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SEPARATED TWINS GET N1M FOR UPKEEP

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SEPARATED TWINS GET N1M FOR UPKEEP

Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has donated the sum of N1 million for the upkeep of separated conjoined twins, Grace and Mercy Ayebaiyeni who returned home during the weekend after a successful surgery.

Ewhrudjakpo, while receiving them at the state’s airport yesterday, said it was his contribution to their upkeep pending a reception by Governor Douye Diri.

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Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (FMC)at Yenagoa Dr Dennis Alagoa said the four-hour surgery was performed at FMC at Yola in Adamawa.

He noted that paediatric surgeons and health experts from both centres collaborated to achieve the feat, while the Nigerian Air Force provided logistics for travel.

Meanwhile, Mother of the twins, Mrs Ayebaekipreye Ebinyefa, said the successful separation of the conjoined twins has saved her from being ridiculed and tagged  a witch by her people in Nembe area of Bayelsa State.

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Chinese Tiktok Invites African Entrepreneurs to Join Elevator Pitch Event

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Chinese Tiktok Invites African Entrepreneurs to Join Elevator Pitch Event

Chinese video sharing service, Tiktok invites African entrepreneurs to join the world-first elevator pitch in the sky event.

Boniswa Sidwaba, content operations manager at Tiktok Africa team, said in a statement that all founders of early-stage start-ups in Africa and the middle east have until Sept. 24 to submit an innovative one-minute Tiktok video pitch that will inform and impress the global panel of expert judges, using the platform’s easy-to-use video editing tools.

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Sidwaba also stated that the funding initiative will provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to compete for 1.08 Million Shillings (about 10,000 U.S. Dollars) investment and one-year mentorship from the Gritti fund which is the world’s first purpose-driven and happiness-focused investment fund.

According to Sidwaba, as part of the initiative, local Tiktok users will be able to view the pitches tagged #Pitchupinthesky as well as interviews with a judging panel of world-famous entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

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F.G. Spends 20BN in Hazard Allowance Payment to Health Workers

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F.G Spends 20BN in Hazard Allowance Payment to Health Workers

The federal government has revealed that N20 billion was spent on the payment of hazard and inducement allowance to health workers. F-G.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this in a statement on Tuesday. He said that the payments were made for April, May and June 2020 to the frontline health workers despite the economic crisis faced by the country during the COVID-19 period. F-G.

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The minister appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors to suspend its ongoing strike while noting that 6 out of 8 demands listed by the body have already been addressed by the government.

He added that the government expended N9.3 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance for Health workers, civil and public servants in federal organizations. F-G.

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DELTA GOVERNOR OKOWA IS BUILDING A FILM VILLAGE IN ASABA AND NOLLYWOOD IS PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT IT

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DELTA GOVERNOR OKOWA IS BUILDING A FILM VILLAGE IN ASABA AND NOLLYWOOD IS PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT IT

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s pursuit to build a world class film village in Asaba, the Delta state capital, has earned him accolades from the Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria.

The group paid the governor a courtesy visit at the Government House Asaba while in the state for their annual general meeting.

President of the group, Ralph Nwadike, said the movie producers are elated with the world class film village being built in Asaba by the Delta State government.

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Okowa thanked the movie producers for coming back home to contribute to the development of the state.

He assured that his administration will partner with them to make Delta a tourism destination

Part of his statement said “Let me welcome you all to Delta and I express my excitement that you are mainly Deltans because Deltans have done quite a lot in the movie and entertainment industry.

We thank you for returning home to conduct your elections, having contributed a lot to Delta. I’m glad that you have gone to the film village being developed alongside a pleasure park’’

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