2017 Is Our Year Of Consolidation, Aregbesola Says

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionThe New Year, 2017 will be the year of consolidations on the various achievements of the Rauf Aregbesola administration.

This was the summary of the governor’s New Year broadcast to the people of the state, as they ushered in year 2017 on Sunday.

In the broadcast, the Governor reeled out the achievements of his administration in the year 2016, ranging from accomplishments in education, infrastructure, social protection services, urban renewal, provision of massive supports for business initiatives and several others.

Great Hope And faith

“This year, 2017, is going to be our year of consolidation. We are going to consolidate on all our programmes, especially in education, agriculture and road infrastructure. We are not going to abandon any of our projects. It is going to be our busiest year so far.

“We have great hope and faith that 2017 will be the best year for us and all the people of Osun,” he said.

Governor Aregbesola admitted that the year 2016 was one with huge trials, travails and tests, but however rejoiced that “it was also a year of great victory and accomplishments”.

The governor expressed satisfaction that his government recorded landmark achievements in the commissioning of many schools, a philosophical disposition towards just and equitable sales of consumer goods with the launch of Osunwon Omoluabi (Omoluabi Scales and Measures) and others.

He said: “In the field of education, we commissioned to the glory of God, Anthony Udofia Elementary School, Osogbo, St Michael Elementary School, Ibokun, St Thomas Elementary and Middle School, Iwoye Ijesa, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, Adventist Government High School, Ede and AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo.

“The commissioning of Osogbo Government High School coincided with the 25th anniversary of the creation of our state which was celebrated with pomp, pageantry and funfair, including breath-taking calisthenics display by 4,000 pupils from Osun’s public schools. We also successfully hosted President Muhammadu Buhari, who commissioned Osogbo Government High School”.

Harping on the performance of his government on education, Governor Aregbesola said the statistics had confirmed a marked improvements in the performance of students in external examinations as a result of strategic interventions.

“Osun was the cynosure of all eyes as our state provided the template for the national take-off of school feeding programme. This programme was launched by our administration in 2012. Under it, we provide nutritious and healthy meals to Elementary 1-4 pupils in all public schools on every school day. This programme is integrated into our agriculture and poverty eradication programmes and is now a roaring success.

“Still under education, we established Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency to address the twin problems of indiscipline and falling standards in education.

“The year was also a good one for us in education. Our pupils had 46.3 per cent pass in the last West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), a giant leap of 137 per cent increase over the previous year’s paltry 19.5 per cent pass. Though this is far from satisfactory to us, nevertheless, it is an affirmation of our efforts and investment in education. It has put ashes in the mouths of those who have made a career of running down our efforts in education development,” he said.

In the area of security, Aregbesola said his government’s investment in security paid off in many areas citing instance when its capacity was tested by some criminals in Ikirun bank robbery but were neutralised.

The governor, however, lamented that the year did not go down without its own pains listing the transition of a member of the House of Assembly representing Ife Central State Constituency, Oladejo Samson Makinde.

He also regretted the deaths of Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, a prominent Yoruba leader, Mr Deji Sasegbon and the legendary Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

Identifying hard work as a panacea to solving many of the societal complications, Governor Aregbesola said it was now clear that there was no free money again.

He said: “No one should be under any illusion about this. Oil price doesn’t look like it will spike up very soon, as we have had in the past. Even if it will, we should never find ourselves in a position of dependency again. If oil windfall should come, it should go into special projects and savings for the future.

“The way to go therefore is that we should work hard and earn our own money. We should develop the capacity to create wealth from which we provide jobs and generate revenue to the government”.

Lassa Fever: Ahmmadiyyah Hospital In Lagos Sealed

lassa feverThe Ahmmadiyyah Hospital in the Ojokoro area of Lagos State where the patient diagnosed with the first case of Lassa fever visited before going to LUTH is now under surveillance and sealed off from the public until further notice.

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, 15 in-patients, as well as 25 health workers in the facility are being monitored for the next 21 days.

Dr. Idris added that contact tracing is ongoing and there are currently 92 contacts being followed up including those at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

The patient, a 25 year old male undergraduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna, is presently being managed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and his condition is stable.

