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  •  A member of Lagos House of Assembly Mr Gholahan Yishawu has provided free eye care for no fewer than 3 000 residents of Eti Osa Constituency II Speaking at the GOY Free Healthcare Services in Lagos on Monday Yishawu the Chairman House Committee on Budget noted that the programme was the eighth edition in the series hellip
    Lagos lawmaker provides free eye care for 3,000 constituents
     A member of Lagos House of Assembly Mr Gholahan Yishawu has provided free eye care for no fewer than 3 000 residents of Eti Osa Constituency II Speaking at the GOY Free Healthcare Services in Lagos on Monday Yishawu the Chairman House Committee on Budget noted that the programme was the eighth edition in the series hellip
    Lagos lawmaker provides free eye care for 3,000 constituents
    General news3 weeks ago

    Lagos lawmaker provides free eye care for 3,000 constituents

    A member of Lagos House of Assembly, Mr Gholahan Yishawu, has provided free eye care for no fewer than 3,000 residents of Eti-Osa Constituency II.

     

    Speaking at the GOY Free Healthcare Services in Lagos on Monday, Yishawu, the Chairman, House Committee on Budget, noted that the programme was the eighth edition in the series.

     

    The lawmaker noted that the programme, which started at Federal Civil Service Centre, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, would end on June 24.

     

    He said: “A total of 3,000 constituents of Eti-Osa II will enjoy the free eye care and cataract surgery for the first 10 cases from June 13 to June 24.

     

    “The beneficiaries will enjoy free consultations, eye glasses, eye pressure check and acuity test and cataract surgery for the first 10 cases, and free blood pressure tests.”

     

    Yishawu noted that the 3,000 beneficiaries were selected from the five wards that made up the constituency.

     

    A beneficiary, Mr Taiwo Afinnih, described the lawmaker as ‘a fantastic man’ who had been doing well for his constituents since he became a lawmaker.

     

    Afinnih, a former Executive Secretary, Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government, said that this was not his first time of attending the programme.

     

    Another beneficiary, Alhaja Tawakalitu Ramon, also commended Yishawu for having the heart of giving and taking care of people’s health.

     

    “I don’t think we can have anybody who can match his record in terms of prioritising people’s welfare.

     

    “It was because of him that I went to collect my permanent voter card (PVC),” she said.

     

    Mrs. Ify Okogwu, who also benefited from the eye test, commended Yishawu for his kind gesture.

     

    She said: “I remember the programme he organised at Falomo during the period of COVID-19 pandemic; it was awesome. He is trying to perform his roles as our representative.

     

    Another beneficiary, Mr Julius Abhulimen, noted that the current economic reality had prevented many people from checking their health status, saying that the programme had helped some to know the state of their health.

     

    “This is commendable,” Abhulimen said, even as he commended the lawmaker for the initiative. (

    Source: NAN

  •  African Export Import Bank Afreximbank has disbursed 150 million dollars to First Bank of Nigeria Ltd under it s Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility PATIMFA Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications FirstBank Mrs Folake Ani Mumuney said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos According to the statement the President and Chairman of the Board of hellip
    FirstBank gets 0m from Afreximbank to support businesses
     African Export Import Bank Afreximbank has disbursed 150 million dollars to First Bank of Nigeria Ltd under it s Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility PATIMFA Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications FirstBank Mrs Folake Ani Mumuney said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos According to the statement the President and Chairman of the Board of hellip
    FirstBank gets 0m from Afreximbank to support businesses
    Economy3 weeks ago

    FirstBank gets $150m from Afreximbank to support businesses

    African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) has disbursed 150 million dollars to First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., under it’s Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility (PATIMFA).

    Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

    According to the statement, the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, said the disbursement was a further proof of the relevance of the programme in helping African economies to recover from the crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Since April 2020, when PATIMFA was launched, we are more than proud to have disbursed more than 7 billion dollars to help Afreximbank member countries manage the adverse impact of the financial, economic and health shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Through First Bank, one of our trade finance intermediaries, this 150 million dollar facility will help build the resilience of many businesses to the adverse impacts of the pandemic, while helping them overcome the consequences of the current Ukraine crisis,” Oramah said.

    Dr Adesola Adeduntan, FirstBank’s CEO, commended Afreximbank for the impactful financial support.

    “We commend Afreximbank for this impactful financial response, It will immensely contribute to empowering many businesses adversely impacted by the economic shocks caused by COVID-19.

    “The selection of FirstBank as a partner in this initiative is a testament to their confidence in our capacity and proven track record over the years.

    “As a bank that has been woven into the fabric of our society for over 128 years.

    “We remain committed to the success of businesses in our host communities and ensuring they are given the needed boost to sustain their operations and further drive economic growth in the nation,” he said.

