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FRCN denies harassing NUJ President in Ibadan

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Chairman, Nigeria Union of journalists, NUJ, FRCN,  Ibadan Chapel, Alhaji Nafiu Busari on Wednessday urged the public to disregard an information making the round that his members assaulted the union’s president, Chief Chris Isiguzo.

The chairman described the report as unprofessional and barbaric in nature, just as he implored the group that wrote the story to take time to upgrade their journalism skills to avoid dishing false information to the public.

In a statement made available to Mega Icon Magazine, Busari explained that the  national president, Chris isiguzo and his entourage had  earlier informed the management of their intentions of paying courtesy call on Tuesday, 25th February.

” On arrival, they came with Demola Babalola who has been facing legal charges on his eligibility to participate in NUJ election.

” My members held a congress earlier in the day and resolved that Babalola, and other syndicates were not expected in the station”, he said.

Busari added that the president with his entourage were welcomed by the FRCN management while others were politely informed that they were not welcomed.

“The  Zonal Director, Alhaji Muhammed Bello gave a warm welcome to NUJ President and the meeting was fulfilling as Isiguso described Alhaji Bello as a good union man.

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“If there was any rancor, it would be reflected in the pictures, NUJ delegation were comfortable as they even left with souvenir of FRCN.

” My members are decent and professional, I understand where the story is coming from and I understand their plights.

“We have a matter in court and we are determined to see that justice prevails. No matter how long.

“The public should disregard the information, the reality will soon be revealed to the public”, the statement concluded.

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Osun begins fumigation exercise against COVID-19 in Ile-Ife

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In its efforts aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus popularly known as COViD-19, the Osun state  government on Saturday commenced the fumigation of public places in Ile-Ife

The areas to be covered are markets, local council secretariats and the Ooni’s palace among others.

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr Obawale Adebisi, lauded the residents of Ile-Ife for complying with the government’s stay-at-home order.

Adebisi added that the fumigation exercise was part of the efforts of the state government in ensuring  total eradication of COVID-19, assuring that it would have no adverse effects on the residents.

He appealed to residents to show understanding and be patient during the lockdown, saying it was for the general good.

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COVID-19: Oyo records one new case, set to fumigate markets next week

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The Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday disclosed that the state has recorded another positive case of Covid-19, bringing to nine, the total of positive cases in the state.

A statement by the Acting Chairman of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof Temitope Alonge, on behalf the State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, which was made available in Ibadan on Saturday, confirmed that the latest case is a close contact of the second confirmed case who subsequently developed symptoms.

The statement indicated that the patient has been moved to one of the isolation centres in the state, while activities at the Emergency Operations Centre, (EOC) are being ramped up and reviewed to meet the evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With the index case in the state already discharged, the other seven cases remain stable,” Prof. Alonge said.

According to the statement, the diagnostic centre located inside the University College Hospital has commenced full and timely testing of samples, while it is committed to a turnaround time of less than 24 hours to provide results for samples taken.

“His Excellency is pleased at the progress that has been made at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Olodo, Ibadan with the training of key personnel and the readiness of the centre to receive patients starting from Monday the April 6,” the statement read.

 According to the statement, the state government has also received donations amounting to N125 million in cash and some other kind donations.

Prof. Alonge, who issued the statement shortly after the regular review meeting of the Task Force, said that the state has also concluded arrangements to decontaminate (fumigate) markets spread across the state.

He stated that the decontamination would be carried out using experts from the University of Ibadan, while the exact date of the exercise would be communicated through the heads of markets.

The statement reads: “The Task Force was also briefed about the School-on-Air programme designed to fill the gap for students in SS3, which is being  supported by Telecommunications  giant,  Airtel with a donation of 500mb of data to each participating student.

“The Commissioner for Education, Barr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who briefed the Task Force, said that the programme being run on the radio and television channels of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), was already reaching between 60 and 70 percent of the student population.

“The Task Force was further alerted to the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to roll out palliatives to residents of the state within a short while and that the Ministry of Special Duties and Women Affairs and Social Inclusion are working out the modalities for the distribution of the palliatives in a way that would ensure the people who are really in need are directly reached.

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Ibadan: Filling Station Defies Oyo Govt’s Order, Continues Construction

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Despite the directive of the Oyo state government ordering the cessation of the construction of facility intended for use as petrol/diesel retail outlet, construction works are ongoing at the filling station in Ibadan, the state capital.

The filling station, which is under construction at Apata axis of Ibadan is situated very close to St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata, and other business facilities including banks, pharmacy among others.

Mega Icon Magazine sighted construction work  vigorously ongoing at the filling station earlier sealed by the state government around February, 2020. In fact, the project is now more than 80 percent complete and full operations are expected to commence  soon,  as reliably gathered.

One of the Engineers  who confided in Mega Icon Magazine during our reporter’s visit to the site informed that they were not aware of any directive from the government to stop work, adding that all the necessary  requirements for the construction had been met.

It would be recalled that the Oyo state government had earlier sealed the filling station based on negative impact the facility would have on a nearby Primary School (St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata) and persons living within the premises.

The state  government through its Commissioner for  Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, further disclosed that  the directive was issued, following petitions received from residents and business owners. He emphasized that the action was to correct the unfriendly habits of degrading the environment which may be receptive to people’s health.

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Ayoola added that his visit to the filling station was to access  the environmental impact of the construction site, take measures that would promote a friendly environment devoid of environmental threats, particularly the pupils of the School.

According to him, the safety of residents is paramount to the government, which he reechoed must not be compromised most importantly when a school is involved. Having considered  the fact that the facility does not have environmental impact assessment report and some other necessary permit that regulates environmental activities of the state, the Commissioner put a stop work order and sealed up the facility.

However, the residents who expressed their fears to Mega Icon Magazine on Saturday appealed to the Seyi Makinde -led government to come out with stern rules governing the siting of filling stations so as to avert unnecessary hazards and also  prioritize the safety of the primary school pupils.

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