Varsities unsafe to reopen now – ASUU
Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on Sunday, 10 January 2021, assessed COVID-19 protocols for universities and other institutions and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening.
A few of the chapters of the union, in separate interviews with newsmen, commented on the directive of the National Universities Commission, NUC, that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.
ASUU said although its members were ready to start work, the government had not put measures in place for the safe reopening of the schools.
Lagos moves diversion point on Third Mainland Bridge
Lagos State Government has announced a diversion update of the current diversion point on the Third Mainland bridge. This new diversion is positioned for traffic coming from Iyana Oworosoki and going to Adekunle or Lagos Island.
According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Sunday, 10 January, the adjustment was to allow the removal, replacement and casting of joint No. 23 in addition to the two other joints (16 and 17) that are presently being worked on by the Federal Ministry of Works contractor.
This is also in order to achieve the planned reopening of the bridge on February 22.
Nigeria imports N35.2bn of solid minerals in 2020 – NBS
The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has reported that Nigeria exported N5.5bn solid mineral goods while the import component stood at N35.2bn in the third quarter of 2020.
This data was disclosed in the foreign trade statistics report for the third quarter of 2020 obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics.
Part of the report read, “The total trade in solid mineral goods stood at N40.8bn in Q3, 2020, comprising an import component of N35.2bn and export component of N5.5bn.”
Currency in circulation rose by N249bn in 2020
Currency in circulation, CIC rose by N249bn from N2.66tn in November and N2.91tn in December 2020. The data was obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria on Sunday, 10 January 2021.
The Central Bank, however, said as a result of its monetary policy actions, the reserve money grew moderately as of end-September 2020. In its third-quarter economic report, it stated that on a quarterly basis, reserve money grew by 2.5 per cent to N13.57tn at end-September 2020, compared with a growth of 30.4 per cent at end-June 2020.
COVID-19 Infection exceeds 100,000
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