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Biden plans to vaccinate most US adults by July

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US President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination target to deliver at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Four.

Mr. Biden announced the new goal on Tuesday as his administration faced the vexing issue of winning over the “doubters” to get vaccinated.

Demand for vaccines in the US has dropped off markedly, with some states leaving more than half their available doses unordered.

Aiming to make it easier to get shots, Mr. Biden called for states to make vaccines available on a walk-in basis. He said he would be directing many pharmacies to do likewise.

Speaking from the White House, the president also said his administration was, for the first time, moving to shift doses from states with weaker demand to areas with stronger interest in the jabs.

“You do need to get vaccinated,” Mr. Biden urged his compatriots. “Even if your chance of getting seriously ill is low, why take the risk? It could save your life or the lives of somebody you love,” he added.

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Mr. Biden’s goal equates to delivering at least the first shot to 181 million adults and fully vaccinating 160 million. Analysts say the new target can be interpreted as a tacit acknowledgment, by the administration, of the declining interest in shots.

Already more than 56% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 105 million are fully vaccinated. The US is currently administering first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day — half the rate of three weeks ago, but almost twice as fast as needed to meet Mr. Biden’s target, the Associated Press has reported.

“I’d like to get it 100%, but I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July Fourth,” the president said of his new goal.

He said the administration would focus on three areas as it tries to ramp up the pace of vaccinations: Namely, adults who need more convincing to take the vaccine, those who have struggled or are in no hurry to get a jab, and adolescents aged 12-to-15.

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Mr. Biden’s push comes as his administration has shifted away from setting a target for the US to reach “herd immunity,” instead focusing on delivering as many shots into arms as possible.

Administration officials have said the president’s vaccination target will result in a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases heading into the summer.

As of May 4, 2021, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide had surpassed 154 million, with the death tally exceeding 3.2 million.

The US is the country worst-hit by the disease worldwide, with the number of confirmed cases reaching nearly 33.3 million and 591,162 deaths.

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GOC re-echo call on Boko Haram fighters to surrender

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The Acting General Officer Commanding GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army Brigedeir General Abdulwahab Eyitayo has called on remnants of Boko Haram insurgents to give up the fight and surrender so as to be reintegrated back to the society.

The GOC made the call during a luncheon with media professionals in Maiduguri.

Brigedeir General Eyitayo who is also the Commander Sector 1 Joint Taskforce Northeast, Operation Hadin Kai urged Boko Haram fighters to shun violence and embrace peace as the war is almost over.

According to him, activities of informants and logistic suppliers to the insurgents in their hideouts are some the factors that made the war on terror to be protracted.

General Eyitayo therefore called for better synergy between the military and the media for the battle to be successfully won.

He appreciate the media for the positive reportage since he assumed duty as acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division three months ago.

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Secretary Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Borno State Council, Mohammed Ibrahim appreciated the resilience and sacrifice of troops prosecuting the war, assuring of better cooperation and professional coverage of activities of the military.

Over fifty journalists from different media organisations attended the luncheon.

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Bauchi Gov appoints Gamawa as new Chief of Staff

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has approved the appointment of Dr Aminu Gamawa as the new Chief of Staff.

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Mukhtar Gidado in Bauchi.

Mr Gidado said that the appointment of Dr Gamawa, was with immediate effect.

He was appointed as the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in 2019.

Dr Gamawa hails from Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The new Chief of Staff also served as the State Focal Person for World Bank Projects, Chairman of Bauchi State COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee 2020, Vice Chairman of Bauchi State World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, among others.

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Bandits storm house in Zaria, kidnapped 8

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No fewer than 12 persons have been abducted in the new area settlement of Kofar Gayan /kofar kona axis of ancient city of Zaria.

Sources said 8 people were kidnapped in a single house while one each mostly male were hand pick from 5 other houses in the area.

An eye witness and a daughter of one of the abductees,Hafsat Habib Kusfa said the Bandits broke Into their house around 12am on Saturday and went from room to room bringing all the occupants out and assemble them in the premises of the houses.

She explained that the gunmen who invaded their house were all carrying guns and some marchetes also speak Fulani language between themselves and Hausa language when they want to talk to the captives.

He said after some argument the gunmen told her to go back into the house to take care of smaller children along with a nursing mother who is her step mother.

She said there after they went along with her father, mother,sister and her brothers, adding that she saw some of their colleagues bringing out other people mostly male from their neighbourhood and later went off with them.

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FG flags off construction of Farin-Ruwa Hydropower Multipurpose Dam

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Federal Government flagged off the construction for the completion of Farin-Ruwa Hydropower Multipurpose Dam, in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Minister of Water Resouces Alhaji Suleiman Adamu flagged off the project which will hmbe completed in two years.

Alhaji Suleiman Adamu said the project was originally initiated and started by Nasarawa State Government in 2004 to generate 20, 000 hydropower electricity to boost socio economic development of the state.

According to him, the implementation of the projects suffered setback due to lack of funds, adding that, state government solicited the intervention and take over by the Federal Government in order to actualise the project.

The Minister said in received of the state government request, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari and he approved the take over.

Alhaji Suleiman Adamu commended the governor for constructing the access road to the project that originally was supposed to be part of the items to be constructed by the FG.

He assured the people of the state that the Federal Government would ensure that the project is completed within the stipulated period and according to contract specifications.

Earlier, Governor Abdullahi Sule said he decided to construct the 15. 5 kilometers access road to ensure smooth takeover of the project even though it was part of what the FG would do in the area.

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The governor said the dam have the capacity to produce 50 magawate electricity the would serve the entire state and supply the Federal Capital Territory and beyond.

The governor therefore urged the people of the area to support and corporate with the contractors to ensure the timely completion of the project.

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Zulum marks two years in office, promises to consolidate on gains recorded

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Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum has marked two years of his administration with the promise to consolidate on gains recorded.

Prof Zulum promised to consolidate on the gains recorded in area of security and improve human capacity development in the next two years of his administration.

The Governor stated this at a ceremony to mark democracy day and two years of his administration at multipurpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri.

Prof Zulum pledged his commitment to provide robust security with the support of the military and other security agencies.

According to him, the last two years of his administration has witnessed a lot of infrastructural transformation in areas of construction of mega schools and primary healthcare centres.

Governor Zulum noted that to make the education and health sectors more effective, over three thousand qualified teachers would be recruited in addition to doctors and other health workers.

“We have built a lot of schools, yes, we have built hospitals, but honestly speaking at the bottom of my heart am not satisfied. Why because the most important ingredient of education is and health services is effective services. When you build schools you need teachers, you build hospitals you need personnel and till now our primary education is in comatose stage” Governor Zulum stated.

Governor Zulum announced that the state government has received about one billion naira from the basic healthcare provision fund to strengthen the primary healthcare system.

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He urged people of the state to continue to support to his administration for the growth and development of the state.

In their goodwill messages, Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi, Senator Mohammed Ndume, Chief Whip of House of Representatives, Hon Tahir Monguno and Chairman Borno Elders Forum Alhaji Gambo Gubio all lauded the Governor Zulum for the giant stride despite the insurgency.

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