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FG Says Defeating Niger Delta Militants Won’t Be A Tough One

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FG of Nigeria has vowed to deal decisively with the seeming resurgence of oil theft, vandalism of pipelines and insecurity in the Niger Delta.

Declaring that the Nigerian Armed Forces had already dealt “deadly blows” on Boko Haram, Mr. Buhari said the activities of oil thieves and vandals would soon be brought to an end, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday.

“The oil thieves and abductors are a less problematic target. We will re-organise and deal with them,” he was quoted as saying.

Speaking Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, the president warned telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria not to place their desire for huge profits above the security needs of the country.

Speaking at an interactive forum with members of the Nigerian Community in Abu Dhabi, President Buhari said the war against terrorism can only be won with the collective effort and commitment of everyone.

Remarking that the registration of all mobile phone users without exception will help the security agencies to pre-empt terrorist attacks, the president said telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must adhere to the rules and guidelines of the Nigerian Communications Commission in this regard.

President Buhari assured Nigerians at the session that his administration’s war against corruption will continue to be vigorously pursued.

The president pledged that more persons who have abused the public trust will be exposed and brought to justice soon, adding that his government was committed to re-establishing former standards of accountability and probity in the management of public funds which were jettisoned under past administrations.

The president appealed for more patience and understanding from Nigerians as his administration takes steps to safeguard the economy from the shock of falling oil prices.

“In the face of our new economic reality of dwindling oil prices, there are a number of things we can really do without to preserve our economy.
“We must develop the capacity to feed ourselves and we should be spending our resources on real development projects, not luxuries,” he said

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Oil Pipeline Explosion In Abule Ado, Lagos State

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Buildings Destroyed As Pipelines Explode In Lagos

Residents of Abule Ado, FESTAC, Ojo and other areas, have got bitter tales to share on multi social media platforms as they lament the destruction of their buildings and other structures.

The explosion happened in the early hours of today, 15th March, 2020.

The Officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, confirmed that the pipeline exploded today, Sunday, around Abule Ado while the Federal Fire Service in a post on Twitter disclosed that they were tracking the situation.

However, sources allegedly claimed that this ugly incident was initiated by multiple factory explosions at Abule Ado.

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I Can’t Go Down Alone, If I Go Down Everyone Will Down With Me – Wike

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Some aides and close associates of Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State have expressed fears over what they referred to as the “uncharitable threats” by the Governor.


Governor Wike who is said to be troubled by the spate of defections that is on going in his party, the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State has issued a threat while meeting with selected members of the PDP leadership.


Worried about the defection he said: “Everybody is running away to APC and they expect me to stay calm and suffer the brunt alone. It will never happen.
We were in it together and we must suffer together.

If they say I stole money in the Ministry of Education, I didn’t eat it alone.
All of you took part. Some of you built the Almajari Schools, some built the Unity Schools, some supplied books, others supervised projects.

I have my proofs.
Today everybody is shouting Wike killed to get to power. Did I as a person kill any Rivers man, No. They were killed in your LGAs by your boys. Now all of you are planning to run to APC for protection. I called you here today to inform you that I won’t accept that.

I must fight back. If I go down, everybody goes down”
“Chief Awuse is now comfortable meeting with Andrew Uchendu. He does not remind us anymore of how Andrew Uchendu fought against him.
Rather he has all of a sudden realized that Andrew Uchendu is Godfather to his son. See Ogiri.

He is now running around Emeka Beke and sending people to Dakuku.
Everyone wants to play safe, even madam. Nobody is talking; nobody wants to be on our side any more. I will fight oh. You see the way Dasuki did his, that is exact what l will do. I will name all of you one after another.”


One of the sources from Emohua Local Government Area who was also at the meeting said the “Governor has become very desperate and feels that blackmail, intimidation and threats can keep people around him.

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What Is The Historical Background Of Lassa Fever

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Lassa Fever was first described in the 1950s, however the virus causing the disease was not identified until 1969, when it’s discovered in two missionary hospitals in the Lassa town of Borno State, the virus is a single-stranded RNA.

Most of the people infected (about 80%) usually are not symptomatic. In severe cases, it can result in multi-organ damage.
Lassa fever is mainly found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria and is spread by rats. Other neighbouring countries are also at risk because the type of rat that spreads the virus is also found throughout the West African region.


Because the clinical course of the disease is so variable, detection of the disease in affected patients has been difficult. However, when presence of the disease is confirmed in a community, prompt isolation of affected patients, good infection protection and control practices and rigorous contact tracing can stop outbreaks.


TRANSMISSION


It is, ‘zoonotic,’ or animal-borne. Lassa fever is endemic in parts of west Africa which include the following areas:
Liberia
Guinea
Nigeria
Sierra Leone
Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats. Lassa virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of a person infected with Lassa fever.

There is no epidemiological evidence supporting airborne spread between humans. Person-to-person transmission occurs in both community and health-care settings, where the virus may be spread by contaminated medical equipment, such as re-used needles.

Sexual transmission of Lassa virus has been reported.
Lassa fever occurs in all age groups and both sexes. Persons at greatest risk are those living in rural areas where Mastomys are usually found, especially in communities with poor sanitation or crowded living conditions.

Health workers are at risk if caring for Lassa fever patients in the absence of proper barrier nursing and infection control practices.
The number of people who experience Lassa fever each year in west Africa is estimated to be between 100,000 and 300,000, with around 5,000 people dying from the virus.


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS


The signs and symptoms of Lassa fever commonly happen 1-3 weeks after a person has come into contact with the virus. For most of those with a Lassa fever virus infection; around 80%, symptoms are mild and under-diagnosed. Mild symptoms include:
Weakness
Headaches
Slight fever
General malaise
Around 20% of infected people; however, the disease might progress to more serious symptoms which include:
Bleeding from the infected person’s eyes, gums, or nose and other parts of the body.
Repeated vomiting.
Respiratory distress.
Pain in the back, chest and abdomen.
Facial swelling and shock.
Neurological issues such as tremors, hearing loss and encephalitis.An infected person may die within two weeks of their initial symptoms because of multi-organ failure.

The most common complication of Lassa fever is deafness. Different degrees of deafness happen in around one-third of those who become infected.


Between 15-20% of people who are hospitalized for Lassa fever die from the illness. Only 1% of all Lassa virus infections; however, result in the person’s death. The death rates for women in the third trimester of pregnancy are exceptionally high.


DIAGNOSIS


The symptoms of Lassa fever are varied and non-specific, clinical diagnosis is often difficult, especially early in the course of the disease.
Definitive diagnosis requires testing that is available only in specialized laboratories. Laboratory specimens may be hazardous and must be handled with extreme care.

Lassa virus infections can only be diagnosed definitively in the laboratory using the following tests:
antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
antigen detection tests
reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay
virus isolation by cell culture.


TREATMENT


‘Ribavirin,’ is an antiviral drug that has been used with success in people affected by Lassa fever in its early stage.
Supportive care that consists of maintenance of:
1. Oxygenation.
2. Blood pressure.
3. Treatment of complicating infections.
4. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte balance.


PREVENTION


Prevention of Lassa fever relies on promoting good “community hygiene” to discourage rodents from entering homes. Effective measures include storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, maintaining clean households and keeping cats.

Because Mastomys are so abundant in endemic areas, it is not possible to completely eliminate them from the environment. Family members should always be careful to avoid contact with blood and body fluids while caring for sick persons.


In health-care settings, staff should always apply standard infection prevention and control precautions when caring for patients, regardless of their presumed diagnosis. These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (to block splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe burial practices.


Health workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Lassa fever should apply extra infection control measures to prevent contact with the patient’s blood and body fluids and contaminated surfaces or materials such as clothing and bedding. When in close contact (within 1 metre) of patients with Lassa fever, health-care workers should wear face protection (a face shield or a medical mask and goggles), a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves (sterile gloves for some procedures).
Laboratory workers are also at risk.

Samples taken from humans and animals for investigation of Lassa virus infection should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories.


On rare occasions, travellers from areas where Lassa fever is endemic export the disease to other countries. Although malaria, typhoid fever, and many other tropical infections are much more common, the diagnosis of Lassa fever should be considered in febrile patients returning from West Africa, especially if they have had exposures in rural areas or hospitals in countries where Lassa fever is known to be endemic.

Health-care workers seeing a patient suspected to have Lassa fever should immediately contact local and national experts for advice and to arrange for laboratory testing.

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Catholic Bishops Makes Special Prayer Intersection Against Corona

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Catholic Bishops Makes Special Prayer Intersection Against Corona.

The bishops, who spoke under the aegis of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, also composed prayers that the faithful could use to pray against the virus.


These are contained in a statement signed by its president, Cardinal Philippe Quedraogo and its Secretary, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, after the meeting of SECAM’s standing committee members held in Nairobi, Kenya, recently.


The bishops suggested prayers that their members could say for a quick end to the virus thus;


“Almighty and merciful Father, who shows your love to all creation, we come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.


“Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.


“Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.


“We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found.


“We pray for the relevant Governments and Health Authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.


“Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our fallings.


“We ask this through our Lord Jesus.’’
Globally, no fewer than 3,000 people worldwide had died from COVID-19 and no fewer than 100,000 others had been infected in no less than 45 countries across the world.


Almost all African governments had publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry, especially at their airports as cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, and Nigeria.

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Ways To Escape The Doom Of Economic Crisis – RCCG Forum

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Ways To Escape The Doom Of Economic Crisis – RCCG Forum.

The Church has encouraged her members to increase knowledge base of members by sensitizing them on the need to think out of the box and embrace activities that will change the narrative of total dependence on the government for survival.


Speaking on a topic; “Economies of the new decade – The winning agenda”, the keynote speaker, Dr. Biodun Adedipe said that one problem Nigeria is faced with is that she consumes what she does not produce, and a change to this narrative is urgently needed.

Manufacturing, according to him, is a viable way to grow the Nigerian economy, saying it is wise for the country to utilize it.


Adedipe, who is the chief consultant of B. Adedipe Associates Limited explained that there is always a problem in the society, waiting for solution, and anyone who utilizes the “opportunity” is on his way to being a business success.


For Dr. Chidi Okpaluba, a creative entrepreneur and transformation speaker, what one gets in life is not what he sees, but what he or she is actually looking for.

Speaking during the panel discussions, he said that “87 per cent of the wealth you make in life depends on how you relate with people” adding that “wealth is not created; it is manifested by the personality that you have built.”


Dr. Okpaluba further noted that a successful entrepreneur must know how to take risks and accept failures in life because there will be failures on the journey to the top.

He further advocated that knowledge is the way to go for youths to get the best out of life, because “it is lack of knowledge that destroys you, not the devil”.


Mr. Afioluwa Mogaji, popularly called “African farmer” noted that agriculture is the way to go. He further advised the congregation, especially youths to ask the right questions always, while in the process of life.


Speaking at the end of the programme, the Pastor-in-Charge of Province, Lagos Province 20, Pastor Tunde Netufo said the summit was designed to eradicate poverty, noting “the only way we thought to help our people in this tough times is to equip them with knowledge, that when they apply them, they will go into the market place and make the most of opportunities that are there.

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Businesses Are Adversely Affected By Coronavirus In China

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Businesses Are Adversely Affected By Coronavirus In China.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in Central China, in December last year, some factories in China have remained closed, while workers have been forced to stay out of work as part of attempts by authorities to curtail the spread of the virus.

As China’s economy struggles with dealing with the virus, the economies of other countries are also being affected, directly or indirectly, by the pandemic.

In South Africa, where almost 90 per cent of harvested shrimps was exported to China, fishermen lamented the heavy decline in exports and how it has affected their livelihoods, according to a BBC documentary.

Nigeria is not exempted by this decline in trade with China due to the coronavirus.

Austin Okafor, a Nigerian trader at DEI DEI timber market in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, lamented the effect of the outbreak on his business.

Mr Okafor, an Abuja based contractor and an importer of building materials, such as nails, (ceiling) sheets and other building equipment which he imports from China, told PREMIUM TIMES that for now, goods available in his warehouse are products he had already purchased, months before the outbreak.

He also lamented that the prices of products have already increased.

”Most of the Chinese companies we buy our products from have already closed down,” he said.

“Many of the products we are selling and the ones that are coming from ports are the ones we have already bought before the outbreak.

”The outbreak has affected those that get contacts from government and (private) bodies. Prices have also gone up,” he said.

”We sell a carton of nails N11,800 before the outbreak. Now, we sell them for N13,000, We also used to sell a bundle of ceiling sheet for N11,400 before. Now, we sell for N13,500.

He added that, ”The number of goods in the market has reduced, and the ones that (we) are selling are the ones that (we had) already bought before the outbreak.”

China remains Nigeria’s biggest source of imports. About N1.99 trillion worth of goods were imported from the Asian country in the first half of 2019, according to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Nigeria imports different kinds of goods ranging from personal effects to industrial machinery and raw materials.

Also, Nigeria offers Chinese companies a diverse range of lucrative commercial and trade opportunities, as part of its attractive bilateral trade treaty between the two nations. As of May 2019, Chinese companies had invested $20 billion in over 150 firms in Nigeria.

Nigerian entrepreneurs make regular commercial pilgrimages to Chinese manufacturing cities like Guangzhou to buy bulk purchases at cheap prices.

According to data from the NBS, Nigeria’s imports from China hit ₦1.99 trillion in the first half of 2019. The country almost doubled total imports from China, rising by 88 per cent compared to the first half of 2018.

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The Government seems Unfair – Bishop Oyedepo

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The Government seems Unfair – Bishop Oyedepo.

Oyedepo said this on Sunday while delivering a sermon during the second service of the church at the Faith Tabernacle, Ota, Ogun State.

He said the hate speech bill being sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi was the most ridiculous bill anyone could think of.


The cleric said while the government was seeking to criminalise hate speech, those who kill others at will were left to walk free.


Oyedepo said, “ The government in this country is making a draconian law – hate speech . They said if you speak hatefully, you have committed murder.

Out of someone who says I will kill you and the one who kills, who has committed a crime? I don’t understand which kind of animal farm we live in .


“I said stop stepping on my toes and you said that is hate speech but somebody kills and he is walking free on the streets. This is the most stupid and nonsensical ideal anybody can think of.

I said you are bad and you said that is a crime. Must I say you are good when you are bad?


“In my view you are bad and you shouldn’t be a leader. I have the right to say so. As far as I am concerned, I am a true born and thoroughly -bred Nigerian, an intelligent one.

In my view this is the worst thing that has happened to Nigeria — this government . It is the worst and in fact it is like a curse.


“I have been here for some time and I led the first prayer and fasting for Nigeria in 1979. I am not a baby in the affairs of Nigeria.

This is the worst government, a government with no direction. Their days are numbered. I can tell you as a prophet that their days are numbered.

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