COVID-19: Bayelsa Govt Increases Screening Of Persons At Borders

(FILE PHOTO) Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri.

 

The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has directed the COVID-19 Task Force to intensify screening of persons at all entry points into the state.

This is in line with the rise in the number of cases in the state and the lifting of the interstate ban by the Federal Government.

Governor Diri also directed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, to come up with documents for the purchase of a biosafety cabinet for testing COVID-19 cases in the state.

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He gave these directives during an enlarged meeting of the State’s COVID-19 Task Force team at the Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Court Orders Reinstatement Of Demoted FUO Lecturers

 

The National Industrial Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has ordered the reinstatement of seven demoted lecturers of the Federal University, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Justice Bashiru Alkali, who gave the order on Tuesday, also awarded the sum of N20 million as damages against the institution, in favour of the lecturers.

He ruled that the claimants be reinstated to their full status while their privileges and entitlements should be paid by the institution.

The presiding judge directed the university to pay each claimant N5 million for defamation and N200,000 for the cost of litigation.

All the litigants were from the diaspora who returned to serve in the University.

They include Leonard Shilgba – Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Professor Steve Nwabuzor – Department of Civil, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Dr Sepribo Lawson-Jack – Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.

Others are Dr Obalade Falade – Department of Banking and Finance, Dr Marcellina Offoha – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr Evans Eze – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Dr Felina Nwadike – Department of English and Communication Studies.

 

The Governing Council of the university had made key decisions involving appointments and discipline which led to the re-classification of some academic appointments.

It downgraded seven teaching staff appointments to lower ranks for lack of requisite scholarship, including that of Professor Nwabuzor.

Displeased with the development, Professor Nwabuzor and the others dragged the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Seth Jaja, and the university management before the Industrial Court of Nigeria.

In the suit marked NICN/YEN01/2019, Nwabuzor sought an order of the Court declaring that the regularisation of his appointment as a professor to a pensionable appointment by the institution’s letter of the appointment dated September 1, 2015, and the confirmation of his appointment vide the letter of February 21, 2017, cannot be tampered with except in accordance with the Federal University, Otuoke (Establishment) Act 2015.

He also sought a “declaration that the purported conversion of the claimant’s pensionable appointment to a contract appointment is ultra vires the defendants having regard to the Federal University, Otuoke (Establishment) Act, 2015, the 1999 constitution (as amended) and all known labour practice.”

The don urged the court to declare that the purported reclassification of his appointment from Professor to Lecturer 1 on the grounds that he does not have the requisite scholarship at the point of entry without hearing him was unconstitutional, null and void, and of no effect.

He asked the court to set aside the defendants’ letter of July 5, 2018, converting his statutory appointment to a mere contract of employment.

Bayelsa Discharges 54 Recovered COVID-19 Patients

 

Bayelsa State Government has discharged 54 COVID-19 patients from the isolation centre in the state.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Director of Public Health in the State, Dr Yerinbuluemi Stow.

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According to him, the strategies put in place by the government to curb community transfer of the virus in the state has begun producing results.

He noted that the State recorded only one COVID-19 positive case today.

Bayelsa Records 14 New COVID-19 Cases

 

Bayelsa State has recorded 14 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nathaniel Apoku, on Monday.

According to him, the total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 169.

He noted that 29 persons have been discharged after recovering from the virus, while 10 persons have however died from the disease.

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Meanwhile, the state has 130 active cases.

Apoku, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the COVID -19 Task Force appealed to residents of the state to adhere to the recommended public health advisories to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

He also reiterated the commitment of the state government in containing the spread of the virus in the state.

Bayelsa Records 54 New COVID-19 Cases

 

Bayelsa State Government says 54 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been recorded in the state.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Deputy Chairman of the State COVID -19 Task Force, Dr Nathaniel Apoku, the new cases were the results from 76 samples received from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 86.

According to Apoku, 11 of these positive cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, with 8 of the patients being healthcare professionals.

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Apoku who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, noted that more test results were being awaited from the NCDC.

He explained that the state government has embarked on counselling the patients before evacuating them to the isolation facilities

The COVID-19 Taskforce deputy chairman stressed that the state government will thoroughly trace the contacts linked to the confirmed cases.

He reiterated the government’s commitment in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state.

While asking the people to regularly wash their hands with soap and water, Apoku recommended the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

On social distancing, he noted that residents of the state should maintain at least two meters (6 feet) distance between the next person and should avoid large gatherings.

