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Eid-el- Kabir: Rep. Bamisile solicits prayers against COVID- 19, insecurity

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Eid-el- Kabir: Rep. Bamisile solicits prayers against COVID- 19, insecurity

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency, (FERMA), Mr Femi Bamisile, has called for concerted efforts and prayers by Nigerians to halt the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and  insecurity challenges in the Country.


Bamisile, who represents Ekiti-South Federal Constituency II, stated this in a Sallah message to Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that the socio-economic and political situations confronting the country can be subdued with prayers and loyalty to the Nigerian nation.

Bamisile decried the hardship caused by Coronavirus and the activities of bandits in some parts of the country.

The lawmaker appealed to muslim faithfuls not to be disenchanted in their commitments to nation building.

He urged Nigerians, especially Muslim faithfuls to ensure that they keep to all COVID-19 protocols outlined by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) and co-exist peacefully with their Christian brothers for stability and economic prosperity.

Bamisile said:  “As we celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, let us bear in mind that despite the joyous mood, our nation is under  siege at this time.

“Let us endeavour to make that sacrifices through prayer supplications for Allah to redirect the fortunes of our dear country.

“The focal lesson of Eid-el-Kabir has been faithfulness of Prophet Ibrahim in God and this must be brought to bear in our national life, not only by Muslim adherents, but by all Nigerian citizens.

“Prayers, loyalty, hard-work, honesty, and faithfulness as well as Godliness are the requisite criteria to build a nation.

“I urge all of us to continue to see things from this broader spectrum that, no nation can grow under the tension of ethnicity, religious bigotry, political upheavals and hatred.

“I pray that the Almighty Allah to whom the celebration is dedicated, continue to listen to our prayers and grant all our heart desires.”

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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You can send off a player for coughing, English FA tells referees

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Players who deliberately cough at opponents or referees can be shown red or yellow cards under new guidelines issued by England’s Football Association (FA) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


The instructions to referees taking charge of games when COVID-19 restrictions are in place will come into force immediately and be applied at all levels of the game.

The FA document for referees said action should be taken when “the referee is certain someone deliberately, and from close range, coughed into the face of an opponent or match official…’’

It added that the offence would fall under the category of “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”.

“If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending-off, a caution could be issued for `unsporting behaviour —– shows a lack of respect for the game’.”

The document added that referees must not look to punish “routine” coughing and should remind players to avoid spitting on the ground, although it is not an act of misconduct.

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Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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Nigerian youths appreciate FG’s N75bn Investment Fund

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Nigerian youths on Monday presented letter of appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari


through the Minister of Youth and sports, Mr Sunday Dare, for the approval of 75 billion investment fund for them.

Mr Sukubo Sara-Igbesukubo, the President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), who presented the letter in Abuja,

thanked the president for the laudable act of establishing the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund with an initial capital of N75 billion.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government in July approved the establishment of N75 billion

Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for three years, following a memo presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.

The NYIF is to serve as a sort of youth bank that will fund and support the innovative ideas, skills, talents and enterprise of the Nigerian youth.

Sara-Igbesukubo said that the fund was a special window for the Nigerian youths to access financial facilities for their entrepreneurial ideas,

innovations and projects.

He added that “the laudable milestone has shown that the present administration has the interest of Nigerian youths at heart.

“Today, the hope of millions of talented, hardworking and creative young Nigerians is being restored.”

Dare, who was represented by Mr Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary in the youth and sports ministry, said that

the fund would enable the country to go beyond empowerment to investment.

He said that the fund would help to boost youth investment in the country, noting that the ministry would work with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

to evolve modalities that would ensure that the fund was used for the investment it was meant for.

“The youths will be involved in the decision making as they will be in the forefront to achieve the goal of the fund,’’ he said.

Dare said that Nigerian youths did not lack ideas but have not had enough opportunities to utilise the talents.

He said that “we are hoping that with the fund, the youths will put every effort to get it running.”

The minister advised youths to be more involved in social media to be abreast with current developments in the world.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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Delta Govt trains teachers ahead of schools’ resumption

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In preparation for the resumption of schools, the Delta Government on Monday begun sensitisation programme for teachers in Ika North-East Local Government Area.


