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Commissioner advocates cleaner environment to check spread of diseases in Lagos state

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Lagos State Commissioner for Health, a cleaner Lagos environment will reduce the spread of communicable diseases and ensure a healthy living in the state.

Abayomi, who is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Environmental Health and Biosecurity, said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency , in Abuja.

He said that the Lagos State Government was determined to ensure a cleaner environment to curtail the spread of communicable diseases and ensure healthy living.

viral hepatitis.

reports that Hepatitis disease refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis.

These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.

According to him, the government of Lagos state will now be paying more attention to viral hepatitis to make sure that we start a push back on its spread.

“We do not want to be caught off guard because of the peculiarity of the Lagos state environment, and bearing in mind that hepatitis are slow pathogens,” he said..

The public health expert described Lagos state as a megacity, which required adequate attention in its health infrastructure because of its demographic profile.

“It has several wards and local government areas where the population density is quite high.

  These are the factors that create environment for rapid dissemination of infectious diseases,” he said.

  is determined to take steps to curtail the emergence of new pathogens which are hitherto unknown.

He said that the Lagos environment was perfect for such pathogens to thrive.

“HIV and viral hepatitis, for instance, are slow, you catch it and it does it damages very slowly and goes for over months and years.

  and even lead to death,” he explained.

  the state government was going to build infrastructures and human resources to cope with slow pathogens and also to be ready for the fast pathogens.

  multiple people breathe in the same air.

“ A flu or Meningitis type of pathogens would spread quickly,” he said.

The Commissioner told that even within the fast pathogens there were different attributes that were responsible for the manner in which they spread from person to persons.

He stated that these were all the factors that the Lagos state government had to bear in mind.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Felix Ajide

 

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Lagos govt. to reverse Land Use Charge — Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government will soon unveil a reform that will include the reversal of the Land Use Charge (LUC) to the pre-2018 rate, Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Oluwo has said.

Olowo disclosed this on Wednesday, during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He said that the state government had to review the increase in land use charge assessment to accommodate the agitations of residents and to reduce the financial pressure on citizens as it related to LUC.

”As we are aware in 2018, there was an increase in LUC rate and at the same time a revaluation of properties; this twin-shock had a sporadic increase in LUC assessment.

”The soon to be revealed reform will among other things, reverse the rate to pre-2018 rate,” he said.

The commissioner said that the intention of the state government was to keep economic activities of the state going.

He said that this was without necessarily causing any untold hardship that would further aggravate the present financial hardship confronting all sectors of the state’s economy.

According to him, the pre-2018 charges which will soon come into effect will reflect current realities to reduce burden on citizens.

”The reform also considered a flexible land use charge payment and efficient customer service management to ensure prompt issue resolution,” he said.

On procurement process, Olowo said that the review was simplified to reduce the bureaucracy in the state procurement process and accommodate small businesses in accordance with the Procurement Law and Guidelines.

He said that among initiatives put in place in the last one year in the area of revenue optimisation were the deployment of e-tax platform for tax operations.

Olowo noted that there was also administration matters, automation of operations of Lagos Lottery Board and FORCE (Focus On Revenue Creation Everywhere), among others.

The commissioner said that the state achieved 106 per cent performance in first quarter of the year revenue as against budget.

He said that the twin shock of COVID-19 pandemic and the dwindling oil prices which had affected the state revenue necessitated the review of the year’s budget.

”The direct impact of the pandemic is a drop in the state’s IGR and Federal Allocation, which also results in decline of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and increased pressure on income and purchasing power of Lagosians,” Olowo said.


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Rivers may demolish markets for flouting COVID-19 directives, says Commissioner

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The Rivers Government warned on Wednesday that some markets in the state might be demolished for flouting the order of the government that trading should stop at the markets because of COVID-19.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, gave the warning in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.

He lamented that traders had continued to flout government’s directives that markets should be shut, due to rising cases of the coronavirus in the state.

Nsirim said that five markets in the state might be shut down permanently for flouting the directives. He did not elaborate.

The Rivers Government wishes to draw the attention of the general public that Mbiama Market has been closed down.

“Any attempt to continue trading activities at Mbiama Market will lead to complete demolition of the market.

The commissioner named Oginigba Market and two others as markets notorious for disobeying Gov. Nyesom Wike that the markets should be closed.

