Personnel Welfare Receives Boost As NAF Commissions Additional Blocks Of Residential Accommodation For Officers In Lagos

The drive of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) towards ensuring that its personnel have befitting residential accommodation has received a fresh boost with the commissioning of 2 newly constructed blocks of 6 x 3 bedroom flats for married officers at the Sam Ethnan Air Force Base Ikeja, Lagos today, 28 May 2020.

Speaking during the commissioning, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command (AOC LC), Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao, noted that the commissioning of the project was a testimony to his resolve to improve the welfare of NAF personnel, being a major requirement in the development of human capacity for enhanced operational performance.

He noted that, while the NAF was being restructured for more effective and efficient service delivery in the last 4 and half years, several infrastructural developments aimed at improving both the working and living conditions of personnel were also embarked upon. The infrastructural developments, the CAS added, included the construction of new offices and living accommodations across all NAF Bases in the Country, to provide conducive atmosphere for optimum operational output.

Speaking further, the CAS noted that the infrastructural development was a major moraleboosting factor for some of the modest operational achievements recorded so far. “In the last four and half years, while working to address the housing deficit for personnel, we have provided befitting accommodation for about 7,500 families. We remain resolute to do more”, he said.

The CAS commended the Logistics Command (LC) for providing the necessary support that had enabled the Service to be more efficient in the conduct of its operations across various theatres. He pledged that the Headquarters would continue to provide the necessary resources to enablethe Command to continue playing its vital role in supporting NAF operations. The CAS equally lauded the measures emplaced by the Command to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and describbed the communal approach to tackling the virus with the introduction of COVID-19 Enlightenment and Enforcement Team made up of youth volunteers within the Base, as most impressive.

He highlighted that Headquarters NAF, in compliance with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, had directed the scaling down of the number of personnel for official work to the barest minimum to limit the likelihood of contact. He also reminded personnel to continue to maintain personal hygiene, whilst observing physical distancing.

The newly constructed blocks of buildings which are built with a touch of class – with all bedrooms en suite, was executed by TILT Construction Limited, a wholly-Nigerian owned Civil and Structural Engineering Construction company serving as a trusted infrastructure partner to organisations in the private and public sector.

Managing Director of TILT Construction, Mr Jameel Olatunji stated that jobs were provided to no fewer than 50 skilled artisans and over 4000 man-hours of work were completed with no cases of accidents recorded. “This performance was not the result of chance; it was made possible through our continuous commitment to safety and efficiency” he said.

Among project completed by the company include Construction of Residential Development for the Federal Capital Development Authority, Federal Ministry of Works & Housing, Nigeria Immigration Service, amongst others.

In his closing remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, ably represented by Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao thanked the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the resources being expended to improve personnel welfare, and enjoined personnel to take responsibility for the proper maintenance of all infrastructures on all NAF Bases, whilst remaining committed to the effective execution of assigned tasks.

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Nigerian Professionals: Ambassadorial Nominees Are Thoroughbred Diplomats, Would Serve Nigeria’s Best Interest

Described as: “Round peg in round hole, truly deserving.”

A group of professionals in Nigeria, under the aegis of Young Nigerian Professionals have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the nomination of 42 thoroughbred career diplomats as Ambassadors-designate, describing them as “round pegs, fit in round holes,” and “truly deserving.”

The forum in a statement signed by its Chairman, Charles Folayan said they were elated by the choice of these nominees, some of whom they had interacted with, at Nigerian Missions abroad and found to be diligent, hard working and patriotic.

According to Folayan, the forum is confident of the prospective Ambassadors’ capacities to deliver on President Buhari’s policies at the global arena whenever they are posted after clearance by the Senate.

“We can affirm that this list was carefully put together by the President in line with his foreign policy objectives. The nominees are seasoned diplomats, who have served in various countries with distinction; they are good men and women with the highest sense of commitment and responsibility. Wherever they have served, they were the darling of the Nigerian communities and their host officials.” Charles noted.

