FEDERAL POLY NEKEDE PARTNERS WITH IMO STATE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.
The management of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede,led by the Rector, Rev. (Dr.) Michael Arimanwa on Friday joined the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the state through the donation of an automated and semi-automated pedal operational hand washing and sanitizing device as well as fully automated solar-powered hand washing, drying and sanitizing device.
Dr. Arimanwa noted that the two hand washing and sanitizing devices which they donated to the government were produced with about 80% local contents by the institution, from conception, designed to production without external assistance.
He solicited the assistance of the State government in the building of a technological entrepreneurship centre in the institution.
The governor while receiving the devices, charged them to improve further on their technological innovation by producing a ventilator. He promised that Imo state Government will continue to partner with the school, especially in the areas of research, skills acquisition, ICT training and the fight against cultism in the school.
GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
Imo Covid-19 Committee Raises Sample Test Number to 10 Weekly
In line with their earlier commitment to keep Imo citizens informed of the latest on coronavirus pandemic, the Taskforce on Covid-19 Prevention and Control Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Maurice Iwu, Wednesday, said it was raising the sample test of suspected cases from three weekly to 10.
Prof. Iwu, who was glad to re-affirm that there is still no positively confirmed case of coronavirus disease in Imo, reiterated that the Committee has vowed to tow the path of utter caution and to leave no vacuum for the disease to penetrate into the state.
The Covid-19 Prevention and Control Chairman stated that part of the preventive measures the Committee has decided to apply henceforth is to increase the number of people to be tested weekly to 10, unlike the initial probable cases of three. This, he said stemmed from information gathered from neighbouring states.
Prof. Iwu appealed to patients not to feel embarrassed when relevant hospital authorities demand to run random sample tests on them as it portends no harm nor meant to stigmatize any patient, adding that the test samples may be collected not only from government hospitals or facilities, but also from private ones.
The Covid-19 Taskforce Chairman stressed on the need for Imolites to collectively decide to save their lives and that of others by strict adherence to the extant strategies laid down by the World Health Organization through maintenance of high hygiene standards in other to halt the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
Part of the Chairman’s speech read: “Regardless of what the Ministry of Information does, regardless of what the Security Agencies do, regardless of what the Government does, if we, the people of Imo State do not collectively agree to save ourselves, nobody can save us.”
Prof. Iwu, however, warned that Imo people should not take the ‘deliberate loose lockdown’ from the government for granted as opportunity to loiter or give room for possible contact and spread of the disease rather, government in her magnanimity is providing avenues for people to move around within their immediate communities to find food and other basic necessities.
Prof. Iwu further enjoined the Media to partner with the Committee in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic by making information within their reach available to the Committee. He said: “If by chance you hear a rumour, it doesn’t have to be factual, send that rumour to us, but if you broadcast the rumour, then you’re helping spread the virus and you’re causing panic as rumour mongering is a major asset to the virus.”
Earlier, Secretary to the Taskforce Committee, Dr. Austin Okeji admitted initial low level of awareness but promptly added that surveillance network and enlightenment have been activated, including evaluating manpower to stem the pandemic.
Also contributing, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha of the National Orientation Agency (Imo State Chapter) harped on the need for community transmission of the activities of the Taskforce, adding that efforts are in place to acquaint the rural communities with the proactive measures being applied in the cities to check the disease.
Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser (Gov.)
April 22, 2020
Gov. Uzodinma Recieves Donations from Federal University of Technology Owerri.
In recieving FUTO VC and the institution management team, Gov. Uzodinma expressed appreciation on the thought out plan to show support, not only to the Government but to the entire people of Imo State and indeed Nigeria.
“Some of us are beginning to worry whether Science has failed us but today, the Federal University of Technology Owerri has flown into action: creating awareness to the people and manufactured one of the essential materials to enhance prevention” Gov. Uzodinma states.
In conclusion, Gov. Uzodinma urged scientists to see what they can do for us all to come out of this quagmire.
Covid-19: NCDC Commends Uzodimma,
Calls for more Tests in Imo
The Director-General, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has commended Governor Hope Uzodimma for being proactive and dutiful in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Dr. Ihekweazu who was in the state, Saturday, to inspect facilities on ground for the containment of corona virus if detected was received by Governor Uzodimma who expressed gratitude for the work the agency is doing for the nation.
