COVID-19: BEDC donates 100 motoriised hand washing machines to states, others



The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) said on Thursday that it had donated 100 motoriised hand washing machines to some institutions and governments of its four franchise states.

The Chief Head of BEDC in Edo, Mr Abel Enechaziam, told newsmen in Benin that the gesture was part of the company’s relief packages to its franchise areas and communities.

The beneficiaries are Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti as well as the University of Benin (UNIBEN), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and the Federal Neuro-Psychiatic Hospital, Uselu, also in Edo.

Enechaziam said : “Asides the of 6000 bags of rice and 6000 cartoons of Indomie noodles donated to the governments of states under our operation, we also find it right to be safe in this pandemic.

“We need to adopt this hand washing habit. To this effect, we have procured specialised handwashing machines.

“We have the first set of 100 specialised handwashing machines and we have sent them to various states of our franchise for distribution.

“We have distributed 30 in Edo, 30 in Delta and 40 in the states of Ondo and Ekiti.

“These handwashing machines are specifically for communities, Federal Government agencies, government hospitals and other public places.

“There are a lot of palliative items we have for the public but this one is peculiar because we want members of the public to form the habit of washing their hands regularly,” he said.

According to him, COVID-19 has become part of society and people must learn to live with it.

The chief head of BEDC in Edo said that the distribution of the machines would be a continual exercise.

Prof. Stanley Okogbo who received the items on behalf of the Chief Medical Director of UBTH, thanked the company for the gesture.

Okogbo, however, appealed to the electricity distribution company to assist the hospital with medical consumables.

Also, Dr  Imafidon Agbonile, who  received the items at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatic Hospital, Uselu, thanked BEDC for the gesture.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)


Minister, senator commend INEC on Edo election



The Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba and Sen. Francis Alimikhena (APC-Edo-North) on Saturday, expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the Edo governorship election.

Agba stated this shortly after casting his vote at Uzani, Ward 3, Unit 8 in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.

The minister commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the process, saying that he was impressed with the exercise.

“I can only say here and if it is the reflection in other places then it is good” the minister said.

Sen. Alemikhena, APC Edo-North Senatorial District, said that he was impressed with the large turnout of voters.

“The turnout here today is totally unprecedented,” he said.

Alemikhena, however, expressed confidence that with the turnout and peaceful conduct of the poll, his party would win.

“This area is APC and we expect 100 per cent, I am very confident thst if everything goes well like this our party, APC is sure of victory,” he said.

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN
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Electorate, observer commend conduct of election in Edo



Electorate and observer at Ugboko Ward 5, Unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo, agree that the conduct of the state governorship election is peaceful.

Some of the electorate who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Saturday, said that the conduct was well organised.

They also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols during the electoral process.

Mr Benson Ibizugbe said that he was impressed that the process was going on peacefully and violence-free.

Ibizugbe said ”INEC did a good job by conducting a peaceful election here.

“There has not been issues of faulty equipment and they provided face masks for voters who don’t have to make them eligible to vote”.

An INEC observer, Ada Opkara, from Smile Africa, said that the voting process was seamless and commended the people of Ugboko ward for their peaceful conduct.

“I resumed here at 7: 18 a.m. before the INEC staff resumed activities, from that time till now, about three hours later, everywhere is calm.

“The electorate are cooperative and they are obeying the rules of COVID-19 and INEC officials,” he said.

She expressed optimism that the peaceful atmosphere at the polling unit would continue throughout the voting process going by the presence of security personnel.

Another electorate, Mr Monday Erhabor, said that he was happy that there was no violence at the voting centre.

“Everywhere is calm and peaceful, there is no violence, the security is tight and we are sure of a free and fair process”.

Edited By: Constance Athekame/Kayode Olaitan
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Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols



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.

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Edo election: FRSC certifies 496 vehicles to convey electoral materials, personnel



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 496 vehicles have been certified to convey electoral materials and personnel for the Edo 2020 election.


The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Asst. Corps Marshall Bisi Kazeem who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja added that all the certified vehicles were for effective monitoring during and after the election.


Kazeem noted that 108 staff of the command had been deployed to be involved directly in the election process, including those on duty to ensure restriction of movement on the roads.


The FRSC Education Officer also said that FRSC personnel were deployed to assist in crowd control, while others would be stationed at polling units.


He noted that the deployment of officers and men for the election was decentralized, adding that the Unit Commanders were directed to meet their various Areas Commanders for the deployment.


According to him, a total of 496 vehicles were certified today by the Operatives of FRSC. The breakdown is as follows:


“RS 5.1 Edo (69), RS 5.11 Auchi (45), RS 5.12 Tollgate (75), RS 5.13 Iruekpen  (105),RS 5.14 Igarra (20), RS 5.15 Sapele (40), RS 516 Owan Isigie (62), RS 5.17 Uromi (50), RS 5.1A Abudu (30).


“in all, 108 staff of the command have been deployed.

“Two personnel are representing the command in the Joint Operations Room, while the command situation room for the election has been set up, with a Superintendent Route Commander, supported by a Routs Commander.

“Ambulances are also on alert for quick response, in case of any eventuality in the course of the exercise,” he said.

Kazeem expressed satisfaction with the security arrangement made to protect the lives and property of all the people during the exercise, including corps personnel.

He said that corps personnel had been given all necessary training in the election process.

Kazeem, however, called on all FRSC staff to conduct themselves orderly and shun all acts of corruption and indiscipline.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
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