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  •  Residents of Ago Iwoye Ilishan and its environs have appealed to Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to urgently fix the deplorable Ilishan Ago Iwoye road The residents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria expressed concern that the road had not been fixed for over 15 years in spite of promises by past administrations Ilishan Ago Iwoye road links Ikenne Local Government Area with Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state Mr Samson Okulaja a resident of Ago Iwoye explained that there had been promises by previous administrations in the state to reconstruct the road but it never happened Okulaja stated that the bad condition of the road had affected economic growth of the communities in Ijebu Remo axis of the state He noted that the major economic activity in the area remained timber and semi processed planks most of which came from Ijebu lgbo axis for delivery in Lagos It is so pathetic that more often both the load and the carriers terminate their journey on one of the three bridges on this road To this effect the economic activities on the Ilisan Ago Iwoye road have for too long remained dormant which is not too good Other economic activity that is facing challenges orchestrated by the poor condition of this road is the movement of our agro products The central market in the entire Nigeria for Kolanut is Mamu market in Ago lwoye This is the only market throughout Nigeria where both the buyers of Kolanut from the far north and the sellers from the entire south relate All the sellers from Remo axis must pass through this death trap to transport their products to the market in Mamu he said He appealed to Gov Abiodun to urgently come to the rescue of the residents and indigenes of Ilisan and Ago Iwoye by reconstructing the road He explained that the state of the road posed a great danger to the lives of the innocent students of Olabisi Onabanjo University OOU Ago Iwoye who used the road often In his submission Mr Taiwo Nodiru also a resident of Ago Iwoye expressed disappointment over the terrible state of the road saying that most vehicles had stopped plying the road Nodiru explained that a journey of 15 minutes would now take more than an hour saying that many lives of students and staff of OOU had been lost due to the bad condition of the road OOU community will benefit greatly if the road is completed as many of their staff and students can live in Sagamu Ikene Iperu and Odogbolu and work in OOU Ago Iwoye because it will take them 20 minutes to drive to the school from their homes Nodiru said He stated that economic activities around Ilisan Iperu Irolu Ijebu Ilesha and Ago Iwoye would pick up and improve greatly if the road was completed He appealed to governor Abiodun to ensure that the road was given adequate and immediate attention Alhaji Kamaldeen Ibrahim a resident of Ilisan in Ikenne Local Government Area said that Ago Iwoye farm settlement was also affected saying farm products could not be transported from the farm settlement to other part of the state Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Residents beg Gov. Abiodun to urgently fix Ilishan – Ago Iwoye road 
     Residents of Ago Iwoye Ilishan and its environs have appealed to Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to urgently fix the deplorable Ilishan Ago Iwoye road The residents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria expressed concern that the road had not been fixed for over 15 years in spite of promises by past administrations Ilishan Ago Iwoye road links Ikenne Local Government Area with Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state Mr Samson Okulaja a resident of Ago Iwoye explained that there had been promises by previous administrations in the state to reconstruct the road but it never happened Okulaja stated that the bad condition of the road had affected economic growth of the communities in Ijebu Remo axis of the state He noted that the major economic activity in the area remained timber and semi processed planks most of which came from Ijebu lgbo axis for delivery in Lagos It is so pathetic that more often both the load and the carriers terminate their journey on one of the three bridges on this road To this effect the economic activities on the Ilisan Ago Iwoye road have for too long remained dormant which is not too good Other economic activity that is facing challenges orchestrated by the poor condition of this road is the movement of our agro products The central market in the entire Nigeria for Kolanut is Mamu market in Ago lwoye This is the only market throughout Nigeria where both the buyers of Kolanut from the far north and the sellers from the entire south relate All the sellers from Remo axis must pass through this death trap to transport their products to the market in Mamu he said He appealed to Gov Abiodun to urgently come to the rescue of the residents and indigenes of Ilisan and Ago Iwoye by reconstructing the road He explained that the state of the road posed a great danger to the lives of the innocent students of Olabisi Onabanjo University OOU Ago Iwoye who used the road often In his submission Mr Taiwo Nodiru also a resident of Ago Iwoye expressed disappointment over the terrible state of the road saying that most vehicles had stopped plying the road Nodiru explained that a journey of 15 minutes would now take more than an hour saying that many lives of students and staff of OOU had been lost due to the bad condition of the road OOU community will benefit greatly if the road is completed as many of their staff and students can live in Sagamu Ikene Iperu and Odogbolu and work in OOU Ago Iwoye because it will take them 20 minutes to drive to the school from their homes Nodiru said He stated that economic activities around Ilisan Iperu Irolu Ijebu Ilesha and Ago Iwoye would pick up and improve greatly if the road was completed He appealed to governor Abiodun to ensure that the road was given adequate and immediate attention Alhaji Kamaldeen Ibrahim a resident of Ilisan in Ikenne Local Government Area said that Ago Iwoye farm settlement was also affected saying farm products could not be transported from the farm settlement to other part of the state Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Residents beg Gov. Abiodun to urgently fix Ilishan – Ago Iwoye road 
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    Residents beg Gov. Abiodun to urgently fix Ilishan – Ago Iwoye road 

    Residents of Ago Iwoye, Ilishan and its environs have appealed to Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to urgently fix the deplorable Ilishan – Ago Iwoye road.

    The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , expressed concern that the road had not been fixed for over 15 years in spite of promises by past administrations.

    Ilishan -Ago Iwoye road links Ikenne Local Government Area with Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

    Mr Samson Okulaja, a resident of Ago Iwoye, explained that there had been promises by previous administrations in the state to reconstruct the road but it never happened.

    Okulaja stated that the bad condition of the road had affected economic growth of the communities in Ijebu/Remo axis of the state.

    He noted that the major economic activity in the area remained timber and semi processed planks, most of which came from Ijebu lgbo axis for delivery in Lagos.

    “It is so pathetic that more often, both the load and the carriers terminate their journey on one of the three bridges on this road.

    “To this effect, the economic activities on the Ilisan -Ago Iwoye road have, for too long, remained dormant, which is not too good.

    “Other economic activity that is facing challenges orchestrated by the poor condition of this road is the movement of our agro products.

    “The central market in the entire Nigeria for Kolanut is Mamu market in Ago lwoye. This is the only market throughout Nigeria where both the buyers of Kolanut from the far north and the sellers from the entire south relate.

