Ogun Cancels COVID-19 Test Requirements For Returning SS3 Boarding Students

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

 

The Ogun state government has stepped down its stand which held that the COVID-19 test is to be used as a mandatory requirement for returning students in exit classes. 

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the cancellation of the initial injunction via a Twitter statement on Monday.

In his communique which was titled “Ogun Makes COVID-19 Test Free For All Returning SS3 Boarding Students”, Governor Abiodun further stated that the admittance of students into boarding houses in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of such private schools.

Parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun had protested over the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government, but the governor has assured that the test will now be carried out free of charge for all returning students.

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The governor ordered the Government Laboratories in the state to carry out tests for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost.

He also directed that all those who have paid for tests be refunded.

According to the governor, the new directive has become imperative because the health of children remains an utmost priority to his administration.

The governor, however, noted that in view of the total number of boarding students to be tested (5,340 private and 500 public), and bearing in mind the limitation of the state’s installed testing capacity of 500 tests per day, it may not be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results prior to the resumption or even exams which commences on 17th August 2020.

He recommended that students who do not have to stay in boarding houses should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions. Adding that face masks will be availed to all students in both private and public schools.

Ogun Govt Clarifies Requirements For COVID-19 Test For Students

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun (File Photo).

 

The Ogun State Government has clarified it position on the COVID-19 testing for students in exam classes returning to school ahead of their terminal exams.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the presentation of a COVID-19 free certificate by SS3 students will form a major prerequisite for allowing them into boarding schools across the state, as those schools are expected to be reopened from Monday.

The statement also noted that the government is expected to bear the full costs of the COVID-19 tests for the students of government owned schools while parents/ owners of private schools are expected to do same for their students.

Soyombo said it became necessary to remind the general public, particularly parents and operators in the education sector, of the government’s position after a protest was staged by parents of some of the students who presented themselves for the test over the alleged payment of #25,000 before the test could be carried out.

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“This is part of the measures being put in place to avoid community transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic amongst our children in the boarding facilities and invariably, the state as a whole,” she said.

“A key additional requirement is presentation of certificate of negative COVID-19 test before a student is admitted to the boarding facility in both public and private schools in the state.”

“All private school owners are also expected to ensure that all their boarding students are certified COVID-19 test negative before being admitted into their boarding facilities.”

“To further assist the private schools, Ogun State Government has negotiated a huge discount in the cost of COVID-19 Test with some healthcare service providers.”

The special adviser, however, stated that private school owners and parents are free to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as the service provider is certified by the NCDC as COVID-19 Test service provider.

“Indeed, Certificate of negative COVID-19 Test from other locations across the country will be tenable provided, as usual, it is from an NCDC certified centre and the test has been performed within 72 hours of the date of resumption.”

Speaking further, Soyombo said only boarding facilities directly operated by schools will be allowed to operate to enable the government to monitor such facilities for compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

She enjoined parents and school owners to work together to ensure that health and safety of the students is of paramount consideration .

“Should any private school owner and parents desire a waiver of COVID-19 Test requirement for boarding students, a joint representation of the school owner and the parents should be made to the government and this shall be considered on a case-by-case basis,” she added.

Amongst other initiatives put in place by the government is the distribution of face masks to all the schools in the state (public and private).

COVID-19: Failure To Wear Facemasks Will Attract Six Months Imprisonment – Ogun Govt

 

The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has announced that anyone who is caught moving about without a facemask, will be severely punished.

According to him, flouting the order can earn such persons up to six months imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

The governor said this at a briefing on Wednesday, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir (Ileya), celebrations.

He also noted that the state will not be celebrating owing to COVID-19 restrictions which discourages large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying.

“We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime,” Abiodun said.

“All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

“These include: 10 pm-4 am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.”

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See full statement below.

It is worrisome that Ogun State, like Nigeria, has witnessed an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since my last related press briefing.

Despite our having screened over 10,000 persons and also tested about 5,611 people as at yesterday, 28th July, 2020; we have 1,326 confirmed cases; out of which 1,068 have been discharged; while we have an unfortunate record of 23 related fatalities; with 227 active cases.

As we intensify efforts as a government therefore, I urge everyone to adhere to advisories rolled out by health authorities.

One of the two major discourses in the public domain is the reopening of schools.

Despite having initiated e-classes for students, we understand the uniqueness of physical classes, so we have made available Risk Assessment Forms on http://ogmoest.org to public and private schools to evaluate readiness for the adoption of the FG’s resolve to allow SS3 students resume on 4th August to prepare for SSCE (to begin on the 17th).

