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SDP inaugurates Caretaker Committee for Ondo

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SDP inaugurates Caretaker Committee for Ondo

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Friday inaugurated a 13-member caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party in Ondo State.


The committee was inaugurated at the Party Secretariat in Akure, by the National Chairman of the party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, represented by the National Vice Chairman, South West, Mr Bade Falade.

Adeniran urged members of the committee to spare no effort in bringing back all aggrieved and estranged members of the party.

“I charge you to foster unity within the party and reconcile all aggrieved members and groups,” the national chairman told committee.

He said that a transparent process would help see that the party took control of Ondo state in the Oct. 10, Governorship election.

Adeniran thanked members of the caretaker committee and charged them to justify the trust reposed in them by performing their task excellently.

Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Oladele Ogunbameru, thanked the National Working Committee (NWC) of SDP for finding them worthy of the assignment.

He pledged that the members of the committee would not betray the trust the party reposed in them.

Ogunbameru also pledged to raise the electoral fortune of the party through reconciliation, consolidation and cooperation.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

 

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced  288 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, which brought the total number of infections to 44,129.


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.

It disclosed that the Lagos State Government reported the recovery of 10,946 COVID-19 patients who were being managed at home.

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.

The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

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.

The NCDC said there was no specific cure for COVID-19, adding however that some  trial drugs showed 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 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)

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Ondo: We don’t substitute nominated candidates -INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it does not substitute  nominated candidates of the African Action Congress (AAC) or any other party’s nominations for Ondo governorship election.


 

The commission made the clarification in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee on Monday in Abuja.

“On July 31, INEC published the provisional list of candidates for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for  Oct. 10 in its state office in Akure and also uploaded same to its website and social media platforms.

“The list contains the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates submitted by 17 political parties, including the AAC at the close of nomination on  July 28.

“However, one of the aspirants in the primaries of the party accused the commission of substituting his name as the rightful governorship candidate of the party, while another aspirant also claimed that the commission substituted his deputy governorship candidate.

“Contrary to these assertions, INEC did not substitute the name of any aspirant or candidate.

“The commission received only one submission from the AAC through its dedicated online portal for candidate nomination.

“There was no human interface. The names uploaded on the portal by the political parties were the same names published.

“The commission only receives the names of candidates and running mates from the National Headquarters of Political Parties, duly signed by both the national chairman and national secretary,”  Okoye said.

He said that by the Supplementary Regulations and Guidelines for Activities of Political Parties issued by the commission on  June 9, the national chairmen and national secretaries of political parties as contained in the commission’s records shall be issued access codes to the commission’s portal.

He said that only the two party leaders had access for the electronic submission, withdrawal and substitution of names and particulars of their candidates as elected at party primaries monitored by the commission.

“The political parties shall use the access codes provided by the commission to upload the names and particulars of their candidates based on the prescribed Forms EC9 (formerly EC CF 001) and the appropriate Form EC9 (A) – (G) series (formerly CF 002) as provided on the commission’s website.

“The completed forms EC9 and EC9 (A) – (G) series, signed by the national chairman and national secretary of the political party, are uploaded to the commission’s prescribed portal along with the relevant covering letter addressed to the chairman of the commission,” he said.

Okoye said that  INEC did not deal directly with aspirants, candidates or state branches of political parties in matters relating to the nomination, submission and substitution of candidates of political parties.

He said that such action was the exclusive preserve of the political parties as represented by the national chairman and national secretary.

“The commission duly published the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates as submitted by the national chairman and secretary of the AAC.

“Aspirants, candidates and state branches of political parties, with issues or challenges relating to their nominated candidates should approach and resolve such issues with the national chairmen and secretaries of their respective political parties,” Okoye said.

AAC National Chairman,  Dr Leonard Nzenwa in a separate statement, confirmed that  the name of of the party’s deputy governorship candidate for the  Ondo governorship election, published by INEC was the authentic name submitted to the commission by the party.

He said that the names of the candidates published by INEC were the ones submitted by the party to the commission as empowered by the party’s Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

 “The party wishes to make it clear that the party’s leadership, through its national headquarters submitted names of its candidates to the commission.

“It is within powers of the party’s chairman and its leadership to exercise this task as it has nothing to do with the INEC or any other stakeholder for that matter,” he said.

Nzenwa  enjoined party faithful to remain calm, law-abiding and continue to work to  uplift the party.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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COVID-19 test no longer a requirement for resumption of students in Ogun — Abiodun

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The Ogun government had stepped down COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in the exit class in Senior Secondary schools in the state.


Gov. Dapo Abiodun announced the reversal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Friday.

The government had on Sunday, through Mrs Ronke Soyombo, Special Assistant to the governor on Education, directed schools in the state to reopen for students in the SS3 classes on Tuesday.

It had also insisted that the returning students ran COVID-19 test before being admitted into the schools.

The government listed specific laboratory centres for the test which costs N50,000 had announced a 100 per cent subsidy for students in public schools and 50 per cent subsidy for students in the private schools.

Abiodun on Monday, however, reversed the decision and stepped down the COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for the returning students .

The governor noted that the state had the highest number of secondary schools in the country with a total of 5,340 and 500 boarding students in private and public schools, respectively.

“After reviewing these developments, I have today immediately directed that the government laboratories carry out test for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost.

“I have also directed that all those who have paid for tests be refunded.

“The health of our children remains our utmost priority.

“However, we have a total number of 5,340 boarding students in our private schools and 500 boarding students in our public schools.

“Our COVID-19 testing laboratory has an installed testing capacity of 500 tests per day.

“It may not, therefore, be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results prior to resumption or even examinations which commences on August 17.

“Consequently the state government has, therefore, stepped down the COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in our exit classes.

“We, therefore, enjoin private school owners to their duty of care to their pupils.

“The admittance of students into boarding house in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of such private schools.

” We recommend that students who do not have to stay in the boarding house should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions.

“I have also directed the provision of face masks for all students in both private and public schools.

“The inconvenience and confusion experienced on Sunday is highly regrettable and my sincere apologies to the parents and students so affected.

“The quality and standard of education and well being of our children are issues that are very dear to my heart.

“I appreciate the cooperation, support, resilience and understanding of all the people of Ogun State towards flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Ogun State.

“It is my prayer that this phase will end soonest,” he said.

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Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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School feeding programme gulps over N500m during Lockdown – Minister

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The Federal Government expended about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.


The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHADMSD), Sadiya Farouq, announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.

“It is critical at this juncture to provide details that will help puncture the tissue of lies being peddled in the public space.

“The provision of ‘Take Home Rations’, under the modified Home Grown School Feeding programme, was not a sole initiative of the MHADMSD.

“The ministry, in obeying the Presidential directive, went into consultations with state governments through the state Governor’s Forum, following which it was resolved that ‘take-home rations’, remained the most viable option for feeding children during the lockdown.

“So, it was a joint resolution of the ministry and the state governments to give out take-home rations.

“The stakeholders also resolved that we would start with the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states, as pilot cases,’’ the minister said.

According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.

The minister said that the figure generated from statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

“According to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to six members in its household, with three to four dependents.

“So, each household is assumed to have three children.

“Based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.

“The meal costs N70 per child.

“When you take 20 school days per month, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.

“Three children would then eat food worth N4,200 per month and that was how we arrived at the cost of the ‘take-home ration’.

“The agreement was that the federal government will provide the funding while the states will implement.

“To ensure transparency in the process, we partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners.’’

She said that her ministry invited government agencies like the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs to monitor the process.

“TrackaNG monitored and gave daily updates validating the programme.

“In the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.

“If 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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