The Kwara House of Assembly on Wednesday urged the State Government to set necessary machinery in motion for the full implementation of Child’s Right Law in the state.
The House made the call in its resolution after adopting a motion moved on the need to implement Kwara State Child’s Right Law by the House Leader, Olawoyin Abubakar-Magaji.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the Kwara state Child Right bill was passed by the eight legislature in the state and assented to by former Gov. AbdulFatah Ahmed.
Leading a debate on the motion, the House Leader attributed the societal vices being perpetrated by some youths in some parts of the state to bad exposure at childhood stage.
He noted that the full implementation of the state Right Child Law would bring better succour to children in the state and make them fully prepared for future challenges.
Other lawmakers, who contributed during the debate, called for full implementation of the law to guide against child abuse.
The Speaker, Mr Danladi Yakubu-Salihu, while reading the resolution of the House, called for immediate implementation of the law to address the challenges facing children in the state.
The House called on relevant organs of the state government and stakeholders to carry out sensitisation programme on the law to aid its full implementation.
Edited by Abigael Joshua/Felix Ajide
Kwara records 16 fresh cases of COVID-19, discharges 7 patients
According the Ajakaye, this brings the total of confirmed cases to 127, with 44 patients discharged and one death recorded in the state.
“As at 9:45pm on Wednesday, the number of active cases is now 82, while 44 have so far been discharged and one death recorded,” he said.
COVID-19: Kwara Govt gives conditions for worship centres to reopen Friday
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 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.
He said the government’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) shall conduct random visit to worship centres to take samples and do temperature checks.
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.
Kwara explains rise in COVID-19 cases, restates need for test centre
The Kwara State Government on Wednesday in Ilorin explained the reason behind the sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Rafiu Ajakaye Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 gave the explanation in a statement.
He said it was due to deliberate effort of the committee to contact-trace and test all persons and health workers that had contact with two Coronavirus positive persons that recently sneaked into the state.
“They were already in isolation before the test result as they had long been identified as “persons of interest” on account of their close contact with a pregnant woman who sneaked in from Zamfara and later tested positive.
“The woman was briefly treated at the Ilorin General Hospital and later at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital where she underwent an operation and later tested positive,’’ he said.
Ajakaye noted that the incident led to contact tracing and testing of no fewer than 180 persons.
“Various precautionary measures have since been taken at the two hospitals, including disinfection of relevant wards, relocation of other patients to some other wards and testing of all the contacts.
”There is also a renewed emphasis on the need for healthcare workers to treat every patient as a potential COVID-19 case.
“For the record, the rise in the cases was a result of government’s proactiveness in rounding up all contacts and testing all of them.
“Insinuations about the lack of PPEs or shortage of same are unfounded and reckless,” he explained.
He added that 23 new cases recorded included that of a contact of a deceased person whose corpse was brought into Kwara from neighbouring Ekiti State.
“The government has, therefore, despatched a Rapid Response Team to begin an aggressive contact tracing of the case in the affected community for another round of tests.
“So far, 75 per cent of our cases were imported. There is no record of community spread yet in Kwara.
“While we commend the security agencies for what they are doing, we urge them to do much more to secure our borders and prevent influx of people into the state.
“The 23 new cases, as many before now, were a backlash from porous borders.
“In times of pandemic and other emergencies, it is a crime for anyone or entity to undermine a system put in place to protect the people.
“The government, therefore, warns that any action that purports to kill the morale of our health workers and those in the frontline of this national emergency will not be tolerated,” the statement said.
It called on the Federal Government to expedite action on setting up of at least a COVID-19 test centre in the state to strengthen the capacity to test more samples while urging people to come up for voluntary testing.
Kwara Assembly swears-in new APC member
Ahmed Rufai, the newly elected member of the Kwara House of Assembly representing Patigi State Constituency, was on Tuesday sworn-in by the Speaker, Yakubu Danladi.
The Assembly, however, had yet to swear-in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimoh Raheem-Agboola, who was directed by the State Election Tribunal to take over the seat of the APC member for Ilorin South Constituency, AbdulAzeez Elewu- Oluwanilo.
Raheem-Agboola, in company with scores of PDP supporters in the state, had on three occasions stormed the House for the implementation of the court judgment without success.
But addressing journalists on Tuesday on why the PDP candidate was not sworn-in, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olumide Awolola, said Raheem-Agboola as plaintiff did not join the present occupant of the seat, Abdulazeez Elewu-Oluwanilo, in the suit he filed.
Firm donates N2m medical supplies to Kwara Govt
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.
Kwara Govt tasks officials on appropriate use of immunisation equipment
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.
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.
“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.
COVID- 19: Kwara has not lifted ban on religious activities –Commissioner
He added that the state government would meet to deliberate and come out with what was best and would protect the people in the state.
The commissioner, therefore, warned that the government had not lifted any ban and no religious house should disregard the directives on social distancing.
He added that if there were any changes to the directives earlier placed the state government would communicate same to the public.
Kwara records 23 new cases of COVID-19
Kwara has recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 111, with 37 discharged and one death.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman for Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday.
“With this, the state now has a total of 111 confirmed cases, out of which 73 are active and 37 have recovered and discharged with one death.
“Regardless, the government warned people against letting down their guards as the level of threat of infection remains high across the country,” he said.
Kwara CP warns residents against impostors
Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kwara, Kayode Egbetokun has alerted the people of the state to the fraudulent acts of some unscrupulous elements who had allegedly created various social media accounts using his pictures.
One of such accounts, the CP said, “Is a Facebook account with the name Kpansa Terhem using the picture of the Commissioner of Police for obvious sinister motive.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Okasanmi Ajayi, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Ilorin.
The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police does not operate any Facebook account and as such wishes to warn the general public to beware of the antics of these social media bullies/ fraudsters so as not to fall for their tricks.
“The Police Command in the state therefore wishes to advise that members of the public should ignore any request or bogus claim by anybody using the name or pictures of CP Kayode Egbetokun in any social media accounts.”
He urged the residents to report any suspected fraudulent act to the Police Public Relations office, Police Command, Ilorin, through these phone numbers: 08032365122/08081763132 or to the nearest police station.
- Tourism authority plans to provide free domestic tour packages for Thais
- Physician advocates legalising abortion, use of contraceptives to stem unwanted pregnancy
- Feature: Angelenos call for change through peaceful demonstrations
- Kwara records 16 fresh cases of COVID-19, discharges 7 patients
- San Francisco to lift curfew from Thursday
- COVID-19 cases near 200 in Libya
- Indonesian president asks for scaling up tests ahead of new normal
- Mongolia reports 1 new COVID-19 case, 21 more recoveries
- Latvia reorganizes network of economic representations abroad
- Germany unveils 130-billion-euro stimulus package to boost virus-hit economy
- Thousands of people continue to protest over death of George Floyd in New York
- Malaysia’s Petronas enters Myanmar gas market
- Enugu Govt announces 9 new positive COVID-19 cases
- Oil prices fall on doubts over output cuts, surging United States diesel inventories
- Malaysia’s April exports fall 23.8 pct amid COVID-19
- Roundup: Former United States defense secretary says Trump deliberately sows division among Americans
- Australian airport workers hold demonstrations over COVID-19 recovery plan
- Brazil to test COVID-19 vaccine developed by University of Oxford
- UK car sales almost 90% below normal in May – SMMT
- Vietnam’s automobile import down 29.7% in 5 months
- Vietnam aims to make 5G service universal by 2030
- Vietnam garment export value falls 14.5 pct in 5 months
- Cuban president congratulates Raul Castro on 89th birthday
- German sex offender named as murder suspect in Madeleine McCann case
- Gun battle kills 1 militant, wounds 2 in eastern Afghan province
- India COVID-19 death toll rises to 6,075 as total cases reach 216,919
- China eases flight curbs after United States targets its carriers
- S. Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir over accounting fraud
- Man holding children hostage surrenders in United States city Oakland
- S/Korea seeks arrest of Samsung heir in succession probe
- Spotlight: Africa’s COVID-19 caseload nearing 160,000, while Italy partially reopens border
- Fiji to need years to fully recover from COVID-19 implication: PM
- Mexico reports 1,092 new COVID-19 deaths, total infections top 100,000
- Peru reports 178,914 cases of COVID-19 with 4,894 deaths
- Brazil reports 28,633 new COVID-19 cases, 584,016 in total
- Former United States defense secretary says Trump deliberately sows division among Americans
- Hydroxychloroquine fails to prevent COVID-19: trial
- Vietnam’s automobile import down 29.7 pct in 5 months
- New Zealand confirms no new case of COVID-19 for 13 days
- Brazil’s industrial production sees record decline in 18 years
- DPRK warns S. Korea against sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets
- S. Korea urges civic groups to stop distributing anti-DPRK leaflets in border area
- Spotlight: All four ex-officers involved in Floyd’s death charged, victim’s family want “whole justice”
- Slovenia further eases restriction measures
- Myanmar minister supports China’s national security legislation for Hong Kong
- 5.5-magnitude quake hits California — USGS
- COVID-19: Lagos, FCT, Kano, account for 64.2% of total cases, Nigeria records 11,166
- S.Korean president’s approval rating stays high at 58.9 pct: poll
- Namibian president commissions isolation facility built by Chinese firm
- Retired Kenyan athletes to benefit from COVID-19 food relief
- UN rights chief highlights “deep-seated grievances” in United States protests
- S.Korea reports 39 more COVID-19 cases, 11,629 in total
- Tokyo stocks open higher tracking Wall Street’s overnight gains
- S. Korea posts biggest current account deficit in over 9 years in April
- Dollar changes hands in upper 108 yen zone in early trade in Tokyo
- Thousands gather in London to protest over death of George Floyd
- Croatian firefighters participate in exercise in coordination with military helicopter
- Five-day-old Bactrian camel baby seen at Budapest Zoo in Hungary
- South Africa eases lockdown level
- Interview: Insufficient COVID-19 testing for United States public contributes to high death toll, says expert
- Palestinians enjoy their time during sunset at seaside in Gaza City
- Palestinian farmers collect corns during harvest season in Gaza strip city of Khan Younis
- Charge against United States officer involved in Floyd’s death elevated to 2nd-degree murder, 3 others charged
- In pics: San Anton Gardens in Attard, Malta
- French gov’t launches contact-tracing smartphone app “StopCOVID”
- Demonstrators continue to protest over death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
- We’ll roll out face of Oyo Amotekun soon — Commandant
- 2,000 Lagosians benefit from ”Eko Cares” initiative — Official
- United States crude oil inventories decrease last week: EIA
- United States crude oil refinery inputs increase last week: EIA
- Ireland’s jobless rate in May slightly down to 26.1 pct
- Spotlight: Military escalation in Libya overshadows political dialogue: analysts
- Edinburgh Castle offers virtual tour of secret passages
- The Gambia seeks credible probe into citizen’s death in United States
- Spotlight: United States Fed likely to offer more guidance on rates next week amid COVID-19 fallout
- Lockdown: Abubakar Rimi Market loses over N15m revenue
- Slovenia’s registered jobless up by 2 pct in May
- Spanish parliament approves sixth extension of State of Alarm
- Police arrest suspected hemp peddler, recover 100 parcels in Jigawa
- Turkey’s aquarium boosts hygiene measures against COVID-19
- Libya’s UN-backed government forces take over Tripoli International Airport
- COVID-19: Oyo activates 3 community testing sites
- Cleanup starts at 57 sites in Ogoni land – Minister
- Tunisian PM says urgent solutions needed for economic recovery
- Italy lifts national and European travel ban as pandemic slows down
- Lagos govt. to reverse Land Use Charge — Commissioner
- Uber signals recovery in rides as lockdown restrictions ease
- Hajj: NAHCON charges contractors to speed up work
- Computer Village: Community seeks LASG intervention over looming crisis
- 1st LD: Charge against United States officer involved in Floyd’s death elevated to 2nd-degree murder, 3 others charged
- No damage or victims reported after 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chile
- Los Angeles County extends curfew as George Floyd protests continue
- Earthquake jolts Indonesia’s Bali, no tsunami alert issued
- G7 finance ministers reaffirm commitment to debt relief for poorest countries amid pandemic
- Tunisia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,087 with 49 deaths
- BiH authorities greenlight distribution plan of IMF loan
- Belgian PM unveils measures in Phase-3 deconfinement starting June 8
- Delta: Victims of Ogbeogonogo market fire disaster get FG’s assistance
- Tanzanian gov’t to crack down on hiking of sugar price
- Yemen’s government reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 419 in total
- Rivers may demolish markets for flouting COVID-19 directives, says Commissioner
- Palestine records 6 new COVID-19 cases, extends state of emergency
- Russian FM calls for early ceasefire in Libya at meeting with GNA officials
- Lockdown: Gov. Oyetola orders reopening of worship centre in Osun
- Oyo Govt inaugurates committee on management of dead persons
- NYC’s 2nd night under curfew generally peaceful
- Osun records new 2 cases of coronavirus
- Ebenezer Obey describes late Majek Fashek as humble, creative musician
- Immortalise my predecessor, Sen. Tinubu urges Lagos govt.
