· State explains COVID-19 data
Kwara State now has a COV-2 testing centre which would be fully operational very soon. Further details would be made public later. The government commends the NCDC for its support and the health workers for their immeasurable sacrifice.
The lack of a testing centre had no doubt been a major setback. With this centre, Kwara joins the few states with the capabilities to run tests for the virus and some other infectious diseases. This major breakthrough has been made possible with the efforts of Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who has pulled all the strings and made the necessary investments to actualise the dream.
The government also wishes to say that disparity in the figure of positive cases often arises because of late or delayed declaration on the part of the NCDC which understandably deals with results from several states. Each state has direct access to test result from the laboratory. So Kwara religiously reflects test results from samples it forwarded to the test centres outside of the state. It is also pertinent to state that disparity in figures occurs in cases of ‘repeat tests’. What is constant however is that neither the NCDC nor the state has any reason to under-declare or overstate anything.
Citizens would notice a sudden leap in the figure of casualties attributed to COVID-19 pandemic in Kwara State. Until yesterday, Tuesday July 7th, casualties as reflected in our infographics were five. The unfortunate death of the Chief of Staff Aminu Adisa Logun ought to bring the tally to six. However, the state has just been notified of six deaths from the UITH whose post-mortem test confirmed them to be COVID patients. It is therefore imperative to reflect such for proper record keeping and public information. Steps have been taken to avoid such gaps in the future.
Finally, the government restates the need for everyone to take personal responsibility in our efforts to contain this virus. COVID-19 is a present and clear danger.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/
Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19
July 8, 2020
*Health Commissioner explains janazah protocols
The Kwara State Ministry of Health has received with rude shock the sudden demise of Aminu Adisa Logun, mni., the Chief of Staff to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, on account of COVID-19 complications.
- In line with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, all persons who have had contact with the late chief of staff in the last 14 days are to proceed to the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre/Hospital at Sobi for immediate collection of their samples for test. Such persons will thereafter proceed to self-isolate until the result of their test is communicated to them.
- After due consultations, the family and the government of Kwara State hereby announce that a dignifying COVID-19 compliant janazah would be held in honour of the late Chief of Staff on Wednesday (today) July 8th at his GRA home in Ilorin, the state capital.
- His janazah shall be supervised by the burial team of the COVID-19 Technical committee in accordance with extant protocols for Muslims.
- The janazah prayer shall be led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin. Only selected family members, a few clerics appointed by His Eminence the Emir of Ilorin, and a few government officials are to attend.
- We empathise with His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, the family of our Chief of Staff, and all Kwarans at this mourning period. We further advise that friends, families and associates should please mourn and pray for him from their respective abodes. We emphasise that members of the public should kindly respect the privacy of the family and all safety rules at this time and always.
Dr. Raji Razaq
Honourable Commissioner for Health
July 8th, 2020
With total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, we wish to announce the passing of the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kwara State Aminu Adisa Logun (mni).
Logun, an industrialist, a public intellectual, and an elder statesman, died Tuesday evening of complications from COVID-19. He died only a few hours after the test of his result returned positive.
The entire government and the people of Kwara State have lost an outstanding public servant who diligently served the state at various times, including as Chief of Staff to the Governor from June 7, 2019 until he returned to his Lord.
The Governor has declared a seven-day mourning in honour of the late Chief of Staff.
The Governor commiserates with the family of the late Chief of Staff and the entire Ilorin Emirate for this tragic development.
We pray the Almighty Allah to grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus and give the family the fortitude to bear the huge loss.
Details about his janazah will be made public by the family and the government in due course.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
July 7th, 2020.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has inaugurated a seven-person commitee on Action Recovery Economic Stimulus Programme for Results (CARES) aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID -19 pandemic on vulnerable groups and medium and small scale enterprises.
The committee, which is a World Bank-backed initiative, was inaugurated late Tuesday in Ilorin, the state capital.
Members of the committee are Commissioner for Finance and Planning Finance and Planning/Team Lead (CARES) Oyeyemi Olasumbo Florence; Commissioner for Enterprise Femi Agbaje; Technical Assistant on Agriculture to the Governor Abdulqowiy A. Olododo; Senior Special Assistant on Non-Governmental Affairs Oloruntoyosi Thomas; KWASSIP’s Anchor Mohammed Brimah; Head of Irrigation/Water Resources, MARD Dr Busari Toyin Isiaka; and Ag. State Project Coordinator FADAMA Adam Abdullahi.
