The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The health agency stated that the number of those successfully treated and discharged from various treatment centres across the country also jumped to 33,186, representing an increase of 142 persons.
According to the NCDC, while more people have recovered from the disease, the country reported three new fatalities, raising the number of those who have lost the battle to the virus to 945.
It stated that till date, 46577 cases have been confirmed, 33186 cases have been discharged and 945 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC said that of the new cases confirmed, Lagos had the highest number of infections – 107, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Plateau which reported 91 and 81 cases, respectively.
Amongst others were Kaduna – 32, Ogun – 30, Kwara – 24, Ebonyi – 19, Ekiti – 17, Oyo – eight, Borno – six, Edo – six, Kano – four, Nasarawa – three, Osun – three, Taraba – three, Gombe – two and Bauchi – one.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
The health agency said that a properly worn facemask prevents droplets from landing on surfaces when a person cough or sneeze.
It stated that Nigerians could all TakeResponsibility by wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19 .
“#MaskOnNaija to protect yourself, loved ones and people around from getting infected.
“As we continue in the fight against COVID-19 this #WorldMaskWeek2020, wear a mask in public, wear your mask properly, practice other COVID-19 preventive measures and have fun making your own mask,” it said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/ncdc-confirms-437-new-covid-19-case-total-of-infection-hits-46577/
Bye-elections: Lagos East has about 1.4m registered voters -INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)says no fewer than 1.4 million registered voters will participate in the Oct. 31 bye-elections of the Lagos East Senatorial District.
INEC spokesman, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.
Akinbiyi added that 280,363 registered voters from Kosofe State Constituency II would participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly’s bye-elections, holding the same day.
According to him, not all the registered voters are, however, in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the elections.
He said that the registered voters in the Lagos East Senatorial District spread across the five local government areas comprising: Somolu, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe.
He said that the registered voters for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are spread across the six Registration Areas (Wards) located in : Ketu-Alapere, Ikosi/Ketu, Isheri/Olowo-Ora, Agboyi I, Agboyi II and Odo-Ogun/Ajegunle.
NAN reports that candidates from 12 political parties will be contesting in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections.
Eight candidates from various political parties will also be contesting the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-elections.
Others are: Adebowale Ogunlaru, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressives Congress (APC); Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The rest are: Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The eight contestants for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are: John Akerele, AA; Sadiq Olawale, AAC; Wasiu Saheed, APC; Adekunle Oladapo, LP; Muyideen Agoro, NNPP; Ademorin Adelaja, NRM; Sikiru Alebiosu, PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh, ADC.
The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the former occupants.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Peter Dada
NGO, Actionaid train 40 women on skills acquisition in Cross River
Speaking at the event in Calabar, the Executive Director of CCAPI, Miss Evelyn Oti said the training was part of her organisation’s effort at making women self-reliant and economically independent.
“CCAPI is worried about the increasing cases of gender based violence in the society which is traced to over dependence of women on their spouses.
“Our findings have revealed that most violence against women at home were due to poor economic status of the women, hence the need to give them skills to enable them to be self-reliant.
“We are no longer being emotional about the reports of cases of gender based violence because we discovered that most of the times, the matter centres around responsibilities at home, so we decided to act fast, ” she said.
Oti said alongside those who graduated, the organisation had also trained many others in various skills in partnership with Actionaid and USAID.
“Our aim is to use women empowerment as tool to fighting gender based violence in Cross River, ” she said.
She urged those who just graduated from the centre to make full use of the opportunity to liberate themselves from poverty and over-dependence.
Oti assured them that CCAPI would continue to monitor their developments with the view to assisting them in improving their skills.
She said that some of the women represented various women cooperative groups, while others came as interested individuals, adding that the training was at no cost.
“The training is free; it is part of our contribution to steming the tide of gender based violence in the state,” she said.
Oti thanked the state government through the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs for providing the enabling environment for the training and other activities of the organisation.
Also, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Rita Agbo commended the organisation and its partners for their efforts at reducing gender based violence through women empowerment.
“Gone were the days when women were confined to the kitchen, it is time the women have to stand up and be counted.
“I believe strongly that the women gender has to be empowered to compete favourably with the men.
