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#Covid19 : Governor Sanwolu increases hazard allowance of health workers to N25,000

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Governor Sanwolu of Lagos State has increased the hazard allowance of Lagos State health workers. With the hazard of their occupation increasing daily due to the surge in daily new cases of Coronavirus, it is imperative to double up on the incentives waved before these workers.

With three Lagos State Doctors already dead from the Covid19 virus, it is highly expected for the workers to start having a rethink when faced with life or death issues.


This was contained in a circular dated April 21 and issued by the state’s Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

This is coming barely 24 hours after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu told journalists at a media briefing that no health worker at the frontline of COVID-19 response earned N5,000 as hazard allowance since coronavirus was recorded in the state.

When asked what the state was doing to increase health workers’ N5000 hazard allowance in the state, the governor said, “It is not true. There is nobody that is in our frontline and COVID-19 list that has earned anything around N5,000. The least person could have probably earned N20,000. In fact, we have even doubled that.”

The circular with reference number Ref. No: CIR/HOS/’20/Vol.1/045 read, “In appreciation of the dedication of all health officers in Lagos State to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as well as their daily hazardous exposure to the highly contagious disease, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor has approved the increment of Hazard Allowance for all Health Officers in Lagos State from N5,000 to N25,000 for the month of April 2020.

“The gesture is an incentive to all Health Officers in the State, as Frontline Responders in the fight against the Pandemic. It is believed that the Officers would reciprocate same with more doggedness and enthusiasm towards duty in all Health facilities State-wide.

“Furthermore, I wish to reiterate that our collective efforts will yield the desired result, as this Pandemic shall pass.

“Accounting Officers are enjoined to note the contents of this Circular and give it the Service-wide publicity it deserves.”

The PUNCH reports that Nigeria recorded its first case of coronavirus on February 27, 2020, when a 44-year-old Italian businessman who arrived in Lagos from Milan, Italy tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Dear Lagosians, As we continue to grapple with a daily increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases, let us note that the discomfort of self-discipline and accountability is far less than the pain of regret and failure. It is in our best interests we remain obedient and defeat this unseen virus, by staying at home and observing the highest level of personal hygiene during this period. The pandemic has been so surreal in Lagos in the past of couple of days and we as residents need to take the restriction order very seriously to curb further spread of the virus. We must observe social distancing, curb needless gatherings and report suspected cases of the virus. Let us be our Brother’s keepers. We would also from time to introduce some measures which though might be uncomfortable, but will be for our collective good. One of which is the wearing of face masks. There is urgent need for us to take the use of face masks seriously, as it helps guide against spread of the virus. It is important we realize that it is only people who are healthy and alive that can socialize, work or even co-habit. In the light of this, let us refrain from gatherings, either for official activities, celebrations or leisure that will hamper our safety and those of our loved ones till the worst of the plague is behind us. Your health and safety is our utmost responsibility, therefore while we work towards a safe and COVID-19 free society, we implore that you please work with us, so we can beat this scourge together. Thank You and God bless.

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COVID-19 UPDATES On Sunday April 19, 2020 we recorded the highest daily increase in the total number of confirmed cases nationally, with Lagos accounting for 70 of the cases, bringing the total tally of active cases in the state to 379. Despite the increased number of confirmed cases, the most appropriate response from all of us is not to panic, because the increased numbers is a result of the success of our expanded testing capacity and 'house to house' testing strategy. We have commissioned the local production of pocket friendly face masks in large quantities, as it may become mandatory to wear face masks in public places by next week. Whilst we are not encouraging the panic buying of face masks by this proposed guideline, we will commence distribution of the locally manufactured face masks to large number of residents within a week. Let me assure Lagosians, that COVID-19 is not a death sentence as we have started witnessing uplifting stories with a 25-30% recovery rate. Members of the public are implored not to stigmatize COVID19 patients, in order to encourage infected people to come out wilfully for testing and treatment. We have responded in strong terms to the security situation in the state, through the special squad deployed by the Inspector General of Police and I can assure you that all hands are on deck to curb the antics of hoodlums and bandits who seek to take advantage of these challenging times. As Muslims prepare to observe Ramadan fast later this week, we have a responsibility to continue to maintain the appropriate level of respiratory hygiene, social distancing and observe the restriction on permissible gatherings of not more than 25 people, which remains unchanged. I am confident we will overcome, but this will not happen without some sacrifice on our part. Thank you

