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Bauchi state govt. in Nigeria disagrees with NCDC over report of 2 new cases.

Bauchi State Government has disagreed with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over two new cases it recorded for it on the health agency’s portal.

On Wednesday, NCDC has confirmed that Bauchi has recorded another two new cases in addition to existing six index cases who are currently receiving treatment.

The state’s deputy governor Baba Tela claimed that there was “an error from the state and NCDC,” noting that there was no new case of Covid-19 in Bauchi.

“From the samples that were sent to Abuja for testing as part of the evaluation of the existing cases, two came out remain positive and were recorded as new ones for us,” Tela said.

“The mistake was that it wasn’t tagged as follow up sample of those who are under treatment. And they didn’t tell us how to tag them. It was later they said we should have included the details of the hospitals and where the samples are coming from.”

He said that the government has written formally to NCDC to correct the mistake they jointly made.

“We have been having three cases in Bauchi, later they (NCDC) added three, that made it six. We didn’t accept the three cases because there were discrepancies in the result, though we have had underground communication with them,” Aliyu Maigoro, who is the commissioner for health in the state said.

“After clarification from them, they realised that only one case was positive (out of the last three cases)–who is on admission now. The remaining two are negative. And if you look at the previous data, we have only four cases on admission, we have been saying that we only have four patients in our hospital who are on admission,” he explained.


Nigeria – Lagos govt disregard reports of lifting COVID-19 lockdown because of Easter celebration.

The Lagos state government has dismissed reports that the lockdown in the state due to the Coronavirus pandemic has been lifted for the Easter celebration this weekend.

At the press briefing today, the state Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, said the lockdown is still in full force.

He said it is only the Federal government that can lift the lockdown order. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not relaxed any lockdown.

The lockdown is still on and we appeal to Lagosians to continue to obey the directive to continue to be responsible because that is the only way the experts have said we can fight this disease.

The lockdown is still on. If it is going to be extended or relaxed, it is the business of the Federal government.

The announcement is not going to be made by Babajide Sanwo-Olu because he did not impose it in the first place”

he said President Buhari on March 29th, announced a lockdown on the state as part of measures to curb the spread of the ravaging Coronavirus.


Nigeria – Lagos begins door-to-door search for COVID-19 infected individual.

As the number of confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus rises in Lagos state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday said the State Government would commence a door-to-door search tagged: ‘Active Case Search’.

The governor, who disclosed this on his official Twitter handle @jidesanwoolu, stated that in the coming days, some health workers will be moving around in pairs to administer an electronic questionnaire at homes and healthcare facilities to make inquiries about some symptoms like cough, cold and fever.

This, he said, is a necessary bid to intensify the search for possible cases of COVID-19 in different communities across the State.

“These officials can be identified with a COVID-19 outbreak response tag or a letter from the LGA,” he said.

He implored residents to give the health officers their maximum support by providing accurate information that would help in containing the #COVID-19 pandemic quickly.

Meanwhile, the Governor also said that seven more patients have fully recovered and have been discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba on Thursday.

The patients, according to Governor Sanwo-Olu, include one female and six males. He said that three of the discharged male patients are foreign nationals; two Ukrainians and one Italian.

They were discharged having tested negative twice consecutively for COVID-19; bringing to 39 the number of discharged patients in Lagos, he said.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I implore you all to support our offensive against COVID-19 by complying with our directives and taking responsibility for yourselves and your community. Again, I assure you that at the end of it all, we will be victorious,” Sanwo-Olu assured.


COVID-19 Lockdown: Lagos govt retire case against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi.

The Lagos State Government has withdrawn the charges it filed against musician, Naira Marley, and a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi for violating lockdown.

Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife were charged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded birthday party in violation of the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus.

They were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday but the government, according to one of the defence counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), withdrew the four counts filed against the three defendants.

Policemen had earlier barred journalists from the court premises.

At the end of the proceedings, Adegboruwa briefed journalists on what transpired in the courtroom.

He said the state withdrew the charges on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu


Oyo gov, Makinde reveal what he ate to fight COVID-19.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde last Monday revealed that he fought coronavirus with carrots, vitamin C and black seed oil with honey while in isolation.

The governor revealed this in Ibadan in a telephone interview with an FM radio station. He had last week announced that he was tested positive for the disease and went into isolation.

But two days ago, he announced that he had become negative after series of tests. The governor said he only made efforts to boost his immunity and used his time in isolation to regularly exercise on the treadmill.

Makinde said in boosting his immunity to fight coronavirus, he consumed vitamin C, carrots and black seed oil mixed with honey.

He said: “My very good friend and brother, Dr Muyideen Olatunji is the one in charge of the primary healthcare for Oyo State. He came to me and said, look, I am going to send to you this black seed oil, it boosts immunity. So, I mixed it with honey and took one teaspoon in the morning and one in the evening.

“So, there are local solutions to boost immunity. Our people should not fret. Just as I’ve been able to get the virus out off my system, so will it be for majority of our people.

“I’ve lost a little bit of weight which I think is good. When you’re in isolation, the tendency is just to watch television and eat, I was eating amala. But I was also using the treadmill. It has also been a period to reflect and look at the programmes, policies and the things we want to do for the people of Oyo state and also reflect on how the COVID-19 is going to affect us socially and economically.”

He faulted the Federal Government’s palliative measures in the state, saying

“Two days ago in the task force meeting, the Head of Service told me that the conditional cash transfer from the Federal Government would be N20, 000 to people in 10 local government areas of Oyo State and I said, it’s good, but this programme predates this administration and I’ve never been impressed for one day about the way they identified the poorest and the impact.

“They’ve been making noise in the newspapers that they have some items for us. So, I sent the people at the liaison office.

First day at the Nigerian Governors’ Forums’ meeting, I was told those items were taken to liaison offices. So, I called the liaison office in Abuja and asked, did you receive anything, but they said no.”


Nigerian Govt declares April 10 and 13 public holidays.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday April 10 and Monday April 13 as public holidays for 2020 Easter celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, urged Christians in the country to emulate the outstanding characteristics of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love, peace and compassion.

Aregbesola further called on them to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for Nigeria and the entire world at this time of global emergency of COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Minister appealed to all Nigerians to continue to support the efforts of Government towards fighting the Coronavirus Disease.

He reminded them of the need to adhere strictly to the measures put in place by relevant authorities towards preventing the spread of the virus in the country particularly, through the observance of social distancing, in addition to regular personal hygiene and sanitary practices.

While wishing Christians a peaceful Easter Celebration, he assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration would continue to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the lives of Nigerians, especially with the palliative measures already put in place.


COVID-19: Ondo govt. shut borders as cases increase in Nigeria.

Ondo State has closed its borders at neighbouring states like, Ekiti, Edo, Osun, Kogi and Ogun states over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure takes effective from 6.00pm on Thursday, April 2.

According to the state government, the directive which was given on Wednesday follows the rise in the number of persons infected by the virus.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, the decision was taken after observing the possibility of the disease spreading into the state.

The closure of the border means no vehicles will be allowed into the state from any of the neighbouring states.

Ojogo explained that a monitoring team, including security operatives has been set up and mobilized to ensure that the directive is followed to the letter.


COVID-19: Taraba quarantined, negative, Governor orders markets lockdown. (Nigeria)

The man who was quarantined in Gashaka, Taraba state following a suspected case of Coronavirus has tested negative, Commissioner for Health Innocent Vakkai revealed Wednesday.

Vakkai said the suspected patient had sore throat and nasal congestion which are some of the symptoms of the pandemic. He was referred to government for advice. But when a sample from his throat was taken to Abuja, it was tested and confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) as negative.

He added that while awaiting his result, the patient was isolated at a centre in Baruwa, Gashaka, to prevent him from traveling up to Jalingo, during which he would have had contact with other people.

Vakkai spoke during a press conference by Deputy Governor Haruna Manu.

Manu, who briefed newsmen in Government House on behalf of Governor Darius Ishaku, said no index case has been reported in Taraba State.

The deputy governor on Wednesday ordered the closure of all markets in the state. He also suspended the Muslim and Christian prayer gatherings.

Manu said: “Let me assure you that there is no single reported case of the virus in Taraba state, and we are determined to keep it that way.”


Abiodun donate food items to widows, single mothers in Ogun, Nigeria.

In continuation of her good gestures towards the welfare of women and widows, in particular, the wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun has donated and distributed food items worth millions of naira to them in Sagamu axis of the state.

