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COVlD-19: Union sensitises llorin residents



The llorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (lEDPU) on Saturday embarked on sensitisation programme against the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in llorin Emirate of Kwara.

The sensitisation programme, which was led by the National President of the Union, Alhaji Otta Aliyu-Uthman, with some members of the National Executive Council of the union, began at the Palace of the Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari.

The union also took the sensitisation to residents of the four High Chiefs in llorin; namely the Balogus of Alanamu, Ajikobi, Gambari and Fulani as well as Alhaji Abdulkareem Atebise, the Magaji Adaara compound, Agbaji quarters, Ilorin.

The national president of the union presented some packets of sanitisers and other preventive materials in all the places visited during the sensitisation exercise.

Aliyu-Uthman in his remarks at the palace of the Emir of llorin said the union embarked on the sensitisation programme to complement government effort toward further outbreak and spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are here to allow all the world know that the lEDPU supports all measures taken by the Federal and Kwara Governments against further outbreak and spread of the disease,”  he said.

He said Kwara has zero record for the outbreak of deadly virus and advised residents of the state to continue to respect all government directives on prevention and maintain proper hygiene to guard against outbreak of the disease.

A member of the national executive council of the union and a Professor of Medicine with the University of llorin, Prof. Aliyu Ajibola-Akanbi2, said Coronavirus was real and advised the people to keep off from crowded areas.

Ajibola-Akanbi2 urged Nigerians to avoid taking cold water and obey the stay at home order of the government to enable the country get rid of the disease within the shortest time.

The Emir of Illorin, represented by Alhaji Shuaib Aremu, Magaji Are of llorin, who is also a a High Chief in llorin, commended the union for embarking on the programme.

He prayed God for total elimination of Coronavirus in all parts of the country and world at large.

The national president of the union later presented some packets of sanitisers and other preventive materials to the representative of the first class traditional ruler.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola


COVlD-19: Analyst urges FG to diversify economy



Mr John Fashikun, a public affairs analyst, has urged the Federal Government to learn from the COVID-19 outbreak by diversifing the nation’s economy to promote more development.

Fashikun gave the advice while speaking with newsmen on Friday in llorin.

According to him, over-dependence on oil has remained the bane of development in the country, especially at a time of pandemic.

Fashikun said the economy would record more remarkable progress through proper planning and diversification.

“If the country had  planned for the rainy day, things would have been better for Nigerians during this pandemic affecting the whole world,” he said.

He urged the well to do in the society to be their brothers’ keeper by assisting the less privileged in the society.

The analyst added  that no government, no matter how benevolent, ccould solve all the problems of its citizens.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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COVlD-19: lmam admonishes Muslims to use Ramadan for special prayers



Alhaji Abdullahi AbdulHameed, the Chief lmam of llorin, has urged Muslims to use the last 10 days of Ramadan fast to offer special prayers for elimination of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the world.

The cleric gave the task in llorin on Tuesday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

According to him, the outbreak of coronavirus should not be attributed to any country in the continent but to God, the Omni-presence, who will listen and accept our prayers for its total elimination.

He described the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan as a period when God normally accept prayers, since it involves night of Majesty.

The lmale of llorin also described as sad the situation the country found itself as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, which he said had disrupted religious, social and economic lives of the people.

“The last 10 days of Ramadan is for acceptance of prayers, Muslims must utilise the opportunities in the month to chase away the coronavirus pandemic in our midst.

“Each family should organise prayers in their houses within the remaining days of Ramadan fast to wipe out the coronavirus pandemic,’’ AbdulHameed urged.

The lmam noted that the lockdown was telling on the well-being of several Nigerians due to their inability to engage in robust socio-economic activities.

He advised Nigerians to continue to respect all government directives and experts advice towards curbing further spread of the scourge in the country.


Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVlD-19: Kwara inaugurates technical c’ttees in LGs



As part of efforts to combat further spread of the COVID-19 in Kwara, the state government on Wednesday inaugurated technical committees in local governments.

The committees, which had health professionals and technocrats as members, were inaugurated for all the 16 local government areas of the state.

Inaugurating the committee, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi, reiterated the importance of setting up the committees at the local government level.

She said the inauguration of the committees at the grassroots was in line with the vision of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to pioneer creative ideas and innovation by prioritising the welfare of the citizens of the state.

The move, she added, would bring awareness and coordination to local communities.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razak, on his part, described the inauguration as ” historic.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that each committee will work within the local government area and submit reports to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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COVlD-19: Edo Govt. records 29 confirmed cases, 3 deaths – Commissioner



Edo Government says the state has recorded 29 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) with three deaths.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Benin on Tuesday.

According to him, since the first outbreak of Coronavirus in the state, a total of 254 suspected cases has been tested as at yesterday,  the 27th of April.

“And in all of these, we have a total of 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19,  194 of these suspected cases has been confirmed negative.

“We have a case fatality rate of 10.3 per cent of the 29 confirmed cases we have with three deaths.

“So far, we have discharged eight persons. The total active cases that are currently under treatment in Edo is 18 and these are distributed as follows.

“We have nine of these cases in Stella Obasanjo hospital,  three in University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

“While three are also receiving treatment in Irrua Specialist Teaching hospital, all our active cases are stable and they are responding to treatment.

“We want to also let you know that about 31 samples has been sent and results are still pending.

On his part, the state Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, who doubles as the Chairman of  the Coronavirus Response Committee, said that Gov. Godwin Obaseki was consulting with medical experts and other stakeholders in the state to reach a decision on new orders regarding the curfew.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)


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COVlD-19: Forum urges Kwara Govt to make face masks wearing mandatory



The Kwara Nurses Elders Forum has called on the state government to make the wearing of face masks mandatory for residents to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

The Chairman of the forum, Prince Suleiman Ayo-Fagbemi, made the call on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on preventive measures to curb further spread of Covid-19

Ayo-Fagbrmi, a retired Permanent Secretary in the state, said that compulsory use of the masks was one of the preventive mechanism to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, any type of fabric can be used for the production of the face masks provided it can prevent passage of micro organism through the nose.