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I am not in ICU — Governor El Rufai

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#Covid19 : Lagos State Governor to impose the use of face masks to curb spread

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Hope he will bring in the authentic ones and not the substandard ones from China. Since racist China cultivated and spread the virus around the world, and are now recovered enough to send relief materials and safety equipments to the rest of the world, while maltreating the blacks in their midst.. #suspicious

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COVID-19 UPDATES On Sunday April 19, 2020 we recorded the highest daily increase in the total number of confirmed cases nationally, with Lagos accounting for 70 of the cases, bringing the total tally of active cases in the state to 379. Despite the increased number of confirmed cases, the most appropriate response from all of us is not to panic, because the increased numbers is a result of the success of our expanded testing capacity and 'house to house' testing strategy. We have commissioned the local production of pocket friendly face masks in large quantities, as it may become mandatory to wear face masks in public places by next week. Whilst we are not encouraging the panic buying of face masks by this proposed guideline, we will commence distribution of the locally manufactured face masks to large number of residents within a week. Let me assure Lagosians, that COVID-19 is not a death sentence as we have started witnessing uplifting stories with a 25-30% recovery rate. Members of the public are implored not to stigmatize COVID19 patients, in order to encourage infected people to come out wilfully for testing and treatment. We have responded in strong terms to the security situation in the state, through the special squad deployed by the Inspector General of Police and I can assure you that all hands are on deck to curb the antics of hoodlums and bandits who seek to take advantage of these challenging times. As Muslims prepare to observe Ramadan fast later this week, we have a responsibility to continue to maintain the appropriate level of respiratory hygiene, social distancing and observe the restriction on permissible gatherings of not more than 25 people, which remains unchanged. I am confident we will overcome, but this will not happen without some sacrifice on our part. Thank you

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Using Capitalism and privilege as an excuse, Abuja funeral attendees defend their endangering actions

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You look into Nigeria as a whole and find out that ever since the Country had it’s amalgamation in 1914, the North has always assumed that they are the born leaders as they were informed by the British Colonial masters then, especially the Queen of England.

They believe as Muslims, it is an abomination to be ruled by an infidel Christian. This brought about all the unrest from Boko Haram, protests and many more, torturing and victimzing the northern states (Plateau, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Abuja etc) that have significant number of its indegenes as Christians. whenever a Christian is in power, they are hell bent on frustrating his Governement, but when theirs comes in, their sense of entitlement doubles, but they face even more problems from God and unforseen circumstances.

The bad part for them is that it has always been known to back fire on them in folds unimaginable. from having enormous land masses which are laying fallow, because they thought having huge lands and squeezing the rest of the country people to the edge of the South, will automatically mean wealth, and development. But if you want to have a huge laugh, visit the North and see the dept of poverty dancing skelewu there. Despite all the years of syphoning money to them in the name of “We are the poor ones”. Every charity organization that comes to the country is directed to the north to give. Yet, they give birth indiscriminately as their culture, tradition and religion envourages, So no amount of money sent there is enough.

They just want to be in power even if the person in particular is completely useless to the development of the country like we are having today.

Now, back to the current situation of the world in this Coronavirus pandemic, Nigerians came across video from the Islamic burial ceremony of President Buhari’s Chief of staff Abba Kyari who lost his life due to the Complications resulting from Coronavirus. These men who felt they needed to pay him their last respect but didn’t know how to social distance themselves at the short Islamic event, ended up endangering each other through out the process due to their actions.

When called out by Nigerians who suggested to be Quarantined for 14 days to determine that they are all safe from the virus, the attendees responding saying :

That they are privileged to do what they please because of Capitalism. They said instead of speaking to them on the issue out of jealousy, Nigerians should work hard so they can attain the privilege life like they have attained which gave them the rite to do as they please. We are talking about your health safety, and you are talking about affluence. Typical Hausa man will always show up and show out. What a retarded point of view of you ask me.

