FG Debunks Rumour About Madagascar Billing Nigerian €170,000 For COVID19 Herbal Syrup

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic, Boss Mustapha has denied knowledge of Madagascar demanding 170,000 Euros from the Federal Government for herbal drugs which arrived the country days ago.
Mustapha who reacted to claim of the Nigerian government being asked to pay €170,000 for the Madagascar herbal mixture delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday May 16, by the visiting President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo, said same mixture was taken to other African countries without an invoice.
According to him, when he took delivery of the sealed herbal mixture, he was not handed an invoice, which would have indicated if there was a cost.
He said;
“In terms of the question of whether it comes with a cost. It was handed to me without an invoice so I assume it doesn’t come with a cost.
“That’s my assumption. For that, I think the Madagascar issue and the Chinese issue should be laid to rest.
“I think we have said repeatedly hear that we did not ask for the Madagascar consignment, it was given by the government of Madagascar to African countries as their contribution to wanting to find solution to the COVID-19 pandemic and we have repeatedly said our consignment and those of West African countries, was dropped off at Guinea Bissau and that we were making arrangements to go and airlift it.
“As God would have it, the President of Guinea Bissau decided to visit our President last Saturday and when he was coming, he came with our consignment of five cartons and those five cartons were delivered to me yesterday in the evening, sealed, without a bottle out of it.
“I’m going to engage the Minister of Health who has the responsibility of validation, through his institutions that are chartered by law to do that.
“The President was upfront with that even when he took delivery of it from the President of Guinea Bissau.
“He said it quite clear of what we are going to do with the consignment would be guided by science, under the processes of validation, we’ll now know where to go.”
The SGF who further disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in all systems of the world, even of the so-called superpowers, stated that it would be a huge mistake for Nigerians to desire to go back to their old ways.
Mustapha Added;
“If we do not learn anything from COVID-19 and build institutions that will be enduring and sustainable, we would have failed the next generation.
“Life after COVID-19 will not be our normal type of life again. COVID-19 has come and it has disrupted everything you know as normal and the benefit of that distraction is that we will begin to put on our thinking cap and begin to address issues differently because it has exposed the weaknesses in all systems.
“It’s not only the Nigeria system that has been exposed, even the big countries with very big economies, COVID-19 has exposed every gap in their systems; their system of health, their social safety nets, their governance issues have all been disrupted and I can assure you that after COVID-19, at the individual level, at the community level, at the state level, at the national level, we will begin to do things differently. It cannot be business as usual again.”

Money Matters with Nimi: How Entertainers Can Keep the Vibe & Make Money During this Pandemic

