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Nasarawa Speaker tasks Nigerians on health, wealth creation

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The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi has urged Nigerians to give adequate attention to their health to enable them contribute positively to national development.


Abdullahi stated this on Thursday when the management of Super Life Global Company carried out Health Talk with members of the state assembly.

The speaker, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Nehemiah Dandaura, said that the importance of health to human and societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need of his call in that direction.

The speaker also advised well to do individuals in the society to support the improvement of the general wellbeing of the less privilege in society.

“Your lecture, apart from its health benefit, will also help in creating wealth as it has been said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation,” he said.

Abdullahi also urged members and staff of the House to key into the different products and services of the company to improve on their health and that of their dependants.

Earlier, Mrs Dorcas Azi, wife of Former Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly and leader of the company, said the visit was to enlighten the members on the health and economic benefits of their products and services.

“We are here to create an awareness on the importance of (our product) that cure many diseases such as Stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer problems among others.

“It is a supplement that has been tested and trusted and many people with chronic diseases have used it and gave lots of testimonies to its efficiency,” she said.

She urged the lawmakers to invest in networking business for wealth creation and for the overall development of the country.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ismail Abdulaziz



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Civil servants in Katsina to resume duty on Monday — HoS

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has directed workers in the state’s civil service to resume work on Monday.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the government had earlier directed workers to stay at home as part of measures to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The state’s Head of Service, Alhaji Idris Tune, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Katsina, said workers would from Monday be providing skeletal services from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. daily.

According to him, the new arrangement would be maintained for a period of one week.

The Head of Service further explained that all public and private institutions, including tertiary, secondary and primary schools were to remain closed till further notice.

On resumption to duty, Tune urged the workers to continue to observe social distancing, consistent washing of hands and application of sanitisers to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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Fayemi commends members of COVID-19 c’ttee for accepting appointment

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has commended eminent persons appointed into the State COVID-19 Response Resource Committee for accepting to serve.


This was contained in the governor’s inaugural message to members which was  made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Ado Ekiti by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode.

He lauded the response of members of the committee set up to mobilise and manage funds as well as projects in the state’s war against the coronavirus.

Fayemi said he was humbled and honoured by their positive response and readiness to serve the state at this crucial period.

He assured them that transparency and accountability would be maintained in the utilisation of the resources mobilised.

The governor said he was particularly happy, seeing that many of the members had even started generating ideas and contacts as soon as they accepted to serve on the committee.

This, according to him, was an indication that the state would achieve its set goal of curtailing the dreaded COVID-19 through the assistance of the committee.

He explained that much of the meetings of the 47-member committee would be held via teleconferencing and other technological means in view of the need to observe social distancing.

Fayemi said: “I’ve had cause to speak with almost everyone in the committee in the past few days.

“I’m truly humbled and honoured by your genuine expression of concern and your enthusiasm and readiness to serve the state in combating this existential threat.

“I thank particularly our Grand Patron, Chief Afe Babalola, our patrons who are my predecessors in office, the chairman and other members for your strong commitment to Ekiti State at this critical period

“I want to assure you that the resources mobilised will be used for the purpose for which it is intended and we will maintain transparency and accountability all through the process.

“We welcome suggestions and contributions on modalities for accomplishing the task ahead of us.

“Our mission is clear, the target has been attached to your letter of appointment, but nothing is cast in stones,” he said.

Fayemi said the idea was to also leverage on the experience, expertise and networks of members of the committee.

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Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Mufutau Ojo)
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Covid-19: Akeredolu approves two additional names for palliatives committee

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the inclusion of two additional names in the COVID-19 Palliatives Committee.


Mr Donald Ojogo, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, in a statement on Sunday in Akure announced Mr Adeleye Sunday, state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, and Dr Faosat Aragbaiye as the new members.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Akeredolu had constituted a nine-member palliatives committee on April 3.

NAN further reports that the committee was to work out modalities and mobilise human and material resources to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in food supply.

The commisioner canvassed support for the committee to carry out its task, saying the appeal became necessary in view of various submissions made on  the composition of the committee.

”  Valid as these observations are in some cases, it is, nonetheless, impossible to accommodate all interests, especially in a state with 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“As a further measure to ensure mass participation in the process and to reach out to the people, the governor approved constitution of a local government committee in each LGA to be headed by cabinet member from the area.