The event which took place at the Sagamu Town Hall in collaboration with Remo Development Forum and the Sagamite Babes attracted widows and single mothers from Sagamu and environs irrespective of their ages.

Mrs. Abiodun on the 24th of June, 2019, flagged off her commitment towards widows at the June 12, Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta, where a total number of 1,000 widows were given donations of cash and food items and her commitment towards widows has since remained constant.

Mrs. Abiodun, represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Funmi Efuwape at the occasion said the donation was a means of relieving the hardship that may be caused as a result of the 14 days lockdown announced by the Federal government to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Mrs. Abiodun who expressed her determination to extend the gesture to other parts of the state advised women in the state to comply with the governments’ directives at flattening the curve of the virus for the benefit of all.


COVID-19: Ogun govt calls for more support.

A call has gone to well-meaning individuals in the country, as well as, corporate organisations to support the government in its efforts at combating the prevalent coronavirus pandemic, as government alone cannot provide the wherewithal to tackle the disease.

Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, made the call while receiving, on behalf of the State government 200 mattresses, donated by Mouka Foam, to support the government in its efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus, saying the gesture was apt, as the State was ensuring that all necessary machinery were in place, for the isolation and treatment of coronavirus patients.

“Just yesterday, his Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun took people around isolation centres put in place by the government, as part of his preparedness to manage the coronavirus pandemic. We were shown round very impressive 128 bedded facility said to be the largest single facility available in the country today in terms of the number of beds’’, she said.

While appreciating Mouka for the generous donation, the Deputy Governor said the mattresses would be put to use when more isolation and treatment centres were created for possible patients of Coronavirus, noting that a lot still needs to be done in terms of relief materials for people during the lockdown, so as to be able to keep the family going.

Earlier in his remarks, Chief Commercial Officer, Mouka Foam, Mr Dimeji Osingunwa, said the company felt the need to partner Ogun State government in their little way, especially at this critical period the State and the Federal government are fighting Coronavirus pandemic in the country, noting that the item donated was part of the essentials needed by the government at this period.

According to him, “we have the large chunk of our business in this environment and across Nigeria and we felt that at this critical period and in our usual bid, we must recognise and partner with Ogun State government, as we usually do to communities’’.


Nigeria: Enugu international airport reconstruction to pause.

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the ongoing reconstruction work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this after an inspection tour of the project.

He arrived the airport aboard a police chopper, with only few officials.

Sirika said the project, which had gone beyond 90 percent, would have been delivered before Easter.

“But considering that the construction workers have downed tools owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government hereby officially announce suspension of procurement.

“The work would have been completed in 6-7 days, but the workers left to be with their families in view of the social distancing,” the minister declared.


COVID-19: El-Rufai’s wife test result made her smile.

The wife of Kaduna State governor, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, has said that her test result for coronavirus has returned negative.

She disclosed this on her Twitter page stating;

“Dear Tweeps, My COVID-ONE-NINE test result is out. I’m NEGATIVE. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. #StayAtHomeStaySafe”she tweeted

Recall with NobleReporters that her husband announced he tested positive for the novel virus on Saturday March 28th.


Nigeria: Delta govt speaks on neighboring states yet to shut their borders

As the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus disease continues, the Delta State Government has raised concerns over neighbouring states yet to close their borders.

Addressing journalists over the issue on Monday, Commissioner for Information in Delta, Charles Aniagwu, said, “Our neighbouring states are yet to close their borders and this poses a serious danger to us in Delta.

“If Anambra and Edo are yet to close their borders and Delta has done that, it poses danger to us.

“The Federal Government should order the shutting down of the nation to avoid more infections as far as the COVID-19 is concerned.

“We are appealing for cooperation especially from the general public. Let’s all comply strictly to the safety measures outlined so far.”


Nigeria: Ondo govt sack Nurses for demanding accumulated salary arrears.

The Ondo State Government has sacked some recently employed nurses, who embarked on a protest to demand payment of their accumulated salary arrears, NobleReporters gathered.

The six nurses, who worked at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital both in Akure and Ondo town, were laid off on February 14, 2020.

It was gathered that the affected nurses were employed in batches in June 2019 and were placed on three-month probation.

The termination letters of the affected nurses was signed by Acting Director of Administration, Mr Adeeyo Babatunde, on behalf of the Chief Medical Director of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo, Dr Oluwole Ige.

The sacked nurses had in December 2019 embarked on a protest to press for the payment of their salaries after pleas to the hospital’s management were ignored.

One of the affected nurses, who spoke with media, described the termination of their appointments by the Ondo State Government as victimisation for speaking out against injustice.

“When some people were employed in June and July, they were expecting three months salaries in September or October but the government refused to pay and people began to agitate for it having worked well during that period.

“When government noticed that people were asking for their salaries, they decided to hurriedly call for a peace meeting with the nurses in October 2019.

“It was at the meeting that they decided to choose some of us to represent our aggrieved colleagues anytime there were meetings with the management.

“At that point, they made a promise to pay the salaries by November, we believed them and kept working but they never fulfilled their promise.

“We embarked on a warning strike in December and surprisingly we received payment for one month the next day instead of three months salaries.

“Thereafter, they mounted pressure on us to call off the strike, we agreed and resumed work after they again promised to pay the remaining salary arrears.

“A few weeks later, we wrote another letter to tell them that if the arrears was not paid, we would embark on fresh industrial action.

“On December 23, 2019 we all agreed to embark on another strike which lasted five days and it was after this that we received another payment for one month.

“The management put pressure on us to call off the strike and on December 28, we again suspended the strike and resumed back to work,” the nurse said.

Speaking further, he disclosed that on January 23, 2020, the management of the hospital called for a meeting of all nurses and gave them query letters, accusing them of absconding from their duty posts.

“In our responses to the query, we let the management know that it was the Chief Medical Director of the hospital that said we could go home and return to work after receiving payment.

“As at January, they were still owing us up to four months salaries but doctors were being paid promptly.

“We consulted the management to know what exactly was going on but they kept assuring us that we would be paid but we told them that if by February 2 we didn’t see our salary arrears, we were going to embark on another strike.

“Before we knew it, they sacked us and even instructed us to submit all hospital’s properties in our possession.

“Although, the leadership of our union intervened by writing a letter of appeal to the management to reinstate us and instructed those of us affected to write letters of apology.

“We eventually wrote the letters after being forced to do so. But up till this moment, we are yet to be reinstated or paid for the service we rendered.”

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Ige, could not be reached for comments but Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council of the teaching hospital, Dr Micheal Gbala, confirmed the sack of the nurses when contacted. NobleReporters

He however, said the management of the hospital was already considering recalling the sacked nurses after receiving their letters of apology.

Gbala said, “Well, the affected nurses had already written an apology letter to this effect.

“Even though the management is already considering reinstating them into the system, they need to also ensure that they help themselves and do not do what will jeopardise ongoing efforts.”


COVID-19: Seyi Makinde test positive.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.

The governor revealed this in a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Monday where he disclosed that he is asymptomatic.

“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.”

He also directed the former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge, to be the Head of COVID-19 Task Force as he recovers.

According to him, “I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.”

Governor Makinde also urged the people of Oyo State to comply with instructions from the COVID-19 Task Force.

“Stay home, stay safe,” he urged Oyo residents.

He is the third governor in the country to test positive for coronavirus.

I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate. pic.twitter.com/SX6UAYBb0S

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 30, 2020

I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully. Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe.

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 30, 2020

Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Government confirmed the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, announced this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.

“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”


COVID-19: I need N1 billion to fight coronavirus – Obiano tells Buhari. (Nigeria)

Though Anambra currently has no confirmed case of Coronavirus, the State governor, Willie Obiano has applied to the Federal Government for the sum of N1bn to secure his state against COVID-19 spread.

Obiano said Anambra had opened a special account for donations towards preventing coronavirus from spreading into the state, which currently has zero record of COVID-19.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, the governor said the steps were in line with the state’s resolve to ensure it remained free of the disease.

He urged the Federal Government to avail the state N1bn to help it to sustain the zero record because of the strategic nature of Anambra State people in commerce and industry.

The statement read in part, “Governor Obiano, therefore, considers it imperative that the Federal Government provides at least N1bn to Anambra, which is at risk in view of the multitude of people in its numerous markets and the peripatetic nature of the people who have been helping in the rapid development of all parts of Nigeria.

“Besides, we have as many as 63 major markets in the state, including the Onitsha main market, which is the largest market in West Africa.

“The markets are always full of millions of people from different countries in West and Central Africa, thereby making our people vulnerable to the contagion.

