75-Year-Old Woman Dies Of COVID-19 Complications In Ekiti

 

A 75-year-old woman has died of COVID-19 complications in Ekiti State, according to a statement from the State Government.

This was revealed in a post on the Ekiti State Government’s official Facebook page on Thursday.

The statement explained that the woman’s result came out positive after the samples sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for testing were returned.

“We can confirm that one (1) of the samples sent to the NCDC accredited laboratory for testing returned positive of the COVID-19 virus infection,” the statement read.

It added: “The new positive case, a 75-year-old female, has died from complications of the virus.”

On Thursday night, Nigeria reported 339 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing its total infections to 7,016.

In a tweet via its official handle, the NCDC confirmed the new figures, saying that Lagos reported 139 new cases, Kano had 28, Oyo 28, Edo 25, and Katsina 22.

Other states with new cases include Kaduna with 18, Jigawa with 14, Yobe and Plateau with 13 cases each, the FCT with 11, eight in Gombe, five in Ogun, four in Bauchi and Nasarawa each, three in Delta, two in Ondo, and one each in Rivers and Adamawa.

NCDC also reported the discharge of 67 patients, bringing the number of successfully treated cases to 1,907.

Ekiti State Discharges Five Recovered COVID-19 Patients

A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi
A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Government has discharged five recovered COVID—19 patients after successfully managing them.

In a tweet on Monday, the Ekiti State COVID-19 Task Force noted that they were discharged after their results tested negative to the virus.

With this development, the tweet further noted, Ekiti State now has five active cases of COVID-19 as of 8:30 pm, May 11, 2020.

Of the infected number – 15 –one death has been recorded so far in the Southwest state with nine discharged, the statement added.

 


On Sunday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Sunday confirmed 248 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, bringing the number of infections to 4,399.
According to the agency, Nigeria also recorded 17 more deaths from the pandemic, taking the country’s death toll to 143 with total recoveries rising to 778.

Eighty-one of the new cases were in Lagos State, 35 in Jigawa, while Borno and Kano states each had 26 new confirmed cases.

Twenty new cases were confirmed for Bauchi, 13 in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, 12 in Edo, 10 in Sokoto and seven in Zamfara.

Kwara and Kebbi each had four new cases; Gombe, Taraba, Ogun and Ekiti each had two cases, while Osun and Bayelsa had a case each.

COVID-19: Ekiti Govt Reviews Curfew, Lists Days For Businesses To Open

A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi
A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

 

 

Ekiti State government has released fresh guidelines spanning a month to regulate the movement and activities of people in its bid to curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Following the easing of the lockdown announced last week by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, the government has further reduced the time of the dusk to dawn curfew in the state.

As reflected in the guideline, the curfew would be effective from 8pm to 6am daily to afford the people more time for movement, as against the 6pm to 6am curfew earlier in place.

Only three days – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – will be open for movement and businesses for the one-month period as stated in the document.

However, businesses will only operate for 10 hours on the days between 6am and 4pm, while major markets will remain closed indefinitely.

The government also directed that the boundaries of Ekiti should remain closed and the ban on physical school and church activities, as well as other large gatherings, remained in force.

Governor Fayemi announced public service resumption for officers on Grade Levels 13 and above within the three days designated for free movement.

He also approved that duly certified corpses could be moved in and out of the state but only within the free days.

The government, therefore, called on residents of the state to imbibe the culture of regular hand washing, use of face masks, and social distancing among other measures prescribed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ekiti.

Ekiti has recorded 12 cases of COVID-19 with nine active cases, two discharged and one dead.

Amotekun: Fayemi Appoints Ekiti Corps Commander, Others

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gives a speech at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti on October 5, 2019.

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi on Ekiti State has announced the appointment of Brig. General Joe Komolafe (retired) as the Commander of the newly established Amotekun corps.

Fayemi also approved the appointment of Hon Justice Cornelius Akintayo (rtd) as Chairman, Independent Amotekun Complaints Board and the constitution of the State Security Network Agency Governing Board.

This was confirmed in a statement on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode.

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According to the governor, the board is to be chaired by Mr Akin Aregbesola.

Other members of the board include Dr B.J Akin-Obasola, Mr Joel Idowu Ajayi and Major Fatai Fakorede (retired).

Governor Fayemi added that the appointments take immediate effect.

The bill for the establishment of the state Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps was signed into law by Governor Fayemi after scaling through the hurdles of legislative processes.

Fayemi, Deputy, Ekiti Political Appointees To Slash Salaries By 50%

A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi
A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

 

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has directed that salaries of all political appointees in the state be slashed by 50 per cent with immediate effect.

The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation in the state, Muyiwa Olumilua, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that the pay cut would affect the governor himself, the deputy governor, the commissioners, and all political appointees down the line.

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“Salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive and shall maintain the status quo.

“This sacrifice is for the welfare of the Ekiti people, which should take pre-eminence over and above all other considerations,” the commissioner said.

He revealed that the savings from the pay cut would be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects in the state, as previously planned.

