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NCDC Boss Appointed As Head Of Pandemic Hub In Germany



NCDC Boss Appointed As Head Of Pandemic Hub In Germany-Crystal News

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), will head its newly-inaugurated Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence based in Berlin, Germany.

Outgoing German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, and the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, inaugurated the hub on Wednesday to better prepare and protect the world from global disease threats.

The Pandemic hub aims at helping countries better assess and respond to global disease threats in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

It will bring together diverse partnerships from several disciplines and the latest technology so that data and intelligence are shared for the common good.

“Critically, it will support experts and policy-makers worldwide to be able to forecast, detect and assess epidemic and pandemic risks so that they can respond rapidly to future public health emergencies.

“The world needs to be able to detect new events with pandemic potential and to monitor disease control measures on a real-time basis to create effective pandemic and epidemic risk management,’’ Ghebreyesus said in a press release.

According to him, the Pandemic Hub will be key to that effort, leveraging innovations in data science for public health surveillance and response, and creating systems whereby we can share and expand expertise in this area globally.”

According to the statement, Germany has provided an initial US$ 100 million investment for the Hub.

Speaking at the launch, Merkel highlighted her country’s contribution to medical science, including developing tests and vaccines against the new coronavirus.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated how much we can actually achieve if we combine our strengths,” she said through an interpreter.

“Experts from all over the world at enormous speed have been able to enhance and share their expertise and knowledge in order to decode the coronavirus.”

The WHO Pandemic Hub is currently operating from a center provided by the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

It will soon move to a permanent campus at the heart of Berlin in Kreuzberg that will provide a collaborative work environment for the Hub’s staff, who will represent a wide range of disciplines.

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Airtel Africa Enters Into UK’s FTSE 100 Index



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Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary Airtel Africa to become part of the FTSE 100 index, the UK’s leading stock market gauge, from January 31.

According to Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, “This is a significant milestone for Airtel Africa, which becomes part of the FTSE 100 in just two and a half years of listing on the London Stock Exchange joining the most valuable companies,”

Airtel Africa was listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2019. The company commands a market capitalization of close to $8 billion.

Airtel Africa Enters Into UK’s FTSE 100 Index

Bharti Airtel said that the inclusion in the FTSE 100 index was the mark of the growing confidence of investors in the business.

“Airtel entered Africa in 2010 and the business has demonstrated consistent growth in its customer base, revenues, profits, margins, and cash generation, as well as strengthening its balance sheet through reduced leverage,” Bharti Airtel said.

Airtel Africa serves around 122 million subscribers across the continent. In the six-month period ended September 30, Airtel Africa’s revenue grew 25.2 percent to $2.3 billion while its net profit doubled to $335 million.

“Airtel Africa is a strong player in the African continent, which has emerged as the next growth frontier globally,” Mittal said.

At 2.56 pm, Bharti Airtel was trading 0.4 percent down at Rs 709.95 on the National Stock Exchange.

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Deposed Deji Of Akure, Oba Adepoju Adesina Is Dead



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The deposed Deji of Akure in Ondo State, Oba Adesina Oluwadare Adepoju, is dead.

This was contained in a statement issued by Prince Dapo Adepoju, spokesman for the Adesina Royal Family of the Osupa Ruling House and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Akure.

Adesina, who ascended the throne as the 45th Deji of Akure on Nov. 26, 2005, was deposed by the state government on June 10, 2010, for engaging in an act unbecoming of a traditional ruler.

According to the statement, the deposed traditional ruler before his death prayed for the peace of the Akure Kingdom.

The statement read: “The late Adepoju said God made it possible for him as a son of the Osupa Ruling House to ascend the throne as the Deji of Akure Kingdom 100 years after the reign of the Ojijigogun Ruling House.

“The 45th Deji promulgated and ensured the implementation of reasonable market price control during his reign. He also recovered and took possession of Ilula Recreation Centre from a powerful cabal back to the Akure Kingdom.

“Oba Adesina during his reign also provided local security and fair judgement was the order of the day.

“Shortly before he passed on, he predicted that Akure shall be great specifically that an Akure son would lead Nigeria as President.

“Finally, he urged the good people of Akure Kingdom to always live in oneness and peace.”

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Fayose Applauds Makinde, Oni, Others Over Ekiti PDP Primary



Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has applauded the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, for his positive disposition over yesterday’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election.
Fayose, who also thanked all members and supporters of the PDP in Ekiti State, especially the aspirants for the peaceful manner the primary election was conducted, said “all PDP members, supporters and the entire people of Ekiti who are yearning for good governance are winners.”
In a statement on Thursday, by his Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said Governor Makinde has proved to be a man of his words and he deserved to be appreciated.
He said; “By ensuring a level playing ground before and during the primary election, Governor Makinde has further earned my respect.
“With the first huddle scaled, I urge the governor not to relent in supporting us to win Ekiti State for the PDP so that after June 18, his position as the only governor in the Southwest will be further strengthened because he will no longer be standing alone.”
He also saluted former governor, Engr Segun Oni for his exemplary display of the spirit of sportsmanship.
Speaking further, Fayose said whatever happened before and during the primary should be allowed to slide as no group can win the election alone.
“Going forward, all stakeholders should be rest assured of their rightful place in the new arrangement,” Fayose said.

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