Bayelsa Records First COVID-19 Death

A health worker is reflected on a mirror while preparing to the COVID-19 zone of a hospital in Atizapan, Mexico, on May 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. PEDRO PARDO / AFP
PHOTO USED TO DEPICT THE STORY: A health worker is reflected on a mirror while preparing for the COVID-19 test. PHOTO: PEDRO PARDO / AFP

 

Bayelsa State on Friday recorded the first death of a patient from Coronavirus complications.

The state COVID-19 Task Force made this announcement in a press conference in Yenagoa, the capital.

The task force said the victim was a military officer in his forties.

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He was isolated at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri after he tested positive to the virus and was said to be in stable condition. His health suddenly deteriorated and he developed severe respiratory distress.

The Director of Public Health in the State, Dr Yerinbuluemi Stow, added that aside the death recorded, all other patients are in stable condition.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Bayelsa State currently has 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Bayelsa Orders Total Lockdown After Confirming Index Case Of COVID-19

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has declared a total lockdown in the state, starting from midnight of Monday, April 27.

The governor said only essential workers, pharmaceuticals and foodstuff sellers, are exempted from the restriction of movement.

This announcement follows the confirmed index case of the coronavirus in the State.

The index case who is a 47-year-old woman presented herself at the Bayelsa Specialist hospital in Yenagoa with a history of poor appetite, fever, headache, cough, chest pain, for almost a week. She also has a history of hypertension and diabetes.

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She, however, denied having any history of travelling outside the state.

Governor Diri added that she is in a stable condition and has been evacuated to the Isolation center at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital Okolobiri and contact tracing, has begun.

The specialist hospital has been closed down and decontamination has commenced.

Samples from the doctors, nurses, and all those who visited the facility over the week, and came in contact with her, during her admission, would be traced and isolated.

The Governor noted that although the woman refused the result of the test conducted, Bayelsa State Government won’t reject the test results as it was scientifically done, and she presented herself for testing.

COVID-19 Spreads To Four More States

(FILE) A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing exercise as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Four more states have recorded index cases of coronavirus, raising the figure of states that have confirmed at least one case of COVID-19 in the country.

They are Taraba in the North-East, Kebbi in the North-West, Ebonyi in the South-East, and Bayelsa in the South-South.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this in an early-morning tweet on Monday.

 

It revealed that Taraba recorded six cases of COVID-19, while Kebbi, Ebonyi, and Bayelsa recorded one infection each.

The index cases were part of the 91 new infections announced by the health agency in its latest update on the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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Other states where new cases were reported include Lagos – 43, Kaduna – five, Gombe – five; the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – three.

The rest are Bauchi – three, Ondo – three, Oyo – three, Edo – three, Rivers – three, Osun – two, Sokoto – eight, and Akwa Ibom – one.

This brings the figure of total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 1,273, with the death toll also rising to 40 while 239 people have been discharged.

A total of 32 states, and the FCT have recorded at least one case of COVID-19 while the NCDC also revealed that four states recorded new deaths.

They are Osun – two, Oyo – one, Rivers – one, and Katsina – one.

See the case summary of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 26 below:

Total Samples Tested> 10918
Total Confirmed cases1273
Discharged239
Death40
States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Active CasesNo. DischargedNo of Deaths
Lagos73158412819
Abuja FCT141103353
Kano777601
Ogun352951
Gombe353500
Osun3414182
Katsina302442
Borno302802
Edo251483
Oyo211092
Akwa Ibom12291
Kaduna15960
Bauchi14860
Sokoto101000
Kwara11920
Ekiti8521
Ondo8620
Delta6501
Rivers6222
Taraba6600
Abia2200
Enugu2020
Niger2200
Jigawa2200
Zamfara2200
Benue1100
Anambra1010
Adamawa1100
Plateau1100
Imo1100
Bayelsa1100
Ebonyi1100
Kebbi1100
Total127399423940

Bayelsa, Taraba Relax Lockdown Few Days To Easter

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on February 14, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Bayelsa State Government has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown few days to the Easter celebrations to enable Christians mark the event.

Governor Duoye Diri who is also the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19 made the announcement on Wednesday during a briefing at the Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital.

According to him, churches with large congregation are to hold services with not more than 50 members at a time.

He also directed that smaller churches to conduct their services with no more than 20 members during the Easter celebration.

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Speaking further, the state government asked residents of the state to observe the social distance rule as well as provide running water, soap for washing of hands and handkerchief for sneezing.

Similarly, the Taraba State Government relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown to enable residents of the state mark Easter service.

