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Buhari Appoints Gambari As New Chief Of Staff

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Recently, President Buhari Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari Passes On, So there have been questions upon questions that who is the new Chief of Staff to the president?

However, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former Minister of External Affairs, Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, as his Chief of Staff.

Gambari was born on November 24, 1944 in Ilorin, Kwara State and served as Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.

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He holds the record of being the longest serving Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (January 1990 to October 1999), and altogether served under five Heads of State and President.Ibrahim Agboola GambariHe was subsequently appointed by the former Secretary-General of United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur in January 2010.

Gambari was Nigeria’s envoy to the United Nations in 1995 when Ogoni environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight other activists were hanged by the then-military government of General Sani Abacha, according to Reuters.

He was rejected by the people of the Niger Delta for defending Abacha’s actions against international condemnation at the time of Saro-Wiwa’s execution.Gambari also supported the annulment of the June 12,1993 election won by business tycoon, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

On March 4, 2013, he was named by the Kwara State governor, AbdulFatah Ahmad, as the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University.

Gambari attended King’s College, Lagos. He subsequently attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B.Sc. (Economics) degree (1968) with specialisation in International Relations.He later obtained his M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA, in Political Science/International

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WAEC: Parents To Meet FG, Monday, Insists On School Resumption

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The National Parents Teachers ’ Association of Nigeria has said it is confused about the proclamation by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu , that schoolchildren nationwide would not be allowed to sit the West African Senior School Certificate Examination slated for August 4 as a result of the COVID- 19 pandemic .

 

The NAPTAN National President , Alhaji Haruna Danjuma , in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday , said the association had resolved to meet Adamu by Monday to seek an amicable solution .

 

NAPTAN had in the last week of May called on the government to reopen schools nationwide “ to pupils who will be sitting external examinations of the West African Examinations Council and the National Examinations Council . ”

 

The association said parents had resolved to work together with schools to put measures in place such as the provision of face masks, handwashing containers and hand sanitisers to minimise the risks of virus contraction by the pupils .

 

Reacting to Adamu ’ s directive that pupils would not be able to sit the WASSCE this year , Danjuma said parents were confused and that they would seek an audience with the government on the matter .

 

He said , “ Surprisingly , we heard from the Federal Ministry of Education that the government has suspended the reopening of schools . This is very confusing ; we don ’ t know what to do . We are waiting for whatever will come after this .

 

“ On our side at NAPTAN , we are planning to go to the ministry and meet with the minister or his representatives to hear from them. It should be on Monday . ”

 

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba , had during the press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 last Monday announced that the 2020 WASSCE conducted by WAEC would hold between August 4 and September 5 .

 

But Adamu said on Wednesday that all federal schools would remain closed until it was safe to reopen them. He also urged state governments that had announced school resumption plans to rescind such .

 

 

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COVID-19: California To Free 8,000 Inmates

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California will release up to 8 , 000 more prisoners to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in its crowded jails , according to authorities in the US state , one of the hardest hit by the pandemic .

 

The inmates could be eligible for early release by the end of August – joining 10 , 000 prisoners already freed in similar initiatives since the start of the virus crisis , the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said .

 

“ These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff , ” the department ’ s secretary Ralph Diaz said in a statement Friday.

 

The announcement, welcomed by prison reform advocates , follows a surge in COVID – 19 cases in one of California ’ s oldest prisons , San Quentin .

 

State Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said the outbreak there was a “ deep area of focus and concern ” after more than 1 , 000 inmates tested positive.

 

The San Quentin facility this week made up half of the active coronavirus cases in jails throughout the state , which has a total prison population of about 113 , 000 .
Friday’ s statement said the prisoners to be freed, who include inmates from San Quentin , would be tested for COVID- 19 within a week of their release .

 

California , the most populated US state with a population of around 40 million , has confirmed more than 300 , 000 coronavirus cases and over 6 , 800 deaths from the disease .
( AFP)

 

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Lagos Closes Illegal COVID-19 Lab In Ikoyi

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The Lagos State Government has shut down a private laboratory in the Ikoyi area of the state for running Covid – 19 tests without approval.

 

It was gathered that Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre was situated in a pharmacy on Banana Island .
The state ’ s Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency said the outlet was closed on Friday.

 

It added , “ We will continue to do our best to ensure that health facilities in the state adhere strictly to standards to guarantee the health and wellbeing of Lagosians .

 

“ Members of the public are encouraged to cooperate fully with the Lagos State Government to ensure the safety and health of all even as we strive to contain the spread of Covid – 19 in Lagos . ”

 

 

State Health Ministry authorised seven private laboratories as Covid – 19 testing centres but Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre was not on the list.

 

 

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