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Eid-il-Fitri: IBEDC urges Nigerians to observe safety precautions during celebration

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The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has urged its customers and all Nigerians to observe safety precautions as stated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during the celebration of Eid-il-Fitri.

The Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr John Ayodele, made the plea in a congratulatory message to Nigerians, especially Muslims, on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

Ayodele also urged Muslims to continue to display the virtues and the morals of Ramadan season, by being one another’s keepers, especially in these challenging times as occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He said IBEDC was conscious of its customers’ expectations of regular power supply during the holidays, assuring that the company would not disappoint them.

“Our technical crew is also available to rectify any fault that may arise during this period,” Ayodele said.

He, however, urged customers to pay their bills to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the holiday.

“Our payment centres are open during the holidays from 10.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m daily to attend to customers for bill payment, vending, enquiries and complaints, whilst we strictly adhere to all laid down COVID-19 safety protocols.

“Also, customers can reach us via our Customer Care lines which will be open all through the holidays,” he said.

Reports have it that the Federal Government had declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays in commemoration of the Eid-il-Fitri.

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It was said that the month-long compulsory Ramadan fasting would end on Friday or Saturday, subject to the sighting of the new moon and directives from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

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Nigerian sailor emerges Best Masters Student in Rwandan University

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Nigerian sailor emerges Best Masters Student in Rwandan University

A Nigerian woman has graduated as the Best Masters Students in Arts from the University of Rwanda.

The woman, whose Instagram handle reads “thesailorchic” and name, Anabelle Kemmy graduated with a distinction in the Master of Arts in Security Studies. She also won the Best College Research Paper and was third-best in the merit of the Senior Command and Staff Course.

A sailor, she expressed her delight to have flown the Nigerian flag proudly in the East African country.

“So today marked the end of another chapter in my life. This was by far one of the most exciting for me as I got to acquire 2 very important qualifications. My joy was however in the fact that I got to make my beloved country, Nigeria proud,” she wrote via her Instagram handle.

She has been seen to have always celebrated Nigeria in Rwanda from her previous posts, with videos of her celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day in 2019 on her page.

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So today marked the end of another chapter in my life. This was by far one of the most exciting for me as I got to acquire 2 very important qualifications. My joy was however in the fact that I got the opportunity to make my beloved country, Nigeria 🇳🇬 proud. Best student with a Distinction in the Master of Arts in Security Studies (University of Rwanda). Best College Research Paper and third best in merit of Senior Command and Staff Course 08 (Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College). Nigeria my beloved country, I feel honored to have represented you this past year in Rwanda. As I flip this book to another hopefully exciting chapter, I look forward to more opportunities to serve. I dedicate my awards to the Nigerian Navy. 🇳🇬❤️ #navy #university #military #college

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Ugandan lady accuses Nigerian boyfriend of fraud

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A Nigerian man, identified as Ralph Damilola Akinola, is trending on social media after a Nigerian-Ugandan lady, Sharon Godwin, called him out for allegedly defrauding her.

According to Sharon, she met Ralph on Twitter and they became fast friends, which later became emotional. With the turn in their relationship, they agreed to meet in December 2019 and share the expenses 50-50.

However, Ralph travelled to Uganda, made Sharon foot all the bill with a promise to refund her once he is back in Nigeria. Five months later, the lady alleged her boyfriend was yet to refund her.

She wrote,

I don’t like doing this but this shit has gone way beyond my patience, I just have to say it out. Myself and One of your Nigerian Twitter influencers, Ralph/@OmoIyaDammy have known ourselves for some time now. We met on Twitter & talked every day. The energy was massive & undeniable.

We got into a relationship and it was all nice & good. We grew closer every day. Video calls, texts, late-night chats. We agreed to see in December and that made us happy. We came up with the agreement to split the billing 50-50 as it would be too much on him to carry.

Ralph arrived in Uganda on 18th December 2019. I received him from the airport and we were fucking excited to meet like expected, we went to the hotel that I paid for with my money. This guy was ordering for expensive shit only but I paid and that was where this story began.

I noticed he didn’t come with money at least his 50% as we previously agreed, I was stunned and couldn’t believe it but being an actor & all he has always had his way with words and promised he was gonna refund half of whatever I would spend on him during his stay in Uganda.

I agreed and obviously wanted to please him and get the relationship moving. We had fun. Did some sightseeing and had quality time together. One week quickly passed and he travelled back to Nigeria. I paid for his ticket back home.

It’s been 5 months now & I haven’t seen my money. I see him balling tho. All I want is my cash because asides blogging, Twitter and school, I’m my own woman. Ralph had the nerve to block me on Whatsapp. Nigerians ask @OmoIyaDammy Ralph to please refund my money!!!

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Foundation empowers 100 infertility women in Nigeria

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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has empowered 100 infertility women in Nigeria to establish small businesses to be independent and rebuild their lives.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck said in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, that the foundation had supported the women, in collaboration with the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.

According to her, the foundation has been partnering with Buhari, who is also the Ambassador of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’.

“We have been working to break the infertility stigma in the country and building equitable and quality healthcare capacity, through ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign.

“Over 100 infertile women were supported to establish small businesses so that they can rebuild themselves and lead independent and happier lives.’’

Kelej said Merck foundation had provided training for embryologists in Nigeria to create a platform of local experts’ infertility care.

“Merck Foundation has also provided two Nigerian doctors with one-year diabetes and hypertension post-graduate diploma training from the University of South Wales, UK.

“We are fully committed to continuing to provide specialized training in the fields of cancer, fertility, and diabetes care to more doctors across Nigeria after the official launch,’’ she said.

According to her, First Ladies of 18 countries are part of the ambassadors of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’, leading and executing the initiatives in their respective countries.

“They are leading the initiative to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility.

“This speaks volumes about the work we are doing.

“As a part of Merck More Than a Mother, we have been providing clinical training to candidates from Africa and Asia to establish a platform of fertility specialists and embryologists.

“So far, the number of Merck Foundation Alumni in this field is more than 185 candidates from 35 countries across Africa and Asia.

“Also, we have supported the establishment of the first-ever Public IVF centers in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Uganda by training their staff to be able to support the infertile couples.’’

The official said she was proud of the success stories, saying “I always feel that they are my children and I am super proud of their success.

“It is very important to empower infertile women by providing treatment so they can bear children as part of their human rights.

“But, for those who cannot be treated anymore, Merck More Than a Mother’s initiative ‘Empowering Berna’ helps to train them to establish their own small business so that they can be independent and re-build their own lives’’.

Kelej also said that the foundation also worked with local singers, film-makers, media partners and fashion designers to raise awareness to break the stigma of infertility.

“These initiatives are very important for Nigeria since it is the hub of art and fashion, I cannot wait to explore these beautiful talents and work closely with them.

“The aim is to sensitize our communities that women are more than just mothers and men are more than just fathers.

“It takes both a man and a woman to have a child,’’ she said

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