Famfa Oil Pledges N1bn To Support FG’s Fight Against Coronavirus

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, Modupe and Folorunsho Alakija have donated N1bn to help the Federal Government tackle COVID-19 in the country.

 

 

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, Modupe and Folorunsho Alakija have donated N1billion to support the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

According to them, the donation symbolises their resilience, character and strength as they plan to work with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In a statement issued on Sunday, the business philanthropists also announced the donation of N250million Lagos State Government and the NCDC respectively.

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As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s clear that we will feel the effects much more deeply than many of the developed world. Managing a crisis of this magnitude means that the strength of our response will determine our ability to weather the storm.

Individually and collectively, we are rising to this unprecedented challenge in a way that symbolizes our resilience, our character and strength,” the statement partly read.

Similarly, the medical workers on the frontline in Lagos and Abuja will each get N100million while another N100m will be for the supply of medical equipment to relevant organisations.

Also, the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh foundation (DRASA), and the Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons were supported each with N50million.

Alakija believes that the listed organisations will decide on where to deploy their contribution to the needed impact.

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 Mr. and Mrs. Modupe and Folorunso Alakija through Famfa Oil Pledge N1 Billion Naira to Support Nigeria’s Fight Against COVID-19

Lagos, Nigeria, 29th March 2020 Famfa Oil Ltd, one of the leading indigenous exploration and production oil companies in Nigeria, announced its contribution of N1 Billion Naira to support Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19.

Mr Modupe and Mrs Folorunso Alakija, Chairman and Vice Chairman Famfa Oil Ltd : As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s clear that we will feel the effects much more deeply than many of the developed world. Managing a crisis of this magnitude means that the strength of our response will determine our ability to weather the storm.

Individually and collectively, we are rising to this unprecedented challenge in a way that symbolizes our resilience, our character and strength. Famfa  Oil Ltd is pleased to be able to make this contribution and will work in consultation with key stakeholders such as:

  • National Center for Disease Control, N250,000,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty million Naira)
  • Lagos State Government N250,000,000 (Two hundred and Fifty million Naira)
  • African center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, 50,000,000 (Fifty million Naira)
  • Medical Workers on the Frontline in Lagos 100,000,000 (One hundred million naira)
  • Medical Workers on the Frontline in Abuja 100,000,000 (One hundred million naira)
  • Supply Of Medical Equipment to relevant organizations 245,00,000 (Two and forty five million Naira)
  • DR Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (DRASA) 5 Million Naira (Five million Naira)

With our contribution we will together take the charge in our fight against the Coronavirus. These are the organisations we as a company will work in adhering to their needs and will interact with suppliers so that we can deploy our contribution in the most impactful way.

Famfa Oil Ltd commends the efforts made by the Federal and State Governments towards the fight against the pandemic in Nigeria and enjoin all Nigerians to follow stipulated health guidelines in order to keep us all safe. May God Bless our country Nigeria.

FAMFA OIL

 

 

FG Considering To Stop Interstate, Inter-Town Travels

 

The Federal Government has said that it is considering to stop inter-state and inter-town travels in the country.

In a statement on Thursday, the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says that the nation’s strategy at containing the pandemic is working, adding that the country still has a long way to go.

While stressing that he does not mean to spread panic, the minister noted that bold measures have been taken and more steps of such nature need to be taken to ensure that Nigeria beats the virus.

Lai Mohammed’s communique partially read:

“Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

“In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:

“Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services.

“Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.

“Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns”.

The minister who had earlier told Nigerians to brace up for tougher measures in the efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic told newsmen that the government knows its priorities and challenges.

He hailed the state governments that have taken bold measures to ensure that people are safe, including the closure of markets and the prohibition of large congregations.

Mr Mohammed, however, noted that the Federal Government is determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

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Below is a full statement by the minister for information and culture.

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON MINISTER OF
INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 2020

Good afternoon gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference, called
to update you on the measures being taken by the Federal Government to
tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

2. I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this
pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go. We know our
priorities and we know our challenges. We have taken very bold
measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we
hail the state governments that have take equally bold measures in
their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition
of large congregations.

3. However, we are determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the
measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, such as:
– Social distancing
– Contact tracing
– Testing
– Isolation of suspected cases
– And ensuring that our messaging gets down to the grassroots

4. Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is
that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively
enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within
which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

5. In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce
compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not
have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:
– Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services
– Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.
– Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns.
We will be considering and announcing new measures from time to time,
but rest assured that whatever decisions we take will be in the best
interest of Nigerians.

6. Let me announce that we have received donated safety and test
kits from the Jack Ma Foundation in China. The supplies are:
– 100,000 Face Masks
– 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
– 20,000 test kits
The face masks and the PPE will be distributed to the front-line
health workers while the test kits will be shared among the five test
laboratories.

