Ogun State Extends Current Relaxation Of Lockdown

 

The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has extended the current relaxation of lockdown being enjoyed by residents of the state by a week with the window of relaxation on Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm each day till the 31st of this month

Addressing a press conference at his Okemosan office in the state capital, the governor said that the second phase of the relaxation is to commence on the 1st of June,with more opportunities for residents to engage in further business activities.

While decrying the level of compliance in the state which he said has resulted in an increase in community spreading of the coronavirus, he however, noted that more measures are being put in place to increase testing and analysis of samples.

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Below is a full text of the governor’s speech as presented earlier on Friday.

Good people of Ogun State, see highlights of my press briefing on COVID-19 today, 22nd May, 2020 with updates on the lockdown, and response strategies and facilities:

We have experienced the highest increase in the number of cases in the last one week since the index case was recorded.

While we have discharged a total of 36 cases, we recorded 49 new cases in the last one week (with 37% increase), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 183.

As a testament to the fact that we are set to increase our testing capacity from 450 to 600 per day, the NCDC today arrived the State to certify our Molecular Laboratory in OOUTH, Sagamu.

However, having it in mind that confirmed cases keep increasing due to the flagrant disregard for measures and restrictions, especially the interstate travel ban, we will be maintaining the lockdown window on Monday 25th May, 2020, Wednesday 27th, and ….Friday 29th between 7am (morning) and 5pm (evening).

As an instance, 4 people travelling in from Niger State were intercepted by Officers in Abeokuta four days ago, while 19 people travelling in through illegal land borders from Togo and Cote d’Ivoire were intercepted and quarantined at Idiroko on Wednesday.

But we have charged 224 lockdown and curfew violators to Mobile Courts already.

To enhance our healthcare capacity, we are already renovating select Primary Healthcare Centres across the State, while we have trained 200 personnel with the PHCs & some private health facilities, which would be accredited by the NCDC on the specialised handling  management of the virus. As we include CDAs and community leaders in the training, about 2,500 participants would eventually be trained. Involving our community leaders would increase sensitisation on curbing community spread.

As we prepare for full business operations and further ease of the lockdown which will commence on 1st June, 2020, we have adopted the “See and Treat” protocol, where symptomatic patients would start receiving treatment even before results are out.

I am glad to announce that many establishments with large staff bases have begun carrying out COVID-19 tests, and I am hopeful others would follow suit.

We will commence the third phase of the relief package distribution over the weekend, to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 restrictions.

While this cannot relieve us all due to the restrictions put in place, let’s please be aware that this is the great sacrifice we must all pay to stay alive, as only the human that is alive can pursue their dreams.

I congratulate our Muslim brother and sisters, as we look forward to the successful end of the Ramadan Fast. Our Government aligns with the position of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), whose Secretary General, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, is a proud son of our dear State, and enjoin the Muslim faithful in the State to comply with the Council’s directive to offer their Eid prayers at home.

May Almighty Allah (SWT) keep us to witness many more years of Ramadan.

I appreciate our frontline workers and the entire Ogun State populace for their sacrifices, support and cooperation, including the voluntary humanitarian donations from well-meaning private individuals and organisations.

May we all see the end of the pandemic.

COVID-19: Ogun Extends Lockdown By One Week

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

 

The Ogun state government has once again extended the current lockdown by another one week with windows of relaxation on Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm to allow residents to restock essential needs and engage in commercial activities.

Addressing journalists during his weekly briefing ,the state governor, Dapo Abiodun said the action is imperative in view of the substantial non compliance with laid down directives of government aimed at flattening the curve of the spread of the pandemic

While asking for total cooperation and understanding of residents,the governor however sounded a note of warning against any forms of sabotage as the state has recorded 134 active cases,5 deaths while 54 patients discharged so far in the state

Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun, Mourn Kyari

 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who passed on in the early hours of Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described the death of Mallam Abba Kyari as shocking, painful and a monumental loss to the nation, the people and government of Maiduguri and the Kyari family.

