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Lagos, March 25, 2019 The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) has called on Lagos State Government to establish a database for new and ongoing building works for more effective monitoring to avert buildings collapse.

Mr George Akinola, President of the Guild, made the call on Monday at a news conference on “Effective Solutions to Mitigate Building Collapse’’ in Lagos.

Akinola said the state government could achieve this through its agency, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), saddled with the responsibility of controlling and monitoring of buildings.

He said that the world was data-driven and that there were no adequate records on the number of existing or distressed buildings in the state.

Akinola said that there should be a weekly reports by the monitoring officials on the buildings.

According to him, Government should re-emphasise the rule that house owners should inform the Building Control Agency before the commencement of building construction and on no account should the LASBCA officers abandon the site.

“The menace posed by building collapse and sub-standard construction in our society, especially in Lagos State, has become alarming, and proactive measures are needed to tackle it.

“Research proves that there were over 140 building collapse incidents in one year with over 150 lives lost in Lagos.

“The Synagogue Church and Lekki Gardens terrible incidents are still very fresh in our collective memory with the attendant time and energy lost in litigation.

“On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a three-storey building at No. 63 Massey St., Ita-Faji area of Lagos Island, collapsed with more than 20 people reportedly dead, among whom were children and a pregnant woman.

“This is the time to say enough. With adequate database, the government monitoring agency will easily fast track housing development.

“Every new building, as well as those under construction, must have appropriate professionals assigned to monitor the project. These professionals would be made accountable for the project safety,’’ Akinola said.

He condemned the current building demolitions by the LASBCA, saying that building demolition has scientific procedures, which were neglected by the agency.

“Buildings and other developments that do not comply with the spirit, concept and context of the Urban renewal master plan should be removed.

“But before removal, the building should be valued and assessed for the purpose of compensating the owners.

“Residents, squatters and tenants should be relocated to resettlement centres for a period during which they may be able to pick up the pieces of their lives.

“A resettlement loan scheme may be inaugurated for this purpose,’’ he said.

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Medical Guild seeks COVID-19 test for healthcare workers

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The Medical Guild says testing of healthcare workers and patients in hospitals should be given utmost priority to reduce morbidity and mortality among the vulnerable populations.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Medical Guild is the association of medical doctors under the employment of the Lagos State Government.

The guild made the call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo and Dr Ismail Ajibowo respectively, on Sunday in Lagos.

They expressed concern about the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers in hospitals with prospects for severe illness and increased spread.

“This has again emphasised the importance of all healthcare workers as frontline health workers, those at the isolation centre and health institutions.

“The testing system for patients in hospitals and healthcare workers is dysfunctional with delayed sample analysis and result notification of over two weeks from sample collection day,” they said.

The guild leaders called for a process to urgently conduct and implement prompt sample analysis with dissemination of results to the hospitals.

Sodipo and Ajibowo also raised concerns about the increasing shortage of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials at the hospitals and isolation centres.

The leaders added that the shortage was leading to decisions which would endanger the health of healthcare workers and patients alike.

“There should be a scientific process to decision making with regards to PPE provision at the various areas of care.

“This must take into consideration the concerns of healthcare workers, of which a common point can be achieved via dialogue and consensus building instead of forceful coercion,” they said.

According to them, there is low morale among healthcare workers due to rapid reduction in the scale of PPE being issued without consultation with the workers.

They said that poor communication, working conditions and terms of engagement with those at the isolation centres was also affecting the morale of the workers.

“There should be transparency with healthcare workers as it concerns their emoluments and allowances without resort to forceful conscription or an atmosphere which prevents healthcare workers from expressing their views.

“The Federal Government had signed an agreement with healthcare workers on varying issues such as health insurance, hazard allowance, among others.

“This should be domiciled in Lagos State for her healthcare workers which should be written in definitive and clear terms,” Sodipo and Ajibowo said.

They maintained that stakeholders such as the guild must be involved in the process of decision making, especially as it involves guidelines, protocols, and PPE use.

“This is the only way to allow for widespread participation and acceptance.

“The major stakeholders, such as Medical Guild, are not being carried along in the process of the COVID– 19 response.

“This is affecting the response as the suggestions from those in the frontline are not getting through for decision making.

“Since the beginning of the response, it’s worrisome that the Lagos State Ministry of Health has yet to have any official discussion with the guild, which represents the doctors in the state workforce,” they said.

The doctors called for definitive and documented protocols on COVID-19 response at different levels of healthcare by the Ministry of Health and its agencies.

The guild leaders appealed to medical directors in the state hospitals to show genuine and sincere care for the protection and safety of the workers with better communication, participation and cordial relationships.

They, however, appreciated the efforts of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in providing isolation facilities for the treatment of healthcare workers.

Sodipo and Ajibowo called for facilities to quarantine healthcare workers that had contact with confirmed cases to reduce spread of the virus.

“It is our firm belief that with more engagement of healthcare workers through their associations by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, and the Ministry of Health; Mr Governor can get the true position from its workforce and prevent a disruption of service delivery,” the leaders said.

They added that with collaborative efforts, the battle against COVID-19 pandemic would be won in the state in particular, and Nigeria as a whole.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: Actors Guild of Nigeria engages members on aggressive sensitisation in Kaduna

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has engaged its members in an aggressive public sensitisation programme  against the COVID-19,  the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

 

The  National Vice President of AGN, Waash Waziri, stated  this on Friday in an interview with NAN in Kaduna.

 

Waziri said,  “The Guild has mobilised artistes that include : actors, musicians, Disc Jokers (DJs), music and film producers resident in Kaduna and  Kano states, in the production of jingles, videos clips and plays aimed at enlightening the public on the COVID-19”.

 

Waziri said  that the AGN was collaborating with sister bodies such as Arewa Film Makers, Kaduna State Creative Arts Stakeholders’ Forum (KADCAST), actors  from Kannywood and Nollywood to create  maximum public awareness on the pandemic.

 

“So far, we have produced over 40 jingles  that are already making  waves on the various social media platforms including the print and electronic media.

 

“This has been made possible with the cooperation of the  members comprising: singers, actors, DJs and even bouncers, who have been contributing their quotas in toward  achieving a common purpose.

 

“We have embarked on sacrificial shootings, engaging  children and adults to create awareness that coronavirus is real,” he added.

 

He said that  the artistes using  the public address system organised mobile performances targeted at information dissemination on COVID-19.

 

The guild’s Vice President, appealed to the government to lend its full support to  actors in the country  whom he said were the mirror of the society.

 

Waziri said  that the guild would welcome  any form of financial support from the government for its activities.

 

He said that it was high time that the government at all levels understood the importance of artistes’ roles in nation building.

 

“A sizeable chunk of the public sees artistes as role models and have even come to believe them more than some public figures when they speak.

 

“It is easier to send a message to the public by the government  through an artiste,” he said.

 

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16 doctors infected with COVID-19 in Lagos- Medical Guild

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Doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild, in Lagos State, says 16 of its members have tested positive to COVID-19 in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Medical Guild comprises doctors under the
employment of the Lagos State Government.

The Chairman of the Guild, Dr  Oluwajimi Sodipo, said at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, that Lagos, being the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, had seen members of the guild playing a critical role in the response plan.

Sodipo said that the doctors were engaged in training, contact tracing, surveillance, enlightening of the public and providing clinical care at the isolation centres and hospitals.

“This has unfortunately led to several healthcare workers being infected with COVID-19 and over 16 doctors are isolated so far in the state workforce.

“There may be more doctors who are infected, but from the information available to us, 16 of our members are infected with COVID-19,” he said.

Sodipo, however, said the infected doctors were doing fine, adding, “we don’t have any mortality among our members”.

According to him, the current community transmission of COVID-19 has led to a situation where everyone can be designated as a COVID-19 suspect, especially as there are asymptomatic patients, as well as those with atypical symptoms.

On the current relaxation of the lockdown in the state, Sodipo said the guild was concerned that there might be a surge in number of infected cases in the state.

According to him, there should be constant analysis of the relaxation of the lockdown.