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Scores of Nigerians, including several VIPs, attended the burial of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on Saturday, despite the restrictive guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on mass gatherings. . After funeral prayers at the Chief of Staff’s residence, Kyari’s remains were buried at Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, following his death on Friday, weeks after contracting the coronavirus in March. . Most attendees at the burial, though wearing face masks, stood less than two metres apart as prescribed by the NCDC protocol. . Prominent persons in attendance included the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu; former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima; and Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. . Others were Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari; Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami; and Permanent Secretary of the State House, Tijjani ldris Umar, among others. . However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Interim Guidelines for the Safe Management of a Dead Body reads, “In the event, a ceremony is held, the number of attendees should be limited. . “The ceremony should be held in a well-ventilated structure, attendees should be advised on social distancing throughout the event, ensuring practice of hand and respiratory hygiene.” . The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, urged well-wishers could sign a condolence register at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. . Shehu said, “As advised by the protocols put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health on social distancing, the burial marks the end of all ceremonies and there will be no condolence visits to family and the Presidency. . “Well-wishers and all other Nigerians are instead advised to pray for the repose of the soul of the late Chief of Staff. A condolence register will be opened at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation from Sunday for those who are able to use the window permitted for movement by the FCT administration.”

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Ah tor! . #DANG

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I’m so weak today. This is ridiculous!

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President Buhari's media aide. Garba Shehu has reacted to the outrage that ensued after a large number of people were spotted at the burial ceremony of President Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. . . Speaking to journalists after the event, Garba Shehu stated that there was nothing they could do. The Presidential aide who insisted that the burial ceremony was a private one, said most of those who turned up for it were not invited and they could not have brought in soldiers to flog and chase them away, because they were there to pay their last respect to the late CoS. . . Garba Shehu further revealed that the burial ceremony was delayed in their attempt to maintain social distancing, but had to proceed as more people kept trooping to the cemetery. . . He said; “Was there any invitation for the public to come for the burial? Go back to my Twitter handle and read what I posted. From 10am, when we picked up the body at the airport, we sent a message out that the funeral will be private and that the public should please go and pray for Abba Kyari. . . We also said no condolence visits to the President and family. What can we do? Are we going to invite soldiers to flog people who came to pay their last respect to the man? We didn’t invite people. We were trying to move people back and observe social distancing and it was delaying the funeral. We just have to do it because people are not ready to leave. What are we going to do?”

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President Buhari’s Chief of Staff dies from #Covid19 Complications, but when exactly did it happen?

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Two weeks after the news made rounds from Investigative journalist Kemi Olunloyo that the the chief of staff to president Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari had died of Coronavirus complications in a UK hospital he was secretly flown to, the Presidency has finally made the announcement of his death to the Country.

Kemi who stands by her words has revealed that this is an old news, and wonders why it took them this long to announce it. This habit of concealing, hiding and denying things in Nigeria is culture we can neither trace it origin, nor locate it’s end in this Country.

While Nigerians are being treated and made to recover fully, the leaders who very much believe in the UK healthcare, even though UK and US are getting hit hard at this time, why fly Mr. Kyari out to receive treatment? it has gotten this bad that they clearly don’t know when to step on the breaks on foreign health care. Such a pity.

His corpse was probably was flown back into the country before the announcement was made, after they claimed he was being treated in Lagos State, and Lagos State revealed they couldn’t locate his whereabout. Who is deceiving whom? Shouldn’t there be a time when all these leaders can say “We are done being shitty?” May he rest in peace.

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Cristina Cuomo, Wife to CNN’s Chris Cuomo tests positive after husband for #Covid19

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it is indeed a foreseeable development as it is inevitable that those who care for patients, are likely to be infected with the contagious illness they are sufferring from.

CNN’S Chris was positive for Coronavirus after continual attendance to work for news, when was self isolating in his basement, working from home and encouraging his brother the New York Governor Cuomo, Chris had his wife catering to him and he fought the virus, but suddenly his wife came to close to him, that she was infected. Now it breaks his heart to heart that, due to the fact the both parents now have, and they have three children to look after.

