By Gistflash News
Aug 22, 2021
Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for the Mayor of New York City, has assured the Nigerian community of including them in governance, if elected mayor in the November election.
Adams gave the assurance at a virtual meeting with the Nigerian community, coordinated by the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) and the Nigerian-Americans Public Affairs Committee (NAPAC).
The mayoral nominee is projected to win the November election as New York City is traditionally a Democrat city and the party usually produces the mayor.
Adams said that a transition team was being put in place ahead of the Nov. 2 election and that the Nigerian community should prepare its members to be in the team.
“We want members from your community on that transition team to give us résumés and other communications of those prominent personalities – people that can be helpful in governing.
“We don’t only want you to help us when we need you to govern, we want members of your community on the Transition Team as we figure out policies and people to move our city forward.
“So, we are excited; this is a great opportunity for us to do some great thing but we must get to the last leg of this journey and that is on November 2nd, as we win the general election.
“I can’t thank you enough for your commitment and dedication. For you were clear that I was your candidate and you committed to this victory we are celebrating right now. Thank you very much,’’ he said.
The Nigerian community had on June 5, endorsed Adams as the New York City Mayoral candidate for the general election after series of debates with the candidates and consultations among Nigerians.
Adams said that the victory would be easier if the African diaspora were involved in the endorsement, saying “we can easily walk away with the victory and that is what we saw.
“I believe for many years, we have not engaged our brothers and sisters from the continent of Africa and I wanted to change that.
“This is the beginning of a new relationship with our fellow family members on the continent of Africa. There is so much we can do together.
“They started with me when we went to Goree Island, Senegal, and established a city agreement with Brooklyn and we continued to build on a rich relationship with the continent’’.
Adams, who is Brooklyn Borough President, further solicited the support of Nigerian community in the general election, noting that there ate still candidates contesting with him.
“I believe we are going to be strong enough to beat them. There are several things that needed to be done to accomplish this task.
“I need you to get the job done, the mobilisation effort that you will put in place, the thousands of phone calls, reaching out to the various groups, raising the money and other campaign activities.
“We were successful in raising the money during the primaries, raising 11 million dollars by having small group hold events and we want to do it again.
“We need to raise 7.2 million dollars that we need; we want to encourage you to reach out to your constituency and tell them that we can raise that amount of money,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr Gbenga Omotayo, Chairman, NAPAC New York, said the Nigerian community had delivered bloc votes from different associations that made up the community.
“For us here at Nigerian community, it has been a pleasure forming and building a coalition toward engaging our people in the civic process and mobilising our votes into bloc towards your mayoral candidacy.
“We are proud to say we delivered on our promise. Among many things, we did an endorsement, we organised a fund raiser and we launched an SMS banking campaign targeting 10,000 African voters.
“We also coordinated campaigns in churches, mosques and ethnic associations.
“We believe this is just the beginning; our goal is to work to make sure that your nomination translates into a landslide victory in November,’’ he said.
The official however advised Adams to implement people’s plan that would deliver on security, assistance in housing and support for working families across the five Bureaux of New York.
Omotayo said that the community would need a direct communication channel with Adams to manage access and that the community had been discussing with his team to hold a fund raising event soon.
“Our coalition will like to continue the mobilisation by inviting you to attend the major Nigerian churches and mosques to engage our religious leaders,’’ he said.
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Greek island of Crete
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
A magnitude 5.8 strong quake hit Greece’s Crete island on Monday, according to the Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens.
The tremor’s epicentre was located at a depth of 10 km, some 25 km south of the city of Heraklion, the capital of Crete island, while aftershocks up to 4.3 magnitude have followed, according to Greek scientists.
Material damage has been reported, with no injuries until now, local officials told Greek national news agency AMNA.
Earlier, the Euro Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the quake’s magnitude at 6.2, which was later revised to 6.0.
WHO investigators seeking COVID-19 origin going back to China
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching a new investigation into the origins of COVID-19, months after an earlier probe ended without drawing firm conclusions, according to a report published.
WHO was putting together a team of some 20 scientists, who will be charged with finding new evidence in China and other locales, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The group will examine whether the virus emerged from a laboratory, a theory that has been angrily rejected by China.
In December 2020, WHO investigators began visits to Wuhan, China, where the first known outbreak of the virus took place.
But their March 2021 report said they had gotten insufficient information from Chinese scientists to answer key questions about COVID-19’s origin.
In August, U.S. intelligence agencies issued a separate report saying they also could not make firm conclusions about COVID-19’s origins.
Florida Gov. appoints Nigerian-American, Joseph Ladapo Surgeon-General
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, U.S. has appointed a Nigerian-American, Dr Joseph Ladapo, as Florida Surgeon-General and Secretary of the Department of Health.
DeSantis in a statement posted on the Florida Department of Health website, stated that he was pleased to announce Ladapo for the position.
“I am pleased to announce that Ladapo will lead the Florida department of health as our state’s next surgeon-general
“Ladapo comes to us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with a superb background.”
According to him, Ladapo has had both a remarkable academic and medical career with a strong emphasis in health policy research.
The governor said: ” Ladapo will bring great leadership to the department of health, ” thanking both Dr Scott Rivkees and Dr Shamarial Roberson for their hard work on behalf of all Floridians.
Lieutenant-Governor, Jeanette Nuñez described Ladapo’s as, “an excellent choice to serve as our next surgeon general.
“Ladapo has impeccable credentials and a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency.
“Through his service to our state, we will continue Florida’s work to advance our public health goals,” Nuñez said.
Ladapo said he is honored to have been chosen by DeSantis to serve as Florida’s next surgeon-general.
“We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear.
“From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by governors across the country and I have been impressed by DeSantis’ leadership and determination,” he said.
The new surgeon-general said he was impressed by DeSantis’ leadership to ensure that Floridians were afforded all opportunities to maintain their health and wellness, while preserving their freedoms as Americans.
“It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida,” he said.
Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine.
Prior to joining UF, he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),caring for hospitalised patients.
He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, who also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
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