    The statement said the Afreximbank’s 150 million dollar support would be accessible to FirstBank customers involved in manufacturing and importation of products and equipment required to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It will also be accessible to organisations with initiatives to rehabilitate hospitals and strengthen diagnostic and testing capacity.

    It added that proceeds of the facility would help beneficiary businesses manage the impacts of the Ukraine crisis.

    Source: NAN

  •  Mr Anthony Sani the former Secretary General Arewa Consultative Forum ACF has advised the next President of Nigeria to prioritise the security of lives of property of the people Sani said this in an interaction with newsmen on Monday in Jos insisting that the next president must squarely address the root causes of the growing hellip
    Focus on addressing insecurity, ex ACF scribe advises next president 
     Mr Anthony Sani the former Secretary General Arewa Consultative Forum ACF has advised the next President of Nigeria to prioritise the security of lives of property of the people Sani said this in an interaction with newsmen on Monday in Jos insisting that the next president must squarely address the root causes of the growing hellip
    Focus on addressing insecurity, ex ACF scribe advises next president 
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Focus on addressing insecurity, ex ACF scribe advises next president 

    Mr Anthony Sani, the former Secretary General, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has advised the next President of Nigeria to prioritise the security of lives of property of the people.Sani said this in an interaction with newsmen on Monday in Jos, insisting that the next president must squarely address the root causes of the growing insecurity in the nation.The ex ACF scribe added that the next president must pull resources together towards addressing rising spate of banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, and other forms of insecurity in the nation.”Insecurity is one of the major challenges currently facing this nation, and something must be done urgently to nip it in the bud.”So, the next president of this country has a lot to do in terms of fighting insecurity; he or she must prioritise the security of lives and property.”Yes, there is nothing bad having infrastructure, but one must be alive first before any other thing and so huge resources must be committed towards addressing the spate of killings and other security challenges.”We must have enough and well trained soldiers and policemen on ground and they must be given adequate and modern equipment; that way insecurity will be reduced substantially,” he advised.Sani attributed the spate of insecurity in the nation to the high level of poverty and ignorance among Nigerians, saying the incoming president must address them squarely.He, however, commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in tackling insecurity and advised the next president to consolidate on the success already recorded by the current government.

    Source: NAN

  •  The All Progressives Congress APC National Stakeholders have called on the party s leadership to narrow the search for its 2023 Vice Presidential candidate to a northern Christian Malam Aliyu Audu National Coordinator of the group made the call at a news conference on Monday in Abuja He added that picking a northern christian as the hellip
    APC Stakeholders want search for 2023 VP narrowed to Northern Christian
     The All Progressives Congress APC National Stakeholders have called on the party s leadership to narrow the search for its 2023 Vice Presidential candidate to a northern Christian Malam Aliyu Audu National Coordinator of the group made the call at a news conference on Monday in Abuja He added that picking a northern christian as the hellip
    APC Stakeholders want search for 2023 VP narrowed to Northern Christian
    General news3 weeks ago

    APC Stakeholders want search for 2023 VP narrowed to Northern Christian

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Stakeholders have called on the party’s leadership to narrow the search for its 2023 Vice Presidential candidate to a northern Christian.

    Malam Aliyu Audu, National Coordinator of the group, made the call at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

    He added that picking a northern christian as the party’s vice presidential candidate would ensure national inclusion and help to manage differences and promote national unity.

    “Having successfully crossed the hurdle of producing a presidential candidate from the southern region in the person of Sen. Bola Tinubu, the APC is now faced with yet another important hurdle it must cross before the deadline for the submission of nominations by political parties elapses.

    “The bone of contention this time around lies in which of the two dominant religious faith will produce the Vice Presidential candidate,” Audu said.

    He added that the APC national stakeholders were deeply concerned about the raging controversy which had heated the polity in the last few days.

    “Why we are conscious of the fact that religion should not be a determining factor in our leadership selection process, the peculiar circumstance the nation finds herself calls for reflection in the decisions we take, so long as they bother on our national lives.

    “Today, the country is deeply divided within our fault lines of ethnicity and religion and we cannot afford to jettison this sensibilities in critical decision making.

    “This is why we think that the APC must be guided by the sense of these sensibilities in the selection of the Vice Presidential Candidate of the party,” he said.

    He added to do otherwise, would be to further fuel what divided us and gave room for mischief makers to take advantage of our differences.

    According to Audu, Nigeria is in dire need of good governance and this can come from either a Muslim or a Christian leader.

    “But in the spirit of nationalism, justice and fairness which the northern governors demonstrated a few days ago, the leaders of the North on whose shoulder the emergence of the Vice Presidential candidate rests must also demonstrate this spirit,” he said.

    This, he said, they should do by ensuring that the vice presidential candidate comes from the Christian faith.

