Nigeria’s Southern Governors Clamour for Southern President Governors of Southern States of Nigeria have jointly agreed that Nigeria’s next president in 2023 should emerge from the Southern region. The governors who made the pronouncement after a closed- door meeting in Lagos State on Monday, also set September 1, 2021 as deadline for the promulgation of anti-open grazing law among its member states. Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said this while reading from a communiqué signed by the governors during their closed door meeting.

INEC COMMRNCES ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR VOTERS An online continuous voter registration exercise, where intending voters can register before they complete the process at a designated center, has been commenced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) The portal requires new voters to pre-register by filling out a form on the portal with their bio data and necessary documents after which they are expected to visit an INEC state or local government office. At the INEC office which they can visit from July 19, the new voters will be required to provide finger prints to complete the registration. Additionally the INEC portal, requires those who have registered in the past to review their voter registration status; and if need be request for replacement of damaged or defaced Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) on the portal. Other features of the portal, include the ability to update personal information or transfer voter registration to another pulling unit.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXTENDS NIM-SIM VERIFICATION TO JULY 26 The extension of deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26 this year has been approved by the Federal Government. A statement signed jointly by the spokespersons of the concerned agencies; Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) informed that at least 57-3million Nigerians have enrolled for the NIN, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN. According to the above agencies, the decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders, on the need to consolidate the enrolment of NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country. The agencies in the Statement, further noted that as at June 28, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems have been made available nationwide to significantly ease the process and the subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM. The Statement also informed that this is against only about 800 of such enrolment systems as at December 2020.

PROVIDENCE HOTEL SET TO BE THE BEST IN NIGERIA Providence hotel, determined to be the best in the industry, is set to transform hospitality to a next level of greater excellence in the country. Financial Controller, Providence hotel, Mr. Stephen Olabanji Oyeleye, in a chat with Crystal Springs Magazine in his office in Lagos, said the hotel is the in-thing in Lagos currently, explaining that services are rendered with best practice. He said the hotel which is managed by Mantis, offers out-of-this-world hospitality, providing home-away-from–home comfort; with cheaper rates and flexible services. Reacting to a question on how the hotel survived the Covid-19 pandemic lock down in Nigeria in the year 2020, he said indeed the entire hospitality Industry was hard hit and as good as dead at the peak of the period. According to him, “no one patronized hotels during the months of June, July and August last year as people were not allowed to gather together by reason of the pandemic”; saying, “hotel business practically died in the country”. However, he said things picked up in September and by December, “we started recording high sales and this was largely due to the fact that many people resorted to have their vacation in hotels instead of travelling for holiday outside the country because of the pandemic”. He added that hotel business has nevertheless, stabilized to a great extent.

ARMY LEADERSHIP Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya, assumes office following the death of Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru; even as the military dispel rumor of compulsory retirement.

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NIGERIA’s SECURITY NOW WEARS A NEW FACE; ARMY, NAVY,AIR FORCE. Nigeria’s security now fears a new face under the administrative head of recently appointed Major-General Leo Irabor, as Chief of…

Why Some People are Hesitant to Take Covid-19 Vaccines. With reports that three Congress Members in the United States, who have been vaccinated with doses of covid-19 vaccines have tested positive for the virus; doubts now seem to trail the much awaited vaccines which were hitherto welcomed with enthusiasm. However, experts say cases like these are not surprising and do not indicate that there was something wrong with the vaccines or how they were administered. They say vaccines don’t work instantly. It takes a few weeks for the body to build up immunity after receiving a dose. And the vaccines now on use in the united states, from Pfizer BionTeach and Moderna, both required a second shot a few weeks after the first to reach full effectiveness. They also explained that the vaccines does not work retroactively, noting, “you can already be affected and not know it, even if you recently tested negative, as the infection can continue to develop after you get the shot but before its protection fully takes hold, and then shows up in a positive test result”. Experts emphasize that the vaccines prevent illness, but maybe not infection. They note that Covid-19 vaccines are being authorized based on how well they keep you from getting sick, needing hospitalization and dying. Scientists don’t know yet how effective the vaccines are at preventing the corona virus from infecting you and from passing it on to others; maintaining that it is why vaccinated people should keep wearing masks and maintain social distancing. They said even the best vaccines are not perfect. The efficacy rates for Pfizer-Bion Ntech and Moderna vaccines are extremely high, but they are not 100 percent. According to DH Herald,vaccines are proven to reduce deaths and help end pandemic. However currently available vaccines are highly effective against symptomatic illness. It takes about two weeks after the second dose to offer that high degree of protection, according to infections disease experts. However, the historic speed by which the corona virus vaccines have been developed, has made some people hesitant to take them.

Stallion’s Rechargeable Car FIRST ELECTRIC CAR IN NIGERIA By Tony Okey Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle is a product of Stallion Group and its subsidiary Hyundai Nigeria. It is Nigeria’s first locally-assembled electric vehicle manufactured by Stallion Griup to be introduced on the automobile market. It was officially unveiled in Abuja recently in an elaborate event attended by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, who commended the initiative in the country; describing it as a noble idea. Analyzing the features of the vehicle, Chief Executive Director of Stallion Group, Mr. Anant Badjatya, said the vehicle comes with zero emission, and can be charged both at home and at work place. He promised to make it affordable and accessible for Nigerians adding that the world is fast embracing EVS as they want to get away from the diesel and petrol engines. The car will be driven around at no fuel cost after being fully charged at home or office.

Oxford Extends Vaccine Study to Children Oxford University Launches Children COVID-19 Vaccine Study Oxford University has concluded plans to launch Covid-19 vaccine study that will include children as young as six years old. The study which is the first to be extended to children will commence in partnership with three sites; London, Southampton and Bistol. According to HD Herald, Oxford in a press release says it will launch the first study to learn how children and young adults between ages six and 17 respond to the ChAdoxi nCov-19 Corona virus vaccine. “Previous trials of the vaccine have shown that it is safe, but this phase two trial, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and Astra Zeneca will show if kids have a good immune response to the shot.” Oxford in the press release further said,”300 volunteers will be enrolled in the study, even as 240 of them will receive the ChAdOxl nCoV-19 vaccine and the remainder, a control meningitis vaccine; which has been shown to be safe in children but is expected to produce similar reactions, such as a sore arm”. Oxford said, “while most children are relatively unaffected by Coronavirus and are unlikely to become unwell with the infection, it is important to establish the safety and immune response to the vaccine in children and young people as some children may benefit from vaccination, says Andrew Pollard, a professor of Pediatric Infection and Immunity, who is also the Chief Investigator on the Oxford Vaccine trial.

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