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Reps set aside March 12 for of school children

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The House of Representatives has dedicated March 12 to debate and address factors responsible for alarming rate of out of school children in the country.


The Speaker of the house, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APCLagos), made the announcement while speaking at Wednesday’s plenary.

Gbajabiamila said that all other matters would be set aside to allow members focus on how to address the menace.

“In line with my speech after our recess and our Legislative Agenda, we shall dedicate March 12 to look into issues of out of school children.

“All members should be present as it is a very important matter, we cannot just watch situation continue to deteriorate; it is like sitting on gun powder,” he said.

According to a survey by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria has more than 13.2 million out of school children.

The survey showed that most of the children are within Northern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where Boko Haram insurgency, had disrupted academic activities.

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APC lauds Lagos govt. over COVID-19 response

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The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the state government for its courageous , inspiring , professional and reassuring response to the coronavirus scourge in the state.


In a statement on Sunday through its  spokesman, Mr  Seye Oladejo, the APC recalled that the state government before the report of the Italian index case on Feb. 22 had set necessary machinery in motion to protect the lives of its citizens in case of a full outbreak.

The party lauded Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu  and all those in the  frontline of the battle to protect residents of the state.

“They are in our prayers and we reassure them that they have a special place in history for this great effort.

“We also appreciate our law enforcement agencies for an incident-free first few days of the lockdown. We urge them to remain calm and professional all through, ” it said.

The party commended the display of collaboration between the executive and legislative arms of government in the overall interest of the state.

It said that the speed and the smooth passage of the bills to facilitate the fight against the coronavirus further underscored the commitment of the law makers.

The party further commended the state for setting  up temporary food markets in some schools across the state to cushion the effect of the closure of major markets in the state.

“In furtherance if its social intervention efforts, the state government provided food stimulus package for Lagos residents targeting 200,000 households which is highly commendable

“Without any doubt, the events of the past few days has underscored the fact that leadership is earned in unusual trying moments as the COVID- 19 scourge represents.

“Governor Sanwoolu has led the battle from the front by his provision of the wherewithal for our medical practitioners to deliver, provide succour for the vulnerable and by his time to time interaction with the citizens.

“The Lagos state government’s approach to battle COVID- 19 has since become the model highly commended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)  and the international media like the CNN,” it said.

The party, however, enjoined  all  residents  to continue to cooperate with the government in the battle against COVID -19 by obeying all measures put in in place.

” We should continue to stay at home, observe social distancing and hygiene tips and call the emergency phone numbers provided if need be.

“We urge all and sundry to provide the needed cooperation at all times. We shall win this battle together,” it added.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo)
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Lagos discharges 5 Coronavirus patients, records another death

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The Lagos State Government, on Sunday discharged five more COVID-19 patients.


Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, said in a statement on the Update on COVID-19, that those discharged are two males and three females including a 10-year old girl.

He said the five patients tested negative twice consecutively to COVID-19 and had been discharged to reunite with their families.

Sanwo-Olu, who is the COVID-19 Incident Commander of the state,  said that with the five, a total of 29 patients had fully recovered and discharged from the facility at Yaba.

”It is however sad that the state has recorded another death, bringing to two the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Lagos state.

”Although, there is a strong indication that the state is winning the battle against the disease which is ravaging several countries across the world,  we need to remain steadfast and aggressive to curtail the spread.

”I need to reiterate that the result of tests conducted by our health workers on the recovered patients are  confirmation that they pose no threat to the community.

”I will like to use this opportunity to advise Lagosians against stigmatising the discharged patients as this act can bring feelings of shame, hopelessness and despair.

”We need to do all we can to support them in whatever form to get over the memories as soon as possible,” he said.

The governor thanked the frontline health workers who were taking good care of the patients, members of the Lagos State Health family and the Emergency Operation Centre for their kindness and flexibility in managing the patients and checking the spread of the disease.

He said that as the disease ravaged countries all over the world, Lagos state would continue to do the needful in terms of responding to emergencies in an effort to ensuring the health and wellbeing of the people.

According to him, the government will continue to do its best to make sure that other patients at the facility receive the best of care and attention, so that they can return home to join their families and the community soonest.

”In order to contain the spread of the disease, I strongly advise you to continue observing Social Distancing.

”Let us remain indoors and shun the temptation to breach the presidential restriction that has been placed on our state, so that the gains recorded so far are not eroded.

”You should regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and clean, running water and where water is not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser can be used.

”It has come to our notice that some of our youths still engage in sporting and related activities, this is very unfortunate.

”This act can  jeopardise our efforts and the laudable intention of the lockdown. I therefore, advise you to adhere strictly to our instructions so that together we can win the battle,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza
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Tinubu praises State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Kazaure at 60

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari’s   Chief of Protocol, Amb. Lawal Kazaure, on his 60th birthday. Tinubu commended Kazaure for his diligent service to the country and dedication to President Buhari.


