BMO To South Africa: Let Our People Go…Praises Air Peace Boss For Being A Good Corporate Citizen

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged the government of South Africa not to further traumatise  Nigerians wishing to leave South Africa with unnecessary immigration formalities or other bureaucratic bottlenecks.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO commended the management of AirPeace Airline for their patriotism and selflessness by airlifting Nigerian victims of Xenophobia back to Nigeria, free of charge and at no cost to the Federal Government.
“We note that AirPeace has shown an example of how corporate bodies and citizens should respond whenever the need arises. The airline has proven to be a worthy and patriotic corporate organisation and we urge others to emulate it.
“We also applaud the show of patriotism by the evacuees who emotionally sang the Nigerian national anthem at the departure lounge in South Africa, and inside the aircraft, on their way back to their fatherland. This encomium is in appreciation of the efforts the Federal Government invested to address the latest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“From their emotional reactions, it is obvious that contrary to the opinion in some quarters, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not only concerned about the plight of the victims, but that it made deliberate and proactive moves to guarantee their safety and well-being.
“We are delighted that the returnees appreciated the President for his citizen-focussed foreign policy which made it possible for the timely evacuation of our citizens from the dangers they faced in the unfortunate xenophobic attacks”.
The group, however, berated the South African authorities for frustrating the smooth return of Nigerians who had indicated their wish to return home. “We consider this an enemy action unbecoming of a country like South Africa which had benefitted greatly from the large-heartedness of Nigeria during the apartheid era.
“We celebrate, also, the decision of the Federal Government to swiftly and comprehensively reintegrate the returnees in the country by providing them with Bank of Industry loans to enable them to start businesses.
“This is aside from other incentives like free GSM telephone and telephone lines, N40, 000 worth of airtime and 9GB of data valid for two months.  These positive measures are unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s foreign policy as the President ensured that Nigerians in South Africa were not abandoned in their time of need”, the group  added

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Attempts To Discredit Presidential Tribunal Outcome Will Fail – BMO

All attempts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to discredit the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will fail,  just like the petition challenging the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election.

According to the Buhari Media  Organisation (BMO), the PEPT was quite clear on the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the position, as well as the outcome of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that PDP should go ahead with its plan to proceed to the Supreme Court, rather than continue to encourage its minions to cast aspersions on the Tribunal.

 “As expected, PDP has opted to reject the verdict of the five-member panel, but what is baffling is the manner the party is seeking to discredit it by describing it as a ‘barefaced subversion of justice.’

“Even after the painstaking manner that the Tribunal showed that the President was eminently qualified for the job, this party is still claiming that he was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

“If PDP leaders are still holding on to the jaded claim that Buhari does not have the requisite qualifications, then they were either not paying attention to the points raised by Justice Mohammed Garba who read the lead judgement, or they are just out to continue to malign members of the panel.

“Because the courtroom was thrown open to the media, many Nigerians across the country had the rare privilege of hearing how the verdict was rendered in an unambiguous way, but as usual, opposition elements are twisting it to suit their fancy.

“Or how else would a reasonable party deliberately misquote the Tribunal as saying that ‘one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate’, when indeed it held that the fact that President Buhari did not attach his certificate to the form CF001 and the affidavit he submitted to INEC,  did not imply that he did not possess the documents as claimed by the petitioners.

“Everyone who listened to the judgement, probably aside from the PDP, must have heard how the presiding judge then explained that ‘there is evidence before the court that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) went for military training after his secondary school education’.

“The judge also added that ‘the 2nd respondent has more than secondary school certificate having attended further courses while in the Army before concluding that President Buhari was not only qualified but also eminently qualified,” the group said.

BMO also had strong words for PDP elements pushing online memes and jokes about affidavits on the basis of what they claimed the panel said.

“There was nowhere in the judgement that the panel said a person seeking elective positions does not need to tender educational certificates.

“What is clear from the verdict rendered by Justice Garba is that although there is no constitutional requirement for candidates to attach certificates to INEC form, they still have to swear to an affidavit detailing personal information, including academic qualifications and professional attainment.

“We wonder how people who claim to be defenders of the justice system would be making a mockery of an aspect of the system by encouraging others to swear a false affidavit of their qualification.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari did not only complete his secondary education before joining the Nigerian Army, but his overall educational background is also on a far higher level than that of PDP’s former Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

“It is baffling that people questioning the President’s credentials are backing an individual whose Secondary School Certificate was too poor to earn him a place in a Police College, while the man they love to hate not only entered the Army but also underwent officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England after completing preliminary training at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC).