    “All the sellers from Remo axis must pass through this death trap to transport their products to the market in Mamu,” he said.

    He appealed to Gov. Abiodun to urgently come to the rescue of the residents and indigenes of Ilisan and Ago Iwoye by reconstructing the road.

    He explained that the state of the road posed a great danger to the lives of the innocent students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye who used the road often.

    In his submission, Mr Taiwo Nodiru, also a resident of Ago Iwoye, expressed disappointment over the terrible state of the road, saying that most vehicles had stopped plying the road.

    Nodiru explained that a journey of 15 minutes would now take more than an hour, saying that many lives of students and staff of OOU had been lost due to the bad condition of the road.

    “OOU community will benefit greatly if the road is completed as many of their staff and students can live in Sagamu, Ikene, Iperu and Odogbolu and work in OOU Ago Iwoye because it will take them 20 minutes to drive to the school from their homes,” Nodiru said.

    He stated that economic activities around Ilisan, Iperu, Irolu, Ijebu Ilesha and Ago Iwoye would pick up and improve greatly if the road was completed.

    He appealed to governor Abiodun to ensure that the road was given adequate and immediate attention.

    Alhaji Kamaldeen Ibrahim, a resident of Ilisan in Ikenne Local Government Area, said that Ago Iwoye farm settlement was also affected, saying farm products could not be transported from the farm settlement to other part of the state.



    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

  •  Residents of Borno have commended Gov Babagana Zulum for what they described as his modest achievements in his one year in office A cross section of residents interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Maiduguri said Zulum deserved commendation for his numerous achievements Hadiza Ibrahim a civil servant said that the governor has been able to turn round things in his few months in office He deserves commendation for the way he hit the ground running He started with civil servants by making them to sit up and exposing late comers He is among the few governors that have implemented the new minimum wage and address the issue of pension to the extent that when you retire now in Borno you are automatically switched to start collecting your pension This is unlike before when you have to wait for months He is a workaholic and rewards hardwork Look at the way he rewarded Mrs Obiagelli Mazi a dedicated teacher with money and accelerated promotion Ibrahim said Mr Habu Ibrahim a retired farmer said farmers were happy with the governor for his commitment towards full resumption of farming activities in the state Ibrahim said he was excited with the governor s recent visits to farming communities along the Lake Alau and New Marte to mobilise farmers for his back to farm programme He urged the governor to intervene in ensuring the supply of adequate fertilisers and other inputs for farmers With adequate inputs and security in New Marte alone where there is about 67 000 hectares of fertile land for large scale irrigation farming many farmers in the state could be transformed President Muhammadu Buhari has just spoken on the need for farmers to produce more food as government has no resources to continue to import food This shows that Zulum is on track and we are ready to work with him Ibrahim said Also speaking a politician and former Councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council Malam Nura Salisu said Zulum has not failed as a grassroots politician Salisu said the governor in spite of prevailing security challenges visited all the 27 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state to identify with the people and assured them of his commitment to fulfil his campaign promises Just before the Sallah celebration he went round six LGAs including Chibok Askira Uba Gwoza Damboa Bama and Konduga to inspect projects and ensure government presence at the grassroots He even directed for the establishment of an office in Auno following insurgent attacks in the area so that he can be coming to work there from time to time to boost the morale of the people who are deserting the area He is really working and loved by the masses and we are hoping to see more from him in the coming years Salisu said Mr Yusufu Adamu a businessman also lauded the governor saying his recent assessment visit to dormant industries in Maiduguri with a pledge to revive viable ones to create employment and boost local revenue was a good move Mr Joseph Ali another resident lauded the governor for his efforts in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the state He did this by involving all stakeholders including religious leaders in taking decisions The lockdown was given a human face by allowing people to go and restock on Mondays and Thursdays while everything possible was done to ensure that palliatives reached the needy on time Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    Residents laud Gov. Zulum’s  achievements in  Borno in 1 year
     Residents of Borno have commended Gov Babagana Zulum for what they described as his modest achievements in his one year in office A cross section of residents interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Maiduguri said Zulum deserved commendation for his numerous achievements Hadiza Ibrahim a civil servant said that the governor has been able to turn round things in his few months in office He deserves commendation for the way he hit the ground running He started with civil servants by making them to sit up and exposing late comers He is among the few governors that have implemented the new minimum wage and address the issue of pension to the extent that when you retire now in Borno you are automatically switched to start collecting your pension This is unlike before when you have to wait for months He is a workaholic and rewards hardwork Look at the way he rewarded Mrs Obiagelli Mazi a dedicated teacher with money and accelerated promotion Ibrahim said Mr Habu Ibrahim a retired farmer said farmers were happy with the governor for his commitment towards full resumption of farming activities in the state Ibrahim said he was excited with the governor s recent visits to farming communities along the Lake Alau and New Marte to mobilise farmers for his back to farm programme He urged the governor to intervene in ensuring the supply of adequate fertilisers and other inputs for farmers With adequate inputs and security in New Marte alone where there is about 67 000 hectares of fertile land for large scale irrigation farming many farmers in the state could be transformed President Muhammadu Buhari has just spoken on the need for farmers to produce more food as government has no resources to continue to import food This shows that Zulum is on track and we are ready to work with him Ibrahim said Also speaking a politician and former Councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council Malam Nura Salisu said Zulum has not failed as a grassroots politician Salisu said the governor in spite of prevailing security challenges visited all the 27 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state to identify with the people and assured them of his commitment to fulfil his campaign promises Just before the Sallah celebration he went round six LGAs including Chibok Askira Uba Gwoza Damboa Bama and Konduga to inspect projects and ensure government presence at the grassroots He even directed for the establishment of an office in Auno following insurgent attacks in the area so that he can be coming to work there from time to time to boost the morale of the people who are deserting the area He is really working and loved by the masses and we are hoping to see more from him in the coming years Salisu said Mr Yusufu Adamu a businessman also lauded the governor saying his recent assessment visit to dormant industries in Maiduguri with a pledge to revive viable ones to create employment and boost local revenue was a good move Mr Joseph Ali another resident lauded the governor for his efforts in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the state He did this by involving all stakeholders including religious leaders in taking decisions The lockdown was given a human face by allowing people to go and restock on Mondays and Thursdays while everything possible was done to ensure that palliatives reached the needy on time Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    Residents laud Gov. Zulum’s  achievements in  Borno in 1 year
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    Residents laud Gov. Zulum’s  achievements in  Borno in 1 year

