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Sanwo-Olu Boosts Fight Against COVID-19



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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has released N200 million to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response of the Federal Government-run isolation centres that are based in the state. The grant is specifically to ramp up the capacity of the federal isolation centres in Lagos to efficiently manage and cure infections from all identified COVID-19 variants.


This development was disclosed in the governor’s latest update on the state’s COVID-19 response, which was released on Sunday evening.


The beneficiary treatment centres are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi Araba, and Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Ebute Metta, which will get N150 million and N50 million respectively.


Also, the state government announced that its isolation centre situated in the Gbagada General Hospital would now be transformed into fee-paying private wards. The move, Sanwo-Olu said, was in response to the growing requests from patients and families willing to pay for personalised care in government-run facilities, while also protecting their privacy.


Payable fee for the private treatment, the governor noted, will be moderately lower than charges at licensed private hospitals. Sanwo-Olu said the state-owned treatment centre at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba would continue to offer high-quality treatment to all persons, free of charge.

He said: “In view of the rising profile of the Coronavirus disease due to the mutating variants now being discovered globally, and to shore up our containment and management capacity, I have approved the sum of N200 million to support the ongoing patient management and treatment efforts in two Federal Government’s treatment centres in our state. To this end, LUTH will be receiving the sum of N150 million and the FMC Ebute Metta will be receiving N50 million. These sums will be disbursed today, February 1.


“Also, in response to the growing clamour by patients and families who are willing to pay for COVID-19 treatment but would like to do so at a cost that is lower than is currently obtainable at private facilities, Lagos State Government is making efforts to transform the state-owned isolation centre in Gbagada into a fee-paying facility that people can elect to be treated at. While the treatment facility in Yaba will continue to offer free and high-quality treatment to all persons, Gbagada isolation centre will offer treatments at a moderated and affordable cost to those who wish to take advantage of extra offerings like private treatment rooms and more personalised levels of care.”


Despite that oxygen demand has spiked up from 300 cylinders to 400 cylinders per day across state-owned treatment facilities, Sanwo-Olu said the state government would not charge patients who receive oxygen.


The governor said Lagos was working hard to ensure oxygen supply met and surpass the demand, disclosing that the state was on the verge of delivering its second oxygen plant at the Gbagada General Hospital. The new plant will be ready in the next seven days.


According to Sanwo-Olu, when the COVID-19 vaccines are finally delivered to Lagos in the coming days, distribution priorities would be accorded to frontline workers, persons with co-morbidities, essential workers and the elderly who are within the age bracket of 50 to over 65 years.


He said: “The government will keep the integrity of the vaccines intact along the entire supply and distribution chain, while also ensuring approved dosages are complied with. The state will follow up on possible post-vaccination adverse event; the monitoring strategy will be diligently followed in line with protocols of pharmaceutical public safety.”

READ ALSO; COVID-19: Lagos Civil Servants To Work From Home Till Feb 26

The state government condemned what it called “widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols” issued to stem the tide of infection. Sanwo-Olu particularly noted that some event centres’ owners had been operating their facilities outside the acceptable parameters for usage, warning that defaulters would be decisively dealt with.


In line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations of 2021 signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, Sanwo-Olu directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space.


“A breach of the provisions of the presidential regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment or both. Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance,” the governor said.

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Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu Regains Freedom From DSS



Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu Regains Freedom From DSS

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Nollywood veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, has finally regained his freedom from the hands of Nigeria secret security outfit, the Department of State Services (DSS).

This was made known by the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Agu was rearrested by DSS shortly after his release by the Nigerian army last week for wearing the Biafran attire while doing humanity service in Anambra State.

Agu’s action was seen by the government as promoting the ideologies, activities and soliciting for support for the proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

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However, a statement signed by Monalisa Chinda, Communication Director, Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, on Tueday stated that the group through its leadership has secured the release of the 65-year-old Agu.

It read: “The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has yet again secured the release of Actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the DSS.

“On behalf of the Guild, I was at the DSS office with my colleague, the Senior Special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh to receive Mr. Agu today.

“The elated veteran actor thanked God for surviving the ordeal and commended the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria headed by Ejezie Emeka Rollas for their relentless efforts in securing his release from detention.”


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How Zoning Will Produce Two Useless Presidential Candidates – Sanusi



How Zoning Will Produce Two Useless Candidates - Sanusi

Former Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi has warned that the clamour for zoning by politicians will only leave Nigerians with two useless presidential candidates.

Sanusi also urged those who are interested in contesting for the presidency in 2023 to do now for Nigerians to see.

Sanusi said this while chiding politicians arguing on the zoning of presidency to the North or Southern region.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria governor who spoke on Arise TV slammed politicians for being concerned about the zoning of the presidency rather than how to provide a fairer and transparent electoral process to enable the best president to emerge in the forthcoming 2023 election.

“If you want to become the President of Nigeria whether from North or South come out now and show us your face and let us choose.

“There are constitutions in that world that provides for the rotational presidency but I have always objected to this idea that we should focus on where the President comes from.

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“The Southern governors are saying they want the President to come from the South, same thing as Northern governors insisting the president comes from the North but have you noticed no one has come out to give names of who they want?

“This whole zoning to the South and North is about manoeuvring ethnic and regional sentiment to one part of the country and then the big masquerades behind it begin to come out. This is why at the end of the exercise you come up as Nigeria with two equally useless candidates and voters don’t have a choice,” the former Emir said.

He said, even if politicians agree on a rotational presidency, what should be the bone of contention is that a Southern Nigerian shouldn’t feel worse off because the President is from the North and Vice versa.

“The Igbos want the presidency, if you go to Edo State they also want presidency. When are we going to stop this? Meanwhile , we have serious issues before us like electronic transmission of the election.

“When you contest for election in Nigeria you’re not just contesting against your opponent but political thugs, partisan police officers, the judiciary. Why are politicians not talking about how they can give us a more reliable, fairer and transparent process where we can select a good leader but focusing on where the leader should come from?

“Why is zoning the presidency that critical to politicians and the most important thing to discuss at this point when you’re heading towards an election?” Sanusi questioned.


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How Sokoto Community Is Under Siege Of Bandits – Lawmaker



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A member of Sokoto House of Assembly Sa’idu Ibrahim, has narrated how bandits have held a community in Sokoto State under siege.

According to the lawmaker, the bandits who raided Gangara, a community in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, on Tuesday, went in search of soldiers.

The armed gang stormed the community 48 hours after 17 security personnel were gunned down at a military formation in Dama, still Sabon Birni LGA.

Ibrahim said the bandits were now targeting security formations in the area.

He said they were hiding in a place called Tudun Katsira, which is between Bafarawa and Burkusuma, adding, “We are ready to lead them (security operatives) to the place.”

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The lawmaker lamented that the whole of their area was under siege.

“We are living at their mercy, they kill us at will, tell us what and what not to do. No traditional, community or religious leader has a say in his area, it is the bandits that dictate to them,” he said.

“They raided Gangara village twice on Tuesday, first around 5am and when they could not find any security operative to kill, they came back around 3pm shouting ‘Where are the soldiers who claimed to be on our trail, where are they?’

“As they could not find any security operative to kill, they opened fire on residents,” he said.

But the spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, said he had no information on the latest attack.


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