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News In Nigeria, This Evening, 14th October 2020.

1. FEC approves N33.01bn for roads, rail security, others

The Federal Executive Council has approved N33.01 billion for various contracts covering roads, railway services installation, and public procurement.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who led Ministers of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi; Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami and Power, Engr. Mamman Saleh as well as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Mamman Ahmadu, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the weekly virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said the FEC approved two road projects located in Lagos State and an inter-state, stretching from Kano to Maiduguri.

According to him, a total of N22,247,332,000 was approved for the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oworonsoki-Ojota road phase section two while augmentation of N8 billion was approved for the initial cost of the Kano-Wudil-Shuarin section of the Kano-Maiduguri Road.

2. No SARS official will join new tactical unit – Police.

The Nigerian police authorities Wednesday said no officials of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be deployed to its new tactical unit.

Police spokesman Frank Mba said in a statement that the operations of the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) will be “intelligence-driven”.

“Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment,” Mba said in a separate statement on Tuesday.

3. 430,000 People Died from AIDS Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Says NACA

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said 430,000 persons in sub-Saharan African may have lost their lives due to the six months interruption in treatment caused by COVID-19 lockdown.

Quoting statistics from United Nations AIDS Control programme (UNAIDS), NACA said the rise in the death toll came against a significant drop in Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) within the period of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In a bid to scale up intervention efforts, NACA added that it would require an additional investment of $2.4 billion to be able reach the United Nations’ epidemic control target in the next three years.

The body, which is the lead agency driving the federal government’s efforts to tackle HIV-AIDS epidemic, said the amount would be needed to identify and treat additional 540,000 persons living with HIV by testing 50 million persons to know their status.

4. Lagos Continental Hotel Reopens Oct.15, Targets Female Executives

As the Lagos-based hotel plans to reopen its doors to new and old customers on October 15 after seven months of shutdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, it got its eyes set on female executives.

In a recent media briefing, the General Manager of the hotel, Marcel Brekelmans, disclosed that a floor out of the 23 floors in the hotel, will be dedicated to female executives.

“The floor is redesigned by a female architect, artwork done by female artists, security provided by female, housekeeping and room services will be provided by female attendees.”

He added that the rooms will have a feminine touch in terms of smell, feel, produce and amenities. “It is completely different from the pack.

5. FAN Milk Inaugurates Water Treatment Plant

Fan Milk Plc,. a subsidiary of Danone has inaugurated a water treatment plant designed to produce 720 cubic metres of water to be used in its production line and shared with its host community. The inauguration was carried out by the French Ambassador Mr. Jérôme Pasquier at the company’s factory in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Speaking at commissioning ceremony, the Ambassador expressed his delight at Danone’s investment in Nigeria and the improvement of its footprint in the country, adding that he was happy with the impact of Fan Milk in the Nigerian ecosystem.

Managing Director of Fan Milk Plc, Ferdinand Mouko, highlighted the significance of the water treatment project as it attests to Danone’s 2030 goals and growth in Africa, especially in relation to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 and efforts towards the universal availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation.

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