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2 men docked over alleged misappropriation

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2 men docked over alleged misappropriation

The police on Tuesday arraigned one Alhaji Ademola Abbas and Kehinde Garba in a Kubwa Grade1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged misappropriation.

 

The defendants were charged with criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and cheating.

 

The prosecutor, John Okpa, told the court that the defendants acted in a fraudulent manner, deceived one Auta Galadima into delivering two cows each to them.

 

He said Abbas received the said cows in the pretence to sell and remit the money to Galadima within one week, but instead he sold them and misappropriated N310, 000.

 

He further said that Garba also received two cows valued at N470, 000 from Galadima, sold the cows and diverted N100, 000 without the complainant’s consent.

 

Okpa said the offences contravened Sections 312, 309 and 322 of the Penal Code.

 

The defendants however pleaded not guilty.

 

The judge, Ibrahim Balarabe, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100, 000,  with one surety each in like sum,  and adjourned the matter until June 26 for hearing. ( NAN).

 

 

Edited by Obike Ukoh

 

 

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Lagos discharges 24 more coronavirus patients

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The Lagos State Government says 24 additional coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged from isolation centres, having  tested negative twice to the virus.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Thursday that a total of 952 patients had now been discharged from the isolation centres.

Good people of Lagos State, today, 24 more COVID-19 patients fully recovered.

“Fifteen males and nine females –all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation facilities to reunite with society.

”The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one  from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH isolation centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State has risen to 952,” the governor said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

 

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Post COVID-19 economy stimulus: Osinbajo’s committee confers with NASS

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The Economic Sustainability Committee(ESC) led by Vice President  Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday had an  interaction with the leadership of the National Assembly on the draft Sustainability Plan, ahead of the submission of the plan to the President.

The virtual meeting, anchored from the Presidential Villa, was joined by the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and several other principal officers of the National Asembly.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande,  in a statement, said the ESC called the meeting to consult with the National Assembly before the committee’s report would be submitted to the President.

Osinbajo  praised members of the National Assembly, adding  that the President had always commended the good working relationship between the executive arm of the Federal Government and the current National Assembly.

He added that it was very clear that COVID-19 had presented the country with an enormous economic challenge and also an opportunity.

“This is why the ESC is interacting with the National Assembly,” he said.

Both the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives  welcomed the plan and commended the President and the Vice President for calling the meeting to enable the legislative arm to review the plan and make comments.

Principal officers of the National Assembly, members of the ESC alongside members of the National Assembly  attended the meeting.


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Greater Seoul under threat of further spread, high alert over ‘silent’ virus spreaders

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New virus cases in greater Seoul continued to rise on Thursday amid a steady increase in cases linked to religious gatherings, putting health authorities on high alert over further spread in the densely populated metropolitan area amid concerns over asymptomatic “silent” virus spreaders.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that the country added 39 more cases of the new coronavirus, including 33 local infections, raising the total caseload to 11,629.

All of the newly identified domestic transmissions were reported in Seoul and adjacent areas.

A day earlier, the country reported 49 COVID-19 cases, snapping four consecutive days of fewer than 40 new infections.

Church-linked transmissions in Seoul and surrounding areas have been a new source of concern for health authorities, along with cases from clubgoers in the nightlife district of Itaewon and an e-commerce giant’s warehouse.

As of Thursday, the number of cases tied to 30 small churches in Incheon, west of Seoul, and Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital city reached 66, up 11 from a day earlier, according to the KCDC.

Of the cases reported from the churches, more than half were secondary transmissions.

The number of infections from clubgoers in Itaewon reached 272, and 120 cases were linked to the distribution center run by Coupang, according to the KCDC.

Over the past two weeks, cluster infections have accounted for nearly 72 per cent of newly added cases, while some 9 per cent remains unclear over their infection routes.

A whopping 96 per cent of the cases over the period came from greater Seoul.

“If the situation in greater Seoul shows no signs of an improvement, we would need to take tougher actions,” KCDC Director Jeong Eun-kyeong said at a daily briefing.

“Before there’s a vaccine, the country will go through strict or relaxed social distancing schemes depending on the development of the pandemic.

The so-called reproduction rate of COVID-19, a gauge that reflects the average of number of people getting infected by a patient, currently stands at around 1.2, according to the KCDC.

