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Co-chairman of Kano COVID-19 task force tested positive for virus

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Co-chairman of Kano COVID-19 task force tested positive for virus

A professor of infectious and tropical diseases Abdulrazaq Garba Habib has tested positive for COVID-19. Professor Habib’s positive result was released on Wednesday and had since been admitted at the state isolation centre at Kwanar Dawakin, The Guardian authoritatively gathered.

“It is true but rather sad Professor Abdulrazaq tested positive for COVID-19. He is already admitted at the isolation centre for comprehensive management”, a source told The Guardian.

An epidemiologist, who is also the Co-Chairman, Kano state Taskforce on COVID-19, who is actively involved in rapid response to all the confirmed cases in Kano, contracted the virus during clinical services, a senior member of the taskforce revealed in confidence.

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Professor Habib participated in the initial characterization of a new emerging infection Corona Virus – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (CoV-SARS) in Singapore. Presently, he teaches modules on the immune response to infectious HIV/AID, tuberculosis, snakebite sepsis, parasite infection and typhoid fever at Bayero University, Kano.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine trained physician directly involved in several clinical epidemiology studies, earning a globally certified award of excellence.

Kano state Commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa could not be reached on the telephone and did not respond to text message for confirmation of the development. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje inaugurated the task force on March 21, 2020.

The task force is led by the deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, and Co-chair by Professor Habib with the core mandate of quick response to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Kano as well as rendering effective management of cases.

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Buhari Arrives Imo for Commissioning of Projects

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Imo State for the commissioning of major projects.

Buhari arrived at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state’s capital on Thursday and was received by state officials and other luminaries.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had revealed that the president would be visiting Imo to commission some “major projects” his government has executed.

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“While in Abuja, I secured approval for the president to visit Imo on Thursday, Sept. 9, to commission some major projects put together by the Shared Prosperity Administration,” the governor said during an interview after he visited the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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F.G. asks L.A.S.G. to Provide Land For Mass Housing Programme

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The Federal Government has appealed to Lagos State Government to provide land for the takeoff of the present administration’s mass housing scheme in the state.

The Federal Controller of Housing in Lagos State, Margaret Adejobi, made the appeal in Lagos on Sunday. She stated that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had explored various means to ensure immediate take off of the mass housing programme in Lagos State but was constrained by lack of land.

Adejobi said that Lagos State Government had in the past allocated a waterlogged land in Abijo near Epe, adding that the cost of sand filling the area would make the houses unaffordable.

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Adejobi said that the ministry was also exploring other options to get suitable land for immediate commencement of mass housing for residents.

She appealed to government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to donate some of their vast parcels of land for mass housing for Lagos residents.

According to her, several MDAs have vast land not being put to use for decades which could make a huge difference if used for mass housing for Lagos residents.

Adejobi, who assumed office in Lagos last month, further promised to collaborate with all stakeholders to make Lagos a better place.

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NNPC MD Charges Staff to Sustain Profitability Trend

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The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, has charged the staff of the petroleum corporation to work hard to sustain the profitability trend as Nigerians will no longer condone losses from the Corporation.

Kyari at a Town hall meeting which was held in Abuja, assured that the corporation would continue to imbibe the best practices.

He applauded the staff for breaking the profitability jinx, adding that things cannot be the same with the Corporation again, especially with the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act which mandated it to run under the Company and Allied Matters Act.

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He stressed that a back slide into losses for three consecutive years would mean liquidation for the Corporation while noting that the principles that propelled the Corporation from loss into profitability include cost control, transparency, ethical conduct among others.

He further urged staff to desist from every conduct that could prove inimical to the progress of the Corporation by either reporting such directly to him or deploying any of the whistle-blowing platforms that have been activated by the Corporation.

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