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COVID-19: Osun Extends Lockdown. [Nigeria]

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has announced the extension of the lockdown period in the state to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown period which was supposed to end on Thursday will now end on May 4 as extended by the governor.

Oyetola also revealed that “There will be a partial lockdown between 6 am and 5 pm from Monday to Thursday to enable the people to go about their businesses and allow the government to run.

His statement reads: “Good people of Osun, as you are all aware, the two weeks lockdown expires at midnight today.

“But to avoid escalating community transmission of COVID-19, we have decided to extend the lockdown by another three days, starting from 11.59 pm on Thurs. 30th April till Sunday, 3rd May.

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“All the prevailing lockdown conditions shall continue during this period, and violators shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.

”Therefore, I urge you all to continue to adhere with the lockdown directives.

“However, starting from Monday, 4th May, 2020, the lockdown will be eased and new rules shall be enforced in line with the recommendations of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the approval of Mr. President and our peculiar situation in Osun.

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“There will be a partial lockdown between 6 am and 5 pm from Monday to Thursday to enable the people to go about their businesses and allow the government to run.

“However, total lockdown shall be in force from 6 pm on Thursday to Sunday.

“There shall also be a dusk to dawn curfew from 6pm – 6am starting from Monday to Thursday until further notice.

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“Movement of vehicles and persons is outlawed during the period of the curfew except for verified medical emergency cases and those on essential duties.

“The ban on public, religious, political & educational gatherings remains in force. Also, all major markets shall remain shut.

“Citizens must observe such protocols as social distancing, hand-washing & wearing of masks at all times in public places.

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“Businesses are expected to provide liquid soap and running water and hand sanitisers, while supermarkets should not have more than 10 persons at any time in their store.

”Inter-state travels are forbidden and as such, our boundaries remain closed.

“There shall be no vehicular & human movement into & out of the State except trucks carrying medicals, beverages, foods, petroleum, construction & agriculture supplies.

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“These supply vehicles shall not carry more than three persons.

“Also, intra-city commercial transportation will be permitted from Monday to Thursday every week from 6 am to 5 pm, but transporters are required to adhere to strict social distancing directives.”


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Buhari Makes New Appointments. [Full Text]

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>>> Presidency make fresh appointments, writes Senate <<<


President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Nigerian Senate to confirm nominations he has made for the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Federal Character Commission and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

NobleReporters gathered that the senate received 3 requests from President Buhari on Tuesday. Mr Buhari highlighted that the request for the confirmation of the nominees was in accordance with the provisions of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

Those nominated to serve as Commissioners with the Federal Civil Service Commission are

Madugu Jonah for Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau;

Frederick Ekwem for Imo and Abia.

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The nominees for confirmation as Members of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) are:

Salamatu Mohammed Bala, Adamawa;

Alfred Egba, Bayelsa;

Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, Borno;

Emmanuel Nwosu, Imo;

Oladele Seminu Gboyega, Osun;

Bello Abubakar Wamakko, Sokoto;

Ahmed Yusuf, Taraba.

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The President’s nominees to serve at the Federal Character Commission include;

Muheeba Dankaka, Chairman;

Henry Ogbulogo, Abia;

Salihu Bello, Adamawa;

Obonganwan Dborah Daniel Ebony, Akwa-Ibom;

Ibeabuchi Uche, Anambra;

Mohammed Tijjani, Bauchi;

Tonye Okio, Bayelsa;

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Silas Mfa Macikpah, Benue;

Abba Ali Monguno, Borno;

Nsor Atamgba, Cross River; and Alims Agoda.

Tobias Chukuemeka, Ebonyi;

Imuetinyan Festus, Edo;

Sesan Fatoba;

Ginika Florence Tor, Enugu;

Hamza Mohammed, Gombe;

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Diogu Uche, Imo;

Lawan Ya’u Roni, Jigawa;

Hadiza Usman Muazu, Kaduna;

Mohammed Awwal Na’iya, Kano;

Lawal Garba, Katsina;

Abubakar Atiku Bunu, Kebbi;

Idris Eneye Bello, Kogi;

Daniel James Kolo, Kwara;

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Are Miftah Bolaji, Lagos;

Nasir Isa Kwarra, Nasarawa;

Suleiman Barau, Niger.

Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade, Ogun;

Olufemi Omosanya, Ondo;

Adeoye Abdularazaq Olalekan, Osun;

Adeniyi Olowofela, Oyo;

Stephen Jings, Plateau;

Wokocha Augustine, Rivers;

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Abdullahi Taminu Tafida, Sokoto;

Alhaji Armaya’u Dauda Abubakar,

Taraba; Jibril Maigari, Yobe;

Sani Garba, Zamfara;

Adamu Mohammed Sidi-Ali, Federal Capital Territory.