While the kids are said to be negative, the couple is hoping that they don’t infect their kids with it, while they right to stay alive and defeat the plague.

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#Zlatanibile a Role Model to Nigerian youths reveals he doesn’t think #Covid19 is in Nigeria

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I want to be honest and say that when I say this headline, I thought to call this guy out for saying that, but you have to understand that there is always an atom of Truth in thing people say, because we all don’t know the same things.

some people are opportune to have access to some information that others don’t, and you have to really either disagree respectively with one another, or learn to listen while having a conversation.

So I think he probably knowns more than we do, and that could be from where he is drawing that conclusion. But why? What could he possibly think is going on if not covid19? I hope he isn’t high and just talking, for my sake , I hope he is not Under the influence.

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Lagos State discharges 8 more #Covid19 patients who have made full recovery

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Reposted from @jidesanwoolu Today, 8 more persons; 2 females and 6 males were discharged to join the society.

The patients; all from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively to COVID-19.

This brings the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our facilities to 70.

This positive development gladdens my heart, as it means we’re on our way to zero transmission if we continue to maintain social distancing, take our personal hygiene seriously, but most importantly, stay home.

A virus free Lagos is our bottom line. Let’s make these sacrifices today, for a COVID-19 free society.
Thank You.

StayAtHomeAndStaySafe #ForADiseaseFreeLago #ForAGreaterLagos – #regrann

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Lagos State discharges 16 Covid19 patients who now test megative

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from @jidesanwoolu Good people of Lagos, I have more great news from our isolation facilities. 16 persons; 14 males and 2 females including 3 foreigners – 1 British, 1 Chinnese and 1 polish have been discharged to join the society.

The patients; 14 from IDH, Yaba and 2 from Onikan Isolation centre have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively to COVID-19.

This brings the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our facilities to 86.

As our front line health workers record successes in the battle against COVID-19, we are duty bound as citizens to break the chain of transmission of the infection by staying safe at home, practice Social distancing and adopt highest possible personal hygiene.

We will continue to do our best as Government to cushion the effect of this lockdown by re-energizing our welfare package. Please keep having faith in us as we win this battle together.

Thank you all for your continued perseverance and patience . – #regrann

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#Nigeria takes delivery of the medical equipment donated by the #UN

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According to channelnews,the Federal government of Nigeria was said to have taken delivery of the medical equipment donated by the United Nations.

All these sprung from the fact that Nigeria has gotten it’s future predicted by some people following the fact that not enough testing is carried out, due to lack of symptoms and stigmatization.

The United Nations is now trying to aid the country whose number of cases has been growing every single day since the novel case. Now this is a way of preventing the predictions being given for Africa, especially with the lastest coming from Melinda Gates who said if something is not done, Africa may start to see their dead being kept out ok the streets due to overwhelming of the case, just like it is happening in Ecuador right now.

James Odaudu, Director Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, took delivery of the equipment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Sirika received them on behalf of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 represented by the Minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora. The Minister expressed the appreciation of the Nigerian government to the UN and Allied Air Cargo for transporting the equipment free of charge to Abuja.

Sirika said the equipment, which included, among other things, 50 ventilators, will go a long way in boosting the nation’s capacity to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, the UN donated three ambulances to the Lagos State Government as part of its support to the COVID-19 fight in the state. UN Resident-Coordinator, Edward Kallon, said the “UN family stands in solidarity with the Federal Government of Nigeria during these trying times.” #Coronavirus #UN #COVID19 #Nigeria .

If history won’t fail the citizens of the country, most Nigerians are scared that this donations just like everyother donation from decades and years ago, may end up in the hands of the prominent Nigerian private hospitals, instead of the public and governement hospitals. But then again Nigerians can literally do nothing about this, so they are pray and hope that this time around, God uses someone in the governement to do the right thing.

