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Why Gradual Easing Of Lockdown Was Extended By Two Weeks-PTF

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The gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown has been extended for two more weeks by the Presidential Task Force.

The task force announced the extension of the lockdown effective from Monday, May 18 to 1st June 2020.

Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who announced this during the daily briefing of the task force team in Abuja today May 18, said the time is not ripe for the Federal government to relax its containment protocols against the Covid-19 pandemic.

His words:

”The reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority. Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.?

Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.

The two weeks extension of phase one of the eased restriction is also to enable other segments of the econmy to prepare adequately for compliance with the guidelines preparatory to opening in the coming weeks.

For the presidential task force, we share your pains but our future is in the hands of every Nigerians and future decisions will depend greatly on our compliance.

Based on the recommendations of the Presidential task force, Mr President has approved the following

1.The measures, exemptions, advisories as scopes of entities allowed to open under phase one of the ease lockdwon shall be maintained across the Federation for anothe rtwo weeks effective from Today 18th May until the 1st of June 2020.

2. Intensify efforts to tame, communicate, trace, identify and manage cases.

3. Elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

4.Mainatin the existing lockdon in Kano for another two weeks.

5. Imposition of precision lockdown in states or metropolitan and high burdened local governments that are reporting a rapidly increasing number of cases when the need arises. This will be complimented with the provisions of palliatives and continued re-evaluation of the impact of the interventions. and

6. Aggressive scale-up of efforts to ensure that communities are informed, engaged, and participating in the response with enhanced public awareness in high risk areas” he said

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Godswill Akpabio Failed To Deliver On 500 Million Contract-Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

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Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta has accused the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio of getting a N300 million fence construction contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

 

According to The Cable, while still the senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west, Akpabio requested for a N500 million contract from the NDDC in 2017. The Minister was reportedly given the contract of fencing Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom, (N200 million), and Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene (N100 million).

 

The publication reported that Akpabio got N150 million for entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implements for youths and women of Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district and N50 million for the renovation of a hostel at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state.

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Akpabio got N300m fence construction contract from NDDC - Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

 

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, June 3, Senator Nwaoboshi said the contracts were fully paid for but there was nothing to show for it.

 

He said:

 

“Findings show that while there was no physical evidence of implementation of these projects, checks show contracts were awarded and fully paid for.

“Such practices have turned the region to sites of abandoned projects.”

 

This is coming after Akpabio said he would not allow the NDDC to be raped under his watch. A few days ago, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state raised an alarm about NDDC abandoned projects and the agency being “turned to an ATM” by politicians.

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Akpabio said;

 

“We have also had a lot of political interference, people have not allowed NDDC to work as it ought to, people coming with ideas not to move the region forward but to move their pockets forward. It has always been so… I think people were treating the place as an ATM, where you just walk in there to go and pluck money and go away, I don’t think they were looking at it as an interventionist agency.”

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Man Beat Four Year-Old Son To Coma

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A man simply identified as Tunde has been arrested by men of the Lagos state police command.

He was arrested for beating his four-year-old son, Ezekiel, to a state of coma, leaving him with several body marks.

The father of the boy reportedly got angry because he excreted on himself.

Man arrested for beating his four-year-old son to coma in Lagos (photos)

Neighbors revealed that Ezekiel’s mum and his father Tunde were married for a few years until she left him over constant acts of domestic violence. She initially left with Ezekiel but later returned him to his father who had already remarried.

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A neighbor told The Nation that Ezekiel was always being maltreated by Tunde and his new wife.

“Tunde married another wife and the woman always beat Ezekiel at every little provocation. Nobody in the neighbourhood could stop Tunde from beating the boy because of his unruly behaviour,” the neighbor said

Confirming his arrest, the Igando Divisional Police Officer, CSP Taiwo Kasumu said:

“We have arrested him and the child is with us. Though the child can’t be with us; I have contacted the Lagos State Child Protection Unit for further action.”

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REGIONAL ROAD: LAGOS GOVT REVOKES TITLES OF LEKKI LAND ENCROACHING RIGHT-OF-WAY

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…Elegushi Royal House loses part of family land to road construction

Sequel to the order by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, directing the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to reclaim the encroached alignments of Regional Road in Lekki axis, the State Government has revoked the planning approval on sections of Elegushi Chieftaincy Family land that fall within the designated Right-of-Way (RoW) of the road.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, made the development known in a statement on Tuesday, saying the revocation was necessitated by the need to remove impediments in the way of the ongoing construction of the Regional Road.

Regional Road was first conceived by the State Government in the Lagos Metropolitan Master Plan (1980-2000) and was retained in the approved Lekki Comprehensive Master Plan of 2013. The road is a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge and upon completion, it is expected relieve the ever-busy Lekki-Epe Expressway of traffic gridlocks.

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It should be recalled that Governor Sanwo-Olu, last Saturday, flagged off the construction of the 8.75 kilometre-long Regional Road at a groundbreaking ceremony where he directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to reclaim the alignments that were gazetted for the road.

Acting on the Governor’s order, the Ministry mopped up physical developments, including private housing estates and shanties that encumbered the RoW. The part of the Elegushi Chieftaincy Family layout, which falls within 29 coordinates in the 500 hectares approved for the family in the 1991 Lagos Metropolitan Master Plan, was found in the alignment.

The Commissioner invoked Section 21(1) (a) of Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2015, canceling the planning approval on layout captured in the affected coordinates.

Salako said: “It has been established by the State Government that some estates, buildings, structures have encroached on the Right of Way (RoW) of the Regional Road in Lekki axis. Recent observations revealed that this very important transportation corridor has been encumbered by physical developments, including shanties, which negate the objectives of which the road was conceived.

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“Consequently, take notice that by virtue of Section 21(1) (a) of Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2015, I hereby revoke in part, a section of Elegushi Chieftaincy Family Layout that falls within the established coordinates.”

The State, in 1991, granted title to land totaling about 500 hectares and issued layout approval, wherein four major roads were recognized. They are Coastal Road and Lekki-Epe Expressway on the southern part of Elegushi land; Regional Road and Lagoon Road on the northern part of the Elegushi layout. All the roads are running parallel to one another. The roads were envisioned as strategic infrastructure to engender socio-economic and transportation development of the State.

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