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We’ll Proffer Local Cure For Coronavirus Soon, I’m in The Advanced Stage With Traditional Medicine Practitioners — Ooni of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi on Wednesday said a local cure would be proffered soon to end coronavirus.

The Ooni spoke at Oke – Mosan Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, Ogun State, while handing over two motorized modular fumigators to Governor Dapo Abiodun as his donation to the Ogun State Government in support of its battle against the spread of the COVID – 19 in the state.

He said: “We are going to proffer the local cure for coronavirus very soon, I have gone very far in an advanced stage with the traditional medicine practitioners in Nigeria because before this pandemic came out, I have actually announced even before it came and broke out to the entire world.

“From what we inherited from our ancestors; it came out very clear and the cure, the immune booster, and the solution to a large extent were presented to us and we did what we are supposed to do, but the people probably didn’t hear us.

“I am very happy that the same thing that we are talking about in Nigeria, another sister country Madagascar has taken it upon themselves and even the US government has even reached out to them for funding.

“It is another unfortunate thing that the international countries are reaching out to us on this our solution but even our local people are not reaching out to us and we have testimonials of a lot of people that have this ailment that we have used it for to heal them.

“It is a natural herbal and it is very effective, so, we decided to keep quiet and move to a stage of motorized fumigation and make it very mechanical.

“Our ancestors started fumigation, started sanitization; they used to call it ‘ero’ wherever you have ‘igbono ‘ in the olden days, our ancestors will say ‘e je ki a lo won ero.’ We are here to fumigate, so, what is different.

“People will say why I will not sharing palliative, how many palliatives do you want to share, you can keep sharing and the thing keeps on dropping on your body; we are killing more people.

“We are so worried, it is a sleepless night for me; what I have just come to present today, it is a very very huge sleepless night because we were fully prepared in a traditional way, it is not like we are not prepared and that is why it didn’t actually catch us unaware. So, the result will soon come out and we will announce it to the world.

“We are looking at the whole state in Nigeria. The issue is logistics, so, we are trying to cover the one we can cover within our ambit, but the major challenge is logistics.

“When I get to the point of hitting a brick wall, I will shout to the whole world again that, please help us we have a solution, how can we reach to other longer places.

“For me, I am ready, I am willing to move, people are worried and afraid that I should be worried and afraid, but I said No, we have to do legacy for ourselves and rise up to the occasion to face this pandemic.”

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Nigerian Govt To Reciprocate Any Visa Ban, Travel Restrictions By US, Other Countries — Immigration CG

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Muhammad Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS), says the government will reciprocate travel bans and restrictions on Nigeria by any country.

Babandede was reacting to the inclusion of Nigeria by the US to its list of countries with visa restrictions.

In February, President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled a new visa policy for the country which provides for three categories of visas: short visit, temporary, and permanent residence and 79 visa types.

Babandede told TheSignature50 magazine that the new visa policy is reciprocal in nature, adding that like the US, Nigeria has the right to dictate who it allows in or restricts entry from.

“I can tell you that US is a country, it is a nation like Nigeria. They have the right to restrict who will enter their territory or not just like we can restrict US citizen or whomsoever from entering Nigeria,” Babandede said.

“So they have the right, but I want people to know that Visa restriction is not a Visa ban, it is a ban for people who want to take residency not people who want to go for short visits.

“You are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR just launched a new visa policy for Nigeria, the visa policy has 79 classes of visa. So, we will be in a position to say to countries, if you allow us for short visits we will allow you for short visits and if you stop us from other visits, we do the same, because the new visa policy is based on reciprocity.

“So, we will test this for a year and see those who reciprocate and we take actions for those who do otherwise.”

Speaking on his management of the agency, Babandede said he has been able to execute projects with transparency.

He said when he assumed office, he made it a duty to inaugurate two new command buildings so that the agency could act independently without any interference.

“When I came on board, I was really ashamed to find Immigration office, especially commands been kept in federal secretariat, we are law enforcement agency, we ought not to be in a Federal Secretariat. So i made a commitment to myself that every year, I want to commission two new buildings – commands,” he said.

“And we have developed a model for each command. I am glad to say that 2017, we did two – Kano and Jigawa, 2018 we did two – Plateau and Abia, and 2019 we did three – we commissioned Adamawa, Zamfara and Uyo.

“This year 2020, God’s willing we will commission around five or eight, depending on the availability of fund.”

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Air Peace To Recall Some Pilots As FG Intervenes

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The federal government says Air Peace will recall some of the pilots it sacked.

Air Peace had announced the sack of the pilots earlier in August as part of the company’s efforts to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.

After the action, the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) had given the airline a two-week ultimatum to recall the sacked workers or face industrial action.

But James Odaudu, director, public affairs, ministry of aviation, said at a meeting on Tuesday, the management of Air Peace agreed to recall some of the pilots who lost their jobs.

According to Odadu, Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace, agreed to recall the maximum number of pilots that his company could accommodate in the light of the current situation as a result of the pandemic.

“In the verbal agreement reached after a dialogue that was held in a very friendly environment, Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema, acceded to the Minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going under,” Odadu said in a statement.

“In their presentation, NAAPE, led by its chairman, Galadima Abednego, said that some missteps could have been made in the course of the standoff between the airline and the union and appealed to the Minister to intervene in order to resolve the impasse.

“He said that as a union it was a painful thing to see a large number of their members thrown into the labour market, and further appealed to employers of labour to see the union members as partners, and not adversaries.

“On his own, the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema expressed his sadness and disappointment over what he called the ingratitude of some of the airline’s pilots after everything is done to make them comfortable on their jobs.

“He recalled how Air Peace had trained over 80 pilots and an equal number of aircraft engineers, giving its staff the best remuneration package within the sector only for them to disappoint at a time their understanding was needed.

“He, however, commended Senator Hadi Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.

“The Aviation Minister in his remarks called for the understanding of everyone, especially the Labour unions, of the prevailing situation in the aviation industry, saying it was not the time for unnecessary upheavals.

“He commended Chief Onyema for his enormous contributions in developing the industry but appealed to him to recall the maximum number of the sacked pilots that the airline can comfortably accommodate in the prevailing circumstances to which airline operator agreed.”

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JUST IN: Lagos Council Boss Babatunde Oke Dies Of #COVID-19

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The Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Oke, is dead, The Gazelle News is reporting.

Babatunde Oke died early Wednesday, 12 August, 2020 from complications arising from Coronavirus Infection.

This medium learnt that the former council boss has been sick for sometime but seemed to have recovered, only for the sickness to relapsed late last week due to the stress he went through during the last Sallah break where he was reported to have exposed himself again.

He was rushed to the an unnamed hospital on Friday where he eventually died this morning.

Babatunde Oke was a second term council chairman and was a strong member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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