“The Anambra State Government would like to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a special account to assist ndi Anambra grapple with the grave challenges of the coronavirus.

“Known as the Anambra State COVID- 19 account, it is in response to various inquiries from people of Anambra State origin in different parts of Nigeria and beyond who have been seeking ways to assist their people since the viral disease outbreak.”

Adinuba said the account, which was domiciled in a new generation bank, would be administered by Obiano as the Chairman of Anambra COVID-19 Task Force, to ensure absolute transparency and accountability.”


COVID-19: Kano Governor declares 1-day fasting and prayer.

prayer is the best fire against diseases – Ganduje

The Kano Governor made the announcement on Sunday March 29, during the inauguration of the fund-raising committee on COVID-19. He asked residents of the state to observe the fasting and prayer which will take off today, March 30.

Ganduje who stated that prayer is the best fire against the COVID-19, also pleaded with retired health workers in Kano to help the state fight the virus.

He said;

“As Nigeria recorded over 90 cases of coronavirus, Kano is yet to record a single case, hence the need for the government to be up and doing to contain the outbreak of the deadly disease,” Ganduje said.

“I call on Kano people to observe fast tomorrow, (Monday) 30th March, and 5th Sha’aban and pray hard against the outbreak of coronavirus in our dear state.

“I also call on people to intensify prayers because prayer is the best fire for this disease. While we are putting effort into taking preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, there are some groups of people who cannot earn a living, who must go out to fend for their families.

“There are those who are economically weak and must be affected during this trying moment. That is why we decided to form a committee to raise money in order to help them cushion the effects.”


{Photos} Sanwo olu to distribute Bread, Bags of Rice, Beans, & Garri to families in Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu has just announced that the state will be supporting families with bags of rice, beans, garri, bread and some other essentials as families are asked to stay at home as the state just like everywhere in the world battle coronavirus.

Announcing this in two tweets on Twitter, the Governor said;

”I am happy to announce an economic stimulus package to help our residents cushion the effects of our #StayAtHome directive to stop the spread of #COVID19.

This first stage is targeting 200,000 households at an estimation of 6 people per household. We hope to ramp it up quickly.”

”The stimulus package will contain bags of rice, beans, garri, bread, dry pepper, drinking water and vitamins. We want each ration to last for 14 days as we continue to evaluate the impact of #COVID19. Please stay home with your loved ones. We want the best for you”, his second tweet read.


[Nigeria] God ordain your victory – Secondus tells Matawalle.

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has felicitated with the Zamfara state Governor Alhaji Bello Matawalle on his victory at the Supreme Court on Friday.

He urged him to be a good team leader. Prince Secondus reminded the governor and the party in the state that their victory came from God, adding that the governor and his team should appreciate that fact and work hard to make a lasting mark with the mandate.

Secondus in a statement by his Media Aide, Ike Abonyi also advised the governor to unite the people and move quickly to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the state most of which steamed from bad governance witnessed in the state in the past.

“God has designed this position for you for a purpose and you must do everything humanly possibly not to disappoint both the people and the almighty who sent you there.

“Identify critical stakeholders who can help you achieve your goals and refuse to be intimidated because you have a special mandate from God,” Secondus said.


COVID-19: Tambuwal order closure of inter-state routes.

As cases of Coronavirus continues to increase, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has ordered the closure of all inter-state routes into the state.

The closure is to take effect from midnight on Friday, 27th March 2020 as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

So far, Nigeria has recorded 65 cases of COVID-19 as well as one death.

Tambuwal in a broadcast on Thursday said the closure will last for two weeks.

The governor advised Nigerians to obey relevant authorities and adhere to measures to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

“Similarly, all state civil servants on GL 12 and below are to work from their homes for an initial two weeks from Friday, March 27, 2020, to Friday, April 10, 2020.

“Further measures to be taken by the State will be predicated on expert advice from the State Ministry of Health, Nigerian Center for Disease Control and Federal Ministry of Health as and when the need arises.

“Although the state has not recorded any case of this disease, the state government constituted a task force team of experts.”


COVID-19: Kano govt. fumigate market, motor parks. {Photos}

The Kano state government in Nigeria has taken the initiative to fumigate places of large gatherings such as parks and market in the state.

Though the state hasn’t recorded any case of Coronavirus, the fumigation exercise which began on Thursday night has been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.