Following the incident of Coronavirus recorded in Ogun State, the state government says 28 people who had contact with the Italian victim of the disease have been identified and quarantined.
The government also said the firm where the victim visited in Ewekoro has been shut down.
The state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this, on Friday, while addressing newsmen on the update of the Coronavirus incident in the state.
The governor said efforts were on to identify more contacts to curb the spread of the disease.
Abiodun said, “The particular company in question has been practically shut down and they have set up two isolation centres within the premises.
“They have identified all those that have been in contact with this index, totalling about 28. All those 28 people have been quarantined.”
Earlier, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Tomi Coker, said the victim, whose name was not given, fell ill in a cement company in Ewekoro, where he visited for a business engagement from Italy.
Coker while explaining how the 44-year-old Italian victim entered the state said, “In the last 12 hours, the first case of the chronic virus has been identified in Nigeria and the individual was visiting Ogun State.
“The individual is of Italian origin and he is a consultant to the Lafarge, Ewekoro factory.”
SuperSport viewers on DStv are set to be enthralled by the biggest club football match in the world as the latest edition of ‘El Clasico’ – the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid – looms large this weekend.
The teams switched positions in this past weekend’s round of La Liga matches, with Barcelona racking up an emphatic 5-0 win over Eibar on Saturday, while Real Madrid slumped to a surprise 1-0 loss at Levante later the same day. The results saw Barcelona move up to pole position with 55 points, while Real are second with 53. A further 10 points separate Los Blancos from third-placed Atletico Madrid, underlining how important El Clasico will be in deciding the title.
Barca’s big win at the weekend featured four goals from the incomparable Lionel Messi, who will be hoping to add to his record tally of 26 El Clasico goals come Sunday night.
“We have been waiting for a result like this, where everything goes in our favour,” Barcelona boss Quique Setien said as he gears up for his first El Clasico since succeeding Ernesto Valverde.
“In other games, we have not finished the chances we have created, but [against Eibar] we have. The three goals before the break have given us peace of mind ahead the second half, and we have an important week ahead.”
Real have dropped five points in their last two matches to bring into doubt their ability to reclaim the La Liga title. Their performance against Levante was an abject one and came with two massive blows for El Clasico, with news that Rodrygo is suspended and Belgian attacker Eden Hazard is ruled out with an ankle injury.
“We failed at the most important thing in football and that’s to score. It’s screwed up because in a week we’ve dropped five points, but this is football,” lamented manager Zinedine Zidane. “We didn’t deserve that today. We went from more to less. They made their shots count. We can’t look back now.
“My players gave everything and I’m annoyed. Losing five points in two games is a bad moment for us. We’re playing for everything this week. We’ve got to keep our heads up. We’ve had good moments before and now we’re in a bad one but we’ll come out of this.”
‘El Clasico’, broadcast details, 1 March 2020
Sunday 1 March
09:00 PM: Real Madrid v Barcelona – LIVE on SuperSport 7
Nigeria’s largest retail Bank, Access Bank Plc., has been named as one of the top 500 global banking brands, according to leading business valuation and strategy consultancy, Brand Finance.
Access Bank has demonstrated growth since it was last ranked as the fifth most valuable Nigerian bank in the 2017 Banking 500 report. The Bank now ranks second with a valuation of $242 million.
The Bank’s valuation comes on the back of its successful merger with Diamond Bank in April 2019, and its recent expansion into the East African market. The nine-months post-merger financial results posted by the Bank showed gross earnings of N513 billion, an increase of 37 percent above the N375.2 billion recorded within the same time frame in 2018.
Further analysis of the results showed the Bank’s asset base remained strong and diversified, growing by 33 percent to N6.6 trillion as at September 2019, up from N4.95 trillion as of December 31, 2018.
The Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc., talking about the Bank’s growth trajectory, said, “In the last twelve months, Access Bank has grown into a powerhouse in the Nigerian and indeed, African banking industry. We are happy with all the successes recorded so far, and we hope to reach and surpass other targets we have set for ourselves. Access Bank will continue on its journey to becoming Africa’s gateway to the world, through strategic expansion into new and emerging markets within and outside Africa and providing best in-class customer experience.”
He went further to urge investors and other stakeholders to keep their faith in the Bank, reassuring that the Bank will stay true to its values of ethical and sustainable banking practices. “Access Bank will continue to innovate and remain profitable while offering value to all investors and stakeholders. As we strive to expand our business operations, we will remain true to our core values of sustainable banking and adherence to global best practices,” Wigwe concluded.
Published in the United Kingdom, the Banking 500 Report is an annual ranking of the world’s strongest and most valuable banking brands.
Philadelphia Ekesiena, popularly known as Philadelphia Kes, is a gospel musician committed to changing the gospel music with her brand. The Delta State-born artiste, in this interview with selected journalists in Lagos, speaks about her career and her works.
How did you discover your passion for music?
I literally grew up in the church, joined the children’s choir and became one of the best at the time. While in high school, I still kept at it, even during university days, when I knew music was my thing and I decided to do it for real. I love good music, fashion, intellectual conversations and honest people. When I’m not singing, I’m checking out new fashion styles, trends and all. I have five siblings and I’m the third of six children.
Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time when you thought of doing something different?
As a child, I did music for fun, I didn’t think of becoming a professional musician, but I kept sharpening my skill. It was when I went to the university to study and become an economist that I realised that my love for music is beyond just doing it for fun and that I’d like to do it full time. So, my undying love for music inspired my decision to go into it fully.
What are your greatest challenges?
It has not been easy putting out good music. I mean the whole process of producing, engineering and promoting. Having to keep up with the financial commitments has been a major challenge, but somehow, God has proved Himself through a divine backing. I am not bothered about the challenges anymore because I know it won’t last as I have a focus and a bigger vision. I see whatever I have passed through and still passing through as a stage and event to prepare me for the bigger stage. I am delighted for the grace and patience I have exercised so far. This has made the gospel more interesting for me.
What other things do you do aside music?
As I said earlier, I’m very good in clothing, fashion generally such that I have plans to set up a fashion outfit soonest.
Who are your role models?
I love Maranda Curtis and I want to be like her when I grow up. I also love Efe Nathan, her vocal strength is one which I covet. So, I keep working hard every day to be an endeared vessel.
What is your plan to impact lives and the industry in general?
I have a greater vision for my career and contributing my quota in the music fold. I want to establish my own or co-own a record label to promote up-and-coming artistes, especially to relieve them from unnecessary stress any rising artiste could go through as well as to make music making become easier and fun-filled.
What informed your decision to choose gospel music?
I grew up in church and gospel music is everything I have known as a child up till now even though I’m a wide listener and I listen to diverse genres. So, yes, the love for gospel came naturally. It is not as if I feel in love with it, but it is a divine call that I cannot hesitate to adhere to. I have no regret for the will of God, it has not only transformed my life, but has also made me a channel from God to His creatures.
What is your assessment of gospel music in Nigeria?
Gospel music in Nigeria is still growing, it has got a lot of potential even across the West Africa and the entire world. What we have so far are a lot of very talented gospel artistes, but we still need much help in the area of awareness, promotion, distribution and production. Though many media oganisations have supported the industry greatly, we need more exposure. I will say the industry is coming up and we’ve got room for improvement. I just want to advise fellow artistes and stakeholders not to relent in their effort to take the industry to a greater height.
The gospel music industry seems to be overcrowded. How do you intend to stand out?
I have a sound I’m set to project. I want to be as original as possible. With that, I’m sure I’ll stand out and in turn break even.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself proclaiming the name of Jesus around the world and anywhere my feet step on. I’m sold out to making Jesus famous through my songs as that’s the whole essence of salvation.
What inspired your new work entitled: “He Came Through”?
There was a time in my life where depression, regular mood swings were the order of the day. Then my cousin came up with the song and we wrote it together. That was how I was able to really express myself through the lyrics of the song. It took about five years to produce the song because we had the song since my university days and decided to revamp it four years after graduation.
How do you intend to make a complete album?
Yes, of course, a couple of other songs are cooking already and I have some other songs too. Plans are underway to have a complete album.
Are you not scared that Gospel music could only bring you fame and not sustainable income?
I am Never scared. As a child of God we are not meant to be. I have plans for show business and the more technical side of the industry. Being famous for the RIGHT reason is good and I am sure sustainable income will come with the territory God willing.
Are you in a relationship? Take us into your family life?
I am currently not in a relationship as I just want to concentrate on my career for now. I have a very loving and supportive family. Growing up my parents noticed that I was always humming and sometimes singing to songs so they encouraged me and I developed it with the help of Vocal trainers and other professionals.
What’s your view of the reception of Nigerian gospel music globally?
Gospel music is gaining popularity and positive attention to Nigeria . A few Nigerian artists are already representing us well and there is room for more artists. Many artists are now working with reputable record labels who can help improve and promote their work positively. We are making progress and by the way thanks to media outlets like yourselves for the love and support you continue to shower on us
Has anyone ever shared a testimony about the impact of your music/voice in their lives?
To the glory of God several people have shared with me and I hope the song is a source of inspiration, healing and motivation for people. As for the voice I get that quite often as I am a member of the choir in my Church . This Present House and I cannot thank Pastor Tony Rapu enough for his leadership, direction and teaching.
Experts in the telecommunication industry on Thursday stated that Nigeria will derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment of the fifth generation (5G) networks.
The experts spoke during a special panel session sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission at the ongoing social media week in Lagos.
They argued that the development of the fifth generation networks will come with great potentials that will boost the entire spectrum of Nigeria’s socio economic ecosystem.
The panel session was attended by the chairman, Board of Commissioners of NCC, Adeolu Akande, and many participants across industries. The panel also had Bako Wakil, the Director, Technical Standards & Network Integrity, NCC and Kenneth Uzoekwe, Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC as panel members while Omoniyi Ibietan, NCC’s Head, Online Media & Special Publications, moderated.
Speaking at the panel session, Mr Wakil explained that 5G is the newest generation of technology which “will bring about transformation in the country in the area of smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine, a lot of automation and 5G will control a lot of appliances and devices with respect to Internet of Things (IoT).”
He stated that the difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G lies in speed and data capacity and 5G deployment offers faster speed, high latency and high capacity that will transform consumer and businesses’ experiences.
Responding to questions on radiation level of a 5G network, Mr Wakil allayed the fears of the consumer in this regard.
“Generally,” he began, “there is every reason for people to be apprehensive with respect to the radiation of a new technology such as 5G. However, the radiation from 5G is non-ionising radiation, whose power is not enough to cause adverse health effects. So, Radiation in 5G is going to be minimal and not harmful.”
While identifying the two major challenges to 5G network deployment to be poor electricity infrastructure and lack of adequate fibre cable for backhauling, the NCC official stated that the issue of power infrastructure is a general economic problem, solution to which is outside the purview of the commission.
He said, “On the second problem lack of adequate infrastructure, the NCC has embarked its Open Access Model policy where it has licensed six out of seven proposed Infrastructure Companies to deploy fibre access in all the 774 local government areas (LGAs) of Nigeria.”
In his contribution, Mr Uzoekwe said there is enough spectrum bands that have been identified and can be used for the deployment of 5G.
“Six spectrum bands have been identified, so I can say we have enough spectrum bands,” he said. “All we need now is to re-plan and re-farm so that those occupying the spectra can be relocated to other bands.”
He further told the excited audience that the InfraCo Project will help to bridge the 200 access gaps involving 35 million Nigerians without access to services, identified by the Commission.
In November, the NCC facilitated the trail of 5G network in Nigeria, preparatory to the commercial launch of the service by telecoms operators.
In demonstration of its commitment to consistently promote and support the growth and development of the economy and also to deepen its foothold in the retail sector, Keystone Bank Limited recently held another edition of its capacity building training for its customers in Abuja and its environs.
According to the lender, the programme tagged ‘Spark Up Your Brand 2.0’ which was launched in July 2019 and is part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, is designed to teach start-ups on how to position their brands for business growth and make them attractive to investors and for profitability.
Speaking on the initiative, Keystone Bank head of CSR, Izore Bamawo said: “SMEs are established drivers of the strongest economies and Nigeria cannot be an exception. With over 15 million SMEs dotting the Nigerian landscape, we are poised to ensure our customers in this segment actively grow their businesses through our partnerships and focused initiatives in the segment, and that is why we have strong support for the MSME sector.
“Keystone Bank is one of the financial institutions that have long-running support for the growth and development of small businesses in Nigeria because of the recognition of critical roles of MSMEs as vital agents of economic development and transformation.
“May I reemphasize that this programme is a demonstration of the bank’s commitment to leverage business growth opportunities pivotal in accelerating the process of economic and social development, which is one of the global millennium development goals.
“Our target is at delivering top-of-mind value propositions to enable the entrepreneur’s position their brands for profitability,” Bamawo noted.
At the event held on 14th February 2020 at the popular Rock View Hotel, Wuse II, participants were offered a free website alongside mentorship sessions by experts who shared deep insights on varied aspects of marketing and brand management.
Keystone Bank, a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers, has a full-fledged SME banking division which over the years has developed various engagement programmes focused on empowering entrepreneurs.
The Lagos state government and the federal ministry of health have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria.
In a statement by Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health, the case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit.
According to another statement by Osagie Enahire, the federal minister of health, the case was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The minister advised that citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic.
“The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria,” he said.
NIGERIA IS PREPARED TO TACKLE COVID-19
The minister added that “the government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly”.
“The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.
“I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.
“We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses.”
Over 80,000 cases have been recorded globally, out of which more than 33,000 people have recovered.
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