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>>> Nigerian Senate appoint new spokesperson <<<


The Senate President Ahmed Lawan has announced Osun lawmaker, Ajibola Bashiru, as the new spokesperson of the upper chamber.

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Mr Bashiru from the ruling party will succeed Godiya Akwashiki as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs. Senator Akwashiki was the acting spokesperson following the removal of Ekiti Senator, Adebayo Adeyeye who was sacked by a court in November 2019.

NobleReporters recalls that a Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna replaced Mr Adeyeye with former minority leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Although the ruling All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State immediately rejected the judgment, the opposition PDP applauded it as the restoration of the people’s mandate.

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It should be noted that both senators contested Ekiti South Senatorial District seat in the February 23, 2019, National Assembly election.

According to the Senate President during Tuesday plenary, Mr Akwashiki from Nasarawa is now the chairman of the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity while Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) is named the chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] PDP warns Oyetola – Says Don’t Compensate APC Chieftain with Amotekun Appointments.

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The Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised Governor Gbeyega Oyetola against compensating his supporters with appointments into Amotekun security outfit.

The controversial security outfit was the initiative of southwestern Governors to deal with the security challenges in the region.

Like other South Western states, Osun state has passed the bill supporting the establishment of the outfit.

However, in a statement signed by Olasoji Adagunodo, the Chairman of the opposition party in Osun, Mr Oyetola has been advised to be “cautious in his possibly ‘back on the wall’ move to compensate some idle chieftains of his party in the State at the expense of Amotekun, the security support outfit created to tackle growing insecurity in the South West.”

The statement was gathered by NobleReporters on Tuesday.

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This followed the governor’s announcement of an Osun Apc chieftain, Comrade Amitolu Shittu as Director-General of Amotekun in the state.

According to Mr Adagunodo, the PDP agreed that the Governor was at liberty to find jobs for his idle boys and party members but certainly not in exchange for the security of lives and properties of residents of the State.

He stated that the advice is necessary for the view of the unauthorized appointment of political supporters of the governor and his party members without recourse to the edict that established the Amotekun outfit or the approving authority which is the State House of Assembly.

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He recalled that the security support outfit was established to combat growing insecurity in the South West and an act was ordered to be promulgated by each state government with approving the power of the edict resting solely on the state houses of assembly in each of the states.

The PDP chairman noted with concern that the Amotekun may be heading for the rocks if technical handlers of the outfit are highly partisan persons which the appointment of Mr Amitolu seems to portend and represent. The appointment according to Osun PDP, patently runs foul of the state House of Assembly legislation establishing Amotekun in the state, either in title or descriptive stipulations of persons suitable for such appointment.

Reeling out the stipulations in the law establishing Amotekun in Osun State, he mentioned that the Amotekun Agency is to be headed by a Corps Commander who shall have proven knowledge and relevant experience in security matters and his appointment is subject to the confirmation of the State House of Assembly (HOA).

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Mr Adagunodo added that the Corps Command Management Team shall be headed by the Corps Commander, to be assisted by Deputy Corps Commander, Adminstrative Commander, Operations Commander, Investigation Commander and Field Commander.

The PDP chairman further explained that the Amotekun Governing Board shall be headed by a Chairman with proven integrity and experience in security matters.

The opposition party, however, argued that the appointment of a Director-General and the directive to resume work immediately as Amotekun Director-General in the state was self-serving and alien to the Laws that established Amotekun in Osun State.

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“But for the general security of lives in the State and possible dangerous precedence, the PDP was never interested in joining issues with Mr Governor and his advisers, who have clearly been acting dictatorial by failing to put up the administrative and operational outfits of Amotekun that are necessary, legal and by going through due process with the state House of Assembly for debate and approval before coming up with a non-existent appointment under the Amotekun Law.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that, as usual, another policy of the governor has somersaulted by unilaterally equating Amitolu’s Relationship of APC “State Boys” to that of a legally established outfit like Amotekun Corps Commander, which according to him, does not require any further Parliamentary input. The party, therefore, advised His Excellency, to take a 360 degree turning to avoid destroying whatever is left of his personal integrity and that of his wobbling government,” the statement read in parts.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Total lockdown as Osun record 2nd case.


Osun State Government on Sunday announced a total lockdown of the state as from Tuesday, March 31st, following the confirmation of a second case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

The government reaffirmed its commitment to shut down all land boundaries with effect from midnight, Sunday, March 29th.


Governor Adegboyega Oyetola made the disclosure during a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning.

He maintained that there would be no movement within the state while the shutdown lasts, while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will remain on duty.


The governor described the decision as imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic.

He added that the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens when an emergency occurs.


Oyetola, who expressed sadness at the latest incident, reiterated that the decision remained the only way to go if the state must contain the spread of the disease which has already claimed close to 31,000 victims worldwide from over 600,000 cases.

