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Gov Buni is committed to industrialisation of Yobe — Commissioner

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Yobe State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Barma Shettima, says the Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration is committed to the development of commerce and industry.

The Commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Damaturu that Gov Buni’s commitment was  geared toward improving the  state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Barma said the governor remained  committed to the industrialisation of Yobe and provision of the needed infrastructure for economic growth.

He added that when this administration assumed office, almost all the industries in the state were not functioning.

“Buni, however, swung into action by resuscitating most of the industries such as Yobe Flour and Feeds Mills Limited, Sahel Aluminium Company, the Woven Sacks Company.

“They were not in use for quite long time but now the government gave directives and approval for immediate resuscitation and now the companies are fully operational.

“With all these industries working in full capacity, we can say we have recorded much progress in terms of revenue generation to the state.

According to Barma, Buni’s administration also recorded tremendous achievements in the commerce sector.

He said  the construction of Damaturu modern market was  50 per cent done and in final level of completion.

“Government has also issued a tender for the construction of other modern markets in Potiskum and Gashua Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.

The commissioner said another plan for the construction of rural markets in Buni-Yadi and other local government areas were also underway.

He said the progress recorded within the first year of  Buni’s administration,  particularly in the industry and commerce sector had created more job opportunities for the populace.

“The gesture has equally made some products available in state, like roofing sheets that were scarce,”  Barma added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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French gov’t launches contact-tracing smartphone app “StopCOVID”

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Photo taken on June 3, 2020 shows the contact-tracing smartphone app “StopCOVID” on a mobile phone in Paris, France. French government launched on June 2 “StopCOVID,” a contact-tracing smartphone app that could warn people voluntarily using it if they come into contact with a COVID-19 carrier. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

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Libya’s UN-backed government forces take over Tripoli International Airport

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Forces of Libya’s UN-backed government on Wednesday announced taking over the former International Airport in the south of Tripoli from the rival eastern-based army, as the armed conflict between the two parties continues.

“Our brave forces completely freed the Tripoli International Airport and are now pursuing the fleeing forces of Haftar (commander of eastern-based army) towards Qasr bin Ghashir in the east of the airport,” Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the UN-backed government’s forces, said in a statement.

The spokesman added that the UN-backed government’s forces have launched ten airstrikes on the eastern-based army in the airport.

The UN-backed government’s forces on Wednesday launched an operation to “free Tripoli International Airport.”

For more than a year, the eastern-based army has been trying to take over Tripoli and topple the UN-backed government by leading a military campaign.

The fighting killed and injured hundreds of civilians and displaced more than 150,000 others, despite repeated international calls for cease-fire.

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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.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Tanzanian gov’t to crack down on hiking of sugar price

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Dar Es Salaam, June 3, 2020 Tanzanian Authorities said on Wednesday it will launch a crackdown on sugar traders who have been hiking price.

Japhet Hasunga, the Minister for Agriculture, said the crackdown followed complaints from the public that traders sold the commodity higher than the indicative price set by the government.

“The crackdown will target one shop after another and traders, who are found for hiking price of sugar, will face the full force of the law,’’ said Hasunga.

“If there are traders who think the crackdown is a joke, let them continue selling the commodity at a high price.

“They should not blame anyone when they face the music,’’ added the minister.

On April 24, the government announced indicative price of the commodity, which is 2,600 Tanzanian shillings (about $1.12) a kilogramme, after sugar price had gone up.

The rise in sugar price was allegedly attributed to traders, who had hoarded the commodity in warehouses, to create an artificial shortage.

Hasunga said Tanzania’s sugar demand stood at 470,000 tons a year, while the country’s five sugar processing factories had the capacity of producing 378,000 tons in 2019.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Yemen’s government reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 419 in total

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 419 on Wednesday, as 20 new cases were confirmed.

The Yemeni Health Ministry said in a brief statement that during the past 24 hours, 20 cases of COVID-19 were detected in a number of provinces under the control of internationally-recognized government.

The ministry said that the number of recoveries in the government-controlled areas increased to 17 since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on April 10.

