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Lassa Fever: Badagry LG to Organise Enlightenment Programme on Prevention

The chairman of Badagry Local Government, Hon. Onilude Olusegun has noted that the council would organise a 5 day enlightenment programme on Lassa fever prevention from January 31st to orientate the community on the prevention of the contagious disease.

While speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday, Onilude noted that there is need to alert the people on necessary things to do to prevent the outbreak of the disease.

“The programme is to put them on alert, educate them on how to cover what they eat and imbibe hand-washing habit regularly. This is the awareness we want to create these five days” he declared.

Onilude also noted that “medical personnel will articulate all the key points that will be needed during the programme.”

Sensitization is expected to be done using outdoor jingles, road shows as well as at various health centres and communities by the Health Education Unit of the local government while respective Community Development Council (CDC) are expected to spread the information to their communities.

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On the modalities for the programme, Mrs Bamidele Layode-Abdulkadir, the Supervisor for Health of the LG noted that the programme will feature a road show from the Secretariat to the market then to the venue of the programme – the Badagry Town Hall.

Also, T-Shirts will be provided and screening will be done at the venue by medical professionals; residents will also be educated on what to do in order to prevent these diseases.

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Why Naira Marley and Gbadamosi Arraignment Are Delayed

Lagos State Police command has said no date has been fixed for the arraignment of singer Naira Marley and former governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife.

Naira Marley and the Gbadamosi’s were arrested on Monday for violating the Infectious Disease Regulation of Lagos state when they attended the birthday party organized by actress Funke Akindele and her hubby, JJCSkillz over the weekend.

Funke and her husband were arraigned before the Ogba Magistrate court on Monday April 6th for flouting the social distancing order of the state government by organizing a party.

They were sentenced to 14 days community service and ordered to pay N200,000 fine and were also ordered to immediately go into 14 days isolation to determine if they might have contracted the novel Coronavirus during the event.

Spokesperson of the police command, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the delay in Naira Marley and the Gbadamosi’s arraignment, said no court would be opened in the state on Tuesday due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He told the Nation:

I don’t know who proposed today. They will be arraigned, but no court is sitting today. Courts don’t sit today. They have days they sit now because of this Coronavirus. They sat yesterday (Monday), the next sitting will be tomorrow (Wednesday).

A top official of the Ministry of Justice, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Nation, said some Magistrate Courts in the state only sit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10am and 1pm.

He said this follows a March 30 directive from the Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba, in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The source hinted that the proposed arraignment of Naira Marley and the Gbadamosi’s would take place on Wednesday April 8.

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Lagos Peg Secondary School Entry at 12 Years

The Lagos State Government has declared that the entry age for prospective students into any secondary school will be 12 years.

This will take effect from the next academic session be it private or public school in the state.

This was revealed in a circular released in March and signed by Mrs A. A. Adebowale of the Ministry of Education.

A fine of ₦50,000 has been proposed for first offenders and ₦100,000 fine for second offenders as well as warning letters to close an erring school in case of any violation.

She said the new directive will be strictly enforced by agencies of education in the state.

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