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  •   We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic ABUJA Nigeria August 27 2021 APO Group Dr E Osagie Ehanire is the Minister of Health of Nigeria and was appointed to President Buhari s cabinet as Nigeria s Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President s second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services is presently the captain steering Nigeria s COVID 19 response ship The Minister s narrates Nigeria s COVID 19 response in his words Prior to confirmation of Nigeria s first case of COVID 19 on 27th of February 2020 the Federal Ministry of Health had begun monitoring the COVID 19 outbreak in China and conducted risk assessments of the threat to the country which revealed the Points of Entry especially by air as key risk areas along with logistics surveillance laboratory assets upgrade infection prevention and control and case management Thermal screening and a protocol for contact tracing were introduced at our points of entry We began a targeted approach to strengthen capacity across these areas The Federal Ministry of Health established a multisectoral National Coronavirus Preparedness Group NCPG to ensure a cohesive coordination of the country s preparedness efforts To harness relevant support an Inter Ministerial Committee on COVID 19 IMC COVID 19 was established chaired by the Hon Minister of Health with relevant Ministers including Aviation Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management amp Social Development and Information amp Culture in addition to agencies such as NEMA NCDC This initial response which was replaced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 built around a unified command and resulting in the level of containment recorded in the fight against the virus On the 22nd of January 2020 more than a month before the first COVID 19 case was confirmed in Nigeria the first public health advisory was published and disseminated using traditional and social media We increased molecular laboratory network and testing capacity We worked with states and tertiary hospitals to establish isolation centres for treatment of COVID 19 cases In addition we began training health workers across all states on case management infection prevention amp control surveillance and risk communication as well as other areas of epidemic preparedness The Ministry of Health prepositioned medical supplies such as personal protective equipment in all states and developed guidelines and protocols By the time the first COVID 19 case was detected in Nigeria we had established testing capacity trained health workers for case management identified treatment centres prepositioned the supplies we needed and begun to raise public awareness on the risks of COVID 19 and preventive measures Honorable minister what were some of the lessons learned during this massive operation to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic We leveraged on lessons learnt from our Ebola response which was applauded and described as a piece of epidemiological detective work to mount response We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic The Federal Government demonstrated political will to protect the Nigerian people by immediate adoption of A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE in line with recommendations of the International Health Regulations IHR The Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 PTF provided the strong leadership required for a well coordinated multi sectoral inter governmental effort to contain spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic that made a difference in our response The reality of community transmission and disruption of essential health care services led to development of a National Health Sector COVID 19 Pandemic Response Action Plan strategically placed to address community transmission challenges while maintaining routine health services so that decades of gains recorded in the health system are not lost due to the pandemic We have sourced vaccines from reliable sources to ensure availability to our citizens Another key lesson learnt is how much stronger we are when we work together Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria had built strong partnerships with UN organizations including WHO regional health institutes like the Africa CDC and West Africa Health Organization other institutions the media private sector and several other groups We have benefited from their resources expertise and networks in mounting both the public health response and overall response The lesson here is that in making decisions during a pandemic we must be guided by science and data We have continued to make our data transparent communicate with Nigerians and use this data in making key decisions Any final words of wisdom going forward Africa has not experienced the doomsday scenario predicted for our region however we must sustain our response now and for the future The spread of the Delta variant and increasing vaccine inequity place us at prolonged risk So we must sustain gains made by ensuring coordination at national and regional levels along with required investments The Government of Nigeria is grateful for platforms provided through WHO AFRO Africa CDC and WAHO in West Africa for us to share our experience and learn from other countries
    Coronavirus: Nigeria leverages lessons learnt from Ebola response in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
      We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic ABUJA Nigeria August 27 2021 APO Group Dr E Osagie Ehanire is the Minister of Health of Nigeria and was appointed to President Buhari s cabinet as Nigeria s Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President s second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services is presently the captain steering Nigeria s COVID 19 response ship The Minister s narrates Nigeria s COVID 19 response in his words Prior to confirmation of Nigeria s first case of COVID 19 on 27th of February 2020 the Federal Ministry of Health had begun monitoring the COVID 19 outbreak in China and conducted risk assessments of the threat to the country which revealed the Points of Entry especially by air as key risk areas along with logistics surveillance laboratory assets upgrade infection prevention and control and case management Thermal screening and a protocol for contact tracing were introduced at our points of entry We began a targeted approach to strengthen capacity across these areas The Federal Ministry of Health established a multisectoral National Coronavirus Preparedness Group NCPG to ensure a cohesive coordination of the country s preparedness efforts To harness relevant support an Inter Ministerial Committee on COVID 19 IMC COVID 19 was established chaired by the Hon Minister of Health with relevant Ministers including Aviation Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management amp Social Development and Information amp Culture in addition to agencies such as NEMA NCDC This initial response which was replaced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 built around a unified command and resulting in the level of containment recorded in the fight against the virus On the 22nd of January 2020 more than a month before the first COVID 19 case was confirmed in Nigeria the first public health advisory was published and disseminated using traditional and social media We increased molecular laboratory network and testing capacity We worked with states and tertiary hospitals to establish isolation centres for treatment of COVID 19 cases In addition we began training health workers across all states on case management infection prevention amp control surveillance and risk communication as well as other areas of epidemic preparedness The Ministry of Health prepositioned medical supplies such as personal protective equipment in all states and developed guidelines and protocols By the time the first COVID 19 case was detected in Nigeria we had established testing capacity trained health workers for case management identified treatment centres prepositioned the supplies we needed and begun to raise public awareness on the risks of COVID 19 and preventive measures Honorable minister what were some of the lessons learned during this massive operation to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic We leveraged on lessons learnt from our Ebola response which was applauded and described as a piece of epidemiological detective work to mount response We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic The Federal Government demonstrated political will to protect the Nigerian people by immediate adoption of A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE in line with recommendations of the International Health Regulations IHR The Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 PTF provided the strong leadership required for a well coordinated multi sectoral inter governmental effort to contain spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic that made a difference in our response The reality of community transmission and disruption of essential health care services led to development of a National Health Sector COVID 19 Pandemic Response Action Plan strategically placed to address community transmission challenges while maintaining routine health services so that decades of gains recorded in the health system are not lost due to the pandemic We have sourced vaccines from reliable sources to ensure availability to our citizens Another key lesson learnt is how much stronger we are when we work together Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria had built strong partnerships with UN organizations including WHO regional health institutes like the Africa CDC and West Africa Health Organization other institutions the media private sector and several other groups We have benefited from their resources expertise and networks in mounting both the public health response and overall response The lesson here is that in making decisions during a pandemic we must be guided by science and data We have continued to make our data transparent communicate with Nigerians and use this data in making key decisions Any final words of wisdom going forward Africa has not experienced the doomsday scenario predicted for our region however we must sustain our response now and for the future The spread of the Delta variant and increasing vaccine inequity place us at prolonged risk So we must sustain gains made by ensuring coordination at national and regional levels along with required investments The Government of Nigeria is grateful for platforms provided through WHO AFRO Africa CDC and WAHO in West Africa for us to share our experience and learn from other countries
    Coronavirus: Nigeria leverages lessons learnt from Ebola response in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
    Africa1 year ago

