I learnt that in a Sponsored mass wedding where 220 Philipino couples said ‘I do,’ took place on Thursday in the coastal city of Bacolod, Philippines and these fortunate couples exchanged vows and kisses with surgical masks over fear of deadly Coronavirus.
All participants in the ceremony were required to wear and kiss through blue surgical masks in the event. The couples had to provide the authorities with evidence of their travel history for 14 days.
John Paul Inventor, 39, said the day will live long in his memory. He married his partner of seven years and the mother of his two children.
“It feels different to kiss while wearing masks, but it was required. The place was jam-packed.”
Bacolod mayor, Evelio Leonardia presided over the ceremony. He said, “If our families are strong, the city of Bacolod becomes strong, too.” The Mass weddings are a tradition in Bacolod and more than 2,000 couples took part in a ceremony in 2013.
They are also commonplaces in South Korea. Earlier this month, around 30,000 people went to the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, according to South Korea’s Unification Church. Those attending were given hand sanitizers and surgical masks.
This is serious but hilarious, when will the Nigerian government grant some Nigerian this kind of opportunity??? Laughing out loud!!!
NYCC-19 Commends Maigida Foundation for Humanitarian Support to Youths and Less Privileged
NYCC-19 Commends Maigida Foundation for Humanitarian Support to youths and less- privileged
The Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) has commended Maigida Foundation for Humanitarian support to the youth and the less privileged in the society.
Mallam Gambo Haruna, National Chairman of NYCC-19, made the commendation during an advocacy visit to the Founder of the Non Governmental Organization(NGO) in Keffi Nasarawa State on Friday, Dr Samuel Adegoke.
According to Haruna, NYCC-19 is a domestication of the United Nations’ Compact on humanitarian actions on COVID-19
He added that the aim of the compact was to help government mitigate the spread of coronavirus on the impact, especially among youths during the post Covid
According to Haruna, in the course of his duty outside the compact, he stumbled on the humanitarian activities of the the founder, especially in Keffi
He noted with delight that Adegoke had used the Maigida Foundation to touch several lives positively and therefore,he deserved commendation and recognition
The national chairman of the body said the philanthropist had also been doing so much for the people of Keffi and outside Keffi environs.
Haruna revealed that the founder had assisted so many people around him,” even though he(,Adegoke) is not blowing his trumpet.”
Prince Chibuike Echem, Vice Chairman NYCC-19 also appreciated Adegoke and the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi for their untiring effort in the current COVID-19 period.
He described the hospital and its staff as playing great role in the fore front in the fight against coronavirus.
Echem, however, observed that young people were the most neglected segment of the population in Nigeria, adding that as such, were the most affected by the impact of COVID-19
Echem also stated that the compact would be engaging over 10 million youths to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and therefore, sought partnership with organizations and individuals to support the project.
The Head of Advisory unit of NYCC-19, Engr. Uzoh Ifeanyi, who is also the focal person Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Association (CAWAY) Nigeria also commended the founder and advised him to partner with the Compact, to touch more lives in the country.
Responding, Adegoke applauded the NYCC-19 team for coming together in the fight against COVID-19.
Adegoke, who is also the Head of Finance, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), said he started the foundation like a joke but never knew it would get to where it is today.’’
He added that his foundation had assisted people in so many ways;both economically and medically.
The founder added that for the NYCC-19 coming with this project was like working together with his foundation.
He promised that the foundation would continue to work with NYCC-19, pending when the Corona virus vaccine would be available.
” We will be willing to support you in any way we can.
“The Synergy produces better result, hence we are ready to partner with the NYCC-19.We will fine-tune our relationship to produce a better result, Adegoke said.
NYCC-19: ‘Free Internet Business Hub Should be Provided for Young Business Owners’- Dr. Fadila
NYCC-19: ‘Free Internet Business Hub Should be Provided for Young Business Owners’- Dr. Fadila
It was an interactive section with the Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) who held their 3rd edition of ‘One Stop Youth Talk’ program on June, 25th 2020.
This edition was anchored by the head of publicity ‘Millicient Umoru Osakwua’; featuring the ‘Dr. Fadila Abubakar Sodangi’ a lecturer from Nassarawa State University, Keffi (Faculty of Law); ‘Winifred Emmanuel’ a fashion designer from Gombe State; ‘Asi Eddy Archibong’ a young entrepreneur who runs a foundation in Cross River State; ‘Amb. Idris Musa’ a geographer, Environmentalist and business man who runs a Global Youth Network for Niger State and Franklin Patriot, the state commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria in Edo State.
The Session lasted for 2 hours featuring youths across the country discussing the impact of Covid-19 on young entrepreneurs.
Millicient Umoru, the Head of Publicity for Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) anchored the Live Streaming on Zoom. She gave a welcoming speech, elaborating on how Covid-19 has affects various sectors in the economy of Nigeria.
However, Dr. Fadila focused on the social business activity and the oil sector. She stated that the world economy has seen decline since 1930 and she suggested policy restructuring should be done to enable Nigerian youths measure up with the world standard on Technology. Covid-19 silver lining is gearing towards technology advancement therefore she suggested the government should set up free internet services (Business Hub).
In this light, Idris Musa expressed his displeasure on the inability to procure fertilizer for Agricultural farm produce and the hedges he faces while conducting his business as a geographer and an environmentalist.
Going further, Franklin Patriot stated that the demand surge is very high with lack of fund. He suggested that young business owners can partner with businesses and sectors of like minds in order to form that synergy to cushion the effect on Covid-19.
According to the Chairman of Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) ‘Gambo Haruna’, the essence of the NYCC-19 is to collect data of the youths affected by Covid-19 for humanitarian intervention during and after Covid-19 is over.
Winifred stated the creative ideas she had about launching her fashion brand before the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic reduced her client base which made her partner with the web market to advertise her business. She also suggested that the state government should have an internet free hub for young entrepreneurs to advertise their business.
The Head of Assessment and Economic Impact on NYCC-19, ‘Lukman Salahudeen’ however assured the Nigerians that necessary measures will be put in place to help cushion the Adverse effect of Covid-19 on Nigerian youths.
NYCC-19: Nigerian Youths Air Their Voices on the Effect of COVID-19 (Video)
The Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) held the 2nd edition of ‘One Stop Youth Talk’ program on June, 18th 2020. It was an interactive section anchored by the head of publicity ‘Millicient Umoru Osakwa’.
One Stop Youth Talk on Covid-19 is a weekly Zoom Live streaming program organized by Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) every Thursday. It is a platform where youths from different works of life come together to discuss matters surrounding the effect of COVID-19 and share ideas pertaining post-COVID-19.
This edition focused on the Covid-19 effect on Livelihood, Education and Community; Among the features were the National Steering Chairman of Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 ‘Comrade Gambo Haruna’, Vice Chairman/Head of State Affairs ‘Prince Echem’, Head of Data/Statistics ‘Mr Oche Precious Edeh’ and the Head of Palliatives ‘Patience Eze’.
The Session lasted for over 2 hours featuring youths across the country discussing how to curtail the pandemic ravaging the nation and the way forward. The Chairman ‘Gambo Haruna’ gave a welcoming speech and elaborated more on the objectives of the Youth Compact.
However, the guest speaker of the day, Ms Kaliat Johanna, a senior lecturer, at the Department of Architecture, Kaduna State University, talked about Education, the way forward as we fight the pandemic across the nation.
She also stated that the pandemic has solved the problem of inequality in the education sector in terms of the e-learning systems adopted in the education sector which has revealed the silver lining of Covid-19 (the acceleration in E-learning).
“Due to the effect of covid-19 on the nations economy, some graduates might end up opting for low paying jobs” said Ms. Kaliat Johanna.
While Mr. Henry Okorie, a Youth Leader from Abia State, Isikwuato L.G.A. talked about the effect of the pandemic on the livelihood of youths; Okereke Sandra Daberechi from the rural area of Abia State spoke on the effect on covid-19 on the Community. She stated that the youths in the rural community needs sensitization to enable them adhere to the preventive measure on Covid-19.
Ms Patience Ezeh, the Head of Palliatives NYCC-19 spoke from the angle of the farmers and artisans who depend on daily source of income. She stated that Nigeria should invest more on Agriculture to ensure food security.
Going further, Mr. Oche P. Eche, the head of Data/Statistics, NYCC-19 gave an update on the data collected so far. He stated that over 10,000 youths from across the 36 states of the federation have registered their data. He urged more youths to do same in order to be captured in this scheme.
According to the Ms. Kaliat, the NYCC-19 can work hand in hand with the government in the provision of E-Learning equipment such as Laptops, Android phones and power supply.
Mr. Prince Echem stated that setting up of state structures are currently ongoing and by next week the various selected state coordinators will be published.
In conclusion, the head of advisory board ‘Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi’ gave his vote of thanks to all the partners of NYCC-19, the guest speakers and the various youths that participated. He encouraged the steering committee of this project and assured that the necessary funding for the project will be made available soon.
According to Ms. Millicient Umoru, all schools should be fumigated and necessary protective kits should be made available for students before school re-open.
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