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Kaura LG Chairman bags award



The Legislative Writers’ Forum (LWF), Abuja Chapter, on Friday presented a meritorious award to Mr Bege Katuka, the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Mr Ogwaje Jomoh, LWF’s Organising Secretary, said Katuka was honoured for being the forum’s Best Chairman in Infrastructure and Service Delivery at the grassroots.

Jomoh presented the award to the chairman at the Kaura Local Government Secretariat.

He explained that the chairman bagged the recognition after the forum’s assessment tour of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

Jomoh commended the chairman for carrying the interest of the people above his personal interest and called for its sustenance.

Responding, Katuka thanked the forum for identifying with the developmental strides embarked upon by the council.

He said the achievements recorded were due to the level of partial autonomy given councils in the state by the current administration of Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

Edited by Mustapha Lamidi


Spanish health workers win 2020 Princess of Asturias Award




The jury said that the health workers are “on the front line of the fight against the illness in our country and ever since the start of this health emergency, they have shown an incredible level of professionalism and commitment.”

The jury noted that since the start of the pandemic in Spain, over 50,000 medical workers have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 60 have lost their lives.

“Exposed to a high, aggressive viral load, in the face of long working hours, sometimes without suitable equipment or material means, … their unconditional dedication represents an exercise in exemplary citizenship and in their vocation to serve,” the jury said.

The Princess of Asturias Awards, established 40 years ago, are granted in eight categories and aim to recognize and reward “the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions.”

The award winners receive a cash prize of 50,000 euros (56,027 U.S. dollars) and a sculpture expressly created for the awards by Spanish artist Juan Miro in a ceremony held in the city of Oviedo in northern Spain in the presence of the Spanish royal family every October.

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Dangote wins World Travel Market Award with CNN commercial 



Barely a week after emerging the most admired brand in Africa, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has won another award through its television commercial on the Cable Network News (CNN) detailing its business processes.

The company said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that Dangote Industries won “Most Compelling Agency Story” award by the World Travel Market (WTM) with its ‘Farm to Table’ commercial.

The commercial, which is part of the ‘Touching Lives’ documentary aired weekly on CNN, detailed the process of food metamorphosis from the farm as raw material to final process as food on the tables at home.

According to CNN International Commercial Account Executive, Varshmi Arasalingam, the award recognises powerful storytelling capabilities.

He affirmed that the Touching Lives Farm To Table campaign holds a prominent socio-economic impact for which Dangote Industries continues to empower and improve the lives of people in Africa.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Dangote Industries and CNN International Commercial are the winners of the WTM Africa Awards for the ‘Most Compelling Agency Story.

Dangote Industries is one the most diversified business conglomerates in Africa, with multiple entities impacting the daily lives of most of the continent’s population.

“The company provides the population with employment opportunities that are also self-sustaining through basic needs, such as food, cement, construction, agriculture, and technology.

“Through a branded content production, CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) wanted to showcase Dangote Industries empowering Africans through employment and self-sufficient opportunities.

“Filmed and produced by CNNIC’s award-winning branded content studio Create, the campaign promotes Nigeria and the wider continent through the stories of real people, and focuses on the connections people have with each other, be it in their work and daily lives.

“The character-driven story helps to change perceptions and encourage global audiences to visit Nigeria (and the African continent more generally) so they can experience and understand its culture and hospitality.

“It also shows that we should not look at the travel and tourism as a narrow sector, but instead view it as part of a larger socio-economic project.

“In this way, travel and tourism can empower and improve the lives of people in Africa – and all over the world – a goal Dangote is dedicated to realizing,” he said.

In his comment on the award, DIL Group Chief Branding and Corporate Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, said the management was delighted at the award and it only showed that the company was living up to its billing as the most diversified conglomerate in Africa.

He said the Commercial shot by the CNN which has won the award depicted the businesses of the company and gave vent to how we arrive at our mission statement of meeting the expectation of the people by providing for their basic needs.

“It simply demonstrates how it starts from the farm through which our people are engaged in every process before it gets to table at home.” he said.

Editing Wale Ojetimi
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Finnish ministry wins World No Tobacco Day Award




As the World No Tobacco Day (May 31) draws near, Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has received this year’s World No Tobacco Day Award issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), the ministry said in a press release on Friday.

The award recognizes the ministry’s long-term commitment to work on tobacco control and its exemplary actions to protect the public, particularly young people, from exposure to smoking.

Back in 2010, Finland amended its Tobacco Act and the objective of reducing smoking was changed to ending the use of tobacco products in the country by 2040. In 2016, the act was updated with the new objective of ending the use of tobacco and other nicotine products in Finland by 2030.

As of May 20, menthol has been officially banned as a flavoring of tobacco products throughout the European Union, and also in Finland, to keep teenagers from taking up smoking.

To reduce the appeal of e-cigarettes among young people in particular, Finland has also strictly regulated the use of e-cigarettes and prohibited characterizing flavors in liquids for e-cigarettes.

The WHO recognizes Finland’s efforts in curbing tobacco use, and considers the country’s anti-tobacco policy exemplary in Europe. Finland has also globally led the way in implementing successful anti-tobacco policy measures under the direction of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Every year, the WHO recognizes individuals or organizations for their achievements in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of World No Tobacco Day Awards.

According to the WHO, tobacco kills about eight million people around the world every year.

World No Tobacco Day has been celebrated worldwide by the WHO and its member states on May 31 every year since 1987. The theme of this year’s No Tobacco Day is protecting young people from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use.

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Gov. Matawalle appoints new Emir of Kaura Namoda



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has presented letter of appointment to the newly appointed Emir of Kaura-Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Jamilu Iliyasu, Press Secretary to the governor in Gusau on Tuesday.

He stated that the appointment letter was presented at a brief ceremony attended by other Emirs in the state, few government officials and politicians at the governor’s private residence in Gusau.

The governor said the appointment of the new Emir was due to his selection by the Kaura Namoda Emirate Kingmakers and in accordance with the provision of Section 17 of Zamfara State Emirate Council Establishment Law 2000, Law No. 15, Section i- iii and Section 3 of Chiefs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, 1997.

Matawalle wished the new Emir God’s guidance and protection in the discharge of his responsibility.

He urged people of the Emirate to give the new traditional ruler all the necessary support and cooperation for the development of the Emirate.

Matawalle assured of his administration’s readiness to respect the dignity of the traditional institution, considering the role they play in maintaining peace and tranquility in their domains.

Responding, Muhamma, promised to follow the footsteps of his father and forefathers by carrying all his subjects along for the unity and development of his domain.

He thanked Matawalle for the honour done to him and enjoined all to pray for him to succeed.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that until his appointment as Emir, Sanusi Muhammad was a serving Major in the Nigerian Army.

He succeeded his father, who died on May 6, after a brief illness having served as the second Emir of Kaura-Namoda for 15 years.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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