Director General National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has called on culture and tourism stakeholders not lose faith about the uncertainty that has engulfed humanity as a result of the COVID-19.
Though the industry is highly affected and bleeding, the NCAC boss believes the industry and practioners will survive the scrouge if the medical and hygiene culture protocol is strictly adhered to by everyone.
“Our industry, at times like this, had survived many socio-economic and medical visitations in the past because we are very close to the people and will be the first to experience negative impact of any local or global restiveness on all fronts,” he stated.
“This experience must count now. Yes, we have lost money from bookings for our various cultural tourism events, running our hotels on low occupancy and generally witnessed a lockdown never seen before but i’m confident, once it is over, our industry will respond positively beyond expectation. So I urge all of us to be careful and prayerful,” he added.
The DG who just came back last week from Jos, Plateau State, to visit the government and people of the state in preparation and activation of various activities towards hosting Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival, the National Festival of Art and Culture (NAFEST) later in the year, commended the leadership of all private sector players in culture and tourism for the proactive actions taken to educate customers and owners of leisure businesses on COVID-19 protocols.
“Apart from medical professionals, our industry practitioners are also in the frontline of falling victims to this homongous pestilence, hence the commendation of all levels of leadership in the sector for keeping all concerned well informed about the impact of the disease.” Runsewe further explained.
He noted that the closure of our land borders and restrictions of air travel, will mitigate the spread the dreaded infirmity, praising Federal and states governments’ response to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“This is not a period to fear and panic but to watch, pray and follow all sanctioned protocols. It shall be with us and very soon if we take to regulations, our culture and tourism engagements will bounce back, better and bigger,” he concluded.
FirstBank Salutes Medical Professionals Tackling COVID-19
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.
APC Chieftain, Ogiemwonyi Celebrates Oshiomhole at 68
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.
Ronaldo Becomes Football’s First Billionaire
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.