Mr Innocent Ezeamaiwe, member, Ika North-East Rapid Response Team for COVID-19, said the training was geared toward equipping the teachers with necessary information on COVID-19, and how to manage the pandemic.

Ezeamaiwe said that the exercise was part of the state government’s initiative on the basic procedures for handling the pandemic in schools.

“The objective is to ensure the safety of teachers and students when we reopened the schools.

“The students and teachers are expected to adhere strictly to the laid down precautionary measures,” he said.

Ezeamaiwe also urged teachers and parents not to be afraid of the school reopening, assuring them that the state government was working out the modalities to perfect the whole process.

He urged teachers to be good ambassadors, by observing and adhering strictly to the guidelines on the prevention of Coronavirus pandemic.

In his remarks, Christopher Ekamagule, the Education Secretary, Local Education Authority, Ika North-East, commended the state government for its decision to reopen schools.

Ekamagule said that the students could no longer afford to wait at home.

He urged participants to maximise the opportunity, adding that victory over the pandemic was becoming stronger.

The training exercise took place in three centres – Owa Oyibu Secondary School; Akumazi Umuocha Secondary School and Ika Grammar school.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

 

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Stakeholders highlight advantages of exclusive breastfeeding

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Health experts and other stakeholders on Monday, urged Nigerian mothers to practise a minimum of six months exclusive breastfeeding of infants to enable them to grow into strong and healthy adults.


The experts made the call in a webinar organised by Alive and Thrive (A&T), an NGO, to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2020.

Alive and Thrive is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness and ensure healthy growth and development through improved maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practice.

Dr Victor Ajieroh of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said the 2020 world breastfeeding week was remarkable and dwelt on the importance of breastfeeding to the environment.

He said that there was the need for countries to promote exclusive and optimal breastfeeding as a way of protecting the planet.

“It is a great pleasure for the Gates Foundation, working with the government of Nigeria, to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in Nigeria as part of the commemoration of the WBW.

“Two things are remarkable and noteworthy about this year’s celebration. The first is the theme that is connected to sustainable development.

“The COVID-19 pandemic with its associated disruptions and impact on life is another factor that necessitates us to support mothers with the right information on breastfeeding,’’ he said.

Ajieroh said that the present rate of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria stood at 29 per cent, and expressed optimism that achieving the target of 50 per cent by 2025 was feasible.

Dr Simeon Nanama of UNICEF noted that the 2020 world breastfeeding week came at a time when the world faced the challenges of climate and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the theme of the 2020 commemoration “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet,’’ was relevant in highlighting those global challenges.

“The theme, “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’ is remarkable because it is coming at a time when the world faces two major challenges, climate change and the VOVID-19 pandemic.

“It  shows the important role breastfeeding can play in solving these global challenges .

“It is cheering to note that Nigeria has made steady progress in exclusive breastfeeding, having moved from 17 per cent to 29 per cent in the last few years.

“The 50 per cent target for 2025 is achievable,’’ he said.

The Director of Family Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Salma Anas-Kolo, said that women that exclusively breastfed their children were contributing to a healthy environment.

She said that exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months played a major role in raising a crop of intelligent youths that would provide purposeful leadership in future.

Anas-Kolo called on all women and men to continue to support and promote exclusive breastfeeding through advocacy and sensitisation.

Dr Uche Ralph-Opara of Alive and Thrive said that the organisation had, in the last few years, supported some states in Nigeria through survey to establish the status of exclusive  breastfeeding.

She said that findings showed that many mothers believed that due to hot weather, their infants needed to supplement breast milk with some quantity of water.

“The breast milk contains 80 per cent water, so the infants can get all the water they require at any point in time from breast milk,’’ she said.

The webinar drew participants from the academia, NGOs, government and other stakeholders.

WBW is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding.

It is celebrated between August 1 and August 7 every year in commemoration of the 1990 Innocent Declaration.

In line with this year’s theme of the event, WHO and UNICEF have called on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counseling.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

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