The Nasarawa State Government says it has recorded 15 cases of measles in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, between January and April.
Briefing reporters in Lafia, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, said the cases recorded are from Lafia, Keana and Awe LGAs.
He noted that the outbreak could be as a result of break in the chain of routine immunisation, which he said the State Rapid Response Team is already working out modalities to ascertain the cause of the outbreak.
“There has been a case of measles, and information we have received as at now is that it may be between January and now. There may have been cases of measles up to 15 in the state, but no recorded case of death,” he said.
The Commissioner hinted that measures have been put in place to strengthen routine immunisation, in order to curtail further spread of the disease.
On the outbreak of meningitis in some parts of the country, he said Nasarawa State has not recorded any case, adding that government has provided needed facilities in the case of an eventuality.
“I want to state categorically that we have not had any case reported, either suspected or confirmed, of Cerebrum Spinal Meningitis in Nasarawa State and we are doing our best to make sure that we continue to sensitise our community,” he said.
He advised the people of the state to avoid overcrowded environment, maintain personnel hygiene, and ensure that they sleep in well ventilated rooms to prevent contracting the disease.
Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has flagged off the Giza-Kakarko Road from Keana Local Government as part of his re-election campaign activities.
The commissioning of projects and inauguration by the Governor as part of his campaign themed ” Seeing Is Believing” is believed to be yielding return as key members of the opposition joined the APC.
Applauding the Governor for his unparalleled performance in office, a former governorship aspirant in the last PDP primary election, Musa Hussan, said that his decision to join the APC was because of Gov. Al-Makura’s politics of inclusion.
Mr Hussan, who decamped from the PDP to the APC, assured the party of his total commitment going into the election.
On the likely effect of the election postponement on the party’s fortune, Gov. Al-Makura remained upbeat about the APC’s chances.
The support base of the APC in Nasarawa State has continued to swell with the commissioning of new projects and the presentation of staff of office to traditional rulers. It is believed that this would help the re-election bid of Governor Al-Makura.
The Kaduna State Chapter of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria have threatened to mobilise the over 25 million of their members across the country to stage a peaceful protest in Nasarawa State, against the plot by the state lawmakers to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al Makura, who is also a member and supporter of the association.
In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna on Thursday, spokesman of the association, Mohammed Abdullahi, and some other members said that the Nasarawa State lawmakers were plotting to remove the Governor not because of any tangible offence as alleged, but because the Governor is a disabled person, having developed deafness at the age of 37. They, therefore, vowed that such move would be resisted by the association.
They also criticised the statement credited to the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, sometime ago that Al-Makura should resign over his hearing impairment or face impeachment by the State House of Assembly, expressing disappointment that someone so high in the society would make such remarks on disability.
While describing the statement as “immoral, inhuman and ungodly”, the association accused the PDP of being behind the plot to remove the governor by all means.
They stressed that Governor Al Makura had alleviated the sufferings of the less privileged and persons with disabilities in the state through empowerment programmes and recruiting their members into the state civil service, pointing out that being disabled is not the end of life as according to them, Al Makura became the governor of Nasarawa State as a person with hearing impairment, and has also transformed the state more than his predecessors.
The Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai, has opened a peace pact between members of the State Assembly and Governor Al-makura, as street protests in the state capital enters day two.
The intervention came as the mass protest in solidarity with Governor Al-makura, continued to ground activities and obstructing free movement, shutting down the state capital.
Tension rose among the protesters who throng the streets of Lafia, Doma and Keana, with reports of impending break down of law and order.
Some protesters, made up of politicians, youths, women, non-indigenes and some PDP members were at the Emir’s palace in Lafia with placards that had solidarity messages inscribed on them, demanding the Emir’s intervention between the lawmakers and the Governor.
Addressing the crowd of protesters at the palace, Dr. Mustapha Agwai urged the people to remain law abiding, as the traditional institution wades into the dispute to find an amicable solution.
Consoled by the assurances of the Emir, the non-indigenes from Igbo, Igala, Yoruba and South-South tribes, resident in the state, also added their voices, urging the lawmakers to heed the advice of their electorates.
With Military men and Police in most parts of the state, it is hoped that an amicable solution would be found, as reports have indicated security concerns about the safety of the people.
The “Leave Al-Makura Alone” protest by indigenes of Nasarawa state, has entered day 2, with Lafia the state capital completely shut down to traffic.
Thousands of protesters took to the high ways and streets across the state yesterday, July 16, demanding state Lawmakers to discontinue the impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
The protest continued on Tuesday morning, as protesters have gone to register their complains which they plan to take to the Assembly Complex at Diamond Bank along Doma Road through the Emir’s Palace.
Another set of protest has also been going on in Keana Local Government Area.
The Nasarawa State Assembly had directed that Mr Al-Makura would be served notice of impeachment for alleged gross misconduct.
According to the Nasarawa Police Spokesperson, Mr Ismaila Numan, the command had increased security in major towns following the protest and also dispersed the youths before the protests could get out of control in all the affected towns.
He said that no life or property was lost and that police officers had been deployed to strategic locations to forestall any breach of the peace. Despite the protests, the State House of Assembly has served the impeachment notice on the Governor through a substituted service.
The State lawmakers are accusing the Governor of misconduct and misappropriation of funds and the notice, which was signed by 20 lawmakers, was published in the newspapers.
The Nasarawa State Government has scaled up security surveillance around the resettlement areas in four local governments for internally displaced Tiv farmers.
Governor Tanko Al-makura disclosed this at the flag off of the state resettlement programme, following months of fighting between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
The Governor, while assuring the fleeing Tiv farmers of their security at the Abaagu resettlement area in Obi Local Government, appealed to them to return home and commence farming activities.
Having being at the receiving end of murderous attacks by the herdsmen, many Tiv farmers in Keana, Obi, Awe and Doma Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State lost their homes and property.
However, courtesy of the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, foodstuff, beddings, and other necessary household items were assembled at the local government headquarters in Awe and Doma and were personally handed out by the Governor.
Beyond the distribution of relief materials, the Governor also paid a visit to the people in their homes, and offered assurances of their safety.
From Idaadu resettlement camp in Doma to Abaagu resettlement area in Obi Local Government, Governor Al-Makura gave assurances of adequate protection.
He also gave out N2 million each to the affected four Local Government Areas.
Some of the returnees who spoke on the positive impacts of the peace pact with the herdsmen and the resettlement exercise were grateful to the State Government and expressed optimism that peace would return to their communities.