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Abuja Hotel Owners congratulates Wike on appointment as FCT minister

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The Hotel Owners Forum Abuja (HOFA) has congratulated Mr Nyesom Wike over his appointment by President Bola Tinubu as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

This is contained in a statement signed by the HOFA President, Mrs Funmi Kazeem on Friday in Abuja.

“it is with great joy and enthusiasm that I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Wike, for his recent appointment as the minister of FCT, Abuja.

“This remarkable achievement is a testament to his unwavering commitment to public service, his exceptional leadership qualities, and dedication to the betterment of our capital city.

“HOFA represents a community that greatly appreciates the efforts of individuals who contribute to the growth and development of hospitality and tourism industry.

“We recognise his strong track records as a visionary leader, and we firmly believe that his appointment as the minister of FCT will pave way for significant advancements and positive changes within the capital territory,” Kazeem said.

The HOFA president explained that Wike’s leadership qualities had been evident even as governor of Rivers.

She added that HOFA is confident that Wike’s tenure as the minister of FCT would be marked with progressive policies, sustainable development initiatives, and a focus on improving the lives of the residents and businesses in Abuja.

She stressed that hotels owners are excited and expecting to witness the positive impact of his strategic decisions and visionary outlook.

“As representatives of the hospitality sector in the FCT Abuja, we understand the integral role that tourism and hospitality development will play in growing our GDP.

“We have faith that under Wike’s leadership, Abuja will continue to flourish as a vibrant and world-class destination for both businesses and leisure.

“His appointment is not only a personal achievement but also an achievement for all of us who call Abuja home.

“We are eager to see his transformative plans unfold and contribute to the overall prosperity of our city.

“Once again, congratulations on this momentous appointment. HOFA stands by Wike and pledges her support as he embark on this new chapter of your public service journey.

 

“May his tenure as the minister of FCT be marked with success, innovation, and progress for Abuja and its residents,” Kazeem said.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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