    Residents of Borno have commended Gov. Babagana Zulum, for what they described as his ‘modest achievements’ in his one year in office.
    A cross section of residents interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in  Maiduguri, said Zulum deserved commendation for his numerous achievements.
    Hadiza Ibrahim, a civil servant said that the governor has been able to turn round things in his few months in office.
    “He deserves commendation for the way he hit the ground running. He started with civil servants by making them to sit up and exposing late comers.
    “He is among the few governors that have implemented the new minimum wage and address the issue of pension, to the extent that when you retire now in Borno, you are automatically switched to start collecting your pension.
    ”This is unlike before, when you have to wait for months.
    “He is a workaholic and rewards hardwork. Look at the way he rewarded Mrs Obiagelli Mazi, a dedicated teacher with money and accelerated promotion,” Ibrahim said.
    Mr Habu Ibrahim, a retired farmer said farmers were happy with the governor for his commitment towards full resumption of farming activities in the state.
    Ibrahim said he was excited with the governor’s recent visits to farming communities along the Lake Alau and New Marte, to mobilise farmers for his ‘back to farm’ programme.
    He urged the governor to intervene in ensuring the supply of adequate fertilisers and other inputs for farmers.
    “With adequate inputs and security, in New Marte alone, where there is about 67,000 hectares of fertile land for large scale irrigation farming, many farmers in the state could be transformed.

    President Muhammadu Buhari has just spoken on the need for farmers to produce more food
    as government has no resources to continue to import food. This shows that Zulum is on track and we are ready to work with him,” Ibrahim said.
    Also speaking, a politician and former Councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Malam Nura Salisu, said Zulum has not failed as a grassroots politician.
    Salisu said the governor, in spite of prevailing security challenges, visited all the 27 Local Government Areas(LGAs) of the state to identify with the people and assured them of his commitment to fulfil his campaign promises.
    Just before the Sallah celebration he went round six LGAs including Chibok, Askira/Uba, Gwoza, Damboa, Bama and Konduga to inspect projects and ensure government presence at the grassroots.
    “He even directed for the establishment of an office in Auno following insurgent attacks in the area, so that he can be coming to work there from time to time, to boost the morale of the people who are deserting the area.
    “He is really working and loved by the masses and we are hoping to see more from him in the coming years,” Salisu said.
    Mr Yusufu Adamu a businessman, also lauded the governor, saying  his recent assessment visit to dormant industries in Maiduguri with a pledge to revive viable ones, to create employment and boost local revenue was a good move.
    Mr Joseph Ali, another resident lauded the governor for his efforts in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
    ”He did this by involving all stakeholders, including religious leaders in taking decisions.
    “The lockdown was given a human face by allowing people to go and restock on Mondays and Thursdays, while everything possible was done to ensure that palliatives reached the needy on time.


    Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

     

     

  •  A local resident gets COVID 19 test in Brasilia Brazil May 26 2020 Photo by Lucio Tavora Xinhua
    Residents get COVID-19 test in Brasilia, Brazil
     A local resident gets COVID 19 test in Brasilia Brazil May 26 2020 Photo by Lucio Tavora Xinhua
    Residents get COVID-19 test in Brasilia, Brazil
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    Residents get COVID-19 test in Brasilia, Brazil

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    A local resident gets COVID-19 test in Brasilia, Brazil, May 26, 2020. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

  •   Residents take part in the game of Bingo on a balcony in Birgu Malta on May 16 2020 A game of Bingo normally played in a hall was organized outside where residents can take part in on balconies or doorsteps in Birgu during the COVID 19 outbreak on Saturday Photo by Jonathan Borg Xinhua
    Residents take part in game of Bingo in Birgu, Malta
      Residents take part in the game of Bingo on a balcony in Birgu Malta on May 16 2020 A game of Bingo normally played in a hall was organized outside where residents can take part in on balconies or doorsteps in Birgu during the COVID 19 outbreak on Saturday Photo by Jonathan Borg Xinhua
    Residents take part in game of Bingo in Birgu, Malta
    Foreign2 years ago

    Residents take part in game of Bingo in Birgu, Malta

    Residents take part in the game of Bingo on a balcony in Birgu, Malta, on May 16, 2020. A game of Bingo, normally played in a hall, was organized outside where residents can take part in on balconies or doorsteps in Birgu during the COVID-19 outbreak on Saturday. (Photo by Jonathan Borg/Xinhua)

