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313 candidates contest for governorship, House of Assembly seats in Adamawa

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313 candidates contest for governorship, House of Assembly seats in Adamawa

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No fewer than 313 candidates from 29 political parties will be contesting for Saturday Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Adamawa.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, Mr Kashim Gaidam, the told News Agency of Nigeria that 29 candidates would be contesting for governorship, while 284 candidates from various political parties are vying for the 25 state House of Assembly seats.

Among the 29 contestants for governorship seat are four women; Lami Musa of People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN), Na’ama Bulama of Progressive People Alliance (PPA), Rukayya Audu of Action People’s Party (APP) and Elizabeth Isa of Change Advocacy Party (CAP).

Also 25 women are among the 284 candidates for the legislative poll.

Meanwhile, many residents see the governorship election as a tough contest between four major contenders of the 29 in the race.

The contenders are the incumbent Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of APC; former Adamawa Speaker and two-time acting governor-Umaru Fintiri of PDP; current serving Sen. of Adamawa Central, Abdul-Aziz Nyako of ADC; and former House of Representatives member, Chief Emmanuel Bello of SDP.

NNN also reports that some of the gubernatorial candidates have within the week announced their withdrawal from the race to endorse the candidates of the APC, PDP, ADC or SDP.

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FG to engage community volunteers for house-to-house sensitisation on COVID-19 – Minister

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The Federal Government is engage community volunteers on house-to-house sensitisation on the dangers and spread of COVID-19.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF), briefing on COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that Nigeria currently has 10,578 confirmed CCOVID-19 cases in 35 States and FCT, of which 3,122 have been treated and discharged.

NAN reports that Nigeria recorded 299 deaths.

Ehanire said that the ministry was working with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHCDA) to finalise plans on the engagement of existing community volunteers and agents to conduct house to house sensitisation on COVID-19 at the community level.

He said that this would be done in “high burden” Local Government areas of Nigeria, since about 20 LGAs contribute nearly 60 per cent of the COVID-19 positive cases.

The COVID-19 burden is, as we know not evenly distributed within the country, with Kano and Lagos bearing the highest burden.

“A team from the FMoH, led by the ED of NPHCDA and comprising doctors from Departments of Family Health, Hospital Services and Public Health and NCDC, is in Lagos on an appraisal visit, during which a situation analysis will be conducted.

“The team will also visit the contiguous Ogun State on the same mission. The visits are in continuation of similar useful initiatives in the past to Kano, Katsina Sokoto, Jigawa, Gombe, and Borno, to share experience and ideas, align strategy and support each other,” he said.

The minister said that the ministry would continue to advocate for states to strengthen their response activities and have begun a program to strengthen the capacity of all Federal Health Institutions in Nigeria to deal with COVID-19 challenges in their States by additional training, supplies and equipment.

He said that the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital would be prioritized for the deployment of Gene Xpert machines as soon as the test kits were validated by the Medical Laboratory Science Council.

He said this so that residents in Kogi and Cross River, among others, would no longer have a shortage of opportunity to be tested.

“Our observation is that states are at varying levels of readiness and it is important to re-strategise to meet all citizens at their points of need.

COVID-19 is long since a global phenomenon affecting nearly all parts of the world.

“All nations are working together and I urge all State authorities in Nigeria to accept the reality and also work with each other and Federal Government, and play their part in the strategy to keep the people safe.

“This includes the decentralization that requires making a minimum of 300 Isolation beds ready, so that the national health system does not run out of COVID-19 bed spaces,” he said.

He, however said that as  the President advised that it was best to be fully prepared even if Nigerians do not have to use it.

“ In this regard, the FMOH stands ready to support all States in their efforts to build resilient and responsive systems for citizens in their States.

“The FCT, for example, is no longer under bed space pressure, having been well supported with assets to meet all levels of care, security and needs,” he said.

Ehanire said that there would therefore be no reason for a COVID-19 positive person to be outside a designated Isolation and Treatment centre, especially with the ThisDay Dome Isolation centre ready to take cases.

