Airlines to pay $3,500 fine per passenger, Lagos Health Commissioner contracts COVID-19 | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

As international flights prepare to resume on August 29,  the National Coordinator of the Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu has warned that any airline that boards a COVID-19 patient will be made to pay a fine of $3,500 per passenger.

Aliyu made this declaration during a briefing of the Taskforce on Monday; highlighting that with the resumption of international flights there would be an additional 10, 000 tests to be conducted daily.

“We will continue with the policy that airlines will only board passengers without symptoms of COVID-19 and with negative PCR result. Airlines will be fined $3,500 per passenger if they fail to comply with pre-boarding arrangement. On arrival in the country from 29th of August, passports will no longer be retained by the Nigeria Immigration Service,” he said.

New UNILAG Acting VC makes history

The Senate of the University of Lagos, on Monday, appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services), Professor Folasade Ogunsola, as its acting vice-chancellor; making her the first female Acting VC in the history of the 58-year-old institution.

Ogunsola is a professor of Medical Microbiology and first child of Akin Mabogunje; Nigeria’s first professor of Geography. She defeated her opponent and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Management Services, Professor Ben Oghojafor.

“Electing me the acting vice-chancellor at such time the university is going through so much is a big task. But it is a task for all of us, and I appeal to you to help rewrite the story of this great university for good,” Prof. Ogunsola said in her acceptance speech.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health tests positive COVID-19

Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Prof Akin Abayomi, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The announcement was made on Monday morning by the Information Commissioner, Gbenga Omotoso, on his official Twitter handle.

“Subsequent to close contact with persons feeling unwell and testing positive for the COVID-19 infection, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has tested positive for the virus. Professor Abayomi became aware of his status following the required testing protocol of contact tracing procedures,” the tweet read.

Buhari appoints officials for persons with disabilities commission

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, approved the composition of the governing council of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities with James Lalu as the commission’s Executive Secretary.

This development was communicated in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Governing Council and appointment of Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in line with the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2019.

Below are the names, designations and geo-political zones of members of the management of the commission: Dr. Hussaini Kangiwa – Chairman – North West; Oparaku Jaja – Member – South East; Philomena Konwea – Member – South South; Omopariola Oluwasola – Member – South West; Amina Audu – Member – North West; Esther Awu – Member – North Central; Abba Ibrahim – Member – North East; and James David Lalu – Executive Secretary – North Central,” the statement read.

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