  •  Residents will be mandated to wear face coverings outdoors to slow the spread of COVID 19 as Los Angeles County is moving forward with its reopening plans local authorities said Thursday Masks are in fact mandatory across the entire county when you are outside of your home not with members of your household and in any kind of contact with other people said Barbara Ferrer director of the county s Department of Public Health at a news briefing Any time you re out and there are people around whether it be at a trailhead or a parking lot or on a sidewalk you will need to wear your cloth face covering she added She urged 10 million Los Angeles County residents to wear face coverings because it is a very important step to protect other people as not everyone who is infected with COVID 19 has symptoms County health officials said that they are working hard to put protocols into place to ensure more public spaces can reopen safely We will all need to closely follow the rules including practicing physical distancing and wearing cloth face coverings at all times so that we don t end up with significant increases in hospitalizations and deaths Ferrer noted Children under age 2 are not required to wear cloth face coverings and people who are unable to put on or take off a face covering are not required to wear one according to the county s Department of Public Health Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that all Angelenos are required to wear protective face coverings when they leave the house Under California Governor Gavin Newsom s four phase guidelines Los Angeles County now in Stage 2 is moving to reopen sectors of its economy rolling back restrictions on certain types of businesses and public sites A new health officer order was issued Wednesday by the county s Department of Public Health that replaces the previous order and allows for lower risk businesses and select recreational facilities and beaches to reopen with modifications Select recreational facilities including golf courses tennis courts shooting and archery ranges equestrian centers bike parks and community gardens can also reopen according to the new order Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the department will begin reopening on Friday tennis and pickleball courts equestrian centers BMX bike areas trap and skeet archery ranges model airplanes and community gardens based on the reopening plan But as the virus continued to spread across the country Los Angeles County health officials warned of the danger of rapidly reopening all businesses Earlier this week Ferrer said that the county s stay at home orders in response to the pandemic will likely be extended for another three months Los Angeles County reported 925 new COVID 19 cases and 51 more virus related deaths on Thursday raising the countywide total number to 35 329 cases with 1 709 deaths XINHUA
    Roundup: Residents mandated to wear face coverings outdoors as Los Angeles moves forward with reopening plans
     Residents will be mandated to wear face coverings outdoors to slow the spread of COVID 19 as Los Angeles County is moving forward with its reopening plans local authorities said Thursday Masks are in fact mandatory across the entire county when you are outside of your home not with members of your household and in any kind of contact with other people said Barbara Ferrer director of the county s Department of Public Health at a news briefing Any time you re out and there are people around whether it be at a trailhead or a parking lot or on a sidewalk you will need to wear your cloth face covering she added She urged 10 million Los Angeles County residents to wear face coverings because it is a very important step to protect other people as not everyone who is infected with COVID 19 has symptoms County health officials said that they are working hard to put protocols into place to ensure more public spaces can reopen safely We will all need to closely follow the rules including practicing physical distancing and wearing cloth face coverings at all times so that we don t end up with significant increases in hospitalizations and deaths Ferrer noted Children under age 2 are not required to wear cloth face coverings and people who are unable to put on or take off a face covering are not required to wear one according to the county s Department of Public Health Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that all Angelenos are required to wear protective face coverings when they leave the house Under California Governor Gavin Newsom s four phase guidelines Los Angeles County now in Stage 2 is moving to reopen sectors of its economy rolling back restrictions on certain types of businesses and public sites A new health officer order was issued Wednesday by the county s Department of Public Health that replaces the previous order and allows for lower risk businesses and select recreational facilities and beaches to reopen with modifications Select recreational facilities including golf courses tennis courts shooting and archery ranges equestrian centers bike parks and community gardens can also reopen according to the new order Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the department will begin reopening on Friday tennis and pickleball courts equestrian centers BMX bike areas trap and skeet archery ranges model airplanes and community gardens based on the reopening plan But as the virus continued to spread across the country Los Angeles County health officials warned of the danger of rapidly reopening all businesses Earlier this week Ferrer said that the county s stay at home orders in response to the pandemic will likely be extended for another three months Los Angeles County reported 925 new COVID 19 cases and 51 more virus related deaths on Thursday raising the countywide total number to 35 329 cases with 1 709 deaths XINHUA
    Roundup: Residents mandated to wear face coverings outdoors as Los Angeles moves forward with reopening plans
    Foreign2 years ago

    Roundup: Residents mandated to wear face coverings outdoors as Los Angeles moves forward with reopening plans

    Residents will be mandated to wear face coverings outdoors to slow the spread of COVID-19 as Los Angeles County is moving forward with its reopening plans, local authorities said Thursday.

    "Masks are in fact mandatory across the entire county when you are outside of your home, not with members of your household, and in any kind of contact with other people," said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county's Department of Public Health at a news briefing.

    "Any time you're out and there are people around, whether it be at a trailhead, or a parking lot, or on a sidewalk, you will need to wear your cloth face covering," she added.

    She urged 10 million Los Angeles County residents to wear face coverings because it is a very important step to protect other people as not everyone who is infected with COVID-19 has symptoms.

    County health officials said that they are working hard to put protocols into place to ensure more public spaces can reopen safely.

    "We will all need to closely follow the rules, including practicing physical distancing and wearing cloth face coverings at all times, so that we don't end up with significant increases in hospitalizations and deaths," Ferrer noted.

    Children under age 2 are not required to wear cloth face coverings and people who are unable to put on or take off a face covering are not required to wear one, according to the county's Department of Public Health.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that all Angelenos are required to wear protective face coverings when they leave the house.

    Under California Governor Gavin Newsom's four-phase guidelines, Los Angeles County, now in Stage 2, is moving to reopen sectors of its economy, rolling back restrictions on certain types of businesses and public sites.

    A new health officer order was issued Wednesday by the county's Department of Public Health that replaces the previous order and allows for lower-risk businesses and select recreational facilities and beaches to reopen with modifications.

    Select recreational facilities including golf courses, tennis courts, shooting and archery ranges, equestrian centers, bike parks, and community gardens can also reopen, according to the new order.

    Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the department will begin reopening on Friday tennis and pickleball courts, equestrian centers, BMX bike areas, trap, and skeet/archery ranges, model airplanes and community gardens, based on the reopening plan.

    But as the virus continued to spread across the country, Los Angeles County health officials warned of the danger of rapidly reopening all businesses. Earlier this week, Ferrer said that the county's stay-at-home orders in response to the pandemic will likely be extended for another three months.

    Los Angeles County reported 925 new COVID-19 cases and 51 more virus-related deaths on Thursday, raising the countywide total number to 35,329 cases with 1,709 deaths.


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  •  Residents of seven communities in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State have benefited from the N1 2 million palliatives donated by some chapters of Rotary Club International in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the food items which was tagged COVID 19 Rotary Community Intervention took place at different locations in the state Presenting the food items to the residents of Sauna Kawaji in Nasarawa local government area the North West Coordinator of the club Barr Nureini Jimoh said the gesture was to assist those in need According to Jimoh the aim was to cushion the hardship occasioned by COVID 19 lockdown in the state He added that the donation of the food items which included rice sugar and millet was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to their host communities Jimoh said At this trying period there is the need for individuals and corporate bodies to assist those in need in our communities so as to make them feel being among We also advise residents to always abide by the rule of social distancing and use of face masks Also you are advised to avoid visitation to help stop the spread of the virus While calling on them to make proper use of the items Jimoh advised the beneficiaries to continue to support the club especially by presenting their children for polio immunisation Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries the village head of Sauna Kawaji Malam Umar Adamu commended Rotary Club for its kind gesture According to him the foodstuffs came at a time when the people were stranded at home and in dire need of such assistance to reduce the hardship caused by the lockdown Adamu assured the Rotarians that he would do everything within his ability to ensure that the people continued to give the club all the necessary support Edited By Edith Bolokor Ejike Obeta NAN
    Lockdown: Residents of 7 communities in Kano State benefit form Rotary Club’s palliatives
     Residents of seven communities in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State have benefited from the N1 2 million palliatives donated by some chapters of Rotary Club International in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the food items which was tagged COVID 19 Rotary Community Intervention took place at different locations in the state Presenting the food items to the residents of Sauna Kawaji in Nasarawa local government area the North West Coordinator of the club Barr Nureini Jimoh said the gesture was to assist those in need According to Jimoh the aim was to cushion the hardship occasioned by COVID 19 lockdown in the state He added that the donation of the food items which included rice sugar and millet was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to their host communities Jimoh said At this trying period there is the need for individuals and corporate bodies to assist those in need in our communities so as to make them feel being among We also advise residents to always abide by the rule of social distancing and use of face masks Also you are advised to avoid visitation to help stop the spread of the virus While calling on them to make proper use of the items Jimoh advised the beneficiaries to continue to support the club especially by presenting their children for polio immunisation Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries the village head of Sauna Kawaji Malam Umar Adamu commended Rotary Club for its kind gesture According to him the foodstuffs came at a time when the people were stranded at home and in dire need of such assistance to reduce the hardship caused by the lockdown Adamu assured the Rotarians that he would do everything within his ability to ensure that the people continued to give the club all the necessary support Edited By Edith Bolokor Ejike Obeta NAN
    Lockdown: Residents of 7 communities in Kano State benefit form Rotary Club’s palliatives
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    Lockdown: Residents of 7 communities in Kano State benefit form Rotary Club’s palliatives

