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  •  Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC an Abuja based NGO on Friday commended the Federal Government for compensating 74 victims of police brutality Chief Ugochukwu Nnam President of the group gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja NAN recalls that the panel probing allegations of human rights violations committed by the defunct police unit SARS on Sept 13 awarded N289 million to wronged victims The 11 member panel was inaugurated on Oct 21 2020 NAN reports that the setting up of the panels in 29 states and Abuja was spurred by the nationwide EndSARS protest in October 2020 Nnam said that the compensation was a testimony of the federal government s respect for human rights and sanctity of life He expressed satisfaction with the compensation saying that it was a demonstration of government s responsiveness to the yearnings of the people I commend the Federal Government for setting up the panel in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission NHUR to address the matter appropriately I also want to advise that it is time we strengthened our police system so as to prevent such occurrence again he said Nnam who said that respect for human rights and sanctity of life were imperative in democratisation process called on government to improve the country s democratic institutions He affirmed the commitment of their group in upholding the tenets of good governance and democracy The ILDC boss called for collective efforts to transform Nigeria through stronger institutions than stronger individuals www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group commends FG for compensating victims of police brutality
     Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC an Abuja based NGO on Friday commended the Federal Government for compensating 74 victims of police brutality Chief Ugochukwu Nnam President of the group gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja NAN recalls that the panel probing allegations of human rights violations committed by the defunct police unit SARS on Sept 13 awarded N289 million to wronged victims The 11 member panel was inaugurated on Oct 21 2020 NAN reports that the setting up of the panels in 29 states and Abuja was spurred by the nationwide EndSARS protest in October 2020 Nnam said that the compensation was a testimony of the federal government s respect for human rights and sanctity of life He expressed satisfaction with the compensation saying that it was a demonstration of government s responsiveness to the yearnings of the people I commend the Federal Government for setting up the panel in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission NHUR to address the matter appropriately I also want to advise that it is time we strengthened our police system so as to prevent such occurrence again he said Nnam who said that respect for human rights and sanctity of life were imperative in democratisation process called on government to improve the country s democratic institutions He affirmed the commitment of their group in upholding the tenets of good governance and democracy The ILDC boss called for collective efforts to transform Nigeria through stronger institutions than stronger individuals www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group commends FG for compensating victims of police brutality
    General news2 months ago

    Group commends FG for compensating victims of police brutality

    Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), an Abuja-based NGO on Friday, commended the Federal Government for compensating 74 victims of police brutality.

    Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President of the group gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

    NAN recalls that the panel probing allegations of human rights violations committed by the defunct police unit, SARS, on Sept. 13, awarded N289 million to wronged victims.

    The 11-member panel was inaugurated on Oct. 21, 2020. NAN reports that the setting up of the panels in 29 states and Abuja was spurred by the nationwide EndSARS protest in October 2020 Nnam said that the compensation was a testimony of the federal government’s respect for human rights and sanctity of life.

    He expressed satisfaction with the compensation, saying that it was a demonstration of government’s responsiveness to the yearnings of the people.

    “I commend the Federal Government for setting up the panel in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission (NHUR) to address the matter appropriately.

    “I also want to advise that it is time we strengthened our police system so as to prevent such occurrence again,” he said.

    Nnam, who said that respect for human rights and sanctity of life were imperative in democratisation process, called on government to improve the country’s democratic institutions.

    He affirmed the commitment of their group in upholding the tenets of good governance and democracy.

    The ILDC boss called for collective efforts to transform Nigeria through stronger institutions than stronger individuals.

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  •   With fuel shortages persisting in Abuja and other major Nigerian cities the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance Chief Ugochukwu Nnam the group s National Coordinator gave the eulogy in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Monday Nnam who saluted Nigerians for their resilience despite difficult times urged them to continue to abide by the law I commend Nigerians for their resilience despite fuel shortages They should continue to believe in Nigeria while queuing for fuel it is important that they are orderly and peaceful about it no one should oppress the other he advised However the ILDC coordinator urged the Nigerian government to urgently address the situation to give people a breathing space According to him the government must do what is necessary to maintain the confidence of the people available Nnam expressed his hope that Nigeria will rise to the challenge with the collaborative effort of relevant stakeholders He reiterated his initiative s commitment to ensuring that government remains accountable where necessary for the provision of good governance reports that there has been a persistent shortage of Petroleum Motor Spirit PMS in recent weeks in Nigeria especially in Abuja and other major cities
    Group commends Nigerians’ patience on fuel scarcity
      With fuel shortages persisting in Abuja and other major Nigerian cities the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance Chief Ugochukwu Nnam the group s National Coordinator gave the eulogy in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Monday Nnam who saluted Nigerians for their resilience despite difficult times urged them to continue to abide by the law I commend Nigerians for their resilience despite fuel shortages They should continue to believe in Nigeria while queuing for fuel it is important that they are orderly and peaceful about it no one should oppress the other he advised However the ILDC coordinator urged the Nigerian government to urgently address the situation to give people a breathing space According to him the government must do what is necessary to maintain the confidence of the people available Nnam expressed his hope that Nigeria will rise to the challenge with the collaborative effort of relevant stakeholders He reiterated his initiative s commitment to ensuring that government remains accountable where necessary for the provision of good governance reports that there has been a persistent shortage of Petroleum Motor Spirit PMS in recent weeks in Nigeria especially in Abuja and other major cities
    Group commends Nigerians’ patience on fuel scarcity
    General news9 months ago

    Group commends Nigerians’ patience on fuel scarcity

    With fuel shortages persisting in Abuja and other major Nigerian cities, the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC) has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance.

    Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, the group's National Coordinator, gave the eulogy in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Monday.

    Nnam, who saluted Nigerians for their resilience despite difficult times, urged them to continue to abide by the law.

    “I commend Nigerians for their resilience despite fuel shortages.

    “They should continue to believe in Nigeria, while queuing for fuel, it is important that they are orderly and peaceful about it, no one should oppress the other,” he advised.

    However, the ILDC coordinator urged the Nigerian government to urgently address the situation to give people a breathing space.

    According to him, the government must do what is necessary to maintain the confidence of the people available.

    Nnam expressed his hope that Nigeria will rise to the challenge with the collaborative effort of relevant stakeholders.

    He reiterated his initiative's commitment to ensuring that government remains accountable where necessary for the provision of good governance.

    reports that there has been a persistent shortage of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) in recent weeks in Nigeria, especially in Abuja and other major cities.

  •   By Ikenna Osuoha Chief Franklin Ebere Njoku Deputy National Coordinator Leadership Development and Change Initiative ILDC on Thursday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian leaders for their solidarity and love for Chief Bola Tinubu leader APC National Ebere Njoku who is also an executive member of Tinubu Support Organization TSO described President Buhari as a caring leader who has shown his love for his compatriots in many instances especially his visit to the national leader of the APC in London during its difficult time The ILDC deputy coordinator who prayed to God to restore Tinubu s health described him as a political rallying point in the country Tinubu remains a political colossus a quintessential gentleman and a bridge builder who believes in the progress and unity of Nigeria The visit of our notable leaders including our kind president shows that Tinubu is a true patriot he said He said the continued pilgrimage of Nigerian leaders and personalities to London to see Tinubu was a testament to the magimity and statesmanship of the CPA leaders Ebere Njoku said figures such as Tinubu were not only bridge builders but essential to national unity and development He said that Tinubu s political record was worth emulating hence the solidarity of men of integrity including President Buhari and others towards him The Nigerian News Agency reports that President Muhammadu Buhari some governors and other leaders had traveled to Tinubu in London where he had gone for medical treatment Source NAN
    Group commends Buhari, leaders for solidarity with Tinubu
      By Ikenna Osuoha Chief Franklin Ebere Njoku Deputy National Coordinator Leadership Development and Change Initiative ILDC on Thursday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian leaders for their solidarity and love for Chief Bola Tinubu leader APC National Ebere Njoku who is also an executive member of Tinubu Support Organization TSO described President Buhari as a caring leader who has shown his love for his compatriots in many instances especially his visit to the national leader of the APC in London during its difficult time The ILDC deputy coordinator who prayed to God to restore Tinubu s health described him as a political rallying point in the country Tinubu remains a political colossus a quintessential gentleman and a bridge builder who believes in the progress and unity of Nigeria The visit of our notable leaders including our kind president shows that Tinubu is a true patriot he said He said the continued pilgrimage of Nigerian leaders and personalities to London to see Tinubu was a testament to the magimity and statesmanship of the CPA leaders Ebere Njoku said figures such as Tinubu were not only bridge builders but essential to national unity and development He said that Tinubu s political record was worth emulating hence the solidarity of men of integrity including President Buhari and others towards him The Nigerian News Agency reports that President Muhammadu Buhari some governors and other leaders had traveled to Tinubu in London where he had gone for medical treatment Source NAN
    Group commends Buhari, leaders for solidarity with Tinubu
    General news1 year ago

    Group commends Buhari, leaders for solidarity with Tinubu

    By Ikenna Osuoha

    Chief Franklin Ebere-Njoku, Deputy National Coordinator, Leadership Development and Change Initiative (ILDC), on Thursday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian leaders for their solidarity and love for Chief Bola Tinubu, leader APC National.

