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Gov. Matawalle directs schools mgt. to eat same food fed to students

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, has directed public boarding schools’ management and feeding officers in the state to eat the same food they feed their students.

Matawalle gave the directive shortly after paying unscheduled visits to two boarding schools; Government Science Secondary School and Government Girls Secondary School, all in Gusau the state capital.

Nigeria News Agency recalls that a Projects Verification Committee set up by the governor last December, had reported that those in charge of food supplies at public schools “were only collecting large sums of money from the State government coffers and feeding the students what dogs will not eat.’’

Gov. Matawalle during the surprised visit to the schools, went straight to dining halls and confirmed the committee’s report.

The governor who expressed anger over the situation compelled all those in charge to collect and eat the food in his presence.

He further extended the directive to all the government-owned boarding schools ordering that all those charged with the responsibility of providing food should henceforth eat along with the students from the same source.

“I will put a monitoring machinery in place that will be reporting compliance of this order directly to me, and anyone caught violating the directive will face outright dismissal from the service of the state,” Matawalle warned.

NAN further reports that the governor had been receiving reports from various committees instituted at the beginning  of his administration with the promise to implement the committees’ recommendations after careful study.

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

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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.
“All
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.


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

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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

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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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Firm donates N2m medical supplies to Kwara Govt

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A firm, Stefolga, on Tuesday in Ilorin donated the first batch of N2 million worth of Doctors Scrubs and Patient Gowns to the Kwara COVID-19 Technical Committee.

The company’s , Chief Femi Sanni, said the donation was its token contribution towards the excellent work the state government was doing in the fight against the global pandemic of COVID-19, particularly through the Technical Committee headed by the deputy governor.

Sanni expressed hope that the materials donated would go a little way in adding to the great investment of the state in the health sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Stefolga is the country’s leading supplier of speciality vehicles such as Mobile Health Exam Clinics, Mobile Dental offices and Mobile Tax Offices, among others.

They are headquartered in Abuja with office in Canada and partners in USA, Turkey and Kenya.

According to Sanni, who is a native of Ilorin, plans are at an advanced stage for the establishment of a Stefolga Specialty Vehicle Assembly plant with the company’s partners in Kwara.


Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Katsina govt. relaxes lockdown

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The Katsina State Government has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown to between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m daily across the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.

“Following the drop in the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state and growing concern by the government and other stakeholders over the effect of the lockdown on the socio-economic life of the people.

His Excellency, the governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has lifted all forms of ban and restriction orders issued under the lockdown throughout the state with effect from Tuesday, June 2,” he said.

The government warned people to strictly observe and adhere to all health and security guidelines such as wearing of face mask, maintaining social distance, regular hand washing with soap and use of sanitiser, he said.

He said residents should note that restriction on interstate travels is still in place, while “restriction on motorcycles operation between 7:00p.m. and 6:00a.m. in the state is still in force.”

Gov. Masari appeals to people to strictly comply with the relaxation order as failure to do so will lead to total shutdown of the state,” he added.

Inuwa assured that the state government would continue to do its best to curb the spread of the disease.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government had totally locked down Katsina, Batagarawa and Daura local government areas for having the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.


Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Tuesday, donated medical equipment and consumables worth millions of naira to the Akwa Ibom government to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, while  presenting the equipment, said the commission was committed to assisting states in the Niger Delta region to fight the pandemic.

Pondei, represented by the Akwa Ibom NDDC Director, Mr Obot Udoete, said the commission was fulfilling it’s mandate to intervene and partner the state governments in the region in the battle against COVID-19.

The equipment donated included: Ventilators, ECG machines, Infra red thermometers, Infusion pumps, standard hospital beds, mobile dialysis machines, arterial blood gas machines, mobile ultrasound machines and syringes among others.

The NDDC appreciates the near overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the Commission considered it urgent to supply the medical equipment to the nine states in the region,” he said.

He assured the state government of the good intention of the interim management committee of NDDC, which would ultimately translate to more robust interventionist projects and programmes for the state.

The secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, who received the items on behalf of Governor Udom Emmanuel commended NDDC for the kind gesture.

Ekuwem said the medical equipment and the consumables donated by the commission was in line with Governor Emmanuel’s strategy of tackling the ravaging coranavirus pandemic.

“The governor pays a high premium on the wellbeing of the Akwa Ibom people and as such, these medical supplies will go a long way to add to what the state government has already put on ground in its aggressive fight against the virus,” he said.

He expressed the appreciation of the state government to the commission and promised to utilise the items effectively.

In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said there was the need for every agency of government to join hands in the fight against the pandemic.

