Abia has recorded nine cases of Monkey Pox. The state’s Epidemiologist, Mrs Peace Nwogwugwu, made the assertion on Wednesday in Umuahia.
She spoke at a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in collaboration with Abia Ministry of Health.
“Currently, 40 suspected cases have been investigated and nine confirmed in five Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.
“Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano and Umunneochi local government areas had two cases each, while Aba North had one case.
“Government has ensured that all necessary outbreak response activities have been activated.
“This is to quickly contain the outbreak within the shortest period,’’ Nwogwugwu said.
In her remarks, Mrs Oluchi Ikechukwu-Odionyenfe, the Chairperson of NAWOJ Caretaker Committee in Abia, said the workshop was organised so that NAWOJ members could join in the fight against monkey pox.
Also addressing the workshop, Mr Victor Ndukwe, NUJ chairman in Abia, said it was a bold step to prevent misinterpretation of the disease.
Ndukwe commended the organisers and urged relevant agencies to increase public education about the disease in the rural areas.
Residents of Aba, Abia’s commercial hub, have decried the slow pace of voters’ registration at Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in the town, thereby frustrating people from the exercise.
Some residents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria at Osisioma, Aba South and Obingwa Local Government Areas (LGA) on Friday, expressed fears that they might not get registered.
As the Continuous Voter Registration (CRV) closes on Sunday, Osisioma, Aba South and Obingwa LGA’s are seeing huge crowd scrambling to enter INEC’S registration rooms but are shut off with locked doors and iron bars.
Dayo Odejaye, in Aba, said the way the INEC staff attended to people showed that they were either short-staffed or not following helpful procedure in the registration.
“The number of people here should be reducing each time but it is not so.
“My suggestion is that whenever government wants to do anything that has to bring crowds together, they should plan it well to ensure they do not make citizens believe they are being punished,’’ he said.
Mrs Success Chinweobo said she came to get a new voter’s card but would not be able to wait in the crowded space for it.
She complained of irregularities and slow pace which had caused some persons to return home and called for proper handling of the process.
Chidiebere Francis, another resident said he had been coming for the registration and writing down his name but the process did not get to his turn until the end of the work day.
He said he came to INEC Osisioma LGA office on Thursday by 7 a.
m. but had not been attended to at about 11 a.
m. He said he could not come since the registration began because he was an intern and his master did not allow him to go for it until now.
Francis expressed regret that her sick mother was willing to register too but could not get to the local government area.
He asked for a non-stop registration to enable his sick mother, who had started recovering, to register.
An INEC official, who pleaded anonymity, attributed the upsurge to the last minute rush mentality of many Nigerians which they were working hard to handle.
He noted that the number of officers available at the commission’s offices remained the same and appealed to everyone to exercise patience.
thHe said the crowd included those that registered online but failed to conclude the process within the stipulated three weeks for the exercise.
The INEC official said they were using various designated centres for people who could not come to INEC office.
He said the registration officers also extended their working hours to 5 p.
m. daily to accommodate more people.
Meanwhile, Abia Government had cancelled Saturday’s general clean-up to enable residents go for the registration.
The Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency(LNSA) says plans are underway to recruit over 1,000 corps officers to boost its operating capacity for effective community policing in the state.
Dr Ifalade Oyekan, General Manager of the agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, that the agency received over 34,000 applications on its portal.
Oyekan said that the first stage of the screening exercise took place across Lagos, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Badagry divisions of the state.
He said that the applicants were required to fill and submit an online form on the agency’s website, after which, they were invited for physical screening.
Oyekan said that those who had scaled through the previous stages were awaiting examination and successful candidates would proceed for fitness screening and documentation.
According to him,the applicants are indigenous locals in the various Local Government Areas (LGA) ,where they operate and are registered with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).
This , he said, was a deliberate policy to make use of their local knowledge to achieve maximum grassroots intelligence gathering and community policing.
He, however, refuted rumours claiming that the recruitment process had been completed.
“Applicants who have gone through preliminary stages of the recruitment process will write the examination at Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) because we want the process to be unbiased.
“However, there has been a delay due to an ongoing promotion exam taking place at the centre.
“We have received messages on why the recruitment process is being delayed, while some are saying that we have completed the process.
I assure you that as soon as the centre is free, we would proceed, ” he said.
He advised candidates to visit the agency’s website www.lnsa.lg.gov.ng to check their status and print their invitation.
The general manager added that the agency would create more operational units to complement the activities of other security agencies and boost community policing in the state.