According to a statement by Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Mr Tunde Rahman, the APC leader described the ambassador as a fine career diplomat and an excellent human being.

“Ambassador Kazaure performs his responsibilities with utmost dedication, courage and commitment.

“As State Chief of Protocol, he serves the country meticulously.

“He also serves President Buhari diligently just as he had done in the various positions he previously held in his foreign service career which had seen him work in Nigerian missions in Namibia, Turkey, Syria and Iran, among others.

“As you join the Sexagenarian Club, l pray Almighty Allah imbue you with good health, renewed energy and grant you many more years to continue in the service of the country and our people,” Tinubu said

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COVID-19: PDP tasks NASS on proposed N500bn intervention fund

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the National Assembly to scrutinise the overall profile of the N500 billion proposed by the Federal Government as intervention fund against COVID-19.


The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Saturday in Abuja, said the call was important  to ensure that the fund reached the desired targets.

Ologbondiyan called on the legislature to examine the expenditure layout and put adequate clauses to eliminate diversion.

He also urged the lawmakers to ensure prudence, as well as guarantee broad-based transparency in target-specific disbursements across all areas of need in the fight against the pandemic.

The PDP spokesperson said the call was predicated on apprehensions in the public space over allegations of diversion of funds in the recent disbursement of N20,000 social palliative.

He urged the National Assembly to demand the Federal government to furnish it with details of how the N500bn would be spent.

Ologbondiyan also called on the lawmakers to ask what amount would be spent on interventions on individuals and families, as well as a template that guaranteed that the fund would get to vulnerable Nigerians.

“The PDP insists that such information should also include details of what each state of the federation gets; the parameters for allocations, the monitoring system and foolproof measures to block all loopholes and check fraud.

“The Federal Government needs to place these details before the National Assembly.

“This money, which is to be mopped up from various special government accounts, belongs to Nigerians.

“As such, the National Assembly must ensure that it is fully utilised for their well-being.

“The PDP therefore, urges the National Assembly to instill checks and balances, by ensuring implementation involves trusted and transparent eminent Nigerians from the private sector, to further guarantee accountability and overall confidence of Nigerians in the scheme,” he said.

Ologbondiyan also called on the National Assembly to direct a quick investigation into allegations of diversion of the N20,000 social palliative.

According to him, the direct disbursement of the money instead of going through the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN), is part of a design to manipulate the system and stifle accountability of the funds.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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Coronavirus lockdown: LASG to punish officials undermining welfare programme

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The Lagos State Government says it will identify and punish anyone undermining welfare programme aimed at cushioning the effects of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.


Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known on Saturday at Lagos House, Marina, while briefing newsmen on the update of COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

According to Sanwo-Olu, when the government began this battle against the spread of the disease, it promised that the vulnerable and indigent segment of the society will not be abandoned or left behind.

He that it was in this vein, that approval of a welfare programme was given, under which 200,000 households were targeted in the first phase, for the distribution of food and other essential items.

According to him, the programme has since begun to make a positive difference in the lives of many of the intended beneficiaries.

”I must also acknowledge that there have been hitches and snags in some aspects of the implementation.

”It is not as though, we never envisaged teething problems along the way, but I must tell you that our major focus was to roll out without delay and fine-tune the modalities as we continued with programme expansion.

”What we, however, did not reckon with was the extent to which some people would go to deliberately undermine and sabotage a programme intended to bring succour to the poorest among us.

”This kind of malicious behaviour is unacceptable, and we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all the culprits are identified and appropriately punished.

”I must assure you that we have since returned to the drawing board for a more superior strategy to ensure that this laudable programme is not compromised by the sheer irresponsibility of a few, and that the full palliative impact is realised across the state,” he said.

The COVID-19 Incident Commander said that the road ahead remained long and uncertain; but the bulk of the battle had been fought and won in the mind.

Sanwo-Olu said that it had been five days since the Federal Government ordered a restriction of movement in Lagos State as part of measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor said that it had not been easy, but it was abundantly clear that this was a step that had to be taken, a necessary sacrifice, to avoid far more disruptive outcomes.

He urged Lagosians to condition their minds and reinforce their psyche to take on that of a winning approach.

”By this, I mean that we must begin to picture life after this pandemic and a return to normalcy.

”We must continue to reassure ourselves that we are not weaker as a unit, but much stronger and our confidence lies in the fact that, working together, we have and will always emerge victorious,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Lagos offers free treatment for maternity, emergency patients

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The Lagos State Government says it will take responsibility for the medical bills of all maternity and emergency patients at all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities.


Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known on Saturday at Lagos House, Marina, while giving newsmen an update on the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government would treat such category of patients free of charge, as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

”As additional ameliorating measure to complement the welfare packages previously announced, the Lagos State Government will, for the duration of the restriction on movement, take full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients at all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities.

”The patients to benefit are those that fall in the following category of Emergency/Casualty cases, including registration, laboratory tests, surgeries, and drugs.

”The patients that fall in the category of Maternity Cases, include normal delivery and Caesarean Sections (CS).

