Lagos State Government is to prosecute all those who attended Saturday’s birthday party hosted by Nollywood star, Funke Akindele.
The state Attorney-General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) ), said on Monday that they would be prosecuted for flouting social distancing regulation of the state
He made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency shortly after an Ikeja chief magistrates’ court convicted and sentenced Akindele and her husband for flouting the regulation.
NAN reports that Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa sentenced Akindele and her husband to 14 days community service, each.
Aje-Afunwa also imposed N100,000 fine on each on them, directing that they should be isolated for 14 days.
The attorney-general said that efforts were being intensified to arrest all those who attended the party held on Amen Estate in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
According to him, all the attendees will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Once they are apprehended, they will face charges.
“Today, the state charged two people to court for violating the Infection Disease Regulation of Lagos State Government.
“They pleaded guilty and the court has sentenced them to pay a fine of N100, 000 each, to observe community service for 14 days and to be kept in isolation in a place to be decided by the Lagos State Ministry of Health,” he said.
Onigbajo noted that the movement restriction was put in place to protect the lives of the residents.
“Everybody is urged to familiarise themselves with this law and to comply with it; otherwise, the long arm of government will reach out to them sooner than later.
“This sentence should serve as a deterrent to everybody, nobody is bigger than the law,” he to NAN.
Aje-Afunwa while sentencing the couple had ordered that they should provide the personal details of the attendees of the party.
“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24 hours,” she said.
NAN reports that Akindele was arrested by the police on April 5 for flouting the social distancing regulation of the Lagos State Government.
The actress had on April 4 hosted many people including Azeez Fashola (alias Naira Marley) to her husband’s 43rd birthday party at their residence located at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
Videos of the party were posted and circulated on social media platforms.
According to the police, efforts are ongoing to arrest Naira Marley and other persons featured in the video.
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Eid-el-Fitri Palm Mall turn back fun seekers for disregarding social distancing order
Fun seekers who throng to the Palm Mall, Ilorin, on Monday to shop at ShopRite were turned back for disregarding social distancing order of government to curb Coronavirus pandemic.
The Palm Mall is an edifice that house Shoprite and other shops that deals in clothings, household items, telecoms, banks and eatery, among others.
The report says that fun seekers always patronise the Mall during festive periods.
NAN gathered that many of the children who had gained access to the vicinity of the mall were denied access into the shop while others were stopped at the gate from gaining entrance.
However, those who gained entrance queued with the hope that if they were orderly, the management may admit them into the shop.
The security also said that the children disregarded the social/physical distancing order of the government and experts advice.
NAN, however, observed that some children in company of their parents were allowed into the Mall, but not many of them could go in at the same time.
The fun seekers besieged the mall as Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid-el-Fitr to mark the end of a 30-day fasting from dawn to dusk.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Italy to recruit 60,000 volunteers as social distancing monitors
Italy is planning to send out into the streets some 60,000 volunteers to tell people to keep respecting social distancing rules in the country’s post-lockdown phase.
The scheme, announced by Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia, on Monday came amid mounting concern that people are mingling dangerously close to one another on beaches, in bars and on public squares.
According to Boccia, they will be called “civic assistants” and wear blue vests.
“They will be armed with the strength of persuasion, reason and their smiles,’’ he told La Stampa daily.
Boccia wrote on Facebook that a recruitment call, open to all citizens but with priority given to the unemployed and recipients of welfare aid, is to be published by the Civil Protection Agency this week.
Italy suffered a devastating outbreak of the coronavirus, however the epidemic peaked in late March, and after weeks of falling infection numbers the country’s lockdown was de facto ended on May 18.
In his La Stampa interview, Boccia said the goverment used “a carrot-and-stick approach” which “has worked,” but warned that a further easing of restrictions could be delayed if people misbehaved.
Authorities are currently scheduled to end a ban on travel between regions from June 3.
On the same date, Italy is set to reopen its borders to tourists from other European Union countries.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
People sit separately in circled-off areas to assure social distancing in San Francisco
China constantly improving Chinese socialist legal system
The work report of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) was submitted to the third session of the 13th NPC for deliberation on Monday. Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, delivered the report.
With a focus on comprehensively advancing the rule of law, the top legislature placed equal emphasis on making new laws, revising existing ones, abolishing those that are unnecessary, and interpreting laws that need clarification, according to the report.
While stressing both quality and efficiency, the top legislature strengthened legislative work in important fields, and made constant efforts to legislate in a more well-conceived, democratic, and law-based manner, the report said.
