NCDC To Establish Molecular Lab In Nasarawa

A file photo of the NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is to establish a molecular laboratory and an Emergency Operation Centre in Nasarawa State.

NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a visit to Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

The laboratory will be set up at the Dangerous Disease Diagnostic Centre in the state.

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According to the health agency, the state has 234 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease.

In its latest update on July 8, NCDC noted that 113 people have recovered from the virus while eight have succumbed to COVID-19.

Nasarawa NMA Chairman, 64 Health Workers Infected With COVID-19

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The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Nasarawa State, Dr Bulus Peter, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr Bulus confirmed his health status to Channels Television on Saturday.

He said he developed some symptoms of the disease as a result of his fieldwork activities of attending to COVID-19 patients at the isolation centre in Lafia, the state capital.

The NMA chairman, however, noted that he was already receiving treatment at an isolated part of his home and was responding to treatment.

“It is confirmed by the result from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that I have contracted COVID-19, but I am now responding to treatment,” he stated.

Dr Bulus added, “As at July 3, the total number of healthcare workers who tested positive for COVID-19 in Nasarawa are 65 – public health facilities workers 51 and private health workers 14.

“The local government distribution of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 are Karu – 12, Keffi – 21, Nasarawa Eggon – seven, Lafia – 25. One person has died.”

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The coalition of Nasarawa State Health Professional Associations had embarked on an indefinite industrial action on the June 18 after an initial seven days warning strike, due to the several demands they have made.

These included the non-implementation of promotion and annual increment for over 10 years, non-implementation of the New Minimum Wage Bill Act, non-implementation of the COVID-19 MoU on hazard allowance and life insurance for all health workers in the state, among other demands.

The health workers also demanded the payment of their entitlements, adding that the government has yet to give a definite timeframe or make any commitment to their demands.

What We Are Doing To Rescue Over 30 Kidnapped Persons – Nasarawa Govt

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Nasarawa State government says it is collaborating with the security agencies to secure the release of over 30 people kidnapped in the state.

According to the government, the persons were recently kidnapped by armed men and taken to the bush around the Udege Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, revealed the effort of the government to rescue them while delivering his opening remarks at an emergency Executive Council Meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

He also used the opportunity of the meeting to give an update on the emerging security challenges, especially in the western senatorial zone of the state.

Governor Sule decried the recent incident in which occupants of three vehicles, numbering more than 30 were kidnapped by gunmen.

He said, “We are working along with the Federal agencies, the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the military to ensure that we are able to rescue the people who have been kidnapped  and taken to the bush in that area.”

“The government is on top of the situation and we are going to do the best we can to ensure that they are released,” the governor promised.

He added that the state government was taking measures to reduce the inherent risk in the area, especially around the major road leading to Benue State.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Defiling Three-Month-Old Baby In Nasarawa

The suspect, Adam Yaro, being paraded by the NSCDC Deputy Commandant of the State Command, Bisi Olugboyega.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly defiling a three-month-old baby and three other minors in Nasarawa State.

NSCDC Deputy Commandant of the State Command, Bisi Olugboyega who paraded the suspect on Wednesday said the suspect, Adam Yaro, perpetrated the act on May 27.

According to Olugboyega, the victim who is his fourth was being defiled in Adogi community of Lafia East Development Area where he and other victims all reside.

Speaking to Channels Television, the suspect said he cannot explain how it happened, pleading for justice to be tempered with mercy.

“Me too I don’t know what made me begin such an act. I won’t do it again. It was the work of the devil that made me commit the act,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the victim’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu wants the law to prevail.

“We got the information that he was the one but since he wasn’t apprehended we were mute. Since the government has arrested him and he confessed to the crime, they should help by giving him the punishment he deserves,” she said.

Adam’s victims are said to be between the ages of three months and one and the half years.

It was gathered that the abused victim, who has been unable to defecate properly since the incident happened, has undergone three surgeries where a section was opened in her stomach to enable her to defecate as she awaits the fourth one soon.

Governor Sule Relieves SSG Of Appointment Over Alleged Fund Misappropriation

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has relieved Mr Ahmed Tijjani of his appointment as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

The Permanent Secretary of the Government House Administration, Hamza Gayam, announced this in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, Governor Sule asked Tijjani to hand over all the government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Affairs and Special Duty) in the office of the SSG with immediate effect.

This followed Tijjani’s indictment by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for alleged misappropriation of over N200 million.

The money was said to be part of the N1 billion approved for the renovation and fencing of government secondary schools in the state.

The former SSG was alleged to have committed the offence when he served as the Commissioner for Education during the previous administration.

Read the statement below:

Nasarawa Records Four COVID-19 Deaths

 

The death toll of COVID-19 in Nasarawa State has risen to four.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Thursday during the maiden State COVID-19 Stakeholders Review Meeting.

After the meeting, the ban on motorcycles was lifted, markets opened and religious centres to maintain status quo but are advised to adhere strictly to safety protocols.

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Abducted Nasarawa CAN Chairman Regains Freedom

 

The Chairman of the Nasarawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, who was abducted last week has regained his freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the clergyman was freed by his abductors on Saturday night after sustained pressure by security personnel.

Longe added that following credible intelligence, the security operatives arrested four persons in connection with the abduction.

According to him, the bishop was later reunited with his family in Lafia, the state capital at about 1:48 am on Sunday.

A member of Masin’s family also revealed that the clergyman has been taken to a hospital for medical examination.

Gunmen Abduct Nasarawa CAN Chairman

 

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa state Chapter, Bishop Joseph Masin, has been abducted.

The state Commissioner of police Bola Longe who confirmed the incident said the abductors of the CAN Chairman went with him on motorcycles.

