The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has facilitated with Muslim Ummah in the country on Eid-el-Fitr.
NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said this on Friday in a Sallah message in Abuja on Friday.
Hassan prayed that almighty Allah accepts the fasting of the Ummah as an act of worship.
”On behalf of board members, management, and the entire staff of NAHCON, I sincerely congratulate the Muslim community all over the world for this day.
”It is our prayer and hopes that we indeed are among those who have reaped from the abundant benefits of this glorious month.
”Eid-el Fitr is not just a time for celebration; it is a period that calls for renewed vigor towards sustaining the virtues of Ramadan.
”The lessons of Ramadan encourage Muslims to watch over the less privileged, be constant in prayer, ponder over the verses of the Holy Book of guidance: Al-Qur’an, shun immoralities, and to persist in many other acts of kindness,’’ he said.
Hassan prayed to almighty Allah to guide the Muslim faithful to continue on the noble path.
”Eid-el Fitr 2020 is coming with a difference under the global threat of COVID-19.
”I reiterate my earlier calls to all Muslims to respect the Federal Government’s restriction on congregational worship.
”Certainly, respect to constituted authority is respect to The Creator,” he said.
Hassan added that the restrictions of movement occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and other preventive measures were for the general good of humanity.
”COVID-19 pandemic has changed global calculations on matters of engagement, creating numerous uncertainties.
”This uncertainty hovers over the possibility of Hajj 2020 taking place as well.
”I commend the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its huge investment in tackling the spread of the pandemic in the holy land, which will be of benefit to the Muslim Ummah.
”I once again reassure our teeming 2020 Hajj hopefuls from Nigeria that once Saudi Arabia makes clear its decision on the Hajj, NAHCON shall reveal the plans it has designed for either of the eventualities,” he said.
Nigeria records 304 new Covid-19 cases, toll now 44,433
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 304 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 44,433.
The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.
“304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; FCT-90 Lagos-59 Ondo-39 Taraba-18 Rivers-17 Borno-15 Adamawa-12 Oyo-11 Delta-9 Edo-6 Bauchi-4 Kwara-4 Ogun-4 Osun-4 Bayelsa-3 Plateau-3 Niger-3 Nasarawa-2 Kano-1.”
304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Bristow Helicopters sacks 100 pilots and engineers
No fewer than 100 pilots and engineers have been sacked by Bristow Helicopters.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Air Peace sacked scores of pilots across its fleet while slashing staff salaries by up to 40 per cent.
This was contained in a statement released by the airline company on Tuesday, August 4.
The company disclosed the workers were layed off due to the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on its operations.
The aviation company which described the sack as “painful”, said it engaged with the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to negotiate a fair and equitable redundancy compensation for those affected.
The statement partly read;
“This decision has not been made lightly, but having considered the state of the business and the very serious constraints caused by the spread of the COVID-19 disease and the downturn in the oil and gas market, the company must now take this painful, but decisive step to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its clients.
“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth.
“Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”
Texas man jailed for spending Covid-19 loans on lamborghini, strippers
Lee Price III, a Texas man who spent a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus with COVID-19 loans and the and the rest of the cash on strippers, got a slower ride to jail on Tuesday, August 4.
This was after US authorities arrested him for using $1.6 million in government pandemic aid to go on a spending spree.
Lee Price III, 29, was charged with fraud after he secured two government loans under the Paycheck Protection Program to pay employees he did not have, the Justice Department said in a statement.
Instead, he spent the funds on lavish goods like a sports car and a Rolex watch, as well as real estate, an F-350 pickup truck, and thousands of dollars at Houston strip clubs, the statement said.
Price secured two loans: Price Enterprises Holdings allegedly received more than $900,000, while 713 Construction was approved for over $700,000.
Neither firms has employees and “the individual listed as CEO on the 713 Construction loan application died in April 2020, a month before the application was submitted,” according to the complaint.
Congress approved the PPP program in late March to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, granting loans that could be forgiven if they were used to pay wages, rent and utilities.
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