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COVID-19: NNPC lays foundation for 200-bed hospital in Borno

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The NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Mr Mele Kyari, during the ground breaking ceremony, said the project would be executed by the company with support from Total and other oil and gas companies operating in the country.

Kyari said that the second COVID-19 Infectious Disease Hospital was sited in the state because of the already existing challenges aggregated by insecurity.

He said that the NNPC would provide  medical facilities, logistics and support to patients at the completion of the projects.

“It is not really a favour to the state, it is something that really needs to be done, and something we are challenged to do,” the GMD said.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had particularly told NNPC to pay attention to Borno by doing everything possible to make sure that there is energy, security and exploration activities in the state

“And we are focused on delivering on all those,” Kyari said.

Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said it was part of efforts to combat COVID-19 in the country.

Mustapha, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the project was designed to compliment and strengthen the country’s national healthcare delivery facilities.

He lamented that COVID-19 has destabilized the social, cultural, religious, economic and the health system.

 

He said that the establishment of the hospital would serve as landmark achievement for the northeast in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The SGF further said that the N21 billion  project, funded by the Federal Government through the NNPC, would be executed in 12 states in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He reiterated the commitment of the President Task Force on Prevention of COVID-19 toward supporting the state to combat coronavirus.

Mustapha lauded Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno for his achievements inspite of the daunting challenges of insecurity in the state.

 

In his remark, Zulum commended the NNPC and its partners in mitigating the humanitarian crises in the state and supporting its rebuilding efforts.

 

He said: “What we’re seeing today is part of the institutional capacity building measures envisaged by President Muhammadu Buhari and delivered by the NNPC and its  allied organisations in the oil sector”.

 

Zulum said that the selection of Maiduguri in siting the gigantic health outfit was quite apt because of its strategic location within the geopolitical zones and for it being the epicentre of humanitarian crises resulting from insurgency.

The governor said that state was battling with the pandemic of Lassa fever and others even before the advent of the COVID-19.

He recalled that the state had lost about 201 health centres as a result of the destruction of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“As you have seen, about 60 percent of the populations are now residing in the state capital and therefore, these measures will go a along way in reducing congestion in different hospitals,” he said.

 

He assured that the state would give the necessary support to facilitate the timely completion of the projects and the entire utilisation of the services for the benefit of the  people.

 

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Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto

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A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits.


Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform.

The police also said about 100 gunmen attacked the town.

The lawmaker who represents Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, said that the bandits had in recent times, also attacked many villages and towns in the two local government areas, where a number of innocent citizens were kidnapped or brutally killed.

He however, commended the dedication of security personnel on ground, but said more should be deployed to save the people from further attacks.

Kurdullah pledged to support all efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties, not only in the area but across the country.

He urged people of the area to remain law abiding and support security agencies with useful information to help in restoring peace and stability in the area.

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COVID-19: Lagos govt reopens cinemas, gyms

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The Lagos State Government on Saturday permitted the reopening of cinemas and gyms, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.


Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during the 18th update on the management of coronavirus in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that in October, the state government would announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the economy.

”Dear Lagosians, henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to reopen as soon as possible, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.

”This means that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats; and in the case of gyms, there must be constant disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the course of the day.

”Next month, October, we will announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the economy: night-clubs, bars, event centres, spas, public parks and so on.

”For now, these will continue to remain closed, until fixed plans for reopening are announced in October 2020,” he said.

Accordings to him, places of worship are also permitted, while the mosques to resume their five times a day prayers; the churches are permitted to resume their mid-week services.

”We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.

”All of these resumption guidelines and protocols must be strictly adhered to by the various stakeholders,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government was committed to continuing the maintenance of a balance between the safety of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.

He said that the state would continue to make adjustments as required, but the gradual resumption of social, educational and economic activities must never be taken as an excuse to let down the guard against the pandemic.

According to him, some parts of the world are seeing a resurgence of infections, and rising possibilities of the kind of hard lockdowns being experienced a few months ago.

”Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable.

”The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitisers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy: Buhari condoles with govt, people of Ebonyi

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State over the Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy that claimed several lives.


The president’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.

“We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives,” he said.

According to the president, the thoughts and prayers of the government and people of Nigeria are with the families of the victims of the accident.

He commended the Ebonyi government for spearheading the rescue and also hailed efforts by  neighbouring state governments in that regard.

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Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience,  mental acuity – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.


He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.

According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.

“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.

“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.

“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”

Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.

He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.

The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.

“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.

“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.

For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.

Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.

Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.

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