Runsewe gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, these scammers pretend to be government licensed consultants and financial consortium with powers to provide post-COVID-19 palliatives and sundry investment titles for a fee.
He said that their mode of operation included the presentation of well-articulated proposals, parading fictitious and forged references, backed by a mouth-watering financial intervention.
The director-general hinted the scammers’ fake proposals were packaged to suck up the unassuming and simplistic individual and state governments.
He, therefore, warning industry players and institutional investors in culture and tourism economy to stay watchful.
He noted that NCAC would resist all ploy to use government initiatives on palliatives and sundry commitments as an instrument to defraud operators.
“We have been receiving calls from stakeholders around the country, drawing our attention to these individuals and their activities.
He said that if left unchecked, “the scammers may ruin our efforts to build trust and confidence between registered operators and financial institutions on one hand and between federal government and state governments on the other hand’’.
“As Chairman of the implementation committee on COVID-19 palliatives and President, World Craft Council, Africa region, I will put up measures with security agencies to expose these individuals.
“In coming weeks, we will interface with both private sector players, financial institutions and state governments on what is going on in the system.
“We are aware that certain gaps are being exploited by these smart guys who are not working alone.
“They have insider contacts, all primed to deceive and cheat people of their legitimate resources in the name of helping them to access funds and credit waivers,’’ he said.
Runsewe enjoined all practitioners and state governments to carry out necessary due diligence by reaching out to the federal government implementation committee on creative industry and relevant security agencies before taking steps on prospects for cultural tourism financial aids or waivers.
“This is a red-flag call and let no one blame us for not saying it loud and clear,’’ he said.
The DG further warned banks and insurance companies to beware, particularly in the choice of corporate and individuals trading or representing their interest with the public.
“Nothing should be done under the table so that innocent stakeholders are not taken advantage of by well-polished scammers.’’
He noted that because the industry was badly hit by the pandemic and operators were looking for quick solutions, the Minister of Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had acted promptly by inaugurating the post-COVID-19 intervention committee.
The committee, he added, was to help find immediate and future remedies to the huge impact of the pandemic on the industry.
He urged all stakeholders to exercise patient as “strategic plans to arrest the trend has been activated’’.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde
8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident
Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.
This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.
The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child and six unidentified persons.
“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.
He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation.
Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.
He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge
The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,
LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.
”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.
”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
El-Rufai to participate in maiden Kaduna Marathon on Nov. 21
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