“The government warns that anybody who goes to Oginigba Market for any form of business will face the full wrath of the law.

Similarly, Oil Mill Market has been closed and as such all those using Igbo-Etche Road as an alternative market are warned to desist forthwith or risk destruction of their goods.

“Government has not approved any goat market at the Eleme/Ahoada stretch of the East-West road in the state.”

Nsirim directed authorities of Emohua and Ahoada-East Councils to shut down the goat market in the area immediately.


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Delta will complete Trans-Warri road, bridge projects in 2021 -Commissioner

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Delta government says the ongoing construction of Trans-Warri road and bridges in Warri South Local Government Area of the state will be completed in 2021.

The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, made this known on Wednesday in Warri while briefing newsmen shortly after inspecting the project.

“The essence of the inspection is to ensure that all contractors handling state projects are on site in line with the state government’s directive to them to return to site following substantial relaxation of the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The commissioner said that the multi-billion Naira road project, which comprised the 25.8 km and 19 bridges linking Ubeji, Ifie, Ijala, Ogbodede, Inorin, Ajigba, Orugbo, Usele, Ode-Itsekiri was awarded in 2006.

He said that the contractor moved to site in November 2007.

“Although, the project has several links to other communities, this administration decided that the contractor should concentrate on the main alignment.

“The contractors are presently trying to complete the remaining five bridges and once they are done with that they will continue on the road work.

“The quality of work is very high and I must commend the contractors for doing a good job.

“However, let me urge them to increase the pace of work to ensure that this project is completed by the end of next year,” he said.

Augoye said that the project had opened up the Ubeji community to Ifie side of the Warri River.

“The project has attracted six tank farms and other multi-billion naira investments,  I urged the contractors to speed up the pace of work in order to meet the December, 2021 completion timeline.

“As you can see, the road has not been completed, but it has opened up the other side of the river to some economic activities.

“And if this other side of the river is completed, it means that it will create more economic activities for the people around this area,” he said.

The Special Director of the project, Chief Otimeyin Adam, commended the state governor for his commitment toward the completion of the project.

He said that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration had reduced the state government’s indebtedness to the contractor from N9 billion to N3 billion.

Otimeyin expressed optimism that the project would be completed as scheduled.

Earlier, Area Manager of Setraco, Delta Region, Mr Joseph Helby said that the company was determined to complete the project at the end of 2021.

“We have completed 14 of the bridges, while work is ongoing on the remaining five bridges.

“We have also completed 95 per cent of the internal roads in Ode-Itsekiri and we look forward to completion of the entire project at the end of 2021,” Helby said.


Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Lagos to produce first forensic dentist in West Africa — Commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, says the state’ s Public Service will soon be producing the first forensic dentist in the whole of West Africa.

Ponnle made this known on Wednesday in Ikeja during the Year 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

She said the massive investment of the state government in the area of human capacity development of its workforce was already attracting global attention.

‘The state public service will be producing the first forensic dentist in the whole of West Africa soon,” the commissioner said.

She said the state government sponsored one of its staff from the Ministry of Health to study at Masters  level, in Legal Medicine and Forensic Dentistry outside the country in order to bridge an identified gap in the state public service.

“Once the staff completes his course of study, he will be the first forensic dentist (new skill and area of specialisation) in West Africa and this points to the massive investment in human capital development that the present administration is embarking on,” the commissioner said.

Ponnle said the Lagos state government was committed to building a 21st workforce that would deliver dividends of democracy to Lagosians across every area of human needs.

She said that this was by directing its training and capacity development programmes to both generic and technical areas of competency.

According to her, one of the notable achievements and innovations to training programmes under the administration of  Sanwo-Olu is the introduction of on-line learning programmes starting with Webinar series.

Ponnle said this ensured that capacity of the entire workforce were developed even during the period of state-wide lockdown order.

The commissioner disclosed that within the past few months that the Webinar initiative started, 11 different series had been held, 10 Generic and one job specific for teachers.

‘There was also a Virtual Launch of the pilot of the Lagos State Learning Management System (LMS) with over 10,000 members of staff uploaded, giving access to over 500 training courses.

The pilot Phase of Executive Coaching Programme for Executive Council Members was also launched with 30 per cent of cabinet members enrolled.

‘The initiative was in partnership with International Coaching Federation accredited coaches, whereby cabinet members are offered one-on-one coaching sessions to provide support in developing their personal, professional and political aspirations,” she said.

Ponnle said the launch of the Learning Management System and the various Webinar series were aimed at achieving a paradigm shift from learning being an event to being a continuous process.

She said that this would ensure a workforce that was equipped with relevant skills, knowledge and competencies to deliver the dividends of democracy to the teeming population of the state.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Don’t expect long vacation after sch. resumption, commissioner tells C’ River students

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Dr. Godwin Amanke, Cross River Commissioner for Quality Education, has ruled out the possibility of pupils and students in the state enjoying  the usual long vacation when schools resume.

Amanke said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Calabar that students would go straight to third term after resumption.

According to him, 70 per cent of schools in the state are through with their second term examination before the sudden closure of schools caused by COVID-19.

He said those schools that were not able to round-off their examination, would continue after resumption, adding  that immediately examinations were concluded,  the third term would commence and run through the weeks that students were supposed to go for their annual long vacation.

On the the issue of reopening schools, he said, it was not a one man or state affair because Cross River was not isolated from the other states.

“We cannot talk about reopening schools at the moment because Cross River is not in isolation but in relation with other states and the Federal Government.

“So, other stakeholders like the Federal Ministry of Education, Health and Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) will have to be involved.

“The state ministries of education run with the policies, curriculum and syllabus as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.

“Ordinarily, we will have said schools should reopen in the state because we have no case of COVID-19, but that won’t be in tandem with the Federal Government’s policy on ground in relationship to COVID-19,” he said.

He however called on the students in the state to take advantage of the Ayade digital learning initiative and the school on radio to learn at home.

NAN reports that as at Wednesday June 3, Cross River has remained the only state in Nigeria that was yet to officially have a case of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 patient escapes from facility in Delta – Commissioner

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Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, says  a Coronavirus (COVID-19) patient escaped from one of the state’s treatment centers on Monday.

Aniagwu disclosed this on Tuesday, when he visited the Delta Chapter of the Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria (ACNPN) and Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) in Asaba.

He said that modalities had  been put in place to track him as he remained a potential danger to the society because he had not fully recovered from the infection.

“We had a situation yesterday where somebody who was being treated left the facility in controversial circumstances.

“We have put in place machinery to bring him back and we have told the general public and all those who know him to stay clear from him because he actually tested positive,” he said.

Aniagwu said that as at date,  the state had recorded 88 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with eight deaths occasioned by the disease while 17 patients were discharged as at date in the state.

He said there was need for concerted efforts to  “flatten the curve” of the virus.

According to Aniagwu, we need to flatten the curve so that we can go back to our normal life

“Bbut the more we are able to observe the existing protocols, the better we are able to exit the pandemic on time.

“For us to return to our normal life, we need your assistance to enlighten the people because this scourge is real; We will remain focused and not be distracted by criticisms.

“As at today, our total confirmed cases stand at 88; 17 patients have so far been discharged and unfortunately, we lost eight persons to the pandemic due to underlying ailments,” he said.

He said the state government under the leadership of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to building a better, stronger and smarter Delta, such that would benefit all the people of the state.

He said the state government had taken steps to develop the state in the last five years, adding that a lot of the electoral promises by the governor had been fulfilled.

“We can beat our chest that we have surpassed very many of the promises we made during  electioneering.

“We have a covenant with the people of Delta to create jobs, build infrastructure and make life meaningful for our people.

“We have so far constructed over 400 roads spanning 1,300 kilometres, with line drainages among other infrastructure.

“In the days ahead, we are counting on same support, if not more, because your reports have so far culminated in the rating of Delta as second in terms of standard of living in the country.

“We plead with you to continue to assist us in the sensitisation of our people,’’ the commissioner said.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, who was in company of the commissioner, thanked the publishers for their reports.

He, however, urged them to always cross-check unverified reports, particularly in the social media, to avoid sensationalism and falsehood.

“I thank you for the wonderful work you have been doing by reporting the activities of government at all times.

“It is not by accident that journalism profession was termed the fourth estate of the realm, because of the role it plays in the development of every nation.

“As key stakeholders, I commend you for your developmental publications, which have showcased the numerous activities of the state government.

“Okowa runs a very transparent government and will always welcome constructive criticisms from any quarters,” Ifeajika said.

In his remarks, ACNPN Chairman, Comrade Jude Obiemenyego, welcomed the commissioner and his entourage and assured that the publishers would remain committed to the development of the state.

He said the group had resolved to ensure that only well verified reports were published by members of the association.

He urged his colleagues to always seek clarification before making any publication to ensure balanced reports, adding that the group worked hard to publicise activities of government, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

On his part, DOPF Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Enebeli, appealed for government patronage to the group to keep members afloat..


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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COVID- 19: Kwara has not lifted ban on religious activities –Commissioner

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Dr Raji AbdulRazaq, Kwara Commissioner for Health, says the state has not lifted ban on religious activities placed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

AbdulRazaq stated this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ilorin.

He said that although the Federal Government hinted on lifting ban on religious activities in the country, it had however given modalities to all the states on how best to go about it.

He added that the state government would meet to deliberate and come out with what was  best and would protect the people in the state.

The commissioner, therefore, warned that the government had not lifted any ban and no religious house should disregard the directives on social distancing.

He added that if there were any changes to the directives earlier placed the state government would communicate same to the public.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwara currently has 111 confirmed case of COVID-19 and one recorded death.


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Delta Commissioner raises alarm over coronavirus patient

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Delta Ministry of Health on Tuesday alerted the public to be wary of making contacts with a COVID-19 patient,Mr Michael Mordi, 53, whose relations removed from a treatment centre  in Asaba.

Commissioner in the ministry, Dr Mordi Ononye, who raised the alarm in a statement , condemned the action of the relations, who took the patient out of the centre in spite of the danger of such move to the public.

The Delta State Ministry of Health wishes to express its displeasure over the uncooperative stance of Mr Michael Nwachukwu Mordi, a 53-year old Chief Nursing Officer in Central Hospital, Agbor.

“Mordi tested positive to COVID-19 on May 23rd, 2020 and was admitted into the COVID-19 Treatment Centre, Federal Medical Center, Asaba, on May 24th 2020,” he  said.

The Commissioner said that since the admission of Mordi at the treatment centre, he had been very aggressive and uncooperative.

He further stated that Mordi had continually threatened care-givers at the treatment centre and had also rejected his medications.

Ononye said that at 6pm on June 1st, 2020, the patient, Mordi, against medical advice, was forcefully removed from the treatment centre by seven men who claimed to be his relatives.

He also said that the men who carried out the act did not wear any protective coverings.

“These men who carried out this action constitute danger to their own health and that of other people and communities with which they come in contact.

“We wish to use this medium to alert the general public about the public health danger of associating with the patient and with those who have exposed themselves to him,” Ononye warned.

The commissioner advised the patient to return to the treatment center for proper care, and called on those who had exposed themselves to him, to immediately go into supervised quarantine for 14 days.

He reminded the people of the state that the COVID-19 pandemic was real and enjoined the public to continue to observe all preventive measures.

He further enjoined persons who have fever, cough or difficulty with breathing, to visit the nearest government hospital for proper assessment and possible testing.


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Delta govt. to put necessary measures in place for schools’ resumption – Commissioner

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The Delta Government on Monday said necessary measures would be put in place before academic activities could resume in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, made this known at a media briefing held in Government House Annexe, Warri.

Aniagwu said that government would among other things fumigate the schools before students resumed.

“Schools might not resume in the next one week. We will put all measures in place before children will be allowed to resume academic activities.

“We will fumigate the schools to ensure safety of our children. So schools might not resume in the next one week,” he said.

The commissioner said that the state government had upscaled its healthcare facilities.

He said that the state now had six isolation centres with two donated by corporate bodies.

“We are not just upscaling our health facilities because of COVID-19, we are looking beyond the pandemic to the benefit of our people,” Aniagwu said.

The commissioner said that amid the challenges of the global pandemic, the state government was still committed to building a stronger Delta through infrastructure development.

He said that the state government was about to float a domestic security outfit codename ‘Operation Delta Hawks’ to complement the existing security apparatus in the state.

According to him, the security outfit would deal with domestic security issues in the state.

The commissioner said that the state government was committed to regional security outfit.

“Regional security outfit will deal with security issues across the region, while state security will deal with security issues within the state,” he said.

Aniagwu, however, urged the people of the state to continue to support the government to enable it deliver on its promises.

The commissioner was accompanied by Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and some government aides.


Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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