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Two Vehicles Burnt, Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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Two unidentified vehicles have been razed by an explosion from a fuel tanker at Anthony inward in Lagos State.

In a tweet on Friday night, The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the incident that the tanker lost control while in motion and fell sideways, causing an explosion.

Meanwhile, The Agency did not ascertain if there were causalities.
“Two unidentified vehicles got burnt. A joint team of responders are working together to curb the inferno from escalating further.

”Preliminary report on a tanker on fire at Anthony inward Gbagada.

“We responded to distress calls and upon arrival at the scene, discovered that a tanker with unknown registration number conveying PMS lost control while in motion and subsequently fell sideways causing an explosion,” It said.

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Also, a three-storey building collapsed in Ejigbo area of Lagos state on Saturday morning.

Tribune Online gathered that the unfortunate incident occurred at Number 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo bus-stop, at about 8:15 am.

It added that no there are no reports of casualties recorded.

According to eyewitnesses’ account, the privately-owned building belonging to Excel College had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate/refortify the structure before the collapse.

In a statement issued by The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed the development saying responders to the incident scene were LASEMA, Police (Ejigbo Division) and other emergency responders.

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He added that all the necessary agencies are on ground to prevent further damage.

SOURCE: NIGERIA TRIBUNE

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Covid-19: Massive Breakthrough in Corona Vaccine

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Covid-19: Recently there has been a massive breakthrough in finding a vaccine for this virus

The first effective coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis shows.

The developers – Pfizer and BioNTech – described it as a “great day for science and humanity”.

Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised.

The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month. (Covid-19)

No vaccine has gone from the drawing board to being proven highly effective in such a short period of time.

There are still huge challenges ahead, but the announcement has been warmly welcomed with scientists describing themselves smiling “ear to ear” and some suggesting life could be back to normal by spring.

“I am probably the first guy to say that, but I will say that with some confidence,” said Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University.

 

The data shows that two doses, three weeks apart, are needed. The trials – in US, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Turkey – show 90% protection is achieved seven days after the second dose. (Covid-19)

However, the data presented is not the final analysis as it is based on only the first 94 volunteers to develop Covid so the precise effectiveness of the vaccine may change when the full results are analysed.

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Dr Albert Bourla, the chairman of Pfizer, said: “We are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis.”

Prof Ugur Sahin, one of the founders of BioNTech, described the results as a “milestone”.

When will the vaccine be available?
A limited number of people may get the vaccine this year. (Covid-19)

Pfizer and BioNTech say they will have enough safety data by the third week of November to take their vaccine to regulators.

Until it has been approved it will not be possible for countries to begin their vaccination campaigns.

The two companies say they will be able to supply 50 million doses by the end of this year and around 1.3 billion by the end of 2021. Each person needs two doses.

The UK should get 10 million doses by the end of the year, with a further 30 million doses already ordered.

Who would get it?
Not everyone will get the vaccine straight away and countries are each deciding who should be prioritised. (Covid-19)

Hospital staff and care home workers will be near the top of every list because of the vulnerable people they work with, as will the elderly who are most at risk of severe disease.

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The UK is likely to prioritise older resident in care homes and the people that work there.

But it says a final decision has not been made, saying it will depend on how well the vaccine works in different age-groups and how the virus is spreading.

People under 50 and with no medical problems are likely to be last in the queue.

Are there any potential problems?
There are still many unanswered questions as this is only interim data. (Covid-19)

We do not know if the vaccine stops you spreading the virus or just from developing symptoms. Or if it works equally well in high-risk elderly people.

The biggest question – how long does immunity last – will take months or potentially years to answer.

There are also massive manufacturing and logistical challenges in immunising huge numbers of people, as the vaccine has to be kept in ultra-cold storage at below minus 80C.

The vaccine appears safe from the large trials so far but nothing, including paracetamol, is 100% safe.

How does it work?
There are around a dozen vaccines in the final stages of testing – known as a phase 3 trial – but this is the first to show any results.

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It uses a completely experimental approach – that involves injecting part of the virus’s genetic code – in order to train the immune system. (Covid-19)

Previous trials have shown the vaccine trains the body to make both antibodies – and another part of the immune system called T-cells to fight the coronavirus.

The UK’s chief medical advisor Prof Chris Whitty said the results showed the “power of science” and was a “reason for optimism” for 2021.

The US president-elect Joe Biden said it was “excellent news”.

“It is also important to understand that the end of the battle against Covid-19 is still months away,” he added.

The UK Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the results were “promising” and that “the NHS stands ready to begin a vaccination programme for those most at risk once a Covid-19 vaccine is available”.

Prof Peter Horby, from the University of Oxford, said: “This news made me smile from ear to ear. (Covid-19)

“It is a relief… there is a long long way to go before vaccines will start to make a real difference, but this feels to me like a watershed moment

Source: BBC news (Covid-19)

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Buhari orders NYSC members to enroll for National Health Insurance Scheme

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The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retired) has ordered all National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) members to enroll in the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps said this on Monday in Abuja during a media chat with the Bureau chiefs and media Executives, He made it clear that NYSC has strengthened their relationship with security agencies to protect the corps members wherever they are posted in the country.

He said “I wish to use this opportunity to again express our gratitude to the security agencies and other stakeholders for their support. Furthermore, the scheme has concluded arrangement with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the NHIS in line with a presidential directive. We have also expended huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing of medical bills”.

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Kaduna State to install new Emir of Zazzau today

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Kaduna State is set to install the new Emir of Zazzau, Ahmad Bamalli

He is to replace the former Emir of Zazzau Shehu Idris who recently died.

The Kaduna State government has recently urged the citizens of the state to show up in massive numbers in support of this memorable event.

Ahmad Bamalli will be installed as the 19th Emir of Zazzau.

This event will be held at the Mohammadu Aminu Square in GRA Zaria

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Wednesday, announced the Magajin Garin Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, as the 19th emir of Zazzau

Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli was born in 1966 in Zaria, Nigeria.

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He studied Law as his first degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1989 and a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the same institution in 2002.

He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1998.

He did a fellowship on conflict resolution at the University of York (UK) 2009 before going on to hold another Diploma in organisational leadership from Oxford University, UK in 2015.

The new Emir of Zazzau is a Senior Chevening Fellow with about twenty six years cognate experience covering Banking, Public Sector, Telecommunications, and Manufacturing.

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He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School where he obtained his GMP in 2011.

His Royal title of Magajin Garin Zazzau was the second most senior princely title of the Zazzau Emirate.

He is happily married to Mairo A. Bamalli and they are blessed with 5 children – a boy and 4 girls.

Bamalli was an ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand as well as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

He was a Commissioner of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission between 2015 and 2017.

The new emir was the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer & ED Corporate Services at the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Plc between November 2011 and 2014.

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Between 2007-2009, he was the Human Resources Manager at the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTEL).

Bamalli was the Chairman, Board of Directors, Tawada Limited (Subsidiary of Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Plc from November 2012 to 2014.

He was a member of Transition Committee, Kaduna State in 2016.

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