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38,000 vulnerable households to benefit from CACOVID relief items in Zamfara   

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara on Thursday flagged off the distribution of assorted food items and relief materials donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to 38,000 households across the state.


Matawalle, represented by his Deputy, Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, commended the donors for the gesture, and described it as a timely and welcome development.

He said the gesture would go a long way in the state government’s effort of providing succour to the needy.

Matawalle called for judicious utilisation of the donation by the beneficiaries and appealed to well meaning individuals to also help government in supporting the needy.

In his remark, Chairman, Zamfara State Task Force on COVID-19 and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, commended CACOVID for the gesture.

He said that the task force would ensure that the donation reached the 38,000 registered beneficiaries across the state.

Earlier, Mr Abdussalam Sani, the representative of CACOVID, said the items were provided by the funds raised by well meaning individuals.

He said the funds were to assist vulnerable individuals who lost their jobs and means of livelihood due to the pandemic.

Sani said each of the beneficiaries would receive six food items and relief materials.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols

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The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), on Saturday said voters in Ologbosere primary school, ward 4 with 40 units and other polling units they visited were not observing the COVID-19 guidelines as stipulated in the INEC policy.


Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.

“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.

“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.

According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter.

On his part, the Head, INEC Voter Education and Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, told newsmen at INEC office in Benin that most of the polling units and voting points started voting at 8.30a.m.

“But we are aware that there are some few isolated cases that started 9.a.m. or after 9.a.m. because of some issues they needed to sort out.

“From the reports we are getting, almost all the polling units have started voting,” he said.

Wariowei, however, said he observed that the voters were all wearing face masks but did not maintain social distancing.

According to Wariowei, before I left the polling units I visited, I educated the people on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 regulations by maintaining social distancing for the safety of all.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Edo 2020: Card Readers fail to authenticate fingerprints in Esan West, Central

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The Card Readers provided for the Edo Governorship election to authenticate fingerprints of voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday failed to recognise some voters.


Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria , who monitored the election in the areas, report that while the Card Readers easily identified the voter cards, they failed to authenticate their fingerprints.

This abnormally was noticeable at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 (Emado Primary School) in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area.

The same was applicable in units 5 and 6, Ward 6 (Idumebo Primary School), in Esan Central Local Government Area.

However, NAN reports that the voters were still allowed to vote after the cases were incidented on INEC form after which the voters were made to thumb print in the form.

Meanwhile, Mr Victor Edoro, a politician in the area and an ex-commissioner in Edo, Mr Gideon Obhakhan, have described the exercise as impressive.

They described the voting process as peaceful and orderly, with compliance to COVID-19 Pandemic containment protocols.

Edoro, who voted at his voting centre in Idumebo Primary School, Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area, described the voting process as “peaceful and hitch free.”

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Plateau: NFC trains 60 youths in Modern Film Techniques

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The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), says it  has trained 60 youths in modern film techniques in Plateau state.


Managing Director, (NFC) Dr Chidia Maduekwe, stated this at the closing ceremony of the training in Jos on Saturday.

He said  the objective of the training was to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state.

“It is an honour to be able to train all of you in modern film techniques in the state, this is just one of our training programmes for the year.

“This will enable you to be able to relate with your creative energy in the country and the world at large.

“The main objective of this training is to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state to make you self sufficient and positive impact on the economy through your talents,” he said.

Maduekwe said it was important for the country to embrace the creative sector to be able to catch up economically with other parts of world especially as other critical sectors in the country were faced with challenges.

He added that the Agricultural sector and the creative sector must be placed on the same level of importance as they go hand in hand in creating wealth for the country.

“Feeding the nation and the creative industry must go hand in hand because when we eat and not use the energy to be creative, we will be eating for nothing.

“Film is not just play but real business, it’s an industry that can be used to diversify the economy of a country.

Maduekwe tasked the participants to use the knowledge impacted on them as their post COVID-19 survival tool.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants who were drawn from different parts of the state were trained in costume and makeup, editing, lighting/sound and production/set design.

Starter packs such as laptops, sewing machines, video cameras, drone cameras and others were given to each of the participants at the end of the training.

Mr Meshak Goyit, a participant at the training, commended the organisers  for the opportunity given to them to be trained and acquire new skills. by the NFC, promising to put what they have learnt to good use.

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Edo Election: Obaseki queues up to vote

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The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday followed the prescribed electoral process by standing on the queue to be accredited, before casting his vote.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obaseki arrived his Oredo Ward 4 Polling Unit at Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City at about 10:25am.

Mr Church Haris, a voter at the Governor’s Polling Unit in Oredo Ward 4 commended the governor for following the election procedure.

“I was amazed that he took a position on the queue.

“He surprised many voters in this ward.  We are proud of him,’’ he said.

Rita Osahon, who also voted at the polling unit, similarly commended the governor for staying on the queue to cast his vote.

Sylvester Okoduwa, an official of the Transition Monitoring Group, an election NGO, commended the peaceful commencement of the electoral process in the Edo state capital.

He said the election had started on a peaceful note and the voters wore their face masks, observed the social distancing rule, and also washed their hands in compliance to the COVID-19 protocols.

Edo is voting to elect a governor to run its state affairs for the next four years.

The state has a total of 2, 210,534 registered voters in 18 local government areas with 192 wards.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

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