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AA Visionary Leadership; A conversation with Prof Wale Sulaiman

By Boladale Sodiq O., B. A, M. A, MNIM, USIP.

The surge of the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to ravage the globe with the unprecedented health and economic consequences on the countries of the world. Africa has been at the centre of global discussion with emphasis on the level of preparedness of African countries in combating the ferocious phenomenon. Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa is central to the African emergency and clinical response to Covid-19.

Since the out break of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies has been on top of the matter. Inspite of the overwhelming record of Covid-19 patients, the country has recorded some success at restoring back good health to infected persons.

The Kwara State government has proven beyond reasonable doubt that its government is sensitive to social care and has a proactive consciousness towards combating health challenges. Essentially, the State government under the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq,  has put in place emergency mechanisms to forestall any dangerous trend that may increase the infiltration or spread of the Coronavirus.

The erection of the Sobi isolation centre, recruitment of more medical personnel and expertise coupled with the procurement of necessary medical facilities before the outbreak of the epidemic was a laudable testimony.

It is against this backdrop that Mr. Boladale Sodiq, an investigative journalist engaged Professor Wale Sulaiman, Special Adviser to the Kwara State Governor on Health Matters and Vice-Chairman of the Kwara State Covid-19 Committee on an exclusive interview in order to assess the achievements, challenges and prospects on fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kwara’s chief of staff for burial today

*Health Commissioner explains janazah protocols

PRESS RELEASE
 
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. 
 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. His janazah shall be supervised by the burial team of the COVID-19 Technical committee in accordance with extant protocols for Muslims.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


    Signed
    Dr. Raji Razaq
    Honourable Commissioner for Health
    July 8th, 2020

Kwara loses Chief of Staff

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.

Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
July 7th, 2020.

Kwara Gov inaugurates post-COVID recovery committee

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 Government Applauds Public Support for Covid-19 Fight.

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.

Modupe Joel
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
June 28 2020.

COVID-19: Fumigation no precondition for reopening worship centres: Kwara Govt

• 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.”

Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/
Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Commitee on COVID-19
June 17th, 2020.

COVID-19: Kwara govt says football viewing centres cannot open

• Directs unconditional release of seized motorcycles, others

*Kwara records 17 new COVID-19 cases, discharges 5

Kwara State Government has said football viewing centres are not allowed to open yet, because such facilities could be a dangerous window for widespread transmission of the Corona virus among viewers.

On Tuesday, the state recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 168.

The state also discharged five patients who have twice tested negative to the virus, bringing the tally of patients already managed and discharged to 100.

“The government is aware that the English Premier League commences tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th. This is to state clearly that viewing centres are not allowed to open under any guise during this pandemic. Doing so will actively promote the spread of the virus, endanger people’s lives, and further stretch public resources to the limit,” Rafiu Ajakaye, chief press secretary to the Governor and spokesman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.

“The government fully appreciates and apologises for the inconveniences this restriction means for some businesses and football enthusiasts. However, it has a duty to ensure that lives are protected. This cannot be compromised. The government similarly warns against mass gatherings (crowded weddings/clubbing/partying) of any kind at this time. Violators shall come under the full weight of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.”

The government meanwhile has directed that all motorcycles and other items seized during the lockdown be released to their owners without any preconditions.

“We commend the security agencies for their good work during and after the lockdown. They did and are still doing a great job, and the government is grateful to them. The seizure of motorcycles and other items at that time was a lawful way of enforcing compliance with safety measures,” the statement added.

“Following the relaxation of the lockdown, however, the government hereby directs immediate and unconditional release of those motorcycles and other items to their owners so as not to worsen the socioeconomic hardships that the pandemic has already imposed at global, national, state, and individual levels.”

Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19
June 16th, 2020.