7. We are also taking measures to increase the number of bed spaces
for isolation of suspects. The facilities we have now include the
40-bed DSS Hotel, the 60-bed Medical Centre in Zuba and the 160-bed
Women Development Centre in Abuja, We are still looking at other
facilities within the Federal Capital Territory.

8. As we said during our last press conference, contact tracing is
very critical to stopping the spread of the virus. Today, we have 51
cases covering 8 states:
Lagos – 32
FCT – 10
Ogun – 3
Ekiti – 1
Edo – 1
Bauchi – 1
Osun – 1
Oyo – 1
Rivers – 1
We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are
tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to
immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support
the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the
level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will
record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to
say this.

9. Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the
kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are
busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the
stipulated directives to keep people safe. Some Nigerians who flew
into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone
numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the
need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large
gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the
directives to ensure social distancing. The government is doing its
best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past
the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.

10. This brings me to the rising instances of fake news associated
with coronavirus. The epidemic of fake news is now competing with the
pandemic of coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the
disease. Instances of such fake news include
– That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has
been commandeered for a top government official
– That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on
Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
– That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on ventilator.
Fake. Fake. Fake. It’s all fake news.

11. A section of the traditional media has also been engaging in
scaremongering and irresponsible reporting on the disease. It is wrong
to speculate on those who are positive or negative for coronavirus
without any empirical information. In any case, being positive to
coronavirus is not a death sentence, as we can see around the world.
There is no need for the kind of scaremongering we are seeing in a
section of the
media. The danger is that this scaremongering can even discourage some
who may want to come forward for testing. We therefore wish to appeal
to the media to be more circumspect in their reporting.

12. Gentlemen, we have noted the decision of at least five domestic
airlines – Air Peace, Aero and Azman, Dana and Arik – to suspend their flight
operations. The suspension is a boost for the efforts of the
government to check the spread of the pandemic. Some of the airlines have also
announced one form of support or another for the government’s efforts
to tackle the
pandemic. This is very commendable. We are aware of more private sector support
to the FG and will be announcing this after full compilation. We seek
the support and
cooperation of more capable individuals and organizations in order to
defeat this pandemic.

13. Finally, we appeal to Nigerians not to panic. It is said that
panic is our greatest enemy. The Federal Government is determined to
work with the good people of Nigeria to defeat Covid-19. And defeat
the disease we will.

14. I thank you, gentlemen, for your kind attention. I will now take
your questions

States Comply With FG’s Directive To Shut NYSC Camps

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

States have started complying with the Federal Government’s directive to shut the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps.

In a visit to Taraba State camp located at Sibre, along Jalingo-Wukari Expressway, corps members in their number were queuing up to be documented as others were seen loitering around in disarray.

The State Coordinator, David Markson, who declined being interviewed stressed that the directive by the NYSC Director-General, Shuaibu Ibrahim said “no state coordinator should speak to the press except the DG.”

Although the corps members are undergoing an emergency clearance for their monthly allowances, they are however expected to depart immediately after receiving same.

Meanwhile, some officials who preferred anonymity explained that arrangements are in top gear to convey them to their respective destinations, though no mention of either they will be taken to their respective homes or places of primary assignments.

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In Bayelsa State, Channels Television observed that corps members at the Kaiama Orientation Camp were waiting to receive their posting letters.

Similarly in Niger State, corps members were seen relaxing themselves in their camp at Paiko, in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state

The State NYSC coordinator refused to comment on the implementation of the government’s directives.

Scene of the Niger camp

As some corps members confirmed that they are being paid N1,400 as bicycle allowance some other traders at the camp are not happy with the ban.

Some of them said they paid to gain access to the camp for three weeks, only to be told barely a week after that the camps would be shut down.

According to them, the Federal Government would not have allowed camps to open in the first place.

In Kano, the camp located in Karaye Local Government Area has complied with the directives to ensure that 2184 corps members are all posted to their Places of Primary Assignment with no hitches.

The state coordinator, Aisha Mohammed assured that all corps members were posted to different locations across the state and have started leaving the camp.

According to her, transportation was made available in collaboration with the local government chairman at a short notice to make sure of the safety and non-extortion of corps members.

Similarly in Lagos, the state chapter of the scheme has obeyed the directive to shut down the NYSC Orientation camp.

The NYSC State coordinator, Mr Eddy Mega said the camp will be shut down indefinitely, adding that the 2253 corps members will be given their posting letters.

Coronavirus: FG Should Go Beyond Screening Travellers From Certain Countries, Says PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Federal Government to step up actions to safeguard the nation from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party asked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to “go beyond its proposed secondary screening of travellers from certain countries.”

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The main opposition party called for an extension of the measures “to all international flights coming into the country, given the prevalence of connecting flights and land border crossing by international air travellers.”