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I’m still coronavirus positive — Gov. El-Rufai reveals weeks after 🙄

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Follow the speed at which the Lagos people are recovering, it is expected that the pioneers of the Covid19 virus would have gotten better since. Because if after a month/weeks are Abba Kyari, El-Rufai and the rest of the Northerners revealed that they have tested positive to Coronavirus the are still positive, then it simply means that they need the Lagos touch and they are either not getting the right treatment, following the laid down rules (Being that he is the father of his rape threatening son Bello El Rufai, who is all knowing and always right), then he is probably in need of Lagos health tram, who will enforce behaviours on him.

The Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai whose son recently threatened someone with inappropriate sexual and ethnic slurs, has unexpectedly spoken from isolation unlike anyone else who is serious about their treatment, that he is reportedly still testing positive after all these weeks of his announcement.

The governor also chaired a virtual meeting of the State Executive Council from isolation.
El-Rufai, on his Facebook page, said he was yet to be cleared of the virus and that he would announce when he was confirmed negative.
He called on the public to ignore all fake news even if they were good wishes for him. He really has to relief himself of all these Official duties and let someone else handle it, because he can only do so much being that he is not in the right health condition at the moment. Receiving treatment and working like you are not sick, could very much be one of the reasons why he hasn’t made a full recovery after all this time.

“Earlier today, between 10am and 2pm, I took few hours during my isolation and chaired a virtual meeting of the State Executive Council.
“I have not been cleared of COVID-19 yet. I will personally announce when I am confirmed negative. Please ignore all fake news even if they want good wishes for.
“I am grateful to our team ably led by the Deputy Governor for keeping the agenda going without me. I am super proud of all our Commissioners, Advisers, Assistants security agency and other state government officials for a job well done.,” he said.

All these plus having to scold his weird temperamental son who doesn’t know how to handle criticism despite being a son to a public figure all these years.

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Lagos State discharges yet another 5 recovered #covid19 patients

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Reposted from @jidesanwoolu My dear Lagosians,
I bring you more good news of progress in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, 6 more persons; 1 female and 5 males have been discharged from the IDH, Yaba, after their full recovery and testing negative twice to COVID-19

These additional discharged cases brings the number of patients who have been managed and discharged from our facilities to 61. I appeal to residents to continue to observe the recommended precautionary guidelines of social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene.
All hands are on deck to ensure the currently admitted patients are discharged within the shortest possible time.
Thank you – #regrann

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President Buhari extends #Covid19 lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by two weeks

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ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE EXTENSION OF COVID- 19 PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN AT THE STATE HOUSE, ABUJA
MONDAY, 13TH APRIL, 2020

