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NIMASA donates food items to Kaduna flood victims



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated food items to the Kaduna State Government for onward distribution to flood victims in the state.

The Director-General of the agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Bashir Jamo presented the items to Gov Nasiru El-Rufai on Wednesday in Kaduna.

While presenting the items, Peterside said the gesture was in line with the organisation’s corporate social responsibility.

He noted that the visit was the first time to deliver relief materials to flood victims in the state

“We cannot only wait to administer our mandate by taking care of our own alone but all stakeholders; stakeholders who include victims of flood all over the country.

“The agency looked at the states affected by the disaster and gave to the people affected within the 20 states.

“The states include Kano, Zamfara, Lagos, Sokoto, Niger and Calabar, among the 20 states and we also accommodate Kaduna state as approved by the director’’.

He reiterated the organisation’s commitment to support flood victims in the country and also commiserated with the affected persons.

Receiving the delegates, Gov. El-Rufai thanked the organisation for the support toward alleviating the impact and negative outcomes from the flooding.

According to him, the state government has done a lot to prevent such occurrences in various parts of the state.

He said the support came at an appropriate time adding that the state has over 1,238 IDPs in camps at Kajuru alone and over 4,000 in Birnin Gwari.

He explained that the gesture will not be forgotten in a hurry  and called  on other government agencies to follow the footsteps of NIMASA by coming to support the state government in aiding  people of vulnerable groups

NNN reports, some of the relief materials included vegetable oil ,palm oil as well as bags of rice and guinea corn.



COVID-19: NIMASA exempts dockworkers, seafarers from travel restrictions



Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has designated seafarers and dockworkers as essential workers, who should be exempted from travel restrictions.

The exemption was in line with the newly endorsed protocols by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), designed to lift barriers to crew changes, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The exemptions are contained in a new guideline developed and published by the agency to support essential services in Nigeria’s shipping sector.

Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the guideline stated that the jobs of dockworkers at the country’s seaports, terminals and jetties are essential to the national economy.

He added that dockworkers should, therefore, be granted passage between their places of abode and the seaports/terminals and jetties to perform their duties.

“The advice also declares that seafarers are on essential duty and as such exempted from the curfew and travel restrictions, which may hinder necessary movement for a crew change.

“It directs companies employing the services of seafarers to provide special and dedicated means of transportation to convey the seafarers.

“It added that such transport system must be disinfected within the recommended minimum hours.

“The guideline specifically provides for the mandatory use of face masks within all terminals and jetties, mandatory temperature check on all staff before access to terminals and denial of entry to persons who present temperature above 38°C.

“It makes it mandatory for all dock labour employers to develop risk assessments and safety intervention guidelines for all personnel and operations in the areas of vulnerability within their maritime operations that can be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including cargo handling, access control and rostering procedures,’’ he said.

Kyanet said that dock labour employers are also to devise methods of ensuring that dockworkers absent from their duties for issues relating to COVlD-19 are quarantined and compensated for the suspension of earnings they suffer as a consequence.

He said that furthermore, all dock labour employers are to ensure that buses deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic carry a 50 per cent maximum capacity in line with Federal Government directives and all passengers wear face masks.

He pointed out that such buses must have hand sanitisers for all drivers’ and passengers’ use and be frequently disinfected.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said the latest advice was meant to contain the coronavirus pandemic while also supporting the continuation of the economy.

Like President Muhammadu Buhari said, no economy can survive total lockdown.

“If you look at it critically, maritime is an essential duty, with the major actors being seafarers and dockworkers and this is why we continually come up with guidelines to ease their operations so that activities in our ports will not suffer,’’ he said.

The DG emphasised the prohibition of loitering around port premises and charged dock labour employers to ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained between people in the workplace and other public spaces within and around port terminals.

He noted that the guideline was in sync with those issued by the United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Minister charges NIMASA board to complete deep blue sea project



The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has charged the newly inaugurated board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to ensure speedy completion of the deep blue sea project.

Amaechi, while inaugurating members of the board on Thursday in Abuja, said that the project, when completed, would eradicate insecurity challenges on the country’s waterways.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the board has as Chairman, Mr Honourable Asita, with Bashir Jamoh and Victor Ochei as members.

NAN reports that other members of the board are Chudi Offordile, Shehu Ahmed, Adekola Adefemi, Muhammed Abubakar, Hassan Mahmud, Eyewumi Neburagho and Rear Adm. Ibikunle Olaiya.

According to Amaechi, the deep blue sea project has been approved by the Federal Government, with over 60 per cent of its cost paid.`

”It is one project I have vowed to promote, inspite of all the interests, and there are too many interests fighting to stop it.

”Now, this board and the management is charged to go and complete that project.

”The Director-General NIMASA has reported in the past one or two weeks, several successful attempts  at kidnapping people; they were kidnapped on our waterways and this project is geared toward stopping that.

”Where we are now is the local content of the project, in fact the gentlemen have virtually supplied almost everything for the project.

”I plead with you, so we do not become agents of those who don’t want this to succeed. I am sure we will be able to solve the insecurity problem if this is completed.

”So, you have the responsibility to discharge that quickly and discharge it according to law,” he said.

Amaechi said the success of NIMASA to a great extent would be dependent on the success of the deep blue sea project.

He, therefore, urged the management to work with the board to ensure the success of the project, which would ensure safety of the country’s waterways, a core mandate of the agency.

“Go and work together. Let the board know that there is a difference between board and management. Board initiates policies and management executes policies,’’ he said.

Responding on behalf of members of the board, Asita commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the members the opportunity to serve the country, pledging their commitment to deliver on their mandate.

”I have had cause to express some concerns to you before the inauguration about the insecurity on our waterways.

” I have also had cause to interact with members of the board and have had a few meetings with the Director-General of the agency.

”I want to assure you that we will work together peacefully, harmoniously, knowing the responsibilities of the board and management, and we will work together peacefully to deliver on our mandate.

”We are lucky to have a team of very competent eminent Nigerians as members of the management team of NIMASA.

”So, with the support of members of the board, I assure you that we will take the assignment you have given us very seriously and on behalf of the board, I want to thank you for the honour bestowed on us.

”It is only an irresponsible organisation that will play with the security of its economy.

“If we must trade as a country, we need the waterways to be safe, so we thank you for this opportunity and assure you that we will deliver on the mandate,’’ Asita said.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Ondo offshore fire: NIMASA dispatches team for investigation, cautions mariners to avoid area



Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has sent an investigative team to unravel the circumstances surrounding a recent fire incident at a wellhead offshore Ondo State.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, NIMASA Head of Corporate Communications, on Thursday in Lagos.

Jamoh pointed out that the incident involved a barge belonging to Michharry and Company Nigeria Limited, an offshore and onshore facilities provider for the oil and gas industry.

He noted that the officers from the Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standard Department (MSSSD) and Marine Environment Management (MEM) Department of the Agency would conduct both on the spot assessment and detailed analysis of the incident.

“As the national agency statutorily responsible for ensuring a clean, pollution free, and friendly marine environment for safe shipping activities, NIMASA has swung into action with our standard procedures to get to the root of this fire incident.

“A team of officers from the relevant departments of the agency has been dispatched to the site. We will do a thorough analysis of the situation with a view to unraveling the cause of the fire and preventing future occurrence.

“As the maritime industry regulator, we would also not hesitate to mete out sanctions where necessary to deter abuse.

“Certainly, the Nigerian maritime industry and the economy will be the beneficiaries of the outcome of our work on this incident,” he said.

Jamoh also advised mariners and other maritime stakeholders to steer clear of the areas affected by the fire for their own safety and to aid the investigative and remediation work at the location.

He disclosed the location to be Ororo1, in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 95, adding that the site was a Chevron platform sold to local investors.

The NIMASA DG said that preliminary investigation revealed that the barge, JUV Bellaton, a 300 Series SEWOP, owned by Michharry and operated by Guarantee Petroleum, had been working on the offshore oil rig, Grace 1 HWU, when it experienced leakages of gas and oil.

He noted that this was followed by a fire outbreak at the wellhead location, adding that there was no reported pollution following degenerative status of the platform due to the fire.

He pointed out that all crew were evacuated safely, and firefighters were engaged by the company to try to put out the fire.

He said that NIMASA was working with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on the incident investigation, in line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two agencies.

“At this point, let me advise maritime stakeholders to keep away from the areas affected by the fire. This is for their own safety and to avoid anything that can jeopardise or hinder the ongoing investigation.

“Additionally, we advise operators in the country’s maritime domain to always report incidents at their locations to NIMASA in good time and shun actions capable of endangering their own safety and operations as well as those of others,” he said.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Nigeria to prosecute pirates under new Anti-piracy Law — NIMASA



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday said the agency would begin to prosecute pirates under the new Anti-piracy Law.

The Director-General of the Agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh, stated this in Lagos during the official handover of pirates arrested by the Nigerian Navy for prosecution.

Jamoh, who was represented by the agency’s Head of Legal Services, Mr Victor Egejuru, said that NIMASA was commited to collaborate with relevant agencies and stakeholders for the security of the country’s maritime domain.

He noted that the 10 pirates had on May 15 attacked and boarded a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, off the coast of Côte d’Ivoire and directed it towards Nigerian waters.

He disclosed that they were arrested by the Nigerian Navy, which dispatched a ship to intercept the vessel following a tip off.

“The prosecution of the pirates will be the first trial of bandits arrested in international waters under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act signed into law in June last year by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The law made Nigeria the first in West and Central Africa to have a distinct antipiracy legislation,” he said.

Jamoh attributed the successful operation that led to the arrest of the pirates and rescue of the ship and its crew to collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy.

He said that the agency would continue to work with relevant security agencies in order to achieve its goal of eradicating piracy and all forms of illegality on the Nigerian waters.

“We have just witnessed the handover of pirates. This is as a result of the robust collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy.

“There has been a lot of synergy between NIMASA and the Navy with regard to the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act.

“I also want to seize the opportunity to thank Mr President for signing the anti-piracy law, which would facilitate sufficient prosecution of these pirates,” he said.

Jamoh assured that with the anti-piracy law, there was ample legal framework to prosecute pirates and other perpetrators of maritime offences in the country to bring the menace to the barest minimum.

He said that the current management of NIMASA would focus on three main areas, namely, maritime security, safety, and shipping development in pursuit of a robust maritime domain for the country.

The Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, who gave details of the naval operation, said the vessel had 18 crew members including Chinese, Ghanaians, and Ivorians.

Shettima said: “On interception of the vessel about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy ship.

“The Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All ship crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were also arrested,” he said.

He stressed the need for increased regional cooperation and information sharing, adding that the arrest of the pirates was due to a tip-off by the Beninoise Navy.

Shettima warned criminal elements to stay away from Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea, saying the Navy had the capability to deal with such threats.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Ex NIMASA DG, Peterside, mourns with Wike over aide’s demise



Dr Dakuku Perterside, former Director General of the Nigeria Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has described the death of Simeon Nwakaudu, an aide to Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, as a great loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Nwakaudu, Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Wike, died on Sunday in a Port Harcourt hospital, after a brief illness.

Peterside, said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday, that his death had created a vacuum in Wike’s administration; and was also a huge loss to the media industry.

“Mr Nwakaudu died when all expertise was required to battle the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

“The deceased was very loyal to his principal and passionate about his responsibilities,” he said.

He noted that the governor had lost a trusted ally and staff, who was a gentleman and professional in his carriage.

He prayed to God to grant the deceased’s family the fortitude to bear such a huge loss, at a time when his fatherly admonitions were most needed.

“I might have, on a couple of occasions, disagreed with the principles and politics of his Principal, but I have great admiration for him as a thoroughbred professional.

“Let me express my deepest condolences to Governor Wike over this sad loss. He has lost a good ally, and I pray for God’s grace and guidance over the wife and children he left behind,” Peterside said.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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NIMASA investigates cause of dead fishes along Niger Delta coastline, cautions public



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has begun a scientific inquiry to identify the cause of the recent shoals of dead fishes washed ashore along the Niger Delta coastline.

Mr Philp Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, on behalf of Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jimoh, made this known in a statement on Monday in Port Harcourt.

He stated that the investigation would be conducted in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers, and other places within the region.

The Agency also warned the general public, especially the fisherfolk in the affected areas, about the dangers of consuming or selling the dead fish to unsuspecting members of the public.

