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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

…Orders reinforcement of 12 midnight to 4am curfew

…Shuts down colleges shut

…Bans live shows, carnivals, avenue events

…Night time Golf equipment to stay shut

..Guidelines out potential lockdown once more

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Amid nervousness of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and the rising instances of sufferers in current occasions, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, expressed his considerations, saying the state couldn’t afford to lose the positive factors in addition to calm down the battle towards the pandemic within the state.

Recall that Sanwo-Olu went into isolation after being examined constructive for the Coronavirus.

Sanwo-Olu, who can also be recovering from the virus, introduced his secure well being situation in a press release he personally signed, expressing gratitude to all effectively wishers with assurance to get again quickly to his regular official work.

The assertion learn partly: “Concerning my well being, I’m glad to tell you that I get higher by the day, and all will certainly be effectively. I thank Lagosians for his or her prayers and overwhelming form ideas. I’m, certainly, very grateful.

“I’ve simply risen from a digital Govt Council assembly on points across the resurgence of COVID-19 and the way we should always sort out this severe matter.

“The Lagos State Authorities has sadly observed that there’s an unlucky public notion that we have now seen the tip of the COVID-19 pandemic; that the worst is over. That is completely mistaken and harmful.

“We’re getting credible studies that the leisure business is planning massive gatherings, live shows, avenue events and carnivals, within the spirit of the Yuletide. Night time Golf equipment have additionally re-opened in reckless disregard of the present tips, and Occasions Facilities are working with big gatherings with none regard for public well being and security tips.

“This similar disregard for Coronavirus tips can also be being noticed with Locations of Worship throughout the State, in each their common gatherings and the particular gatherings organized to commemorate this Season.

“This overwhelming non-compliance with tips meant to maintain us all protected may be very disheartening, particularly after we contemplate that the message on the coronary heart of Christmas is one in all sacrifice and sacrificial conduct; embodied by the Holy Bible in John 3:16: “For God so cherished the world, that he gave his solely Son, that whoever believes in him mustn’t perish however have everlasting life.”

“Christmas is a commemoration of this supreme act of sacrifice by God. The least we will do on this Season is to emulate that spirit of sacrifice, by abiding with tough however essential protecting tips, for the larger good of all of us.

“That is definitely not the time to decrease our guard towards the Coronavirus; it’s as a substitute time to step up our battle towards this cussed virus that has gripped the world for a number of months now.”

Talking on the nervousness over second wave of the virus, Sanwo-Olu, mentioned, ” Lagos State is recording a rise in COVID-19 instances in all native governments. This isn’t peculiar to Lagos alone; the whole nation can also be seeing an uptick within the numbers of confirmed instances of the Coronavirus illness.

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“Of each 100 checks that we now carry out, a mean of 10 turn into constructive. This is a rise from the 5 per hundred recorded in September, however decrease than our peak in August which was between 20 and 30 per hundred.

“This means the existence of lively group transmission, and represents the very seemingly chance of the emergence of a second wave in Lagos State.

“This second wave requires a full re-awakening of warning and precaution. The complacency that crept in over the previous couple of months because of our early interventions when instances began to say no from our peak in August, should now give option to an abundance of vigilance.”

Staff to work at home

Sanwo-Olu directed all civil servants within the state from Grade Stage 14 and under to begin working from dwelling efficient December 21, 2020.

He additionally directed that each one live shows, carnivals,  deliberate within the state be cancelled. He additionally directed all evening golf equipment to shut down with instant results whereas warning non secular organizations to strictly adhere with Covid-19 procedures and guarantee their providers don’t exceed 2hrs, in addition to operates at 50 per cent capability.

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He continued, “We’re ramping up testing, we have now now not too long ago surpassed the three,000 checks per day mark, and we are going to maintain elevating this quantity. To date, we have now carried out 197,000 checks in Lagos State of which 26,000 have been recognized constructive for COVID-19. Sadly, we have now misplaced 226 individuals (Could their souls relaxation in peace).

“It is very important be aware that Lagos already checks way over some other State, accounting for 25 p.c of the whole numbers examined nationwide. It needs to be reiterated that Testing within the designated public amenities stays free in Lagos State

“Authorities doesn’t cost for Covid-19 Exams in its Testing Facilities. The one take a look at facilities the place there’s a cost are the personal ones, and these are for intending vacationers and in addition those that search to know their standing for some purpose or the opposite.

“The vast majority of sufferers are electing to isolate at dwelling, however our public isolation facilities – of which the Infectious Ailments Hospital,  IDH in Yaba is the flagship – proceed to stay open to sufferers.

“We’re working laborious to make sure that all of the provides and consumables required are continuously made obtainable, and we encourage all individuals who’ve examined constructive and are exhibiting signs to hunt care in our Isolation Facilities.

“Let me additionally sound a be aware of warning to all personal testing amenities which are complicit within the allegations of colluding with people to challenge faux Covid-19 Check Outcomes. We now have zero tolerance for this type of felony conduct, and won’t hesitate to prosecute anyone discovered culpable, along with shutting down the offending laboratories.

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“We can not afford one other lockdown of the financial system. Amid an financial recession we should discover a option to delicately stability the imperatives of life and livelihood. With this in thoughts, the one answer obtainable to us is to take accountability for all our actions, and to grasp that we should keep protected not just for ourselves however for the sake of the whole society.

“The information we have now – we attempt to make sure that our selections are as data-driven as potential – doesn’t warrant the introduction of a drastic lockdown; we will obtain lots just by modifying our conduct in different methods: lowering the dimensions of gatherings, complying with containment protocols, and making use of widespread sense.

“The Lagos State Authorities is now sounding a transparent be aware of warning to all residents on the significance of sustaining the rules that we have now put in place to guard us from the ravages of COVID-19.

“We can not afford a reversal of the positive factors we have now made towards this pandemic. ”

Public well being directives

Sanwo-Olu, mentioned the next measures have to be famous and complied with with reference to public well being: “All public servants from GL 14 and under, besides emergency employees and first responders, are to work at home as from Monday, December 21st for the subsequent 14 days – within the first occasion.

“All colleges should shut down with instant impact, and till additional discover.

“Live shows, carnivals and avenue events are banned in Lagos State till additional discover.

“Night time Golf equipment haven’t been allowed to open but. All Night time Golf equipment in Lagos should instantly shut down, till additional discover.

” The midnight to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Authorities stays in place.

“The protocol of ‘No Masks No Entry’ have to be enforced by all public locations: Workplaces, Companies, Markets, Outlets, and so forth.

“All Locations of Worship (Church buildings, Mosques, and many others.) should be certain that no gathering exceeds two hours, and in addition that no gathering exceeds 50% of the utmost capability of the Venue.

” All Occasion Planners should acquire prior clearance from the Lagos State Security Fee ( for all occasions, and be certain that any deliberate gatherings don’t exceed 300 individuals.

“The place the capability of a Venue exceeds 300 and permission has been granted, the occupancy shall not be greater than 50% of such a venue.

“Ample air flow should even be maintained always in all Venues, and Deep cleansing of the premises have to be carried out earlier than and after each occasion.

“A minimal of two meters’ distance needs to be maintained between seated or standing company.

“All company and repair suppliers at occasions MUST put on nostril masks/coverings earlier than entry.

“Hand sanitizers or hand washing items are to be positioned on the entry level and varied spots throughout the corridor, amongst different security measures.

“Company and repair suppliers with excessive temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned again and referred to paramedics or the emergency response crew that have to be current.

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“Well being, Security and Setting Officers have to be current in any respect public gatherings (Spiritual or Social) and have to be educated in fundamental first assist procedures.

“All Occasions’ Workers should even be educated on recognising COVID-19 signs.

“The Security Fee has been directed to go to Occasion Centres and gauge compliance with the established tips, to cease the virus from spreading. If there’s proof of lack of compliance at any Occasion Centre, it will likely be shut down instantly.

“Safety brokers have been mandated to make sure full enforcement, with out exception. Nobody will probably be deemed to be above the legislation.

“Any and all breaches of those rules and public well being protocols will result in instant closure in addition to entice heavy fines, and some other sanctions and penalties deemed match, in keeping with the Lagos State Infectious Ailments Management Regulation 2020.

“We’ll proceed to intently watch the profile of the unfolding scenario, whereas additionally awaiting updates and pronouncements from the Presidential Activity Power on COVID-19.

“We will even maintain working with the Presidential Activity Power to make sure that the positive factors of the current previous are usually not frittered away on the altar of festivities and sheer carelessness. The lives of all Lagosians, together with our elders and different susceptible residents, matter.

“Sustaining the rules of non-pharmaceutical interventions and measures which are effectively documented methods for interrupting the unfold of the illness in our society that are:

“Social distancing, a minimal of two meters aside.

“The sporting of face masks always in public locations.

“Upkeep of non-public and respiratory hygiene – common handwashing / sanitizing, coughing or sneezing right into a tissue and correctly disposing.

“Presentation for testing at our quite a few private and non-private testing amenities when you expertise any of the COVID-19 signs.

“Isolation both at dwelling or in any of our Remedy Centres if recognized constructive forCOVID-19.

“These measures characterize the one option to maintain the curve flattened and stop a full-blown second wave from creating in Lagos.

“Allow us to use this festive season to spend high quality time in small however managed gatherings with household and mates within the spirit of the season.

“This virus doesn’t discriminate. We should take accountability, and never deal with this pandemic with levity.

“We is not going to hesitate to deliver the complete weight of the legislation to bear on any individual or group caught breaching our public well being rules and protocols close to the Coronavirus illness.”

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FG to carry again Saudi deportees quickly, says PTF




FG to bring back Saudi deportees soon, says PTF
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The Federal Authorities has opened diplomatic channels on the plight of Nigerians awaiting deportation from Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha mentioned this on the Presidential Process Power on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Mustapha, the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19  mentioned that “Nigeria is presently working with the federal government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the deportation of 600 Nigerians.”

He mentioned that the deportees have been anticipated to reach in two batches on Jan. 28 and 29  and could be quarantined for 14 days in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.

The Information Company of Nigeria(NAN) studies that the affected Nigerians have been reportedly arrested by Saudi authorities as a result of they’d stayed past their permits.

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Sunday Igboho and the specter of battle




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By Femi Fani-Kayode

FOR troopers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen again to a neighborhood in Ogun State from which they had been earlier evicted after which to publicly whip members of that neighborhood for evicting them merely beggars perception. Have the folks of the South West now turn into slaves of their fathers’ land? Have we lastly been conquered and occupied?

It’s completely mind-blowing. It’s depraved. It’s evil. It’s unacceptable. How way more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the folks of the South West anticipated to take? Troopers are whipping our folks like canines on the street with the intention to reinstate these which are killing, raping and maiming them?

Is our Military a Nigerian Military or a Fulani Military? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the legislation? Is the Presidency a Nigerian Presidency or a Fulani Presidency? Why do they at all times converse out in defence of killer herdsmen and by no means for his or her victims? It is just when you might have met somebody whose entire household has been raped and butchered by Fulani herdsmen that you’ll know or admire what’s going on within the South West.

It has turn into a each day incidence.

They’ve kidnapped, maimed and slaughtered conventional rulers, businessmen, politicians, elder-statesmen, farmers, artesans, lecturers, lecturers, college students, artists, pure-water sellers, market ladies, hairdressers, the wealthy, the poor, ladies, youngsters and so many others, together with the gorgeous daughter of Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the chief of Afenifere.

For Miyetti Allah, the ACF, the NEF or anybody else to say that the Fulani “personal all of the land in Nigeria” and that we’re “being provocative”, “beating the drums of battle” and “asking for a second civil battle” by calling for the arrest and eviction of the killer herdsmen and murderous thugs from our land is insulting and provocative.

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Solely the ignorant, cowardly and uninformed speak like that. Solely these which are secretly behind the carnage, that revenue from it and that despatched the herdsmen to unleash terror on us can say such issues.

The Structure doesn’t grant the Fulani or anybody else the precise to commit homicide in Nigeria or to show the South West into their killing fields. The Structure doesn’t regard Yoruba blood as being cheaper than others and neither does it prescribe that the Yoruba persons are to be handled like sacrificial lambs and killed at will.

Some Yoruba leaders need to be president or vp in 2023 and are, subsequently, ready to maintain quiet and tolerate this garbage that’s being performed to our folks. I’m not a type of leaders. Nothing on this world could make me commerce within the blood and lives of my folks. Nothing will make me flip a blind eye to their sufferings or betray them.

For me, my folks come first and politics or political expediency comes a distant second. I’ll converse the reality irrespective of the implications, it doesn’t matter what it prices me and irrespective of whose ox is gored.

And the reality is that Chief Sunday Igboho, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Afenifere, Professor Akintoye, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, SOKAPU, the Southern and Center Belt Leaders Discussion board, SMBLF, and all the opposite people and our bodies which have spoken out in opposition to the murderous actions of the herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere are proper.

And people who have supported or tried to rationalise the legal behaviour of the killers within the title of political correctness or political expediency are treacherous, shameless and irresponsible.