    He added that the northern APC had in its fold, capable individuals from the Christian faith with proven track records that could deliver just like anyone from the other faith.

    Audu said aside their capability to deliver on the party’s ideals, they also had the capacity to win elections for it.

    He stressed that no one wins elections for any political party, but the collective will of all, adding that the APC could achieve electoral victory with unity of purpose.

    “The APC National Stakeholders therefore call on the party to narrow its search of a Vice Presidential candidate to a northern Christian whom we have in abundance.

    “Doing this will ensure national inclusion and help to manage our differences and promote national unity,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the North-East APC Youth Stakeholders Forum, also in a news conference, appealed to the party leadership to pick its vice presidential candidate from the North-East.

    Malam Haruna Sardauna, Chairman of the forum, said zoning the position of the Vice President to the North-East would neutralise the chances of PDP presidential candidate at the election.

    He added that it would also help in mobilising massive support from the region and other zones to ensure electoral victory for the APC and its presidential candidate.

    “While appreciating our party’s loyal members, especially from the North-West and North-Central Zones, we are appealing for their special consideration for the North-East Zone to produce the country’s next Vice President,” he said.

    He added that the region had brought block votes to the APC at every elections and had always supported its candidates from the other regions from its inception.

    He said the region is currently faced with issues of insurgency and other social unrest, adding that the party’s critical stakeholders should consider its position.

    Sardauna, however, appreciated the media for successfully covering the APC Special National Convention and Presidential Primary Election that produced Senator Bola Tinubu as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.

    He also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Democracy Day.

    Source: NAN

  •  Chief Samuel Nwachukwu an Action Peoples Party APP House of Assembly Candidate in Abia has advised Nigerians to have faith in the Electoral Act 2020 Nwachukwu who seeks to represent Umuahia South State Constituency gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in his Ogbodiukwu Umuahia country home on Monday We hellip
    2023: Nigerians should have faith in Electoral Act – Abia APP assembly candidate
     Chief Samuel Nwachukwu an Action Peoples Party APP House of Assembly Candidate in Abia has advised Nigerians to have faith in the Electoral Act 2020 Nwachukwu who seeks to represent Umuahia South State Constituency gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in his Ogbodiukwu Umuahia country home on Monday We hellip
    2023: Nigerians should have faith in Electoral Act – Abia APP assembly candidate
    General news3 weeks ago

    2023: Nigerians should have faith in Electoral Act – Abia APP assembly candidate

    Chief Samuel Nwachukwu, an Action Peoples Party (APP) House of Assembly Candidate in Abia, has advised Nigerians to have faith in the Electoral Act 2020.Nwachukwu, who seeks to represent Umuahia South State Constituency, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in his Ogbodiukwu Umuahia country home on Monday. “We all must have faith in our electoral process because we must get it right. “The essence of the various electoral reforms, including  the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) is for us to get the process right. “Nobody else can fix our nation for us. It is our collective responsibility to do it. “You cannot abandon your vehicle on the road because it is faulty. “You need to fix it and continue with your journey,” Nwachukwu, a U.S.-based businessman, said. He expressed regrets that the nation’s political system had shut out the youths from active participation. He said: “The political space does not provide a platform for the youths to play significant role. “Our youths have been abandoned but we should not shy away from getting involved in the political process or give up hope. “Youths must be encouraged to participate because our elders, who have dominated the space today, will one day give way.” Nwachukwu also said that Nigerians in diaspora were desirous to come home and contribute their quote to nation’s development. “They want to transform their communities and upgrade the environment to the standard they have abroad,” he said. The house of assembly hopeful said he joined the race in order to show the people of his constituents that there is hope in the horizon. “I believe that the house will afford me a platform to enhance and expand my philanthropy, love and care to my people on a large scale. “I crave to use the platform to give voice to my fellow youths in my constituency. “As an individual, I can only do but a little because my capacity is limited,” he said. Nwachukwu further said that he had used his ‘Samuel Chubuike Foundation’ to intervene in the education of the indigent students in his area. “Some of us are so privileged that we no longer bother about our daily bread. “But there are hundreds of our brothers and sisters that are not sure where their next meal would come from,” he said. He promised that, if elected, his first six months salary in the house would be donated to charity. Nwachukwu said he had the confidence that APP would deliver victory to him, notwithstanding that it was still young in Abia. “Elections are won by the people. Political parties are truly the vehicles but at the end of the day, it is the people that vote,” he said. He challenged his opponents to a debate, ahead of the elections, to explain what they did to impact people’s lives. He expressed concern that representatives of the area had done nothing to address the infrastructure needs of the people, especially roads. He said that he regularly undertook the grading of the dilapidated road leading into his community from the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to make it passable.

    Source: NAN