“If there is a surge, government should consider reintroduction of the lockdown measures,” Sodipo said.

He said penalties for defaulters that did not follow the guidelines of social distancing, face masks and reduction in numbers of passengers in public vehicles should be effectively followed.

The guild chairman maintained that enlightenment of the public should be intensified, especially in the densely populated areas.

“Some people believe that COVID-19 is a myth; we need to make them realise that the virus is real and dangerous,” he said.

Sodipo recommended that testing capacity and contact tracing must be ramped up to allow for proper containment of the pandemic.

“This will assist in clinical decision making with reduction in the spread among the patients, healthcare workers and the population,” he said.

Sodipo appealed that adequate measures should be put in place to ensure that test results of COVID-19 suspects were released within a maximum of 48 hours toward reducing exposure of the healthcare workers and the populace.

He called for the provision of more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers in order to assist them to conduct their duties accordingly.

Sodipo urged government to start the process of dialogue and negotiation with health workers with a mandate for implementation of health workers agreement emphasising health insurance, hazard allowance, COVID-19 allowance among other benefits.

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Lockdown: Medical Guild urges government to dialogue with health workers

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The Medical Guild has appealed to both Federal and State Governments to dialogue with stakeholders in the health sector to evolve best strategies towards easing COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria.

Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, Chairman of the Guild, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Medical Guild comprises of doctors under the employment of Lagos State Government.

Sodipo said the government had been holding meetings with stakeholders in the business sector, stressing that similar meetings should be held with those in the health sector too.

“Stakeholders in the health sector should not be just government employees, but representatives of associations and unions, so that they can chart out the technicalities for implementing gradual ease-out.

“There should be holistic meeting beyond meetings with only medical directors of health facilities.

“Some of them might not have the true picture or state the true situation of things.

“That’s why it is important to discuss with those that have vital information and will implement the strategies,’’ he said.

Sodipo urged the government to urgently update the review of COVID-19 case definition, adding that it should be broadened to allow detection of more cases as knowledge about the pandemic increases.

“There’s a need to quickly analyse a new case definition because the present one led to a lot of people missing out from the suspected case list.

“This case definition can no longer work because what we are seeing now is that people that are presented with infections are from the community level.’’

The Guild chairman commended the Lagos State Government for increasing hazard allowance of its health workers for April.

He, however, he urged the government to expedite actions to resolve the payment of house officers, who were yet to benefit from the hazard allowance.

Sodipo also appealed that the state should measure up to the hazard allowance template released by the federal government for health workers.

“Lagos State is the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, and health workers are at increased risk of infection.

“Already, the governor has announced free emergency service, which has led to an upsurge in health service, and with the proposed easing of the lockdown, the numbers of patients will increase.

“This is indeed a tough time for health workers.

“You are worried that you are infected, worried whether you are exposing your family and loved ones to risk, due to the nature of your work.

“It’s a very psychological and traumatic time for everybody,’’ he said.

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Extend hazard allowance beyond April, Medical Guild urges LASG

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The Medical Guild has appealed to the Lagos State Government to extend the increment of hazard allowance to health workers in the state beyond April.

Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, Chairman of the Guild, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Medical Guild is an association of doctors under the employment of the Lagos State Government.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on April 21, approved an increase in the hazard allowance of health workers in the state public service from N5,000 to N25,000.

Sanwo-Olu, however, in a circular signed by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the increment was for the month of April, 2020.

Sodipo, while commending the state government for the increment, said that hazard allowance should continue beyond April to boost health workers’ morale in combating the pandemic.

According to him, all health workers are frontline responders, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved to the level of community transmission in the state.

“Lagos is the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, which means that all health workers are exposed to risk of infection from the virus while treating patients.

“Already, some of our members are infected with the virus and undergoing treatment.

“We believe that the state government should do more to protect health workers beyond the hazard allowance increase. There is a need to insure all health workers in the state.

“Insurance should not be limited to health workers at the isolation facilities alone,” he said.

Sodipo said that comprehensive plan should be made for health workers that gets infected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that complications could arise from the treatment which might necessitate rehabilitation or lead to disability.

The Guild chairman noted that prior to COVID-19, health workers had been combating infectious diseases like Lassa fever outbreak, which sometimes led to fatalities.

Sodipo stressed that health workers were crucial and play a huge role in assisting to mitigate and eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos and Nigeria.

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U.S withholding WHO’s funding ‘ll affect coordination of COVID-19- Guild 

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The Medical Guild in Lagos State says the U.S Government’s decision to stop funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will affect the organisation’s ability to coordinate the response to COVID-19 pandemic.

The guild’s Chairman, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos

that the U.S’ decision to stop funding of WHO was not the right decision at this critical time.

Medical Guild is an umbrella body for all medical doctors working in the employment of the Lagos State Government.

American President Donald Trump had presented the freezing of U.S funding to the WHO.

This was Trump’s direct response to what he claims was “WHO’s slow reaction in raising the alarm over the global threat from the Coronavirus and being too “China-centric” in its response”.

On the orders of Trump, the U.S, one of the key founding members of — and the largest donor to — WHO, announced its intention to freeze its funding for the agency, pending a review of WHO’s actions during the Coronavirus pandemic. The review could last for up to three months.

Trump’s administration has been increasingly critical of the agency, which for months has guided the world in how to tackle the deadly Coronavirus.

Reacting, WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said the agency regretted the U.S decision to withdraw its funding.

According to Sodipo, WHO is the body primarily responsible for the coordination of the response to COVID-19 and other diseases of international importance.

“No country can fight COVID-19 alone, because it is an easily contagious disease that requires collective efforts of all.

“WHO should still be funded by the U.S, because it is going to affect the ability of the organisation to be able to coordinate the response to COVID-19.

“WHO has representatives, who are deployed to different countries to work along side other local health authorities in these countries.

“So, once they now have a decrease in funding, it means WHO will not be able to have these representatives, and it will now weaken the response of those countries in tackling COVID-19,” Sodipo said.

He, however, urged Nigerians who might have the virus to key into the central system by alerting the appropriate body, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, in charge of managing COVID-19.

The chairman said it would be illegal for anybody to access private health facilities for the treatment of COVID-19, adding that adequate action should be taken against such persons.

“Government policies are clear; anybody that tests positive needs to be brought in, get admitted, no matter the severity of the illness, because the aim is to prevent community spread.

“The elite in the society need to live by example, because it is one thing to make rules and regulations; the problem is following those rules and that has been the challenge,” he said.

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Guild of Medical Directors pledges to support FG, States in fight against Covid-19

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The Guild of Medical Directors has pledged to support the Federal and State Governments in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19).

 

The President of the GMD, Prof. Femi

 Babalola made the pledge in a statement in Abuja.

“We have volunteered our ambulances and ventilators, and even some of our hospitals for full conversion to treat Covid 19 cases. 

“We are certain by the grace of God, to overcome this trial,”he said.

Babalola also said private practitioners were in the frontline of the fight against COVID 19.

He however, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to assist in the provision of appropriate Personal protective equipments to enable private hospitals to continue attending to patients during this difficult period.

“The fact that we have a COVID 19 crisis does not mean that other illnesses for which care is required have ceased to exist. Indeed, as illustrated earlier, patients may still require emergency intervention.

“To facilitate the quick identification of patients with COVID 19, private hospitals need to be provided with rapid serological test kits.

“Some of these kits, such as the Cellex Incorporation test, or the Chembio test, have already been validated by the American Food and Drug Administration and are in use in the USA,” Babalola said.

He said they were sufficiently sensitive and specific for such use, and would  tremendously assist members to identify suspect cases, adding that such positive cases could be subjected to confirmatory Molecular tests.

Babalola also appealed to members of the public not to conceal their true travel or exposure history in order not to endanger Private Practitioners.

He said all private practitioners nationwide observe universal precautions, meaning that all patients who attend any private facility nationwide are COVID 19 positive until proven otherwise.

“Patients are therefore expected to come to hospitals with their face masks, and to subject themselves to whatever screening protocols are put in place by the various private hospitals.

“These protocols may include a temperature check, compulsory hand washing before consultation, use of hand sanitizers and possibly temporary isolation,” Babalola said.

He said in previous meetings with the Ministry of Health, Private hospitals had stressed that they were in the front line of the battle against the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Babalola said bordering  on certain statements in the media, the GMD, which represented Private medical practitioners in the nation, found it expedient to make some clarifications.

He said the impression created that private practitioners would knowingly treat infected patients in their facilities for financial reward is erroneous.

“This is for the simple reason that Private hospitals account for not less than 70 per cent  of consultations in the Nation. It is therefore inevitable that some patients with the disease will turn up in private hospitals.

“Unfortunately, many of them will be asymptomatic carriers of the disease. The instructions we have been given by the Ministry of Health is to refer such cases as soon as we identify them, or suspect them to be COVID 19 cases.

“This is all very well, and not contested by the Guild. But usually before a patient can be identified as a COVID 19 suspect, some interaction would inevitably have occurred with such patients, in the form of history taking and examination,” Babalola said.

He  also said if a doctor, suspected that a patient might be a COVID 19 case, there was invariably a time lag between the time of suspicion and when NCDC officials arrived to take samples for confirmatory testing.

“This time lag varies from a few hours to never showing up at all, as we have experienced in several cases.

 “After the samples are taken, the patients are to be kept in the private facility in a ‘safe isolation unit’, pending the time when the results would come back, usually not less than 48 hours.

“This present state of affairs exposes our members to grave dangers. This is compounded by the fact that some patients disguise their true travel history, in an attempt to avoid stigmatization,” Babalola said.

He said three of their members had died, saying that not because they necessarily wanted to treat COVID 19 patients as the impression may had been given, but because they inevitably came across the patients in the course of their duties.

Babalola said the impression that Private hospitals in Nigeria were keen to treat patients with COVID 19 infection, perhaps for monetary gain, must be dispelled.

“No doctor would knowingly expose himself to any contagious disease without appropriate Protective facilities. It is very unfair to the memory of our demised colleagues to suggest otherwise,” he said.

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NMA, Medical Guild raise alarm over alleged harassment of health workers 

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to the Federal and Lagos State Governments to advise the Nigeria Police Force against harassing and preventing health workers from discharging their duties.

The NMA made the plea in a statement jointly signed by Dr Saliu Oseni and Dr Ramon Moronkola, the Lagos State Chairman and Secretary of the association respectively, on Wednesday in Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, following health advisory on increasing cases of COVID-19, had on March 29 announced a 14-day lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun with effect from 11.00p.m on March 30.

Buhari had said that the restriction period would enable the government to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that had come in contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

He, however, noted that the restriction exempts health workers, food manufacturers and retailers, journalists, pharmacies, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies, among others.

The NMA leaders said they  received a few unsavoury reports from their members pertaining to the enforcement of restriction on movements leading to their harassment.

“Medical doctors are not unmindful of the great responsibility that the profession places on them at difficult times like these, especially considering the need to continue to keep the hospitals open and attend to other life threatening conditions outside COVID-19.

“These services are also rendered at both public and private facilities,” they said.

The NMA leaders said that the attention of the association was drawn to comments made by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, and aired on TVC News at 1.20 p.m on March 31, that health workers, asides presenting their valid means of identification, must show evidence of being on duty, whenever they move around the state.

“The NMA is at pains to decipher the logic behind the call by the Commissioner of Police for doctors and other health workers to carry evidence of being on duty.

“Is the CP suggesting that health workers engage in “illegal duty” or wander about aimlessly. Perhaps, the police chief underestimates the enormity of the work at hand.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all hands are needed on deck at this critical time. Several countries have already called thousands of health workers out of retirement.

“In peace time, the health system in the country suffered from shortages of healthcare workers.

“It, therefore, stands to reason that the ongoing war against COVID-19 demands the mobilisation of all hands and not curious statements, such as the one credited to the police chief.

“They are capable of creating unnecessary bottlenecks for our members and other healthcare workers.