    Coronavirus: Nigeria leverages lessons learnt from Ebola response in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

    We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid-19 outbreak in other countries, to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    ABUJA, Nigeria, August 27, 2021/APO Group/ --

    Dr E. Osagie Ehanire is the Minister of Health of Nigeria and was appointed to President Buhari's cabinet as Nigeria's Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President's second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health. He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services is presently the captain, steering Nigeria’s COVID-19 response ship. The Minister’s narrates Nigeria’s COVID-19 response in his words:

    Prior to confirmation of Nigeria’s first case of COVID-19 on 27th of February 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health had begun monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in China and conducted risk assessments of the threat to the country, which revealed the Points of Entry, especially by air as key risk areas, along with logistics, surveillance, laboratory assets upgrade, infection prevention and control and case management. Thermal screening and a protocol for contact tracing were introduced at our points of entry.

    We began a targeted approach to strengthen capacity across these areas. The Federal Ministry of Health established a multisectoral National Coronavirus Preparedness Group (NCPG) to ensure a cohesive coordination of the country’s preparedness efforts. To harness relevant support, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 (IMC COVID-19), was established, chaired by the Hon Minister of Health with relevant Ministers including Aviation, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development and Information & Culture in addition to agencies such as NEMA, NCDC. This initial response which was replaced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, built around a unified command and resulting in the level of containment recorded in the fight against the virus.

    On the 22nd of January 2020, more than a month before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Nigeria, the first public health advisory was published and disseminated, using traditional and social media. We increased molecular laboratory network and testing capacity. We worked with states and tertiary hospitals to establish isolation centres for treatment   of COVID-19 cases. In addition, we began training health workers across all states on case management, infection prevention & control, surveillance and risk communication as well as other areas of epidemic preparedness. The Ministry of Health prepositioned medical supplies such as personal protective equipment in all states and developed guidelines and protocols. By the time the first COVID-19 case was detected in Nigeria, we had established testing capacity, trained health workers for case management, identified treatment centres, prepositioned the supplies we needed and begun to raise public awareness on the risks of COVID-19 and preventive measures. 

    Honorable minister, what were some of the lessons learned during this massive operation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

    We leveraged on lessons learnt from our Ebola response which was applauded and described as a piece of epidemiological detective work to mount response. We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid-19 outbreak in other countries, to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The Federal Government demonstrated political will to protect the Nigerian people by immediate adoption of A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE, in line with recommendations of the International Health Regulations (IHR). The Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 (PTF) provided the strong leadership required for a well-coordinated multi-sectoral, inter-governmental effort to contain spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that  made a difference in our response. 

    The reality of community transmission and disruption of essential health care services led to development of a National Health Sector COVID 19 Pandemic Response Action Plan, strategically placed to address community transmission challenges, while maintaining routine health services, so that decades of gains recorded in the health system are not lost due to the pandemic. 

    We have sourced vaccines from reliable sources to ensure availability to our citizens. Another key lesson learnt is how much stronger we are when we work together. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria had built strong partnerships with UN organizations including WHO, regional health institutes like the Africa CDC and West Africa Health Organization, other institutions, the media, private sector and several other groups. We have benefited from their resources, expertise and networks in mounting both the public health response and overall response. 

    The lesson here is that in making decisions during a pandemic, we must be guided by science and data. We have continued to make our data transparent, communicate with Nigerians and use this data in making key decisions.

    Any final words of wisdom, going forward ? 

    Africa has not experienced the doomsday scenario predicted for our region; however, we must sustain our response now and for the future. The spread of the Delta variant and increasing vaccine inequity place us at prolonged risk. So, we must sustain gains made by ensuring coordination at national and regional levels, along with required investments. The Government of Nigeria is grateful for platforms provided through WHO AFRO, Africa CDC and WAHO in West Africa for us to share our experience and learn from other countries.

