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The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, is dead. Aged 65. Family sources revealed that Dr Adegbenro died at Federal Medical Centre, Owo, after a brief illness. FELLOW PRESS...

Seyitan who accused D’banj of rape was not detained — Police

The Nigerian police has denied detaining Seyitan Babatayo, the lady who accused singer, D'banj, of rape. A police source who spoke to Vanguard, said D’banj reported on three separate occasions at FCID for interrogation and statement, while Seyitan repeatedly refused to show up. Her alleged non-appearance led to the prompt dispatch of officers by the Force CID to Lagos, to invite her for written statement and interrogation on the alleged rape incident. The police source insisted that there might be a mix up by the legal representative of Seyitan over claims of being arrested and detained by Police operatives at Ikeja in Lagos for 24 hours. The security official insisted that the alleged rape victim was only invited to give her written statement and also to be interrogated as it was necessary for her to come forward to give a statement to back up her accusation.

Covid-19: Oyo Govt releases guidelines for schools resumption

The Oyo state government has announced some important guidelines which schools are expected to follow to ensure a smooth resumption in the state. The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye who made the announcement on Wednesday July 1, said school heads, principals and teachers have undergone training on how to monitor and report any suspected case of Coronavirus. An Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) has been set up in the State capital and at the zonal levels. Incident Managers have also been appointed for each school in the state, and they are expected to report any emergency directly to the EOCs through special communication lines. Each class will also have Warder whose obligation is to relate with the Incident Managers on his or her observations. Schools in the state must also observe compulsory hand-washing points at its entrances and at the entrance of each classroom. Alcohol-based sanitizers must also be provided for students and teachers. Olusunkanmi said; “Throughout last week, what we have been doing was to train school heads and teachers of public and private schools, preparing them for this task of taking firm control of preventing the spread of Covid-19 into our schools as we resume. “Each school has been mandated to strictly enforce social distancing and observe other protocols against Covid-19 among teachers and students as laid down by NCDC. “Students are to come to school with their facemasks and follow instructions on the guidelines from the management, these are imperative the government cannot lock down forever and education is an aspect of life that should not be allowed to suffer backwardness. “I can boldly tell you that with these measures in place, the children are more safer with us in school than even many homes, imagine situations whereby students are asked to go to private lessons that provided no safety...

COVID-19: Government guildlines qualifies fully as persecution of Christians, says Oyakhilome

Reverend Chris Oyakhilome, senior pastor of Christ Embassy, has once again kicked against the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the government for religious gatherings. Speaking during a live sermon on Wednesday, July 1, the clergyman said what is happening to churches with regards to the guidelines qualifies fully as persecution. In his words ''What is happening to Christians and Churches qualifies fully as persecution because in many countries, many states and many cities, people are allowed to go to the shops, market places, crowded places for hours without wearing a mask. Nobody cares about social distancing...and yet we have those who have the audacity and the foolishness to go into churches and say they are monitoring churches because the virus only attacks people who go to church'' He said the regulation is just for a certain time as the Church would not tolerate it for too long.

Kwara sets up post-COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Kwara State Government has inaugurated a seven-member Committee on Action Recovery Economic Stimulus Programme (CARES), to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses. Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, who inaugurating the committee said it was aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee, which is a World Bank-backed initiative, was inaugurated on Wednesday in Ilorin. The members of the committee are the Commissioner for Finance and Planning/Team Lead (CARES), Mrs Oyeyemi Olasumbo, the Commissioner for Enterprise, Mr Femi Agbaje, the Technical Assistant on Agriculture to the Governor, Abdulqowiy Olododo, the Senior Special Assistant on Non-Governmental Affairs, Mr Oloruntoyosi Thomas. Others are KWASSIP’s Anchor, Mohammed Brimah, the Head of Irrigation/Water Resources, MARD, Dr Busari Isiaka; and the Acting State Project Coordinator of FADAMA, Adam Abdullahi. The governor, who was represented at the inauguration by the finance commissioner, called for diligence and dedication while carrying out the assignment. He said that the mandate of the committee was to fashion out ways to protect livelihoods and food security for the poor and vulnerable families. He added that the CARES was to facilitate quick recovery of local economic activities through increased cash transfers, food security and food supply chains for poor households, and enhance the capabilities of MSEs in the state. NAN reports that the CARES Programme is a World Bank-assisted programme for results targeted at existing and newly vulnerable households, their food supply chains, and micro and small enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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