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BREAKING: Buhari Extends Lockdown Easing in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun by Two Weeks

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The Federal Government, on Monday, said the recent order of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on gradual ease of lockdown will remain in force for another two weeks.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

The President had on April 27, announced a “phased and gradual easing” of the lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, while declaring a nationwide curfew with effect from May 4.

He also ordered a ban on all inter-state movements.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria was not yet ready for full opening of the economy “and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.”

He said, “Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.

“​Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.

“The two weeks extension of Phase One of the eased restriction is also to enable other segments of the economy to prepare adequately for compliance with the guidelines, preparatory to reopening in the coming weeks.”

For the avoidance of doubt, the SGF added that “Mr President has approved the following: (i) ​The measures, exemptions, advisories, and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May, 2020 to 1st June, 2020);

“(ii) ​intensifying efforts to ‘tell (communicate), trace (identify) and treat (manage)’ cases;

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“(iii) ​elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions;

“(iv)​Maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks;

“(v)​Imposition of precision lockdown in states, or in metropolitan/high-burden LGAs, that are reporting a rapidly increasing number of cases, when the need arises. This would be complemented with the provision of palliatives and continued re-evaluation of the impact of the interventions; and

“(vi)​Aggressive scale-up of efforts to ensure that communities are informed, engaged and participating in the response with enhanced public awareness in high-risk states.”

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Army Reiterates Commitment For Adequate Security

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By Babangida Dajin

The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to synergising with other security agencies in order to continue to provide peace and security in the country.

The newly posted General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Jos, Brigadier General Musa Danmadami stated this when he visited Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state at the government house on Tuesday.

The Goc said he was at the government house to familiarise himself with the governor who is the Chief security officer of the state and the people of Bauchi.

He said that, 33 brigade in Bauchi which is under 3 Division Jos, Plateau state has been in Bauchi for quite some time and have been doing their best in conjunction with other security agencies to guarantee peace and security.

“Security generally, is supposed to be a collective effort. Everybody know that the army can not do it alone, and we know that to a large extent, the governor has been providing enormous support, both moral and logistic to our troops here”, the GOC said.

Brigadier General Danmadami while thanking the governor for his support to the Army, said that the security challenges bedevilling the country cannot be surmounted without the political will.

The GOC who noted with delight, the political zeal in governor Bala towards addressing security challenges in the state emphasized that the political solution can only work when there is the political will,

“We have seen in him that political will in addressing all security challenges within the state and that is why, to a large extent, we have seen a breathing space in Bauchi state”, he pointed out.

Brigadier General Danmadami commended the governor for carrying everybody along in his government irrespective of whichever divide they are including all the security apparatus in the state.

While responding, Governor Bala Mohammed assured the GOC of his administration’s support to the Nigeria Army as well as other security agencies in Bauchi state.

Bala said, “we understand that you were recently posted as the 39th GOC to one of the most historic divisions in the country where the current UN president supretended when we were young and we know that it has the spirit and value of the military tradition of confronting every challenge so far that has come along our way as a nation”.

Governor Bala who said he is pleased that the GOC had worked in Bauchi before, expressed optimism that he is very conversant with all the terrains and that will help him carry out his duties successfully.

“You know the terrain very well, you are part and portion of this country, and you know that we are really bombarded with insecurity”, the governor said.

Governor Bala noted that the Nigerian Army under the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai whom he said has done so much since inception of the present administration to make Bauchi safe and secured.

“The army has done so much in conjunction with other security agencies to make us safe and secured, and I must commend the brigade commander of the army and other security agencies in Bauchi for making us safe and secured despite insecurity all over, surrounding us”, he added.

He noted that, “Bauchi is surrounded by about seven states and we are the gate way like I said, to the Northeast itself and North central and the north west. So, all these security challenges that are coming from all these places were really coming here but at the end of the day, we have become the safest place to stay in the northeast because there is peace”.

He said that the peaceful coexistence been enjoyed in Bauchi state has not been possible without the full support and engagement of all stakeholders in the peace process.

