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FG may lock down Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, others


Eleven councils in Lagos are facing imminent lockdown following a spike in COVID-19 infections.

The Lagos councils are part of the 18 endemic others across the Federation that account for 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the nation.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 disclosed on Monday the councils may be shut down as part of measures to contain the pandemic.

It, however, said the state government and local authorities where the councils are located, will administer the lockdown.

Chairman of PTF Boss Mustapha who spoke at a news conference after briefing President, Major General (retd.) Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the four-week gradual easing of lockdown said:

“For the precision lockdown, we have identified 18 local governments out of the 774 local government that are considered to be high burden with this infection and they account for 60 per cent of 24, 077 infections.

“The reason for the precision lockdown is to place specific measures that will be administered by state governments and local authorities. It is not for the federal government, it’s the responsibilities of states and local authorities.”

Mustapha was accompanied to brief the President by Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, Coordinator of the PTF Dr Sani Aliyu and Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

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Giving more explanation on the precision lockdown, Dr. Sani said:

“Some of these local government areas have issues to do with their location and the fact that they do not have defined borders. We will be sending out clarification as soon as we finish this piece of work.

“The restrictions of movement in these local government areas are only one of several interventions we are putting in place in terms of the hotspots.

“There will be precision targeting in these areas not only to increase testing but also to improve isolation, to make sure that we do a lot of risk communication and public awareness activities.

“So, cessation of movement is only part of it. And in some of the local governments, it may be impracticable to do so. We already know some local government where it may be impossible to do this.

“Overall, what we are trying to do is to put out the small fires across the country rather than trying to fight raging fire across the whole country which will be very difficult and will also be draining economically for us.”


Buhari warns those running NDDC affairs to take caution




Apparently piqued by recent dramas spinning out of the administration and investigations of activities within the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) President, Major General (retd.) Muhmmadu Buhari has called for caution.

It would be recalled that recent interactions among officials of the NDDC, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, as well as the way they had related with the National Assembly, had made screaming negative news headlines in the last few days.

However, in his first public reaction to the NDDC saga, including revelations and relations with the National, President Buhari directed that activities be better coordinated among security and investigating agencies with the National Assembly.

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According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President said the need for the call for caution became necessary to ensure that the administration’s effort to bring sanity, transparency and accountability to the management of the large amount of resources dedicated to development of the Niger Delta sub-region is not derailed.

In his reaction to the unfolding drama, which include attacks and counter attacks between and around persons, institutions, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), President Buhari expressed his strong determination to get to the root of the problem undermining the development of the Niger Delta and its peoples in spite of enormous national resources voted year after year for this singular purpose.

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According to the directive, auditing firms and investigative agencies working in collaboration with National Assembly Committees to resolve the challenges in the NDDC must initiate actions in a time-bound manner and duly inform the Presidency of the actions being taken.

The President also directed timely sharing of information and knowledge in a way to speedily assist the administration to diagnose what had gone wrong in the past and what needs to be done to make corrections in order to return the NDDC to its original mandate of making life better for people in Niger Delta.

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President Buhari said the administration wants to bring about “rapid, even and sustainable development to the region.”

The President gave firm assurance that his administration would put in place a transparent and accountable governance framework, not only in the NDDC but in all other institutions of government.



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Two men bags six months each for cheating, negligence in FCT



The Presiding Officer, Mr. Suleiman Mohammed, who tried and found the suspects guilty, however, gave them an option to pay N10, 000 each, as fine.

He noted that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others, who might be in the act or had the intention to break the law.

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The convicts, who are both residents of Bwari Town, were found guilty of a three-count charge of criminal breach of trust, cheating, and negligence.

They pleaded guilty to the charge.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mrs. Idowu Ojo, had told the court that the convicts were reported at the Bwari Police Station on June 17, by one Abdulrasheed Zaradin of opposite Polaris Bank, Bwari.

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She said that the complainant told the court that on the same date, the convicts conspired to deceive him, collected his Bajaj motorcycle under the pretext of using it for the trip to Dei-dei and return the motorcycle to him.

She stated that the convicts, however, handed over the said motorcycle to unknown persons, who were yet to be found.

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She said that the act contravened Sections 312, 322, and 196 of the Penal Code.

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FG moves to fund indigenous inventions



President, Major General (retd.) Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to take full inventory of all indigenous inventions and innovations for possible financial assistance.

Maryam Zakari, Press Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology made the disclosure in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement said Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of State for Science and Technology, disclosed this when he received a young Nigerian Inventor, Mr Usman Dalhatu, in his office on Thursday, in Abuja.

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According to the statement, the president is also the Chairman of the Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovation (PSCII).

“President Buhari had also directed the Committee to identify credible research products with potentials to impact all areas of national life.

“Usman Dalhatu came to display to the Minister his inventions- medical ventilators and sweeping machine,’’ the statement read.

Abdullahi assured the young innovator of the support of the ministry and directed the agencies to broker a partnership with the young inventor so as to make his products globally competitive for exportation.

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Speaking earlier, Mr Usman Dalatu, said his inventions were environmentally friendly, cost-effective, elastic and could be powered by solar energy.

“The ventilators can also be used in ambulances, armoured tanks,’’ he said.

Dalatu had called on the Federal Government to assist in patronizing and promoting his products.

He said the products had gone through clinical trials for one week in Gombe, he added.

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