COVID-19: Delta Gets Mobile Testing Laboratory

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta State Government has achieved milestone in her fight against the spread of Coronavirus as she receives COVID19 mobile laboratory for the testing of the disease. State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye made this known today at the Asaba Specialist Hospital when he received the Team from Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State. The Commissioner who was represented by Dr. Minnie Oseji, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health said the deployment of the COVID 19 mobile laboratory was made possible by the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in partnership with…

AU Inaugurates COVID-19 Response Situation Room in Nigeria

ABUJA/Nigeria: The African Union (AU) Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), on Monday inaugurated a response situation room in Nigeria to boost the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19). ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organizations a voice within AU institutions and decision-making processes. In a statement by Dr Tunji Asaolu, 1st-Nigerian Representative of the Permanent General Assembly of AU-ECOSOCC, said the situation room would support joint efforts on the fight against the COVID-19. Asaolu said that the establishment of the situation room…

Raymond Dokpesi Tests Positive to Coronavirus

Raymond Dokpesi Jnr ABUJA/Nigeria: Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television, has tested positive to coronavirus. “I got a call this morning confirming the result is COVID-19 positive. I am leaving now to the Gwagwalada Isolation Centre for treatment and hope to be back in two weeks. Many of you may have interacted with me during our various meetings and I would advise you to get tested as soon as possible,” Dokpesi said in a short message to members of staff in Abuja, AIT reported…

Full Address of President Buhari on Covid-19

H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI,  PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE CUMULATIVE LOCKDOWN ORDER OF LAGOS AND OGUN STATES AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ON COVID- 19 PANDEMIC  AT THE STATE HOUSE, ABUJA MONDAY, 27th APRIL, 2020 Fellow Nigerians I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some three million confirmed cases of COVID nineteen have…

COVID-19 Lockdown: Tony Elumelu Receives Appreciation From Reps Minority Leader for Delivering Food Stuffs To Aniocha/Oshimili People

Dr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings Investment Company ABUJA/Nigeria: The Chairman of Heirs Holdings Investment Company, Dr. Tony Onyeamaechi Elumelu had received appreciations from the Minority Leader, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu for his response to the needs of the people of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency as a result of the Coronavirus Lockdown by the Delta State Government. Dr. Tony Elumelu, who is also the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa, UBA, Transcorp and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, have in the wake of the lockdown…

Gombe State Govt sends 700 Almajiris to States of Origin

Almajiris GOMBE/Nigeria: As parts of its efforts to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state, the Gombe State Government has sent 700 almajiris who are non-indigenes studying in State, to their states of origin across the 19 Northern states. The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Gombe on Monday. He said the first batch of 700 almajiris had been conveyed to their various states in the North in 60 buses accompanied by security personnel. Dahiru said that the almajiris…

OPINION: A Proverbial Reply To Odubu’s Traducers

Dr. Pius Odubu By Isaac Asabor There is an African proverb that says “God created every child with the ability to cry but when a spoilt child cries he is bound to forget to stop crying and close his or her mouth”. This aphorism, no doubt, holds true in the case of those who know nothing other than to baselessly resort to traducing the person of Dr. Pius Odubu with the mischievous intent of watering down his chances of picking the Edo’s All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket ahead of…

Prisoners in Delta Correctional Centre sets Facility on Fire …Attempts Jailbreak

Sapele Correctional Centre, With the Fire Engine Parked Outside SAPELE/Nigeria: The management of the Sapele Correctional Centre in Delta State had reported that inmates of the centre had set part of the facility on fire with attempts to escape from the facility. According to ADVOCATE the incident which happened earlier today was today foiled by a combined team of men of the Nigeria Prison Service, Police and DSS. It was gathered that the inmates were protesting against the lack of food and water and poor treatment by the officials of…

NDDC: The Pharaoh knows no Joseph in Forensic Audit

Douglas Dodiyi-Manuel By Douglas Dodiyi-Manuel Following the series of agitations that gradually assumed a militarized dimension, the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration thought it imperative to transmutate what was then known as Oil Mineral Producing Area Development Commission (OMPADEC) to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with an interventional aim at human and infrastructural development, which has in prodigious estimate been disrupted by vested interest and amoral politics. The NDDC was concepted to create a developmental hybrid that synthesizes national and regional developmental aims within the Niger Delta region. However, soon…

EDITORIAL: Delta Covid-19 Lockdown and Matters Arising (1)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the world was taken unaware and before the world could realise the impact of the disease on human activities, many have died which today, is now counting above 2 million. With the devastating casualties, especially in Europe and America, the world through the World Health Organisation, WHO took some drastic decisions to curb the spread of the devastating pandemic, which was aimed at improving the hygienic conditions of the people to improve their immune system. Amongst the actions taken…