COVID-19: Azura Power Plant Donates Medical Items To Edo Govt
As part of effort in supporting Edo State government in the fight against the deadly COVID-19, Azura Power West Africa Limited (Azura-Edo), has donated medical and non-medical items to the state government with a view to protecting Edo people and medical personnel in the frontline of the fight against the virus and make them more efficient.
The medical PPE donated are 190 packs of surgical masks, medical hand gloves, safety gloggles, shoe covers respectively, fifty thousand (50,000) branded reusable face masks and 170 pieces of disposable coveralls, and hand sanitisers respectively.
Mr. Oscar Imoekor, Head, plant operations, said Azura-Edo Power Plant has enjoyed support from the state government and people of the state, hence it became necessary to give back to the state and the people therein.
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“Azura-Edo Power Plant has enjoyed great support from the government and people of Edo State and as such, we are using this opportunity to give back to the society by way of supporting the fight against COVID-19, and we would like to say that Azura-Edo Power Plant is always ready to collaborate with the government in their effort to keep the state safe and free of COVID-19″, Imoekor said.
He noted that defeating the pandemic and making the state COVID-19 free has to be a combined effort, as he urged residents to keep to all directives of the NCDC of regular washing of hands with soap and running water; avoiding crowded places, use of face mask and hand sanitiser and self-isolation.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shuaibu, thanked Azura Power Plant for the donation, as he admitted that government alone cannot single handedly fight the virus.
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He called on individuals and corporate bodies to emulate Azura by joining hands with the government in the fight.
According to him, Azura power plant and Edo State government are long time partners in progress, stressing that with Azura in Edo the state would soon be industrialised.
In a related development, Azura-Edo Power Plant donated similar medical PPEs to Primary Healthcare centre, Orior Osemwende, it host community in order to aid health personnel in the centre.
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Presenting the items, Mr. Sunny Ogbodo said after giving some set of medical equipment to the healthcare centre two weeks ago, the company realised there was need to give more hence the donation.
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Fake LASTMA Officer Jailed Two Years
The Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting at Bolade, Oshodi on Monday, 27 March, 2023 sentenced a fake Lagos State Traffic Management Authority Officer, Omotutu Bamidele, to a 2- year jail term for impersonating and extorting money from motorists across Lagos.
The convicted fake LASTMA officer was arraigned by LASTMA on a 2-count charge of impersonating as a public officer by claiming to be a staff of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (S.78 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015)” and obtaining money by fraudulent trick (Sec. 323 of the Criminal Law, Lagos State) before the court.
The PUNCH reports that Bamidele was arrested a few days ago on Olu Holloway Road, around the Alfred Rewane area of Ikoyi by a LASTMA Monitoring/Surveillance team led by the Zonal Head, Ashafa Moyosore.
In a press statement released by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq said Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare sentenced Omotutu Bamidele to a 2-year jail term without any option of fine after he pleaded guilty to the 2- count charges levelled against him.
Magistrate Ogundare emphasized that the convict should serve the jail term without any option fine due to the gravity of the offences committed.
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The Court Prosecutor Barr. Olufemi Adekunle stated that both offences levied against the convict contravened Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015).
In his reaction to the judgement, the General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba said the judgement was a welcome development as it would serve as a deterrent to others who are still extorting money from innocent members of the public under false pretence.
Oreagba also noted that the “Our (LASTMA) Monitoring and Surveillance Unit which has now been fully restructured would continue to hunt for other bad elements disturbing the peace of the society”
Ahmed Musa Equals Zidane’s Record, Surpasses Viera, Lampard
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has become the most capped Nigerian player after his appearance in the second leg of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Guinea-Bissau.
The Nigerian national team defeated the Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau 1-0 at the Estadio 24 de Setembro.
However, Musa, who made his Eagles debut in 2010, and was also part of the 2013 Nations Cup-winning side, earned 108 caps – setting a new record for Nigeria.
With his feat, he has equaled France’s midfielder Zinedine Zidane, German’s Jurgen Klinsmann, and England’s Tim Cahill’s 108 national caps.
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Also, the 30-year-old Super Eagles captain surpassed Patrick Vieira’s 107 international caps for France, and Frank Lampard’s 106 caps for the Three Lions of England.
Since his debut, the Nigerian forward has scored 16 goals for the national team. He is Nigeria’s highest scorer in the World Cup with four goals.
He also has 92 club goals and 65 assists.
NGO Trains Delta Community On Tools For Environmental Justice
The Connected Advocacy, a Benin-based NGO, on Monday trained the residents of Owa/Alidinma community in Agbor, Delta State, on strengthening local movement and demand spaces for environmental justice.
The training featured sessions on environmental monitoring, smart advocacy tools for environmental justice and how to build a non-violent environmental justice movement.
The Director of the NGO, Mr Israel Orekha, said the capacity building was aimed to enable local communities to advocate for and demand freedom from pollution, environmental degradation and exploitation.
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Orekha said the training was due to the impact of oil exploration in the community, which include crises, environmental degradation, diversion of monetary benefits, intimidation from the traditional rulers and non-compliance with environmental multilateral agreements, among others.
“The imperative of smart advocacy tools for environmental justice are evidence-based collective efforts or strategies targeting decision-makers and polluters.
“The training focuses on influencing the actions, programmes and policies of the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and governments toward environmentally friendly interventions, fulfilling the agreement for the protection of the earth, people and planets.”
Taking the participants on environmental monitoring tools, Cadmus Atake-Enade, said the devices were effective for mitigating the danger of fossil-fuel extraction in the local communities.
He encouraged participants to monitor their environment through air, water and soil pollution, and biodiversity issues.
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Atake-Enade listed tools for monitoring the physical environment like pens, pencils, cameras and whistles, saying the need to document the findings or monitor the evidence cannot be over-emphasised.
The training concluded with the reconciliation of the Traditional Community Council and Host Community Network operating in the community.
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