“Of particular interest is I. A. Yusuf, a nominee from Kogi State with whom the forum had interacted at more than one Nigerian Mission abroad. We know him for his exemplary character, integrity and his positive disposition towards Nigerians in his host countries, especially the students and professionals. He offers help with ease, to anyone who demands help.

“In all our encounters, we noted that when Yusuf gives his word, he keeps it; he has an unflinching penchant for timeliness; and importantly he demands diligence and love for Nigeria from associates and those he works with, that whatever is to be done must be done in the national interest and must be done right.

“We believe that the Ambassadors-designate will bring to Nigeria, the benefits of their abundant network of relationships across the world.”

The statement went ahead to encourage the Ambassadorial nominees to remain steadfast to the values that saw them rise to where they are.

The forum asked them to keep their eyes on the ball in order to justify the confidence reposed on them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Post-COVID-19: What President Buhari Is Doing, And Will Do, By Presidency

There is global anxiety on what the future holds for humanity post-COVID-19, particularly in respect of the economy, healthcare, job security, and general wellbeing.

Naturally, Nigerians are not immune from the disquietude, as they belong to the global community.

Below is a checklist of some measures that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken, and will further take, to make life abundant for Nigerians. This should assuage some apprehensions:

Ø An economic team, headed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning has been set up to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

Ø Economic Sustainability Committee headed by the Vice President to define a post-COVID-19 economy for Nigeria.

Ø Task force set up on free movement of farm produce headed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Ø Plans afoot to tackle weak health systems and infrastructure through establishment of standard laboratories, intensive care units, and isolation centres in all states of the Federation. The health infrastructure will eventually be recalibrated for the good of the people, and in readiness for future emergencies.

Ø As long term measure, emphasis will be placed on integrating local content in proven researches in cure, and production of materials in the heath sector.

Ø A Fiscal Sustainability Plan to complement the suite of monetary and banking interventions recently announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Ø A mass agricultural programme to be put in place.

Ø Major rural road construction programme.

Ø Mass housing programme.

Ø Large scale installation of residential solar systems, utilizing mainly local materials.

Ø Expansion of the Social Investment Programme.

Ø The 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Budget 2020 assumptions and targets have already been revised.

Ø Time-sensitive expenditures are to be prioritized over less critical spending.

Ø Extant financial controls are to be strengthened to detect, eliminate and sanction instances of waste, funds misappropriation and corruption.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

May 14, 2020

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Muslim Coalition Against Covid-19 Distributes Relief Materials To Rivers Residents

A group, Muslim Coalition Against Covid-19, has donated food items and other relief materials to a total of 315 residents of Rivers State to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

In a chat with Alhaji Moshood Abiola, Chairman of Publicity Committee for the group, he said the donation follows the stay-at-home order of the state government following the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, the group knows the pains people are passing through at this moment, and deemed it necessary to support indigent families, Muslim faithful, Christian faithful, widows, disabled, Corp members and aged.

He added that the group has also distributed relief materials to residents in Lagos, Osun, Oyo and the Federal Capital Territory, and was able to deploy volunteers to help in the distribution of food items to beneficiaries.

“We are doing this to bring joy and make life meaningful for everyone irrespective of religion and class in the society as many of them have been at home without food,” he said.

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APYF Congratulates New Chief Of Staff To The President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari

The national body of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of the renowned diplomat and academic, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the new Chief of Staff.

In a statement released in Abuja, the Forum notes that the rich pedigree and credentials of Professor Gambari testified to the thoroughness of Mr. President in carefully selecting those who will support him in his consistent effort to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people.

“We as a front line youth group have always championed a mix of the wisdom of elders with the energy and idealism of the young as a precursor to our growth and development as a country. The appointment of the elder statesman to such a position at this trying moment in the history of our country clearly supports our position. We therefore congratulate Mr. President on this choice,” a part of the statement read.

While congratulating the new appointee, APYF said it has the unwavering belief in the capacity of Prof Gambari to discharge the responsibilities of his new office in a most spectacular manner.

The forum therefore wishes the Chief of Staff a rewarding time in the service of the President and the Nigerian nation; while pledging the support of progressive youths across the country towards ensuring his success in this new assignment.