The economic effects of the Coronavirus with its social distancing restrictions have had a severe impact on the global entertainment industry, with creatives experiencing significant loss of income.
The temporary break in live performances has removed one relatively dependable source of income. Many musicians survive from gig to gig with typical sources of other income from entertaining at events, playing in church and teaching. As all these areas have been affected by the pandemic, there is a compounded loss of work as live gig dates and tours have been postponed indefinitely or cancelled.
Large corporate organizations are willing to invest significant sums to associate with particular entertainers that come with a significant fan base and audience. This is an opportunity for you, as an entertainer, to  take deliberate steps to develop and position a strong and timeless personal brand. Your image, credibility, reputation and style play a role in determining a brand’s interest and can significantly supplement and diversify revenue streams.
The popularity and success of celebrity endorsement have prompted stars to expand their portfolios by launching their own clothing, perfume, real estate, children’s products, or collaborate with major brands to keep their names out there and secure their earning potential.
This is one of of the ways an entertainer can make money during these difficult times. Are you an entertainer trying to navigate these challenging times? Consider doing the following:
Sort Out Your Administrative Matters
Many creatives can be somewhat lax about important administrative matters; freelancers operating largely without structure. Use this quiet time to put your books up to date and craft out a sustainable business plan. You are your business; things are different now, so it does need some deep reflection to review how you did business in the past, and what the future might hold.
Review Your Finances
Take a critical look at your finances. A strict budget will help you to prioritize. You must cut back drastically on expenses, except for essentials. It is at times like this that the need for an emergency fund to tide you over for a period of say six months of little or no income, becomes glaring.
Without the safety net of emergency savings, health insurance or a pension plan, one is very vulnerable to any shock. Start to be proactive about building savings. Start with what you have, no matter how little. There will be another crisis; that is part of life. Be prepared.
Map out a Digital Strategy
With everyone having to spend so much more time at home, your audience is looking for ways to fill that time. Are you online? Your entire fan base probably is, as well as millions of others that don’t yet know about you. The internet makes it possible to share and promote your work to a global audience reaching millions cheaply and efficiently.
With the right strategy, you can build a following in faraway lands that are happy to watch you on their devices. Take your online presence seriously. If you cannot handle this yourself, hire help. You do need to be out there.
This is the time to complete some of the tasks that you’ve neglected. This could include a merchandise range, a revamp of a tired website and social media accounts or a YouTube channel. An elegant website with easy navigation and designed for e-commerce may get you some sales over time.
Host Virtual Concerts
Why not host an Instagram or YouTube live concert? Advertise the live stream and prepare a small set just as you would for a normal gig. With the curfew and venues closed you have a better chance of getting a large group to watch you perform online now than you would have before. The best part is that both you and your audience are staying safe but you will also be getting your music out there.
No one can survive on totally free gigs for the foreseeable future. There is nothing wrong with including a donation link for people to pay something if they enjoyed the show. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for money that you need. Ticket sales for an online concert are likely to become the norm.
An online concert is not the same as seeing you in person but it may be all we have for a while. At the end of this, audiences will have a new appreciation and desire for that special connection that special magic that live music brings.
There are still opportunities to perform at online events; webinars, birthdays, weddings, funerals etc. Don’t be mediocre; practice makes perfect and you should also be able to manage the online platform as best you can to give viewers an excellent experience. There is nothing more frustrating than a musician struggling with the network as hundreds of people listen in.
Keep Creating Content
Yes you can’t gig or tour, but you have gained precious time to work on your creativity and create content. Write new songs and scripts, create new beats, make new music. Build a war chest of material that you can pull off the shelf at any time. Keep it fresh and current. Revisit old work that you never got round to releasing and perfect it. Continue to produce, even during the quiet times. Sometimes the best work comes from challenging times such as this.
Develop Yourself
Invest in yourself constantly and be proactive about developing both personally and professionally. Self-development is one of the greatest investments that you can make. When last did you enroll on a course or have some training? There are so many free or affordable webinars. You should always be learning, growing and adapting.
Create Multiple Streams of Income
Whether it is from a pandemic or during normal times, the need to diversify earnings becomes even more glaring for entertainers for whom irregular income is the norm. Passive income comes from having a diversified portfolio includes investment income, dividends, rent, royalties and so much more.
For composers, commissions are perhaps the most sought-after method of making money for original work. If you are a prolific songwriter, you can write songs for other musicians or compose specifically for movies, Television shows, adverts, jingles and so on. A composer could be paid a licensing fee to write music score for a production.
