A health organisation, Magna Carta Health, has donated protective materials to traders in Addo market, Eti-Osa to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos.
The co-founder and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the organisation, Dr Lolade Adeyemi, handed over the materials to the market leader, Mrs Muntiat Awere, on Wednesday in Lagos.
The materials include veronica buckets, soap and face masks.
Adeyemi said that the organisation embarked on a community outreach to the market in Addo, Eti-Osa as part of its many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
“It is important at this period of the coronavirus pandemic to talk to the market community about basic hand washing practices among other protocols.
“We decided to support the traders in Addo market by providing them with Veronica buckets and soap to encourage hand washing.
“Our aim is to foster better hygienic practices and reduce the spread of the pandemic by encouraging them to use face mask always,”she said.
Adeyemi added that it was their third community outreach that they had successfully accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The other two were during the lockdown, we provided approximately 2,500 households of the Eti-Osa East community with raw foodstuffs to alleviate some of their food shortages.
“We hope that in our own way, Magna Carta Health is contributing to meeting some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly, SDG two and four.
“We also appreciate the support of traditional rulers, council leaders for their support in all our activities to improve the Eti-Osa East Community,” she said.
Mrs Muntiat Awere, leader of Addo market, Eti-Osa, Lagos lauded the health organisation for the gesture.
According to Awere they usually educate traders on how to avoid the spread of COVID-19 disease by not allowing or accommodating many buyers at once, wearing of face mask and washing of hands.
“We still want government authorities as well as other organisations to help us fumigate the market environment with chemicals and provide us with good drainage.
“Government should also remember us in the area of small business loans because other markets in Lagos have been benefitting from this,” she said.
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Man City’s Gundogan tests positive for COVID-19
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Gundogan is the third player in the squad to return a positive test in recent weeks.
City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month.
“Gundogan is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine,” the club said in a statement.
Gundogan is likely to miss three matches for City while he self-isolates, including Monday’s league clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Thursday’s League Cup tie against Bournemouth and Sunday’s league game against Leicester City.
Both Mahrez and Laporte returned to training last week but City boss Pep Guardiola said only the Algerian winger would be available against Wolves — City’s opening game of the season.
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Tokyo 2020 consulting firm paid around $370,000 to Diack’s son – report
A consulting firm for Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee paid around $370,000 to the son of Lamine Diack, once one of the world’s most powerful sports officials, around the time Japan was picked to host the 2020 Games, Kyodo News reported on Monday.
The report comes amid French investigations into the former head of Tokyo’s bid committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, for approving around $2 million in payments to Black Tidings, a now-defunct consulting firm in Singapore.
The report said the findings, based on a review of financial documents as well as reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and several media organisations including Kyodo, may shed light on what happened to the $2 million.
Black Tidings made multiple transfers to Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, including some paid into a personal account and others transferred to his company, the report said.
The combined total was around $370,000, it said.
Papa Massata Diack told Kyodo that the payments were not related to the Tokyo Olympics. He declined further comment in an e-mail to Reuters.
French prosecutors had been looking into whether Black Tidings paid the younger Diack to influence the father, who was a member of the International Olympic Committee and believed to control votes among African members.
Takeda resigned last year due to the scandal, admitting to the payments while denying wrongdoing.
The Kyodo report said he denied any knowledge of money transfers from Black Tidings.
“At the time, I did not know anything that happened after (making the payment to the consulting firm),” he said.
Reuters could not immediately contact Takeda for comment.
The older Diack, former head of world athletics’ governing body, was convicted in France on Wednesday for corruption in relation to a Russian doping scandal.
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the government planning to host the games next year instead.
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2 men in court over alleged theft of N18.6m of roofing sheets
Two men – Sunday Ugwoke, 24 and Auwal Suleiman, 35 – were on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of roofing sheets worth N18.6 million.
The accused who reside in the Apapa area of Lagos were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence in July between 2.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. in Apapa, Lagos.
Ajayi alleged that the defendants who worked on Wharf Road, Apapa, stole the 20ft container of roofing sheets belonging to Mr Chidi Adiligwo, their employer.
She said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 411 and 287(5)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 287(5)(b) of the law stipulates seven-year jail term for offenders.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She said one of the sureties each must own a landed property and adjourned the case until Oct. 10, for hearing.
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Environmentalist harps on mitigation of climate change effects
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday listed tree planting, use of alternative energy sources, and proper waste sorting as some strategies to mitigate climate change effects.
Taiwo, a Director at Recyclepoints, made the recommendations in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
He said it was imperative for Nigerians to clean up their environment and address climate change issues with more commitment.
“We must all take responsibility for our immediate environment, clear our drainages, bag our waste properly and sort recyclables.
“Some people still do not believe in the impacts of climate change just like some do not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.
“However, the impacts of climate change are getting more glaring every day, for example the flooding we currently experience can testify that climate change is real and we need to carry out more awareness about it.
“The major challenge in sensitising Nigerians on the negative impacts of climate change effects has to do with lack of information, education and proper enlightenment among the people,” he said.
Taiwo urged Nigerians to practice sustainable lifestyles and habits to help curb the negative realities of climate change effects in the country.
He also encouraged the imitation and replication of developed countries strategies of mitigating climate change effects in their environment.
“To mitigate climate change effects, we can start by reducing our carbon footprint generation by making use of alternative sources of energy and fuel.
“We can also reduce the emission of green house gases into the environment when we live sustainably by walking where necessary instead of riding a car or vehicle.
“We need to plant more trees and reduce waste generation to curb the increasing greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
“We are imitating more developed countries in adoption of their strategies to mitigate climate change effects by observing some of these international events, already we have so many organisations that are now into renewable energy.
“We commend the German delegation in Nigeria doing everything possible to promote renewable and alternative energy sources in the country.
“We also have many non-government organisations embarking on tree planting and clean up with support from these developed countries,” Taiwo said.
According to the environmentalist, the government at all levels can play a vital role in curbing climate change impacts on the environment through policy implementation.
“We have lots of environmental policies out there but the problem has to do with government implementation.
“An important point to note here is that the world’s worst polluters are human beings and not plastics,” he said.
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