He advised the GOC to request for vehicles from the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to further boost his division’s capacity to carry out adequate surveillance.
[22/09, 19:46] Amina Yahaya: Bagudu commissions 2 world class blocks at Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital

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Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Tuesday, commissioned two newly constructed storey buildings comprising a World Class paediatric Medical Ward at the Premier Specialist Hospital, Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi, which was established since 1954.

Bagudu, who was represented at the epoch-making event by the Health Commissioner, Jafar Mohammed, said that, the project was part of the ongoing rehabilitation of all hospitals across the twenty one local governments in the state .

According to Bagudu, the project was executed by the state government,with a view to increase the capacity of intake of patients, saying: ” That was why it was upgraded to a 350-bed capacity, from the previous 200 beds.

” In the same vein, the project will optimize the service delivery capabilities of the hospital, just as it has been provided with an array of world class facilities, adequate and highly trained manpower.

” This is borne out of our unwavering commitment to provide reliable and accessible healthcare services to the people of the state .

” I can ununequivocally state that, this is the most masses friendly hospital in the state . It has been fully equipped with the state of the art facilities ,the best , anywhere in the world .

” The hospital also boasts of the best Paedetriac Ward in the country which is child friendly and certainly , the efficiency of the health personnel in the state will be bolstered.”

The governor added that, similar gesture was ongoing in hospitals around the state, explaining that, more diagnostics machines like X-rays, were being installed , while test running was already in progress.

According to Bagudu, medical students were also being recruited and placed on the state’s payroll, with a view to commence the provision of the direly needed health services as soon as they graduated from their various schools.

He enumerated them to include Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, Laboratory Techologists, Nurses and other health professionals.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, also a Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aminu Haliru Bunza said that, the health facility has never had it so good like it was doing now .

The CMD, who was full of praises for governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his wife, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu stated that, the hospital was equipped with the best child-friendly and life savings facilities .

He said,” The hospital has an Emergency Paedetriac Unit, the best in Nigeria , staffed with well trained, high caliber health personnel, while all its services are free.

” This is a common man’s hospital.The governor has ensured that, Sir Yahaya Hospital is the most masses-friendly health facility in the whole of Kebbi State.”

Bunza extended his heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu on behalf of the management and staff of the hospital for making it possible for the commissioning of the wards.

He averred ” I wish to Personally extend my heartfelt appreciation on behalf of management and staff of the hospital to Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, the wife of the governor for making this a reality.

” May the Almighty Allah in his own ways continue to guide and protect her, we are really grateful to her effort and we don’t want her to relent , we are like Oliver Twist always asking for more.

” Now we want to see what happens with the Maternity Complex, where she also has passion for, on behalf of all patients and management, I want to thank and say we remain grateful ” , he said.

The newly constructed modern children’s ward is named after the wife of the governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu.

 

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Bauchi Governor Sought For The Support Of Health Workers On Health Care Delivery

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Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state on Tuesday evening appealed to Health workers to support his administration in a bid to provide citizens of the state with effective and efficient healthcare services.

The Governor made the apppeal when the officials of the Bauchi State Branch, Nigerian Medical Association visited him at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi.

Governor Bala Mohammed said financing and administrative framework are some of the key tools for overcoming the numerous challenges in the health sector and welcomed partnership with critical stakeholders to ensure the advancement of the sector.

“I am happy to receive you today, we are happy with you especially during the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, you have made us proud. On behalf of the g
Government and people of Bauchi state, I commend you for your sacrifice because you have fought the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We have a lot of challenges in the sector and because of the challenges of decided to declared state of emergency in the sector with a strong commitment to overcome the challenges.”

He said the state government has taken measures to provide the needed facilities to Health personnel to ensure effective service delivery beneficial to the citizens of the state.

The Governor told the officials of the association on the commitment and determination of his administration to provide functional primary healthcare centres across the state before the end of his administration.

In a remark, the Chairman of the Association, Dr Adamu Sambo noted with satisfaction, the foresight and commitment of the state government towards the provision of effective healthcare services to the citizens through total renovation and construction of healthcare facilities.

He declared the support of the association to support the present administration to flush out ghost Doctors in the state’s payroll and overcome shortage of man power in the sector.

“I will like to start my address by commending His Excellency, for declaration of state of emergency on the Health sector and it is indication that the administration is ready to provide citizens with healthcare services.”

“We are delighted when His Excellency swift into attention to rescue the health sector from collapse through giving the required budget in the Health sector and other initiatives.”

The Chairman stressed the need for regular training and retraining of health workers to enable the state government achieve its objectives in the health sector and improve service delivery.

Dr Adamu Sambo
commended Governor Bala Mohammed for his administration’s commitment towards the fight against government in COVID-19 pandemic spread and for the prompt payment of allowances of members of the association.

 

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CAN Lauds Ayade For Running Welfarist Government

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The Cross River State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has commended Governor Ben Ayade for what it described as his welfarist and inclusive governance.

Making the commendation during a courtesy visit to the governor at the executive council chamber of the governor’s office, Calabar, leader of the delegation and Chairman of CAN, Ambassador Okon E. Ekpenyong noted that Ayade’s reelection for a second term in office was a howling endorsement of his industrialization policy.

He lauded the governor for his development strides in the last five years and his continuous support for CAN.

Ekpenyong said CAN was grateful for the governor’s “commitment and continuous support to CAN. Let me also say that your election was an endorsement of your industrialization drive, welfarist and inclusive governance approach.”

According to the chaiman of the Christian body, “For us, this meeting is apt and timely because it affords us the opportunity to say thank you and to honestly commend you for the giant strides and development of the State. Your passionate resolve to put Cross River on the map of Nigeria as a leading state in both infrastructure and human development, especially from our tour of the Ayade Industrial Park is worthy of note.”

Ekpenyong, who was accompanied by the retired bishop of Calabar Metropolitan Arch-Diocese, His Grace, Bishop Joseph Ukpo, Senior Special Adviser to Governor Ayade on Religious Matters, Rev. Fr.Bob Etta as well as other CAN members, thanked the governor for his proactive safety measures in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His words: “The leadership of CAN is indeed very grateful for your profound efforts and proactive safety measures in the management of the COVID 19. We are particularly very grateful for the partnership and synergy that your administration created which enabled CAN to be part of the COVID-19 sensitization and monitoring task force team.

He also acknowledged the role played by the governor in the Christian body’s quest for a secretariat.

Ekpenyong said it was through the magnanimity of the governor “that CAN, Cross River State has been able to own a temporary secretariat after many years which was commissioned by you on 27 may, 2019. And during the commissioning, you donated a 50kva generating set. We sincerely commend you for that show of concern and support.”

The association, therefore, reaffirmed its continuous support and prayers for Governor Ayade as he strives to deliver more developmental projects for the people.

Responding, Ayade who thanked the delegation of the Christian association for their support during his second term electioneering, said: “I would like to thank you for the great support, the way and manner you came out to support me and campaign for me. I want to specially acknowledge your address which emphasised on the most essential essence of government and describing my government as welfarist government.”

Disclosing why his administration is more focused on the people while at the same time prioritising industrialization, the governor said: “A government can build more infrastructure, skyscrapers, award contracts to multinationals who will take billions back to their countries and leave behind a very beautiful city with the best of roads while the people are poor and hungry. When the emphasis is not on the people, you would have failed in your constitutional, spiritual and moral obligation as governor.

“So it is against that understanding and background that our administration is more focused on the people and because I come from a background that has a clear understanding of poverty, because I have also seen wealth at a very early age, I know the difference.”

Against that backdrop, the governor noted that “In my gratitude to God, my commitment has been to lift people from extreme want, hunger and poverty and ensure that if nothing else under the regime of Ayade, kindred and family should have someone in government.”

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