”What this means is that, at this time, patients with the above-listed conditions will not need to make any payments to access treatment and care at all our 27 General Hospitals across the state,” he said.

The governor commended law-abiding residents of the state and urged them to keep being responsible Lagosians by obeying all the directives issued by the health experts.

He said that these directives included practicing social distancing, shunning large gatherings, covering the mouths when coughing or sneezing, self-isolation and contacting a doctor if feeling unwell.

Sanwo-Olu reprimanded those who insisted on flouting the safety directives and guidelines.

”To those who seek to take undue advantage of their fellow Lagosians at this time, and all those whose aim is to undermine the efforts of the various health authorities responsible for keeping us safe, let this strong warning go out.

”The strong arms of the law will catch up with you sooner than later, and you will be brought to justice swiftly and comprehensively,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the government would not hesitate to prosecute anyone flouting the directives of the lockdown.

He said the authorities had already impounded over 400 commercial buses for flouting the order.

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Oshiomhole @ 68: APC Governors laud party chairman’s commitment to national unity 

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The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for his commitment towards a united Nigeria.


The PGF Chairman and Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday to felicitate with Oshiomhole on his 68th birthday.

Bagudu said: “The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) joins all Nigerians to celebrate the birthday of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of APC, on his 68th birthday.

“We celebrate this special occasion with Your Excellency and your entire family.

“We in particular wish to acknowledge and commend your commitment to a united and prosperous Nigeria.

“We also acknowledge your contributions as one of the founding members of this Forum and continues inputs to the processes of managing governance in Nigeria.

“As our National Chairman, we join your family, our party members and all Nigerians to celebrate you,” Bugudu said.

Meanwhile, the PGF chairman has appealed to Nigerians to observe all the social distancing measures and stay safe, assuring that the forum is working to curtail spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We commend all our frontline medical personnel under the leadership of our Federal Ministry of Health and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“May God continue to guide our country and the world to succeed to bring to an immediate end this world pandemic,” he said.

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COVID-19: Reps seek 2-month free power supply to Nigerians

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, says the House will pass a stimulus Bill to ensure Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months.


In a statement on Saturday in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said that the aim was to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians and local businesses.

According to the  speaker, the proposed Bill is to help in boosting the economy through the informal sector as the country prepares for the aftermath of the Coronavirus.

“The proposed Bill is to be considered immediately the House reconvenes from its ongoing break, declared due to the pandemic.”

Gbajabiamila said the country could not afford to be unprepared for the effect of COVID-19 on its economy.

He said that electricity, being a commodity consumed by every household, had a greater effect on the people and would have direct effect on the informal sector.

“It is one thing that will touch every household; as I said earlier, I discussed with the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) that packaged whatever they would require.

“If the government can give them, for us to allow for two months free electricity for Nigerians, they would be able to guarantee it.

“We have the figures, I think we should look very seriously into that as part of our package for economic stimulus.

“This is because stimulus means something that will stimulate the economy and when you are stimulating the economy, most of it will come from the informal sector,’’ he said.

The speaker expressed the determination of the National Assembly to partner the Executive with the aim of mitigating the effects of the disease on Nigerians and the economy.

He, however, noted that all government funds and private donations must be transparently accounted for.

Gbajabiamila also disclosed that the leadership of the National Assembly had shifted its resumption from April 7 to April in compliance with government’s 2-week stay-at-home policy.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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COVID-19: PDP directs members to assist vulnerable Nigerians

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its members nationwide to provide assistance to vulnerable Nigerians in their neighborhoods to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.


The party gave the directive in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan also appealed to more wealthy Nigerians to join in extending assistance to vulnerable citizens in the overall effort to contain and check the spread of the pandemic in the country.

He said that the party’s call was in line with its manifesto and guiding principles to ensure the security, wellbeing and happiness of all citizens, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political persuasion.

The PDP scribe also appealed to Nigerians to look beyond primordial considerations and join forces to defeat the virus.

“The party, therefore, urges Nigerians to use this time to further display their spirit of brotherly care by assisting vulnerable persons around them.

“This include, particularly the aged, the unemployed, as well as individuals and families whose means of livelihood had been crippled following the restriction directives.”

Ologbondiyan urged the Federal Government to be transparent and involve more capable Nigerian medical experts, researchers as well as equipment manufacturers to assist in checking the spread of the pandemic in the country.

“The party counsels the Federal Government to bring in the hands used in winning the battle against the Ebola virus disease.

“Government should commission indigenous manufacturers, especially auto and equipment producers, to concert effort towards production of ventilators and other equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus,” he said.

Ologbondiyan reiterated the party’s earlier commendation to the organised private sector for donations “following our call for intervention.”

He also  commended the health care providers and several other frontline workers, who had been risking their lives to safeguard the nation.

Ologbondiyan, however, called on all Nigerians to continue to pray while “observing health safety directives as we collectively defeat this pandemic.”

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Felix Ajide
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