“This is the most important aspect in the chain of processes. Such cabinet member shall be assisted by the state legislator(s) from the LGA.

“Traditional rulers, religious and community leaders and other relevant segments shall also be part of the process,” he said.

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Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Mufutau Ojo)
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COVID-19: Makinde tests negative, resumes work on Monday

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says he has tested negative for the coronavirus in a second test and promised to resume work on Monday.


Makinde confirmed this on Sunday night through his twitter handle after he received the result of his second test.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor had on March 30 through his twitter handle confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor had since confirming he was positive for COVID-19 went into isolation after which his second test result on Sunday confirmed him negative for the virus.

Makinde in his tweet thanked the people of the state for their prayers during the period.

“I am deeply moved by your prayers and support throughout this period. I am so thankful.

” This evening, I received my second negative test result for COVID-19.

“I especially thank Prof. Temitope Alonge who acted in my stead as Head of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force,” he said in his tweet.

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COVID-19: Commissioner lauds Lafia residents for obeying government’s restriction order

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Mr Dogo Shammah, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Nasarawa State,  has lauded residents in Lafia, the state capital,  for obeying the state government’s directive on restriction of movement from 8pm to 6am.


Shammah expressed the  appreciation in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Lafia on Sunday.

NAN reports that Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Wednesday, April 1,  directed restriction of movement in Lafia and other urban areas of the state from 8pm to 6am,  effective from April 2,  as part of measures to prevent the risk and spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Shammah said he was impressed with the compliance of residents of Lafia so far and urged them to continue to adhere to every directive of the state government to ensure that the virus was prevented from infecting residents in the state.

“The state government really appreciates the efforts put in by residents to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and we urge everyone to continue to play their part to ensure that no single person in the state is infected because every life is very important,” he said.

Shammah explained that intensive enlightenment and involvement of critical stakeholders in the state had paved the way for residents to key into the state government’s measures on COVID -19.

“The state government engaged in aggressive enlightenment to pass the message around and we succeeded in convincing our people on the need to adhere to the measures.

“So they believe that the government is sensitive to their plight and the steps taken is  for their own good. This is especially considering our proximity to the Federal Capital Territory where some cases have already been reported,” he said.

NAN reports that since the governor’s directive  restricting movement from 8pm to 6am, night life in Lafia had come to a halt as all shop and joints and other fun spots had to comply as well.

 

NAN Correspondent who monitored the compliance and enforcement of the directive in Lafia on Sunday night, reports that since the enforcement of the directive on Thursday, most of the neighbourhoods in the state capital had continued to remain scanty at night.

NAN reports that residents often hurried away to their homes to beat the deadline set by the state government and to avoid clashing with security agents patrolling to enforce the directive.

NAN reports that busy neighbourhoods such as Ombi 1, Ombi 2, Bukan Sidi, Shabu and Shendam Road, UAC Road, Tudun Gwandara among others, were empty.

Social hotspots such as Kakaky, Lace Restaurant, Lavista Restaurant, Vila Roza relaxation spot, relaxation spots along Kwandere road, Lafia Township Stadium junction, Total junction, among others, were also deserted.

Shop owners and other traders along the Lafia-Makurdi road hurriedly locked shops to comply with the government’s directive, while residents who could no longer wait for commercial transportation were seen walking briskly to their various destinations.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju
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Stay-at-home order: Lagos husbands narrate experiences

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More reactions from husbands are trailing  the stay-at-home directive of both Lagos State and federal governments, which entered Day 11 and Day Seven, respectively.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that Lagos State Government had on March 24 directed closure of open markets, recreational centres, salons and other public places with exception of those selling food, medicine and other live-saving essentials.

The closure took effect from March 26.

The government had earlier directed its workers on Grade Levels 12 and below to work from home except those on essential duties.

The Federal Government had  equally directed its workers on similar grade levels to work from home,  before ordering a lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and  Abuja  for 14 days with effect from 11.00p.m., March 30.

Only a few categories of workers, shops and companies are excepted from the lockdown.

All the directives are aimed at checking coronavirus spread.

Mr  Timilehin Ilesanmi, a 42-year-old engineer, described the experience so far as an opportunity to work on his nine-year-old marriage.

He told NAN that he had been able to strengthen bonding with his family.

“On a normal day, I don’t get to stay with my wife and children because of the nature of my job.

