The Oyo State Government has assured residents and citizens of the state that necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure that there is no flooding in the state this rainy season.
The government also assured the people of its commitment to preventing natural disasters in the state in South-west Nigeria.
Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, stated this while receiving members of the National Environment Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in his office.
Mr Ishola, who said the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) has listed the state among others that will experience heavy downpour in 2017, promised that government will continue to ensure a clean and safe environment.
“The State Government has embarked on sensitisation programmes, and dredging of rivers and streams have started in preparation for the heavy rains. Our administration is responsive and we attach seriousness to the business of governance.
“We also have respect for the sanctity of human lives and this is why we have put necessary machinery in motion to prepare for the heavy rains,” he explained.
The Commissioner noted that the efforts of NESREA in the environmental sustainability cannot be overemphasised, adding that the present administration in the state is working earnestly to ensure a sustainable and clean environment attractive to the investors.
He stated that two Mobile Environmental Tribunal Courts, already approved by the government, sit on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, as well as the State Waste Management Authority to prosecute sanitation offenders.
Ishola, however, said prosecuting offenders is not to place hardship nor to increase revenue, but to ensure compliance with the State Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management Regulations.
In his remarks, the Oyo State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr Obagiri Durotimi, said his visit to the Ministry was to introduce himself officially and to synergise with the Ministry to ensure environmental sustainability.
He noted that environmental issue is a collective responsibility for every individual.
The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.
This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.
The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.
At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.
The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.
The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.
Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.
The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.
Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.
Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.
The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.
The Ogun State Government, South West Nigeria, says it has attracted over a 100 companies with well over 515 billion Naira Foreign Direct Investment in the last five years of the present administration in the state.
The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru made the disclosure while on the inspection tour of a private company at the Isheri area of the state.
While assuring business owners, investors in the state of adequate security and conducive atmosphere for business growth and development, the Commissioner was quick to ask them to always fulfill their social responsibilities to communities where they operate.
He also expressed the readiness of the state to collaborate with private sector in the development of infrastructure across the state.
The 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.
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.
One 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.
Some youths in Ondo State have called for the restoration of power supply to communities of the Southern Senatorial District of the state, by the electricity distribution company operating in the region.
The youths drawn from the various towns and villages converged on Okitipupa, the headquarters of the Senatorial District, for a peaceful protest with placards in their hands demanding the restoration of power to the area.
They asked the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to as a matter of urgency, restore electricity to their communities which they lamented have been without power for almost a year now.
The angry youths lamented the paralysed socio-economic activities, adding that the jobless able-bodied youths have turned to anti-social activities to make ends meet.
They claimed that while the Northern and Central Senatorial Districts of the state have considerable supply of power, their communities had been experiencing total darkness.
Leader of the protesting youths, Sayo Onikun, also decried the lack of infrastructure and basic amenities in the area, despite the fact that it produces the largest chunk of resources in Ondo State.
Some of the protesters Babatunde Olatimehin and Jerome Joshua attributed the high level of poverty in the senatorial district to lack of infrastructure and employment opportunities.
The youths posited that they have endured the suffering enough, adding that they want to live a comfortable life just like people in other parts of the state.
A fire incident in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, has claimed the lives of five members of a family.
According to an eyewitness, the fire broke out overnight in Lawanson area of the Nigerian commercial city.
The couple, grandmother, a little baby and a girl were killed by the fire.
The only survivor was rescued alive and is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
Due to the extent of the injuries, the survivor has not been able to communicate how the fire probably started.
As things stand now, the only thing we are certain of is the death toll which stands at five.
The location of the incident is 23, Michael Ogun Street, Lawanson, Lagos.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, said that the rescued girl was about 6 years old.
Mr Farinloye said that the police were making efforts to trace the immediate family to inform them of what had happened.
Within 24 hours, 12 fire incidents were recorded in Lagos State, a situation that the NEMA official said was human related.
“Averagely, in Lagos, we record not less than 10 fire incidents on a daily basis but in the last 24 hours the casualties have been very, very high.
“Mostly, the cause are human factor – carelessness, lack of safety consciousness, lack of proper handling of fire related materials which go out of hand, especially at odd times, exposing children and other vulnerable persons,” Mr Farinloye explained.
He urged Nigerians to ensure that anything that might lead to danger was properly taken care of.
“Take extreme caution when cooking, turn off all electrical appliances before going to bed, ensure that mobile phones are not left plugged and close to the pillow or foam around where you are sleeping or close to anything that is inflammable,” he advised.