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Peter Clava Nantuo,The Volta Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service has stopped 70 Nigerian migrants who entered Ghana through illegal routes.

The Regional Commander said “What is happening is that our brothers, especially from Nigeria, use transport networks to transport Nigerians across Benin, Togo and dump them at the Ghana-Togo border and ask them to find their ways and means to enter Ghana.”

He said the regional Command are on high alert and would ensure that all illegal immigrants are stopped.

Nantuo believes that this is because they are beginning to see Ghana as a fertile ground for cyber fraud. He pledged not to tolerate them.

The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has said that no fund donated was lost in the fire outbreak that occurred at the office of the Accountant General of Nigeria in Abuja two days ago 

Report revealed that some rooms at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation at the Treasure House were razed on Wednesday morning.

The Ministry said they are aware of the insinuations that the fire destroyed monies donated to provide relief during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is pure mischief & should be disregarded,” finance ministry said

Donation are under N30b to date 

The Federal Government has inaugurated a made in Nigeria ventilator in order to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

Disinfectant tunnels and doorways that will  be placed at the entrance of public institutions, schools and malls that are produced with censors have also been opened.

The doors have been programmed to spray disinfectants on people walking through the tunnels.

Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi, who inaugurated the equipment yesterday in Abuja, stated that an agency under the Ministry, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) produced the equipment in an answer to Mr President’s call to find a solution to handling the pandemic.

He said that the government will make NASENI produce the ventilators and disinfectants in large quantities for distribution to different parts of the country to curb the spread of the virus.

The Supplies of medical equipment worth €80,000 (N32.5m) have been donated by the United Nations to Nigeria to assist in the fight against Coronavirus. 

Materials included; reagents and laboratory consumables,diagnostic machines and kits, biosafety supplies, such as personal protection equipment and laboratory cabinets, amongst others.

This disclosure was made on Friday in Abuja while briefing the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

The donation was secured by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande, from the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN agency, he said. 

“Our Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna has been able to secure from the International Atomic Energy Agency a donation of €80,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to assist the COVID-19 response,” The minister said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the first batch of supplies, worth around €4 million, would help the countries use the technique known as real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, a sensitive technique for detecting viruses currently available.

The Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the agency was dispatching the first batch of the equipment to Nigeria and more than 40 other countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect coronavirus.

“This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA’s response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide. IAEA staff are working hard to ensure that this critical equipment is delivered as quickly as possible,” He said.

There is an indefinite suspension on local council elections by Gov Mohammed Bala due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bauchi State.

Gov Mohammed Bala’s approval was contained in a press release signed by the Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC).

“I wish to inform you that in view of the reality of the CoronaVirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the state governor, His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad, CON, has approved that the Local Government Elections scheduled to earlier hold in June 2020, is suspended indefinitely,” He Stated.

Gov. Mohammed Bala thanked the public for its continued support.

A medical doctor of Nigerian origin identified as Alfa Sa’adu, has died of the deadly COVID-19.

The 68 year old man who is also the galadima of Pategi in Kwara State, died of complications from the disease on Tuesday.

Kwara State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs,  Aisha Ahman-Pategi, confirmed his demise.

He is said to be the second reported Nigerian to die of coronavirus on foreign soil.