Commissions also come in the form of either a lump sum for a one-time project, such as a movie score, or in a recurring contract, such as scoring a television series. It is possible for talented composers to find consistent work by being commissioned to write television scores. Thankfully TV and radio are now needed more than ever.
Teach
There is a captive audience with the students of the world learning at home. It is not just about academic subjects; parents will not want their children to miss out on important extracurricular activities. A tutor with high quality online lessons will be highly sought after.
Can you teach your instrument to individuals and groups? This is a great way to supplement your stricken income doing what you love and leaving you enough time to build back your business.
Support Others
There will always be someone far worse off than you. If you are able to support others financially, through your network or in other ways, do so. Harness opportunities to collaborate; this is the time for collaboration and not competition; together everyone can achieve more.
It goes without saying that these are trying times for us all. It will require focus, innovation, and collaboration to navigate these choppy waters. It will be those that think outside the box, continue to develop themselves and are willing to collaborate that will come out stronger on the other side.
Above all remember that health is wealth. Be mindful of your mental and physical health and do all you can to remain positive, healthy and safe.
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Yewande Adeleke: Let’s Talk About the Stigma Surrounding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects beyond the spread of the virus. In times like this, people worry more about what the future holds. While policy makers, medical experts and researchers are still meandering around on how to demystify the virus, the growing spate of stigmatization remains a major source of concern.
In this COVID-19 era, certain classes of people are currently experiencing social stigmatization. Some of them are: those who recently travelled, people of Asian and African descent, health care professionals, the physically ill and those who recently recovered from Coronavirus. Conflicting information being circulated about the pandemic has caused overreaction from the public due to fear and anxiety.
A major cause of stigmatization is ignorance. Ignorance, during a pandemic like this, could constitute grave problems because it can potentially create apprehension and ultimately lead to counter-productiveness of whatever preventive measures are in place. A lack of knowledge about Coronavirus could inadvertently lead to racial discrimination, victim blaming, scathing criticisms, unconfirmed narratives and evolving conspiracy theories. A good example is the eviction of Africans from buildings and hotels in China which was done because the perpetrators believed that Africans pose a greater risk of spreading the virus. This move was also retaliated with the burning of a Chinese factory in Ogun state, Nigeria.
So far, different stereotypes have been attached to Coronavirus: A renowned world leader was known to have tagged it as “the Chinese virus”; some social groups have been labelled as more susceptible to Coronavirus and these groups are prone to various types of stigma in form of social avoidance, denial of housing and healthcare facilities, rejection and more recently, physical violence.
Understandably, people should exercise caution because not much is known about the virus and what is known is still being subjected to constant change and predictions. Indeed, it is a difficult situation to deal with when we wake up daily to rising numbers of COVID-19 incidents.
Social stigma kills faster than the virus itself because victims are cowered into silence, for fear of oppression and discrimination. It would not be surprising that some families may be keeping in-house Coronavirus patients to themselves, for the sake of preserving the mental health of their loved ones. What could be more convincing than the realization that revealing such cases could yield negative results such as further isolation, depression and possibly severed relationships?
With uncertainty comes the fact that people tend to react strongly against what they do not understand and cannot control, a situation which can lead to a heightened sense of fear. Even burying loved ones who have lost their lives to the virus has become an uphill task for some families.
Some weeks ago, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control Director General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, noted that due to fear of being stigmatized, some potential COVID-19 cases had refused to submit themselves for testing, a move which could further exacerbate the spread of the virus. Some others also refused to disclose their travel history. Most people who have recovered from Coronavirus are also afraid to share their experiences on how they recovered and how members of the public can learn from their recuperation stories.
Here are some measures to be adopted in ameliorating the incidents of social stigmatization:
Properly educating yourself about coronavirus and how to stay safe, because knowledge is power.
Raising awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting correct information about the virus and how it spreads.
Social support which does not have to be physical.
Encouraging real life experiences and recovery stories from those who have recuperated from COVID-19.
Be cautious about what is posted or read on social media, in order not to highlight negative stereotypes.
Engaging with stigmatized groups through means of social media.
Please take a look at the COVID-19 Stigma Guide, a document compiled by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
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57,000 Students Resumes School For The First Time Since Lockdown Ended In Wuhan (Photos)

