The United Bank for Africa, through the UBA Foundation, has donated the sum of N28.5m to the Nasarawa State Government, as the bank’s contribution towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Danjuma Salihu, Regional Head, UBA North Central, presented the donation on behalf of the bank, at a brief ceremony at the Government House, on Monday.
Salihu said the bank found it necessary to support Nasarawa State in its fight against COVID-19, which is affecting the whole world.
He commended the development strides of the Governor of the state, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, stressing that the bank identified with the focus and thrust of the state government.
“We believe that Nasarawa State has been on the right course and we will continue to partner with the state.
“And our humble presentation on behalf of the UBA Foundation, is a donation of the sum of N28, 5000, 000 here presented. This is already sitting in your account waiting for your utilization. As we call on all others to contribute,” Salihu stated.
The UBA regional head however called on other spirited organizations and individuals, to also contribute towards combating the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Sule, expressed appreciation to the bank for making the contribution, stressing that there is no better time for such philanthropy than now, when the world is going into recession, including Nasarawa State.
The Governor promised to utilise the donation specifically towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While noting that Nasarawa State is yet to have a confirmed case of coronavirus infection, Engineer Sule however said the state has heightened its defence mechanisms against the pandemic, particularly with the state’s proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which is presently on lockdown.
“That is why I have always called on the Federal Government to give Nasarawa a special attention.
“So for UBA to be the first to give us special attention, I will like to sincerely thank you. And I promise you, every penny of this amount given, will go for the cause that was given. I will not take one naira out of it, to do any other thing but exactly support the fight against COVID-19,” he stated.
Tanker Explosion: Ex- Gov Bello Aide On Students Matters Omonu Joshua Commiserates With Govt., Students, Families Of Accident Victims
The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Students Matters to Governor Yahaya Bello, has joined his voice with that of other sympathisers to commiserate with the families of the students, Felele community who were killed during a Tanker explosion which occurred at early hours on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.
Joshua in a statement he personally signed and made available to News men prayed for eternal rest of those that died in the incident and fortitude to bear the loss on part of their families as well as quick recovery for the injured.
He equally condoled the government and people of Kogi State where he hail the prompt response of the government to the scene.
Kogi Inferno: Gov Obaseki Condoles With Kogi Govt, People And Wish Them Fortitude To Bear The Loss
The newly returned Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with the government and people of Kogi State, over the tanker explosion which claimed many lives.
In the condolence message issued in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, Obaseki said: “I condole with the government and people of Kogi State over the tanker explosion that claimed several lives.
“The explosion is an urgent reminder of the need to prioritize road and rail infrastructure development in Nigeria.”
The governor added: “Our hearts go out to families that lost persons and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Just In: Another Gas Explosion Hits Lagos
A gas explosion is currently rocking one area at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State.
According to reports gathered, many of the people who involved in the incident were injured.
The Punch reports that buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. As of the time of filing this report, the details of the gas explosion were sketchy An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke.
The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties but many people are injured.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.
He disclosed that emergency fighters have arrived at the scene of the incident. “LASEMA Response Team is at Cele Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.
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