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Enugu records 13 new COVID-19 cases, total now 431

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Enugu records 13 new COVID-19 cases, total now 431


Enugu State on Thursday recorded 13 new case of COVID-19 which brings the total cases to 431, with 256 patients discharged.

In a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Emmanuel Obi, the state recorded 12 deaths and 163 active cases on treatment table.

Obi called on the citizens to stay at home when not absolutely necessary to go out.

“COVID-19 is real, wear a face mask whenever you must go out  and

keep a safe distance from other people at all times, which is social and physical distancing and avoid crowded places.

“Practice good respiratory hygiene when coughing or sneezing, and clean surfaces around you regularly with bleach and clean water.

“Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds under running water as often as possible.

“Where facilities for hand washing are unavailable, sanitise your hands as often as possible with an alcohol based hand sanitiser,” Obi said.

He added that following these protocols would help to protect individuals from the virus.

The commissioner advised those who noticed symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, high temperature, and difficulty in breathing to call 08182555550 or 09022333833 or the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on 080097000010 for prompt help.

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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10,000 professionals to participate in 2020 ICPSP COVID-19 virtual conference – Registrar

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Acting Registrar, Institute of Corporate and Public Sector Professionals (ICPSP) Mrs Omolara Adelakun says 10,000 participants are expected to feature at the institute’s 2020 COVID-19 virtual conference.


In a statement issued on Monday, Adelakun said that the virtual conference holds on Aug. 8.

She said that the participants would include experts and professional in the corporate and public sectors.

According to her, the conference is aimed at addressing the current state of the nation and her citizens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

She explained that the conference would also add value to the economy and discuss the role of the third-party of the sector during and after the pandemic.

Adelakun said that key topics around professionalism, education and health matters, economic recovery, small and medium scale entrepreneur (SME) and information technology would also be discussed.

“Expected outcomes from the conference include opportunities amidst COVID-19 and how to manage the risks and opportunities during a challenging moment.

“Also, how ICPSP as an institute and its members can lead a change agenda in other to foster economic recovery, poverty eradication and nation-building,’’ she said.

Prof. Babatunde Yusuf, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University and Keynote Speaker for the conference, was quoted in the statement as lauding the institute for its initiative to steer such discussion amongst professionals at this period.

“I am highly honoured to be selected among people of high repute to give a keynote address during the conference and suggest to the society, the methodology and measures to be taken during and after the pandemic,’’ he was quoted as saying.

Mr Olanrewaju Sharafa, the lead paper presenter said it would be a great privilege for him to speak on the topic: “Extreme Poverty: A symptom of COVID-19 in Africa during the conference”.

Mr Moshood Taiwo Chairman, ICPSP 2020 Conference, expressed optimism that the conference would be one of the best so far and would add value to the economy and the profession.

Comrade Agnes Sessi, Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State Council, expressed hope that the conference would be of tremendous help for professionals to gain more knowledge in diverse ways.

“It is a great honour and privilege for me to be nominated as one of the guest speakers at the conference to speak on ‘health matters’, during and after the pandemic,’’ she said.

Mr Raheed Lateef, ICPSP, Chief Examiner, said it would be a great achievement for the institute to bring together experts during a global crisis to proffer solutions in handling various challenges during and after the pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ICPSP is a non-profit membership and research organisation, dedicated to supporting professionals whose daily effort impacted on people’s life.

The theme of the 2020 conference is “Lessons From COVID-19: Sharing Ideas with Experts”.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Unilorin Law student wins International Bar Association contest

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A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Miss Famuyiwa Olushola, has won the maiden edition of the International Bar Association (IBA) Vlogging Competition.


According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, Olushola award letter, written by Anna Toth, the Divisions Administrative Assistant at IBA headquarters in London, United Kingdom, informed her of being selected as the winner of the IBA Vlogging Competition in the law student category.

The publication said that the;  “IBA introduced the first ever vlogging competition for young lawyers and law students, looking for their input, thoughts and opinions on COVID-19 and the law.

“It received many impressive videos from all over the world which were all assessed based on topic, quality and professionalism”.

The award letter, dated July 28, 2020, outlined the details of the award to include two years’ free student membership with the IBA, waived registration for either the Law Student Conference or a Young Lawyer Training Day, taking place in 2021.

