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CONVID-19: Bauchi Emir cancels Sallah durbar

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The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Sulaiman, has canceled the annual  durbar  by royal horsemen, popularly known as “hawan daushe”, held a day after Eid-el-fitr (Sallah) in Bauchi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the  horse parade is a tourism event organised by most the Emirs in the North, which  attracts thousands of people during the sallah festivities.

Sulaiman said at the stakeholders’ meeting with the State government on Wednesday  in Bauchi that the cancellation of the event was necessitated by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

He said the world was faced with the dreaded coronavirus disesase which had caused    untold  hardship to the people.

“We will do everything possible to see that we stop the spread of the virus in our society.

“Therefore, the annual “ daushe” horse parade is cancelled to ensure adherence to social distancing and discourage all forms of social gathering in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor (NAN)

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Convid-19: NGO commends KDSG for distributing child spacing commodities

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Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI), on Tuesday commended Kaduna State Government for distributing Child Birth Spacing (CBS) commodities to healthcare facilities in the state.

Chairman of the organisation, Bala Tijjani, gave the commendation in a statement in Kaduna.

He said that the action demonstrated the state government’s commitment to ensuring better reproductive health for residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The fear exercised by residents and partners over reproductive health of families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic period will now be addressed.

“The shortage of CBS commodities already experienced in the state will drop drastically.

“We also commend the state government for keeping the Primary Healthcare Centres open for residents to access antenatal care and immunisation services among others,” he said.

Tijjani called on the Federal Government to ensure timely supply of needed CBS commodities to citizens, in order to reduce maternal deaths in the country.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Convid-19: NMA threatens to withdraw services over alleged police harrassment

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The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has demanded for appropriate disciplinary action against a police Inspector who allegedly assaulted a medical doctor in Kaduna on April 23.

A statement by the association’s Chairman, Dr Stephen Kache, issued in Kaduna on Monday, said the medical doctor was on legitimate duty and had valid identification when he was allegedly assaulted.

It added that the affected doctor had sustained bruises and was responding to treatment.

“This unfortunately is not the first incident; two weeks ago the ambulance of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, conveying doctors and other healthcare workers was assaulted by men of the Nigerian police force,” the NMA added.

The Association threatened to withdraw its services if the police authority failed to take disciplinary action against the police Inspector.

‘We are aware that the said Inspector has been arrested and is currently in custody.

“We call on the State government as well as the Police hierarchy to look into the issue with the view of meting out appropriate sanctions to this erring officer to serve as a deterrent to others who will unfortunately hope to follow in his footsteps.

“He should also undergo a psychiatric evaluation to ascertain his fitness to serve in the Nigerian police force.

“Failure to appropriately sanction the officer will leave us with no choice but to recall our members from offering any kind of services within the state.”

It expressed disappointment over the attitude of some security personnel, who ignore the sacrifices being made by healthcare workers and putting themselves in harm’s way to ensure that the covid -19 pandemic is contained and the citizenry protected.

“Since the onset of this pandemic over 40 healthcare professionals within the country  have been infected by the dreaded virus in the line of duty.”

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Convid-19: Gov. Zulum constitutes palliatives committee

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, has constituted a 16-member committee for the distribution of palliatives to the needy in the state, a statement said on Saturday.

The statement, by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the committee was to begin the distribution on Saturday.

“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has constituted a 16-member committee that will commence the distribution of palliatives, mostly varieties of food items, to cushion the effects of 14 days statewide lockdown declared in the state,” Gusau said.

He said the committee would be chaired by Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Bukar Talba, with the Chairperson the State Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo as Secretary.

Gusau said the committee, which includes Commissioners of key ministries, organisations, security, and media, would target vulnerable people in urgent need.

The spokesman said the governor tasked the the committee to discharge its duty with efficiency, highest sense of responsibility and most importantly, with the fear of God.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Convid-19: Federal High Court appoints judges to handle cases across 6 geo-political zones

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Justice John Tsoho, Chief Judge,

 Federal High Court of Nigeria, has named three justices to handle cases at designated judicial divisions

 across the six geo-political zones as the country battles the covid-19 pandemic.

Tsoho, according to the Easter Vacation Roster made available by Oby

 Nwandu, the

Information Officer of the court, said Justices Nkeonye Maha, Muslim Hassan and H.I.O. Oshomah were chosen to serve for the duration.

