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  •  Zamfara govt to sanction LGs lagging in COVID 19 vaccine uptake Matawalle
    Zamfara govt to sanction LGs lagging in COVID-19 vaccine uptake – Matawalle
     Zamfara govt to sanction LGs lagging in COVID 19 vaccine uptake Matawalle
    Zamfara govt to sanction LGs lagging in COVID-19 vaccine uptake – Matawalle
    General news3 days ago

    Zamfara govt to sanction LGs lagging in COVID-19 vaccine uptake – Matawalle

    Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has tasked local government authorities to improve on the current COVID-19 performance or face sanction.

    Matawalle gave the warning while inaugurating the Scale 3.0 to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccination on Friday in Gusau.

    “Today’s coverage should be considered our baseline, and by the next 10 to 11 weeks, we shall be able to review our performance in local government areas.

    “The first three best-performing Local Government Areas will receive an award of excellence.

    “Similarly, the least performing Local Government Areas would be required to explain the reason for falling short of expectations,” he said.

    The development followed a data of 44 per cent COVID-19 vaccine performance recorded across the 14 LGAs under the 2.0 Strategy campaign provided by the State Primary Health Care Development Board.

    The governor said the Scale 3.0 Strategy aimed at increasing vaccination uptake for children and COVID-19 among people of the state.

    According to him, the strategy is designed to expand public access to COVID-19 vaccine beyond conventional health facilities.

    Matawalle explained that the exercise would further reduce the spread of the virus by boosting immunity response.

    This, he said was part of his administration’s efforts to put in place measures and strategies to protect the populace from infectious diseases.

    “You may recall the proactive measures we took immediately when COVID-19 was announced as a global health emergency.

    “One of these measures was the construction of the Infectious Disease Centre, Damba at a total cost of N1,288,414,343.89.“The center is equipped to adequately respond to not just COVID-19 but also other infectious diseases,” he said.

    He said the effort yielded positive results with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency ranking  Zamfara among the high-performing states in terms of COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

    The governor, however, reminded people of the state that taking the COVID-19 vaccine was both acts of self-protection and civic duty.

    He said every citizen of the state  had a critical role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.

    “Therefore, I urge you to take the vaccine and ensure that every eligible person around you is vaccinated,” the governor said.

    While commending members of the National and State Assemblies, government officials, community and religious leaders, organisations, youth and women groups, Matawalle urged them to continue to support government vaccination drive.

    He expressed the hope that the state would be ranked first in the next round of assessment of COVID-19 vaccine to be conducted in October 2022.The governor further thanked royal fathers, government officials, development partners, political and religious leaders for supporting policies and programmes to provide the required quality healthcare services to the people of the state.

    Also, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Abubakar described the  Scale 3.0 Strategy as an evidence-base aimed addressing the challenges identified in the 2.0 Scale.

    He  said so far, 44 per cent of eligible population had taken at least one dose of the vaccine in the state.

    The  ommissioner said that 18 per cent of the population had been fully vaccinated while 26 per cent had taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The figures showed that 56 per cent of the eligible population  had yet to be vaccinated.

    Abubakar, however, commended the royal fathers and religious leaders for supporting the  2.0  exercise.

    He also lauded Gov. Matawalle for providing the needed support for the success of the 2.0 exercise.

    The commissioner expressed his ministry’s commitment to ensuring the 3.0 Strategy recorded success across the 14 LGAs of the state. 

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NOA NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification
    NOA, NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification
     NOA NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification
    NOA, NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification
    General news6 days ago

    NOA, NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has begun community engagement dialogue to creat awareness on legal identification of Almijiri children in five local government areas of Kaduna State.

    The State Director of the agency, Alhaji Zubair Galadima-Soba, said this during the community engagement dialogue on Tuesday in Zaria.

    The News Agency  of Nigeria reports that the Hausa word Almajiri is derived from the Arabic word “Al-Muhajirun,” which refers to a person who migrated his home in search of Islamic knowledge.

    Almajiri refers to children usually from poor rural backgrounds, who leave their homes to study in non formal Qur’anic school in urban areas.

    The term also refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school.

    According to Galadima-Soba, the engagement dialogue is designed to sensitise the communities on legal identification of Almajiri children to mobilise participation in the exercise.

    He said the exercise would be conducted in collaboration between the agency, the National Population Commission (NPC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    The director said the exercise focused at sensitising community and religious leaders in Ikara, Lere, Kubau, Igabi and Zaria.

