The Sokoto State Ministry of Health, on Thursday stopped the one month fumigation exercise sponsored by the Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Wamakko (APC- Sokoto) had on Wednesday inaugurated the fumigation exercise across five local government areas in the state.
According to the lawmaker, N8 million has been earmarked for the exercise to help communities in the state to stem the increasing level of malaria infection.
In a statement by the Sokoto State Malaria Elimination Agency (SOSMEA), signed by its Director General, Mr Muslim Gobir, the agency said the fumigation was not sanctioned as all agencies in charge of health care in the state were unaware of the exercise.
“We observe with dismay that a group of unknown people were seen carrying out fumigation activities with unknown chemicals in the state.
“The Sokoto State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with all healthcare agencies, wishes to categorically state that the ministry of health and its agencies were not aware of the sole decision by those unknown people to fumigate some parts of the state.
“Spraying of any chemical of public health importance should be channeled through the ministry of health.
“Hence skillful personnel, procedures and appropriate chemicals, must be in place so as not to endanger lives of the public,” it said.
The statement added that the chemical might be hazardous and could be poisonous substance that could lead to health complications.
“To safeguard the health of the public henceforth, no person or group of people should carry out any chemical spray of public health importance without the input of the ministry of health.
“So in view of the aforementioned, the ministry of health, in conjunction with the ministry of environment, has constituted high powered public and environmental health inspectors.
“They are to go round and apprehend anybody found carrying out such illegal spray and hand over such persons to relevant security agencies for prosecution,” it added.
Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria – NCDC Coronavirus Records
COVID-19: FCT leads with 130 cases, as Nigeria records 386 new infections
August 2, 2020 6:14 am By Abujah Racheal
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led the pack on Saturday with 130 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as the country recorded 386 new infection in the country.
Data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC ) showed that the cases were spread across 18 states and the FCT.
The NCDC said that FCT topped the list for the of states with higher daily cases of COVID-19 for the third time consecutively with 130, while Lagos, the epicentre of the virus, reported 65.
Other states with new cases were Ondo, 37, Osun, 29, Plateau, 23, Rivers, 15, Enugu, 14, Nasarawa, 12, Bayelsa, 11, Ebonyi, 11, Ekiti, 9, Oyo 8, Edo, 8, Abia, 6, Ogun, 3, Katsina, 3, Imo 1 and Adamawa 1.
The health agency said that Nigeria had now successfully treated 20,087 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 522 additional patients in the last 24 hours.
The health agency noted that four more persons have died from the disease.
According to the NCDC, till date, a total of 43,537 cases of the virus have been confirmed, 20,087 cases discharged and 883 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria conducted 145,454 tests in July and recorded 17,457 positive cases during the same period.
It said compared to June, the figures represented 95 per cent increase in testing numbers and 12 per cent increase in positive cases.
”It is good news that Nigeria significantly stepped up testing in July. The 95 per cent increase in testing in July compared to June only resulted in 12 per cent increase in positive cases.
”June, 74,580 tests, 15,532 positive cases. July, 145,454 tests, 17,457 positive cases. July also recorded one of the lowest monthly test positivity to date.
”July test positivity is 12 per cent . June test positivity is 21 per cent. May test positivity is 17 per cent. July also records 51 per cent of cumulative test in the country,” it said.
The Agency said that states that had made this possible by their daily increase in testing were, Kano, Plateau, Oyo, Lagos, FCT and Rivers States in July. (NAN)
PDP governors set up committees on legislative, legal affairs
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has resolved to raise Legislative Liaison Committee to guide it on legislative matters and pending critical bills in the National Assembly and State House of Assemblies.
The forum’s resolution is contained in a communiqué signed by its Chairman, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, at the end of a virtual meeting held on Saturday in Sokoto.
It also resolved to set up a legal affairs committee to guide it on local government, inter-state and federal government relations.
“The Legislative Liaison Committee is expected to liaise with both the national and state legislatures on legislative matters.
“The legislative liaison committee is also expected to guide the forum on pending bills, including the Electoral Act Amendment and Constitution Review matters as it affects the PDP governors.
“The legal affairs committee is expected to identify and coordinate legal matters affecting the forum.
“In particular, the committee is expected to guide the forum on local government, inter-state and federal government relations.
“It is also expected to explore various infractions of the constitution by the Federal Government, including the arbitrary and illegal deductions from the Federation Account,’’ the communique read in part.
The forum urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to play an impartial role in the in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.
The governors advised PDP supporters to stay vigilant and ensure that “all votes are counted’’ and that “all votes count’’ in the states.
They urged citizens to lend support to the cooperative efforts between the federal and state governments in the fight against the pandemic and in reopening of schools in a safe and responsible manner.
The forum also welcomed formally, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and congratulated him on his emergence as the leader and candidate of PDP in the state forthcoming September gubernatorial election.
“It further resolved to lend its complete and total support to the PDP in Edo in order for it to emerge victorious in the governorship election.
“The forum equally congratulated Eyitayo Jegede on his emergence as the flag bearer of PDP in the forthcoming October gubernatorial election in Ondo State.’’
It resolved to support Jegede and the party to recover Ondo state for the PDP in the election.
The forum also reviewed the various PDP congresses in all states of the federation and resolved to continue to support the party at all levels to enthrone internal democracy and consequently good governance in all the states of the federation.
It commended the PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee of the party in the way and manner they conducted primary elections in Edo and Ondo states.
It further commended the party’s generally rancour-free congresses in many states of the federation.
The governors urged the party to continue to deploy conflict resolution mechanisms to resolve any disputes.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Islamic group advocates end to rape
An Islamic group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari, Muslims as well as all Nigerians on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration and called for an end to rape.
The MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in Lagos on Friday, also felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’d Abubakar on the occasion.
Akintola, however, advised Nigerians to emulate Prophets Ismail and Luqman, to find a lasting solution to the problem of rape, which had become rampant in modern societies, especially Nigeria.
”The focus of our Salah message this year is the panacea to rape as one of the problems facing our society.
“One of the major reasons for the preponderance of the incidents of rape is the failure of parents to guide their children.
“In particular, many parents fail to teach their male children how to respect the other sex. They, therefore, grow up treating women and girls like underdogs.
”Rape will reduce in society if all parents teach their male children about the sanctity of womanhood,” he said in a statement.
He added that most young boys committed rape without knowing the implications, saying that they needed to be tutored to respect women and to know the legal implication of such act.
”Nigerians should borrow a leaf from the lessons of Eid-el-Kabir and from Islam in general.
“If all Nigerian parents tutor their children the way Prophet Luqman (peace be upon him) did in Qur’an 31:13–19, our youths will be better guided.
“Luqman told his son to ‘enjoin righteousness and forbid evil’. Rape is evil; it is an act of wickedness; it is barbaric.
”In the same vein, Prophet Ismail (peace be upon him) obeyed his father, even when his father informed him that Allah had commanded him to sacrifice his son,” Akintola said.
He said that was the height of obedience, saying that this was exactly what children of today lacked.
“The phenomenon of rape will be drastically reduced with the combination of parents who tutored their children properly, like Prophet Luqman did,” he said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)