The figure had stood around 0.5 before the outbreak in Itaewon.

“Any reading above 1 indicates that a patient is transferring the virus to at least one person.

“In order to put the pandemic under control, we are currently making efforts to lower the figure to around 0.5,” Jeong said.

A spate of cluster infections has forced health authorities to enhance quarantine measures in the metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 50 million population, which will be in place until June 14.

South Korea may consider going back to strict social distancing if the country’s virus curve does not sharply flatten by the deadline.

Health authorities are particularly concerned about a steady rise in “hidden, silent” virus spreaders in the metropolitan area, as those who come into contact with such people are at risk of contracting COVID-19 unwittingly from asymptomatic virus carriers.

The KCDC estimates around 25-35 percent of patients here tested positive for the coronavirus despite showing no related symptoms.

A large number of the patients linked to church gatherings have shown mild or no symptoms.

Some 70 per cent of the patients reported from one of the churches in Incheon showed no signs of the virus as well, according to the KCDC.

“It is possible that South Korea may continue to experience the sporadic spread of the virus through such silent virus spreaders until an effective vaccine becomes available,” Yoon Tae-ho, a senior health official, said in a daily briefing.

Yoon stressed that residents of the metropolitan area should refrain from having gatherings at least until the weekend.

In sync with eased social distancing that began in early May, South Korea rolled out the third phase of its plan to reopen schools, with first-year high school students, second-year middle school students and other selected elementary school students returning to their classrooms.

Schools will continue taking precautionary measures, including staggered lunches, adjusting student attendance, reduced class time, and a mix of online and offline classes.

But some schools, most of them located in the metropolitan area, were forced to delay their reopening as concerns linger.

On Thursday, 511 kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools, or 2.4 per cent of the country’s 20,900 schools, remained shut down.

Nearly all but three were based in Seoul and its surrounding areas.

Health authorities are also working to secure remdesivir, which was recently approved as a treatment drug for the new coronavirus.

South Korea has yet to complete its clinical tests on the new drug by United States pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences Inc., but local drug safety watchdog earlier said the drug has been proven in many other countries to help reduce the time needed to cure coronavirus patients.

The country reported no new deaths, keeping the death toll at 273.

The fatality rate stood at 2.35 percent, though the figure hovered at more than  26 per cent for patients aged 80 years  and above.

The accumulated number of imported cases reached 1,275, up six from a day earlier.

The total number of people released from quarantine after full recoveries stood at 10,499, moving up 32 from the previous day.

According to the KCDC,  around 90 per cent of local COVID-19 patients have been cured.

Since Jan. 3, South Korea has carried out 973,858 COVID-19 tests, including 17,006 a day earlier.

The country reported its first case, involving a Chinese person, on Jan. 20.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

 

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See your appointment as call to service – Makinde charges newly sworn-in appointees

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has sworn in three new permanent secretaries and five members of the state Civil Service Commission, charging them to see their appointments as call to service.

The swearing-in ceremonies were held on Thursday at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

Addressing the three female permanent secretaries, Makinde said, “This administration has shown gender sensitivity and respect for merit with your appointments.

“I congratulate you and I want to say that you earned this position. You have shown dedication and commitment in your various work environments and you have paid your dues over the years as well.

“I think we should be applauded for being gender-sensitive. We don’t discriminate. If you earn your position and have put in hard work, there is no glass ceiling in Oyo State as far as gender is concerned.

“As an administration, we try our best to motivate the workforce and ensure we deliver on our mandate to the people of Oyo State,” he said.

According to the governor, he never asked any of the new permanent secretaries of their political inclination.

“What matters to me is that you are from Oyo State and you have served diligently to earn your position.

So, I want to use you as a point of contact to those in the workforce and I’m hopeful that they will, one day, attain this position.

“What is important is our service to the people of Oyo State and also to make sure that our state is better in the course of our service. This is a call to service and I wish you all well,” the governor said.

NAN reports that the three permanent secretaries are Mrs Felicia Oyediran, Mrs Adenike Olufadewa and Mrs Foluke Moradeyo.

In his remarks to the five new members of the state Civil Service Commission, Makinde said he was confident they were up to the task.

“The tasks ahead of the government, which the newly inaugurated commission must key into, include civil service reform, training and retraining of the workforce as well as exploring e-governance among others.