“We have discovered that many gender based violence is as a result of lack of financial capacity by the women to support the men at home.
” Therefore, I want to specially thank CCAPI, Actionaid and other partners for taking this initiative.
“As a ministry, we will always assist the graduates whenever the need arises, ” she said.
Dr Emmanuel Elui, the Trade Advisor, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Calabar urged the them to take advantage of the training to market themselves both locally and internationally.
He said that the beneficiaries stood the chance of becoming foreign exchange earners if they worked harder in their chosen trades.
“This is an opportunity for you to become exporters of your trade if you are serious,” he said.
Elui later presented export certificates to the different cooperative groups as well as the individual graduate.
One of them, Mrs Ani Essien thanked CCAPI and partners for the training and promised that they would not let them down.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Grace Yussuf
Cashier in court for allegedly stealing N500,000 from employer
A 28- year-old cashier, Hamod Oluwaseun, on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing N500,000 belonging to his employer.
The defendant, who lives at 8, Solomon Ogunshuba St., Dalemo, Ogun State, is being tried on a lone-count charge of stealing.
The prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the offence was allegedly committed between 2019 and June 2020 at Dejol Bun Venture Limited, situated at 27, Clem Road, Ijaiye, Lagos.
Akeem alleged that during the course of auditing , N500,000 was not remitted into the company’s accounts and the defendant could not account for it.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Chief Magistrate O. l. Adelaja admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adelaja, adjourned the case until Oct. 12 for mention.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Sadiya Hamza
Schools Resumption: Some private schools record high turnout in Lagos
Some private schools in Lagos State recorded large turnout of students following the Lagos State Government’s directive on resumption on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Aug. 29, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed primary and secondary schools to reopen.
Sanwo-Olu gave the directed during the 17th Update on the management of the coronavirus pandemic in Lagos.
A correspondent of NAN, who visited some schools in the state, reports that water, soaps, hand-sanitisers and infrared thermometer were provided by the schools’ management.
At Honeyland Schools, Ipaja, parents were seen trooping in to drop their children while observing social distancing in registering them.
Also, compulsory wearing of nose masks and social distancing in classrooms were observed by students and teachers.
A big banner displaying the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines was seen at the entrance of the school.
The school principal, Mr Oluyemi Faleke, said that academic activities would start immediately.
Faleke said that the school had concluded the second term examination before the lockdown while the third term examination was conducted during the lockdown.
“Before the resumption, we conducted three online entrance examinations for the new students.
“In all classrooms, we are maintaining social distance by displaying a sticker of “Do Not Sit Here”.
“Teaching starts from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and virtual learning is still available for students who do not want to resume yet,’’ he said.
NAN,however, observed that some schools at Iyana-Ipaja and Egbeda areas were still locked and there was no sign of resumption.
At Victoria Island and Lekki, some private schools continued to teach their students through virtual learning.
At the Senior High School, Alimosho, only Junior Secondary Three (JS 3) and Senior Secondary Two (SS 2) students were allowed to enter the school premise with face masks or shields.
Security officials at the Faith Academy, Gowon Estate, Ipaja said that only SS three students have resumed while others will be resuming on Thursday.
Mr Abdul Ademola, Principal, Homat Group of Schools, Odogunyan, Ikorodu said that the school would keep guiding the students on COVID-19 protocols.
Ademola said that management had reduced number of students in a class from 20 students before the lockdown to 12 students as part of effort to prevent infection.
“We are all happy to resume back to school after staying home for too long.
“There is no automatic promotion in our school, we are going to engage all classes with lectures, continuous assessment and examination,’’ he said.
Mrs Olanike Ayoola, a parent at Honeyland schools expressed confidence that her children were safe with the school because of the guidelines been maintained.
“I am so confident of my children’s school; they are ready for the students’ resumption.
“During the lockdown, they educated us on the safety protocols against COVID-19,’’ Ayoola said.
Another parent, Mrs Kehinde Ojewoye, corroborated Ayoola’s confidence, saying that she was not scared of COVID-19.
According to Ojewoye, the school is fully prepared for the students’ resumption.
She said that teachers should just maintain social distancing with their students to avoid any issue.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde