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Uche Jombo, others, mentor over 150 female students in Lagos



Popular Nigerian Actress, Uche Jombo, among other personalities and life coaches on Thursday mentored over 150 female secondary school students in Lagos, on career development, maintaining relationships, abstinence from sex and drug abuse.

They spoke at the third edition of the “Let’s Stand Tall” programme organised by Divas Dynasty to educate young girls and celebrate successful women .

Jombo charged the teenagers to acquire education, as this was a veritable tool to building any career in life.

“Education is the starting point for any career you wish to venture into in life , be it acting or anything .

“I studied Mathematics Statistics but today I am an actress because that is what I have passion for, so even when you have passion for something, still equip yourself academically,” she said .

According to her, young girls must also celebrate being a woman and never see their gender as an obstacle to becoming anything, because being a woman does not limit achievements in life.

She, however, lauded the female students to be wary of the negative influence of social media and ‘ unfollow’ anyone who kills their self esteem or does not inspire them positively.

Bimbo Akinsanya, an on- Air Personality and Founder, Learn Hard Africa, urged the young girls to focus on their focus in life to actually become the `Focus ‘.

Akinsanya said female students must improve on their self esteem and focus on succeeding in life, irrespective of the situation or environment they found themselves .

“Standing Tall, involves doing things differently and you must be determined to Focus on your Focus, to actually become the focus .

” Life is a process, so stop comparing yourself to others, rather work towards your goal and if it will cost you to change your friends, please do so, ” she said.

Bunmi Olugbeja, of Primeah Phamarcy, urged the young girls to love their brain, skin, kidney, liver and immune system, by abstaining from addictive substances, irrational drugs,unprotected sex, unnecessary therapeutic beautification, triple action creams, herbal preparations, salt intake and sharp objects .

“Walk away from addictive substances, unfortunately, women escalate to addiction faster than men and drug predisposes one to lung related diseases, depression, overdose death, among others.

Also, Julie Mogbo, a Family Health Consultant, urged the teenagers to consider a relationship that respects their person, keeps them sane and motivates them before choosing to be friends with the fellow.

Matthew Femi-Adedoyin, an Addiction Recovery Therapist, said unrefined minds were the biggest threat confronting the society, as the mind was the greatest tool and sex organ.

Femi-Adedoyin urged the young girls to avoid any distraction, as the kind of people they associate with determines how far they go and the problem they are able to solve in life .

“You need someone to believe, something to become, you need to believe in something, belong to somewhere, either a group of friends, family or community and you need responsibility and freedom to help you grow in life, ” he said.

In her remarks, Ngozi Ijimakinwa, Convener of the event, said the programme was organised to empower secondary school girls and mentor them into change agents in the society.

“As an Alumni of LEAP Africa, an integrity society, I was taught the power of change, which preaches that if I am changed, my society will change and that is what Divas Dynasty is geared to achieve,” she said.

According to her ,over 700 students have been mentored in the programme since its first edition.

Ijimakinwa appealed for sponsorship from well meaning Nigerians and organisations, towards driving a course for nurturing sound minds and building a better society.

Janet Abah, an SS2 student of CMS Girls Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos, said the initiative was interactive and described it as a life changer.

Abah said; “following the discussion and experiences shared by the various personalities, she had made up her mind to pursue her dreams and fulfill her destiny in life .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the schools that participated are; Fazil Omar Senior Secondary School, Wesley Girls Senior High School, Eletu Odibo Senior School, CMS Girls Grammar School, Bariga and Jagunmolu Girls School, Akoka.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole


Gaucher’s disease drugs effective against coronavirus: Israeli research




Israeli researchers have found that derivatives of two Gaucher’s disease drugs are effective against coronavirus, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

Gaucher’s disease is caused by a deficiency of an enzyme that breaks down lipids in the cells, leading to impairment of body function, limb enlargement and bone pain.

In a study conducted by Israel’s Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) and published in bioRxiv preprint platform, the researchers examined the existing drug Cerdelga, as well as another drug that is currently in advanced stages of approval.

According to the ministry, the derivatives of both drugs significantly reduce the replication capacity of coronavirus, as replication causes the destruction and mortality of the infected human cell.

This decrease in the replication capacity prevents cell damage after infection.

