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Gov. Masari tasks women on good home training to promote decent society



The Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari has urged women in the state especially mothers to ensure proper home training for their children and wards to ensure a productive and crime-free society.

Masari made the call on Friday in Katsina at the opening of the 34th  Annual National Conference of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN).

Represented by Alhaji Musa Rabiu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment and Training, the governor urged FOMWAN to evolve ways of making women to shun drug abuse so as to serve as role models in the society.

He said that the family was the beginning of societal decency and development, saying, “ good home training will assist in reducing crime”

Masari stated that children with good home training and discipline grew up to be reasonable and responsible adults.

“Those children that come from home with good training usually shun committing social vices in the society.

“I advise you to use your Islamic and Western Education to introduce new methods of home training in order to reduce crimes in our state and the country at large,” he

The governor stated that the input of mothers was highly needed in instilling discipline in children, especially with the rise in crime such as kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry.

Earlier, Hajiya Halimah Jibril, National President, FOMWAN, urged Nigerians to support activities that were capable of protecting the natural environment.

She said that anti-natural environment activities such as felling of trees were dangerous and capable of causing environmental degradation.

“Some trees have medicinal content and values, they also have their economic importance, these were given to humans by God.

“Anybody who cuts down one tree should plant at least five or ten in order to save the society from environmental hazard,” She said.

reports that the theme for this year’s event is “Environmental Management: Implications For National Development”


Edited by Azubuike Okeh/Tukur Muntari.


‘We were scared upon inauguration in office’, says Lagos Deputy Governor



The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Tuesday revealed how Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and himself were scared of the huge challenges and high expectations from the residents on assumption of office.

Hamzat made the remark during an online interactive session marking the one-year anniversary of Gov. Sanwo-Olu-led administration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the session, tagged ‘Covinspiration’, was moderated by Mr Dayo Israel, the Special Representative to the United Nations, and British Council Global Change-maker.

Hamzat explained that upon the inauguration of the administration, the governor and his team were intimidated by the challenges of people’s expectations from them.

Truthfully, I was scared.

“So, the emotion was not necessarily that of happiness, but I was scared as the expectations were high regarding what we need to do to make sure that we do not disappoint.

“I knew that we had been tutored very well; we have been in government and understand the geography and policies of the government.

“We knew who to call within the civil service to various challenges, but also knew that we are living in a difficult time when leadership is faced with trust deficit. What do we need to do to reduce the trust deficit?

“We knew the extent of the work, but how quickly can we solve some of these problems for our people?

“So, it is a serious job, but we were praying, working and planning every day to make sure that we resolve some of these issues so that the people could see themselves that this is a government that actually has a plan,” he said.

Hamzat said that the state’s challenges were giving Gov. Sanwo-Olu and himself “sleepless nights every time,” adding that the challenges “could be daunting”.

He revealed that the administration often called for advice, where necessary, from ex-governors like Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, amongst others.

“We don’t shy away from that. We call for advice; ask people even the private sector, on what to do on various challenges and how to prioritise.

“We don’t act like people who think they have a monopoly of wisdom, but we call on people to make sure that we have better understanding before we come out with any policy,” he said.

On the achievements of the government in one year, the deputy governor said that the government had left a footprint in transport, education, health, housing, energy sectors, among others.

According to him, the government has provided employment for a good number of youths and working hard to enhance the capacity of the private sector to provide employment through Small and Medium Enterprises.

On education, Hamzat said that the government had employed technology and trainings to improve teaching and learning process, aside the employment of more teachers into schools.

Edited Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi

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Ikpeazu’s aides test positive for COVID-19, — Gov. says



Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia said on Tuesday that two of his aides have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ikpeazu said this in a statement signed by him and made available to News Agency of Nigeria , in Umuahia.

“Leading this battle from the front as your Governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 tests on Saturday, 30th May 2020 and the results came out negative today.

“Unfortunately, results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to COVID-19 tests, were positive while others turned in negative results,” he said.

Ikpeazu said that those that tested positive were admitted to the state’s isolation facility and he was confident that they would be successfully nursed back to good health

Ikpeazu said that the government had plans to start massive testing exercise of the people to stop further spread of Coronavirus in Abia.

He said that “the new phase of the fight against COVID-19 in Abia will require the state to embark on massive test of citizens to achieve at least 10 per cent coverage of the population at the initial stage of the exercise.

“The state epidemiologist has been directed to work out modalities for case searches using sample population size of between 30 persons to 250 persons, in some densely populated local government areas of the state.”

He urged residents to desist from stigmatising the families of COVID-19 patients and persons that had recovered from the disease.