Governor Uzodimma noted that the corona virus pandemic which is a global phenomenon has made great nations look helpless, expressing satisfaction with the level of work and success recorded by the NCDC despite the medical and Health constraints of the nation.
The Governor, who re-affirmed the need to test more people for the virus for the virus, called on the NCDC to establish a test Centre in the state to expedite the process of testing the collected samples.
Governor Uzodimma readily identified Orlu Teaching Hospital, which presently has a 200-bed ultra modern Isolation Centre and other facilities ready to house as a laboratory for COVID-19 test.
While soliciting more support and help from NCDC, Governor Uzodimma urged the agency to partner with the state government in strengthening the system to be more prepared and alert in the event the virus finds its way into the state.
The Governor thanked theNCDC DG for sending a team which is presently doing great job in training some medical and technical personnel in the state.
Governor Uzodimma who reiterated that he will continue to rely on the guidance of NCDC in the execution of his programmes in the fight against coronavirus, called for the sustenance of the training of the technical personnel and solicited support for the Federal Medical Centre in the state, which he said is handicapped.
Earlier, Dr. Ihekweazu commended Governor Uzodimma for his proactiveness in leading the response in the fight against COVID-19.
Inspects Imo Isolation Center along Orlu Road, Owerri
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku; Chief of staff to the Governor, Bar Nnamdi Anyaehie; Hon. Commissioner for Health Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo; Chairman Imo Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 Prof. Maurice Iwu; Director of Public Health/Secretary to Imo Taskforce Committee on COVID-19/Incident Manager Dr. Okeji Austine; Medical Director Federal Medical Centre Owerri Dr. Kingsley Achigbu; Director General & Chief Executive officer(CEO) of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu in company Mrs Elsie Ilori (NCDC), Mr Tarik Mohammed (NCDC), Mr Tijesu Ojumu (NCDC), Mr Chukwuka Ononiwu (NCDC) today paid a visit to Imo State Isolation/Treatment facilities with World Health Organisation(WHO) Country Representative Dr Fiona Braka in company of Dr Khalid (WHO), Imo State Coordinator of WHO Dr. Okwu Sebastian to assess the level of Readiness of the State as well as to identify gaps and ways to further assist the state in terms of emergency preparedness for COVD-19.
Stay safe always from COVID-19 by staying at home. Ensure you regularly wash your hands with soap and water and as well use hand sanitizer always. Ensure social distancing always and avoid crowd gatherings.
GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
PRESS RELEASE: Imo State Government Uncovers Ghost Workers, vows to end Rot in Civil, Public Service.
Rising from a crucial meeting with Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodimma expressed dismay and surprise over the level of rot and fraud discovered in the Civil and Public Service sector and vowed to end the abnormally immediately.
Addressing newsmen shortly after a meeting of Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Parastatals in the state, the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba stated that huge revenue has been lost by the State Government due to double entries in salary payroll, a situation he stressed people used fictitious names and additional Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) to short-change the government.
Emelumba further stated that about 1000 ghost workers have been linked to the scam with some earning salaries and pensions at the same time.
The Commissioner warned that it will no longer be business as usual for Head of Departments, Directors of Accounts and other Heads of Agencies that pay deaf ear to the misdeeds, adding that Governor Uzodimma has charged all Departmental Heads to put their house in order and come up with realistic payroll figures and a new e-payment compliant organogram.
Emelumba further explained that the new organogram would henceforth entail new Identity Card Management system, and that employment history with pay points and pay slips will be provided every month as is the custom in every responsible government system.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Finance, Chuk Chukemeka stated that about one billion naira (N1bn) has been lost as a result of salary to ghost workers in the state. He stressed that the heads of ministries and parastatals must change their dance tone in order to actualize the Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Recovery (‘3R’) mantra of Governor Uzodimma’s administration to reposition the state.
Chukemeka further stated that Governor Uzodimma has charged the revenue points of the state to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the government, as that is the only way to realize the lofty goals of the present administration.
He reiterated that the Single Treasury Account (TSA) system must be fully implemented so as to plug all revenue leakages.
Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser (Gov.)
April 17, 2020