He urged the Kwara state government to urgently make masks available and affordable for all residents of the state.

“The state government should be proactive towards the production of the face masks, make it available and affordable with minimal cost of N50 or N30,” he said.

Data from the NCDC shows that 11 cases of novel coronavirus has so far been recorded in the state.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVlD-19: Academic tasks Kwara Govt on preventive measures



Alhaji Mahmud AbdulRaheem, a senior lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication, University of llorin, has urged Kwara Government to be more proactive on its effort to further curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

AbdulRaheem, a veteran journalist and former General Manager of  Kwara broadcasting corporation (Radio Kwara) and Kwara Television Authority (KWTV), llorin, made the call on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nogeria in Ilorin.

Reacting to the month-long COVID-19 lockdown in the state, the academic noted that no meaningful development had taken place on combatting the scourge in view of the number of cases recorded in the state.

The former media executive who lauded the state government efforts at combatting the disease, however called for more pragmatic approach through practical and rigorous sensitisation of residents.

AbdulRaheem advised the state government to adopt the use of public address vans to patrol all the 193 wards in the 16 local government areas of the state with enlightenment audio-visual messages, fliers and posters in various native languages on coronavirus.

“Residents of the state should see the state government be more proactive by reinvigorating the sensitisation programme to allow the lockdown has desired effect.

“The lockdown alone in the state cannot solve the problem on ground, we cannot get something out of nothing,” he added.

Besides, the veteran journalist urged the state government to engage the services of more adhoc staff, traditional rulers, opinion and community leaders to wipe out COVID-19 from the state.

The lectirer also advised the state government to set up a factory for the production of nose masts and hand gloves to make them accessible and affordable to the people

AbdulRaheem frowned at what he described as lackadaisical attitude of some residents who defy government directive on how to curb further spread of the disease.

The state has so far recorded nine cases of coronavirus with one death.


Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVlD-19: Forum urges Kwara Govt to provide protective kits for nurses



The Kwara Nurses Elders Forum has called on the state government to provide protective kits for nurses taking care of Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients to guard them against infection.

The Chairman of the forum, Prince Suleiman Ayo-Fagbemi made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ilorin while reacting to the discovery of four cases of coronavirus in Kwara,

Ayo-Fagbemi, who is a retired Permanent Sectary in the state, said urgent provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) had become imperative to further curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

According to the forum Chairman, nurses are the closest personnel to patients who are expected to carry out all medical doctors prescriptions on patients.

“Nurses are crucial in the health sector since they are with patients for 24 hours; provision of PPE or protective kits like hand glove, coat, nose covers and others are essential,” he said.

He described allegations of proposed protest by nurses in the state as unfounded, rumour, false and calculated attempt to tarnish the image of nurses in the state.

Ayo- Fagbemi commended the efforts of the state government in improving the health sector to further curb the spread of the disease in the state.


Edited By: Janefrances Oraka/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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COVlD-19: Emir of Ilorin tasks traditional rulers on sensitisation



The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has called on members of the council to further sensitise their subjects on how to complement government effort to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The first  class traditional ruler gave the task in a statement he signed in Ilorin on Sunday.

According to him, continuous sensitisation of residents is necessary because of the rate at which the disease spread in some parts of the country.

The monarch said this was necessary in the interest of public health and safety of Nigerians regardless of religion, ethnic or social background.

The statement noted that the shutdow, would obviously cause a lot of discomfort particularly to the poor and vulnerable group in the society,

The monarch however commended the government and other philanthropists who are already taking steps to reduce hardship and support those affected or likely to be affected.

He urged all traditional rulers of all classes and grades in the state to work hard and support government efforts to protect citizens in this trying time.

Sulu-Gàmbàri also advised residents of the state to abide by all government orders in order to minimise the effect of the ongoing pandemic.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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COVlD-19: Kwara Govt begins distribution of palliatives



The Kwara Government on Sunday began the distribution of various food items to vulnerable residents in all the 193 wards in the state to cushion the effect of lockdown policy to curb the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the distribution of various food items had been concluded in all the 17 wards of ASA Local Government Area of the state.

Each of the beneficiaries got food items like five kilogrammes of Semovita, 10 kilogrammes of rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti, sugar and other assorted edibles.

Alhaji Bola Olojoku, the President of the Mekunnu Forum Agenda in Kwara and member of the State Committee in charge of distribution of palliatives, told NAN that cash is not among items being distributed now.

According to Olojoku, the target beneficiaries of the palliatives are widows, aged, physically challenged and artisans, among others.

He assured that the items were enough to go round the target beneficiaries in all the 195 wards of the state.

“The committee had completed the distribution in all the 17 wards of the ASA local government area and will move to the llorin West Local Government Area for the continuation of its assignment,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Imams who lead the five daily obligatory prayers in llorin, the Pastors of churches and various community leaders have begun the compilation of names of their followers expected to benefit from the palliatives.

The list of the proposed beneficiaries from lmams and Pastors were submitted to the ALANGUA (High Chiefs) for presentation to the state committee in charge of the distribution of palliatives.

The lmam of Onilu Mosque at Okoerin road, Ilorin, Uztaz Yusuf Ismael, told NAN that he had already submitted the list of his followers to Alagua Okoerin.

Mallam Amosa Uthman, a Youth Leader in Okoerin ward of llorin West Local Government Area who spoke in similar vein, also said all names of eligible youths had been compiled.


Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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