Plateau Government debunks report of Coronavirus case in Jos

PRESS RELEASE

NO CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONA VIRUS IN PLATEAU STATE -GOVERNOR LALONG

Plateau State Government has refuted trending news in the social media alleging that there was an index case of confirmed Corona Virus in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Since the circulation of this fake news, there has been rising concern and anxiety within and outside the state.
According to the fake news, “one Hassan Sale, an influential personality from Gangare area of Jos, in Jos North LGA, an ally of Senator Bala Muhammad Governor of Bauchi State, has developed symptoms similar to those of Corona Virus (COVID-19) having been come in contact with the Governor recently”.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Government of Plateau State wishes to state unequivocally that this assertion is false amounting to a misinformation.
Prior to this rumour however, the Ministry of Health, Plateau State swiftly acted by taking the specimen of Hassan Sale, and sent same for examination.
We are happy to announce to Plateau people and indeed to the whole world that both the preliminary and the confirmatory results of the specimen standing in the name of Hassan Sale are negative.
In the light of this development therefore, Government wishes to call on all and sundry to discountenance such misinformation and also state categorically that as at this moment, there is no known case of Corona Virus found in Plateau State.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong who is the Chairman of the Plateau State COVID-19 Emergency Response Committee wishes to use this opportunity to appeal to the Plateau people to continue to adhere to preventive measures by washing their hands regularly, staying at home and maintaining social diatance. They should also be mindful of the kind of news they pick on the street or from the Social Media space. It will do them good to verify such from the appropriate quarters please.
He assures the people that Government is working day and night through all its response Committees to ensure the enforcement of all measures put in place to safeguard the them against the disease and ensure that Plateau State does not record any case.
Think Plateau, Act Plateau.

Dan Manjang,
Honourable Commissioner,
Information and Communication,
Plateau State.
28th March 2020.

Presidential Address: Abuja, Lagos, Ogun to be shut down for a period of 2 weeks

ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC SUNDAY 29TH MARCH, 2020

  1. Fellow Nigerians,
  2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.
  3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.
  4. Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.
  5. By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.
  6. Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.
  7. As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.
  8. We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time.
  9. For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.
  10. As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus.
  11. Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries.
  12. Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians.
  13. Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC are doing, led by the Presidential Task Force.
  14. Although we have adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs have been tailored to reflect our local realities.
  15. In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach.
  16. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.
  17. To date, we have introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds.
  18. Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country.
  19. In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts.
  20. Accordingly, as a Government, we will continue to rely on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.
  21. I therefore urge all citizens to adhere to their guidelines as they are released from time to time.
  22. As we are all aware, Lagos and Abuja have the majority of confirmed cases in Nigeria. Our focus therefore remains to urgently and drastically contain these cases, and to support other states and regions in the best way we can.
  23. This is why we provided an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the national response as we fight to contain and control the spread.
  24. We also created a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to develop a workable National Response Strategy that is being reviewed on a daily basis as the requirements change. This strategy takes international best practices but adopts them to suit our unique local circumstances.
  25. Our goal is to ensure all States have the right support and manpower to respond immediately.
  26. So far, in Lagos and Abuja, we have recruited hundreds of adhoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts.
  27. I also requested, through the Nigeria Governors Forum, for all State Governments to nominate Doctors and Nurses who will be trained by the NCDC and Lagos State Government on tactical and operational response to the virus in case it spreads to other states.
  28. This training will also include medical representatives from our armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies.
  29. As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.
  30. As I mentioned earlier, as at this morning we had ninety-seven confirmed cases. Majority of these are in Lagos and Abuja. All the confirmed cases are getting the necessary medical care.
  31. Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with.
  32. The few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.
  33. We are therefore working to ensure such inter state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.
  34. Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
  35. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.
  36. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.
  37. We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.
  38. This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.
  39. Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
    a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
    b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
    c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
    d. private security companies are also exempted.
  40. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
  41. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.
  42. All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.
  43. Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.
  44. Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.
  45. Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.
  46. We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.
  47. However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.
  48. As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.
  49. For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.
  50. Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps.
  51. Furthermore, I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.
  52. I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.
  53. For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.
  54. For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks.
  55. We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need.
  56. As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.
  57. This is why I directed that all Federal Government Stadia, Pilgrims camps and other facilities be converted to isolation centers and makeshift hospitals.
  58. My fellow Nigerians, as a Government, we will avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery. We remain committed to do whatever it takes to confront COVID-19 in our country.
  59. We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.
  60. At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.
  61. I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control.
  62. Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.
  63. I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities.
  64. I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.
  65. I thank you all for listening. May God continue to bless and protect us all.