    Residents of seven communities in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State have benefited from the N1.2 million palliatives donated by some chapters of Rotary Club International in the area.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the food items which was tagged, “COVID-19 Rotary Community Intervention,” took place at different locations in the state.

    Presenting the food items to the residents of Sauna-Kawaji in Nasarawa local government area, the North West Coordinator of the club, Barr. Nureini Jimoh, said the gesture was to assist those in need.

    According to Jimoh, the aim was to cushion the hardship occasioned by COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

    He added that the donation of the food items which included rice, sugar and millet was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to their host communities.

    Jimoh said: “At this trying period, there is the need for individuals and corporate bodies to assist those in need in our communities so as to make them feel being among.

    “We also advise residents to always abide by the rule of social distancing and use of face masks. Also, you are advised to avoid visitation to help stop the spread of the virus.”

    While calling on them to make proper use of the items, Jimoh advised the beneficiaries to continue to support the club, especially by presenting their children for polio immunisation.

    Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the village head of Sauna-Kawaji, Malam Umar Adamu, commended Rotary Club for its kind gesture.

    According to him, the foodstuffs came at a time when the people were stranded at home and in dire need of such assistance to reduce the hardship caused by the lockdown.

    Adamu assured the Rotarians that he would do everything within his ability to ensure that the people continued to give the club all the necessary support.



    Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

  •  Some residents of Maiduguri have commended the Borno Government for embarking on ward to ward distribution of palliatives in the city A cross section of the residents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday said that the development was commendable and would go a long way in cushioning the hardship faced by beneficiaries in the cause of the COVID 19 lockdown in the state Nura Salisu a former councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council said the criteria being used to distribute the palliatives to ensure it gets to the needy were satisfactory Governor Zulum deserved commendation by his constant monitoring and participating in the distribution of the palliatives to ensure that the right thing is done Salisu said Two of the residents Falmata Mustafa and Sani Musa of Gwange ward also lauded the gesture and called for another opportunity for those who missed out in the list of beneficiaries to be considered Also Abubakar Ibrahim of Mairi ward said that the palliatives had arrived to the ward but was yet to be distributed to beneficiaries We are excited about the arrival of the items which comprised grains and cooking oil among others stock piled at Maimusari primary school We don t know when they will start sharing just as they did in other wards but we want to say thank you Gov Zulum for matching your word with action Ibrahim said Ibrahim said that though his name was not in the list of beneficiaries he had no issue with that as far as those listed were truly the poorest of the poor as explained by the palliative committee Also speaking the state Chairman of Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno NECSOB Amb Ahmed Shehu lauded the commencement of the distribution of palliatives to the needy by government and stressed the need to expedite action on the exercise Shehu said NECSOB had a situation room monitoring the lockdown and that it had received some complaints and suggestions on the distribution of the palliatives which it forwarded to the government for necessary action to improve the exercise On her part Hajiya Yabawa Kolo the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA who doubled as the Secretary of the State Palliative Committee said about 23 000 households in Maiduguri metropolis had benefitted from the gesture to cushion the effect of the lockdown Our formula for the distribution of the palliatives is 10 per cent to persons with disabilities 20 per cent to the elderly 20 per cent to widows and the remaining 50 per cent to poorest of the poor Kolo said While assuring that they would look into complaints based on merit regarding the sharing of the palliatives Kolo said the committee had so far covered nine wards in Maiduguri metropolis Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu NAN
    COVID-19: Residents of Maiduguri lauds govt over palliatives
     Some residents of Maiduguri have commended the Borno Government for embarking on ward to ward distribution of palliatives in the city A cross section of the residents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday said that the development was commendable and would go a long way in cushioning the hardship faced by beneficiaries in the cause of the COVID 19 lockdown in the state Nura Salisu a former councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council said the criteria being used to distribute the palliatives to ensure it gets to the needy were satisfactory Governor Zulum deserved commendation by his constant monitoring and participating in the distribution of the palliatives to ensure that the right thing is done Salisu said Two of the residents Falmata Mustafa and Sani Musa of Gwange ward also lauded the gesture and called for another opportunity for those who missed out in the list of beneficiaries to be considered Also Abubakar Ibrahim of Mairi ward said that the palliatives had arrived to the ward but was yet to be distributed to beneficiaries We are excited about the arrival of the items which comprised grains and cooking oil among others stock piled at Maimusari primary school We don t know when they will start sharing just as they did in other wards but we want to say thank you Gov Zulum for matching your word with action Ibrahim said Ibrahim said that though his name was not in the list of beneficiaries he had no issue with that as far as those listed were truly the poorest of the poor as explained by the palliative committee Also speaking the state Chairman of Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno NECSOB Amb Ahmed Shehu lauded the commencement of the distribution of palliatives to the needy by government and stressed the need to expedite action on the exercise Shehu said NECSOB had a situation room monitoring the lockdown and that it had received some complaints and suggestions on the distribution of the palliatives which it forwarded to the government for necessary action to improve the exercise On her part Hajiya Yabawa Kolo the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA who doubled as the Secretary of the State Palliative Committee said about 23 000 households in Maiduguri metropolis had benefitted from the gesture to cushion the effect of the lockdown Our formula for the distribution of the palliatives is 10 per cent to persons with disabilities 20 per cent to the elderly 20 per cent to widows and the remaining 50 per cent to poorest of the poor Kolo said While assuring that they would look into complaints based on merit regarding the sharing of the palliatives Kolo said the committee had so far covered nine wards in Maiduguri metropolis Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu NAN
    COVID-19: Residents of Maiduguri lauds govt over palliatives
    General news2 years ago

    COVID-19: Residents of Maiduguri lauds govt over palliatives

    Some residents of Maiduguri have commended the Borno Government for embarking on ward to ward distribution of palliatives in the city.

