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COVID-19: Gov. Uzodinma Raises Alarm, Seeks Presidential Intervention

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COVID-19: Gov. Uzodinma Raises Alarm, Seeks Presidential Intervention
Gov. Hope Uzodinma, Imo State

Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo has raised alarm over what he described as devastating effects of the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic in Imo, calling for urgent presidential intervention to check the menace.

Uzodinma made the call while addressing State House correspondents at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.

“The number of people testing positive and dying now is on the increase and the State Government alone cannot, as a matter of honesty, summon the capacity and resources to address this menace (COVID-19).

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“So, I also pleaded and Mr President has promised that he would intervene,” he said.

Gov. Uzodinma disclosed that already he had signed an Executive Order meant to check the spread of the deadly virus in Imo, saying the State Government had introduced sanctions for people refusing to wear a face mask in compliance with the Presidential Task Force’s protocols on COVID-19.

According to him, a Task Force on COVID-19 has been put in place in the state and measures are being taken to reduce the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of all citizens.

Uzodinma said“A few days ago I issued an Executive Order to make not wearing mask a crime in Imo State. So, any moment from now, we will begin to arrest people refusing to wear a mask.

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“I have given a 14-day ultimatum for those coming into Imo to wear their face mask and comply with NCDC protocol or be arrested.

“I have created six mobile courts to handle that. We don’t joke. It is better we offend people than to allow this disease to continue to spread in Imo State.

“I have in place a Task Force on COVID-19 chaired by Prof. Maurice Iwu, the former Chairman of INEC, and they have done well.

“We have in place four isolation centres, fully equipped and the government partnering with the private sector has also equipped an additional isolation centre at the University Teaching Hospital Orlu.

“But the number is growing daily and those testing positive are also on the increase. So I think we need to prepare more grounds; build more isolation centres, get more medications, get oxygen and also try to have respiratory support equipment for those who have difficulty in breathing after they have been infected.”

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Gov. Hope Uzodinma frowned at the attitude of some Nigerians who deliberately refused to comply with non-pharmaceutical protocols so as to check the spread of the virus.

“It’s not easy honestly, because, knowing the attitude of our people, they are so stubborn, you continue to plead with them to see reason with you because you can only be stubborn if you are alive.

“We’ve seen how people are dying every day, everywhere, even in Imo because of this ugly monster called COVID-19.

“So, our people are invited through this medium to please respect and comply with NCDC protocols for this COVID-19, so that at least we will be alive,’’ he added.

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Gov. Ganduje Approves N2.5bn For The Purchase Of Mass Transit Buses

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Gov. Ganduje Approves N2.5bn For The Purchase Of Mass Transit Buses
Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State

The Kano State Government has approved N2.5 billion for the purchase of Mass Transit Buses to ease the movement of people in the state.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this on Monday in Kano during an interactive session with newsmen to mark Democracy Day.

According to him, “the purchase will be done through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). We have identified some routes which will be designated for the buses.”

READ ALSO: Oyo Govt. Approves N9.3bn For Purchase Of 106 Mass Transit Buses

Ganduje said that the government is trying to introduce the mass transit system in addition to a light rail project, for which it has signed an agreement with a private company for the construction.

“We have appealed to the Federal Government and a Chinese bank and they have approved a loan for the light rail project,” he said.

The governor also said that the foundation stone for the light rail project would be laid before the end of 2021.

“It will take a long process and the incoming governor will continue from where we stopped, he said.

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Deltans To Jihadists: If You Feel Upset Over Ban, Go To Court, Not War

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Deltans To Jihadists: If You Feel Upset Over Ban, Go To Court, Not War

Igbo residents in Delta have expressed their support for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa over the ban on open grazing across the state.

Mr. Peter Chukwu, the Ezendigbo in Delta Central and Southern Districts, gave the support while addressing newsmen on Monday in Warri after leading a delegation of the Igbo community to the Palace of Olu of Warri on a condolence visit to the Itsekiris over the transition of the immediate past Olu, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

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The Igbo leader urged herdsmen threatening anarchy in Delta following the ban, to embrace peace.

He said that the Southern governors’ position on the ban on open grazing is constitutional.

“Whoever feels agitated should approach the court of law to seek redress rather than engaging in self-help or anarchy.

“These times call for open reflection, peace, and dialogue rather than beating war drums. We will never forget where we are coming from,” he said.

Chukwu described late Ikenwoli as a peace-loving and cool-headed royal father who fostered good relationships with the various ethnic groups in the state, including the Igbos.

He appealed to the Olu-designate, Omoba Tsola Emiko, to emulate Ikenwoli to sustain his good legacies.

The funeral rites of the late Ikenwoli will begin with a commendation service on June 18 in Warri, while the installation of the 21st Olu of Warri is slated for Aug. 21.

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Fears In Delta As ‘Fulani Jihadists’ Threaten To Wreck Havoc

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Fears In Delta As 'Fulani Jihadists' Threaten To Wreck Havoc

Residents of Asaba, Delta State capital, have been thrown into confusion, following a threat letter by Fulani jihadists to attack the capital city over Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the ban on open grazing in the southern part of the country.

The threat letter, which was pasted in some parts of the state, including the premises of Living Faith Bible Church (aka Winners Chapel), Infant Jesus Road in Asaba, the Fulani jihadists vowed to carry out their threat if Okowa does not withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing within 72 hours.

The Fulani fundamentalists in the letter, entitled “Fulani Jihadist Warning: An Open Message of 2 Paragraphs To Delta State.”

It reads: “This is to inform Delta State that the Fulanis of Usman Dan Fodio leadership shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing, for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria and West Africa and sub-Sahara.

“We, hereby, ask the governor of Delta State to immediately withdraw his earlier stand on the ban of open grazing in 17 regions in not less than 72 hours from the above date and also withdraw his position as the leading voice of the governors, even before the hosting of the South-South, South-East and South-South governors meeting in Asaba.

“Failure to adhere to this demand for being the host of the 17 governors, Delta State, most likely the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage.

“We take responsibility for the detonated explosive uncovered in the state secretariat, which should serve as warning to the Delta State government for what is to come, should the governor fail to abide by our demand.

“We advise all Fulanis and northerners, including the security personnel, to leave Delta State as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land. For failure of the governor to adhere to our call, this shall leave us with no choice.”

This threat is coming weeks after governors of the 17 southern states met in Asaba, the state capital, where they banned open grazing of cattle in the region, which was rejected by the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who claimed the decision of the governors violates the rights of herdsmen to free movement.

Newsrand, however, understands that the Nigerian constitution only guarantees the free movement of persons, but not of livestock.

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