“I leave the house at 6:30a.m. every work day and come back at 10:30p.m; so, we hardly have time to share thoughts.

”Now, I carry our baby most of the time; my wife, who didn’t believe I could take care of infants, now believes me,” he said.

Also, an information technology  professional, Mr Taiwo Shodipe, 55, told NAN that the stay-at-home order had given him more time to interact with his children.

“I have used this period to educate my children more on sex education; it has also given me time to ask questions on their love lives,” he said.

Mr Odunayo Arasanyin, 32, who recently got married, said the directive favoured him.

“I got married just 12 days ago. This directive pays me a lot;  it has extended my honeymoon as I should have resumed work  on March 29.

“I am having a nice time with my wife; it is just the two of us and we like it,” he said.

Equally, Mr Collins Agbor, a 30-year-old civil servant, said the lockdown had enabled him to understand the volume of house chores done by his wife daily.

“I now appreciate all mothers out there, especially my wife, for efforts in taking care of the home.

“I now know that taking care of children, especially toddlers, is a real work.

“My three children, aged two, four  and six years, play a lot. You have to shout at them countless number of times; you have to watch them so that they don’t injure themselves.

“Ah! Women are trying,” he exclaimed.

However, Mr Jeremiah Obeto, a businessman, described the experience so far as a nightmare.

“I am not the type that stays in one place,  I am really finding it difficult to cope; the 14 days period is like eternity to me.

“I pray that COVID-19 goes back to where it came from so that Nigeria can be free again and there can be movement as before,” he said.

Similarly, a 38-year-old civil servant, Mr Francis Ukphore, said he never enjoyed staying at home.

“I have a wife who nags a lot, she reacts to every little thing.

“In order to avoid her troubles, after leaving the office every day, I hang out with my friends in a bar and come home late.

“I miss my friends. I miss my drinking joint, I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over,” he said.

Mr Gbenga Akinola, a businessman, said that since he got married 12 years ago, he had not stayed together for long with his wife because of his business.

“I stay in Abuja while my wife and children stay here in Lagos.

“I came to Lagos on a two-day visit and this lockdown pinned me down.

“I am not enjoying my stay at all. It is like prison,” he said.

He however, said that the lockdown was  necessary, and hailed Nigeria’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“Staying at home is hard  but a major  way out. I pray that we shall  overcome.

“The infected ones will live and their health restored,” he prayed.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Ijeoma Popoola
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COVID-19: No total lockdown yet in Kwara – govt

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The Kwara Government says it has not declared total lockdown on the state as speculated in some quarters.


Mr Rafiu Ajakaye,  Chief Press Secretary to the state Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, made the clarification in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin.

“We  want to clarify that the government has not declared total lockdown as is being speculated in some quarters.

” For now, the partial lockdown remains in force,” Ajakaye,  also the Spokesman for the Kwara Technical Committee on COVID-19, said.

He gave the assurance that the committee would notify the public of any further  decision on the lockdown.

According to him, more donations have been made to the government by individuals and firms to prevent  the spread of coronavirus in the state.

“The government commends Mrs Bola Shagaya for donating 100 bags of 50kg rice, 500 pieces of 5kg semovita and 200 small cartons of detergents.

“Also, the government hails Mt. Olive Nig. Ltd. for giving 1,500 cartons of tomato paste and 1,000 bags of 5kg garri (cassava flakes).

“Similarly, the government thanks Zambazi Restaurant Café and Lounge for the gift of N100,000,” he said.

He appealed  to more individuals and organisations to contribute to the effort.

The spokesperson said that distribution of government’s palliatives had begun in Ilorin East Local Government Area, with representatives of the 12 wards in the council directly taking custody of food stuffs.

”Commodities distributed are rice, sugar and vegetable oil, among others,” Ajakaye said.

AGF /

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola
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100 business proposals to receive N100m grants from Osinbajo’s friends

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No fewer than 100 Nigerian business proposals have qualified to receive N1 million each, as business support grants from friends of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.


The beneficiaries were selected under the aegis of  the ‘March 8 Initiative for Small Businesses’ organised and promoted by Friends of Osinbajo in commemoration of his  63rd birthday.

Osinbajo clocked 63 years on March 8.

The initiative, in a statement by its Cordinator, Ikem Isiekwena, on Sunday in Abuja, said that the final verification of successful 100 proposals who would receive N1 million each  as grant to support their business enterprises was ongoing.

