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Roger Federer exceeds $5 million worth of donations in 2020 alone



Disasters hit the world ceaselessly in 2020, but Roger Federer was there putting in the effort to help those affected, whether it in the case of the Australian bushfire crisis, the disadvantaged African children or the ones deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Swiss Maestro donated over $5 million across the first 5 months of the year. His first contribution to charity was in January when the Rally For Relief took place. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal announced a donation of over $170,000 to help the efforts of authorities and NGOs in the fight against the bushfires that burned an estimated amount of 18.6 million hectares of Australian land.

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“It’s been difficult, you know?” Federer said at the time. “You wish that this doesn’t happen in your country. In Switzerland we’re quite lucky we don’t have these types of extreme situations, so always happy to help, always happy to lend my time or my money for that matter….and at least do my fair share”.

With not too much tennis played in 2020, we argue that the Cape Town exhibition organized by Roger Federer Foundation under the name “Match For Africa 6” has been one of the highlights of the season. Federer along with Bill Gates, Nadal and Trevor Noah threw on quite a show in front of over 50,000 spectators while raising more than $3 million for poor African children.

“It was such a privilege to be here tonight. Of course we want to try to play the best tennis we can, that’s what we’re world-famous for. It was an absolute pleasure to share the court with Rafa again, but the first time here in beautiful Cape Town in South Africa means so much more.

It really is very, very special on so many levels,” Federer said on court after the exhibition. But this isn’t all. Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, decided to donate $1 million to help the coronavirus-affected families in Switzerland.

Until now, Roger’s natal country has registered over 30,000 cases of COVID-19 and about 1,600 of those ended with deaths. “We must help families in need quickly and unbureaucratically,” Federer wrote on Instagram on March 25th.

“Mirka and I have donated to a newly established emergency assistance fund for families in Switzerland.” Lastly, Roger Federer surpassed the $5 million mark by donating another million dollars to poor African children and their families. His deed will help to provide meals for an approximate number of 64,000 Africans.

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Wike signs Executive Order proscribing IPOB in Rivers



Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities in the State.

He made this known in a statement by Mr Kelvin Ebiri, Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor.

Ebiri stated that the governor, in a broadcast on Wednesday night in Port Harcourt, maintained that Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities.

He said that the government acknowledges and appreciates the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social and economic development of the State.

According to the statement, the State Government will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace, endanger lives and property under any guise.

It stated “the State government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State.

“And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.

“But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed IPOB and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State,” the governor warned.

This is clearly a terrorist group which existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of South-Eastern States of the country.

“I have, therefore, signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety,’’ he said.

The statement also added that Wike also “directed security agencies and the Chairmen of Local Government Areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community following the executive order and other legal instruments’’.

The governor also announced the lifting of existing curfew on Mile 1; Mile 2; Iloabuchi; Emenike; and Ikokwu areas of Port Harcourt as well as Rumukurushi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

He, however, said that the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area will remain in force until further notice while the entire Ikokwu motor spare parts market will remain closed until further notice

In the quest to restore sanity and enhance free traffic flow in roads in the State, the governor said he will constitute a task force to enforce the ban on illegal street trading and the emergence of motor parks along public roads.

He also stated that, in the interim, he has approved the ban on the operations of tricycles, also known as `Keke NAPEP’, on all major roads in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.

The major roads are Aggrey road; Dame Patience Jonathan road; Eastern Bypass road; Ikwerre road; Aba road; Agip road; Ada George road; Olu Obasanjo road; Rumuokwuta – Rumuola road; and Rumuepirikom – Rumuolumeni (leading to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education) road.

Others are: Rumuokwuta – Choba road; Chief G.U. Eke road; Peter Odili road; Ken Saro-Wiwa road; Nkpogu road; Trans-Amadi road; Elekahia – Rumuomasi road; Yakubu Gowon road; and Woji – Elelenwo road.

Wike also directed the State Civil Service Commission to take immediate steps to employ 5,000 youths into teaching and other career positions in the State’s Civil Service.

He said such steps should be taken as an immediate measure to reduce the level of youth unemployment.

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