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The State Government has stated that the ban on commercial motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) in metropolis will not be reversed.

Deputy Gov. Obafemi Hamzat, in a statement on Friday, said this was because the government was determined to reduce accidents and vices associated.

Hamzat noted that the ban would promote security of lives and that the decision was taken after evaluating the rate of crime and accidents recorded.

He said: “It is not to punish anybody or restrict people from doing certain jobs; the reality is that people are dying, security of our children is being compromised, and the government must act.

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“What this administration is doing is just to enforce the law that the of Assembly passed which must have been vigorously scrutinised.

“The ban is in accordance with the Lagos State Transport Reform Law of 2012. The law that has been in existence since 2012.

“The law says that commercial motorcycles and tricycles are restrained from plying major highways, certain roads and all bridges,” he said.

“The law was revisited due to the scary figures of fatal accidents in the state as against the claims that the ban was targeted at anyone or group.

“We have 27 general hospitals in Lagos and close to 3,000 private hospitals.

“Using the statistics from the general hospitals alone, an average of 28 deaths related to okada are recorded monthly. It is therefore important for us as a government to act.”

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Hamzat noted that said motorcycles and tricycles were being used by some unpatriotic citizens as tools for crime such as theft and drug trafficking.

He said that the modes of transportation were becoming avenues to commit crimes and the government would not wait until major disasters would happen before acting.

“We get calls through our emergency control centres as early as 6:00a.m. from people going to who are being robbed and harassed through motorcycles,” the deputy added.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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All Nigerians Should Get Tested For COVID-19 ― PTF

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THE Presidential Task on COVID-19 has r e c o m m e n d e d testing of all Nigerians as a way to track the prevalence of COVID-19 infection and understand how to tackle it. This is at it says that it has increased testing capacity by establishing more sample collection centres around the country to enable more citizens to get tested.

The chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who stated these at its briefing in Abuja on Monday said: “As we progress in this phase and acknowledge that testing capacity has to be increased, we encourage as many Nigerians as possible to get tested as we have expanded the network of sample collection centres.

“In Abuja, a sample collection centre has been set up at Thisday Dome and all government hospitals in the Federal  Capital  Territory (FCT) have been designated as sample collection centres.” While noting that the minister of health will  provide details on this in due course, Mustapha further stated: “Getting tested is the only sure way of making sure we know the prevalence of the virus and understand how  to tackle it effectively.”

He said the visit of some media houses, over the weekend, to the Asokoro Observation Centre, Abuja and their interactions with some patients should give Nigerians the comfort to get tested and treated if necessary. He reiterated  that contracting COVID-19 is not a death sentence “but not presenting yourself for testing or treatment when symptoms become observable could likely lead to avoidable death.”

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The SGF maintained that government meetings should be conducted virtually until further notice while all unnecessary travels for meetings by government officials are also suspended till further notice. Monday’s briefing followed the PTF’s review of its last three months (midterm) since setting up of the national response strategy.

Mustapha said the objectives of the exercise were to review the PTF’s achievements, challenges, and opportunities for improvement of the COVID-19 response efforts from its inception to June 30, 2020; and engage key stakeholders in developing the way forward on in the response efforts.

He said at the end of the two-day review meeting, it resolved to take key resolutions including case management deficit,  involving a focus on having enough oxygen nationwide as the number of hospitalised person increases; testing deficit, involving establishing one sample collection centre per local government area.

The review also dwelt on strategy for high burden local government areas with a particular focus and precision interventions including increased risk communication. Others are risk communication, involving the review of increased community engagement including religious leaders; state ownership and collaboration, involving increase state ownership by increasing state engagement and collaboration as well as strengthening ownership at the state and local government levels.

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The review also explored ways to increase compliance to non-pharmaceutical measures (use of face masks, hand sanitizers, and physical distancing) and in the private sector, to increase engagement with the private sector.

While also looking at industrial development as a gain from the pandemic and support for local production of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other critical supplies, the mid-term review looked at movement post-easing of lockdown.

It advocated communicating that anyone above 60 years or persons with morbidities (such as hypertension, diabetes,  autoimmune disorders, cancers etc.), should stay at home and avoid social events as they are at highest risk of infection and mortality.

Mustapha said the PTF has followed with keen interest the conversation around the resumption of schools, recognising  that “our children are precious and we would not do anything to compromise their safety.” He said the PTF has assessed the circumstances and has put in place necessary guidelines to be followed while the managers of the sector have the responsibility of drawing up the protocols and determining the dates.

He urged Nigerians to follow closely the critical steps being taken by the Federal Ministry of Education in conjunction with other stakeholders. He added: “Further to this, the Federal Ministry of Education has released guidelines for schools and learning facilities’ reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure.

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The guidelines clearly spell out major things to consider before schools and learning facilities shall reopen, the reopening process, sequencing  and scheduling of safe reopening and decisions about schools reopening.”

The PTF  chairman noted the efforts of local innovators, researchers and research institutions in working to get a solution to  COVID-19, especially its cure but warned against misleading the public into “believing that a cure has been found or certified when indeed the validation processes is still ongoing.”

According to him, “This call is necessitated by the recent publication that a cure for COVID-19 had been listed by  NAFDAC. The agency has debunked the claim and we advise Nigerians to be vigilant.

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Ibrahim Magu most corrupt, helped late Abba Kyari hide looted funds – Nnamdi Kanu claims

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Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has alleged that nobody is more corrupt than Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Kanu alleged that Magu helped Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari hide money he looted.

Speaking on Radio Biafra, the IPOB leader said: “Abba Kyari died on the 2nd day of April, we announced it, they were busy running around to get a mask for Abba Kyari instead of telling the people the truth.

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“Abba Kyari embezzled #13.5 billion naira meant for Aso Rock Clinic. Himself and his family took over NNPC as their family business.

“There is nobody more corrupt than Magu the EFCC Chairman. He keeps money for Abba Kyari”.

A presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami is currently investigating the activities of Magu as Czar of EFCC.

The ongoing probe followed allegations of insubordination and corruption levelled against Magu by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

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In view of the ongoing probe, Magu was suspended by the presidency and Mohammed Umar was picked to head the commission, pending the appointment of a substantive chairman.

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