The experiments were conducted in cell cultures and are currently being tested for efficacy on animals.

Both drugs were previously found effective on animals against other virus strains such as influenza and West Nile viruses, indicating that they may also be effective against future outbreaks of new viruses.

IIBR, a governmental institute founded in 1952, deals with applied research in the fields of biology, microbiology, medical chemistry, natural sciences and environmental sciences.


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Gusau, Uchegbulam, others eulogise late colleague Okenwa



Some members of the board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other prominent figures in Nigeria football are yet to come to terms with the demise of Chidi Okenwa.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okenwa, who was member of the NFF Board and Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL) passed on after a battle with leukemia on Wednesday.

The testimonies are contained in a statement signed by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications on Friday, and made available to NAN in Abuja.

It quoted Ibrahim Gusau, Chairman of Chairmen of Nigeria football and Member, NFF Executive Committee, as saying that he was still lost for word.

“I am still yet to recover from the shock that Chidi Okenwa is dead.

“I knew he was sick and at the last board meeting, we held via video conferencing, I noticed it and I told him after the meeting that he should return to hospital.

“We are all shocked that the meeting turned out to be his last with the board. Very sad,” he said.

Another member of the NFF Executive, Babagana Kalli said: “It is very, very sad. Chidi was a very honest and energetic person.

“He was a good friend and committed soldier of Nigeria football. He was friendly to everyone.

“We can only pray to God to grant his soul eternal rest.”

Also, Emmanuel Ibah, another member of the NFF Executive, said: “I am still devastated.

“We were very close and it is still difficult for me to come to terms with his death. I am grieving intensely.”

Further to his earlier comments on Wednesday, former NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of Imo State Football Association, Amanze Uchegbulam, added: “I am yet to recover from the news of his death.

“Okenwa was so well grounded in association football rules.

“Since 2005, he hooked with me and no week passed without Chidi engaging me with association football rules for clarification and understanding.

“He was most enthusiastic. It was the same way I also hooked up to the late Pa John Ojidoh in 1994 to know about our Statutes.

“Chidi learnt very fast and I have always been proud of him,” he said.

President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Tade Azeez, said: “It is not easily believable that Chidi is dead.

“We will surely miss him. He was never afraid of standing up to challenges. He had that rare gusto to confront challenges and deal with them.”

Also, Salihu Abubakar, Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC), was quoted as saying that he was still in mourning.

“Chidi was a reservoir of knowledge and could reel out the Statutes, rules and other football conventions with ease.

“His death is a great loss to Nigeria Football,” he said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Akinjide a quintessential legal luminary, Chris Uche says



Chief Chris Uche (SAN), has described Chief Richard Akinjide, the late former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as a quintessential legal luminary who left invaluable footprints.

Uche spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that as a legal practitioner, he was a forensic advocate, who contributed tremendously to the expansion of the frontiers of the nation’s jurisprudence.

“Nigeria has lost a quintessential legal luminary. As Attorney-General of the Federation, he left remarkable footprints in the sands of legal reforms.

“ He is mostly remembered in the legal community for his role in propounding the twelve two-third theory, which was the basis of the victory of Shehu Shagari at the Supreme Court.

“As a politician, he was a nationalist and was passionate about Nigeria,’’ Uche said.

Uche said that Akinjide will be greatly missed, adding “I am sure history will be kind to him.’’

NAN reports that Akinjide who passed on Tuesday was 88-year-old.

Born in the city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State in the southwest of the country on Nov. 4,1931, Akinjide attended Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife from where he passed out in Grade One (Distinction, Aggregate 6).

Akinjide travelled to the UK in 1951 for his higher education and was called to the English Bar in 1955 and later in Nigeria.

He established his practice of Akinjide & Co soon after.

He was a former Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the First Republic and the Minister for Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari in the second republic.

He was a member of the judicial systems sub-committee of the Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1975-1977 and later joined the National Party of Nigeria in 1978.

He became the legal adviser for the party and was later appointed the Minister for Justice.

Akinjide was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1978.

He was number eight on the roll.

MAN reports that it was under his watch that Nigeria temporarily reversed executions of armed robbers and the Abolition of a decree barring exiles from returning to the country. 

