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Covid-19: Nigerian Government Can Beat The Virus Without Total Lockdown.

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By Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa, Edo.

The continue existence of the Covid-19 pandemic is not in doubt, my concerns and doubts arise from the manner in which the Nigerian Government handles it. Nigerian Government is expected to do things differently to tackle the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigerians understand this corona-virus and our leaders must therefore tackle it the “Nigerian way”.

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Although the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria are doing its best to contain the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, however their best are not good enough.

The Federal Government and the 36 State Governments should intensify actions to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

More have been said on Covid-19 preventive health measures and Nigerian Government has been trying to keep Nigeria safe with theoritical approach rather than practical approach. The effect on this is that the Nigerian Government is doing the same thing but expecting different results.

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In less than five months Nigeria came out from partial lockdown and Nigeria is on partial lockdown again. As of today, several states across Nigeria are on partial lockdown. And Federal Government is considering ban on some countries.

Apart from COVID-19 screening centres that were closer to the people during the first wave of COVID-19, and the setting up of isolation centres across Nigeria, the Federal and State Governments are doing little work to contain COVID-19 in the second wave of the pandemic, through theoritical approach.

It is theoritical because the Government’s approach is majorly on paper. With very little or no practical approach to make the country work amidst the pandemic.

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Meanwhile, Nigerian Government should as a matter of urgency shift her attention to practical approach in fighting against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Evidently, behavioural change which is natural to human has proven to be one of the best ways to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Rather than lockdown the country in one way or the other either through partial or total. The Federal Government in collaboration with the 36 States of the federation can employ Coronavirus Taskforce Team to enforce Covid-19 protocols-compliance across major sectors in the country and Coronavirus Ambassadors to engage in frequent Coronavirus sensitization campaign across the country.

With this practical approach, Nigeria economy will not be grounded with partial or total lockdown. And there will be no room for total lockdown.

Again, where necessary the Police force etc can work in synergy with the Covid-19 Taskforce team to achieve the set goals and objectives.

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Moreover, Mobile court can be provided in strategic locations across the nation to handle Covid-19 violation to serve as a deterrent to others.

While the Government at various levels continue to revamp testing laboratories and isolation centres. And also continue to motivate the frontline health workers and encourage people to take advantage of the health facilities in their localities.

No doubt, this practical approach can contain the spread of Covid-19 without partial or total lockdown. It will create jobs amidst the pandemic and recession, and it will enable Nigeria economy to grow.

Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa, Edo

It will also bring Coronavirus sensitization campaign closer to the people and help in winning the war against the virus.

Together, we can set Nigeria free of Coronavirus. It begins with the leaders…

Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa writes in from Edo State.

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LEAVE PRESIDENT BUHARI ALONE AND JOIN LOCAL POLITICS

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By: David Alfred-Dogwo / January 5, 2021

Dear Comrade Omoyele Sowore,

I watched you on TV been remanded in Kuje prison yesterday, Monday 4th January, 2021.

Please note that I have nothing against your #RevolutionNow Movement if the purpose is to call attention to the dearth of leadership in Nigeria; but if the aim is to force Buhari and the other misfits out of government, be warned that the cost in human body-bags will be high.

You’re over-stressing your family members and well wishers in dire thoughts of loneliness without you and beginning to behave as if you care no more about your family.

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You want the Nigerian Senate scrapped and Buhari to go. I agree on both scores but at what price? Should we bait and goad them any further? I think there is another way – a nonviolent way.

We can change the whole by changing the component parts, one at a time – without violence. This is why a write to advice you and I am emailing this to your lawyer so that it will get to you in prison.

When next you regain freedom, you should relocate to Ondo State, be calm and wait for the right time. The chances of winning a governor seat, Senatorial or House of Representative or House of Assembly seat as a new entrant in the Nigeria political scene is far higher than when you want to become or want to replace the president at your first shot.

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Let charity begin at home. It won’t be difficult for you to win an election in Ondo. Considering your energy, charisma and know-how, you can govern Ondo State through popular vote of the people.

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York does not agree with President Trump on many issues, but that does not stop him from doing such a good job in New York. Now Americans are saying they wanted him in the White House.

Forget about Aso-Rock, it doesn’t deserve you for now. At the right time, Aso-Rock will beckon on you.

I dream of a Nigeria where a Sowore is a governor in Ondo State and your friends Obiageli Ezekwesili or Kingsley Moghalu take over Anambra State.

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Please return to Ondo State and get involved in the grass-root politics in the Sunshine State. If the next election comes too soon for this mission, it is not too far ahead.

God bless and guide you.

@ALFRED DOGWO is former Senior Special Assistant on Communications Strategy to Executive Governor, Kogi State Government.
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Good Bye 2020: A Year With Great Turmoil

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Abba Dukawa, Kano.

As the peoples and the nation enter new year 2021 with mix anticipation on what the year will look like to more than 100 million Nigeria,population that were classified as poor absolutely last year was one of most hardest years to millions of Nigerians.

Whatever maybe Nigerians still hoping for Allah’s blessing in spite of losing much confidence on those governing us. May Allah, protect our country from harm, eradicate any source that may disrupt our peacefulness, aid our rulers to maintain our country’s economic and progress and forgive us for all our wrongdoings and accept our good deeds. Bless our nation again.

Like rest of countries across the globe, year 2020 was the most challenge years in three decade of the country since Independent in almost all the nation sector. As every sectors in the country had its own challenge but other critical sectors which has direct bearing to the country population bear hit most the Inflation, Economic and Security. These sectors witness serious turmoil and the rest of the sector remains the same.

Let me starts with National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report stating that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 12.82% (year-on-year) the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018.

The situation has worsen Nigeria’s poverty rate. In a country where N30,000 is a minimum wage this rate of inflation left lucky one with fixed income with less purchasing power and their ability to afford the same quantity of goods and services has reduced significantly.

2020 Nation’s Economy: Following the collapse of crude oil prices from 2014 to date triggered unpleasant memories to Nigerian government which found itself in unchartered waters. Since than It continues to struggle to revive the economy amidst dwindling oil revenues compounded by unemployment, poverty and insecurity and the country remains weak and fragile -being outstripped by population growth. With outbreak of the Covid 19, has puts Nigeria’s economy being caught in the cross-hairs.

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Nigeria Dependent on oil for 70% of government revenues, fluctuating prices leave the country vulnerable. Due to lack of foresight from our rulers not save Hundred billion of Dellors as much as possible especially at the times crude oil price reached its peaked price.

The present and past administrations both failed to prevent the country going to recession followed the collapse of oil prices in 2015. Unemployment, poverty and economic uncertainty remain unresolved. Now the country facing severe challenges. Oil price volatility is accentuated by rising commodity prices, with the devaluation of the naira against the U.S. dollar.

With Covid 19 pandemic in the first quarter of the last year. While the serving administration lack economic transformation strategy the country bear serious economic turmoil with first recession and now in the second the recession the country going into which is expected to be the worst since the 1980s.

The administration’s inability to implement an expansionary fiscal policy, since than the economy has been grappling with anaemic growth. With the IMF projects that growth will remain weak at an annual average of about 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. With second recession set to further aggravate the extreme poverty level in the country which already stood as the highest in the world.

Nigeria’s debt has doubled since Buhari took over. Two months before he took office on 29 May – the country owed a total of N12 trillion. At the end of June 2015, the country debt had risen slightly to N12.1 trillion. By the end of June 2018, total public debt had almost doubled to N22.4 trillion. Going by these frightening figures released by the Debt Management Office and another scary situation total debt stock stood at some humongous rose to N31. 009 trillion ($85.897 billion) as of June 30, 2020.

Almost every day Concerns Nigerians and Economists experts express worries over the country rising debt profile. Nigeria already condemned perpetually with the twin problem of heavy budget deficits and weak balance of payments position. In the 2021 Budget Over N3.3trn will go to Debt Servicing. In spite with this hefty debt which seem our rulers mortgage our future despite World Bank forecasts that the Nigerian economy will shrink between 3.2% and 7.4% this year. Where things do get even worse, the recession could continue into 2021 when the economy could only attract only 2%.

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It is time for economy diversification in the country because there is no state in Nigeria without untapped different mineral resources. Notwithstanding this huge opportunities in the nation untapped mineral resources.