He noted that it would  be headed, in the introductory phase, by the Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, one of the most experienced virus disease hospitals in Nigeria.

He also said the FCT managed Idu COVID-19 treatment centre wih 500 beds ready.

He, however, said that the FMOH have conducted an analysis of Health Care Worker Infections and identified critical areas for targeted intervention, to include continuous updates and retraining.

More than 13,000 health workers have been trained, which will result in reduced rate of infection, especially in the line of duty. We are collaborating with States to cascade the training to lower cadre workers.

“A few weeks ago, I announced that Nigeria will participate in COVID-19 drug trial, which the WHO was leading but partly suspended.

“After consultation with top Nigerian scientists of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee, I am advised that Nigeria has something to add to the body of knowledge around these trials.

“I have therefore approved the continuation of the trial, as recommended, under strong precautionary conditions to be built into it,” he said.

According to him, the leadership of the Ministry also had the first briefing with the Ministerial Advisory Panel of Experts on Monday and received a series of very useful advisories that will be discussed and shared with Heads of Agencies and Departments of the Ministry.

“Finally, as we move into the next phase of easing of the lockdown, I urgently call on all, to take responsibility for ensuring that we actively play our role in ensuring that COVID-19 does not spike or bounce up, as has been observed in many countries where lockdown was relaxed.

“It is important to bear in mind that this phase, more than the lockdown itself, is in the hands of the people, more than in the hand of government.

“We must fight the spread of the disease by adhering more strictly than ever, to the various social guidelines which have been announced, published and publicized,” he advised.

He urged Nigerians to wear their face mask in the public, once they leave their house, or even inside their house, if they were  not sure of the COVID-19 status of people they  live with.

“Wear your mask on your face, not under your chin; it has no value under your chin.

“Be very sensitive about respiratory hygiene, wash hands regularly, use sanitizers and observe physical distancing. Open your windows to let in fresh air whenever it is safe to do so,” he said.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo /Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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LASG confiscates 2 houses allegedly used for fraud

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The Lagos State government, on Tuesday, says it has confiscated two houses allegedly used in defrauding unsuspected residents in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, made this known during the 2020 ministerial press briefing to commemorate the first year of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration.
Benson-Awoyinka said that henceforth, any fraudsters caught would be prosecuted.
She said that government had resolved to take such strong measures to stop developers and agents from defrauding members of the public in the state.
The governor’s aide, who is also in charge of the Lagos State Real Estate Transaction Department (LASRETRAD), said that the agency was currently prosecuting two developers who allegedly duped people in Ketu and Mafoluku areas.
She said that government had also seized their properties and that her office was working on ways of selling them, adding that the proceeds from the sale would be used to settle those who were defrauded.
Benson-Awoyinka, however, appealed to members of the public to always patronise agents and developers, who were registered with the agency.
”We have successfully reviewed the Estate Agency Regulatory Law, Cap L28, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 presently in operation in the state, which provides for the establishment of the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority.
”The
essence of this law is to regulate real estate transactions in Lagos State by identifying persons eligible to be licensed as real estate practitioners and provide for the issuance or renewal of annual permits,” the special adviser said.
According to her, the agency has the responsibility of maintaining a register of licensed real estate practitioners and sanctioning of unlicensed ones in the state.
”However, there is the need to sanitise real estate transactions in the state. In achieving this, the state must have a data base of persons dealing in real estate transactions for it to control their activities.
”Thus government must amend the law to reflect its efforts in monitoring the transactions of real estate in a way that is proactive so as to protect its citizens and rid the state of fraudsters,” she said.


Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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UK house prices see largest monthly fall in May since 2009: survey

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Britain’s average house price saw the largest monthly fall in May 2020 since February 2009, as lockdown restriction impacted heavily on housing market amid the COVID-19 pandemic, mortgage lender the Nationwide Building Society said Tuesday.

The average house price across Britain in May was 218,902 pounds (about 275,016 U.S. dollars), dropping by 1.7 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, said the Nationwide in its House Price Indices.

