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SGF, Ribadu, Adamu, Bindow, FCT Minister, others to reposition APC in Adamawa

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The North-East zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a 39-member Central Steering Committee to reposition the party in Adamawa State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that part of the committee’s assignment was also to reconcile all the aggrieved aspirants and candidates for various positions during the 2019 general elections.

The party, in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by its National Vice-Chairman (North-East), Alh. Mustapha Shaliu, said that the committee was set up to develop a programme of action for its repositioning and strengthening in the state.

recalls that that the party had, since the last general elections, been embroiled in crisis, leading to the victory of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state at the poll.

Shaliu said that the committee, headed by Abdulrahman Adamu, had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as co-chairmen.

Other members of the committee, according to him, include the immediate past governor of the state, Mohammed Jibrilla (Bindow), a former EFCC Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Dahiru Bobbo, Sen. Jonathan Zwingina and Sen. Ahmed Barata, among others.

He said that the committee was also charged with the task of proposing modalities that would ensure free and fair primaries ahead of the upcoming local government election and future elections in the state.

Shaliu said that it was also expected to propose ways and means of raising funds for the running the affairs of the party in the state.

“Its other tasks are to develop an effective media and public enlightenment programme for repositioning the party to its winning form in the state.

“To co-ordinate and support the various election petitions by the party at various tribunals and courts.

“To carry out any other function as may be directed by the National Working Committee of the APC,” he said.
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COVID-19: Decision to extend lockdown not punitive — SGF

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has assured Nigerians on Tuesday said the decision to extend the lockdown was not punitive.

 

Mustapha stated this at the PTF on COVID-19 daily press briefing in Abuja, adding that there was a need to balance between safety and economic considerations before reopening the economy.

 

He said that judging from historical perspectives there was the need to balance between safety and economic considerations before reopening the economy, fully.

 

“I wish to repeat that the decision is not punitive. We share your pains and also share your concerns, however, our future remains in our hands and compliance is one of the keys to opening that future.

 

“​As we go into the first week of the extension of phase one under the eased lockdown regime, we appeal once more to everyone, to diligently comply with measures put in place,” he said.

 

He said of particular importance was the need to obey the curfew, ban on interstate travels, observe physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, observe personal and respiratory hygiene and align with the policy on the use of face masks.

 

He said the two additional weeks should be utilised by businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship, educational institutions awaiting reopening to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era.

The chairman of PTF on COVID-19 said that behavioural change was a must for every citizen, adding that COVID 19 had changed the world completely.

 

He said that the PTF was committed to continue to provide the required leadership for national response, adding that in the coming days, intense consultations would be deepened with different segments of the society.

 

This, according to him, includes the state governments, security agencies, religious and community leaders in order to ensure a coordinated implementation of the measures.

 

​Mustapha stated that specific directives had been issued to security agencies to strictly enforce the measures, while admonishing Nigerians to observe the restrictions in full.

 

He assured essential workers, such as the front line medical personnel, the media, environmental health workers, farmers and agro-related service providers, oil and gas services, aviation, the power sector and others of adequate protection.

 

He, however, urged them to always go with their means of identifications. 

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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SGF presents Ibrahim Gambari to FEC as Buhari’s new Chief of Staff

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Wednesday formally presented former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, to members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as the new Chief of Staff to the President.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the appointment of Gambari as the new CoS to the President was unofficially announced by some traditional and social media outfits on Tuesday, some quoting the Emir of Ilorin as their source.

However, the SGF shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the FEC, confirmed that President Buhari approved the appointment of Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President.

Gambari, who was Buhari’s Foreign Minister and confidant as military Head of State in the 1980s, replaced Malam Abba Kyari, who died last month of COVID-19.

NAN reports that the new Chief of Staff has since resumed work where he is currently participating in the maiden virtual meeting of the FEC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

NAN reports that minute silence was observed in honour of three former ministers, namely; Richard Akinjide from Oyo State, Halilu Alhassan (Sokoto) and Paul Wanpana (Adamawa) as well as Malam Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President, who died recently.

