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NIMC suspends staffer for running private firm while in FG employment

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has suspended a staff, Mrs Jamila Muhammad, over alleged gratification and abuse of office.

NIMC General Manager, Operations and Corporate Communications, Mr Abdulhamid Umar said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Umar said the affected staff was being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over allegations of gratification and abuse of office.

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Umar said that the allegations include running a private company while in the employment of Federal Government.

” Pursuant to the public service rules, the commission has placed Mrs Jamila Muhammad on immediate suspension pending the final determination of the matter in the law court.

” Mrs Muhammad is being prosecuted over allegations of gratification and abuse of office by running a private company while in the employment of Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.

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FG releases guidelines for reopening of worship centres

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FG releases guidelines for reopening of worship centres

Following the recent lifting of ban on religious houses by the Federal Government, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in a statement said it does not recommend that people go to places of worship, but if they have to, the task force will provide guidelines that would make it safe to do so.

The PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said this at the briefing on Tuesday.

See below the full list of guidelines.

1. Places of worship must comply with all non-pharmaceutical measures such as mandatory use of face mask by worshippers, hand washing spots at the entrances, hand sanitizers with at least Sixty percent alcohol content and mandatory temperature checks.

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2. Facilities should be structured in a way that physical distancing is observed.

3. Worshippers are advised not to touch each other in a manner such as hugging, shaking, kissing etc.

4. Families are advised to stay together during the worship services.

5. Church/mosque volunteers (ushers, choir, security etc.) that have underlying illnesses should not be allowed to serve.

6. The time for worship services should not be more than one hour.

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7. Churches/mosques with high number of worshippers can divide their services into two or three depending on the number to ensure physical distancing, and should have break of at least 30mins between the services to allow worshippers wash their hands or to disinfect the centers.

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8. Mosques are to open 20mins before prayers and close 20mins after prayers.

9. No Islamiya schools.

10. Prayer sections should be staggered.

11. Worship centers should have different entry and exit points.

12. No social gatherings before or after services.

13. Business outlets at worship centers should remain closed.

14. The elderly above 55 are advised to observe there worship services at home.

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15. Churches/Mosques should improve their environmental hygiene.

16. Windows should be left open during services, as it’s more dangerous to hold services in enclosed places.

17. Open-air services are preferable.

18. There should be frequent cleaning of centres.

19. Surfaces should be cleaned with diluted bleach.

20. Worshippers with COVID19 symptoms should not go to places of worship.

21. Churches/Mosques should keep a record of staff and worshippers for contact tracing purposes.

22. Persons identified with high temperature after a temperature check should be turned back.

23. It is better to stay at home and worship than to go to worship centres.

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NDDC says late finance director died of COVID-19

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says its Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Etang, died of complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mr. Charles Odili, the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday amid controversies that trailed Etang’s death on May 28.

It was recalled that after the death of Etang, the commission shut its head office in Port Harcourt and directed its staff to go on self-isolation immediately.

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This had fueled speculations that the director died from complications of COVID-19, but the commission later dismissed the reports on the cause of Etang’s death.

Odili, however, said the family of the deceased has now authorized NDDC management to announce that the late executive director tested positive for Coronavirus.

“Our late executive director, Ibanga Etang who passed away in the early hours of May 28, tested positive to COVID-19 as confirmed by his family.

“The Rivers State Ministry of Health has written to NDDC, confirming the cause of death to be COVID-19.

“The ministry has directed the commission to order all management staff to go into self-isolation for a period of 14 days with effect from June 2,” he said.

Odili said the health ministry also sought the cooperation of organizations doing business with NDDC to trace their staff and contractors who had close contact with the deceased.

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The NDDC spokesman said the family of Etang and NDDC management were pleading to members of the public against politicizing the death of the executive director.

“We wish to be left alone to mourn him with dignity while we pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Etang,” he appealed.

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Lagos rehabilitates 1,983 destitute persons in one year

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The Lagos State Government said 1,983 beggars, destitute persons, mentally-challenged people and urchins were rescued off the streets of Lagos within one year.

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, disclosed this on Tuesday during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing marking the one year anniversary of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office.

Dawodu said that Lagos had recorded a noticeable reduction in the number of destitute persons, beggars and street children across the metropolis in the last one year.

He attributed the development to the continued rehabilitation, social integration and rescue missions, which had consistently ensured that these categories of people were constantly taken off the streets and given adequate attention.

The commissioner said that the ministry remained committed in its resolve to creating an enabling environment that promoted youth and social development services to give succour to the vulnerable members of the society.

Dawodu said that the rescue and rehabilitation efforts by the ministry were still ongoing in different parts of the state.

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He added that state ministry would continue to strive to be the model Youth and Social Development Agency in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The commissioner said that among those reunited with their families and reintegrated into the society were 31 persons under Institutional Care, 51 persons under Rehabilitation and 18 persons under Child Adoption/Care, making a total of 100 persons.

”We have also rescued 228 children, comprising of 110 males and 118 females, from different forms of abuse,” he said.

Dawodu said that the ministry had also provided guidance and meeting the school children’s individual, intellectual, social and emotional needs during the period under review.

He said that a total of 1,856 children benefitted from individual and group counselling in different areas ranging from absenteeism, cultism and sexual abuse among several other vices.

The commissioner said that apart from its several rescue missions, the ministry, in partnership with some private organisations, was also addressing the rate of unemployment among youths.

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According to him, over 500 were trained in various vocations ranging from Makeovers and Gele Tying, Photography, Tailoring, Beads Making, Cosmetology, Art and Designing, GSM Repairs, Child Care Training, among others.

The commissioner said that some youth centres were currently undergoing reconstruction and renovation.

He said that the centres at Abesan, Lafiaji, Campos, Ojo-Oniyun and Ikeja, were being renovated and equipped to train young people within the areas, thereby promoting social integration and reducing restiveness.

Dawodu said that the state government had commenced the construction of Adult Day Care Centres to complement the services rendered by the State-Owned Old People’s Home, Yaba, in order to expand the net of beneficiaries of vulnerable senior citizens’ care by the state government.

According to him, 145 senior citizens are now benefiting from the services rendered in the Old People’s Home, Yaba.

The commissioner said that the ministry was also responsible for the registration, monitoring, regulation of Homes, Orphanages, Crèche’s and Foundations.

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He said that within the last year, the ministry granted a total of 137 Provisional Approvals to these private establishments out of which 94 were in favour of daycare, creches and playgroup centres.

Dawodu disclosed that the state government, within the last one year, released 105 children for bonding, 89 for local adoption and 16 for international adoption.

”A total number of 116 adoption cases were legalised at various Family Courts, 86 for Local Adoption, 28 for International Adoption and two for Relatives’ Adoption,” he said.

Speaking on the achievements of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), an agency under the supervision of the ministry, the commissioner said that 300 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) were trained in January 2020 and empowered with equipment in different vocations.

The Vocational Training Programme took place at three centres across the state, namely; Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disability, Owutu, Ikorodu; Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Amuwo-Odofin; and Epe Recreation Centre, Epe.

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