The Osun House of Assembly, on Thursday, put on hold the consideration of the 2020 budget estimates of two ministries pending the status of the Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA) is determined.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the affected ministries are the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy and the Ministry of Rural Development and Community Affairs.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Mr Taiwo Adebayo, gave the order when the two ministries appeared before the House to present their budgets.
This is sequel to the argument which ensued between the commissioners for the two ministries in respect of which ministry the agency belongs.
The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the agency was created from the Osun State Water and Sanitation Programme in 1994 and was backed up with an edit in 2005.
RUWESA, after its establishment, was under the state Ministry of Environment and Sanitation before it was later moved to the Ministry of Rural and Water Resources.
Adebayo said the commissioners should go and resolve the issue at the executive level.
He maintained that the House would not accept estimates of any agencies having controversial issues with their ministries.
Earlier, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, had presented an estimate of N2.9 million naira as proposed revenue and N244.8 as total expenditure for the 2020 fiscal year.
The House also urged the Osun State Water Corporation to increase its revenue generation in 2020.https://nnn.ng/osun-assembly-puts-on-hold-budget-consideration-of-2-ministries-till/
COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.
The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.
The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.
Among others were; Rivers, 11, Bauchi, 7, Benue, Ekiti and Imo, 6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each, Ogun and Osun, 3 each, Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.
According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.
The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.
“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.
“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.”
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
NEMA urges Osun Govt. to take proactive measures against flood
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on the Osun Government to put more proactive measures in place to mitigate the effects of predicted floods in the state.
Muhammad, who was represented by Air Commodore Edward Adedokun, Director of Search and Rescue, NEMA, said that floods had became recurrent in some states as a result of climate change.
The NEMA boss said that this necessitated all stakeholders to strategise to minimise its impact.
He said, “The annual forecast for 2020 rainfall prediction and outlook has identified some flood risk areas in some states, in which Osun happens to be included.
“The highly probable flood risk areas in Osun include Odo-Otin, Irewole, Obokun, Irepodun, Ilesa-West, Atakunmosa, Osogbo, Ede South and Egbedore.
” I want to request the state government to take proactive and necessary mitigating measures to curb any flood disaster.
” The Annual Flood Outlook informed that 102 local government areas in 28 states fall within the highly probable risk areas.
” We have 275 local government areas in 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory, which fall within the moderately probable flood risk areas.
” The remaining 397 local government areas fall within the low probable flood risks areas.
” It is imperative to activate all plans and measures against the prediction as the season moves towards the peak,” Muhammad said.
He also urged the state government to direct the State Emergency Management Agency, local government authorities and other response agencies to put in place preparedness actions.
The NEMA boss appealed to government to take precautionary measures such as public enlightenment, evacuation of residents at river banks and clearing of water channels and drainage systems
He called on the State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) to synergise with other key stakeholders to help activate its plans whenever any disaster happened.
In his remarks, Gov. Oyetola commended NEMA for the visit, saying it would further strengthen the level of preparedness against any flood disaster in the state.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Oluwole Oyebamiji, the governor said the state was looking forward to Federal Government assistance in tackling the menace of flood disaster.
Oyetola said the state had embarked on dredging of major rivers and streams identified as major flash points in the state.
He said that the state had also embarked on aggressive public awareness to enlighten people not to indulge in dumping of waste in drainage systems and waterways.
Oyetola said that his administration recently inaugurated an Ethanol plant in partnership with private investors in a bid to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle
DPR warns IPMAN against exploitation
Daboh said the department would continue to monitor all filling stations in the state to ensure that they dispense accurately.
The controller said any marketer caught under-dispensing product would have their filling stations sealed, and pay N100, 000 as fine on each pump discovered to be under-dispensing product.
He described as disheartening the way some independent marketers engage in sharp practices, adding that the DPR would not relent in its surveillance operations in the state.
Daboh, however, assured them of necessary support to succeed and advised them to always abide by all precautionary regulations.
Also speaking, Mr Femi Ogunmuyiwa, DPR Head’s of Operations, appealed to the marketers to always train their attendants on safety practices.
Ogunmuyiwa noted that some of the attendants lack requisite knowledge on safety procedure involved in the sales of oil and gas.
Mati said support of the DPR was necessary for their business to thrive.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Wale Ojetimi
COVID-19: NCDC records 131 new cases, as total infections now 56,735
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Thursday.
It said the new cases were confirmed in 18 states.
The health agency said Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 45 cases, Kaduna and plateau followed with 17 each, 16 in FCT, and 6 cases each in Delta and Niger.
Kwara recorded 5 cases, Oyo 3, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Enugu, and Osun 2 each.
Others were, Sokoto 2, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Katsina, and Rivers 1 each.
The agency said that in the past 24 hours, 2 people had died from the virus.
According to the agency, till date, 56,735 cases have been confirmed, 48,092 discharged, and 1093 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate national response activities across the country.
Meanwhile, as Edo prepares for governorship election on Sept. 19, the agency has reminded voters of the need to observe COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It advised all relevant stakeholders to take actions that would help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus during the election.
“As you are aware, the governorship election is holding in Edo this weekend but the pandemic still poses an additional challenge.
“A few months ago, we developed the guidelines for conducting elections during the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.
”These guidelines are actually for the political parties, electorate, the election monitors, INEC, and other relevant stakeholders.
”The guidelines actually provide recommendations and actions that should be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election,” it noted.
The agency warned that the virus thrives in mass gatherings such as there are during elections.
It, therefore, warned that failure to adhere to public health and non-pharmaceutical measures could create possibility of infection.
“We just got a story of someone that went somewhere and brought a secondary infection and of course causing deaths to the vulnerable and we need to avoid that.
“So mass gatherings during election will likely occur, and the only way to conduct election without putting anyone at risk of contracting the COVID-19 is to comply with the protective measures at all times.
“And so we recommend the following: Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations.
“Provide additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing can be maintained with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Make the use of face mask by everyone mandatory, and ensure regular cleaning of polling stations, tables, and other surfaces.
“Those are areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiple hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser should be provided.
”All staff at the polling unit should practice hand hygiene frequently. Of course when you meet with people you need to do that regularly,” it said.
”We know INEC has put a lot in place and we are also employing our people to also adhere to those non-pharmaceutical measures so that we don’t take home the virus to our loved ones, especially vulnerable ones,” NCDC added.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Emmanuel Yashim)