He said that the new units would include: Research, Development and New Innovation; Human Trafficking, Domestic and Sexual Violence; Forest Rangers; Marine Patrol and Deterrence, Anti-riot and Crowd Management.
He gave the others as Forensics and Crime Scene Management; Paramedics; Technical and Mechanic units.
“When LNSA was created, it was stated that every LGA must have at least 100 officers.
But that is not the situation right now because many are struggling to have at least 50 per cent of the required number.
“This number is enough to meet the demands of our operations, especially with the rebranding that is going on now.
“Despite this, we are still giving our best and creating more units to enhance our operations.
These units would need more competent hands for it to run effectively,” he said.
Oyekan thanked Gov.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his support toward making the agency a model in community policing in the country He said that the governor’s investment in security showed commitment to the actualisation of the sixth pillar of his administration’s THEMES agenda.
NAN reports that the agency was established in 2016 to partner with communities, police and other relevant security agencies in gathering, collating, and sharing information and intelligence to ensure safety in communities within Lagos State.
The agency’s personnel are currently operational in all the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas of the state.
The Kwara Government will on Aug.
4, begin free medical and surgical interventions across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.
Dr Raji Razak who disclosed this in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin, said that Gov.
Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak of Kwara has approved the conduct of the free medical and surgical outreach.
According to him, the free medical outreach will take place in all the local government areas of the state.
“The programme will include free medical treatment, free minor surgeries, free eye surgeries and reading glasses for indigent members of the public,” he said.
The commissioner also said each local government had a scheduled date and time for the medical and surgical interventions.
According to him, the medical outreach will commence in Moro Local Government area on Aug.
4, at the Primary Health Care facility in Malate.
“The outreach will take place in Asa LGA on Aug.11 at Mother and Child Hospital Eyekorin and Ilorin West at General Hospital on Aug.
“Others include Ilorin East LGA on Aug.
25, at Magaji Area PHC, and Ilorin South on Sep.
1, at Civil Service clinic among others,” he said.
The Police Command in Niger says it did not record any crime during the recently concluded Christmas celebrations in the state.
Police Commissioner Monday Bala Kurya told the Nigerian News Agency on Tuesday in Minna that reports from the 25 Local Government Areas (LGA) indicate that the celebration proceeded peacefully, with no threat to lives. and properties.
“We had a smooth Christmas celebration across the state and no arrests were made during and after the holiday.
"The entire exercise was carried out without threatening lives and property in the 25 LGAs," said kuryas.
He congratulated residents for cooperating with security agents in the state.
Usman called on residents to continue to support the command's efforts that would help prevent crime and apprehend criminal elements.
He said the security measures, already in place, would allow residents to carry on with their legitimate businesses without any hindrance.
"All we require from the public is timely information on the movement of doubtful characters, for the necessary security actions," Kuryas said.
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, says that so far 80 people have died of Lassa fever as of Thursday.
The NCDC disclosed the information during its routine status report of the Lassa fever outbreak in the country in Abuja.
According to the NCDC report, 434 cases have been reported in the country.
The NCDC report named the states affected by the infections to include Edo (192), Ondo (150), Taraba (21), Ebonyi (17), Bauchi (15), Benue (8),
He added that While Plateau recorded eight cases while Kaduna recorded seven.
Others are Enugu State (5), Nasarawa (3), Kogi (3), Cross River (1), Imo (1), Anambra (1), Delta (1) and Abia (1).
“The disease is endemic in Nigeria, as in several other West African countries, and most cases are seen during the dry season, often between November and May annually.
“Since January 2021, a total of 434 confirmed cases with 80 deaths (ie, a fatality rate of 18%) have been reported in seventeen (17) states and sixty-three (63) Local Government Areas (LGA ) in Nigeria.
Currently, seven laboratories in the country have the capacity to perform Lassa fever tests and is coordinated by the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, NRL.
In addition, the NCDC is participating in the largest study in history on Lassa fever supported by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations, CEPI, to provide an accurate assessment of the incidence of the disease in West Africa.
This is also geared towards the development of Lassa fever vaccines and therapies.
NAN reports that the NCDC said that the first death was a pregnant woman who was presented to a health center in the state of Nasarawa and a doctor involved in the management of the patient who later sought medical attention in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT ).
NAN reports that another physician linked to the index case has also been confirmed to have Lassa fever and is currently receiving medical care at FCT.
The Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, with the support of the NCDC, has begun an in-depth epidemiological investigation of the cases to understand the possible source of infection and the extent of the spread of the disease.
