Kogi Govt. donates relief items to Ibaji flood victims

Speaking at the distribution centre in Ibaji, Mr Sanusi Yahaya, the state Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), praised the people for their patience and perseverance, saying the items would alleviate their suffering.



By Stephen Adeleye
Ibaji (Kogi), Dec. 16, 2018 (NNN) The Kogi Government on Sunday, donated foodstuffs and other relief materials to flood victims in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the distribution centre in Ibaji, Mr Sanusi Yahaya, the state Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), praised the people for their patience and perseverance, saying the items would alleviate their suffering.

Represented by Mrs Dorcas Enehe, the Acting Director, Climate Change in Ministry of Environment,Yahaya said that the whole Ibaji communities were 100 per cent flooded, hence the need to give Ibaji special consideration in the distribution.

Yahay, who double as commissioner for the ministry, said Ibaji Local Government received the highest relief items for flood victims out of all the nine LGAs affected by 2018 flood disaster in the state.

He attributed the reason to the fact the local government area was worst affected by the flood.

He notee said that up till the moment of distribution of relief materials, most of the roads in Ibaji were yet to be easily accessible.

Mr Abdulwahab saliu, a staff of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said that the agency had earlier visited the communities, house to house,for assessment,to ascertain the magnitude of the flood in the area.

“This has enabled us to profile the number of the people affected during which it was confirmed that Ibaji was 100 per cent flooded, aout 81 communities were affected,” Saliu said.

Mr Omonu Jackson, the Chairman of 2018 Ibaji Flood Committee, who received the items on behalf of the victims, thanked the state government for the assistance.

He promised that the materials would be fairly shared.

The items include, bags of rice, garri, beans, guinea corn, millet, maize, red oil , sugar, milo, detergents ,mattresses, mats, buckets and clothes among others. (NNN)
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Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Dada Ahmed


COVID-19: NCDC says Nigeria not testing adequately



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that though the country has recorded a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, it was not yet celebration time as Nigeria has not tested adequately and therefore risks a resurgence.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, said this at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that the country recorded a 36 per cent decline nationally in August, compared to July, while the positivity ratio dropped from 20 per cent in June to 7 per cent in July.

“You might think that that is good news and we should be celebrating; unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this until we test sufficient numbers in every state in the country.

“One critical issue is the number of tests being done and yes the number of tests have actually declined, but another important indicator that we look at is the test positivity ratio nationally,’’ he said.

According to him, the only states that can confidently celebrate a decline in cases are Lagos and Kano, as well as the FCT, because they have tested high numbers, but the same cannot be said at the National level because some states are not testing.

He decried that the NCDC could not make any interpretation on the data in Taraba Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara,  Jigawa and Yobe States.

“We do not have enough data coming out of these states to ascertain if we are improving or not or where exactly we are.

“So we have to work together, in summary; it is way too early to make any interpretation whether we are flattening the curve or not, some interpretation can be made in Lagos, FCT, because they are testing enough, but we can’t do this on a national level.’’

The NCDC boss noted that countries that seem to have seen a decline were seeing a resurgence of cases.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NCDC and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) have launched COVID-19 household Sero-prevalence surveys in selected states in Nigeria, to better understand the burden of the virus in the country.

The surveillance will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos States.

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN
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Consumers must get value for money, FG tells service providers



The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has charged users of weighing and measuring instruments to ensure that consumers get correct quantity and value for their goods and services.

The charge was made on Monday in Lokoja by the Ministry’s Department of Weighing and Measurement in a statement.

The statement which was issued at the end of a four-day Post COVID-19 sensitisation exercise in Kogi State also called on the users to meet their obligations to the government.

The leader of the sensitisation team, Mr Okechukwu Ejiofor, an Assistant Director in the Department signed the statement.

He said that the objective of the exercise was to enlighten the stakeholders on their rights and responsibilities in the use of weighing and measuring instruments for trade.

He added that it was also to educate weighing and measuring instruments’ users on the effects of the ministry’s regulatory activities on their businesses.

