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BREAKING: UK Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Public Use

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The UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for public use.

It is the first country to gives its nod to the mass use of the vaccine.

The UK became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the US and European Union.

The vaccine will be available in Britain from next week, according to a statement from the UK government.

In November, Pfizer announced that it had developed a vaccine that could offer 95 percent protection against COVID-19.

MHRA, the British health regulator, said the vaccine is safe for public use.

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JUST IN: Fire Guts Sunday Igboho’s House In Soka, Oyo State [PHOTOS]

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A midnight fire on Tuesday gutted some parts of the house of a popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho.

The fire reportedly started around 3 am in the building located in the Soka area of Oyo State.

The source of the fire was unknown as of the time of filing this report but it was gathered that firefighters from the Oyo State Fire Service arrived at the scene a few hours after to douse the fire.

No statement has been obtained from Igboho on the incident.

Igboho, who is the Akoni Oodua of Yoruba land, had asked herdsmen in the Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State to leave within seven days.

At the expiration of the ultimatum last week, he and his followers had stormed the Fulani settlement in the ancient town to eject Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and herdsmen accused of perpetrating crimes ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmlands with their cattle.

Some houses and property in the settlement of the Fulanis were torched but Igboho had distanced himself from the incident, saying aggrieved youths and residents of the town were responsible for the destruction.

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Yuletide: CBA Foundation Donates Food Items, Cash Gifts To Widows In Anambra

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As part of the New Year celebration, the Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria, has put smiles on the faces of some widows in Nnewi, Anambra State.

The event, which was held on Friday, January 1, 2021, had excited widows numbering over 55 going home with food-items and financial empowerment.

Speaking at the event, the founder of the NGO, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, said the basis for diligently driving the foundation is derived from the passion and need to impact the lives of underprivileged widows who have gone through so much pain and discrimination and might have lost hope.

“We give hope to the hopeless. We are driven to support underprivileged widows to have a positive outlook on life despite the problems they experience by losing their loved ones, mostly the breadwinner of the family.

“At the moment, we have over 1,200 authentic widows on our profile. The successes have been enormous, many women are now business owners and are able to not just fend for their families but are employers of labour. Over 40 children who had lost hope in education are back to school, through the payment of school fees as well as the provision of stationery. Twenty-six underprivileged widows through our medical intervention recovered from the stroke.

“We have reached out to over 5,600 underprivileged widows and over 850 children through our International Widow’s Day outreaches since we started with food items, clothing, skill acquisition training, and financial empowerment to some selected and medical outreaches. We can go on and on but time wouldn’t permit me,” she said.

Mrs. Bode-Akinwande added: “We have a long-term expansion plan but what matters to us at CBA Foundation is our immediate environment.

“This indeed forms the basis for expanding our environment beyond Lagos, Ogun, and Anambra which we currently cover. We are hopeful that more individuals and organizations will support us to spread across the country and beyond.”

At the Nnewi outreach, the widows expressed gratitude to the foundation as some were seen with smiles and relief on their faces.

According to Mrs. Nwosu, one of the widows, a bitter kola and palm kernel trader, every market day, she goes to the town’s market society to borrow money to be able to buy and resell; she thereafter returns the money along with a part of the profit.

Mrs Nwosu was given a seed capital for bitter kola and palm kernel business by the CBA Foundation.

Mrs Nnodu is a mother of three. She and her kids hawk fruits on the streets. They share the routes they have to cover daily. To boost her income, she used to borrow money from the women group to sell plastics but was unable to meet up interest and timelines. She became a lucky beneficiary of CBA Foundation seed capital for the plastic business and packaging of the fruits.

Just like Nwosu, periodic checks and reports are to be done by leaders of their respective groups to track their progress, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, the CBA founder said.

For Mrs. Okonkwo, the kids’ welfare had remained a huge challenge.   The widow who cleans the streets and takes care of her very aged mother, wants to start a poultry business that can fetch her money, take care of the sick aged mother with her is enough for her to cater for her kids. CBA has come to her rescue also by providing seed capital for the poultry business which will be tracked by her group leader just like others who were empowered the same day of outreach.

One of them, Mrs. Akoma, goes into thick bushes to fetch firewood, arranges them and takes to different market days to sell and earn a living.  Akaoma was also among the beneficiaries of the seed capital to start a business to immediately stop the risk to her life in the thick forest.

The CBA Foundation is primarily dedicated to promoting the protection of Nigerian underprivileged widows and their vulnerable children, restoring immediate and lasting hope, confidence, and courage in their lives.

Established in 2015, the foundation, under its five-point agenda, has reached out to thousands of underprivileged widows and children through skills acquisition training, health intervention, business start-ups, and provision of clothing, nutrition, and tuition fees for the children.

A breakdown shows 5,600 widows have been empowered through its women empowerment and capacity building initiative; over 3,500underprivileged widows have received health intervention while over 3,600 have received food items. The foundation has also reinstated 45 children in schools, empowered 120 widows financially to start a business of their own, and provided palliatives to 250 widows during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down.

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Hoodlums Disrupt Coalition’s Meeting On Insecurity In Kaduna [PHOTOS]

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Suspected hoodlums have disrupted a meeting of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) in Kaduna.

The coalition had converged on Arewa House, Kaduna, on Monday, to discuss the insecurity in the northern region when armed men broke into the hall.

CNG had organized a meeting under the theme, ‘Module for Broad-based Community Action for Self Defence, Deeper Engagement and Enhanced Synergy between States’, which was scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.

Participants expected at the meeting included traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, youths, the business community, and other stakeholders from all 19 northern states of the country.

However, while the meeting was on, the attackers were said to have stormed the venue of the event and disrupted the meeting.

Tables were turned upside down, while a glass door was shattered in the process.

The incident took place hours after the CNG directed its members to organize a protest in Katsina, to demand the safe return of the students kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.

According to Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, as of Sunday afternoon, 333 students were still unaccounted for.

According to a statement issued by the group on Sunday, the protest will take place at Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari — the president is currently in Katsina state.

“Three state chapters of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) are into massive mobilization for an indefinite sit-out outside President Buhari’s home in Daura to demand the urgent rescue of the kidnapped students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara,” the statement reads.

“CNG’S spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the national headquarters of the coalition had been briefed by the three state chapters involved.

“The sit-out protest is expected to involve parents of all the abducted children and other concerned groups and individuals and to stay on until all the abducted children are returned alive and safe.

“The states to embark on the protests include Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa.”

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