  •  Traders in Abakaliki metropolis have decried the sealing of their shops on the orders of Ebonyi Government The traders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abakaliki described the action of government as economic annihilation and urged the authority to unseal the affected shops The traders said that the shops were sealed by combined task force team and members of the Ebonyi Neighborhood Watch NAN reports that the affected shops were located along Gunning Road near the defunct Abakpa Main Market some parts of the popular Ogoja Road New Market Road and Afikpo Road Mr Mathew Okorie whose shop was located in the affected areas said that his family was at the risk of starvation following the seal up of his business premises by state government Okorie said that it was becoming very difficult to feed his family and other dependents because the shop was his only source of income I was attending to a customer before I knew it I saw people running helter skelter carrying things I just managed to lock my shop and escaped before the task force arrived and sealed it Every other shop around the area was locked We thought that it was just the normal routine they do because it had happened in the past when they were relocating the Abakpa Market Since June 5 the incident happened I have not opened the shop to sell and my children and dependants are starving I call on relevant human rights bodies to come to our rescue because the buildings housing our shops are far from the defunct Abakpa Main Market whose occupants were relocated to the international market in February he said Okorie said that he and other shop owners had renewed their rents for another one year adding that the shops were not located within the peripheries of the former market where government banned business activities Throughout the period of discussion about market relocation we were not carried along we were not asked to buy shops in the new international market because we are not part of the Abakpa market I am appealing that the government should allow us to continue our businesses because we have paid all our taxes to the state and are not inside the market he added Another trader Mr Nnaemeka Anayo who deals on computer accessories along Gunning Road said that throughout 2018 and 2019 when discussions about relocating the market began they were never part of it In February when the Abakpa Main Market was relocated to its permanent place we were not part of the people that were asked to move Anayor said Also Mr Sunday Uchenna dealer on phone accessories lamented that the actions of the task force have affected them emotionally financially and materially Businesses are crashing due to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic while families are struggling to survive the economic hardship We have been out of business since one week that government sealed our shops and everywhere in the world and even the most developed countries people still do street trading Latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics NBS shows that Ebonyi is rated poorly and with what is happening now the state will still go down because small scale businesses are pivotal to economic growth he said However Mr Emma Uzor Special Assistant to Gov Dave Umahi on Markets in a reaction said that the sealed shops were located in residential buildings and that government was committed to restoring the Abakaliki master plan The Abakpa area originally is meant for residential purposes but due to its closeness to the defucnt Abakaliki main market landlords in the area converted their buildings to commercial shops Uzor said ODO Edited By Chinyere Bassey Obike Ukoh NAN
     Traders in Abakaliki decry sealing of shops by Ebonyi Government
     Traders in Abakaliki metropolis have decried the sealing of their shops on the orders of Ebonyi Government The traders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abakaliki described the action of government as economic annihilation and urged the authority to unseal the affected shops The traders said that the shops were sealed by combined task force team and members of the Ebonyi Neighborhood Watch NAN reports that the affected shops were located along Gunning Road near the defunct Abakpa Main Market some parts of the popular Ogoja Road New Market Road and Afikpo Road Mr Mathew Okorie whose shop was located in the affected areas said that his family was at the risk of starvation following the seal up of his business premises by state government Okorie said that it was becoming very difficult to feed his family and other dependents because the shop was his only source of income I was attending to a customer before I knew it I saw people running helter skelter carrying things I just managed to lock my shop and escaped before the task force arrived and sealed it Every other shop around the area was locked We thought that it was just the normal routine they do because it had happened in the past when they were relocating the Abakpa Market Since June 5 the incident happened I have not opened the shop to sell and my children and dependants are starving I call on relevant human rights bodies to come to our rescue because the buildings housing our shops are far from the defunct Abakpa Main Market whose occupants were relocated to the international market in February he said Okorie said that he and other shop owners had renewed their rents for another one year adding that the shops were not located within the peripheries of the former market where government banned business activities Throughout the period of discussion about market relocation we were not carried along we were not asked to buy shops in the new international market because we are not part of the Abakpa market I am appealing that the government should allow us to continue our businesses because we have paid all our taxes to the state and are not inside the market he added Another trader Mr Nnaemeka Anayo who deals on computer accessories along Gunning Road said that throughout 2018 and 2019 when discussions about relocating the market began they were never part of it In February when the Abakpa Main Market was relocated to its permanent place we were not part of the people that were asked to move Anayor said Also Mr Sunday Uchenna dealer on phone accessories lamented that the actions of the task force have affected them emotionally financially and materially Businesses are crashing due to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic while families are struggling to survive the economic hardship We have been out of business since one week that government sealed our shops and everywhere in the world and even the most developed countries people still do street trading Latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics NBS shows that Ebonyi is rated poorly and with what is happening now the state will still go down because small scale businesses are pivotal to economic growth he said However Mr Emma Uzor Special Assistant to Gov Dave Umahi on Markets in a reaction said that the sealed shops were located in residential buildings and that government was committed to restoring the Abakaliki master plan The Abakpa area originally is meant for residential purposes but due to its closeness to the defucnt Abakaliki main market landlords in the area converted their buildings to commercial shops Uzor said ODO Edited By Chinyere Bassey Obike Ukoh NAN
     Traders in Abakaliki decry sealing of shops by Ebonyi Government
    Economy2 years ago

     Traders in Abakaliki decry sealing of shops by Ebonyi Government

    Traders in Abakaliki metropolis have decried the sealing of their shops  on the orders of Ebonyi Government.

     

    The traders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abakaliki, described the action of government as economic ‘annihilation’ and urged the authority to unseal the affected shops.

    The traders said that the shops were sealed by combined task force team and members of the Ebonyi Neighborhood Watch.

     

    NAN reports that the affected shops were located along Gunning Road near the defunct Abakpa Main Market; some parts of the popular Ogoja Road, New Market Road and Afikpo Road.

    Mr Mathew Okorie, whose shop was located in the affected areas said that his family was at the risk of starvation following the seal up of his business premises by state government.

     

    Okorie said that it was becoming very difficult to feed his family and other dependents because the shop was his only source of income.

     

    “I was attending to a customer, before I knew it, I saw people running helter-skelter, carrying things.

     

    “I just managed to lock my shop and escaped before the task force arrived and sealed it.

     

    “Every other shop around the area was locked. We thought that it was just the normal routine they do because it had happened in the past when they were relocating the Abakpa Market.

     

    “Since June 5, the incident happened, I have not opened the shop to sell and my children and dependants are starving.

     

    “I call on relevant human rights bodies to come to our rescue because the buildings housing our shops are far from the defunct Abakpa Main Market whose occupants were relocated to the international market in February,” he said.

     

    Okorie said that he and other shop owners had renewed their rents for another one year, adding that the shops were not located within the peripheries of the former market where government banned business activities.

     

    ” Throughout the period of discussion about market relocation, we were not carried along, we were not asked to buy shops in the new international market because we are not part of the (Abakpa) market.

     

    ” I am appealing that the government should allow us to continue our businesses because we have paid all our taxes to the state and are not inside the market,” he added.

     

    Another trader, Mr Nnaemeka Anayo who deals on computer accessories along Gunning Road, said that throughout 2018 and 2019 when discussions about relocating the market began, they  were never part of it.

     

    “In February, when the Abakpa Main Market was relocated to its permanent place, we were not part of the people that were asked to move,” Anayor said.

     

     

    Also, Mr Sunday Uchenna, dealer on phone accessories lamented that the actions of the task force have affected them emotionally, financially and materially.

     

    “Businesses are crashing due to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, while families are struggling to survive the economic hardship.

     

    “We have been out of business since one week that government sealed our shops and everywhere in the world and even the most developed countries, people still do street trading.

     

    “Latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Ebonyi is rated poorly and with what is happening now, the state will still go down because small scale businesses are pivotal to economic growth,” he said.

     

    However, Mr Emma Uzor, Special Assistant to Gov. Dave Umahi on Markets in a reaction said that the sealed shops were located in residential buildings and that government was committed to restoring the Abakaliki master plan.

    “The Abakpa area originally is meant for residential purposes, but due to its closeness to the defucnt Abakaliki main market, landlords in the area converted their buildings to commercial shops,” Uzor said.