  1. Fellow Nigerians
  2. In my address on Sunday, 29th March, 2020, I asked the residents of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory to stay at home for an initial period of fourteen days starting from Monday, 30th March 2020.
  3. Many State Governments also introduced similar restrictions.
  4. As your democratically elected leaders, we made this very difficult decision knowing fully well it will severely disrupt your livelihoods and bring undue hardship to you, your loved ones and your communities.
  5. However, such sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country. They were necessary to save lives.
  6. Our objective was, and still remains, to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action.
  7. The level of compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines issued has been generally good across the country. I wish to thank you all most sincerely for the great sacrifice you are making for each other at this critical time.
  8. I will take this opportunity to recognise the massive support from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) during this pandemic.
  9. I also acknowledge the support and contributions received from public spirited individuals, the business community and our international partners and friends.
  10. I must also thank the media houses, celebrities and other public figures for the great work they are doing in sensitizing our citizens on hygienic practices, social distancing and issues associated with social gatherings.
  11. As a result of the overwhelming support and cooperation received, we were able to achieve a lot during these 14 days of initial lockdown.
  12. We implemented comprehensive public health measures that intensified our case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities.
  13. To date, we have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.
  14. We also trained over 7,000 Healthcare workers on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation.
  15. Lagos and Abuja today have the capacity to admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres.
  16. Many State Governments have also made provisions for isolation wards and treatment centres. We will also build similar centers near our airports and land borders.
  17. Using our resources and those provided through donations, we will adequately equip and man these centres in the coming weeks. Already, health care workers across all the treatment centers have been provided with the personal protective equipment that they need to safely carry out the care they provide.
  18. Our hope and prayers are that we do not have to use all these centres. But we will be ready for all eventualities.
  19. At this point, I must recognise the incredible work being done by our healthcare workers and volunteers across the country especially in frontline areas of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
  20. You are our heroes and as a nation, we will forever remain grateful for your sacrifice during this very difficult time. More measures to motivate our health care workers are being introduced which we will announce in the coming weeks.
  21. As a nation, we are on the right track to win the fight against COVID-19.
  22. However, I remain concerned about the increase in number of confirmed cases and deaths being reported across the world and in Nigeria specifically.
  23. On 30th March 2020, when we started our lockdown in conforming with medical and scientific advice, the total number of confirmed cases across the world was over 780,000.
  24. Yesterday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally was over one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand. This figure is more than double in two weeks!
  25. In the last fourteen days alone, over 70,000 people have died due to this disease.
  26. In the same period, we have seen the health system of even the most developed nations being overwhelmed by this virus.
  27. Here in Nigeria, we had 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 12 States on 30th March 2020. We had two fatalities then.
  28. This morning, Nigeria had 323 confirmed cases in twenty States. Unfortunately we now have ten fatalities. Lagos State remains the center and accounts for 54% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria. When combined with the FCT, the two locations represent over 71% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria.
  29. Most of our efforts will continue to focus in these two locations.
  30. Majority of the confirmed cases in Lagos and the FCT are individuals with recent international travel history or those that came into contact with returnees from international trips.
  31. By closing our airports and land borders and putting strict conditions for seaport activities, we have reduced the impact of external factors on our country. However, the increase in the number of States with positive cases is alarming.
  32. The National Centre for Disease Control has informed me that, a large proportion of new infections are now occurring in our communities, through person-to-person contacts. So we must pay attention to the danger of close contact between person to person.
  33. At this point, I will remind all Nigerians to continue to take responsibility for the recommended measures to prevent transmission, including maintaining physical distancing, good personal hygiene and staying at home.
  34. In addition, I have signed the Quarantine Order in this regard and additional regulations to provide clarity in respect of the control measures for the COVID-19 pandemic which will be released soon.
  35. The public health response to COVID-19 is built on our ability to detect, test and admit cases as well as trace all their contacts. While I note some appreciable progress, we can achieve a lot more.
  36. Today, the cessation of movement, physical distancing measures and the prohibition of mass gatherings remain the most efficient and effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus. By sustaining these measures, combined with extensive testing and contact tracing, we can take control and limit the spread of the disease.
  37. Our approach to the virus remains in 2 steps – First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners.
  38. With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.
  39. This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We can not be lax.
  40. The previously issued guidelines on exempted services shall remain.
  41. This is a difficult decision to take, but I am convinced that this is the right decision. The evidence is clear.
  42. The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable.
  43. We must not lose the gains achieved thus far. We must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission. We must endure a little longer.
  44. I will therefore take this opportunity to urge you all to notify the relevant authorities if you or your loved ones develop any symptoms. I will also ask our health care professionals to redouble their efforts to identify all suspected cases, bring them into care and prevent transmission to others.
  45. No country can afford the full impact of a sustained restriction of movement on its economy. I am fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage such as traders, dayworkers, artisans and manual workers.
  46. For this group, their sustenance depends on their ability to go out. Their livelihoods depend on them mingling with others and about seeking work. But despite these realities we must not change the restrictions.
  47. In the past two weeks, we announced palliative measures such as food distribution, cash transfers and loans repayment waivers to ease the pains of our restrictive policies during this difficult time. These palliatives will be sustained.
  48. I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks. This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs. A technical committee is working on this and will submit a report to me by the end of this week.
  49. The Security Agencies have risen to the challenges posed by this unprecedented situation with gallantry and I commend them. I urge them to continue to maintain utmost vigilance, firmness as well as restraint in enforcing the restriction orders while not neglecting statutory security responsibilities.
  50. Fellow Nigerians, follow the instructions on social distancing. The irresponsibility of the few can lead to the death of the many. Your freedom ends where other people’s rights begin.
  51. The response of our State Governors has been particularly impressive, especially in aligning their policies and actions to those of the Federal Government.
  52. In the coming weeks, I want to assure you that the Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force, will do whatever it takes to support you in this very difficult period. I have no doubt that, by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic.
  53. I must also thank the Legislative arm of Government for all its support and donations in this very difficult period. This collaboration is critical to the short and long-term success of all the measures that we have instituted in response to the pandemic.
  54. As a result of this pandemic, the world as we know it has changed. The way we interact with each other, conduct our businesses and trade, travel, educate our children and earn our livelihoods will be different.
  55. To ensure our economy adapts to this new reality, I am directing the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Communication and Digital Economy, Science and Technology, Transportation, Aviation, Interior, Health, Works and Housing, Labour and Employment and Education to jointly develop a comprehensive policy for a “Nigerian economy functioning with COVID-19”.
  56. The Ministers will be supported by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and Economic Sustainability Committee in executing this mandate.
  57. I am also directing the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Security Adviser, the Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council and the Chairman, Presidential Fertiliser Initiative to work with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure the impact of this pandemic on our 2020 farming season is minimized.
  58. Finally, I want to thank the members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for all their hard work so far. Indeed, the patriotism shown in your work is exemplary and highly commendable.
  59. Fellow Nigerians, I have no doubt that by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic and emerge stronger in the end.
  60. I thank you all for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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#BREAKINGNEWS The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has extended the lockdown order in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria. He announced the extension during a nationwide broadcast on Monday. He extended the lockdown by 14 days. . Buhari said the initial lockdown helped Nigeria in its fight against the coronavirus. He also said that the decision to lockdown states and the FCT was a difficult one for his regime. . He said, “With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight. . “This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We cannot be lax.” . The PUNCH reports that Buhari had on March 31 ordered the lockdown of the states and the FCT. The initial lockdown elapsed today (Monday). As of 09:10 pm on Monday, 323 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria. Of the 323 cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said 85 patients have been discharged while 10 died. ……………… Follow us for breaking news and videos ……………… #Breakingnews #Nigeria #PresidentialAddress #News #Punchnewspapers #Lockdow #Pandemic

