Lassa Fever: Akwa Ibom Residents Tasked On Clean Environment

Lassa-FeverThe Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, has warned residents of the state against habits that could encourage the spread of Lassa fever in the state.

Dr Ukpong gave the warning on Friday while speaking to Channels Television in Uyo.

The Commissioner said so far, one case was recorded and that the patient was undergoing treatment while six suspected cases were being investigated.

Dr Ukpong spoke on the causes of the disease, mode of transmission, prevention and treatment.

He enumerated measures taken by the State Ministry of Health to combat the problem.

These measures include intensive public enlightenment and surveillance, he therefore urged the people to report suspected cases early for diagnosis and treatment.

Bauchi State Confirms Lassa Fever Case

Lassa feverBauchi State is the latest to confirm the Lassa fever outbreak.

Two out of twenty suspected cases that had been under investigation have tested positive to the virus.

In a statement, the Director of Press Affairs, Danbaba Umar, advised members of the public to report any case of fever that has not responded to the conventional anti- malaria or typhoid fever treatment to the nearest health care facility.

The statement further called for calm, with an assurance that the State Ministry of Health and State Primary Health Care Development Agency have put in place measures towards curtailing the spread of the virus.

The measures include the establishment of an isolation centre at the state Infectious Disease Hospital in Bayara to ease the management and treatment of the disease.

Yahaya Bello Expresses Readiness To Govern Kogi State

kogi stateThe Governor-elect of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has expressed readiness to accept the mantle of leadership from the former governor of the state, Governor Idris Wada.

He made this known via telephone on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

On the issue, if the deputy governor candidate to late Prince Audu, Mr James Faleke will step in as the deputy governor or not, Mr Bello noted that if he (Faleke) doesn’t present himself, deputising him is not compulsory and will resort to other options.

“It’s not compulsory and I cannot force anyone to deputise me, if he doesn’t deputise me, there are options”. He said

Faleke Raises Alarm Over Announcement As Deputy Governor

falekeThe Deputy Governorship Candidate to Abubakar Audu during the November 21, 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State, James Faleke, has raised the alarm over attempts to announce his name as Deputy Governor during the swearing in ceremony of Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State.

According to Faleke in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity, Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, Honourable Duro Meseko on Wednesday, the plan was hatched for Bello to escape the obvious lacuna of not running the Supplementary election with a Deputy and also to give some form of legitimacy to the apparent unconstitutionality of the action.

“I want to bring to the attention of Nigerians, plans to call me out to take oath of allegiance as Deputy Governor to Yahaya Bello today in Lokoja since it is the Deputy that takes oath first.

“The script is to announce my name for oath taking at least three times after which they would declare that the Deputy Governor-elect has absconded, but would be sworn in at a later date. They would now go ahead to swear in Bello as the Governor”, he stated.

According to Faleke, ” let me make it very clear to the good people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general that I am not the Deputy to Yahaya Bello and will therefore, not be present today (Wednesday) at his inauguration.

“I had made my position abundantly clear to my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) that I will not serve as Deputy to Bello, neither would I participate in the December 5, 2015 Supplementary election.

“A strongly worded letter was written to the leadership of APC and INEC to back up my position. It is therefore the height of political mischief for anyone to attempt to call my name for oath taking at an inauguration ceremony they know I would not be present “.

Honourable Faleke restated his faith in the judiciary to restore back the Governorship mandate which he said rightly belong to the Audu / Faleke team.

DPR, EFCC Enforce Official Pump Price Of PMS In Rivers State

DPRFilling stations and depots flouting the Federal Government’s directive on the sell of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) may not find it easy, officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have said.

The DPR in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in collaboration with the EFCC were on surveillance around some filling stations and depots in the state to ensure compliance with the official pump price of 86.50 Naira.

Erring stations were sealed by the DPR while some found to be complying were instructed to sustain their operations.

The representative of the Petroleum Regulating Agency, Prince Oshodi, told reporters that the directive of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to seal erring stations for three months and made to pay a fine of one million Naira would be strictly enforced.

Olisa Metuh Arraigned Again

Olisa-metuhThe National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has been arraigned again on a two-count charge for criminal destruction of evidence and property of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Metuh was brought in handcuffs from the Kuje prison where he is being remanded, pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges which attracts a maximum of two years jail term.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, who is presiding over the case has adjourned till January 25 for hearing of Mr Metuh’s bail application.

The PDP Spokesman was on Tuesday granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja, ordering him to pay the sum of 400 million Naira.

He is also to tender two sureties that must provide 200 million Naira bail bond each. The court said both sureties must be resident in Abuja and should swear an affidavit of means with two passport photographs.

