Cholera death toll hits 24 in Lagos

The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Lagos state has risen to 24, with 35 confirmed cases; while there are 417 suspected cases in the 20 local government areas of the state. 

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on his X handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Friday morning, saying the update was from the Lagos State Cholera Outbreak Situation Report (EPI Week 25) as of 19th of June, 2024.

“The situation report indicates 417 suspected cases, 35 confirmed cases, and a total of 24 recorded deaths. The graphs depict the distribution of cases across the 20 LGAs in the state,” he tweeted.

From the graphic illustration, the peak of the outbreaks occurred in Ajeromi, Kosofe, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho, and Eti-Osa LGAs on June 10, 2024.

Abayomi, therefore, advised Lagosians to adhere strictly to personal and environmental hygiene and to stay safe from infection-risk areas.

Recall that on Thursday, the special adviser to the Lagos state governor on health, Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi, announced an increase in the number of deaths to 21 as suspected cases rose to 401 across the state.

Also, he said Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa recorded the highest infections.

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LASTMA impounds 40 vehicles over illegal parking, obstructions

Oguntade Ismaila

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Friday disclosed that they had impounded over 4o vehicles for illegal parking and obstructions at various locations in Lagos state.

According to the operatives, the exercise was a decisive move to restore order and ensure the free flow of traffic in the state.

They added that the Authority impounded 25 commercial and 15 private vehicles operating illegal garages and causing serious road obstructions around Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota areas of Lagos.

The agency’s director, public affairs and enlightenment department, Adebayo Taofiq, who made the disclosure to journalists at the office headquarters, Oshodi, Lagos, said the operation was led by the head of enforcement, Mr. Kayode Odunuga, under the directives of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa.

Reacting, the governor’s aide said “this impoundment exercise began in recent weeks and it is part of a broader initiative by the Lagos state government to enhance the efficiency of the city’s transportation network.”

He emphasised the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order on the roads, ensuring that all traffic regulations are strictly enforced.

“Illegal garages have been a significant challenge in our quest to maintain a seamless traffic flow in Lagos. These impoundments send a strong message to all offenders that the state will not tolerate activities that disrupt public order and endanger the lives of our citizens.

“Our goal is to create a safe and orderly environment for all road users and this action is a crucial step in that direction.”

“The targeted areas, Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota, are known hotspots for traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking and the establishment of makeshift garages,” he said.

He said further that residents and business owners had expressed their support for the government action, as they were aware of the positive impact it would have on their daily activities.

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Ilorin Central Juma’at Mosque mgt. mourns Saraki’s mother

Umar Bayo Abdulwahab

The death of Mrs. Florence Morenikeji Saraki, the mother of a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has been described as “shocking” to the people of the Ilorin community in Kwara state, and indeed Nigeria as a whole.

The management and central working committee of the Ilorin Central Juma’at Mosque (ICJM) said this in a statement released in Ilorin on Friday by its spokesperson, Alhaji Mas’ud Adebimpe.

The statement particularly commiserated with the former Senate President, who is also the Wazirin Geri Ilorin, as well as a former Minister of State for Transport, Senator Rukayat Gbemisola Saraki, and siblings over the passage of their matriarch.

“We received with shock the demise of Mama Florence Morenikeji Saraki who passed on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Lagos. She was a mother to all and one who consistently showered love on the Ilorin community.

“As a mother, she was a model who demonstrated good motherliness in the care of her children, including Distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President, and Distinguished Senator Rukayat Gbemisola Saraki, the immediate past Minister of State for Transport, both of whom remain assets to the Ilorin community, Kwara state and Nigeria as a whole.

“Without doubt, it is indeed a painful loss, but we urge the family to take solace in the life of service to humanity, lived by the matriarch of the Saraki dynasty.   

“We urge the children to sustain the family legacies of Mama Saraki and her departed husband, His Eminence, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki (Olooye). We also pray to Almighty Allah to comfort the family and give the children the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the statement read in part.

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Yobe varsity ASUU rejects students’ loan scheme (4th)

Yusuf A. Yusuf

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Yobe State University branch, has rejected the introduced students loan scheme initiated by the administration of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

Its chairman, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Karage, disclosed this Friday while briefing journalists in Damaturu.

According to him, the students’ loan is an IMF/World bank ideology intended to cripple the future of youths and bastardise the education system.

He said instead of the loan, the government should give students study grants in the same manner ASUU “gives scholarships to students” across the nation.  

“The working class and other masses cannot afford it for now. The general public is living in abject penury which the political class has deliberately subjected us to. The increment in fees has a serious potential of increasing the rate of students dropping out from the university. We are optimistic that the Nigerian government has ample resources to fund education better.

“ASUU’s struggles have been in the best interest of Nigeria and its people, not ASUU members alone. Our union is tired of dwelling on the same number of issues year in and year out, negotiating and renegotiating, and with mutual agreements reached and signed on each occasion, but with the government consistently defaulting on its own terms.

“Our union is in a patriotic struggle to reposition the Nigerian university system. Hence, we are calling on all well-meaning patriotic Nigerians, the media, labour movement, students’ organisations, and the civil society to join forces with ASUU in the rejection of the government’s master-slave posture on labour matters and unionism,” he said.

A student from the department of law, Almahdi Mohammed, when asked for his view, said it was better to give students scholarships than “putting them on a loan that is difficult for them to repay.”

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Kaduna gov. thumbs up NYSC on national devt.

Donald Iorchir 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has received accolades for its outstanding contributions to promoting national unity, integration and socio-economic development. 

Kaduna state governor Senator Uba Sani commended the Scheme at the opening ceremonies of the 2024 Batch ‘B’  Pre-Orientation Workshop held in Kaduna with the theme; Emotional Intelligence: An Indispensable Tool for a Successful Orientation Programme.

Governor Sani, who was represented by the Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development/Chairman, NYSC Kaduna State Governing Board, Hajia Rabi Salisu, acknowledged the Scheme’s efforts in encouraging patriotism and aiding national development among graduate youths through its activities. 

He commended the NYSC for organising the workshop, which would help evaluate the Scheme’s performances and improve its efficiency.

A press statement issued by the director, information and public relations of the Scheme, Eddy Megwa, indicated that the NYSC director-general, Brig.-Gen. YD Ahmed, in his welcome address, emphasised that the workshop provides an opportunity to review previous Orientation courses, identify areas for improvement and enhance the overall performance of subsequent programmes.

General Ahmed urged participants to leverage the workshop to achieve a hitch-free programme.

“The director-general acknowledged the invaluable support of stakeholders to the Scheme, encouraging participants to capitalise on the invaluable resources of the workshop.”

“Earlier, the director of planning, research and statistics, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka, disclosed that the Orientation Camp being the first point of contact for Corps Members creates  a lasting impression in their minds, hence, the need for proactive measures that would create a wonderful experience.”

“Participants  at the workshop include; NYSC Top Management, Camp Directors and Camp Commandants designate, State Coordinators, Heads of Planning, Research and Statistics departments nationwide, officers from NYSC Area Offices and the National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja.