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COVID-19: Unijos ASUU donates hand sanitisers to Plateau Govt., others



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Jos chapter, has donated hand sanitisers and leaflets to Plateau Government and other organisations in the state.

Presenting the items on Wednesday in Jos, chairman of the union in the chapter, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, said the gesture was aimed at supporting government’s efforts in curbing the global pandemic.

Maigoro also said that the gesture was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).

He further explained that the products were funded and donated by members of the union, adding that they were produced by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University.

“Aside the struggle for the welfare of our members, we also embark on corporate social responsibility.

“We have discovered that our country and indeed the whole world is going through tough times as a result of Coronavirus.

“So, as a union, we have decided to produce these hand sanitisers and leaflets, using our members from the faculty of pharmaceutical Sciences to support government in its bid to curb the spread of the virus in the state.

“We believe that with this little support, a product of research by  our members, the fight against the dreaded disease will soon be a thing of the past,” he said

Maigoro called for collaboration between ASUU and the government in addressing challenges bedeviling the nation.

He also called for prompt and adequate funding of Universities in the country.

He promised that ASUU would continue to support government’s initiatives that would promote research and development of education in the country.

The chairman thanked management of University of Jos for providing enabling environment for members to produce the items donated.

Receiving the items on behalf of Plateau government, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu, thanked ASUU for keying into the vision of the government in curbing the spread of virus in the state.

Atu decribed the initiative as laudable and commendable, adding that the fight against the dreaded disease must be a collective one

“Fighting Coronavirus needs collective efforts; we must join hands together to end it.

“It is a trying moment for the whole world and I thank ASUU for keying into our vision as a state to curb the spread of the pandemic,” he said.

Atu assured the government would continue to collaborate with critical stakeholders in whatever way to end the spread of the disease.

He, however, urged ASUU members to conduct in-depth research and come out with lasting solution to the pandemic.

“I want to challenge ASUU members, who are mostly researchers to come up with proper and lasting solution to end this dreaded disease,” Atu said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that other organisations that benefited from the gesture include, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ja’amatu Nasil Islam (JNI), among others.

Edited By: Felix Ajide


2020 NSF: Ondo coach vows to retain male volleyball title



Adeniyi Adelaku, Ondo State Volleyball Coach, says his team plans to retain its title as the defending champions in the male category at the forthcoming 2020 National Sports Festival, slated for Benin, Edo.

Adekalu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja that the team has been training for three weeks in preparation for the festival.

He said the team was not ready to leave the title to any other team, adding that the team was focused on retaining the title.

According to the coach, the team is currently training with 12 players in Akure.

“The players were training individually during the COVID-19 lockdown, I gave them a training schedule to follow based on their abilities.

“Everyone one of them was training and working individually on his weak areas; I was also checking and monitoring how they were training.

” I usually use our past experiences and mistakes to correct and  prepare them ahead of any competition.

“We all know that other teams will also want to take over our current position, but we will fight well to maintain  our title and  show our supremacy in the game,” he said.

NAN reports that Ondo state defeated Plateau 3-1 to emerge champions at the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja.

The State placed 10th on the medal table at the Abuja National Sports Festival.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN
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Sen. Gyang describes assassination of Plateau traditional ruler as barbaric, devilish



Sen. Istifanus Gyang (PDP– Plateau) has described the assassination of a traditional ruler in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state, Bulus Janka by assailants as inhuman, barbaric and devilish.

The traditional ruler was said to be killed on Monday night at his residence at Rasat, Foron District of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.

Sen. Gyang in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Protocol, Mr Musa Ashoms, expressed worry over the growing attacks especially on traditional rulers.

“The murderous act  is a thing of concern that the attacks have continued in spite of series of peace building engagement and dialogue has been undertaken at governmental and non governmental levels.

“It is worrisome that the crisis merchants are bent on blood letting and terrorising communities and their traditional rulers in spite of all the efforts”, he said.

The lawmaker called on the government and security agencies to fish out the perpetrators for prompt prosecution.

According to him, if not tackled immediately, the lawless and blood thirsty criminals and terrorists would be emboldened in their evil acts thereby endangering peace and peace loving citizens.

He commiserated with the immediate family of the late royal father and entire of Plateau people.

Sen. Gyang prayed God to grant the royal father eternal rest.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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NCDC announces 176 new COVID-19 infection in Nigeria



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 176  new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country.

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

According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.

The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.

It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).

According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

It added that the  drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.

“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.

The NCDC said that the most common signs and symptoms reported by COVID-19 patients in Nigeria were cough and fever.

The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.

“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.

The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps.

“Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN
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I never accused NAN staff of fraud, says Lagos NUJ Chairman



Dr Qasim Akinreti, the outgoing Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, says he never accused any member of staff of the News Agency of Nigeria of fraudulent practices.

Akinreti, also declared that there was no iota of truth in the allegations making the round that he accused members of his outgoing executive of fighting him because he refused to share the N25 million building money with them.

He made the clarifications on Tuesday, while responding to questions during his campaign visit to the NAN Lagos Chapel of the NUJ.

According to him, journalists in the agency have integrity and pedigree.

Mr Debo Oshundun, the Chairman, Lagos State chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), had demanded clarifications from Akinreti on the allegations of in fighting with his executive members over alleged non sharing of the said money.

Responding to the allegation, Akinreti simply said: “l did not say so”.

On the issue of substituting NAN nominee for the Ex-Officio position in the council’s executive, Akinreti also denied ever receiving name of any candidate from NAN for such position after his election in 2017.

However, Mr Moses Omorogieva, the Secretary of NAN Chapel, had accused Akinreti of substituted the name of NAN nominee as an ex-officio member with the name of somebody else from another chapter.

Commenting, Mr Tayo Ikujuni, a former Chairman of NAN NUJ  chapel, corroborated the secretary’s allegation against Akinreti.

Ikujuni said, “Mr Chairman, l could remember that at the burial of one of my colleagues, you told me in the presence of Mrs Bola Akingbeyin and Mr Moses Omorogevia that you can not work with the NAN nominee for the ex-officio position.”

Denying the allegation, Akinreti appealed to NAN members of NUJ that there was need to continue friendship after the elections by all contestants.

He then called for issue-based campaign.

Raymond Tedunjaiye, an aspirant for the position of Secretary and Iyabo Wale-Eri, an aspirant for the position of Financial Secretary were on the campaign.

Meanwhile, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief with the News Agency, and also former President, Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), is contesting against Akinreti at the Sept. 29 Lagos NUJ Chairmanship position.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Olagoke Olatoye
Source: NAN
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