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FirstBank has announced its donation of the sum of N1bn towards the joint effort by the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to rapidly expand the health facilities; especially Testing, Isolation, treatment and the provision of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities pivotal to controlling the spread and importantly, treating individuals diagnosed with COVID- 19. This is in addition to the Bank’s drive to move one million children to e-learning, together with an early partner – Roducate – as recommended by the Ministry of Education, Lagos State

In line with the 14-day stay home directive for Lagos, Ogun and FCT Abuja in the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Bank has also reiterated its preparedness to provide essential Banking services through its alternative channels to its customers and the public at large which is in line with its robust Business Continuity Plan.

Updating on the Bank’s efforts; the Bank’s CEO, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, said “we promise to continue to look at all areas of intervention where our business infrastructure, reach, digital platforms and other natural strengths lie and can be deployed to further support all efforts for Nigerians; young and old alike.

To that end, we will continue to communicate ways in which we can do more together.

We thank our community of friends, customers and other stakeholders who have continued to send us ideas and initiatives and are gladdened at the solidarity we see as Nigerians come together to tackle this under one umbrella.

Please stay safe and let’s work together to flatten the curve”, he concluded.

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Since taking office, President Goodluck Jonathan has followed through on the ambitious plans laid out in his Transformation Agenda, delivering significant progress in areas including economic growth, security, infrastructure development, education, and healthcare provision. He has also put in place measures to enhance transparency and accountability across government.
Goodluck Jonathan became President of Nigeria at a very critical and challenging moment. Since taking office, he has implemented a process of overhaul and renewal of personnel and systems in the armed forces, security agencies and police as Nigeria’s military looks to meet the challenge of the new, unconventional and asymmetric challenges it now faces in the North East. Some of his specific efforts include creating a new Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army – headquartered in Maiduguri – with a mission to stamp out terrorism in the North-East; strengthening security cooperation with the international community; improving preventative measures to stop attacks before they happen; and implementing measures to eliminate the roots of extremism through long term social and economic development.
Since taking office, President Goodluck Jonathan has made remarkable progress in the development of critical sectors of the Nigerian economy, particularly agriculture, manufacturing, power and services. As a result of programmes implemented by President Jonathan – including the Community Service Scheme, Graduate Internship Scheme, Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria and the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program – 1.6 million new jobs have been created. Under President Jonathan’s leadership, Nigeria also rebased its GDP, becoming the largest economy in Africa, and hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa, showcasing the country’s impressive economic growth to a global audience and attracting further foreign investment.
Since taking office, President Goodluck Jonathan has implemented substantial and wide ranging efforts to improve Nigeria’s infrastructure after years of neglect by previous administrations. His efforts have delivered tangible improvements for Nigerians across the country through road works, power sector reform, and improvements in water provision, amongst other areas. Some of his specific efforts include introducing SURE-P to generate unprecedented funding for vital infrastructure projects across Nigeria; privatizing the power sector and improving stability in electricity generation and distribution; increasing good and safe motorable length of Federal Roads from about 52% to nearly 85%; improving water supply by revitalizing the 12 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) nationwide and building dams; and rehabilitating Nigeria’s rail network, getting trains back on the tracks and improving transport links.
President Goodluck Jonathan has led the fight to ensure that all Nigerians have access to a first class education, regardless of their background. Understanding that today’s students are tomorrow’s work force, President Jonathan has worked tirelessly to ensure that students are properly prepared for the industries that will drive Nigeria’s economy in the future. Under President Jonathan’s leadership 14 new universities have been established to improve access to higher education in the North and to ensure that students in all states have access to a Federal University, and the Safe Schools Initiative has been launched to ensure that young people are not only safe in going to school, but that schools are an environment ripe for learning, growth and development free of fear.
In a major departure from past approaches, agriculture is now being treated as a business, not a development program. Agricultural policy under President Jonathan has focused on assuring food security, reducing expenditure of foreign exchange on food imports, diversifying the economy, generating foreign trade and creating jobs. Under President Jonathan’s leadership, food production has increased by over 8 million metric tons, averting a predicted food crisis from flooding, and Nigeria is on the path towards self-sufficiency in rice production. President Jonathan has also revolutionized the way farmers receive farm inputs through the e-wallet system, which assures farmers receive subsidized agricultural inputs directly and prevents exploitation from middlemen and profiteers.
As President, Goodluck Jonathan has championed measures to create a health care system of which Nigerians can truly be proud. Under the President’s leadership, the Ministry of Health has made significant strides in the areas of infrastructural development, disease control and prevention, and immunisation, among others. Under President Jonathan’s leadership, the Federal Government quickly implemented a comprehensive plan to combat Ebola, containing the spread of the disease and earning praise from the international community. Over his first term, President Jonathan has also refurbished 1,500 primary healthcare facilities and providing them with essential drugs and recruited 11,300 frontline health workers who were deployed to under-served communities across the country.
Since taking office in the freest and fairest national election in Nigeria’s history, President Goodluck Jonathan has worked to further enhance democracy and freedom of expression in Nigeria. He reconstituted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and appointed as its chair, a highly respected university professor and human rights activist, Professor Attahiru Jega. He has also strengthened public watchdogs including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and actively fostered collaboration with human rights leaders and other civil society activists. And, he has fostered a competitive electoral system by refusing to deploy the instruments of federal power to determine outcomes of elections in Nigeria, as had been done by previous administrations.
Endemic corruption has long shackled economic and social development in Nigeria. President Goodluck Jonathan has made eliminating corruption a key priority for his administration. While there is still work to be done in this area, the President has made significant strides during his first term. Most notably, he has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutorial independence from the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, restoring the integrity of this formerly beaten-down anti-graft agency. He has also enacted the Freedom of Information Act, thereby empowering the press and Nigerian citizens to scrutinize the actions of public officials and institutions. Under President Jonathan’s leadership, over N2.7 billion in fraud in the Pensions’ fund has been recovered and about 200 properties from corrupt public officials, including hotels and cash worth billions of naira, have been seized.
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Niger Delta youths back Akpabio, NDDC Interim Management Committee, warn detractors