“Housing market activity has slowed sharply as a result of the measures implemented to control the spread of the virus,” said Robert Gardner, Nationwide‘s chief economist.

Meanwhile, the annual rate of house price growth in May slid to 1.8 percent, down from 3.7 percent in April.

“Behavioural changes and social distancing are likely to impact the flow of housing transactions for some time,” said the mortgage lender in its report, adding that “most viewed the current situation as a temporary pause in the market, with would-be buyers now planning to wait six months on average before looking to enter the market.”

At the same time, the number of mortgage approvals for house purchase plummeted to around 15,800 in April 2020, with nearly 80 percent below the February level, hitting the lowest since the series began in 1993, said a report issued by the Bank of England Tuesday.

“Weakness in the housing market associated with COVID-19 was reflected in weak mortgage market activity in April,” said the contral bank.

“Low transaction levels may still make gauging price trends difficult in the coming months — especially for regional indices, which by their nature have lower sample sizes,” said Gardner.

According to the Nationwide, the medium-term outlook for the housing market remains “highly uncertain” and will highly depend on the performance of the wider economy.

“However, the raft of policies adopted to support the economy, including to protect businesses and jobs, to support peoples’ incomes and keep borrowing costs down, should set the stage for a rebound once the shock passes, and help limit long-term damage to the economy,” said the Nationwide.

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COVID-19: Kaduna govt. begins community case-search, visits 29,771 households

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The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has commenced active case search within communities in the nine local government areas where COVID-19 infections have been confirmed.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said in a statement on Monday that health officials were going into communities to search for and test persons who might be showing any COVID-19 symptom.
“As part of the active case search, 29,771 households have so far been visited. Health officials have tested 297 persons with symptoms such as fever and sore throat,’’ she said.
The commissioner explained that the search for probable cases within communities was combined with targeted testing of contacts of confirmed cases and testing of persons with symptoms that met the case definition.
She warned that the number of COVID-19 cases in the state was likely to increase, as more tests were conducted in more areas.
“Expanded testing will enable early identification of new cases and will help prevent further spread of the virus by getting infected persons to be isolated and treated earlier.
“It will also provide more accurate data to inform government’s decisions, going forward,’’ she added.
The commissioner further said that the active case search had given the ministry the opportunity to search for other medical conditions and provide services to the communities.
She said that as at May 31, the state had recorded a total of 258 cases, out of which 93 were active cases, with 157 discharged 157 and eight fatalities.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Additional 18,000 households to enjoy conditional cash transfer in Bauchi State – Official

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Mrs Amina Katagum, Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Social Investment Program(SIP), says additional 18,000 households will be enrolled under the Conditional Cash Transfer(CCT) programme in the state.

Katagum made the disclosure on Monday in Bauchi, while declaring open the training of 162 facilitators for the CCT enrollment.

Katagum said that 14 out of the 20 Local Government Areas((LGAs) in the state would benefit from the  exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the benefitting LGAs are Alkaleri,Toro Tafawa Balewa,Gamawa, Zaki, Giade, Shira, Warji, Ganjuwa, Itas Gadau, Kirfi, Darazo, Dambam and Bogoro.

The CCT National office in collaboration with the Bauchi state government will train 162 facilitators to enroll the 18,000 additional households in 14 LGAs across the state.

“With the 18,000 additional beneficiaries, the state will now receive N412,990,000,” she said.

Katagum reminded the participants to adhere strictly to the safety guidelines of COVID 19 while carrying out the assignment for which they were being trained.

She urged the facilitators to demonstrate commitment during the exercise to avoid mistakes.

In his remarks, the National Enrollment Officer, CCT, Mr Shiqfu Shimang, said that the training  would enhance the capacity of the facilitators.

He said that each household would get a N5,000 monthly stipend under the programme.

Responding on behalf of trainees, Mr Ahmed Toro, called on the state government to provide them with motorcycles to enable them to carry out the exercise diligently and reach communities with difficult terrains.


