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PHOTOS: Tears As Fire Razes Spare Parts Market In Edo

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Traders  broke down in uncontrollable tears as they  lamented and counted their losses following a fire outbreak which gutted the Uwelu motor spare parts market in Benin City,  the Edo State capital.

No fewer than  one hundred shops with goods stored in them were destroyed beyond recognition.

Confirming the ugly incident, the Chairman of the Motor Spare Parts Association, Uwelu branch, Ibie Osaretin, said they got the fire alert around 11:00 pm on Monday.

Osaretin,  also disclosed that they were unable to salvage the situation early enough to recover goods from these shops.

He, however  appealed to the government and relevant bodies to come to the aid of the traders so that they can recover their loss and return to business.

Also reacting, the Vice-Chairman of the Egor Local Government Area where the market is situated assured the traders that the government would intervene in their predicament.

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Torrential rains destroy shelters for displaced people in northeast Nigeria

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Torrential rain has destroyed makeshift tents and caused severe flooding to temporary displacement camps in northeast Nigeria, leaving vulnerable families homeless. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is appealing for urgent financial assistance to address the colossal humanitarian needs and to prevent the spread of deadly cholera.

“Displaced people are suffering due to relentless rains and wind battering their homes the last few days. Large numbers of families, who fled from conflict months ago, are left homeless while others are forced to share overcrowded tents with neighbours or relatives,” said Eric Batonon, Country Director for NRC in Nigeria.

According to NRC’s assessments, over 6,800 people living in displacement camps in Maiduguri have been impacted by floods in recent weeks. In Dikwa, 500 people have been rendered homeless due to flooding and have set up home in disused registration centres.

“They are essentially displaced within a displacement camp,” Batonon added.

“My home is completely destroyed. My floor has turned to mud and water is everywhere. The rain keeps coming and we do not have any choice but to wait for it to stop or share with others,” said displaced mother-of-four Fatima Mohammed (30).

The Adamawa State Government officially declared an outbreak of cholera in three local government areas during the rainy season. The total number of cases reported as of August 16 stands at 633. Four people have so far lost their lives to the disease. Due to recent heavy rain and flooding, more cases could be confirmed over the coming weeks.

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“Displaced people are living in sub-human conditions across the region. There are no sanitation or drainage facilities in most camps. People are going to the toilet in open spaces because there are no facilities for them to use and now that the camps are filled with stagnant flood water, water-borne diseases like cholera quickly spread,” Batonon added.

The United Nations and partners have appealed for $848 million to address the needs in northeast Nigeria this year. About eight months into the year, less than 40 per cent has been received.

“Additional financial support is urgently needed to reach the 6.2 million people targeted for humanitarian aid in 2019. People will die if they don´t receive urgent assistance now,” Batonon said.

Furthermore, heavy rain periods present opportunities by armed groups to infiltrate and target displacement camps. On Tuesday night (August 20) in Dikwa, a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb, killing herself and injuring four civilians. This was the first attack of its kind in the area since December 2018.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Osinbajo Appoints Ajimobi’s Ex- Documentary Photographer, Tolani Alli

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has appointed Tolani Alli as his official photographer.

Tolani Alli, the daughter of the immediate past Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, was the former documentary  photographer to Ex- governor Abiola Ajimobi.

She will be joining Bayo Omoboriowo who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s official photographer.

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, in a tweet, confirmed her appointment

“Looking forward to working with this pair over the next four years. Official Photographers to President Buhari (@bayoomoboriowo) and Vice President Osinbajo (@tolanialli)”, the tweet reads.

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Makinde Congratulates Sunday Dare On Appointment As New Youths & Sports Minister

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday congratulated the newly-appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, just as he charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in transforming and repositioning the ministry.

The governor urged the Ogbomoso-born minister to be a good ambassador of Oyo State and to showcase the Pacesetter qualities of the State in the new position.

Governor Makinde , in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, added that the government of Oyo State would be looking forward to having a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Dare, who is now an ambassador of the state.

The statement further reads, “On behalf of the good people of Oyo State, I congratulate Mr. Sunday Dare on his appointment as the Minister of Youth and Sports.

“By this appointment, Mr. Dare has become an ambassador of Oyo State, which has always been the pace-setter in all positive ramifications and we charge the new minister to keep that flag of excellence flying.

“I urge him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the ministry and we will like to state that as a people-oriented Government and one that has made the commitment to bring about positive change in the life of the people of the state, we are ready to have a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Mr. Dare.

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“It is our prayer that he succeeds in the new assignment and win laurels to the admiration of Nigerians”.

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