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FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Equipment

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N8.49 billion for the purchase of 12 testing equipment containing large quantities of items, including sample collection material kits to fight COVID-19.

Briefing reporters at the end of the 11th virtual FEC meeting in the State House, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osage Ehanire, said the Presidential Task Force (PTF) approved the resources for the use of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to him, plans had been made to establish sample collection centres in each of the 774 local government areas of the country with a view to ensuring that residents of rural communities are not left to their fate in the fight of COVID-19.

He said: “This memo is as a result of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic and special intervention fund for COVID-19 which is operated by the Presidential Task Force. It allocates these resources for NCDC’s preparedness.

“So, we are procuring testing materials right from sample materials to other kits’ diagnostics in our laboratory systems, to be able to respond properly to the community transmission phase.

“We have already made plans to have at least one sample collection center in every local government, minimum of 774 and these resources will be necessary to go around the 774 local government areas, to ensure that persons in rural areas and small towns are not excluded and to ensure that not only the big cities are the ones that are being attended to. So, that is the basis for the memo. The cost is N8.49 billion to procure the items that are involved. There are a total of 12 items, the quantities involved are large numbers which will be sent out later,” he said.

Asked why both the PTF and the Ministry of Health have been reluctant in introducing rapid test kits which can make results of COVID-19 tests available within 10 minutes, the minister who admitted that test kits are used all over the world, gave various reasons for not approving their use in Nigeria.

According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other medical experts are opposed to rapid test diagnosis as a result of beliefs that it is not reliable because it produces a number of false-positive or false-negative results.

The minister who said the level of accuracy of the rapid diagnosis and otherwise, through the use of rapid test kits, is between the ratio of 60:40, said a diagnosis which produces a 60 percent accuracy rate and 40 percent inaccurate results call for caution.

Submitting that the results of polymerise chain reaction (PCR) tests, on the other hand, are reliable, the minister, however, said the Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria is currently verifying the rapid diagnosis with a view to ascertaining whether it is reliable or not
He, nevertheless, expressed optimism that as efforts are being made to improve on a rapid diagnostic test, in a matter of months, it will eventually, be introduced into the system.

He said: “It is not that nobody is thinking of rapid diagnostic test, it is being used all over the world even in Nigeria today but the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other experts have said that this test is not very reliable and that it also delivered a significant number of false-positive or false-negative results.

“So, if you go to a place where a percentage of test results can give you the wrong result, then you have to be careful. Whereas the PRC test, that is, the polymerise chain reaction test is accurate and reliable. So, if you want to know how accurate a person is positive, that is the test you ought to do, that is the recommendation of the World Health Organisation.

“Now, science is never certain. There are many ways and avenues by which the quality of the rapid test is still being improved. And as I speak to you now, the Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria, which is responsible for validating this test, for telling us whether they are reliable or not, whether we should use it or not, they are verifying such test now and they will give us their result, whether it is reliable enough or not reliable enough.

“There is also the anti-body rapid test and the anti-gem rapid test. So, I believe that within a matter of weeks and months, there will be one that will be accurate enough for us to rely on.

“So, those who do the rapid test now, if it is positive, you have to go and confirm with the PRC because the accuracy is questionable. Some of them, their accuracy is 60 percent, which means that 40 percent will be wrong.

“Others are 20 percent wrong which is why rapid diagnostic test (RDT), is not yet officially used in Nigeria. But, I personally believe that as they continue to improve on it, within some months, we shall be able to use it. Meanwhile, we use only the most reliable one, which is PCR.”
Ehanire also spoke on the failure of politicians to observe COVID-19 protocols as shown in the current campaign venues in Edo State and the funeral of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu in Ogun State last weekend, saying concerned authorities look up to politicians to do what is right.

Also echoing Ehanire, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “As a matter fact this matter came up at the last PTF briefing, and the coordinator said that we will continue to advise social distancing in whatever gathering. It has been proven that wearing a mask saves many lives and we will continue to harp on it that people should take personal responsibility.”

