Sani Aliyu
HighlightTop StoryTrending Story

At least, 44m Nigerians will get COVID-19 vaccines, says PTF

86

 

 

More than 44 million Nigerians will qualify for the COVID-19 vaccines as the global effort on the vaccines ramps up, the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic has said.

The National Coordinator of the PTF,  Dr Sani Aliyu, announced this while addressing the 22nd Nigerian Governors Forum on Friday.

Aliyu, who said the most vulnerable group of people from 50 years and above would be given attention in the distribution of the vaccines.

Expressing worry about the increasing cases of severe illness among COVID-19 patients in the country especially in Abuja, Aliyu urged the governors to remain very vigilant and keep their treatment centres active.

“The PTF is worried about the low testing rates in most of the states, we intend to launch a “COVID19 Testing Week” in which 450 tests would be conducted in each of the 774 local government areas over a two-week period.

“We solicit the cooperation of the governors especially on funding as the exercise is expected to be funded from the COVID-19 disbursed by the Federal Government to the states,’’he said.

Responding on behalf of the governors, the NGF chairman and Ekiti Gov. Kayode Fayemi promised that the states would continue to run active and operational COVID-19 Task Force teams and emergency operation centres and release funds promptly.

“We will ensure prompt release of funds as outlined in the  State Incidence Action Plans (IAP), keep temporary treatment centers open, ramp up COVID-19 testing across the country.

“We will also support the planned COVID-19 Testing Week,’’ he said.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

ECOWAS faces most difficult challenges since its formation – Ejime

A public affairs analyst, Mr. Paul Ejime, has lamented that the Economic...

Economic hardship: Lagos Govt. employees except teachers to work three days a week – Sanwo-Olu

Civil servants from grade levels 1 to 14 will start working three...

Tinted glass permit: Police to train enforcement officers, ICT analysts on issuance

In a bid to improve national security and curb criminal activities facilitated...

Senate Confirms Cardoso, Yuguda, 10 Others As Chair, MPC Members

The Senate has confirmed the appointments of the governor of the Central...

$800m rehabilitation funds for Nigerian ports almost ready – FG

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has said...

Breaking: Nigeria’s GDP grew by 3.46% in Q4 2023 – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has announced growth in Nigeria’s gross...

FG stops exportation of cooking gas to crash price

The Federal Government, in its bid to crash the price of cooking...

Ex-Brazilian star Dani Alves jailed four years for rape

Ex-Brazilian star Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half...

Economic hardship: Nigerian military warns against calls for coup

The Nigerian military authorities have issued a stern warning to those calling...

Just in: After 26-month self-exile, Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Igboho returns to Nigeria

Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also referred to as Sunday Igboho, a foremost Yoruba...

Just in: 86 people murdered daily in South Africa — Police Minister

At least 86 people are killed daily in South Africa, according to...

Appointment: Kemi Nandap is the new Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has a new Comptroller-General. She is Deputy...

Just in: Labour Party’s National Chairman, Abure, Arrested

The National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Julius Abure, has...

Economic hardship: FG set to restart direct cash transfers to 15m households

The Federal Government has concluded plans to restart direct cash transfers to...

Senate to FG: Discard electricity subsidy removal for now

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to refrain from removing the...

Economic hardship: Elumelu to partner MOFI to boost economy

Nigerian philanthropist and Chairman of Heirs Holdings Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has...

Emefiele slams N25bln suit on Akpabio for alleged defamation 

The ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has...

Bayern sack Thomas Tuchel, to exit in June

Following the abysmal performance of Bayern Munich this season, Thomas Tuchel will...

Shelve protest, embrace dialogue, DSS warns organised labour

The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a stern warning to...