     

    ODO /


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

  •  The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Mr Ibrahim Magu has attributed the rising successes of the Commission in the anti corruption fight to the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari s government Magu stated this on Thursday in a statement signed by Mr Dele Oyewale the commission s spokesperson after a World Press Conference to mark the 2020 Democracy Day and Anti corruption Summit The EFCC boss attributed the commission s success to the present government which allows for non interference in its works and zero tolerance for any act of corruption The political will we have enjoyed from the present government in the fight against corruption is unprecedented The president allows the EFCC to operate without interference and this has been one of our biggest strengths he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC has secured 2 240 convictions and recovered assets in excess of N980 billion in the last five years We have recovered a large array of non monetary assets like properties estates private jets oil vessels filling stations schools hotels trucks automobiles jewelry plaza shopping malls electronics amongst others he said Meanwhile in the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the EFCC a total sum of N3 214 billion had been released to the Imo State government out of the N7 9 billion frozen in different accounts discovered in the investigation of former Gov Rochas Okorocha Mr Usman Imam Port Harcourt Zonal Head said that the money was released to the State government to pay salaries pensions and meet its obligations to workers While urging Nigerians to take ownership of the anti corruption fight Magu stated that As I always emphasise public ownership of the anti corruption war is one of the best showcase of patriotism We must continue to show greater commitment and support for the government in this regard and work with the EFCC to make anti corruption a national war Magu however noted that there are challenges on the way especially in the case involving the former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison Madueke We have some challenges in Diezani s case because we have investigated her case for more than five years he added He vowed that the former governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu would be brought to trial no matter the impediment The judgment is clear We will go back to court working on the judicial directive from the Supreme Court Across the zones of the EFCC facts and figures have been rolled out about the increasing achievements of the Commission based on its assigned mandate Nigerians are also being encouraged to show more commitment to the fight against corruption he said Also the Lagos Zonal Head of the EFCC Mr Muhammed Rabo noted that youths are critical stakeholders in ridding the nation of unsavory and fraudulent practices and charged them to steer clear of such conduct One critical stakeholder in the fight is the youth However most economic and financial crimes especially cyber crimes are committed by young people he said On his own part Malaifia Yakubu Kaduna Zonal Head of the Commission charged the public to key into the whistle blowing policy of the government and exposed fraudsters in their vicinity Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Government’s political will,  EFCC’s major strength – Magu
     The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Mr Ibrahim Magu has attributed the rising successes of the Commission in the anti corruption fight to the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari s government Magu stated this on Thursday in a statement signed by Mr Dele Oyewale the commission s spokesperson after a World Press Conference to mark the 2020 Democracy Day and Anti corruption Summit The EFCC boss attributed the commission s success to the present government which allows for non interference in its works and zero tolerance for any act of corruption The political will we have enjoyed from the present government in the fight against corruption is unprecedented The president allows the EFCC to operate without interference and this has been one of our biggest strengths he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC has secured 2 240 convictions and recovered assets in excess of N980 billion in the last five years We have recovered a large array of non monetary assets like properties estates private jets oil vessels filling stations schools hotels trucks automobiles jewelry plaza shopping malls electronics amongst others he said Meanwhile in the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the EFCC a total sum of N3 214 billion had been released to the Imo State government out of the N7 9 billion frozen in different accounts discovered in the investigation of former Gov Rochas Okorocha Mr Usman Imam Port Harcourt Zonal Head said that the money was released to the State government to pay salaries pensions and meet its obligations to workers While urging Nigerians to take ownership of the anti corruption fight Magu stated that As I always emphasise public ownership of the anti corruption war is one of the best showcase of patriotism We must continue to show greater commitment and support for the government in this regard and work with the EFCC to make anti corruption a national war Magu however noted that there are challenges on the way especially in the case involving the former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison Madueke We have some challenges in Diezani s case because we have investigated her case for more than five years he added He vowed that the former governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu would be brought to trial no matter the impediment The judgment is clear We will go back to court working on the judicial directive from the Supreme Court Across the zones of the EFCC facts and figures have been rolled out about the increasing achievements of the Commission based on its assigned mandate Nigerians are also being encouraged to show more commitment to the fight against corruption he said Also the Lagos Zonal Head of the EFCC Mr Muhammed Rabo noted that youths are critical stakeholders in ridding the nation of unsavory and fraudulent practices and charged them to steer clear of such conduct One critical stakeholder in the fight is the youth However most economic and financial crimes especially cyber crimes are committed by young people he said On his own part Malaifia Yakubu Kaduna Zonal Head of the Commission charged the public to key into the whistle blowing policy of the government and exposed fraudsters in their vicinity Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Government’s political will,  EFCC’s major strength – Magu
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Government’s political will,  EFCC’s major strength – Magu

    The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has attributed the rising successes of the Commission in the anti-corruption fight to the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

    Magu stated this on Thursday in a statement signed by Mr Dele Oyewale, the commission’s spokesperson, after a World Press Conference to mark the 2020 Democracy Day and Anti-corruption Summit

    The EFCC boss attributed the commission’s success to the present government which allows for non-interference in its works and zero tolerance for any act of corruption.

    “The political will we have enjoyed from the present government in the fight against corruption is unprecedented.

    “The president allows the EFCC to operate without interference and this has been one of our biggest strengths,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC has secured 2,240 convictions and recovered assets in excess of N980 billion in the last five years.

    “ We have recovered a large array of non-monetary assets like properties, estates, private jets, oil vessels, filling stations, schools, hotels, trucks, automobiles, jewelry, plaza, shopping malls, electronics, amongst others,” he said.

    Meanwhile, in the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the EFCC,  a total sum of N3.214 billion had been released to the Imo State government out of the N7.9 billion frozen in different accounts discovered in the investigation of former Gov. Rochas Okorocha.

    Mr  Usman Imam,  Port Harcourt Zonal Head said that the money was released to the State government to pay salaries, pensions and meet its obligations to workers.

    While urging Nigerians to take ownership of the anti-corruption fight, Magu stated that: “As I always emphasise, public ownership of the anti-corruption war,  is one of the best showcase of patriotism.

    “We must continue to show greater commitment and support for the government in this regard and work with the EFCC to make anti-corruption  a national war.”

    Magu, however, noted that there are challenges on the way,  especially in the case involving the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

    “We have some challenges in Diezani’s case because we have investigated her case for more than five years, ” he added.

    He vowed that the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu would be brought to trial, no matter the impediment.

    “The judgment is clear. We will go back to court working on the judicial directive from the Supreme Court.

    “Across the zones of the EFCC, facts and figures have been rolled out about the increasing achievements of the Commission, based on its assigned mandate.

    “Nigerians are also being encouraged to show more commitment to the fight against corruption, ” he said.

    Also, the Lagos Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mr Muhammed Rabo,  noted that youths are critical stakeholders in ridding the nation of unsavory and fraudulent practices and charged them to steer clear of such conduct.

    “One critical stakeholder in the fight is the youth. However, most economic and financial crimes, especially cyber crimes are committed by young people,” he said.

    On his own part, Malaifia Yakubu,  Kaduna Zonal Head of the Commission charged the public to key into the whistle-blowing policy of the government and exposed fraudsters in their vicinity. 


