Rep. Yakubu Barde (APC-Chukun Kajuru, Kaduna State), on Wednesday in Kaduna distributed N1.2 million scholarship to 19 medical students of Kaduna State University (KASU).
Barde said that the cheques were to encourage the students who are studying medicine, a course that requires a lot of finance.
Represented by his Special Assistant, Mr Salasi Musa, the lawmaker said the medical students could excel more in their studies if other members of their constituencies invest more on education, which is the future of Nigeria youths.
“Medicine is one of the most important professions to humanity. I feel mandated to support the cause of making a career out of the course especially to members of my constituency with scholarships.
“Studying medicine requires a lot of things ranging from finance and other academic needs, as a father and a politician, I feel mandated to come in with my resources and support the cause.
“In the future, the students, after making a career out of the course would in turn support humanity by providing their services to the needy who may not have the resources to pay.
“The scholarship ranges from N50,000 to N80,000; those from 200-300 level received N50,000 each, those in 400 level received N70,000 and those in 500 level received N80,000,’’ Barde said.
The President of KASU Medical Students Association, Mr Bayero Samuel, described the gesture as a giant stride considering the hardship some of the medical students face in the cause of studies.
“Studying medicine is accompanied by a lot of financial needs, especially buying of texts books, clinical and training materials; this scholarship will assist them have those materials at their disposal.
“It would also help them to settle down mentally and focus more on their studies rather than think of how to get money to buy things required by the course,’’ said the student union leader.
Samuel commended Barde intervention, noting that it is the first of its kind by any legislator to assist students of KASU with scholarship.
“We hope this would be a challenge that would trigger other politicians to emulate and engage in helping students to alleviate their sufferings in academics,” he said.
Earlier, KASU’s Provost, Prof. Abdullahi Abba, thanked Barde for assisting the students from his constituency and urged other politicians to emulate the gesture.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Mongolia reports 1 new COVID-19 case, 21 more recoveries
Mongolia reported one new COVID-19 case in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide count to 186, the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.
According to the official, all the confirmed cases, including four foreigners, were imported, mostly from Russia. No local transmissions or deaths have been reported in the country so far.
Nyamkhuu added that 21 more patients have recovered from the disease, raising the total number to 65.
Latvia reorganizes network of economic representations abroad
The Latvian Investment and Development Agency has decided to reorganize its network of economic representations abroad, after consulting entrepreneurs’ organizations and the national exporters’ association.
The government agency, which is responsible for facilitating Latvian businesses’ operations in foreign countries and attracting foreign investment in Latvia, said on Wednesday that it will close economic representations in four countries and open new ones in four other countries.
At present, Latvia has economic representations in 20 countries. Those in Lithuania, Poland, Kazakhstan and Singapore will be closed, and the economic representation in India will be closed temporarily, the agency said.
Meanwhile, it plans to open new economic representative offices in Belgium, South Korea, Canada and Austria.
The agency’s director Kaspars Rozkalns said in a statement to the media that Latvian entrepreneurs are feeling increasingly comfortable in neighboring markets and can manage without representatives’ assistance, but more support is necessary to Latvians doing business in distant markets where they have no previous experience.
“For that reason, we want to focus more on providing support to entrepreneurs in distant markets, increasingly involving professional Latvian expatriates residing in these countries,” said Rozkalns.
Mexico reports 1,092 new COVID-19 deaths, total infections top 100,000
Over the past 24 hours, Mexico also reported 3,912 new infections, bringing the total confirmed cases to 101,238.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said that Mexico is currently in the peak phase of the spread of the virus, and it was necessary to take appropriate precautions.
This week, the Latin America‘s second-largest economy entered the second stage of the “new normal,” which consists of gradually reopening certain sectors considered “essential” to revive the country’s economy, such as mining, construction and transportation.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which claimed the epicenter of the pandemic is now in America, called on governments to “think twice” before lifting social distancing measures, as reopening too early could cause the disease to rebound.
The international organization suggested that Mexico carry out tests for all suspected cases of COVID-19.
“Mexico is making that effort and we hope that in the next few days, it will have much more capacity to do so,” said PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa.
Peru reports 178,914 cases of COVID-19 with 4,894 deaths
In its daily report, the ministry said that 10,101 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized to date, and 998 of them are in intensive care units and on ventilators.
Brazil reports 28,633 new COVID-19 cases, 584,016 in total
Brazil, with a population of over 210 million, currently is the hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, and the second hardest-hit in the world after the United States which has confirmed more than 1.8 million COVID-19 cases.
S.Korea reports 39 more COVID-19 cases, 11,629 in total
The daily caseload stayed above 30 for four straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.
Of the new cases, six were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,275.
No more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 273. The total fatality rate stood at 2.35 percent.
A total of 32 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 10,499. The total recovery rate was 90.3 percent.
Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 973,000 people, among whom 934,030 tested negative for the virus and 28,199 are being checked.
No damage or victims reported after 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chile
Chilean authorities said there have been no victims nor damage to any infrastructure reported after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurred early on Wednesday in the north of the country, according to the National Seismological Center of the University of Chile.
The quake was felt in provinces and regions near the epicenter, and a series of minor aftershocks followed later in the morning.
The Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA) reported that the earthquake did not meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami on the Chilean Pacific coast, and the National Emergency Office described the event as “medium intensity.”
Sitting on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Chile is one of the most seismically active countries on the planet.
Yemen’s government reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 419 in total
The Yemeni Health Ministry said in a brief statement that during the past 24 hours, 20 cases of COVID-19 were detected in a number of provinces under the control of internationally-recognized government.
Also, the government announced that the death toll from the deadly respiratory disease climbed to 95 in different areas under its control, including the southern port city of Aden.
The Yemeni government has taken several measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, including imposing a partial overnight curfew in Aden and other major cities under its control.
The government called on donors and relevant international humanitarian organizations to provide support to help contain the pandemic.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.
Reps to amend Labour Act to strengthen NLC
The House of Representatives says it plans to amend the Labour Act to strengthen the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House made the pledge on Wednesday in Abuja, while receiving the leadership of the NLC in his office in Abuja.
He said the NLC represented vast majority of Nigerians and had a mandate to protect the interest of the common man just like the legislature.
“We will be looking forward to your inputs, we are ready to look at them and amend the Labour Act.
“You should do that on time because time is of the essence so that we pass it very quickly,” Gbajabimila said.
The speaker urged the union to key into the motto of the 9th House of Representatives which was “Nation Building, a Joint Task”.
He said that NLC should always conduct its activities free from political, religious or ethnic influences.
Earlier, NLC Chairman, Mr Ayuba Wabba said that the visit was aimed at seeking collaboration of the house towards building the union into a strong institution.
Wabba said that democracy can only thrive in the country through strong institutions like the NLC, legislature, judiciary among others.
He said that the NLC was made up of unions in the informal and formal sectors and that it represented the interest of the common man.
The chairman said the NLC was interested in sustaining cordial relationship with the green chamber for the protection of Nigerian people.
According to him, the United States, Germany, China and other developed countries have very strong labour unions and there is need to strengthen the NLC.
He stressed the need to put an end to casualisation of workers through legislation, describing it as modern day slavery.
Wabba said that when amending the Labour Act, labour unions should be made more independent and that every Nigerian worker should be free to join any union of his choice.
He said there was need for a social dialogue which should be made up of all stakeholders to address issues rather than strikes.
Wabba commended the house for its interventions in resolving labour related matters especially in the health, education and power sectors in the country.
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