Youths in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday extolled the sterling qualities of the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, describing him as a man of honour.


Besides, the youths, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM) praised the National Assembly for working with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs towards the realization of its objectives.


At a gathering in Calabar, the youths expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Senator Akpabio to move the Niger Delta region forward.


‘Senator Godswill Akpabio is a shining example, a model to all of us, of what service is all about. He has so far demonstrated an admirable commitment to doing everything possible to develop the Niger Delta region the youths said.


Addressing newsmen after their one day conference in Cross River State, Secretary General of NDYM, Dr. Raymond Umanah said the youths praised Akpabio for embracing the challenge of developing the region with a missionary zeal, restructuring the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and reintroducing public accountability for the use of public resources.


‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio, a man of great organizational ability, has continued to carry himself with grace and dignity without compromising his integrity’’


The youths commended the growing unity and understanding among stakeholders in the region.


They youths emphasized national development, patriotism, transparency and accountability.


The youths also praised the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs for tackling effectively impediments in the way of improving development in the region, pulling the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) back from the state of retrogression and giving the region the desired sense of purpose and direction.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the global Covid-19 pandemic has clearly underscored the need for the people to adopt a lifestyle of continuous re-strategizing and repositioning to keep up to speed with new realities.


The Governor, who spoke while declaring open a 2-day virtual training for members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) on Protocol, Security and Etiquette, said the pandemic was a perfect pointer to the fact that people must be willing to constantly review, adjust and innovate to suit changing times.


According to him, “It is important that we keep re-strategizing and position ourselves for optimum performance in the future. It is important because life, as we used to know it, has been drastically altered and we need to adapt and innovate with the changing times and we can only do this effectively when we are willing to review, adjust and innovate to suit changing times, priorities and needs. In the new normal, this is an absolute must!”


He said it was particularly commendable that the COWLSO leadership did not allow the virus to slow down the activities of the Committee, saying that in itself, was made possible through innovation. 


“I must say that much of this year has gone by in a blur amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged much of the world, to date, with Lagos State and Nigeria at large, not being spared. We are, however, emerging slowly out of the perilous season, even though there is still so much we do not know about the virus or the rate of contagion.


“It is therefore apt and pleasing to note that this conference is being conducted virtually, a sign of our new season and times and it is the third in a series of the seminar organised for COWLSO members.


“I want to thank the First Lady, Lagos State, Dr. Mrs. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat for not allowing the pandemic to slow them down. They have taken advantage of the difficult times we face to educate members of the Committee,” the Governor said.


Speaking on the essence of the workshop, he said it was designed to enhance professional skills of COWLSO members in representational duties coupled with a solid and sufficient grasp of the security implication of state assignments, while supporting their spouses who hold key public positions.


“As spouses of the officials of the Lagos State Government, you all have very key important roles to play in shaping, influencing and communicating the policies and programmes of our administration. This can only be done when you have been properly equipped through training such as this.” Sanwo-Olu said.


He enjoined participants to make the best of the training to benefit the society, adding: “It is important to know that it is not about the position but how much we influence lives around us in our churches, mosques and our society generally for a better nation.”


Besides, the Governor expressed solidarity with COWLSO leadership and members as they plan for the 20th edition of the annual National Women’s Conference scheduled to hold between the 14th and 15th of October, 2020, just as he promised to extend the necessary support.


In her opening remarks, COWLSO Chairman and Lagos State First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the training was in line with the vision of the founding mothers of the Committee towards training and retraining of members to complement their spouses in delivering good governance to the people.


“Our world and times are changing and so we too have to continuously do a needs assessment and improve ourselves. We need to be incident commanders at all times in the home, in the environment, state and nation.


“We need to bridge the gaps in communicating the ideals of the government to our people, be the listening ear, be the voice of the voiceless galvanizing the youths and women, caring for the aged, lifting each other up, teaching technology to the grassroot women in rural areas, having clean environment, better health facilities, improved learning techniques, having clearer and sharper communication skills, and defending the welfare of our state and country at all times,” the First Lady said.


Other topics to be discussed at the training include Financial Literacy, Crop Agriculture, Fish Farming, Health Awareness, Public Speaking, Law, Motivational Talk, Aerobics, among others.


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