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Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure

The federal government on Monday said the Madagascar’s COVID Organics has been transferred to the Ministry of Health.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Monday during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Ehanire said the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has also collected samples.

“The Madagascar herb has been transferred to the Ministry of Health, NAFDAC has collected samples, the NIMR will also receive samples as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology for evaluation.”

Also speaking, Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, disclosed that Nigeria has 112 treatment and isolation centres with 5,322 beds.

“We are working with 19 local firms to review herbal remedies for coronavirus” –

“Nigeria now has 112 treatment and isolation centres with 5,322 beds. As the number of confirmed cases continue to rise, state governments are advised to expand treatment centres.”

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N50,000, N30,000 To Be Distributed Among 433,000 Nigerians, Businesses By FG

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Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to  President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.

NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.

The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.

Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’

Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.

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He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.

“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’

The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.

At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.

He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.

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