Rescuing orphanage homes from hunger

COVID-19 is taking a toll on orphans and vulnerable children whose survival depends on the diminishing goodwill of philanthropists. REGINA OTOKPA reports on the selfless act of a foundation, to save over 250 children from falling victim to the hunger virus   T he Federal Capital Territory is home to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children  who have suffered a lot of  pain and anguish as a result of unforeseen circumstances one way or the other.     The survival of these children is hinged  on the goodwill of concerned…

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COVID-19: Racing against time for accommodation

  Since the Index case of coronavirus was reported in Nigeria on 27 February 2020, government and health sector stakeholders have not rested. They have been trying to provide facilities for the isolation and treatment of those who may be infected by the deadly virus. CALEB ONWE reports that the government is currently battling for accommodation of patients     T he COVID 19 pandemic came upon the world unannounced and  arrived with such a fury that government  at a levels in Nigeria have been  forced into a compulsory race…

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Mobilising women against COVID-19

  In a bid to mobilise women for the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, the  Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria has embarked on the Women Rights to Health Information (WORTHI) campaign to provide life-saving health information to women. DEBORAH OCHENI reports     W henever there are challenges such as war, disease outbreak or any form of disaster, women bear the brunt in the sense that they shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that members of their families  remain safe.   The World Health Organization (WHO) announced COVID-19 officially a pandemic…

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Lockdown: How mother abandoned four kids

The coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown imposed on the Federal Capital Territory has created unseen challenges for many families with some breadwinners unable to cope with the hardship associated with the lockdown. CALEB ONWE reports     W hile many parents were struggling to  ensure that their children remained  safe within the confines of their homes and  escape the scourge of  the COVID-19 pandemic, a distressed mother of four  children has  abandoned all her kids, ostensibly out of frustration.     The youngest of the children, a set of twins…

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Nestlé, others donate food, beverages to Abuja communities

In recent days, several organisations have been assisting communities with palliatives to cushion the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home order. REGINA OTOKPA reports   W hen President Muhammadu Buhari announced a total lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states, there were promises of palliatives to be handed down to the poor and vulnerable, who obviously would be worst hit by the restriction of movement and crippling of economic activities.   However, these promises later turned into tales of woes as the majority of Nigerians who were expecting…

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COVID19: Rekindling the humanitarian spirit

As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread across the states and citizens are forced to remain indoors, many Nigerians have joined the bandwagon, distributing relief materials. DEBORAH OCHENI reports   F ew weeks ago, the fight to end COVID-19 in Nigeria received a major boost from the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari.  Her office distributed some items to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in some states in the country.  The First Lady facilitated the distribution of the relief items through the ‘Get Involved Initiative’ bankrolled by the  Aisha…

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COVID-19: Locking out ‘unwanted’ visitors

As the gradual easing of the lockdown takes effect, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA ) has been grappling with many unwanted visitors being smuggled into the city of Abuja at night.   CALEB ONWE reports     N igeria’s capital city, Abuja, goes by the slogan – Centre of Unity, because it was conceived as the home and rallying point for all Nigerians. This concept has not changed but Nigerians who are not resident in Abuja but want to enter the city now are unwanted visitors and will  have…

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Relief as Katampe gets access road

  The massive development of  infrastructure in the Federal Capital Territory has been largely restricted to the city, leaving out many of the surrounding communities. ABDULWAHAB ISA reports on a private effort to expand the road infrastructure   F or years, residents of Katampe, one of the numerous communities  in the suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have had to endure the pains and distraught of a very bad dusty road. It made living in this sprawling  community both   hellish and  a nightmare.     Gladly, succour birthed…

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Customers lament delay in transactions in banks

C ustomers of various banks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday used the ease on the COVID-19 lockdown to visit the banks for various transactions but met heavy traffic. Consequently, they lamented over the delays of their banks to attend to their transactions.     Some of them, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Monday, described the delays as unbearable.     Mrs Ngozi Uzochi, a customer who was seen at a bank, on Jikwoyi-Nyanya road, said that although the bank was…

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Palliatives: A distribution marred by violence, poor accountability

  Allegations of discrimination, lack of transparency and unrest characterised the distribution of palliatives to residents of Abuja. The move was intended to cushion the effects of the lockdown. ONYEKACHI EZE reports     Last week’s distribution of palliatives to residents of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has painted a rather grim picture of the entire exercise.   The unrest and bloodletting, which characterised the exercise in Kubwa and Byazhin wards in Bwari Area Council, were testimonies of how not to alleviate the pains and sufferings of Nigerians. The…

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