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Omicron: Philippines launches ambitious vaccination drive

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The Philippines on Monday launched an ambitious three-day vaccination drive to give COVID-19 shots to up to nine million Filipinos amid the threat of the highly mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Thousands of security forces and volunteers were deployed nationwide to implement the campaign, which was being held as the country again imposed international travel restrictions.

“The national vaccination day is very timely and truly a milestone in our COVID-19 pandemic response and mitigation efforts,” Carlito Galvez, the country’s vaccination chief, said. “Inoculating nine million individuals in three days is our most ambitious target so far.”

According to the Department of Health, three million people would be vaccinated a day or nearly four times the average of 813,734 daily doses in the past week.

The department said before Monday, more than 35.78 million Filipinos had been fully vaccinated, or over 32 per cent of the country’s total population of 110 million.

The government aims to vaccinate 54 million people by the end of 2021 and 77 million by next March.

Mr Galvez said with the country’s increasing supply of vaccines, the key was now to “accelerate and expand the capacity” of local government units, especially those outside the capital region of Metro Manila.

The Philippines banned flights from 14 countries, including seven European nations, due to rising COVID-19 cases and the detection of the Omicron variant.

The government also indefinitely delayed a previous decision to start accepting some foreign tourists again from December 1. 

(dpa/NAN)

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Nigerians to pay N4,500 for 2022 NECO common entrance registration

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The National Examinations Council (NECO) has announced the commencement of registration for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for admission into JSS I of Federal Unity Colleges.

NECO Registrar, Dantani Wushishi, made the announcement in an official jingle on the council’s website.

Mr Wushishi said that the registration was only for pupils who would not be less than 10 years of age by September 2022.

“National Examinations Council (NECO) wishes to inform the general public that registration for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination for Admission into Federal Government Unity Colleges has commenced.

“Registration fee is N4,500 per candidate, while payment should be made into NECO treasury single account (TSA) through ATM card, bank branch, USSD, internet banking or wallet,” he said.

Mr Wushishi noted that registration for the examination would be done on the council’s official website: www.neco.gov.ng.

While stating that registration would close on April 23, the registrar encouraged parents to visit the website or any NECO state office nearest to them for more information on the registration process. 

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We have enough fuel, avoid panic-buying, IPMAN tells Nigerians

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), on Friday, urged Nigerians to avoid panic-buying of fuel, saying there were enough products on ground.

IPMAN’s spokesperson, Suleiman Yakubu, in a telephone interview said that the fuel price had not changed.

“I advise Nigerians to stop panic buying, as we have enough premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, on ground,” he said.

While reacting to the current fuel scarcity and long queues of vehicles at filling stations noticed in some areas in Abuja, he described the panic purchase and long queues as unnecessary.

“We want to assure the buyers that the government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available and avoid any impulse buying,” he said.

However, some motorists who spoke with journalists, expressed disappointment over the development, urging filling stations that had fuel to sell to the public.

One of them, Ese Osas, decried the refusal of some filling station owners to sell to the motorists, thus making them go through unnecessary stress. 

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Trader gets wish for divorce because husband loves his dog more

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The Igando Customary Court in Lagos has granted the wish of a trader, Rashidat Ogunniyi, who sought to have her marriage dissolved because her husband loved his dog more.

The President of the Court, Adeniyi Koledoye, held that the repeated refusal of the respondent’s appearance in court would not stop the proceedings.

“Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent did not honour court processes therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the marriage.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr Kazeem Ogunniyi and Mrs Rashidat Ogunniyi, dissolved today. Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife,” he said.

Mr Koledoye gave the custody of the only child of the marriage to the trader and ordered Mr Ogunniyi to pay N10,000 monthly for her feeding.

He held that Mr Ogunniyi would also be responsible for the child’s education and general welfare.

Earlier, the trader sought dissolution of her 12-year-old marriage, claiming her husband was only concerned about the welfare of his dog.

“He only cares about the health, happiness, and safety of his dog. He always showers the dog with compliments,” she said.

The 40-year-old petitioner also said that her husband was domineering and physically abused her on several occasions.

According to her, Mr Ogunniyi encourages their daughter to steal her money and give him so he could buy a phone for her.

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