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There is an ongoing massive coronavirus testing in the Nigerian military and the Police in Lagos State.

This followed the discovery that a number of officers and men had tested positive.

Many of them reportedly contracted the virus while on medical duty.

Some are among those receiving treatment at Isolation Centres in Lagos.

The development was not unexpected as Lagos is the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria.

There are now 6,677 cases in total and over 2,800 are in the nation’s commercial hub.

A Naval Lieutenant commander recently died from coronavirus.

Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of Western Naval Command, confirmed this to The Nation.

He disclosed that the deceased was on treatment but had complications and gave up before he could be rushed to the hospital.

Daji said he lived alone, was unmarried and that four people who had contacts with him have been traced. They are: someone who visited the officer in isolation, his driver, orderly and steward.

“Their samples have all been taken, and they have been isolated, we are expecting that their results will come out but there’s no cause for alarm at all.”

Daji added that there are other eight positive cases of Naval officers/men in the command with over 1,300 tests conducted.

For the Nigerian Army, Major General Olu Irefin, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, confirmed the case of a female soldier.

“She is receiving treatment. We have our COVID-19 response team formed by the Armed Forces of Nigeria and our isolation centre in Yaba. We have testing equipment and kits. We have been carrying out testing of our personnel when there is suspicion,” he said.

Hakeem Odumosu, the Police Commissioner in Lagos, admitted that two of his men were confirmed for COVID-19.

The CP added that they had been treated and discharged.

DAILY POST gathered that security agencies have stepped up advocacy to ensure their personnel obey COVID-19 safety instructions.

Already, the Navy has set up a Task Force that will embark on unscheduled visits to locations to assess compliance.

Last weekend, Nigeria’s Air Chief, Sadique Abubakar, commissioned a 20-bed Isolation Ward at the 261 NAF Reference Hospital in Bauchi.

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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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Governors convene emergency meeting as Buhari signs financial independence for States’ Judiciary, Legislature

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has fixed an emergency meeting for Wednesday.

The meeting will deliberate on the financial autonomy grated states’ judiciary and legislature, code-named, Executive Order 10, 2020.

Signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 20, details of the Executive Order 10, 2020 were released on Tuesday.

A statement by the NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said the consultation would be the 9th in the series of teleconference governors’ meetings since the coronavirus outbreak.

It will take place at 2 pm and have in attendance, all the 36 governors, via Microsoft Team from their various states.

The spokesman said among the issues to be reviewed are critical national questions that revolve around financial autonomy.

He said governors will also touch issues around the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) ownership, and the controversial National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Bill.

Also to be discussed is the restructuring of states’ loans and the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) deductions, which have been a recurring decimal on the governors’ table.

“As usual the governors will be given an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, as well as review a letter from the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as it relates to the pandemic draft regulations,” he said.

Bello-Barkindo added that there would also be a general update on efforts of the Coalition Against COVID-19.

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Resident doctors demand 24-month salary arrears, improved working condition from Makinde

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Doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, on Tuesday, demanded for the payment of their 24 months’ salary arrears owed its members by the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde.

The doctors in a statement jointly signed by its President, Dr. Abraham Akinbola and General Secretary, Dr. Abubakar Usman stressed the need for urgent payment of the salary arrears.

The duo in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital said, “There is a need to urgently commence the payment of our two years half salary arrears from January 2016 to December 2017.

“This payment has commenced for other affected institutions in the state. Our assumption as an association is that we are not different from other Oyo State workers.

“But we feel the government of the day is neglecting our concerns. This alone has put the government in a bad light in the eyes of our members.

The resident doctors also demanded the installation, repair and maintenance of some of their sophisticated medical equipment for upmost service deliveries.

“As an association of resident doctors, we have upheld the best of professional conducts in delivering our services to the good people of Oyo State and its environs.

“We strongly admonish the government to change her disposition towards LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso to usher in the real Omituntun experience. Time to act is now to save LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso from imminent collapse.

“Only those who believe in the founding vision of the institution stayed behind and are still presently working in the hospital to achieve those dreams within scarce resources”.

The doctors further alleged that they never got the opportunity to present their challenges in spite of all efforts to meet the governor.

“We have done many press releases to keep the world abreast of our challenges while drawing the attention of the state government to the pressing issues.

“This year alone, we wrote two different letters to the governor and this is the second press release in the last four weeks. No response to address our agitations whatsoever.

“The only mention we got was when His Excellency mistook us for Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) LAUTECH in one of his briefings. Our agitations have not changed.”

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