President Muhammadu Buhari
29th March 2020.

Kaduna Gov. El-Rufai announces he has tested positive for Coronavirus, appeals for prayers

KADUNA UPDATE: Statement by Malam Nasir El-Rufai on his Covid-19 Test Results, 28 March 2020

Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.

According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms.

I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.

It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.

The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
28th March 2020

Opinion: The Rise and Rise of Sen. Ishaku Abbo-SIA through the chronicles of history

Written by Satmak DAPAR, Editor-in-chief, Satisprime Reporters (Abuja)

This article aspires to accomplish two (2) missions literally. Firstly, it is written to justify the possibilities that young people, in the spirit of renewed struggles can achieve extraordinary dreams and ambitions as their future unfolds, using the Senator Representing Adamawa North at Nigeria’s Apex Legislative Chamber Sen. Ishaku Elisha Abbo-SIA as a reference point. Secondly, the article seeks to articulate a bold vision for a new Adamawa where the hopes and aspirations of young people can blossom regardless of any prevailing situation.

Prior to 2019 general elections, Sen. Ishaku Abbo-SIA was not known by me. Never in the history of my over 10 years of journalism practice have I come across his name or met him in person. It was perhaps at the twilight of my master’s degree in far-away Northern Cyprus-Turkey sometime in 2018 that some friends from Adamawa state started mentioning his name as one of the young but bold political gladiators springing up in the “Land of Beauty, Hospitality and Sunshine.” His name came cascading through my mind and I swung into action to do a little research about him. I later realised he had already thrown his hat in the ring for senate under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Literally and thankfully, he won the election. His victories during the primary and secondary elections as well as at the tribunal and court of appeal meant something significant. Obviously, It was a watershed in the annals of Adamawa politics, a victory for the struggle of young people to mount the saddle and make a difference and more than anything else, it was a victory for democracy. His victory, albeit, wasn’t on a platter of gold but it was worth the struggle and an eloquent testimony that there was no limit to the dreams and ambitions of young people in Adamawa and Nigeria by extension to what they can achieve. Many visible and invisible political arsenals were set in motion to draw the carpet under his feet so he could fall politically but his tenacity of purpose, rich political credentials, strong blueprint and strategies gave him the chance to weather the storm and fulfil destiny.

Consequently, an oddyssey through the red chamber within a span of 1 year, Sen. Ishaku Abbo-SIA continues to make an incredible impact and far-reaching influence by raising critical voices on national issues and articulating goal, action and people-oriented bills/motions especially in the context of national security, youth employment, power shortages, critical infrastructure and many others.

Quite recently, through his intervention, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Board and management of NEDC overwhelmingly approved the rehabilitation of electric/ power infrastructure and reconnection of Michika and Madagali as well as other 46 communities to the National grid. Very commendable indeed!

Similarly, as part of efforts to foster quality education in his constituency of Adamawa North, his Bill seeking the establishment of a modern Federal College of Education (FCE) Michika had passed 1st reading on the floor of the Senate thereby creating hope for the re-awakening of lost opportunities.