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
National Field Director, APYF

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Nigeria And Nigerians Will Come Out Of Covid-19 Pandemic Stronger – Osinbajo

“We will get through this much stronger economically and much stronger as a people because of our resilience. There are a lot of challenges but they offer significant opportunities for us to turn things around.”

Those were the words of assurance from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to Nigerians during his interaction today at the 2020 edition of ‘The Platform’ themed “Nigeria’s battle against COVID-19”.
 
According to him. “I am very confident that Nigerians, with our resilience, our strength and our innovation, we will go through this in great shape.”

The Platform is an annual discussion programme of the Covenant Christian Centre that features discussions around the state of the Nigerian nation and its development. The May 2020 edition featured virtual participants without a life audience as a result of the global pandemic.  

The Vice President then laid out some of the Federal Government’s efforts to address the economic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking specifically about how the country can transform the challenges caused by the pandemic into opportunities for economic diversification and job creation, the Vice President said prioritizing use of local resources and creating local jobs in the construction and allied industry, amongst other things, will be critical in sustaining the economy in the post COVID-19 era.
 
He said: “We have to prioritize the use of local resources in all public works. In road construction for instance, it is cheaper to build concrete roads using limestone than spending resources on the importation of bitumen. We have limestone in abundance hence we should be looking in that direction. The road from the Apapa port to the Lagos –Ibadan expressway is being built with cement and is of high quality.
 
“In the housing sector where we have a huge deficit, we need to focus on using local resources to build houses and in the process we will be creating opportunities for young engineers, architects and builders etc.”
 
In the area of agriculture, the Vice President said government’s initial policies have saved the country from the huge forex burden of food imports and related activities.
 
“We think that by ramping up agriculture, especially small holder agriculture and improving the value chain, especially in storage and processing facilities, more jobs will be created for many young people.
 
“We have found ourselves in a situation where we realize that the way to go is to support the creation of the jobs in agriculture and reduce food imports and ultimately address the issue of unemployment and food shortages.
 
“What we must do as much as we can is to change the narrative about Nigeria and provide more jobs.”
 
Still on mitigating the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic such as inflation, the Vice President said government would focus on improving productivity and improving food stock across the country.
 
According to him, “if you can ramp up food production and the logistics of bringing food to the urban centres, inflation will be controlled to a large extent.”
 
He added that boosting agricultural production for export purposes and supporting the mining sector will bolster the country’s foreign exchange earnings and reserves.     
 
Other contributors to discussions at the virtual summit include the Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State; Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State. The Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Dr. Chike Ihekweazu also spoke at the interaction which included interviews, panel discussion and speeches. The event was moderated by Pastor Poju Oyemade, the Convener of The Platform.
 
 
Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
2nd May 2020

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3,195 Enrolled As Kwara’s Digital Training Programme Begins

At least 3,195 young people have been enrolled in the first phase of Kwara’s virtual digital training class which began on Thursday — 1,195 more than the initial figure (2000) intended for the exercise when it was announced.

The 3,195, who responded to the pre-training survey, were shortlisted from a total of 6,766 who originally applied for the virtual training.

The training, a component of the Kwara State Social Investment Programme, is being conducted in partnership with Grow with Google and Wootlab Foundation and is free for the enrollees and the state government.

“Of the 3,195, 1,763 have been inducted into the first cohort and the class began on Thursday and would run for the next two weeks. The second cohort comprises 1,432 whose class begins on May 18,” according to a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye.

“Each cohort runs for two weeks. The programme covers the following courses: Fundamentals of Digital Marketing (Accredited certification by Grow with Google), Applied Digital tools and G Suites (certified by Grow with Google), Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, Business Branding and Presentation to Impress.”

The plan was to train 2,000, but the organisers had to increase capacity and resources due to overwhelming interest from the youth, the statement added.

Ogunniyi Tomilola Oyebola, a baker who is attending the class, said she applied for the programme to “acquire digital skills that will help me to be relevant in this 21st century and prepare for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in my baking business.”

