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Group tasks new ministers on Renewed Hope Agenda

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The Natives, a pro-Nigerian democracy group, has charged the recently inaugurated ministers to either deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu or resign from office.

Mr Smart Edward, leader of the group, gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja at a news conference.

Edward said the ministers could not afford to fail Nigerians because all eyes were on them.

He noted that Tinubu had demonstrated good leadership by appointing the ministers, and advised them to reciprocate by ensuring excellent performance.

“We are total and firm believers in the Renewed Hope administration, so we will give you the ministers support. We will be at your doors, keep you on your toes, and meet you in the field.

“We will monitor and evaluate your progress and will not be afraid to spot you out or call for you to be booted out. This time around, Nigerians must win.

“The undaunting task to renew the hope of Nigerians through creative and innovative solutions has been signaled unmistakably.

“We are all aware of the sacrifices Nigerians have had to make in the face of the bold decisions to rescue our country by Tinubu and the challenges of temporary pain confronting the people,” he said.

Speaking on the ministerial composition, Edward said Tinubu had given Nigerians a combination of courage, open mindedness, experience, inclusion and performers.

This, he said, was achieved with the cooperation of a people centered National Assembly.

“To the new ministers, we say congratulations, we call upon you to be constantly aware of the Renewed Hope covenant with the people.

“Come alive, wake up and rise up, you are 45 of the best among us, do not be a disgrace to us, globally, collectively and individually. We won’t tolerate failure.

“Tinubu has played his part, he has both the mandatory role to supervise and be responsible for successes and failures,” Edward said.

He stressed that Nigerians within and in the diaspora must experience renewed hope under the Tinubu-led administration.

“We are citizens, we are Natives and we are Tinubu’s helpers and followers, our nation deserves better than the past.

“Nigeria must be greater, you have been burdened with the task to lead us to our destination; we will follow, lead us well.

“We call on you to be on your toes, fold your sleeves, the task is enormous, you all have the pedigree to surmount the challenges.

“This is our clear chance to restore the image, glory and economy of our nation,” he further said.

He added that the ministers should not discriminate, but should unite the country and deliver dividends of democracy.

This, he said, was critical to making the country attractive again and restoring its dignity and pride among the committee of nations.

Edward urged the ministers to work hard to eradicate poverty, re-energise the country and give hope to young people, women and the disabled.

He also charged the ministers to open up the reservoir of knowledge, potential and skills inherent in the country.

“We want to see great infrastructure, durable roads, active railways, amazing air and land transport; utilise the sun, the ocean and our brains.

 

“Create polices that make businesses profitable and inspire Nigerians at home and everywhere.

“You have Singapore, Rwanda, China before you as examples. This is a different journey; the president wants delivery, Nigerians want results,” he said.

He charged the ministers to remove all debris, clogs in the wheels, uproot all blockades, imbalances and impediments on their pathways.

“There must be power; gas, solid minerals, water, fertile land and human talents are before you, explore them creatively and elevate them,” he stressed.

He added that youths under the Tinubu administration must find jobs, noting that the country must be safe.

He also said the forum would monitor and support the minister to ensure that a stronger Nigeria was built, adding that the journey to success and renewed hope demanded the inputs of all.

Edward stressed that the president had empowered the ministers to create a paradigm shift, and urged them to think out of the box to make things happen in the interest of all.

“Produce legacies via knowledge and research, recreate and redesign your ministries for greater output,” he stressed.

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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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