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Disc Jockeys calls for more recognition in the entertainment industry 



The Professional Disc Jockeys Association of Nigeria (PDJAN) on Friday called for more recognition in the entertainment industry.


Mr Onyenegecha Isaac (Dj MarSs), media officer of the association told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association contributes more to the entertainment industry than the current accolades .


He said that being a Disc Jockey goes beyond playing a music as there are other technicalities which gives more live to a music and the gathering which it’s being played.


“We are the heart of entertainment industry, without Deejays, no form of entertainment will make sense just that we are behind the scene like the cameramen.


“Without the deejays, no artist song will make sense or meaning to you in a dance floor, we deejays manipulate the songs artistically because deejaying is an art.


“Playing a song originally the way it’s being sang, may be very boring.


“The deejays plays a song with his own professional touches or discretion to suit the mood at every point in time as the event progresses.


“We effect the songs making it more interesting, we pitch the songs to its best dance able tempo for our guests to enjoy. You can never get the best of a song at its normal recorded tempo at an event,” he said.


Isaac added that Deejays also make input in songs production and help in marketing a list and upcoming artistes by strategically imposing their songs on the listeners’ ears.


“A Deejay knows a good song, tells most artist where to improve on and how to go about their career sometimes.


“The Deejays promote artistes’ songs via association and constant playing till it becomes an anthem to everyone. Consciously or unconsciously, you start liking and singing along.


“Deejays support upcoming artist along in most events to showcase their talent pending when their break through comes.” he added.


Isaac said that the association would be signing artistes towards the end of the year while some would be linked with record labels.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)




Indiscriminate shelling kills 5 in Libyan capital




At least five people were killed and three others wounded by indiscriminate shelling that hit the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday, according to a local official.

The deadly shelling took place as the fighting between the UN-backed government’s forces and the eastern-based army intensified in southern Tripoli, said Amin Hashemi, information advisor of the Ministry of Health.

The UN-backed government’s forces accused the rival eastern-based army of the shelling, to which the latter has not responded yet.

Meanwhile, the government said it killed more than 14 troops of the UN-backed government’s forces in southern Tripoli and shot down a drone in southwestern Libya.

The eastern-based army has been leading a military campaign since April 2019, attempting to take over Tripoli and topple the UN-backed government, which has killed and injured hundreds and displaced more than 150,000 others.


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Port Harcourt DisCo denies plans to sack 120 workers



The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) had denied rumour that  it plans to sack over 120 workers from its workforce.
PHED Manager, Corporate Communications,Mr John Onyi said this in a statement on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) had alleged that PHED was planning to retrench over 120 staff on June 1.
The union, however, appealed to governments of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states to urgently intervene and restrain the company from retrenching workers.
Onyi, however, said rather than retrench workers, PHED management was seeking ways to promote workers’ welfare in spite of the current macroeconomic environment in the country.
“We find this claim by SSAEAC surprising as PHED management is not aware of any such move to sack over 120 staff.
PHED management has repeatedly offered a hand of friendship as well as operates open-door-policy of dialogue with the union on promotion of staff welfare.
“We expect that SSAEAC ought to have taken advantage of our open-door policy to verify the unfounded reports credited to them,” he said.
Onyi said that the management had recently reviewed the organisational structure of the company to align workers for improved service delivery.
According to him, the reorganisation is intended to streamline the workforce to optimise value in its services.
“So, there is no iota of truth on the downsizing of staff.
“We expect the cooperation of SSAEAC in the formal activation of service conditions, just as management is focused on welfare of its staff.
“We will also like to state that there are no plans to witch-haunt state governments especially Rivers that has created enabling environment for PHED to thrive.
Currently, PHED is partnering with the Ministry of Power in Rivers to improve electricity supply to the state. So, there is no rancour between PHED and Rivers government,” he said.
Onyi  said that the company was committed to maintaining industrial harmony with SSAEAC.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Akwa Ibom discharges 2 COVID-19 patients



The Akwa Ibom Government says it has discharged two coronavirus (COVID-19) patients from the Ibom Specialist Hospital isolation centre, Uyo.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Uyo.

Ukpong said the two discharged patients had met the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol standard of two negative tests before being discharged.

He said that the two discharged patients bring to 16, the total number of those treated and discharged of the viral infection since the first set of cases were recorded on April 1, 2020.

Gov. Udom Emmanuel has expended so much in healthcare delivery and in emergency operations, and that accounts for the 100 per cent recovery rate currently being experienced in the state.

“The magnificent 300-bed facility that the governor put up at Ituk Mbang is going to complement the services provided in the earlier facilities provided at Ikot Ekpene and Ibom Specialist Hospital,” Ukpong said.

According to him, the activities of persons, who sneaked into the state under the guise of bringing livestock and other food items, might to be accounted for the high figures recorded in the past few days.

Ukpong said the increased number of cases in the state had also increased the contacts currently being traced.

He commended the health management officials for being responsive and dedicated to their duties.

The commissioner revealed that there had been cases of people arriving the COVID -19 emergency center with other symptoms because of the free treatment offered by the state government.

“People with ulcer, diabetes and other medical conditions other than COVID-19 do approach the center and when we examine them and find out that it is not coronavirus, they start pleading that we should take them in because of the attention we give our patients.

“Some even ask for palliative, but people must know that those emergency lines are strictly for COVID-19 emergencies,” he said.

Ukpong noted that the state had so far recorded two COVID-19 deaths, from a total of 45 confirmed cases by the NCDC.

He advised the residents to adhere to the NCDC protocol of personal hygiene, regular washing of hands with soap under running water, use of alcohol based hand sanitiser and social distancing to stay safe.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran (NAN)

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COVID-19: 21 patients discharged from Oyo isolation centre



Twenty-one COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the Oyo State Isolation Centre in the past three days after receiving their second negative test results.

Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this through his official Twitter handle on Saturday night.

Makinde said the figure raised the number of discharged cases so far to 96 in the state.

He, however, stated that 30 new cases were recorded within three days from May 28 when their confirmation tests came back positive.

According to his tweets, 10 cases recorded on May 28 were all from iSON Xperiences – a company located in the Dugbe area of Ibadan.

On May 29, 15 cases were confirmed and 10 of it were from the iSON Xperiences while five cases were recorded on May 30, five of which were also from iSON Xperiences.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five new cases confirmed in the state were among the 553 recorded in 15 states on Saturday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo state is now 282,

With the new development, Makinde further urged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath, to call emergency operations centre.

According to him, the numbers to call are 08095394000, 08095863000, 08078288999 and 08078288800.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Egyptian, French presidents discuss regional issues, focus on war-torn Libya




Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday the development of several regional issues, including the situation in Libya.

During a phone call, Macron said he is keen to exchange views with Sisi over these issues as Cairo plays a key political role in the region, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

For his part, Sisi affirmed Egypt’s firm position towards the Libyan crisis based on restoring Libyan national state institutions, ending the spread of criminal groups and terrorist militias.

He added that Egypt also gives top priority to combating terrorism, achieving stability and security and putting an end to illegal foreign interventions in Libya.

The two presidents agreed to intensify their coordination in the coming period, stressing the necessity to end the Libyan crisis by reaching a political solution that paves the way for the return of security and stability in the country, the spokesman said.

They showed support for international endeavors as well as implementing the results of the Berlin process to end the conflict in Libya.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Libyan conflict escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli and another in the northeastern city of Tobruk allied with self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar.

While Egypt supports Haftar’s LNA that seeks to take over Tripoli, Turkey backs the Tripoli-based GNA.


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Covid-19: 4-month-old child discharged in Kaduna



The Kaduna State Government on Saturday disclosed that the four-month-old child that tested positive to COVID-19 has been discharged.

The government, however, said there are still 76 active cases in the state as at Friday.

In an update by the Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, out of the 232 cases reported, 149 have been discharged, while seven deaths have been recorded.

She said that the state had tested almost 2, 000 samples, warning  that “case numbers are likely to rise further as more tests are conducted in more places.”

COVID-19 cases have been recorded in 33 wards in nine local government areas of the state: Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Sabon-Gari, Soba and Zaria. The data showed that 80 per cent of the infected persons are male.’’

According to her, most of the cases either have a history of interstate travel or are contacts of infected persons.

“In addition to public health warnings to avoid interstate travel, state health officials have been engaged in vigorous contact tracing to contain the spread of the infections.

The Ministry has further stepped up active case searching and testing in communities to stem secondary infections.”

Mohammed-Baloni added that the testing capacity of the state “is being enhanced to enable more aggressive testing in the coming weeks.”

She said that the state had taken delivery of a mobile testing truck and “awaits the delivery of equipment that would enable the mobile truck and 12 GeneXpert machines spread across several general hospitals to increase the number of testing labs in the state.

 “The addition of the flexibility of a mobile testing vehicle and testing labs in LGAs will enable the state to ascertain with greater accuracy its COVID-19 status and allow that data to inform further decision on reopening the state.’’

