are immunised, the newspaper said.

It cited priests as saying they were set up to oppose pressure from wellbeing counselors to defer the progressions until a great many people are immunized, a cycle that could take until the harvest time.

It cited ministers as saying they were ready to resist pressure from health advisers to delay the changes until most people are immunised, a process that could take until the autumn.

A spokesman in Johnson’s office declined to relate his take on the report.

The head of England’s public health service said the vaccination programme had made “an extremely solid beginning” however a quarter of people hospitalised were less than 55 years, younger than the priority target groups.

“It won’t be the situation that on Valentine’s Day or the fifteenth of February, with one bound we are free.

“In any case, similarly, I don’t think we will need to stand by until the autumn,” Simon Stevens disclosed to BBC TV, alluding to the easing of the lockdown restrictions.

“This is going to be a progressive improvement as we get more COVID-19 vaccination supply.’’ (Reuters/NAN)

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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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Loans for SME worth 10 Billion Naira – Rosabon

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Who are Rosabon Financial Services?

Rosabon Financial Services is an award-winning market-oriented organization that creates wealth and facilitates growth in Nigeria.  

Rosabon Financial Services is a member of the Concept Group, Licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN on April 22, 1993, and is a long-standing member of the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN), the organization has evolved into Nigeria’s leading Non-Banking Financial Intermediary and Equipment Leasing firm focused on niche and general markets.

What does Rosabon Financial Services do?

Their work draws on over 23 years of experience in the field of finance management, tailoring lease, loans, and investment offerings to meet the financial needs of their customers either in the long or short term.

Achievements of Rosabon Financial Services

Over the years, Rosabon Financial Services have received awards (Local and International) for their outstanding work in the industry, some of which are:

African Financial Quality Service Loans

Award for best practice in Equipment Leasing

Corporate Venturing and Treasury Management 2014

These were given by the Institute for Government Research and Leadership and Best SME Financial Advisory Nigeria, 2015 by Capital Finance International, an affiliate of World Bank and International Finance Corporation and MEA Business Award for Leading Experts in Bespoke Wealth Management Services 2016 – Nigeria (The first of winner of such award in Africa).

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How much loan is Roasabon Financial Services given to SME’s?

Rosabon Financial Services has announced a new loan facility of up to Ten Billion Naira (N10bn) for eligible small businesses and corporate organizations in Nigeria.

Rosabon said in a statement on Sunday that the new facility is a part of its role in supporting businesses in Nigeria, especially in the face of the daring impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How long does it take to get the loan from Rosabon Financial Services?

The company said businesses registered in Nigeria for more than a year were qualified for the facility, which would be available within 48 hours of application.

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The Managing Director, Chukwuma Ochonogor, stated that this year’s facility was to sustain support for business owners and limit the damage caused by the pandemic in the past year, and also help businesses become more resilient and sustainable in the wake of the pandemic’s second wave.

He said, “We know some business owners have experienced revenue loss, and some are still experiencing the revenue loss. That is why we have introduced loan facilities that will help their business operations to thrive.

“We hope as we journey with our business community by deploying our loan facility and expertise, we will be providing a much-needed financial cushion required to navigate the new normal.”

Ochonogor added that the bigger goal was to boost the country’s economic growth by supporting the businesses and corporate organizations through access to finance in the face of an economic recession and an increasingly tough operating environment.

He also pointed out, that Rosabon had earlier announced a series of loans to the tune of N5bn targeted at small businesses and corporates, healthcare service providers, civil servants, and others to cushion the impact of the pandemic and support the economy.

The company said the interest rate was at a single digit, with repayment tenor put at 24 months.

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