Some 57,000 students in Wuhan, the Chinese city where COVID-19 was first reported, are returning to school today for the first time since a strict 76-day lockdown in the city was lifted.
Images show students observing social distancing measures and queueing up to enter the classroom while wearing face masks.
More Photos Below…

BREAKING: COVID-19: Nigerian Govt Reveals What Time Banks Should Open And Close From May 4

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has directed bank branches in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to open for customers from Monday, May 4.
However, the National Coordinator of the task force, Sani Aliyu, stressed that banking halls would be open to customers only between 8am and 2pm.
Aliyu also said government offices and staff of “specific grade levels” will go to work on “specific days.”
This follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on Monday, for the four-week lockdown to be eased from next week.
“For government offices, government staff will be allowed to resume from May 4, but it will be based on specific grade levels and specific days so that we can reduce the amount of congestion that we might have in our government offices and we will be discussing further with state governments to make sure that we have a common approach to this.
“Banks will be allowed to open but there will be a restriction in the opening hours to between 8am to 2pm and together with all the other preventive measures I have already mentioned.
“In addition to this, from the point of agriculture and rural development, companies involved in food processing can commence operation.
“In construction sites, the critical roads will be allowed but waivers will be provided by state governments to enable movement.
“For the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, we will encourage shift work and limiting staff to only 30 to 50% to maintain social distancing and pharmacy shops may remain open overnight.”
Aliyu however reiterated safety precautions like self-distancing, use of temperature monitors and hand sanitizers.

COVID-19: Heal One Patient, Get One Thousand Dollars – Witches Group Challenge Apostle Suleman

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) has challenged Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministries, Auchi, Edo State, to heal anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and get a thousand US dollars from the group.
Recall that AFAW had on Sunday attacked Suleman for demanding that government should allow pastors into isolation centers to pray and heal COVID-19 patients.
The group remains saddened by Suleman’s message to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, to allow pastors to heal COVID-19 patients.
In an article made available to DAILY POST by the founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement, Leo Igwe, on Tuesday, the group it is challenging Suleman to heal, not two or three persons, not ten or fifteen patients but just one person with the viral infection.
He added, “I am challenging the founder of Omega Ministries, Apostle Suleman to demonstrate his so-called gift of healing under agreed medical and scientific conditions.
“I ask Suleman to heal a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and get a thousand US dollars. This challenge has become necessary because Apostle Suleman has in a recent video, urged the government of Nigeria to allow him and other pastors with the gift of healing into the isolation centers so that they could pray and heal those who have been infected by the virus.
“This request should not go unattended. Suleman specifically said that the gifted pastors could heal 18 out of 20 COVID-19 patients. This is a reasonable number. Isn’t it?
“And in a recent tweet, Apostle Suleman affirmed that (his) God was bigger than the Coronavirus. This challenge is for Suleman to heal, not 2 or 3 persons, not 10 or 15 patients but one person with a viral infection.
“For too long, people from various religious traditions have claimed to have the ability to heal all kinds of diseases, including malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. Self-acclaimed godmen and women have organized healing/prayer sessions where they supposedly got rid of illnesses through faith and prayers.
This ability, if proven to be effective, could be an enormous resource at a time like this when the world is trying to contain a vicious pandemic, that is ravaging many parts of the world.
“Incidentally, faith healing in Africa has largely been taken for granted. Faith healing claims have gone unchallenged and untested. There has not been any major effort to hold African faith healers to account or get them to openly and publicly demonstrate the potency and efficacy of their healing propositions under scientific testing conditions.
The outbreak of COVID-19 offers an ample opportunity to realize this to test and confirm the much-avowed healing gifts and abilities of pastors.
“So I hereby challenge Apostle Suleman to prove that he can heal COVID-19 patients through prayer. Apostle Suleman will get one thousand US dollars for any proven case of faith healing of a COVID-19 patient under agreed scientific conditions.
“Suleman should agree to pray for a COVID-19 patient from wherever he is since going into the isolation centers without face masks and personal protective equipment is not medically permitted and would violate existing laws and regulations.
“After all, Jesus performed miracles at a distance (John 4: 46-54). Didn’t he? And also, the Bible enjoins believers to pray in secret, and that the prayers would be answered (Matthew 6:6).
“So it is not necessary for Apostle Suleman or any gifted pastor to get into the isolation centers before they could pray and heal any COVID-19 patient.
“Besides, Suleman should consider this a standing challenge, which he could accept after the vaccine has been discovered and regulations on managing COVID-19 infection have been relaxed.
“Otherwise, I challenge Apostle Suleman to heal an HIV/AIDS patient through prayer and take home a thousand US dollars.
“HIV is another viral infection that is killing many people in Nigeria and across the world. Apostle Suleman should use this window to demonstrate under medical and scientific conditions his supernatural gift of healing.
“He should show Nigerians and the rest of the world that his God is truly bigger than a virus, whether it is COVID-19 or HIV. I hope that Apostle Suleman or any other gifted pastor accepts this challenge and seizes this opportunity to demonstrate the potency and efficacy of faith healing.”