Olumilua said the governor took the decision as a result of the ravaging effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to him, the global economy has been severely affected, with the depression affecting Nigeria as a nation and Ekiti among other states.

The commissioner added that as a responsive and responsible government, the Fayemi-led administration has taken stock of its financial situation.

He stressed that the constant decreasing receipts from the Federation Account, as well as the state’s dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has forced the government to wake up to the current realities of its fiscal position.

“With promises made to the Ekiti people while seeking their mandate, coupled with the moral duty of improving their welfare, a time for making difficult decisions is at hand, and make them we must,” Olumilua said.

He, therefore, thanked the affected political office holders for their patriotism, patience, and cooperation.

Gunmen Abduct Ekiti Commissioner, Shoot Aide

 

 

Gunmen have kidnapped the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Folorunso Olabode.

Confirming the incident in a statement issued on Sunday, the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua, said the gunmen are suspected to be bandits.

According to him, the victim was abducted “at about 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 26, 2020, on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.”

Olumilua explained that the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage, the driver of the vehicle, a serving Councillor before taking the commissioner away.

Stressing further, he noted that Governor Kayode Fayemi has ordered the security agencies in the state to ensure the prompt release of the Commissioner and others held in captivity.

The governor also assured residents that adequate measures are ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the state, promising to bring the perpetrators to book.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Police in the state, Amba Asuquo, said a team has already been dispatched, and is on the trail of the abductors, with a view to securing his release.

Ekiti Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases

 

Ekiti state has recorded four new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Dr Fayemi, in a statement on Saturday, said the state was notified of the cases by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The new cases are primary contacts of the state’s fourth recorded case, a 45-year-old male doctor who carried out surgery on the recently deceased third positive case, during childbirth, the Governor said.

Dr. Fayemi added that the newly confirmed cases are currently stable, asymptomatic, and have been transferred to the state’s isolation centre in Ado-Ekiti.

The new cases bring Ekiti’s total confirmed virus infections to eight.

Ekiti Govt Unveils COVID-19 Response Website

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

As Nigeria battles to contain COVID-19 pandemic, the Ekiti State Government has adopted digital approach by unveiling an interactive website.

The State Governor Kayode Fayemi during the unveiling on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said the website will provide constant information on COVID-19 and supply residents with useful tips on fighting the virus.

He added that the website will also allow users to report suspected COVID-19 cases and access to information on test centres in the state.

“Our COVID-19 Hub has gone live on www.covid19.ekitistate.gov.ng The site provides access to relevant information on the management of COVID-19 in Ekiti State, Nigeria and the globe. We are grateful to WestBlue Consulting for their support,” the governor made the announcement via his official Twitter handle on Thursday.

Fayemi affirmed the confidentiality of users on the platform and added that it will assist residents to take a self-assessment test to determine their risk of the infection.

“We are stepping up our fight against this deadly virus by using a technologically intelligent and interactive ecosystem.

“The Ekiti State COVID-19 response hub will be useful to our contact tracing team in their efforts to map the itinerary of positive cases to curtail incidences of community spread.

“Confidentiality is guaranteed as the information is provided through a secured platform with maximum data protection regulations applied.

“On the hub, donations can be made directly to Ekiti State Resource Mobilisation accounts through a secured payment platform. Material donations can also be pledged on the system,” Fayemi said.

The governor added that the device will serve as a tool to map out and manage the state’s medical facilities effectively and reach a vulnerable population to provide effective interventions and palliatives.

He urged the people of the state to utilise the hub to keep themselves abreast of information and useful tips on fighting the virus.

Ekiti Records First COVID-19 Death

File photo/ AFP

 

Ekiti State has recorded its first death from the COVID-19 infection.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yahaya-Kolade confirmed the news at a press briefing on Wednesday.

She explained that the deceased was a 29-year-old pregnant community health worker, who beat the curfew in operation to arrive at the state from Lagos close to her delivery date.

Dr. Yahaya-Kolade further added that the patient went through a cesarean section for delivery at a private hospital in the state, adding that she suffered a cardiac arrest and was referred to a Federal Teaching Hospital where she died this morning.

There’s Nothing To Suggest That COVID-19 Will Not Spread To All States – Fayemi

 

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to spread to all states of the country.

Fayemi, who is also the Governor of Ekiti State, made the remark in a Skype interview on Politics Today.

Since February 27 when the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country, the pandemic has spread to more states, including the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

The virus has now been recorded in a total of 25 states.

Although several steps have been taken, including lockdowns and restriction of movement as well as gatherings in many states, Governor Fayemi believes the virus will continue to spread.

“From everything we’ve heard from NCDC, which is the specialist body in charge, there is nothing to suggest that it would not spread to all the 36 states,” he said. “So, we are in for a long ride.”

The trend and spread of the virus, which has now infected 665 people in the country and claimed 22 lives including that of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, has left governors worried.

“We are very concerned. If you look at the number of times we met over the last one month. We’ve had five meetings which focused almost exclusively on COVID-19 and its spread and the concomitant economic effects on the Nigerian citizens,” Governor Fayemi said.

As a result, he said governors are trying to use all their capacity to fight the pandemic.