Also, the government announced that the death toll from the deadly respiratory disease climbed to 95 in different areas under its control, including the southern port city of Aden.

The Yemeni government has taken several measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, including imposing a partial overnight curfew in Aden and other major cities under its control.

The government called on donors and relevant international humanitarian organizations to provide support to help contain the pandemic.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.

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Lockdown: Gov. Oyetola orders reopening of worship centre in Osun

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Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Wednesday ordered partial reopening of worship centres in the state for two weeks.

Oyetola, in a meeting held with Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Osogbo, said the decision to reopen worship centers partially was in response to the leaders’ request.

He also said that the reopening was due to Federal Government resolve to lift ban on religious activities.

The governor said the state government had prepared guidelines that must be followed to forestall possible spread of the virus as a result of the reopening of worship centres.

Oyetola said further actions by the government would be determined by the effect of compliance level to the guidelines by churches and mosques during the two-week period.

He also said that only regular church services of not more than one hour and maximum of two services would be allowed.

”Jumat service including khutbah (sermon) and prayers must not exceed 20 minutes.

”Vulnerable individuals such as those from age 65 and above and people with underlying ailments such as tuberculosis and diabetes were to continue worshipping at their respective homes,” Oyetola said.

He also directed that all church and mosque premises be fumigated to ensure that the environment are free of virus and other infectious diseases.

“Worshipers are to keep reasonable space in churches and mosques and no worship centre must be filled to capacity during any service and solat, respectively.

“Attendance at any service or solat must not exceed one-third capacity of the church or mosque.

“There should be provision of washing facilities or sanitisers for worshipers before entering the churches and mosques.

“Also, use of face mask is important, sharing of worship devices such as microphones and other musical gadgets should be discouraged. Water and food distribution during service should not be allowed.

“Worshippers must avoid exchange of banters and social distancing must be strictly observed.

”Windows in churches and mosques should be opened during worship for ventilation.

“Signage and notices should be placed at strategic locations to remind worshippers of best hygiene practices to be observed,” the governor said.

He also mandated churches and mosques to provide thermometers to check temperature of worshippers, adding that whoever has high temperature should not be allowed into the worship centres.

The governor added that vigils and children activities remain suspended, and that worship centres with support of security operatives should set up taskforce to enforce compliance with measures put in place by the government.

He, however, appreciated the leadership of both religions for their cooperation and understanding since the lockdown began in the state.

“We seek your continued cooperation so that we can together save our people from this deadly outbreak,” the governor said.



Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Oyo Govt inaugurates committee on management of dead persons

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Oyo State Government on Wednesday inaugurated a twenty-man committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring proper management of deceased persons in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee was made up of professionals and stakeholders from various sectors and was drawn across geopolitical zones of the state.

The committee inauguration ceremony was held at the conference room, Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The committee is expected to look into issues that could affect the dignity of deceased citizens and to ensure that communities in the state are safe from hazards relating to improper disposition of dead bodies in the society.

In her remarks during the inauguration, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the committee would articulate necessary policies, processes, which were in line with international practices to the management of deceased citizens of the state.

Adeosun stressed that the initiative would embrace appropriate management of the dead and assist in achieving harmony between the bereaved family and the community at large.

She further said that the state Corona law 2018 would become operational while government would pay attention to “public education on death management, contemporary burial methods and all other aspects of management of dead persons.

In this COVID-19 era and beyond, the committee will ensure that utmost dignity and proper respect are accorded to victims of disease outbreaks.

“The families and communities will be treated in a professional approach to avoid any type or kind of stigmatisation,” the SSG said.

Adeosun also said the state government would not deviate from the path of progressive and innovative policies that would address the need of the people of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, while speaking at the event, said that the arrangement would enable the family of the departed souls have access to whatever the deceased left behind through the support of the state government.

Oyo State is the first to officially inaugurate dead management committee in the whole Federation and this is a signal of advancement level of our dear state.

“The dead will have their full honour, value and their relatives will equally have legal access to their inheritances, if everything is properly documented,” Bello said.

