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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.”


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COVID-19: N10bn to Lagos, N0bn to Rivers – FG’s foul – Wike accuse. (Nigeria)


Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has accused the federal government of foul-play over approval N10 billion for Lagos, while his state is yet to receive any monetary support from the federal government for the fight against coronavirus.

Communicating via his Twitter handle, Wike accused the government of politicising efforts to fight the disease.


While Rivers is being controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos, is under the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lagos has so far recorded 120 cases of the coronavirus while Rivers has one case.

But the governor asked if the federal government is waiting for a state to have more than 50 cases before rendering support.


“While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government,” he wrote.

“One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support.


“No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others.”

It is quite unfortunate that the containment of coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government. While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/NsLqPzPkze


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government.#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/uNXd22CAXd


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support. #Covid_19


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

He said Rivers is entitled to support from the federal government, adding: “Every day, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill oil.

“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Lagos gov., wife test result revealed. (Nigeria)


The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Joke have tested negative for coronavirus.

The Governor who explained that he underwent the test to ensure he doesn’t get distracted from his role of leading Lagosians at the moment, revealed he was happy to announce he and every member of his close circle tested negative.


He wrote on twitter ;

As a responsible leader, it was important that I get tested for #COVID19 to ensure nothing distracts me from my role of leading Lagos during this period. I am happy to announce that my result has returned NEGATIVE. My family and aides are negative as well. ”


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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.”


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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.


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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.


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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{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.


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[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.


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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.”


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Lagos begin enforcement of gaming industry.


Lagos State Lotteries Board begins enforcement as directed by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu directive in a bid to ensure the safety of all stakeholders in the gaming industry on the ban of public gathering.

The Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Lotteries Board, Mr. Bashir Are, disclosed this today during the monitoring of operators and agents in the State.


He further stated that all Lotto, Sports Betting, Casino, Gaming Machine, Scratches cards and Pool Betting Centers across the State to ensure that gaming/betting centres are not overcrowded, hand sanitizers are provided at the point of entry into the outlets and temperature detector is available at the entrances of all gaming centres.

Are said, no gaming centre should have more than 20 people concurrently and social distance of 3 meters is strongly advised.


CEO said the war on the deadly virus could only be won if everyone obeys directives and avoids acts or activities that could put everyone at risk. He said washing of hands regularly and avoid unnecessary contact with people as advised by the State government

Be proactive and take preventive measures.

LSLB implore ALL stakeholders to abide by the above-listed safety tips to curb the spread of coronavirus within and out the industry, encourage anyone who has information about suspected cases to report to the nearest hospital or call the emergency telephone numbers 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 and 08023401214.


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COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu provide more equipments to sanitize Lagos.


The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that his government has gotten more equipment to sanitize and fumigate the state.

In a bid to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Sanwo-Olu made the announcement through his Twitter handle on Thursday.

He said:

“To ensure we keep our environment safe and curtail the contagion of #COVID19, we are deploying disinfectant equipment to fumigate the entire state.

“These fumigation machines will be deployed to every part of the metropolis for sterilization of our public spaces & surfaces”.


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Gov. Bello fires back – says those wishing me COVID-19 will get HIV.


Against several calls from some Nigerians including the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello should go for test to ascertain his status on the current deadly coronavirus pandemic that have claimed several lives in the world, the governor has come out to state that those wishing that he contact the disease would be infected with HIV/Aids.

The governor stated this in a 28 seconds video. Gov Bello in the video claimed to be hale and hearty.


The governor challenged any body doubting to the boxing ring, assuring that he would emerge victorious.

His words” I gat no COVID. Those who wish me to have COVID will have HIV. I am good, hale and hearty. I challenge everybody to the boxing ring”.


It would be recalled that the Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had advised Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately subject himself to Covid-19 test having had contact with Abba kyari, the Chief of staff to President Mohammadu Buhari.

The PDP in a statement signed by the Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dickson said the fight against the dreaded Covid-19 virus can only be won when stakeholders show responsibility beyond lips service.