- INEC to voters: Don’t wear party-branded face masks to polling units
- COVID-19: Kwara Govt gives conditions for worship centres to reopen Friday
- Ondo governorship: PDP aspirant pledges to harness aviation, mechanised farming potentials
- Turkey does not expect second wave of COVID-19: health minister
- WHO especially worried about Central and South America: WHO chief
- Reps to amend Labour Act to strengthen NLC
- Palestine rejects tax revenue dues from Israel: official
- Trudeau under fire for silence on Trump’s response to protests in United States
- Artiste hosts maiden virtual drama festival to sensitise on virtues of African culture
- Interpol extends specialised platform to EFCC
- Buhari greets former Gov. Alao Akala at 70
- Sultan of Oman orders to establish special office
- France’s COVID-19 deaths top 29,000
- Number of working Italians declines in April amid coronavirus lockdown
- CP inaugurates community policing advisory committee in Uyo
- Rep, Oyo ALGON felicitate Alao-Akala at 70
- PMAN mourns Majek Fashek; pioneering of ‘Kpangolo’ Beat
- FEC approves N8.1 billion for completion of dam in Nasarawa State
- Pentagon chief breaks with Trump over protest response
- Hundreds join Swedish demonstration in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
- Lagos inaugurates community policing advisory committees
- Unemployment rate could hit 13.1 pct in Portugal this year: report
- Egypt FM holds phone talks with Russia, Germany FMs on regional issues
- Delta govt. urges contractors to speed up projects
- FEC okays N1.7bn for consultancy on 2nd runway at Abuja airport
- Lagos discharges 20 more coronavirus patients
- Jigawa govt. to enroll 1,322 repatriated Almajiris into schools
- FRSC decorates four officers with new ranks in Kaduna
- Jordan registers two news cases of COVID-19
- Lagos earmarks N103bn for infrastructure
- We’re committed to success of Makinde’s administration – Oyo State monarch
- German car industry maintains negative business assessment: ifo
- Plateau Govt. releases N700m for SDGs counterpart funding
- COVID-19: Fedpoly Ede making ventilators — Rector
- Oman reports 738 new COVID-19 cases, 13,538 in total
- Roundup: Tunisia to further lift COVID-19 restrictions
- Chicago reopens businesses amid jitters
- Delta will complete Trans-Warri road, bridge projects in 2021 -Commissioner
- NAICOM segments, extends full recapitalisation of insurance companies to 2021
- Association calls on Edo govt. to protect lives of women, children
- NIWA committed to waterways movement of bulk Cargo, passengers – Moghalu
- SON begins harmonising locally produced ventilators to meet global standards
- Finland to modernize northwestern railways to streamline Arctic-Asia goods transport
- Court reinstates 5 suspended Kano lawmakers
- Israel’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 291 as total cases reach 17,377
- Lagos to produce first forensic dentist in West Africa — Commissioner
- Germany loses ground in patent-power ranking: study
- 571 new COVID-19 cases reported in UAE, 36,359 in total
- Federal Road Projects: FEC approves refunds of N148bn to Rivers, Ondo, 3 others
- Portugal’s GDP to drop between 7.5-11.8 pct this year due to COVID-19 impacts
- Lockdown: FRSC tasks personnel on enforcement
- Oyo govt. to establish agency for PLWDs
- Edo Guber primaries: APC generates N135m from sale of forms
- Maggi launches novel website for African dishes, embellishes Yelo Pèppè drama
- UN chief calls for solidarity in response to COVID-19
- Israeli scientists directly observe light flow using unique quantum microscope
- Technologist tasks public officers on honesty
- Morocco reports 56 new COVID-19 cases, 7,922 in total
- COVID-19: Jigawa govt. extends work-from-home order by 2 weeks
- Yuguda pledges to prioritise investors’ protection
- Google removes app from India Play store that deletes Chinese apps
- Egypt announces new oil discovery in Western Desert
- United States factory orders extend decline in April
- 10 vessels expected at Delta ports, says NPA
- Deregistration: INEC asks court to dismiss 31 political parties’ application
- Nigeria’s proven gas reserve now 203.16tcf, says DPR
- Stakeholders urge FG to increase epidemic funding
- Clinic trial of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients to continue: WHO
- Red Cross, Facebook to launch digital campaign against COVID-19
- Cyprus proceeds with phase 3 of lockdown easing
- Libya officials hold talks abroad amid fears of more fighting
- Developed countries urged to lift sanctions, offer debt relief amid COVID-19
- Earthquake jolts Indonesia’s Bali, no tsunami alert issued
- New United States restrictions on 33 Chinese firms, institutions take effect June 5
- Justice, fair play to workers remain our priority – Oyo TUC
- United States to bar Chinese passenger airlines from June 16
- COVID-19: NCoS reopens custodial centres to admit offenders
- 10 vessels expected at Delta ports– NPA
- Stock market appreciates N13bn
- Number of COVID-19 cases rise to 316 in Mozambique
- UNECA projects COVID-19 could push 29 million Africans into extreme poverty
- Bank of Canada announces unchanged interest rate
- UNGA President urges investment in cycling infrastructure
- Covid-19: Rotary Club donates food items to 200 widows in Plateau
- Over 110 Hand sanitisers production Coys registered in Nigeria- NAFDAC
- Spain reports steep increase in coronavirus cases, one new death
- Ondo 2020: Okunomo, PDP governorship aspirant, picks party’s nomination form
- UK to go ahead with 2-week quarantine for new arrivals despite potential impact: home secretary
- Union urges dialogue between Agric Ministry, contractors over contract liability
- Ekiti: COVID-19 cases rise to 25
- UN, int’l humanitarian movement call for “people’s vaccine” against COVID-19