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NCDC announces 624 new cases of COVID-19, total infections now 41,804

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NCDC announces 624 new cases of COVID-19, total infections now 41,804

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has announced 624 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus increased to 41, 804.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Tuesday.

The health agency noted that eight more persons have died from the disease.

It stated that Lagos, the nation’s COVID-19 regional epicentre, reported 212 new cases, while Oyo reported 69.

Among others states with new cases were:  Niger (49), Kano (37), Osun (37), FCT (35, Plateau (34), Gombe (33), Edo (28), Enugu (28), Ebonyi (17), Delta (10), Katsina (9), Ogun (8), Rivers (7), Ondo (5), Kaduna (4) and Nasarawa (2).

According to it, Till date, 41,804 cases have been confirmed, 18,764 cases have been discharged and 868 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continues to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the health agency said that there was no specific cure for COVID-19.

It noted Some trial drugs show promising results but were  yet to be validated for use.

“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.

“Please TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it advised.

 

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Labour Party dissociates self from CUPP lawsuit against FG

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The Labour Party (LP) has dissociated itself from the lawsuit instituted against the Federal Government by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).


 

The National Chairman of LP,  Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, said he and his party, which was a stakeholder in the organisation of the opposition parties, were not in support of the action.

“I have been forced to address this news conference by the recent media controversy as well as the action taken by an individual to sue service chiefs in the name of CUPP, an organisation that I am a relevant and senior member of.

“This decision, as well as many others taken by this individual, has not been one borne out of consultations among members but a decision exclusively his.

“This habit, therefore, brings the question of why he did not use his own Political Party, rather than an organisation comprising other political entities.

“An individual should not and cannot continue to act in the interest of the whole without due consultation and approvals.

“I want to state categorically, as a formidable stakeholder in CUPP, that I am against the action of suing the Federal Government on the issue of the continuous stay of the service chiefs.

“Let me also state that I and the Labour Party, do not support the federal government’s decision to continue to retain the Service Chiefs in the face of rising insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.

“However, we would not also allow ourselves to be dragged or become a party to a circus suit aimed primarily at promoting an individual’s quest for popularity and misplaced political relevance rather than at exacting justice for the Nigerian people,” he said.

Abdulkadir added that the law suit, no matter how pleasing it sounds, is not geared towards yielding a decisively positive result in the Courts but is geared towards making mockery of our judicial processes.

According to him, the Labour Party and I, will not be a party to reducing our national institutions into a mere circus and I therefore distance myself from the law suit.

“We cannot embark on a ludicrous journey aimed at taking undue advantage of our judicial process.

“Even though, we are an opposition Party and a standing member of the CUPP, we cannot continue be a part of an individual’s quest to weaken our national institutions and systems, when we are striving and hoping to take control of them in the future.”

Abdulkadir said that other executive members had watched with dismay how some persons who were not members of the Steering Committee had ran away with the organisation meant to represent a coalition of over seventy individual political interests, without recourse to the Steering Committee or the sensibilities of other partners.

“This has gone on for a long time in spite of concerted and concerned calls from all and sundry.

“The CUPP is made up of mature, respectable and responsible individuals and entities, which may explain why a lot of restraint have been exercised and members have been refrained from having a public showdown,” he said.

/ AFA

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Ondo spends N3.13bn on workers’ allowances, hazard bonus

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The Ondo State Government on Monday said it had spent over N3.13 billion to offset the outstanding allowances of workers and medical staff in the state.


Mr Donald Ojogo, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, disclosed this on Monday in Akure.

“The agreement for the payment was the outcome of last month’s (July) meeting between Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and union leaders in the state,” Ojogo said.

He said Akeredolu had last week approved that the outstanding allowances be paid following the conclusion of the series of meetings brokered by the Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye.

“Part of the resolution was that the July allocation from the Federation Account should be used to offset these allowances.

“Some of the already cleared outstanding allowances include deductions, leave bonuses as well as pensions,” he added.

Ojogo also revealed that 30 per cent of consolidated basic salary as hazard allowance for Medical Health Workers were also paid.

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Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

 

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COVID-19 vaccines now in phase 3 clinical trials– WHO

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Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), says a number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials to prevent COVID-19 pandemic.


Ghebreyesus made this known at a virtual news conference on Monday at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

The director-general said: “ We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection.

