The Lagos State Government has announced plans to inaugurate an oxygen plant at the Gbagada General Hospital.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi said on Tuesday at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba when he received 260 oxygen cylinders and a medical incinerator donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to help the state in its fight against COVID-19.
“One of the key factors in keeping people alive is the availability of oxygen. We have lost less than 400 to the pandemic because we have been proactive in our strategy. During the first wave, we had thought about these necessities – oxygen, incinerator, and expanding our capacity, and sure enough, our partners have always come to our support and provided essential platforms for us to improve and be more efficient with managing COVID-19. The oxygen cylinders and incinerator come very useful to the government because Lagos does not want to be taken by surprise. We will keep building our oxygen logistics; a new plant will be inaugurated at the Gbagada General Hospital soon because we are anticipating the future. COVID-19 keeps going through multiple waves, and as the virus is changing, so is our strategy. We will always stay one step ahead of it. We hope we won’t get to the third wave but we will be ready if it comes and ensures we keep our fatalities as low as possible,” he said.
The government has approved to re-open the Lekki toll gate and this has triggered a feeling of anger in the hearts of some Nigerian youths.
Youths have threatened to begin a fresh protest if the government re-opens the toll gate without justice for those who died during the endsars protest.
In preparation, the Nigerian youths has taken to their social media handles with #RevolutionNow and #OccupyLekkiTollGate to mobilize others, fliers, pictures and hashtags have gone viral on twitter to create an awareness.
The protest is scheduled to kick off at 7am on Saturday, February 13, 2021.
The Lagos State Government has confirmed COVID-19 cases in a secondary boarding school on the mainland.
This was made known according to a report by Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi on Friday night, after a member of the school’s staff tested positive for COVID-19 on November 2.
Contact tracing has revealed that a student and four contacts of the staff member are positive for COVID-19. The staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic. She subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday 2nd of November at the Lagos State Biobank. The Lagos State COVID-19 Incident Command System through the Emergency Operation Centre is investigating the incident, and we would like to assure members of the public and stakeholders of the school that the situation is completely under control. All parents are being contacted first through the PTA and a family zoom call is being arranged to further allay their fears. It is important to note that COVID-19 presents with very mild symptoms in children and teenagers, compared to other age groups. However, there is the risk of infected children transmitting the disease to adults who they interact with daily, and who may be at higher risk of severe disease and death. The school authorities, supported by Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Ministry of Education, are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government. Students who test positive are to be isolated in the school premises and, if unwell, will be admitted to one of the accredited isolation centers in Lagos. Students are discouraged from going home to avoid infecting members of their families,” he stated.
Another explosion occurred in Baruwa community, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Eight persons have been killed in the gas explosion which reportedly emanated from the Best Roof Cooking Gas, around 5.45 am on Thursday
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the agency’s emergency response unit had been deployed in the area, adding that the explosion razed houses, shops and a primary school.
He said, “The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected.
Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.
Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided.”
Some Lawmakers in Lagos state submitted a bill of prohibition of unlawful societies and cultism on Tuesday, if the bill is passed into law parents of youths found guilty of cultism in Lagos State may become liable for punishment
The members were discussing the bill sent by the Attorney General of the state, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo.
However, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, said there was the need to differentiate among the various types of cultism in the country so as not to create another problem while solving one.
“We need to look at the way and manner weapons are used. The existing law should be seriously looked into,” he added.
Obasa therefore committed the bill to the House Committee on Judiciary, which was directed to report back to the House in three weeks.
Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the House,representing Ikorodu 1,said sponsors of cultism were not captured under the bill.
He said, “The suspected student should be investigated before suspension. Parents of students who engage in any cult group should also be liable.”
During the 17th update on the management of Coronavirus in Lagos state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre has been shut down.
The Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and patients relocated to a large capacity centre; Indo-Centre in Anthony area, which would be soon be inaugurated.
“Over the last four, five months, we have built an excess capacity centre, but that is only the way to go, you cannot over-prepare. We have got to a stage where we need to balance the economics of this and which of these facilities do we need to keep running. Some of them now are having less than 20 percent of occupancy. This is why we reached a conclusion to shut Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki,” he stated.
He also added that the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba is now also gradually being reverted back to its former status as a hospital to cater to all forms of infectious diseases.
The Lagos State Government has released a statement in order to clarify the misgivings that have trailed a disclosure made by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on the amount the state government spends on the treatment of Covid-19 patients in critical conditions, which a section of the media sensationally put at N1 Million per day.
The statement which was released by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, clarified what the state spends on the treatment of Coronavirus patients in various isolation centres in the state.
“Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, addressed a press conference at which he spoke on several facets of the state’s response to Covid-19. After the conference, he took questions. It has become evident from the subsequent reporting of the Honourable Commissioner’s comments and answers that there are misunderstandings that require clarification and correction. The areas that were insufficiently appreciated and incorrectly portrayed by some members of the press are the perceived inefficiencies in testing and reporting protocols and the cost of caring for patients in our isolation centres. On testing protocols, the number of tests being conducted presently, when compared to what we did in the early stages of the pandemic, has shown incredibly significant growth. Alongside, that has come with certain challenges. We are not where we want to be, but it would be unfair not to acknowledge the tremendous progress that has been made by the State. With rapid growth are some glitches, which we recognise and are striving to overcome. While we commend the role of the press in probing into the application of public funds, we look up to them to be balanced and accurate in their reporting. It is clear that N1,000,000 sounds more sensational than N100,000, but we must not allow sincerity to be sacrificed on the altar of sensationalism. What the Honourable Commissioner sought to communicate was the range of symptom manifestations of the Coronavirus – from mild and moderate to severe and critical. He explained that the cost of treating these manifestations vary, considerably,” the statement read.
The Lagos Police force on Sunday made known that they had arrested a total number of 185 suspected cultists who had been terrorising Ikorodu and environs.
Spokesman Bala Elkana disclosed that eight locally-made pistols were recovered from the suspects within the last two weeks during raids of Ikorodu, Ipakodo, Igbogbo, Ibeshe, Shagamu Road, Agbowa and others.
He said the raids followed a directive from the Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu to the Special Strike Force on social miscreants to tackle the menace of cultism in Ikorodu district.
“Operatives of the Special Strike Force were given clear instructions to reclaim and dominate the public spaces and ensure that no cult groups or gangs operate in any part of Lagos State. The Strike Force has so far arrested 185 notorious cultists and recovered eight locally made pistols and other dangerous weapons from them. Suspects arrested confessed to belong to Eiye, Aiye, KK, Buccaneers, Vikings confraternities, among others. One Gbadamosi Mohammed, 30, suspected to be among the cultists, who reportedly killed one Madariola Sunday at Ibeshe on May 21, was among the suspects arrested. Also arrested are Onibudo Afeex, Habeeb Isa, Felix Igwoke, Taiwo Iyanu at Femi Taiwo Street, Ikorodu. They were arrested in an uncompleted building holding a cult meeting. One Adeoye Daya, 25, a hit man of Aiye confraternity, was arrested at Ikorodu garage with one locally made short gun,” he stated.
The Lagos State Government has announced that the decision to reopen schools in the state will be taken in two weeks.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state Governor said this during a televised press briefing on Thursday.
The decision would be taken after an extensive meeting with stakeholders in the education sector, Sanwo-olu said.
He said, “I know we are all eager to know the plans we have for the reopening of our learning institutions. There is still a lot more work to be done in this regard and we are looking at the educational sector very differently.
However, we will continue to have our online learning at our seven higher institutions.
In primary and secondary schools, we will be engaging with the Ministry of Education and Lagos State Safety Commission, and we will be coming out with a full and specific pronouncement in two weeks’ time.
Once the protocols have been agreed with the stakeholders at the primary and secondary level, as to when and how the schools will be reopening.”
A polythene manufacturing company at Ahmmadiya Bus Stop, Abule-Egba, Lagos State, has been gutted by fire.
The incident was said to have occurred on Saturday while production was ongoing at the factory. Some factory attendants disclosed that the fire sparked off from a section of the plant due to overheating of a production unit.
Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said there was no casualty.
Adding that, responders including the LASEMA team, the Federal Fire Service, and the Lagos State Fire Service arrived at the scene to extinguish the fire
On Tuesday, three men, who allegedly presented forged documents to the Taiwanese Embassy in Lagos for visa processing, were brought before the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The men who were identified as Joseph Otisi, 29, Chukwu Ezedinachi and Nosiru Oladimeji.
Otisi, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku, while Ezedinachi and Oladimeji were jointly charged before Magistrate T.B Are.
Police Counsel Wewe Adegbayi, an Assistant Superintendent (ASP), prosecuted both cases, alleging that the defendants committed the offences last March at the Taiwanese Embassy on No. 23A Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Otisi, Adegbayi said, forged a Societe Generale Bank, Benin statement of account No 0/0099199946-46 and submitted the same for visa processing. Each defendant pleaded not guilty and secured bail.
Chief Magistrate Botoku adjourned Otisi’s case till May 16 for mention, while Ezedinachi and Oladimeji will again appear before Magistrate Are on May 17.
Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the state head of service in a statement on Friday, said Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, approved the reopening of the public offices as a way of gradually easing the lockdown in the state.
He said officials on grade levels 12 and below will continue working from home, while the sick ones are advised to stay away from the office.
“Officers on Grade Levels 12 and below must continue working from home, unless otherwise directed by their Accounting Officers, with the exception of Frontline Responders and other essential Health Workers, irrespective of Grade, as well as Enforcement Agencies.
Accounting Officers to carry out a Needs Assessment of critical Staff, identify essential Officers and draw up a Flexible Work Roster for Officers on Grade Levels 13 and above, in compliance with the Physical Distancing Principle as stated by the World Health Organisation.
The Secretariat and other Government Establishments would remain shut to members of the public and non-staff who are advised to conduct their affairs through other channels such as telephone, emails and online platforms,” Muri-Okunola