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COVID-19: Govt Imposes Fresh Curfew, Issues Guidelines

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Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday said he would not be distracted by attempts by some highly placed members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to pitch him against his predecessors. Speaking while receiving hundreds of members of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okowa said all governors who ruled the state since 1999 performed very well. He said that the attempts by some persons in the state to put him on a collision course with past leaders of the state would not work as he was focused on developing Delta according to the mandate freely given to him by people of the state. He remarked that PDP as a political party believed that power belonged to God and that the people reserved the right to make their choice. “We are a party that believes that power belongs to God and that’s why we are rejoicing. “We also believe that power belongs to the people and that the people reserve the right to make their choice. “Sometime ago, I said that power belongs to God and that only God will determine who will succeed me. I wonder why some people are angry about that statement because truly, only God knows who will take over from me. “We are one family in the PDP and those who don’t have our character are angry because we always say the truth and they are trying all means to scatter our PDP family, but they will always fail because we have bonded very well together as a party. “Together as a family, we can continue to make things happen; together as a family we change things in our family by working hard for everyone. “We will not work to put money in one person’s pocket, because a day will come when I will expose those of them that are angry with us,’’ the governor said. According to him, you voted for me to do what is right for the interest of the people and not to put money in somebody’s pocket; that’s not what you voted me for. Okowa added that PDP had worked very well in the state, “beginning from Chief James Ibori’s tenure to Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and myself; we have worked very well and we are still working. “If anyone says he is not seeing what we are doing, it’s either that they are blind or they don’t live in Asaba. “Their attempt to pitch me against my predecessors will not work because I am not quarrelling with them. My predecessors laid the foundation for what we are doing in the state and I am building on the foundations they have laid. “I am building on the foundation that I met. Some people are angry and want to cause quarrel between me and my predecessors but they have failed because no stranger will deceive us in this state.’’ He commended the people for their support over the years, adding that the coming of the defectors from APC would further strengthen the PDP in the state.

The Delta State government has announced a fresh curfew as a result of the rising cases of Coronavirus infection in the state.

The state government in a statement on Friday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie said the curfew will be operational between 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. daily.

The statement added that the curfew becomes operational immediately so as to curb the rising cases of COVID-19 infection in the state and avoid a resurgence of the pandemic.

Residents have been urged to ensure maximum compliance as security operatives have been directed to deal with violators.

The statement added that earlier directives on the closure of night clubs remain in place and residents are expected to observe all COVID-19 protocols including the use of face masks, social distancing, and regular handwashing.

He said: “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans and residents in the State, that as a result of the rising incidence of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic currently being experienced in the country, the Delta State Government will commence the enforcement of the nationwide COVID-19 curfew imposed by the Federal Government from 10 p.m – 4 a.m daily with effect from Friday, 29th January 2021.

“In view of this, the State Government wishes to reiterate that the guidelines earlier issued on the closure of night clubs across the state still subsists and should be complied with.

“In the same vein, the government wishes to restate the standard COVID-19 protocols for the guidance of all and these include:

“Wearing of face masks in public places; avoiding crowded places; physical distancing; regular handwashing with soap and water or use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

“Deltans, residents and owners/operators of public places and establishments are strongly advised to comply with these directives as there shall be strict enforcement by security agencies in line with the Federal Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into effect by the President Muhammadu Buhari on 26th January 2021.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has given updated figures on the number of confirmed new cases of Coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria for Thursday, 28th January, 2021.

The update which was released in the afternoon of Friday, 29th January 2021, now includes figures from Lagos State which were previously not reported.

It will be recalled that the NCDC had earlier put Thursday’s figures at 864 new cases, with confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria up to 127,024 which includes 100,853 discharged cases and 1,547 deaths.

However, with the updated figures on Friday, which now includes 536 cases from Lagos State, 1,400 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded in Nigeria on Thursday, 28th January.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 127,560 which includes 101,511 discharged cases and 1,550 deaths.

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