    Represented by MrYusuf Balarabe, UNICEF Focal Person in the state, the director said the exercise would also capture out-of- school adolescent girls in the selected LGAs. “A recent survey shows that Ikara, Lere, Kubau, Igabi and Zaria LGAs has the largest number of Almajiri children in the state who have not been registered with NPC.

    “We are here to sensitise you as community leaders so that you can pass the message across the Qur’anic schools known as Tsangaya, to allow the population commission register the Almajiri under them,” he said.

    Hajiya Halima Jega, Director Vital Registration of Birth, NPC, described birth registration as important in showing that the child exist.

    Jega, represented by Nuruddeen Shafi’i, said the registration exercise would last for eight days, and urged traditional leaders to enlighten their subjects to get registered.

    According to him, birth certificate issued by the commission is the only certificate recognised by the Federal Government.

    “We want to register 6,000 children in Zaria, therefore, we need the support of religious leaders and traditional leaders so that the exercise would be successful,” he said.

    Earlier, NOA Community Mobilisation Officer in charge of Zaria, Aminu Alhassan recalled that similar exercise had been conducted in the area in 2020.He urged participants to use the opportunity to register their children for free, adding that it may not be free in the future.

    Meanwhile, some of the participants commended NOA, NPC and UNICEF for the gesture, adding they were now more informed on the importance of birth registration.

    Malam Muhammad Musa, Secretary, Fitiyanul Islam, a Faith Based Organisation (FBO), said the association would mobilise Qur’anic schools for the exercise.

    Binta Yunusa, a Women Leader in Tudun Wada community, said she would ensure women register their children with the NPC including those attending Qur’anic schools.

    NAN reports that the participants drawn from Dakace; Gyallesu,Tudun wada, Kwarbai A, Kwarbai B  and Limancin Kona communities attended the exercise.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Pensioners welfare our top priority Lagos govt pledges
    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges
     Pensioners welfare our top priority Lagos govt pledges
    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges
    Economy1 week ago

    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges

    The Lagos State Government on Friday said it would not relent in its pursuit to improve life for its retirees and had placed the welfare and wellbeing of its pensioners as top-priority .

    Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, Lagos State Commissioner For Establishments, Training and Pensions made the pledge at the 96th Retirement Certificates Presentation organised by the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) in Lagos.

    “Recently, the state government through the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and in collaboration with sister agencies launched an upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card) .

    “The card will include benefits such as  subsidised health care and transport services for our retired public servants.

    “Please ensure you are registered with LASRRA to enjoy these benefits upon commencement,” Ponnle said.

    According to her, the state government has paid N1.113 billion as accrued pension rights into the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of 295 retirees for the month of July.The commissioner stated that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration had paid over N43 billion as accrued pension rights to 11,644 retirees in its public service from May 2019 till date.

    Ponnle said: ” The state government recognises the plight of our estimable workers who have served in the Lagos state public service and the need to safeguard their financial security after service.

    “Tp this end, it implemented the payment of the new minimum wage six months after the new wage bill was adopted as law and with a higher amount than the approved recommendation in response to global and national economic challenges.

    “The state also implemented the upward review of pension contributions from 7.5 per cent of employee and employer contributions to 8 per cent employee contributions and 10 per cent employer contributions.

    “This is in line with the administration’s vision to cater for its workforce even in retirement.

    ”The commissioner congratulated the retirees, wished them the best and advised them to carefully review the retirement savings options available for them to utilise their money prudently.

    She charged them to contact LASPEC or the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions should they require clarifications or advice on their retirement benefit matters.

    “Please embrace the joy and challenges of this new phase of life.

    Be prudent with your money and practice a healthy lifestyle to enjoy your retirement,” she said.

    In his address, the Director-General , LASPEC,  Mr Babalola Obilana said the Sanwo-Olu’s administration deserve applaud for its constant support for the payment of pension obligations and the various policies initiated to better the lives of the senior citizens.

    Obilana stated that the contributions of Lagos State to the success of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria was an undisputable fact.

    ” Lagos State is a trail blazer in the industry with 10 per cent employer and eight per cent employee contributions remitted monthly into individuals RSAs after salaries are received.

    “The governor approved the automation of business processes in LASPEC to ensure first class service delivery to our dear retirees in order to accomplish the state government’s goal of the immediate payment of pension entitlements upon retirement from the public service,” he said.

    The director general appreciated the efforts and contributions of the retirees whilst in the service, noting that the vision of a ‘Greater Lagos’ would have been an impossible dream without them.

