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Osun govt inaugurates committee to distribute FG’s palliatives




The Osun Government said it had inaugurated committee for the distribution of the Federal Government’s food palliatives to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal on the residents of the state.

Mr Kolapo Alimi, the state’s Commissioner for Information, while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Osogbo said that members of the committee were inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Mr Kola Adewusi.

The commissioner said that the state government had received 3,000 bags of 50kg rice from the Federal Government.
He said that the state government was still expecting additional 14,320 bags of rice and 3,000 metric tonnes of maize.

Alimi also said that the committee comprises representatives of leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Muslim community, labour unions, market women and Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria(IPAC).

He said the committee would meet and fashion out ways of distributing the grains to the poorest of the poor in the state without rancour.

The commissioner said: “Once the state receives the remaining bags of rice from the Federal Government, it will start its distribution.”

On the N 5 billion Federal Government palliatives to states, the commissioner said Osun was yet to receive the money.

Alimi said: “As at today, we have received 3000 bags of rice and we are still expecting 14,320 bags.

” Members of the committee in their wisdom decided that it will be better for the remaining bags of rice to come and be distributed at once, than to distribute the available 3, 000 bags in one cup.

” We also heard that Federal Governmwng is giving N5 bilion to each of the states, we have not received any kobo, but we are hoping that it will come.

“Once we receive the money, our Governor is always transparent, he will equally address the state on it.

* As it is today in our account book, we have not received alert or any money in relation to N5 billion for palliative;what we have received in concrete term happen to be 3000 bags of rice.”

In his remarks, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi, President of Osun Muslim community said the bags of rice were intact and were yet to be distributed as being speculated.

Also speaking, Mrs Mary Oyebode, the state’s Iyaloja-General, said that the information that the rice had been diverted was false.


The CAN, labour, and IPAC representatives in their remarks also dispelled the rumor that the bags of rice had been diverted.


Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt




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




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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