COVID-19

Mosque reopening: Adhere to COVID-19 protocols, NSCIA tasks Ekiti Muslims

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The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA) Ekiti  chapter, has called on Muslim leaders in the state to adhere strictly to laid down protocols and preventive measures to check the spread of COVID-19.


The chapter’s NSCIA President, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, made the call in a statement on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that the call became necessary to ensure the safety of Muslim worshippers as the state government deadline for reopening of praying centres commenced on Aug. 14.

It would be recalled that the body had in a recent statement restated the readiness of the Muslim community to fulfill all requirements for reopening of Mosques in the state.

The Islamic body urged Muslim leaders to liaise with their respective local government areas to get the required authentication certificate from Ministry of Environment as directed by government.

NSCIA on Friday said the call for COVID-19 pandemic adherence was to remind Muslim leaders about the importance of abiding by the protocols and preventive measures in the interest of the generality of the citizens.

The body mentioned the provision of infrared thermometer, allowing the fumigation of various Mosques by the Ministry of Environment, social distancing while praying and provision of hand sanitizers and water for regular hand washing as some of the protocols to be observed.

It added that “we thank all Muslims in Ekiti and we thank Almighty Allah that the Coronavirus pandemic has not adversely affected many people.

“However, since we are starting the Jummat congregation prayer on Aug. 14, it is necessary to remind the Muslim ummah about the necessary COVID-19 protocols to be observed in Mosques as agreed in our last meeting.

“Fumigation of Mosques by Ministry of Environment is compulsory, provision of infrared thermometer, social spacing (6ft apart), individuals should come with their own praying mats and ablution kettles and provision of water to wash hands and hand sanitizer.

“It is advised that anybody aside the Imam (prayer leader) above the age of 65 and below the age of 12 should stay away from the mosque.

“Prayers are expected to start at 1.30 p.m. to end at 2.30 p.m. and everybody participating in the prayer should wear face mask, number of worshippers in the mosque should be determined by the capacity of space to contain worshippers, standing six feet apart.

“Entry and exit doorways should be clearly demarcated, It should be ensured that under no circumstance should worshippers converge to have any meetings or social gathering without maintaining social distancing.

“Mosque management should appoint officials to monitor compliance.

“May the Almighty Allah bless us as we observe these rules.”  

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (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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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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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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Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience,  mental acuity – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.


He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.

According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.

“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.

“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.

“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”

Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.

He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.

The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.

“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.

“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.

For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.

Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.

Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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