Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 10 May, 2018.

Thu, 10 May 2018
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) ‎has directed the Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at the nation’s borders, following reports of a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The outbreak in Bikoro town, northwest of the DRC, has already recorded two confirmed cases of the virus and 17 deaths.

More than 11,000 died of the disease in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2014.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “EVD is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50 per cent. Case fatality rates have varied from 25 per cent to 90 per cent in past outbreaks.”

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed the Council's directive while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday.

Joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, Adewole said apart from the directive, which is intended to ‎"keep Nigerians safe", the government will also establish an emergency operation centre to be headed by Dr. Babasanya, who led Nigeria's efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea during the 2014 outbreak.

"We will be screening incoming passengers, particularly passengers from the DRC and neighbouring countries. We will also ensure we step up all activities, screening people coming in, so that we will not be caught unawares," he said.

He disclosed that the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is planning to send a team to the DRC to build capacity for managing the outbreak.

“We want to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is concerned about the outbreak and will do everything possible to keep the country safe," said Adewole.

Fielding questions on the ongoing strike in the health sector, Adewole said the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, is already leading the Federal Government's negotiation team for talks with the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

FEC also directed the Federal Ministry of Education to carry out an audit of Nigerian universities to ascertain their performance and also stop the charging of tuition fees.

Thu, 10 May 2018
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, is an enemy of democracy and is unfit to hold public office anywhere in the world, the Senate declared yesterday.

The legislative chamber arrived at the damning proclamation, following the IGP’s failure to honour its invitations – thrice in the last one month.

It had wanted Idris to provide information on the growing cases of killings across the country and also explain the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to Senator Dino Melaye.

The IGP’s action will be seen as a slap in the face of a federal legislature struggling to bolster its reputation among Nigerians.

Rising from a closed-door session that lasted about an hour, the Senate disclosed that the IGP’s conduct “amounted to a great disrespect to the legislature and to constituted authority.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki, who announced the submission, said: “The Senate noted that his (IGP) earlier refusal to appear before our investigative committee was overruled by a court of competent jurisdiction just in April this year.

“The Senate views his persistent refusal as a great danger to our democracy. The Senate has, therefore, resolved to declare the IGP an enemy of our democracy and not fit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.”

He added that the leadership of the Senate has been mandated to look into the matter, preparatory to “further necessary action.”

At its debate on the matter, last week, the Senate resolved to lodge its grievance with the president. Pursuant to this, Saraki, accompanied by the House of Representatives’ Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, visited President Muhammadu Buhari last Monday.

It was learnt that Buhari assured the National Assembly leaders the IGP would be made to honour the invitation, a reason the Senate scheduled the matter on its Wednesday Order Paper.

When the time arrived for the IGP to appear, the Senate Clerk, Nelson Ayewoh, was asked to lead him in. But two minutes later, Ayewoh returned to the chamber without the IGP. At this point, Saraki told his colleagues the IGP had again refused to honour the invitation and declared that the Senate must decide on a line of action.

Senators took turns to condemn the IGP’s action. Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, told his colleagues: “Personally, I made attempts to call his line and I sent text messages that he should call me as soon as he was able to see my message.

Thu, 10 May 2018
No African nation has ever won the World Cup, but Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi isn’t letting that hold him back, reports CNN.
The 22-year-old Arsenal forward will play on football’s biggest stage for the first time after helping the Super Eagles top their qualifying group for Russia 2018.

“The way we qualified in the group made us very confident,” Iwobi tells CNN Sport.

“We’ve played against some big teams, some big countries, so we are very confident that we can go far.”

Iwobi was twice on the scoresheet as Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly last year. The two sides will meet again at the World Cup, which runs from June 14 to July 15, in a group, which also contains Iceland and Croatia.

Although the Super Eagles have never progressed past the last 16, Iwobi says winning the upcoming tournament is something he has discussed with his teammates.

“Of course, we’ve mentioned it and talked about it so many times in training, on the coach, in the hotel room,” says Iwobi.

“But we will take it step by step. Our coach always reminds us that we’re not there yet. We need to prepare right. We’ve done well to get this far, so just be relaxed, be cool and wait for when the times comes.

“It’s always been a dream to play in the biggest competition and there’s no bigger competition than the World Cup to me.”

After representing England at youth level, Iwobi made his international debut with Nigeria in 2016. He has since gone on to be a regular fixture in a young and exciting Nigeria side, which includes the likes of Leicester City trio Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi.

Thu, 10 May 2018
As part of its food security drive, especially in rice production, Lagos State Government, yesterday disclosed that its 32 metric tons per hour rice mill, in Imota, Ikorodu, would be ready for commissioning and production in February 2019. 

Thu, 10 May 2018
A Faction of the new People's Democratic Party (PDP) bloc of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday stormed the national secretariat of the APC to bare their minds on how they were unfairly treated since the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in May 29, 2015. 

Thu, 10 May 2018
Elder statesman and constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has described the recent invasion of the Senate chamber and seizure of its mace as a treasonable felony. He made the explanation in a statement yesterday. According to him, it is punishable under Section 41 of the Criminal Code of the Nigerian Constitution. Nwabueze added: 'It is [] 

Thu, 10 May 2018
The Federal Government is missing about N3 trillion revenue from about 2000 high profile property and lands in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) registered by corporate organisations. The revelation, which was a fallout of audit of assets in the FCT, showed that individuals, corporates and multinationals are culpable, is also an evidence for the [] 

Thu, 10 May 2018
It is a noteworthy development that Nigerian workers are asking for a salary review. The minimum wage remains N18,000.00 per month, which may not be enough to feed a senator's dog for the same period. It is true that Senator Shehu Sani some weeks past revealed to us the best kept secret of the republic: [] 

Thu, 10 May 2018
The Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSAN) has urged the Federal Government to ensure timely completion of the Ajaokuta steel company, which has the capacity to generate direct 150,000 jobs. The Chairman of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) branch of ISSAN, Salami Momoh Jimoh, who stated this recently on the sideline [] 

Thu, 10 May 2018
Eighten Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the auspices of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) yesterday in Abuja raised the alarm that free and fair elections could be compromised in 2019 going by persistent violation of the provisions of Electoral Act. The CSOs accused the Muhammadu Buhari led administration of supporting corruption in series of [] 
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