Good morning readers, this is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Two students of Government Girls College Sokoto have so far lost their lives following the outbreak of Gastroenteritis at the school. Gastroenteritis, also known as infectious diarrhea and gastro, is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract—the stomach and intestine. Sokoto State Commissioner for Science and Technology Kulu Haruna confirmed the outbreak of the disease in a press release to newsmen in Sokoto.
2-.The United Nations has announced the winners of its 2020 SDG Awards at a ceremony in Bonn, Germany, which highlighted nine inspiring finalist initiatives, a press release from the global agency said. The Awards, a signature programme of the UN SDG Action Campaign, seeks to highlight initiatives that Mobilize, Inspire and Connect, three categories that can help spur citizen engagement and affect positive change.
3-.A list of successful candidates for the Short Service Combatant Course 47/2021 has been released by the Nigerian Army. Those who made it through have been asked to report for officer cadet training at the old site of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, on Tuesday, 6 April, 2021.
4-.President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the new Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd). The President on Friday received the former military governor of Lagos State at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
5-.The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, has condemned the padding of budget by government officials, warning that the Commission won’t tolerate a breach of government financial rules and regulations. Prof Owasanoye gave this warning during a meeting with the Forum of Directors of Finance of federal hospitals convened by the Budget Office of the Federation to review a position paper presented by the Forum on the challenges of implementation of the 2021 budget recently in Abuja.
6-.The Federal Government is leveraging the innovative capacity of Fintechs to accelerate interventions, especially those under its Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), including programmes on renewable energy, agriculture, improving access to credit and direct cash transfers, among others, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo said on Friday. Professor Osinbajo stated this at the official launch of the Nigeria Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Fintech Hackathon in Abuja.
7-.The race to produce the first Covid-19 vaccine that is “100 percent Brazilian” was launched on Friday with more than a hint of political posturing. Sao Paulo’s Butantan biomedical institute announced in the morning it is developing a vaccine and expects to start using it in July.
8-.The French government warned Friday of increased police checks to enforce travel restrictions in place in Paris and several other regions as coronavirus cases continue to soar around the country. Checks at train stations, airports and motorway toll booths will “increase from today”, the prime minister’s office said, describing the situation as “critical” with the arrival of a third wave of infections.
9-.Morocco and the Ivory Coast secured places at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in contrasting ways Friday, as they raised the number of finalists to 16 with eight more places up for grabs. The Moroccans booked an 18th appearance after Group E rivals Burundi and the Central African Republic drew 2-2 in Bujumbura, where the visitors surrendered a two-goal matchday 5 lead.
10-.Lazio president Claudio Lotito has been banned for seven months and the club fined 150,000 euros ($177,000) for breaking Covid-19 rules, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Friday. Club doctors Ivo Pulcini and Fabio Rodia were also suspended for 12 months each, the FIGC said, but the Roman club escaped a Serie A points deduction.