    Ebere-Njoku, who is also an executive member of Tinubu Support Organization (TSO), described President Buhari as "a caring leader who has shown his love for his compatriots in many instances, especially his visit to the national leader of the APC in London during its difficult time. "

    The ILDC deputy coordinator, who prayed to God to restore Tinubu's health, described him as “a political rallying point in the country.

    “Tinubu remains a political colossus, a quintessential gentleman and a bridge builder who believes in the progress and unity of Nigeria.

    "The visit of our notable leaders, including our kind president, shows that Tinubu is a true patriot," he said.

    He said the continued pilgrimage of Nigerian leaders and personalities to London to see Tinubu was a testament to the magimity and statesmanship of the CPA leaders.

    Ebere-Njoku said figures such as Tinubu were not only bridge builders, but essential to national unity and development.

    He said that Tinubu's political record was worth emulating, hence the solidarity of men of integrity including President Buhari and others towards him.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, some governors and other leaders had traveled to Tinubu in London where he had gone for medical treatment.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Ikenna Osuoha The Leadership Development and Change Initiative ILDC an NGO called for the engagement of young people in the fight to end gender based violence GBV The group s national coordinator Chief Ugochukwu Nnam made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency NAN in Abuja on Thursday Nnam said that only the direct engagement of young people in addressing violence against women and girls would achieve the desired result It s because young people are very important in the fight against GBV and naturally active In addition they are the major players in the discourse because they constitute 90 of both the victims and the perpetrators The national coordinator who condemned all forms of violence against women and girls said young people should be at the forefront of the war against GBV According to him it is important to actively involve young people so that they are not only champions of the war against the threat but amplify the dangers of domestic violence rape and other forms of violence against gender feminine Nnam expressed ILDC s determination to partner with relevant agencies to strengthen the campaign against GBV He added that harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation child marriage are contrary not only to the development of girls but to the country as a whole He therefore stressed the need to enable girls and women to realize their full potential as their male counterparts NAA NAN
    Group urges young people to take action to end GBV
      By Ikenna Osuoha The Leadership Development and Change Initiative ILDC an NGO called for the engagement of young people in the fight to end gender based violence GBV The group s national coordinator Chief Ugochukwu Nnam made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency NAN in Abuja on Thursday Nnam said that only the direct engagement of young people in addressing violence against women and girls would achieve the desired result It s because young people are very important in the fight against GBV and naturally active In addition they are the major players in the discourse because they constitute 90 of both the victims and the perpetrators The national coordinator who condemned all forms of violence against women and girls said young people should be at the forefront of the war against GBV According to him it is important to actively involve young people so that they are not only champions of the war against the threat but amplify the dangers of domestic violence rape and other forms of violence against gender feminine Nnam expressed ILDC s determination to partner with relevant agencies to strengthen the campaign against GBV He added that harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation child marriage are contrary not only to the development of girls but to the country as a whole He therefore stressed the need to enable girls and women to realize their full potential as their male counterparts NAA NAN
    Group urges young people to take action to end GBV
    General news1 year ago

    Group urges young people to take action to end GBV

    By Ikenna Osuoha

    The Leadership Development and Change Initiative (ILDC), an NGO, called for the engagement of young people in the fight to end gender-based violence (GBV).

    The group's national coordinator, Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.

    Nnam said that only the direct engagement of young people in addressing violence against women and girls would achieve the desired result.

    “It's because young people are very important in the fight against GBV and naturally active.

    “In addition, they are the major players in the discourse because they constitute 90% of both the victims and the perpetrators. "

    The national coordinator, who condemned all forms of violence against women and girls, said young people should be at the forefront of the war against GBV.

    According to him, it is important to actively involve young people so that they are not only champions of the war against the threat, but amplify the dangers of domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence against gender. feminine.

    Nnam expressed ILDC's determination to partner with relevant agencies to strengthen the campaign against GBV.

    He added that "harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, child marriage are contrary not only to the development of girls but to the country as a whole".

    He therefore stressed the need to enable girls and women to realize their full potential as their male counterparts. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •   An NGO Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has advocated proper funding and training of Nigeria policemen to bridge the distrust between the police and the people It s National Coordinator Mr Ugochukwu Nnam made the call an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday Nnam said adequate funding and retraining were key to improving civilian police relation He said the police played crucial role in national security and called on the government to give priority to police affairs Nmam said that the inability of previous governments to improve on the welfare of the police gave room for corruption and the distrust existing between the police and the people I don t see why our police cannot be treated equally with the staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria The police to me is more important than the staff of the CBN because the money cannot be safe without the police he said The ILDC coordinator expressed worry over the wide difference between the Nigeria policemen and their American or European counterparts blaming the alleged corruption among Nigeria policemen on their underpayment I see anything wrong in sending our constables to Europe or America for training the same way some CBN staff are sent for training Our policemen are not well trained not well paid they fuel their cars themselves they don t live and operate in conducive houses or offices he said Nnam decried the general poor state of the Nigeria police which he said was the reason for the lingering insecurity in the country He said that well trained and equipped police would help to restore confidence and professionalism among the officers Nnam commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the upward review of the salary of the policemen but called for improvement in all departments of the force for effective service delivery Edited By Rabiu Sani Ali Tajudeen Atitebi Source NAN
    Proper funding, training key to bridging distrust between people and police – NGO
      An NGO Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has advocated proper funding and training of Nigeria policemen to bridge the distrust between the police and the people It s National Coordinator Mr Ugochukwu Nnam made the call an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday Nnam said adequate funding and retraining were key to improving civilian police relation He said the police played crucial role in national security and called on the government to give priority to police affairs Nmam said that the inability of previous governments to improve on the welfare of the police gave room for corruption and the distrust existing between the police and the people I don t see why our police cannot be treated equally with the staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria The police to me is more important than the staff of the CBN because the money cannot be safe without the police he said The ILDC coordinator expressed worry over the wide difference between the Nigeria policemen and their American or European counterparts blaming the alleged corruption among Nigeria policemen on their underpayment I see anything wrong in sending our constables to Europe or America for training the same way some CBN staff are sent for training Our policemen are not well trained not well paid they fuel their cars themselves they don t live and operate in conducive houses or offices he said Nnam decried the general poor state of the Nigeria police which he said was the reason for the lingering insecurity in the country He said that well trained and equipped police would help to restore confidence and professionalism among the officers Nnam commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the upward review of the salary of the policemen but called for improvement in all departments of the force for effective service delivery Edited By Rabiu Sani Ali Tajudeen Atitebi Source NAN
    Proper funding, training key to bridging distrust between people and police – NGO
    General news2 years ago

    Proper funding, training key to bridging distrust between people and police – NGO

    An NGO, Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), has advocated proper funding and training of Nigeria policemen to bridge the distrust between the police and the people.

    It’s National Coordinator, Mr Ugochukwu Nnam, made the call an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Nnam said adequate funding and retraining were key to improving civilian-police relation.

    He said the police played crucial role in national security and called on the government to give priority to police affairs.

    Nmam said that the inability of previous governments to improve on the welfare of the police gave room for corruption and the distrust existing between the police and the people.

