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NYSC Moves Against COVID-19 Pandemic In Orientation Camps

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The National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) has adopted measures in orientation camps across the country, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Alhaji Musa Abubakar, Acting Director, Special Duties, Office of the Director-General, NYSC, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.

“One of the measures is the compulsory COVID-19 test conducted on anybody entering the camps, including officials, corps members, traders, and visitors.

“This is to ensure that any person entering or re-entering orientation camps is absolutely COVID-19-free,” he said.

The director added that only individuals who were certified to be free of the disease would be allowed into the camps.

“Handwashing points, fully equipped with hand sanitizers and alcohol-based detergents have been established in all camps across the country.

“Individuals in the camp must wear facemasks as a precondition for staying therein.

“Other sterner measures have also been taken in dormitories of the corps members, such as the reduction in the number of beds per dormitory from the initial 50-60 beds to between 15-20 beds each.

“Additionally, two-meters spacing between each bed has been created in all dormitories to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety protocol,’’ he said.

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Two Million Nigerians Have So Far Benefited From Oando Foundation- Wale Tinubu

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The dream to establish the OANDO Foundation was sown about eleven years ago when the GCE, Oando, Mr. Wale Tinubu, drew inspiration from the words of two great men on the importance of education.

First was the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, who described education as the most powerful weapon for changing the world. The second man was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin’s quote, which says that “Knowledge is the one investment that keeps paying dividends”

Inspired by the two great leaders, the management of Oando PLC, one of Africa’s leading energy solutions providers, made the bold move to invest in education with the Oando Foundation.

The mission was to improve the learning environment and to make learning easier and attractive to students in Nigerian public schools.

Today, the little seed that was inspired by those two great men has not only germinated, but it has also grown beyond the foundation’s expectation and bridged the gap by transforming the lives of more than one million lives of Nigerian child through education.

Since its establishment in 2011, the inspired Hands have dedicated their time, talents and resources in putting smiles on the faces of Nigerian school pupils, teachers and indeed the larger community.

The boss of Oando, Wale Tinubu, who is very proud of the foundation’s achievements in the past 11 years, showed his excitement when he wrote on his twitter handle last Tuesday, “The role of education for peace and development cannot be overemphasized. Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries cannot break cycles of poverty and inequality.

“I am constantly inspired by Oando Foundation’s 11-year journey. We set out to bridge the education gap in Nigeria with infrastructure development, scholarships, and teacher capacity building. So far, we’ve impacted the lives of ~2M Nigerians.

As we commemorate #EducationDay, I look forward to both public and private sector players collectively reimagining the future and committing to the transformation of education to build more sustainable, inclusive, and peaceful futures. #InternationalDayofEducation.”

The foundation, over the years has conducted four career talks, schools rehabilitation across Nigeria, while it has also donated educational aids and it also awarded and sponsored  scholarships across the nation. Through its scholarship programme, it has impacted thousands of  students from poor socio- economic background, while beneficiaries have recorded remarkable strides, performing above 70% average consistently; others have represented their states and local governments different academic competitions.

Because the foundation’s belief that education is constantly evolving and so should the teaching methods, it has also  successfully supported the professional development of teachers and  head teachers in school management, modern pedagogical practices and subject content knowledge.

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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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