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We pray God sends His light to Nigeria and expose evildoers – Pastor Adeboye

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Pastor Enoch Adeboye

The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God [RCCG], Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said every soul lost to insurgency is precious to God whether a Christian or a Muslim.

Adeboye said this on Sunday during the monthly Thanksgiving Service at the church’s National Headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos State.

The cleric said he would lead members of the church on a prayer walk from Ebute Meta to Atan Cemetery in Yaba metropolis and back.

Adeboye led his congregation on prayers for the peace and security of the country, saying,

“Lord, have mercy on Nigeria. Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are hiding. We pray that God sends His light to Nigeria and expose the evildoers in the country.

“Every soul is precious to God whether a Christian or a Muslim. Father, we declare no more death of the innocent in Nigeria.

“After the service, we are all going for a prayer walk. We’ll march according to our age. There are some who would march around the church because of their age and there are some who would march with me to Atan Cemetery and back.”

The cleric prayed that God uproots all the sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.

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He said,

“It is composed that if my people who are called by my name can humble themselves and call on me, I will heal their land” making reference to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Adeboye lamented that some countries now ban Nigerians from coming into their territories as he prayed for the restoration of the nation.

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He preached briefly on ‘Songs of Victory’ with text from Psalm 18:1-3 after which he led the congregation on the prayer walk.

The Christian Association of Nigeria had declared a three-day fasting and prayer beginning January 31st to empower the government and military forces in the fight against terrorism and the spate of killings in the country.

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CAN President, Samson Ayokunle has said the spiritual exercise would end today February 2 with a prayer walk.

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Covid-19: Brazil records largest daily increase in deaths

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Covid-19: Brazil records largest daily increase in deaths

Brazil, on Tuesday, recorded its largest daily increase in deaths related to the novel coronavirus, data by the country’s Health Ministry showed.

The country confirmed 1,262 new virus-related deaths, bringing the total toll to 31,199, according to the latest official figures.

Tuesday’s daily jump was the steepest since the first victim was confirmed on March 17, the data showed, surpassing the record set on May 21 of 1,188 deaths in a day.

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The ministry also reported almost 29,000 new infections for a total of 555,383 cases.

After the United States, Brazil is the country with the highest number of officially recorded infections worldwide.

Brazil’s death toll is in fourth place globally, behind the U.S., Britain and Italy, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

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Seeing as the biggest nation in Latin America is carrying out relatively low levels of testing, the real figure is likely significantly higher.

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There have been at least 29,314 coronavirus deaths so far in the country.

In many cities in Brazil, hospitals have reached capacity.

Authorities have set up makeshift clinics in football stadiums.

Meanwhile, a dispute between President Jair Bolsonaro, several governors and congress has paralysed the country.

Right-wing populist leader, Bolsonaro, sees the COVID-19 lung disease as a “mild flu” and has rejected protective measures.

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But many state leaders have put in place their own restrictions on movement and public life to stem the spread of the virus.

On Sunday, clashes were reported between Bolsonaro supporters, anti-government protesters and the Police in several Brazilian cities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive

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COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive

The Deputy Governor of Bauchi state, Mr Baba Tela, has tested positive to the novel Coronavirus, a statement issued by the state government revealed on Wednesday.

The statement, signed by  Mr Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media to the state governor, indicated that test by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development.

According to Gidado, Tela, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was tested after exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the virus, adding that all his primary contacts had been taken for screening.

“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.

“The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease.

“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the State Committee on COVID-19.

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“Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.

“Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.

The SSA further stressed that Gov. Bala Mohammad had sympathised with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.

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He said that the governor also called on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.

Newsmen report that Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged while eight had died.

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Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge construction begins early 2021

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The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, says the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge will start in the first quarter of 2021.

Hamzat said this while discussing Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu/Dr Obafemi Hamzat’s administration in the last one year on an online show tagged: ”Covinspiration” on Tuesday.

Reports have it that the show was moderated by Dayo Israel, a UN Special Representative and British Council Global Change-maker.

Hamzat noted that the 4th Mainland bridge was central to the present administration as the state was aggressively pursuing various infrastructural renewal programme to make life abundant for the residents.

The deputy governor said the bridge was an important programme for the administration, saying that its completion would help break traffic gridlock and ease transportation in the state.

He said: “The project is key for our administration and we flagged the construction of regional roads within VGC two days ago, the project has been awarded to Hi-Tech Company.

“First Quarter of next year (2021), we will be able to start. Early next year, construction will start on the 4th Mainland Bridge.

“Regional Road is to be done for the survival of the Fourth Mainland Bridge to help us break away traffic from the Lekki-Epe Expressway. The regional road will increase the viability of the 4th Mainland Bridge.”

According to him, there is hope that by November or December, plans will have been concluded for work to begin.

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According to him, 32 Consultiums put in interest in the bid and the government had been able to reduce them to nine.

He described the project as huge, which would involve a lot of money, adding that the government was looking for partnerships with private organisations.

Hamzat, who noted that the government had been funding aggressively road infrastructure, said that the Lagos -Badagry Expressway would unlock the tourism potential in Badagry.

He assured that the administration will continue to grow better, especially in terms of infrastructure while also dealing with deficits.

Speaking on the management of traffic in the state, the deputy governor said that the administration had been able to reduce traffic lock jam by 15 per cent to 20 per cent.

“In order to expand roads and give room for free vehicular movements, we have been able to remove some of the roundabouts which include Allen Roundabout, Ikotun Roundabout, Lekki, Abraham Adesanya Roundabouts are all gone.

“We are fixing major roads and reducing traffic congestion and making sure that drainages are cleared,” he said.

Hamzat said that the government was committed to mass transportation, saying that Oshodi-Abule Egba, BRT corridor would soon commence for mass movement along the corridor.

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According to him, the government is also “funding aggressively” the Blue Line Rail for the mass movement of people.

He said that 600 buses procured by the government had been cleared at the port, saying that the government was also procuring small buses for its ‘Last Mile’ transport programme.

Hamzat said that the government was working to have the buses manufactured in the state to create employment for the residents.

On water transportation, Hamzat said that the government had procured ferries to move people along the waterways.

The deputy governor said that the Okada ban had not only reduced Okada-related accidents from about 21 monthly to one but had also reduced crime rates in the state.

“Before the ban, on the average of 21 lives were lost monthly to due to Okada accident but after the ban, it has reduced drastically to one.

“Crime has also reduced in the state, the NDLEA (The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency) report says that narcotics are transported through the use of Okada as a means of transportation.

“There was a need to ban Okada, especially at this period with the outbreak of COVID-19. There is no way one can maintain social distancing on Okada,” he said.

The deputy governor emphasised the need for data for efficient planning and delivery in the state, saying that data gathering would allow transparency, planning and efficient record keeping.

“It (data) is the new currency for us and it drives all that we are doing. We should be able to have a database in order to manage the citizens better. Data would help for proper planning and documentation purposes.

“For example in education, there is the need to check the number of population in each area in order to plan accordingly. It makes the system run faster and more efficiently.

“Data is key, that is why we are pushing LASRA(Lagos State Residents Registration Agency) to get information about our citizens. It is also necessary for us to have robust data governance and protection,” he said.

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