    Obilana urged the elderstatesmen to beware of any Individual or Association who claim to be affiliated with the state government and can process or fast track their pension entitlements for a fee. 

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  FG s social investment programme records 122 563 beneficiaries in Adamawa
    FG’s social investment programme records 122,563 beneficiaries in Adamawa
     FG s social investment programme records 122 563 beneficiaries in Adamawa
    FG’s social investment programme records 122,563 beneficiaries in Adamawa
    General news2 weeks ago

    FG’s social investment programme records 122,563 beneficiaries in Adamawa

    The Federal Government says it has registered 122,563 persons under its Social Investment Programme (NSIP) since inception of the scheme in Adamawa.

    Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, Mminister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development made this known during the disbursement of grant to vulnerable groups, on Tuesday in Yola. She said 64,607 have been enrolled under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) covering 64,205 households with each beneficiary reciving N10,000 monthly stipend while 8,697 others enrolled under the N-power scheme and received N30,000 monthly allowance.

    The minister said that 27,000 youths had been captured under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP), adding government was providing N50,000 and N300,000 soft loans to enable them to engage in productive ventures.

    Umar-Farouk said the government engaged 2,259 food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding programme, to facilitate feeding of 162,782 pupils in the state.

    “The government engaged additional independent monitors and equipped them with tablets to ensure effective implementation of the feeding programme,” she said.

    The minister urged the Adamawa government to emulate the gesture and replicate similar programmes to eradicate poverty and enhance wealth creation in the state.

    Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by the Secretary to the State  Government (SSG), Alhaji Bashir Ahmed lauded the gesture, saying it would create jobs and promote self sustainablity in the state.

    He pleged government support to fast track successful implementation of the programme to make the people self-reliant and productive.

    (NAN) RSA
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kaduna residents decry hike in pump price
    Kaduna residents decry hike in pump price
     Kaduna residents decry hike in pump price
    Kaduna residents decry hike in pump price
    General news3 weeks ago

    Kaduna residents decry hike in pump price

    Some residents of Kaduna have expressed worry over recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol.

    The residents urged the Federal Government to enforce compliance with approved pump price to check inflation and ameliorate the suffering of ordinary citizens.

    They told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kaduna that the hike in pump price was worrisome as it might affect prices of goods and services.

    NAN Correspondent, who visited some filling stations in Kaduna, reports that fuel is sold between N190 and N230 per litre.

    Mr Nura Muhammad, a tricycle rider, said that transport fare had jacked up in Kaduna metropolis following hike in pump price.

    He said the tricylists were now charging N70 per drop as against N50 before the fuel price hike.

    “Passengers going to Kaduna State University now pay N150 against N100 before,” he said.

    A commercial bus operator, Bashir Abubakar, said that most of the filling stations were depensing fuel above the N165 approved pump price.

    He said they now charge N800 as against N700 for passengers traveling from Kaduna to Zaria.

    Abubakar blamed the oil marketers for unilateral hike in prices, and urged government to monitor their operations and sanction erring stations.

    Also, Haruna Salihu, a trader, who decried hike in transport fares, said that exorbitant charge by motorists would compound the economic hardship being experienced by the masses.

    “I now pay N200 as against N100 for transportation from my home to the market, it caused heavy drain in my pockets,” he said.

    Mr Raji Ibrahim, a civil servant, said he spent more on transportation following sudden surge in fares by motorists.

    “I spent over N1,000 in a day on transportation and meal, and it is not enough to cater for my daily routine,” he said.

    For her part, Aisha Mamman, a bean cake seller, said she resorted to trekking as she could not afford exorbitant transport fares.

    She said the hikes in transport fares would affect prices of goods and services, and called for palliative measures to cushion its effects on the masses.

      NAN reports that the Federal Government through the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), on July 21, said the fixed pump price of PMS remains N165 per litre as stipulated in the petroleum product pricing template.

    The development was sequel to directives by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) advising its members to adjust the pump price of PMS to a minimum of N180 per litre.

    The marketers had said the move was necessitated by the increment in the ex-depot price of PMS by some private depots where they were buying the product from.

    However, NMDPRA maintained that petrol was a regulated product and urged marketers to comply with the pricing template.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Emmanuel says diversification ll save Nigeria s economy
    Gov. Emmanuel says diversification ‘ll save Nigeria’s economy
     Gov Emmanuel says diversification ll save Nigeria s economy
    Gov. Emmanuel says diversification ‘ll save Nigeria’s economy
    Economy4 weeks ago

    Gov. Emmanuel says diversification ‘ll save Nigeria’s economy


    Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom on Wednesday said that diversification will save Nigeria’s economy from collapse.

