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COVID-19: UBA Donates ₦5 Billion For Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic


United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) today announced a donation of over 5 billion Naira (USD14 million), through the UBA Foundation, to catalyse acomprehensive pan-African response to the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.
The donation will provide significant and much needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries, by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to Governments. The UBA support programme will be allocated as follows:
N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to Lagos State Government in Nigeria
N500 million (USD1.4 million) to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria
N1.5 billion (USD4.2 million) to UBA’s presence countries in Africa
Free Telemedicine Call Centre facility
The pan-African bank will fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos, Nigeria, with beds for isolation and ICU facilities, managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’ healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.
In addition, UBA is providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice to citizens, incompliance with social distancing requirements.
UBA Group Chairman Tony O. Elumelu, stated ‘This is a time when we must all play our part. This global pandemic must bring citizens, governments and business leaders together – and quickly. As we see a rapidly increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria and Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various Governments, in stemming the spread of the global pandemic.
Wecommend the efforts of governments and we are keen to partner and contribute our resources to the collective effort, that will ensure the response to the pandemic is swift and effective’.
Operating in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France, the United Bank for Africa has a strong record of supporting itscommunities, through challenging times.



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Nollywood actor, Ukwak Asuquo is dead



Nollywood actor, Ukwak Asuquo, popularly known for his role as Boniface in ‘The Village Headmaster Tv show’ is dead.The Public Relations Officer of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Monalisa Coker announced Asuquo’s death in a press release on Wednesday.The cause of his death was, however, not disclosed.The AGN has immediately set up acommittee to organize a befitting burial for the actor.The statement reads in part; “With deep sorrow and gratitude to God for a life well spent, we announce the demise of Mr Uwak Auquo, popularly known as Boniface in the rested television drama series, The Village Headmaster.”“Until his death, he was a card carrying and financially update member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter.“The national president of AGN, Emeka Rollas has set up a burialcommittee to collaborate with the family to give him a befitting burial.”



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Lagos residents punished by soldiers forcoming out to exercise despite lockdown order



Some residents of Gbagada in Lagos state got punished by soldiers after they came out en masse to exercise despite the lock down order given by the government.The gym enthusiasts who have flouted the stay-at-home order for some days now, eventually met their embarrassing fate after soldiers stormed their workout session to intensify it by punishing them.Photos of the fitness enthusiasts on the expressway circulated online when Twitter user @Engr_Series shared photos of residents of Lagos state exercising on the now deserted Ikorodu road.



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Lockdown Violation: Lagos Withdraws Charges Against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi


The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against a musician, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, and politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi.

Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife were charged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded birthday party in violation of the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus.
They were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday. But the government, according to one of the defence counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), withdrew the four counts filed against the three defendants.
At the end of the proceedings, Adegboruwa briefed journalists on what transpired in the courtroom.
He said the state withdrew the charges on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
News Credit: THE Punch.



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