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Volume 6, Issue 122
20th April 2020.

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NEWS WITHIN OUR SHORES

NPA extends suspension of demurrage on cargo

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has given more reliefs to importers and customs agents to cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 it directed all terminal operators to extend the suspension of all applicable terminal storage fees on consignments (demurrage) for another fourteen days effective April 13, 2020.

This was contained in a press statement issued by Mr. Jatto Adams, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, which he said followed the extension of the lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

According to Jatto Adams, ‘’This gesture is in recognition of the pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic imposes on businesses, the responsibility imposed on the Authority to relief this burden on its customers as well as attaining the objective of the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business Policy at this trying period.’’

 

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Apapa Customs generated N110.2 billion in first quarter

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recently said it generated over N110.2 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba Kura, disclosed this in the press statement issued by the command, saying the Command remains committed always to achieving its objectives of collecting government revenue.

‘’The year 2020 is surrounded with lots of challenges globally. Nigeria is not isolated from these challenges, as critical sectors of the economy are adversely affected.

“However, to us in Nigeria Customs Service, and in particular, the Apapa Area Command we remain resolute at ensuring that we collect the much needed revenue for the Federal Government. Also to ensure safety and well being of the citizenry by curtailing smuggling to its barest minimum, while facilitating legitimate import and export trades,” said Comptroller Abba Kura

On Revenue collection, the CAC said, “At the height of these challenges, the Apapa Command was able to beat its records of the past two years, that is 2018 and 2019 respectively by a huge margin.

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Full List: Lagos COVID-19 test centres in 20 LGs

The Lagos State Government has announced coronavirus test centres in the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

The government disclosed this on Sunday via its Twitter handle, noting that visits to the centers is “strictly” by appointment and not by emergency.
Residents were asked to make requests through app.alertclinic.com and schedule appointments at the test centre closest to them.

COVID-19 TEST CENTRES IN LAGOS STATE

Somolu Local Government – Wright Memorial Primary Health Centre (Emmanuel Street, Somolu)

Ifako Ijaiye Local Government – Ifako Mini Stadium (College Road beside Ifako General Hospital)

Ojo Local Government  – Ojo PHC (1, Rest House, Ojo)

Eti-Osa Local Government – Ikota Primary School (Lekki-Epe Expressway)

Surulere Local Government – Surulere LG Secretariat (24 Alhaji Masha Road, Surulere)

Kosofe Local Government – Ogudu Area Office (By Ogudu Roundabout, Ogudu Road)

Amuwo Odofin Local Government – Amuwo Odofin LG Secretariat (41 Road, Festac Town)

Ikorodu Local Government – ItaElewa PHC (Oriwu Road, Ikorodu) / Igbogbo PHC (32, Bola Ahmed Way, Igbogbo)

Lagos Island Local Government – IganIduganran PHC (151/152 Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island)

Epe Local Government – Epe PHC (Epe/Ijebu-Ode Expressway bu Oba’s Palace)

 

NCDC Confirms 86 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Nigeria

Eighty-six new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), taking Nigeria’s total infections to 627. The NCDC confirmed this late on Sunday via a statement on Twitter.

According to the agency, of the 86 new cases, seventy were in Lagos, seven in FCT, three in Katsina, three in Akwa Ibom, one in Jigawa, one in Bauchi and one in Borno.

Eighty-six new cases of have been reported;
70 in Lagos
7 in FCT
3 in Katsina
3 in Akwa Ibom
1 in Jigawa
1 in Bauchi
1 in Borno

As at 11:50 pm 19th April there are 627 confirmed cases of reported in Nigeria.
Discharged: 170
Deaths: 21

 

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FOREIGN WATCH

US crude falls below $15 a barrel as virus throttles demand

US crude crashed to below $15 a barrel on Monday, its lowest level for over two decades, as concerns about a virus-triggered demand shock and lack of storage eclipsed an output cut deal.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the US benchmark, fell more than 19 percent to $14.73 a barrel in early Asian trade, before markets steadied and it clawed back some ground to $15.78 a barrel.

International benchmark Brent dropped 4.1 percent to $26.93 a barrel, before rising and stabilizing at $28.11.

Oil markets have plunged in recent weeks as lock downs and travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus around the world batter demand for the commodity.

The crisis was compounded after Saudi Arabia, kingpin of exporting group OPEC, launched a price war with non-OPEC member Russia.

Riyadh and Moscow drew a line under their dispute earlier this month when they and other countries agreed to cut output by almost 10 million barrels a day to boost virus-hit markets but prices have continued to fall heavily, with analysts saying the cuts will not be enough to make up for massive falls in demand caused by the pandemic.

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More than 30 French studies under way into COVID-19 treatment

More than 30 studies are under way in France — of a world total of 860 — in search of drugs to treat the COVID-19 disease sweeping the world, infectologist Florence Ader said Sunday.

The research is “extremely active” in France involving some 1,600 patients, Ader told a news conference.

Ader heads up a study dubbed Discovery in collaboration with several other European countries, with researchers conducting clinical trials of four potential treatments including the controversial hydroxychloroquine.

Of some 3,200 patients in Europe, at least 800 are in France. All are in hospital and severely ill with COVID-19.

Around the world some 150 projects seek to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. France’s prestigious Institut Pasteur will carry out trials on humans by this summer, Ader said.

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