“While noting the steps so far being taken, the PDP is however worried that the current approach still falls short of the required pre-emptive measures, thereby leaving gaps that expose our nation to avoidable risks.

“The PDP observed that Nigeria is a strategic international hub. As such, the Federal Government should adopt stringent pre-emptive measures by radically stepping up our international ports and border screening as well as quickly improving our internal surveillance and hygiene monitoring system,” Ologbondiyan said.

The party therefore called on “Nigerians to remain vigilant, ensure their personal hygiene and follow directives issued by the authorities in the collective effort to safeguard our nation from the scourge and stay safe.”

FG Writes SERAP, Demands List Of Ex-Govs, Ministers Collecting Life Pensions

SERAP Threatens To Sue UI, AAUA Over Increased Fees

 

The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP) says it has received a letter from the Federal Government requesting the full list of former governors and ministers that have received or are receiving double pay and life pensions.

SERAP in a statement issued on Sunday explained that the letter follows last year’s judgment by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, ordering the government to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws and recover public funds collected by former governors and ministers.

The agency had earlier sent a letter to Mr Abukabar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, asking him to “advise and persuade President Muhammadu Buhari fully enforce the judgment.”

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In his reply dated February 24 which SERAP said it received March 2, Mr Malami said: “Kindly refer to your letter dated 6th December 2019.

“I am writing to inform your esteemed organization to furnish me with the full list of the former governors and ministers which are affected by the judgment by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, in order to enhance and ensure compliance with the ruling of the Honourable Court. Please, treat with utmost urgency.”

In his response, the Deputy Director of the group, Mr Kolalwole Oluwadare hopes the judgment will be implemented promptly, for the sake of integrity, accountability and proper management of public resources by state governors.

Oluwadare said: “We welcome your request for the full list of former governors and ministers. Any further delay in the enforcement of the judgment will continue to undermine the authority and integrity of the Nigerian judiciary.

“Nigerians cannot wait for you to take legal action to scrap states’ pension laws and fully recover the public funds collected.”

Coronavirus: FG Worried, Cannot Regulate Face Masks, Sanitisers – Minister

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government is worried about the increase in the prices of face masks and sanitisers in the country.

Ehanire stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, where he spoke about the current administration’s response in containing the further spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“The government is concerned about prices going up. But you see, we operate a market economy. Those who are traders and suppliers are doing a brisk business by trying to increase importation and those who manufacture are also doing a brisk business scaling up the manufacturing of all these products.

“So it is not surprising that the prices go up at the moment. The government makes sure that those agencies and organisations that need to have these materials have them,” he said.

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire speaks on the Federal Government’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the country on March 1, 2020.

 

Speaking further, the minister explained that the prices of the kits “will drop when traders import more of these products,” stressing that the Federal Government might not be able to regulate the prices of the commodities.

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Dr Ehanire, when asked about the identity of the 44-year-old Italian patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country, said it is against the medical ethics to engage in such.

He, however, revealed the government’s readiness to stop the further spread of the disease to other parts of the country.

On the issue of the travel advisory, the Health Minister warned Nigerians against travelling to countries that have reported cases of the virus.

His warning follows that of the US government asking its citizens not to visit Iran, South Korea, and Italy as part of the measures to control the disease.

FG To Sustain Use Of Technology For Increased Farm Yields

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged that the Federal Government will sustain the deployment of Geographic Information Services (GIS) and other similar technologies to help farmers achieve increased production.

The President made this known when he received a delegation of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) led by the President of the International Federation of Surveyors, Professor Rudolf Staiger.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

President Buhari receiving a presentation from President of International Federation of Surveyors Professor Rudolf Staiger alongside Leader of Delegation Surveyor Femi Kasim as he receives President of International Federation of Surveyors in State House on 27th Feb 2020.

 

President Buhari said his administration will continue to work with members of the survey and geo-informatics profession to provide the quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to Nigerians.

‘‘Our Government, in the past five years, has embarked on critical infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects across the country. We are designing and building roads, bridges, rail tracks, airports and affordable housing all over the country.

‘‘Our goal is simple, we will develop quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to millions of Nigerians in both our urban and rural areas.

‘‘To achieve this, we are working with surveyors, engineers and town planners. I am, therefore, confident that the 344 new surveyors inducted into the register of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria will be very busy in the coming years,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Professor Staiger told the President he was in the country to witness the induction of 344 new surveyors into the register of SURCON, and the investiture of the maiden edition of the Distinguished Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan Award for the Development of Survey and Geoinformatics in Nigeria.

‘‘For me, it is a great opportunity to personally interact with President Buhari whose international reputation of honesty, integrity and selfless services stand him out as one of the greatest sons of Africa,’’ he said.

The President of the International Federation of Surveyors added that the association was proud to be associated with the Nigerian leader and his administration’s determination to revive Nigeria.

Wike Expresses Hope That FG Will Refund Monies Used To Execute Federal Projects

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that he is hopeful that the Federal Government will refund State resources used to execute Federal Projects in the state.

Governor Wike said that his optimism stems from the fact that the Federal Executive Council has sent a verification team to the state in respect of Federal Projects .

He spoke on Monday during a Courtesy Visit by the Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba at the Government House Port Harcourt.

He said: “I thank the Federal Government for at least coming to verify our claims. We submitted our claims, while some other states have been paid. But we are hopeful.

“We have been submitting several documents on the issue of projects that were executed by the Rivers State Government for the Federal Government. We believe that by this verification visit, we will get paid.”

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He said most of the Federal Projects in question were executed by Dr Peter Odili and the immediate past administration in the state.

He said if the state gets the said funds, they will be channeled towards other developmental projects in the State.

Governor Wike said that the country must move together in unity because certain issues transcend politics.

Earlier, Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba informed that the team was in the State in respect of the Federal Projects verification exercise approved by the Federal Executive Council.

He said that the team would assess and verify projects that the Rivers State Government completed on behalf of the Federal Government and report back to the Federal Executive Council.

He noted that the Federal Executive Council raised the committee following official demands by the Rivers State Government on Federal Projects executed by the state.

The Minister said that the verification team would work with the Rivers State Government to verify the claims.

VIDEO: FG Not Doing Enough To End Insurgency, Says Ndume

 

The lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, has faulted the Federal Government over the handling of the security situation in the North East.

Ndume who was a guest on Channels Television’s NewsNight on Monday said the current administration is not doing enough to tackling insurgency confronting the region.

“Government is not making any deliberate efforts. This is a war situation; we are at war with criminals in Nigeria now – the bandits, kidnappers, and Boko Haram as the top one.

“Nigeria has to stand up to address that issue and leave any other thing. How can you be talking about infrastructure or development and all that? Is it not when you have peace that you can use all those places,” he said.

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Ndume who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army decried the number of personnel of the nation’s Armed Forces Nigeria, describing the situation as “grossly inadequate”.

The lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume decries the security situation in the northeast.

He, therefore, asked the Federal Government to look into the welfare of the troops at the theatre of operation in the region.

“There are only 30, 000 in that theatre. It is grossly inadequate. They are not well-equipped, they are not well-kitted, they are not well-funded.

“In Nigeria of 200 million, you only have 150, 000 soldiers with 6,000 officers. Can you say we are serious?” he questioned.

The lawmaker noted that smaller countries neighbouring like the Gambia, Chad have taken up their security issues seriously.

He urged the government to adequately provide the Armed Forces with the needed support, logistics and funding to tackle the several security challenges in the country.

Nigerian Govt Files Fresh Charges Against Ex-AGF, Adoke

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Federal Government has filed fresh charges against a former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke.

Adoke was arraigned on Monday before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He is being charged along with his co-defendant, Aliyu Abubakar, on six counts bordering on money laundering and criminal diversion of funds in the Malabo oil deal.

They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

This comes four days after Adoke’s lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, accused the anti-graft agency of holding his client in custody after he had been granted bail.

The former AGF was first arraigned over his alleged involvement in the Malabu oil scandal before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court upon his return to the country from Dubai.

He was later granted bail while Ozekhome said they had met the conditions imposed by the court since January.

The senior lawyer accused the EFCC of holding Adoke “in permanent custody,” adding “This has further jeopardised his very poor and fragile health.”

“From the foregoing, it is crystal clear to any discerning observer that our client is no more being prosecuted, but is being persecuted, by the EFCC, which has, by this singular act, now constituted itself into an institution that acts above courts of law,” Ozekhome alleged in a statement issued on Thursday last week.

Coronavirus: Nigerian Govt Shuts Down Supermarket In Abuja

 

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has shut down Panda Supermarket in Abuja for its alleged sale of illegally imported seafood and meat.

According to officials of the agency, they made the discovery during a “surprise” inspection carried out on Monday.

They noted that many of the products found in the supermarket had irregular or expired dates.

Consequently, the Director-General of the commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera has promised to carry out further investigation on the markets.


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The closing of the supermarket also comes amid fears about the spread of the Coronavirus.

The SARS-like virus has claimed several lives since its emergence on December 31, at a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

So far, it has spread to border countries like Japan, Thailand, and South Korea, as well as the US, Canada and Germany.

This has prompted other countries to be on high alert and to put measures in place to prevent further spread of the disease.

In Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has advised passengers and airport users to submit themselves for routine quarantine checks whenever they are asked at the nation’s airport.