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COVID-19: Engineer Sule appeals to security agents to enforce interstate lockdown



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With three citizens of the state returning from high risk areas testing positive to coronavirus, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has appealed to security agents in the country, to ensure they enforce the interstate lockdown.

Engineer Sule made the appeal on Thursday at the Government House, while briefing the press on the activities of his administration to control and contain further spread of the pandemic.

The two new positive cases are females that returned recently to the state from Lagos but were quarantined.

The Governor pointed out that no matter what decisions and steps the state government took, towards protecting the citizens of the state against COVID-19, it still rest with the security agents to enforce such decisions.

Engineer Sule equally appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with government by identifying and reporting returnees from high risk areas, who may have beaten all the checkpoints to return to the state, so they can be isolated.

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He said this has become necessary in order for the government to protect the rest of the state from further infection.

Updating the people of the state on the pandemic, Engineer Sule expressed concern that the state has yet again recorded two more positive cases, making a total of three COVID-19 positive cases.

The Governor disclosed that 40 returnees were quarantined at the state owned Isa Mustapha Polytechnic Lafia, having returned home from identified high risk areas.

He added that during the process of quarantining the returnees, government has to ensure samples of the returnees were tested, following which 12 samples were taken, out of which 2 returned positive.

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Engineer Sule said the two new positive cases have since been moved from the quarantine centre back to isolation centre at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, where the index case is under isolation.

He explained that the remaining 38 people, out of which 10 already tested negative, will remain quarantined while government monitors them, adding that already 11 other contacts traced to the index case, have also been isolated at the DASH, their samples taken, with the results being awaited.

“I want to use the opportunity once more, to appeal to the people of Nasarawa State to understand the dangers of this pandemic and to cooperate with government when it comes to isolating those returning from high risk states,” the Governor stated.

While showing appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for enforcing the interstate lockdown, Engineer Sule, used the opportunity to express further appreciation to traditional rulers in the state, who have been up and doing, when it comes to the identifying these returnees, as well as the various stakeholders who have worked in one way or the other.

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He equally commended the media, that have continued to spread the decisions taken by government and the steps that his administration are taking to protect the state.

The Governor further disclosed that he had earlier met with members of the officials of NURTW, tricycle and motorcycle associations, where he sought their cooperation and understanding towards measures being put in place by government to combat the further spread of coronavirus.

Engineer Sule then called on various stakeholders in the state to join hands with the government in order to deliver a COVID-19 free state.

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Nasarawa Assembly Assures Executive Arm Of Effective Partnership, Enhance Economy, Security, Development



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Rt. Hon. Speaker NSHA, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has reiterated its commitment towards collaborating with the executive arm of government for an effective working relationship with aimed of boosting economy, protect the lives and property of the people, as well enhance development in the state.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House gave the assurance on Wednesday  in Lafia while making a remark during The summit of Arms with the theme ” Examining the role of the Arms of Government on the Security and Economy of Nasarawa State” organised by the state government.

He said that good working relationship between the arms of government would not only boost economy but would also ensure peace and security of the state.

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” I am indeed grateful to His Excellency for his kind invitation to me and other members.

” As the primary objective of government is to protect the lives and property as well as the welfare of its citizens.

” We will partner and collaborate with the executive arm in order to boost economy and security of the state,” he said.

He said that the House would continue to make good laws for the peace, security and order for the development of the state.

” The House has been mandated by the constitution  to embark on oversight function as this current Assembly was inaugurated on 10th of June, 2019.

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” I want to clarify some issues, the first issue is the issue of the former SSG, the issue came up as a result of the  oversight function embarked upon by the Education Committee. The former SSG was invited, he appeared  and the House took its decision after thorough investigation on the allegation levelled  against him.

” The second issue is that of  the Chairman of Nasarawa  Local Government, he was invited and we took our position. The Chairman apologised and we pardoned him.

” The third issue is the issue of the SSA to His Excellency on Development Control where  documents have been signed by him but when he appeared before the House, he denied it and we ask him to step aside for thorough investigation.

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“I deem it fit to make some of these clarifications because people misconstrued what the assembly is doing.

” What we are doing is within the constitution and we are exercising our constitutional rights,” he said.

The speaker also disclosed that chairmen of the various House Committees would in the next two weeks embark on an oversight function to Ministries, Agencies and Departments( MDAs) in order to assess the level of the  2020 budget performance.

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Nigeria @ 60: Kogi Speaker Charges Nigerians To Be Patriotic On Nation Building



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The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has  congratulated Nigerians in general and Kogites in particular on the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria as a Sovereign state and tasked Nigerians to be patriotic in building a nation that will can truly called our own

In a press statement signed and released by Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, said the Speaker commended the efforts of the founding fathers, urged those in positions of authority to endeavour to build on the solid foundation to work in unity and have love for  the nation for the country to take its rightful position among the comity of nations.

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He emphasized on the need for Nigerians to truly defend the unity and uphold the sanctity of the nation in line with their pledge of allegiance to the country by being patriotic in all their dealings.

He appealed to Nigerians to keep hope alive despite the numerous challenges that are confronting the nation at the moment especially in the area of security, infrastructure deficit and the current global pandemic of coronavirus, stressing that, with unity of purpose those challenges will be overcome.

Speaker Kolawole enjoined the younger generation who are the leaders of tomorrow to shun every negative tendencies and cultivate virtues of patriotism, commitment and dedication in serving the country diligently.

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He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello, for their purposeful leadership at improving the living standards of Nigerians despite numerous challenges facing the nation.

He noted that despite the dwindling resources occasioned by the fall of the nation major sources of revenue, coupled with outbreak of coronavirus early this year the administrations at both the national and state still have some credit in the area of Education, health, security, infrastructures like the rail, roads and many transformation in critical sectors of the nation economy.

The Speaker assured that the 7th Assembly of the Kogi State House  of Assembly would continue to work in collaboration with other arms of government for the common good of the state and advised citizens to remain steadfast and courageous to  overcome adversity as a People.

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He called on all and sundry to continue to support the current administrations at both the national and state level as that is the only way we can encourage to be steadfast in providing good leadership.

Once again, Happy Diamond Anniversary to Nigeria.


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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.

Mr. Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

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