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He said few minutes to the hour of twelve, Wednesday night,gunmen stormed the residence of the Chairman at Bukan Sidi area of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

Bola Longe added that the police have intensified surveillance ensure immediate release of Mister Masin.

PHOTOS: Scores Of Muslims Storm Praying Ground In Nasarawa

A crowd of Muslim faithful storm a praying ground in Nasarawa State for the Eid-El-Fitr congregational prayer on May 24, 2020. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

As the world bids farewell to the fasting month of Ramadan, some Muslim faithful in Nigeria have participated in congregational prayers to mark this year’s Eid-El-Fitr.

In Nasarawa, scores of Muslim faithful stormed a praying ground for a congregational Eid prayer.

Congregational prayers also held in parts of the country despite the restriction on such gatherings by the Head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The directive comes as part of measures to curb the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) such as social distancing and the use of face masks, among others.

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Eid-El-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and celebrations would normally begin depending on the sighting of the moon.

However, this year’s occasion could not be celebrated as usual as some nations across the world have also suspended Eid prayers and outdoor festivals.

See photos of the activities at the praying ground in Nasarawa below:

A crowd of Muslim faithful storm a praying ground in Nasarawa State for the Eid-El-Fitr congregational prayer on May 24, 2020. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Nasarawa Chief Judge Frees 16 Inmates

 

The Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Dikko, has granted clemency to 16 inmates in the state.

Justice Dikko ordered their release on Thursday when he visited a correctional facility where the inmates were held in Lafia, in the state capital.

According to him, this is in compliance with the directive of the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko, to decongest correctional facilities across the country as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The chief judge disclosed that some inmates and convicts from other custodial centres in Wamba, Keffi, and Nasarawa Local Government Areas would also be pardoned after the Sallah break.

The beneficiaries who were held at the Medium Security Custodial Centre of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Lafia were freed after the chief judge of the state paid their fines.

Nasarawa Discharges 19 Coronavirus Patients

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Nasarawa State government has discharged 19 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients out of the 32 positive cases recorded in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Monday at a briefing with journalists shortly after inspecting the ongoing work at the Infectious Diseases Control and Diagnostic Centre in Lafia, the state capital.

He noted that the 19 patients tested negative after receiving treatment and have been discharged, adding that the state now has 12 COVID-19 active cases and one death.

The governor was delighted that although the government has set up several isolation centres across the state, there were no patients at the facilities.

He said, “We have been very lucky, we have a total of 32 cases. As at this morning (Monday), we have had one death and 19 (recovered patients) that have already been discharged.

“They have turned negative again and they have been discharged. Of the 32 cases, we only have 12 active cases.”

On the progress of work at the centre, Governor Sule revealed that the first phase of the project – the physical structure of the facility – was at 95 per cent completion.

According to him, the government is rushing to complete the project in order to adequately prepare for future emergencies, in terms of mitigating the outbreak of infectious diseases such as Lassa Fever, Ebola, and other viruses that may surface in the future.

The governor explained that the second phase of the project – equipping the facility – would be capital intensive but his administration was committed to completing the project.

“The second phase, which is more important and actually more economically demanding, is the aspect of equipment and we are working on that at the moment.

“It will require a lot of investment in the area of research, testing, and various laboratories,” he added.

Governor Sule noted that the centre would operate in synergy with the Dalhatu Araf Specialists Hospital and the State School of Nursing, all located within the vicinity of the facility.

He said, “There is going to be synergy between the three institutions around. There will also be lots of collaboration, especially with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“We have been talking to them (NCDC), with the Federal Ministry of Health and the State Ministry of Health, as well as all the other major hospitals that we have around, including our PHC unit.”

Nasarawa LG Pensioners Protest Non-Payment Of Entitlements

Local Government Pensioners in Nasarawa State have protested over the non-payment of their entitlements in percentages and non-payment of gratuities by the local government chairmen.

The pensioners from 13 local government areas of the state on Tuesday gathered at their office in Lafia, the state capital carrying placards with several inscriptions conveying their grievances.

Their spokesperson, Adokwe Ladan, told journalists that they would not accept the purported plan by the chairmen to pay them March and April pensions benefits in percentages.

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“The local government chairmen are treating us badly, so we felt we should come out to express our grievances, in particular, the issue of percentage payment in addition to non-payment of gratuities for more than ten years.

“Our demand is that we have not received our March and April pensions. Surprisingly, the chairmen are now saying that they will pay us less than 50 per cent March pensions.

“We say no to this. This cannot work! We are already paid in arrears so why the percentage payment? We can appreciate the fact that the economy is down but that does not mean we should be treated anyhow,” Ladan said.

One of the pensioners, Cecilia Ajegena said she retired six years ago and has not being paid both her pension and gratuity.

“Government has not paid me my pension neither have they paid me any gratuity since we retired six years ago. I served this nation through the local government system, what offence have I committed that government cannot respect me today?

“I am supposed to be in an eye clinic to take care of my eye but I don’t have my pension paid and not only that, gratuity is still hanging there.

“Instead of them to appreciate it, they say, they want to slash the money by 50 per cent. Which money will I use to feed my children and take care of myself,? she questioned.

The Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, while responding to the pensioners alongside the Secretary of the State Government, Aliyu Tijjani, and other cabinet members promised swift government intervention.

“I have come here to today to speak on behalf of the governor of Nasarawa state. I would want you to mandate, your executive members, I will ask the local government chairmen, their ALGON chairman to seat with your executive today and let ALGON tell us why they have not been paying and what plans they have to pay,” he said.

He promised that the meeting between the Local government officials and representative of the pensioners would hold before the end of the day.