He added that collective responsibility was the best weapon against COVID-19 spread.

According to him, if any person contracts COVID-19, it will be saddening but it is neither criminal nor is it necessarily the person’s fault.

“Let me put it on record that statistics show that far more people recover from the virus than those who pass away from it,” he said.

He directed the transition committee Chairmen of the 17 local government councils in Abia, with their deputies, to present themselves for COVID-19 test and isolate themselves pending the release of their test results.

Ikpeazu urged the people of Abia to eschew rumour mongering and get involved in the battle against the disease by supporting the state government’s efforts against COVID-19.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Gov. Ugwuanyi directs rehabilitation of Enugu Ezike General Hospital



Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Tuesday directed the state’s Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to commence massive rehabilitation of the 62-year-old Enugu Ezike General Hospital.

Ugwuanyi gave the directive when he paid an unscheduled visit to Enugu Ezike General Hospital in Ogrute, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state, to assess the state of the hospital, built in 1958.

The governor, who was led round the hospital by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Cyril Nnadi and the Chairman of Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, Mr Ejike Itodo, expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the facilities on ground.

He, therefore, directed the ministry to commence the evaluation of the facility with a view to rehabilitating it to serve the public better.

During the inspection, the chief medical officer informed the governor that the hospital had no electricity supply since 2008 because of huge bills, among other challenges.

Ugwuanyi consequently directed the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to restore power supply to the hospital.

The governor further made funds available to the hospital’s management to enable it commence clearing of the premises and other immediate interventions.

Reacting on behalf of the management of the hospital, Nnadi thanked the governor for the provision of funds for the hospital premises to be cleared immediately and his directive to reconnect the hospital to electricity supply.

“We also appreciate the governor for his promise to carry out major upgrade of the hospital to serve the people better,’’ he said.

The governor was accompanied on the surprise visit by the state’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Greg Nnaji and Deputy Chief of Staff, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, among others.

The rehabilitation of the hospital was in keeping with the Ugwuanyi-led administration’s renewed vigour toward upgrade of health facilities in Enugu State.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)



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Markets, places of worship remain shut – Kaduna govt.



The Kaduna State government says it has not reopened markets or places of worship.
Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser to the Govenor on Media and Communication, stated this known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kaduna.
said that government has started engaging some business and religious leaders on how to ensure safe re-opening of markets and places of worship, saying that this had not been concluded.
“Until these consultations result in a formal announcement authorising businesses, markets and places of worship to reopen, it will be a violation of subsisting quarantine orders to reopen any unauthorised facility or to conduct congregational worship of any sort,” he said.
Adekeye said that the decision to close places of worship in the state was taken and enforced in March by government, as part of the proclamation of the quarantine orders in the state.
Kaduna State is not one of the two states and the Federal Capital Territory where the Federal Government imposed lockdown.
“The steps taken to ease such federally-imposed lockdowns in the concerned places should not be construed as the Federal Government relaxing in all states, conditions that it did not impose in the first place.
Kaduna State has its own well-articulated roadmap for reopening and this was published last week as a public document for the views and inputs of the citizens of the state.
“That is why when it extended the quarantine orders by two weeks on May 26, it also announced steps to ease some of the restrictions.
“These included increasing lockdown-free days to three and allowing approved businesses and facilities to open on those three days,” he said.
According to him, the quarantine extension, announced by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe on May 26, had made clear that schools, places of worship and markets would remain closed under the adjusted orders.
He said that relevant government officials and agencies would be engaging stakeholders, as might be identified from time to time, to discuss the conditions and circumstances for a safe reopening of these sectors.
“Government also maintains the prohibition of interstate and intercity travels.
“Government officials and mobile courts will continue to enforce this ban to prevent people from spreading the virus through non-essential movements.
“In addition, the nighttime curfew that has been enforced across the state still remains, from 6 pm to 6 am,” the governor’s spokesperson said.
He further reminded the residents that the partial easing of restrictions was being undertaken to ensure that COVID-19 prevention efforts could continue side-by-side with the pursuit of livelihoods.
“It has been a most difficult period for the citizens, with many inconveniences amid the danger of COVID-19, but they are aware that the state has not experienced hundreds of unexplained deaths.
COVID-19 infections continue to rise due partly to intensive testing, tracing and treatment by our health personnel and largely to the failure of some persons to comply fully with the imposed quarantine restrictions.
“All the sacrifices made by residents of the state demand that the easing of the lockdown be done safely and responsibly.
“Public safety and the protection of human lives remain the sole motivation for the government’s COVID-19 response,” he said.
Adekeye, therefore, appealed to the residents to be patient and collaborate with government to implement a careful, safe and responsible re-opening of the state.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Protest: Ebonyi govt. says military in to secure protesters at federal college of agriculture Ishiagu



The Ebonyi government on Tuesday defended the presence of the Nigerian Army and Police at the Federal College of Agriculture Ishiagu (FECAI) as its worker’s protest entered second day.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the insttution’s unions on Monday staged a peaceful protest at the institution’s premises and shut its gates over allegations of financial impropriety against some staff members.

