The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has allocated 60 million euros (($70.8 million) to 207 ground-breaking innovation projects and ventures from more than 30 countries.
According to the institute in a statement on Tuesday, the allocation is part of the EU’s measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“As part of the EU’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the institute is proud to announce the EIT Crisis Response Initiative results: 60 million Euros awarded to 207 innovation projects and ventures from 32 countries,” the institute said.
In particular, 62 new innovation projects by partners from 25 countries aim at developing solutions to directly resolve challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
While 145 ventures — start-ups, scale-ups, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises — from 23 countries that have been enormously impacted by COVID-19 will receive investment from the “Venture Support Instrument”.
“The selected innovations provide immediate solutions within the EIT’s key focus areas, from health and digitisation to food and urban mobility, to meet the wide array of challenges posed by the crisis,” the institute added.
All EIT Crisis Response activities on the projects’ implementations and support for the ventures will be completed by the end of 2020, the institute stated.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)
Coaches association official urges FG, football stakeholders to support players, coaches
Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria that players and coaches needed financial and material support from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, as well as all football stakeholders.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic the players and coaches have been held down in their various houses, since there are no sports events.
“I wonder how they (players and coaches) are coping to feed themselves. Some of them don’t have any job other than in football,” Abdullahi said.
He said coaches and players were family men like other people in the society.
“Some of them are bread winners who are in need of money to take care of their family needs. So, they need support.’’
Abdullahi however advised coaches to use the COVID-19 period to keep fit in spite of the restriction on football activities in the country.
“They can be training individuals in their various homes and also help them to keep fit. This is because people are adding weight due to lack of sports activities.
“They should be preparing to get back to their normal training activities, before the total ease of the lockdown, so as to keep fit whenever the league commences,” he said.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and Olawale Alabi)
International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna
The Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.
Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’
She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”
Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.
She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.
“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.
Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.
“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.
“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.
“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed
NHRC inaugurates COVID-19-compliant primary school building in Imo
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom block has six modern toilets, a borehole and a power generating set.
NAN also reports that the inauguration was performed by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu at Central School, Ezi- East (Old St. Dominic’s Primary School) in Umueleagwa, Onicha Ezinihitte Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ojukwu described the three-classroom block as part of efforts by the commission to give the children in rural areas access to education in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Ojukwu, himself an alumnus of the primary school, said that with the provision of six modern toilet facilities, running water, with hand washing basins and hand sanitiser, the school was ready for reopening.
“This inauguration ceremony is part of the yearly festivities to mark the feast of St. Dominic’s, which was the first primary school in the locality, by the old boys and girls.
“With the provision of these amenities, the old St Patrick’s Primary School has become one of the first rural schools in the state that will meet the COVID-19 protocols for reopening anytime government decides to reopen primary schools in Imo,” Ojukwu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government council, Mr Francis Onyeberechi, thanked NHRC for executing and inaugurating the project, calling on other sons and daughters of the state to emulate the gesture.
Onyeberechi, who was represented by Mr Chukwuma Emeghali, added that well-aerated classrooms as well as amenities to meet up with COVID-19 protocols, as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was an indication that normal academic life would soon be restored in the state.
Also, the Head teacher of the school, Mrs Jacintha Chukwu, thanked the alumni of the school for synergising with the state government to create an enabling environment for the execution of the project.
She urged parents in the community to bring their children to the school upon resumption, stressing that the school was equal to the task of containing the pandemic.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
COVID-19: Centre harps on care for the elderly in society
The Centre’s Project Coordinator, Mr Olusesan Olukoya told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that such support would aid the elderly in their ageing process.
“We all have a vital role to play to raise awareness of the condition of older people and support them.
“The elderly, as we all know, are part of the most vulnerable people in the society, coupled with the fact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which makes their survival more difficult.
“A proper care and support from the government at all levels, community and healthcare providers will help to reduce the effect of the pandemic on them,” the coordinator said.
Olukoya said the centre had concluded arrangement to hold a public lecture to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Older Persons marked every Oct.1
According to him, the theme of the public lecture is: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing,” holding in Ikorodu.
He said Rt. Rev. Sampson Bamgbose, Provost of the United African Methodist Church Theological College, would deliver the lecture.
“We are having a special programme on the elderly to inform participants about the strategic objectives for the decade of Healthy Ageing.
“We will create awareness on the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live.
“Also, awareness and appreciation of the role of the healthcare providers in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession.
“There is the need for increased understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitude,” he said.
Olukoya, however, urged the elderly to observe all the health guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Health Ministry to curb the pandemic.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Wale Ojetimi