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Pres. Buhari to address the nation at 7pm today

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It is wrong to relax a lockdown because of religious faithfuls — Prominent Nigerians criticise Gov Nyesom Wike’s Decision

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Following the yet unsure of the source of this decision where the Governor of Rivers State decided that he would relax the state’s curfew so people of the state can celebrate Easter.

Now the Former Governor of Anambra state has called out the decision and then criticised it and its source. Despite all that was said by Health workers, mainstream media, and even the money at hit countries, about people staying home and away from each other to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, this Governor is yet again doing the most by allowing his residents to mix up freely like the virus is going to go on an Easter break. just look at the market place in that state the moment the Governor said what he said.

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VIDEO: Residents troop into Rivers market as Wike relaxes restrictions on religious gatherings Port Harcourt residents on Friday trooped into a popular market in Rumuokoro area of Rivers state to shop for the Easter celebration and stock the house with more foodstuffs in spite of the ban on large gatherings in the state. The Rivers State Government had on Thursday temporarily relaxed the restrictions on large religious gatherings to enable Christians to carry out their religious obligations during the Easter Period. In a State Broadcast on Thursday, Governor Wike said the directive also permits the Muslim Community to observe their Jumaat Prayers within the period. He said: “In the Spirit of Easter, therefore, and after a careful review of the state of COVID 19 situation in our State, we have decided to temporarily relax the restriction on large religious gathering, as follows: “Friday 10th April 2020 – all Moslem faithfuls should observe Juma’at prayers in their mosques or prayer grounds throughout the State and pray for the peace, forgiveness and the blessings of Allah upon the State. “Sunday 12th April 2020 – all Christians should have Easter Church Services with their full congregation and pray to God to forgive us of our sins, continue to intervene in our affairs and protect the State and our people from the Coronavirus. ”For the avoidance of doubt, the relaxation on mass religious gathering is limited only to the afore-mentioned respective dates.” “All other restrictions, including the closure of markets, night-clubs, cinemas, beer parlours, public burials, weddings, parks as well as the closure of our air, land, and sea routes into the State, shall remain in force until further notice. “Once again, thank you for your support and cooperation as we work collectively to keep our dear Rivers State safe and secure from Coronavirus and other afflictions”, he said. ” I wish you all a happy Easter celebration, while trusting on your prayers for God to heal our land and see us through.” Governor Wike said all the measures implemented by the Rivers State Government since March 24, 2020 to check the spread of coronavirus have yielded results.