NAN further recalls that the unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Union (JAC) locked the institution’s entrance gates, its administrative office, the provost’s lodge among others.

Dr Kelechi Igwe, Ebonyi Deputy Governor, while addressing the union members on Tuesday, said  the army and police’s presence was to check the movement and activities of hoodlums.

Igwe said that there were possibilities of the protesters being attacked as some people would flare with ‘external’ spirits possessing them and misbehave.

“You may  think that you are in control of the situation.

“But when the “war”songs assume high tempo some people who have other spirits leading them from their homes will start behaving uncontrollably.

“It will at the point become the sin of one on the leader; that you did not ask him to do it but you are leading the protest and will be held responsible,” he said.

The deputy governor assured that the security agencies would not molest or violate the rights of the protesters but would  ensure their safety.

“You should allow them to stay as the most civil thing protesters do all over the world is not to confront security operatives.

“No security man will attack you as long you conduct yourselves within the limits of the protest and we are happy that you have not killed, stoned or destroyed property,” he said.

He, however, warned that the government would not condone their presence constituting a threat on the road which passed from the institution unto Ishiagu community as it might heighten the tension.

“When people see you chanting war songs they will feel that an uncontrollable crisis will occur although you may feel that it is an innocent protest.

“You should make a report to the state government.

“Although we don’t have administrative jurisdiction over you as a federal institution, we will liaise with the relevant authorities to solve the problems,” he said.

Mr Bamidele Adekunle, Chairman of the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), and leader of the protesters, decried the presence of the army and police over ‘an innocent’ protest.

“We are simply protesting that the administration of the institution’s Provost, Dr Wilfred Nwangwu, has been hijacked by three ‘cronies’ who take management decisions and generally run the institution.

“These people have been embezzling huge funds of the institution.

“Most prominent was the N13 million released by the Federal Government (FG) for sustainable agricultural programme to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown.

“The provost  failed to handle the situation and we have duly petitioned the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria over this.

“The three staff members in the junior cadre have allotted official vehicles to themselves and eroded the legacies of the immediate past Provost, Prof. Justina Mgbada,” he alleged.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Lagos govt trains 2,200 vulnerable females 



The Lagos State Government said it had trained 2,200 vulnerable women and young females to be financially independent and self-reliant in past one year.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Cecilia Dada, made this known on Tuesday during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Dada said that the series of programmes were to improve status of women and make them economically independent.

Short-term Vocational Skills Acquisition Training Programmes were organised to tackle unemployment situation of women and young female adults and widows, indigent/vulnerable women.

”The programmes were to tackle unemployment situation of women living with health challenges and disabilities.

“Others were civil servants exiting from active service and women drawn from faith-based organisations and other categories of women in the Lagos State.

”This was done with the assurance that the skills acquired to create income-generating ventures for beneficiaries,” Dada said.

The commissioner said that the training programmes, which spanned for four weeks, included areas as hair braiding/weaving, tie and die, event decoration, cakes and snacks production, soap and pomade making.

She said that at the end of each training programme, which held in Victoria Island, Ebute Metta, Ojo, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Badagry, participants received start-off packs to help kick-start their businesses.

Dada said that in a bid to sustain the general wellbeing of the female gender in the state, the ministry organised medical screening for 500 women and young adults.

According to her, the medical screening are on cervical screening, breast screening, sugar level examination, eye tests and provision of eye glasses, where necessary.

She said that the screening was carried out to ascertain their health status and checkmate bigger challenges that might arise in the future.

