20 Doctors Contract COVID-19 In Kwara Within Three Weeks

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About 20 doctors in Kwara State have become infected with COVID-19 within the past three weeks.

President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr Badmus Habeeb, disclosed this to Channels Television during a phone interview on Wednesday.

He lamented that members of the association are battling with the pandemic “based on the available resources”.

“About 20 of our members have become infected in the last two to three weeks.

“I must reiterate that this is not the best of times for us, our families and the affected patients,” he said.

Habeeb, however, noted that the discovery of vaccines have brought hope and relief for everyone.

But he lamented that there is a poor resource setting in the country, where the necessities to make the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines easy and possible, are not readily available.

“So, it seems we may never be able to get the vaccine anytime soon,” he said.

The UITH-ARD President said the vaccines have so far proven to be effective and therefore, urged Nigerians to get vaccinated when it arrives, while adhering strictly to other COVID-19 guidelines.

“The public should adhere strictly to the laid down guidelines on the prevention of COVID-19 by NCDC,” he warned.

COVID-19 Second Wave: Kwara Govt Declares Partial Lockdown

 

Kwara State government has imposed a partial lockdown in the state from 12 midnight to 4.30 a.m. with effect from Thursday, December 24, 2020, till further notice.

The State Commissioner for Health, Raji Rasak announced this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, and revealing new guidelines on COVID-19 in the state.

“There shall be partial state-wide lockdown between 12:00 a.m and 4:30 a.m. until further notice,” Rasak, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 said.

Also, according to the new guidelines, “Concerts/carnivals/Clubbing are not allowed until further notice while worship centres are not to allow congregations exceeding 50% of the maximum capacity of the venue,” in the state.

This is to allow for physical distancing.

Other measures and restrictions announced by the Commissioner include appropriate and mandatory use of face mask.

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“Other gatherings (formal and informal) exceeding 50 people are disallowed

“Again, the proper use of face mask in public space is mandatory. Therefore, the protocol of ‘No face mask, no entry’ must apply at all public places.

“Civil servants are to work from their homes. The only exemptions are essential workers, especially in the health sector. Virtual meetings are encouraged

“Transporters are to enforce all COVID-19 protocols, including proper use of face mask by drivers and passengers. Appropriate sanctions will apply to defaulters,” the governor added.

Other measures and restrictions announced by the Commissioner include “Appropriate use of face mask in public places is mandatory

The Health Commissioner added that Security agencies will deploy all lawful means to enforce these protocol and defaulters are deemed to constitute dangers to public health. Provisions of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 shall apply to all offenders.

These new guidelines are subject to reviews as situations dictate; Rasak said there will be further communications on school resumption.

Worst Police Better Than Best Criminal, Says Governor Abdulrazaq

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

 

The Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has made a passionate appeal to Nigerians to never turn their backs or abandon the police and other security agencies, saying the worst policeman is better than the best criminal.

Governor Abdulrazaq stated this on Wednesday while receiving the three Senators representing the state at the National Assembly who paid him a visit over the destruction of properties by angry youths.

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He said the majority of the officers are patriots who are equally committed to a greater Nigeria.

Abdulrazaq said the events of the past few weeks, especially the #EndSARS protest, should not be framed in a way that might leave officers and men of the police demoralized or dejected.

According to him, demoralizing the security forces, especially the police, might play into the hands of criminals who prefer anarchy to hurt their victims.

Looted CACOVID Palliatives Were Meant For Special Vulnerable Group – Kwara Govt

A photo of the scene of the incident which occurred in Kwara State on October 23, 2020.

 

The Kwara State government has condemned the action of some looters who invaded the cargo terminal in Ilorin, the state capital, and carted away palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

The state government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, on Friday, said the items were meant for the poor and a special group of vulnerable people.

The Commissioner said further that CACOVID and the state government on September 23rd flagged off the distribution of the palliatives and had distributed the majority of the palliatives to the identified vulnerable households in 15 of the 16 local government areas of the state.

“The remaining palliatives in the terminal, which the hoodlums preyed on until chased away by security agencies, were meant for special vulnerable groups and just one local government where names of the beneficiaries have just been delivered and officials have started distributing when the street urchins breached the wall of the facility,” the statement added.

Afolabi-Oshatimehin explained that the looted items were meant for specific households, as dictated by CACOVID, and so names had to be properly generated to allow for transparent and orderly distribution.

“The actions of the hoodlums are condemnable and those already arrested would face the full weight of the law.

“The government would not tolerate anyone hiding under any guise to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” she added.

The state government said the action of the looters is condemnable and does not reflect the good nature of the people of the state.

Offa Bank Robbery Case Stalled Due To COVID-19

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud

 

The trial of five suspects in the 2018 Offa bank robbery has been stalled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Halima Salman had last week, adjourned the case till today but a circular from the office of the Chief Registrar of the Kwara State High Court directed all members of staff below grade level 14 to work from home.

As early as 8:00 am when Channels TV crew got to the court premises, the entrance was locked with no member of staff in sight.

The five suspects standing trial were brought to the court but the prosecuting and defense counsel did not show up.

It is now unclear when next the court will sit on the case.

Customs Destroy Impounded Goods Worth N12m

 

The Kwara State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has destroyed some impounded foreign goods worth 12 million Naira.

Briefing journalists before the destruction of the goods on Tuesday, the Comptroller of the Kwara Command, Ahmed Bello said the goods included 927 bags of rice, 148 bags of Semolina, and 35 cartons of vegetable oil.

According to him, the goods had been certified unfit for human or animal consumption because they had expired.

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Comptroller Ahmed Bello, thereafter, advised the smugglers to desist from the illegal act as the Service, through intelligence gathering, will always be on their trail.

Kwara Suspends Perm Sec, Four Others Over ‘Ghost Workers’ Probe

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Kwara State Government has suspended five senior officials implicated in the ongoing investigation of ghost workers and suspicious deductions of workers’ salary at the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

The officials are the Permanent Secretary of the parastatal Bayo Audu Onimago; Director of Finance and Supply of SUBEB Husseni Ahmed; account officers Mujeeb Ibrahim and Oyerinde Fatai; and a staff of the Teaching Service Commission who doubled as the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers Toyin Saliu.

“The indefinite suspension is connected to some discoveries of alleged fraud in the parastatal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is in line with the efforts of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to cleanse the system, particularly at SUBEB where some startling discoveries have been made,” Murtala Olanrewaju, Commissioner for Communication, said in a statement.

“Salaries connected to the controversial names on the payroll have been flagged and suspended until the end of the exercise.”

Kwara Gov Sacks Driver, Queries COVID-19 Team Over Mishandling Of Case

 

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has directed the sack of a government driver in charge of a COVID-19 response team ambulance.

The driver in a video which has gone viral on social media is seen evacuating a suspected COVID-19 patient in an unprofessional manner with the help of members of the public.

He was reported to have turned deaf ears to directive and gone ahead to evacuate the victim without waiting for the arrival of the Rapid Response Team (RRT).

“The governor totally condemns the shoddy handling of the gentleman who was clearly going through a hard time,” Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“He has directed that the driver be fired immediately. As the investigation revealed, the driver failed to heed clear directive not to take any action until the Rapid Response Team (RRT) arrives the scene. He evacuated the gentleman with the help of members of the public without waiting for the arrival of the RRT.

“That incident was avoidable, and we sincerely apologise to the gentleman and to the people of Kwara State for the embarrassing development. We assure them this will not happen again,” the statement added.

Governor AbdulRazaq also directed the issuance of queries to top officials of the state ministry of health for failing to act with necessary caution and expertise in the handling of the incident.

The governor directed that members of the RRT be queried so as to ensure such incident of dangerous violation of COVID-19 safety protocols does not repeat itself.

He added that it is equally distasteful and unacceptable that the driver, who had long been involved in such operations, made unethical comments to somebody in distress.

COVID-19: Kwara State Announces Total Lockdown

File: The governor of Kwara State Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

 

The Kwara State Government has announced a total lock down of the entire sixteen local government areas until further notice.

The Chairman, Technical Committee on COVID-19 and the Deputy Governor of the State, Kayode Alabi, announced this while addressing journalists in Ilorin.

He said the order would take effect from six o clock in the evening (Thursday).

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The markets will, however, be allowed to open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon.

COVID-19: Kwara Govt Shuts Down Schools, Orders Civil Servants To Work From Home

 

The Kwara State Government has ordered the closure of all public and private nursery, primary, secondary schools and state-owned tertiary institutions as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The government has also banned all gatherings of more than 25 people.

Apart from the Ministry of Health and other essential workers, all civil servants are expected to work from home.

This was contained in a statement signed by the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday.

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Although the state has no confirmed case of the COVID-19, it says it is taking the proactive measures to avoid any future incidents, while noting that they are embarking on a healthcare transformation agenda to give residents access to better quality and affordable healthcare.

Read the full statement below.

Statement by His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State on COVID-19 pandemic

Dear Kwarans:

The welfare, security and well-being of all Kwarans are of utmost importance to our administration and, as such, we have embarked on a robust healthcare transformation agenda to give every Kwaran access to better quality and affordable healthcare.

At this moment, however, the world is faced with a viral pandemic caused by coronavirus.

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new strain of coronavirus to infect humans. It was first detected in China and has now spread around the world, including Nigeria.

Currently, we have no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kwara State. However, as a proactive government, and consistent with our determination to upgrade healthcare infrastructure in Kwara state, I have since approved funding for the construction of an isolation centre at the onset of our administration.

Now, the number of cases in Nigeria is increasing, there are a total of 27 confirmed cases. The federal government of Nigeria is leading the fight against coronavirus by taking bold and decisive decisions that will save lives.  In Kwara State, we are following the lead of the Federal government by mobilising all resources available to us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kwara.

Even so, basic preventive measures by individuals and communities remain the most powerful tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As individuals, we are all responsible for the general well-being of fellow Kwarans and should work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

1) washing our hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as much as possible daily;

2) avoiding touching our eyes, mouths, and noses;

3) covering our mouths and noses with our bent elbow or tissue when we cough or sneeze;

4) staying more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick and coughing, and wearing a mask if you are ill (especially if coughing) or looking after someone who is ill and coughing;

5) abstaining from handshaking until the threat of this COVID-19 is zero; and

6) avoiding crowded area and minimising any gathering to a maximum of 25.

As a community, we must do everything possible to prevent any transmission of COVID-19 by embracing the concept of social distancing and self-isolation. These measures are to prevent anyone that may be infected with COVID-19 from spreading the disease to others. An exponential spread of COVID-19 in our community might be catastrophic because we could have thousands of our citizens sick at the same time.

Given the aforementioned and the global health emergency situation, our administration has taken the following difficult but important decisions to protect Kwarans:

1)     Closure of all public and private nurseries, primary, secondary and state-owned Tertiary institutions.

2)     Aside from Ministry of health and essential workers, all civil servants are to work from home.

3)     All gatherings of more than 25 people are hereby discouraged until further notice.

We need to encourage all Kwarans to get involved in this fight against COVID-19. We believe we will achieve desired results only if and when our people are properly sensitised on how to protect our communities from the virus.

We are determined to continue to make the necessary investments in healthcare to safeguard the lives of our people. A 20-bed high-quality isolation centre has been completed and equipped at Sobi Specialist Hospital and plans are underway to build additional and well-equipped 12-bed intensive care unit at the General Hospital, Ilorin.

We have put in place a “COVID-19 Technical Committee” comprising healthcare professionals and officials whose primary responsibility is to assist our administration in combating COVID-19 in Kwara State. This committee is headed by the Deputy Governor.

In addition to the above measures, including the emergency telephone lines already given by the Ministry of Health, you will be receiving regular briefings and bulletins from us on the development.

Finally, l wish to reassure all Kwarans of the determination of our administration to prevent, contain, and limit the impact of the pandemic on our people.

God bless Kwara State! God bless Nigeria.

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq
Governor, Kwara State.
March 22, 2020.

Ile-Arugbo: Court Fixes March 25 For Hearing After Parties Fail To Settle

 

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has fixed March 25, 2020, for definite hearing on the case between the Saraki family and the state government.

Both parties have been in dispute over the demolition of the Saraki family home known as Ile Arugbo, which was demolished by the state government.

According to the state government, the property which was used as a venue for political meetings was destroyed over alleged illegality in its acquisition.

Counsels to both parties had told the presiding judge, Justice Abiodun Adewara, that the matter will be settled out of court.

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However, Channels Television gathered that several meeting held at the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, ended in a brick wall as both parties failed to reach amicable terms of a settlement.

In the terms of the settlement, the Kwara government wants the land to be left for the public interest; but the claimant proposed that the government should vacate the revocation order on three plots on Illofa road, GRA, which Ile Arugbo sits on.

The claimants added that the government should rebuild all the demolished structures on the land, and issue a public apology to the aged who were traumatised by the demolition.

On Mondays sitting, Justice Adewara commended both parties for trying to find an amicable resolution to the crisis as advised by the court, and fixed March 25 for the hearing of the case.

Customs Impounds 48 Sacks Of Marijuana In Kwara

The Nigeria custom officers in Kwara State have seized 48 sacks of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Marijuana.

Also, 953 bags of imported rice weighing 50kg each were seized.

The Area Comptroller, Ahmed Bello said the seizure was made at Bukuru in Baruten Local Government Area of the state between August 2019 and January 2020.

He said the seized marijuana weighs 3,593kg and the total duty paid value of the items seized is N448million.

Bello also condemned the act of smuggling and the increased consumption of marijuana by youths. He revealed that the command would continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on the strategic role of the customs activities to the social and economic stability of the country.