By Akeem Abas
Ibadan, July 9, 2020 (NAN) An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Oyo State, Chief Rotimi Ajanaku, has called for the restructuring of the party’s internal policy to allow for fairness, equity and justice, ahead of future elections.
Ajanaku told newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan that this was the only way the party could achieve future electoral successes.
“It is only when the party restructures its internal policy to allow fairness, equity and justice that it can win future elections in the state and in the South-West zone,” he said.
The APC chieftain, while reacting to a statement credited to the state party’s Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, that there was no factions within the party, said that sincere reconciliation of aggrieved members must be ensured.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oke had, in a statement, debunked speculations that there were factions in the party, promising the party’s readiness to accept aggrieved members back into the party.
Ajanaku, however, said that such denial by the chairman would not do the party any good at the moment.
“The chairman’s statement is unnecessary for the progress of the party. We should be cautious of being insincere to the plight of aggrieved party members.
“It will be unfair to be insensitive to the feelings and emotions of those who have contributed, in no small way, to the survival and stability of the party in the state from its formative years.
“We cannot afford to lose all the party members and loyalists, who are currently not with the party and still expect to win the 2023 elections,” he said.
Ajanaku said that it would be very difficult for the party to win future elections with few individuals who had benefited and were still benefitting from the party.
He said that there was no way that those individuals, who were unjustly schemed out of the party’s primaries before the 2019, who would not express their grievances and displeasure.
“Perhaps I should remind the chairman that shortly after the 2019 elections, when the party first made the move to reconcile its members, the late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi promised to ensure those unfairly treated during the primaries were be compensated.
“I am sure the chairman knows that none of these people have so far been compensated. We should not forget that the party was formed from the collective contributions of all members.
“To me, as a progressive party, our mission is clear. It is to guarantee that all members are able to realise their goals through hard work, commitment and fair play.
“The party must provide every person, not just the privileged ones, with equal opportunity to pursue a better life and equal access to achieve their dreams,” the chieftain said. (NAN)
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
The agency said that eight new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country.
The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.
It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.
Among others were Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers, 13 each, Delta, 10, and Gombe, 8.
The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina, 1 and Bauchi, 1.
According to it, till date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, the health agency added that washing of hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.
“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.
“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.
“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.
The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.
“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Work resumes in Oyo State after Eid-el-Kabir holiday
Some workers in Oyo State on Monday, resumed work after the annual Muslim Eid-el-Kabir festival, celebrated on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Some of the workers monitored around Oyo North area of the state, comprising 10 council areas, showed up for work in their respective offices as early as 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
NAN reports that the resumption of workers after observing the Thursday and Friday public holiday declared by the Federal Government, was witnessed by greetings and throw of banters among the workers.
Workers were also seen exchanging meat, drinks and gifts as they discussed the merriment of the festive period.
Some workers who spoke to NAN in separate interviews, expressed satisfaction and happiness over the festival time and resumption.
A middle-level council worker at Iseyin Council area, Ismail Ishola, said the period was enjoyable and memorable for him and his family members.
A top official at the Saki West Council, who preferred anonymity, also said the period was good for him and his neighbours.
Another worker in Iseyin Council area, Mrs Aina Adio, said the holiday was equally a memorable period, saying that she had a good time with friends and family.
She, however, decried unsteady power supply by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) saying that “very good time but we ran on generator for greater part of the period”.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Carefree attitude of Nigerians leads to national spread of COVID-19- Expert
was responsible for increase in spread of in the country.
He said: “As things stand right now, the increasing national spread and carefree attitude of the populace are challenges that Nigerians must contend with along with its heavy attendant costs.
“Healthcare professionals have been exposed as several patients have refused to obey the simple rules which make the enforcement of the precautionary measures in their facilities a mere ceremony.
“We are obviously at the most dangerous spot in the life of COVID-19 in our nation.
“We should give this scourge the right attention, otherwise, we will all become the victims of this novel disease.”
He, however, urged the Federal and State Governments to enforce laws that would compel people to adhere strictly to the use of face masks in the country.
The expert also said that taming the community transmission of COVID-19 was a critical step that should be taken by the government and the people in the country.
“The current trend of community transmission without a matching force from the government agencies is synonymous to sleeping with a flaming fire on the house roof top.
“Seven months down the lane, with unabating increasing daily tally of new cases, several recorded deaths, we should necessarily tighten our belts, if we must all win the war against COVID-19.
“Staying safe is not only a wish, but the doing of all concerned,” Ajibade said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Oyo govt. to repatriate trafficked indigenes stranded in Lebanon – Makinde
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state will ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
The statement indicated that Makinde stated this while receiving a brief on the plight of the state indigenes trafficked to Lebanon from the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu.
The governor said that the state would not stand by and be watching its indigenes suffer dehumanization, under any guise, in any part of the world.
“We will pay for the repatriation of all Oyo State indigenes who have been confirmed to have been trafficked to Lebanon. Please, put all the necessary plans in place to bring them back.
“I understand that some well-meaning individuals and groups have made some donations to some of the victims. Let them use such donations as pocket money.
“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them,” he said.
Earlier, Sarumi-Aliyu informed the governor that a number of Oyo State indigenes had been discovered to be illegal migrants who were trafficked into modern-day slavery in Lebanon.
She said that while 40 of such victims had been screened and ready for the journey back home, more were still being discovered.
The governor’s aide added that her office had been working closely with the Lebanese authorities to identify those indigenes stranded in Lebanon, adding that the 40 victims already screened would be returning home on Aug.12.
“Since the government found out that we have some victims of human trafficking, who are stranded in Lebanon, we have stepped in.
“On July 11, we received 11 victims and they are going through rehabilitation with the social workers in the Ministry of Women Affairs.
“The state has given commitment that they will all be empowered. The same thing will happen to those we are expecting from the flight from Lebanon this August, once they have been cleared.” Sarumi-Aliyu stated.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq