COVID-19

COVID-19: NOA urges NURTW to embark on intensive campaign to contain spread

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA)  in Ebonyi on Friday took its advocacy and sensitisation campaign on increased risk communication of COVID-19  to  the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).


It also charged the executive members  of the NURTW to take responsibility of observing all COVID-19 safety protocols to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The Ebonyi State Director, NOA, Dr Emma Abah, who led top officials of the agency  in Abakaliki, said it was high time the union took ownership of the campaign, responsibility and observation of  total compliance to the  COVID-19 protocols.

Abah said that it was worrisome that many commuters travelled in buses without observing the COVID-19 health protocols  which include the mandatory wearing of face mask, maintaining physical spacing, washing of hands, use of alcohol based hand sanitizer.

He added that non compliance and poor attitudinal behaviour led to the rise in the COVID-19 cases.

The director opined that it was more disheartening that many people have refused to accept that the pandemic is real but rather, regard it as a hoax, saying it is only for the prominent ones in the society.

He explained that it was against these beliefs of fake news, rumours, misconception and nonchalant attitude of Nigerians towards ending the  pandemic that NOA embarked on the campaign.

Abah said that it had also engaged stakeholders including women groups, traditional institutions and religious organisations.

“Others include transporters, town development union executives and youth organisations to explain the reality of COVID-19 viral disease and the need for citizens to observe the protocol, enunciated by Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC).

“Opening of interstate boarders, worship centres among other activities that were relaxed as measures put in place by the Federal Government do not signify the end and the defeat of the pandemic in Nigeria.

“We will use this opportunity to start  Operation Kick out COVID-19′ in the state and solicit support from NURTW members,`’ he said.

Responding,  the Chairman,  Ebonyi State  Council of NURTW, Chief Anthony Ewa commended the ingenuity and sustained campaign by NOA to eliminate the pandemic.

Ewa said that the union commenced distribution of face masks on July 31, 2020 to people at motor parks.

He urged all residents of Ebonyi to join in the crusade to wage war against the pandemic and promised to replicate the campaign in all other sub units of NURTW in the state.

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Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu

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The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tributes to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu.


He eulogised the late prominent artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally.

Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola, on Saturday,  described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti Ambassador, who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment.

He described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), as a great and monumental loss not only to Ekiti, his state of origin but also to entire Nigeria.

According to him, the late dramatist and producer exhibited the famed Ekiti virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and good name, which the youths of nowadays must emulate.

Egbeyemi noted that the Aliu mentored many young artistes and promoted local content in the nation’s entertainment industry.

The Deputy Governor said the plays and films produced by the deceased taught moral lessons, bravery, valour, strong will, determination and self-belief in pursuit of dreams and vision.

He said that Aliu rose to stardom by hard work and perseverance, and never forgot his roots as he lived among his people throughout his lifetime.

Egbeyemi regretted that the late Aliu died at a time his wise counsel was still needed, noting that the deceased contributed his quota to the development of Ekiti State.

The Deputy Governor, while commiserating with the family and associates of the deceased, urged them to be consoled by the good life he lived and the legacies he left behind.

“Surely, the vacuum left behind by this great legend of the stage and movies will be difficult to fill owing to his sterling contributions over the years.

“This is a monumental loss not only to Ekiti, but to our entire country. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”

He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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Sport

El-Rufai to participate in maiden Kaduna Marathon on Nov. 21

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Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday, says the state is making arrangements to host a half-marathon on Nov. 21, 2020, tagged ‘Kaduna Runs’.


According to him, the maiden marathon will hold annually, and is meant to discover talents and attract investors to the state.

“Our hope is that it will also help reinforce Kaduna’s hard-earned reputation as an investment hub. As a fixture on the sporting and social calendars, Kaduna Runs will also attract interested persons to visit our state.”

It is a compelling idea to bring our people together in a common endeavour, he added while unveiling the event to newsmen in Kaduna.

“Let us run together. From those seeking the glory of winning a sporting contest, to young persons out to hone their talent in the half-marathon, to citizens who merely want to exercise or meet people or cheer up the runners, there is something for everyone,” he said.

The governor added that the event can also be used to raise funds for charities or to support good causes.

He therefore called on all residents – old or young, male or female, rich and poor – to support Kaduna Runs, a 13 miles half-marathon.

El-Rufai assured that all COVID-19 protocols will be observed during the event.

NAN reports that the governor obtained form to participate in the Marathon.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Politics

Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs

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Campaigns for Equal Voting Access for Persons with Disabilities (EVA4PWDs), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on the equal access voting given to Persons with Disabilities in the Edo Governorship election.


Mr David Anyaele, the Chairman of the group, said this on Saturday in its preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.

Anyaele however, said that although priority voting was given to the PWDs, the elderly and pregnant women, other disability support aids where missing at polling units which hindered full participation of the PWDs.

“EVA4PWDs is impressed to observe that marginalised sects such as the aged, nursing mothers and pregnant women and PWDs generally were offered priority voting in most of the polling units observed.

“However, we are disappointed that INEC displayed minimal commitment to the implementation of the framework on access and participation of PWDs in the electoral process, as provided in the National Disability Act, 2018.

“The promised Braille voters’ guide and Braille ballot paper by INEC for easy access of election day instructions, guidelines and ballot paper for Blind voters were scarcely available.

“Where it was available, many INEC ad hoc staff did not understand its usage but got assistance from observers on how to use the Braille materials.

“This was the case in Polling Unit 003, Car Park Ward 1, Oredo LGA, where an observer assisted in locating the Braille material.

“There was absence of magnified lens at the Polling Units, INEC ad hoc staff who claimed to have at some polling units were unable to neither display it for observation and usage,” he said.

An Observer said that other observers reported that the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as Election Day instructions and guidelines to assist the deaf or persons with hearing impairment were also unavailable at majority of the PU’s visited.

Anyaele also said that reports showed that a large numbers of the PUs were not accessible to physically-challenged persons as they were sited at buildings without ramps and handrail, across gutters, and over staircases.

He noted that INEC Covid-19 guidelines were not adhered to in majority of the Polling Units visited due to uncontrolled large crowds.

“We have reports from areas like Greater Tomorrow High School, Oredo Ward 1, Ramat Park at Ikpoba/Okha, Oredo LGA, among other Polling Units, where the crowds were uncontrollably large,” he said.

Anyaele, however, urged INEC to address the major barriers identified in the Edo elections and make necessary provisions ahead of the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. 10.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group, in collaboration with the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), an NGO, trained and deployed INEC accredited observers to the three senatorial zones of the Edo State.

The observers focused on equal voting access for persons with disabilities and monitored the provisions made by INEC for PWDs. .

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

 

 

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Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto

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A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits.


Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform.

The police also said about 100 gunmen attacked the town.

The lawmaker who represents Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, said that the bandits had in recent times, also attacked many villages and towns in the two local government areas, where a number of innocent citizens were kidnapped or brutally killed.

He however, commended the dedication of security personnel on ground, but said more should be deployed to save the people from further attacks.

Kurdullah pledged to support all efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties, not only in the area but across the country.

He urged people of the area to remain law abiding and support security agencies with useful information to help in restoring peace and stability in the area.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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