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Aba Flood Victims Beg Government For Assistance

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Flood victims in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia state, have appealed to the Federal and State Governments for help. The vic­tims lost goods and other valu­ables worth millions of naira, to a heavy downpour that lasted for about six hours, submerging hous­es and rendering people homeless.

Mostly affected, were residents of Ngwa, Omuma and Ohanku Roads whose houses were sub­merged and valuables destroyed. Other areas affected were the Ariaria International, Ahia-Ohu­ru, and Eziukwu Markets.

Many residents of Ahuronye Street, Nwaogu, Obuda/Eziukwu and Ohanku Roads in Ndiegoro area of Aba were rendered home­less by the downpour.

Okechukwu Egechi, of 17 Ahu­ronye Street, told journalists that the experience of Wednesday flood was not new, but noted that the damage was of a different dimen­sion. He attributed the flooding to an abandoned drainage that terminated in their area, thereby diverting all storm water from other major roads into their area.

“We have been crying for many years now. I was around yester­day when the rain started but when I got to my area, I couldn’t enter my house as everywhere was under water.

Egechi decried the attitude of politicians in government, saying they cared only for themselves.

In his words, “It’s so sad that we have people representing us in government, who don’t even care about us. My children and the entire tenants in my house picked merely their clothes and moved out when the rain was becoming heavy and I nearly lost my 13-year-old daughter to that flood. She was the last to leave the house, as I was told, but sud­denly fell into the flood.

“I know it was only God who saved her. She’s not here now, because most of them are taking refuge elsewhere. She was res­cued by people”, he stated. Alex Kewell, a resident of 15 Ahuruonye Street, explained that the flood pulled down the fence and entire building and made a mess of everything valuable. “As I speak to you now, we are home­less, and stranded. The rain start­ed around 4.00pm and the flood submerged the entire building in our street and neighbourhood around 6.00pm.

“The problem is coming from an abandoned drainage that was wrongfully channelled to this street some years back, but the government has refused to do anything to save us. We only rejoice in the dry season”.

A pastor, Oriaku Chisom, whose church is located along Ahuronye Street, stated that flood and its consequences had become an annual occurrence in the area. “The situation is not new. It has become an annual event. People will suffer and buy household equipment only to lose them to flood every year, because of carelessness.

“My church is here but I packed out from this area some years back and the problem is still there. Yesterday’s flood covered

some of the houses at 7.00pm. We have cried; we have wept; we have begged, but it seems as if we are not humans.

“Storm water coming from Omuma and Cemetery Roads were channelled into people’s homes in Uratta axis by a previ­ous administration in the state. Now, a contract has been award­ed by the federal government through the ecological fund which has to do with this problem but they just came here, reopened that old abandoned drainage that was channelled to nowhere and then dropped it. Children are hanging around in neighbourhood because parents are busy trying to see if there’s any way they can help themselves”.

He appealed to the federal and state governments to come to their aid, as the residents are stranded and have nowhere to go.

Also, the Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) appealed to the state government and legis­lators, representing the area in the national and state assemblies to come to the aid of the victims.

The group, in press statement signed by Chief Goodluck Egwu Ibem, its president general, urged the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) to clear the heap of refuse that have blocked the drainage channels inside the market which he ob­served was the cause of the flood.

“We sympathise with traders in Ahia Ohuru over the destruction of their goods by flood as a result of the heavy rain on Wednesday, June 13, 2019. We call on the state government and the Ngwa road market authorities to as a matter of urgency clear the refuse that has blocked the drainage channels inside the market which lead to the unfortunate incident.

“We also call on the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the member representing Aba North and Aba South Federal Constitu­ency, Hon. Ossy Prestige, senator representing Abia South, Sena­torial zone, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of these traders”.

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Nigeria Records 416 New Cases Of COVID-19 As FG Eases Lockdown

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416 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, June 1, 2020, despite the FG lifting some measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus in Nigeria.

The Federal and some state governments have been easing some COVID-19 restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

Yesterday, the Federal Government on Monday lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, at the daily media briefing in Abuja.

“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review-:

“Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country;

“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.”

Despite this, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is still on the rise.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 192 cases were recorded in Lagos, 41 in Edo, 33 in Rivers, 30 in Kaduna, 23 in Kwara, 18 in Nasarawa, 17 in Borno, 14 in FCT, 10 in Oyo, 7 in Katsina, 5 in Abia, 5 in Delta, 4 in Adamawa, 4 in Kano, 3 in Imo, 3 in Ondo, 2 in Benue, 2 in Ogun and 1 in Niger state.

In total, Nigeria has recorded 10578 cases of COVID-19. 3122 patients have been discharged from various Isolation centers across the country, while 299 deaths have been recorded.

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BREAKING: FG Relaxes Ban On Religious Gathering, Reduces Curfew From 10pm To 4am

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The Federal Government on Monday announced the relaxation on ban on religious gathering in the country from June 1.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed this during its daily briefing in Abuja, saying this is based on the guidelines and protocols agreed by state governments.

The PTF however said the ban on inter-state movement in the country remains in force.

The government also announced that the curfew imposed on the country will now be from 10.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m.

The ban on religious gatherings had lasted for two months, a move taken to check the spread of Coronavirus.

However, at the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the relaxation of the ban for four weeks.

“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the President has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020, subject to review.

“Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country;

“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban on gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.”Boss Mustapha revealed.

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BREAKING: FG Reduces Petrol Pump Price To N121.50 Per Litre

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA ) on Monday announced the reduction of the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to N121.50 from N123 per litre.

According to its guidelines price for the month of June 2020, the ex-depot price band is now N100. 13 and N108. 13 per litre while ex-depot for collection is N108. 78 and N111.78 per litre.

In a memo titled “A.4/9/017/C.2/IV/701 31”, the agency urged all marketers to operatensure within the indicative prices.

The PPPPRA said: “Please recall the recently approved pricing regime which became effective 19th March 2020 and the provision for the establishment of a monthly price band within which Petroleum Marketers are expected to sell PMS at the retail stations.

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of May and considering Marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise of a new PMS guiding pump mice with corresponding Ex-Depot price for the month of June, 2020, as follows:

“Price Band: N121. 50 N123. 50/Litre Ex-Depocorresponding. 13 N104. 13/Litre Ex-Depot for Collection: N109. 78 N1 1 1. 78/Litre.”

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