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Fuel Subsidy Removal, Forex Unification: We’re On Track – Tinubu

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed confidence that his administration is on the path to success despite the country’s challenges, saying Nigeria has no reason to fail the African continent.

Dele Alake, Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication, and Strategy, said Tinubu disclosed this while receiving visiting Bank of America officials in his office at the State House on Tuesday.

Tinubu stressed that his government was committed to instituting reforms that would engender sustainable growth and development in the country.

“We believe we are on the right track so far. We believe we need all the help we can get,” the President said as he asked the bank’s management for support and partnership to advance mutual benefits for Nigeria and the financial institution.

President Tinubu said the governance and development challenges facing the country cannot be addressed without fiscal and institutional reforms.

“Twenty-first-century actions on climate change, finance, and innovation are intertwined.

Having a good platform and believing in innovation will help in undertaking reforms and tackling the issues.

This is the largest economy and democracy in Africa, and if we cannot do it, nobody will do it for us,” he said.

Affirming that no one can do it alone, President Tinubu made a case for the bank and other willing financing institutions to help the country, for instance, by partnering to ensure Nigerian gas competes favourably in the global market as a viable source of alternative revenue.

 

Within a month of the President’s inauguration, Tinubu announced reforms such as fuel subsidy removal, foreign exchange window unification, and other policies resulting in immediate macroeconomic effects such as price hikes for transportation, goods, and services.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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