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Coronavirus:Delta’s SSG recovers, discharged from isolation Cpcentre

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Coronavirus:Delta’s SSG recovers, discharged from isolation Cpcentre

Delta Government on Sunday said that the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, had been discharged from the Isolation Centre in Asaba, where he was being treated for COVID-19.


Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, disclosed this in a statement in Asaba.

He said that Ebie, who had been at the isolation centre for 21 days, was discharged on Sunday after testing negative to the virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SSG, among other persons tested positive for the virus on June 20; and, consequently, was admitted into one of the isolation centres in Asaba.

Ifeajika said that Ebie’s discharge brought the number of discharged cases in the state to 583.

The governor’s spokesman noted that as at Sunday, Delta had recorded 1,359 confirmed cases of the pandemic, with 745 of them active, while 31 deaths had been recorded.

The CPS stated that Ebie thanked Deltans and other Nigerians who had prayed for him and had continued to pray for other patients of the virus, including the members of the First Family of the state.

Ifeajika said that the state government was committed to combating the pandemic and urged the citizens to eschew prejudices and indiscipline.

According to the spokesman, prejudices and indiscipline are militating against compliance with the COVID-19 protocols in the state.

He pointed out that adherence to the directive on the protocols would greatly minimise the spread of the virus in the state.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Peter Dada (NAN)

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 `NDDC yet to pay contractors that handled road projects I facilitated’-Orji Kalu

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Senate Chief Whip, Dr Orji Kalu, said on Monday that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had not paid contractors that handled  roads he facilitated in Abia.


 

Kalu stated this in a statement issued by Mr Emeka Nwala of Office of the Senate Chief Whip and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria

The former governor of Abia was reacting to claims by Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio that 60 per cent contracts awarded by the commission were handled by members of the National Assembly.

 

Akpabio mentioned ex governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, James Ibori, Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume, Sen. Orji Kalu and others as beneficiaries of  several contracts awarded by the NDDC.

 

According to Kalu, the issue at stake in the NDDC has to do with missing funds and not works done, so the NDDC forensic audit should focus on the missing funds and not works done.

 

“The road projects mentioned by the minister are the interventions I facilitated for the communities as a private citizen before I became a senator,’’ he said.

 

Kalu argued that his name was mentioned because he used his letter headed paper to write a sympathetic letter to NDDC in 2016 pleading with the commission to rescue roads in Abia.

 

 

“I was Governor of Abia  between 1999 and 2007 and never held any public office until June 11, 2019 when I was sworn in as a senator.

 

“Between 2016 and 2018 during my tour to several communities, leaders and welfare unions of most communities pleaded for urgent intervention on some dilapidated roads.

 

“I wrote to the NDDC informing the body of the conditions of these roads and the need for their attention since Abia is an NDDC state.

 

“The NDDC in their consideration which I am very grateful to, awarded the roads to companies that duly tendered for the projects and not myself.

 

“Whatever link I have with the projects is because it was considered due to my intervention,” Kalu said.

 

The senate chief whip also noted that the contracts were awarded by fully constituted body of NDDC with its board and not any interim management of the commission.

 

 

He said “the roads I requested for intervention as mentioned by the minister were repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu road, Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru ring road and Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze Ndi Oji Abam-Atan road.

 

“Others are Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende and Ozu-Amuru-Abam roads.

 

“The contractors have completed and delivered these roads long time ago except  Abam-Atani road, which I learnt from the contractors was slowed down due to rain but still ongoing.

 

 

“Meanwhile, the contractors who built these roads have not been paid any dime.

 

“I am much concerned about roads because I understand the economic importance of good roads.

 

“As a community leader, I do not intend to stop my interventions on roads in NDDC states because all the states need good roads.

 

“Good roads help to drive the economy,’’ Kalu said.

 

He, however, urged the commission to focus on paying contractors that delivered their jobs.

 

Edited Obike Ukoh

 

 

 

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Bayelsa Govt. promises safety of students as schools reopen Aug.5

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Bayelsa Government says it is taking steps to ensure that schools are safe to allow final year students to resume and participate in external examinations as directed by the Federal Government.


Messrs Freston Akpor and Walter Liverpool, Permanent Secretaries of Ministries of Information and Education, respectively assured that the government was doing its best to protect students and teachers.

