Ebola: FG directs Schools to remain closed till October 13

Ebola: FG directs schools to remain closed till Oct 13

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed that all public and private primary and secondary schools should remain closed till Oct. 13.
The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, gave the directive when he briefed newsmen after a meeting with Commissioners for Education in Abuja.
“The minister and all commissioners met today, Aug. 26, to discuss issues related to the reopening of schools for the new academic year vis-à-vis the Ebola epidemic issue.
“At the end of the meeting, the following decisions were arrived at as preventive measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students in our schools throughout the federation.
“All primary and secondary schools both public and private are to remain closed until Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, which is the new resumption date for all schools throughout the federation.
“This is to ensure that adequate measures are put in place before the students report back to school,’’ Shekarau said.
Shekarau said the meeting also agreed that all Ministries of Education should immediately organise training for at least two staff in each public and private school.
He said schools must ensure that the training was given by appropriate health personnel on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
He said the training of such staff must be concluded not later than Sept. 15.
The minister also directed all the state ministries to establish a Working and Monitoring Team and also appoint a designated Desk Officer on Ebola.
Shekarau said the officers must report on daily basis to the commissioners on situation in the schools not later than Sept. 1.
He also ordered the immediate suspension of ongoing summer classes conducted by some private schools.
According to him, all private primary and secondary schools must comply with the directives, which also apply to Federal Government Colleges.
He, therefore, urged state governments to support their ministries with all necessary funds to ensure effective implementation of these measures.
Shekarau said that all tertiary institutions were advised to suspend exchange of staff and students’ programmes, visits, and major international seminars and workshops until further notice.
“They are to monitor movements of foreign students in their campuses and liaise with appropriate government health institutions to organise and ensure effective sensitisation programme for all their staff,’’ he said.
The minister said that he would be meeting again with all the commissioners on Sept. 23, to review the situation in all states.
He said that appropriate sanctions would be taken against any defaulter of the directives. (NAN)

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Manchester officially announce Di Maria signing

Manchester United officially announce Di Maria signing
• Argentina international midfielder joins on five-year contract.

Manchester United has officially announced the signing of Argentine international Angel di Maria on a five-year contract.

A statement issued by the club read “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Angel Di Maria has completed his transfer for a British record fee of £59.7million. Angel joins on a five-year contract.

“Di Maria, 26, began his career at one of the most prolific youth academies in Argentinian football, Rosario Central. In 2007, he moved to Europe to play for Portuguese club Benfica, before signing for Real Madrid in 2010. The Argentina international has 52 caps for his national team, scoring 10 goals.

Angel Di Maria said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.

“Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started.”

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Di Maria Can Thrive as Star Man at United- Tim Vickery

Di Maria can thrive as star man
By Tim Vickery – BBC Sport

After his Atletico Madrid side had drawn 1-1 with local rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, coach Diego Simeone observed that “the game changed with the introduction of Angel Di Maria. It’s logical – he’s the best player they have, the one most likely to create openings in the opposition half.”
Cristiano Ronaldo may not agree, and Simeone’s analysis of the man Manchester United have agreed a British record fee of £59.7m for could have contained an element of one Argentine boosting another.
But it is hard to disagree with Di Maria’s importance to Real Madrid’s 2013-14 campaign, rounded off, of course, by a man-of-the-match performance against Atletico in the final of the Champions League.
How, then, can a man so instrumental to the long-awaited 10th continental title – La Decima – be so soon declared surplus to requirements?
Di Maria’s Real demise was predicted a year ago, when the club spent a fortune on Gareth Bale. Despite making a season-long statement of his worth, the Argentine has now fallen victim to the compulsive buying of the Spanish giants.