“The exercise became necessary considering the fact that businesses will face challenges as they emerge from the lockdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Businesses mostly affected are those that use weighing and measuring instruments for trade.

“Such businesses include, but are not limited to LPG (domestic gas) retail outlets, manufacturers of prepackages like cement, bottled water, soft drinks and bread, and petroleum products retail outlets,” he said.

According to Ejiofor , weighing and measuring instruments’ users must ensure that they have valid certificates of verification and be up-to-date in the payment of necessary statutory fees to government.

Ejiofor said that it was unlawful to use a weighing or measuring instrument for trade without a valid certificate of verification issued by the Weights and Measures Department.

Edited By: Peter Dada
Source: NAN
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Gov. Bello mourns Emir of Zazzau



The Kogi State Governor,  Yahaya Bello has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Chairman of Kaduna State Emirate Council.

Bello in statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Onogwu Muhammed, said late Emir Idris would be missed for his peace initiatives and bridge-building efforts in the country.

Bello said that the loss of the revered father of the state, who died on Sunday at the Military Hospital in Kaduna  after a brief illness at the age of 84, was a shock to him.

He described the late Emir of Zazzau, as a man of peace and vast knowledge, who was reputed for his peace initiatives and bridge-building efforts in the country.


“Although, the royal father who was a thoroughbred School teacher with vast religious knowledge had relatively lived up to a good old age but his counsels and guidance would be greatly missed as he left at a very crucial time.”

Bello commiserated with Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, saying the prime traditional ruler died when his wise counsel and peace initiatives were still required, not only in ancient Emirate Council but across Nigeria.

He said the late chairman of Zazzau Emirates carried himself with dignity and grace commensurate with the magnificence of the traditional stool he occupied.

Bello said that the deceased would no doubt, be greatly missed by family members, as well as his numerous friends and admirers.

He prayed that the Almighty God grant the emirate council and the people of Kaduna State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN
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Kiriji War: Leaders to celebrate 134 years of Yoruba unity



A coalition of Yoruba groups, prominent monarchs and leaders of thought will converge in Ibadan on Wednesday to celebrate 134 years of peace and unity in Yorubaland after the Kiriji War.

The Kiriji War, also known as the Ekiti-Parapo War, was a 16-year-long civil war between the Yoruba people where all the sub-ethnic groups either supported the Ibadan or the Ekiti.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the war came to an end on Sept. 23, 1886, which marked the beginning of unification of Yoruba Land as one.

Prof. Banji Akintoye, Convener of the event and President-General of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), said in a statement that Sept. 23 will now be celebrated as Yoruba National Day annually.

Akintoye said prominent Yoruba monarchs and warrior families would on Tuesday revisit the battlefields in Igbajo and Imesi Ile, Osun, and Oke Imesi Ekiti to pour libations and dedicate foundation stone to peace in Yoruba Land.

The YWC leader described the event as a reawakening and restoration of Yoruba history and culture.

He said that Afenifere Chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu of Yoruba Unity Forum, Justice Ademola Bakare (Rtd), Chairman, Yoruba Council of Elders, and  Prof. Adetoun Ogunseye, National Council for Yoruba Women were among eminent Yoruba leaders of thought that would grace the occasion.

According to him, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, are among prominent Yoruba monarchs expected at the ceremony.

“The purpose of the two-day ceremony is to unite the people of Yoruba Land towards achieving prosperity and development.

” The Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, Owa Ooye of Imesi Ile, Oba Ademola Akinyemi, the Owa of Igbajo and Oba Adeniyi Fashade, are the Chief Hosts of the event in their various communities on Sept. 22.

“The traditional rulers would also converge to address the Yoruba people at Okemesi, Ekiti, Igbajo and Imesi Ile in Osun, respectively, where the war started and where the peace treaty that marked the end of the war, was signed.

“The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji who is the Chief Host, would celebrate the day on Sept. 23 in Ibadan,” he said.

According to Akintoye, all the first class Yoruba traditional rulers from Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Oyo and Lagos States would be in attendance for the anniversary.

He urged all Yoruba sons and daughters worldwide to make their presence felt at the events, both physically and morally.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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