According to report of Geology and Mineral resources of Nigeria estimated Nigeria’s iron ore deposit to reach three billion tonnes, coal, three billion tonnes while lead and zinc are to reach 10 million tonnes each. from iron ore experts says Federal Government can make $280 billion from iron ore annually more than what the country earn from crude oil. The country will set itself free unless federal government develop the country untapped mineral industry and modernise the agricultural sectors.

2020 remain most scary year because of the level of insecurity reaching unpleasant stage due to the rising tide of insecurity across northern Nigeria and other states of the federation and the most challenging times after the countey’s bitter experience of the three-year civil war.

People in the northern part of the country are completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreaking havoc. I am strongly believer that the government and the citizens should evolve strategies in tackling the menace. It behoves on every Nigerian to rise to the occasion to support the security agencies toward securing Nigeria.

Like i have raise this issue in my last articles which was widely published in many print and online medium Why Insecurity And Mass Kidnapping Persists In The North, Said Nigerians clamour for change but we do not want to change themselves. In the North, villagers give information to Boko Haram, kidnappers and bandits. In the South, families and friends protect drug dealers, yahoo boys. People in high places intercede on behalf of criminals. Every Nigerian is a major stakeholder and therefore owes it a duty to ensure Nigeria is saved from the quagmire of insecurity.

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There has never been a time when millions of Nigerians are losing faith in the ability of those in governance to make a great impact to hope our better tomorrow than now.The people’s faith keeps fading on a daily basis in the country.

No one will believed if someone walked up to Buharists before 2015 and said Nigerians under the present administration would experience such desperate situation we are now in, people would consider that person a mentally ill, and unapologetic Buharists would promptly give him a verbal roasting if not physical attack.

Five years down the line no Nigerian expected negative things to happen under PMB’s stewardship. The electorates never thought Baba would head a government bedeviled with boggling poor economic policies, poverty and insecurity challenges with endless things which are discrediting administration’s goodwill and the nation at large.

Nigerians want to see an improved security, Economic situation in the country. The economy is sinking deep and the unemployment rate is higher than ever before. The government should take proactive steps to reverse the situation. The government should do everything possible to to redeem itself.

Truly, 2020 has been a challenges year occasioned by COVID19 and bad economic. Things have gone so wrong and so bad. Even Buhari’s fear factor has gone. corrupt and criminal ones in the society have a free day. Everyone does as wishes. Government has a lot of work to do in 2021 to redeem itself. May we have a prosperous year freeing from any misfortune.

Dukawa write in from Kano can be reached at (abbahydukawa@gmail.com)

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Chief Pharm. Jamiu Abdulkareem Asuku: A Worthy Celebration Of A Humanitarian Ambassador In Kogi.

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By Hon. Abdulmumini Danga, Lokoja.

Glory be to God Almighty and with great gladness in my heart as I joined thousands of well-wishers, friends and family to celebrate you on this unique and special day of your life.

It is with utmost believe without doubt in my mind that you’ve Distinguished yourself as an administrator and a patriotic politician who has exhibited very high sense of loyalty, diligency, competency, dedication and excellence in all your assignments.

As Chief of Staff to our Amiable, Astute, Charismatic, dogged, Energetic, Capable, focused, Pragmatic, Detribalised, Progressive, courageous, visionary, skillful and an Egalitarian Leader His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello Executive Governor, Kogi State, you have not only worked hard for the upliftment of our people but also contributed immeasurably to the New Direction blueprint by deploying your vast knowledge and wealth of experience.

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You’re a prominent personality who is always prominent in all Ramifications, a crusader of good governance, an advocate of peace, Progress, unity and development, a leader with Optimism and Greatness, a man of purpose that’s full of Agility and action, a noble man whose pleasure is determined by the happiness of others, a man of his words and a Humanitarian Ambassador.

As you commemorate your birthday with a Humanitarian Services, Almighty Allah will bless your new age with more grace, strength, long life, fulfillment and divine Favour.

May Allah give you the direction of everything, wisdom, honour, good health, infinite mercy, Protect you and your Households, greatness shall continue to be your portion Ameen.

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Happy birthday Chief Pharm. Jamiu Abdulkareem Asuku, Age Gracefully Sir.

Hon. (Dr.) Abdulmumin Danga
Commissioner, Ministry of Water Resources, Kogi State.

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