In the same token, on many occasions, he has reeled out scholarships for his constituents to enable them overcome the financial challenges confronting them in school. Many others are empowered economically in order to become productive members of the world economy. I’m especially pleased by the fact that the senator is doing all of these things for the sake of conscience and posterity as reflected in his many speeches, interviews, media chats and associations with the grassroots. Quite fascinating!

Furthermore, through his intervention again, the federal government through the ministry of water resources is constructing 2 major water Dams under Kwaja ward of Mubi South and Muchalla Ward of Mubi North and interestingly, over 250,000 people will benefit from them including farmers. Water is a basic necessity of life. The provision of water to those in dire need is the greatest achievement in the 21st century.

Quite promising is the fact that recently, he wrote something that moved many to tears. It reads below:

Today I led my staff and team of young Engineers to the border village of Mukta the only 100% Higgi Speaking community in Fali Land of Mubi North, Adamawa state, North East Nigeria. These are completely forgotten people with NO clinic, No proper school, No electricity and NO ACCESS road to link them up with the rest of us Nigerians. We had to trek long distance and eventually hired motor bikes to take us to the village. I have hired Bulldozers to Open up access roads for these wonderful and resilient Nigerians to link up with our culture, people and market. I hope this little gesture will rekindle their hopes in their country Nigeria.

The above commentary is a reflection of his campaign promises being fulfilled. Using his time, passion and enthusiasm to ameliorate the pains of his people as well as enhance sustainable development throughout his constituency is a dream come true for many constituents. This is because they’re constantly hoping for the dividends of democracy to come their way so they could feel a great sigh of relief. It’s fair to say that SIA is daring to do the extraordinary and doing what had not been done in recent history.

Through his dint of vision, leadership and hardwork, the distinguished senate President Ahmad Lawan found him worthy to be member of the following senate committees:

1. Deputy Chairman Committee on NAVY
2. Member Committee on AGRICULTURE
3. BUDGET and NATIONAL PLANNING
4. YOUTH and SPORTS
5. TRADE AND INVESTMENT
6. POVERTY ALLEVIATION & SOCIAL    INVESTMENT PROGRAM (SIP)
7. SPECIAL DUTIES
8. INTERIOR
9. DEFENCE.

His performance so far has been satisfactory and in that sense, he has had ample opportunities to take the lead in higher leadership responsibilities while boosting his profile, creating a niche for himself in the world of possibilities and earning countless awards of honour and accolades from different organisations like the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), the IACDI Icon of democracy award, Civil Society Honours, student and youth bodies as well as corporate organisations. God also rewards excellence, sterling performance and honest service to humanity.

Senator Ishaku Abbo hails from Muchalla ward, Mubi North LGA of Adamawa state, Nigeria. His story is an inspiring one. He rose from grass to grace. He passed through the murky waters of life and continues to rise and achieve greatness in different ramifications of leadership. He believed and still believes in his extraordinary leadership potentials and vision. His belief in greatness is essentially what is giving rise to his underlying relevance and prominence in the political space. As a one time Principal Special Assistant to the Governor of Adamawa State from 2007 – 2011, a chairmanship aspirant in his Local Government as well as the current youngest senator in the 9th Assembly, his passion for development is second to none. By virtue of his heart for Adamawa Northerners, he has paid off the medical bills of many constituents suffering critically from different ailments including the cases of a man burnt heavily by fire and a woman bound in chains who had mental problem from depression, for example, on the 20th of February 2019 he visited Federal Medical Center (FMC) and paid the medical bills of every patient. His foundation has executed historic and promising humanitarian services in Adamawa by visiting the prisons and other vulnerable communities needing life-saving essentials. It is just fascinating to know he’s determined to bequeath legacies capable of standing the test of time. No doubt, he’s paying his dues heavily and helping to re-write the history of Adamawa North.

