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CONVID-19: Ahead of FEC, Ask Rock begins screening of ministers, staff, visitors


  … Pres. Buhari swears in Yemi-Esan as HoS
Following the confirmation of the first reported COVID-19 case in Lagos, the first in Sub-Saharan Africa, the State House in Abuja has begun screening of  members of the Federal Executive Council, visitors, and staff at the point of entry.
The screening which began today (Wednesday) did not spare family members and visitors that came to witness the swearing in of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Omolara Yemi-Esan.
Health officials were seen screening people and giving hand sanitizers before being allowed into the  State House Council Chambers.
Last week, the Federal Government announced that it had acquired the necessary reagents to test for the presence of Covid-19 (corona virus) in suspected patients.
PerSecondnews reports that the three designated laboratories are in Lagos, Abuja and Irrua in Edo state to handle such tests.
The construction of special centers for the treatment of the disease in Lagos and other parts of the country, including Abuja, the nation’s seat of power, has also commenced.
Just before the commencement of FEC meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari at exactly 11:08am swore in Yemi-Esan as the substantive Head of Service of the Federation.
He had on Feb. 28 confirmed the appointment of Yemi- Esan, who has been in acting capacity since September 18, 2019.
The brief ceremony was witnessed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, cabinet members, some permanent secretaries, and Yemi-Esan’s family members as well as her spiritual father, Pastor Peter Balogun of Citizens Church, Abuja.
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