The Deputy Governor of Osun, Mr Benedict Alabi, has appointed Mr Olaniyi Ajibola, the Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), as his new Chief Press Secretary (CPS).
Ajibola, a graduate of History/ African Languages from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-ife, had a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism.
He was a former parliamentarian at the Students’ Representative Council, OAU, before being elected as the Chairman, Electoral Commission/ Acting President of the Students’ Union.
Ajibola emerged as the Secretary of the Osun State Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ in 2016, and was later elected as the Chairman in 2019.
He was the Chairman, Osun NUJ Revatilisation Committee, and was appointed as the Personal Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Speech Writing in March 2020, but for his duty diligence, later promoted to the position of the CPS.https://nnn.ng/osun-deputy-governor-appoints-new-cps/
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
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
Sanwo-Olu fecilitates with deputy at 56
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who clocks 56 years on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu described Hamzat as a reliable, trustworthy and committed brother, friend and partner in the ‘Greater Lagos’ agenda of the incumbent administration.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Gboyega Akosile, also commended his deputy’s contribution to the growth and development of Lagos State in the last 17 years.
He described Hamzat as a seasoned technocrat, administrator, politician and committed democrat.
According to him, Hamzat has all along used his position as commissioner in different ministries and now the number two citizen of the Centre of Excellence, to bring about positive change to the state and the country at large.
”Happy 56th birthday to my reliable, hardworking, dependable, supportive and committed brother, friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda of our administration.
”You made great achievements as Commissioner for Science and Technology between 2005 and 2011, as well as Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure.
”During your tenure as Commissioner for Science and Technology, you enforced the application of modern technology in the state ministries.
”The application of modern technology changed the face of data and record keeping in Lagos and at the same time eliminating the trend of state ghost workers.
”In execution of your mandate as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, your ministry completed several key projects for Lagos State in the mega-city era,” he said.
The governor said that Hamzat’s achievements in the ministry were well recognised as he emerged winner of the fifth edition of the Lagos State Man of the Year Awards in September 2013.
”We cherish your contributions to party politics and governance in our dear state. You are a worthy ambassador and champion in the blend of technocracy and politics.
”As a true democrat and progressive politician, you have remained steadfast in the progressive camp.
”As you celebrate your 56th birthday, I pray that God will increase you in good health to enable you render more service to humanity, Lagos State and Nigeria,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Lagos NUJ: I won’t suspend legal actions on Pen Jewel Estate if elected — Ajayi
Mr Adeleye Ajayi, Chairmanship Candidate in the forthcoming Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos Council Election, on Friday debunked a rumour that he intended to stop legal actions against those involved in the abortive Mowe/Ofada Pen Jewel Estate.
Ajayi, a Deputy Editor-in- Chief in the News Agency of Nigeria , who decried the rumour and others making the rounds, said elections in a professional body like NUJ should not be a do-or-die affair where contestants would be destroying one another.
The aspirant also said that rumours from his opponent’s camp about his certificate was wrong, saying that he possessed Ordinary National Diploma, Higher National Diploma, and two Master’s degrees.
He said that he was a class representative and class governor at both Ogun State Polytechnic and Lagos State University.
Ajayi said: “Getting to the top should not be a ‘do-or-die’ affair but some people hold onto the belief that they must destroy everybody and everything on their way to achieve success.
“Those in this category should remember that nemesis will catch up with them one day. Therefore, be good to people you meet on your way up because you may also meet them on your way down.
“On the controversial issue of Mowe-Ofada land and the abortive Pen Jewel Estate Project, ordinarily I need not bother re-echoing what I had said during my visits to chapels on campaign but I must put the records straight to correct the erroneous impression being peddled around that I intend to take the land cases out of courts if I win the election by God’s grace.
“Is it possible to withdraw any case out of court without the consent of the Judge and the parties involved? This is indeed a question begging for answers.
“Although the dramatis personae involved in the failed estate project are friends just like other people on this platform but that does not exonerate the two of them from facing the consequences should they be found guilty by a court of law.”
He added that it was unfortunate that the Mowe-Ofada land, which was acquired way back in 2008 and was allocated to about 2,000 subscribers devoid of rancour, had turned to be a campaign gimmick.
According to him, the situation turned sour and became a thorn in the flesh of the allottees some years after, when plans by Primewaterview Holdings Ltd. to assist in building apartments for the 800 journalists’ subscribers hit the rocks.
“Some people just want to call a dog a bad name in order to get it hanged.
“I have always emphasised in every chapel we went on campaign that the incoming executive by God’s grace will adopt a political solution to the land brouhaha.
“We shall endeavour to go beyond Lagos to further dialogue so that the hard-earned dollars and Naira can be refunded, even in installment.
“Permit me to also reiterate that legal actions, EFCC intervention, investigation by the Police Special Fraud Unit will continue pari- passu.
“I therefore, find it incredible that some people will go round, maligning me and distorting my explanation regarding the land issue just to score cheap political points,” Ajayi said.
He urged journalists to take whatever his opponent told them about him concerning the abortive Pen Jewel Estate as a figment of the imagination of the cooks of such story.
Ajayi said that when he was the President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), in 2010, he facilitated allocation of 50 plots of land for members of the association.
He regretted that the land had been turned to an `ATM’, by breathing down on innocent and unsuspecting landowners to contribute N60,000 for perimeter fencing; N10,000 for bush clearance etc.
Ajayi added: “I cherish the late Ibrahim Waziri’s political style tagged “Politics without bitterness’’, I have always made this phrase my watchword.
“I enjoin those further fanning the embers of disunity in the Lagos Council of NUJ to have a rethink so that we can go back to the `camaraderie’ of the good old days.
“Our collective concern should be how to build a virile union that will stand the test of time and outlive us and not to destroy a House (NUJ) solidly built by our heroes in the profession, both living and dead.
“May I therefore, appeal that those who indulged in Pull Him Down syndrome, especially during NUJ’s electioneering, that they should note that this is a professional body of gentlemen of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.”
The aspirant, who advised that people should make the campaign more exciting and not take to mudslinging, said campaign for Sept. 29 election should concentrate on issues and focus on how journalists could live a good life now and after retirement.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Ejiofor)