Jimoh said: “ We are working with relevant scientific experts to isolate the cause of the abnormal issue of dead fish along the Niger Delta coastline.

“We want to identify the cause and establish what can be done to alleviate the adverse effect of this occurrence on the people and the marine environment in the affected areas.

“While we are working to decipher and mitigate this strange incident, we appeal to locals in the affected communities and those who trade in aquatic animals to avoid consumption and sale of the dead fish.’’

According  to him, such acts might carry criminal liabilities, especially with regard to deliberate sale of the dead fish to the public.

“The tripodal investigation would involve an examination of the dead fish as well as water and sediment analyses,’’ Jimoh added.

NIMASA has the mandate to regulate and protect the country’s marine environment as provided for in the Merchant Shipping Act 2007 and in compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL 1973/78), and other relevant instruments aimed at protecting the maritime domain. 

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Maritime security: NIMASA, Navy to improve information sharing



Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigeria Navy have made arrangements to improve information sharing through their respective security platforms to enhance maritime security in the country.

The NIMASA Command, Control, Computer Communication and Information Centre otherwise known as the C4i Centre of the Deep Blue Project along with the Falcon Eye of the Nigerian Navy are undergoing integration.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, made available to newsmen on Sunday.

Kyanet said that thie cooperation was made known when the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Bamidele Daji led a team of senior officers from the command on a working visit to NIMASA.

He quoted the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, as saying that both agencies had mandates that are interwoven.

Jamoh said that since NIMASA was not an arm bearing organisation, it was important for it to support the Navy with necessary platforms, to be able to optimally safeguard Nigerian waters.

“Just like we did by ensuring that our Special Mission Vessels are manned by men of the Nigerian Navy, we are also looking at the possibility of effectively linking the C4i center at Kikiriki with the Falcon Eye of the Nigerian Navy.

“This is to ensure safety of lives and property for safer shipping in the Nigerian maritime domain, so that the maritime industry remains virile for economic prosperity,” he said.

The NIMASA DG also disclosed that the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) facility at Takwa Bay would become functional very soon.

He said the facility would enhance intelligence gathering and information sharing with the Nigerian Navy.

Jamoh pointed out that this had led to the approval of the establishment of a Naval formation at Takwa Bay.

Speaking on other challenges in the maritime corridor from Navy town to the Harbor in Apapa Lagos, the NIMASA DG noted that activities of unapproved ship scrapping yards were a source of concern.

He said that all identified wrecks would be removed, working with the hydrography department of the Nigerian Navy.

The DG also warned that those involved in such acts would be made to face the full wrath of the law if they failed to desist from indiscriminate scrapping of vessels and the likes.

“We are aware of the challenges wrecks, derelicts and activities of illegal scrap yards pose to our waterways.

“We will share information with the hydrography department of the Nigerian Navy, so appropriate steps which will be in the best interest of the country will be implemented,” he said.

On his part, the FOC Western Naval Command, Rear Adm.  Daji, applauded the already existing relationship between the agency and the Nigerian Navy, stressing the need for continuous information sharing.

He said that it would aid daily operations toward ensuring a safer and secured maritime sector.

The FOC corroborated the stance of the DG on zero tolerance for piracy on the nation’s waterways.

He said that the Navy was prepared to tackle the issues head-on, for the overall good of the maritime sector.

Daji appealed for cooperation with the NIMASA hydrography unit, especially with regards to standard charting of the Nigerian waters as well as mapping out the wrecks.

He said this would go a long way in ensuring unhindered navigation.

Recall that at the inception of this administration, Jamoh and his management team introduced a three-point agenda hinged on Maritime Safety, Security and Shipping Development.

