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The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of Coronavirus a Pandemic disease.

The Director-general of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday.

He said:

 “Over the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased thirteenfold and the number of affected countries has tripled. There are now more than 121,000 cases in 118 countries, according to statistics from researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries climb even higher. We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming spread and severity, and the alarming levels of inaction.”

For these reasons, he said, the WHO determined that the disease outbreak should be called a Pandemic.

“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked such as Coronavirus,” he said. “And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled.”

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“If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in their response, then those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters, and those clusters becoming community transmission.”

More than 90% of cases of COVID-19 are in just four countries, he noted, and both China and South Korea have recently seen declines in new cases.

 He continued;

 “We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear. We cannot say this loudly enough or clearly enough or often enough, all countries can still change the course of this pandemic.

Some countries are struggling with a lack of capacity. Some countries are struggling with a lack of resources. Some countries are struggling with a lack of resolve”, the DG regretted.

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Fire Razes Popular Market in Ajman, United Arab Emirates (Video)

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Fire Razes Popular Market in Ajman, United Arab Emirates (Video)

A large fire broke out on Wednesday evening at a market in the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, according to local media reports and a source present at the scene.

The witness told Reuters the fire, which was earlier reported by The National and Gulf News newspapers, was being tackled by emergency services.

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Local officials could not immediately be reached for comment or confirmation, and no statements were carried by state media.

This comes few hours after the Beirut fire outbreak that claimed over a hundred lives.

As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire outbreak isn’t known yet.

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Domak Shelter Ltd. Partners with VIO, Offers 1000 Housing Units

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vio home welfare staff cooperative Society partner with Domak Shelter Ltd to Build 1000 Housing Units for Staff

DOMAK SHELTER LTD. PARTNERS WITH VIO, OFFERS 1000 HOUSING UNITS

A Leading real estate firm in Nigeria ‘Domak Shelter Ltd.’ is partnering with the Directorate of Road Services, Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) to offer 1,000 Housing units to its Staff at Domak Garden City, Karshi.

Few days ago, Domak Shelter Ltd. launched the Face of Domak Project- a marketing competition platform through which all Domak products will be sold while the best marketer would be rewarded handsomely.

Interestingly, the Face of Domak project kick-started with 25,000 easy House ownership scheme and the marketers have already step up their games.

In line with this innovative project, the Management Team of Domak Shelter Ltd. ably led by the Chief Executive Officer ‘Amb. Kingsley Azonobi’ signed and sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 4th August, 2020 at the VIO Headquarters, Mabushi with the Management team of the VIO Home & Welfare Staff Cooperative Society Ltd. to build 1,000 Housing Units for the staff of VIO.

 This agreement was signed in the presence of the 9 members of the Face of Domak Board of Trustees, Management team of the VIO Home &Welfare Staff Cooperative Society Ltd. and the members of the press.

Bar. Felix Nnadi who is head of Consultancy Units of the Cooperative Society commended the leadership of Domak Shelter Ltd. for this innovative project and expressed his excitement about the signing of the MoU.

In his statement, He said the initiative came along with liberal terms which will mark a legacy in the life of the VIO officials. According to him, the approval for the signing of this MoU was obtained from the Head of National body of the Organization ‘Engr. Sir Paul Bebe’ as well as the excos of the Cooperative Society Nationwide.

Speaking on the August event, Usman Yahaya who is the Director of Administrations VIO made reference on a similar project with the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) who is now the Governor of Kaduna State ‘Gov. Nasir El- rufai’ and how benefiting the project was to the civil servants at that time.

However, he urges Domak Shelter Ltd to make the Housing Scheme an affordable venture for the civil servants.

“The issue of Housing is very important in any civil servant life. When you come to look at it critically, after you must have served for 35-36 years then you retire and the pension is not forth coming. (Even the Housing, where to put your head is no longer there). Therefore, this forms a very important aspect of any civil servant life.”  He said

“Coming up with this very exercise is a very nice one for the VIO. This will go along way to help the staff of VIO plan their retirement life” He added.

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Mr. Mberi Yaro, the Vice chairman of the Directorate, Conference of Directors VIO stated his willingness for every VIO officers to participate in this opportunity. He therefore advised the both parties involved in the MoU to ensure commitment to this laudable project.

Responding, Amb. Kingsley Azonobi expressed his gratitude and commended the VIO management team for the partnership deed. In his statement, he assured them his commitment towards delivering affordable 1,000 housing units to their staff as well as real time monitoring technology ‘Project Watch’ which will enable all subscribers get the actual coordinates to their land.

Worthy of note, the legal adviser to the VIO ‘Bar. Udah’ a 33 years legal practitioner commended the efforts put together in the preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). He therefore advised the both parties to honor the terms and conditions of the MoU.

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NYCN thanks Buhari, Hails Youth and Sports Minister’s Initiative on the Establishment of the National Youth Investment Funds.

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NYCN thanks Buhari, Hails Youth and Sports Minister’s Initiative on the Establishment of the National Youth Investment Funds.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria led by its President, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo has commended the Honourable, Hon. Sunday Dare for his innovative resourcefulness that has resulted in the establishment and approval of the N75 Billion naira National Youth Investment Found (NYIF) by President Muhammadu Buhari.  

The Minister, ably represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Gabriel Aduda, while receiving the National Youth Executives at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, noted that the NYCN has taken a bold and commendable step to thank Mr President on the establishment of the NYIF.

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He stated that the Memo on the establishment of the fund was thoroughly debated and it enjoyed an overwhelming support by members of the Federal Executive Council.

This gesture is to enable the teeming population of the Nigerian youth to be economically motivated for sustainability.  

Mr Dare added that it is important to go beyond empowering the youth into investing in the youth of Nigeria with a common pulse that supports entrepreneurship and small businesses as well as provide the environment for youth to fly with their ideas.

He stated that the 75Billion naira will come in three trenches between now and 2023 nothing that Mr President has given directives to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning alongside the Central Bank Governor to source for the money.

According to the Minister, the Ministry through the Technical/Steering Committees that shall be put in place,which will include the youths, shall be working on modalities to enable Nigerian youth have access to the fund and pay back within a short period with not more than 1 digit interest rate.

He implored the youth to come up with innovative ideas that could lead to wealth/job creation and which can as well achieve any of the 9 cardinal goal of the present administration.

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The President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, in his response, expressed gratitude to the Honourable Minster whose supervision in the youth constituency has recorded massive positive developments including the National Youth Investment Fund recently approved by Mr President.

Sukubo noted that Nigerian youth have experienced a breath of fresh air and hope is kept alive owing to the visionary foresight of the Minister for the growth of the youth of this country.

‘To all my fellow Nigerian youths, it is a new dawn for us, the sound of hope echoes in the air. The long awaited dream has become a reality and I can testify that there is a song of joy in our lips, he said.

In his vote of thanks, the Hon. Commissioner for Pan Africa Union in Nigeria, Mr. Niyi Oladele, thanked President Buhari for the economic empowerment by creating this National Youth Investment Fund for the Nigerian youth and other programmes of the ministry on social media to keep the youths off the streets.

He however made a call to the President to kindly direct all youths related activities and programmes scattered in other Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to be redeployed and warehoused in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for proper coordination.  

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