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LAKE RICE: Lagosians besiege sale centres, buy commodity at approved prices

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Residents of Lagos State on Thursday besieged the various sale centres across the State to buy the much-anticipated LAKE RICE, with vast majority of the people lauding the initiative of government to introduce the commodity at a critical time of the Yuletide season.

LAKE RICE, which is locally produced, came into being following a partnership between Lagos State and Kebbi State, and was aimed at ensuring food security as well as to showcase the ability of Nigeriato become a producing nation.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu had launched the rice on Wednesday in Lagos, describing the development as a great and historic moment not just for the two states but the country at large.

As promised by Lagos State Government, the rice was sold at a reduced price of N12, 000 for 50kg; N6000 for 25kg; and N2,500 for 10kg. The commodity was available for sale with people queuing in an orderly manner and waiting for their turn to buy.

In Oshodi, residents had besieged the Ikeja Grammar School in Bolade, Oshodi, the selling point for the sale of the LAKE RICE.

Speaking to journalists shortly after successfully purchasing his bag of rice, a resident, Alanran Muyideen Kehinde said he was glad to be among the first.

He also urged Lagosians to patronise LAKE RICE as a means to guard against the incident of purchasing adulterated rice.

“I feel very happy, I feel encouraged. I also thank the State Government for giving us the opportunity because when we go outside, we know the cost of rice, but we thank the Lagos State Governor for this opportunity and we hope that more would be made available so that
the process of purchasing would be easier.

“With the issue of plastic rice flooding the market, this is a safer option because we can trust the source,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs. Alebiousu Olufunmilayo said the cost of the LAKE RICE was pocket friendly.

“I will like to tell Lagosains that this is for real. If they get to any of the centres, they should queue orderly and they will get the rice,” she said.

At Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre (Rowe Park) in Yaba, residents were seen queuing orderly to buy the commodity at government approved
prices.

An elated resident, Mrs Alabi Aminat, who spoke to journalists after buying the product, said the development was a thing of joy, as there was no discrimination of any sort in the sale of the commodity.

“I got here this morning and I was told I could pay through the POS and I did. The process was free and fair and the most commendable aspect is that the people in charge of selling the rice are not particular about whether you work with Lagos State Government or you belong to any tribe or creed, as long as you are a resident of the state, you are entitled to buy.

“I was allowed to buy one bag and I got 50kg at the N12, 000 price earlier announced by the government. They just told us to stay on the queue and when it is your turn, you will be asked to pay and take away your rice. It’s as simple as that,” she said.

At the Teslim Balogun Stadium, there were complaints of late arrival of the commodity, but it was eventually sold in the afternoon.

Some residents however urged the Government to sustain the sale of the rice beyond the yuletide season.

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested

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The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr. Edu while sensitizing the residents of the area pointed out that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should go for test to know their status.

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She went on to emphasize the need for leaders within the communities to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centres have been established in both communities.

She also reiterated the need to strengthen the health system and promote health within the communities.

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PTF: Despite Presenting Negative COVID-19 Results, 40 Percent Of Passengers On A Single Int’l Flight Tested Positive

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The Federal Government has raised the alarm over COVID-19 test results being presented by international flights passenger.

Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, raised the alarm while appearing before a joint Senate committee on health and aviation.

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Ibrahim Oloriegbe, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations about COVID-19 test requirements.

Responding to the concern, Aliyu expressed that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for thereon arrival in Nigeria.

Aliyu said there was an instance in which 40 percent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results before boarding.

Speaking further, he justified the measure put in place for flight operations, while he also revealed that the validity period of test had been reduced to four days from the initial seven days to prevent repeat occurrences.

 

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