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Covid-19: Foundation distributes food items to vulnerable people in Kaduna (photos)

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To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, an organisation, Bintalya First Foundation (BFF), says it has been distributing food items to vulnerable people in Kaduna for four days to ease hardship occasioned by the imposed curfew by the state government.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Hajiya Binta Hamidu-Haruna, said on Tuesday that the gesture was to ameliorate the sufferings of vulnerable people in Kaduna amidst the 24 hours curfew imposed by the state government.

The CEO added that the beneficiaries of the food items were cut across Unguwan Rimi, Tudun Wada, Unguwan Sanusi, Badikko, Hayin Danmani, some part of Rigasa and Mando which are suburb areas and only few from the Kaduna metropolis.

Newsmen report that on March 31, the fourth day of BFF’s outreach, it distributed food items to a suburb area of Kinkinau in Kaduna metropolis.

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“BFF which primarily focuses on the economic wellbeing of people, empowering and educating the youths felt the necessity to assist daily-wage earners amidst the Coronavirus lockdown.

“For the last three days, BFF had been delivering relief packages including macaroni and spaghetti noodles, maggi, salt, rice and tomato pastes which we give to vulnerable people in Kaduna.

“We made our mobile numbers available and open to the public to call and request for assistance and we deliver the packages to them having certified their vulnerability and level of needs.

“The Coronavirus lockdown had cooped most of us at home, at the other end of the spectrum, however, a majority of the people of Kaduna are struggling to make ends meet.

“Such people either work as daily wage earners, street vendors, labourers or less privileged who are terribly affected by the economic and social repercussions of the Coronavirus.

“With the 24 hours curfew in Kaduna, not only the less privileged or vulnerable have run out of work but have also lost their only means to obtain a square meal for themselves and their families.

“Apart from that, they also are most vulnerable to the disease because of their inability to access hygiene products like soaps, sanitisers, disinfectants and even clean running water.

“Calamities like these, however, help us restate our compassion for humanity, various citizen-led groups and NGOs across the country should come forward to help by providing all the necessary items needed at this point in time,” she urged.

The CEO confirmed that BFF had often been receiving calls from new locations within Kaduna requesting for help.

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She also said that BFF reaches out to like minds in person and association to assist in the widespread of humanitarian services within and out of the nation and would continue to sustain the service until things get better.

“We need more funds to help because the demands are much, we are calling on the government and other active state machineries to assist by making donations to ameliorate the hardship as caused by the situation,” Hamidu-Haruna said.

 

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Reopening of churches: We await further details, says CAN

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Coronavirus: Catholic church in Lagos suspends sprinkling of water, handshakes at mass over virus

The Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN] President, Adebayo Oladeji, said the association was awaiting further details on the reopening of churches.

This comes as the Federal Government relaxes restrictions on churches and mosques as coronavirus[COVID-19] pandemic rages.

Oladeji said the Church is ready for the reopening and willing to follow the NCDC guidelines.

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He said,

“We want to get the details before we will react fully. But in the interim, it is a welcome development. It is our prayer that God will surely deliver Nigeria from the pandemic in Jesus Name.

“If Christians and Muslims return to their worship places to pray for victory over COVID-19, God will surely answer us. The closure of the worship places is not acceptable to God. We thank God for opening the eyes of our government to the reality.

“The Church is ready for the reopening and willing to follow the NCDC guidelines and while waiting for them. We have already directed all churches to keep to the hygienic regulations whenever they meet and to pray for the victory over COVID-19. The new development is as a result of our meeting with the religious leaders.”

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COVID-19: Final year students may write exams in July; bars, clubs and gym remain closed

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said final year students in its tertiary institutions may write their examination in July as the Federal Government begins the second phase of the gradual easing of restrictions placed on Nigerians over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this at the PTF press briefing in Abuja, said the reopening of churches and mosques would be based on guidelines issued by the task force and protocols agreed on by states.

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But the Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, noted that while markets would be opened and artisans could run their business, street hawking was prohibited.

Schools remain closed, final year students to prepare for exams

He added,

“All schools to remain closed until further evaluation. The Federal Ministry of Education is instructed to work with schools to start the process of preparing students that require exiting exams, to allow them to take exams early in the next phase of the lifting of the lockdown. But for the moment, schools are to remain closed.

“I have already mentioned places of worship. Restricted opening will apply subject to the guidelines issued by the PTF as well as the protocols agreed by respective state governments, working with religious leaders.

“Recreational parks and communal sports to remain closed until further evaluation.

He said for funerals, the task force was limiting the crowd to 20 people including family, with physical distancing adhered to, as well as hand washing.

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COVID-19: FG bans street trading, hawking

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had approved the relaxation of restriction placed on churches and mosques starting from Tuesday.

The Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this at the PTF press briefing in Abuja, said the reopening of churches and mosques would be based on guidelines issued by the task force and protocols agreed on by states.

But the Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, noted that while markets would be opened and artisans could run their business, street hawking was prohibited.

He said,

In terms of general movements, persons may go out for work, go out to buy necessary foods and for exercise, provided they abide by the curfew hours. Movement between local government areas is strongly discouraged unless for critical reasons such as health care and work.

“I will like to emphasise that it is still safer to stay at home and avoid crowds. The pandemic is not over in this country and the relaxation of some of the rules does not mean that it is safer to go out. If you do not need to go out, please continue to stay at home.

“Hawking and street trading is also prohibited and we will be looking into this in greater detail with state authorities.”

“With interstate travels, movement across state boundaries remains restricted other than the free movement of goods and essential travels. Security services are requested to please cooperate with members of the public and ensure that goods are provided with free passage, as this particular phase is directed at ensuring the economy starts moving again.

“With intrastate travel, we will implement new travel processes for areas of the country with high-burden local government areas, and this will be restricted to essential travels.”

The task force coordinator listed the new guidelines for reopening of offices in the public and private sectors.

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He said,

“For the industry and labour sectors, in terms of working hours, normal working hours will apply to offices other than government offices, provided this is kept within (outside) the curfew hours of 10pm to 4am. Offices are to maintain working at 75 per cent capacity while maintaining the two-metre physical distancing.

“For government offices, they can open between the hours of 9am and 2pm. So, no changes in opening hours but can work from Monday to Friday. Prior to this, we allowed three working days. However, all persons within the Grade Levels of 14 and above at both the federal and state governments will be allowed to come to work.”

 

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