Others include round trip economy airfare to attend the selected event and accommodation at conference hotel for the selected event.

In her reaction, Famuyiwa, expressed happiness over the award, describing it as a great impetus for her to work harder towards making a great career in the legal profession after her graduation and call to Bar.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Virologist urges scientific proof for discoveries

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Dr Solomon Chollom, a Virologist and medical laboratory scientist, on Monday urged scientists to always embrace appropriate scientific communication as key to eliminating the various controversies, especially around the COVID-19 pandemic.


Chollom in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Jos called on scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic.

He said that the current spate of controversies and conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus were either manufactured or circulated by people who were not core medical scientists.

He decried the way some medical scientists neglected the proper culture of scientific communication and adopted other means of forcing their claims on the public.

“Scientist should endeavour to present clear scientific data to appropriate approving authorities to verify their claims and to pass an objective verdict.

“Appropriate scientific communication is done through scientific publications, which may either be full length research papers, case reports or even short communication.

“Evidences or claims should be presented in a documented manner through scientifically approved journals or editorials, and the scientific community must read and perform systematic reviews or meta-analysis of the data generated,” he said.

The scientist noted that unfortunately there was an upsurge in verbal, emotional, confrontational and near political crusades by some medical scientists who had either resorted to the use of social media platforms or some conventional media.

This act, he said, fell short of their expectations as scientists and weakened the scientific engagement on peer review platforms.

“I urge scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic as it would eliminate unnecessary controversies.

“Efforts should also be geared toward generating information and inventions that the world so long for to tackle the pandemic.”

The virologist noted that controversies were part of the evolution of new knowledge or paradigm shift in science.

He, however, added that new knowledge must be communicated rightly with modesty, clear and verifiable evidence to back up claims.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Monarch urges strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols

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Oba Mufutau Oyekanmi, the traditional ruler of Asipa (the Alasipa of Asipa)  Ilufemilloye Fashina V111, near Ipetumodu in Osun State, has urged Nigerians to support the government on strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols to curtail the spread of Coronavirus across the country.


He made the call on Monday at Asipa in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun when he met with some journalists in his palace.

The monarch commended the efforts of the local, state and Federal Government on measures put in place to ensure safety of lives of the citizenry in tackling

the pandemic.

Oyekanmi said “recently, government took bold steps at the right time to curtail the spread of Coronavirus by not allowing congregational prayers.

“Some people were not happy with the ban of the Muslim Eid festival prayer by the Osun State Government but it is simply because of us so we

can celebrate many more of Eid el-Kabir.

“We thank God by sparing our lives to witness this because it’s the living that celebrates.”

Sikiru Ayedun, former Osun State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, said

that the government’s action was worthy of emulation as it tried to reduce human contact to curtail COVID-19 infections.

Ayedun said that the order of the state government on no Eid prayer for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir was because of the COVID-19 “and a

test of faith.

“Whatever people are doing today is part of sacrifice, because at this point in time, our faith is being tested.”

The former commissioner assured that at the end of the tunnel, there would be a new dawn, but Nigerians should seek peace,

tranquility and live with one another in brotherliness.

Alhaji Eluyera Oyewole, former Education Secretary, Ife South Local Government, Ifetedo, Osun State, said that “everyone has

now realised that COVID-19 is real and that the pandemic is killing both the rich and the poor.

“Osun State Government did not make mistake in banning congregational prayer for the Eid el-Kabir festival, for this can increase human contact

during celebrations and that can cause more infections.

“Thank God for our government that is 100 per cent proactive, by doing the needful, else, it will have spread the virus.

“Government is doing its best; we urge for support from all by obeying the COVID-19 protocols.”

In the same vein, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, former Permanent Secretary, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), commended

the efforts of the state government for trying to save the lives of the citizenry against COVID-19.

Kolawole said that banning congregational prayer for this year’s festival was a welcome idea, saying this is just for a brief period as it would not last forever.

He asked everybody to co-operate with government on directives given, adding that“COVID-19 is a joint task that government alone cannot fight.

“Very soon, COVID-19 will be eradicated, whereby things will be normalised educationally, economically, socially.”

He urged all and sundry to co-operate with local, state and Federal Government in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus by strictly adhering

to the use of face mask, regular washing of hands with soap and sanitizer, as well as keeping social distance, among others.”

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