Daily Current Affairs: April 28 – 29, 2020

1FG Declares May 1, 2020 as Public Holiday

The Federal Government on April 28, 2020 declared Friday, May 1, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day Celebration.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, on behalf of the Federal Government.

2 Coronavirus: IMF approves $3.4 billion emergency funding for Nigeria

The loan was approved on Tuesday 28 April, 2020 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help the country cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on her economy.

The executive board of the fund gave the approval under the Rapid Financing Instrument to support the government’s efforts to address the devastating impact of COVID-19.

3 NCDC Declares Emergency Phase of 2020 Lassa Fever Outbreak Over

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on April 29, 2020 declared the emergency phase of the 2020 Lassa fever outbreak over.

It made the declaration following successive decline in cases below the emergency threshold, and an epidemiological review carried out by NCDC, in collaboration with World Health Organisation, WHO.

4 First Civilian Governor of Borno, Muhammad’s Gobi, Dies at 78

He was the first civilian governor of the old Borno State comprising of present Borno and Yobe States.

He was elected as the first civilian governor of the former Borno State, on the platform of the Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP), and was in office from October 1979 to September 1983.

Mohammed Goni was born in 1942 in Kareto, Mobbar Local Government Area, Borno State.

5 Buhari Approves Oransaye Report; Agrees To Scrap, Merge Some Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of a 2011 report submitted by the presidential committee on restructuring and rationalization of federal government parastatals, commissions and agencies commonly referred to as ‘Oronsanye’ report.

The 800-paged report, submitted during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, had recommended the abolishment and merging of 102 government agencies and parastatals.

The minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, the told reporters on April 29, 2020 that the president’s approval has been forwarded to the head of civil service and secretary to the government of the federation.

6 COVID-19: Nigeria, South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire are most affected
Nigeria, South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire are most affected by #COVID19 in the WHO African Region in terms of the number of cases. Together, they account for 71% of reported cases in the Region. Source: WHO Africa.

7 Kano overtakes FCT in COVID-19 confirmed cases

Kano now has the second highest number of active COVID-19 patients in Nigeria, less than three weeks after recording its index case.

The active cases refer to the patients that still have the virus, excluding those that have recovered or died from it.

According to the the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) daily situation report obtained by iWanSabi, on April 30, 2020, Kano has 136 persons still infected with the disease, coming second to only Lagos which has 718.

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