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I’ll give away most of my money before I die – Aliko Dangote

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that he would donate most of his wealth to charity before he dies.

The businessman said this while speaking at the 2019 Gold Gala of Florence Otedola’s Cuppy Foundation in Abuja.

Dangote, during the event organised by the Cuppy Foundation to raise funds for Save the Children, the 100-year United Kingdom-based charity, which is the biggest children-focused organisation in the world after UNICEF, donated N100 million.

“I believe we have made more Nigerians have a big heart to be giving back to the needy. Nigeria has been good to us. Despite our many needs, we need to also contribute and do our bit. We shouldn’t wait for the government to do everything. The government has a lot of challenges as we too have ours,” Dangote said.

“Yet, I still think we need to give back. They say, ‘To whom much is given; much is expected.’ Philanthropy in Nigeria is not new. But people find it very difficult to give money away. But I think, the more you give; the more God blesses you and makes you richer.”

On Femi Otedola’s, N5 billion donation, he said,

“Femi has declared that he’s not just a rich man but a wealthy person. Now, he has joined the clique of wealthy men who don’t eat their money themselves alone or through their families. They make sure they give to others. For me, one thing I keep saying is that I’ll give away most of my money before I pass on. You know, we have to die one day.

“I must congratulate Cuppy for having a big heart to go and visit those children in Borno. 90 percent of the people I invite from Lagos to follow me to Maiduguri refused. But Cuppy went there, played with them and spent the whole day there.”

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President Macron names new Prime Minister

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President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named senior French civil servant Jean Castex, who drew up the policy for easing the coronavirus lockdown, as his new prime minister as part of a government reshuffle.

“The president of the Republic has named Jean Castex as prime minister and mandated him to form a government,” the presidency said in a brief statement.

Recalls that Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his entire government resigned Friday, July 3, as Macron’s ruling party reels from dire local election results and the president prepare to tackle the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In other news, former French prime minister, François Fillon and his Welsh wife, Penelope, were sentenced to jail on Monday, June 30, for embezzling public funds as part of the “fake job” scandal.

A French court found Francois guilty of charges of creating a fake job for his wife, which paid her over €1 million ($1.13 million) using taxpayer money.

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Akwa Ibom lifts ban on weddings, burials

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The Akwa Ibom State government has lifted the ban on weddings and burials which was imposed in March following the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Residents of the state who wish to organise funeral ceremonies and weddings in the state were however asked to follow strict guidelines.

Governor Emmanuel Udom who made the announcement said;

“If you are doing funeral in an open space like a field in a primary school you must not have more than 50 people. We are not forcing you to do the burial, but if you must do it, you must do it within our guidelines. Not more than 50 people and you must adhere to all our guidelines which was drafted by the Christian Association of Nigeria.

“They (people attending the burial) must all wear facemask, have hand sanitisers, (and adhere to) everything that has been outlined by CAN.

“If you are doing the burial inside the church, people inside should not be more than 30.”

Udom further disclosed that monitoring teams would be dispatched to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines. He also urged Pastors to help in the implementation of the guidelines to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

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He said;

“Please we don’t want anybody to expose himself or his own family. If you must go out, wear a facemask. If you don’t feel like wearing mask, please stay at home. A lot of people are asymptomatic to this and they keep infecting other people without knowing. And we don’t want this to continue.”

On managing Coronavirus, the Governor added:

Some of the drugs, we are running out of stock. And how to replenish the stock we don’t know because a whole lot of them are not manufactured here in Nigeria.

“I don’t want us to get to a point where we are overwhelmed.

“As I am talking, I am yet to receive one naira from the federal government to support our fight against COVID-19.”

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Pharmacists’ council shuts drug market in Imo

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has shut a drug market along Douglas Road, Owerri, the Imo state capital for violating the regulations guiding the handling of pharmaceutical products and sale of medicines.

The council also sealed off nineteen pharmacies and 434 Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMV) otherwise known as patent medicine shops in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Owerri Friday, the director of inspection and monitoring of the council, Pharm. Anthonia Aruya, disclosed that nine arrests were made during the enforcement exercise of the council which started in the state since June 29, 2020.

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She said,

“A major observed non-compliance is the fact that despite the federal government’s explicit policy direction and the PCN’s guidance to stakeholders on relocation of markets into regulated centres (Coordinated Wholesale Centres), a new drug market was discovered recently set up in this state. The PCN has sealed that market preparatory for evacuation”.

According to her, the council had visited 557 premises that comprised 68 pharmacies as well as 489 patent medicine shops.

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Aruya disclosed that apart from those that were sealed off, ten pharmacies and one patent medicine shop were issued with compliance directives for poor handling of controlled drugs as well as the sale and dispensing of ethical drugs without the supervision of the pharmacists.

She advised the public to look out for the Pharmacists annual license to practice and the premises certificates which should be conspicuously displayed and the license of the patent medicine shops to avoid patronising quacks.

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She insisted that medicines sold in unregistered outlets cannot be guaranteed to have efficacy, quality and safety as those sold in regulated facilities.

According to her,

“Medicines are to be sold in highly regulated environment. A situation where people wake up in the morning and start selling medicines without recourse to regulations guilding the practice is highly unacceptable to the federal government, particularly when we understand that drugs are poisons and must be used strictly as directed to avoid deleterious effects.”

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