“It is also imperative for the police chief police to realise that the health workers are always on duty as you can be called to report at any and all times, also that the other ancillary health staff are part of health team,” they said.

The NMA leaders added that the statement was capable of exposing health workers to further unwarranted harassment by personnel of the Nigeria Police.

They noted that at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National body mobilised doctors all over the country to meet the challenge posed by the disease.

“Indeed, our members, in several states suspended legitimate demands for unpaid salaries and other emoluments in order to focus solely on the fight against COVID-19.

“Presently, our stoic members are on the frontline deploying their knowledge and skills, at great risk to their lives, against the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are trying to keep the hospitals for other medical conditions,” they said.

According to them, health workers are the first line of defence and the last line of retreat in the ongoing pandemic, thus calling for the support and collaboration of other stakeholders to effectively discharge their duties.

The NMA leaders warned that any further harassment of their members by the Police

would elicit a strong response from the association.

They urged their members to remain vigilant and maintain high index of suspicion to every ailment presented at health facilities, while advising citizens to stay at home and observe all necessary precautions.

They reassured the public of their availability round the clock to treat and preserve their health.

Similarly, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, the Chairman, Lagos Medical Guild, called on the Lagos State Government to prevail on security operatives to allow all healthcare workers easy access on roads to provide services in the hospitals.

“We strongly urge the Commissioner of Police to retract his directive which will lead to loss of lives of members of the public unnecessarily.

“Majority of these harassed members required the physical intervention of other doctors before they were released by the overzealous security agents,” Sodipo said.

He commended all health workers who had taken up the task of caring for COVID-19 and other patients in all the hospitals.

Sodipo expressed optimism that Lagos and Nigeria would soon be declared free of the pandemic.

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Sen. Abbo: Actors Guild to hold stakeholders meeting

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) says it will hold a stakeholders meeting to address the controversy that trailed the recent appointment of Sen. Ishaku Abbo as one of its patrons.

Emeka-Rollas Ejezie, National President of the guild disclosed this in a phone interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja.

NAN reports that Sen. Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District at the  9th National Assembly, was installed as a patron of the AGN  at its 9th Biennial  Lecture  held on March 11 in Abuja.

NAN reports that the lawmaker’s appointment has stirred unpleasant reactions on social media from some industry watchers and players, including some female members of the association, arguing that Sen. Abbo was not suitable for such position.

They hitched their argument on a viral video that emerged on the internet where the lawmaker was seen  beating  a nursing mother in a sex toy shop in Abuja last year.

Nollywood superstar  Kate Henshaw had taken to her Twitter page  to declare that the lawmaker was not worthy to be a patron of the AGN, adding that there were women in the guild who would not like to be slapped.

She wrote: “I do not mince words when I say @AbboElisha is NOT worthy to be a patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

“We have women in this guild and we do not want to be slapped!!”

Also, veteran Nollywood star, Hilda Dokubo said: “An abuser of women as Patron of Actors Guild of Nigeria is an unpardonable abuse of the rights of all the females in the creative space especially #actors.”

“We must stop every attempt at rubbishing our values as a people with such appointments in whatever guise. Consequently, Senator Abbo must be de-listed from our list of Patrons now,” she said.

Consequently, Northern actors have reportedly  threatened to leave the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) if Senator  Abbo is removed as a patron of the group.

Jimmy Lot, Chairman of the Adamawa state chapter of the AGN,said  that the lawmaker was recommended for the appointment  because of his tremendous work and support to actors and youths in the North East.

“Those people raising issues, do they think that there are no women in the North or in Adamawa that can fight the Senator.

“We the Adamawa chapter recommended him because of his performance to his constituency, and so based on his performance we rated him and recommended him to the national AGN,” he said.

Nevertheless, Ejezie told NAN that the AGN was set to hold stakeholders meeting on March 23 in Lagos to address all views and objections concerning the appointment of its patrons.

He however frowned at the decision of some of the guild’s members to express their opinions and displeasure on social media.

“We have fixed a stakeholders meeting for Monday and put out a notice for members to come, so let them come and talk about it.

“We don’t run our guild on social media because we are one big family,” he said.

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