Gambari, an Ilorin prince, served as minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. He was appointed by former United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur in 2010.

He also served as Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the UN Secretary General.

Gambari has also served as Under-Secretary General of the United Nation for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

NAN reports that President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and about seven ministers were physically present at the Council Chamber for the maiden virtual meeting of the Council.

The affected Ministers include that of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono. Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Others at the Council Chamber are the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamma; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment,  Niyi Adebayo as well as theNational Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen.Babagana Mungonu, while other ministers participated in the meeting directly from their respective offices.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19: PTF operating in tandem with states – SGF

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, says the PTF is not operating at variance with state committees responee on Coronavirus.

Mustapha said this at the PTF daily media briefing on Friday in Abuja.

He said that the PTF was mindful of the fact that the country was a federation, adding that the national response is one and Governors would have to respond based on the peculiarity of the situation on hand.

“What we have is a national response and it is to test, isolate and track victims. We have non-pharmaceutical process which is stay at home, social distancing, avoid unnecessary gathering,” said the PTF chairman.

He said that the bases of application of going to work, opening of markets and others could vary but the response to the pandemic was one.

Mustapha said that no cure for COVID-19 had been found yet, adding that everybody is only trying to lay hand on possible drug and the countries with big economy are yet to found a cure for the virus.

“We have seen many postulations but nobody can beat his chest and say I have found a cure. We are looking at home remedy and if we find, then we can beat our chest that the solution emerge from here,” Mustapha said.

He said that for now, nobody could say with precision and degree of certainty that it had found a cure, but assured that the PTF would keep the agenda of a local solution in focus.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Every Nigerian is a combatant in battle against COVID-19 — SGF

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, says every Nigerian is a combatant in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic.

Mustapha said this at the PTF on COVID-19 daily briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the only way to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic was when various institutions in the country worked together on the basis of understanding.

He urged those in leadership to also take responsibility by engaging their community on ways to forestall the spread of the COVID-19.

“Every Nigerian is a combatant because what you do to yourselves is capable of affecting others and if you operate under that feeling, we will overcome the challenge in no time,” he said.

He urged the media not to relent in its crusade to curtail the spread of COVID-19, adding that they should ensure that the message was taken to communities to create awareness.

He commended the security agencies for arresting and prosecuting violators of the lockdown order, while urging them not to relent in their efforts.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Health sector will not remain same post-COVID-19 — SGF

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has assured that Nigerian health sector would not remain the same post COVID-19 as all measures would be taken to improve the sector.

Mustapha, who is also the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, gave the assurance while answering questions from journalists during press briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said that post COVID-19 would bring about total overhaul of the health sector, adding that: “I believe after COVID-19 Nigeria will not be the same again as there will be provision of infrastructure that was hitherto neglected.”

Mustapha, however, pointed out that the Task Force was not averse to criticism from spirited Nigerians in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He said that the PTF would always welcome criticism with solutions, adding that any criticism directed at PTF must be constructive and proved to be a solution to contain the coronavirus.

“We have always accommodated criticism, but any criticism without suggestion of solution is not constructive, nobody can predict the attitude of COVID-19; it is unprecedented global pandemic,” he said.

He said that PTF remained one of the most coordinated responses in national crisis, adding that the Taskforce had taken bold step that had never been taken before now.

Mustapha commended private organisations, religious bodies, government agencies and NGOs that had responded by donation and palliatives, saying that the national response had been awesome.

He, however, urged commercial banks to ensure money was always available to their customers who might want to withdraw money by ensuring that money was always available in the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

The SGF blamed shortage of fund at most ATM centers on panic withdrawal and slow restocking, adding that the Central Bank of Nigeria would continue to engage commercial banks to ensure a hitch free financial flow.

Similarly, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said that the ministry needed to ensure that facilities put in place for returnees were well equipped, adding that it would ensure the returnees were well kept.

