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Nigeria Will Not Return To Normalcy Until 2021 – NCDC

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Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said Nigeria and the rest of the world cannot return to pre COVID-19 life.

The NCDC boss said this while speaking at the 24th edition of The Platform, hosted by Poju Oyemade’s Covenant Nation.

He added that the short term pains are sacrifices Nigerians must make for a safer long term.

When asked how soon Nigeria would return to normalcy, that is, away from wearing masks, social distancing and the rest of the COVID-19 precautions, Ihekweazu emphatically said; “until the next year”.

He stressed that;

We are faced with a difficult reality and we are not unique in this, every country is right now looking at the same challenge and how to get us back to some level of normalcy, but the reality is that we are going to live with COVID-19 for the next year at the very least.

The NCDC Director noted that,

So we have to start thinking about how to live safely with COVID-19, and you know some of the changes we would have to make are actually good things to have forever. The emphasis on hand washing, sanitisers, respiratory hygiene; my goal as the leader of the NCDC is that we continue this forever.

Ihekweazu explained;

That we don’t go back like we did post-Ebola to an era of not washing our hand, not only will they prevent COVID but they will prevent so many other diseases from spreading, ultimately leading us into a better future.

The epidemiologist and public health physician added that he would want that people connect more intensely using technology, but maintain necessary physical distance.

He stressed that;

The thing about mass gathering, it will be a big challenge for us, but we have to try. Every business, every church… every religious gathering of any form, social gatherings, weddings, we really have to rethink how we do this in the short term.

The NCDC boss stated that avoiding mass gathering is a sacrifice Nigerians would have to make to flatten the curve, adding that;

It will be a challenging time, but this is a sacrifice we would have to pay — we are not alone in this, even the countries we looked up to are facing the same challenges, there is no easy solution.

Now is a time to build our country despite limitations and find indigenous ways to solve this problem, and make our country recover quicker. To do that, we need this short term pain in order to gain the long term opportunity to return to normal socially rich life Nigerians are known for.

According to him, the Coronaviruspandemic in the world will reinforce personal hygiene.

Nigeria has recorded 2170 cases of COVID-19, with 351 recoveries and 68 deaths as at Saturday morning.

I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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Photos Of Former Minister Of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi , On Vacation

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Photos Of Former Minister Of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi , On Vacation

Willy Ibimina Jim-george shared photos of Rotimi Amaechi enjoying his vacation on Facebook .

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that these are the first pictures of the former Rivers State Governor since he lost the APC Presidential Primary and got replaced as the Minister of Transportation.

 

READ : Why Chibuike Amaechi Cannot Win Even In Rivers State- Reno Omokri

The vacation photos got people talking on social media . Read their comments below :

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Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia … See Why

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Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia ... See Why

A Nigerian lawyer came to Supreme court yesterday, June 23, dressed in his traditional worshippers regalia.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that this happened after the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on June 17, that allows Nigerians express their mode of worship.

READ : ORGAN HARVESTING SCANDAL : I stand with Ike Ekweremadu – Dino Melaye

According to him, he decided to dress that way following the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on June 17, that allows Nigerians express their mode of worship, which includes the use of hijab in schools and public places.

Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia ... See Why

Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia … See Why

Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia ... See Why

Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia … See Why

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ORGAN HARVESTING SCANDAL : I stand with Ike Ekweremadu – Dino Melaye

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ORGAN HARVESTING SCANDAL : I stand with Ike Ekweremadu - Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye, a PDP stalwart and former Senator, is the first politician and friend of Senator Ike Ekweremadu to publicly show support for him. 

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the Kogi Politician said in a Tweet that Ike Ekweremadu notified the British authority on his trip with the boy so he stands with him.

You would recall that NAIJA NEWS NG reported that the former Deputy Senate President in a document obtained by this media platformed explained that his daughter Sonia Ekweremadu needs kidney transplant and one David Ukpo , who is 21 years old agreed to be a donor .

Nigerians React To Ekweremadu’s Organ Harvesting Scandal

The document shows that Ekweremadu applied for visa for David Ukpo on December 28, 2021.

The letter that accompanied the visa application of an alleged homeless child showed that Senator Ike Ekweremadu informed the UK authorities that he was taking the person abroad for a kidney transplant for his daughter.

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