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

     

     

     

  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero KSUSTA branch on Wednesday donated support materials to the Kebbi State Government towards the fight against COVID 19 pandemic Presenting the items at the premises of the Primary Healthcare Unit Birnin Kebbi the chapter Chairperson Dr Ibrahim Garba Wawata said that the gesture was meant to support the state government s concerted efforts against the dreaded disease The donation is part of the obligations of academic staff in all Nigerian universities which include teaching research and community service As governments and nations world wide are looking into easing the lockdown measure the union deems it necessary to donate the items as intervention materials to support government in its effort to curb the pandemic The fight against Coronarous shouldn t be left in hands of the government alone Garba Wawata said He commended Gov Atiku Bugudu and COVID 19 Task Force in the state on proactive and moderate measures taken in consultation with all stakeholders in the state which has yielded positive results and ease activities of citizens The union appealed to members of the public to strictly follow the guidelines laid down by the NCDC to ensure prevention and control of the COVID 19 pandemic in state Responding the Chairman of the State Task Force and Commissioner for Health Alhaji Ja afar Muhammad commended ASUU for the kind gesture extended to the state government The gesture from ASUU is timely and much needed at a time government was considering easing the lockdown measures in the state Muhammed said The Commissioner for Higher Education Prof Mukhtar Umar Bunza commended the efforts of ASUU KSUSTA and called on other sister unions in the university to borrow a leave He said that the Kebbi state government had approved N429 million for the payment of Earned Academic Allowance for academic and non academic staff of the university for the period of 2009 2013 Currently academic staff had been paid off 100 per cent of their claims I want to encourage the union to do more in other areas of community services to uplift the state and the country at large the commissioner said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union donated face masks and hand sanitisers to the university community General Hospital and palaces of royal fathers in Aliero town Edited By Debo Oshundun Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: ASUU donates protective materials to Kebbi Government
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero KSUSTA branch on Wednesday donated support materials to the Kebbi State Government towards the fight against COVID 19 pandemic Presenting the items at the premises of the Primary Healthcare Unit Birnin Kebbi the chapter Chairperson Dr Ibrahim Garba Wawata said that the gesture was meant to support the state government s concerted efforts against the dreaded disease The donation is part of the obligations of academic staff in all Nigerian universities which include teaching research and community service As governments and nations world wide are looking into easing the lockdown measure the union deems it necessary to donate the items as intervention materials to support government in its effort to curb the pandemic The fight against Coronarous shouldn t be left in hands of the government alone Garba Wawata said He commended Gov Atiku Bugudu and COVID 19 Task Force in the state on proactive and moderate measures taken in consultation with all stakeholders in the state which has yielded positive results and ease activities of citizens The union appealed to members of the public to strictly follow the guidelines laid down by the NCDC to ensure prevention and control of the COVID 19 pandemic in state Responding the Chairman of the State Task Force and Commissioner for Health Alhaji Ja afar Muhammad commended ASUU for the kind gesture extended to the state government The gesture from ASUU is timely and much needed at a time government was considering easing the lockdown measures in the state Muhammed said The Commissioner for Higher Education Prof Mukhtar Umar Bunza commended the efforts of ASUU KSUSTA and called on other sister unions in the university to borrow a leave He said that the Kebbi state government had approved N429 million for the payment of Earned Academic Allowance for academic and non academic staff of the university for the period of 2009 2013 Currently academic staff had been paid off 100 per cent of their claims I want to encourage the union to do more in other areas of community services to uplift the state and the country at large the commissioner said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union donated face masks and hand sanitisers to the university community General Hospital and palaces of royal fathers in Aliero town Edited By Debo Oshundun Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: ASUU donates protective materials to Kebbi Government
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    COVID-19: ASUU donates protective materials to Kebbi Government

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero (KSUSTA) branch, on Wednesday donated support materials to the Kebbi State Government towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

    Presenting the items at the premises of the Primary Healthcare Unit, Birnin Kebbi, the chapter Chairperson, Dr Ibrahim Garba-Wawata, said that the gesture was meant to support the state government’s concerted efforts against the dreaded disease.

    “The donation is part of the obligations of academic staff in all Nigerian universities which include teaching, research and community service.

    “As governments and nations world-wide are looking into easing the lockdown measure; the union deems it necessary to donate the items as intervention materials to support government in its effort to curb the pandemic.

    “The fight against Coronarous shouldn’t be left in hands of the government alone,” Garba-Wawata said.

    He commended Gov. Atiku Bugudu and COVID-19 Task Force in the state on proactive and moderate measures taken in consultation with all stakeholders in the state which has yielded positive results and ease activities of citizens.

    The union appealed to members of the public to strictly follow the guidelines laid down by the NCDC to ensure prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic in state.

    Responding, the Chairman of the State Task Force and Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Ja’afar Muhammad, commended ASUU for the kind gesture extended to the state government.

    “The gesture from ASUU is timely and much needed at a time government was considering easing the lockdown measures in the state,” Muhammed said.

    The Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Mukhtar Umar-Bunza, commended the efforts of ASUU KSUSTA and called on other sister unions in the university to borrow a leave.

    He said that the Kebbi state government had approved N429 million for the payment of Earned Academic Allowance for academic and non-academic staff of the university for the period of 2009–2013.

    “Currently, academic staff had been paid off 100 per cent of their claims. I want to encourage the union to do more in other areas of community services to uplift the state and the country at large,” the commissioner said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union donated face masks and hand sanitisers to the university community, General Hospital, and palaces of royal fathers in Aliero town.


    Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The government run schools in Pakistan s southern Sindh province will hold online classes for students stuck at home owing to the COVID 19 outbreak according to a notification released by the Sindh education department on Friday The department has issued directives to all district directors to provide data of teachers and students of public schools by June 17 said the notification adding that online classes will be held for sixth to 12th grade students Some 75 trainers will train teachers on holding online classes and the provincial government has also hired information technology experts for smooth conducting of the classes according to the notification The classes will be launched with the help of the United Nations Children s Fund and Microsoft The provincial education department also allowed private schools across Sindh to start online classes The number of confirmed COVID 19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 89 249 with 1 838 deaths according to data updated by the country s health ministry on Friday XINHUA
    Government-run schools in Pakistan’s Sindh to hold online classes amid COVID-19
     The government run schools in Pakistan s southern Sindh province will hold online classes for students stuck at home owing to the COVID 19 outbreak according to a notification released by the Sindh education department on Friday The department has issued directives to all district directors to provide data of teachers and students of public schools by June 17 said the notification adding that online classes will be held for sixth to 12th grade students Some 75 trainers will train teachers on holding online classes and the provincial government has also hired information technology experts for smooth conducting of the classes according to the notification The classes will be launched with the help of the United Nations Children s Fund and Microsoft The provincial education department also allowed private schools across Sindh to start online classes The number of confirmed COVID 19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 89 249 with 1 838 deaths according to data updated by the country s health ministry on Friday XINHUA
    Government-run schools in Pakistan’s Sindh to hold online classes amid COVID-19
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    Government-run schools in Pakistan’s Sindh to hold online classes amid COVID-19

    The government-run schools in Pakistan's southern Sindh province will hold online classes for students stuck at home owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a notification released by the Sindh education department on Friday.

