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Lagos State discharges 93 more coronavirus patients

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Lagos State discharges 93 more coronavirus patients

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/Florence Onuegbu

Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of additional 93 patients who tested negative twice for the coronavirus.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a statement on Monday said that 1,512 patients had so far been discharged from isolation centres in the state.

”Good people of Lagos, 93 more #COVID19 Lagos patients: 16 females and 77 males including 11 foreign nationals were discharged from our isolation facilities today to reunite with the society.

”The patients: 11 from Agidingbi, 22 from Gbagada, 36 from Lekki, 8 from Eti-Osa (LandMark)9 from Onikan and 7 from LUTH isolation centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative for COVID-19.

”This brings to 1,512, the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The state COVID-19 Incident Commander urged residents to continue to adhere strictly to physical distancing and hand hygiene principles, ”For A COVID-19 Free Lagos.”

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

 

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Illegal refining: NSCDC arrests 6 suspects as facility catches fire in Oregun, Lagos

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The  Nigeria  Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on  Tuesday  said it had arrested six persons for alleged involvement in illegal crude oil refining.

The commandant of NSCDC Lagos, Mr Ayinla Adeyinka, confirmed the arrest to the News Agence of Nigeria , in Lagos on Tuesday.

Adeyinka was reacting to a fire outbreak at an illegal crude oil refining depot at Oregun, Ikeja Local  Development Council, on Tuesday.

According to the commandant, the officials cited a fiery furnace  at Oregun at 2 pm on July 14, and the command activated its disaster team with no fewer than 10 officials from it Emergency Response Unit deployed to the scene.

He stated that the suspects were arrested at the scene while some of the containers being used in the illegal act and sale of their product were confiscated.

“The command  has conducted its preminary invistigations.

 “NSCDC Lagos will still conduct indept investigations on the  the state of the crude oil to get the members of the criminal gang,” the commandant said.

The Commandant of  NSCDC urged Lagos residends with knowledge of such criminal activities to report to the corps and warned residents  on dangers of not reporting the activists of such hoodlum on time.

Adeyinka said NSCDC Lagos command would not relent in bringing illegal oil dealers to book.

The leader of Lagos NSCDC response crew to the scene, Mr Olajide Elijah, also confirmed to NAN that  the team intercepted over 18,000  liters of  oil products in numerous containers awaiting to be sold.

One of the six suspects arrested, Alaba Solanke, 25, from Ogun State confessed that he  was a diesel distributor for one Ngozi Chioma, a female, who is  now at large.

Solanke, however, claimed that Chioma normally got her diesel from the depot of an independent petroleum marketer in the area.

“I was in the mosque and I  was told that our shop caught fire, I was there to help when officials of NSCDC rounded us up.

Another suspect, Jacob Wusu, 50, who claimed to be the former Chief of Staff to a titled man denied membership of the cartel.

Another suspect, Alex Chukwudi, 42, a Delta State indigene, also claimed that he only carried out Japanese cars metainance at the location of the incident.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Lagos SWAN mourns former Vice Chairman, Ukaigwe

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The Sports Writers Association of the Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos State Chapter, has expressed deep shock over the demise of its former Vice Chairman, Henrietta Ukaigwe.

The Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the news of her death came as a rude shock.

“Henrietta was dear to Lagos SWAN. She gave her all to the association while she was the association’s treasurer and vice chairman.

“She made her mark in sports reporting and was one of those that made the chapter the most vibrant in the country. The history of Lagos SWAN won’t be complete without mentioning this wonderful lady.

“Sports journalism will miss ‘Worldwide’ as she is fondly called by friends and her colleagues,” he said.

The Lagos SWAN boss prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Ukaigwe worked at the Vanguard Newspapers, MINAJ Broadcasting Service, Super Screen television and a couple of other media houses before serving as Co-ordinator of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons.

“Late Henrietta breathe her last in Lagos on Tuesday after a brief illness,” Oshundun said in the statement.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Lagos gov’t pays N8.7bn to retirees in 6 months

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The Lagos State Government said it paid over N8.7 billion Accrued Pension Rights to 2,309 retirees from its public service between January and June.

The Director-General of the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Mr Babalola Obilana, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos.

Obilana said that the accrued pension rights of the 2,309 retirees had been credited into their Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA).

The Director-General said that Lagos state remained exceptional in prompt payment of accrued pension rights to its retirees.

