NILOWV Urges Women To Be Conscious Of Environment, Donates Palliative To Vulnerable
The Chairperson, Nigeria League of Women Voters (NILOWV), Edo State chapter, Rt. Honourable Elizabeth Ative, has appealed to women, as first caregivers in their homes, to be conscious of their environments at all times particularly at this period the nation and the world at large battle with the dreaded COVID-19
Ativie made the appeal when she led NILOWV executives and members on a visit to three local government areas of the state where they donated palliative to the vulnerable in the areas in order to cushion the effect the COVID-19 lockdown.
The areas visited by NILOWV for donation are: Ofumwengbe community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area in Edo South; Afuze community in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo North, and Iruekpen community in Esan West Local Government Area, Edo Central.
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The chairperson, enjoined them to adhere strictly to all precautionary measures against COVID-19 by washing their hands regularly with running water and soap, frequent use of alcohol based hand sanitizer, wearing of face mask, and observing social distancing.
Receiving the items, the Enogies of the three local government areas thanked NILOWV for the generosity towards their community, as they prayed for God’s blessings upon them.
The community leaders prayed for an end to COVID-19 pandemic to enable life return to normalcy in Nigeria and the world.
Some of the women and children who could not hide their joy thanked NILOWV for the gesture.
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Items distributed include rice, beans, garri, yam, groundnut oil, palm oil, toilet roll, and soaps.
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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