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Governor Wike Orders Reopening Of Schools, Churches Under Strict Directives

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has directed schools, churches, and motor parks in the State to reopen as coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country.

He gave the directive on Monday.

The governor, in a series of tweets on his official Twitter page, also warned that his government would not hesitate to prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, and businesses that fail to enforce the wearing of face masks and social distancing in their premises.

According to him, all public and private schools, including places of worship and motor parks, will be decontaminated.

“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” Wike tweeted.

“This issue of COVID- 19 is real, and the government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises.

“The Decontamination Team does not compromise standards but put in your best to ensure that the entire state is decontaminated,” he added.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as of today is 10162, according to the NCDC.

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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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