State Governor, Darius Ishaku who had earlier given the order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 said the relaxation on the lockdown will be effective from Thursday, April 9.

He noted that markets, shops, and other places of business are allowed to operate between 8:00 AM to 2:00PM daily, instead of the 6:00AM to 6:00PM.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Mijinyawa said Governor Ishaku is not unmindful of the hardship the lockdown has caused many families.

He explained that both human and vehicular movements are also allowed during the period with caution to avoid large gatherings and social distancing.

The state government noted that the lockdown remains a necessary step that must be taken to protect lives, while appreciating residents of the state for their compliance.

Bayelsa Governor Tests Negative For Coronavirus

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19).

His acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday following speculations that the governor may have been infected with the virus.

Alabrah explained that Governor Diri was tested for COVID-19 by officials of the epidemiology unit of the state Ministry of Health on Wednesday and the samples were sent to the Irrua Specialist Hospital, in Edo State.

He added that the result was obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)-accredited laboratory at the hospital.

“The result showed that Governor Douye Diri had ‘no evidence of COVID-19 infection,” he said.

The governor’s aide said his principal opted for the test after several phone calls and messages, following speculations on the social media that he might have been infected.

According to him, this was fuelled by his sitting next to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who tested positive for the virus, during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on March 19.

Following the result of the test, Governor Diri thanked Nigerians and the people of Bayelsa for their concern, love, and good wishes toward him and his family.

He also prayed for a reversal and healing for all those that had been infected by the pandemic.

“I had to take the test so as to douse the tension and end all the speculation. Besides, I needed to know my status concerning the COVID-19.

“I am, therefore, thankful to God that the result was negative as I anticipated,” he said.

The governor added, “I also thank Nigerians and Bayelsans all over the world for their concern, love and prayers. I pray for everyone that has been infected by this disease to be healed.”

Meanwhile, the state government has directed civil servants on Grade Levels 1 to 12 to stay at home for two weeks, with effect from March 26.

It also ordered the closure of all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the disease.

The government had also suspended burial and wedding ceremonies for two weeks while the number of persons at worship centres and public gatherings has been reduced to not more than 20.

According to the statement, the restriction order also affects night clubs and bars in the state.

Lyon Finally Accepts Supreme Court Judgment, Urges Supporters To Be Law Abiding

 

Mr David Lyon, the ousted governor-elect of Bayelsa State, has finally accepted the ruling of the Supreme Court that nullified his victory at the November 16th, 2019 governorship election.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters on Thursday, Lyon said he is aware of the extent to which the Apex Court’s decision has further dashed the hopes of Bayelsans “as it upturns the democratic mandate of the Bayelsa electorate”.

Lyon urged supporters of his political party and those who voted him to accept the verdict and maintain the peace.

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He stated that while they have a right to think the judgment was unjustice, they must shun all forms of violence or any conduct that threatens the peace and development of Bayelsa State.

“I hereby unequivocally state my decision to accept the Supreme Court verdict however distressing as it is, it is the decision of the Supreme Court, and we are all bound to accept the outcome as law-abiding citizens of this great country,” Mr Lyon said.

The ousted governor-elect thanked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the state and national levels for their tenacity in upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy.

He appealed to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of the State for the common good and well-being of the people.

According to Mr Lyon, it is his resolve to continue to join forces with well-meaning individuals, institutions, and organisations towards bringing the much-needed development to Bayelsa State.

Bayelsa Election: Supreme Court Judgement Is The Hand Of God, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the Supreme Court judgment that sacked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, David Lyon and his deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

PDP National Vice Chairman (South-South), Emmanuel Ogidi, said the February 13 verdict that declared its candidate, Duoye Diri the winner of the election is the handiwork of God.

Speaking on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Ogidi said: “It is the hand of God. Everything we do is the hand of God because you are holding the power on behalf of God.

“The position of the governor of a state has the power of life and death because once a judge passes judgment, it is the governor that will sign. Yes, we as politicians we play everything, we do everything by the rules. We go for elections; we go for elections, but it is God that decides who will win.”

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When asked if it was God that rejected the APC and ordained his party, the PDP chieftain neither spoke for or against the question.

PDP National Vice Chairman (South South), Emmanuel Ogidi

He simply replied saying: “I just said God gave us victory, I would like to stop there.”

Ogidi’s comments come shortly after the Apex Court on Wednesday dismissed an application for a review of the February 13 judgment.

In her ruling today, Justice Amina Augie said the application lacked merit and the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”