“I received the sad news of the death of Mallam Abba Kyari, an astute public servant with a heavy heart. Mallam Kyari was a dedicated Nigerian, a deeply committed and patriotic citizen, who contributed remarkably to the smooth and successful running of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor added that Kyari was a “conscientious, competent, cerebral and outstanding administrator whose life traversed the fields of law, journalism, banking and politics”.

He also said the loss comes at a time when the country is desirous of more deeply patriotic individuals to contribute selflessly towards the development of the country.


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The governor, however, urged President Buhari to take solace in the quality of life lived by Mallam Kyari and his exemplary contribution to the current administration.

He said: “as human beings, the death of a close ally will be painful and devastating, but we must always look back at the beautiful moments one shared with the deceased as well as the legacies left behind by such individual. Therefore, Mr. President should find comfort in the good works done by the late Kyari”

Sanwo-Olu said the country and the immediate community of the deceased would remember him for many years to come.

He also prayed that God grants his soul eternal rest and comforts the families he left behind.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR), has also expressed shock over the death of Mr Kyari, describing it as a national tragedy.
In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, Abiodun described Kyari as a good leader and devout Muslim who sacrificed so much in the service of Nigeria.

“This is a national tragedy. Mallam Kyari died in the service of the fatherland. The Chief of Staff was said to have contracted the virus while on an official assignment in Germany. He was confirmed positive to COVID-19 on March 23 and died of complications arising from the virus. So sad,” he said.

“We are extremely saddened by the news of Mallam Abba Kyari’s passing away. He was a detribalised Nigerian, consumate technocrat, gentleman and leading member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s team, for whom we had a lot respect.”

Governor Abiodun also noted that Abba Kyari carried out his duties with a lot of charisma and high intellectual disposition, which earned the office of Chief of Staff a lot of dignity and respect.

Governor Abiodun said of the Cambridge University-trained technocrat: “Today, the dreaded virus, COVID-I9 claimed its biggest victim, our respected friend and an influential figure within the Buhari administration, Mallam Abba Kyari.

“I remember the late Abba Kyari as a great democrat, a thoroughbred administrator, a good party man, a diligent networker and servant leader, whose service orientation could have helped Nigeria to tame the dreaded COVID-19.

“He would have helped in finding solutions to this pandemic. Indeed, Kyari’s passing is a major blow not only to the Buhari presidency but to all of us serving Nigeria at this critical period in our history. It leaves a gaping hole in the administration.”

The governor condoled with the President, family, friends and associates of the deceased over the painful loss.

He also prayed for the repose of his soul, saying: “May the Almighty Allah (SWT) forgive him his sins and be merciful to him. May He (SWT) compensate him with peace in al-Jannah Firdaus.”

Ogun Relaxes COVID-19 Lockdown

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

The Ogun state government has relaxed lockdown measures put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

In a tweet on Friday, Governor Dapo Abiodun said residents will have “a window of relaxation” from the renewed 14-day lockdown imposed by the federal government.

On Monday (April 20), Wednesday (April 22) and Friday (April 24), the lockdown will be suspended between 7am and 2pm.

“This means that citizens are expected to remain indoors tomorrow Saturday, April 18, 2020; Sunday, April 19, 2020; Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 as period of the lockdown,” the Governor said.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 10 cases of the deadly coronavirus.

The state recorded one new case on Friday.

Meanwhile, neigbouring state, Lagos recorded 32 new cases on Friday and holds the unenviable record of the highest infections in the country at 283 cases.

Governor Dapo Abiodun Vows To Deal Ruthlessly With Criminals

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

With the arrest of 150 suspects by the Ogun State Police Command in connection with the series of harassment, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occurred within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the State, Governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals.

In a statement on Sunday, April 12, the governor said: “It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment”.

The governor urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the nefarious activities of criminals, asking them to smoke out their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in the nightmarish activities, not only in Ifo and Ado-Odo local governments but across the State.

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He said the State would avail all other security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the State.

“I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero- tolerance for criminals and we will deal with the venomous measures. Enough is enough,” the governor said.

Governor Abiodun commended the State Police Command for its swiftness and prompt adherence to directive of the State Government to flush out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise.

He further enjoined all other relevant agencies to immediately up the ante of their intelligence gathering mechanisms to ensure that there’s no re-occurrence of the criminal acts, especially as the State continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Abiodun restated the commitment of his government to ensuring that Ogun State is conducive for living and businesses, without fear of criminals and other unscrupulous elements.

According to the governor, these ‘elements’ will not be accommodated within the State.

The governor assured the people that he would not joke with the security of lives and property of citizens and residents alike.

He stressed that his government will continue to give all necessary support to security agencies, as he has done by providing mobility and other working equipment for effective service delivery.

Governor Abiodun enjoined all law-abiding citizens and residents to remain calm and continue to comply with the stay-at-home directive, as the situation is now fully under control.

Easter: We Need Abundance Of Love And Sacrifice, Says Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has said that residents of the state and indeed Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice.

In his Easter message issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, the governor called on the citizens to put their hope on God in the face of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

According to him, it is only through love and sacrifice toward the good of society that the people could uphold the legacy of Jesus Christ for which he stood for during his life on earth.

“Easter is a period when we engage in a sober recollection of the ultimate and selfless sacrifice of love that Jesus Christ made on our behalf.

“We require the abundance of love and sacrifice to maintain the harmonious and peaceful co-existence amongst the various peoples in our State for which we have come to be known,” the governor said.

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Stressing further, he said the lockdown ordered by the state government to flatten the curve of the coronavirus is one sacrifice that must be made at this period to defeat the pandemic.

This is even as he urged all Nigerians to reflect on the measures put in place by the government, both at federal and state levels to contain the spread of the pandemic.

In doing this, the governor called on the masses to avoid high-density gatherings and by maintaining social distance as prescribed by medical professionals.

While thanking the people for their show of solidarity, he asked all stakeholders to cooperate with health givers in battling COVID-19.

Abule Ado Explosion: Governor Abiodun Commiserates With Victims, Lagos State Govt

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has commiserated with the people and government of Lagos State over the unfortunate explosion that claimed scores of lives in Lagos yesterday.

The pipeline explosion, which occurred in Abule-Ado, resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of properties.

Governor Abiodun, in a personal condolence message, sympathised with the families of dead persons, including children and persons who lost properties in the inferno.

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Gov Abiodun emphasised the importance of personal safety in “everything that we do, including where we build our houses, schools and do our businesses” said the disaster would have been averted “if safety rules had been kept”.

In the aftermath, Gov Abiodun urged residents and emergency response/management agencies to do the needful at the disaster site to rescue victims trapped in the rubble and distribute protective equipment.

He also asked them to make the best use of available gear to protect themselves from harmful fumes, decrepit structures and other particles in the atmosphere.

Prince Dapo Abiodun commended the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, for his prompt response to the tragic incident, and the humanitarian support immediately deployed, which he said were useful to all relevant agencies that coordinated the rescue efforts.

‘He Was A Rising Star,’ Ogun Governor Vows Justice For Slain Remo Stars Player

 

Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to ensure that justice is served in the investigation of the killing of Remo Stars Football Club player, Tiamiyu Kazeem.

Describing the late footballer as a rising star, Abiodun said the officers involved in the incident have been arrested and will be made to face the full wrath of the law when found guilty.

The governor disclosed this on Tuesday during his visit to the family of the late Kazeem.

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He assured the parents of the slain footballer that the case has gotten the attention of the Inspector General of Police and therefore justice will be served speedily.

“The officers have been arrested and currently detained.

“We sympathise with you. This matter is being investigated at the highest level.

“It is not easy losing a child, especially a child that is a rising star. A dedicated footballer,” Abiodun said.

The governor also promised that such an ugly incident will not be allowed to re-occur in the state.

Kazeem died on Saturday following his arrest by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The police claimed that he was knocked down by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway in order to evade arrest.