Di Maria scored seven goals in 76 Portuguese league appearances while at Benfica
With the acquisition of James Rodriguez – yet another top-quality left-footed attacking midfielder – Di Maria has been allowed to leave.
Presumably, one of the main attractions of the move to Manchester is that the size of the transfer fee should guarantee the 26-year-old the thing he was denied at Madrid – an important place in the pecking order.
What makes him worth such status is the developing maturity of his game.
From the city of Rosario, like Lionel Messi, and born just a few months later, Di Maria always had the capacity to run with the ball at pace. Greyhound slim and whippet fast, Di Maria first came to my attention at the start of 2007, playing for Argentina in the South American Under-20 Championships in Paraguay.
He was interesting but infuriating, drifting in and out of games, playing in spurts and often restricted to the role of impact substitute.
In the next few months, though, he made his senior breakthrough as a goalscoring winger for the Rosario Central club. Then, in July, already more interesting and less infuriating, he made an important contribution alongside Sergio Aguero as Argentina won the World Under-20 title in Canada.
A year later, in China, he raced behind the Nigerian defensive line to score the goal that clinched the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Biggest transfer fees paid by a British club
£50mFernando TorresLiverpool to Chelsea2011
£42.4mMesut OzilReal Madrid to Arsenal2013
£38mSergio AgueroAtletico Madrid to Manchester City2011
£37.1mJuan MataChelsea to Manchester Utd2014
£35mAndy CarrollNewcastle to Liverpool2011
£35mAlexis SanchezBarcelona to Arsenal2014
By then, he was already in Europe, having joined Benfica in 2007, and he moved on to Real Madrid three years later for £20m.
Always a dangerous winger, it is in the last couple of seasons that he has become a much more useful all-round footballer.
The idea of using Di Maria on the left of a three-man midfield was a bold one, and was not an instant success with the national team. “I had no idea what Di Maria was doing,” said influential former Argentina coach Cesar Menotti after a defeat by Venezuela in World Cup qualification almost three years ago.
Fast forward to 2014, though, and Di Maria has made progress with the speed of one his forward surges.
The ever astute Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics, described him recently as “tactically probably the most important member of the Real Madrid side in 2013-14” in his deeper midfield role.
“He pulled wide when Cristiano Ronaldo went inside. He shuttled to provide the link between the midfield of Xabi Alonso (or Sami Khedira in the Champions League final) and Luka Modric and the forward line, [and] he sat in when Marcelo overlapped him from full-back,” explained Wilson, who judges that Real’s decision to let Di Maria go could prove as foolish as the similar blunder they made with Claude Makelele just over a decade ago.
The size of Manchester United’s potential gain would be all the more apparent had Di Maria not broken down during the recent World Cup.
During qualification, Argentina had felt their way towards a way in which to accommodate ‘the fantastic four’ attacking talents. Messi was operating behind Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, with Di Maria bursting from deep, taking advantage of the space opened up by the three in front of him.
In the event, though, the expectations never came close to being met.
Aguero was nowhere near fit, Higuain was off colour and nothing seemed to go Di Maria’s way. In Argentina’s dramatic second-round meeting with Switzerland, Di Maria gave the ball away 51 times and recorded a pass completion rate of 63% – appalling statistics, but ones which throw some light on his strength of character.
However badly things were going, Di Maria never hid, never played safe, never shirked his responsibility – and he was rewarded for his persistence with a superb 118th-minute winner, sliding home Messi’s sublime pass.
In the quarter-final against Belgium, he helped set up what turned out to be the winning goal, only to limp off with the thigh problem that would end his tournament.

Di Maria inspired Argentina to Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games with the winner in the final
His presence in the final against Germany could have been decisive. Especially in the first half, Germany’s high defensive line would surely have had problems coping with the pace of Argentina’s number seven – a famous shirt, of course, in Manchester United folklore.
Di Maria coming to England is an outcome which always seemed likely at some stage in his career.
When he joined Benfica seven years ago he was reported as saying that he wanted to do well enough to earn a move to Chelsea. Subsequently he has declared an affection for Manchester United.
Reproducing last season’s Real Madrid form in a red shirt will surely give Di Maria a lasting place in the affections of United fans.

