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US Secretary of State Celebrates UNICEF at 75

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United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken has joined the rest of the world to celebrate UNICEF as the non-government global organization celebrates 75 years of existence.  In a statement shared via the US Department of State website, Blinken said:

“…please join me in celebrating 75 years of UNICEF’s exemplary advocacy and protection of children and youth across the world.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund, better known around the world as UNICEF, was created 75 years ago as a part of a concerted effort to provide supplies and assistance to children in the aftermath of World War II. Today, the organization works in more than 190 countries as the UN’s flagship agency dedicated to promoting children’s welfare worldwide. The United States is proud to be UNICEF’s largest annual contributor.

UNICEF plays a critical leadership role coordinating the UN humanitarian system’s work in education, water and sanitation, and nutrition sectors. Throughout the pandemic, UNICEF has helped deliver more than half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses in 144 countries as the logistics support agency for COVAX. Ambassador Catherine Russell will continue this tradition of excellence in leadership as UNICEF’S Executive Director, following Henrietta Fore’s exceptional accomplishments.

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Since UNICEF’s inception, the United States Government, private sector, and civil society have championed and partnered with UNICEF to help achieve its mission to protect children and youth worldwide. American leadership has strengthened the organization at every turn throughout its 75-year existence.

READ ALSO – Secretary Blinken Participates in the Summit for Democracy

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Tension in Abuja as shop owners, Okada riders clash

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There is tension at the Deidei area of the Federal Capital Territory over the death of a yet-to-be-identified person.

According to a PUNCH correspondent, the commercial motorcyclists and Building materials dealers in the area are engaged in A fight. A resident of the area told newsmen that a commercial motorcyclist knocked down a woman who died on the spot.

He said building materials dealers nabbed the Motorcyclists who later called his colleagues to rescue him.

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The resident reportedly said that policemen had yet to arrive at the scene at the time of filing this report.

Where is Deidei in Abuja ?

Deidei is in Saburi residential district in the FCT

Where is Saburi in Abuja?

Whereas Saburi is around Kubwa.

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Subscription-Revenue Decline: Netflix Sacks 150 Staff

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Netflix has laid off 150 full-time employees in the United States.

This is a result of a fallout of a significant drop in its revenue. According to reports, the recent retrenchment affects employees across departments in the organization. This includes 70 part-time positions in the animation, social media, and publishing divisions.

At least 26 contractors working on the company’s fan-focused Tudum website, which acts as an addition to Netflix’s content were also affected. Last month, the Tudum subdivision was exclusively impacted by a similar fate, with over 25 roles in the marketing section.

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This new decision is coming less than a month after the streaming giant laid off at least ten full-time employees and contractors from its editing and marketing departments. The Netflix management has explained that the choice is unrelated to individual performances. They also said that the laid-off employees will be compensated.

Netflix’s revenue income has been on a decline recently. For the first time in a decade, it disclosed a sharp reduction in subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, with a net loss of 200,000 streaming clients. The business also forecasted a 2 million subscriber drop in the second quarter. On April 20, the company’s worth dropped by $54 billion as a result of this.

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BREAKING: Lagos Gov bans Okada in Apapa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, 3 other LGs

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Total Ban on Okada in Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has banned the operations of commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada, in six Local Governments.

The governor announced that the ban is “indefinite and total”.

The six local governments listed by the governor are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.

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The Governor gave out the directive at a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) at the State House in Alausa.

The fresh Okada ban followed the February 2020 restriction placed on the activities of commercial motorcycles.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government took the decision in line with the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and menace created by the operations of Okada in the listed areas.

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He told the police to enforce the order without compromise.

He said, “After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated. We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.

“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do. We have given the notice now and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins. The enforcement will be total.”

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The ban is coming days after Okada riders killed a young man in the Lekki area of Lagos State over N100 balance.

It was learnt that the victim, who was a sound engineer, was lynched and burnt to death after a misunderstanding ensued over the N100 balance with one of the commercial motorcyclists.

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