Chinese Embassy rewards students for showcasing frontline health workers’ COVID-19 response via artwork



The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has given prizes to 18 students for using artwork to showcase efforts of frontline health workers in the global response against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 18 winners emerged after participating in  the Chinese Ambassador Drawing competition.

Mr Li Xuda, Director of the Chinese Cultural Centre said this at the 2020 award ceremony in Abuja with the theme: `The strength of China/ Nigeria solidarity in defeating COVID-19′.

According to Li, there were 35 contestants from 12 secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 18 of them were given prizes and consolations.

He said that the students were able to use their talents through art to showcase how Chinese and Nigerian doctors as well as frontline health workers had been working tirelessly to combat COVID-19.

Li said the annual drawing competition showcased the rich culture and heritage of the Chinese people and the friendship between Nigeria and China in the form of art works, especially drawings.

“As we know, the China Drawing competition is a yearly activity that showcases the rich culture and heritage of the Chinese people and the friendship between Nigeria and China in form of art works especially in forms of drawings.

“The first edition of this drawing competition happened in 2014.

“It has even become more and more famous as a cultural brand.

“As you know, this year the competition is hosted amid COVID-19 and 12 FCT schools participated in this year’s drawing competition.

“Those talented students drew beautiful pictures by using their talents to express to the Nigerian and Chinese doctors and health workers, who fight the disease in the fore front.

“They also extended their best wishes to the friendship and solidarity between our two countries with which we will definitely defeat COVID-19.

“These children are cultural ambassadors to our both countries. China and Nigeria re friends for over 50 years and both countries have offered mutual support and fought shoulder by shoulder to defeat COVID-19,” Li said.

Li said that the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria remained committed to promoting young Nigerian talents and would host more meaningful events to support the fight against COVID-19.

He said that while many FCT schools had reopened, the Chinese Embassy would definitely work closely with the FCT Education Board to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students.

Also speaking, Mr Sunny Moniedafe, Board Member 1 of the FCT Education Board lauded the Chinese Embassy for its collaborations with the FCT Education Board in several programmes.

He said the drawing competition had created a platform and opportunity for children to exhibit their talents.

“For me honestly, I am excited because I am seeing the work that these children did, very beautiful, hand-drawn, fantastic, and then the concept behind the whole thing.

“I hope and pray that they will take this talent further and become people that will draw better pictures that will sell the idea without making too much noise in the Future,” Moniedafe said.

Winner of the grand prize, Daniel Prosper from Government Secondary School, Mpape expressed appreciation to the Chinese embassy for the opportunity provided for him to showcase his talent.

“This is very encouraging and it will help us pursue our dreams as students and it serves as an encouragement for each and everyone of us.

“I also  remember there was a time also the Chinese doctors sent some doctors into Nigeria here so I decide to draw a doctor which that tend to show the impact of the Chinese government in the Nigerian government.

“So, this was an interesting one,” Daniel said.

NAN reports that Daniel also won a Nova Laptop as Grand prize.

Two other contestants tied in second place won a V9 Huawei phone, while five contestants tied in third place won a V7 Huawei phone.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna 



The Executive Vice Chairman,  Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.

Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.

The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’

She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.

“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.

“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”

Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.

She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.

“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.

“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.

Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.

“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.

“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.

“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Aisha Buhari mourns Emir of Zazzau



The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has commiserated with the family of late Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris over the demise of the monarch who died at the age of 84.

Aisha who expressed her condolence through her tweeter handle on Monday, in Abuja, expressed sadness over the demise of the longest serving monarch in the North.

”It is with deep sadness that I received the news of the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir being one of the longest serving emir in recent history, played his role as the custodian of the traditional institution while alive.

”I therefore wish  to extend my condolence to the government and people of Kaduna state and Zazzau Emirate over his demise.

” I prayed that almighty  Allah will grant the deceased Aljannatul Firdaus and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss” she tweeted.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Idris was born on Feb. 20, 1936 to the family of Malam Idrisu Auta and Hajiya Aminatu and died around 11:00 a.m. Sunday, at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference hospital in Kaduna.

He was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council. 

He ascended the throne on Feb. 8, 1975 following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.

He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.

He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965. 

He took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria in 1973 and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in the same year.

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NHRC inaugurates COVID-19-compliant primary school building in Imo



The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Monday, inaugurated and donated a COVID-19-compliant primary school classroom block in Imo.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom block has six modern toilets, a borehole and a power generating set.

NAN also reports that the inauguration was performed by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu at Central School, Ezi- East (Old St. Dominic’s Primary School) in Umueleagwa, Onicha Ezinihitte Local Government area of the state.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ojukwu described the three-classroom block as part of efforts by the commission to give the children in rural areas access to education in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Ojukwu, himself an alumnus of the primary school, said that with the provision of six modern toilet facilities, running water, with hand washing basins and hand sanitiser, the school was ready for reopening.

“This inauguration ceremony is part of the yearly festivities to mark the feast of St. Dominic’s, which was the first primary school in the locality, by the old boys and girls.

“The NHRC is committed to rural education at the primary level, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the provision of these amenities, the old St Patrick’s Primary School has become one of the first rural schools in the state that will meet the COVID-19 protocols for reopening anytime government decides to reopen primary schools in Imo,” Ojukwu said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government council, Mr Francis Onyeberechi, thanked NHRC for executing and inaugurating the project, calling on other sons and daughters of the state to emulate the gesture.

Onyeberechi, who was represented by Mr Chukwuma Emeghali, added that well-aerated classrooms as well as amenities to meet up with COVID-19 protocols, as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was an indication that normal academic life would soon be restored in the state.

Also, the Head teacher of the school, Mrs Jacintha Chukwu, thanked the alumni of the school for synergising with the state government to create an enabling environment for the execution of the project.

She urged parents in the community to bring their children to the school upon resumption, stressing that the school was equal to the task of containing the pandemic.

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COVID-19: Centre harps on care for the elderly in society



Centre for Rural Development and Community Transformation (CERUDECT), an NGO, on Monday called for adequate care and support for the aged to help cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their well-being.

The Centre’s  Project Coordinator, Mr Olusesan Olukoya told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that such support would aid the elderly in their ageing process.

“We all have a vital role to play to raise awareness of the condition of older people and support them.

“The elderly, as we all know, are part of the most vulnerable people in the society, coupled with the fact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which makes their  survival more difficult.

“A proper care and support from the government at all levels, community and healthcare providers will help to reduce the effect of the pandemic on them,” the coordinator said.

Olukoya said the centre had concluded arrangement to hold a public lecture to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Older Persons marked every Oct.1

According to him, the theme of the public lecture is: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing,” holding in Ikorodu.

He said Rt. Rev. Sampson Bamgbose, Provost of the United African Methodist Church Theological College, would deliver the lecture.

“We are having a special programme on the elderly to inform participants about the strategic objectives for the decade of Healthy Ageing.

“We will create awareness on the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live.

“Also, awareness and appreciation of the role of the healthcare providers in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession.

“There is the need for increased understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitude,” he said.

Olukoya, however, urged the elderly to observe all the health guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Health Ministry to curb the pandemic.

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