“However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be; for now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control.

“Testing, isolating and treating patients, tracing and quarantining their contacts. Do it all.

“Inform, empower and listen to communities. Do it all.

“For individuals, it’s about keeping physical distance, wearing a mask, cleaning hands regularly and coughing safely away from others. Do it all.’’

Ghebreyesus said the message to people and governments was clear: “Do it all, and when it’s under control, keep going! Keep strengthening the health system.

“Keep improving surveillance, contact tracing and ensure disrupted healthcare services are restarted as quickly as possible.

“Keep safeguards and monitoring in place, because lifting restrictions too quickly can lead to resurgence.

“Keep investing in the workforce and communicating and engaging communities.

“We have seen around the world, that it’s never too late to turn this pandemic around,’’ he said.

According to him, if we act together today, we can save lives, we can save livelihoods, if we do it all together.

He told journalists that the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 met on Friday and reviewed the current pandemic.

“It was a sobering moment coming six months on from when the committee advised.

“And, I agreed that the outbreak constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

“At the time, Jan. 30, there were fewer than 100 cases and no deaths outside of China.

“When the Committee met three months ago, three million cases of COVID-19 had been reported to WHO, and more than 200,000 deaths.

“Since then, the number of cases has increased more than five-fold to 17.5 million, and the number of deaths has more than tripled to 680,000,’’ the director-general said.

In addition to the direct toll COVID-19 is having, Ghebreyesus said the committee noted the health impact that disrupted services were having on a range of other diseases.

“That compounds what we already know about reduced immunisation coverage, cancer screening and care, and mental health services.

“A survey of responses from 103 countries between mid-May and early July, found that 67 per cent of countries report disruption in family planning and contraception services.

“More than half of countries reported disruption in antenatal care services and more than a third of countries reported disruption in child birth services.

“On top of the health impact, we have seen the damage COVID-19 has caused socially, economically and politically.

“The committee put forward a number of recommendations for countries to continue to implement to bring the virus under control.

“These range from sharing best practice, to enhancing political commitment and leadership for national strategies and localised response activities driven by science, data and experience.’’

He said from serology studies that most people remained susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks.

“Over the past week we’ve seen several countries that appeared as though they were past the worst now, contending with fresh spikes in cases.

“However, we’ve also seen how some countries, regions or localities that had a high number of cases are now bringing the outbreak under control.

“It’s not easy, of course. Strict measures may cause their own problems for delivery of essential health services, the economy and societies overall.

“The committee acknowledged that Member States have tough choices to make to turn the epidemic around.

“But, they were also clear that when leaders step up and work intensely with their populations, this disease can be brought under control.’’

He further said we learnt everyday about this virus.

“ I’m pleased that the world has made progress in identifying treatments that can help people with the most serious forms of COVID-19 recover.

“The committee recommended that countries engage in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, participate in relevant clinical trials, and prepare for safe and effective therapeutics and vaccine introduction,’’ Ghebreyesus said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Flour Mills announces AGM attendance by proxy Sept. 10

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Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has announced that its 60th Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Sept. 10, would be by proxy and live streaming.


Mr Joseph Umolu, the Company Secretary, disclosed in a notice posted on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday in Lagos.

Umolu said: “In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the restrictions on mass gathering and in line with the guidelines issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission on holding AGMs using proxies, attendance at the AGM shall be by proxy.

“Consequently, a member entitled to attend and vote at the AGM is advised to select from the listed proposed proxies to attend in his stead,” he said.

The listed proxies are, Mr John Coumantaris; Dr Emmanuel Ukpabi; Mr Paul Gbedebo; Dr Salamatu Suleiman; Sir Sunny Nwosu; Mr Adesina Oladepo; Mr Boniface Okezie; Mrs Esther Augustine; Mr Nonah Awoh and Chief Timothy Adesiyan.

Umolu informed shareholders that the proxy form was attached to the annual report of the company and also available on url:shorturl.at/mp349.

He disclosed that dividends, if approved, would be paid on Sept. 14 to shareholders.

The secretary also informed shareholders that some dividend warrants had been returned to the registrar as unclaimed.

He urged shareholders to open bank accounts, stockbroking accounts and CSCS accounts for the purpose of e-dividend and bonus.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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