A statement issued by Mr Frank Meke, Runsewe’s media Aide, said that the NCAC boss gave the commendation after the unveiling of Creative Industry Sub-Committees in Abuja.
He said that the committees would work to capture the entire gamut of the sector, with intent to addressing the needs and expectations of the players post-COVID-19.
Runsewe, the Chairman, Central Implementation Committee for Creative Industry, rolled out a comprehensive list of 13 sub committees.
He commended the Minister for his selfless and committed service to the industry and for helping to reposition it by putting together the framework to address the immediate and future impact of COVID-19 on the industry.
Runsewe said that time had come for the industry to build bridges and work together for the speedy growth of the sector to the benefit of Nigerian people.
He said that the 13 sub-committees were drawn from culture, tourism, media industry, Nollywood, writers, travel professionals, tourist boat operators, hotels, resort owners, artists, ICT, fashion designers and many others.
“The creative sector is very broad and massive in content and context, this calls for the need to approach the implementation of post-COVID-19 interventions with all hands on deck
“This is to avoid rancour and divisive sentiments which could jeopardise the progressive intentions of the Federal Government and stall efforts to build a formidable and competitive industry,” he said.
Speaking on Runsewe’s initiative, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), said she shared in the vision behind setting up the 13 sub-Committees.
She said that Runsewe had proven over the years to give answers to the many challenges confronting the industry in Nigeria.
“Am more than excited and must commend the Minister for appointing a workaholic and an achiever in Runsewe to implement the post COVID-19 interventions.
“He is the right man for this job and the unveiling of the sub-committees revealed the strategic agenda to keep the industry united and vibrant post-COVID-19,” she said.
Mr John Likita-Best, a frontline industry player and Trustee of Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN), said Runsewe had shown through his efforts in the industry that he was a game changer.
He described Runsewe as a grassroots industry administrator with enduring mobilisation and forecast abilities to proffer solutions to problems.
“We know he will bring about the needed changes and as he has done in the past, this dream to carry everybody and all shades of opinion along is a master stroke, we know him and will support this process to succeed,” he said.
Also, Mr Ozolua Uhakheme, Arts Editor with the Nation newspapers,disclosed that the effort was a strategy out of the box.
He said this was an indication that Runsewe had a grounded understanding of the fragile and sensitive nature of the industry which had struggled to make socio-economic impact in the trajectory of the national rebound economically.
“We, in the media know Runsewe will not fail the industry and nation at large. He has discharged his national assignment with creativity and all sense of responsibility.
“His records in the culture industry speaks volume, particularly the robust approach and response to COVID-19 impact on the industry without which the national cultural agenda would have lost focus.
“We pray that the various committees will live up to expectations because Runsewe is self-driven and would expect some serious inputs and hard work.
”Runsewe is a sprinter on ideas and it takes a measure of commitment to catch up with him,” he said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/post-covid-19-runsewe-lauds-lai-mohammeds-efforts-to-reposition-creative-industry/
Edo Election: Obaseki queues up to vote
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday followed the prescribed electoral process by standing on the queue to be accredited, before casting his vote.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obaseki arrived his Oredo Ward 4 Polling Unit at Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City at about 10:25am.
Mr Church Haris, a voter at the Governor’s Polling Unit in Oredo Ward 4 commended the governor for following the election procedure.
“I was amazed that he took a position on the queue.
“He surprised many voters in this ward. We are proud of him,’’ he said.
Rita Osahon, who also voted at the polling unit, similarly commended the governor for staying on the queue to cast his vote.
Sylvester Okoduwa, an official of the Transition Monitoring Group, an election NGO, commended the peaceful commencement of the electoral process in the Edo state capital.
He said the election had started on a peaceful note and the voters wore their face masks, observed the social distancing rule, and also washed their hands in compliance to the COVID-19 protocols.
Edo is voting to elect a governor to run its state affairs for the next four years.
The state has a total of 2, 210,534 registered voters in 18 local government areas with 192 wards.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
Edo 2020: Voters observe social distancing
Voters in Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s polling unit, Oredo Ward 4, Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City, were seen observing physical distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
News Agency of Nigeria , reports that aside security check points provided at the centre of the community, residents moved around freely with their face masks.
Miss Esosa Igbinegin, a voter in Oredo Ward 1(unit 3), said that voters were observing the COVID-19 guidelines.
“Voting is going on well here and no issues at all.
“We are all on our face masks as directed,” she said.
Miss Ehi Osagie, another voter in Oredo Ward 1 (unit 3), said that security personnel were working hard to ensure a hitch-free election.
“Security teams are working well, voting is ongoing peacefully in this Ward,” she said.
Meanwhile, voters in Oredo Ward 12 with 6 units in Oba market were wearing face masks but not observing physical distancing.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide
Ember Months: FRSC urges motorists to drive patiently, apply controlled-speed
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be patient and apply controlled-speed on the highways during this Ember-months period.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday.
NAN reports that the Ember-months included the months of September, October, November and December.
According to Kalu, the insinuation that blood sucking demons take over roads during Ember-months period is never true.
“It is human negative attitude that most times lead to increase in crashes and even deaths,’’ he said.
“The major causes of possible increase in road crashes in this period remained human impatient and negligence.
“The human deficiencies stem from impatience and anxiety to meet up personal or group target before the year runs out.
“With impatience and anxiety to meet up target; most motorists care less about other road users and even their own health and body system during this period.
“Another is the negligence of pushing out mechanically deficient vehicles during this time to make more money or returns even at the detriment of passengers and other road users as well,’’ he said.
The sector commander noted that due to the perceived human deficiencies leading to crashes; the command had already embarked on massive road safety education in parks, churches, mosques and public gatherings in the state.
According tp him, as the lead agency on road traffic management and safety; we are all out this season to ensure our people are educated and they are very cautious driving in the not friendly weathers such as rain and harmattan seasons during the Ember-months period.
“Our education also covers the need for motorists and transporters to adhere to the guidelines on COVID-19 prevention as far as vehicular movement of humans and goods are concerned,’’ he said.
He noted that the command would also carry out road audit; vehicular logistic repairs and maintenance for special end of the year and festive operation and improve on joint patrols with sister security agencies.
He said that the corps was determined to reduce crashes in the state to zero level at the end of the Ember Months this year.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m.
Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process.
“The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and violence, the place is peaceful and calm.
“I am happy that INEC has a thermometer to check temperature and they also give out face masks to our people.
“We encourage our people to come out in batches so they can strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distances”.
He said he had not been able to get information about the conduct of the election across the state due to the poor network at his voting community.
He expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in the election saying, “I am confident of victory across the 18 LGAs of the State”.
NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously at Ugboko ward 5, unit 26 at about 8: 46 a.m. amidst the presence of security personnel.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed