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Investigation Into Cause Of Lagos Cholera Outbreak Not Concluded

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The Lagos state government has explained that unregistered tiger nut drinks have not been identified as the cause of the recent cholera outbreak in the state.

There were reports that Kemi Ogunyemi, special adviser to the Lagos state governor on health, said unregistered tiger nut drinks had caused the outbreak.

In an interview on Saturday, Ogunyemi was quoted as saying a survey carried out in Eti-Osa LGA showed that people who visited hospitals in the early days of the outbreak all said they had consumed an unregistered tiger nut drink.

“We found empty bottles with a name on them, but we discovered that it wasn’t even registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the regulatory body that ensures the safety of consumables,” she was quoted as saying.

“There was a phone number and a name on the bottle, and we started tracing. We did contact tracing, similar to what we did with COVID-19. We combed the area to ask people where they got the drinks from.

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“We couldn’t find any full bottles. We only found empty ones, which were of no use because we could not test them. The phone number on the bottle was not reachable.”

Reacting to the reports, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, spokesperson of the ministry of health in Lagos, said Ogunyemi was misquoted.

“Investigations into what caused the outbreak is still ongoing. It is not true that it was caused by tiger nut drink,” he said.

On June 11, Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, said five people had died while about 60 residents were hospitalised as a result of the “suspected” cholera outbreak in some parts of the city.

Days later, the commissioner confirmed the cholera outbreak and said there have been 350 suspected cases — with 17 confirmed and 15 fatalities.

As of June 20, there have been 24 deaths and 35 confirmed cholera cases in Lagos.

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Nigerian Govt Explains Why It Is Yet to Pay Allocations Directly to LGs

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The Minister of Finance, Wale Edun has opened up on why there is delay in payment of monthly allocations to local governments.

 

Speaking on Thursday, Edun explained that the development is due to some “practical impediments”.

 

He spoke during the quarterly media briefing on recent economic activities in the country.

 

This comes weeks after the Supreme Court ordered the Nigerian Government to directly pay allocations to local government accounts.

 

The Supreme Court said it was illegal for state governments to receive allocations on behalf of local governments.

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The landmark judgement, delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, emphasized that the practice contravenes the financial autonomy of local governments and has persisted for over two decades.

 

The apex court’s decision mandates that all allocations from the Federation Account should henceforth be paid directly to the 774 local government councils across the country, rather than being filtered through state governors.

 

However, the Coordinating Minister of Economy said the judgment was yet to be handed over to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for proper study and implementation.

 

Edun said a committee has been set up by the Federal Government to look at the practicability of the judgement.

 

“The actual proceeding has not been handed down to the AGF,” Edun said.

 

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa And Girlfriend, Aimee Aguilar Welcome Baby Girl

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The Grammy Award nominee recently welcomed a baby girl named Kaydence, on July 17, making him a father of two.


36-year-old American rapper, Wiz Khalifa has welcomed a baby girl with his girlfriend, Aimee Aguilar.

The Grammy nominee recently welcomed a baby girl named Kaydence, on July 17, making him a father of two.

‘So, I gave birth exactly a week ago today,‘ Aguilar revealed in a TikTok video on Tuesday as she gave a post-partum fitness update. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Khalifa and Aguilar announced their pregnancy last month in a sponsored post with Clear Blue.

‘Baby girl on the way,’ he captioned the post.

Khalifa also shares son Sebastian Taylor, 11, with ex-wife Amber Rose, to whom he was married from 2013 to 2016.

 

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Award-Winning Rapper, Malome Vector Is Dead

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Malome Vector, the popular South African rapper, whose real name is Bokang Moleli, has died in a car accident

Vector was reportedly traveling with musical collaborators Lizwi Wokuqala and Puleng Phoofolo when the tragic crash happened in the Free State on Wednesday evening

His former record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment, confirmed the news on Wednesday evening.

“With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of a shining beacon; the Lion of Lesotho’s sun has set. Our deepest condolences go out to his loved ones and industry peers during this time of profound loss,” the label stated.

The Free State Department of Health reported that three men were declared dead at the scene of an accident on the N1 near the Koppies turn-off close to Kroonstad.

Two other individuals, a man and a woman, were transported to Boitumelo Regional Hospital with injuries.

A source revealed to News24 that Malome Vector was traveling from Gauteng through the Free State to his home country of Lesotho to shoot a music video when the accident occurred around 13:00.

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Among the occupants were his musical collaborators Lizwi Wokuqala and Puleng Phoofolo.

Hillary Mophethe of the Free State Department of Transport indicated that a burst tire might have caused the driver to lose control, but the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A Meteoric Rise

Malome Vector’s journey in the music industry saw a significant boost when he moved to Johannesburg in 2020 and signed with Ambitiouz Entertainment.

The label discovered him through social media and facilitated a meeting in Lesotho, setting the stage for his rapid ascent.

Before gaining prominence in South Africa, Vector was well-known in Lesotho for hits like “Ichu” and “Motho Waka.”

His fame in Mzansi soared when he won a South African Music Award for Best Music Video of the Year in 2021 for a collaboration with Miss Pru and Blaq Diamond.

In 2022, he released his debut album, “Karabo,” featuring artists such as Blaq Diamond, Intaba Yase Dubai, Wave Rhyder, Sjava, Ubuntu Band, and Ntate Stunna. Speaking to City Press about the album, he said, “The album is about my story, my hustle, which includes my family, especially my daughter. It is based on my true story and my answered prayers.”

Earlier this year, Vector released a seven-track EP titled “1964,” featuring Ntate Stunna and Mlindo The Vocalist.

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