The  initiative, aimed at creating opportunities for Nigerian youths, was instituted to support young Nigerian entrepreneurs with brilliant minds and disruptive ideas, seeking opportunities for growth and expansion.

The  verification process, which started March 27, will end on April 9.

The successful candidates for the verification stage of the awards were selected after a vigorous process of screening and vetting of their entries by a team of internal and external evaluators.

Isiekwena explained the rationale behind the initiative.

“Friends of Prof. Osinbanjo will continue to make it a priority to help small businesses grow and expand in smart, innovative and efficient ways.

“The March 8 Initiative is just one unique way of equipping small business owners with the right resources to best drive their business forward.

“Following the announcement of the initiative on February 29th, 2020, Nigerian entrepreneurs, who met the initiative’s eligibility criteria including the ownership and running of a business, were advised to submit a one-page proposal, describing in explicit detail, how the grant money will help elevate their business to the next level.

“This call was made using advertisements on social media, as well as several publications online and offline.

“As at the deadline, March 3, a total of 20,200 applications were received to be reviewed, kicking off the first stage of the screening process known as the Eligibility Screening,” he said.

This stage was conducted by an independent team who exhaustively went through all applications validating them based on the terms and conditions stated on the invitation to apply.

The next stage, conducted by “External Evaluators”, evaluated each proposal on its substance, awarding marks on a range of criteria including, but not limited to, clarity, cogency, and inventiveness.

The coordinator said that interested entrepreneurs for future grants and opportunities should visit the group’s official site – www.march8th.ng, or follow social media channels with @friendsofprof. for detailed information.

Members of the panel that reviewed the applications were Dr Kenneth Amaeshi, Director of Sustainable Business Initiative at the University of Edinburgh Business School, UK, Furera

Jumare, Chief Eexecutive Officer of MicroDevelopment Consulting Limited (MCDL), who also sits on the boards of Union Bank Nigeria and Kaduna State Microfinance Implementation Committee.

Others were Bunmi Otegbade, Co-founder and Managing Director  of Generation Enterprise, an organisation that equips youth with transferrable skills and career pathways through AI-enabled skills education in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. 

 



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COVID-19: Rivers govt. to distribute foodstuffs 

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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has announced his administration’s resolve to distribute food palliatives to the people of Rivers following the sit-at-home directive to check the spread of Coronavirus.


He made this known in Port Harcourt on Sunday after inspecting the State Food Bank established for the distribution of the food palliatives.

According to a statement by Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant (Electronic Media) to the Rivers Governor, a State Committee will be set up to implement the distribution of the foodstuffs.

The governor said: “We inspected where we kept the relief materials for our palliative programme.  Our intention is to ensure that we mitigate the impact of the sit-at-home directive.

“We are going to set up a committee for the distribution of the foodstuffs meant to serve as palliative for Rivers people.’’

The state government has rice, garri, beans, noodles, yam, palm oil and salt at the food bank.

The governor was accompanied by Service Commanders who are members of the State Task Force on Enforcement of the Ban on Public and Religious Gatherings.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the food items are to be distributed to the less privileged in all the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

Wike also warned against the politicisation of the fight against Coronavirus.

He said that all stakeholders must make sacrifice.

“We say to our people, this is not a time to play politics. Nobody should play politics with the lives of people. 

“Everybody has to make sacrifice to make sure everyone stays alive.

“For now, we are not 100 per cent ready but we are about 90 percent ready. Luckily for us, we have no serious cases.

“The confirmed case is doing very well. They have sent her samples and it came out negative.  The final sample has been sent and we are expecting the results.

“We are doing quite well. All members of the Security Council are working together to ensure that we prevent the spread of coronavirus,’’ the governor said.

Wike said the Task Force on the Monitoring of Compliance was happy with the level of cooperation by the Churches.

He said: “We are happy with the level of compliance that we have seen throughout Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas. The churches complied.”

The Task Force monitored compliance at Omega Power Ministries, OPM, Saint Patrick’s Anglican Church, Rukpokwu and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chaplaincy, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Rumuibekwe.

The governor also inspected the progress of work at the State Isolation/Treatment Centre under construction.

“We have visited this location to see the readiness of the Isolation/Treatment Centre in Port Harcourt.

“Even though they failed to deliver the job on Saturday as promised, we are confident that in the next four days, it would have been completed,’’ Wike said.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi
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