He said that the returnees should be back to the country by the end of next week, adding that 200 returnees would be accommodated in Lagos and Abuja.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Abba Kyari: FG opens Condolence Register at office of SGF Abuja

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The Federal Government says a condolence register in honour of late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari will be opened at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) from Sunday.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

According to him, only those who are able to use the window permitted for movement by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)administration can make use of the register.

The presidential aide revealed that the remains of the late Chief of Staff to the President, which arrived in Abuja on Saturday morning from Lagos, had been buried at Gudu cemetery after funeral prayers at his residence.

He said: ”As advised by the protocols put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health on social distancing, the burial marks the end of all ceremonies and there will be no condolence visits to family and the Presidency.

”Well-wishers and all other Nigerians are instead advised to pray for the repose of the soul of the late Chief of Staff.

A condolence register will be opened at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) from Sunday for those who are able to use the window permitted for movement by the FCT administration.”

The Presidency on Friday announced the death of  Kyari who had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19.

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COVID-19: SGF urges Nigerian tailors to mass produce face masks

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Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerian tailors to start mass producing face mask, using the country’s local fabrics.

Mustapha said this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday in Abuja against the backdrop of insufficient face mask in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has recommended the use of cloth for face covering to help reserve surgical masks or N-95 respirators for medical professionals fighting the virus.

He said it was time for Nigerian tailor to start producing locally made face mask with “our fabric,” adding that with such move, the risk of infecting others would be reduced.

“It is critical to repeat, however, that compliance with the advisories for personal hygiene, social distancing, restriction of movement, early reporting of symptoms and wearing of masks regularly, especially in public, remain the best measures for the prevention of infections and to slow down the spread,” Mustapha said.

The SGF, however,  appealed to Nigerians to take responsibility and play their roles properly.

“As we

 

all know, we were in a state of war against an invisible enemy.

“Let me also advise that whenever you are outside the confines of your homes, make sure it is for very legitimate reasons covered by the exemption or within the hours relaxed for the purchase of basic items.  

“Similarly, you should carry with you a valid means of identification. Finally, I urge everyone to please exercise patience in communicating with the Law Enforcement Agents assigned to ensure compliance with the Presidential Orders,” he said.

Mustapha said that the PTF will continue to count on the cooperation of all Nigerians in their effort to contain the spread of virus.

Meanwhile, Dr Sani Aliyu, PTF National Coordinator said that donors of palliatives should work with local authorities to ensure social order is maintained during distribution of essential items.

Aliyu appealed to survivors of COVID-19 to tell their stories, at their own discretion.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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COVID-19: SGF appeals to  Nigerians to embrace lockdown order

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Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has appealed to Nigerians to embrace the lockdown imposed by governments at all levels to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mustapha who is also the Chairman, Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, made the appeal while answering questions on Wednesday in Abuja against the backdrop of some women who protested the lockdown in Delta state.

Mustapha said this was not the best of time to encourage resistance to the lockdown, adding that the move was to forestall further spread of the virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some women from Delta state had protested the state government announcement of the extension of the lockdown.

The SGF who said that though the decision that precipitated the lockdown by the Federal Government only affected Lagos, FCT and Ogun states, noted that some states also took it upon themselves to do the needful by locking down their states.

“Delta state has power over its territory and the Governor saw the need to impose a lockdown to curb the virus,” he said

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari had alluded to the fact that the lockdown was a difficult decision, however, it was done in the interest of Nigerians

”I urge Nigerians to see the benefits in the lockdown and I believe this appeal should be received with the best of intention.

“And as the president earlier said, we should not allow the recklessness of few to cause the death of all,” he said.

He said that some private sectors players importing goods into the country but had their goods hanging would get help from the government.

He assured that the government would consider their plight in term of demurrage.

The SGF said that the taskforce had gone further to embrace all sectors to proffer solution on how the country could overcome the  COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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EU’s €50m donation to be channeled to support COVID-19 response-SGF

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The European Union (EU) 50 million Euros donation to Nigeria will be channeled to the “One COVID-19 Basket Fund” for the national pandemic response plan.