“Further to the earlier notice of the Federal High Court Easter Vacation and consequent upon the  lockdown occasioned by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) with accompanying continuous restriction of both vehicular and human movements as ordered  by both the Federal and State Governments, the Easter Vacation Roster has been amended.

“Thus the underlisted Judges have been chosen to serve at the designated judicial divisions, across the six(6) geo-political zones of Nigeria: Abuja Judicial Division, Hon Justice N.E. Maha; Lagos Judicial  Division,

Hon Justice  Muslim Hassan and Port-Harcourt Judicial Division, Hon Justice H.I.O. Oshomah,” Tsoho said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad had, on March 23, directed courts in the country to suspend sittings following the pandemic nature of civid-19,

except in matters that are urgent, essential or time-bound according to the country’s extant laws.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Convid-19: Borno Govt. others distribute food items to displaced persons, vulnerable

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The Borno Government has began the distribution of food items and relief materials to the displaced persons and vulnerable,  as palliative to mitigate the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Coronarvirus pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that so far the state government had distributed various food items and cash to 11, 000 displaced households.

On its part, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has donated N28.5 million to the state Committee on COVID-19.

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) also provided disinfectants for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps.

While the Victim Support Fund (VSF) Task force on COVID-19 also embarked on distribution exercise of food items and medical consumables to the IDPs and vulnerable communities.

The VSF Task Force headed by Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunbiyi, said the support would be extended to institutions and agencies supporting the national effort to fight the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Gov. Babagana Zulum, said the gesture was to ease their hardship being experienced by the people due to the lockdown.

Zulum,  who spoke while supervising the food distributing exercise to 11, 000 IDPs in Magumeri Local Government Area of the state,  added that the gesture was to identify with the vulnerable at this critical time and urged them to maintain personal hygiene, social distancing and avoid unnecessary gatherings to curb spread of the pandemic.

He warned on the dangers of the disease and appealed to the people to take responsibility in the fight against the virus.

“We are all aware of the enormous challenges Borno is already faced with. As responsible government we are doing everything possible to contain this virus from spreading into our state.

“However, this can only be achieved with your cooperation” Zulum said.

Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke with NAN commended the gesture, adding it would go a long way to improve their social and economic well being.

Abubakar Ibrahim said there was no discrimination or politicisation in the distribution of palliative by government and developemnt organisations.

“For many years; the government and other organisations have been supporting IDPs and members of host communities identified as the most vulnerable, therefore, we have no problem with the sustain support to the people in the face of the pandemic.

“The lockdown in Borno did not affect commercial activities; people are moving around except for the limits on the number of people in banks, vehicles and other business premises, as well as the sustain campaign on the need to ensure hygiene and self distancing.’’

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Rabiu Sani Ali (NAN)

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Easter: Gov. Zulum felicitates with Christians, urges prayer against Convid-19, Boko Haram

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Governor of Borno. Babagana Zulum,  has felicitated with Christians in Borno and other parts of the country on the occasion of Easter, urging them to sustain their prayers and other precautions to end Convid-19.

The governor in a statement  by his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau in Borno on Saturday,  also called for prayers to  end  insurgency which he nicknamed “Convid-2009” in view of killings carried out by insurgents, particularly at its peak in 2009.

“I warmly felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in Borno State and beyond at Easter which is a season we should recognise and imbibe selfless sacrifices and renew our hopes and convictions.

“While wishing all Christians a happy and memorable Easter, I share the pain, that the important Easter is being celebrated at time Nigeria, like many parts of the world, is battling to contain a pandemic caused by coronavirus disease..

“Borno State government will remain relentless in fighting this dangerous and highly contagious disease through strict preventive and responsive measures,” he said.

The governor advised that the fight against the pandemic should not distract the world to lose focus on the fight against insurgency.

“The Boko Haram is equally contagious through the spread of violent ideologies and links with terror groups around the world.

”It is also contagious by creating permanent fear and agonies for millions of people. We cannot afford to be distracted.

”We must be simultaneous and consistent in applying and sustaining tough measures against Covid-19 and ‘Covid-2009’.