Elizabeth Ajetunmobi: Spare a Thought For Your Domestic Staff… They’re Also Affected by COVID-19

Just like every other pandemic that has affected the world, COVID-19 has caused an impact on social interaction and global economies. This has not left family lifestyles untouched – the home front is basically where it might hit harder. If you have a domestic staff in your employ, here are what you should know and expect:
Pandemic Effect
Increased Workload
Due to the lockdown, families are mostly indoors and this affects your staff. They most likely will put in more work and face additional duties such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of their family members – especially now that kids are out of school.
One way to help them not get overwhelmed is to guide them by scheduling their tasks and giving them breaks in the course of each day. Let the kids have a siesta – so everyone can rest, or they could go to bed earlier so that your domestic staff can also rest.
Loss of Jobs
With families facing job loss, delayed wages, or other economic insecurity, this may mean employers will delay or might not be able to afford to pay domestic workers and some of them will eventually lose their job. Losing a good and valuable staff can be painful and emotional but you can not let them work without provision or future arrangements for their pay.
An employer could discuss their own job loss with their staff if they are comfortable doing that and state the reason they are letting them go. It’s always good that your staff understands the reason, especially if it is solely for the affordability of salary. Who knows, someone can decide to stay with you and keep working during the rough times.
Post-Pandemic Effect
Increase in Demand for Domestic Workers
More industries are seeing the benefits of remote working and are gradually going virtual. Minds are being open to the reality of technology and digital innovations.
Now, we have more people working from home than ever before and companies are beginning to adopt these changes for their employees. Imagine parents trying to work from home with their children screaming the roof down. If you have kids, expect the level of difficulty watching over them to be inversely proportional to their ages. No matter the structures put in place to minimize distractions, you are likely to have at least one video conference featuring an unexpected guest. Add a baby and you are suddenly doubling as a nanny. With this pandemic and even during post-pandemic, there will be high demand for domestic workers in the nearest future.
The Shift in Negotiation Power
Domestic workers are also essential workers working to support families. It might almost be impossible to attend meetings online and actively care for children, especially the younger ones, most employers in this situation would need help with the kids. Consequently, this pandemic will awaken domestic workers in realizing their value, therefore giving them an upper hand in value-price negotiations.
Digital Literacy
With the awareness of technology improvement, career or business-focused families will be on the lookout for domestic workers who have the knowledge of basic technology. Now, the era of families prohibiting the use of phones and digital means of communication and information is about to be subdued. Domestic workers of our time are evolving, it’s time to let your staff become enlightened and save yourself lots of stress. Yes, there are negative sides to this but if you can put a structure around the use of digital devices in your house, you would gain more from the positive impact.
Wish you the best this season. Stay safe.
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Access Bank & 9ijakids unravel Fun and Educative Game for Kids during the COVID-19 Period