Edited By: Benson Iziama/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Navy distributes palliatives to 500 households in Kaduna

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The Nigerian Navy School of Armmament Technology, on Monday distributed palliatives to 500 households in Unguwar Ayuba, a community in Kachia Local Government Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was part of activities marking the 64th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy.

It was also meant to cushion the effect of the lockdown imposed by Kaduna State Government to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Items distributed included rice, vegetable oil, noodles and beans.

The Commandant of the School, Real Admiral Tanko Pani, said the Navy’s 64th anniversary is being marked at a time the nation is struggling to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

He noted that the pandemic has impacted negatively on the livelihoods of most Nigerians particularly those whose source of income is largely subsistence.

The Ungwan Ayuba community is an agrarian community and the major source of income for members of the

community depends on how easily the people are able to access markets for their agricultural produce.

“The current lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic has made this difficult.

“It is no longer news that the coronavirus which is a global pandemic has affected the economic outlook of the world especially that of developing nations.

“As part of measures to curb the spread of the virus, the government has issued the stay-at-home order, the use

of nose masks and a ban on religious and social gatherings amongst many others.

“The presence of the virus has caused some form of adjustments to lifestyles which has resulted

to hardships especially for those of you who rely on daily income.

“It is against this backdrop that the Nigerian Navy deemed it fit to ameliorate the plight of the people in the aforementioned category by distributing palliatives to this residents.

“This action demonstrates the empathy, selfless service of the Nigerian Navy to host communities and cordial Civil-Military Relationship for peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence,” Pani said.

He appreciated the community for its immense support to the school over the years.

“On  behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS),  I wish to register my deepest appreciation to residents of Kachia and environs for their support to the Nigerian Navy.

“I appeal to you to continue to collaborate with us in order to collectively tackle the various security challenges in your communities.

“It is our expectation that the distribution of these palliative items will further cement the existing cordial Civil Military Relationship.

“Therefore, I acknowledge the support of the leaders of Ungwan Ayuba community for their incalculable support to the Nigerian Navy over the years,” he added.

Pani urged the residents to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued by the Federal Government on the containment

of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commandant also acknowledged the support of Kaduna state government to the School and the Nigerian Navy in general.

Responding, the ward head of Unguwar Ayuba, Mr Ayuba Bala, appreciated the gesture of the Navy and pledged that the community would continue to support the efforts of security agencies toward sustainable peace and stability in the area.


Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Curfew announced in Washington after protests near White House

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Sunday night she was imposing a citywide curfew amid rising tensions between protesters and police outside the White House over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in Minneapolis police custody.

Bowser said in a statement the curfew would last “from 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1.” She had also activated the D.C. National Guard to support the local police.

Sunday marked the third day in a row of protests in the U.S. capital over the death of Floyd. While the clash between protesters and law enforcement officers was less severe than that in other parts of the country, D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham said on Sunday the Metropolitan Police Department still arrested 17 people Saturday night and that 11 police officers were injured during the protests.

Floyd, aged 46, died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe.” Chauvin was arrested and charged with three-degree murder and manslaughter earlier on Friday.

Floyd’s plea before his death evoked African Americans‘ painful memories. In 2014, a cellphone recorded an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” when a New York officer held him in a chokehold before his death in police custody. Since then, the plea has become a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct across the country.

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Military bombards bandits’ logistics warehouse in Zamfara – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji  on Saturday destroyed a bandits’ logistics warehouse in an air bombardment along North of Birnin Kogo in Zamfara.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday, said the air bombardment was in continuation of the renewed onslaught against armed bandits in parts of the Northwest and North Central states.

Enenche said the air strikes were executed sequel to intelligence reports that indicated that the large structure was being used by the bandits to store their ammunition, raw rations and other logistics items in the area.

According to him, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft was scrambled to engage the target, scoring accurate hits on the warehouse, which went up in flames as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.

“Four armed bandits guarding the facility were also neutralised as a result of the attack.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

“He directed them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Protesters rally near White House during protest over death of George Floyd

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Protesters rally near the White House during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 30, 2020. Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the midwest U.S. state of Minnesota on May 25. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

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