The body revealed that it has begun contact tracing of all close contacts of the patients.
The NCDC said that as the country continues to draw on lessons from previous outbreaks to ensure adequate preparedness for future emergencies, the public is encouraged to keep its environment clean.
NAN reports that Lassa fever virus is transmitted by rodents that can be found in our environment.
NAN reports that the NCDC advised Nigerians showing symptoms of Lassa fever to report it immediately by calling the hotlines provided by their state's Ministry of Health or 6232.
Lassa fever symptoms include fever, headache, general weakness of the body with or without bleeding through the orifices of the body, including the mouth, nostrils, etc.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called on officers to provide accurate and reliable data base of vehicle and ownership details to check crimes and criminality on the roads towards enhancing National security.
Speaking at the one day workshop organised for desk officers on Monday in Abuja, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, noted that the road provided a veritable transit path for crime and criminality.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the year 2020 National Vehicle Identification Scheme (NVIS) desk officer’s workshop theme is “The Imperatives of Data Accuracy in the Light of Prevailing Security Challenges”.
Oyeyemi said that NVIS desk officer’s workshop was critical in the light of the myriads of security challenges experienced in the processes and the country at large.
He said that the NVIS desk officers were responsible for upload of information with regards to registered vehicles and ownership details into the database, saying that the workshop was strategically targeted at stock taking and examining issues.
According to him, Our NVIS process must continue to offer its relevance to the national security architecture through accurate and reliable database.
“NVIS desk officers must continue to promote integrity, transparency, good and professional service in their interactions with the clients and stakeholders.
“The NVIS data base must sustain the trust of Nigerians as a dependable super structure in the recovery of stolen vehicles.
“Desk officers must ensure there is prompt reporting of all recovered stolen vehicles. So far, this year, 34 vehicles have been recovered through our process, ” he said.
Oyeyemi reiterated the commitment of management towards the continuous maintenance and upgrade of FRSC platforms to constantly meet the demands of the contemporary society.
He noted that the management had expanded the scope of coverage nationwide to strengthen the resolve of the corps and make road crash data in Nigeria more reliable and intentionally acceptable.
“Station officers and Marshals have already been posted to the respective LGAs and have just completed thier training for the task.
“The concept of station offices is to reduce FRSC dependence on secondary sources of data while harnessing prompt, accurate and first- hand data collection and processing, ” he said.
The FRSC boss admonished NVIS desk officers to constantly reflect on the importance of data to planning, research and policy formulation, especially as it relates to issues of crimes and criminalities.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
The Police Command in Kano State has so far screened 13, 048 candidates for constables recruitment since the commencement of the exercise in the past 11-days in the state.
The Spokesman for the Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, stated this in a statement while reviewing progress of the exercise on Friday in Kano.
Haruna said that the candidates were screened in 40 out of the 44 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.
“From Aug. 24 to date; a total of 13,048 applicants were successfully screened from 40 out of the 44 LGAs of the state,” he said.
Haruna said that 1, 475 candidates from Takai, Tarauni, Tofa and Tsanywa LGAs were screened on Thursday, adding that the screening would be concluded on Friday with candidates from the remaining four LGAs of the state.
The spokesman listed the LGAs to include Tudun Wada, Warawa, Wudil and Ungogo, noting that a mop up exercise would be conducted for those who missed the screening.
According to him, the command has employ proactive measures to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols during the screening.
Haruna also quoted DCP Salisu Gyadi-Gyadi, Head of the Recruitment Team, as urging the officers involved in the screening to work according to laid down rules.
Gyadi-Gyadi also commended the officers for their commitment and urged them to maintain the tempo.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
YIAGA Africa, a civil society organisation, has alerted security agencies of 13 flash points in Local Government Areas (LGA) where possible violence needs to be checked in the Sept. 19 governorship elections in Edo.
Nwagwu said that YIAGA Africa deployed 24 Long Term Observers (LTOs), in 18 LGAs of Edo to systematically observe and gather information on the pre-election environment as well as early warning signs of electoral violence.
He said that the observers reported incidences of violent, verbal and physical attacks, identity based violence, fake news mongering and hate-speech rhetoric employed as campaign strategies by parties.
He said that the observers also reported the repositioning of cult groups as political merchants for the election in some LGAs as well as gender based violence.
“YIAGA Africa fears that the spate of violence and insecurity in the pre-election period may discourage voters from turning up to vote on election day especially with cases of alleged stockpiling of arms.