“The decision of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is that accrued pension right should be paid timely,” he said.

Obilana said that over N978 million was credited into the Redemption Savings Account (RSA) of 405 retirees in June.

” In compliance with the COVID-19 protocols and in order to ensure safety of all beneficiaries, Retirement Bond Certificates presentation will not hold.

“All Retirement Bond Certificates for June have been released to Pension Fund Administrators (PFA’s) who will invite beneficiaries in their tens for the exit meeting.

“The PFAs will also grant access to their RSA for the computation of their lump sum and monthly pension, ” he said.

According to Obilana, prompt payment of pensions and welfare of retirees remains the focus of LASPEC.

He said that the government would continue to deliver tangible dividends of democracy to all and sundry in the state.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Lagos Govt inaugurates 36-chamber mortuary

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday inaugurated a 36-chamber morgue at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the morgue was donated to the Lagos State Government by the IHS Towers Nigeria, a mobile telecommunications infrastructure firm.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said at the inauguration that death was not something people prayed for, but would also fully accept its inevitability.

“And we know that when it happens, it is absolutely necessary for the departed to be treated with care and dignity, until it is time to commit them to mother earth.

“This is why we have morgues, and why we will never shy away from expanding our morgue capacity; not because death is palatable but because it is inevitable,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that in recent months, there had been immense support and generosity of the private sector, especially to the health care sector in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu said that there had been significant donations of infrastructure, consumables, among others, to help strengthen the medical systems at a time when it was under great strain from the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, this pandemic has no doubt brought all hands on deck to support the efforts of governments and not just in Nigeria, but globally as well.

“Today, we are gathered for the handover and inauguration of a 36-chamber morgue donated by the IHS Towers to the Lagos State Government – specifically the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba.

“I would like to express our deep gratitude to IHS Towers for this gesture.

“I recall that in April, we experienced a congestion in mortuary capacity in Lagos State.

“The fact that the COVID-19 lockdown coincided with the end of Lent, that month deprived many families of the chance to bury their loved ones.

“We had to open a special window for funerals to take place to decongest the mortuaries.

“Even though those were exceptional circumstances, it was clear from that experience that Lagos could do with an expansion in its morgue capacity.

“Now, IHS has stepped up and very generously donated a state-of-the-art morgue facility to the Infectious Diseases Hospital,” he said.

The governor said that the morgue would serve not just the IDH, it would be available to serve the entire Lagos State.

He called on other private sector players to emulate the generosity and good corporate citizenship of the IHS Towers.

Sanwo-Olu said that IHS Towers, over the last two decades, had created a significant business investment and philanthropic footprint in Nigeria.

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Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

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Lagos Coronavirus cases surpass 12,500

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Lagos State now stands at 12,583, according to data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday.

The NCDC announced the figure in its COVID-19 Situation Report for July 13.

It said that Lagos accounted for 156 new COVID-19 infections out of the 595 cases reported from 20 states on July 13.

“This brings the state’s total number of infections to 12,583,” NCDC said.

According to NCDC, Lagos recorded one death on Monday and discharged 19 patients on the reported day, making 1,916 COVID-19 patients that have fully recovered from the disease in the state so far.

As it stands, Lagos remains the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, with 12,583 of the 33,153 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

Also, data by the World Health Organisation Africa Region shows that there are 609,888 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent, with over 305,000 recoveries and 13,474 deaths.

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Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Braimoh’s demise: Lagos Assembly directs lawmakers to undergo Coronavirus test

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Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly have been directed to undergo COVID-19 test following sudden death of its member, Mr Tunde Braimoh, last Friday.

Mr Temitope Adewale, representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency I, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday.

Adewale said that he had submitted himself for the COVID-19 test and the result was negative.

“As directed by the leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Sunday, I went and submitted myself for the COVID-19 test, and I have gotten my result. The test result came out Negative.

“To this end, it is our collective responsibility to be more careful and observe all the stipulated and given rules to help us prevent the transmission of this deadly virus.

“Wash your hands for 30 seconds regularly, avoid social gatherings, maintain social distancing and at all times wear a face mask.

“The use of hand sanitisers should become an habit and finally, avoid touching your face and nose,” he said.

Adewale, Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, said there was need to fight the pandemic, which was beyond keeping safe but also to also know their status.

The lawmaker thanked his constituents for their love, support and care, adding that he won’t be receiving any visitors for now

The Lagos lawmaker also commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, for their proactive and tireless fight against the pandemic.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Lagos plants 7.5 million trees in 9 years

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The Lagos State Government says it has planted over 7.5 million trees in the last nine years, toward a sustainable environment.

Mr Tunji Bello, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources made this known on Tuesday, during the Year 2020 Lagos State Tree Planting Day programme at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba.

Bello said that in 2008, under the administration of Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State Government declared every July 14 as Lagos State Tree Planting Day.

He said that this was further established as a statutory responsibility of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) in its Law of 2011 Section 20(1).

”Till date, over 7.5 million trees have been planted since LASPARK was established in 2011.

”In addition to this, Tree Planting has contributed in no small measure to the present administration’s goal to achieve a Healthy and Sustainable Environment, which is a key component of its T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

”Trees constitute life and tree planting is one of the deliberate climate change measures of the present administration in Lagos State Government to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #13 – one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to combat climate change and its impacts.

”Lagos State features in a network of 100 cities in the world that are working toward strengthening the world’s ecosystem resilience.

”This forms a major bulwark of the importance attached to massive tree planting,” the commissioner said.

According to him, massive tree planting is considered a major potent weapon against desertification, control of the menace of erosion and a mitigating factor against climate change and man’s natural endowment.

He said that the theme for Year 2020 Lagos State Tree Planting Day ”Trees for Life” was very instructive.

Bello said that year 2020 started like every other year – with very high expectations, and no one anticipated that it would herald COVID-19 – a disease that had become a pandemic and was in no hurry to loosen its grip on mankind.

He noted that the interdependence of man and the environment in which humans exist was becoming increasingly clearer.

”This is what informed the choice of “Trees for Life”,” Bello said.

He said that the state had adopted four of its major isolation centres as ceremonial sites for this year’s tree planting day celebration.

According to him, planting at these locations is very significant in view of this year’s theme, hoping that the trees being planted will outlive the people.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the Lagos State Government dedicated the 2020 Tree Planting Day to COVID-19 frontline health workers.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recognised that nations looked at the issue of health holistically.

Abayomi said that the health of human beings was intertwined with the health of the environment and the health of the food people eat.

He expressed gratitude that this year’s tree planting session was dedicated to the frontline health workers.

According to him, COVID-19 is a phenomenon and it represents that we have not clearly understood the synergy between environment and health.

”The destruction of the environment is what is responsible for all the zoonotic infectious diseases that we are seeing around the world,” he said.

The General Manager, LASPARK, Mrs Adetoun Poopola, lauded the frontline health workers for their sacrifice and dedication through the challenging times.

”Just like the trees, you give us hope and courage to persevere, even in the harshest condition,” Poopola said.

She commended the staff members of LASPARK for ensuring a greener and healthier environment for future generations of Lagos State, urging that they continue to plant trees for life.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Deputy Governor, Health Commissioner appeal to striking Lagos doctors 

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The Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Tuesday appealed to doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild in Lagos to call off their warning strike so as to protect the people they sworn to protect.

Hamzat made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Medical Guild is the Association of Medical Doctors under the employment of the Lagos State Government.

The Guild had on Monday began a three-day warning strike over issues  affecting  their safety and welfare.

The deputy governor said it was not right for the doctors to go on strike,  especially at a time when the Coronavirus pandemic was ravaging the whole world.

“This is not the right time when there is a global issue. It is inhumane, wrong and we must call a spade a spade.

“Are we going to mortgage the lives of our people? Please go back to work so that you can serve and protect the people you have sworn to protect,” he said.

Dr Adebayo Aderiye, Chairman, Lagos State Health Commission, also expressed displeasure about the strike, saying that the present administration had made the health sector a top priority right from inception.

Aderiye appealed to the striking doctors to sheath their sword and go back to work.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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18 ships arrive Lagos ports with petroleum products, other items – NPA

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday said that 18 ships had arrived at the Lagos ports and one of them was already discharging petroleum products and food stuff.

The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

It listed the contents of the ships as frozen fish, general cargo, containers, bulk sugar, bulk wheat, base oil and fuel.

The ports authority said that the other 17 ships with containers were waiting to berth.

It further said that it was expecting 13 other ships with petroleum products, food items and other goods to arrive between July 14 and 27.

The NPA said that the ships also contained general cargo, bulk wheat, bulk sugar, bulk salt, base oil, bulk pet coke, jet fuel, bulk fertiliser and inballast.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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