He was also lead prosecutor in the treason trial of late Alhaji Bukar Mandara 

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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U.S. crude oil nosedives, touches lowest price in 3 decades



United States crude oil prices fell sharply, plummeting to their lowest levels since 1986, as a collapse in demand because of the coronavirus and the resulting economic shutdowns comes atop shortages in storage capacity.

West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark, dropped to nearly 10 dollars a barrel, a 45-per-cent decline, before ticking up a couple of percentage points.

However, longer term contracts were faring somewhat better, while still down on the day, signalling optimism that economic production will improve by the end of 2020.

June contracts were at just over 22 dollars per barrel and deliveries for later in the year are prices even higher.

Brent crude was lower by 5.7 per cent, and was trading at 26 dollars a barrel.

Oil prices have been hit by both the coronavirus bringing major economic sectors to a near standstill, and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia that kicked off at about the same time the pandemic was spreading.

Earlier this month, OPEC+ countries – an expanded format of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – agreed on a deal to cut production by 9.7 million barrels per day for May and June, but failed to support prices back to previous levels.

Despite the agreement on cuts, which may not be coming quickly enough, storage capacity is being tested, helping to bring prices on short-term contracts lower.

The energy sector was leading U.S. stocks lower on Monday, with the S&P 500 down about 0.3 per cent at noon, with the index off its session lows.

There are growing concerns about how the low prices will hurt the U.S. energy sector and have significant consequences for jobs, at a time when unemployment has surged, with more than 22 million people being laid off since the middle of March.

As the falling oil prices hit energy stocks in Australia, the benchmark S&200 index fell 134.5 points, or 2.45 per cent, to end at 5,353 and the broader All Ordinaries index was down 130 points, or 2.34 per cent, at 5,414.7.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 228.14 points, or 1.15 per cent, to close at 19,669.12 as investors locked in profits after recent gains.


Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Coronavirus – South Sudan: Cash and Voucher Assistance and the Covid-19 Outbreak, South Sudan




This documents intents to provide guidance and advice on how to best adapt Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programming during the current Covid-19 outbreak and specifically:

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1) How to manage CVA during the outbreak;

2) How to operate while reducing the risk of contamination.

This document (adapted from CashCap global cash community of practice) is a compilation of information from sources that currently are available and relevant to the South Sudan context. This also means that this is a living document, and it will be revised and updated when necessary. Any advice, inputs and comments are warmly welcomed.


  • Coordinate with relevant authorities and coordination bodies such as the health authorities and interagency coordination bodies;

  • Contact donors to understand how flexible they are on programme changing, prioritizing etc.;

  • Update the Cash Working Group of any CVA activity changes and initiatives;

  • Ensure dissemination of preventive guidance and tools within the organisations.

  • Coordinate with other humanitarian agencies, for a joint and harmonized response in case of emergency 1 such as revision of Minimum Expenditure Basket .

  • Continue follow-up the CWG webpages, and CaLP website’s page on COVID-19 related resources, guidance, events and questions.

  • When Rumors rule: Work with humanitarian community to address the rumors and fake news about humanitarian responses.

  • Connect with National Social Protection Working Group, to know how NSPWG partners are changing approaches for social protection or safety nets as per the changing environment.

  • Coordinate internally with global teams within your organizations to understand how and what others are doing regarding cash and vouchers assistance. Look for global service desks your organization might have created one for example WFP has created a Multi-Functional Support team in HQ.

  • All of the clusters have developed their pages, and are regularly uploading information on Covid-19 and responses click here to access the South Sudan-Covid-19 resource materials.
    Global HRP on Covid-19 and CVA (Messages)

  • Scale-up of social assistance systems, and cash transfer programmes with complementary livelihood assistance (including adaptations for remote digital trade/marketing), particularly for rural crop and livestock workers and producers, small/medium businesses, refugees, IDPs, migrants and host populations, and other food-insecure population groups

  • Preserve the ability of people most vulnerable to the pandemic to meet their food consumption and other basic needs, through their productive activities and access to social safety nets and humanitarian assistance

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Buhari condoles with Coordinator of Buharist Hang Out, Uche Diala, over loss father



President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Dr Uche Diala, Coordinator, Buharist Hang Out, over the death of his father, Sir Gervace Diala, aged 85.

In a condolence message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, Buhari prayed for God’s comfort for him.

