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No Controversy Over Discovery Of Kogi COVID-19 Index Case. —- NCDC

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Abuja.

Despite Kogi state government ‘s denial of presence of the virus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed how the Kogi State COVID-19 index case was discovered, as it debunked allegations that there was a controversy on the matter.

It would be recalled that the NCDC on Wednesday announced that Kogi State now has two cases of Coronavirus

But, in a statement through the State Commissioner for Health, Saka Haruna Audu, the state government said it will not accept the cases, insisting that the state remains COVID-19 free.

However, the NCDC Director General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, while replying journalists during Thursday’s press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said there was no controversy about the Kogi index case.

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According to him, the patient was referred from the Federal Medical Centre in Kogi to the National Hospital, Abuja.

The Director General revealed that the physicians attending to the patient suspected COVID-19 based on his symptoms.

He said they requested for a test, which came back positive.

According to him, the patient is a Kogi resident and that is where his contacts are, saying it is the duty of Kogi State Government to do contact tracing. “We hope they do it.” he said.

The NCDC Director General said, “there’s actually no dilemma in the two cases. It follows actually normal medical practice. A patient was referred from the Kogi Federal Medical Centre to the National Hospital Abuja. This is a normal referral where you have a case. The physicians in the National Hospital, I don’t have any influence over the work they do. They suspected COVID-19 based on the clinical symptoms of the patient.

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“They asked for a test and the test came back positive. The individual lives in Kogi State. In the work we do in public health, your public health response is based on where you live because that is where your contacts are.

“This is not controversial in any way. Standard practice was followed. Once the result came out, the state government was informed that they have to do contact tracing around this patient.

“It is the state’s responsibility to do contact tracing. We hope they do it. There is nothing actually controversial at all in any way. It all followed standard practice.”

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According to reports, the NCDC boss did not speak on the second case.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Deputy Governor of Kebbi Task On Peaceful Coexistence.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Deputy Governor of Kebbi Task On Peaceful Coexistence.
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Eid-El-Fitr: Deputy Governor of Kebbi Task On Peaceful Coexistence.

In his message to commemorate the 2021 Eid-El-Fitr, His Excellency, Dr Sama’ila Yombe Dabai mni (Tambarin Zuru), the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State has charged Muslim faithfuls around the globe on peaceful co-existence and implore the virtues of Holy Month of Ramadan and beyond.

While fielding questions from journalists after Eid El Fitr prayers on Thursday, Dr. Samaila Yombe Dabai used the medium to commend the efforts and leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Bagudu of Kebbi state respectively.

the Kebbi State Deputy Governor Dr. Sama'ila Yombe Dabai addressing newsmen shortly after a program

the Kebbi State Deputy Governor Dr. Sama’ila Yombe Dabai addressing newsmen shortly after a program

The Deputy Governor further extended warm appreciations to Royal fathers of Kebbi State for their regular support to the policies and programs of the State Government.

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On insecurity situation in the State with emphasis on Kebbi South, Sama’ila Yombe Dabai stressed that Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu will not relent on the efforts of the State Government toward sustaining the peace while using the medium to call on bad elements launching attacks on the innocent citizens to either stop or face full wrath of the law.

The Deputy Governor prayed for the repose of all departed souls while renewing his call to see the prime purpose of life here on Earth and hereafter.

 

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Dr Isah Salifu bags traditional title in hometown as Omachi Ejeh Dekina, (Wali).

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Dr Isah Salifu bags traditional title in hometown as Omachi Ejeh Dekina, (Wali).
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Dr Isah Salifu bags traditional title in hometown as Omachi Ejeh Dekina, (Wali).

Recognition will always come to the diligent and the selfless. Sometimes, it comes from outside one’s community or from within, as is the case with Dr Isah Salifu.

Dr Salifu, ECOBANK zonal manager, was yesterday  conferred with the traditional title of Omachi Ejeh of Dekina. To some, it may just be a title. But to the Igalas, it holds a lot of importance.  Its meaning is Gifted Child. The title was conferred by no other than the Ejeh of Dekina and acting Chairman, Igala Area Traditional Council Dr Usman Obaje.

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The monarch emphasized that the Zonal Ecobank manager Dr Isah Salifu  deserved the title for his unprecedented positive contribution to the development of Igala Kingdom and Dekina in particular.

The new Omachi Ejeh of Dekina, Dr Isah Salifu

The new Omachi Ejeh of Dekina, Dr Isah Salifu

The event which took  place on the second date of the Eid-el-Fitr period in Ejeh Palace Dekina, have the presence of Engr Musa Wada immediate past Peoples Democratic Party PDP  Kogi state gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Idris Omede, the former commissioner for Health Kogi state, Dr Tony Okpanachi MD Development Bank of Nigeria, Chief Dr Kashim Akor, DG National Productivity Centre, Mallam Nasiru Adeboh, former Chief of staff to Governor Idris Wada, Prof. Armstrong Idacahab acting DG, National Broadcasting Commission, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim, of Supreme Court Nigeria, Hon Sadiq Abubakar, ICDA President , Hon Abdulahi Omede among  other prominent sons and daughters of the noble Igala kingdom.

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The Monarchs who graced the auspicious occasion include His Royal Highnesses, Ogohi of Anyigba, Alhaji Shaibu Okolo, Oyeigba of Mozum, and others.

The recipient of the prestigious award, Dr Salihu, stressed that the Ejeh had demonstrated his passion and commitment to a united and egalitarian Society, “I am appreciative of the recognition of my contributions to nation building and I pledge my continued loyalty to Ejeh in  Council, Igala traditional institution Kogi State and Nigeria at large.”

Dr Isah said “The honour is timely and encouraging, insisting that the honour would encourage him to sustain his good works.”

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Afenifere 4 GYB/PYB 2023: Kogi State Chapter Describes Gov. Bello as Best Choice for the Country

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Afenifere 4 GYB/PYB 2023: Kogi State Chapter Describes Gov. Bello as Best Choice for the Country

 

By: Joshua Adinoyi

A Group known as Afenifere for GYB/PYB 2023, Kogi State Chapter, says Governor Yahaya Bello remains the right choice to lead Nigeria come 2023.

The State Coordinator of the Group, Mr. Chinga Emmanuel made the remark during a meeting of the Group in Lokoja, the State Capital.

Mr. Chinga pointed out that since Governor Yahaya Bello assumed Office, alot of transformation has taken place in the State, ranging from rural electrification, road construction, appointment of youths into positions, among others.

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The State Coordinator noted that Nigeria today, is yearning for change of leadership, stressing that Governor Bello represents the youthful mind the Country needs, assuring that if elected as President in the coming Presidential election, a lot of positive changes will be witnessed in Nigeria.

Mr. Chinga expressed optimism that the issue of insecurity facing Nigeria will become a thing of the past with Governor Bello leading the Country, assuring that the Group will not relent efforts at promoting the activities of the Governor to the the outer world and ensure his success at the Presidential polls.

Eid-el-Fitr: Bello Preaches Peace Unity Of Nigeria.

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He explained that few weeks after the inauguration of executives of Kogi State of the Group, over 3,000 members have been added to the Group, calling on all Kogites within and outside the State to join the movement.

Mr. Emmanuel stressed that the Group will continue to mobilize youths across the 21 Local Government Areas of the State to join the project, adding that Governor Yahaya Bello’s believe in the youths’ ability to deliver is second to none.

 

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