The Chairman of the 20-Man Committee, Dr Uwom Eze, said the committee would work together with relevant agencies, ministries and stakeholders to ensure best dead management practices in the state.

Eze is a Consultant, Forensic Pathologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

NAN also reports that the state government equally inaugurated 10 new standard ambulances as part of measures to strengthen health sector and eliminate all form of hindrances that could arise while dealing with emergency cases in the state.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Immortalise my predecessor, Sen. Tinubu urges Lagos govt. 

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Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, has urged Lagos State Government to immortalise her predecessor, Sen. Muniru Muse, who died on Tuesday.

In her tribute to the late senator,
Tinubu urged the state government to honour Sen. Muse by sponsoring the Muniru Muse U12 Boys and U15 Girls grassroots football tournament at the state level.

She noted that his passion for youth development birthed the Muniru Muse U12 Boys and U15 Girls Soccer Competition, a grassroots football tournament for boys and girls in the Lagos Central Senatorial District.

“In his honour, we have continued to sponsor and organize the competition for the last eight years.

“At the last competition, however, Mr Governor indicated a willingness to take on the competition and organize it at State level for wider reach.

This, I think is a good way to honour a great Son of Lagos,” she said

Tinubu, in her condolence message on Wednesday, described Muse as a
“grassroots politician in every sense of the word.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muse, 81, represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the 6th Assembly between 2007 and 2011.

The Senator extended her condolences to his Apapa Constituency, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the government and people of Lagos State.

According to her, Muse demonstrated true leadership, was easily accessible and related well with people.

She said: “Senator Muse was an excellent gentleman, astute administrator, committed Nigerian and devout Muslim.
“We
had a good relationship borne of mutual respect. We were in regular touch and communicated a week ago.

“Until his demise, Senator Muse continued to show uncanny team spirit and interest in the development of Lagos Central,” she said.

Tinubu added that Sen. Muse supported and often attended in person the various initiatives and activities of the Senatorial District.
Tinubu prayed God
to comfort his family at this moment.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us, particularly the people of Apapa Local Government, Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
“I pray that God grants the soul of Sen. Muse eternal rest,” she said


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara Govt gives conditions for worship centres to reopen Friday

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Kwara Government says worship centres may reopen from Friday,  June 5 if religious centres  satisfy certain criteria already agreed with various religious umbrella bodies in the state.

Mr Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, stated this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin on Wednesday.

He,  however, warned that the concession for churches and mosques to reopen does not mean that the state had flattened the curve of transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said  the decision came hours after the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 held a marathon meeting with the leadership of the Muslim and Christian communities, including the Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“We are definitely not out of the woods as cases continue to rise, especially because of violation of travel restrictions

“The meeting centred around whether or not to reopen the worship centres across the state, as suggested by the Federal Government.

” However, in line with the presidential advisory and the positions of our religious umbrella bodies in the state, worship centres may reopen from June 5,  provided they satisfy the following conditions:

“Worship centres shall be organised by the respective head of the congregation in such a way that one attendant is at least one metre away from the next

” Each worship centre shall make provisions for hand washing or hand sanitiser and infrared thermometer

” Wearing of face masks shall be mandatory for all worshippers

“There shall be no hand shaking or hugging among worshippers

” Children remain restricted from worship centres and people above 65 or persons with underlying health conditions are urged to stay away from worship centres

“Muslims should perform ablution from their own houses. Ablution spots are not allowed for now to avoid the spread of the virus.

” Muslim women are to stay away from mosques, as suggested by the leadership of the Muslim community in the state.

“Each worship centre is to dedicate a few minutes before service or prayers to educate attendants about COVID-19 and its dangers,” the deputy governor said.

He said the government’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) shall conduct random visit to worship centres to take samples and do temperature checks.

The deputy governor said that government shall hold affected religious leaders responsible for non compliance with all COVID-19-related safety measures in their worship centres.

He added that all the conditions was agreed to  by the religious umbrella bodies.

He said further that the leadership of religious communities agreed that any worship centre that violated these provisions would be shutdown and its leadership strictly held accountable.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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