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Buhari accepts Saudi Arabia’s invitation to perform Umrah, travels on Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to jet out of the country on Thursday, 16th May 2019 for Umrah.

The presidency in a statement by Buhari’s media aide, Shehu Garba, said the visit is at the instance of Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom.

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The Umrah trip which was announced through a statement noted that the president is expected back in the country on the 21st of May 2019.

The statement reads:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom.

“To this effect, the President, accompanied by close personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May.

“He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May.

Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.”

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Sanwo-Olu set to mark one year in office with virtual, on-site commissioning of projects

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Sanwo-Olu set to mark one year in office with virtual, on-site commissioning of projects

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state is set to mark one year in office after he won the state Governorship election in 2019.

According to the report, a number of programmes have been slated to commemorate the event, starting with an address by the Governor.

The report added that in the course of the one-week celebration, Governor Sanwo-Olu will embark on virtual and on-site commissioning of Housing, Education, Transportation and Road projects in fulfilment of his promises to renew infrastructure in critical sectors of the economy.

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Sanwo-Olu will visit Ikorodu to commission the 360 units Lagos Homes Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate, the Courtland Villas in Femi Okunnu Estate in Lekki will also be launched to mark the first year anniversary of this administration.

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In the Education sector, Governor Sanwo-Olu will conduct virtual commissioning of completed classroom blocks in Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu; Eva Adelaja Junior School, Bariga; and Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, among others.

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The virtual commissioning of completed works such as the Concrete Jetty in Baiyeku, Ikorodu; the Aradagun – Ajido – Epeme Road in Badagry; and the Maryland Signalisation Project also form part of Mr Governor’s itinerary to commemorate one year in office.

However, prior to May 29, Governor Sanwo-Olu will deliver a Children’s Day address on May 27, which coincides with the 53rd anniversary of Lagos State.

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The anniversary commemorative events are instructively low-key to reflect the realities and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Manager of demolished hotel among 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Rivers – Commissioner

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Emergency rule: Some citizens plan to cause a breakdown of law and order in River state, says govt

The Manager of one of the two hotels demolished by Governor Nyesom Wike has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim, who made the disclosure Sunday evening said the development validates the State Government’s proactive fight against COVID-19.

Nsirim stated that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Bariledum Azoroh, is among the 27 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the State on Sunday.

“This latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

“Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owner violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

“The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the owner of the demolished Prodest Hotel in Alode Community in Eleme Local Government Area Rivers State, Gogorobari had earlier raised the alarm of an alleged plan by the Rivers State Government to frame up his manager by, “unorthodox hired medical officers.”

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Gogorobari in a statement claimed that he has an intelligent report that the manager of Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Bari, “who is a now a sinister convict of the Rivers State Government will be framed up to have tested positive to COVID-19 from alleged illegal detention facility in Elekahia.

“I have it on good authority based on intelligent report reaching me today – 24th May 2020 that the manager of Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Dr. Bariledum Job Azoroh, who is a now a deliberate and sinister convict of the Rivers State Government and also a prisoner of the Rivers State Government has been framed up by an unorthodox hired medical officers recruited by Governor Wike with a report that he has tested positive to COVID-19 whilst in detention with the Rivers State Government.

“The illegal detention facility is in Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt and the Federal Government has since kicked against all forms of illegal detention in Rivers State. The Administration of Governor Wike has no regard for rule of law and feelings for the poor masses.

“You will further recall that the manager was held by the Administration of Governor Wike and kept in this gangster Stadium facility and surreptitiously tried and convicted last week with a fine of N50,000 and to be isolated for 14 days. This is the worst abuse of citizens’ human rights under the Quarantine Act.

“The Rivers State Government and Governor of Rivers State must be held liable for infecting my manager who is in their custody for over 15 days with COVID-19. He was a very healthy person before his arrest. It is, therefore, medically impossible that the infection occurred before his detention.

“It is a known fact that I and the Rivers State Government are at daggers drawn over demolition of my hotel. It is a beastial act for the same Government to convict my manager and now infect him with the novel Coronavirus. It is also known that the plan of the Governor is to kill my manager and his lawyer by conducting some unorthodox medical tracing to the lawyer.

“The manager is currently under pressure to take some unorthodox drugs that are non-compliant to the NCDC prescription and treatment procedures.

“The whole world should be aware that Governor Wike wants to kill the manager to convince the public that infected persons were in the hotel, all in an attempt to justify his illegal demolition of the hotel on the 10th of May 2020. The society should therefore be concerned just as I am worried.”

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Nigeria records highest COVID-19 deaths in West Africa as toll hits 7,839

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Africa has recorded over 3,000 deaths due to complications arising from COVID-19.

According to the latest number released by the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC), there are 3,246 deaths recorded in the continent.

The continent has also recorded 107,412 cases in 54 countries.

As of Sunday, North Africa has the highest number on the continent with 33,382 confirmed cases.

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West Africa accounts for 28,344 cases, while Southern Africa has 22,921 cases.

Nigeria has the highest cases in West Africa with 7,839 confirmed cases, as well as 226 fatalities, the highest deaths in the region so far.

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