COVID-19: Ize-Iyamu Releases Emergency Help Lines For Persons In Need
… Dispatches Lorry Load Of Foodstuffs To Edo North
A frontline gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Friday, March 4, made public two emergency phones for persons who are in dire need of food and water.
The emergency numbers are: 07046373027 and 08114046290.
Ize-Iyamu explained that persons have been assigned at the receiving end to ask few questions about each caller so that adequate preparetion is made before assistance is dispatched.
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While releasing a lorry load of the foodstuffs for the 64 wards across the 6 local government areas that make up Edo North Senatorial District, the governorship aspirant noted that some lorries were being loaded for the other wards in the local government areas of Edo Central and South senatorial districts
Ize-Iyamu, who on Thursday distributed Hand Sanitizers and Coronavirus awareness leaflets across the state, said he was distributing food items such as rice, beans, garri, noddles, tin tomatoes, salt, water etc to vulnerable across Edo State because of the compelling need at the time.
He noted that with the restriction of movement of persons across the state as part of measures to reduce the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus, people are bound to be hungry and are ready to do whatever they can to get food to feed.
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He said, “Let me say it clearly that we are doing this not for politics. We are doing it because there is a compelling need at this time to do so.
“Our target is 1000 families. Our plan is that every part of the state, in every ward, we should be able to touch a certain number of families.
“That is why yesterday we had to announce members of our campaign organization because they will be the ones to drove the process of this food distribution. I cannot do it alone. I also believe that these persons should be known so when they go to places it is clear where they are coming from.”
Mewnwhile Ize-Iyamu has explained that the need for the effective distribution of the foodstuffs informed his decision on Thursday to announce Directors for his campaign organization, as he said “since I cannot do it alone.”
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He then appealed to well meaning Edo people to support persons in need even as he reminded the state government to buy food in bulk and set up Food Banks, so that more people can buy or get for free when the need arises.
Buhari Redesignates State House Clinic Into Medical Clinics
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-designation of the State House Clinic back to the Medical Centre.
Permanent Secretary of State House, Tijjani Umar, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja after a pre-commissioning inspection of the new Presidential (VIP) Wing of the State House Medical Centre.
The commissioning was done by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.
“Now, with the improvement in the problem areas and the addition of the new VIP Wing with state-of-the-art facilities, we can no longer operate as a Clinic. It is now to operate as State House Medical Centre,” Umar said.
Umar disclosed that all is set for the President’s inauguration of the new world-class facility to add to this administration’s growing number of completed and commissioned legacy projects.
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He added that the calibration, equipment testing and training of medical personnel are ongoing.
He said the presidency is determined to ensure that the Centre remains fully operational and well-maintained after the inauguration.
In 2019, Buhari had downgrounded the facility owing to infrastructural deficit.
Ramadan: Buhari Sends Message To Muslims As Fasting Begins
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent greetings and best wishes to Muslims as they commence 30 days of Ramadan fasting.
Buhari urged Muslims to use the season “to project the best and finest virtues of Islam by personal conduct, and not precept.”
In a goodwill message to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, Buhari says “let us use this opportunity to put the best teachings of Islam into practice, such as kindness and the love of humanity.”
According to the President, “This is an occasion for deep reflection and greater fear of Allah and avoidance of all evils that harm humanity.
“Ramadan is characterised by abstention from food and drinks from dawn to dusk, which brings both the rich and poor to share the experience of hunger together, thereby strengthening the bonds between haves and have-nots.”
Buhari explained that “as we begin these 30 days fasting season, let us not forget that Ramadan is not only about abstention from eating and drinking, but it is a reminder to refrain from all kinds of evil and transgressions that harm humanity.
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“I am particularly aware of the activities of traders who artificially increase the prices of their goods, including food at the beginning of every month of Ramadan. This kind of exploitation is against the spirit of the Ramadan and the spirit of Islam.”
Buhari added that “while we are observing this important occasion in the spiritual life of Muslims, let us share food and drinks with the less fortunate, because by sharing our blessings with others, Allah will multiply our rewards for good deeds.”
Nigeria Election: UK To Issue Visa Ban On Vote Buyers, Anti-democratic Individuals
The British High Commission in Nigeria has condemned the use of inflammatory ethno-religious language by some public and political figures during gubernatorial and state assembly elections on March 18.
A statement it issued on its Twitter page on Wednesday said the UK observed violence, and voter suppression in numerous voting locations.
”We witnessed and received credible reports from other observer missions and civil society organisations of vote buying and voter intimidation, the destruction and hijacking of election materials and the general disruption of the process in numerous states including Lagos, Enugu and Rivers.
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”We observed incidents of harassment of journalists. Freedom of speech and a free press are crucial for a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to go about their work without being threatened.
”The UK is concerned by the use of inflammatory ethno-religious language by some public and political figures. We call on all leaders not just to distance themselves from this kind of language, but to prevent those who speak on their behalf from doing so in this way.
”It is a testament to their commitment to democracy that many Nigerians were prepared to vote despite being faced with intimidation and hostility.”
The Mission reiterated that the UK is prepared to take action against those who engage in or incite electoral violence and other anti-democratic behaviours, and action could include preventing people from obtaining UK visas or imposing sanctions under our human rights sanctions regime.
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The Mission stated that it collated relevant information, with a view to taking action against some individuals.
It, however, urged any party or individual who wishes to challenge the process or outcome of the elections to do so peacefully and through the appropriate legal channels.
”We will be observing the course of legal challenges made. The 2023 elections are not only important to Nigeria and Nigerians, but to Africa and the world as a whole. As a long-term partner, the UK is committed to strengthening the ties between our countries and peoples, including by supporting democratic development,” it added.
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