The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has hailed ICT’s contribution GDP in the second quarter. In the report released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the contribution of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) surpassed that of Oil and Gas in the second quarter of 2019.
The report, released on Tuesday 2nd September, 2019, observed that the country’s GDP grew by 1.94% (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018, which recorded a growth of 1.50%. Furthermore, the non-oil sector contributed 91.18% to the nation’s GDP in the second quarter of 2019 as opposed to the 8.82% contributed to total real GP by the oil sector. Particularly, the ICT sector contributed 13.85% to total nominal GDP in the second quarter of 2019 which is much higher than the 11.22% contributed in the same period in 2018.
The Honourable Minister observed that the significant contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP is as a result of the concerted efforts of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, especially the manner in which the implementation of the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) is being pursued. These efforts, he said, led to a sustained focus on growing the non-oil sector of the economy, especially ICT and the results witnessed are testimonies of impact of these efforts.
The Honourable Minister reiterated the Communications Ministry’s commitment to the economic diversification efforts of the present administration and called on all stakeholders to support Mr President’s laudable initiatives aimed at taking Nigeria to the next level.
Nigerian govt says number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to him: “As contact tracing and testing capacity are being ramped up, more and more cases will be found and the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to rise initially.
“We also worry about persons, especially Nigerians, returning to the country through land borders, who run a higher risk of infection while in a confined space for a long time, like transit in a crowded bus or car.
“With the expanded national case definition and the addition of two laboratories to the NCDC network of COVID-19 molecular laboratories, the national testing capacity has increased. Moreover, the lockdown in high burden States presents the advantage of reduced population mobility and leaves more people at home to be found during contact tracing.
“All of this means that more people and samples can be collected and tested more quickly, giving a shorter turnaround time, but it also means that more cases will be discovered initially than before.
“With 71 percent of the over presumed 6,000 or more contacts now traced, the number of confirmed cases will be rising dramatically. Contact tracing will still be intensified to reduce the number of outstanding cases.
“We shall continue to expand the number of isolation centres and prepare ICU units across the country for those who may have complications”.
Lagos Gov. Sanwo-Olu, family test negative for COVID-19
There have been fears that Sanwo-Olu needed to undertake Coronavirus test as he was among the governors who were in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari in Abuja.
Kyari tested positive for Coronavirus recently, sending fear and panic among governors who had contact with him.
Asides Sanwo-Olu and his immediate family members who tested negative, all his aides have also tested negative for the virus.
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this on his twitter handle in the early hours of Friday.
“COVID-19 Lagos Update: I am happy to announce that COVID-19 Lagos Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the first Lady of Lagos, Joke Sanwo-Olu and their immediate family members as well as aides have all tested negative to COVID-19.
:We thank Lagos residents for their concern and support. We urge all to maintain social distancing. Together we can defeat COVID-19. Please stay safe,” he tweeted.
COVID-19: Buhari’s daughter reunites with family after 14 days in isolation
Buhari’s daughter, who returned from the UK went into isolation immediately in line with guidelines laid down by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari revealed this on Thursday on her twitter handle.
According to Aisha, it was a thing of joy and gratitude to God to reunite with her daughter after she went into isolation 14 days ago.
“It is a thing of joy & gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria.
“While I’m wishing all those infected for a speedy recovery, I pray for the end of this pandemic,” she tweeted.
Aisha had revealed on March 19 that her daughter had gone into self-isolation after arriving from the United Kingdom due to raging Coronavirus pandemic.
She said her daughter returned from the UK being among the burden countries of Coronavirus and placed herself on self-isolation even though she did not develop any symptoms of the disease.
“Good afternoon Nigerians, earlier today my daughter returned from the UK being among the high Burden listed countries of COVID-19.
“Based on the advice of the Hon. Minister Of Health , Presidential Task force on COVID – 19 and that of NCDC, she is on Self Isolation, not because she displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19,” she said.
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