COVID-19: Firm donates 25,000 facemasks to FCTA



Southgrade Engineering Ltd., has donated 25,000 facemasks to support the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) efforts in the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19.

This, it said, was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mr Aya Yakubu, Group Managing Director of the firm, presented the items to the administration on Thursday in Abuja.

Yakubu explained that the donation was in recognition of the administration’s efforts in the battle against COVID-19, stressing that the FCTA had done well in curtailing the spread.

He also said that the firm had been in partnership with the FCTA for years, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic had offered an opportunity to demonstrate purposeful partnership.

COVID-19 should be seen as a joint battle that requires all of us to come together to fight, in the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood to overcome the pandemic,” he said.

Yakubu commended the Federal Government for its rapid response through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) in curtailing the spread of the virus.

He also appreciated professional efforts of medical personnel and other frontline workers, stressing that their efforts had contributed to the recovery of many COVID-19 patients.

Receiving the items on behalf of the administration, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended the firm for the show of love.

Represented by the Acting Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, Aliyu expressed optimism that Nigeria and Nigerians would come out better.

She said that the items would in no small measure assist the administration to contain the spread, especially among frontline workers in different isolation centres across the territory.

She, therefore, tasked all hands to be on deck in the battle against the dreaded Coronavirus.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life



Rev. Maxwell Onyia of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Church of Ascension, Enugu, has urged Christians to do away with ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life.

Onyia, who gave the advice during his Sunday sermon in Enugu, noted that greatness was not automatic, as one must possess some qualities in life before he or she could attain greatness.

He also noted that greatness was of God, adding that when someone begins to live for Christ he or she could attain greatness, though it could come with phases of challenges.

“Greatness is not automatic because everything about life is in stages; it is determined by your service and attitude to life.

“When you are determined to be great in life, try and work toward it through your attitude and services toward God and man,” he said.

Onyia buttressed his message from the Holy Book of 1 Samuel Chapter 17 verse 37 to 51, saying that David’s greatness did not start from kingship but rather, from rendering services.

“Keep on praying, do not give up, do not stop trying until you succeed because you have no excuse to be poor in life.

“God teaches us how to make wealth through the knowledge, insight, wisdom as well as the vision he gives to us,” he said.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Peter Ejiofor)
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Edo Election: Residents congratulate Obaseki



Edo residents on Technical College Road in Benin, have congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki over victory as Governor of the state.

They also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for conducting a free and fair election in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, won the Edo 2020 Governorship Elections.

Miss Gina Osewenkae, a teacher, commended the electoral process in the state.

“This is the most free and fair election in the whole of Nigeria. I am happy that it was free and fair.

“I thank the people of this great state that came out in their large numbers to vote.

“I congratulate the Governor of the state. We expect more from him for the next four years,” she said.

Similarly, Me Ehisunwen Osayande, a trader, thanked residents of Edo for voting in the elections.

“This election has taught the people of Edo to be sincere with their votes.

“Majority of people voted their conscience. We commend the media and INEC for monitoring votes strictly,” he said.

Mr Lucky Osagie, said the Edo election had taught Nigerians to defend and wait for their votes to be counted after elections.

“Nigeria can have a free and fair election if godfatherism is put aside.

INEC did a very good job by monitoring votes strictly,” he said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Gov. Godwin Obaseki of the PDP winner of the Edo gubernatorial election.

Obaseki had, in a keenly contested election polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closet contender Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 223,619 votes, and 12 other candidates.

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Welfare of policemen our priority – Minister



The Minister of Police Affairs,  Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, has restated commitment of the Federal Government to ensure best welfare packages for policemen across the country.

Dingyadi, who spoke on Sunday at his residence in Sokoto,  during an interactive session with newsmen, said that the ministry had enhanced strategies toward achieving the desired goals for respective officers.

“We are trying as much as possible to ensure the general welfare of policemen is properly taken up to enable more excellent performance from the men and officers.

“However, to the best of our knowledge, what the security agencies are doing to combat banditry and other forms of criminality in the country is highly commendable.

“The performance is ongoing and by the grace of God, I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to succeed in the fight soon,” he said.

He added that policemen in the country were working closely with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to ensure peaceful and secured living environment for all.

On the police recruitment, the minister said that the process was generally transparent, as it involved all stakeholders throughout the exercise.

“We ensured that every local government area in the country got a fair share in the exercise and only eligible candidates were screened based on the stakeholders’ recommendations,” he said.

On the entitlements of  retired and demised policemen, Dingyadi assured policemen that the ministry had been paying all pensions and gratuities as and when due and would continue to enhance the process.

He further said that the ministry had recorded a lot of achievements in restoring peace and tranquility in many parts of the country.

“However, one of the major achievements recorded is the establishment of the Police Trust Fund.

“This is to ensure that the police are properly funded, in order to improve their services, strengthen the officers and support the community policing system,” he added.

On the community policing, Dingyadi said that the Federal  and State Governments in the country were on the same page to achieve the desired goals.

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Edo poll: Gov. Obaseki salutes Buhari’s neutral stance



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring fairness in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.

Obaseki stated this on Sunday while addressing journalist in Benin.

“The great people of Edo have spoken. They have spoken loud and clear. We thank God Almighty and give him all the glory for this victory.

“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for defending our democracy and allowing INEC and all the security agencies to perform their constitutional function with any interferance.

INEC and the security agencies have shown Nigerians and the world indeed that they are capable of conducting a free and credible elections.

“The collective will of Edo people made it possible to triumph over godfatherism. We thank you all. I am eternally grateful to my party, the PDP, and other governors, not only for giving us the umbrella, but for the hard work that ensured victory.

“Our success has reinforced the fact that there is nothing we cannot achieve as a people, if we put forces together and collectively call on God for support.

“I reiterate my declaration to you today that working with my deputy, Philip Shaibu, we are committed to making Edo great again,” He said.

Earlier, the governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, had thanked INEC and all the security agencies for making Edo election free and fair.

“Let me first of all thank the entire people of Edo for all the support given to us since the campaign and after the election till today.

“We also want to thank all the members of the PDP campaign council for their collective efforts in achieving this great success,” Wike, who chaired the PDP campaign council, said. .

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