UNICEF launches cash assistance programme in Lebanon



The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday launched an emergency cash assistance programme to support people affected by Beirut’s port explosions on Aug. 4, LBCI local TV channel reported.

The UNICEF noted that the programme will reach 80,000 children and adults affected by the explosions.

UNICEF Representative in Lebanon Yukie Mokuo noted that the assistance programme can play a vital role in supporting those who suffered the most from the blasts.

Two huge explosions rocked Beirut’s port on Aug. 4, destroying a big part of the city while killing around 190 people and wounding no fewer than 6,000 others.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN


COVID-19: UNICEF, FG organise stakeholders’ dialogue on safe school resumption 



The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in colloboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, has organised a stakeholders’ dialogue to review the template on school reopening towards having a minimum standard for safe return to schools in the country.


Mrs. Azuka Menkiti, Education Specialist, UNICEF, Abuja, while speaking on Wednesday at a Zonal Stakeholders’ Dialogue School Re-Opening Readiness in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, said the meeting  was in the interest of the students, teachers and other stakeholders  for the development of the country.

Menkiti said that the dialogue was aimed at sharing and reviewing school reopening readiness template and to get the views of stakeholders and their support towards school reopening.

She said, “Because of COVID-19, schools were close for a long time and now a lot of stakeholders feel that it is time for school reopening and for children to get back to school.

“It is in view of this and in preparation that UNICEF is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education to organise this Stakeholders’ Dialogue School Re-Opening Readiness.

“We are here specifically to share and review the draft school reopening readiness template as adapted from the school reopening guidelines.

“To agree on expected roles and responsibilities at all levels of education governance towards safe return to school.

“To commit to minimum expectations and standards for safe return to school and to agree on best decisions in learning recovery upon school resumption.

“And to share good practices and adapt into a nationally acceptable integrated approach to safe school reopening.”

The UNICEF education specialist solicited the support of traditional rulers, education experts and stakeholders toward achieving the aim of the dialogue.

“At the end of the dialogue, there shall be concensus on school readiness minimum standards for resumption, commitment on safe school reopening, state plans on an integrated approach to school reopening.

“There shall be collective agreement on key responsibilities for safe school reopening, “she added.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Education, ChukwuEmeka Nwajiuba, said that the decision to close schools was part of government’s strategy to curtail the spread of the pandemic as the school environments were considered to be veritable ground to spread the virus.

Nwajiuba, who was represented by the Ministry’s Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Mrs Charity Ogar, said the ministry had developed the safe school readiness template for an integrated approach to safe school reopening which comes with many lessons.

“The template requires the full engagement of all stakeholders which is considered a sine qua non for successful implementation.

“We are all here to deliberate and adopt the template for the safe reopening of schools  and learning facilities.

“The template has some key roles and shared responsibilities to be played by the stakeholders at National, State, LGA and the school levels,”he said.

The minister urged the participants to critique the template assiduously for the benefit of the Nigerian school child.

Alhji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe, lauded the Federal government and UNICEF for organising the dialogue aimed at  ensuring safe school reopening.

Abubakar,  represented by Alhaji Andullahi Yawa, the Galadima Makarantan Nupe, assured of participants’ positive contributions during the meeting.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue had in attendance Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), School Base Management Committee (SBMC), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS),  Parents Teachers Association (PTA), traditional rulers, among others from the North Central zone.

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Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju
Source: NAN
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Alleged infringement: Firm files N300m suit in damages against Tv station



A law firm, Remedium Law Partners on Wednesday filed N300  million in damages suit against the Peoples Television Communications (PTV) Ltd in a Federal High Court, Abuja, over alleged copyright infringement of ”Urban Kitchen Show”.

In a wrist of summons by Dr Ogaga Ifowodo and Mr Rockson Igelige of Remedium Law Partners, the plaintiff is demanding among other things, aggravated and punitive damages against PTV.

The plaintiff said that the action of PTV communications Ltd was a wilful copyright infringement.

Urban Kitchen show is a TV Programme of Sate Television Ltd.

The suit with number / 1226 /2020 stated that “the airing or broadcasting of the plaintiff’s work, Urban Kitchen Show, from July 5, 2019 to Feb. 3, 2020 was illegal.

The plaintiff stated that the defendant through their station, PTV, committed the infringement without the consent and authorisation of the plaintiff.

He prayed the court to grant an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, its agents, servants, privies, and successors-in-title from further airing Sate Television work.

He added that the Urban Kitchen Show should stop forthwith without first reaching a contractual agreement.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that sate television Ltd through its Chief Executive Officer, Daodu Felix had earlier reached a binding Memorandum of Understanding with PTV Communications Limited.

The agreement according to him is to broadcast its TV programme, Urban Kitchen Show on its platform, Peoples Television, a 24-hour-online TV.

Remedium Law Partners, however, noted that though the contract was not renewed by both parties, PTV Communications Ltd through its online TV, Peoples Television continue to fraudulently continue broadcasting the Urban Kitchen Show

He said that the TV station had been broadcasting the show from July 5, 2019 to  Feb. 3, 2020, thereby profiting from the intellectual property work of Sate Television Limited without its consent.

It further stated that when notified of copyright infringement of Sate Television Ltd and possible settlement through mediation, PTV Communications Ltd retorted to threats and said it won’t be part of any mediation.

He said that the ill reaction prompted Sate Television Limited to seek legal remedy through the law court.

No date has been fixed for hearing in the suit.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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BBNaija enthusiast predicts Laycon as winner of Sunday’s grand finale  



Mr Desmond Urama, a Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Lockdown 2020 enthusiast, says Laycon, one ofthe housemates, will emerge overall best in the Sunday grand finale of the live TV show.

Urama who operates a TV viewing centre for European League Football on Ogururu Road, Nsukka, made the prediction in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Nsukka  on Tuesday.

He said that Laycon had been an interesting and intelligent team player among the BBNaija housemates.

“Laycon, since the commencement of the contest has been a good team player who relates to every member of the house freely as well as contributes meaningfully to every discussion and activity.

“If you check viewers’ voting, Laycon has been receiving the highest votes since the TV show started.

“I have no doubt that Laycon will win that N85 million total package price of BBNaija TV show on Sunday’s grand finale,” he said.

According to Urama, the only person that will pose a little challenge to Laycon is Dorothy who will come second during the grand finale.

“The only person I see that will pose a little challenge to Laycon is Dorothy because many people also like her performance and how she relates with other housemates,”he said.

The enthusiast noted that the eviction of Ozo would affect the morale and performance of Nengi who derived much strength, love and courage from him.

“If Ozo is among the finalists, he will have posed a serious challenge to Laycon because,  psychologically, Laycon respects Ozo and sees him as a big guy and public figure,” he said.

NAN reports that the 10-week BBNaija 2020 lockdown show will end this Sunday and the winner  will smile home with N85 million worth of price, including an SUV car, among other gifts.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN
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Ogun community lauds Airtel for restoring electricity 15 years after disconnection



The residents of Isokan in Ogun on Monday commended Airtel Nigeria for assisting in restoring electricity, 15 years after the community was thrown into darkness.

Airtel said in a statement that Isokan community had been disconnected from public power grid since 2005 due to equipment failure.

The telco said the situation of the Isokan community was brought to its attention via Airtel Touching Lives initiative which prompted the company to intervene.

“The story was featured in an episode of the television programme, ‘Airtel Touching Lives’, which aired earlier in the year on national TV.

‘It showed community members narrating how livelihoods had been adversely impacted over the years, throwing homes, families and businesses in distress,” it said.

According to the statement, during the moving episode, Airtel pledged to support the community with the sum of N7 million to bankroll the electrification project which had been abandoned due to lack of funds.

It said the telco had since delivered on its promise, restoring power to the community following the erection of 29 utility poles and connection of the high tension and low tension cables to the main power grid transformer.

The people of Isokan community commended Airtel for restoring their long lost hope and giving hundreds of families a chance at a better life as businesses could now thrive with the prospect of stable electricity, it said.

Commenting, Secretary, Electrification of Isokan Community, Mr Bamidele Moses, said the intervention was  life-changing.

He lauded Airtel for truly touching the lives of those in dire need without  fanfare.

“Airtel Touching Lives has really touched our lives beyond our imagination. It still feels unreal because we have been in this situation for so long and nobody came to our rescue.

“I just want to thank Airtel for such generosity. This means so much to the people of Isokan. May God bless Airtel always,” Moses said.

Director of Corporate Communications and  Corporate Social Responsibility, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah, said: “Airtel is committed to creating  opportunities for Nigerians and providing platforms that will make lives better.

“The Airtel Touching Lives initiative has a singular vision of providing relief for communities and individuals who require them.

“We are excited that life has returned to the Isokan Community and we will not relent in our efforts of reaching out to underprivileged persons and communities across the country,” he said.

Airtel Touching Lives is an inspiring CSR initiative that seeks to offer relief, succor, hope, opportunities and credible platforms to liberate and empower the underprivileged.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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