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Sanwo-Olu Warns Of ‘Potential’ Fourth Wave Of COVID, Flags Off Mass Vaccination Campaign

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, says the state runs the risk of experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID pandemic.

He said this on Wednesday while flagging off a COVID mass vaccination programme in the state.

The programme aims to vaccinate four million residents before the end of 2021.

Sanwo-Olu flagged off the campaign, tagged ‘Count Me In! 4 Million Vaccinated Against COVID-19’, on Wednesday at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Lagos COVID vaccination campaign, which is in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), will cover residents who are 18 years and above.

Speaking during the event, Sanwo-Olu said the mass vaccination campaign is necessary to prevent the “catastrophic” events witnessed in the previous waves, considering that the state’s borders would be opened to all during the festive season.

He disclosed that to expand the access to COVID vaccines, mobile vans would be deployed to reach individuals in underserved communities.

“There is potential for the fourth wave of COVID-19, as our borders would be opened to all people coming into Lagos in December,” he said.

“To prevent the catastrophic events we witnessed in the previous waves, the state has developed a robust vaccination drive, leveraging on both the strengths we have in the public and private sectors of our healthcare system.

“In the development of our strategy and counter-measures, we prioritise the protection of human lives and keeping our economy open for business.

“To mitigate against this potential damage that will further spread existing variants of COVID-19 in the state, and accelerate efforts towards herd immunity, the need for a different strategy became a front-burner issue.

“This is what has culminated in the campaign tagged ‘Count Me In! 4 million Lagosians Vaccinated Against COVID-19’ to target the full vaccination of 4 million Lagos residents before the end of December 2021.

“Once achieved, this will bring the state closer to reaching our promise to vaccinate 30 per cent of our population within one year.”

The Lagos governor said individuals who want to get vaccinated in approved private facilities will pay an administrative charge of N6,000.

He added that the state will not force anybody to get the vaccine, but that his administration wants everyone to take the vaccination as personal responsibility.

“We have set up COVID-19 vaccination in all our 205 public primary health centres, 14 of the state’s second and tertiary hospitals,” he added.

“And we are hoping that this partnership can be implemented in over 400 private health centres across seven underserved local government areas in the state.

“Let me re-emphasise that we are not compelling anyone to get vaccinated. But we want everyone to take it as personal responsibility, which is highly important.

“What we seek to achieve by this campaign is to ensure there is access to the vaccines and availability. Then, give people an opportunity to get vaccinated at centres close to them. This will give nobody a reason not to get the vaccines.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, has recorded 77,723 confirmed COVID-19 cases — including 58 active cases and 749 deaths.

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Crisis Hits Lagos Labour Party As Pressure Mounts On Chairman, Kayode Salako To Resign

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A certain group has continued to doubt the chairman of Lagos Labour Party as regards his sincerity to lead the party to success in the next year’s general election.

Following the composition of the State Executive of the Labour Party, LP in Lagos State recently, there have been unending crisis within the party leadership that could mar the chances of the party in the State come 2023 despite the generous support the party is enjoying from different support groups and general public.
 
Reports monitored on social medial revealed that the party stakeholders both at all levels level have lost confidence in the state executive led by Comrade Kayode Salako and his secretary for not adhering to the Constitution of the party and anti-party activities hence the party’s support groups have demanded for their immediate resignation from the party or removal by the appropriate party organs.
 
Allegations levelled against the party chairman include his failure to set up relevant structures for the party across and failure to work with party’s support groups to harness all the benefits that are being championed by support groups and members of the public willing to support the party in deepening its reach across Lagos State and smooth running of the party as being done and experienced in other South Western States such as Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ondo States. It is alleged that rather than build up the party across Lagos State, Comrade Kayode Salako is alleged to be busied in destroying and tearing down the party’s relationships with the support groups and other stakeholders. Indeed, it appears the reason is not far fetched as it was alleged recently on social media that Comrade Kayode Salako is a mole sent by the presidential candidate of the ruling party, All Progressive Party Bola Tinubu to destroy the gains of Labour Party in Lagos State and Comrade Kayode Salako seems to be carrying out this sinister agenda perfectly since he assumed office as the Party Chairman in Lagos state.
 