To complement the actions of the government, he called on Nigerians to play their part and follow directives and protocols.

“I don’t think we have reached the peak yet. So, Nigerians need to take this very seriously. This is not entertainment,” he warned.

‘Zero Testing Capacity’

There have been calls for increased testing as a way to fight the pandemic but there are several parts of the country where testing remains limited.

Governor Fayemi, who acknowledged the calls and need for testing, explained that his state is not able to do that currently.

He said, “The (testing) capacity in Ekiti State is Zero. We don’t have any testing capacity. When we have a suspected case, we send the sample to Ede which is the closest place to us here. We’ve just done so for the almost 70 contacts that the last case we had in Ekiti had been in contact with.”

According to the governor, sometimes, samples from suspected cases are sent to Abuja.

He, however, explained that the Governors Forum was working with the NCDC and with the support of private sector players to convert machines used to test for tuberculosis to COVID-19 testing machines.

In addition to this move, he said the NCDC is trying to ramp up the number of testing centres in the country.

Ultimately, the Governors Forum is trying to ensure that all states have testing capacity.

“For now, it is true that we are not testing enough,” he said. “There have been only about 8,000 tests from the record of the NCDC. If we have only 8,000 tests and we already have over 600, almost 700, of them testing positive, if you extrapolate from that, it is a worrisome number.”

Ekiti State has had four confirmed cases out of which two have recovered. Asked if the state government is reviewing its lockdown order, the governor answered in the negative.

“We haven’t reviewed our lockdown order,” he said. “We have another week to go on our lockdown order. We are actually tightening our border control, which is what was responsible for the entry of the person who tested positive recently in Ekiti State.

“She is Lagos-based. She came into Ekiti in the middle of the night and was delivered of her baby. Thankfully, the baby is safe and she is also recovering from her cardiac arrest.”

The Governor, however, pointed out that it was important to comply with the NCDC guidelines on the pandemic which recommends that people should stay at home and avoid travelling to other places.

“So, if you are in Ekiti, there is no reason why you should rush back to Katsina simply because you are from Katsina,” Governor Fayemi said. “It is best for you to stay in Ado-Ekiti where you are resident so that we can track those who have been infected by this coronavirus.”

Palliatives For The Vulnerable

With a lockdown in effect in Ekiti State, the state government had promised to provide palliatives to help people cope.

Providing an update on this, Governor Fayemi explained that although 20,000 people were targeted for palliatives in the first phase, over 40,000 homes have benefitted.

Asked if what has been done by the state is enough considering it has a population of over three million people, the governor stressed that the support wasn’t meant for all.

“We are only focused on the most vulnerable section of our population. And we’ve tried to reach those persons via a number of vehicles,” he said.

“Our local governments have undertaken the first phase of it. But we’ve not stopped there, we’ve also focused on reaching them through their associations – NURTW, the artisans, the people with disabilities, churches, mosques; we’ve used critical segments – traditional rulers.”

Ekiti Extends COVID-19 Lockdown, Orders Citizens To Wear Facemasks

 

 

The Ekiti State Government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown and a curfew placed on movement in the state by two weeks.

Governor Kayode Fayemi gave the order according to a statement issued on Monday by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji.

The governor however noted that the renewed lockdown will only be relaxed on Thursdays to enable people restock their houses between the hours of six in the morning and two in the afternoon.

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While acknowledging similar efforts by the Federal government and neighbouring states in curbing the spread of COVID 19, Governor Fayemi said the extension is deliberately planned.

He also announced the compulsory wearing of facemasks in public places, promising to make the masks available for those on essential duties while improving on the current palliative efforts.

With the extension, existing restrictions remain in force alongside the dusk to dawn curfew till April 27 when the order will officially expire.

Churches Closed In Ekiti As Govt Enforces Lockdown Amid Easter

 

Physical church services could not hold in Ekiti State as the lockdown order issued by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi was fully enforced.

Channels Television observed that all churches are under lock and key on Easter Sunday with nothing in the streets suggesting any form of celebration.

Even the food markets earlier allowed were not spared today as the security personnel set some foodstuffs on fire after repeated attempts to chase the sellers away.

Some operatives of the State Task Force on enforcement of the lockdown, a combined team of the conventional security outfits may have come under a new instruction necessitated by abuse of the privileges by the people of the state.

Efforts made to reach the Chairman of the Task Force and Commissioner of Environment, Gbenga Agbeyo proved abortive as he was in a meeting when called on the phone.

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While most Christians have adopted the virtual and house fellowship concepts for their services, some households also took to family prayers at their domestic levels.

In Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, most worship centres were found locked with no sign of activity.

Many homes find the experience unpleasant just as they equally understand the purpose of the present actions enforced by the government.

For a resident of the state who is also a former state lawmaker, Adebayo Morakinyo, the pandemic season is a lesson humanity should digest by building more productive institutions rather than building warring facilities.

“One of the lessons the whole world should take is that humanity is one. Whatever affects one nation will by extension affect others.

“It’s a very strange Easter, this is not what we are used to, people who don’t go church normally come out on a day like this to go and celebrate Christ but that is not the experience now,” he said.