    The department has issued directives to all district directors to provide data of teachers and students of public schools by June 17, said the notification, adding that online classes will be held for sixth to 12th grade students.

    Some 75 trainers will train teachers on holding online classes, and the provincial government has also hired information technology experts for smooth conducting of the classes, according to the notification.

    The classes will be launched with the help of the United Nations Children's Fund and Microsoft.

    The provincial education department also allowed private schools across Sindh to start online classes.

    The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 89,249 with 1,838 deaths, according to data updated by the country's health ministry on Friday.


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  •  The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners NAGGMDP Ondo State branch has issued a 14 day ultimatum to the State Government ahead of its planned industrial action This is contained in a statement by the association s Chairman Dr Aina Oluwafemi after the branch s emergency meeting and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Akure NAGGMDP is an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA the umbrella body for all general duty doctors engaged by the state s Ministry offer Health MOH and the Hospitals Management Board HMB Others are the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board OSPHCDB Ondo State Contributory Health Commission ODCHC and the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission OSOPADEC The University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Complexes UNIMEDTHC completes the list The doctors said Government had through official press release social media and circular to relevant government agencies announced the approval for immediate implementation the payment of the 50 per cent basic salary as special COVID 19 hazard allowances for all health workers three months in the first instance Government failed to implement the said pronouncements when the May salary was paid Rather doctors observed that their salaries were slashed in May As much as 2 5 per cent of their consolidated basic salary was removed for reasons best known to the state government The association said that its members were expectedly disappointed perplexed and in distraught as to why the State Government could subject them to such treatment Doctors in Ondo State are as we speak angry and very low in spirit The association also alleged that the state government was being insensitivity to the welfare of its members in the state based on the above development Till date the Ondo State Government has refused to implement the consequential adjustment of increment in minimum wage to doctors and other health workers Whereas other workers in the State have been enjoying the new minimum wage since January 2020 In the same vein the government has also sought to divide the previously united body of doctors in the state by selectively implementing skipping which is a regularised salary structure for health workers to only doctors in the newly established UNIMEDTHC To this end the State Executive Council of our association had issued a 14 day ultimatum to the Ondo State Government to tell us why we have to part with 2 5 per cent of our basic salaries and the unsolicited deduction be refunded with immediate effect We also demand to know the present situation of our ill fated 50 per cent basic salary as special COVID 19 allowance and the modalities for the immediate implementation of the consequential adjustment of the increment in minimum wage We also demand to know when our January 2017 salary arrears will be paid and also the commencement of the regularisation of the skipping salary structure for the Ondo State Doctors The association s executive said that it would have no other choice than to abide by the decisions of its Congress if the state government should fail to meet its stated demands Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Peter Dada NAN
    Doctors issue 14-day ultimatum to  Ondo State Government 
     The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners NAGGMDP Ondo State branch has issued a 14 day ultimatum to the State Government ahead of its planned industrial action This is contained in a statement by the association s Chairman Dr Aina Oluwafemi after the branch s emergency meeting and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Akure NAGGMDP is an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA the umbrella body for all general duty doctors engaged by the state s Ministry offer Health MOH and the Hospitals Management Board HMB Others are the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board OSPHCDB Ondo State Contributory Health Commission ODCHC and the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission OSOPADEC The University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Complexes UNIMEDTHC completes the list The doctors said Government had through official press release social media and circular to relevant government agencies announced the approval for immediate implementation the payment of the 50 per cent basic salary as special COVID 19 hazard allowances for all health workers three months in the first instance Government failed to implement the said pronouncements when the May salary was paid Rather doctors observed that their salaries were slashed in May As much as 2 5 per cent of their consolidated basic salary was removed for reasons best known to the state government The association said that its members were expectedly disappointed perplexed and in distraught as to why the State Government could subject them to such treatment Doctors in Ondo State are as we speak angry and very low in spirit The association also alleged that the state government was being insensitivity to the welfare of its members in the state based on the above development Till date the Ondo State Government has refused to implement the consequential adjustment of increment in minimum wage to doctors and other health workers Whereas other workers in the State have been enjoying the new minimum wage since January 2020 In the same vein the government has also sought to divide the previously united body of doctors in the state by selectively implementing skipping which is a regularised salary structure for health workers to only doctors in the newly established UNIMEDTHC To this end the State Executive Council of our association had issued a 14 day ultimatum to the Ondo State Government to tell us why we have to part with 2 5 per cent of our basic salaries and the unsolicited deduction be refunded with immediate effect We also demand to know the present situation of our ill fated 50 per cent basic salary as special COVID 19 allowance and the modalities for the immediate implementation of the consequential adjustment of the increment in minimum wage We also demand to know when our January 2017 salary arrears will be paid and also the commencement of the regularisation of the skipping salary structure for the Ondo State Doctors The association s executive said that it would have no other choice than to abide by the decisions of its Congress if the state government should fail to meet its stated demands Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Peter Dada NAN
    Doctors issue 14-day ultimatum to  Ondo State Government 
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    Doctors issue 14-day ultimatum to  Ondo State Government 

    The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Ondo State  branch, has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the  State Government, ahead of its planned industrial action.

     

    This is contained in a statement by the association’s Chairman, Dr Aina Oluwafemi, after the branch’s emergency meeting and  made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Akure.

     

    NAGGMDP is an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA),  the umbrella body for all general duty doctors engaged by the state’s Ministry offer Health (MOH) and the Hospitals’ Management Board (HMB).

     

    Others are the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board (OSPHCDB), Ondo State Contributory Health Commission (ODCHC) and the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC).

     

    The University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Complexes (UNIMEDTHC), completes the list.

     

    The doctors said, “Government had, through official press release, social media, and circular to relevant government agencies announced the approval for immediate implementation, the payment of the 50 per cent basic salary as special COVID-19 hazard allowances, for all health workers, three months in the first instance.

     

    “Government  failed to implement the said pronouncements  when the May salary was paid.

     

    “Rather, doctors observed that their salaries were  slashed in May.  As much as 2.5 per cent of their consolidated basic salary was removed for reasons best known to the state government.”

     

    The association said that its members were  expectedly disappointed, perplexed and in distraught as to why  the State Government could subject them to such treatment.

     

    Doctors in Ondo State are, as we speak, angry and very low in spirit.”

     

    The association also alleged that the state government was being insensitivity to the welfare of its members  in the state based on the above development.

     

    Till date, the Ondo State Government has refused to implement the consequential adjustment of increment in minimum wage to doctors and other health workers.

     

    “Whereas, other workers in the State have been enjoying the new minimum wage since January 2020.

     

    “In the same vein, the government has also sought to divide the previously united body of doctors in the state by selectively implementing skipping, which is a regularised salary structure for health workers, to only doctors in the newly established UNIMEDTHC.

     

    “To this end, the State Executive Council of our association had issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Ondo State Government, to tell us, why we have to part with 2.5 per cent of our basic salaries and the unsolicited deduction be refunded with immediate effect.

     

    “We also demand to know the present situation of our ill- fated 50 per cent basic salary as special COVID-19 allowance and the modalities for the immediate implementation of the consequential adjustment of the increment in minimum wage.

     

    “We also demand  to know  when our January 2017 salary arrears will be paid and also, the commencement of the regularisation of the skipping salary structure, for the Ondo State Doctors.”

     

    The association’s executive  said that it would have no other choice than to  abide by the decisions of  its Congress if the state government should fail to meet its stated demands.

     


    Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Peter Dada (NAN)

     

  •  Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Saturday attributed the success recorded by his administration in the past one year to the partnership existing between the state and the Federal Government Mohammed who stated this in Bauchi during an interactive session with newsmen to mark his first year anniversary in office commended the Buhari led Federal Government adding that without such partnership some of the projects executed would not have seen the light of the day Everything we have done within the period of one year is to show the people that we can do it with little resources What we are doing is financial management I always give the example of education we are not giving more but we are getting 300 per cent same thing with works and health We are getting more in terms of the takeaways with the little resources that we have and we must thank the Federal Government No state will work without the Federal Government I know the importance of partnership because I am a federalist who has always worked with the Federal Government My administration through SUBEB gave N500 million counterpart fund and got N5 billion from the Federal Government said the governor a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP Mohammed said he wondered why such partnership had not been explored in the past He called on all members of his administration to make sacrifices with a view to taking the state to the promised land The governor also appreciated other partners such as UNICEF EU Dangote Group of companies and others calling on them to sustain the partnership with the state Edited By Chinyere Bassey NAN
    Anniversary:Gov. Mohammed attributes succes of his administration to robust relationship with Federal Government
     Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Saturday attributed the success recorded by his administration in the past one year to the partnership existing between the state and the Federal Government Mohammed who stated this in Bauchi during an interactive session with newsmen to mark his first year anniversary in office commended the Buhari led Federal Government adding that without such partnership some of the projects executed would not have seen the light of the day Everything we have done within the period of one year is to show the people that we can do it with little resources What we are doing is financial management I always give the example of education we are not giving more but we are getting 300 per cent same thing with works and health We are getting more in terms of the takeaways with the little resources that we have and we must thank the Federal Government No state will work without the Federal Government I know the importance of partnership because I am a federalist who has always worked with the Federal Government My administration through SUBEB gave N500 million counterpart fund and got N5 billion from the Federal Government said the governor a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP Mohammed said he wondered why such partnership had not been explored in the past He called on all members of his administration to make sacrifices with a view to taking the state to the promised land The governor also appreciated other partners such as UNICEF EU Dangote Group of companies and others calling on them to sustain the partnership with the state Edited By Chinyere Bassey NAN
    Anniversary:Gov. Mohammed attributes succes of his administration to robust relationship with Federal Government
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    Anniversary:Gov. Mohammed attributes succes of his administration to robust relationship with Federal Government

    Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Saturday attributed the success recorded by his administration in the past one year to  the partnership existing between the state and the Federal Government.

    Mohammed, who stated this in Bauchi during an interactive session with newsmen to mark his first year anniversary in office, commended the Buhari-led Federal Government, adding that without such partnership, some of the projects executed would not have seen the light of the day.

    “Everything we have done within the period of one-year is to show the people that we can do it with little resources.

    “What we are doing is financial management; I always give the example of education;  we are not giving more but we are getting 300 per cent, same thing with works and health.

    “We are getting more in terms of the takeaways with the little resources that we have and we must thank the Federal Government. No state will work without the Federal Government.

    “I know the importance of partnership because I am a ‘federalist’ who has always worked with the Federal Government.

    “My administration, through SUBEB, gave N500 million  counterpart fund and got N5 billion  from the Federal Government,” said the governor, a member of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

    Mohammed said he wondered why such partnership had not been explored in the past.

    He called on all members of his administration to make sacrifices with a view to taking the state to the promised land.

    The governor also appreciated other partners such as UNICEF, EU, Dangote Group of companies,and others, calling on them to sustain the partnership with the state.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey (NAN)

  •  Following is the full text of the government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the third session of the 13th National People s Congress of the People s Republic of China on May 22 and adopted on May 28 Please see the attachment for the document Full Text Report on the Work of the GovernmentFull Text Report on the Work of the GovernmentFull Text Report on the Work of the GovernmentFull Text Report on the Work of the Government XINHUA
    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government
     Following is the full text of the government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the third session of the 13th National People s Congress of the People s Republic of China on May 22 and adopted on May 28 Please see the attachment for the document Full Text Report on the Work of the GovernmentFull Text Report on the Work of the GovernmentFull Text Report on the Work of the GovernmentFull Text Report on the Work of the Government XINHUA
    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government
    Foreign2 years ago

    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government

    Following is the full text of the government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the third session of the 13th National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China on May 22, and adopted on May 28.

    Please see the attachment for the document. 

    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government

    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government

    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government

    Full Text: Report on the Work of the Government


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  •  Mr Godwin Nyiam Director General Cross River Traffic Management and Regulatory Agency TRAMRA says the agency will commence enforcement of wrong parking and removal of abandoned vehicles on the roads from Monday June 1 Nyiam in a statement issued on Tuesday in Calabar warned the general public particularly owners of abandoned vehicles to remove them from the roads and streets According to him all mechanics vulcanisers and car wash outlets who had turned public roads into their business premises should desist from the act He said the agency has already set up a taskforce to address the problem Owners of heavy duty vehicles are also advised to desist from parking their trucks and vehicles on pedestrian walkways All street trading on pedestrian walkways is highly prohibited and those involved in this should please desist from that he said He urged owners of vehicles to ensure that their vehicles are road worthy According to him owners of vehicles should ensure that their vehicles documents were up to date adding that the agency has set up mobile courts at strategic locations to prosecute offenders Any driver confirmed to have violated these orders shall have his vehicle impounded while he will be arrested and prosecuted at the Special Traffic Court which shall be sitting for the purpose he said Edited By Angela Okisor Obike Ukoh NAN
    Cross River Government to commence enforcement of `wrong parking’ from June 1
     Mr Godwin Nyiam Director General Cross River Traffic Management and Regulatory Agency TRAMRA says the agency will commence enforcement of wrong parking and removal of abandoned vehicles on the roads from Monday June 1 Nyiam in a statement issued on Tuesday in Calabar warned the general public particularly owners of abandoned vehicles to remove them from the roads and streets According to him all mechanics vulcanisers and car wash outlets who had turned public roads into their business premises should desist from the act He said the agency has already set up a taskforce to address the problem Owners of heavy duty vehicles are also advised to desist from parking their trucks and vehicles on pedestrian walkways All street trading on pedestrian walkways is highly prohibited and those involved in this should please desist from that he said He urged owners of vehicles to ensure that their vehicles are road worthy According to him owners of vehicles should ensure that their vehicles documents were up to date adding that the agency has set up mobile courts at strategic locations to prosecute offenders Any driver confirmed to have violated these orders shall have his vehicle impounded while he will be arrested and prosecuted at the Special Traffic Court which shall be sitting for the purpose he said Edited By Angela Okisor Obike Ukoh NAN
    Cross River Government to commence enforcement of `wrong parking’ from June 1
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    Cross River Government to commence enforcement of `wrong parking’ from June 1

