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Lagos Parents Kick Against Schools Reopening

Parents in Lagos State have opposed the reopening of schools while the spread of coronavirus in the country is yet to be reduced.

The parents who spoke to newsmen said it is important for the Federal and state governments to keep safeguarding children from the Pandemic.

One of the parents , Mrs Ayobami Ojo , urged the government to allow children to remain at home until containment of the pandemic. She concluded that there is no need for morning and evening classes, if the the cases is still on the rise.

Also , Mrs Abiodun Aina, a business woman said that children ’ s lives could be jeopardised when schools resume.

She further said that it the citizens should stop put pressure on government on reopening of schools. She urged everyone to be patient because it is difficult to make the so called adults abide by the guidelines let alone children.

GOOD NEWS: 87 COVID-19 patients recover in Lagos

Isolation Centers across Lagos State have discharged 87 patients previously undergoing treatment for coronavirus the State.

This statement was made public by the Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMoH) via a series of tweets on Wednesday.

The patients were said to have recovered after receiving treatment and subsequently testing negative twice for the virus.

The PUNCH reports that those discharged were made up of 40 females and 47 males.

Those discharged include 26 from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 24 from Onikan, 12 from Eti-Osa (LandMark),11 from Agidingbi, nine from Gbagada and five LUTH Isolation Centres.

Recall that 5 patients recently died of coronavirus-related complications so that the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state had risen to 47.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) made this known via its Situation Report 88 published on Wednesday.

The NCDC reports that seven other states recorded 11 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Girl Fakes Death On Facebook To Avoid Family Pressure

A teenage housemaid, Margaret Adiya Ikumu, who posted fake pictures of her purported death on Facebook, yesterday told the police that she was compelled to take such a decision to keep her mother and uncle away from putting financial pressure on her.

Nineteen-year-old Ikumu, who was a maid in an estate in Ajah, said both her mother and uncle abandoned her when her father died but later turned around to be demanding money from her.

“I was just tired of the financial pressure they kept mounting on me. That was why I faked my death as the only way out,” she said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said that on May 15, 2020, the Command received a petition signed by one Tony Iji, on behalf of the Ikumu family members, who hail from Oni, Oju Local Government, Benue State.

Elkana said the petitioners stated that their attention had been drawn to a post on Facebook stating that the said Margaret Adiya Ikumu had died a few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy, in Ajah.

The family members further stated that they were able to establish contact with the said friends, who confirmed to them that their daughter had died.

The police spokesman said, “The friends said they had been instructed by Margaret not to allow members of her family know anything about her death, and that they were authorised by the deceased person to secretly bury her. To make them believe that the girl was truly dead, they sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family, with picture of a casket showing that the girl had been buried.

“The known phone number of the girl was permanently switched off. The family also got in touch with a man on phone, who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she was dead.

“The girl was eventually found by the police to be alive and working as a housemaid in an estate at Ajah. When her employer saw the report of her purported death, they quickly informed the police and she was brought to the Ajah police station.

“In her statement, she confessed to have created the Facebook account and posted her obituary with intent to keep her family away from her. She said her mother was putting financial pressure on her, constantly demanding that she sends money to her. The girl is apparently bitter with her mother and uncles over their inability to sponsor her education after the death of her father. Her sojourn to Lagos is to work, save some money and return to school.

“She admitted using the photograph of her employer’s daughter, Dr Nimechi Ugorji, without her knowledge, as her profile photo in the fictitious Facebook account she created. But her uncle, on seeing the obituary, downloaded the profile picture and reposted it, calling on members of the public who knew the person on the photograph to report to the nearest police station. Investigation is ongoing.”

Resume Lagos-Abuja flights – Sanwo-Olu begs FG

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commenced moves to get the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19 to allow flights from Lagos to Abuja to resume considering the growing impact of the closure of the airports on the state’s economy.

According to the governor, the industries most “significantly” affected by the lockdown include the aviation industry as well as the entertainment, hospitality and transportation industries.

Recall the that the Federal Government had on March 23 shut all international airports in the country. The shutdown was later extended to the closure to all airports in the country, banning all local and international flights.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made this statement during a webinar hosted by FSDH Merchant Bank on Friday. The webinar, titled, ‘A global pandemic: local realities and peculiarities – a view from the frontlines’, was anchored by the Chairman, FSDH Holding Company, Mr Hakeem Belo-Osagie, and the bank’s Managing Director, Mrs Hamda Ambah.

Lagos IGR More than 26 States Combined – NBS

Lagos State has retained its place as Nigeria ’ s economic capital , generating N398 . 7 bn in 2019 alone which is equivalent to internally generated revenues by 26 states of the federation.

The N398 . 7 bn IGR of Lagos State is more than those of Taraba , Gombe , Kebbi , Ebonyi , Borno , Yobe , Katsina , Ekiti , Adamawa , Nasarawa , Bauchi , Niger, Jigawa , Abia , Zamfara , Imo , Bayelsa , Kogi, Plateau , Benue , Osun , Sokoto , Cross River , Anambra , Oyo and Edo which had a total of N375 . 2 bn.

According to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics , the state with the second highest IGR remained Rivers which generated N140 . 3 bn. The Federal Capital Territory, which was classified as a state in the report , came third with N74 . 5 bn while Ogun came fourth with N 70 . 9 bn.
The states with the lowest revenues are Taraba , Gombe and Kebbi , which generated N6 . 5 bn, N 6 . 8 bn and N 7 . 3 bn respectively.

The combined revenue generated internally by the 36 states and the FCT in 2019 was N1 . 33 tn, according to the report.

These details were disclosed on Friday by the NBS in its ‘ Internally Generated Revenue at State Level Report for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 . ’

Part of the report stated, “ The 36 states and the FCT IGR figure hit N1 . 33 tn in 2019 , compared to N1 . 17 tn recorded in 2018 . This indicates a positive growth of 20 . 92 per cent year on year.

“ Similarly, in the Q 4 2019 , the states and the FCT IGR figure hit N346 . 20 bn, compared to N294 . 11 bn recorded in Q 3 2019 . This indicates a positive growth of 17 . 71 per cent quarter on quarter. ”

According to the NBS , Delta had N64 . 67 ; while Kaduna had N44 . 95.

It added that Kano had N40 . 59 ; Akwa Ibom had N32 . 29 bn; Enugu had N31 . 06 bn; Kwara had N30 . 64 bn; Ondo had N30 . 13 bn; Edo had N29 . 47 bn and Oyo had N 26 . 74 bn.

The report showed that Anambra had N26 . 36 bn; Cross River , N22 . 59 bn; Sokoto , N19 bn; Osun , N17 . 02 bn; Benue , N17 . 85 bn; and Plateau , N16 . 48 bn.

The NBS stated that Kogi had N16 . 38 bn; Bayelsa , N16 . 34 bn; Imo , N16 . 09 bn; Zamfara , N15 . 41 bn; Abia , N14 . 76 bn; Jigawa , N12 . 92 bn, and Niger, N 12 . 76 bn.

Bauchi had N 11 . 69 bn; Nasarawa , N10 . 85 bn; Adamawa , N 9 . 7 bn; Ekiti , N8 . 54 bn; Katsina , N8 . 49 bn ; Yobe , N8 . 44 bn, and Borno, N 8 . 17 bn.

Ebonyi had N7 . 45 bn while Kebbi had N7 . 36 bn, according to the report .

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