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Covid-19: FG Close Down Recreational Parks In FCT



Covid-19: FG Close Down Recreational Parks In FCT

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it is mounting surveillance at recreational parks within the territory to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Mr. Ikharo Attah, the Head, Media and Publicity of FCT Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Enforcement, disclosed this on Wednesday during a monitoring exercise at the Abuja Millennium Park.

Attah said the administration won’t lose its guard on the control of the ravaging virus.

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He noted that while the residents, especially the celebrating Muslims have the right to enjoy the holiday with a full recreational compliment, the administration had the responsibility to maintain a healthy environment.

He said that while compliance with the COVID-19 protocols was appreciable at the city center, it was a far cry at the satellite towns and most interior areas.

“From what we saw on Tuesday at the Mosques during the prayers, there was compliance, particularly at the main city Mosques.

“We saw few washing points and people using hand sanitizers, but in the suburbs, it may not be the same,” he said.

“The Unity Fountain is locked, Millennium and Jabi parks are also locked.

“FCT Commissioner of Police has also helped by ordering Divisional Police Officers to ensure that no parks are opened in their areas.

“The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has appealed to residents to help in the fight against COVID-19, especially the dreaded 3rd wave.

“The minister is ready to open up completely, once we are able to overcome the virus,” Attah assured.

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PDP Crisis: Wike Clears The Air On Lawsuit Against Atiku



PDP Crisis: Wike Clears The Air On Lawsuit Against Atiku

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has denied filing a lawsuit against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Wike disclosed this while giving a speech at the commissioning of House of Assembly Quarters in Port Harcourt, adding that it was a mere plot by Atiku’s group.

“People have called me that I went to court against Atiku Abubakar. He said.

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“I want to state categorically that I didn’t go to court. I want to say it for Nigerians to know. I have kept quiet. I am busy delivering the dividends of democracy.

“If they lose the election, nobody should call my name. I have told the candidate,

“If I wanted to go to court, I would have gone to court within two weeks.

“It is the candidate’s group that is doing all these things. Let the world hear. They are plotting all these things, thinking they will spoil my name.

“We are supposed to be talking about winning an election.”

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Zulum Appoints Mshelia As New Head Of Healthcare Agency, Others



Zulum Appoints Mshelia As New Head Of Healthcare Agency, Others

The Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has appointed Dr. Lawu Auta Mshelia as the new head of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA).

He revealed this appointment in a statement, made public via his social media, also appointing Abba Kyari as Borno State Rural Electrification Board’s General Manager.

The statement read;

“Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the appointments of Dr. Lawu Auta Mshelia as Acting Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) and Engr Abba Kyari, as General Manager of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB).

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“The appointments were announced by the Governor’s Spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in a statement issued on Thursday from Maiduguri.

“Engr Kyari is moving from being director of electrical engineering at the Ministry of Housing and Energy to becoming GM of REB, following the retirement of the former GM, Engr Jacob Taru Katambi in February 2022.

“On his part, Dr. Mshelia will be replacing Dr. Goni Abba at the Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“The Agency’s outgoing E.D, Dr. Goni Abba, is to assume a new office as Director of Public Health at the Borno State Ministry of Health, which is the office Dr. Mshelia is leaving, Gusau explained in the statement.

“Governor Zulum, the statement noted, deeply appreciates the services of the outgoing ED and urges him to deploy his experience, especially the one gained from the SPHCDA to the State Ministry of Health towards enhanced public health services to for the well-being of Borno’s people.

On Mshelia:

“Dr. Lawi Auta Mshelia, a 60-year-old public health specialist hails from Hawul Local Government Area in Borno State.

“He holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Royal Tropical Institute, KIT in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“He holds MBBS from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, after attending Federal Government College Odogbolu in Ogun State.

“An author of research publications on some infectious diseases and other aspects of public health, Dr. Mshelia has attended courses with certificates on different aspects of public health in countries in Europe, East Africa, West Africa, and South-Central Africa.

“He also attended numerous public health courses across Nigeria.

“Dr. Mshelia has in addition to his routine responsibilities at the Ministry of Health, chaired and served as a member of several committees which bothered public health care over the years.

On Engr Kyari:

“58-year-old Kyari hails from Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

“A member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Kyari holds a bachelor’s Degree (B.Eng) in Electrical Electronics from the University of Maiduguri and a National Diploma in Electrical Electronics from Ramat Polytechnic. He attended Government Day Secondary School, Monguno, and Monguno Central Primary School.

“The new GM has gained substantial experience from over 30 years of services from his earliest position as Assistant Technical Officer and later Chief Technical Officer at the former Ministry of Works and Housing from 1990 to 2007 before he became director of electrical engineering services at the Ministry of Housing and Energy in 2007.

“Engr Kyari has attended courses related to electrical engineering within Nigeria.

“Governor Zulum congratulates the new General Manager of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB) and Acting Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), and urges them to give their very best to the service of Borno people, Gusau concluded in the statement.

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Ebonyi South Senatorial Primaries: Umahi Vows To Contest, Dismisses Eze’s Claim



Ebonyi South Senatorial Primaries: Umahi Vows To Contest, Dismisses Eze's Claim

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has assured his participation in fresh Ebonyi South senatorial primaries while dismissing Ann Agom-Eze’s claim.

Disclosing this in a statement, the Governor’s media aide, Chooks Okoh stated that the runner-up is trying to garner cheap sympathy for her loss.

“The attention of Ebonyi state Governor has once again been drawn to the bizarre antics of Mrs. Ann Agom Eze in her quest to keep deceiving the public and gain unmerited sympathy in a bogus attempt to fly the APC flag as the candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone. The statement read.

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“While the society was still grappling with her perjury tantrums to a revered court of law, she is again employing primitive tactics and resorting to crude self-help in a bid to clinch a mandate she has no claim to, anyhow.

“In a most provocative and highly contemptuous letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Mrs. Agom Eze went hallucinating about an imaginary court procedure and how it will end, raising disparaging insinuations against the governor in the process.

“The Governor would have ignored the letter and its puerile contents but for the fact that silence is thought to mean consent in our society.

“The general public is enjoined to disregard these deliberate concoctions and misleading rants from a woman who had sought to represent a people got rejected but is now bent on showing them the rough edges they would have gotten from her.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Umahi is ready for the Ebonyi South Senatorial APC rerun elections set for Sunday, 31st July 2022 where he hopes to receive the nod of his party to stand in the 2023 elections as their candidate in that senatorial zone.

“The general public, and the judiciary, in particular, are enjoined to disregard and totally ignore the veiled blackmail and an attempt to be a senatorial candidate by hook or crook instead of through known standards.”

On the 28th of May, The All Progressive Congress(APC) held primaries for the Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

David Umahi’s brother, Austine, won the primaries, with Mrs. finishing second as she appealed to the High Court, as a judgment of fresh primaries was passed.

Umahi was declared winner, unopposed in the second primary after his younger brother, Austine withdrew as the candidate of the party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, had last Friday, disqualified Governor Umahi and averred that Agom-Eze, who was the second runner-up in the May 28, 2022 primaries, be allowed to contest the 2023 senatorial election.

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