Newspaper review for Friday, February 28: Nigeria not prepared for coronavirus - Senate

Newspaper review for Friday, February 28: Nigeria not prepared for coronavirus - Senate

The major Nigerian print newspapers published on Friday, February 28, focuses on key issues such as the coronavirus, the Boko Haram saga, electricity and others.

On the front page of The Guardian's newspaper on Friday is the statement by the Nigerian Senate commenting on the country's level of preparedness to contain coronavirus if it gets to Nigeria.

While the Senate said the Federal Ministry of Health is not putting up enough preventive measures on ground, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it was fully prepared for the virus noting that four laboratories have been equiped to test for the deadly disease.

Newspaper review for Friday, February 28: Nigeria not prepared for coronavirus - Senate

The front page of The Guardian newspaper published on Friday, February 28
Source: UGC

Also on the coronavirus, Vanguard newspaper reports that the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, February 27, said the Nigeria was at risk of coronavirus.

The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke after the meeting said Nigeria was still vulnerable to the virus.

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The governor, however, said the government has taken a proactive measure by mounting digital screening cameras to detect the blood pressure of any visitor at the entry point of the five international airports in Nigeria.

Cooincidentally, the health ministry has just confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Lagos but gave assurance that the patient is being adequately taken care of.

Newspaper review for Friday, February 28: Nigeria not prepared for coronavirus - Senate

The front page of Vanguard newspaper published on Friday, February 28
Source: UGC

The Nation newspaper's frontpage focused on the electricity challenges ravaging the country.

According to the newspaper, the federal government is set to forsensically audit the accounts of the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in a bid to ensure Nigeria's electricty problem becomes a thing of the past.

The state governors have also shown interest in what is going on at the electricity sector as they invited the minister of power, Sale Mamman, to provide details of the ongoing work at the $5.8 billion Mambilla Hydro Electrical Power Project.

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The power plant is expected to supply 3,050 megawatts when completed.

Newspaper review for Friday, February 28: Nigeria not prepared for coronavirus - Senate

The front page of The Nation newspaper published on Friday, February 28
Source: UGC

The Punch in its own front page focused on the controversial Senate bill which seeks to deradicalise and rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

In the wake of the widespread condemnation the bill has received, the newspaper dived closer into the details.

The bill among other things wants to provide foreign eduation for repentant Boko Haram terrorrists.

The controversial bill seeks to get its fund from the Universal Basic Education Commission and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

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Newspaper review for Friday, February 28: Nigeria not prepared for coronavirus - Senate

The front page of The Punch newspaper published on Friday, February 28
Source: UGC

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