He urged those who had contact with the CoS to go for test. The statement appealed to the APC led government not to play politics with the health and safety of Kogites,

He, however, prayed for Gov. Bello and wished that he tests negative at the end.

“The PDP notes that it has still not seen any concrete preparation by the government to tackle the scourge in the state beyond the shut down and ban of public gatherings. We urged the Government to take a cue from what is obtained in Borno, Lagos and other states where they have shown serious commitment to fighting the scourge.

” For an issue that is presently a global phenomenon and requires political and other will to fight by leadership at all strata, we are worried by the sudden disappearance of the governor from the state for no serious reason, described it as unfortunate. The PDP however called on the state government to be civil even in the face of the enforcement of the order banning public gatherings,” the statement added.


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COVID-19: Akeredolu tests Negative.


Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tested negative for coronavirus.

The announcement was made by the governor on his official twitter handle this morning.

His tweet read;

Good morning sir. The result is negative. Congratulations your Excellency” I just recieved the above text from the Commissioner for Health regarding my #Covid19 test results. We give all glory to God. Wish everyone affected speedy recovery.


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COVID-19: I had no contact with Abba Kyari – Douye Diri says.


Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri has denied meeting with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari and Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, before they tested positive for coronavirus.

Diri who disclosed this during a visit to the state isolation center located at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri, Yenagoa local government area on Wednesday March 25, said when he met with Bala Mohammed at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, he had not been infected with the virus.


The Bayelsa State Governor also revealed that he never met with Kyari as he was in Germany at that time.

Diri said;

“I have no contact with Governor Bala Muhammed and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari.


What happened was that in the NEC meeting, we normally sit in alphabetical order, after Bauchi is Bayelsa, so on Thursday last week, when we had NEC meeting, we sat close, and before then,

he had not contacted the virus.“During the NEC meeting, Abba Kyari was not there, we were told that he was somewhere in Germany.


So, actually I am even taken by surprise, where and how the speculation is coming that I had contact with the Chief of Staff.

“For Bala Muhammed, yes, we always sit close during NEC meeting, and by then, he had not contacted the disease.”

The Bayelsa State Governor also stated that they have taken measures in protecting its water and land boundaries, and also monitoring visitors coming into the state.


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COVID-19: Fayemi on self-isolation after test.


He informed the test was necessitated as a result of having come into contact with persons who had proven positive to the test.

The Tweet read;

“I just took a COVID-19 test, having gone into self isolation since yesterday evening. I’m asymptomatic and feel well, but I was in meetings with two people who had since tested positive. I look forward to an all clear and have encouraged all my colleagues to take the test. JKF”


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COVID-19: Lagos Governor order partial closure of banks.


Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, placed a partial closure on banking activities in the state as part of measures to break the cycle of transmission of coronavirus.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also directed all markets and stores trading in non-essential commodities to close for seven days.


The directive takes effect from Thursday, March 26, a statement from the Lagos State Government added.

Sanwo-Olu advised the organised private sector to take drastic steps as done by the government in the public sector and allow non-essential workers to work from home.


The governor also asked banks and other financial institutions to prioritise online channels for their services to the public, adding that only essential and key senior staff should be allowed to work in the office during the restriction period.

In a televised briefing after State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina, Sanwo-Olu said the restriction measures were necessary, given the rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos.


He said the directive should not be seen as a lockdown on business activities in the State.

He said the guidelines would be reviewed after seven days.


He said, “It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance. We want to encourage the organised private sector to allow their workers to work from home.

“Banks and other financial institutions are encouraged to prioritise online channels for their services to the public with only essential key staff being in the office during this time. Only key staff should be present.


“We are a subset of a sovereign. We are not a sovereign. This is why we cannot completely lock down Lagos. We need to be considerate.”

Other public places shut by the government include markets, parks, playgrounds, and recreational centres within the state, regardless of ownership.


The directives, the Governor said, did not affect pharmacy shops and all markets where foodstuffs are traded.

“Eateries and restaurants must not accept eat-in customers; they are to serve food in takeaway packages.

“As much as possible, let us all refrain from inter-state travelling of any kind until the worst of the crisis is behind us,” he said.


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