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COVID-19: Why Nasarawa is taking proactive steps to curtail spread of virus-Engineer Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi said that the state is taking proactive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic because Nasarawa shares boundaries with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),Kaduna and Benue states, that have already recorded confirmed cases of the virus.

Engineer Sule stated this while playing host to a delegation from the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, led by the Emir of Lafia, HRH, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), at the Government House, on Thursday.

The Governor informed the traditional rulers, who were at the Government House, to donate money towards the fight against coronavirus, that even though the state is yet to record a single case of COVID-19, Nasarawa could not afford to pretend as if the pandemic does not exist.

He disclosed that as part of the proactive steps being taken by his administration aimed at protecting the people of the state, a facility built to house persons displaced by flood, located in Shabu, will be partially converted to a 300-bed isolation centre.

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Engineer Sule further revealed that already some private sector individuals have decided that they will assist the state towards setting up a standard isolation centre.

The Governor equally informed the royal fathers of the ongoing effort to complete the Diagnostic Infectious Diseases Centre, located in the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), started by the previous administration of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, in order for the state to be fully prepared against not only coronavirus but any other similar challenge.

He explained that his administration is working hard to ensure completion of the project, especially that it has already secured goodwill from institutions and private sector individuals who expressed willingness to assist the state to finish work at the centre.

Engineer Sule stated that, so far, the past Senator Al-makura administration has expended close to N500m on the construction of the building housing the centre but that it will require additional N2bn to complete and fully equip the centre.

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Commenting on the total locked down imposed in Karu Local Government Area, the Governor commended the Etsu Karu, HRH Pharmacist Luka Panya Baba, Chairman of the council, Hon. Samuel Akala, as well as other stakeholders, for ensuring full compliance with the locked down.

He however noted that security has to be beefed up in the area to ensure that residents comply by the social distancing regulation.

“We don’t have one positive, confirmed case yet, but the way Nasarawa State is taking it, is like we are worse than Lagos. The reason is exactly what the Emir of Nasarawa said. We are surrounded by states that already have infected people.

“If that is the case, Nasarawa should not pretend as if there is no disease like that. That is why we are doing everything possible to see how we can protect our people by taking all the proactive steps,” the Governor stated.

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Speaking on the donations received by the government, N2.5m from the traditional rulers and N5m from the Multiverse Mining Company, Engineer Sule promised that the monies will go straight into a dedicated account for fighting COVID-19, assuring that it will be judiciously used to assist citizens of the state going for coronavirus test, patients going for treatment, as well as provide palliatives for people who may face challenges as a result of measures taken by government to combat the spread of the pandemic.

Earlier, Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who spoke on behalf of the traditional council, described the situation of the state as precarious considering that Abuja, Kaduna and Benue states have all recorded positive cases of coronavirus.

The royal father said members of the council thought it wise to give their contribution to support the effort of government to fight the pandemic.

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FCTA, NAPTIP Sign MoU On Women Rehabilitation Centre In FCT.  

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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”.

 

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Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.

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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.

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“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.

 

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Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour

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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.

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“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.

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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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