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COVID-19: Dangote to construct 600-bed facility in Kano

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Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Sunday promised to construct a 600- bed isolation facility at the 15,000 capacity Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who made the disclosure at the inauguration of a 38- member fundraising committee on COVID-19, added that we are set to provide succour to the less privileged in Kano state.

Also, Ganduje disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, had requested the state government to provide a facility for him to provide 600 beds and other infrastructure, as his contribution towards the efforts to contain the outbreak of coronavirus in the state.

The isolation centre would be established to complement the two existing centres, meant for isolation in case of any eventuality.

In addition, Governor Ganduje declared Monday as a special day for residents in fasting against the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state.

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As Nigeria recorded over 90 cases of coronavirus, Kano is yet to record a single case, hence the need for the government to be proactive to contain the outbreak of the deadly disease.

Ganduje, therefore, urged the people of the state to comply, with his call for fasting in order to pray against the outbreak of the dreaded disease.

“I call on Kano people to observe fasting tomorrow, 30th March, and 5th Sha’aban and pray hard against the outbreak of coronavirus in our dear state.

” I also call on people to intensify prayers because prayer is the best fire for this disease,” he said

Ganduje also stated that the state government has put everything in place, in terms of prevention and cure, to ensure that the disease dies not to ravage the state.

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Similarly, Ganduje appealed to retired health workers in the state to volunteer to partake in the effort to fight coronavirus pandemic, calling on the interested retirees to register with the Ministry of Health.

Ganduje noted that the objective of constituting the committee is to raise funds to assist the poor people and downtrodden in order to cushion the effects of lockdown in the state.

“While we are putting effort to take preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, there are some group of people who cannot earn a living. Who must go out to fend for their families?

” There are those who are economically weak and must be affected during this trying time. That is why we decided to form a committee to raise money and mind in order to help them cushion the effects,” he noted.

He also urged the general public to intensify prayers against the outbreak of the disease, calling on the people to strictly adhere to the safety guidelines against the COVID-19.

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In his remark, chairman of the committee, Professor Yahuza Bello expressed delight for being the leader of the committee.

He commended the governor for coming up with the idea to support the needy who could be suffering in the wake of the social distance directive.

He also expressed readiness to work diligently towards actualizing the goals of constituting the committee.

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JUST IN: NDDC headquarters shuts down over COVID-19 scare

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The management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has shut down the commission’s corporate headquarters following COVID-19 scare.

The coronavirus scare, it was gathered, was triggered by the death of a member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC, Mr Ibanga Etang.

Etang, who until his death, was the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration reportedly died at about 2 am on Thursday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), Port Harcourt after a brief illness.

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An internal memo signed for the management by Silas Anyanwu directed informed all employees that the headquarters of the commission would be shut down for two weeks with immediate effect.

“Consequently, all activities of the commission including ongoing matters are hereby shut down,” the memo said.

Details shortly…

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VSF supports Edo IDPs with COVID-19 palliatives

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The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has supported the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable Nigerians in Edo State with palliatives to help cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The VSF Team was led by the Chairperson of the VSF Task Force on COVID-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji who was in the company of the Edo State government that was ably represented by the wife of the Edo State Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki.

This comes as the country battles over 8700 cases of the respiratory illness that has affected economies across the globe, including that of Nigeria.

MyNigeria.com reports that the VSF palliative was in the form of 200 bags set that contained 10kg of rice, 10kg of beans, 10kg of garri, 4kg of vegetable oil and 2 small packets of salt per bag.

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During the course of delivery of the items, additional bags of foodstuff were added to the initial amount by compassionate officials of VSF to the amazement IDPs Camp Uhogua.

Speaking on behalf of the management team of the camp, Coordinator of International Christian Centre (ICCM) and Coordinator of the Camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho said the VSF is Godsent for coming at this very critical time.

He said the lockdown caused by Covid-19 has impacted negatively on the welfare of the residents of the Camp.

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The visit to the IDPs Camp Uhogua was a response to an “SOS correspondence they recently received from CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development)” and the VSF intends to visit most states in Nigeria.

According to reports, the current cost of preparing a meal for the four thousand five hundred and seventy-five residents of the Camp is about three hundred thousand naira.

National Coordinator of CSED, Mr Edema Fuludu said that they were forced to reach out to VSF and other bodies having seen the plight of the people, though the CSED work is mainly sport/educational intervention.

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“We cannot afford to walk on by when the children/youths we work with are in dire needs of food and basic daily necessities,” Mr Fuludu said.

Mr Fuludu urged public-spirited individuals, corporate organisations and NGOs to continue to provide palliatives to the IDPs and other needy members of the society, as this is the only way they (vulnerable Nigerians) can survive the hunger and social isolation that has been induced by Covid-19.

He noted that “every effort put in touching the vulnerable in the society is the rent we pay to God for allowing us to live on planet earth.”

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Govt can’t risk reopening schools now – education minister

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No date yet for schools resumption – Education minister

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba,  said that the Federal Ministry of Education would not risk reopening schools across the country, until all preventive measures had been put in place.

He noted that various dates of resumption being circulated in some quarters were false, adding that the government would consider introducing afternoon classes to ease rowdiness.

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Nwajiuba said,

“We want to say that the announcement that we are reopening all schools on June 8 did not emanate from us. That is not true; until we are sure that these children can go to school, return safely and not bring home with them this COVID-19 material.

“So we are not taking that risk yet. We are going to prepare as much as possible within the guidance that we are offered, working in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, before we reopen schools.”

 

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