Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says recklessness of security agents led to the increased confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic to eight in the state.
Akeredolu made this known at a press briefing on COVID-19 update on Monday in Akure.
The governor explained that the fourth and fifth cases occurred on Saturday, while the sixth, seventh and eighth cases were discovered on Sunday.
“The fourth and fifth cases, who are officers of the Police Command in Lagos State, were clear evidence of panic, disobedience, lack of discretion and reckless disregard for the wellbeing of others.
“The fourth case, the policeman, resident in Lagos, upon noticing symptoms of the viral infection, reported, got tested at Yaba and was told to wait for his results on Monday, April 20.
“On Wednesday, April 22, without his test results and any medical clearance, proceeded on an unfortunate journey to Akure where his family is based and got a message of his positive result on Thursday, April 23.
“He returned to Lagos late Thursday, claimed to have called the health authorities to fetch him for quarantine and treatment, but when they didn’t show up, he came back to Akure on Saturday in company of the fifth case.
“His health status was discovered and he was immediately taken and placed on admission at our Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) where he is currently undergoing treatment,” he said.
The governor further explained that the sixth case was a murder suspect arrested in Edo and transferred to Ondo for trial of crime earlier committed in the state.
According to him, the seventh case was a female civilian who sneaked into Ondo from Abuja, while the eighth case was discovered in Owo and samples taken were confirmed positive late last night.
He said that the state government had directed wider tests and isolation of both primary and secondary contacts of the affected cases.
Akeredolu, who expressed determination that the erring officers would be sanctioned after their treatment, enjoined residents to abide by the laid down rules to fight the pandemic.
He also appealed to residents of the state to be more vigilant and report any strange changes of health status about their existing and new neighbours to the authorities.
The governor promised additional stipends for health workers in the frontline against the pandemic, urging market women to always wear nose masks alongside their customers and avoid crowd.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)https://nnn.ng/covid-19-gov-akeredolu-blames-security-agents-for-increased-cases-in-ondo/
Bye-elections: 12 candidates jostle for Lagos East, 8 for Kosofe Constituency II
Twelve candidates will be contesting for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election slated for Oct. 31.
Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spokesman in Lagos State, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.
He also said that eight candidates would be contesting for Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-election.
“In accordance with Section 31 Subsection 3 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the commission in Lagos State has published the list of nominated candidates for Lagos East Senatorial bye-election in the five local government areas that constitute the senatorial district.
“We have also published the list of nominated candidates for the Lagos House of Assembly Kosofe Constituency II bye-election in the six registration areas (wards) that constitute the state constituency.
“Twelve candidates of 12 political parties are vying for the Lagos East Senatorial seat, while eight parties are fielding candidates for the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos Assembly bye-election.
” The local government areas in the senatorial district are Somolu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe and Kosofe,” Akinbiyi said.
According to him, the list has been published in all the affected local governments and registration areas (wards) since Sept. 17, being the last day for the publication of nominated candidates for the two bye-elections.
NAN reports that in the final list signed by Mrs Bose Oriaran-Anthony, the Lagos East Senatorial District contestants include, Mr Muyiwa Adebanjo of Action Alliance (AA), Ms Mercy Adeoye of African Action Congress (AAC) and Mr John Kome of African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The others are Mr Adebowale Ogunlaru of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressive Congress (APC); Mr Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The rest are Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Mr Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Mr Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Mr Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).
For the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election, the eight contestants are Messrs John Akerele of AA, Sadiq Olawale of AAC, Wasiu Saheed of APC, Adekunle Oladapo of LP, Muyideen Agoro of NNPP, Ademorin Adelaja of NRM, Sikiru Alebiosu of PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh of ADC.
NAN reports that out of the 12 candidates contesting Lagos East Senatorial bye-election, three are females, and among the eight contestants for Kosofe constituency II bye-elections only one is a female.
The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the two occupants of the seats at both the senate and Lagos Assembly.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation
As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.
