COVID-19: Edo death toll hits 50, govt intensifies campaign on measures to protect the elderly

By Valentine Amanze

Edo State government is worried about the rising cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
Already, the state has recorded 50 deaths with a total of 1,435 people testing positive for the disease.
It has also discharged 840 persons from the state isolation facilities.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who disclosed this in Benin City, noted that over 50 per cent of the deaths recorded in the state fall within the age category of 60 years and above, urging residents to protect themselves and their loved ones.

NSCDC dispels rumour of pipeline vandalism in Lagos

By Valentine Amanze

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dispelled the rumour of pipeline vandalism in Aboru area of Lagos State.

The NSCDC gave the verdict through the Media Assistant to the Commandant General, Ekunola Gbenga.
He said: "We are aware of incorrect social media rumours of damage being caused by vandalism on NNPC Pipeline at Aboru/ Cacatin Canal on July 2, 2020.

"There was no vandalism on NNPC Pipeline at Aboru/ Cacatin Canal on the said day."

SIFAX advocates barge, off dock operations to aid port decongestion

The Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock, Captain Ibraheem Olugbede, has urged all stakeholders in the maritime sector to adopt the option of barge transportation for the movement of consignments from the Lagos seaports.

Olugbade said that the challenges of congestion and traffic caused by bad roads would drastically reduce if credible alternative to road transportation like barge was encouraged by shipping lines and freight agents.

Obi hails Okigbo, Chidubem Obi, Akunyili over international honour

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, Mr. Peter Obi, has praised three illustrious citizens of Anambra State who were celebrated globally for their professional and intellectual excellence, recently.

Imo govt thinkers with modalities for school resumption

By Valentine Amanze

The Imo State government may soon reopen schools in the state, which were shutdown because of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Already, the state government has disclosed that it woul soon meet with stakeholders in the Education Sector, including parents and heads of private and public schools to collectively work out the re-opening modalities in line with COVID-19 protocols.

Maize farmers reject CBN’s distribution process for Anchor Borrowers loan

By Ummi Ismaeel, Minna

Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MFAN), Niger State chapter, has rejected the process adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the distribution of its Anchor Borrowers’ loan scheme to boost production in the year, 2020 farming season.

The rejection followed a protest by the MFAN members in Chanchaga Local Government Area, insisting that the process and conditions attached to the CBN Anchor Borrowers loan for members in the current cropping season was highly unfavouable.

Refund workers’ 50% salary cut now, Niger Assembly orders governor

By Ummi Ismaeel,

Niger State House of Assembly has rejected the decision by the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, to cut salaries of civil servants and therefore ordered the governor to refund the 50 percent salary cut in the previous months or to face the consequences of his actions.

The Chairman, Niger State House of Assembly Committee on Labour and Productivity, Abdulmalik Madaki, who condemned the decision by Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello to cut workers’ salary by 50 percent, said that it was unlawful and inhumane.

Fayose warns Adesina: Don’t wake a sleeping lion

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has warned presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, not to “wake a sleeping lion”.

Reacting to Adesina’s latest piece, Fayose said that failure to heed his warning could attract consequences that Adesina would be unable to cope with.

The presidential spokesman was reported to have said that Buhari would have “dealt with” Fayose and Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, over their “combative remarks” but chose to tolerate the duo as a father of the nation.

Akeredolu appoints two aides

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of Mr. Oluwole Moneyin and Mrs. Charity Thiti as Special Assistants on Special Duties and Women Mobilisation.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Olusegun Ajiboye, stated in Akure on Sunday that the appointments were to further strengthen the administration for optimum performance.

He said that the governor wished the appointees the best of luck in their new positions.

Ondo SSG, Ifedayo Abegunde, resigns

The Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde, has resigned his appointment.

Abegunde confirmed his resignation on Monday.

Although he did not give any reason for his decision, the former SSG said that he would make his next line of action known soon.

He informed the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, about his decision in a letter dated July 6, 2020.

The former SSG thanked Governor Akeredolu for the opportunity given to him to serve the people of the state.