    Emmanuel made the assertion at the opening of a two-day retreat on the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 organised by the Revenue Mobilsation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMFC) in Uyo on Wednesday.

    Represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, the governor said that the country’s overdependence on petroleum revenue had become counterproductive.

    He said that investing in agriculture, small and medium scale entreprise, aviation and tourism would provide lifelines for the nation’s economy.

    Emmanuel said that the search for alternative energy sources was already having adverse effect on oil.

    ”The world is already thinking towards other sources of power.

    As a nation, we should begin to explore alternative sources of revenue.

    ”We have to urgently diversify our economy and be less dependent on oil.

    The Industrialised nations are already looking at alternatives,” he said.

    The governor further stated that Nigeria should determine how the decentralization of the oil industry would benefit the federal account and the host communities.

    Earlier, the acting Chairman, RMFC, Mr Umaru Abdullahi, described the oil  industry as a critical part of the nation’s economy.

    He said that although the industry contributed less than 10 per cent to the country’s GDP, it accounted for over 80 per cent of nation’s foreign earnings.

    ”So any adverse change in the industry will have a major and long term impact on federation revenue.

    ”This is perhaps the reason successive governments have continued to give attention to the sector,” he said.

    The chairman commended the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for enacting the Act after several years.

    Delivering a lecture, entilted: ”Petroleum Industry Act 2021 and its Impact on Federation Revenue” Mr Uche Nwagbara, a Director in RMFC, said the PIA would promote efficienccy in the sector.

    Nwagbara who listed other benefits of the PIA to include proper sector regulation and host community development, said that the Act was a good omen to the nation.

    In a paper on the legal and constitutional issues in PIA implementation, Mr Abdul Muhammad, said the law was challenged by implementation issues regarding fiscal federalism.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the retreat is: “Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, and its Impact on Federation Revenue.” RSA

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NDLEA arrests drug queen with narcotics in Lagos Airport
    NDLEA arrests drug queen with narcotics in Lagos Airport
     NDLEA arrests drug queen with narcotics in Lagos Airport
    NDLEA arrests drug queen with narcotics in Lagos Airport
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    NDLEA arrests drug queen with narcotics in Lagos Airport

    Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 27-year-old drug queen, Mrs Opoola Mujidat in possession of narcotics concealed in fetish bowls at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja (MMIA), Lagos.

    The suspect planted the drugs concealed in fetish bowls containing scary native black soap and sponge on two Oman-bound male passengers, apprehended at the departure hall of the airport.

    The Director Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Babafemi said that the passengers: Raji Kazeem and Akinbobola Omoniyi were travelling together to Oman, the Middle East, on Ethiopian Airlines flight on Monday July 11, when they were intercepted by NDLEA operatives at the airport.

    He said that a search of their luggage revealed wraps of cannabis sativa hidden in bowls of native black soap and sponge packed into a bag containing food items, which Kazeem was carrying.

    “Both Kazeem and Omoniyi immediately alerted the anti-narcotic officers that Mujidat who was still within the vicinity gave the bag containing the illicit substance to them at the airport.

    “She was promptly arrested.

    The lady accepted responsibility and stated that she brought the luggage for the two passengers to give to her husband in Oman.

    “Mujidat, who hails from Oyo East LGA in Oyo State, confessed during preliminary interview that the bag containing the food items were packed by her with different items, including the black soap used to conceal the illicit substance.

    Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen.

    Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command for the arrests, seizures and their dexterity.

    Marwa warned the drug cartels that no matter the ingenuity of their modes of concealment, the dedicated workforce of the agency would always exposed them and their tricks.



    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Sallah Remain steadfast in prayers for peace Gombe governor urges Muslims
    Sallah: Remain steadfast in prayers for peace – Gombe governor urges Muslims
     Sallah Remain steadfast in prayers for peace Gombe governor urges Muslims
    Sallah: Remain steadfast in prayers for peace – Gombe governor urges Muslims
    General news1 month ago

    Sallah: Remain steadfast in prayers for peace – Gombe governor urges Muslims

    Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged Muslim faithful to remain steadfast in prayers for peace, prosperity and development of the country.

    This is contained in a Sallah message by Ismail Misili, Director-General, Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe on Saturday.

