Today’s Newspapers Headline.

*Headlines*
::: *Edo gov ticket: PDP lists tough conditions for Obaseki* (National News)

::: *Reopening guidelines: NCDC orders churches, mosques to shut toilets, sales outlets.* (National News)

:::::: *COVID-19: Banks battle new wave of non-performing loans* (Business News)

::::: *once had a crush on Michael Essien, says Chimamanda Adichie* (Entertainment News)

::: *Coronavirus: How will secondary schools reopen safely??* (foreign news)

:::::: *Norwich player tests positive in latest Premier League coronavirus testing* (Sport News)

POLITICS

*Edo gov ticket: PDP lists tough conditions for Obaseki*
Indications emerged on Saturday that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has given conditions to the embattled Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, to fly the party’s flag in the state’s September 19 governorship election.
The offers came following Friday’s disqualification of Obaseki from the June 22 governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress by the party’s screening committee for the election.
The governor had, however, vowed not to appeal the decision.The screening committee, headed by Prof Jonathan Ayuba, said the governor was disqualified because of the discrepancies in his names and certificates and for suing the party in contravention of the party’s rules.
In the report received by the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, Ayuba noted that Obaseki claimed to have obtained a Higher School Certificate from the Institute of Continuing Education in Benin City but didn’t produce the certificate and the document he produced only attested to his attendance.
He further said the governor’s National Youth Service Corps certificate reads ‘Obaseki Godwin’ and that it could be an error from the NYSC, an anomaly he said the governor never took any step to correct

*Reopening guidelines: NCDC orders churches, mosques to shut toilets, sales outlets*
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Saturday issued guidelines for the reopening of religious centres across the country, asking children and people aged 60 and above to avoid worship centres for the time being.
It also said public toilets and sales outlets in churches and mosques must be shut during services.
This comes after the Federal Government lifted the ban on religious and other public gatherings to check the spread of COVID-19.
NCDC said before reopening, religious houses should fumigate their auditoriums, car parks and other buildings by wiping all surfaces with a disinfecting agent.
The centre also said during services, windows and doors must be opened to enable airflow while adequate provision should be made for soap, running water and hand sanitisers at entry points.
There should be no entry without face masks; provide disposable face masks where practicable.

*Business News*
*COVID-19: Banks battle new wave of non-performing loans*
The ravaging coronavirus may have triggered unprecedented challenges for the global economy has worsened the outlook for Nigeria’s hitherto fragile economy due to the pandemic, with most of the deposit money banks groaning under the weight of non-performing loans.

The nation’s banking industry landscape has had its fair share of the macro-economic headwinds, which has resulted in declining margins and significant write-offs of impaired loans. While on the path to recovery, the banking industry is now faced with the coronavirus pandemic, which comes with greater uncertainties and unpredictability of events in the business environment. The financial sector is being closely watched considering its exposure to risky assets. The situation is the same in Nigeria and as the economy gradually reopens, attention is now pointing towards Nigerian banks and how bad their risk assets are.
Many analysts have argued that the banks’ exposure to oil and gas, a sector that is more than any devastatingly affected by the global lockdown.
According to recent data obtained from National Bureau of Statistics, latest banking sector report shows that non-performing loans in five major sectors rose to N143.76 billion as the end of September 2019.

*Entertainment News*
*I once had a crush on Michael Essien, says Chimamanda Adichie*
Renowned novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has said she once had a mild crush on a Ghanaian footballer, Michael Essien, after the Ghanaian team defeated the United States at a World Cup tournament that Nigeria did not qualify for.

She made the revelation in the introduction she wrote for a picture book, Africa― The Future of Football, authored by a photographer, Pall Stefansson.

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Adichie, who recently lost her father, read the introduction (to the book), with the title, Football Nationalism.
The novelist, in the write-up, said because Nigeria was absent at the tournament, the Ghanaian team got her attention and she became ‘a Ghanaian’.

Making a point about how people often forget their differences in the euphoria of the football game, Adichie narrated how she watched the Ghana-US clash with her best friend, Uju, and how they excitedly referred to the Ghanaian players as ‘our boys’.

She said, “I watched the game with my best friend, Uju, often shouting and then hugging each other when Ghana finally beat the United States.

*Foreign News*
*Coronavirus: How will secondary schools reopen safely?*
As some Year 10 and Year 12 pupils in England prepare to go back to school on Monday, secondary head teachers are having to overcome an array of challenges.
More than 300 schools and colleges said they were mainly offering between five and 30 hours of face-to-face teaching each week.
Some are making the return gradual, starting with pupils who are struggling the most, with many providing individual pastoral sessions to check on mental health.
The Sixth Form Colleges Association says schools and colleges should ensure that extending face-to-face teaching does not impact on support for pupils who are still at home.
At Ivybridge Community College on the southern slopes of Dartmoor in Devon, principal Rachel Hutchinson has been putting the final touches to plans for welcoming back just over a quarter of the college’s 2,500 students.
The Year 10 and 12 pupils who will be doing their GCSEs and A-levels next year will return to a very different school from the one they last saw in March.
Safety measures are key,” says Mrs Hutchinson.
Said they are working very much with social distancing measures… looking very much at the timetable and what we can do safely and sensibly.”
But she’s also determined to give them an “effective education”.
Hand washing banner at Ivybridge Community School.
She said,Pupils arrive by school bus, public bus and train, some are dropped off, while others walk or cycle.
New mask-wearing and social distancing rules on public transport, plus a ban on sixth-formers car sharing, mean clear communication is key, she says.
Each school bus can now carry just seven students, which means that, while bringing back a quarter of the pupils is feasible, larger numbers might be impossible, she says.( BBC NEWS)

*Sport News*
*Norwich player tests positive in latest Premier League coronavirus testing*
Norwich City player is one of two people to test positive for coronavirus from the latest round of 1,200 Premier League tests.
Testing took place on Thursday and Friday, with Norwich beating Spurs 2-1 in a friendly at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also on Friday.
They confirmed they have no positive tests and said the Canaries player had “no close contacts” with their team.
The unnamed player will now self isolate for seven days.
He will miss the restart of the Premier League campaign, which has been suspended since 13 March.
The Premier League is set to resume behind closed doors on 17 June when Aston Villa host Sheffield United at 18:00 BST, with Manchester City v Arsenal at 20:15.
The Canaries – six points from Premier League safety – host 14th place Southampton on Friday 19 June at 18:00 in their first fixture of the restarted campaign.
There have now been 16 positive results from 8,687 tests in total.
said, the club was following the Government’s definition of “close contact” as being within two metres of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more.
The Norwich player in question has confirmed he had no ‘close contacts’ with our team yesterday and our squad has also verified this..

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