They also cited lack of sound judgment behind the State party chairman’s wife, Folake Daramola being a campaign manager of the  Presidential candidate of APC and the party in Lagos State. One then wonders how safe the campaign strategies of the Labour Party will be in the hand of Comrade Kayode Salako who is literally in bed with the campaign manager of the Presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu.
 
They also accused the duo of running fowl against the party guidelines by bringing and allowing people who are not state exco members to attend, sit and participate in the meeting of only 24 executive members contrary to the letter dated May 18, 2022 from the national leadership of the Party, which stated the limited numbers of who could take part in exco meeting.
 
They cited the case of an alleged Lover of the State Secretary,Jennifer Ukachi, who is constantly allowed to attend and sit at the exco meeting. Also, the state party chairman who brings retinue of outsiders including thugs to sit down and participate in the state exco meetings. All these, the different support groups argued run contrary to the 24-membership Exco appointed by the National leadership’s letter of May 18, 2022 seen by this reporter. The State Chairman and State Secretary have actually turned to the State Exco meeting into rendezvous for their shenanigans.
 
The party support groups therefore appeal to the leadership of the party and stakeholders to immediately look into these anomalies and allegations against the party leadership in Lagos State before the commencement of campaigns, rallies and the likes so that the Labour Party in Lagos is not be put to disrepute and is able to reap the good will of the OBI-dients moments.

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Metronwews At 10: Otuba Femi Davis To Shutdown Lagos With A 3-In-1 Event

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A seasoned journalist and publisher of Metronews magazine, Otunba Femi Davies, has promised that the highly frenzied 10th anniversary of the news platform, which is billed for October 10, 2022 at the prestigious Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA in Lagos, will be an evening that would echo for a long time in the Nigerian media and entertainment industries.

In a statement signed and made available to the media by the media juggernaut, a committee of industry brilliant minds has been working tirelessly in ensuring that the three-in-one event is befitting of the reputation of the Metronews brand.

While mentioning events lined up for the evening, the organisers hinted that a new movie by the publisher would be premiered. In addition, a special edition of Metronews print copy, planned to be a frequent publication of societies’ movers and shakers, would be unveiled.

“Aside from all these, not less than 35 Metronews Special Recognition Awards for the Decade would be given out that night to celebrate brands and accomplished individuals across different sectors for their excellence and consistency,” Otunba Davies stated.

Multiple award winning Otunba Olufemi Davies is a respected journalist of many years and is always looking for ways to impact excellent and consistent practice most relevant to the future of the Nigeria’s media industry.

He is a well-sort after PR consultant, publicist and brand manager with an outstanding career that has spanned over two decades. Otunba Davies has helped major Nigerian and multinational brands and organisations including politicians take charge of their narratives and sailed through the storming waters of crisis communications.

As an industry veteran, Otunba Davies has trained and groomed several proteges who have gone on to become major assets to the media industry. He is reckoned with as the crown prince of softsell with his imprint visible in the practice of several professionals who have passed through his mentorship programme or worked and served in one of his several major projects or business undertakings.

Otunba Femi Davies is a journalist per excellence, brand communicator extra-ordinaire, movie producer, artiste manager, actor, entertainer and people builder, who has made tremendous impact in the society through his work in the Nigerian media industry as a social networker.

He is a Rotarian, the president of the Society of Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria (SDNON) and a director at Dux 94.7FM, a fast growing radio broadcasting outfit founded by Asiwaju Rotimi Ajanaku.

A man with several chieftaincy titles like Otunba Gbobaniyi of Arigidi-Akoko and Bobajiro of Iwoye-Ketu, FM, as he is fondly called, is also a director at Afrika Konnekt News Network presided by the American-based Ayo Sogbuyi.

Metronews’ 10th year anniversary promises to be a night to look forward to.

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2023: Osinbajo, Dogara Names Missing As APC Unveils 422-Member Presidential Campaign Council [SEE FULL LIST]

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday unveiled its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman and Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, director-general.

The party also appointed Tinubu as Deputy Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, its national chairman as Deputy Chairman (2) and Kashim Shettima, its vice-presidential candidate as Vice Chairman of the council.

Adams Oshiomhole, a former chairman of the APC was also appointed as deputy director-general (Operations), Hadiza Bala Usman, a former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) – deputy director-general (Admin), while Hon. James Faleke will serve as the secretary to the council.

The list also consists of the names of serving as well as former State Governors of the party, ministers and senators who are still members of the APC, Board of Trustees, among others.

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