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FirstBank partners NGOs to provide free eye glasses to 500 widows



FirstBank partners NGOs to provide free eye glasses to 500 widows

To facilitate the increased empowerment of women, FirstBank Nigeria has collaborated with the International Women’s Society (IWS) and Vision Spring to provide 500 eye glasses to widows.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the free eye check and glasses provision was done in Lagos in commemoration of “Giving Tuesday”.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organisations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity.

It is usually celebrated five days after the U.S Thanksgiving Day and heralds the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

Mrs Bashirat Odunewu, Group Executive, Energy and Infrastructure, FirstBank, said that the bank’s corporate responsibility and sustainability activities aligns with the objectives of “Giving Tuesday”.

“Today’s free eye test for widows is one of our numerous acts of kindness to various individuals and groups in the society, being a part of the health and welfare arms of our group’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

“It is our hope that today’s engagement, which is targeted at a significant group of women, would enable all to manage their various families, social and economic engagement better,” she said.

Odunewu said the exercise was in line with the bank’s commitment to fostering the development of women, saying that women play significant role that translates to the growth of a functional society.

Also, Mrs Nkoli Ogbolu, President of IWS, said that it was vital to boost the vision of women toward removing impediments to their lives.

“We need women to see well so that they can reduce their poverty level, if a woman is blind, has cataract or glaucoma, she is impeded.

“We do not want such impediments; we want women to realise their dreams. I am very happy with FirstBank partnership with Vision Spring to raise the vision of our women,” Ogbolu said.

She urged other organisations to emulate the FirstBank by supporting healthcare, education and empowerment to aid socioeconomic development.

In his remarks, Mrs Tinuke Adeyinka, Senior Executive, Vision Spring Nigeria, said that the screening exercise revealed that many women require eye glasses to see properly.

Adeyinka said that the organisation had been intervening by providing eye care for women and children in different countries.

She said that the organisation’s partnership with FirstBank had improved sights of teachers, school children and also members of the Old People’s Home.

Adeyinka said that the collaboration had impacted over 15, 000 Nigerians positively in the last two years, thus improving their vision, life and society at large.

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FirstBank rewards its Verve Card holders with free fuel



First Bank of Nigeria Limited said that its customers using Verve Cards had begun to enjoy extra five (5) litres of fuel for every N3,000 fuel purchased using the card at specified periods.

Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications of the bank, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

Ani-Mumuney said that the customers were enjoying the benefit under its Free Fuel promotion which kicked-off on July 6.

According to her, the Free Fuel promo is activated by FirstBank in collaboration with Verve International and Oando Plc.

“In the promo, for a minimum of N3,000 fuel purchase, FirstBank Verve Cardholders will receive 5 extra litres of fuel for FREE instantly at selected Oando Fuel Stations across Lagos every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

“The Oando fuel stations where the promo will run are Abijo (Lekki Stillwaters), Fola-Agoro, Maryland, Agege-Bypass, Lakowe, Lawanson, Ojodu- Berger, Alapere, Shiro Road (Fadeyi Ikorodu Rd.), Awolowo Rd (by Fire Service), Marina, and Tradefair stations,” she said.

She said that the promotion, which ends on July  24, was between the hours of 6am and 6pm.

“Verve card is a secure debit card that allows the cardholder to conveniently meet day to day financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer and more.

“It is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria. Pick up your FirstBank Verve card today at any of our branches and start getting rewarded,” she said.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Edo 2020: NCP pledges sustainable development via 10-care programmes



As Edo prepares to elect its governor on Sept. 19, the National Conscience Party (NCP) candidate, Pastor Peter Omoragbon, has pledged massive transformation through a 10-care programme, if elected.

Omoragbon made this pledge in his acceptance letter entitled: ”No Retreat, No Surrender” made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

Omoragbon, who is the Director for International Liaison Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association, UK, said the 10-care programmes were Food care, Housing Care, Energy care, Transport Care, Health care, Security Care, Employment Care, Education Care and Water Care.

He said that history had been repeated as the delegates of his great party, NCP overwhelmingly voted him as the Party’s flag bearer for the election.

“In 2016, I was on the ballot with the current outgoing governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, and Pastor Ize Iyamu,” he noted.

Omoragbon, who had served as the Permanent Representative to the UN and Executive President, Nurses Across the Borders Humanitarian Initiative, said his experience had positioned him to govern the state.

He said he also served as a member of the Board, Conference of NGOS in Conservative Status with the United Nations (CONGO) from 2011 to 2017, and General Secretary of the Steering Committee, Regional Committee for Africa – CONGO.

“Nigeria and Edo can boast of countless intelligent and resourceful people to choose from, both home and abroad.

“That is why people like us will never cease to present ourselves to people of Edo whenever the opportunity calls for it, as the best alternative.

“I have fully accepted my party’s nomination and present myself to you as that alternative.

“I have served the country as a qualified nurse since 1983 till date (both in Nigeria and the Diaspora), and meritoriously retired from the civil service in Nigeria with no blemish.

“Today, I get my honest monthly pension from the state as a mark of service and not from the stolen common wealth of the state,” he said.

Omoragbon, however, pledged that he would serve the people with transparency, accountability and fear of God.

“I do not have any money to share to any godfathers or godmothers so as to buy my way into a party to become its candidate.

“What I have is the name of God Almighty whom I fear and serve, and my conscience to honestly serve you as your humble servant with all sincerity of purpose.

