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COVID-19: Dangote Fertilizer Limited’s contract staff tests negative


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An Indian on the staff of Onshore Construction Company, an instrumentation contracting firm with Dangote Fertilizer Limited, who had shown symptoms associated with COVID-19 and subsequently isolated, has tested negative.

Mr Francis Awowole-Browne, the  Media Relations/Corporate Communications of  Dangote Industries Limited, confirmed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.

Awowole-Browne in a statement said that the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had disclosed the outcome of the test through his Twitter handle.

According to the tweet, “An Indian national that was admitted in our facility with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 has tested negative.

“He is doing perfectly well in our isolation unit and his case will be reviewed”, the tweet said.

Awowole-Browne also said that the management of Dangote Industries Limited had announced that an Indian national working for a third party firm at its fertilizer plant had shown up at the site’s clinic exhibiting symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

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He said that the said-Indian was immediately quarantined and taken to the Lagos Mainland Hospital, Yaba.

“The patient’s complaint triggered our COVID-19 preparation and prevention protocols which necessitated further screening and isolation immediately,” Awowole-Browne said in the statement.

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The company’s media relations said in the statement that one Mr Akhil Kunyil, of the Health and Safety Environment unit of the Onshore Company,  had reported the development following which local authorities were contacted.

“The suspected COVID-19 patient was immediately moved to the Lagos Mainland Hospital where he was placed in the isolation ward for a confirmatory test, which later turned out to be negative.

“As an organisation, we have taken stringent proactive measures across our entire group,” he said.

Awowole-Browne listed the measures to include the development of comprehensive risk identification, control prioritization and escalation plan executed by its COVID-19 Task Force constituted in January.

“Also, the identification and retention of a competent team of medical consultants and travel ban for all employees to/from high-risk countries as per World Health Organisation(WHO) publications of country exposures.

“Travel tracking of all employees and contractors staff arriving and leaving Nigeria and obligations for completion of medical checks to validate health status is compulsory.

“We have also implemented the use of thermal cameras, and hand sanitizers across our various sites as well as infrared thermometers checking in smaller office locations.

“We have identified and created where applicable, holding, isolation and quarantine areas and are engaging in multiple and continuous awareness campaigns on preventative measures,” he said.

He said that the company’s management would continue to update the measures put in place as the situation globally evolves.

“The welfare of our employees and the nation as a whole remains our utmost priority, ”, Awowole’ Browne said.


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  1. Casca

    May 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Cross my my legs and watching. The state government should constitute a monitoring team comprising farmers and herders.The team should be saddled with the responsibilities among others to check excesses of the herdsmen. And when farm crops are destroyed, a government appointed agric officer would estimate the damage, and the monetary the herder made to pay . Also, the government could relocate the herders where they would not have contact with the farmlands. I stand to be corrected

  2. simplelike chuck

    May 19, 2017 at 1:07 am

    The best way to defend yourself is to be on the offensive! Since the only language these fulanis understands is violence, then I suggest the villagers should not sit down and wait on them to be attacked, but plan and attack any camp where the herdsmen gather for rest. A triple coordinated attack in same manner will scare them to their heels.

    Ever since Buhari won, these blood thirsty fools have been on the rampage, killing in celebration of their supposed victory. In other words, we will kill and nothing will happen – and indeed nothing is happening! That’s the uncivilised man way of showing “Power! ” Guess what, they as uncivilised as the word.

  3. AzeezSemiuOladele

    May 19, 2017 at 5:12 am

    You’re right, absolutely.

  4. Peace_3

    May 19, 2017 at 5:33 am

    You have a very bad memory and you are a very poor student of history. All the fighting and killing done by the herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna states between 2012 and 2015, was it under Buhari? Poor you.

  5. Maverick

    May 19, 2017 at 5:42 am

    This Olaleye Aluko of a reporter wrote this lying article from Abuja. He must know that the blood of anyone that will die as a result of this article will be upon his head. As a reporter I cannot report the death of even one million herdsmen because their death are better for Nigerians than their lives.

  6. Maverick

    May 19, 2017 at 5:43 am

    It was never as bad as it became under terrorist Buhari.

  7. Uduabisi

    May 19, 2017 at 5:45 am

    What is wrong in their land up north. Can’t the herdsmen graze at the conquered sambisa forest. Must they graze on people’s farmland? What the cattle is to the herders that is what farmland is to the farmers. Issues of herdsmen menace becomes more vicious with this administration , particularly since the advent of the purported grazing bill, Peace has elude our farmlands. To make matter worse, the FG looks the order way. No doubt a Daniel will soon come to judgement in Nigeria . Shalom!!!

  8. Dr JOE

    May 19, 2017 at 5:59 am

    peace or pieces what ever is your name, stop being sentimental. l would have cursed you from peace to pieces but l know you will soon understand that the sword is knocking at your doorpost.
    If U like take it or leave it, Buhari is not defending the country against the attacks by your fulani herdsmen who chose killing as a career and occupation

  9. Peperempe

    May 19, 2017 at 6:55 am

    it’s never been this rampant!

  10. Peperempe

    May 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

    You guys had better not sleep because they’ll certainly come for a reprisal. Awake your youmg men and give them guns to watch over you.


    May 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Insincerity on the part of of the govt in dealing with this issue is the bane of the problem. If the herdsmen are confined to an area where they will not constitute nuisance to the community and back it with regulations and monitoring by ensuring that security agencies check their excesses,arresting anyone carrying gun or Ak47 about. You will see the problem eliminated.

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