“Who wants to be a brainiac”. Did reading these few strings of words incite any familiar feelings?- The popular game show ‘who wants to be a millionaire’ maybe. But what’s different is that this is a fun, engaging and educative online game for children of all ages. Access Bank in partnership with 9ijakids, an educative online gaming platform, developed the game to bolster the financial literacy and educational development of children during this COVID-19 sit at home period. 
For those who have kids, this is certainly not the best time to deal with a bored kid knowing fully well that you can’t take them out to get their favourite snacks, movies, or even to school. So the next best option is to hand them a game that they can learn from and keep them entertained while you get some ‘me time’ or quickly send off a deliverable if you work from home. As such, the “Who wants to be a brainiac” comes in handy. Not only are the games helping you groom money-savvy kids, in addition, they are also learning about subjects like Science, Maths, English, Goal setting, Responsibility, About Nigeria, Values and so much more. 
The games will be hosted on the Bank’s website and the top five kids stand a chance to win something exciting. The announcement will be made on Access Bank’s social media page on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This is a chance for your kids to show just how much of a brainiac they are and have fun learning about the subjects they love.  
Children enjoy learning with games and online learning games for kids are a great way to help build the skill that they require to succeed not only in school but in all areas of life. They can learn skills such as spatial awareness, problem-solving, comprehension and so much more. So, don’t deny your kids a good opportunity to learn. Open them to a whole new world where learning is fun. Go here to help them start learning.—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Sponsored Content
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The Science Behind Life-Saving Hand-washing: How Soap Kills Viruses & Infectious Micro-organisms 

174 years ago in the city of Vienna, a young Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis stumbled across a link between pathogens on the hand and the spread of communicable diseases. His solution – a mix of handwashing and instrument sterilization between seeing patients – cut his hospital’s childbed fever rate to below 1 percent and would someday become the basis of a fight against a deadly viral pandemic ravaging the world. 
Beyond the medical profession, this newfound consciousness about the link between hand hygiene and communicable diseases also fueled the development and widespread use of antibacterial and antiseptic products such as Dettol. Hand washing, a relatively low-tech medical solution has saved countless lives over the past two centuries, but now in the era of the SARS COV-2 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), its importance is even more pronounced.
The Science of Handwashing
To understand the true significance of what hand washing does in the context of the ongoing fight against COVID-19, it is important to note that our hands serve as a very effective medium for the transport and transfer of microbes from one person to another. The average human skin/ hand contains about 1500 germs/ each square centimeter of our hands, with the total microbial load in the hands alone estimated to be about 2-10 million in some people! These germs are divided into resident/ non-harmful germs and transient/ harmful germs. 
The resident germs are often difficult to wash off, and help the body with many helpful activities and also help to fight off the harmful germs. On the other hand, the transient (non-resident) germs, which may survive on the hands for between 1-3 hours, can easily be transferred from one person to another through contact. Handwashing with soap movement physically evicts pathogens from the skin surfaces on your hands, which prevents you from transferring them elsewhere. Needless to say, our hands are the parts of our bodies that most come into contact with foreign surfaces and skins. This makes the physical removal of microbes from them particularly important since the COVID-19 virus is said to remain active on surfaces for up to 28 days.
According to Dr. Sallie Permar, an infectious disease researcher at Duke University, soap can also physically disarm the COVID-19 virus by attacking the “envelope” – a layer surrounding the virus that helps them bind on to and invade new cells. Both the virus envelope and the soap molecules have fatty substances that interact with each other and disrupt the envelope, effectively immobilizing the virus and making it unable to infect human cells.
It is important to note that while ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizers have a similar effect on pathogens like COVID-19, they are not to be considered as a substitute for handwashing. Speaking to the Smithsonian Magazine recently, Chidiebere Akusobi, a Nigerian born infectious disease researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health explained that while hand sanitizers do kill microbes, they do not physically evict them from skin surfaces, unlike soap which is specifically designed to lift oily dirt off surfaces. In his words:
“Soap emulsifies things like dirt well. When you have a dirty plate, you don’t want to use alcohol—that would help sterilize it, but not clean it.”
The Enhanced Importance of Handwashing in the Coronavirus Era
According to a 2008 American study, the simple act of washing hands after coming into contact with other people and unsterilised surfaces can reduce the risk of contracting a respiratory infection like the coronavirus by up to 21 percent. Statistically, washing our hands with soap and obeying physical distancing guidelines will do more to slow the spread of the virus than any other solution apart from a vaccine.
The COVID-19 pathogen reportedly has the ability to stay alive on surfaces for up to 28 days. This means that objects and surfaces that several people touch regularly such as work surfaces, door handles and hands can become excellent vectors for delivering the virus to new hosts. This is a particularly great risk because patients are known to be infectious even when the disease is still in its pre-symptomatic stage which lasts up to 14 days in most cases.
Washing hands, as seen above will destroy and evict the pathogens from the skin’s surface. More importantly, washing hands regularly will reduce the risk of transmission by getting rid of the virus soon after an individual touches a surface where it is present. Without this measure, the virus would spread very easily, especially among people in close physical contact such as families. It is fair to say that regular hand washing is the single biggest weapon we have against the coronavirus in the absence of a vaccine, which is still at least a year away. 
In the meantime, the simple act of washing hands and implementing social distancing recommendations may be all it takes to keep our families safe from COVID-19.
For accurate and up-to-date advice, please visit www.covid19.ncdc.gov.ng or check out www.covid-19facts.com. You can also call the NCDC Toll free number 08009700010.
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TemiO: Before You Complain About Working From Home