They said that government was already fumigating schools across the state as well as providing hand washing facilities and urged parents and communities to complement the efforts of the government.

Akpor, who is a member of the Bayelsa COVID-19 Task Force, said that Gov. Douye Diri of the state who chairs the Task Force had approved the deployment of health professionals to schools while temporary isolation facilities would be put in place in schools.

“The government of Bayelsa has been working to get our schools ready and safe for our children and that is why we have scheduled a train the trainers programme to acquaint schools with COVID-19 safety protocols.

“The essence is to build capacity of our people and update them with the guidelines from the Federal Government on the reopening of schools that is why we are taking our time and shifted the resumption for final year students to Aug. 5.

“Government is providing face masks, infrared thermometers and access to water for schools without water supply, alternative arrangements are in place and we are poised to check the spread of the coronavirus.

“In view of the questionable and low quality of hand sanitisers, we are emphasising frequent hand washing with soap and water and we appeal to members of the public as well as parents and guardians to complement the efforts government is making.

“Parents should for example provide additional face masks for their wards so that for instance when they wash the ones provided in schools, they can have a spare one,” Akpor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government has scheduled a COVID-19 prevention training programme for private and public schools to ensure safety protocols are complied with when schools resume on Aug 5.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

 

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Sen. Ubah, Obikwelu return as Anambra FA Chairman, Vice through e-voting

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Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah, President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah has been re-elected as Chairman of Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) for a second term, in an election conducted through electronic voting on Sunday.


Jude Obikwelu, a long time vice-chairman of the association was returned unopposed.

The result of the elections was signed by Jude Anayadufu, chairman of the 2020 AnSFA electoral committee and issued to newsmen by Obinna Dike, Head of Media and Publicity, on Monday  in Awka.

Philip Balepo, a veteran journalist was also elected into the board as a first timer.

Other elected members of the board were Joe Amene, Uduh Kingsley, Amuzie Cyprain, Obiefune Collins, Adinnu Okezie and Ada Edward.

Elections were also successfully conducted into 19 Local Football Councils (LFC) while in Orumba South, forms were returned late and bye election would be held on a later date.

“The elections held on August 2, 2020 with Obinna Dike as the Returning Officer for the LFC, while Godwin Madubuko was the Returning Officer for the Board Elections.

“In the LFC elections, there was a tie in the Chairmanship position for Onitsha South with option of a coin toss. A bye election will be conducted for Orumba South LFC which returned forms late. Other 19 LFCs were through”, the statement said.

“The Electoral Committee thanks the candidates, delegates, agents, stakeholders, media and the government for their collaboration in ensuring a smooth electoral process.

“Appreciation also goes to the Nigeria Football Federation and Sports Ministry for their roles in the elections,” it stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Anambra FA elections originally scheduled for July 27 and July 28 were suspended on the orders of the state government that it would violate COVID-19 rules.

The election had reached advanced stage with conclusion of sales and return of forms, screening, appeal and final briefing for all candidates and delegates eligible to participate in the quadrennial election before it was called off by government.

The electoral committee communicated the development to the AnSFA which met and gave it powers to conduct the election through virtual processes.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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China’s manufacturing sector shows strong recovery – Survey

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China’s manufacturing activity expanded in July at the fastest pace in almost a decade, according to a private survey released on Monday, though employment continued to drop in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.


The Caixin/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) came in at 52.8 for July, compared to 51.2 in June.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below shows contraction.

The survey indicates the quickest monthly expansion of manufacturing output and new orders since January 2011.

Meanwhile, new business from overseas fell at the slowest rate in six months.

The index beat analysts’ expectations and comes as China has largely contained the coronavirus crisis and most companies have resumed operations.

Nevertheless, employment dropped for the seventh consecutive month.

While some companies hired more workers to meet production needs, others laid off employees to cut costs, the survey showed.

“To increase employment, manufacturers will need more time and confidence,” said Wang Zhe, senior economist at Caixin Insight Group.

Official manufacturing data released last week also indicated a recovery.

The official manufacturing PMI came in at 51.1 in July compared to 50.9 in June.

China’s economy grew by 3.2 per cent in the second quarter of the year, according to official data, after contracting 6.8 per cent in the first quarter due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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