“You are coming on board at an auspicious time in our history. It is time for us to reform the civil service.

“You have to put in the hard work so you can have your work cut out for you. I do not entertain any shred of doubt that you have the capacity, competence and will to carry out the necessary reform in the Oyo State civil service.

“When we came in, I had several discussions with the Head of Service on how promotions and welfare of the civil servants have been handled.

“To reform the civil service, we have to put in training and retraining of the civil servants.

“So, it is one area that I believe you can make your mark and make sure that you push our agenda to bring more knowledge to the civil service.

“One other thing I want to mention is the issue of e-governance. We have to reduce the paperwork to get our governance structure to go digital.

So, I look forward to people like yourselves to champion all of these reforms, and you can be rest assured that you will get the necessary support from the state government to pull this through,” Makinde said.

The five members of the state  civil service commission are Alhaji Kamordeen Aderibigbe (Chairman), Alhaji Kolapo Adewale, Mr Olutoyin Adedeji, Chief Solomon Ogunjimi and Pastor Taiwo Oluwagbemiro.


Edited By: Moses Solanke/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Kaduna Govt consults stakeholders on steps to reopen economy

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Kaduna State Government has urged people to wait for the guidelines to ease the lockdown of different segments of the society and economy in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, made the plea in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna.

Balarabe said publication of the guidelines would soon be out, adding that it would be followed by ‘’a formal announcement on the re-opening of permitted sectors’’.

She recalled that the state government had last week extended the Quarantine Orders by additional two weeks during which stakeholders would be consulted on the conditions for a safe re-opening of the state.

“Further to that commitment, the state government has initiated consultations with traditional rulers, business community, market and transport unions, proprietors of private schools and religious leaders.

“This was aimed to discuss the protocols for re-opening more segments of the society and the economy.

“Clear protocols and guidelines for the reopening of approved sectors will be published before the current Quarantine Order expires on Tuesday, June 9, 2020,” the deputy governor said.

According to her, this will spell out what is required and the measures to be taken in the economic and social sectors that will be reopened.

“The markets, places of worship, schools and other facilities whose operations were prohibited under the Quarantine Orders, will remain shut until the approved protocols are announced next week.

“Citizens should note that congregational worship is not yet permitted.

“Religious leaders are aware of this fact, and we expect everyone to live up to their obligations and avoid needless, and illegal activity,’’ she added.

Balarabe, who is also the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, said that government had consulted widely with stakeholders who have pledged to assist the state government’s efforts in reopening of the state.

Thank God we have responsible leaders who understand the dangers and challenges of COVID-19, and are prepared to help the state and society to achieve navigate safely,” she said.

According to her, the recommendations and suggestions that have emerged from the consultations will help to strengthen the re-opening strategy.

“The draft guidelines and discussion documents shared with the stakeholders will be improved with inputs received,’’ she said.

Balarabe said it was only prudent to allow the sacrifices that had been made to be followed, to achieve the desired results.

She commended the citizens for their perseverance through hardship occasioned by the enforcement of the lockdown period.

The deputy governor noted that the burning desires of the state government to save life against COVID-19 neccecitated the adoption of stringent preventive measures announced back in March 2020.

The chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19 recalled that the state government strategy to curb the spread of the virus was aimed at protecting lives and the economy.

“That is why the lockdown has from inception been partial to allow for essential services and the operation of some economic sectors.

In April, we also tasked a committee of senior officials to plan post-lockdown scenarios for the state.

“The report of this committee has since been discussed by the state task force on COVID-19 and published,’’ she added.


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Oyo gets new Customary Court of Appeal President

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Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday swore in Justice Aderonke Aderemi as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal with a charge on people in positions of authority to always act with humility and “a sense of tomorrow”.

“Whatever position anyone occupies is only temporary. We must always know that tomorrow will come when you will be out and have to give an account,” Makinde said at the ceremony.

Makinde urged Aderemi to use the new position to ensure that justice was served and in a timely manner.

While congratulating the new officer, Makinde said that his appointment was a clear demonstration of the fact that the state government was committed to doing what was right “without any political or religious coloration or gender bias”.

“If you look at all the Justices here, they are women. If you also look at the first five officials of the government, two are women. That is how I really feel we should operate, because whatever position we are occupying is just temporary.

“I will leave my position as the governor of the state and your tenure will end one day, but I pray you will end well.

“I want to use you as a point of contact to officials and leaders occupying positions of authority. We must have that sense of humility and do what is right all the times.

“I don’t have any doubt that in your current position, not only will justice be served, it will be served in a timely manner. I wish you a successful tenure,” Makinde stated.

Speaking with newsmen, Justice Aderemi promised to put in her best to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

“I will put in my best as I have always done and continue to do my duty very well. I promise that cases will be attended to on time.

“My colleagues are working very hard and should continue to put in their best. We have a backlog of cases and shall deal with them on time.

To the Customary Court of Appeal, the issue of COVID-19 is a challenge because we have to find a way by which we are going to be sitting without feeling that we are not safe.

“Now, we are going to be scheming; we will be having a case at a time. We won’t be having too many lawyers or litigants in the court room, so that we will be able to observe social distancing very well.

“On rape cases, we will first of all have to get to increase the jurisdiction of the Customary Court of Appeal before we can deal them.

“As women judges, we have gone round the whole country, sensitising the people on what it means and the need to train our children.

“When you talk about rape, it could be the man or woman being raped. So, we take care of everybody. That is what I am going to do when we get there.” She said.

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Engineers, govts, other professionals should partner for national devt – Don

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A Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Lagos, Dr Olanike Buraimoh, on Thursday called for collaboration among governments, engineers and other professionals to solve Nigeria’s developmental challenges.

Buraimoh of the university’s Department of Microbiology, made the remark at the 11th Olu Awoyinfa Distinguished Annual Public Lecture, induction of new engineers and presentation of scholarship awards in Lagos.

The event with the theme “Forming Uncommon Partnership: Solution to Challenges of Developing Nations”, was organised by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Lagos.

Buraimoh said that microorganisms interacted with all elements within the environment and affected operations and activities in every field, hence the need for collaboration of other professionals with microbiologists to harness microbial benefits.

She highlighted the need for synergy between engineers and microbiologists, to avert most of the problems of environmental degradation causing building collapse and construction failure.

The lecturer made various illustrations on how microorganisms could cause degeneration of substances, chemical components, facilities and other installations because of the kind of materials disposed in the past on the portion of land.

“Chemically, microorganisms degrade chemicals, plastic or anything.

Almost 50 per cent of the challenges we have in Nigeria is because we have refused to reckon with microorganisms,” she said.

Buraimoh said that 80 per cent of microorganisms were beneficial to humans if put to the right use, listing some of the areas of benefit to include construction, agriculture, water, health, among others.

She said that the introduction of microorganisms to agricultural sector had improved production more than 60 per cent in Nigeria, without affecting food quality or chemical interference which could cause toxicity.

The guest speaker urged all fields of engineering to collaborate with microbiologists, to assist them in using microorganisms to deal proactively with microbial challenges slowing down innovations.

Buraimoh said that bio wastes were available in huge quality in Nigeria and could be used to produce most chemical inputs, needed locally to reduce importation and dependence on other nations.

She urged governments and other professionals to partner with the academia to commercialise several abandoned viable researches good enough to industrialise Nigeria.

“A sustainable collaboration must take place between the academia and the industries, ministries, governments and policy makers to foster evidence-based policy making.

“To understand how humans and other life forms on earth, including those who we are yet to discover, can withstand an anthropogenic climate change, it is vital to incorporate knowledge of microbial unseen majority.

“Microorganisms affect climate change including production and consumption of greenhouse gases.

“The impact of climate change will depend heavily on response of microorganisms, which are essential for achieving an environmentally-sustainable future,’’ she said.

Mrs Funmi Akingbagbohun, Chairman, Ikeja Branch, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), said the nation had a combination of several issues which required uncommon partnerships with other professionals to resolve.

Akingbagbohun said that the COVID-19 pandemic had further revealed the need for collaboration of the experts, to look for permanent solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

While delivering her opening speech, she eulogised the virtues of late Olu Awoyinfa.

Akingbagbohun said that Awoyinfa, who was celebrated nationally and globally, was passionate about the development and advancement of engineering in Nigeria.

She said that Awoyinfa, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 75, included annual awards for best graduating Chemical Engineering graduates of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in his will.

The Ikeja Branch NSE chairman said that the scholarship awards had been sustained and announced Miss Oluwatofunmi Adeniran as the 2020 beneficiary, being the best in her set.

Engineer Awoyinfa never became a chairman but we are celebrating him today because he was not looking for power; he focused on how to grow and mentor young engineers.

“Any nation that wants to grow requires engineers who are in every sphere of life solving societal problems,” she said.

Akingbagbohun commended his spouse, Mrs Abimbola Awoyinfa and her children, who had been supportive before and after the passing of the icon in all the series of the lecture.

This is the 11th of the series and Pa Awoyinfa enjoyed some of the series even when he was alive and because of the social distancing, we can accommodate only 20 in the hall and the others will have to join us online,’’ she said.

The Ikeja Branch NSE chairman boss challenged young engineers to strive to leave a legacy while highlighting the various efforts of the branch, to ensure commercialisation of researches of some young engineers.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adeniran, best graduating Chemical Engineering student of OAU, received a N100,000.00 scholarship award while 21 new members were inducted into the Ikeja NSE.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Lockdown: Market leaders urge LASG to allow daily operations

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Some foodstuff traders at Agboju Market, Festac Town in Lagos on Thursday called on the state government to further ease the lockdown to allow daily markets in the state.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria, in separate interviews in Lagos that they were incurring losses opening markets on alternate days.

The Market Leader, Mrs Osinatu Adebayo, said government’s directive to alternate market days in the state to curtail the spread of Coronavirus pandemic came with some challenges, particularly for the foodstuff traders.

“We know the government bears us in mind when taking decisions and because of that, we have been obeying the directives.

“We wash our hands, we use face masks and we only operate the market as directed.

“The people, who sell foods like fish, meat, tomatoes, pepper and vegetables are really suffering; when they have leftovers, it goes bad before the next market day,” she said.

Adebayo urged the LASG to consider allowing the market operate daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Also, Mrs Rebecca Udeh, a trader, said it has been quite challenging for those of them who sell perishable foods, particularly on wet days, when sales are low.

Udeh, who is also a member of the market task force said: “These three days don’t work for us; if we don’t finish selling today, by next tomorrow, they’ve spoilt.

“We’ve been observing the state’s directives of wearing face masks, washing hands and trying to maintain social distancing; we even have a drum outside for water and soap.

The LASG can give more restrictions, we’ll obey them, but they should please allow us sell daily.”

She commended the Nigeria Police and members of the Man-O-War, who collaborate with the market task force to enforce the directives.

Udeh further commended the residents of Festac Town for complying with the use of face masks when shopping at the market.

Another trader, Mrs Sikiratu Ajao, urged the LASG to further ease the directives on markets.

According to her, some of the traders are the breadwinners of the families and depend on daily sales to meet their responsibilities.

“Anything they want us to do, we will do but let them adjust it a little more by allowing us to sell daily,” she said.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Concerns grow in S. Korea over wearing of face masks as temperature rises

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The temperature in South Korea’s southern inland area hit over 35C on Thursday, raising concerns over the wearing of face masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

A heat wave advisory went into effect in Daegu, 302 km southeast of Seoul, as well as the nearby counties of Cheongdo, Gimcheon, Chilgok, Seongju, Goryeong and Gyeongsan, starting at 11 a.m.

Last year the first heat wave advisory issued in the region was on May 23.

The state’s weather agency said that the daytime temperature peaked at 35.6 C in Pohang, a southeastern port city, 35.1 C in Daegu, and 34.2 C in Gumi, north of Daegu.

That is 10.3 degrees higher than the 30-year average in Pohang, while Daegu and Gumi posted daily highs 6.9 and 6.5 degrees higher than the average, respectively.

The advisory comes amid concerns over wearing thick face masks during warm weather.

Health authorities have been trying to search for more realistic anti-virus measures for the summer season, as the outbreak shows no sign of letting up.

The government recently approved thinner face masks in a move that is expected to help cap the price for so-called dental masks.

A local mask manufacturer is scheduled to start selling them online on Friday, with each mask tentatively priced at 500 won (40 United States cents).

The government currently rations two kinds of thicker, more durable masks at 1,500 won each through pharmacies and designated outlets.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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