    A cross section of the residents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, said that the development was commendable and would go a long way in cushioning the hardship faced by beneficiaries in the cause of the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

    Nura Salisu, a former councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, said the criteria being used to distribute the palliatives to ensure it gets to the needy, were satisfactory.

    “Governor Zulum deserved commendation by his constant monitoring and participating in the distribution of the palliatives to ensure that the right thing is done,” Salisu said.

    Two of the residents, Falmata Mustafa and Sani Musa of Gwange ward also lauded the gesture and called for another opportunity for those who missed out in the list of beneficiaries to be considered.

    Also, Abubakar Ibrahim of Mairi ward said that the palliatives had arrived to the ward but was yet to be distributed to beneficiaries.

    “We are excited about the arrival of the items which comprised grains and cooking oil , among others, stock piled at Maimusari primary school.

    “We don’t know when they will start sharing just as they did in other wards but we want to say thank you Gov. Zulum, for matching your word with action,” Ibrahim said.

    Ibrahim said that though his name was not in the list of beneficiaries, he had no issue with that as far as those listed were truly the poorest of the poor as explained by the palliative committee.

    Also speaking, the state Chairman of Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno (NECSOB), Amb. Ahmed Shehu, lauded the commencement of the distribution of palliatives to the needy by government and stressed the need to expedite action on the exercise.

    Shehu said NECSOB had a situation room monitoring the lockdown, and that it had received some complaints and suggestions on the distribution of the palliatives, which it forwarded to the government for necessary action to improve the exercise.

    On her part, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) who doubled as the Secretary of the State Palliative Committee, said about 23,000 households in Maiduguri metropolis had benefitted from the gesture  to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

    “Our formula for the distribution of the palliatives is 10 per cent to persons with disabilities, 20 per cent to the elderly, 20 per cent to widows and the remaining 50 per cent to poorest of the poor,’’ Kolo said.

    While assuring that they would look into complaints based on merit regarding the sharing of the palliatives, Kolo said the committee had so far covered nine wards in Maiduguri metropolis.



    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)

     

  •  Residents have commended Kano State Government for its efforts in curtailing rising prices of food items especially rice following the COVID 19 lockdown in the state Across section of those interviewed by News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Saturday expressed joy over the development Mr Umar Abdulkarim a resident of Janbulo quarters in Gwale Local Government Area LGA of the state said the action was timely especially with the Ramadan fast and the COVID 19 lockdown We are honestly grateful and commend the governor for the order and the anti graft agency for implementing the order to control prices of food items in the state Abdulkarim said Mr Mustapha Mahmud a resident of Rijiyar Zaki quarters also in Gwale LGA corroborated the claim saying the state government had solved a huge problem for the people We are thankful for taking the bold step yet we implore the government to ensure sustainability even after the fasting and the lockdown he said A housewife Mrs Amina Usman said she was really impressed with the action which was achieved in a limited time Usman however urged other states to adopt same strategy in order to ease the hardship of the masses and make food available and affordable Gov Abdullahi Ganduje had ordered the State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission to ensure that it put in place mechanism to check rising cost of food items especially rice in the state Ganduje also met with traders in the state where he appealed to them to reduce the prices of food items The anti graft agency met with the state chapter of Rice Processors Association of Nigeria RIPAN on Saturday where it was agreed that a 50kg bag of rice would henceforth be sold at N16 000 instead of the former N28 000
    Residents laud Kano Govt on efforts to curtail rising food prices
     Residents have commended Kano State Government for its efforts in curtailing rising prices of food items especially rice following the COVID 19 lockdown in the state Across section of those interviewed by News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Saturday expressed joy over the development Mr Umar Abdulkarim a resident of Janbulo quarters in Gwale Local Government Area LGA of the state said the action was timely especially with the Ramadan fast and the COVID 19 lockdown We are honestly grateful and commend the governor for the order and the anti graft agency for implementing the order to control prices of food items in the state Abdulkarim said Mr Mustapha Mahmud a resident of Rijiyar Zaki quarters also in Gwale LGA corroborated the claim saying the state government had solved a huge problem for the people We are thankful for taking the bold step yet we implore the government to ensure sustainability even after the fasting and the lockdown he said A housewife Mrs Amina Usman said she was really impressed with the action which was achieved in a limited time Usman however urged other states to adopt same strategy in order to ease the hardship of the masses and make food available and affordable Gov Abdullahi Ganduje had ordered the State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission to ensure that it put in place mechanism to check rising cost of food items especially rice in the state Ganduje also met with traders in the state where he appealed to them to reduce the prices of food items The anti graft agency met with the state chapter of Rice Processors Association of Nigeria RIPAN on Saturday where it was agreed that a 50kg bag of rice would henceforth be sold at N16 000 instead of the former N28 000
    Residents laud Kano Govt on efforts to curtail rising food prices
    Economy2 years ago

    Residents laud Kano Govt on efforts to curtail rising food prices

    Residents have commended Kano State Government for its efforts in curtailing rising prices of food items especially rice, following the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
    Across section of those interviewed by News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Saturday expressed joy over the development.
    Mr Umar Abdulkarim, a resident of Janbulo quarters in Gwale Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, said the action was timely especially with the Ramadan fast and the COVID-19 lockdown.
    “We are honestly grateful and commend the governor for the order and the anti graft agency for implementing the order to control prices of food items in the state,” Abdulkarim said.
    Mr Mustapha Mahmud, a resident of Rijiyar Zaki quarters also in Gwale LGA, corroborated the claim saying the state government had solved a huge problem for the people.
    “We are thankful for taking the bold step yet we implore the government to ensure sustainability even after the fasting and the lockdown, ” he said.
    A housewife Mrs Amina Usman, said she was really impressed with the action which was achieved in a limited time.
    Usman, however, urged other states to adopt same strategy in order to ease the hardship of the masses and make food available and affordable.
    Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had ordered the State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission to ensure that it put in place mechanism to check rising cost of food items especially rice in the state.
    Ganduje also met with traders in the state where he appealed to them to reduce the prices of food items.
    The anti graft agency met with the state chapter of Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) on Saturday where it was agreed that a 50kg bag of rice would henceforth be sold at N16,000 instead of the former N28,000.