    “I don’t see why our police cannot be treated equally with the staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

    “The police to me is more important than the staff of the CBN because the money cannot be safe without the police,” he said.

    The ILDC coordinator expressed worry over the wide difference between the Nigeria policemen and their American or European counterparts, blaming the alleged corruption among Nigeria policemen on their underpayment.

    “I see anything wrong in sending our constables to Europe or America for training, the same way some CBN staff are sent for training.

    “Our policemen are not well trained, not well paid, they fuel their cars themselves, they don’t live and operate in conducive houses or offices,” he said.

    Nnam decried the general poor state of the Nigeria police, which he said, was the reason for the lingering insecurity in the country.

    He said that well trained and equipped police would help to restore confidence and professionalism among the officers.

    Nnam commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the upward review of the salary of the policemen, but called for improvement in all departments of the force for effective service delivery.


    Edited By: Rabiu Sani-Ali/Tajudeen Atitebi
    Source: NAN

  •   More than eight months after the emergence of the novel Coronavirus in Nigeria many people no longer observe the safety measures put in place by authorities to keep safe Since the first confirmed case of COVID 19 was announced on Feb 27 2020 the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC along with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders evolved measures to check the spread of the virus The centre therefore while following directives of the World Health Organisation WHO recommended the use of face mask frequent washing of hands social distancing respiratory hygiene and stopped large gatherings as basic safety measures Even though Nigerians had observed the measures especially during the lockdown that followed the announcement of the pandemic as global emergency and to check its spread many are gradually dropping their guard A check by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja saw many residents moving about without wearing a face mask while some even doubt the existence of the pandemic in the first place and others just carry a face mask in their bags just in case Chief Ugochukwu Nnam the President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC an Abuja based NGO told NAN on Sunday that while many resident had stopped observing the COVID 19 protocols others doubt the existence of the Coronavirus Nnam who decried the unsafe attitude added that many people in the FCT don t care even in Churches and gatherings they don t wear face masks while some wear the mask on their chins instead of the face I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered into another phase of lockdown As for me and my family we use our face masks I gave hand sanitisers to all my children as they go to school I ensure they wash hands regularly even in their school through a steady reminder to their teachers Mrs Ogechi Osuoha a teacher called for intensive advocacy to change the perception of people about COVID 19 especially in markets Osuoha who emphasised the imperatives of sensitisation and awareness to contain community spread said that the carelessness of some market women could trigger another phase of community infection Many women in the market don t use face masks and do not wash their hands or use hand sanitisers or wear hand gloves like they did at the heat of the pandemic before or after selling their wares Mr Nurudeen Ahmed a resident attributed the attitude to ignorance and some sort of cultural beliefs Ahmed said that he had at a time doubted the existence of the pandemic until he saw those that died of the disease Honestly I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard of a person I know very well that died of symptoms and complications from the disease in Spain Mr Nelson Udunna a laboratory scientist said that the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities Udunna said that he had cultivated the culture of washing his hands more than four times a day as well as protecting his nose and mouth with face mask whenever he mingled with other people He decried the manner some persons threw caution to the wind by not observing the safety rules He said I went to the Nyanya orange market in Abuja I discovered that it was only me and two other persons that wore face masks I was shocked Mr Peter Nzeli a trader also in Nyanya Abuja said COVID 19 is a thing of the past I have notseen or heard of someone who died from the virus again Do we still have the virus in this country I don t think so Mr Emmanuel Ekechukwu a businesman in Wuse Abuja said it had been long since he wore a face mask adding that most times he put the face mask in his pocket in case he was forced to wear it like in banks and some offices However Mr Simon Abel a businesman in Wuse Abuja said he always obey the COVID 19 guidelines because he had seen someone who suffered from the virus According to him he lost his uncle to COVID 19 in Italy He therefore cautioned residents especially commercial drivers to observe the rules by wearing face mask and observing social distance and encourage their passengers to do same Mrs Rita Okoro a civil servant living in Garki Abuja said I wear face mask once in a while because of my health condition I also keep a distance with others when in public and always carry my hand sanitiser In some Churches at Mpape Abuja NAN also observed that people no longer wash their hands at the designated points nor use the hand sanitisers and do not wear the face mask When asked why they don t observe the COVID 19 protocols a worshipper Mr Osas Osagie said that the believe is that COVID 19 has gone According to Osagie at the pronouncement of the protective measures earlier by government 100 per cent of members obeyed but now believe that the virus has gone Another resident of Mpape Abuja Miss Alice Ijeh said that the virus was not real adding that everything about it was a rumour Nobody had been pronounced death in Mpape through the virus for me to believe even when everybody knows that Mpape is a crowded area I don t believe that the virus really exist how many people have you heard of that died of the virus in Mpape here even though Mpape is a crowded area there is nothing like Coronavirus she said The story is the same in the Apo area of the FCT as many defy the COVID 19 protocols and move about as if the global health emergency is over Some residents said the non compliance is due to poor enforcement and sanctions by authorities while others say they believe in the efficacy of herbal treatment for the disease Malam Usman Aminu a taxi driver said when the disease surfaced some months back you dare not go out without a face mask or even take more than two passengers at the back seat of a vehicle and one in the front seat because you will be arrested and fined But now nobody even cares if you carry more passengers or whether or not they put on face mask Mrs Rose Emmanuel a food vendor al in the Apo area of the FCT said some customers come to eat without putting on face mask but I cannot ask them to leave or force them to wear one because it will be difficult for them to eat wearing one and I will be left with food and with no customers However I make sure they wash their hands at the entrance and leave the windows and door opened to enable ventilation inside the shop On his part Mr Andrew Ezekiel a civil servant said people now have access to the medications used in isolation centres to treat infected persons while others use herbs He added that some people who tested positive and got cured made public the medications they took so most people who have symptoms rather than go for test Just decide on their own to self medicate Others have now adopted daily consumption of garlic ginger and lemon if they have any symptoms he said At the Apo Resettlement area in the FCT there was high compliance with the guidelines in some places partial in some places and non compliance in other places NAN observed high compliance on wearing of face masks at the Shoprite Supermarket Apo Resettlement while a small percentage not wearing or wearing it on the jaw Some of the residents customers and passengers who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity admitted that COVID 19 is real but that they are tired of wearing face mask A male security officer working at Shoprite said I believe COVID 19 is real and I wear my face mask but it is just that I am tired of wearing it I am not wearing now so that I can receive fresh air A female customer seen adjusting her face mask on her jaw told NAN that I try to wear my face mask but it is not easy to wear it always it is choking that is why I am wearing it like this to get fresh air However at St Charles Lwanga Parish Catholic Church Apo Resettlement on Sunday there was high compliance of wearing face mask in the Church although some parishioners did not wear it A female parishioner who had her face mask on told NAN that she tried to comply with the COVID 19 protocol by wearing mask always especially in public places I am committed to wearing face mask to Church it is part of my Christian obligations to obey the authority the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC and it is for my own good to keep safe NAN also observed that an announcement was made at the Church encouraging parishioners to wear face mask in Church Meanwhile there was non compliance of wearing face mask by Keke Napep drivers and motor bike riders at Kabusa junction close to Apo Mechanic village According to a rider he wears his face mask because of dust not COVID 19 saying I don t believe there is COVID 19 in Nigeria Similarly a Pet trader at Zone C Apo Resettlement Estate said there is no COVID 19 again in Nigeria There is no need for me to wear face mask Mr Felix Uche the St Gabriel Catholic Church Chaplain Durumi Abuja who was one of the few seen putting on a mask on Sunday said we must be careful We must remain vigilant We mustn t drop our guard As reverend fathers pastors and bishops we need to tell our congregations to remain safe to stay alive Clerics must protect the well being of their congregations Everyone must play their part and remain vigilant and take proper precautions Pastor Timothy Dogara said that most Nigerians think that because they were no longer in lockdown they were free from the danger of the virus Mrs Sarah Aziz of Grace Church APO Abuja said that the Church observed physical distance but worshipers could take off their masks during service She said like during praise and worship you don t expect people to have their mask on Truly the discomfort is something else Some other Churches which comply with the COVID 19 protocols included the Family Worship Centre Living Faith Church Durumi and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Meanwhile the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had stated that till date 65 148 cases of COVID 19 have been confirmed 61 073 patients discharged and 1 163 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT It also disclosed that there were 2 912 active cases across the country The agency therefore advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID 19 protocols to stay safe stressing that the Coronavirus pandemic was not over yet Wear a face mask properly avoid large gatherings maintain physical distance from others Let s work together to protect ourselves and our country the centre stressed Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NANAccording to National Centre for Disease Control Nigeria presently has 64 996 confirmed cases 61 029 discharged cases and 1 163 deaths With the increase in testing centres from 200 to about 1 000 centres Nigeria has recorded 705 809 samples with 2 864 active cases The centre noted that the country had so far tested 705 809 personsThe public health agency said that the new infections brings the country s total number of infections to 65 148 It added that the new infections were reported from seven states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT with no Coronavirus related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country It stated that 44 new patients were successfully treated and discharged taking total number of people discharged to 61 073 in the country It stated that it had activated a multi sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre EOC at Level III to coordinate the national response activities in the country The health agency said the 152 were from Lagos 136 Kano 4 Niger 3 Ekiti 2 Kaduna 2 Ogun 2 Taraba 2 and FCT 1 The NCDC stated that till date 65 148 cases have been confirmed 61 073 patients discharged and 1 163 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT It however disclosed that there were 2 912 active cases across the country The agency therefore advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID 19 protocols to stay safe stressing that the Coronavirus pandemic was not over yet Wear a face mask properly avoid large gatherings maintain physical distance from others Let s work together to protect ourselves and our country the centre advised
    Many Abuja residents don’t observe COVID-19 protocols — NAN check
      More than eight months after the emergence of the novel Coronavirus in Nigeria many people no longer observe the safety measures put in place by authorities to keep safe Since the first confirmed case of COVID 19 was announced on Feb 27 2020 the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC along with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders evolved measures to check the spread of the virus The centre therefore while following directives of the World Health Organisation WHO recommended the use of face mask frequent washing of hands social distancing respiratory hygiene and stopped large gatherings as basic safety measures Even though Nigerians had observed the measures especially during the lockdown that followed the announcement of the pandemic as global emergency and to check its spread many are gradually dropping their guard A check by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja saw many residents moving about without wearing a face mask while some even doubt the existence of the pandemic in the first place and others just carry a face mask in their bags just in case Chief Ugochukwu Nnam the President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC an Abuja based NGO told NAN on Sunday that while many resident had stopped observing the COVID 19 protocols others doubt the existence of the Coronavirus Nnam who decried the unsafe attitude added that many people in the FCT don t care even in Churches and gatherings they don t wear face masks while some wear the mask on their chins instead of the face I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered into another phase of lockdown As for me and my family we use our face masks I gave hand sanitisers to all my children as they go to school I ensure they wash hands regularly even in their school through a steady reminder to their teachers Mrs Ogechi Osuoha a teacher called for intensive advocacy to change the perception of people about COVID 19 especially in markets Osuoha who emphasised the imperatives of sensitisation and awareness to contain community spread said that the carelessness of some market women could trigger another phase of community infection Many women in the market don t use face masks and do not wash their hands or use hand sanitisers or wear hand gloves like they did at the heat of the pandemic before or after selling their wares Mr Nurudeen Ahmed a resident attributed the attitude to ignorance and some sort of cultural beliefs Ahmed said that he had at a time doubted the existence of the pandemic until he saw those that died of the disease Honestly I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard of a person I know very well that died of symptoms and complications from the disease in Spain Mr Nelson Udunna a laboratory scientist said that the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities Udunna said that he had cultivated the culture of washing his hands more than four times a day as well as protecting his nose and mouth with face mask whenever he mingled with other people He decried the manner some persons threw caution to the wind by not observing the safety rules He said I went to the Nyanya orange market in Abuja I discovered that it was only me and two other persons that wore face masks I was shocked Mr Peter Nzeli a trader also in Nyanya Abuja said COVID 19 is a thing of the past I have notseen or heard of someone who died from the virus again Do we still have the virus in this country I don t think so Mr Emmanuel Ekechukwu a businesman in Wuse Abuja said it had been long since he wore a face mask adding that most times he put the face mask in his pocket in case he was forced to wear it like in banks and some offices However Mr Simon Abel a businesman in Wuse Abuja said he always obey the COVID 19 guidelines because he had seen someone who suffered from the virus According to him he lost his uncle to COVID 19 in Italy He therefore cautioned residents especially commercial drivers to observe the rules by wearing face mask and observing social distance and encourage their passengers to do same Mrs Rita Okoro a civil servant living in Garki Abuja said I wear face mask once in a while because of my health condition I also keep a distance with others when in public and always carry my hand sanitiser In some Churches at Mpape Abuja NAN also observed that people no longer wash their hands at the designated points nor use the hand sanitisers and do not wear the face mask When asked why they don t observe the COVID 19 protocols a worshipper Mr Osas Osagie said that the believe is that COVID 19 has gone According to Osagie at the pronouncement of the protective measures earlier by government 100 per cent of members obeyed but now believe that the virus has gone Another resident of Mpape Abuja Miss Alice Ijeh said that the virus was not real adding that everything about it was a rumour Nobody had been pronounced death in Mpape through the virus for me to believe even when everybody knows that Mpape is a crowded area I don t believe that the virus really exist how many people have you heard of that died of the virus in Mpape here even though Mpape is a crowded area there is nothing like Coronavirus she said The story is the same in the Apo area of the FCT as many defy the COVID 19 protocols and move about as if the global health emergency is over Some residents said the non compliance is due to poor enforcement and sanctions by authorities while others say they believe in the efficacy of herbal treatment for the disease Malam Usman Aminu a taxi driver said when the disease surfaced some months back you dare not go out without a face mask or even take more than two passengers at the back seat of a vehicle and one in the front seat because you will be arrested and fined But now nobody even cares if you carry more passengers or whether or not they put on face mask Mrs Rose Emmanuel a food vendor al in the Apo area of the FCT said some customers come to eat without putting on face mask but I cannot ask them to leave or force them to wear one because it will be difficult for them to eat wearing one and I will be left with food and with no customers However I make sure they wash their hands at the entrance and leave the windows and door opened to enable ventilation inside the shop On his part Mr Andrew Ezekiel a civil servant said people now have access to the medications used in isolation centres to treat infected persons while others use herbs He added that some people who tested positive and got cured made public the medications they took so most people who have symptoms rather than go for test Just decide on their own to self medicate Others have now adopted daily consumption of garlic ginger and lemon if they have any symptoms he said At the Apo Resettlement area in the FCT there was high compliance with the guidelines in some places partial in some places and non compliance in other places NAN observed high compliance on wearing of face masks at the Shoprite Supermarket Apo Resettlement while a small percentage not wearing or wearing it on the jaw Some of the residents customers and passengers who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity admitted that COVID 19 is real but that they are tired of wearing face mask A male security officer working at Shoprite said I believe COVID 19 is real and I wear my face mask but it is just that I am tired of wearing it I am not wearing now so that I can receive fresh air A female customer seen adjusting her face mask on her jaw told NAN that I try to wear my face mask but it is not easy to wear it always it is choking that is why I am wearing it like this to get fresh air However at St Charles Lwanga Parish Catholic Church Apo Resettlement on Sunday there was high compliance of wearing face mask in the Church although some parishioners did not wear it A female parishioner who had her face mask on told NAN that she tried to comply with the COVID 19 protocol by wearing mask always especially in public places I am committed to wearing face mask to Church it is part of my Christian obligations to obey the authority the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC and it is for my own good to keep safe NAN also observed that an announcement was made at the Church encouraging parishioners to wear face mask in Church Meanwhile there was non compliance of wearing face mask by Keke Napep drivers and motor bike riders at Kabusa junction close to Apo Mechanic village According to a rider he wears his face mask because of dust not COVID 19 saying I don t believe there is COVID 19 in Nigeria Similarly a Pet trader at Zone C Apo Resettlement Estate said there is no COVID 19 again in Nigeria There is no need for me to wear face mask Mr Felix Uche the St Gabriel Catholic Church Chaplain Durumi Abuja who was one of the few seen putting on a mask on Sunday said we must be careful We must remain vigilant We mustn t drop our guard As reverend fathers pastors and bishops we need to tell our congregations to remain safe to stay alive Clerics must protect the well being of their congregations Everyone must play their part and remain vigilant and take proper precautions Pastor Timothy Dogara said that most Nigerians think that because they were no longer in lockdown they were free from the danger of the virus Mrs Sarah Aziz of Grace Church APO Abuja said that the Church observed physical distance but worshipers could take off their masks during service She said like during praise and worship you don t expect people to have their mask on Truly the discomfort is something else Some other Churches which comply with the COVID 19 protocols included the Family Worship Centre Living Faith Church Durumi and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Meanwhile the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had stated that till date 65 148 cases of COVID 19 have been confirmed 61 073 patients discharged and 1 163 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT It also disclosed that there were 2 912 active cases across the country The agency therefore advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID 19 protocols to stay safe stressing that the Coronavirus pandemic was not over yet Wear a face mask properly avoid large gatherings maintain physical distance from others Let s work together to protect ourselves and our country the centre stressed Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NANAccording to National Centre for Disease Control Nigeria presently has 64 996 confirmed cases 61 029 discharged cases and 1 163 deaths With the increase in testing centres from 200 to about 1 000 centres Nigeria has recorded 705 809 samples with 2 864 active cases The centre noted that the country had so far tested 705 809 personsThe public health agency said that the new infections brings the country s total number of infections to 65 148 It added that the new infections were reported from seven states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT with no Coronavirus related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country It stated that 44 new patients were successfully treated and discharged taking total number of people discharged to 61 073 in the country It stated that it had activated a multi sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre EOC at Level III to coordinate the national response activities in the country The health agency said the 152 were from Lagos 136 Kano 4 Niger 3 Ekiti 2 Kaduna 2 Ogun 2 Taraba 2 and FCT 1 The NCDC stated that till date 65 148 cases have been confirmed 61 073 patients discharged and 1 163 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT It however disclosed that there were 2 912 active cases across the country The agency therefore advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID 19 protocols to stay safe stressing that the Coronavirus pandemic was not over yet Wear a face mask properly avoid large gatherings maintain physical distance from others Let s work together to protect ourselves and our country the centre advised
    Many Abuja residents don’t observe COVID-19 protocols — NAN check
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    Many Abuja residents don’t observe COVID-19 protocols — NAN check

