Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines — May 29, 2020
Nigeria COVID-19 Update for May 28, 2020
- As of 28 May 2020, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 182 news cases, 2592 recoveries and 259 deaths. The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria is now 8915.
- FG to convert hotels, schools to isolation centres
- This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
- FG said that with the shortage of bed spaces at isolation centres in the country, it would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres.
Banking and Finance
- The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Central Bank of Nigeria has reduced Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), to 12.5 per cent.
- The MPR is the instrument used by the Central Bank of Nigeria through the MPC to control interest/lending rates.
- This is the second MPC meeting in a row that will be held under COVID-19 protocols. While delivering the communique, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said other monetary policy parameters remained unchanged.
- Emefiele, said the MPC resolved to retain the Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent, Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) at 27.5 per cent and the asymmetric corridor at +200/-500 basis points around the MPR.
- Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano airports to reopen in ‘few days’
- Major airports in the country will in the “next few days” roar into life after weeks of inactivity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
- The airports are the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano Arport, Kano and the Port Harcourt Airport, Choba, Rivers State.
- Nigerian Navy redeploys 110 senior officers
- The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has approved new appointments of some senior officers in the Nigerian Navy.
- This was made known on Thursday in Abuja by the Navy Director of Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun.
- He said the reshuffle affected 110 senior officers, consisting of 33 Rear Admirals and 77 Commodores.
- The Nigerian Navy takes delivery of a new AW139 from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters, after the aircraft was ordered in 2016.
- Court discharges Adeleke over alleged exam malpractices
- A Federal High Court in Abuja has discharged Senator Ademola Adeleke in the alleged examination malpractices trial involving him and four others.
- Adeleke was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja in October 2018 along with Sikiru Adeleke (who is said to be the senator’s relative), Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the school principal), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (teacher).
- In a ruling on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, said he was minded to discharge Adeleke in view of the prosecution’s decision to withdraw charges against the former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State.