Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has described Tuesday’s Supreme Court victory as God’s divine intervention in the affairs of his administration.
Diri said this at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, at a brief thanksgiving service to celebrate the dismissal of a pre-election suit challenging his candidature in the Nov. 16, 2019, governorship poll.
Chief Timi Alaibe had in a suit challenged Diri’s emergence as governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the primaries held in September 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that top government officials and party supporters gathered at the service to thank God for the Supreme Court victory.
Diri, represented by the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, dedicated the victory to God and called on Bayelsa people, including the opposition, to join hands with him in building the state.
He said that Bayelsa people could not afford divisive tendencies capable of jeopardising the efforts of the present administration to move the state forward.
Diri also expressed gratitude to the Supreme Court for its uprightness and incorruptibility in the dispensation of justice.
The judgment, according to him, has further rekindled the people’s confidence in the Judiciary.
“This victory again shows that power comes from God alone. We also want to thank God for giving us, mortal and sinful people, the opportunity to serve this state.
“As you are aware, there has been a lot of hype about this case. But we thank God, He has proved His supremacy over the affairs of men.
“You can see that even the elements are celebrating today. The showers of blessings are raining in Bayelsa.
“Right from the Federal High Court, Owerri, it has been the same song that Gov. Diri has no case to answer.
“The same song was repeated at the Appeal Court and now the final court in the land has also said he has no case.
“While we are basking in the euphoria of this victory, we want to use this opportunity to again call on all Bayelsans of all shades, colours, heights and dialects to join the prosperity administration to build our state.
“This is because together we can make progress than this division we are creating for ourselves,” he said.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the service, the governor’s wife, Mrs Gloria Diri, attributed the victory to God.
She noted that the victory would provide the much needed stability for her husband and his team to drive the properity agenda of his administration.
The governor’s wife assured the women of empowerment programmes and other dividends of democracy.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Bayelsa Govt. promises safety of students as schools reopen Aug.5
Bayelsa Government says it is taking steps to ensure that schools are safe to allow final year students to resume and participate in external examinations as directed by the Federal Government.
Messrs Freston Akpor and Walter Liverpool, Permanent Secretaries of Ministries of Information and Education, respectively assured that the government was doing its best to protect students and teachers.
They said that government was already fumigating schools across the state as well as providing hand washing facilities and urged parents and communities to complement the efforts of the government.
Akpor, who is a member of the Bayelsa COVID-19 Task Force, said that Gov. Douye Diri of the state who chairs the Task Force had approved the deployment of health professionals to schools while temporary isolation facilities would be put in place in schools.
“The government of Bayelsa has been working to get our schools ready and safe for our children and that is why we have scheduled a train the trainers programme to acquaint schools with COVID-19 safety protocols.
“The essence is to build capacity of our people and update them with the guidelines from the Federal Government on the reopening of schools that is why we are taking our time and shifted the resumption for final year students to Aug. 5.
“Government is providing face masks, infrared thermometers and access to water for schools without water supply, alternative arrangements are in place and we are poised to check the spread of the coronavirus.
“In view of the questionable and low quality of hand sanitisers, we are emphasising frequent hand washing with soap and water and we appeal to members of the public as well as parents and guardians to complement the efforts government is making.
“Parents should for example provide additional face masks for their wards so that for instance when they wash the ones provided in schools, they can have a spare one,” Akpor said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government has scheduled a COVID-19 prevention training programme for private and public schools to ensure safety protocols are complied with when schools resume on Aug 5.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Obike Ukoh (NAN)
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)
Police, vigilante recover firearm from suspected armed robbers in Bayelsa
Yenagoa, July 2, 2020 The synergy between the Police and Vigilante groups in Bayelsa has paid off with the arrest of suspected armed robbers and recovery of the firearm.
In a statement in Yenagoa, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Asinim Butswat, said that the suspects were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 2.
“On Aug. 2, at about 0100 hours, Police operatives, in collaboration with the vigilante members of Ogbia Town in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, arrested three suspected armed robbers.
“The suspects, whose ages ranged between 18 years and 24 years were arrested at Oloibiri Junction in Ogbia Town.
“One locally made single barrel gun, one machete, one Qlink motorcycle, two wristwatches and three mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.
“The suspects confessed that they were about to carry out a robbery operation at Ogbia town,’’ Butswat stated.
He also stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mike Okoli, has warned criminals in the state to turn a new leaf.
“Criminals in the state should relocate or face the consequences,’’ Okoli was quoted as saying.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
COVID-19: FCT leads with 130 cases, as Nigeria records 386 new infections
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)