SEN. ISHAKU ABBO-SIA AND 2023

2019 had come and gone like a twinkle of an eye. 2023 is at hand. It will come and pass away like a flash of light. Politicians and gubernatorial hopefuls are beginning to oil their campaign machineries by developing strategies, hosting meetings behind the curtains, consulting widely, engaging the youths and raising structures. New faces will emerge on the political scene, old politicians might want to stage a come back and take charge of politics in order to renew their influence and relevance. Similarly, those in positions currently might throw their hats in the ring for higher positions. This is politics ultimately! By right, SIA can vote and be voted for. He meets all constitutional requirements to run for any office. On the one hand, anybody who meets the requirements can contest. On the other hand, it is about telling your success story, heralding your achievements and articulating your antecedents so they could be judged in the court of public opinion. Adamawa politics is very dicey to say the least. It is replete with countless interests and permutations. But one thing that sounds promising is the fact that, young people are beginning to take centre stage and raise the bar whilst determining how the journey starts and ends.

Principally, SIA’s influence and tentacles in Adamawa are spreading like wild fire. He’s pitching his tent with the right people and summoning the courage to change the course of history and re-invent the wheel. His accomplishments before and after becoming a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are boundless in both space and time. He’s an astute strategist, seasoned politician and a round peg in a round hole. He’s writing his name with gold in the sands of history as he continues to rise astronomically. Undoubtedly, he’s fighting the good fight and advocating for justice, peace and unity among his people. He takes delight in bringing himself to the level where his people are. He Honours invitations to attend traditional, wedding and other events concerning his constituency. This is one of the reasons he’s becoming increasingly popular and more loved by his people. Having performed and still performs satisfactorily as a Senator, he’s got to move further beyond Adamawa North to build a future of hope and prosperity as well as reposition the entire state for sustainable growth and development. The best of him is certainly yet to come. With SIA, Adamawa has an assurance of a future to come. It was possible for him to win his senatorial contest despite forces against him in 2019. It is possible for his gubernatorial ambition in 2023 to see the light of day. It was possible for the likes of Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anan and many other African leaders of thought who made indelible mark. It is also possible for SIA as he journeys through the verdent valleys of politics to redefine governance. Criticism is not ruled out in his quest to do something of great significance in Adamawa. Many critics acting different scripts aren’t resting on their oars to pin him down but they more those obstacles spring up, the more he triumphs and change the narratives thereby wining the sympathy and support of his people. For example, when the social media was inundated in June 2019 about a video of him assaulting a woman, his enemies thought they had finally brought him down but in the spirit of humility, he cleared himself, made a public apology during a press conference to indicate how sorry he was. Everything was resolved amicably and life went on. He’s human and he’s got some weaknesses but the reality is that, his areas of strength and goodwill far outweigh his weaknesses.

Conclusively, I implore Senator Ishaku Abbo never to give up on his dreams and aspirations. He has all it takes to govern Adamawa. He’s still on the rise and no man can limit or restrict his impact. He shouldn’t give in to distractions but should read the handwriting on the wall each and everyday in order to secure a strong and promising future. He should continue his good works without minding whose ox is gored. Change is possible and I believe the change Adamawa yearns for is about to manifest.

God bless Adamawa State and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Satmak DAPAR can be reached via 08030546215 or satmakdapar1@gmail.com

Borno Gov. Zulum announces N23.5m for families of 47 fallen soldiers

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was on Friday at Maimalari military barracks in Maiduguri where he announced cash support of N23.5m as support to families of 47 soldiers killed by boko haram last Sunday in Yobe state.

Each family is to receive N500,000 not as compensation for losing priceless lives but as social protection at tough economic times caused by COVID-19 inspired lockdowns across the country.

Zulum, received by the G.O.C, 7 Division of the Nigerian army, Brigadier General A.K Ibrahim, was there to convey condolences and solidarity with the military’s ‘operation lafiya dole’ which is involved in the fight against the insurgents.

“The Government and people of Borno state share the grief of the Nigerian military, particularly those of bereaved families of the soldiers who died last week at a time the country is faced with pandemic. We pray for the repose of the souls of these gallant soldiers and we salute and appreciate their supreme sacrifices. Nothing can compensate for losing these precious brothers and patriotic Nigerians. We commiserate with their families and because we are at a tough and unprecedented times, the government of Borno will support each family with N500,000. Importantly also, we hope the unfortunate incident will not dampen the spirit of our gallant military in our shared fight against boko haram” Zulum said.

Addresses widows, announce SMEs

Our correspondent reports that after meeting the GOC, the Borno Governor addressed widows and other family women living at the Maimalari barracks. He directed that an accurate and verifiable list of all widows and families be compiled with each identifying her choice of small scale business and bank account details attached to every name so that government can transfer startups to them”.

“You the widows and those married women with children have bore the impact of the sacrifices made by your soldier-husbands. We know your pains and we share them. We are mightily proud of your husbands and we salute them and you who stand by them. We will support you in ways we can and we will support you directly through your bank accounts so that you start business and boost the ones you are doing” Zulum said to the ovation of the women.

2 transformers, 2 boreholes for Mailari barrack

While at the Maimalari barrack, Governor Zulum announced the release of additional transformer to enhance power supply. Zulum, as confirmed by the 7 Div GOC, had weeks back, released a transformer already being used at the barrack.

The Governor also announced the drilling of two boreholes with distribution lines to families.

Zulum also promised to renovate a dilapidated primary school used by children of soldiers at the barrack in order to increase access to education.

Soldiers and their families openly expressed gratitude to the Governor whom the GOC, General Ibrahim described as a true father that has accorded genuine support and empathy for the military.

Former VP Atiku Abubakar pledges N50m to fight Corona Virus in Nigeria

Mesaage from Atiku Abubakar

Corona Virus: Nigerians Deserve Palliative Measures.

As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian state governments who have proactively taken measures, such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting down non-essential markets and other places of mass gatherings, while also giving guidelines for social distancing.

However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown. It is, therefore, incumbent on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them to survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their safety.

At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, the government should devise modalities to distribute N10,000 as a supplement for foodstuff to each household, among other palliative measures, with no one left behind.

It is thus time for the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, perhaps by teleconference (in line with the demands of social distancing), to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens.

I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that the government can reach the unbanked with financial assistance. I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be.

I commend all individuals and corporate organisations who have one way or the other provided some form of relief for the Nigerian people. In essence, this is what makes Nigeria great, when we help each other at such crisis times as this, irrespective of any differences. I further call on more corporations and individuals with capacity, to assist the public in these trying times.

To this end, Priam Group pledges N50 million on my behalf as my humble contribution to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus package.

Qua’anpan LG chairman Hon. Kwallu to execute health initiatives against Covid-19

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to rage throughout the world and as part of measures to contain its wild spread, the executive chairman of Qua’anpan Local Government council Hon. Isaac Kwallu is putting modalities and logistics in place to implement different health iniatives in order to make the people of Qua’anpan safe against the pandemic. Satisprime Reporters gathered that In view of the outbreak, the Hon chairman would embark on massive sensitisation as well as the distribution of hand sanitizers and face mask among others to the people. The Chairman this medium gathered has set up a committee of Health practitioners under the Disease control unit of the local government council, under the supervision of the supervisory councillor for Health Hon Na’anyil Dakogol to ensure that everyone gets the awareness on the dreaded virus. The sensitisation will be done across the nooks and crannies of Qua’anpan so that the information on how to stay safe and prevent the disease from spreading will be effective. This is a step in the right direction as the virus has killed thousands in Italy, China, Spain, Turkey, United States and other vulnerable countries. The implementation of the health initiatives is part of the agenda of the chairman to review the public health policies of the Local Government with a view to strengthening mechanisms and reeling out sustainable plans of action for the enhancement of quality health care delivery in the best interest of Qua’anpan Local Government. Satisprime Reporters will give further updates in the course of time.

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