However, eyewitness accounts said Kazeem was pushed out of a moving vehicle by police officers, leading to his death.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Monday ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to investigate the killing of Kazeem.

Ogun Set To Rebuild Ijebu-Ode To Epe Road

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

 

The Ogun State Government on Friday said it has approved the reconstruction of the 14km Ijebu-Ode/Epe road to facilitate trade and movement of people within the state.

The reconstruction is scheduled to be completed within 12 months, according to the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Abiodun made this known while inducting chairmen of the state’s 20 local government areas, their deputies and secretaries.

The induction was held at the Governor’s Executive Chamber in the state capital, Abeokuta and was designed to acquaint the local officials with the Governor’s vision for the State.

Abiodun charged the local government officials to key into the vision of his administration, provide effective leadership and service delivery at the grassroots.

Ogun Govt Promises To Improve Ease Of Doing Business

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

 

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, says his administration is introducing new measures and initiatives to promote the ease of doing business, attract more genuine investors and foreign direct investments into the state.

He gave the assurance while receiving the Minister of State for Mining and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Ogah at his office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

On his part, Ogah solicited for more synergy between the state and the federal government in the area of mineral development.

He, however, sounded a note of warning to illegal miners across the country, saying that it is not going to be business as usual in the sector.

Imo: ‘God Is At Work Here’, Dapo Abiodun Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has reacted to the Supreme Court judgement that declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor said the ruling shows that “God is at work here.”

According to Governor Abiodun, “it is a manifestation of the divine will of God and that truth crushed to earth shall sprout in the long run.”

He, therefore, called on the immediate past governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha to see the hand of God in his dismissal by the Apex Court, asking the political class to know that certain realities are beyond power play and punditry.

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Mr. Abiodun also noted that Uzodinma’s coming will not only swell the rank of APC Governors but to deliver the dividends of democracy to Imolites.

“Given his antecedents, I have no doubt that Senator Hope Uzodinma has the competence, capacity, character, and wisdom to steer Imo State to the next level of development.

“This is no time for politics but for policies, programme, and actions that will usher in a new lease of life for the people,” the governor said.

He also called on the people of the state to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court in good faith by supporting the new helmsman.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who delivered the judgment on Tuesday declared that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma were unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and should be added to his votes.

Prior to the verdict, the appellant, Senator Uzodinma contended that he scored the highest number of votes in the election, but the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the State.

Governor Abiodun Swears In 18 Commissioners

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has sworn in the 18 commissioners recently screened and approved by the State House of Assembly with their portfolios assigned.

The new commissioners which comprise three female and 15 male were inaugurated on Friday at an event held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Kuto in Abeokuta, the state capital.

However, the Commissioner-Designate (Education), Mrs Sidi Osho, was absent from the ceremony while a commissioner has not been announced for the Ministry of Information.

Giving his charge at the event, Governor Abiodun asked the commissioners to see their appointment as a call to serve, as well as make accountability and transparency their watchword.

He also used the opportunity of the event to promise the people of the state more infrastructure, better education, and improved security of their lives and properties.

In their various remarks, the commissioners pledge their loyalty to the state government with an assurance not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the people.

See the full list of the 18 commissioners sworn in below:

Afolabi Afuape (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs)

Tunji Akinosi (Forestry)

Adeola Odedina (Agriculture)

Olaolu Olabimtan (Budget and Planning)

Gbolahan Adeniran (Justice)

Tomi Coker (Health)

Femi Ogunbanwo (Special Duties)

Tunji Odunlami (Urban and Physical Planning)

Abiodun Abudu-Balogun (Environment)

Kikelomo Longe (Commerce and Industry)

Dapo Okubadejo (Finance)

Oludotun Taiwo (Rural Development)

Ganiyu Hamzat (Community Development and Cooperatives)

Funmi Efuwape (Women Affairs)

Kehinde Oluwadare (Youth and Sports)

Jamiu Omoniyi (Housing)

Toyin Taiwo (Tourism)

Ade Akinsanya (Works and Infrastructure)