The commissioner also said that in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry produced and distributed 450,000 facemasks and 30,000 hand sanitisers to residents of the state.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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Security: Gov. Oyetola inaugurates community policing advisory committee in Osun



Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun, on Tuesday, inaugurated the state Community Policing Advisory Committee to strengthen security in the state.
Oyetola, during the inauguration in Osogbo, said that the initiative by the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, on community policing was “a creative and proactive solution to the pervasive security challenges in the nation.”
He said that the initiative was to ensure people’s participation in security matters at the community level, in order to achieve effective and efficient security and safety architecture.
“The committee has different structures, including state Community Policing Committee, Area Command Policing Advisory Committee, Local Government Advisory Committee and Divisional Community Policing Committee.
these are to ensure that effective policing is achieved at every stratum of the community.
“I, therefore, appeal to the leaderships of the various outfits not only to carry out their duties with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity but to also, continue to show leadership and engage in dialogue where there are grey areas, in the public interest,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr David Folawiyo, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, applauded the governor for taking security matter to the front burner since the inception of his administration.
While describing the launch of community policing in the state as a welcome development, Folawiyo said that the initiative had become necessary, particularly at a time the nation was battling with pocket of security challenges.
Also speaking, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye, said that the establishment of community policing would go a long way to bridge the gap and fill the vacuum in the security sector of the state.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was also present at the inauguration, extolled the state government for being alive to its constitutional responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property of the citizenry.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Gov. Uzodimma inaugurates investigative panel on collapsed 8 story building in Owerri 



Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo on Tuesday, inaugurated a panel of inquiry into the recent collapsed eight story building in the  state to determine major cause of the incident.

Uzodinma inaugurated the panel at the executive chamber, Government House on Tuesday in  Owerri.

He said during the ceremony that the panel should among other things, determine if the contractors of the building followed due process before the collapse.

Uzodimma also urged the panel to recommend appropriate sanction against owners of building that fell short of standard.

He also urged it to recommend possible ways of avoiding future incidence of building collapse in the state.

The Chairman of the panel, Mr Jude Obidiegwu thanked the governor for finding them worthy of the assignment and  promised that the committee will not disappoint the government on the assignment.

An eight story building under construction located at Yaradua Drive in Owerri collapsed in May.

The incident claimed four lives, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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COVID-19: WHO advises govts to ease lockdowns in systematic step-by-step approach



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised governments in Africa to ease lockdowns in a systematic step-by-step approach as detailed in the guidelines issued to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The UN’s health agency said this in a weekly bulletin on outbreaks and other emergencies released on Tuesday and posted on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO.

The Weekly Bulletin for Week 22 from May 25 to May 31, 2020 focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region.

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 114 events in the region.

The edition covers COVID-19 in the WHO African Region, Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cholera in Ethiopia.

According to the bulletin, COVID-19 outbreak continues in Africa, with the total number of confirmed cases surpassing 100, 000.

“The overall trends continue to rise although with variation among countries.

“Many countries have started easing confinement measures imposed earlier but they are advised to follow the guidelines issued on that,” it said.

The agency also advised countries to continue with containment and mitigation measures.

“African governments need to continue with the containment and mitigation measures that many have implemented, in order to slow the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Active case finding, population screening, testing and contact follow-up are particularly important.

“Governments need to commit local resources, supplemented by the donor communities to this response.

“In addition, humanitarian corridors need to be opened up for the movement of essential supplies and personnel in the many countries whose borders have closed as part of their COVID-19 response,” WHO said.

In addition, the agency said the resurgence of Ebola in Beni, DRC, since the April 10, 2020 highlighted the importance of constant and heightened vigilance.

“It heightened the importance of vigilance for this disease in the face of significant challenges affecting the response and the need to respond to other health emergencies, including COVID-19.

Although, the 42-day countdown to end of outbreak declaration has re-started,” the agency stated.

According to WHO, there has been no new reported confirmed case of Ebola in DRC during week 22 (week ending 31 May 2020).

This is the 34th successive day with zero reported confirmed EVD cases since the resurgence of the outbreak on 10 April, 2020.

As of 31 May, 2019, a total of 3, 463 EVD cases, including 3, 317 confirmed and 146 probable cases have been reported.

“To date, confirmed cases have been reported from 29 health zones and as of 31 May, 2020, a total of 2, 280 deaths were recorded,” it said.

The agency, however, said local and national authorities in DRC needed to continue to reinforce surveillance and response measures in the areas affected by the EVD outbreak in order to prevent a major resurgence of cases.

“Increased community engagement is necessary at this point, as survivors experience increasing stigmatisation and rumours abound,” it said.

Meanwhile, WHO said the ongoing cholera outbreak in three regions of Ethiopia had continued poised many challenges, in spite of the declining trend.

“There is poor sanitation, hygiene and housing in at least one of the affected areas, along with lack of oral cholera vaccine and water treatment chemicals, as well as a recurrence in a previously controlled area.

“The ongoing cholera outbreak in three regions of Ethiopia needs urgent attention from local and national authorities and partners, to capitalise on the declining trend and prevent any recurrence or geographical spread,’’ it stated.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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