Ukpong, who is the incident manager of COVID-19 in the state, thanked the management of NDDC for the medical equipment.

He assured that it would be directly deployed in the fight against the spread of the pandemic in the state.


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COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has donated medical equipment and consumables to the Akwa Ibom Government to help contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, during the presentation of the items said that the commission was committed to assisting states in the Niger Delta region to fight the pandemic.

Pondei, who was represented by the Akwa Ibom NDDC Director, Mr Obot Udoete, said that the commission was fulfilling it’s mandate to the state governments in the region in the battle against Coronavirus.

The equipment donated included: Ventilators, ECG machines, Infra red thermometers, Infusion pumps, standard hospital beds, mobile dialysis machines.

Others are arterial blood gas machines, mobile ultrasound machines and syringes among others.

The NDDC appreciates the near overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the commission considered it urgent to supply the medical equipment to the nine states in the region,” he said.

Pondei, however, assured the state government of the commission’s more robust interventionist projects and programmes.

Responding on behalf of the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), who received the items on behalf  of Gov. Udom Emmanuel, commended NDDC for the gesture.

Ekuwem said that the medical equipment and the consumables were in line with the state government’s strategy in tackling the ravaging Coronavius pandemic.

“The governor pays a high premium on the well being of the Akwa Ibom people.

“As such these medical supplies will go a long way to add to what the state government has already put on ground in its aggressive fight against Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

The SSG expressed the state government’s appreciation to the commission and promised to utilise the items effectively.

In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said that there was the need for every agency of government to join hands in the fight against Coronavirus.

Ukpong, who is the incident manager of COVID-19 in the state, thanked the management of NDDC for the donation of the medical equipment.

He assured the commission  that the equipment would be directly deployed in the fight against the spread of the pandemic in the state. (NAN


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Kwara Govt tasks officials on appropriate use of immunisation equipment

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The Kwara Government on Tuesday called for judicious use of equipment, including vehicles, donated to support immunisation and Primary Health Care (PHC) services in the state.

Dr Raji Abdulrazaq, the state Commissioner for Health, gave the task while inaugurating the State Emergency Routine Immunisation Centre (SERIC) on Tuesday in Ilorin.

Abdulrazaq said the donated vehicles and equipment would strengthen the PHCs in the state.

The commissioner noted that the state was committed to ensuring that its PHCs were ranked as the best in Nigeria.

He enjoined stakeholders at the PHCs in the state not to relent, but should continue to write proposals that would highlight the requirements to strengthen such healthcare facilities.

Abdulrazaq noted that the equipment and vehicles would facilitate wide coverage of immunisation of children throughout the state.

Dr Michael Oguntoye, Director, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the state government and development partners were worried because of the problems in spite of the national routine immunisation.

Oguntoye spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of the equipment.

According to him, the last multiple indicator cluster sampling in 2016 and 2017, shows that there is very poor performance in routine immunisation in the country.

He said the Federal Government, for the first time, accepted the report of the Multiple Indicator Sampling and declared a state of emergency on public health immunisation to protect the population of immunised children.

Oguntoye, who is also the Programme Manager for SERIC, said the data showed that about 4.3 million Nigerian children were left unimmunised, despite availability of vaccines in Nigeria.

“As such, the state of public health emergency was declared on routine immunisation in the country, which brought about the establishment of the Emergency Response Centres on Immunisation.

“The objectives of establishing them is to ensure the responsiveness in the resolution of routine immunisation gaps in the country and to strengthen coordination for routine immunisation,” he said.

Oguntoye noted that the SERIC in Kwara, would among other objectives, identify bottlenecks and barriers to routine immunisation design and implement strategies to address the barriers, to increase coverage.

According to him, all eligible unimmunised children will be identified through tailored specific approach, while ensuring the availability of vaccines to local government health facilities.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the donated items included two Hilux vehicles, laptops, computers, projectors, public address systems and photocopiers.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Nasarawa Govt. mulls e -procurement

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The Nasarawa State Government says it will adopt e- procurement to engender transparency and accountability in the process.

Mr Dominic Bako, the newly appointed Director-General of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) told newsmen after his confirmation by the Nasarawa State Assembly on Tuesday in Lafia.

According to him, e – procurement will give opportunity for everybody to participate and engender transparency and accountability.

The director-general promised to make the procurement competitive for contractors with the view to identifying people that had capacity and expertise.

Bako explained that the Bureau was serving like a clearing house and due process office, where rules must be followed.

He commended Gov. Sule for finding him worthy of the appointment, and also for ensuring that things were done differently and correctly.


Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni (NAN)

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