“Based on our observation reports, 13 of the 18 LGAs are considered as potential hotspots of violence.
“They include: Etsako West, Etsako East, Etsako Central, Owan West and Akoko-Edo in Edo North Senatorial district.
“In Edo South Senatorial district, our report suggests Oredo, Orhionmwon, Egor, Ovia North East and Ikpoba-Okha LGAs while in Edo Central Senatorial district, Esan Central, Esan North East and Esan West are potential hotspots.
“What YIAGA Africa has done is like a weather report alerting that it is going to rain so that those responsible for providing umbrella and so on can do the needful.”
Nwagwu said that findings revealed the inducement of voters by politicians by distributing money or gift items in all LGAs except in four, while buying of voter cards was recorded in Esan Central, Oredo, Orhionmwon, Ikpoba Okha and Igueben LGAs.
According to him, YIAGA Africa has recommended that security agencies should curtail proliferation and use of firearms and other weapons and ensure appropriate sanctions for those implicated in thuggery and violence.
He also urged them to employ preventive measures to neutralise existing security threats in Edo to enable voters to exercise their constitutional rights to vote in a peaceful and secure environment.
He called on the Federal and state governments to desist from partisan use of security forces to manipulate the electoral process given the pervasive threat to safety in Edo.
Nwagwu said YIAGA Africa urged political parties and candidates to conduct issue-based campaigns rather than engage in voter inducement and recruitment of thugs and cultists for violence.
He also urged them to subject themselves to public scrutiny on their campaign manifestoes through debates, town halls and direct public engagement and also conduct voter education.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should collaborate with the Presidential Task Force to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 guidance and to take steps to address the perception of its lack of independence, impartiality and professionalism.
“INEC should ensure proper coordination of security agencies and relevant health agencies to guarantee polling officials and voters safety,’’ Nwagwu said.
The Executive Director ,YIAGA Africa, Mr Samson Itodo, said with the report on violence, the group expected three things from the government, adding that one was for security agencies to move into the 13 LGAs and secure the people.
Itodo said that there were some cases where violence was ongoing currently and security agencies needed to arrest and prosecute those found wanting.
He said that the remaining five LGAs needed to be watched as well to avert violence.
“For us at YIAGA Africa, we consider the entire state a battleground due to the nature and contest of the election.
“Beyond the security agencies, INEC has a fundamental role to play to ensure that result collation is transparent; it is very important that party agents and observes are given access into those collation centres.’’
Itodo called on INEC to collaborate with other stakeholders like National Peace Committee, traditional and religious institutions, security agencies, media and CSOs to de-escalate the rising political tension and violence by signing peace accord among candidates.
He urged Nigerians to refrain from perpetrating violence, refrain from hate speech and not accept gifts in exchange for votes while working with security agents to report incidents of threats.
Edited By: Deji Abdulwahab/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
The Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) says it is taking measures to mitigate possible humanitarian crises in the event of floods and other disasters in the state.
Mr Zakari Alumaga, Executive Secretary of NASEMA, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lafia in an interview with newsmen.
Alumaga said that having received prediction and early warning on eminent flood from relevant authority, the agency had embarked on aggressive campaign to sensitise the people, especially those living in flood prone areas.
He said that the state government had acquired 44 trucks load of assorted food and other relief items as well as prepared places for camping in the event of floods.
According to Alumaga, the state has five flood prone Local Government Areas (LGA) and two flash-point LGAs that were affected during the 2019 floods.
“Natural disasters such as floods, landslide are inevitable, to mitigate humanitarian crises, we have bought 44 trucks load of assorted food items in reserve. We also secured transit camps in the event of any of these disasters.
“We are aware of the prediction and warning from Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMeT), we are making provision for assorted foods and non-food items such as mattresses, beddings, blankets and toiletries so that when it happens, displaced persons can have some succour,’’ he said.
He said that NASEMA would sustain the awareness campaign on floods and environmental hazards associated with it.
Alumaga called on those living in floods prone areas to heed the warnings and move away from such places in order not to endanger their lives.
“We have been enjoined to look for houses in high places and prepare them in such a way that if there is floods we can move affected people there pending when the water level recedes before they can return to their homes,’’ he said.
He said that in August, the state recorded floods in three LGAs – Awe, Nasarawa and Toto.
Alumaga reminded the people that NiMeT had predicted that the state would witness heavy rainfall and floods in September, and urged them to desist from disposing wastes on water ways.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)