“The departed left his footprints on the sands of time, being survived by accomplished children, who will keep the flag of the Diala dynasty flying,” he said.

Diala, who hailed from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo, was a renowned educationist, devout Christian, community leader, mentor, and man of integrity.

Buhari, therefore, urged those he left behind to approximate his virtues.

He enjoined the family to be comforted by the fact that their patriarch lived a life worthy of emulation, and that his good deeds would follow him.

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Tuchel surprised by PSG players partying after Borussia Dortmund defeat



Paris St-Germain (PSG) coach Thomas Tuchel said he was surprised to see a video of his players partying two days after they were beaten 2-1 at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

The loss was in their UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg fixture on Tuesday in Dortmund.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were among those attending a late party to celebrate the birthdays of Mauro Icardi, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.

“I was really surprised yesterday (Friday) afternoon to see that video. Really surprised.

“We talked about it internally and it has to stay within the club,”Tuchel told reporters on Saturday on the eve of their Ligue 1 home game against Girondins de Bordeaux.

PSG lead the standings with 62 points from 25 games, 10 points ahead of second-placed Olympique de Marseille who host Nantes later on Saturday.

The French champions host Borussia Dortmund in the return leg on March 11.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi)

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Uche Nwosu lauds late Sen. Uwajumogu, advises politicians to shun do or die politics 



Chief of Staff to former Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha and 2019 governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo,  Chief Uche Nwosu has advised politicians not to consider politics as a do or die affair.

Nwosu gave the advice while speaking with newsmen during the burial ceremony of late Imo North Senator,  Benjamin Uwajumogu at Ihitte-Uboma Local Government Area of Imo on Friday.

Nwosu who sympathised with the deceased’s family said the uncertainty of life was a major reason why politicians should approach politics with ease.

He added that losing an election either at the ballot or in court should be taken in good fate as according to him,  only one person could  occupy any particular elective position at the same time.

The former guber candidate described the late senator as a compassionate leader and urged politicians to imitate him.

 He however, advised politicians who still had pending election cases in court to create room for peace by accepting defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship.

 “Life is filled with so many uncertainties and we must not die for the sake of politics because it’s not a do or die affair.

  “Cultivating the spirit of sportsmanship will enable politicians who have reservations over past elections to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the body of  Late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu was laid to rest on Friday,  a ceremony which was well attended by Imo governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma and a host of senators,  serving and former,  led by incumbent senate president, Sen. Ahmed Lawan.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu

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NLC vouches for Kogi govt. on new minimum wage



The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kogi State, Mr Onuh Edoka is  optimistic that the state government will implement the new minimum wage very soon.

Edoka made this known in Lokoja on Wednesday while speaking at the Seventh Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the State Chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN)

He said that government had already set up a committee to resolve all issues surrounding the implementation of the new N30, 000 minimum wage and its consequential adjustments.

The NLC chairman urged civil servants to remain hopeful of a better deal from the state government.

“We are hoping that by the end of the 30-day timeline given to the committee to complete its assignment, it will come out with a chart that will be the true position of the minimum wage in Kogi State.

“We are expecting a win-win situation,” he said.

Edoka, who was also the immediate past state Chairman of the MHWUN, said that his tenure witnessed a lot of transformation, saying that he was leaving the union better than he met it.

He urged the new executive council members to take the welfare of members seriously, saying that anything short of this will not augur well for the union.

“I am leaving the union with a lot of legacies. The workers which I led enjoyed the benefits of various structures of their salaries.

“I was the Chairman of the union throughout the transformation of various salary structures and I ensured that the government paid workers’ salaries,” Edoka noted.

At the end of the congress which lasted more than three hours, Mr Amari Gabriel was elected as the new state Chairman of the union while Mr Alilu Adejoh was elected as Vice Chairman.

Also elected are, Mr Kashim Abonika asTreasurer; Mr Salaudeen Yakubu, Trustee; Mr Badams Kadiri, Auditor; and Mr Ajisafe Oluwatoyin as Public Relations Officer.

In his acceptance speech, Gabriel promised to move the union to the next level, soliciting for the support of all members.

He also commended the immediate past leadership for bequeathing a legacy of quality leadership which he promised to uphold.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi


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