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NOA DG lauds staff for dedication to fight against COVID-19

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Abari particularly commended them raising awareness and advocacy as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

The director general commended the staff in a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi.

The NOA chief, who described as exceptional and unprecedented, efforts made so far by the staff to help curb the spread of the virus, also acknowledged  their “selfless dedication” to duty throughout the virus lockdown period.

He added that even in the face of limited resources, staff still did their best in sensitising citizens to the need to  adhere strictly to the safety protocol recommended by the government and the  World Health Organisation.

“I thank NOA staff for their generosity of spirit and for their industry in sourcing partnerships, which have sustained the COVID-19 sensitisation at the community level.

“Management takes note of this ingenuity and sacrifice.

“In spite of the paucity of funds, they ensured that the people remain well-informed to stay safe.

“This conduct is a clear reflection of the fact that NOA staff are genuine practitioners of the patriotism which they preach,” Abari said.

NOA boss, however, called on staff of the agency to remain vigilant and resolute in advocacy for hygienic practices as well as compliance with protocols and advisories from government and health workers, especially now that community transmission appeared to be on the increase

“This is not the time to relax. The number of infected people from community transmission has far outnumbered those who got infected from outside the country.

“This means that as community mobilisation officers and state directorates, you must add more efforts to reach the innermost parts of our communities,” he added

He further urged the staff to remain undeterred by the difficulties of the circumstances in which they work, and  to continue to justify the setting up of the institution more than thirty years ago.

“We must remain focused and zealous in the days ahead until COVID-19 is eradicated in Nigeria,” said.


Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll

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The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.


Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made  the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.

“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.

“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.

“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.

He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.

“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.

SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.

“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.

 

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MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.


MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement,  also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the  Governor of Kaduna State over the death.

“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.

“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.

“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.

He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.

He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.

“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.

“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.

The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.

In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation,  Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,  Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.

NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.

He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.

He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.

He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at 84.


In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the Kano State governor described the death as a national tragedy and monumental blow to the nation’s traditional institution system.

He said “we lost a national hero, Alhaji Shehu Idris was an embodiment of humility, discipline, respect, statesmanship and exemplary leadership.

“His death leaves an indelible mark in the history of the Nigerian nation state.

“It is with sad note and deep sense of agony that we received the demise of this rare gem and a traditional leader of high repute with respectful global touch.”

Ganduje prayed for the reposed soul of the emir on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to the families of the late emir, the Kaduna State government and the Zazzau Emirate.

“We pray for Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the reposed soul of the great emir. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds abundantly.” (NAN )

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded  97 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country, bringing the total confirmed cases to 57, 242 nationwide.


The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .

It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.

Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.

The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.

Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.

According to the NCDC, the 36 states and FCT have now recorded at least one confirmed case of the virus.

“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.

NCDC stated that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

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