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COVID-19: Why There Is An Upsurge Of Cases In Plateau – State Government

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The Plateau Government has attributed the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the State to more testing, among other factors.

“There is Increase in community testing for the disease as Plateau State has 3 testing Centres at NVRI Vom, Plateau State Specialist Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital,” the State’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang explained in a statement on Thursday.

Since Sunday, August 16th, 2020, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), showed that the Northcentral state has reported 189 fresh COVID-19 infections and had the highest new cases of the virus on Wednesday, 19th August, a situation the Commissioner admitted to as worrying.

Giving an insight into testing capacity, Manjang said Plateau is one of the states with the highest testing rates in Nigeria, with over 23, 000 samples so far collected and 21,015 results gotten.

“In fact, Plateau State is one of the few to have tested all its civil servants and continues to test other citizens,” the commissioner said.

Even though the State Government is making efforts to increasing testing capacity, the Information Commissioner regretted that the slow pace of sample processing has resulted in backlogs which, whenever they are released, lead to a spike in new cases that might be mistaken for daily figures.

While buttressing this fact, he said: “as at today (20/8/2020), there are 2,301 results pending at the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom testing centre alone, due to high traffic.”

According to Manjang, while the Plateau Government is ramping up awareness about the pandemic, there is generally a lack of non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, hand washing and social distancing by residents of the State.

Residents of the State should, therefore, remain calm despite the high cases and stick to protocols in place, the statement said, assuring that the number of infections will reduce in the coming days.

The Commissioner said notwithstanding the number of deaths – 983 as of Thursday morning- Governor Simon Lalong, “remains determined to ensure that no further casualty is recorded.”

Data from the NCDC indicate that Plateau is the fifth most infected state in the West African country with 2,071 cases as of 11:15 pm, Thursday, August 20th, 2020,

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Honoree and celebrant,CGI Muhammad Babandede MFR (Rtd), His Excellency, Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria,Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena and Country Representative of Guild of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Equity,Justice and Transparency in Nigeria(GOCMEJ),Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele,during the Grand Red Carpet Reception and Special Conferment of Lifetime Achievement Award on the former CGI recently at Abuja.

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Defence Intelligence Agency Conducts Defence Advisers /Attaches Annual Conference

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The Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA) is conducting  Defence Advisers/Attachés Annual Conference and Maiden Retreat for the 2021 with the theme” Advancing Counter Terrorism Efforts Through Enhanced Inter-Agency Cooperation: A Whole of Government Approach”. The event is scheduled to hold from 8-13 November 2021 at Headquarters Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Asokoro Abuja respectively. 


This is According to a press statement signed by Major Joseph Afolashade, Acting Assistant Director Defence Intelligence Agency and made available to the press.


 Joseph said the event is one of the veritable platforms designed  by the Agency to examine and re-appraise Nigeria’s Defence Advisers/Attachés and foreign defence relations. It will also assist in articulating new strategies in intelligence gathering. 


“The event will no doubt be the first in the annals of the Agency since it’s establishment. This is owing to the fact that no platform was created for institutional reflections on its activities with a view to measuring the attainment of its core mandate.

It is against this background that Agency is holding this conference to effectively galvanize  inputs in view of the myriads of security challenges facing the nation.

It will also provide an avenue for  self-examination mechanism for  optimal performance. 

This is in line with the policy directive of the President,  Commander- in -Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on the need to look inward for workable solutions to the myriads of challenges facing the nation”.     


 “It is in pursuant of this objective, that the Agency is organising it’s maiden Retreat to provide a forum to appraise the activities of the various Defence Sections as well as brainstorm to proffer new strategies in attaining the core mandate of the Agency.

The Conference and Retreat are therefore considered as milestone events in the activities of the Agency that would engender interactions with past Directors of the Agency, former Chiefs of Defence Intelligence and senior intelligence practitioners in the Country”. he said

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CCD Executive Director Bags Patriotic Leadership Award

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The Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities; Mr David Obinna Anyaele on the 5th of November , 2021 bagged the patriotic leadership award presented to him by the African Voice magazine in recognition of his contribution to humanity and his course to promote inclusion for over 31 million persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

The entourage was led by Mr. Ebenezer Ogunleye, CEO of African Voice Magazine. Others on the entourage are; Diana Omueza, Olawale Oladipupo and Gami Tadanyigbe.

The Award was presented by Mr. Ebenezer Ogunleye who praised the Executive Director for his passion, zeal and commitment to issues and plights that concerns humanity, particularly in his push to make sure that the disability bill was passed into law in 2019. He went further to allude, to the fact that the Executive Director is a worthy recipient and was selected and nominated by worthy Nigerians for the Award.

The Executive Director, talked about the historical journey of the creation of CCD in 2002, he maintained that he remains committed to disability issues, and that he receives the award, on behalf of CCD Board of trustees, staff and volunteers nationwide. He thanked the African Voice Magazine for finding it worthy to give an award to a genuine course.

In attendance also were CCD Staff; Mrs Peace Ezekiel, Ubong Daniel and Humphrey Ukeaja.

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