Since last year, the top legislature has deliberated 48 drafts of laws and decisions, and adopted 34 of them, including five new laws, 17 revisions of existing laws as well as 12 decisions on legal issues and major issues.
It heard and deliberated 39 work reports, inspected the enforcement of six laws, conducted three special inquiries and seven research projects, and passed one resolution. It also approved five bilateral treaties. ■
Australia’s life expectancy stagnates amid worsen social inequality: study
Despite recording a steady increase for the past several decades Australia’s life expectancy has begun to stagnate, local research disclosed on Monday, with growing social inequality being blamed for the change.
The University of Melbourne led research analyzed data from Australia’s death registry for 2006-2016, identifying socioeconomic status and geographic location as two major contributors to differences in life expectancy.
Australia has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, which in 2016-2018 was 80.7 years for males and 84.9 years for females, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
However, a slowing in the decline of premature deaths among lower socioeconomic and non-urban populations, has tempered growth in the population’s overall life expectancy.
Meanwhile there has been no slowdown in the rate of mortality decline in the highest socioeconomic areas of major cities.
Between the ages of 35-74, the premature death rate for those of worse socioeconomic status was double that of those in the highest category.
Similarly, people living in the most disadvantaged geographic locations suffered a roughly 40 percent higher premature death rate than those in major cities, with the gaps widening in the early part of the century.
Co-leader of the research, Professor Alan Lopez from the University of Melbourne said decisive actions were required from government to address the issue, adding that the ongoing COVID-19 might worsen social inequality.
“Reducing this widening gap in mortality will require a significant shift in policy, with a stronger emphasis on the context and stressors prevalent among regional, rural and low socioeconomic groups,” Lopez said.
“The advent of COVID-19 might well exacerbate this already unfavourable trend due to increased stress and unemployment hitting the least well off hardest, which could well have a flow-on effect in terms of poorer health behaviours and access to health care.”
“This ought to be a key consideration in government policy responses to COVID-19,” he said.
Eid-el Fitr: LG chairmen, lawmaker task Muslims on social distancing, hygiene
Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Chairman, Agege Local Government, has advised Muslim faithful to adhere to the directives of government on COVID-19 as they celebrate the Eid-el Fitr.
Egunjobi gave the advice in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Rotimi Sulyman on Sunday in Lagos.
“Importantly, it is my prayer that God in His benevolence will help us beat the ravaging coronavirus.
“God will protect frontliners in the war against it and graciously imbue scientists with the knowledge to find cure and vaccine in no distant time,” he said.
According to him, we are hoping on God for mercy and I enjoin all residents to abide with the lockdown and social distancing protocols and maintain personal and environmental hygiene.
The council boss also enjoined all to keep to wearing face masks, washing hands with soaps regularly, using hand-sanitiser, among others.
Egunjobi advised the residents to adhere to ongoing curfew between 8.00 pm and 6.00 a.m. and the orders banning congregational worship and recreational gathering.
“May Allah accept all our sacrifices during the fasting period as an act of Ibadah and reward us abundantly,” he added.
Dr Augustine Arogundade, the Executive Chairman, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) also congratulated Muslim faithful over successful completion of Ramadan fasting.
Arogundade in his congratulatory message to Muslims on Sunday appealed to all residents to comply with government directives on stay-at-home, social distancing, usage of face masks and frequent washing of hands during and after the Eid-el-Fitr festival.
He prayed the Almighty Allah to protect entire humanity against the pandemic.
Mr Bisi Yusuf, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) also felicitated with Muslim faithful at Eid-el-Fit.
Yusuf appealed to Muslims to maintain the status quo of wearing the face masks and observing social distancing directives.
Yusuf who represents Alimosho Constituency I, advised Muslims to maintain social distancing during the celebration and reiterate the habit of regular hand washing to prevent the spread of the virus during the celebration.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Cleric focuses sermon on indecent dressing by woman, social-distancing in prayer
A cleric in Dutse, Jigawa, Imam Baba Waziri, on Sunday focused his Eid-el-Fitri sermon on indecent dressing among Muslim women, especially those working in public places.
The Imam, who led the Eid prayer at the Tatur Adua in the Commercial Secondary School, Tatur side in Dutse, cautioned Muslim women to fear God and His chastisement against violating the commandments.
Waziri said Islam is a complete way of life and doesn’t support women, irrespective of their status, to dress indecently.
He said that Islam encourages women to always wear Hijab that would cover the whole body, noting that women’s body is not meant for the public show but for their spouses.
On social distances in prayer, the Imam said it was Islamic that those who are infected by any infectious diseases are not allowed to mix with others in prayers, whether in the Mosque or any other social gathering place.
He also called on Nigerians to avoid spreading fake news capable of causing civil unrest in the society on social media.
The Imam said that it was duty bond on every Muslim to comply with the government regulations in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that early morning rainfall, however, prevented the Chief Imam of Dutse, Dr Abubakar Sani, from leading the prayer at the state Eid praying ground.
The Imam, instead led the prayer inside the Central Mosque with the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi and other residents in attendance.
The Imam appealed to Nigerians to pray for country to get out of the pandemic.
NAN reports that the state government had directed all Muslim residents to observe their Eid prayer in their respective localities as against the traditional congregational Eid praying grounds across the state.
Muslims in Duste had complied with the government directives in observing the Eid prayers in their various localities.
Majority of the faithful were seen wearing face masks as instructed by the government while in the praying ground
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
No change to two-meter social distancing rule in Ireland: PM
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday that there is no change to the two-meter social distancing rule that has been adopted in the country following the COVID-19 outbreak.
His remarks came after several cabinet ministers and opposition parties called for the adoption of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidance, which recommends keeping at least one-meter social distancing, according to Irish national radio and television broadcaster RTE.
Advocates of halving the current two-meter social distancing rule in the country believe that by doing so, it will have a positive impact for both small businesses and schools, said the report.
The report quoted Labour Party leader Alan Kelly as saying: “We now need a clear explanation from the government on why we are specifically using the two-meter rule and if the WHO is recommending that distance.”
According to the report, the suggestion to shorten the two-meter social distancing rule will be discussed between public health experts and officials at a cabinet meeting scheduled next week.
To date, Ireland has reported a total of 24,582 COVID-19 cases and 1,604 deaths, according to the Irish Department of Health.
Eid-el-Fitr: Cleric advocates monitoring of social centres to contain COVID-19
Alhaji Tajudeen Isiaka, the Chief Imam of Olohunwa Mosque, Ilorin, has advocated the need for strict monitoring of social centres during Eid-el-Fitr celebration to contain COVID-19 spread.
Isiaka made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Saturday.
He urged security operatives to be on guard at the various social centres to prevent unnecessary gathering.
According to him, the government must ensure total monitoring of bars, restaurants, recreational centres, hotels, malls and other social centres for violations.
“There are some people that will plan to celebrate widely. They will sneak into such places all in the name of Eid-el-Fitr celebration not minding their own safety.
“We must avoid the spread of Coronavirus. We cannot underrate COVID-19. We should be ready to sacrifice our merriment for safety at this trying time.
“I urge every Muslim to pray indoor, make their home Eid praying ground as well as celebrate on their dining table for safety purposes,” he advised.
“The fight is everybody’s fight and not government alone. Let us adhere to safety measures as stipulated by health officials,” he said.
He also advised the public to consistently wash their hands with sanitiser, use face mask when going out and observe physical distancing to prevent further spread of the disease.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Indonesian Muslims line up with social distancing to get free food for Iftar
Seats posted with social distancing notice at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala, India
Seats posted with social distancing notice are seen at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, in Agartala, Tripura, India, May 22, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)
Eid-el-Fitri:FRSC urges motorists to use face masks, maintain social distancing
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged commercial motorists to use face masks and maintain social distancing in their vehicles during the Eld-el-Fitri celebration.
According to him,the current situation does not permit motorists to overload their vehicles with passengers and goods.
“We appeal to motorists and passengers to wear their face masks and obey social distancing in their vehicles with one person in front and two each in the other seats.
“We are all aware of the pandemic, this is not the time to overload vehicles with passengers and goods; this is the time to adhere to prescribed measures in order to curtail the spread of the virus,” he said.
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Eid-el-Fitr: Muslims express readiness to comply with social distancing order in Kwara
Muslim faithful in Kwara have expressed readiness to obey government order on social gathering and physical distancing during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Some Muslims, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday, expressed their readiness to adhere to social gathering restriction order.
Alhaji Ibrahim Ganiyu said he had no problem in celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr indoor so as to prevent spread of COVID-19.
“There is no big deal in celebrating indoor with my family. This is not the time to celebrate with friends and family. Our priority now is to stay safe,” he said.
Another Muslim, Mrs Mariam Audu said she would obey government order and observe the Sallah prayer at home.
“It is not a must that we should go to Eid praying ground to observe prayers. Every Muslim should just consider safety first before any other thing,” she said.
Mr Rafiu Jimoh said he will make merry with his family indoor and avoid receiving visitors on Sallah day.
“I will lock my door. No need of any visitation. My own safety and my family is the first priority on my mind. I will even lead the prayers in my house,” he said.
On her part, Ms Fatimoh Abdulrasheed said she would celebrate in low key as she would avoid going to parks, recreational centres and bars.
“It is for our own sake and not government sake. Muslims must understand that the government want the best for us. It is not that they are depriving us our right as some people are made to believe,” she said.
Another Muslim, Mr Taiwo Hamza said he would respect government order and avoid unnecessary crowd.
“If possible, I will isolate myself from the public on that day. I don’t want any problem for myself. I will stay indoors and eat whatever I want,” he said.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Lebanon approves 800 mln USD in loans for social assistance amid economic deterioration
Lebanon approved on Thursday 1.2 billion Lebanese pounds (800 million U.S. dollars) in loans to support families through social assistance, the National News Agency reported.
The decision provides loans to stimulate the industrial sector at a value of 200 million U.S. dollars, small industrial enterprises for 92.5 million U.S. dollars, agriculture for 89 million U.S. dollars which would support 30,000 farmers in addition to 20 million U.S. dollars to support 6,700 craftsmen.
Head of the Budget and Parliamentary Committee Ibrahim Kanaan said these loans aim to address the economic and social situation in Lebanon by contributing to reducing unemployment.
The social assistance will also allocate 400 million U.S. dollars to benefit 200,000 Lebanese including the elderly, public schools students, and people with special needs, with 400,000 Lebanese pounds monthly.
Lebanon is suffering from an unprecedented economic and financial disaster, leading to the bankruptcy of thousands of businesses and the lay-off of thousands of employees.
Eid-el-fitri: Cleric advises Muslims to avoid social gathering
The Chief Imam of Ore Olohun Mosque, Ilorin, Alhaji Isiaka Balogun, has advised Muslims to celebrate the upcoming eid-el-fitri on a low key and as well avoid social gathering to stay safe from Covid-19.
Balogun, who gave the advice in Ilorin on Thursday while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria , said there was no need for wild celebration.
He said muslims needed to avoid social gathering and unnecessary visitation during the eid-el-fitri celebration.
“The world at large is fighting a serious battle for survival against the Covid-19. We are not expected to merry and celebrate wildly at this trying time.
“Let us be careful in whatever we do and prevent the spread of the virus. Let us thank Allah for keeping us safe up till this moment.
“Stay indoors and celebrate with your family. Don’t invite crowd to your house for celebration. Avoid social gathering and stay safe,” he said.
He warned the public to cooperate with the government to end the pandemic by adhering to physical distancing, using face masks and hand washing rules.
News Agency of Nigeria , reports that many states had already modified their lockdown orders on religious worships as the eid-el-fitri celebration approached while others retained the order untill the pandemic era subsided.
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Julia Roberts, other stars hand over social-media spotlight to health experts
Actors Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman and Millie Bobby Brown are among the celebrities who will turn over their social media accounts to health experts to share facts and promote a science-driven approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roberts, who won an Oscar in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich,” kicked off the project on Thursday by interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The emphasis is on data, science and facts.
In the interview with Roberts on her personal social media account, Fauci says the main problem to solve is “the extraordinary health disparities” between countries.
“Right now, if you take southern Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, South America and even parts of the Caribbean as areas that don’t have the healthcare system to be able to respond the way one can respond in New York or L.A. or New Orleans or Chicago.
“We have really a moral responsibility for people throughout the world,” Fauci said.
Many of the participating celebrities have a big social-media footprint. Roberts, Jackman and Brown have a combined total of about 71 million followers on Instagram alone.
Other celebrities taking part in the campaign include Penelope Cruz, David Oyelowo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rainn Wilson and Shailene Woodley.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Salif Atojoko (NAN)
Ekiti Assembly passes Social Protection Bill
The Ekiti House of Assembly has passed the Social Protection Bill 2020 aimed at ensuring that children and vulnerable persons in the state have access to basic social services and infrastructure.
The bill was passed at Wednesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.
Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba, the Chairman of the Joint Committees on Finance and Appropriation, Women Affairs, Trade and Investments and Judiciary and Legal Matters, submitted her committee’s report to members of the Assembly which consequently adopted it.
According to Adelugba, the bill if eventually assented to by Gov. Kayode Fayemi will reduce poverty among the people and provide guiding principles for managing social protection programmes.
Adelugba said the law would also enhance human capital development, ensure dignity of human life, promote social welfare, improve food security and nutrition as well as provide synergy and coordination among all intervention agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations.
NAN reports that the assembly also committed to its Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters the Ekiti Law Reform Commission (Amendment) Bill 2020 for further legislative scrutiny.
Also, the assembly set aside Order Two Rule 11 of the Standing Order of South-West State Houses of Assembly in order to conduct Wednesday’s plenary in English Language instead of Yoruba language.
Afuye, in his remarks, urged the lawmakers and Nigerians in general to ensure that the country’s local languages do not go into extinction.
He said that Nigerians must ensure the promotion of native languages and recommended that the Standing Order manual of the assembly be translated into Yoruba.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
COVID-19: Ikole LG chairman urges traders to maintain social distance
The Ikole Local Government Council of Ekiti on Wednesday appealed to traders to always maintain social distance and wear face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Sola Olominu, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ikole-Ekiti.
Olominu said it was essential for the traders and the people visiting the mini markets to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures put in place by the health officers so as to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
“We are aware that every Wednesday of the week the lockdown is being relaxed for traders to sell some of their goods but social distancing is very important if we must stop the spread of the virus.
“I want to appeal to our traders to always maintain social distance and wear their face mask as well as observe regular hand washing and use of sanitisers while in the market,” he said.
He urged the traders not to violate the directives and always keep their environment clean.
The chairman, who frowned at some of the traders hawking and displaying their goods on the major roads, said that it was not polite because it could cause accident for the upcoming vehicles and for the traders.
Olominu appealed to the traders to desist from displaying their goods on the roads, saying that they should not be selling their goods by the side of the road to avoid unnecessary traffic jam within the community.
He advised the market women to educate their children on the importance of social distancing and the use of face mask on daily basis.
He gave an assurance that both the local and state governments were working hard to curb the spread of the virus in the state.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Social impact of COVID-19 crisis on women greater than men in Ireland: survey
The social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women is greater than men in Ireland, according to a survey released by the country’s Central Statistics Office on Tuesday.
The survey, which was conducted between April 23 and May 1, showed that the percentage of women now reporting “low” satisfaction with overall life has more than doubled the rate in 2013 when the country was experiencing the effects of the 2008 financial crisis.
In 2013, only 15.1 percent of women in the country reported “low” satisfaction with overall life, but now the figure reached 36.7 percent, said the survey.
The survey also found that more women (38.6 percent) than men (26 percent) reported feeling “downhearted and depressed” during the COVID-19 crisis.
More women than men reported an increase in their consumption of alcohol, tobacco and junk food since the introduction of the COVID-19 restrictions at the end of March, it said.
Almost half (48.6 percent) of female respondents reported that they would like to return to their place of work after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, compared to less than one in three (31.7 percent) of male respondents, the survey found.
Almost nine in ten (88.4 percent) of female respondents rated their compliance with COVID-19-related government advice and guidelines as “high” compared with seven in ten (72.5 percent) of male respondents, it showed.
COVID-19: NSCDC tasks corporate organisations on social responsibility
Mr Everestus Obiyo, Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Enugu State Command, has urged corporate organisations to live up to their social responsibility in this trying period of COVID-19.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Danny Iwuchukwu, made this known in a statement issued in Enugu on Sunday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .
Iwuchukwu noted that the commandant made the call on Friday after inspecting the state government’s donation `No Hand Contact Wash Hand and Sanitising Kits’ at main entry points of the New Market, Enugu, close to NSCDC Command.
NAN reports that the – No Hand Contact Wash Hand and Sanitising Kits – are the first of its kind in the state.
It has foot operation levers, that when matched upon will bring out water or alcoholic-based sanitiser, depending on the one that is matched upon.
According to him, the commandant called on corporate organisations to make good the social responsibility theory to bring to an end the spread of the pandemic in the state and the country in general.
He added that the commandant expressed joy over the efforts of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi so far in curbing the spread of the deadly disease in the state.
Iwuchukwu said that the commandant, however, promised to deploy some personnel from the Disaster Management Department of the Command to assist in managing the facilities to avoid early damage.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)