“We also know that President Buhari was also at the Defence Service Staff College Wellington, India between 1973 and 1974 as well as US Army War College, Carlisle in 1980.

“It is no longer news that President Buhari eventually had a distinguished army career that saw him attaining the rank of Major General and later Nigeria’s military Head of State”.

The group then urged the PDP and its leaders to consider apologising to all Nigerians for wasting everyone’s time with their frivolous petition

 “This is the best path of honour,  even if the party itself cannot take a cue from one of its key leaders Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state who was quick to break ranks and congratulate the President.

“But instead, they have chosen to subject the country to more insults with their poorly framed reaction to a judgement that some of Nigeria’s best lawyers have hailed.

 “And just like the Information Minister Lai Mohammed has said, ’PDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are not being prosecuted for coming to court with fraudulently-obtained evidence’ which the tribunal easily dismissed,” it added. 

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FG Will Take 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 10 Years By God’s Grace, Says Osinbajo

Below are excerpts of Vice President’s remarks during a visit Thursday afternoon at the palace of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar in Kebbi State.

I want to thank you very much for hosting us today, we are here for several things; the MSMEs, look at the new markets that have been rebuilt after the fire and for some of the schemes that have taken place. One of the very important schemes is what is called the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, which has the TraderMoni and MarketMoni. TraderMoni is the scheme where we give petty traders, N10,000, and when they pay back, N15,000, then N20,000 and it goes on and on to N100,000.

The President’s desire for this programme is that every hard-working citizen of this country should be able to have some support from government, no matter how little their inventory.

Today, at the market, I passed a woman who was selling vegetables and I asked her how much her whole inventory was, the whole thing was N500. It is for such people, such petty traders that the TraderMoni N10,000 is meant, so that they can buy more.

The President has promised that by the grace of God, we are going to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years and I believe very strongly that we are going to achieve it, but we can only achieve it with the able support of the State Governments.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
12th September 2019

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Commission supports 200,000 IDPs in Adamawa

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has supported food and non-food items to over 200,000 refugees in Adamawa.

Sen. Basheer Garba, the Federal Commissioner of NCFRMI, presented the items at Malkohi IDPs camp on Thursday in Yola.
Garba said the intervention was the consistent efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in bringing an end to insurgency and all forms of criminality.

He said the provision of the relief materials was aimed at improving living condition of the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the state.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is working assiduously to making displaced communities in Nigeria safe.

“In achieving this, it is our belief and prayer that in no distance time, our displaced persons will become self-reliant and ultimately agents of their own durable solutions,” Garba said.

Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said the state has about 200,000 refugees currently.

“Some of the refugees are sheltered in some IDPs camps, while others are spread within host communities across the state,” Suleiman said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the items distributed by the commission included care, maintenance, educational and empowerment materials, among others.

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Osinbajo Takes 24th MSME Clinics To Kebbi

The 24th edition of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinics will hold on Thursday in Kebbi with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.

Over 400,000 MSME participants have so far partook in the MSME Clinics across 23 states so far, with the Vice President attending 21 of those Clinics.

The states that have hosted the Clinics since its inception include Bauchi, Plateau, Kwara, Sokoto, Cross-River, Eboyin, Ogun, Ondo, Edo,FCT, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Oyo, Ekiti, Abia, Enugu, Anambra Osun, Katsina, Lagos, Kogi and Akwa Ibom States.

Also since its inception, seven one-stop shops have been launched in the Federal Capital Territory, Osun, Cross River, Kwara, Abia, Plateau and Bauchi states by assembling relevant agencies together in one place so as to enable MSMEs access their services on an on-going basis with relative ease.

Through the Clinics, about 300,000 new business names have been registered by the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC) at a reduced 50% price of N5000, from the normal N10,000.

On his Twitter page, he wrote, “I will be in Kebbi State today for the MSME Clinic,” he tweeted Thursday morning.

“The MSME Clinics assemble Government agencies under one roof to provide on spot solutions to the challenges faced by MSMEs.

“These include access to finance, business registration, product registration and certification,” he added.

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PDP, Atiku Should Apologize To Nigerians, Instead of Appealing Judgment – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hasasked the PDP and its presidential candidate in the last elections toapologize to Nigerians for willfully distracting the BuhariAdministration with a frivolous election petition, instead ofappealing the ruling of Wednesday’s Presidential Election Petition.