Mohammed-Baloni noted that the testing laboratory at Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital Kaduna is awaiting validation by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Ministry confirms 1 new COVID-19 case in Enugu, discharges 5



The Ministry of Health in Enugu State has announced one new confirmed COVID-19 positive case, bringing the number in the state to 19.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Enugu.

Obi also said that five old cases were discharged from the state isolation and treatment centre after tested negative to the dreaded virus.

He said that the state is now left with six active cases, having discharged 13 patients.

“One more positive case has been confirmed in the state.

“Total number of cases for Enugu State is now 19, with six active cases and 13 discharged.

“The new COVID-19 patient (Case 19) is a 40-year-old female, who hails from Igbo-Etiti LGA.

“The patient had returned home from Lagos State in violation of the restriction order on inter-state movement,’’ the commissioner said.

According to him, the ministry of health is providing treatment for the existing cases, responding to emergency alerts, carrying out contact tracing and following up on suspects.

He urged the public to strictly adhere to the directives of the Federal and Enugu State governments as well as the public health advisories of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and the state ministry of health.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Attempts by U.S., UK to push for Security Council discussion on National Security Legislation for HKSAR ended in failure




On May 28, the third session of the 13th National People‘s Congress (NPC) of China adopted the “Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security.” The United States and the United Kingdom, for their own political purposes, have been making unwarranted comments, interfering and obstructing, and attempted to push for an open video conference in the UN Security Council. China expressed strong opposition, and the vast majority of the Council members did not support the U.S. proposal, believing that the Hong Kong-related issues were China‘s internal affairs and had nothing to do with the mandates of the Security Council. The Security Council rejected the unreasonable request of the U.S., and its attempt failed.

In face of strong opposition from China and Security Council members, the U.S. and the UK could only mention Hong Kong under “any other business” in the informal consultations of the Council. This move was strongly countered by China and generally opposed by Council members. They urged the U.S. and the UK to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and making groundless accusations against China. There was no consensus, no formal discussion in the Security Council, and the U.S. and the UK‘s move came to nothing.

Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, refuted the fallacy on Hong Kong made by the U.S., the UK, and some other countries. Ambassador Zhang said China opposes and completely rejects the baseless remarks made by the US and the UK. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Hong Kong affairs are purely China‘s internal affairs and allow no external interference. National security legislation for Hong Kong does not constitute any threat to international peace and security. The Council must not get involved in any way.

Ambassador Zhang pointed out that since June last year, serious organized acts of violence and separatist activities took place in Hong Kong, which have got the support from some foreign forces and posed a real threat to China‘s national security. It is necessary and fully justified for the National People‘s Congress of China to establish and improve legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for Hong Kong to safeguard national security. Such legislation does not affect Hong Kong‘s high degree of autonomy or the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents. Instead, it is conducive to the implementation of the policy of “one country, two systems” and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

Ambassador Zhang emphasized that the legal basis for the Chinese government’s administration of Hong Kong is the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. After Hong Kong‘s return to China, the UK has no right of sovereignty, jurisdiction or supervision over Hong Kong, still less is the U.S. entitled to comment on Hong Kong with the excuse of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The U.S. and the UK, out of hidden political agenda, have blatantly interfered in Hong Kong affairs, emboldened rioters, and threatened and intimidated the HKSAR government. They bear unshirkable responsibilities for the serious violence in Hong Kong. The gross interference by the U.S. and the UK is an important reason of China‘s decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong.

Ambassador Zhang pointed out that the U.S. abuses force, imposes unilateral sanctions, and seeks regime change all over the world. A more unilateral U.S. has withdrawn from international instruments, including the Paris Agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Treaty on Open Skies. That is the real source of trouble in the world and a real threat to international peace and security, which merits the Council’s attention.

Ambassador Zhang emphasized that China urges the U.S. and the UK to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, immediately stop practices of hegemonism and power politics, and mind their own business, rather than provoking tensions and making troubles everywhere. Whatever the U.S. and the UK may say, the Chinese government is firm in its resolve to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, implement the policy of “one country, two systems”, and oppose external interference in Hong Kong affairs. Any attempt to use Hong Kong to interfere in China‘s internal matters is doomed to fail.


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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 27 Nigerians, 2 Indians



The Lagos State Government says 29 additional coronavirus patients, comprising two Indians and 27 Nigerians have been discharged from its isolation centres.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement in a statement on Friday.

He said that a total of 854 patients had now been discharged in the state.

Today (Friday) 29 COVID-19 Lagos patients; 24 males and 5 females, including two Indians were discharged from our Gbagada, Lekki and Agidingbi isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

”The patients, 20 from Gbagada, 6 from Lekki and 3 from Agidingbi Isolation Centres were discharged, having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos is now 854,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)





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