The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.
Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.
Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.
“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”
In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.
He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.
“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.
‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.
Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.
Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.
“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.
“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.
“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.
“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).
“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.
Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.
“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said
According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.
Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.
Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.
International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.
It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
World Clean Up Day: NGO tasks Lagos residents on cleaner, greener environment
Mr Abdulsalam Ashade, the Executive Director, Green Janitor Sustainable Initiative, on Saturday urged people of Lagos State to keep their environment greener and cleaner.
Ashade give the advice at the cleaning up exercise organised by the initiative to commemorate the World CleanUp Day in Badagry.
According to him, environment determines our wellbeing and our live.
“It is the would Cleanup Day and the initiative being a youth-led organisation in Badagry thinks it is important for us to partake in the exercise.
“This is to send signal to everybody that it is our right to keep the environment clean.
“We are also using the avenue to sensitise our people to be conscious of how they dispose their wastes,” he said.
Ashade advised people of Lagos State to desist from their nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate waste disposal.
“It is no longer news that Lagos generated the highest number of waste in the whole country.
“So, what I want people to know is that our actions toward the environment determines a lot of things that is affecting our wellbeing.
“For example, the flooding we had recently in some communities in Lagos were because of people’s nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate disposal of waste, and were causing all these degradation of our environment.
“Lagos residents should be conscious of their environment and take it as part of their livelihood to make sure their environment is safe, green and clean for everyone to live,” he said.
Ashade said that the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, Real Act of Kindness Foundation (RAK), Development Foundation and Geocycle Nigeria Ltd. partnered with the initiative to make the exercise a successful one.
Also, Ms Agharese Onaghire, the Executive Secretary, Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, said the alliance had been working with the initiative in Badagry to mop up post consumers package rate in the town.
Onaghire said the alliance had successfully picked over 33,000kg of waste in Badagry communities.
“Today is World Clean Up Day, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our environment is clean,” she said.
In his remarks, Prince Olu Kosoko, the Chairman, New Badagry Forum, commended the initiative and the other companies for organising the exercise in Badagry.
Kosoko said he was happy to be part of the exercise to clean up his environment, adding that other youths should emulate them.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the initiative and others move round the ancient town, picking up waste and dropping them in the refuse vehicles for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has commenced online registration of market women to ensure that they benefitted from the dividends of governance in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Akeredolu began the registration exercise on Saturday at Agagu market in Akure South and Ogbese in Akure North council areas of the state.
She said market women were crucial to the socioeconomic development of the society, adding that her visit to the markets was on how the present administration could make life more meaningful to the women.
“I understand the fact that there is a gap for government to reach out directly to the market women and this is the major reason of our visit to close the gap on why our market women are not getting what they are supposed to get from government.
“This present administration under the leadership of Gov. Akeredolu has rolled out millions of naira as soft loan to market women, but probably people cornered it,” he said.
She said the Office of the Eife of the Governor has trained people to register all the market women that would capture their details and totally avoid middlemen when reaching out to them.
Mrs Akeredolu noted that the recently launched Ondo Widow Cares Initiative was successful with the help of digital technology where all widows in the state got registered and got government benefits without bias of party affiliation.
The governor’s wife urged market women to register and again vote for continuity of Gov. Akeredolu to consolidate on his good programmes for the state and promised that government would not neglect them after the election.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs Toyin Akimoyo, appealed to the market women to support Gov. Akeredolu’s re-election having seen all the laudable projects executed in his first term in office.
Akinmoyo noted that Gov. Akeredolu had performed beyond measure in the area of infrastructure development, creating meaningful life for women and youths and regular payment of salary.
Mrs Akeredolu also visited Ayede Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area where the regent of the town, Alayede Ogbese, Catherine Akinyede, commended Gov. Akeredolu for rescuing the town from political marginalisation by making their son the council chairman in the just concluded LG election.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi