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COVID-19: “NCDC Hasn’t Tested Us” – Abba Kyra’s Aides Cry Out

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SOME staff in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari have said that they were living in fears since their principal tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Recall that the Chief of Staff reportedly tested positive for the dreaded disease and had gone for self-isolation where he is receiving treatment.

It was reported that some staff in his office that had directt contact with him also tested positive for the virus.

However, majority of the staff in his office who proceeded on self-isolation in compliance with the directives of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, have claimed that they are still waiting to be tested for COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of them who spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity said that they were now living in fears as the NCDC has not reached out to them for test.

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A source in the presidency and specifically at the Chief of Staff office said, “We are now in God’s hands. Some of us have even volunteered to be tested but the NCDC is saying that it is only when one manifests the symptoms that they will test him.

” It is only God that will help us including you the journalists that cover the State House. Maybe what they are saying is that if anyone has the virus, let the person die and this has brought a lot of fear everywhere.

“Even people have started to be afraid of the test kits because of the kind of information out there that the kits for the test are infested with the virus. This has even made it impossible for people to go out again for the test.

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“The only consolation we have now is that the whole office has been fumigated, that settles everything,” the Presidency source said.

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Nigeria At 60: Gov Obaseki Salutes Edo Citizens, Nigerians

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As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our great nation Nigeria, I salute all Edo citizens and Nigerians, who have continued to work towards actualizing the vision of a truly great and prosperous country.

I also rejoice with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on this auspicious occasion.

Despite our travails and challenges as a country, we give thanks to Almighty God for preserving us as a people and ensuring that the labour of our heroes past has not been in vain.

The just concluded governorship poll in Edo State is evidence of the commitment of the government and people to the deepening of our democracy, which invariably is the instrument for the upliftment of our people and improving our collective wellbeing.

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We are conscious of the daunting task of charting the course of our collective destiny, and the personal and collective sacrifices required, but remain committed to upholding the unity of our country and striving together to attain assured greatness.

We are confident that after 60 years of nationhood and having surmounted numerous obstacles and uncertainties, our faith in the future of our country remain unwavering, as we continue to forge ahead as one indivisible and prosperous nation.

Happy Independence Anniversary. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed
Mr. Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

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Nigeria At 60: Ortom Tasks Countrymen On Equity, Patriotism

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom urges Nigerians to uphold the virtues of sincerity, justice and fairness while rejecting impunity, to enable the country realize its full potential as a prosperous nation and the true giant of Africa.

The Governor also admonishes Nigerians to sustain their faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome the current security and economic challenges.

He says what the nation needs at this time are men and women of honour and integrity who can stand for the rule of law and promote the values as well as the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.

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The Governor states that the grace of Almighty God has guided Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence, and expresses optimism that the same God will continue to steer the ship of the country away from doom.

He states that only sustained synergy between the Federal Government and states, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.

The Governor reaffirms the commitment of the Benue State Government to addressing development challenges of the state by making the agriculture value chain a priority so as to engage young people in productive ventures.

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He thanks Benue people for the support given to his administration in the last five years and pledges to reciprocate the goodwill with impressive performance as he is already doing.

Governor Ortom says his administration will sustain the tempo of providing development projects in all parts of the state.

He points out the domestication of the Pensions Law last year and the recent signing of the Health Insurance Scheme which gave rise to the establishment of the State Health Insurance Agency as some of the polices put in place by his administration to positively impact on the lives of the people.

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The Governor wishes the people of Benue State and other Nigerians a peaceful Independence celebration.

 

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Nasarawa Organizes Parley For Three Arms Of Government On Way Forward, Says It Will Deepen The Democratic Process – Gov Sule

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Rt. Hon. Speaker NSHA, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

Nasarawa State Government has convened a summit bringing together members of the three arms of government, namely the executive, legislature and judiciary, with a view to understanding and appreciating their distinct roles.

The summit, which is the first of its kind since the creation of the state, was organized by the office of the Secretary of the Government of Nasarawa State, which held at the Government House, on Thursday.

The parley between the three arms of government was part of activities marking the 60th and 24th anniversaries of Nigeria and Nasarawa State respectively.

Speaking at the event, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said the summit will provide the opportunity for the arms of government to understand each other, even as he emphasized that the executive arm of government is receiving maximum support from the legislature and judiciary.

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Engineer Sule added that the summit will also deepen the democratic process in the state, towards the socio-economic development of the society.

Former Governor and now Senator representing Nasarawa West, HE, Abdullahi Adamu

The Governor explained that top government functionaries and other critical stakeholders, from the three arms of government, to facilitate the cross fertilization of ideas, share experience, as well as appraising distinct responsibilities of the arms.

He stressed that this was with a view to evolving the needed enduring synergy for a conflict free administration, as well as reinforcing interdependence of each of the arms, according to the tenets of the constitution.

“This is in line with the pledge which I made when I took over the mantle of leadership, to create the enabling environment for the arms of government to effectively and efficiently, discharge their responsibilities, for peace, progress and development of our dear state,” Engineer Sule statDikkoKO

Nasarawa Chief Judge, Hon. Suleiman Dikko

Engineer Sule said his administration has supported the call for the independence of the legislature through the provision of required tools for it to carry out its statutory functions with minimum hitch.

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This is even as he added that his administration has continued to sustain its regards and reverence to the judiciary and its independence, towards quick dispensation of justice and the interpretations of the laws.

The Governor further emphasized that, considering the journey so far, especially towards entrenching the democratic process, in tune with global best practices, the existing unity of purpose, have been inspirational, which has given the administration the needed strength to forge ahead in the collective commitment to provide leadership for growth and development.

He noted that it’s however pertinent to often review certain tendencies that could jeopardize the seeming harmonious relationship between the arms of government, which informed the need for the summit.

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The Governor then harped on the need for maturity and tolerance so that the arms of government can work together to the benefit of Nasarawa State and the people.

Nasarawa SSG

Other speakers at the event include, the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe, the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Prof. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana and the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage, among others.

The summit has the theme: “Examining the Role of Government on Security and Economy of Nasarawa State.”

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