Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines — 22 May 2020
- President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, May 22, 2020 granted financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary across the 36 states of the country.
- Buhari granted the autonomy after he signed the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State judiciary Order at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
- The president signed the executive order based on the power vested on him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution.
- The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the implementation of financial autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary would strengthen the institutions at the state tier of government and make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy as enshrined by the 1999 Constitution.
COVID-19 Confirmed cases for May 22, 2020
- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, May 22, 2020 announced 245 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
- The announcement now brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 7,261.
- Total number of discharged patients is currently 2007 while deaths is 221.
- The NCDC made this known via its Twitter handle and website on Friday. it also said that 131 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos.
RNAswift Test Kit for COVID-19
- Nigeria has recorded a breakthrough in the battle against coronavirus.
- Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has successfully validated the first phase of the viral Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction which should enable local production of cheap testing kits for coronavirus.
- The validation took place on Thursday in the immunology laboratory of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Abuja.
- The project is designed to solve the problem of RNA extraction kit which had become a global issue.
- The project was a Pan-African project whose partners include Ethiopia, NCDC and the University of Sheffield, U.K., among others with funding to come from the African Development Bank
Lagos on opening of the economy after lockdown
- Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, May 22, 2020 said the state government would unveil a four-page “Register-to-Open” guidelines in preparation for the reopening of economic activities in the state.
- According to the governor, the Register-to-Open, is a thorough guideline to help the residents ahead of the full re-opening.
- NECO: President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, May 22, 2020 approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
- Obioma replaces Professor Charles Uwakwe who was recently sacked along with four other officials of the Council for alleged misconduct.
- The appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from 14th May 2020.
- Until his appointment as Registrar/CE of NECO, Prof. Obioma was the Ebonyi State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
- UBEC: President Muhammad Buhari on Friday, May 22, 2020 appointed Professor Adamu Kyuka Usman as Chairman of Governing Board of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, with effect from 14 May 2020.
- The appointment is for a tenure of four years in the first instance and may be renewed for a further tenure of four years upon satisfactory performance.
- Adamu, until his appointment, was in the Department of Commercial Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.