    He said as Muslim faithful celebrated the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir,  there was the need for them to imbibe the spirit of love, obedience and sacrifice exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim and upheld by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

    “I Also pray for the unity of purpose as panacea to insecurity, socio-economic challenges .

    “This period reminds us of Allah’s unconditional love to mankind and the need for us to replicate same spirit in our homes and communities.

    ”And in our daily lives for the overall peace and unity of the state and nation,” he said.

    Yahaya said such prayers were imperative to address security, social and economic challenges stagnating the nation’s development process.

    The governor said the challenges should not allowed to distract Nigerians from learning the good lessons of the Eid-el-Kabir in putting their trust in God.

    He lauded traditional rulers, community and religious leaders as well as the people of the state for their support to his administration.

    The governor also urged the people to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration ( CVR) exercise to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), adding that, “it will allow eligible voters exercise their rights to elect credible leaders,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Sallah Prices of rams soar in Bauchi
    Sallah: Prices of rams soar in Bauchi 
     Sallah Prices of rams soar in Bauchi
    Sallah: Prices of rams soar in Bauchi 
    General news1 month ago

    Sallah: Prices of rams soar in Bauchi 

    Barely two days to the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, ram sellers in Bauchi have decried low patronage amid high cost of the animals.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eid-el-Kabir otherwise called Eid-al-Adha, is one of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam.

    It is being celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of Islamic lunar calendar and characterised by animal sacrifice such as rams, sheep, goats, cows and camels.

    A check by NAN at the cattle market in Bauchi on Thursday, showed that prices of rams had gone up by over 100 per cent in the past six months.

    A big size ram was sold for between N150,000 and N250,000 as against its previous prices of N70,000 and N100,000.

    The medium size ram was sold at N100,000 as against N50,000 it sold during the same period last year.

    Prices of cows indicated similar increase in prices as a well bred bull was sold for between N500,000 as against its previous price of N300,000.

    Malam Sani Bala , a ram dealer, said he was not recording good sales due to low patronage of the animals this festive season. 

    He said that prices had indicated sprawling increase amid improved supply of the animals, a trend which resulted to low patronage.

    “The customers are only asking of the price without buying.

    “Rams are being transported to Bauchi from neighbouring states, Niger, Chad and Cameroon Republics. Prices are up in view of the high exchange rate,” he said.

    Another trader, Hassan Gaji, attributed the hike in prices to high cost of animal feeds and cost of transportation of the animals from other parts of the country.

    He expressed the hope that the market condition would improve as demand for the animals would increase in the next few days for the festive season.

    Mr Saidu Garko, a resident, blamed the traders for the unilateral hike in prices to exploit customers, adding that most families in the area would celebrate the season without slaughtering ram.

    Another resident, Sabiu Rabiu said he could not afford to slaughter ram due to exorbitant prices, adding that “I will not slaughter ram because the sacrifice is not obligatory.”


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Sallah FRSC deploys 987 personnel 10 patrol vehicles in Bauchi State
    Sallah: FRSC deploys 987 personnel, 10 patrol vehicles in Bauchi State
     Sallah FRSC deploys 987 personnel 10 patrol vehicles in Bauchi State
    Sallah: FRSC deploys 987 personnel, 10 patrol vehicles in Bauchi State
    General news1 month ago

    Sallah: FRSC deploys 987 personnel, 10 patrol vehicles in Bauchi State

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bauchi Sector Command, says it has deployed 987 personnel and 10 patrol vehicles to check carnages and ensure road traffic crash free Eid-el-Kabir celebration in the state.

    The Sector Commander, Mr Umar Abdullahi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Bauchi.

    He said the personnel comprised of Regular, Special Marshals and first Road Traffic Crash (RTC) respondents from five major routes across the state.

    The Command, he said, also deployed six ambulances, one heavy duty tow truck as well as two power bikes for highway surveillance, speed control patrol and alert motorists of obstructions.

    “The command has completed the preparations to ensure free road traffic crashes during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

    “Communication equipment will be out at their optimum level while inter connectivity will be accorded the desired attention as all other sister security agencies’ networks are all connected for prompt response and synergy for hitch-free Salah festival.

    “Health service providers are collaborating with the command to provide prompt services to RTC victims to curtail fatality.

    “The station offices in the 20 local government areas of the state are fully activated to ensure prompt response to road traffic issues like clearance of obstructions and traffic control’’, he said.

    He said the command accorded pririoty to awareness creation activities in motor parks through engagement of the media, community and religious leaders to check crashes and encourage safer roads.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN