NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed this on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The comment comes even as the NCDC is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state, as of Monday afternoon.
Mr. Ihekweazu was responding to a question about states who were discharging patients and declaring themselves COVID-19 free.
“No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one,” Mr. Ihekweazu said. “No country in the world is COVID-19 free. Even New Zealand, that is an island state is still having new cases after a period of not having any.”
He continued: “We can’t separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We live in a context, viruses spread, it’s the nature of them, so right now no state is COVID-19 free. That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it.”
Don’t Be Afraid Of Testing
The PTF also asked Nigerians, on Monday, not to be scared of undergoing COVID-19 tests.
According to PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, it is important for Nigerians to carry out the tests to ascertain their COVID-19 status, especially since the virus is not a death sentence.
“I, therefore, urge Nigerians to make use of these facilities and get tested. Similarly, I implore us not to be afraid of undertaking the COVID-19 test.
“Testing positive for COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but failure to test, especially when symptoms are evident could result in death as it may be too late once the symptoms become full-blown.
“The loss of any Nigerian is not only painful but most avoidable provided we seek help early,” the SGF said.
Mustapha also reacted to the arrest of two foreigners by the Nigeria Immigration Service, noting that the PTF is aware of the possibility of illegal entry into the country.
While commending officials of the service for their prompt response, Mustapha explained that the feat was achieved following their vigilance on the nation’s borders.
“The PTF is also not unmindful of the possibility of imports, especially through our land borders. For this reason, our men and women of the Nigerian Immigration Service remain vigilant and this has resulted in the apprehension of two foreigners who tried to enter the country illegally over the weekend. This commendable effort is appreciated,” he said.
Not Taking Responsibility
The PTF, at the Monday briefing, also decried the lack of public adherence to government measures designed to halt the coronavirus pandemic.
National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said, based on observations from a national sensitization program, many Nigerians are “letting down their guard.”
Dr. Aliyu noted that despite the increase in cases and the likelihood of contracting the virus, many Nigerians were paying less and less attention to health guidelines.
He added that the PTF will continue to collaborate with security agencies and state governments to ensure the guidelines are obeyed while enjoining citizens to play their part.
“Some of the observations that have arisen from these activities (the national sensitisation program) include the fact that Nigerians have continued to show persistent and remarkable lack of compliance to COVID-19 prevention protocols, which is quite worrying,” Dr. Aliyu said.
“In the cities where adherence to these protocols was high in the first two weeks of the ease of lockdown, progressively, over time, citizens are letting down their guard and this remains a great concern.
“There is partial to total noncompliance with facemasks and physical distancing protocols by the public. Many Nigerians only use face masks to avoid security agents, where enforcement exists or where they are told to do so.
“There is also significant disbelief in the danger and impact of COVID-19. In parts of the south-east where we did a recent survey, 60 per cent did not believe that Covid was an issue at all. We clearly are not taking the pandemic seriously enough.
“There are also many myths that also continue to exist within the social media platforms, ranging from conspiracy theories to get-rich-quick to claims of treatment of herbal concoctions, all of which appear to be putting our sensitisation efforts at risk.”
Dr. Aliyu continued: “Now, you are more likely to contract COVID now if you go out and don’t observe the strict measures that we recommend far more than when this problem started three months ago, simply because of the numbers we are currently having.”
He also lauded state governments who have been diligent in reporting positive cases, noting that “there is no shame in having positive results in your state. If we do not know the true state of the pandemic in your state, you are putting the lives of your citizens on the line.
Itel S17: A Selfie Smartphone With Unbeatable Features For Users
From meeting lifestyle needs to blazing new trails, itel is continuously proving its dominance in the smartphone industry. The global smartphone and accessories brand has been in the news in recent weeks for yet again delivering on its promise to tailor its products to meet the everyday needs of users, laced with superior technology, user-friendly designs, and trail-blazing features. The itel S17 selfie smartphone fits that description with a few more extras to go with.
Olamide with itel S17
In an exclusive online launch held on 8th of October 2021, some of Nigeria’s biggest stars were on ground to share glowing remarks about the mind-blowing features of the itel S17 smartphone along with other products released the same day. itel brand ambassador Olamide ‘Baddo’ Adedeji- flanked by Nollywood star Mercy Johnson-Okojie and celebrity TV host Stephanie Coker- demonstrated how the itel S17 Smile Selfie Smartphone can lighten up your day and help your unique personality and style shine through.
The itel S17 rears its head elegantly on the heels of the S16, a user-friendly smartphone which gained glowing reviews from consumers and critics. The newer model, already a success in the industry, revolutionises the Smile Selfie technology that makes every smile count. Just turn on the camera and smile to capture your most beautiful moments and looks without trying too hard. But beyond that, the S17 helps you stay connected to family and friends all day long, with limitless social media time, music, movies, and fun games.
Big Battery for Premium Value
For those who love to binge on their phones, here’s a smartphone that offers you the freedom to talk, play and have maximum enjoyment without any worries. The itel S17 comes with a 5000mAh battery; that’s 1000mAh more than what the S16 offers. This big battery gives you as much as 7 hours of Selfie time, 30 hours of chat, 70 hours of non-stop music and 10 hours of entertainment. Unstable electricity has got nothing on you, as the itel S17 charges more quickly and lasts longer than most devices in its price category.
itel S17 has a 5000mAh big battery
This battery efficiency is further enhanced by the AI Power Master software that helps you save battery power by hibernating unused apps and allocating energy to only your most used apps. This is a high-tech power cataloguing system that gives more power to apps you use often, thereby optimising their performance, and less power to those you seldom use for all-round premium performance. So, whether your phone is your office or store, or you need to stay in touch with your social media followers all day, the itel S17 is your best bet.
Super-Stylish design for fun lovers
Nengi with the itel S17
Not many brands can conveniently combine efficiency and style in one smartphone. You can see why itel S17 created quite the buzz after its launch. We can talk all day about its sleek unibody design or its amazing 6.6″ HD+ waterdrop fullscreen, and we still won’t do justice to its exceptional beauty. At 8.85mm, this is one of the slimmest and most compact smartphones in the market today. It fits seamlessly in your palm, adding colour and lots of bright smiles to your day.
Other Premium lifestyle and safety features
Olamide with itel S17
The itel S17 smartphone also features three rear cameras that function interdependently to absorb all the light around you and make your photos come out just as you love them. And the front camera? Perfect for Selfie lovers. The itel S17 is ergonomically designed to support your lifestyle. The bottom speaker makes it even easier to communicate on the go. And in a world where cyber security is constantly an issue, the upgraded fingerprint unlock, and facial recognition combine to give you that trusted shield for confidential files and information.
The itel S17 is available in three amazing colours of Multicolour Green, Sky Blue and Deep Ocean Black in select stores nationwide.
Laugh Out Loud With itel On Your Campus
itel will be coming to your campus with Akpororo this October with the itel S17 Laugh Out Loud comedy show. It promises to be lots of fun with the new itel S17 smartphone, itel accessories, and other gift items up for grabs. For more information, please visit @itelNigeria on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris: Getting Ready to Shake the World
Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris: an online global phenomenon that has blessed so many lives in countless ways. Streamed via the internet and on various terrestrial and satellite TV and radio stations all over the world, billions have been tremendously blessed by the power of God through healing miracles, salvation in Jesus Christ, and spiritual endowments.
Testimonials of supernatural encounters and divine interventions into human situations abound aplenty from those who have participated in these programs since its inception in September 2020, and more especially for the March and July 2021 editions that featured the man of God, Pastor Chris.
“My son had skin problem on his back. During the July Healing Streams Live Healing Services, I placed my hand on his back as Pastor Chris was praying. When we woke up the next morning, we saw a huge difference on my baby’s back. He is completely healed. Indeed, God is amazing, I can’t stop praising and thanking Him for what He’s done. My son’s skin was so ugly, but is now perfect,” says Lesego from South Africa.
“On the Monday of the week of the recent Healing Streams program in July 2021, I developed a sudden lower back pain whilst in the kitchen. The pain became so severe that I could not sit or even stand but could only lie on my back. I participated in the program from Friday and by the close of the program on Sunday, I was totally healed. The pain disappeared and I can now sit and stand normally. Glory be to Jesus!” Harrison from Spain proclaims.
Neither time nor space in any one article would suffice to even begin to tell of the many glorious wonders that God has wrought through the Live Healing Services, which is reminiscent of John’s declaration when he said, “Jesus did many other things. If they were all written in books, I don’t suppose there would be room enough in the whole world for all the books,” (John 21:25 CEV).
Still, all that has happened is only just a foretaste of things to come. The Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris will hold from Friday to Sunday, 29–31 October 2021, and it is set to be the biggest and grandest crusade yet. Nothing the world has ever seen will compare to it.
On the impact of the upcoming program, the man of God, Pastor Chris says, “We are going to shake the world for Jesus one more time. It’s the biggest thing happening in the world right now.”
Language? Time? Distance? There are no barriers to your miracle. The program will be streamed live in over 4,000 languages, on the Healing Streams TV website (www.healingstreams.tv), the Healing School Mobile App, and on Loveworld Networks (TV and radio stations all over the world). You can participate from wherever you are!
So, the only question is this: are you ready?
There are 4 Ps to remember when preparing for the Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris:
- Pray about the program and for those who will participate in it.
- Publicize it to your world. You sharing the news is the only way some people will hear.
- Prepare places; share the program with other by creating on-site and virtual healing centers
- Partner. Sponsor the program.
To register for the program and for more information on what to do, please visit www.healingstreams.tv/3days.
Estate Dev: T.Pumpy Concept MD Assures Jikwoyi, Kpeyegi, Kurudu Subscribers of Adequate Provision of Infrastructure
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T.Pumpy Concept Limited, a famous estate developer based in Abuja, Mr Akintayo Adaralegbe has assured the subscribers at its estate lands at Jikwoyi, Kpeyegi and Kurudu, of adequate and timely provision of infrastructure at the various locations currently being developed by the company.
Mr Aderalegbe, who gave the assurance during an interactive meeting with all the subscribers in the three locations, which was held at company’s Kpeyegi site on Saturday 16th April 2021, added that he personally summoned the meeting for him to get a firsthand information on issues affecting the subscribers in the three estates and know how to address them.
He said that he would continue to stand on the integrity the company is associated by making sure that all the needed infrastructure are provided as the subscribers build on their allocated spaces, assuring that access road leading to the site and security, would be provided for those subscribers in Kpeyegi, who had commenced the development of their allotted spaces.
For the investors at Jikwoyi and Kurudu estates, Aderalegbe assured them that the mapping and beaconing of individual spaces will commence from Monday, 18th November 2021, even as he also assured that the roads leading to Jikwoyi and Kpeyegi Phases and 1 and 2 of the two estates will also commence in due course.
He explained to the subscribers present and those who joined through zoom social media platform, that his mission of venturing into estate business and housing development is not necessary to make profit from people, rather to make housing affordable to Nigerians, through the various affordable estates being developed by the company in various states of the country, and added that trust that his company had built over the years in the housing development, made it possible for subscribers to buy-in immediately in all their estates, whenever the company come up for a new estate to be developed.
Highlights of the meeting was when Mr Aderalege personally attended to all the issues raised by some of the subscribers, especially on areas relating to double allocation, security, access road and light.
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