The Lagos State Government on Friday urged travellers to follow laid down instructions and comply with the COVID -19 protocol as they travel in and out of the country.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the advice during a tour of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja in preparation for the resumption of international flights on Sept. 5.
Sanwo-Olu said that obeying the laid down protocols would help to curb the importation of the virus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the country’s airports had been shut to flight operations in March to curb the spread of COVID-19.
However, the Federal government approved the resumption of domestic flights from July 8 and that of international flights to resume on Sept. 5
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, noted that the airport was ready for operation, as all the necessary precautionary measures had been put in place.
“I can see that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) management and the facility is ready for smooth operation as various international flights arrive.
“Through the entrance, temperature is being checked and if it is higher than the acceptable level, such person would be flagged.
“Also at various locations within the airport, there are markings at various distances of 2 metres apart from each other to ensure physical distancing.
“All these is to tell you the airport facilities and FAAN is ready for a smooth and hitch free operation,” he said
The governor, however, appealed to all passengers to follow instructions as they arrive.
“I urge people to adhere strictly to all instructions given by the airport officials, observe physical distancing and l assure all that they will all be safe.
“There will be officials to direct on what to do and how things must be done, l urge people to adhere strictly to laid down rules,” he said
Speaking, FAAN Managing Director, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said that 3 airlines would be arriving tomorrow starting with the Middle-East Airlines arriving at 2.00pm.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
LASG seeks quality healthcare service for increased patients’ patronage
The Lagos State Health Service Commission on Saturday charged healthcare providers to uplift medical practices for increased patients’ patronage across all public health facilities in the state.
Dr Benjamin Eniayewun, Permanent Secretary of the Commission, gave this charge as he led a nine-man delegate on assessment tour of public health facilities in line the Hospitals’ Transformation Support Initiative.
Eniayewun said the initiative was proffered by health providers as an aid to qualitative delivery that was measurable with international best medical practices.
“The healthcare business is growing exponentially in a more competitive sphere.
“With the advent of the Lagos State Health Scheme and decline in out-of-pockets payments, it has become more necessary to strategically manage stakeholders’ needs being highlighted by various hospitals towards qualitative development.
“These highlighted developmental plans are identified by the various hospitals under a targeted time span with a view for optimal patients’ satisfaction,” he said.
He said that under Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu ‘s THEMES Agenda, the Commission had identified various yardsticks for excellent health service at all windows of public health using the Transformation Support Initiative.
THEMES is the acronym for the six strategic development agenda of Gov. Sanwo-Olu namely: Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology.
Eniayewun admonished the medical directors of the state health facilities on astute entrepreneurial skills at ensuring service driven improvement and Internal Generated Revenue of value on added services being rendered to patients.
The permanent secretary said:” There should be a paradigm shift on maximising potentials that are sometimes hyped by the terrain which your hospital is being situated.
“Being a chief executive officer requires foresight and innovation for qualitative service delivery with a view for patients’ satisfaction using the available infrastructure, which basically induces future patronage or not.
“Invariably, it implies you need to add value for services rendered to patients to make them want to patronise your facility as the best choice they are making, certainly, not because they do not have a choice.
“This will indicate impactful delivery, if well adopted,” the permanent secretary said.
At the Ifako-Ijaye General Hospital, he applauded the initiative adopted for patients ‘ privacy at the Physiotherapy Department, while enjoining the management to improve the aesthetic view of the hospital.
Also, Eniayewun commended the obvious medical improvement for qualitative standard exhibited at the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre, Ojota, towards optimal patients satisfaction.
The nine-man delegation included: Dr Olumuyiwa Otepola, a former Medical Director of Ketu-Ejirin Hospital; Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr Kajopelaiye Olarenwaju; Director, Nursing Services, Mrs Laide Animashaun; and Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Segun Onakoya.
Other delegates are: Deputy Director, Medical Services, Dr Shola Pitan; Head, Public Affairs Unit, Mrs Abimbola Salehu – Badejo; Mr Emiabata Lawal of the Finance and Accounts Directorate; and Mr Sadiq Ismaila of the Human Resources Directorate.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Wale Ojetimi
NPA expects 13 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos port
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 13 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Sept. 19 to Sept. 30.
The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday.
According to it, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.
The publication said that the ships contained bulk sugar, bulk wheat, petrol, bulk gypsum, bulk salt, general cargo frozen fish and maize.
NPA reports that another set of 12 ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with bulk wheat, container, and general cargo.
Also, the organisation said that 19 other ships are at the ports discharging container, bulk wheat, petrol, frozen fish, gypsum, general cargo, butane gas, maize, bulk salt, raw sugar, base oil, and bulk clinker.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Donald Ugwu
3-storey school building collapses in Lagos
A three-storey building of the Excell College, a private school in Ejigbo, Lagos, collapsed on Saturday, two days to reopening of secondary and private schools in the state.
The building is located at No. 15, Ansarudeen St., by Ile Epo Bus stop, Iyana Ejigbo.
Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions re-opened on Sept. 14.
The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told newsmen that no person was trapped in the collapsed building.
He noted that the school had been under lock and key since March due to the COVID-19-induced restrictions.
According to the LASEMA director-general, the building, which collapsed at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, is part of a conjoined (twin) three-storey building.
He said that the collapse was attributable to “visible distress”, adding that the collapsed portion affected the second wing, as shown by visible cracks on the walls, pillars and decking of the second portion.
“Distress calls received established that the building collapsed at about 8:15a.m.
“Information gathered from some officials of the school revealed that the building had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate and refortify the structure.
“The three-storey building has two wings; the wing that collapsed seriously affected the second wing, as visible cracks can be seen on the walls, pillars and decking.
“Fortunately, nobody was trapped.
“Responders to the incident are LASEMA, Lagos State Building Collapse Agency and the police,” he said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola
Electorate, observer commend conduct of election in Edo
Electorate and observer at Ugboko Ward 5, Unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo, agree that the conduct of the state governorship election is peaceful.
Some of the electorate who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Saturday, said that the conduct was well organised.
Mr Benson Ibizugbe said that he was impressed that the process was going on peacefully and violence-free.
Ibizugbe said ”INEC did a good job by conducting a peaceful election here.
“There has not been issues of faulty equipment and they provided face masks for voters who don’t have to make them eligible to vote”.
An INEC observer, Ada Opkara, from Smile Africa, said that the voting process was seamless and commended the people of Ugboko ward for their peaceful conduct.
“I resumed here at 7: 18 a.m. before the INEC staff resumed activities, from that time till now, about three hours later, everywhere is calm.
She expressed optimism that the peaceful atmosphere at the polling unit would continue throughout the voting process going by the presence of security personnel.
Another electorate, Mr Monday Erhabor, said that he was happy that there was no violence at the voting centre.
“Everywhere is calm and peaceful, there is no violence, the security is tight and we are sure of a free and fair process”.
Edited By: Constance Athekame/Kayode Olaitan