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COVID-19 : Ondo assembly urges wealthy indigenes to assist PLWDs

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Mrs Favour Tomomewo, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, made the call during the committee’s oversight visit to the Ondo State Agency for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, on Wednesday in Akure.

Tomowemo noted that there was need to support and empower the PLWDs in order  to ameliorate their plight.

” On behalf of other committee members and the state house of assembly, I want to appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians, especially Ondo state indigenes to show support for all persons living with disabilities in the state.

” Looking at these people living with disabilities, they have a lot of restrictions to cater for their needs.

“Please, let us support them, empower them with our resources,” she urged.

She asked the PLWDs to observe all COVID-19 preventive guidelines in order not to pose more danger to themselves.

The committee chairman urged the agency’s management to often liaise with lawmakers in their respective constituencies so as to be considered in their programmes and events.

She stressed the need for the agency to indulge technology-based innovation in order to be in tune  with global standard.

Tomowemo added that the agency should create policies and ideas that would enhance welfare and well-being of the PLWDs.

The committee chairman explained that the oversight visit was aimed at  helping the agency to achieve its goals.

Mr Taofik Mohammed, a member of the committee, noted that the state assembly would not relent in addressing the agency’s needs considering its special attention to the welfare of PLWD in the state.

Similarly, Mr Samuel Edamisan, another committee member, lauded the agency’s management for its diligence and efforts, saying that the committee would support the agency to make it better for humanity purposes.

Earlier, Mr Sanmi Alegbeleye, the Chairman of the agency, thanked the committee for the visit despite the COVID -19 effects in the society.

Alegbeleye appealed to the committee to fast-track the approval by the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for the  employment at least 30 persons living with disabilities into the state civil service.

He said that the governor had  approved the said employment in 2018,  but the beneficiaries were yet to receive their letters of  employment.

“We don’t know the cause of the delay despite the governor’s approval of 30 persons. Please, help us because the governor has said it on several occasions.

” Also, we are yet to receive the  18-seater bus approved by the  governor for conveying the disabled to events and programmes.

” These people travel a lot but we have not seen the light,” he stated.

Alegbeleye appealed to the state government to remember the disabled in its COVID-19 palliative programme, saying that the  over 7,000 persons with disabilities in the state were yearning for help.(NAN)


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter, said on Saturday that it would organise a webinar as part of events to celebrate Nigeria’s sixtieth independence anniversary.


Mr Elija Iposu, Public Relations Officer of NIDO-Ghana, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

Iposu said the event would be organised by NIDO-Ghana in collaboration with a Ghana-based private firm, Diplomats Extra and Milestone Communications.

According to him, the webinar, which will hold on Oct. 2, is a virtual ceremony with Zoom ID: 742450910 and the title: ’60 years of Ghana-Nigeria diplomacy’.

Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, former Director-General Institute of International Affairs, and Amb. Bulus Lolo, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria are among high-ranking personalities expected to participate in the event.

Some other expected guests are Mr Oluwaseyi Adeyemi, Publisher, Inside Watch Africa Magazine, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, UN Senior Mediation Advisor, Prof. Baflour Agyeman-Duah, former UN Special Governance Advisor and Affail Monney, President Ghana Journalists Association.

NAN reports that  President Muhammadu Buhari on Sept. 16, unveiled the logo and theme for the 60th independence anniversary celebration.

He said that the celebration would be observed for a whole year, to end on Sept. 30, 2021 and would be muted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: 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.

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Source: NAN

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Ondo election: Agboola Ajayi best candidate for good governance — Mimiko

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Dr Olusegun Mimiko, National Leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), has described Agboola Ajayi, the party’s governorship candidate, who is also the incumbent deputy governor of Ondo State, as the best candidate to deliver good governance to the people of the state.


The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ondo State governorship election comes up on Oct. 10.

Mimiko, who is the immediate past governor of the state, spoke on Saturday in Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government area of the state, during the party’s launch of campaign for its candidate in the forthcoming governorship election.

Mimiko also urged the electorate to collect the “stolen money” that some party had promised them and still vote for ZLP that would bring back good governance.

The former governor urged the electorate not to fear or be intimidated by those threatening to unleash violence on the day of the election, saying, “we own this state together.”

Addressing the crowd at the event, Agboola Ajayi promised to reduce tuition fees of the state tertiary institution from N150,000 to N50,000.

Ajayi said his administration would bring back good governance and a reformed civil service that would give jobs of the civil servants to consultants.

He promised to also start a programme that would cater for the elderly and bring back the various caring heart programmes that would benefit the people.

“We will create a civil service revolving credit scheme for civil servants who desire to build house and buy cars.

“We believe this will serve as support for them.

“We will initiate a zero pothole project across the state and start an “Operation Restore Power in the South”  in the first 100 days in office,” he said.

Chairman of the Party in the state, Mr Joseph Akinlaja, said industrialisation would take centre stage with better welfare for the people of the state.

Akinlaja said the manifesto of the party was a social contract with the people of the state, which, according to him,  is rooted in the principle of social democracy for the populace.

The event was attended by three former speakers of the state House of Assembly, namely: Bakita Bello, Taofeeq Abdulsalam and Jumoke Akindele, among other political bigwigs.

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