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Nigerian Law Makers summon the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria over the disturbingly Consistent maltreatment of Nigerians in China

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With the happenings of the past two years, it is safe to say that gone are those days when Nigeria and Nigerians seat and watch from a hidden scared corner of the Country, while the world maltreats it’s people over their skin colour or just because they are for Nigeria.

If a Nigeria flouts the law of a foreign land and it about to be punished for it, the Federal governement has of recent been know to appeal to the authority of that land to forgive and hand over that person, but if the law persists, the Federal government hands off and let the wrath of the land come down on the perpetuator.

In a case where a country is simply known to be mean to Nigerians both the law abiding and non law abiding ones, then we are definitely going to have our leaders ask questions like they are expected to. With the number of Chinese peacefully living in Nigeria, one would think you will have their people act more accommodating due to that fact, but we have come to realize that these Chinese people are not ok. They spread the disease to the world from their disgusting consumptions of raw repulsive animals, and still assume the place of judgement on innocent earthlings. For this reason, the impressive action has been taken on them by the law makers of the land.

Due to the videos popping up from all corners of Nigeria showing the disturbing videos from China, the honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has summoned the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian yesterday Friday 10th April 2020, in a bid to seek an end to the weirdness going on in their land.

Gbajabiamila asked the Chinese envoy to look into viral media reports and videos from Beijing showing Nigerians being forced out of their houses and hotels. The videos further detailed how Nigerians were rounded up and their passports seized by the Chinese police.

Gbajabiamila told the ambassador, according to a release on Friday, that there should be an official explanation for treating Nigerians in such a manner.

The meeting was also attended by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, and the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu.

The viral videos on Wednesday and Thursday showed some Nigerians in China being forced into another 14-day quarantine after the initial 14 days they spent for same purpose over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gbajabiamila said, “If the diplomatic relationship between our two countries are for the mutual benefits of our citizens, then there must be respect for our citizens and we should not compromise it.

“As a government, we will not allow Chinese or other nationals to be maltreated just as we will not allow Nigerians to be maltreated in other countries. The way you treat your citizens, we expect that’s how you’ll treat others.

“We will not tolerate our citizens breaking your laws, but the crime of one citizen cannot be used to stigmatise the whole country. It appears that was what happened in this case. You can’t use one brush to smear the whole wall. Whatever the reason, it cannot be used and taken out on the entire (Nigerian) community in China.”

The ambassador, Pingjian, said he had not been officially informed of the details of the incident, and hadn’t even seen the viral video. The video was immediately shown to him as evidence, and he was asked if he has spoken to their prime minister about it, He stuttered, and muttered a “yes and no”, but that he would take it up with the government.

If not for anything, we will like to commend the Federal government for it’s involvement so far in the plight of Nigerians in the diaspora, and their quick action to addressing their issues, bit ask that they make the country better and stop embezzling funds, so we can make Nigeria a better place for her citizens, who might not see any reason to find their way into these countries to be available for such maltreatment to be them in the first place.

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Lagos State discharges yet another 7 #Covid19 patient who made full recovery bring the total to 46 recoveries

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from @jidesanwoolu Dear Lagosians,
Encouraging news from our isolation center at the Infectious Disease Hospital, keep rolling in.

Today, 7 more patients; 3 Females and 4 Males were discharged to reconnect with the community after a full recovery and having tested negative twice consecutively for COVID-19

This brings to 46, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Yaba facility.
While we celebrate our successes, let us note that Social Distancing is important and non negotiable in the war against COVID-19.
Stay at home, observe good personal hygiene and adhere strictly to advice from our health experts.

Together, a COVID-19 free Lagos is possible. – #regrann

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