By Ali Abare.
Since the outbreak of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, with it’s attendant health and economic consequences, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has not rested on his oars, in his bid to banish the coronavirus scourge from the state.
Determined to leave no stone unturned in the quest to protect the people of the state from the pandemic, Engineer Sule has known no rest, running from pillar to post, in order to harness both human and financial resources to combat the spread of the virus.
Recent statistics indicate that 1, 446, 242 persons contracted the coronavirus around the world, with 308, 146 patients recovering from the pandemic. 83, 424 people however died from COVID-19. In Nigeria, the pandemic is spreading at an alarming rate, with already 254 positive cases recorded. While 44 persons recovered from the virus, 6 deaths were however recorded.
Though Nasarawa State is yet to record a single case of COVID-19, it has however become imperative for the state government to take pre-emptive measures towards protecting the people of the state. This has become even more evident, considering the proximity of the state to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which has continued to record confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Following on the heels of the National Economic Council (NEC), which set up a special committee to coordinate the responses of the federal and state governments to COVID-19, with a view to determining its implication for the economy of the country, the Governor equally constituted the Nasarawa State Committee on COVID-19, headed by a renowned medical doctor and Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.
Since its inauguration, the Nasarawa State COVID-19 Committee has swung into action, ensuring that the state takes every conceivable step towards preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Briefing the media recently on some of the measures taken by his administration aimed at protecting the people of the state against COVID-19, Engineer Sule, noted that even though the state is yet to record any incidence regarding the pandemic, report from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Health, showing the alarming spread of the pandemic, called for stringent measures to curtail the spread of the virus in Nasarawa State.
Restriction of movement was subsequently enforced, with a 24-hour curfew imposed in Karu Local Government Area, as from April 2, 2020, for an initial period of 14 days. Lafia, the state capital came under a partial curfew, with movement restricted from 8pm to 6am. All markets were ordered closed.
This is just as the state government directed security agencies to enforce the ban on social gathering, including wedding and naming ceremonies. Worship centres, including Mosques and Churches, have been ordered shut, including event centres, cinemas, viewing centres, sport arenas, clubs and beer parlours.
While reiterating the commitment of his administration to continuously monitor closely, implementation of additional measures taken to contain the spread of the virus, Engineer Sule, harped on the need for the people to maintain social distancing as directed by the Federal Government.
A measure that is being taken across the country to contain the spread of the COVID-19, is the establishing of isolation centres for the treatment of persons who already tested positive to the virus, with both the federal government and states making efforts to set up their isolation centres.
Nasarawa State is not left behind in this respect, as Engineer Sule is working tirelessly to make sure that the state sets up befitting isolation centres. Alongside the 110-bed isolation centre at the DASH, the Governor only recently inspected a facility built to serve as hostels for persons displaced by floods, located in Shabu, Lafia North Development Area, to be converted to a 300-bed isolation centre.
While inspecting the facility, Engineer Sule directed for work to start immediately for its conversion to an isolation centre, with beds and other equipment already being expected.
Speaking to the media on the matter, on the occasion of a courtesy call by the national officials of the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA), the Governor made it known that there is every need to prepare for any eventuality, especially with the state’s closeness to Abuja, which has continued to record more cases of COVID-19.
“We started work on the 300-bed isolation centre we are opening up in Shabu.
“We are trying to pray for the best, but to prepare for the worst. That is our situation in Nasarawa State. We are trying to ensure that the only way we can protect our people, is by preparing for any eventuality, while praying that that eventuality will not come,” the Governor stated.
Thus, the 300-bed isolation centre is still a work in progress, which when completed, will carry the insignia of Engineer Sule, known for his impeccable excellence in whatever he undertakes.
For a Governor that has left no one in doubt as for his zeal and determination towards making sure Nasarawa State has the best of facilities, in line with the vision of his administration to make the state among the top three most competitive states by 2023, recent uncomplimentary remarks about the yet-to-be completed Shabu Isolation Centre, borders more on distraction.
For this reason, it has become necessary, to appeal to the people of the state, not to distract the Governor through such antics, but to join him and support him, on his tasking responsibility to protect the people of Nasarawa State against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abare is a Special Assistant on Media to His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State.
FCTA, NAPTIP Sign MoU On Women Rehabilitation Centre In FCT.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the territory.
A presss statement signed by SA, Media Austine Elemue said the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the signing of the MoU called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, just as she revealed that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The Minister commended the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in person, also called for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights. She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society. And today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to go out of her ways to look for more decent accommodation for our vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under this period of two years, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties. And as the custodial of state charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come”, the minister affirmed.
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youth, while praying that the facility would provides the needed shelter to all those in need.
Speaking earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in person and other related offences.
She, however, assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, stressing that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
According to her; “You have been very supportive to our agency. I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU. Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Thank you so much because it is going to be a joint collaboration between FCTA and NAPTIP. I can assure you that we are going to make good use of the facility”.
Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.
By Yahaya Idris, Idah.
The Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation (SAAF), has condoled with the immediate family and Igala kingdom over the death of the Attah Igala, HRM. Dr. Michael Ameh Oboni II.
The foundation delegation ably led by its Chairman, Hon. Prince Idoko Daniel Ogacheko and was received by the Chief Mourner the Son of late Attah, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni
Prince Ogacheko, who convened the message of Grand Patron of the foundation Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, condoled the deceased’s family, as having described late Attah as a peaceful, cordial and amiable father to all.
Prince Ogacheko prayed to God to give his family, friends, associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Unfortunately, death is not a letter that is bodily written on human face and nobody knows who is next”.
But God, who is sovereign does whatsoever He pleases as He is the ultimate decider of human life,” the foundation said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni expressed gratitude to Audu’s Foundation for coming down to identified with them. He pray to God to grant them journey mercy to their destination.
Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour
Chairman Nasarawa state House of Assembly committee on Urban development and member representing Awe south constituency Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, has called for government urgent intervention to reconstruct the Azara bridge which was washed away by flood as a result of heavy down pour.
The lawmaker who was accompanied by the contractor Rim construction company sympathized with the people of Azara development Area over the unfortunate incident and expressed concern on how the bridge linking Azara community with other parts of the world was completely washed away making life more difficult to commuters and residents of the area.
“I’m shocked at the level of damaged cause by this flood which resulted to the collapsed of this bridge linking Azara and other communities as my people cannot longer go outside and come back to the town.
“this is the only road that linked Azara to other communities and apart from been endowed with mineral and agricultural potentials it also border Taraba, plateau and Benue states.
“this is a serious ploblem therefore I’m calling on the state government to urgently come to our rescue and thank God we have a listening and hard working Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule whom am very confident he will do something urgently, Hon Suleiman added.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, one of the commuters Lawan Yakubu makori attributed the incident to carelessness on the part of users who doesn’t care about existing of the affected bridge even when it started developing faults.
According to him the Azara bridge was gradually been washing away for about four months now whenever it rains but action has not been taking until it finally collapsed as a result of a recent heavy down pour cutting off the area completely.
He appreciated the lawmaker Suleiman Yakubu Azara for the visit saying it has rekindle their hope.
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