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Real Reason Tinubu Canceled AFCON Trip To Côte d’Ivoire, Delegates Vice President To Lead Nigerian Delegation

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President Bola Tinubu has cancelled plans to watch the Africa Cup of Nations final live in Abidjan between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and host country Côte d’Ivoire.

Tinubu, who has come under fire since news filtered from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that he was billed to attend the final match on Sunday, has now delegated his vice, Kashim Shettima to represent him and lead the presidential team in support of the Super Eagles on Sunday.

Shettima’s spokesman, Stanley Nkwocha, disclosed the decision of the president on Saturday in a release.

Naija News House  had reported that the President, Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, had confirmed that Tinubu would be present at the stadium on Sunday to watch the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Motsepe, who disclosed this during a Media briefing shared on his X (formerly Twitter) handle on Saturday afternoon, had also urged Nigeria to bid for the FIFA World Cup.

Motsepe had said. “If you haven’t been to Lagos, you have never been in Africa… The President of Nigeria (Bola Tinubu) is coming to watch the final on Sunday I was told. I would have a conversation with him about it.”

Motsepe’s statement had elicited reactions from Nigerians, as many criticised the president for failing to show up to console victims of Plateau Christmas Eve massacre that claimed the lives of over 200 citizens and recent Bodija explosion in Ibadan that killed five and destroyed several houses.

An X user, @holusojy70, said, “He didn’t deem it fit to visit the people of plateau during their grieving period, Ibadan blast and the victims werent of importance to Him but AFCON final is of great importance to him.”

“I hope our goals won’t be gone like SUBSIDY. He should please stay in Aso Rock and watch from there. The team will bring the trophy home for him. Let him be in charge of the economy and Shetima in charge of security. We would appreciate Obi to be with the supporters,” @oladare_ayod said on X.

@Paledian, however, queried why Nigerians are optimistic and promote the country.

He wrote: “I don’t understand why many Nigerians don’t have a confidence in Nigeria hosting.

“This will promote your country in so mang ways. 2010 changed South Africa in so many ways.

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FEC To Consider New Minimum Wage For Workers

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By Gloria Ikibah
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) is meeting today to address key issues affecting Nigeria, with a particular focus on the ongoing minimum wage dispute.
Naijablitznews.com reports that under the directive of President Bola Tinubu, FEC meetings now occur every Monday, replacing the previous Wednesday schedule established since the last meeting held on May 13th and 14th.
According to sources today’s agenda centers primarily on the contentious minimum wage standoff between the federal government and organized labour groups.
The government, following a report from a newly formed tripartite committee, has acknowledged the feasibility of increasing the minimum wage to ₦62,000. However, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are advocating for a higher ₦250,000 minimum wage.
Today’s meeting holds critical importance as it seeks to bridge the gap between the government’s proposal and the demands of labour. The council is expected to thoroughly review labour’s position and assess the government’s capacity to accommodate these demands.
The outcome of this meeting is expected to lead to the drafting of an executive bill aimed at resolving the wage issue, which will subsequently be presented to the National Assembly for consideration. The resolution of the minimum wage debate holds significant implications, impacting millions of workers and influencing broader economic factors such as purchasing power and consumer spending.
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Cholera Outbreak: NCDC Declares Public Health Emergency As 53 Die In 31 States

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Presently, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and prevention has declared cholera a public health emergency after its risk assessment showed the country is now at ‘High Risk’ of increased risk of cholera transmission and impact.

The National Cholera Emergency Operations Centre has, therefore , been activated to interrupt disease transmission and reduce the impact of the disease and other socioeconomic complications

Cholera is a food and water borne disease and Water is usually contaminated by faeces of infected individuals as well as unsafe practices such as improper disposal of refuse and open defecation.

The highly contagious disease which time between infection and the appearance of symptoms is 2 hours to 5 days, has a higher risk of transmission in areas that lack adequate sanitation facilities or a regular supply of clean water.

Cholera has since January 2024 caused devastation in nigeria with a total of 1528 suspected cases and 53 deaths recorded across 31 states in 107 local government areas as of 24th June 2024.

Source: AIT

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Covid cases surge across UK as new variant takes hold – but men are more susceptible than women

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The newest strain of coronavirus is running wild across the UK, but new data shows that men are more likely to get it than woman.

Despite largely being removed from the every day lives of most Brits, Covid-19 is still around and cases have shot up a lot in recent weeks thanks to a series of new strains. The KP. 3 variant, part of a new group of variants known as FLiRT, emerged in early April.

The name of these variants was inspired by the mutations in their genetic code and they are an offshoot from JN.1 – a variant that could transmit efficiently through one or two additional mutations.

As of April 2024, three strains of the FLiRT variant have been responsible for 40% of all Covid cases in the UK, namely KP.1.1, KP.3 and KP.2, as per data from the UK Health Security Agency. KP. 2 is believed to have sparked a surge of infections in May before handing over to KP.3, which has almost doubled UK infections to 44% in less than a fortnight.

Meanwhile, KP.2’s share has dropped to 22%, yet hospital admissions increased by 24% in the week leading up to Sunday, rising from 2.67 people per 100,000 to 3.31 per 100,000, according to fresh figures from the UKHSA.

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