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.
“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.
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.
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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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month
The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.
Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.
He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.
Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.
According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.
“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”
“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement
“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”
The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.
He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.
INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.
Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.
He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.
Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48
The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.
Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.
According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”
Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.
He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.
He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.
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