The EFCC had filed a seven count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against Mr Olisa Metuh.

Mr Metuh, according to the charges, transferred the sum of $1 million dollars through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie Iyenome of Capital Field Investment committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.

He is also accused of receiving the sum of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, without a contract, contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

Mr Metuh, is also accused of converting the said money to funds for political activities of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr Metuh was arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at his home on January 5.

Edo Govt Seals Water Factory For Harmful Practices

edoThe Edo State government says it will prosecute persons who produce water that is not fit for human consumption in the court of law.

The Edo State Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy Washington Osifo disclosed this while inspecting a water packaging factory in the state, where he lamented the poor condition in which he met the factory.

Meanwhile the owners of the factory had escaped from the premises before the commissioner and his team arrived.

Court Orders FG To Produce Dasuki

dasukiA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Federal Government to produce the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki in court on February 16 and 17, 2016  for trial.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi, in his order, said the court has not excused the former National Security Adviser from being present in court to face the criminal charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Counsel to the Federal Government, Oladipo Okpeseyi withdrew an application earlier filed by the government seeking to revoke the bail granted to Col. Dasuki.

Mr Okpeseyi, however, filed an application seeking protection of witnesses against the former NSA.

Lawyer to Col. Dasuki also announced plans to file an application seeking to discharge his client due to the inability of the prosecution to commence trial.

Reps Seek Life Insurance For Youth Corps Members

RepsThe House of Representatives in Nigeria on Thursday passed a bill to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act 2004, in order to provide mandatory life insurance to corps members.

The bill sponsored by a lawmaker, Joan Mrakpor was aimed at enhancing the welfare and needs of corps members and also enable them have access to loans after acquiring special business skills from the compulsory service.

Members of the House unanimously adopted the bill which if passed into law, will help reduce the number of graduates relying on white collar jobs in the on-going dearth of employment opportunities in Nigeria.

The bill will also cause an upward review in the monthly allowance earned by corps members.

Agbakoba Says Nigeria Should Search For Wealth Creators Not Borrow

olisa agbakobaSenior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) Olisa Agbakoba has advised the federal government to search for Nigerians who can make money  for the country rather than borrow or loan money from the IMF.

Mr Agbakoba was speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where the conversation bordered on the economy and how Nigeria can create wealth.

He said “There are lots of people in their states that are richer than the federal government and these are the people the government should look for.

“What the government should do is to bring out the Nigerians that are making money.”

The renowned lawyer said that there were some fundamental factors affecting wealth creation in the country, such as legal framework, bad economic policies, corruption amongst other factors.

Mr Agbakoba noted that the issue of subsidy should also be managed properly because it is part of the issues affecting Nigeria’s economy.

He also commented on the visit by the president of the International Monetary Funds ( IMF) Christiane Lagarde and her view on Nigeria’s economy.

Using the Republican presidential candidate in the United States, Donald Trump as an example of a wealth creator in America, the lawyer advocated the need for President Muhammadu Buhari and the government as a whole to look inwards in order to create wealth rather than borrowing.

Mr. Agbakoba insisted that Nigeria does not need the IMF funds but rather needs to search for wealth creators in the country.


Ogun Issues C of O To 1,500 Homeowners’ Charter Beneficiaries

amosunThe Ogun State government, has issued the certificate of occupancy to  another 1,500 beneficiaries of the Homeowners Charter designed  by the government to allow residents and homeowners to ratify their building approval and title documents.

At a ceremony held  at the arcade ground of the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the state  capital, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, while representing the governor at the occasion  asked other applicants who are yet to get their C of O not to exercise any unnecessary apprehensions, saying they would be attended to in due course.

The beneficiaries and homeowners were drawn from different parts of the state.

The Homeowners Charter was introduced by the state government  in December 2013 as part of efforts to liberalize development in the state

Flood Alert Issued For Communities By Nigeria’s Rivers

FloodThe Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has issued a flood alert for communities on the shores of River Niger and River Benue.

A statement by the Director General of the Agency, Doctor Moses Beckley, said some communities in‎ Niger, Anambra, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kogi and Benue States would experience flood due to the latest release of water from the Lagdo Dam and Kainji Dam.

The agency advised the affected communities to relocate to avoid a reoccurrence of the 2012 incident, where lives and property were destroyed by flood.

Barely one week ago, at least four Local Government Areas in Kebbi State were hit by flood after a heavy rainfall.

Sources close to the state government said the Local Government Areas were Argungun, Augie, Suru and Kamba Local Governments.