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APC Adopts Gbajabiamlia for Speaker, Zones Deputy to North-Central

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.

Mr Gbajabiamlia, who made his intention known some weeks ago, is currently the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

“This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa.

“The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North Central,” the party said in a statement Tuesday evening by its spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

The APC last month adopted Ahmed Lawan as its favoured candidate for Senate President.

Elections into key positions of the National Assembly will hold in June.

The APC has a clear majority in the next House with over 220 of the 360 members.

However, some members of the party have kicked against adopting candidates for positions rather than zoning the seats to particular sections of the country.

Some leaders of the APC from the North-central had also insisted that the speakership position be zoned to the area.

In the Senate, at least two other APC senators from the North-east have vowed to challenge Mr Lawan.

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FirstBank Salutes Medical Professionals Tackling COVID-19 

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By Felix Onajite

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has saluted medical professionals tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and the world, THE WITNESS reports.

The Bank in series of tweets on its Twitter page on Friday, acknowledged the role medical experts are playing to fight the virus.

Some of the messages read: “No capes, just heroes. To all the health professionals at the frontline of efforts to tackle COVID-19, we say thank you. Your timeless efforts are much appreciated. The world called and they responded.”

“No cape, just lab-coats. No superhuman capability, just dedication, strength, and compassion. As we play our parts of staying at home, we thank our medical professionals for being our ‘Avengers’.”

“The world called and they responded. We salute our frontline warriors.”

FirstBank has been in the forefront of supporting the drive to flatten the curve with promoting public enlightenment being among its many measures to check the rising spread of Coronavirus since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.

Recall, the lender, as part of a robust effort to combat the deadly virus, recently announced a donation of N1 billion to the federal government of Nigeria for the expansion of health facilities, purchase of relief materials, critical care facilities, protective gears to contain the spread of the virus and treating individuals diagnosed with the disease.

The donation 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 Lagos State Ministry of Education.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the e-learning initiative is a complementary effort in education to support students and minimise the disruption to their education resulting from closure of schools.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday night confirmed 20 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Eleven cases were confirmed in Lagos, three cases confirmed in the FCT, 3 in Edo, two in Osun and one in Ondo

“Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo States, with 25 cases discharged. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 210,” the centre said.

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APC Chieftain, Ogiemwonyi Celebrates Oshiomhole at 68

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo State and renowned technocrat, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, has joined millions of well wishers to celebrate the party’s National Chairman, Adams Aliu Oshiomhole who clocked 68.

Ogiemwonyi described Oshiomhole as a Pathfinder and Leader of leaders in a message he signed.

It read “Happy 68th Birthday to our National Chairman, a pathfinder, a coach, mentor and Leader of leaders.

“Comrade Adams Aliu Eric Oshiomhole,
On behalf of My family, friends and Political Associate, I pray that whatever you ask may you receive, whatever you seek may you find, whatever door you knock may it be opened on your birthday and always.

“May the joy that you have spread in the past come back to you on this day. Another adventure filled year awaits you so wear a seat belt and be sure to enjoy the journey. Happy birthday”

Ogiemwonyi recently joined the fight against coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria with the donation of relief materials such as nose mask, gloves and sanitizers to Edo rural dwellers and appointed coordinators across the 18 local government areas of the state to sensitise them on personal hygiene in a bid to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

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Ronaldo Becomes Football’s First Billionaire

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Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will become the third sportsman in the world after golf star Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr to have earned $1bn during his career.

The Old Lady announced a massive pay cut to help them during a period with loss of revenue, but it won’t affect the Portuguese superstar too much.

Thanks to the brand that is CR7, he exclusively earned about €100m only in 2019, but in his career, he is expected to reach the $1bn club in 2019-20, even with the three-month pay cut at the Bianconeri.

Only Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned more than Ronaldo last season, but the fact that the 35-year-old has almost played 18 seasons of professional football helps him become the first-ever footballer to reach $1bn during his career.

Business Insider also reports that Roger Federer will become the first billionaire in tennis this year.

Only golf and boxing champions have reached numbers that level of the active players, whilst basketball legend Michael Jordan is the third member currently in the club.

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