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COVID-19: Ekiti State Reopens Schools And Religious Centers

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Ekiti state government has directed religious centres in the state to resume services from Friday July 17, 2020, while schools are set to reopen July 20.

The religious centres in the state are to re-open in line with the agreement reached by the state government and leaders of religious organisations in the state.

Ekiti state government urged worshippers and religious leaders to ensure “full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres, which includes social distancing of 6-feet between worshippers, hand washing and face masks.”

Governor o Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi made the announcement in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday June 30, where he also announced plans of reopening schools in the state from July 20. He said;

“However, this might be in phases starting with students in terminal classes SS3, JSS3 and Primary 6 to prepare for their examinations. Other classes will be gradually absorbed as schools meet all requirements to accommodate them safely and responsibly.

“A certificate of Readiness showing that a school has adhered to all the conditions required for school reopening will be issued to all schools before they can reopen.”

He added that the government has embarked on a quick rejuvenation of schools to ensure that basic facilities such as water, sanitiser, soap and other facilities to aid hygienic practices are in place.

The two largest markets in Ado Ekiti – Oja Oba and Bisi Market, will now be open to lock-up shops only, subject to compliance with protocols, Fayemi stated.

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Wike Slams N7bn Suit On ThisDay Newspapers

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has slammed a N7 Billion suit against ThisDay Newspapers being damages for libel written and published in ThisDay’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020 edition.

This was disclosed in a statement by Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.

The statement reads: “In the publication captioned, “With Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’S Waterloo, Almost,” the Defendants maliciously and falsely portrayed the Claimant as an unreliable friend/person.

The suit filed at the Port Harcourt High Court by Governor Wike’s Counsel, Emmanuel C.Ukala, Esq, S.A.N, FCIArb, the Defendants further portrayed Governor Wike as a selfish politician and a person who meddled in and exerts subterranean influence in judicial matters in courts sitting in Port Harcourt to achieve selfish political interest and that he is not a true democrat.

He is therefore seeking an order of mandatory injunction compelling the Defendants to withdraw, retract and recant the said libellous publication.

The retraction is to be published at the front page(and to devote the whole full front page to the publication of the retraction).

ThisDay Newspaper is also to publish an apology in the terms acceptable to the Claimant and with his prior approval at the back page( on the full back page) in the same edition on which the retraction is published, and two consecutive editions of ThisDay Newspapers.

The Claimant is also seeking an order of injunction restraining the Defendants by themselves or by their servants, agents, privies and associates from further publishing the said libel or any manner however and whatsoever continuing to circulate the said libellous publication concerning the Claimant.”

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BREAKING: Lagos Cancels 2018 Land Use Charge

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Lagos State Government has cancelled the 2018 land use charge and reverted to pre-2018 land use charges.

The Government announced this at an ongoing press briefing by Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo.

The government also waived penalties for land use charge for 2017, 2018 and 2019, which according to the Commissioner translates to a loss of revenue amounting to N5.6bn.

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NDDC Doled Out N10 Billion To Stop My Reelection – Wike

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Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has described the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as a cash cow for politicians.

Wike accused the commission of doling out N10bn to stop his reelection in 2019, insisting the ongoing probe of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission should be expanded to involve activities of previous managements.

The governor, who spoke in a live television interview, said though he was not in a position to suggest to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) how to run the commission, the existing approach of involving politicians in the affairs of NDDC would continue to be counterproductive.

Wike said politicians must stay away from the NDDC noting that only technocrats should be used to manage the commission to enable it live up to its mandate of developing the Niger Delta region.

According to him: “I have said before and it is very clear, my concern is, everyone knows that the NDDC was set up for the development of the region.

“Unfortunately, they have turned it into a different thing. NDDC is a cash cow for politicians.

“When they are talking about probing the IMC, I said why only the IMC? What about the other guy, Prof. Brambaifa and the rest of them. In my own election, NDDC brought N10bn cash to fight against us. They haven’t invited us.”

Wike said he faulted the method adopted by NDDC in project execution and took them to court on the need to consult with the state government before executing its projects.

He said the government won its court case against the NDDC with a judgment that the NDDC must consult the state government before embarking on any project in Rivers.

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