The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 27, announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m to 6 a.m, effective the following day.
Keying into the presidential order, the Kwara government through the Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, imposed a daily curfew from 6 p.m to 6 a.m.
NAN correspondents that went round the town on Monday and Tuesday nights reported that the first and second days of the curfew recorded low compliance by the residents.
A correspondent who monitored the development at Unity Road, Challenge area, Sabo Oke and Maraba said many shops remained opened up to 8.05 pm.
NAN also observed that there were vehicular movements as taxi, tricycles and motorcycles were busy carrying passengers, while private vehicles were also seen plying the roads.
In Maraba, many boutique and electronics shops were opened as at 8.15 p.m when NAN correspondent passed through the place.
Also, there were no presence of security personnel on the road from Unity road, Challenge, Murtala Mohammed Road to Maraba junction.
At Agric and Zango areas, residents were similarly seen going about their businesses at about 7.45 p.m, despite the imposition of 6 p.m to 6 a.m curfew.
NAN also reports that even after the 6 p.m stipulated deadline for the commencement of the curfew, residents of Agric and Zango areas were seen transacting business, while commercial vehicles were still busy transporting passengers.
Also shops were still opened with their businesses extending into the night.
The few security personnel that were around the area were not stopping anyone from transacting their businesses or stopping commercial vehicles from transporting people.
In Ita Alamu-Olunlade-Ganmo axis, uniformed men of different security agencies were seeing enforcing the dusk to dawn curfew in the area.
Security personnel, ranging from Man ‘o’ War, Peace Corps members, NSCDC, Vigilante Group of Nigeria and others were seen at different locations in the area.
NAN also reports that the security men mounted several road blocks to stop movement of residents in compliance with government directives.
NAN correspondent who went round the areas reports that residents that are not on essential duty were stopped and turned back.
A security man told NAN anonymously that any one arrested for violating the curfew order would be held till the following morning, when the curfew is over for them to proceed to their destinations.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
SS 3 students resume Wednesday in Kwara
All Senior Secondary 3 students in Kwara would resume on Wednesday as the state government had distributed 65, 000 face masks to schools ahead of the resumption.
Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said this on Monday in Ilorin while handing over the face masks to the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Bisola Ahmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had directed that exit classes should resume on Tuesday for their final examinations.
The deputy governor said the face masks were to be distributed to SS3 students as part of the government’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in the state.
“On behalf of the Kwara State Government and His Excellency, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, I present these face masks for onward distribution to our SS3 students as they prepare to resume academic activities.
“This is just the beginning as they will get more and more of our support.
“This is the first phase as we are also giving out sanitisers while the Ministry of Education, working with the committee and stakeholders in the sector, has been mandated to ensure that safety rules are adhered to,” Alabi said.
Responding, the commissioner said the government was making efforts to adhere strictly to the preventive measures as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“Our SS3 students will resume this week, precisely on Wednesday.
“We have 65,000 face masks here which will be distributed to schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“The face masks are now being distributed through the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).
” This is the first phase of what will be provided to schools.
“We have spoken with the principals of the schools and they are ready to support the state government and we assure you that all the preventive measures as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education will be provided as the schools resume,” Ahmed added.
She assured the people of the state that the face masks would get to the affected students across the state.
The commissioner said only the SS 3 students were to resume on Wednesday, adding that other exit students would be informed of their date of resumption ahead of their own examinations.
ANCOPSS President in Kwara, Toyin Abdullahi commended the government for the proactive steps, saying they would transmit the materials as directed by the government.
“I want to assure the government that the face masks will be distributed to the SS 3 students while ANCOPSS will complement the efforts of the government to ensure safety in our schools,” he added.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Attack: Governors express solidarity with Gov. Zulum
The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga.
The governors expressed the solidarity in a letter issued by the Chairman of the forum and Gov. Kayode Fayemi In Abuja.
Fayemi, while condemning the attack, expressed the forum’s solidarity to the governor to tackle the menance of insecurity.
“This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.
“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and a Police Officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.
“Mr Governor, Forum members are resolutely behind you in your effort to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.”
Fayemi said that the governors were appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in spite of all the efforts of government to end it.
“On our part, the NEC Sub-Committee on Security will be meeting tomorrow and rising from the resolutions thereof soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.
“On a final note, Mr Governor, we thank God for always being merciful.”
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
COVID-19: Osun Task Force arrests residents violating use of face masks
The Osun Joint Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday, arrested some residents of the state in Osogbo, the state capital, for improper use and/or failure to wear face masks.
The task force said that the arrests had become necessary in view of the alleged failure of the affected people to comply with the safety rules of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the directives of the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the task force had swooped on motorists and pedestrians, arresting those who were either not wearing face marks or not putting them on properly.
Some pedestrians, who were not wearing face marks, however, quickly ran back on sighting the taskforce from afar, while those putting their face masks below their chins quickly adjusted them to cover their noses.
NAN reports that the state Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi, had, on Sunday, announced that starting from Monday, government would begin to impose stiffer penalties on residents flouting the COVID-19 safety measures.
Alabi, who is also the Chairman of the task force, also rolled out fines that defaulters of the state COVID-19 rules and directives would pay for violating the safety protocols.
He said that the measure had become imperative because of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, occasioned by some individuals and institutions’ flagrant disregard for government’s guidelines.
“Hotels, clubs and bars that flout the COVID-19 safety protocols will be closed and fined N250,000 each before they can be allowed to reopen.
“Defaulting worship centres will also be closed and fined N100,000 each before they can be allow to reopen.
“Private hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients will have their establishments shut and the owners’ practising licenses withdrawn.
“Individuals, who flout the safety protocols of the state government, after being tried, shall be sentenced to community service.
“Motorcycles that exceed the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N2,000 each, while buses and mini-buses that violate the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N5,000 each,” he had said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.
The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Owerri.
Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.
He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.
The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.
Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.
He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.
He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)