  •  Some Lagos residents on Wednesday said they had been faced with a hike in the cost of transportation with the gradual easing of the lockdown in the state They told the News Agency of Nigeria that the urgent need to return to their businesses however left them no choice but to board the vehicles regardless of the hike NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos Ogun and Abuja from Monday after it had lasted for five weeks The lockdown was declared as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID 19 Mr Yemi Olagunju a real estate agent said though he was relieved that the lockdown had been relaxed as it meant making little money to make ends meet the hike in cost of transportation was a challenge The lockdown was killing because there was no money to buy food and other necessities Since the relaxation began on Monday I have been going to my office and people have been coming out even though the business is not thriving like before The only challenge now is that transportation fare is very high I stay around Ijanikin and it is now N400 to my office instead of N200 N250 he said Mr Adeyemi Adeniran a manager at a filling station on LASU Road expressed his displeasure at the increase in the price of transportation in spite of the reduction in the price of fuel from N145 to N125 I went out yesterday and paid N100 for a trip of N50 When I asked the driver the reason for the hike he said it was due to the situation he said Mr Shina Giwa a tricycle operator who plies the Ipaja Ayobo route attributed the hike to the new guidelines by the Lagos State Government which allowed only two passengers on board It is not our fault that the price has increased If we continue taking the usual price we will be at a loss A trip of N50 with four passengers will give us N200 but now we are allowed to take only two passengers so we charge them N100 and at the end of the day we still have our N200 he explained Meanwhile some Lagos residents also spoke on compliance with health guidelines in place to check the spread of COVID 19 One of them Oluwaseye Olabode commended business owners who had been complying with health guidelines with regards to social distancing hand washing use of face masks and sanitizers She recounted her experience at a pharmacy where customers had to wash their hands and wear face masks before being allowed into the store Similarly Miss Adenike Olawale a fabric wholesaler said when I opened my shop on Monday I cleaned all the surfaces and ensured my customers wear their face masks before attending to them Edited By Bola Akingbehin Oluwole Sogunle NAN lockd
    Residents decry hike in fares amid relaxed lockdown
     Some Lagos residents on Wednesday said they had been faced with a hike in the cost of transportation with the gradual easing of the lockdown in the state They told the News Agency of Nigeria that the urgent need to return to their businesses however left them no choice but to board the vehicles regardless of the hike NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos Ogun and Abuja from Monday after it had lasted for five weeks The lockdown was declared as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID 19 Mr Yemi Olagunju a real estate agent said though he was relieved that the lockdown had been relaxed as it meant making little money to make ends meet the hike in cost of transportation was a challenge The lockdown was killing because there was no money to buy food and other necessities Since the relaxation began on Monday I have been going to my office and people have been coming out even though the business is not thriving like before The only challenge now is that transportation fare is very high I stay around Ijanikin and it is now N400 to my office instead of N200 N250 he said Mr Adeyemi Adeniran a manager at a filling station on LASU Road expressed his displeasure at the increase in the price of transportation in spite of the reduction in the price of fuel from N145 to N125 I went out yesterday and paid N100 for a trip of N50 When I asked the driver the reason for the hike he said it was due to the situation he said Mr Shina Giwa a tricycle operator who plies the Ipaja Ayobo route attributed the hike to the new guidelines by the Lagos State Government which allowed only two passengers on board It is not our fault that the price has increased If we continue taking the usual price we will be at a loss A trip of N50 with four passengers will give us N200 but now we are allowed to take only two passengers so we charge them N100 and at the end of the day we still have our N200 he explained Meanwhile some Lagos residents also spoke on compliance with health guidelines in place to check the spread of COVID 19 One of them Oluwaseye Olabode commended business owners who had been complying with health guidelines with regards to social distancing hand washing use of face masks and sanitizers She recounted her experience at a pharmacy where customers had to wash their hands and wear face masks before being allowed into the store Similarly Miss Adenike Olawale a fabric wholesaler said when I opened my shop on Monday I cleaned all the surfaces and ensured my customers wear their face masks before attending to them Edited By Bola Akingbehin Oluwole Sogunle NAN lockd
    Residents decry hike in fares amid relaxed lockdown
    Metro2 years ago

    Residents decry hike in fares amid relaxed lockdown

    Some Lagos residents on Wednesday said they had been faced with a hike in the cost of transportation, with the gradual easing of the lockdown in the state.

    They told the News Agency of Nigeria that the urgent need to return to their businesses, however, left them no choice but to board the vehicles, regardless of the hike.

    NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja from Monday, after it had lasted for five weeks.

    The lockdown was declared as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    Mr Yemi Olagunju, a real estate agent, said though he was relieved that the lockdown had been relaxed, as it meant making little money to make ends meet, the hike in cost of transportation was a challenge.

    “The lockdown was killing because there was no money to buy food and other necessities.

    “Since the relaxation began on Monday, I have been going to my office and people have been coming out, even though the business is not thriving like before.

    “The only challenge now is that transportation fare is very high. I stay around Ijanikin and it is now N400 to my office instead of N200-N250,” he said.

    Mr Adeyemi Adeniran, a manager at a filling station on LASU Road, expressed his displeasure at the increase in the price of transportation in spite of the reduction in the price of fuel from N145 to N125.

    “I went out yesterday and paid N100 for a trip of N50. When I asked the driver the reason for the hike, he said it was due to the situation,” he said.

    Mr Shina Giwa, a tricycle operator, who plies the Ipaja-Ayobo route, attributed the hike to the new guidelines by the Lagos State Government which allowed only two passengers on board.

    “It is not our fault that the price has increased. If we continue taking the usual price, we will be at a loss.

    “A trip of N50 with four passengers will give us N200, but now we are allowed to take only two passengers, so we charge them N100 and at the end of the day, we still have our N200,” he explained.

    Meanwhile, some Lagos residents also spoke on compliance with health guidelines in place to check the spread of COVID-19.

    One of them, Oluwaseye Olabode, commended business owners who had been complying with health guidelines with regards to social distancing, hand washing, use of face masks and sanitizers.

    She recounted her experience at a pharmacy where customers had to wash their hands and wear face masks before being allowed into the store.

    Similarly, Miss Adenike Olawale, a fabric wholesaler said, “when I opened my shop on Monday, I cleaned all the surfaces and ensured my customers wear their face masks before attending to them.”


    Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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  •  Some residents of Bwari Area Council Abuja on Tuesday commended the Federal Capital Territory Authority FCTA over the ban on Okada commercial motorcyclists in some communities The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ban was necessitated by the Federal Government s decision to gradually ease the lockdown amidst the Coronavirus pandemic The Bwari Council Secretary Mr Efi Peter had on May 4 announced the suspension and ban of Okada operations within Bwari town Ushafa Dutse Kubwa Byazhin Dei Dei Dawaki and Mpape areas of the FCT as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid 19 A resident of Dutse Miss Hauwa Makarfi lauded the decision of FCT Authority to suspend the operations of Okada riders within Dutse Area describing it as timely Bearing in mind the way residents violated the stay at home order by the FG before it was recently eased During the lockdown most people used Okada here since vehicles were not allowed to move Maybe they don t know that this virus can easily be contracted through these Okada riders that obviously don t take precautions I feel it was a smart move by the government and I am really happy by that decision she said In his own reaction Mr Emmanuel Sunday a commuter at Kubwa who was about to climb an Okada said although the directive was a sad one for residents in satellite areas but it was a welcome development because it will help save lives With the high rate at which the virus is spreading and particularly with figures in the North it is important we either reduce the use of bikes or we don t use them at all This is because most of the riders are from either Kano or other states with high coronavirus cases and they still sneak into Abuja Right now you cannot tell who is a carrier of the virus and who is not so even if we will have to suffer in their absence we will cope till this is over A roadside food vendor at Dei Dei junction Mrs Sarah Effiong lauded the ban to help curb the spread of the virus due to exchange of money between riders and passengers but noted that intra community transportation would become difficult She said people will have to walk long distances and she could not imagine how she would have to convey her food to the point of sales without Okada Edited By Remi Koleoso Salif Atojoko NAN
    COVID-19 Lockdown Ease: Residents commend FCTA over ban on commercial motorcyclists
     Some residents of Bwari Area Council Abuja on Tuesday commended the Federal Capital Territory Authority FCTA over the ban on Okada commercial motorcyclists in some communities The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ban was necessitated by the Federal Government s decision to gradually ease the lockdown amidst the Coronavirus pandemic The Bwari Council Secretary Mr Efi Peter had on May 4 announced the suspension and ban of Okada operations within Bwari town Ushafa Dutse Kubwa Byazhin Dei Dei Dawaki and Mpape areas of the FCT as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid 19 A resident of Dutse Miss Hauwa Makarfi lauded the decision of FCT Authority to suspend the operations of Okada riders within Dutse Area describing it as timely Bearing in mind the way residents violated the stay at home order by the FG before it was recently eased During the lockdown most people used Okada here since vehicles were not allowed to move Maybe they don t know that this virus can easily be contracted through these Okada riders that obviously don t take precautions I feel it was a smart move by the government and I am really happy by that decision she said In his own reaction Mr Emmanuel Sunday a commuter at Kubwa who was about to climb an Okada said although the directive was a sad one for residents in satellite areas but it was a welcome development because it will help save lives With the high rate at which the virus is spreading and particularly with figures in the North it is important we either reduce the use of bikes or we don t use them at all This is because most of the riders are from either Kano or other states with high coronavirus cases and they still sneak into Abuja Right now you cannot tell who is a carrier of the virus and who is not so even if we will have to suffer in their absence we will cope till this is over A roadside food vendor at Dei Dei junction Mrs Sarah Effiong lauded the ban to help curb the spread of the virus due to exchange of money between riders and passengers but noted that intra community transportation would become difficult She said people will have to walk long distances and she could not imagine how she would have to convey her food to the point of sales without Okada Edited By Remi Koleoso Salif Atojoko NAN
    COVID-19 Lockdown Ease: Residents commend FCTA over ban on commercial motorcyclists
    General news2 years ago

    COVID-19 Lockdown Ease: Residents commend FCTA over ban on commercial motorcyclists

    Some residents of Bwari Area Council, Abuja, on Tuesday, commended the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) over the ban on Okada (commercial motorcyclists) in some communities.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the ban was necessitated by the Federal Government’s decision to gradually ease the lockdown amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

    The Bwari Council Secretary, Mr Efi Peter, had on May 4 announced the suspension and ban of Okada operations within Bwari town, Ushafa, Dutse, Kubwa, Byazhin, Dei-Dei, Dawaki and Mpape areas of the FCT as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

    A resident of Dutse, Miss Hauwa Makarfi, lauded the decision of FCT Authority to suspend the operations of Okada riders within Dutse Area, describing it as timely.

    “Bearing in mind the way residents violated the stay-at-home order by the FG before it was recently eased.

    “During the lockdown, most people used Okada here since vehicles were not allowed to move.

    “Maybe they don’t know that this virus can easily be contracted through these Okada riders that obviously don’t take precautions.

    “I feel it was a smart move by the government and I am really happy by that decision,” she said.

    In his own reaction, Mr Emmanuel Sunday, a commuter at Kubwa, who was about to climb an Okada, said although the directive was a sad one for residents in satellite areas, “but it was a welcome development because it will help save lives.

    “With the high rate at which the virus is spreading and particularly with figures in the North, it is important we either reduce the use of bikes or we don’t use them at all.

    “This is because most of the riders are from either Kano or other states with high coronavirus cases and they still sneak into Abuja.

    “Right now, you cannot tell who is a carrier of the virus and who is not, so even if we will have to suffer in their absence we will cope till this is over.”

    A roadside food vendor at Dei-Dei junction, Mrs Sarah Effiong, lauded the ban to help curb the spread of the virus due to exchange of money between riders and passengers, but noted that intra-community transportation would become difficult.

    She said people will have to walk long distances and she could not imagine how she would have to convey her food to the point of sales without Okada.


    Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Salif Atojoko (NAN)