Represented at the inauguration by the Finance Commissioner, AbdulRazaq
called for diligence and dedication while carrying out the assignment.
AbdulRazaq said the objective of the programme is to ensure protection of livelihood and food security for the poor and vulnerable families.
He said the programme also seeks to facilitate quick recovery of local economic activities through increasing cash transfers, food security and food supply chains for poor households, and enhance the capabilities of MSEs in the state.
The Nigeria CARES Programme is a World Bank-Assisted Programme for Results targeted at existing and newly vulnerable households, their food supply chains, and micro and small enterprises affected by the COVID-19.
Oyeyemi Olasumbo Florence
Hon. Commissioner for Finance and Planning/
Team Lead, Kwara State Committee on Nigeria CARES
July 1, 2020.
Kwara State Government has expressed gratitude to organisations and individuals for contributing to its fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
The Deputy Governor and Chairman Kwara State Covid-19 Technical Committee, Mr Kayode Alabi, appreciated the donor on Saturday while receiving two motorised modular fumigators from the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to assist the government in the battle against the spread of Coronavirus.
Mr Alabi thanked the royal father for contributing to the Covid-19 fight and described him as illustrious, intelligent, and selfless, given his decision to commit personal resources to help humanity.
According to him, the partnership and support of various individuals and organisations boosted the state government’s COVID-19 intervention in a significant way, as the government cannot win the battle alone.
Speaking through Oba Muraina Adedinu Asoya of Isoya kingdom, who represented him, the Ooni of Ife commended the effort of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in the fight against the pandemic. According to him, the donation of two modular fumigators was to complement the state government’s quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ooni affirmed that it was time people took the pandemic seriously, adding that disinfection of offices, schools and the environment was key to halting the spread of the virus. The Monarch, therefore, promised to continue to contribute his quota towards the development of the country and charged individuals to join hands with the government in the fight against COVID-19.
Earlier, Prof Olapeju Esimai,
Head of Public Health Department, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife and Chairman of Ooni of Ife Covid 19 Response Team explained that the locally-made fumigators are environmentally-friendly and efficient in fighting Coronavirus and similar viruses in the community.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
June 28 2020.
• Muslim leaders hail govt’s openness, sincerity
Kwara State Government on Wednesday said fumigation of mosques or churches and mandatory use of thermometers are not preconditions for reopening of worship centres, saying people of all ages can go worship once they abide by the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The clarifications came at a meeting the government held with the Ad-hoc Committee of the Kwara State Council of Ulamah (set up by the Emir of Ilorin) in Ilorin, the state capital, ahead of the official reopening of Jumat services across the state.
The meeting was presided over by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, who was flanked by other top government officials.
At the meeting were the Imam Imale of Ilorin and chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee Sheikh Abdullahi AbdulHameed; Secretary of the Council of Ulamah Justice S.O. Muhammad; Justice Idris Haroon; the Chief Imam of Offa Sheikh Muhyideen Hussain; Prof Badmus Yusuf; Dr Yusuf Jimoh Ilala; Khalifah Danfulani Modeboh; Mallam Aliu Jamiu; Dr Mrs Rhoda Ajiboye; Dr. Mrs Saudat Salah AbdulBaqi; Hajiah Risikat Lawal; and Dr Mohammed Ghali Alaya.
The meeting reiterated that mosques and churches can open and may be attended by persons of all ages and genders but with strict adherence to all safety protocols, such as the use of face masks, physical distancing among worshipers, and washing of hands, among others.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters Professor Wale Sulaiman, who spoke on behalf of the government, said that the country is not out of the woods yet given ongoing reports of COVID-19 cases, hence government’s insistence on strict adherence to all safety protocols in order to protect the citizens.
Dr Ghali, who was on the government’s advisory team, said adherence to safety protocols are all that the government has requested for, adding that purchase of infrared thermometers and fumigation of all mosques and churches is not practical majorly because of its huge economic implications.
The Imam Imale, who spoke on behalf of the Muslim community, commended the government for allowing the reopening of worship centres and for its openness and transparency in the management of the pandemic in the state.
The Imam said the delegation would convey the message of strict adherence to all safety protocols to the public through constant enlightenment — a position reiterated by the Chief Imam of Offa and other religious leaders.
“Our people are very glad about the reopening of our worship places. We also got your messages about the safety protocols and we will convey same to our people. We are also very glad about your clarification and openness with regards to the issue of thermometers and fumigation,” he added.
“On our part, we will do everything possible to making sure people comply with the safety measures.”
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/
Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Commitee on COVID-19
June 17th, 2020.