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In case you are a Yoruba man and also you need to be president or vp I ponder whose affairs will you be presiding over and who will you lead or symbolize on the nationwide degree if all of your Yoruba folks have already been killed?

Quickly we will begin calling the collaborators and cowards out by title. You betray your individual only for assist, acceptance and promotion from Northerners whereas no Northerner price his salt will ever promote his personal folks out for you? Nothing might be extra reprehensible than that.

Shakespeare wrote ‘cowards die many occasions earlier than their demise’ and Soyinka wrote ‘the person dies in him who stays silent within the face of tyranny and injustice’. They had been each proper. The person has died in too lots of our leaders at this time and the time to talk out is now. All of us must take a cue from Igboho. Sufficient is sufficient. An excessive amount of blood has been shed and too many lives have been taken by these herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere. They kill within the North, the Center Belt, the South-South, the South East and all over the place else they usually do it with out regret and with whole impunity.

Peace-loving and law-abiding Fulanis are welcome within the South West however people who kill, steal, rape and destroy should depart they usually have to be delivered to justice by the authorities. If this doesn’t occur count on many extra Igbohos to stand up.

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The Buhari administration are complicit in these crimes and on this ethnic cleaning, mass homicide and genocide. I say they’re complicit as a result of they’ve refused to disarm the perpetrators, arrest them or deliver them to justice even though it’s their constitutional responsibility to take action.

They’ve failed to take care of legislation and order and to guard the lives and property of the Nigerian folks they usually proceed to pamper and encourage the killer herdsmen.

The Presidency not speaks for the Nigerian folks however just for Miyetti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it doesn’t matter what they are saying they are going to by no means change.

Chief Fani-Kayode, a political chief and former minister, wrote from Lagos

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SON seeks coverage to repatriate substandard items




SON seeks policy to repatriate substandard goods
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The Requirements Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged the federal authorities to think about a coverage geared toward returning substandard items to international locations of origin to spice up shoppers’ confidence and strengthen worldwide commerce.

Mallam Farouk Salim, SON’s Director-Basic, mentioned, at an enforcement train on Monday, the coverage would tackle the preponderance of imported faux and substandard items within the nation.

Salim famous that an association to return items with no financial worth to international locations notable for producing substandard items was well timed and important.

“One association I’d like to have is the power to return substandard items again to nation of origin, whereas additionally paying again the importers of the merchandise in the event that they have been wrongly deceived.

“Nevertheless, a state of affairs the place the importer was not deceived, we’d prosecute the importer.

“We’ll assist any nation to prosecute any producer or importer with their very own legal guidelines over there, however that legislation to my data just isn’t but in place, I’ll positively wish to attraction to the related authorities sooner or later to place such enabling legislation in place,” he mentioned.

The SON DG revealed plans to destroy over N300 million value of substandard fuel cylinders and tyres.

In line with him, the merchandise failed to satisfy the minimal requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Normal (NIS) and, subsequently, weren’t secure for consumption by the general public.

Salim mentioned the company was additionally growing its surveillance and intelligence to checkmate the inflow of substandard items, whereas restating its dedication to zero tolerance for substandard items.

“We’re destroying these items in an environmentally pleasant approach as a result of we don’t need to pollute the surroundings and we additionally should make sure that the whole lot recyclable can be recycled correctly.

”We’re taking a look at N300 million value of products to be destroyed and that is simply an estimate.

“About six containers of tyres have been stuffed into one another and for the cylinders, we intercepted them from a number of sources.

“We nonetheless have extra merchandise ready for courtroom orders to be destroyed as a result of we can’t on our personal destroy them,” he added.

Salim harassed the requirements physique’s preparedness to make sure the passage of solely items that met the minimal necessities following the graduation of the African Continental Free Commerce Settlement (AfCFTA).

“When it comes to the AfCFTA, we’re ready so far as standardising is anxious.

“We’re prepared for any state of affairs whether or not from Africa or different continents the world over,” he mentioned.

Additionally talking, SON’s Compliance Director, Engr. Obiora Manafa, mentioned the company was poised to intensifying its sensitisation programmes to teach Nigerians on the destructive impact of substandard merchandise in 2021.

“The sensitisation campaigns had to date yielded constructive outcomes in line with the feedbacks of many market organisations on the processes,” he mentioned.

Mr Charles Amudipe, Assistant Director, Head of Enforcement, Lagos Workplace, Nigeria Copyright Fee (NCC), mentioned each the SON and the NCC would proceed to strengthen their partnership to make sure the protection of Nigerian shoppers.

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