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Itel S17: A Selfie Smartphone With Unbeatable Features For Users

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From meeting lifestyle needs to blazing new trails, itel is continuously proving its dominance in the smartphone industry. The global smartphone and accessories brand has been in the news in recent weeks for yet again delivering on its promise to tailor its products to meet the everyday needs of users, laced with superior technology, user-friendly designs, and trail-blazing features. The itel S17 selfie smartphone fits that description with a few more extras to go with.

Olamide with itel S17

In an exclusive online launch held on 8th of October 2021, some of Nigeria’s biggest stars were on ground to share glowing remarks about the mind-blowing features of the itel S17 smartphone along with other products released the same day. itel brand ambassador Olamide ‘Baddo’ Adedeji- flanked by Nollywood star Mercy Johnson-Okojie and celebrity TV host Stephanie Coker- demonstrated how the itel S17 Smile Selfie Smartphone can lighten up your day and help your unique personality and style shine through.

The itel S17 rears its head elegantly on the heels of the S16, a user-friendly smartphone which gained glowing reviews from consumers and critics. The newer model, already a success in the industry, revolutionises the Smile Selfie technology that makes every smile count. Just turn on the camera and smile to capture your most beautiful moments and looks without trying too hard. But beyond that, the S17 helps you stay connected to family and friends all day long, with limitless social media time, music, movies, and fun games.

Big Battery for Premium Value

For those who love to binge on their phones, here’s a smartphone that offers you the freedom to talk, play and have maximum enjoyment without any worries. The itel S17 comes with a 5000mAh battery; that’s 1000mAh more than what the S16 offers. This big battery gives you as much as 7 hours of Selfie time, 30 hours of chat, 70 hours of non-stop music and 10 hours of entertainment. Unstable electricity has got nothing on you, as the itel S17 charges more quickly and lasts longer than most devices in its price category.

itel S17 has a 5000mAh big battery

This battery efficiency is further enhanced by the AI Power Master software that helps you save battery power by hibernating unused apps and allocating energy to only your most used apps. This is a high-tech power cataloguing system that gives more power to apps you use often, thereby optimising their performance, and less power to those you seldom use for all-round premium performance. So, whether your phone is your office or store, or you need to stay in touch with your social media followers all day, the itel S17 is your best bet.

Super-Stylish design for fun lovers

Nengi with the itel S17

Not many brands can conveniently combine efficiency and style in one smartphone. You can see why itel S17 created quite the buzz after its launch. We can talk all day about its sleek unibody design or its amazing 6.6″ HD+ waterdrop fullscreen, and we still won’t do justice to its exceptional beauty. At 8.85mm, this is one of the slimmest and most compact smartphones in the market today. It fits seamlessly in your palm, adding colour and lots of bright smiles to your day.

Other Premium lifestyle and safety features

Olamide with itel S17

The itel S17 smartphone also features three rear cameras that function interdependently to absorb all the light around you and make your photos come out just as you love them. And the front camera? Perfect for Selfie lovers. The itel S17 is ergonomically designed to support your lifestyle. The bottom speaker makes it even easier to communicate on the go. And in a world where cyber security is constantly an issue, the upgraded fingerprint unlock, and facial recognition combine to give you that trusted shield for confidential files and information.

The itel S17 is available in three amazing colours of Multicolour Green, Sky Blue and Deep Ocean Black in select stores nationwide.

Laugh Out Loud With itel On Your Campus

itel will be coming to your campus with Akpororo this October with the itel S17 Laugh Out Loud comedy show. It promises to be lots of fun with the new itel S17 smartphone, itel accessories, and other gift items up for grabs. For more information, please visit @itelNigeria on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris: Getting Ready to Shake the World

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Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris: an online global phenomenon that has blessed so many lives in countless ways. Streamed via the internet and on various terrestrial and satellite TV and radio stations all over the world, billions have been tremendously blessed by the power of God through healing miracles, salvation in Jesus Christ, and spiritual endowments.

Testimonials of supernatural encounters and divine interventions into human situations abound aplenty from those who have participated in these programs since its inception in September 2020, and more especially for the March and July 2021 editions that featured the man of God, Pastor Chris.

“My son had skin problem on his back. During the July Healing Streams Live Healing Services, I placed my hand on his back as Pastor Chris was praying. When we woke up the next morning, we saw a huge difference on my baby’s back. He is completely healed. Indeed, God is amazing, I can’t stop praising and thanking Him for what He’s done. My son’s skin was so ugly, but is now perfect,” says Lesego from South Africa.

“On the Monday of the week of the recent Healing Streams program in July 2021, I developed a sudden lower back pain whilst in the kitchen. The pain became so severe that I could not sit or even stand but could only lie on my back. I participated in the program from Friday and by the close of the program on Sunday, I was totally healed. The pain disappeared and I can now sit and stand normally. Glory be to Jesus!” Harrison from Spain proclaims.

Neither time nor space in any one article would suffice to even begin to tell of the many glorious wonders that God has wrought through the Live Healing Services, which is reminiscent of John’s declaration when he said, “Jesus did many other things. If they were all written in books, I don’t suppose there would be room enough in the whole world for all the books,” (John 21:25 CEV).

Still, all that has happened is only just a foretaste of things to come. The Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris will hold from Friday to Sunday, 29–31 October 2021, and it is set to be the biggest and grandest crusade yet. Nothing the world has ever seen will compare to it.

On the impact of the upcoming program, the man of God, Pastor Chris says, “We are going to shake the world for Jesus one more time. It’s the biggest thing happening in the world right now.”

Language? Time? Distance? There are no barriers to your miracle. The program will be streamed live in over 4,000 languages, on the Healing Streams TV website (www.healingstreams.tv), the Healing School Mobile App, and on Loveworld Networks (TV and radio stations all over the world). You can participate from wherever you are!

So, the only question is this: are you ready?

There are 4 Ps to remember when preparing for the Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris:

  1. Pray about the program and for those who will participate in it.
  2. Publicize it to your world. You sharing the news is the only way some people will hear.
  3. Prepare places; share the program with other by creating on-site and virtual healing centers
  4. Partner. Sponsor the program.

To register for the program and for more information on what to do, please visit www.healingstreams.tv/3days.

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Estate Dev: T.Pumpy Concept MD Assures Jikwoyi, Kpeyegi, Kurudu Subscribers of Adequate Provision of Infrastructure

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The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T.Pumpy Concept Limited, a famous estate developer based in Abuja, Mr Akintayo Adaralegbe has assured the subscribers at its estate lands at Jikwoyi, Kpeyegi and Kurudu, of adequate and timely provision of infrastructure at the various locations currently being developed by the company.

Mr Aderalegbe, who gave the assurance during an interactive meeting with all the subscribers in the three locations, which was held at company’s Kpeyegi site on Saturday 16th April 2021, added that he personally summoned the meeting for him to get a firsthand information on issues affecting the subscribers in the three estates and know how to address them.

He said that he would continue to stand on the integrity the company is associated by making sure that all the needed infrastructure are provided as the subscribers build on their allocated spaces, assuring that access road leading to the site and security, would be provided for those subscribers in Kpeyegi, who had commenced the development of their allotted spaces.

For the investors at Jikwoyi and Kurudu estates, Aderalegbe assured them that the mapping and beaconing of individual spaces will commence from Monday, 18th November 2021, even as he also assured that the roads leading to Jikwoyi and Kpeyegi Phases and 1 and 2 of the two estates will also commence in due course.

He explained to the subscribers present and those who joined through zoom social media platform, that his mission of venturing into estate business and housing development is not necessary to make profit from people, rather to make housing affordable to Nigerians, through the various affordable estates being developed by the company in various states of the country, and added that trust that his company had built over the years in the housing development, made it possible for subscribers to buy-in immediately in all their estates, whenever the company come up for a new estate to be developed.

Highlights of the meeting was when Mr Aderalege personally attended to all the issues raised by some of the subscribers, especially on areas relating to double allocation, security, access road and light.

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