    Mr  Godwin Nyiam, Director General, Cross River Traffic Management and Regulatory Agency (TRAMRA), says the agency will commence enforcement of `wrong parking’ and removal of abandoned vehicles on the  roads  from Monday, June 1.

     

    Nyiam, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Calabar, warned the general public, particularly owners of abandoned vehicles  to remove them from the roads and streets.

     

    According to him, all mechanics, vulcanisers and car wash outlets who had turned public roads into their business premises should desist from the act.

     

    He said the agency has already set up a taskforce to address the problem.

     

     

    “Owners of heavy duty vehicles are also advised to desist from parking their trucks and vehicles on pedestrian walkways.

     

    “All street trading on pedestrian walkways is highly prohibited and those involved in this should please desist from that ,” he said

     

    He urged owners of vehicles to ensure that their vehicles are road worthy.

     

    According to him, owners of vehicles should ensure that their vehicles’ documents  were up to date, adding that  the agency has set up mobile courts at strategic locations to prosecute offenders.

     

    “Any driver confirmed to have violated these orders shall have his vehicle impounded, while he will be arrested and prosecuted at the Special Traffic Court which shall be sitting for the purpose,” he said.

     


    Edited By: Angela Okisor/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

     

     

  •  The Aviation Safety Roundtable Initiative ART has decried refusal of the Canadian Government to allow Air Peace landing rights to transport the stranded Nigerians in Canada Mr Olumide Ohunayo the group Spokesperson registered the association s displeasure in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the stranded Nigerians had sought permission to return to Nigeria due to the prevalent global lockdown caused by the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said the airline was denied landing rights by the Canadian authorities on the grounds that the Nigerian carrier did not have licence to undertake commercial flights into the country Onyeama said the Federal Government rejected in totality the nebulous safety concerns conveyed by the government of Canada Ohunayo however said the group viewed the Canadian Government s action as not only an unfriendly act but an unwarranted discriminatory and anti competition acts bordering on avoidable aero politics The demand of our common humanity at these challenging times posed by the ravaging COVID 19 requires maximum cooperation of all We therefore request our government especially the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation to stand firm against this discriminatory and unfriendly act Air Peace remains Nigeria s flagship duly authorised by Nigeria for the evacuation mission of its distressed citizens in Canada he said Ohunayo said in the diplomatic spirit of respect and cooperation among nations the initiative urged the Federal Government to persuade Canada to review its position and bring succour to the stranded Nigerians NAN reports that the Federal Government had so far evacuated no fewer than 600 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates UAE United Kingdom UK and United States U S This was part of the measures to bring back 4 000 Nigerians from all over the world willing to return to the country following the COVID 19 pandemic Edited By Chioma Ugboma Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Group decries Canadian Government’s refusal of landing right to Air Peace
     The Aviation Safety Roundtable Initiative ART has decried refusal of the Canadian Government to allow Air Peace landing rights to transport the stranded Nigerians in Canada Mr Olumide Ohunayo the group Spokesperson registered the association s displeasure in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the stranded Nigerians had sought permission to return to Nigeria due to the prevalent global lockdown caused by the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said the airline was denied landing rights by the Canadian authorities on the grounds that the Nigerian carrier did not have licence to undertake commercial flights into the country Onyeama said the Federal Government rejected in totality the nebulous safety concerns conveyed by the government of Canada Ohunayo however said the group viewed the Canadian Government s action as not only an unfriendly act but an unwarranted discriminatory and anti competition acts bordering on avoidable aero politics The demand of our common humanity at these challenging times posed by the ravaging COVID 19 requires maximum cooperation of all We therefore request our government especially the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation to stand firm against this discriminatory and unfriendly act Air Peace remains Nigeria s flagship duly authorised by Nigeria for the evacuation mission of its distressed citizens in Canada he said Ohunayo said in the diplomatic spirit of respect and cooperation among nations the initiative urged the Federal Government to persuade Canada to review its position and bring succour to the stranded Nigerians NAN reports that the Federal Government had so far evacuated no fewer than 600 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates UAE United Kingdom UK and United States U S This was part of the measures to bring back 4 000 Nigerians from all over the world willing to return to the country following the COVID 19 pandemic Edited By Chioma Ugboma Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Group decries Canadian Government’s refusal of landing right to Air Peace
    Metro2 years ago

    Group decries Canadian Government’s refusal of landing right to Air Peace

    The Aviation Safety Roundtable Initiative (ART) has decried refusal of the Canadian Government to allow Air Peace landing rights to transport the stranded Nigerians in Canada.

    Mr Olumide Ohunayo, the group Spokesperson, registered the association’s displeasure in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the stranded Nigerians had sought permission to return to Nigeria due to the prevalent global lockdown caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said the airline was denied landing rights by the Canadian authorities on the grounds that the Nigerian carrier did not have licence to undertake commercial flights into the country.

    Onyeama said the Federal Government rejected in totality, “the nebulous safety concerns conveyed by the government of Canada”.

    Ohunayo, however, said the group viewed the Canadian Government’s action as not only an unfriendly act, but an unwarranted discriminatory and anti- competition acts bordering on avoidable aero-politics.

    “The demand of our common humanity at these challenging times posed by the ravaging COVID-19 requires maximum cooperation of all.

    “We, therefore, request our government, especially the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation to stand firm against this discriminatory and unfriendly act.

    “Air Peace remains Nigeria’s flagship, duly authorised by Nigeria for the evacuation mission of its distressed citizens in Canada,” he said.

    Ohunayo said in the diplomatic spirit of respect and cooperation among nations, the initiative urged the Federal Government to persuade Canada to review its position and bring succour to the stranded Nigerians.

    NAN reports that the Federal Government had so far evacuated no fewer than 600 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) United Kingdom (UK) and United States (U.S).

    This was part of the measures to bring back 4,000 Nigerians from all over the world willing to return to the country following the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)