    More than eight months after the emergence of the novel Coronavirus in Nigeria, many people no longer observe the safety measures put in place by authorities to keep safe.

    Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced on Feb. 27, 2020, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), along with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders, evolved measures to check the spread of the virus.

    The centre, therefore, while following directives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), recommended the use of face mask, frequent washing of hands, social distancing, respiratory hygiene and stopped large gatherings as basic safety measures.

    Even though Nigerians had observed the measures, especially during the lockdown that followed the announcement of the pandemic as global emergency and to check its spread, many are gradually dropping their guard.

    A check by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja saw many residents moving about without wearing a face mask, while some even doubt the existence of the pandemic in the first place and others just carry a face mask in their bags just in case.

    Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, the President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), an Abuja-based NGO, told NAN on Sunday that while many resident had stopped observing the COVID-19 protocols, others doubt the existence of the Coronavirus.

    Nnam, who decried the unsafe attitude, added that “many people in the FCT don’t care; even in Churches and gatherings, they don’t wear face masks, while some wear the mask on their chins instead of the face.

    “I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic; I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered into another phase of lockdown.

    “As for me and my family, we use our face masks, I gave hand sanitisers to all my children as they go to school, I ensure they wash hands regularly even in their school through a steady reminder to their teachers.”

    Mrs Ogechi Osuoha, a teacher, called for intensive advocacy to change the perception of people about COVID-19, especially in markets.

    Osuoha, who emphasised the imperatives of sensitisation and awareness to contain community spread, said that “the carelessness of some market women could trigger another phase of community infection.

    “Many women in the market don’t use face masks and do not wash their hands or use hand sanitisers or wear hand gloves like they did at the heat of the pandemic before or after selling their wares.”

    Mr Nurudeen Ahmed, a resident, attributed the attitude to ignorance and some sort of cultural beliefs.

    Ahmed said that he had at a time doubted the existence of the pandemic until he saw those that died of the disease.

    “Honestly, I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard of a person I know very well that died of symptoms and complications from the disease in Spain.”

    Mr Nelson Udunna, a laboratory scientist, said that the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities.

    Udunna said that he had cultivated the culture of washing his hands more than four times a day, as well as protecting his nose and mouth with face mask whenever he mingled with other people.

    He decried the manner some persons threw caution to the wind by not observing the safety rules.

    He said “I went to the Nyanya orange market in Abuja, I discovered that it was only me and two other persons that wore face masks. I was shocked.”

    Mr Peter Nzeli, a trader also in Nyanya, Abuja, said “COVID-19 is a thing of the past, I have not

    seen or heard of someone who died from the virus again. Do we still have the virus in this country?, I don’t think so.”

    Mr  Emmanuel Ekechukwu, a businesman in Wuse, Abuja, said it had been long since he wore a face mask, adding that most times, he put the face mask in his pocket in case he was forced to wear it like in banks and some offices.

    However, Mr Simon Abel, a businesman in Wuse, Abuja, said he always obey the COVID-19 guidelines because he had seen someone who suffered from the virus.

    According to him, he lost his uncle to COVID-19 in Italy.

    He, therefore, cautioned residents, especially commercial drivers to observe the rules by wearing face mask and observing social distance, and encourage their passengers to do same.

    Mrs Rita Okoro, a civil servant living in Garki, Abuja, said “I wear face mask once in a while because of my health condition. I also keep a distance with others when in public and always carry my hand sanitiser.”

    In some Churches at Mpape, Abuja, NAN also observed that people no longer wash their hands at the designated points, nor use the hand sanitisers and do not wear the face mask.

    When asked why they don’t observe the COVID-19 protocols, a worshipper, Mr Osas Osagie, said that the believe is that COVID-19 has gone.

    According to Osagie, at the pronouncement of the protective measures earlier by government, 100 per cent of members obeyed, but now believe that the virus has gone.

    Another resident of Mpape, Abuja, Miss Alice Ijeh, said that the virus was not real, adding that “everything about it was a rumour. Nobody had been pronounced death in Mpape through the virus for me to believe, even when everybody knows that Mpape is a crowded area.

    “I don’t believe that the virus really exist, how many people have you heard of that died of the virus in Mpape here, even though Mpape is a crowded area, there is nothing like Coronavirus,” she said.

    The story is the same in the Apo area of the FCT, as many defy the COVID-19 protocols and move about as if the global health emergency is over.

    Some residents said the non-compliance is due to poor enforcement and sanctions by authorities, while others say they believe in the efficacy of herbal treatment for the disease.

    Malam Usman Aminu, a taxi driver, said “when the disease surfaced some months back, you dare not go out without a face mask or even take more than two passengers at the back seat of a vehicle and one in the front seat because you will be arrested and fined.

    “But now, nobody even cares if you carry more passengers or whether or not they put on face mask.”

    Mrs Rose Emmanuel, a food vendor al in the Apo area of the FCT, said “some customers come to eat without putting on face mask but I cannot ask them to leave or force them to wear one because it will be difficult for them to eat wearing one and I will be left with food and with no customers.

    “However, I make sure they wash their hands at the entrance and leave the windows and door opened to enable ventilation inside the shop.”

    On his part, Mr Andrew Ezekiel, a civil servant, said people now have access to the medications used in isolation centres to treat infected persons, while others use herbs.

    He added that “some people who tested positive and got cured made public the medications they took, so most people who have symptoms, rather than go for test, Just decide on their own to self-medicate.

    “Others have now adopted daily consumption of garlic, ginger and lemon if they have any symptoms,” he said.

    At the Apo Resettlement area in the FCT, there was high compliance with the guidelines in some places, partial in some places and non-compliance in other places.