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Mobile phone sends 15-year-old to untimely grave … He was using his phone while charging the device, mum says  

Mobile phone sends 15-year-old to untimely grave


… He was using his phone while charging the device, mum says

 Tears are still flowing in Okesa area of Ado-Ekiti, as the people continue to mourn the death of a 15-year-old boy, Junior Abia, in Okesa area of the Ekiti State capital. Junior was the second born of the Abias. His parents are popularly known as Papa and Mama Chibuzor Daily Sun learnt that tragedy struck in the home of the Abias on Friday, August 8, at about 2pm. On that day, Junior suddenly shouted for help, jolting his elder brother, Chibuzor, into action. Junior had an electric shock while listening to music on his mobile phone through the earpiece, as the handset was plugged into the wall socket, charging.After raising the alarm, Junior’s elder brother was said to have looked for a long stick with which he could remove the earpiece from Junior’s ears. It was gathered that when he could not have the earpiece removed, Chibuzor also raised the alarm and that alerted other people, who promptly swung into action to rescue Junior.The mobile phone was eventually removed from the power socket and Junior was rushed to a nearby hospital in the area, in a frantic effort to save his life. Unfortunately, the boy passed on just before the rescue team stepped into the hospital.
Narrating the ugly incident to the reporter at their two-room apartment in the area, Mama Chibuzor, who could not control her emotions, said: “Junior had assisted me in cooking some rice for sale in my stand at Okesa market before I left home. But it was hardly two hours after I left that someone came running to me that Junior had been electrocuted. I immediately rushed to the scene and met people making frantic efforts to rescue him.

“We eventually removed the earpiece from his ears, unplugged the handset from the power socket and rushed him to the hospital. But he died just as we were about stepping into the hospital.

“I was told that Junior plucked the handset, which he also connected to the earpiece, into the power socket so as to charge the phone. He was also using the earpiece connected to the phone to listen to some music on the phone.

“Some people said he slept off while listening to the music on the phone and charging the phone at the same time. They said it was while doing that he suddenly shouted for help, and when people rushed to him, he was already gasping for air.”

Mama Chibuzor further said his son would have lived had he got help on time. She said: “If there had been elderly people around, apart from his elder brother who wasn’t clever enough to devise a better means of saving Junior, my son might have survived the electrocution.”

She said she couldn’t say if Junior had been in the habit of listening to music on the cell phone while charging it. “I only know that he was an obedient boy who didn’t get into trouble with anyone. He was also very dutiful; he never got tired of running errands in the house at anytime. Only God understands why this happened to him,” she lamented.

Junior was buried three days after his death. According to his mum, all his clothes, pictures, shoes and other things that could bring back some emotional memories had been removed by the family.

The Sun

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Adadevoh was just doing her Job- Simon Kolawole

Adadevoh Was Just Doing Her Job

SIMON KOLAWOLE LIVE! By Simon Kolawole; Email: simon.kolawole@thisdaylive.com, sms: 0805 500 1961

Sometime in 2004, or thereabouts, I told the then Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, that in spite of the successes recorded by her agency, fake drugs were still coming to Nigeria. She sighed, and with one look of frustration creating a dent on her face, she told me: “We at NAFDAC are doing our job honestly and diligently. If only the other agencies of government at entry points are also doing their job, not a tablet of fake or substandard drug will enter Nigeria. That is the whole truth.”

Akunyili, who died in May and will be buried next week, lamented that other agencies at the points of entry were frustrating the work of NAFDAC. She told me, quite sadly but instructively: “They think since they have collected money from the importers, the rest does not matter. But they are missing the point. Can you imagine someone bringing in fake insulin? The same Customs officer who collected bribe to allow it into the country could end up the victim. He or his relation could be diabetic and could end up buying the fake insulin at the chemist. Once the drug enters the country, anybody could be the victim.”

As we mourn the passing of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the consultant physician who caught the Ebola virus while treating Mr. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the deadly disease to Nigeria, Dora’s words came tumbling into my mind again. Adadevoh simply did her job. There were various options in front of her when she discovered Sawyer had Ebola: one, quietly say “e no concern me” and discharge him quickly to avoid contaminating the hospital; two, refer him to LUTH, not minding the bigger consequences for the rest of Nigeria; three, act responsibly in line with the ethics of the medical profession and “detain” him because of the peculiarity of the disease.

Adadevoh did the right thing. She confined Sawyer to the bed and alerted the appropriate authorities. That she unfortunately caught the virus was, essentially, an occupational hazard. She didn’t catch Ebola deliberately, to save Nigeria. It was not part of the script. So we should not define her heroism in the sense that she was infected to save millions of Nigerians. Rather, her heroism lies in the fact that she saw a grave danger, a potential national calamity –  and acted professionally, patriotically, courageously. Dead or alive, she will be celebrated as a hero, someone who instinctively acted in the interest of the larger society.

Some other doctors would not even have the presence of mind to remember other Nigerians. Some doctors would quickly discharge suspected Ebola patients to save their hospitals from the stigmatisation and the economic loss from a temporary shut-down for decontamination. That is why First Consultants Hospital also deserves commendation and compensation. We need to encourage those who are still doing the right thing in Nigeria despite the risks involved.  In a country where not many people care about the rest, this particular case can renew our faith in the possibility of a new Nigeria. If only other Nigerians will do their job!

Let’s take this further. If the Customs officer does his job –  like Adadevoh –  not a single illegal arm will enter the country. However, because the importer has “paid” him, all the officer cares about is his pocket. He clears the goods. The gun gets into the country. And, like Akunyili said, the same officer could be a victim of armed robbery with the same illegal weapon deployed. If the officer, on discovering the arms, detains the cargo and quickly informs the appropriate quarters –  like Adadevoh did –  illegal weapons will not get into the country. The larger society will be saved the trouble. But the officer is only thinking of his “fees”. The rest of Nigeria can burn, for all he cares.

If the Immigrations officer had done his job –  like Adadevoh –  we probably wouldn’t be discussing Boko Haram with trepidation today. The illegal immigrants that are being used as foot soldiers by the insurgents would have been denied entry or arrested at the borders. The arms that Boko Haram use today came through the border. What does it take to drive a lorry full of guns and bullets past the immigration point? A few wads. Maybe N10,000 –  or even less. The truck is passed. When the militants get hold of the arms, they could end up killing the same officer or his relatives. If he had done his job –  like Adadevoh –  and detained the truck, the country would have been saved.

I can go on and on to illustrate how we are destroying Nigeria by failing to do our jobs. We think more of what will come to our pockets than how the larger society can be saved from a certain calamity. Nigeria is like this because we only think of our personal benefits. If we care about the consequences of our actions for the whole nation, how great would this country be! We have been battling with basic power supply for ages because most of those involved are only thinking of their benefits from the billion-naira contracts; the road in front of your house or office is in bad state because some government officials only think about their stomachs.

There are more lessons we should take on board. In this age of globalisation, whatever affects one country affects the other. Terrorism, infectious diseases, money-laundering –  everything is globalised. That should put our authorities on alert. When Ebola broke out in Guinea, then spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, our port health authorities should have been on the alert. That is a lesson. I guess medical personnel will also start taking personal protection more seriously in all situations –  in line with best practices. I suppose our people are so alert to Ebola now that if it were to come through some other means in some remote areas, authorities will quickly pick up the signal. And maybe this outbreak is going to help all of us improve our personal hygiene as well.

But Nigeria is a country where we don’t learn lessons. Containers fall off the back of trucks and kill people and we move onto the next one. People get electrocuted now and then and we move onto the next one. Policeman shoots a bus driver for refusing to “drop” N20 and we move onto the next one. A truck loaded with illegal arms is arrested somewhere in Lokoja and we move onto the next one. Simply because somebody is not doing his job. Thankfully, Adadevoh did her job. She did it well. She ran the race. She finished her course. She kept the faith. She deserves a crown of glory.


The era of “bloody civilians” is back as the military has virtually taken control of the country. The brigandage in Lagos that saw soldiers burn BRT buses, the killing of el Zak Zaky sons and the harassment of newspaper houses should worry us. Last Friday, troops invaded the office of Daily Trust in Maiduguri. They quizzed two managers over a story published by the newspaper. All these remind me too much of the days of military rule, and they don’t bring me good memories at all. By the way, does President Goodluck Jonathan know the full implications of these unchecked military excesses? Scary.

I was a bit embarrassed when the ministry of health issued a statement on Thursday to counter claims by the Lagos State government that there were five new suspected cases of Ebola. I know there are political differences between federal government and Lagos, but for Pete’s sake, they have managed to work together and should continue to do so. What we’re faced with is a potential national calamity. This is not the time for politics. We also don’t need to ridicule ourselves before the whole world at this crucial time. Commonsense.

You need to look away now: hundreds of Nigerians have died from cholera  – that absolutely preventable disease  – in 14 states this year. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said from January to March, Bauchi recorded 6,910 cases and Kano 1,270, among the tens of thousands recorded in other states including Kaduna, Ebonyi and Lagos. While no deaths were recorded in Kogi and Lagos, 48 died in Bauchi, 19 in Kaduna and 16 in Kano. Cholera is mainly transmitted through contaminated water. By the time these figures are updated, things promise to be more horrible. Cholera in the year 2014! Shameful.

One ridiculous reason given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the re-introduction of ATM charge is to curtail cash withdrawals in line with the “cashless” policy. Poor thinking. There is already a daily limit on withdrawals, and those who withdraw large amounts can’t be deterred by a N65 charge. It is low-income earners that use ATM the most. I can’t remember the last time I met Alhaji Aliko Dangote at an ATM point. It gets more ridiculous that banks have now introduced a 1% “anniversary fee” on loans. Borrowers will pay the fee on every anniversary of their loans. Sadistic.

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Jonathan Returns From Germany, Ending Speculation over His Health

Jonathan Returns From Germany, Ending Speculation over His Health

Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday arrived Abuja after a four-day private visit to Germany looking hale and hearty.
His aircraft touched down at  the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport by 4.25p.m.
The president  was received by top government officials.

His private visit to Germany had fuelled speculations that he might have fallen ill, necessitating the trip overseas.
Clad in a navy blue suit, a white shirt and his trademark hat, Jonathan was received by his Chief of Staff, Brig-Gen. Jones Arogbofa (rtd); Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Muhammed and the acting Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, among others.

The president, on arrival at the Presidential Villa, immediately retired into his official residence where he was also received by family members and some close aides. 

The president is expected to lead the federal government’s delegation to a service of songs organised in honour of the late former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili,  at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja today.

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Man commits suicide after losing money to ex-lover

Man commits suicide after losing money to ex-lover

By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA— A middle-aged man, Samsideen Akinwunmi, has reportedly committed suicide in Abeokuta after being duped by his concubine.
Akinwunmi, a carpenter, was said to have been found dead after allegedly hanging himself on a  ceiling fan in his room located at Aboaba Street, Itori-Odo, Abeokuta.
A source told Vanguard that the incident occurred on Saturday.
The source further said that he saw Akinwunmi at about 2:45 pm on Saturday when he sent all his children on errand before killing himself.
According to the source, the deceased  left a suicide note  which  explained why he killed himself.
“He indicated that his estranged lover had duped him of millions of Naira and that he had to kill himself.
Reacting to the incident, a community leader and Alapinni of Egbaland, Chief Omolaso Ojedele, saidit was a tragedy.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state,  Muyiwa Adejobi, could not be reached for reaction. It was, however, gathered that the Police had taken the corpse away.


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