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Kwara gov breaks Makinde’s record, nominates 26-year-old corps member as commissioner

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq broke the record set by his Oyo State counterpart Seyi Makinde on youth involvement in governance after sending the name of a 26-year-old lady, Joana Nnazua Kolo as a commissioner nominee to the state House of Assembly.

Recall that Makinde had set the record after appointing a 27-year-old graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Seun Fakorede, as Commissioner for Youth and Sports, a record AbdulRazaq broke on Tuesday.

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Kolo is one of four female commissioners nominees, whose names were sent to the Kwara State House of Assembly on Tuesday.

Other women on the list are Aisha Ahman Pategi from Patigi Local Government Area, Arinola Fatima Lawal (Ilorin East LGA), Mrs Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu (Ilorin South LGA) and Kolo from Edu LGA.

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Kolo, who is the youngest commissioner-nominee in the history of the state, is a 2018 graduate of Library Science from the Kwara State University (KWASU) and is presently undergoing her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Jigawa State, where she teaches at Model Boarding Junior Secondary School Guri.

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Kolo is said to be a grassroots mobiliser and ardent advocate of community development. If confirmed, she would be Nigeria’s youngest commissioner, taking over from Oyo state’s 27-year-old Fakorede who presently holds the record.

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Her screening for the cabinet appointment would hold after she rounds off her NYSC programme in the next two weeks.

 

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COVID-19: CAN seeks roundtable over reopening of churches, mosques in Ogun

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The Ogun Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for a meeting between leaders of religious groups and the state government to discuss modalities for the reopening of worship centers.

The Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, made the call in Abeokuta on Monday.

Akin-Akinsanya said the meeting had become necessary to sustain the gains recorded by the state in its ongoing efforts at flattening the curve of the spread of the coronavirus.

The clergy’s call is coming on the heels of the planned expansion of the current phase of the eased lockdown in the state necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun had on Friday, announced that the current phase of the eased lockdown would terminate on Sunday.

The governor also said that the second phase, which would commence on June 1, would be accompanied by further ease of the lockdown and expansion of the windows of relaxation.

Akin-Akinsanya in a statement, suggested a meeting with the government to analyze the achievements and challenges posed by the pandemic in the state “with a reflection of the realities of the days going forward”.

“We appreciate the positive strides and successes of the state government, particularly during this trying period of the global pandemic.

“The Ogun chapter of the CAN profoundly appreciate the great efforts and laudable initiatives taken by our state government to combat the negative impacts of the ongoing plague.

“The technological and technical innovations deployed to date by the government have been largely responsible for the curb of the expected surge in Ogun; given that the state is Nigeria’s index case.

“The government really deserves commendation for the management of the situation in spite of sharing technically non-delineated border towns with the Lagos State which is the national epicenter of this dreaded pandemic.

“We, therefore, applaud the systematic and carefully orchestrated steps taken by our government to minimize the deleterious effects of the COVID-19.

“We also appreciate the various palliatives provided by the state government for the body of Christ and the general public at large which had undoubtedly provided succor to the masses,” he said.

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Two military men test positive for coronavirus in Bayelsa

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Two military men have tested positive for coronavirus [COVID-19] in Bayelsa State, an official announced in a statement on Monday.

According to the deputy chairman of the Bayelsa State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr Inodu Apoku, the duo were part of the three new cases announced for the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [NCDC] on Sunday.

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Apoku said the third patient was a household contact to the two military officers.

The three new confirmed cases brought to four the number of cases Bayelsa had recorded within three days.

The total number of confirmed cases in the state currently stands at 11 with five active cases while six patients had been discharged and no death recorded so far.

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Apoku, who is also the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, said,

“The three new cases announced yesterday are a cohort. They were referred to us by a medical doctor.

“Their cases were investigated, and samples collected. They are also not epidemiologically linked to any of our previously confirmed cases but admitted to recent travel histories to Lagos and Delta States.

“Two of them are military men while the third is a household contact to one of the two. They are all males.”

He said they had been evacuated to one of the state’s isolation centres and were all clinically stable and receiving medical care.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital confirms first case of COVID-19

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Authorities of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, have confirmed that one case of coronavirus has been recorded in the hospital.

Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, disclosed this on Monday, NAN reports.

Igwegbe said the patient was diagnosed with the virus following a test upon getting to the hospital.

According to him, the test result was released on May 23.

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He also said that the patient was immediately moved to one of the isolation centres in Anambra State for treatment.

He said,

“The patient was quickly moved from our isolation ward to the Anambra State Treatment Centre last night for care and treatment.

“The patient, a male trader resident in Onitsha was admitted to the isolation ward following proper triage on his presentation on May 20.

“Specimen for test was taken the following day and sent to Irrua.”

The CMD further stated that a suspect was earlier taken in, but test sample was not taken before the patient died.

“That was a probable case, the patient showed some symptoms but sample was not taken before the patient died.

“So we have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in NAUTH so far,” he added.

However, he said that all the necessary precautions were taken and all those that attended to the confirmed patient used Personal Protection Equipment.

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He also gave an assurance that the hospital would remain vigilant.

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