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Get over celebration, deliver services to people, Obasa tells other Speakers

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Obasa’s Press Officer, Ms Chioma Anifowose, in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, quoted the speaker as making the call at a gathering of speakers of state legislatures in Abuja.

The Lagos speaker is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.

Obasa urged his colleagues to concentrate on ensuring leadership of all the state Houses of Assembly shares the same understanding of the vision of the Conference of Speakers.

He implored the speakers to make sure that the wellbeing of the people was paramount in their daily activities.

Obasa said the conference of speakers had agreed on a road map to move state parliaments forward toward achieving greater heights in service delivery.

“Evidently, this sitting will be an inaugural one for the new speakers as well as an avenue to intimate you all with what we have been doing, particularly concerning the issue of financial autonomy for the state legislatures and its implementation,” he said

Obasa said that the financial stability of state legislatures was sacrosanct, as it was the catalyst for good governance.

The speaker urged the speakers to be committed to uncommon developments in their various states, and by extension Nigeria.

“Let me remind us of some of the pending issues that are yet to be resolved, like the constitutional amendment that was ongoing during the 8th Assembly in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as State Police.

“We should all work together in the current assembly to continue with the process of constitutional amendment, which is geared toward enhancing the wellbeing and improved standard of living of our people,” he said.

Obasa also seized the opportunity to condemn the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and foreign nationals in South Africa, saying it portends great danger to continental people.

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Coronavirus: Lagos sets date to begin clinical trial

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The Lagos State Government has said it will begin clinical trial for Coronavirus next week in partnership with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, at a news conference on Monday in Lagos, said the clinical trial would be started with Coronavirus patients and staff in Lagos State.

According to him, “There are a lot of research going on around the world, so it is possible that at some time in the near future, we will have what we may describe as a definitive cure for COVID-19.

“Indeed we are setting up our own clinical trials in Lagos in collaboration with other institutions and the NCDC and hopefully by this time next week, we should have started some clinical trials on our patients and on our staff in Lagos State.”

However, Abayomi attributed the low number of COVID-19 cases it has recorded when compared to other countries where there is an outbreak of the infection, to residents’ level of compliance to the sit-at-home order by the Federal Government.
He noted that the low figures recorded in the State indicated that the strategies adopted and being implemented by the State government was yielding the resources results.
Abayomi explained that the State was succeeding in flattening the steep rise in the curve of transmission.
“We are achieving success in delaying the spread of infection and expanding the time needed to impose social distancing and other measures. This is an indication that we are gradually winning the battle against the spread of the disease,” he observed.
While applauding residents for complying with the restriction order, he lamented that some Lagosians still flouted the stay-at-home instruction as they are seen engaging in activities which contravene the principle of social distancing and other relevant measures put in place by government to check the spread of the virus.
He advised them to adhere strictly to the order which he said has greatly helped in contact tracing of suspected cases and enabled health workers to respond swiftly in locating infected people within the state.
He stated further that the isolation centres in Onikan Stadium which has been completed and delivered will be officially opened Tuesday, noting that an additional 180 bed-space facility at the Gbagada General hospital will also be commissioned by the end of the week.
‘’We have enough facilities to manage the situation. We also have enough Personal Protection Equipment in stock for our health workers. Presently, we are still operating from the Mainland Hospital where we still have 60% of our bed-space available. Our Isolation Centers in Onikan Stadium and Gbagada General Hospital will be opened tomorrow and end of the week respectively. We believe this will provide almost 300-bed space,’’ he said

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FOOD RELIEF PACKAGE IS FOR THE INDIGENT, VULNERABLE ONLY– LASG

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In the past few days, the social media have been awash with biased opinions about the welfare package initiative of the Lagos State Government to support the indigent and the vulnerable.

The welfare package was one of the various decisions taken by the Lagos State Executive Council to ease the discomfort thrust on Lagosians by the lockdown announced by the Federal Government, especially on those who earn daily income.

It has become necessary to reiterate the modus of distribution of the welfare package as well as the category of beneficiaries of the government’s compassionate gesture, which is deliberately being distorted by mischief-makers.

For the avoidance of doubt, the first stage of the welfare package was designed to cater for 200,000 households, comprising of a father, mother and four children across the 20 local governments and the 37 local council development authorities. It is a misconception that it was meant for all Lagosians. No.

All aged residents who are above 60 years old and registered with the Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency, LASRRA, were sent text messages and requested to confirm the accuracy of their details, such as name and home address. They have since responded to the text messages so as to benefit from the package.

The food relief materials for the above 60 group are being delivered directly to the beneficiaries by representatives of the State Government based on the data with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency.

The other category of beneficiaries comprises the indigent and vulnerable within the various communities at the grassroots.

As part of strategies to ensure that the relief packages reach the deserving beneficiaries, the State government involved Community Development Associations and their Committees as well as Community and Religious Leaders to collate the names of community members who deserve to benefit from the palliative measure.
The CDAs were also tasked to ensure the items were judiciously distributed.

The government is constantly monitoring the process and has observed some lapses that gave rise to the negative comments on some social media platforms.
The issues are being addressed to fine-tune the strategies adopted in getting the food items across to the intended recipients of the package.

In all, about 100,000 households across the State have been reached since the exercise started.

Lagosians should remain confident that the State Government is working to ensure that the lapses are
addressed so that the vulnerable who Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu said will not suffer will benefit from this laudable intervention.

Gbenga Omotoso
Commissioner for Information & Strategy

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COVID-19 UPDATE BY LAGOS INCIDENT COMMANDER, GOVERNOR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU

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Dear Lagosians, 

I have more great news for you from our Infectious Disease Hospital. Today, additional two female patients have recovered fully, having tested negative twice consecutively. They have been discharged from the facility. 

With the newly discharged patients, we now have a total of 31 people that have fully recovered from #COVID19 in Lagos and discharged to join the community. 

We are full of appreciation to the front line health workers, working hard during this difficult time. Their successful strides in this war against COVID19 brings us joy and hope. I therefore enjoin citizens to continue to listen and obey health advisories issued by our health experts as they coordinate resources to beat #COVID19.

I have no doubt whatsoever that we have the upper hand in this war. We are winning and we will eventually win. 

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

COVID19 Lagos Incident Commander

6th April, 2020

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