    NAN observed high compliance on wearing of face masks at the Shoprite Supermarket, Apo Resettlement, while a small percentage not wearing or wearing it on the jaw.

    Some of the residents, customers and passengers who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity admitted that COVID-19 is real but that they are tired of wearing face mask.

    A male security officer working at Shoprite said “I believe COVID-19 is real and I wear my face mask but it is just that I am tired of wearing it.  I am not wearing now so that I can receive fresh air.”

    A female customer, seen adjusting her face mask on her jaw, told NAN that “I try to wear my face mask but it is not easy to wear it always, it is choking, that is why I am wearing it like this to get fresh air.’’

    However, at St. Charles Lwanga Parish Catholic Church, Apo Resettlement, on Sunday, there was high compliance of wearing face mask in the Church, although some parishioners did not wear it.

    A female parishioner, who had her face mask on, told NAN that she tried to comply with the COVID-19 protocol by wearing mask always, especially in public places.

    “I am committed to wearing face mask to Church; it is part of my Christian obligations to obey the authority- the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and it is for my own good to keep safe.’’

    NAN also observed that an announcement was made at the Church, encouraging parishioners to wear face mask in Church.

    Meanwhile, there was non-compliance of wearing face mask by “Keke Napep” drivers and motor bike riders at Kabusa junction close to Apo Mechanic village.

    According to a rider, he wears his face mask because of dust not COVID-19, saying “ I don’t believe there is COVID-19 in Nigeria.’’

    Similarly, a Pet trader at Zone C, Apo Resettlement Estate, said “there is no COVID-19 again in Nigeria. There is no need for me to wear face mask.”

    Mr Felix Uche, the St. Gabriel Catholic Church Chaplain, Durumi, Abuja, who was one of the few seen putting on a mask on Sunday, said “we must be careful. We must remain vigilant. We mustn’t drop our guard.

    “As reverend fathers, pastors and bishops, we need to tell our congregations to remain safe to stay alive.

    “Clerics must protect the well-being of their congregations. Everyone must play their part and remain vigilant and take proper precautions.”

    Pastor Timothy Dogara said that most Nigerians think that because they were no longer in lockdown, they were free from the danger of the virus.

    Mrs Sarah Aziz of Grace Church, APO, Abuja, said that the Church observed physical distance but worshipers could take off their masks during service.

    She said “like during praise and worship, you don’t expect people to have their mask on. Truly the discomfort is something else.”

    Some other Churches which comply with the COVID-19 protocols included the Family Worship Centre, Living Faith Church, Durumi and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

    Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had stated that “till date, 65,148 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, 61,073 patients discharged and 1,163 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”

    It also disclosed that there were 2,912 active cases across the country.

    The agency, therefore, advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols to stay safe, stressing that the Coronavirus pandemic was not over yet.

    “Wear a face mask properly; avoid large gatherings, maintain physical distance from others.

    “Let’s work together to protect ourselves and our country,” the centre stressed.


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    Source: NAN

    According to National Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria presently, has 64,996 confirmed cases, 61,029 discharged cases, and 1,163 deaths.

    With the increase in testing centres from 200 to about 1,000 centres, Nigeria has recorded 705,809 samples with 2,864 active cases.

    The centre noted that the country had so far tested 705,809 persons

    The public health agency said that “the new infections brings the country’s total number of infections to 65,148.”

    It added that the new infections were reported from seven states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with no Coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country.

    It stated that 44 new patients were successfully treated and discharged, taking total number of people discharged to 61,073 in the country.

    It stated  that it had activated a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Level III to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

    The health agency said the 152 were from Lagos-136, Kano-4, Niger-3, Ekiti-2, Kaduna-2, Ogun-2, Taraba-2, and FCT-1.

    The NCDC stated that “till date, 65,148 cases have been confirmed, 61,073 patients discharged and 1,163 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT.”

    It, however, disclosed that there were 2,912 active cases across the country.

    The agency, therefore, advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols to stay safe, stressing that the Coronavirus pandemic was not over yet.

    “Wear a face mask properly; avoid large gatherings, maintain physical distance from others.

    “Let’s work together to protect ourselves and our country,” the centre advised.

  •   Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT have said that while some persons were in strict compliance with the safety guidelines by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC some were indifferent Chief Ugochukwu Nnam President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC an Abuja based NGO told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that many people doubt the existence of the pandemic Nnam who said that he and his family were committed to all the safety guidelines decried the unsafe attitude of some Nigerians toward the pandemic Many people today don t care even in churches and gatherings they don t wear face masks while some wear the mask on their chins instead of the face I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered into another phase of lockdown As for me and my family we use our face masks I gave hand sanitizers to all my children as they go to school I ensure they wash hands regularly even in their school through a steady reminder to their teachers he said Mrs Ogechi Osuoha a teacher called for intensive advocacy to change the perception of people about COVID 19 especially in the markets Osuoha who emphasised the imperatives of sensitisation and awareness to contain community spread said that the carelessness of market women could trigger another phase of community infection Many of the women in the market don t use face masks not to talk of washing hands or hand sanitisers before or after selling or buying This is why I use my hand sanitisers always and cover my nose because many of them even sneeze freely while attending to a customer Mr Nurudeen Ahmed a resident blamed the indifference on ignorance and some sort of cultural beliefs Ahmed said that he had at a time doubted the existence of the pandemic until he witnessed those that died of the disease Honestly I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard of a person I know well that died of symptoms and complications from the disease in Spain Mr Nelson Udunna a laboratory scientist said that the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities Udunna said that he had cultivated the culture of washing his hands more than four times a day as well as protecting his nose and mouth with face masks whenever he mingled with other people He decried the manner some persons have thrown caution to the wind by not observing the safety rules I went to one of the fruit markets here in Abuja I discovered that it was only me and two other persons that wore our masks and I was shocked NAN reports that COVID 19 is still taking its death toll even as the world intensifies efforts at containing it with the latest vaccine inventions among others According to National Centre for Disease Control Nigeria presently has 64 996 confirmed cases 61 029 discharged cases and 1 163 deaths With the increase in testing centres from 200 to about 1 000 centres Nigeria has recorded 705 809 samples with 2 864 active cases Edited By Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    COVID-19: Some people indifferent to safety guidelines — FCT Residents
      Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT have said that while some persons were in strict compliance with the safety guidelines by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC some were indifferent Chief Ugochukwu Nnam President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC an Abuja based NGO told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that many people doubt the existence of the pandemic Nnam who said that he and his family were committed to all the safety guidelines decried the unsafe attitude of some Nigerians toward the pandemic Many people today don t care even in churches and gatherings they don t wear face masks while some wear the mask on their chins instead of the face I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered into another phase of lockdown As for me and my family we use our face masks I gave hand sanitizers to all my children as they go to school I ensure they wash hands regularly even in their school through a steady reminder to their teachers he said Mrs Ogechi Osuoha a teacher called for intensive advocacy to change the perception of people about COVID 19 especially in the markets Osuoha who emphasised the imperatives of sensitisation and awareness to contain community spread said that the carelessness of market women could trigger another phase of community infection Many of the women in the market don t use face masks not to talk of washing hands or hand sanitisers before or after selling or buying This is why I use my hand sanitisers always and cover my nose because many of them even sneeze freely while attending to a customer Mr Nurudeen Ahmed a resident blamed the indifference on ignorance and some sort of cultural beliefs Ahmed said that he had at a time doubted the existence of the pandemic until he witnessed those that died of the disease Honestly I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard of a person I know well that died of symptoms and complications from the disease in Spain Mr Nelson Udunna a laboratory scientist said that the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities Udunna said that he had cultivated the culture of washing his hands more than four times a day as well as protecting his nose and mouth with face masks whenever he mingled with other people He decried the manner some persons have thrown caution to the wind by not observing the safety rules I went to one of the fruit markets here in Abuja I discovered that it was only me and two other persons that wore our masks and I was shocked NAN reports that COVID 19 is still taking its death toll even as the world intensifies efforts at containing it with the latest vaccine inventions among others According to National Centre for Disease Control Nigeria presently has 64 996 confirmed cases 61 029 discharged cases and 1 163 deaths With the increase in testing centres from 200 to about 1 000 centres Nigeria has recorded 705 809 samples with 2 864 active cases Edited By Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    COVID-19: Some people indifferent to safety guidelines — FCT Residents
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19: Some people indifferent to safety guidelines — FCT Residents

    Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have said that while some persons were in strict compliance with the safety guidelines by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), some were indifferent.

    Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), an Abuja-based NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that many people doubt the existence of the pandemic.

    Nnam, who said that he and his family were committed to all the safety guidelines, decried the unsafe attitude of some Nigerians toward the pandemic.

    “Many people today don’t care even in churches and gatherings, they don’t wear face masks, while some wear the mask on their chins instead of the face.

    “I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic, I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered into another phase of lockdown.

    “As for me and my family, we use our face masks, I gave hand sanitizers to all my children as they go to school, I ensure they wash hands regularly even in their school through a steady reminder to their teachers,” he said.

    Mrs Ogechi Osuoha, a teacher, called for intensive advocacy to change the perception of people about COVID-19, especially in the markets.

    Osuoha, who emphasised the imperatives of sensitisation and awareness to contain community spread, said that the carelessness of market women could trigger another phase of community infection.

    “Many of the women in the market don’t use face masks not to talk of washing hands or hand sanitisers before or after selling or buying.

    “This is why I use my hand sanitisers always and cover my nose because many of them even sneeze freely while attending to a customer.”

    Mr Nurudeen Ahmed, a resident, blamed the indifference on ignorance and some sort of cultural beliefs.

    Ahmed said that he had at a time doubted the existence of the pandemic until he witnessed those that died of the disease.

    “Honestly, I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard of a person I know well that died of symptoms and complications from the disease in Spain.”

    Mr Nelson Udunna, a laboratory scientist, said that the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities.

    Udunna said that he had cultivated the culture of washing his hands more than four times a day as well as protecting his nose and mouth with face masks whenever he mingled with other people.

    He decried the manner some persons have thrown caution to the wind by not observing the safety rules.

    “I went to one of the fruit markets here in Abuja, I discovered that it was only me and two other persons that wore our masks and I was shocked.”

    NAN reports that COVID-19 is still taking its death toll even as the world intensifies efforts at containing it with the latest vaccine inventions among others.

    According to National Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria presently, has 64,996 confirmed cases, 61,029 discharged cases, and 1,163 deaths.

    With the increase in testing centres from 200 to about 1,000 centres, Nigeria has recorded 705,809 samples with 2,864 active cases.

    (
    Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
    Source: NAN

  •  An Abuja based NGO Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has cautioned Nigerians who threw the COVID 19 protocols to the wind to continue to abide by the rules asCOVID 19 is not just real but very much around without an enduring cure The President of the group Chief Ugochukwu Nnam gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday Nnam who said he had observed that many Nigerians had abandoned the COVID 19 protocols and were going about their activities without any caution urged all not to lose the guard against the deadly disease which he said could escalate community spread of the virus He said that the ENDSARS protesters who went about their activities mingling with one another without observing the protocols could infect many He added that as we speak a lot of us no longer use face mask or hand sanitiser or even wash our hands as often as we should Many of us no longer observe the safety protocols while others keep having the misconception that COVID 19 is over COVID 19 is very much around and not yet over some countries which recorded a second wave are even going for a second lockdown everyonemust be cautious and must maintain the protocols as no cure is found yet The ILDC boss reiterated the need for Nigerians to embrace all the precautionary measures especially now that schools had opened to prevent community spread According to him the disease can be passed on from children to older parents or grandparents without them knowing The belief that children are asymptomatic does not imply that they cannot transmit it to their aged parents or grandparents who we know are at very high risk Nnam explained that data suggested that children under the age of 18 years represent about 8 5 per cent of reported cases with relatively few deaths compared to other age groups He said that preexisting or underlying medical conditions had been identified as risk factors for severe disease and intensive care admission in older persons He also noted the imperatives of contact tracing in efforts to contain the spread of the deadly disease He said we need to make sure that our children are well protected and monitored so that they cannot carelessly or ignorantly transmit the disease to older parents at home The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NDCD as at Thursday said Nigeria presently has 62 521 cases with 58 249 recovered while 1 141 deaths have so far been recorded Edited By Celine Damilola Oyewole Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NAN
    COVID-19 is still very much around and real, group cautions Nigerians
     An Abuja based NGO Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has cautioned Nigerians who threw the COVID 19 protocols to the wind to continue to abide by the rules asCOVID 19 is not just real but very much around without an enduring cure The President of the group Chief Ugochukwu Nnam gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday Nnam who said he had observed that many Nigerians had abandoned the COVID 19 protocols and were going about their activities without any caution urged all not to lose the guard against the deadly disease which he said could escalate community spread of the virus He said that the ENDSARS protesters who went about their activities mingling with one another without observing the protocols could infect many He added that as we speak a lot of us no longer use face mask or hand sanitiser or even wash our hands as often as we should Many of us no longer observe the safety protocols while others keep having the misconception that COVID 19 is over COVID 19 is very much around and not yet over some countries which recorded a second wave are even going for a second lockdown everyonemust be cautious and must maintain the protocols as no cure is found yet The ILDC boss reiterated the need for Nigerians to embrace all the precautionary measures especially now that schools had opened to prevent community spread According to him the disease can be passed on from children to older parents or grandparents without them knowing The belief that children are asymptomatic does not imply that they cannot transmit it to their aged parents or grandparents who we know are at very high risk Nnam explained that data suggested that children under the age of 18 years represent about 8 5 per cent of reported cases with relatively few deaths compared to other age groups He said that preexisting or underlying medical conditions had been identified as risk factors for severe disease and intensive care admission in older persons He also noted the imperatives of contact tracing in efforts to contain the spread of the deadly disease He said we need to make sure that our children are well protected and monitored so that they cannot carelessly or ignorantly transmit the disease to older parents at home The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NDCD as at Thursday said Nigeria presently has 62 521 cases with 58 249 recovered while 1 141 deaths have so far been recorded Edited By Celine Damilola Oyewole Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NAN
    COVID-19 is still very much around and real, group cautions Nigerians
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19 is still very much around and real, group cautions Nigerians

    An Abuja-based NGO, Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC),

    has cautioned Nigerians who threw the COVID-19 protocols to the wind to continue to abide by the rules “as

    COVID-19 is not just real, but very much around without an enduring cure.”

    The President of the group, Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.

    Nnam, who said he had observed that many Nigerians had abandoned the COVID-19 protocols and were going about their activities without any caution,

    urged all not to lose the guard against the deadly disease, which he said could escalate community spread of the virus.

    He said that the ENDSARS protesters who went about their activities mingling with one another without observing the protocols could infect many.

    He added that “as we speak, a lot of us no longer use face mask or hand sanitiser or even wash our hands as often as we should.

    “Many of us no longer observe the safety protocols, while others keep having the misconception that COVID-19 is over.

    COVID-19 is very much around and not yet over; some countries which recorded a second wave are even going for a second lockdown; everyone

    must be cautious and must maintain the protocols as no cure is found yet.”

    The ILDC boss reiterated the need for Nigerians to embrace all the precautionary measures, especially now that schools had opened,

    to prevent community spread.

    According to him, the disease can be passed on from children to older parents or grandparents without them knowing.

    “The belief that children are asymptomatic does not imply that they cannot transmit it to their aged parents or grandparents who we know are at very high risk.”

    Nnam explained that data suggested that children under the age of 18 years represent about 8.5 per cent of reported cases, with relatively few deaths compared to other age groups.

    He said that preexisting or underlying medical conditions had been identified as risk factors for severe disease and intensive care admission in older persons.

    He also noted the imperatives of contact tracing in efforts to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

    He said “we need to make sure that our children are well protected and monitored so that they cannot carelessly or ignorantly transmit the disease to older parents at home.”

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NDCD) as at Thursday said “Nigeria presently has 62,521 cases with 58,249 recovered, while 1,141 deaths have so far been recorded.”


    Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    Source: NAN

  •  An Abuja based NGO Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC on Friday canvassed support for the promotion of local content in the country The group s President Chief Ugochukwu Nnam told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja that patronage of Nigerian made goods and services would galvanise the economy for job and wealth creation Nnam who called on Nigerians especially government to make policies that would promote local content said it was the roadmap to stable economic future We should begin to be proud of our own it is indeed expected of our lawmakers businessmen and women to patronise Innoson Motors in all their vehicular dealings Innoson is our own so we should encourage him the same way Germans encouraged Volkswagen in its early days he said The ILDC boss commended Nigerian industrialists like Aliko Dangote and Innoson Chukwuma for taking the country to industrial glory and urged Nigerians to show ownership Nnam lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for driving people oriented policies and called for more efforts aimed at rebuilding the economy According to him Buhari unlike his predecessors has scored high in agricultural revolution which is also promotion of local content but we want him to do the same to the steel or manufacturing sector He noted the imperatives of using legislation to promote and encourage patronage of first Nigerian made vehicles by Innoson Motors NAN reports that one of the cardinal objectives of Buhari s administration is promotion of local content for job and wealth creation Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co Ltd shortened as IVM is a Nigerian automobile and bus manufacturing company Edited By Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    Group canvasses support for promotion of local content
     An Abuja based NGO Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC on Friday canvassed support for the promotion of local content in the country The group s President Chief Ugochukwu Nnam told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja that patronage of Nigerian made goods and services would galvanise the economy for job and wealth creation Nnam who called on Nigerians especially government to make policies that would promote local content said it was the roadmap to stable economic future We should begin to be proud of our own it is indeed expected of our lawmakers businessmen and women to patronise Innoson Motors in all their vehicular dealings Innoson is our own so we should encourage him the same way Germans encouraged Volkswagen in its early days he said The ILDC boss commended Nigerian industrialists like Aliko Dangote and Innoson Chukwuma for taking the country to industrial glory and urged Nigerians to show ownership Nnam lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for driving people oriented policies and called for more efforts aimed at rebuilding the economy According to him Buhari unlike his predecessors has scored high in agricultural revolution which is also promotion of local content but we want him to do the same to the steel or manufacturing sector He noted the imperatives of using legislation to promote and encourage patronage of first Nigerian made vehicles by Innoson Motors NAN reports that one of the cardinal objectives of Buhari s administration is promotion of local content for job and wealth creation Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co Ltd shortened as IVM is a Nigerian automobile and bus manufacturing company Edited By Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    Group canvasses support for promotion of local content
    General news2 years ago

    Group canvasses support for promotion of local content

    An Abuja-based NGO, Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), on Friday canvassed support for the promotion of local content in the country.

    The group’s President, Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja that patronage of Nigerian made goods and services would galvanise the economy for job and wealth creation.

    Nnam, who called on Nigerians, especially government to make policies that would promote local content, said it was the roadmap to stable economic future.

    “We should begin to be proud of our own, it is indeed expected of our lawmakers, businessmen and women to patronise Innoson Motors in all their vehicular dealings.

    “Innoson is our own, so we should encourage him the same way Germans encouraged Volkswagen in its early days,” he said.

    The ILDC boss commended Nigerian industrialists like Aliko Dangote and Innoson Chukwuma for taking the country to industrial glory and urged Nigerians to show ownership.

    Nnam lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for driving people-oriented policies and called for more efforts aimed at rebuilding the economy.

    According to him, Buhari unlike his predecessors has scored high in agricultural revolution which is also promotion of local content but we want him to do the same to the steel or manufacturing sector.

    He noted the imperatives of using legislation to promote and encourage patronage of first Nigerian made vehicles by Innoson Motors.

    NAN reports that one of the cardinal objectives of Buhari’s administration is promotion of local content for job and wealth creation.

    Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., shortened as IVM, is a Nigerian automobile and bus manufacturing company.

    (
    Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
    Source: NAN

  •  An NGO the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has advocated for the immediate reform of Nigerian Police Force as well as provision of handsome remuneration for all security agencies The group s President Chief Ugochukwu Nnam made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja Nnam who said that security of lives and property was paramount in any part of the world blamed the alleged misconduct of some security officers especially the police on poor remuneration We should begin to pay better remuneration to our security agencies just as other climes like South Africa and the United States The irony of it all is that the same policeman or security officer that is underpaid is also protecting the highly placed and the lowly placed in the society Paying them well will go a long way in mitigating corruption which we know is one of the major cardinals of the President Muhammadu Buhari Nnam said The ILDC president commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his responsiveness to the yearning of the people but advised him to drive a reform of the Nigerian Police According to him the police have no reason to be corrupt because it is the only security agency very close to the people Nnam reiterated the calls for a total overhaul and prosecution of delinquent officers in the force to restore the lost confidence of the people Fish out the bad eggs in the security agencies who bring bad image to this government and Nigeria at large prosecute them and penalise them accordingly to deter others Whether the Special Weapons Tactics SWAT Team or the defunct SARS they need reorientation and change of mentality and attitude to be appealing to the people he said He noted that the war against corruption could not be completely realised with corrupt practices in the police or any other sister security agency NAN reports that the Inspector General of Police on Tuesday announced a new unit named Special Weapons Tactics Team as replacement for disbanded SARS Edited By Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    Group advocates reform of Police, handsome remuneration for security agencies
     An NGO the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change ILDC has advocated for the immediate reform of Nigerian Police Force as well as provision of handsome remuneration for all security agencies The group s President Chief Ugochukwu Nnam made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja Nnam who said that security of lives and property was paramount in any part of the world blamed the alleged misconduct of some security officers especially the police on poor remuneration We should begin to pay better remuneration to our security agencies just as other climes like South Africa and the United States The irony of it all is that the same policeman or security officer that is underpaid is also protecting the highly placed and the lowly placed in the society Paying them well will go a long way in mitigating corruption which we know is one of the major cardinals of the President Muhammadu Buhari Nnam said The ILDC president commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his responsiveness to the yearning of the people but advised him to drive a reform of the Nigerian Police According to him the police have no reason to be corrupt because it is the only security agency very close to the people Nnam reiterated the calls for a total overhaul and prosecution of delinquent officers in the force to restore the lost confidence of the people Fish out the bad eggs in the security agencies who bring bad image to this government and Nigeria at large prosecute them and penalise them accordingly to deter others Whether the Special Weapons Tactics SWAT Team or the defunct SARS they need reorientation and change of mentality and attitude to be appealing to the people he said He noted that the war against corruption could not be completely realised with corrupt practices in the police or any other sister security agency NAN reports that the Inspector General of Police on Tuesday announced a new unit named Special Weapons Tactics Team as replacement for disbanded SARS Edited By Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    Group advocates reform of Police, handsome remuneration for security agencies
    General news2 years ago

    Group advocates reform of Police, handsome remuneration for security agencies

    An NGO, the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), has advocated for the immediate reform of Nigerian Police Force as well as provision of handsome remuneration for all security agencies.

    The group’s President, Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Nnam, who said that security of lives and property was paramount in any part of the world, blamed the alleged misconduct of some security officers, especially the police on poor remuneration.

    “We should begin to pay better remuneration to our security agencies just as other climes like South Africa and the United States

    “The irony of it all is that the same policeman or security officer that is underpaid is also protecting the highly placed and the lowly placed in the society

    “Paying them well will go a long way in mitigating corruption which we know is one of the major cardinals of the President Muhammadu Buhari, ” Nnam said.

    The ILDC president commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his responsiveness to the yearning of the people, but advised him to drive a reform of the Nigerian Police.

    According to him, the police have no reason to be corrupt because it is the only security agency very close to the people.

    Nnam reiterated the calls for a total overhaul and prosecution of delinquent officers in the force to restore the lost confidence of the people.

    “Fish out the bad eggs in the security agencies who bring bad image to this government and Nigeria at large, prosecute them and penalise them accordingly to deter others.

    “Whether the Special Weapons Tactics (SWAT) Team or the defunct SARS, they need reorientation and change of mentality and attitude to be appealing to the people,” he said.

    He noted that the war against corruption could not be completely realised with corrupt practices in the police or any other sister security agency.

    NAN reports that the Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday announced a new unit named Special Weapons Tactics Team as replacement for disbanded SARS.

    (
    Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
    Source: NAN

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