Kasali Olawale Taofiq, another successful applicant who is into security engineering, said he applied to “upscale my knowledge in digital literacy so as to apply it in my line of business.”

Fadiji Aminat Wuraola, a teacher, said she opted in to up her digital skills.

Chioma Okoro, Chief Operating Officer at Wootlab, said the response to the programme underlined young people’s thirst for digital knowledge.

“We were overwhelmed at the number of applications that came in, especially on the 1st and 2nd day. However, we expected a 50% response rate to the pre-programme survey that was sent to the applicants,” she said.

“We wanted participants that are willing to learn and improve themselves and the survey proved just that. We expect the participants to be better versions of themselves at the end of the programme.”

Muhammad Brimah, Anchor of KWASSIP, said the response of the applicants was impressive and encouraging.

He added: “It was quite impressive when we realised the massive response of applicants accross the State. There has always been a thirst for knowledge in Kwara and it has been proven yet again. All our youths need is the opportunity. There is no better time than now, considering what the world will be post-COVID-19. Remote workers would be in high demand and it is good we are getting our youths prepared for the coming opportunities.”

Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
May 1, 2020.

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Group Congratulates Mohammed Brimah On Kwara Appointment

A social political group, The Progressive League (TPL) has congratulated the newly appointed Consultant for Kwara State Social Investment Programme KWASSIP, Mr Mohammed Brimah. This is contained in a statement signed by the Convener of the group, Mr Ileowo Kikiowo.

According to the group, Mohammed Brimah remains one of the brain box behind the success of National Social Investment Programme of President Muhammadu Buhari and his wealth of experience will surely help the KWASSIP.

The group also commends the Kwara state governor for his eyes to discover the best among the emerging leaders to pursue his agenda for a better Kwara State.

“We have no doubt Mohammed Brimah will make serious impact and leave long lasting legacy of service in Kwara. More so, Governor AbdulRahman eyes for emerging leaders to lead critical development agenda in the state is highly commendable,” Ileowo stated.

The group also pledge to support the newly appointed KWASSIP consultant and the government of Kwara state in making life better for Kwarans.

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COVID-19: Young Nigerians Unveil Portal To Combat Coronavirus Infodemic In Africa

Following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID 19) in Wuhan China, confirmed cases of the virus have continued to escalate in many parts of the world and Africa, so also has a secondary issue of global concern that the World Health Organization has termed an ‘infodemic’ “an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.” 

Two young Nigerian media expert, Solomon Adetokunbo a Public Relations entrepreneur and Samuel Ejiwunmi a lecturer of media & communication studies at the University of Lagos have risen to the task of combating the challenge of COVID-19 infodemic in Nigeria and Africa at large by developing an information & data driven fact checking portal named Coronavirus Fact Checkwww.coronavirusfactcheck.ng

Pandemics like Ebola, Coronavirus amongst others, has led to misinformation, rumours and fake news. During the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014, a WhatsApp broadcast made the rounds: “Please ensure that you and your family and all your neighbours bathe with hot water and salt before daybreak today because of Ebola virus which is spreading through the air. “Although the government officially debunked it, at least two people died and several others were hospitalized over excessive salt consumption. Similar situations are being repeated with people peddling fake coronavirus cures online and other conspiracy theories that have led to irreparable damage and loss of lives.

The Coronavirus Fact Check platform pools together different resources to solve infodemic.  This includes fact-checked news story garnered from trusted media outlets, real-time visual representation of the spread of COVID-19 in 54 African countries featuring an array of real-time data, statistical indicators, dashboards, and other types of data that enable visitors to explore the data and better understand the Coronavirus pandemic from a local, national and continental context. Information and data on the portal are generated from datasets shared and reported by local and international health organizations, news outlets, and other trusted sources, notable partners include Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Google’s Fact Check Explorer, Poynter’s International Fact Checking Network (IFCN).

The “Resources Page” a very interesting and fact filled one provides tips for staying safe at home and a self-explanatory screening tool to ascertain your health status. Aside this, a fact check guide is embedded in the page to tutor users on how to identify fake news and cross check with fact-based websites. The portal which is now live can be accessed from any part of the world.