The governor’s statement reads:


“Following a review of our current situation, we have in addition to the subsisting measures taken in the past one week, decided to shut down all our boundaries, effective from midnight Sunday, March 29, 2020. In addition, a complete lockdown of the state will come into effect from midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“We believe this is the way to go if we must contain the spread of this virus. To this end, we urge citizens and residents to take advantage of the hours between now and Tuesday to stock up provisions that will last them two weeks in the first instance.


“During the lockdown, there will be no movement within the state. The closed boundaries also means there will be no inter-state movements. However, those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty. Also, pharmaceutical and medical outfits will be allowed to open.


“We have mandated and mobilised the state’s task force and security operatives to enforce measures to the letter. We, therefore, strongly advise our people to remain in their homes during the period of the lockdown.

“When an emergency occurs, such as the one at hand, the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens. This is what we will continue to do.”

The governor urged state residents not to be panicked by the new measures but to continue to adhere to government’s instructions and directives on the need for them to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures, including regular washing of the hands with running water and soap, the use of hand sanitisers and the maintaining of social distancing.

He lauded the critical stakeholders led by the former health minister, Isaac Adewole, the COVID-19 task force and health officers for their services to humanity.


#Newsworthy…

I have no grudges with Oyetola – Rauf Aregbesola.

The Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday dismissed insinuations that he was at war with his successor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Aregbesola spoke in Osogbo during his recognition as the Amirul Waziril-Muminina by the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasahun, at the Osogbo Central Mosque.

Oyetola and many members of his cabinet were absent at the ceremony.

There have also been insinuations that Oranmiyan, the political group of the ex governor , was not being given recognition in the present administration.

But Aregbesola, who spoke in Yoruba language while addressing the gathering, explained that Oyetola’s inability to attend the event was due to his trip to Saudi Arabia for Ummrah.

He said his relationship with Oyetola remained very healthy.

He added that the renovation of the Osogbo Central Mosque was funded by the Osun State Government with inputs of the present governor, who was then the Chief of Staff to the Governor.

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Abdulsalami, Gowon, Osinbajo And Oyetola Charge Nigerians To Humanitarian Service With Selflessness

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola; former Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon and General Abdulsalami Abubakir, have charged Nigerians on selfless service to humanity, describing it as ultimate to national development and nation building.

They called on Nigerians to imbibe philanthropic spirit by dedicating their wealth and resources to serve God and to impact positively on the lives of others.

The four eminent Nigerians stated this on Saturday during the unveiling and dedication of Owa Ofokutu (Memorial) Ecumenical Centre (OOFEC), in Ilesa, Osun State.

Owa Ofokutu, was the Paramount Ruler of Ijesa land from 1842-1856, and the edifice was built, donated and dedicated in his memory by Professor Debo Adeyemi of Ofokutu’s royal family.

The VP who was represented by the Chaplain, State House, Abuja, Pastor Seyi Malomo, called on Nigerians to promote unity, love and togetherness.

Osinbajo who described unity as central to development, said Nigerians must begin to see strength in their diversity.

General Abdulsalam Abubakar, described the good gesture of the donor as “phenomenal and worthwhile.”

He advocated the need for Nigerians to renew their faith in God by rededicating themselves to service humanity.

General Gowon also urged Nigerians to emulate the good gesture of the donor.

He noted that the dedication of the buildings to service humanity was an affirmation to biblical verses.

He urged the people of Ijesa land and its environs to put the facilities to good use.

Inaugurating the edifice, Governor Oyetola, urged Nigerians to focus on things that can strengthen the bond of unity.

He implored well-spirited Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs and persuasions, to emulate the motive and the noble initiative that can strengthen the ties of unity in the country.

While commending the donor and the entire family of Owa Ofokutu royal family for dedicating the edifice to the glory of God and to service humanity, Oyetola said: “This is a commendable community service. I, therefore, call on other wealthy individuals to emulate this gesture.”

He added: “Beyond the fanfare and the solemn dedication ceremony of today, this event has an underpinning philosophy of ‘all-inclusiveness’ attached to it. The concept of ‘Pan-denominational’ Ecumenical Centre symbolises the onenes and the bonded unity of the Church, which is awesome, and towers above all other mundane considerations.”

“The life and times of Owo Ofokutu and the building of this Ecumenical Centre have great import for the unity of Nigeria and its people. It is a clarion call to us to believe in the things that bind us together.”

The donor, Professor Debo Adeyemi, attributed the gesture to divine inspiration from God.

He urged Nigerian particularly the rich to always share their blessings and wealth with others since they cannot enjoy their wealth while the majority are suffering.

Adeyemi commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for the high sense of patriotism and commitment to the well-being of the citizens.

He extolled the governor for building on the legacy of peace, unity and cohesion, urging him not to relent in his efforts at keeping the state together.

#Newsworthy…