Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Friday announced the renaming of the State College of Education, Ihitte-Uboma to late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu College of Education.
This is just as the Senate President, Ahmed Lawal led 24 other serving senators to the burial of the late Senator, who, until his death on December 19, 2019, was the member representing Imo North Senatorial District.
Uwajumogu’s remains was laid to rest at his country home, Umuiyi in Ihitte-Uboma LGA.
Speaking during the event at the Ihitte Uboma council headquarters, Governor Uzodinma said the renaming of the institution was to immortalize the late shift, who he said fought doggedly to shoot his constituency and Imo in general to political limelight.
He eulogized the late Senator on his efforts to attract development to his people while he represented them at National Assembly.
“The entire Imo people and Nigerians will mourn him. This is indeed not the best of time for Imo people. We will continue to reminisce on his kind gestures, his sense of unity and love”, Uzodinma said.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawal, in his eulogy described the late Senator as a peaceful, committed and reliable legislator who catered for his people without any fear or favour.
“Ben Uwajumogu will be remembered for his struggle for the national unity. Indeed, he was an active parliamentarian.”
“The National Assembly will continue to protect the interest of the nation.”
He urged the immediate family to take solace in the fact that the late Senator left behind endearing legacies, although, he said his demise was one of the most shocking news of the nation.
Enugu Govt Closes All Borders, Markets Over Coronavirus
The Enugu State Government has ordered the closure of all land borders and inter-state transportation in the state till further notice, with effect from 6pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, except those on medical emergency services.
In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, the state government also ordered the closure of all markets in the state, “no matter the size, till further notice, with effect from 6pm on Tuesday, the 31st day of March, 2020”.
The statement added that other categories exempted from the closure include “those dealing on food items, water, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and other basic items of daily domestic need who must comply with the standard hygiene protocol as stipulated by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), including frequent hand washing with soap, use of sanitizer and social distancing.”
According to Prof. Ortuanya, “all Local Government Chairmen are hereby directed to ensure strict compliance with the closure of the markets within their respective local government councils, without prejudice to the exceptions above”.
While appealing for understanding from the residents and citizens of the state “at this difficult time as no sacrifice is too much to save the lives of our people”, the state government directed the security agencies and the State Medical Response Team to enforce all the directives as stated above.
House Of Reps Deny Reports Of Distributing Cars To Members
The House of Representatives has denied reports it is distributing Toyota Camry cars to its members. The Punch newspaper today published a report with claims that the lawmakers have begun the distribution of Toyota Camry cars to its members amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Read here.
However in a statement released by its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu, the house described the report as ‘unfortunate’.
Read the statement in full below:
It has come to the attention of the House of Representatives that a newspaper report on Friday, March 27, 2020, had insinuated that the Green Chamber is distributing official vehicles for the 360 members of the House at this critical moment that the country is battling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
This story is rather unfortunate at this time that Nigeria and Nigerians are striving hard to address the pandemic that has forced the Federal Government, and even the various states’ governments, to take drastic measures.
Not only has the National assembly been closed since Tuesday the 24th of March in the wake of the pandemic, but most lawmakers are also in their constituencies.
As a House, we are not unmindful of the mood of the nation at this critical time and are committed to ensuring the country stands united in this trying times.
It is out of that commitment that the House on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, introduced and passed the Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill, 2020. It is on record that the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, about 24 hours after adjournment, engaged some top government officials in the Executive arm and approved the release of N6.5BN for the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), N10BN for Lagos state, as part of efforts to address the issue of Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite adjourning for two weeks to curb the spread of the virus, the House had expressed its readiness to reconvene at any time to consider measures aimed at addressing the situation, including a review of the 2020 Appropriation Act, if need be.
We are committed, as lawmakers, to join hands with the Executive arm to take measures aimed at containing the pandemic and providing succour to Nigerians as a result of the economic shock necessitated by Covid-19 all over the world.
We, therefore, urge Nigerians to disregard the newspaper report on the vehicles’ distribution as it is mischief taken too far. Just yesterday, the same paper on its back page, claimed that the house “closed shop and went on holiday” three weeks ago, a clear falsehood that is common knowledge. The House only shut down 3 days ago and not three weeks ago as falsely and mischievously reported. The paper chose to ignore all the house did within this time, the special session on addressing the high number of out of school children, intervening in the strike action by FCT health workers, etc.
We also call on Nigerians to join hands with governments at all levels in addressing the issue of Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s all adhere strictly to the preventive measures taken by the government.
Rep. Benjamin Kalu
Spokesman, House of Representatives,
National Assembly, Abuja.
NNPC, Partners Donate N11 BILLION To Fight Coronavirus
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), International Oil Companies (IOCs) as well as Independent Oil Companies in the Upstream and Downstream Sectors, have donated N11billion to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as part of its support to combat the Coronavirus pandemic in the Country.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, made this disclosure during a press briefing at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Friday, according to a release by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru.
Mallam Kyari said in recognition of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Nigerian population and the economy, the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry embarked on an Industry-wide collaborative initiative to support the effort to combat the pandemic and its attendant impact.
“The intervention initiative is in alignment with the ongoing Federal Government’s efforts and in collaboration with the NCDC to curb the pandemic. It is aimed at supporting our national healthcare delivery facilities and covers three key thematic areas: Provision of medical consumables; Deployment of logistics and in-patient support system; and Delivery of medical infrastructure. The three thematic support initiatives amount to $30million (N11bilion naira) and will be delivered in phases, starting today,” Mallam Kyari informed.
He noted that the increasing demand for medical services, medical consumables covering testing kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to the highly impacted areas across the federation informed the intervention of the Oil Industry.
The NNPC helmsman added that as a responsive and responsible Industry, the Oil and Gas Industry is taking this action to strengthen the collective national resolve to stem the pandemic.
He stated that the effort was a collaboration between the NNPC and its partners in the Upstream and Downstream Sector of the nation’s oil and gas value chain.
The NNPC GMD stressed that as a National Oil Company, the corporation on its own, would equip the intensive care unit of the University of Abuja Teaching hospital with 16 beds; provide ventilators and a dedicated laboratory, declaring that the medical infrastructure would be made available to the hospital immediately.
Mallam Kyari said Nigeria needed the Oil and Gas Industry now and always, saying the Industry was prepared to make further contributions to the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the medical items to be donated to the NCDC include 200 ambulances, 86 ventilators, 2,000 test kits, over 4,000 coveralls and laboratory equipment.
Other items include one diagnostic centre and several medical equipments.
The Coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the world in recent times, infecting the high and the low around the globe.