Echoing the comments of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres; who described the coronavirus infodemic as a common enemy, Solomon Adetokunbo remarked that flattening the infodemic curve will only be possible through a joint effort by multi-stakeholders from across globe, “as such we considered it necessary to rise to the occasion and be the voice from Africa providing an information/data narrative that meets the yearning of our people, thus ending the COVID-19 data dearth for Nigeria and Africa.”

Even so, the battle against fake news is likely to last as long as the virus. It is everyone’s duty to be calm, measured and take a more thorough investigation into what may be or not be, to help flatten this curve of dangerous information.

 “We can all play a role in beating the virus by making sure that we are sharing validated information and using trusted sources to inform our decision-making” said Samuel Ejiwunmi who further urged government at various levels and relevant stakeholders to be proactive in fighting COVID-19 as well as ongoing issue of misinformation online revolving around the coronavirus disease.

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APYF Thanks Kwara Governor For Appointing Member As KWASSIP Anchor/Consultant

The national body of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) received with absolute joy the news of the appointment of one of our pioneer and frontline members, Mr. Mohammed Brimoh by the executive governor of Kwara state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak as the consultant for the newly inaugurated Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP).

On behalf of our teeming progressive members across the country, we wish to express our profound gratitude to HE, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak for finding it worthy to appoint Brimah to this position and as a result help in furthering the vision of our founder for a more deliberate youth inclusion and participation in governance.

Having been a part of the team that pioneered the implementation of the social investments programmes at the federal level since 2015; first as Special Assistant to the President on internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and later Job creation; we have not doubt that Brimah will play a very significant role in shaping the social intervention initiatives of the Kwara state government and deliver on the governor’s mandate of catering to the welfare of the most vulnerable.

We would like to remind His Highness that by this singular gesture, he has again reinforced the hope and aspirations of our members, particularly in Kwara, who have always waited for opportunities such as this to showcase their leadership skill within the realm of public governance.

We would like to warmly congratulate Mr. Mohammed Brimah and the entire APYF family in Kwara State. Indeed, we see the appointment of Brimah as a just reward for your collective and undisguised dedication to the struggle that birthed the present government in Kwara state. We’re confident that more would still come.

Finally, we are confident that Mohammed Brimah, with his versatile mind, proven leadership ability and his well known empathy for the less privileged, will bring his trademark ingenuity and obvious experience to bear in serving the good people of Kwara state.

We therefore appeal to all our teeming members in the state to support and pray for the success of the new appointee as this will further boost the image and reputation of our great forum.

Signed:Ife Adebayo
National Chairman, APYF

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Reps To Monitor Chinese Medical Personnel, Says Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives is to monitor the activities of the Chinese medical personnel that came into the country on Wednesday for the delivery of materials and equipment to the Nigerian government in the fight against coronavirus (covid-19), the Speaker, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has said.

The Speaker said the need to monitor the movement of the Chinese medical personnel became important following fears expressed by Nigerians over their coming into the country.

This is even as the Speaker mooted a legislation for donation to government by the private sector and individuals, noting that there should be means of discouraging reneging on donations publicly made.

Gbajabiamila made the disclosure in Abuja on Thursday during a meeting on the update on Covid-19 between the leadership of the National Assembly and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) where he emphasized the need for legislation for the disbursement of government and private funds for the pandemic.

He said without legislation, coupled with the fact that disbursement of government funds must be as prescribed by law, spending from the Covid-19 funds may become a subject of litigation.

He also expressed disappointment with the disclosure that medical and other personnel at the entry points and hospitals working on the coronavirus pandemic are yet to be paid hazard allowance.

The Speaker inquired from the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire about the whereabouts of the Chinese medical personnel and if they were subjected to the laid down protocol of the disease.

He said: “This engagement is to see how we can make things better. The Chinese medical personnel, are they coming to upgrade our laboratories, are you accepting them? Who are the technicians that have been running the Kaduna and Kano laboratories before now?

“Where are the Chinese personnel as we speak? How are you sure that the Chinese company responsible for this arrangement is complying with your directives?”

The Speaker also said since the disease is highly infectious, let the authorities test as many Nigerians as possible.

“My point is, let us begin to test everybody since the disease is highly infectious. We have a problem of contact tracing with people giving wrong addresses. Have you tried tracing them through the Immigration Service and telecommunication companies since there are other details that can be sourced from those windows?”

On the issue of legislative backing for funds devoted to the Covid-19 cause, the Speaker noted that disbursement from the fund without the approval of the National Assembly could become controversial.

“What we are trying to do is to see if constitutional provision is brought to bear on this issue as stated by Section 80 of the constitution, that disbursement from the coffers of government can only be in a manner prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly.

“What we can do is to convene as soon as possible and give you, even if it is a one line item for you to appropriate this monies, this is because to do otherwise may become a subject of litigation, and the court can say you have no power to disburse from the money that is coming to the coffers of government,” Gbajabiamila added.

On the legislation against reneging on donations publicly made, the Speaker said: “Right now, there is no consequence for reneging on promised made on donations because there is no legislation. There must be some form of legislation to that effect, an instrument to compel pledges must be in place.”

In his response, the Minister of Health, Ehanire said the Chinese medical personnel were duly tested and quarantined in a facility belonging to the Chinese company that was responsible for the arrangement.

The Minister also said foreign airlines and embassies were cooperative in solving the challenge of tracing contacts of the indexes of the virus.

On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who is also the Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, in aligning with the position of the Speaker on the need for the legislation also assured that a comprehensive welfare package is being processed.

Others at the meeting that included the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan were the Ministers of the Aviation, Environment, Information and Foreign Affairs as well members of the PTF on Covid-19.

Signed:

Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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COVID-19: Why Pollution From Generators May Affect Us More, By Okechukwu Chukwuebuka

As the world battles the recent Corona Virus outbreak, many countries have like Italy and Ecuador have been greatly affected with the vulnerables and poor suffering more. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. With over 1.4 million infected cases around the world and 87,706 deaths, Nigeria has its own fair share from the figures. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) last reported there are 276 confirmed cases, 44 recovered cases and six deaths. The agency, alongside government institutions have been commended for their role and heads-on approach in containing the spread of the virus in the country.

More Demand for Power

Covid-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown, with an increase in demand for power especially in Nigeria. Many are forced to work from resorting to much dependence on constant electricity. From working and video calling during the day to online betting Nigeria and video games at night, all of these activities need electricity and power. Nigerians spend more than 14 billion dollars every year to power their generator due to the epileptic power supply. With this lockdown, the figure may double this year as many have no option than to rely on the poor power supply to complete their daily tasks.

The Pollution Factors

Limited time outside the home means many are dependent on generators. This will also mean more pollution during this time in Nigeria. It’s interesting to note that this isn’t happening in other countries around the world. For example, the air quality has actually improved in big cities in India, while places in Italy and China are also experienced less pollution. In particular, a reduction in nitrous oxide gases.

While there are less cars on the road and industrial emissions during coronavirus, it seems like generators will increase noise and air pollution across Nigeria. For example, fuel stations in Lagos have said that hardly anybody is buying fuel for their vehicles. Instead, they are coming to full up jerrycans so that they can fuel their generators.

There are some businesses that are helping their employees during this time. For those that are encouraged to work from home, some companies are offering stipends. In particular, this is to cover generator costs. This is going to cost more money for people in Nigeria and since they are vital for work and general living, people are left with no choice but to keep purchasing fuel.

It is hard to believe that the Senate still wants to proceed with a bill to ban the importation of generators. It is clear to see that they are vital for the wellbeing of Nigeria until a better national grid can be established. Interestingly, a request for a five-year ban on generator importation was rejected in 2019. Senator Francis Fadahunsi wanted to prevent generators increasing. However, this was rejected unlike the ban that happened in 2015, which banned common generators that were imported. Once coronavirus is over, it will be interesting to see what the future holds.

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