Kere oo! E ku ti lockdown o!
Whether your city is on a total lockdown or there is a strict curfew, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone one way or another. This is especially true for the labour market.
Employers who were once averse to their employees working from home have had to (stubbornly) agree to remote working.
To many employees, remote working used to be the grass on the other side that looked greener. Now, it has become the gift that keeps on giving and we seem to have had enough! Who can blame us? Employers have taken this opportunity to request for meetings and reports whenever they feel like and this has made us work round the clock. PHCN operations are skeletal (as per usual), there is a constant struggle for internet bandwidth with tik-tok’ers that are preoccupied with all forms of challenges and for the parents, the children are a lot to handle.
Whilst these challenges are all valid and can make working from home very challenging, let’s not be too quick to forget the struggles we encounter anytime we step out of our house to work.
Traffic
It looks like Lagos workers have forgotten so soon the pepper that Monday morning traffic showed them. You forget that deceptive feeling at the end of a day that makes you feel you are the most hardworking person, meanwhile, it is traffic that has you so fagged out. The kind of traffic that will leave you wishing you had a magic wand or a private jet to wish it all away. Let’s all remember that waking up at 4am or leaving the office at 9pm just to beat traffic is not something to be missed at all!
Sunday Scaries/Monday blues
Anyone else notice that Mondays are not so scary anymore? Sunday nights are also a little bit less depressing without the thought of the horrid Monday morning traffic or the never-ending meetings. The fact that all days are now muddled up into ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ also helps.
Fugitive lifestyle
‘Fugitive – a person in hiding’.
Let’s be honest, isn’t that what we all are in the office premises? Sneaking to watch Skinny Girl in Transit using office Wi-Fi or replying that recruiter’s message on LinkedIn. Not forgetting the many times we have snuck out of the office even though it was past official closing hours. Now, there’s no need to quickly close that tab when you see your line manager approach. You are free like a bird!
Leeches (‘a person who sponges on others’)
The gateman at the office that strangely knows when it is salary day, the police man at the roundabout, the office assistant that helps you buy lunch with the expectation of a tip, remember them? On average, at least one of these people will locate you in a week and bore a hole in your pocket. Now, all that you should worry about bleeding you dry is DATA! (seriously, Nigerian network providers, when are you going to be like your mates abroad and #CutDataPrices?)
Remote working is likely to become a key feature of the new world order once the pandemic is over, so we must all adjust accordingly. A recollection of the experiences that are not to be missed in our daily commute to work could make working from home even more pleasurable.
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