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COVID-19: Oyo govt begins plans to support 10,000 farmers to ensure food security

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…as Gov continues palliative distribution

Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, continued the distribution of palliatives to the poorest of the poor in Ibadan metropolis, promising that the state government would equally provide support to 10,000 farmers to aid food security.

Governor Makinde, who conducted a symbolic distribution to households in Oke Ado, Foko, Oja-Oba and Oranyan areas within the metropolis, noted that the government would continue to support the vulnerable.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said the effort was in continuation of the distribution of palliatives to 90,000 households earlier kickstarted in Ibarapa zone.

The statement quoted the Executive Adviser to the governor on Agribusiness, Dr. Debo Akande, as saying that the distribution of palliatives in Ibadan marked the final stage of the first batch of the exedrcise.

He said: “For the first phase of the distribution, we started in Ibarapa and we have done many local governments and regions including Ogbomoso, Oyo, Oke-Ogun and this is the time to finalise the first batch of the distribution in the state. As we are all aware that Ibadan alone has the highest number of local governments and that shows the significance of what is done today.

“And, of course, if the governor started the distribution, there also has to be a final handing over of these palliatives to the people as well. So, that was exactly what happened today.

“I am aware that we will evaluate what we have done in the first phase. We understand how far we have gone, the impact it has made and this will guide our decision in terms of the distribution for the second one.

“This is a government that is data-driven. We want to understand where our strength lies, what we have learnt and, on the basis of that, I can assure you that from the feedback we have gotten from the analysis we have done so far has shown that this is a systematic approach of distribution of food to the right set of people, which we have their data.”

Akande maintained that with the conclusion of the Ibadan end of the palliatives, the government has provided support to 90,000 households across board, adding that the state will equally embark on the distribution of palliatives to 30,000 vulnerables and special interests in the society.

“Currently, we have done 90,000 households across board. We have another 30,000 which we will be doing afterwards and then we will be looking at what we have as resources to continue the batches of distribution as it were.

“The palliative measure is in two ways. The first is to distribute food, which we have done and will continue to do. The second one is equally germane as well and that is focused on the support for food security within the state.

“What His Excellency has done with several analysis and support from scientists and specialists in this area is that we will be supporting close to 10,000 farmers across the state with different kind of agricultural inputs, and that will be happening within the next one or two weeks to support this planting season.”

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COVID-19 Update by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Covid-19: Lagos discharge cases rises to 707 as 45 patients gets discharge

Lagos State has recorded the discharge of 45 fully recovered Covid-19 patients. This brings the total number of discharged cases in the state to 707.

This was disclosed by the state governor and incident commander for Covid-19, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu on Saturday while giving Covid-19 update for the state.

He urged all to take responsibility in ensuring safety for self and for all.

He said:

Good people of Lagos,

“I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 45 fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 22 females and 23 males, all Nigerians were discharged to join the society.

“The patients; 19 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Agidingbi, 7 from Lekki, 1 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 7 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

“With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities has risen to 707.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a #COVID19FreeLagos #ForAGreaterLagos.”

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Is all well with Mr President? – Nigerians react as Buhari prays sitting, without face mask

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Nigerians have taken to social media platforms especially Twitter to ask what exactly may be the problem with President Muhammadu Buhari as pictures surfaced online of him sitting while observing the Eid-il-fitri prayers.

The president was also seen without a mask as a one of the precautionary measures to guard against the novel and deadly Covid-19.

The photograph showed the president sitting on a chair without a mask while his aides with masks sat on a mat as expected by the tenets of Islam in observing prayers.

This has triggered controversies on why the president had to disregard the teachings of Islam by sitting on a chair.

While some explained that there are some exceptions in Islam that exempts one to sit while praying, others believed all may not be well with Mr President.

Read some reactions below:

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Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji is dead

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has reacted to the death of the Commissioner for Environment in the state, Solomon Ogunji, who reportedly gave up the ghost on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

The commissioner as disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, had died at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba yesterday.

Given an update on the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Umuahia, Kalu revealed that the deceased pass away after a brief illness relating to High blood pressure.

Reacting to the commissioner’s death, Governor Ikpeazu expressed his sadness and shock over the news which he described as unfortunate.

Ikpeazu commiserates with the family, friends and well-wishers, praying that God will give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.

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