Africa’s leading cement giant, BUA Cement has donated relief materials worth millions of naira to its host communities in Edo State to cushion the negative effect of the precautionary measures put in place to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The relief materials included 350 bags of rice and 22,500 facemasks whilst the company also promised to deliver hand sanitizers in coming days. These items were donated to Okpella, Okpekpe, Ibie and Elele Communities.
Commenting on the gesture, Engr. Yusuf Binji, Managing Director/CEO, BUA Cement plc, noted that the relief materials would help reduce the spread of the virus and also provide a much needed supply of staple items during the period.
According to Engr. Binji, “As a responsible organisation, we understand the plight of our host communities and we know that some of them have been at home and must have run out of food supply. We believe this donation will go a long way to ameliorate the negative effect of the lockdown.”
Representing the BUA Cement CEO at the handover, Richard Gidado, a General Manager at the company’s BUA Cement plant, Obu Okpella, stated that the donation was aimed at complementing the effort of the government to ameliorate the negative effects of the lockdown.
Taking delivery of the items, Okpella Community leader, High Chief Tunde Ajie thanked the chairman, CEO and management of BUA Cement PLC for the donation and assured that the relief materials will be equitably distributed among the residents.
Covid-19: WHO approves China’s Sinopharm vaccine
WHO has announced the approval of China’s Sinopharm vaccine for Covid-19 vaccination.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the approval of China’s Sinopharm vaccine for Covid-19 vaccination. The vaccine is reported to have 79% efficacy against covid.
This was disclosed today in a report by Reuters. The vaccine would also be the second Chinese-made vaccine after Sinovac vaccine and would be the first developed outside Europe and North America to receive WHO accreditation.
“This expands the list of COVID-19 vaccines that COVAX can buy, and gives countries confidence to expedite their own regulatory approval, and to import and administer a vaccine,” WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
The WHO added that the easy storage requirements make it highly suitable for low-resource settings.
“Its easy storage requirements make it highly suitable for low-resource settings,” a WHO statement said while also disclosing that the vaccine has been approved for people above the age of 18 to receive two shots.
“On the basis of all available evidence, WHO recommends the vaccine for adults 18 years and older, in a two-dose schedule with a spacing of three to four weeks,” the statement added.
The vaccine was created by Beijing Biological Products Institute, a subsidiary of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group, with an efficacy of 79% for all age groups.
The WHO however, admitted that few older adults (over 60 years) were enrolled in clinical trials, so efficacy could not be estimated in this age group.
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“Mama Taraba”, Former minister and senator, Aisha Al-Hassan is dead
Ex-Women Affairs minister, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba is dead
A former Minister for Women Affairs and ex-Governorship Candidate in Taraba State, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba is dead.
According to media reports she died in a hospital on Friday in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 61.
Al-Hassan, who was a former senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District, was the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate for Taraba in the 2015 general elections.
She later contested for the same seat on the platform of the United Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections after resigning from APC and as a minister in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on July 27, 2018.
The former senator was born on the 16th of September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.
Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan attended Muhammed Nya Primary School, Jalingo and LEA Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna before proceeding to Saint Faith College (now GGSS) Kawo Kaduna where she studied between January 1973 and June 1977.
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