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Yobe governor, all top government officials donate half salary towards COVID-19 fight

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Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni; his Deputy, Hon. Idi-Barde Gubana and other members of the state executive council and all top appointees have donated half of their salaries toward the battle against coronavirus.

A statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture who is also the State’s COVID-19 Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee Secretary, Mallam Abdullahi Bego said the contribution was towards building resources for the ongoing fight to ward off COVID-19.

He said the governor and the rest of his team continue to adopt various measures to ensure that the coronavirus disease does not break out in the state.

He said in view of this, the governor and his deputy have donated 50 percent of their basic salaries to the state’s COVID-19 Support Fund “to help accelerate the all-hands-on-deck effort that is so vital to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Following in the example of His Excellency the governor, members of the State Executive Council, the Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service and the Chief of Staff to the governor are also donating 50 percent of their basic salaries to the Fund.

“The Yobe COVID-19 Sub-Committee on Resource Mobilization under the leadership of the Hon. Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr Abubakar Garba Iliya also wishes to announce that all permanent secretaries, chief executive of boards and parastatals, permanent members of Commissions, including the Local Government Service Commission, House of Assembly Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, Teaching Service Board, Science and Technical Schools Board, State Independent Electoral Commission, Fiscal Responsibility Board, Arabic and Islamic Education Board, Bureau For Public Procurement, Civil Service Commission, and the Pilgrims Welfare Commission, as well as the Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs) who are currently in charge of the 17 local government councils will also donate 50 percent of their basic salaries to the effort to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in the state.”

 “The State Assembly Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Lawan Mirwa, his deputy, Hon. Mohammed Auwal Isa and 22 other members of the House of Assembly are also putting their shoulders behind the effort by donating 50 percent of their basic salaries.

“The State’s judiciary is also chipping in with the Chief Judge and Grand Khadi making available 50 percent of their basic salaries to the effort to convert COVID-19.”

“As the work goes on across sectors and communities, the Yobe COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee under the leadership of His Excellency the Deputy Governor calls on the sons and daughters of Yobe State both within and outside the country, members of the business community, organisations, and philanthropists to do their part as well, by donating to the Yobe COVID-19 Support Fund through the following bank account:

Yobe State COVID-19 Support
Account Number 1022751510
Bank UBA.”

“The committee also reminds people across the state to continue to exercise social distancing, observe excellent respiratory etiquette, wash their hands regularly, avoid crowded places, stay at home most of the time, and pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to provide a way out of the COVID-19 global pandemic,” the statement further said.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 387 new COVID-19 cases, total now 10162 cases

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Nigeria’s total confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have risen to 10,162.

According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, 307 new cases were recorded on Sunday with Lagos recording the highest number of 188 as usual.

Also, 13 other states and FCT recorded new cases while 3,007 patients have been treated and discharged.

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Prompt News reports that 14 new deaths were added on Sunday, bringing the total fatalities to 287.

“307 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-188
FCT-44
Ogun-19
Kaduna-14
Oyo-12
Bayelsa-9
Gombe-5
Kano-3
Delta-3
Imo-2
Rivers-2
Niger-2
Bauchi-2
Plateau-1
Kwara-1

“10162 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 3007,/Deaths: 287

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Bayelsa confirms first COVID-19 death

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The Bayelsa State Government has confirmed the death of a Coronavirus patient from complications linked to the disease.

The Director of Public Health in the state’s ministry of health and member of the state’s COVID-19 task force committee, Dr Jones Stowe who confirmed the death of the patient said the deceased is one of the two military personnel who was among the new cases announced in the state a few days ago.

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Daily Trust reported that the deceased died after suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and other related complications days after testing positive for Coronavirus.

Bayelsa state has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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COVID-19: Monarch seeks lockdown extension

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The Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers told the Federal Government on Sunday to extend the current lockdown as the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria nears the 10,000 mark.

Eze Samuel Ohiri made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, saying the lockdown extension was necessary to avert the rapid spread of the deadly virus in rural communities.

Nigeria has currently recorded 9,855 confirmed cases of the virus, 553 of which were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Two hundred and seventy-five deaths have also been recorded with 2,856 people discharged after recovering from the disease, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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On March 4, President Muhammadu Buhari announced a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the virus and extended the lockdown on May 4.

Ohiri, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Tech Diagnostics Ltd., noted that the lockdown had isolated the deadly virus to only metropolitan areas.

“Any plan to relax the lockdown at this time is not advisable because it will trigger community transmission from the metropolitan areas to rural areas.

“Nigeria at the moment has lost over 200 lives to COVID-19 and we cannot afford to lose more. So let government not relax the lockdown for now.”

The monarch also lauded the Federal Government’s efforts so far in containing the virus, urging State Governments to sustain the restriction on inter-state movements.

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According to him, as soon the lockdown is lifted, inter-state movements will commence and community transmission will set in.

“A country like Ghana recorded unprecedented 60 per cent increase in COVID-19 infections after relaxing their lockdown.

“This disease is very deadly that even the survivors still suffer damage of one organ or the order, especially the lungs.”

The royal father, however, described speculations of conspiracy theory on COVID-19 as unfounded rumours, saying that proper education was required to prepare people against the virus.

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He emphasised the imperative of collective responsibility in the fight against the virus, saying that total adherence to safety measures was key to reducing spread.

Ohiri disclosed that his firm had manufactured testing kits for COVID-19 and that the kits were capable of showing results in five minutes.

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