“I shall lead with all transparency and accountability.

“I can assure you that, if voted into power in September, every income of the state that has not been properly utilised by anyone will be accounted for, under extant laws in the country.

“The National Conscience Party is the Party for the masses and of the masses. It is the only party in Nigeria that candidates do not pay any money to pick tickets to contest elections.

“That is where the corruption starts from, when you purchase a ticket to the tune of millions of naira, it is an open invitation to embezzle the state resources, if voted,” he said.

Omoragbon also promised to publish the plans and programmes for the people during the electioneering for them to make their choice. 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)



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Safety Commission says business operators need not pay fee before reopening



The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, on Thursday said event centres, hoteliers, clubs and other business operators would not need to pay any fee before reopening for business.

Mojola, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that the commission had also not requested for any payment of such fees from them.

He said that the attention of the Commission had been drawn to a message that hotel and restaurant owners were required to pay various sums of money to enable them reopen for business.

According to him, the commission has neither issued any message nor  authorised any person or group of persons to send such message on its behalf.

“For purpose of clarity, it is again reiterated that the Register to open exercise is absolutely FREE.

“NO business owners, including hoteliers, restaurants and  club owners should pay to anybody for that purpose.

“For further clarification, please contact the Lagos State Safety Commission on 08181002233, 07044228513, 08113849443,”  he said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Catholic Archbishop wants NGOs to partner youths to restore lost in environment



The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Revd. Adewale Martins, has called on NGOs to take up the challenge of partnering with youths in Nigeria to restore whatever that was lost in the environment.

Martins made the call on Saturday
in Abuja at a programme
commemorating the 2020 World Environment Day and the Fifth Anniversary of “Laudato Si”.

“Laudato Si” is the second encyclical of Pope Francis that called on people of the world to take swift and unified global action against consumerism and irresponsible development, environmental degradation and global warming.

It was contained in a statement issued by Mr Oladapo Soneye, Head, Communications, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF).

The archbishop, also the Grand Patron, Network of Young Catholic Carers for the Environment in Nigeria (NYCCEN), said more than ever before, youths should be engaged to achieve conservation of the environment.

According to him, it will be more encouraging when we see more organisations taking up the challenge to work with youths to restore what we have lost in the environment just like what NYCCEN and NCF are doing.

He expressed his appreciation in the collaboration between NYCCEN and NCF in mobilising the teeming youths to care for the environment, now on the verge of collapse.

Also, the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, said that faith-based organisations have unparalleled reach and mobilisation power, because of the large numbers of their devotees in every corner of Nigeria.

Ikeazor said she believed that faith-based organisations have enormous potential to influence national and global policy and tip the scales positively on the global movement needed to address environmental challenges.

She added that young people were socially conscious active agents of change, responsible idealists and well versed in technology to combat environmental crises facing the country.

“The Federal Ministry of Environment is working, and will continue to work with youths in our efforts to restore, protect and conserve Mother Nature.

“Most of our ecological interventions are community-based,” the minister said.

Also, Dame Marie Fatayi-Williams, NYCCEN Initiator, expressed displeasure at the rate human activities continued to pose great threat to the environment.

Fatayi-Williams said that this was making the earth one huge dump site, which has become an existential threat for all.

“This is a time to be sorry for our cruelty to creation for our plundering and overexploitation of its riches, consumption habits and lifestyle that had led to the loss of biodiversity, pollution, climate change, disease and poverty,” she said.

Fatayi-Williams applauded the Pope’s ‘Laudato Si’ initiative, which had spurred interest and participation from youths, especially the plastic recycling to bricks.

She said that it would help put money in the hands of the poor and unemployed youths.

Commenting, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, NCF Director-General, revealed how the foundation engaged Nigerian youths in 2019 to combat climate change.

, in his presentation titled “All Hands on Deck: Building an Inter-faith Youth Movement for the Environment in Nigeria”.

Aminu-Kano said in 2019, the foundation embarked on a nationwide youths advocacy on climate action which involved over one thousand youths to call for urgent action from the governments, businesses and individuals.

He said that youths comprising secondary school pupils, tertiary institution students, religious groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) were constantly being engaged in environmental education, waste management, beach clean-up exercise, recycling and tree planting.

“NCF is developing Youth Action Manual on Climate Change for youths from ages five to 25 years to guide their efforts,” Aminu-Kano said.

Commenting, Prof. Rosemary Egonmwan, Head, Conservation Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Lagos (UNILAG), said that robust biodiversity and healthy ecosystems were essential in any country for sustainable development and human wellbeing.

“It is, therefore, very important to conserve biodiversity and use its components in a sustainable manner in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Apart from serving as a source of inspiration, information, tourism and recreation, Nigeria’s biodiversity also satisfies scientific and educational pursuits,” she said.

Also, Revd. (Fr.) Joshtrom Kureethadam, Coordinator, Ecology and Creation, Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development, shared a seven-year action plan of ‘Laudato Si’ Initiative.

Kureethadam said the essence was to make communities around the world to be totally sustainable in the spirit of the integral ecology of ‘Laudato Si’.

The coordinator said that actions would commence from families and run through primary and secondary schools, universities, Catholic Churches, hospitals, businesses, farms and religious groups.

NYCCEN was established by catholic youths who are passionate about the environment.

They engaged other young Catholics in using available means and platforms to campaign for restoration of harmony between man and earth.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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