This was to achieve the mandates of NIMASA towards sustaining a robust maritime sector.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: NIMASA extends certificate validity for seafarers



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has extended the validity of statutory and trading certificates for all Nigerian registered vessels.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, said that these included Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates for seafarers, issued by the agency.
In the statement signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Jamoh said that the move was to reiterate NIMASA’s commitment to implementing its mandates during the COVID-19 crisis.
He said it was necessary to ensure uninterrupted shipping, despite the pandemic, stressing that shipping was one of the major ways of moving medical aids across the globe.
“Our determination to ensure that shipping continues during this trying time remains unwavering.
“This is why we have continued to come up with measures to keep the global shipping chain moving, in line with the recommendations of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
“The agency is aware of the difficulties seafarers will be facing and the need to keep them in the job, even beyond the pandemic.
“This has necessitated the agency’s publication of a notice to extend their certificates and other statutory certificates that will ensure uninterrupted shipping,” he said.
The NIMASA DG said that one of their major priorities was to keep the seafarers in the job, while not jeopardising their safety in terms of contracting the deadly virus, and also issued guidelines that would regulate crew change during the pandemic.
Jamoh also explained that following IMO’s recent guidelines on the certification of seafarers and fishing vessel personnel, the agency had extended the validity of relevant certificates, including STCW, Mandatory and Safety certificates and Certificates of medical fitness.
He also listed others to include the Statutory and Trading Certificates related to SOLAS ’74 as amended, MARPOL 73/78 as amended, Certificates of Ship Registry, National requirements for Power Driven Small Crafts (PDSC) and MLC, 2006, as amended.
The director-general pointed out that the extension would apply to all Nigerian flagged vessels and seafarers sailing on-board Nigerian flagged vessels as well as seafarers with Nigerian Certificate of Competency, sailing on foreign flagships.
He noted that the extensions would enable Owners and Masters of Ships to permit personnel to continue performing duties in the view of the COVID-I9 pandemic and the nation-wide lockdown in Nigeria.
Jamoh charged owners and masters to report any deficiency that might affect the approved capacity and performance standards of all Fire Fighting Appliances (FFA) and Life-Saving Appliances (LSA) on-board vessels.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that since the outbreak of COVID-19, shipping has been the main focus in major maritime nations, while NIMASA has continuously issued guidelines to prevent the adverse effects of the pandemic on the Nigerian shipping industry.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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NIMASA donates 3 ventilators, fast intervention vessels to Lagos Govt



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday handed over three ventilators and other items to the Lagos State Government to help contain spread of Coronavirus.

The Director General of the agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made the disclosure while handing over the items to the Lagos State Government in Lagos.

Jamoh said  that N20 million of the N50 million donation by the agency would go to the Lagos State, while the remaining N30 million to Abuja, because the Federal Government had approved five stadia for them.

“As an agency, NIMASA, is working hard both with the internal and external stakeholders to fashion out strategic effort that will be put in place to fight the Coronavirus menace.

“We are here to flag off the distribution of some of the items and materials that will be used in this fight.

“We have ventilators and testing materials, ambulance, fire brigade machines to be used to spray chemicals to reduce the spread of the virus.

“Others items donated  are 36-sitter bus, 16-sitter bus, oxygen concentrator, personal protective equipment, hand santisers and also there will be handy volunteers to work with the government and experts that will use the fire engine machines,” he said.

Jamoh said that as a regulatory agency, NIMASA was concerned about the country coastal communities.

“we are are taking their issues very serious.

“We are trying to look at those in the interland who constantly interact with NIMASA, as they are prone to getting this virus, through the waterways and with the fast intervention vessels would be able to get to them.

“We decided to give these donations to all our landlords wherever we operate, the Western Zone which is Lagos, Eastern Zone- Port Harcourt, and in Central Zone we have Warri and Calabar.

`All the six geo-political zone will benefit from it.

“The zones are Maiduguri for North East; Kaduna for North West, Kwara for North Central, Anambra for South East and also Abuja,” Jamoh said.

He also commended the Lagos State Government for effort taken so far in contain of the spread of the virus.

“The state governments donations in terms of food, giving information and update on the day to day basis on COVID-19 is commendable.

“We want to also appreciate the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their effort in terms of sensitising the public, we feel that Nigerians owe it a duty by abiding by rules and guidelines of staying at home,” he said.

In his response, Mr Rabiu Olowo, Lagos State Commissioner for Finance said that the goodwill from NIMASA was most appreciated by the  governor and the people of the state.

“As you are all aware Lagos State is the epic center of of this pandemic that everyone is fighting across the globe.

“We have seen the response of the state to this and the true leadership of Mr governor to fighting this.

“So this donation will go a long way in supporting and complementing the state effort towards fighting the pandemic.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali

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