” With their proven evil mindset, Boko Haram insurgents would expect us to be carried away with Covid-19 so they can exploit the situation to make Covid-2009 worse than it already is. We must never let this happen,” Zulum pleaded.

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Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Tajudeen Atitebi
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KAM Holdings donates N20m to Kwara to prevent Convid-19

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The KAM Holdings, an indigenous manufacturer of iron and steel products, has donated N20 million to Kwara Technical Committee on COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the state.

Dr Kamari Yusuf, its Group Managing Director, while making the donation on Friday at Ilorin, admonished Nigerians to ensure strict compliance with government’s restrictions on movement.

“In order to stay safe and healthy, Kwarans must stay home and maintain public and personal hygiene as directed by health officials as COVID-19 is real and wreaking havoc globally,” he said.

Yusuf said that he donated the money to the Technical Committee on COVID-19 to support and prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease in the state.

“Since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, various measures have been adopted by the Federal Government toward preventing the spread of the infectious disease beyond control.

“Serious search for contacts of infected persons is also being intensified,” Yusuf said.

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Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Tajudeen Atitebi
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CONVID-19: Sokoto gets N128m support, monitors 11 persons

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Sokoto State Government has received N128 million support to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, disclosed on Tuesday that BUA Group, owners of Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) donated 100 million and United Bank for Africa (UBA) donated N28.5 million.

Inname said Access Bank also pledged to construct and equip laboratory and ward at the isolation center in Amanawa.

He said 11 persons, all returnees from foreign countries were being tracked, but  said two among them had completed their two weeks mandatory isolation periods.

Inname said the state government had commenced the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) materials to Specialist Hospital, Maryam Abacha Women Hospital and Noma Children Hospital as well as general hospitals in the state.

According to him, state Taskforce on COVID-19 has  been working closely with health facilities and managers,  as  well as local government officials and tradition rulers to sensitise residents on the virus.

The commissioner noted that closure  of the state borders had  been effective, adding  that a combined team of security operatives and health personnel have  been stationed to screen movements.

Inname explained that only those exempted by the restriction were being allowed to pass through the borders in Kuchi, Alasan, Sanyinna, Malisa, Bimasa, Jabo, Gada, Sabonbirni, Illela and Raba.

”The state still has zero record of Coronavirus patients, a 32-year-old person suspected in Goronyo was found to to be a commercial motorcycle operator  from Lagos with heart disease,” Inname said.

He added that three sub-committes were also constituted to cover the state.

The Commissioner commended media practitioners for their cooperation and support to the campaign against Coronavirus.

He enjoined the people to disregard rumours and assist authorities with useful information on any suspected case  and always adhere to safety guidelines on prevention  of the virus.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed
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CONVID-19: NSCDC deploys 250 personnel to enforce govt’s directives in Sokoto

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Sokoto State Command, has deployed 250 personnel to enforce government’s directives to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The Public Relations Officer, Mr Hamza Illela, disclosed this in a statement obtained by Nigeria News Agency in Sokoto on Friday.

Illela said that the personnel were drawn from its Crisis Management Department, Medical Unit and Operations Department to help enforce the government”s stay at home directive.

He said this action was part of the the Commandant General, Mr Abdullahi Gana’s directive toward enforcing Federal Government’s orders.

According to him, no fewer than 9, 500 NSCDC personnel were deployed across the country.

“This is to ensure that Nigerians comply with government’s stay-at-home order, thereby curtailing the spread of COVID-19.

“In pursuant to this, the Sokoto Command of the NSCDC under then leadership of Commandant Umar Bala has deployed 250 personnel to monitor 23 local government areas in the state.

“The personnel are drawn from the Crisis Management Department, Medical Unit and Operations Department to work closely with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Humanitarian Task Force.

“This is for the purpose of surveillance, enforcement and prompt response to distress calls.

“It is imperative at this point of our lives for us to operate in compliance with guidelines and put in our best in support of government to stem the tide of this pandemic that is ravaging the world, ” he said.

Illela enjoined the public to heed to the advice and directives of the Federal Ministry of Health and Sokoto State Government task force as regards social distancing, washing of hands with soap and water and use of hand sanitizers in order to curb the spread of the virus.

The PRO urged residents to be strong and resolute in the face of this challenge and pray that the Almighty come to our aid.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide
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