The first case of Lassa fever was confirmed in Lagos on Friday. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to Channels Television.

Lassa Fever Confirmed In Lagos

Lassa fever One case of Lassa fever has been confirmed in Lagos.

The case, which was diagnosed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, involves a 25-year-old student from the Ahmadu Bello University.

The patient is said to have been admitted first at a private hospital in Ojokoro area of Lagos State.

According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the patient is responding to treatment.

The death of a Lassa Fever victim at the National Hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital, had brought the total number of deaths to 43 in the country, from 10 states.

Announcing the death at the National Hospital on Wednesday, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, called on Health workers at all levels to be more vigilant and look out for patients with symptoms of Lassa Fever.

Symptoms Of Lassa Fever

The Minister advised residents of affected states not to panic but to maintain high level vigilance and present themselves for test if they feel unhealthy or they feel symptoms of Lassa Fever which include high fever, stooling, tiredness and vomiting among others.

He cautioned that self-medication should be avoided at this period.

Doctors On Lassa Fever Spread

Medical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, have said that Lassa fever has been spreading in the country because authorities have not given the disease the attention it requires.

Asides highlighting funding as a big challenge, the officials who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa fever research institute in the country have asked the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

“Since 2007, we have been making a case repeatedly for the establishment of centres of this nature in the other geopolitical zones or health zones in the country because Nigeria is a vast country.

“You don’t want a situation where patients with viral haemorrhagic fevers – Lassa fever are managed in ordinary wards and facilities. You want dedicated facilities for them.

“As we speak, sadly, I am not aware that these centre have attained any stage for replication elsewhere in the country,” said Professor George Akpede.

New Case of Lassa Fever Confirmed In Oyo State

lassa feverOne more case of Lassa fever has been confirmed at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan where the patient, an eight month old baby has been receiving treatment.

This brings to two, the number of confirmed Lassa fever cases in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria.

According to the Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, the first patient has been treated and discharged.

Channels TV got an exclusive video of eight-month-old Aisha undergoing treatment for Lassa fever at the Infectious Disease Center of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Aisha’s parents are said to be living at the Sabo community under Ibadan North Local Government.

A visit by Channels Television to Sabo community in Ibadan shows an environment in need of proper sanitation.

Meanwhile, another disease, suspected to be measles has been reported in the Sabo community. Ten children are said to have died from suspected measles outbreak.

In the meantime, health officials from the Oyo State Ministry of Health have embarked on a sensitization campaign against infectious diseases, urging the people to embrace good public and personal hygiene.

Police Assure Residents Of Peace During Elections In Lagos  

policeThe Police in Lagos has assured residents of their readiness to work in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure hitch free elections in the state.

The State Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation, Mr. Johnson Kokumo said this while fielding questions from journalists at the Lagos House, Marina.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police also told journalists that the State Police Command and other security agencies have put in place adequate strategies, to ensure a hitch free exercise and adequate peace before, during and after the general elections in the State.

Reacting to the incident that happened in Oshodi two weeks ago, the Police boss said security has since been beefed up in the area with Armored Personnel Carriers stationed in strategic locations, ensuring the incident would never recur.

The Police boss also said, “already security has been beefed up all over the place; if you go there now you will see things for yourself. We have in place Armored Personnel Carriers, we have adequate number of Police Mobile Force units deployed there along with Intelligence officers who are collecting information to ensure that before any evil plans  are carried out we would have gotten information; meaning that proactive measures are in place.’’

Present at the event are members of the Security Council; Cammander NNS Beecroft, Olokun Apapa, Navy Commodore Teikum Ikoli, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd), Commander Airforce Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, , Commander 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo, Director State Security Service, Mr. Ben Olayi, among others.


Police arrest two men with human skull in Abeokuta

Two middle aged men have been arrested by the Ogun state Police Command in possession of a human skull.

The two suspects were said to have been arrested at Sabo area of Abeokuta, the state capital, by the officers of the command who were acting on a tip-off.

Parading the two suspects at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr  Ikemefuna Okoye said investigations were on to unravel the circumstances surrounding  the possession of the human skull by the suspects.

He added that the suspects would be charged to court after the completion of investigations.