A mandatory virtual training is also being organised for school staff on decontamination, medical equipment, toilet facilities, flexibility of closing times, and special requirements for boarding schools.
The other discourse is the reopening of worship centres. After rigorous deliberations by the related Committee, I can announce that worship centres will tentatively reopen on Friday, 14th August, on the condition that they adhere to agreed guidelines, failing which we shall not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on erring centres. These are on the use of facemasks and hand sanitizers; distancing; and provision of medical, toilet and hygiene facilities including Veronica buckets. Others include:

A. Muslims to perform ablution at home and go to Mosque with personal praying mats;

B. Certified medical personnel to check worshippers’ temperature before admittance to venues;

C. Handshakes, hugs and air conditioners to be avoided in all centres;

D. Provision of isolation rooms, as well as digital cameras to record services, in each centre;

E. Adequate medical support to be provided for sick persons;

F. Duration of services not to be more than an hour and a half, while intervals in the case of multiples should be of the same duration;

G. Constant sensitisation on COVID-19, its dangers, preventive measures, and especially the susceptibility of the elderly, to be included in sermons;

H. Large worship centres (with more than 200 worshippers in a given service) to further pursue concurrence with the State Government Committee, towards ensuring ventilation and effective entry and exit management procedure and the avoidance of item sharing during Holy Communion;

Earlier today in an unrelated address, I announced that going by the counsel of the Ulammah and the resolution of the NSCIA, Ogun State will unfortunately not be celebrating the coming Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya), which comes up on Friday, 31st July, owing to COVID-19 restrictions which disadvise large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying. We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime.

All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

These include: 10pm-4am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

I will not stop appreciating all first responders in health, security and the media, as well as individual and corporate organisations, for their unrelenting contributions and sacrifices towards flattening the curve on the COVID-19 spread and easing the effects of the pandemic.

Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Raping Two-Year-Old In Ogun

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An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Adekunle Olalere, to life imprisonment for raping a two-year-old girl.

Olalere who resides in the Mowe area of Ogun State was convicted on one count of having sexual intercourse with the two-year-old, a charge which he pleaded not guilty to.

However, delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi held that all evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable, hence the convict was guilty as charged.

“Based on the evidence, I find and hold that the convict, had sexual intercourse with the child and is guilty as charged,” he said and thereafter, sentenced Olalere to life Imprisonment.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Oluyemisi Aruleba, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offense on March 22, 2017, at No 18, Bashorun street off Unity road, Olowotedo area in Mowe.

According to her, the convict forcefully had sexual intercourse with the two-year-old girl.

Aruleba said the victim’s mother had been residing with Olalere because she helps the wife to sell foodstuff and other things.

“The victim’s mother met her two-year-old daughter crying, and noticed she was not walking properly, she checked her daughter’s private part and noticed it was swollen.

“She took the child to the hospital where it was confirmed that there were sperm cells in her private part and it was also revealed that the child had been sexually abused,” she said.

According to Arulebe, the offenses contravened Section 32 of the Child Right laws of Ogun 2006.

Three Dead, Two Injured In Ogun Road Accident

File Photo of a road accident in Ogun State.

 

Three persons have died while two others are said to have sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident involving a diesel truck and a Toyota Corolla car around Ajegunle on Papalanto-Ilaro road in Ogun.

The Ogun State Traffic Compliant and Enforcement Agency confirmed this on Wednesday.

According to the spokesperson of the agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi, the accident was caused by over speeding on the path of the truck driver who in the process collided with the Corolla car coming from the opposite direction.

Akinbiyi noted that five people were in the Toyota car marked JJJ 91 GD while two people were in the truck with no registration number.

The TRACE spokesperson added that the injured victims were taken to Ilaro General Hospital while the deceased were deposited at same hospital mortuary.

“The truck was inbound Papalanto from Ilaro while the Toyota corolla car was outbound Papalanto to Ilaro when the crash occurred,” he said.

“According to eyewitness account, the truck was on top speed when it suddenly lost control due to break failure and collided with the car that was coming from the opposite direction.

“The accidented vehicles have been deposited at Ewekoro Divisional Police Command, including the truck driver and the motor boy.

He, however, commiserated with the families of the deceased while also enjoining motorists to avoid excessive speeding and ensure they maintain their vehicles before setting out on a journey.

Border Closure: Police Intercept Truckload Of Youths In Lagos

 

The police have intercepted a truckload of youths said to be from different parts of the north at the border between Lagos and Ogun states.

According to the police, the arrest was made following an intelligence report that the truck laden with tomatoes which was Lagos-bound, was also carrying a large number of young men.

The youths who appeared to be in their 20s and 30s were ordered to disembark from the truck, as the police said they would be taken to the task force office for further investigation.

There had been several cases of security personnel intercepting trucks carrying young men headed for the south mostly from the northern part of the country.

As a result of the development, many have raised concerns about the continued violation of the order restricting inter-state travel, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Two-Year-Old Baby Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Ogun

 

The management of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has confirmed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive for the coronavirus at the centre.

The child was said to have been admitted into the facility eight days ago on account of breathlessness.

According to a statement issued by the head of public relations and communication for the centre, Sugun Orisajo, investigations were subsequently carried out on her which revealed that she was positive for coronavirus.

“Due to the persisted high temperature, she was isolated, hence no member of staff or other patients were unduly exposed,” he said.

“To confirm the initial suspicion by a team of care givers, on the third day, she was screened for coronavirus while her treatment continued.

“The samples of her test returned positive for corona virus few moments ago.

“The girl is already receiving treatment at the Centre’s isolation ward while the facility where she was initially admitted has been decontaminated.”

Meanwhile, the management has initiated a contact tracing of her relatives.

Ogun Officials Inspect Roads, Water Channels In Isheri

 

Officials of the Ogun State government have been visiting coastal areas in a move to ascertain the condition of existing water channels and their effectiveness in controlling flood.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya as well as the special adviser to the governor on environment, Ola Oresanya, led other officials on tour of the Isheri boundary community to inspect the drainage system and the on-going road rehabilitation on Channels TV avenue.

The commissioner explained that the reconstruction is targeted at fixing bad portions on the 3-kilometere road, beginning with the first phase from the entrance of the community to the LSPDC estate.

COVID-19 Spike: Ogun Govt Urges Residents To Remain Calm

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

 

The Ogun state government has asked residents to remain calm in the wake of a spike in positive cases of coronavirus recorded in the state.

This comes as the state records 108 active cases of the virus in one day,the highest since the index case was recorded on February 27,2020

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker in a press statement in Abeokuta, said the spike was a consequence of increased population sampling and increased testing capacity to 600 daily, saying there was no cause for alarm, as majority of the positive cases were asymptomatic.

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She emphasized the need for people to focus on the outcome of the cases, which had been favourable for the State adding that, more patients were being discharged, while only 13 fatalities have been recorded , which was about three percent of the total confirmed cases recorded so far.

The commissioner called on residents to continue to act responsibly by observing all the necessary precautions such as physical distancing, use of nose masks, respiratory and personal hygiene.

“We are extremely fortunate with the outcomes of the cases so far. We have low mortality and many of the cases are asymptomatic. Also, we have discharged 202 patients as of today. That is close to half of the total confirmed cases so far. She said

“Our government is continuously learning more about the pattern of COVID-19 in our communities,this has informed our decision making in the process of defining our new norm, which explained why we have decentralized sample collection and integrated it into health facilities within communities, as well as commencing community-based management of COVID-19”.

The Commissioner said the State would continue to remain vigilant and monitor the emerging trend, while following best practices to execute appropriate measures to curb the pandemic.

Two Killed In Ogun Road Accident

Security officials assessing the scene of the accident in Ota, Ogun State on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

 

Two persons have been reported killed in an accident which occurred at the old tollgate in the Sango area of Ogun State, while another was injured after a container collided with two trucks along the Abeokuta expressway.

The incident, according to the Ogun State traffic enforcement agency and the Federal Roads Safety Corps happened as a result of a brake failure.

“The containerized truck with registration Number: AAA448XJ had a Brake failure and crossed to the other lane outbound Lagos while it had a head-on collision with another truck and the tanker outbound Lagos,” an official said.

“Two male passersby were crushed to death and 1 female injured.

“TRACE operatives and other sister agencies collectively rescued the situation, took the injured to the Ota state hospital while the presumed dead was taken to Ifo mortuary”.

They, however, noted that efforts are still ongoing to move the accidented vehicles off the road.

COVID-19: Ogun Extends Lockdown By One Week

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

 

The Ogun state government has once again extended the current lockdown by another one week with windows of relaxation on Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm to allow residents to restock essential needs and engage in commercial activities.

Addressing journalists during his weekly briefing ,the state governor, Dapo Abiodun said the action is imperative in view of the substantial non compliance with laid down directives of government aimed at flattening the curve of the spread of the pandemic

While asking for total cooperation and understanding of residents,the governor however sounded a note of warning against any forms of sabotage as the state has recorded 134 active cases,5 deaths while 54 patients discharged so far in the state

30 Suspected Almajiris Intercepted In Ogun

 

Operatives of the Ogun state traffic compliance and enforcement agency says it intercepted a truck loaded with about 30 Almajiris at Joju area of Ado,odo/ ota local government area of the state

The truck with Registration number -Kano XG172 KNG, was said to have been covered with tarpaulin, meant to be carrying only goods.

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It was reported that the true nature of what the truck was conveying came to light when operatives forced the driver to park and untie the tarpaulin where it was discovered that the Almajiri were packed with pepper

The truck reportedly turned back and was led to the tollgate, the border area between Ogun State and Lagos State from where they said they came into the State.