NAN reports that on April 6, Nigeria and the UN launched the “One COVID-19 Basket Fund, framework, to mobilise over two million dollars from the UN system for the procurement of essential medical supplies that will boost the efforts of the Nigerian Government in containing COVID-19 and caring for those confirmed cases in need of serious medical attention.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who is also the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Chairman, disclosed this on Tuesday  in Abuja, during the  PTF daily briefing on COVID-19 in the country.

The SGF said that President Muhammadu Buhari received the contribution.

“The money will be channeled through the  basket fund to facilitate rapid procurement of equipment, consumables, supporting socio-economic interventions for vulnerable groups and other aspects of treatment and critical care continuum.

Mustapha said that the President’s extension of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT by 14 days, was a difficult decision to make, but the government was convinced that this was the right thing to do.

“The evidence is clear. The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable,” he said.

Mustapha called on Nigerians not to lose the gains achieved thus far; but they must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission, urging them to endure a little longer.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, said that Treatment Centre Accreditation Team was working and had set out guidelines for their work.

Ehanire said that the team would also be conducting random spot checks on Isolation and Treatment facilities nationwide.

The Minister disclosed that over 9, 000 persons of interest have been followed up in contact tracing; most of them have completed their 14 days isolation.

“Government notes early evidence of community transmission, which reinforced the call for physical distancing, the use of masks in public places, as well as strict personal and respiratory hygiene.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said as at 9.50 p.m., April 13 there are 343 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 91 have been discharged with 10 deaths.

The centre said that the 343 were recorded from 19 states of the federation.

It stated that Lagos remained the epicenter with 189cases, 56 cases in FCT, 20 in Osun, 14 in Edo, 11 in Oyo, 11 in Bauchi and Kaduna, 6 Akwa Ibom and Kastina has 5 cases.

Kwara has 4 cases, Ogun, 9, Kano 3, 2 each in Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Ondo and Rivers, while Benue, Niger, and Anambra has one each.

The European Union (EU) 50 million Euros donation to Nigeria will be channeled to the “One COVID-19 Basket Fund” for the national pandemic response plan.

NAN reports that on April 6, Nigeria and the UN launched the “One COVID-19 Basket Fund, framework, to mobilise over two million dollars from the UN system for the procurement of essential medical supplies that will boost the efforts of the Nigerian Government in containing COVID-19 and caring for those confirmed cases in need of serious medical attention.

Nigeria and the UN launched the “

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who is also the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Chairman, disclosed this on Tuesday  in Abuja, during the  PTF daily briefing on COVID-19 in the country.

The SGF said that President Muhammadu Buhari received the contribution.

“The money will be channeled through the  basket fund to facilitate rapid procurement of equipment, consumables, supporting socio-economic interventions for vulnerable groups and other aspects of treatment and critical care continuum.

Mustapha said that the President’s extension of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT by 14 days, was a difficult decision to make, but the government was convinced that this was the right thing to do.

“The evidence is clear. The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable,” he said.

Mustapha called on Nigerians not to lose the gains achieved thus far; but they must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission, urging them to endure a little longer.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, said that Treatment Centre Accreditation Team was working and had set out guidelines for their work.

Ehanire said that the team would also be conducting random spot checks on Isolation and Treatment facilities nationwide.

The Minister disclosed that over 9, 000 persons of interest have been followed up in contact tracing; most of them have completed their 14 days isolation.

“Government notes early evidence of community transmission, which reinforced the call for physical distancing, the use of masks in public places, as well as strict personal and respiratory hygiene.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said as at 9.50 p.m., April 13 there are 343 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 91 have been discharged with 10 deaths.

The centre said that the 343 were recorded from 19 states of the federation.

It stated that Lagos remained the epicenter with 189cases, 56 cases in FCT, 20 in Osun, 14 in Edo, 11 in Oyo, 11 in Bauchi and Kaduna, 6 Akwa Ibom and Kastina has 5 cases.

Kwara has 4 cases, Ogun, 9, Kano 3, 2 each in Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Ondo and Rivers, while Benue, Niger, and Anambra has one each.

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