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Despite backlog of unpaid salaries, Bayelsa Assembly approves N2.9bn car loan for new Governor

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The Bayelsa State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticised the State House of Assembly for approving N2.9 billion loan to Governor Douye Diri to purchase cars.

The Publicity Secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, made the party’s position known in a chat with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Thursday.

Abranhama Ingobere, the Speaker, had explained that the loan from commercial banks had a three-year tenure.

Ingobere said it would be deployed to purchase operational vehicles for the governor, his deputy and top officials of Bayelsa government.

Buokoribo, however, described the request and approval as insensitive. He pointed out that the government was yet to meet outstanding obligations to civil servants and pensioners.

“The decision of Sen. Diri to take a bank loan of N2.9 billion for the purpose of buying “operational vehicles for the governor, his deputy and other top government functionaries is regrettable

Coming less than three weeks as governor, this move is unsympathetic. Sadly, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved the loan request.

“Diri is taking the loan at a time when civil servants and pensioners in the state have not been paid.

“This is a continuation of the frivolities of the PDP government of Dickson; a major reason the people of the state roundly rejected them at the poll.”

This cannot be the government that the people of Bayelsa State deserve. It cannot be the government the people voted for,” Buokoribo said.

The spokesman noted that while Douye Diri is the governor of Bayelsa State, “in the hearts and minds of our people, he is illegitimate. He was not the one they voted for.”

“He will bear the burden of illegitimacy throughout his tenancy at Creek Haven, Government House, Yenagoa,” he said.

In February 2017, the Assembly approved a loan request of N3billion by former governor, Seriake Dickson.

The money was for the purchase of cars for Dickson himself and the 24 lawmakers.

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Nigeria Records 328 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now 11,844

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases has now reached 11, 844 as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), announced 328 new cases on Friday.

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Lagos will soon run out of isolation centres – Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government has revealed that if the state continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, it will soon run out of isolation centers. It added that with the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state, only moderate to severe cases will be managed at the isolation centers while the asymptomatic and mild cases will be managed at home.

n a chat with journalists in the state on Friday, the Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi insisted the modalities for the community based/home-based care will be defined as to who qualifies to be managed at home and who will be managed at the isolation facility. He noted that if Lagos continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, the State will soon run out of isolation centers.

Hence, the need for introducing the home-based care within a week or two. He said the community/home-based management will be introduced to Lagos to reserve the isolation center for the critically ill.

“We will be operating from the primary healthcare centers (PHCs) and that is where we will decide who qualifies to be managed at home or at isolation center. “Part of the condition for being managed at home will be; is the home adequate? “Is the person feeling unwell or having pre-existing medical condition or having difficulty breathing? “The answers to these and more will determine where the person will be treated for COVID-19” The Commissioner stated that though there are plans to recruit more manpower, there are volunteers who are being trained at the moment and will be deployed for the home care management within a week or two. “For the mild/asymptomatic cases who will be managed at home, we will call them, our volunteers/PHC workers deployed for that purpose will visit them, we will ensure they have regular consultation through our telemedicine online care, and we will monitor their progress too. “At the same time, they will be given care packs and medications which includes pain killers and vitamins. “We will also give enough information to the masses on their safety as well as that of their families and neighbors during the home management period.” The health Commissioner further disclosed that there are plans by the state government to increase the capacity of daily test from 1,000 to 3,000 daily He said Lagos has so far done over 22,000 tests, adding that, the more tests are done, the more cases will be recorded, hence the need to quickly plan for more cases.

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