In a statement issued in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on Thursday, the Minister said while the PDP andits candidate reserve the right to pursue their petition to thehighest level, they will be better served by dropping their toga ofdesperation and realizing that there is a limit to tomfoolery.
”Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and willrather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and incourt, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to thenext level.
”This is more so that the judgement validating the re-election ofPresident Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lackedmerit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds uponwhich their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminentlyqualified to contest the poll,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said instead of casting aspersion on the judiciarywith their poorly-framed reaction to the ruling of the Tribunal, thePDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are notbeing prosecuted for coming to court with a fraudulently-obtainedevidence.
”It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at everyturn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtainedby hacking into a supposed INEC server. Don’t they realize this is acriminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to headto the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, theyshould be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense ofreasoning. Enough is enough,” he said.
The Minister commended the Tribunal for not only doing justice to thecase but for explaining, in painstaking details thatlasted hours, how it arrived at its judgement.
”We also thank Nigerians, who voted massively to re-elect PresidentBuhari, for their continued support,” he said
Segun AdeyemiSA To Hon Minister of Information and CultureSt. Petersburg, Russia 12 Sept. 2019

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Tribunal Judgment Is Victory For Nigerians, Says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office.

“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” the President declares.

He dedicates the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”

President Buhari extends a hand of fellowship to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights.

He notes, however, that with the pronouncement of the judiciary, “it is time for the country to move forward as one cohesive body, putting behind us all bickering and potential distractions over an election in which Nigerians spoke clearly and resoundingly.”

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
September 11, 2019

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Buhari’s Victory: We Expected No Less, Says BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended members of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) for not being deterred by threats and intimidation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to taint its sense of justice.

This,  the group said, is proof that the Justices are men of honour that cannot be intimidated by social media bullies bent on arm-twisting them to ignore the evidence tabled before the tribunal.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that it was expecting nothing less than the outright dismissal of the petition like the panel members did.

“It was glaring to everyone, aside from PDP elements, that the petition challenging the overwhelming electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari was not only frivolous, but also useless as Festus Keyamo famously said soon after the case was filed.

“However, the Tribunal has now further shown how ridiculous the electoral challenge was and made it clear that the President was duly qualified to contest in the February 23, 2019 election in the first place, on the basis of educational qualification and professional attainment.

“To quote the panel directly, it said President Buhari ‘is not only qualified but also eminently qualified’ to stand for election. This is a direct message to naysayers.

“And to make matters worse for the petitioners, the Tribunal questioned the sense in querying the President’s assertion that his certificates were with the Army even when the Army authorities alluded to it when the matter was brought up in 2015., and even went further to quote the President’s grades in the subjects he sat for.

“It is also worthy of note that the Justices were emphatic in brushing aside claims by the petitioners that results were transmitted through electronic means to a server at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

The group then urged opposition elements who claimed to be awaiting the Tribunal verdict before recognising the President to keep their promise.

“We know that a few people, including the elder statesman Pa Ayo Adebanjo, factional leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, had insisted that they would not recognise President Buhari until they know the outcome of the Tribunal.

“And now that the five-member panel has affirmed that the President was duly elected, we expect that a gentleman like Pa Adebanjo will toe the path of honour.

“We acknowledge that it is within the right of the opposition to go to the Supreme Court but we hope that the former Vice President would see the handwriting on the wall and accept that he lost the election fair and square.”

BMO also solicited the support of Nigerians for the success of President Buhari’s second term in office and assured them that they would not be disappointed

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Waste Management : LAWMA CEO, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) Explains Bluebox Initiative

“The cleanliness is essential to conducting nano-scale research.” — George Adams

The Blue Box Program is a single stream recyclable collection program that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation. Recycling bags will be distributed to households by franchised recyclers for separation of recyclables. The bags would be collected on designated dates by the assigned recycler and transported to the sorting hubs within the area at designated days of the week. Respective recyclers who are franchise holders, would come to pick up the boxes. Colour-coded bags will be distributed by recyclers and Environmental volunteer corps who will educate and encourage participation and also collate data on field. The collected recyclables will then be transported to the Community Recycling Centre in that area, for further sorting and sale to off-takers.

As a way of encouraging compliance, LAWMA would promote the sorting culture with a reward system. Participatory households would accumulate coupons distributed by the franchisee which will be exchanged with several redeemable options, which include but not limited to reduction in amount paid for waste bills.

Distinguished guests, the process is already in the works and it is important to stress, that individuals/Recyclers who exhibit capacity to collect at LGs and LCDAs are expected to have a minimum of 5-ton or 10-ton truck for collection of recyclables from door steps, in addition to a sorting centre measuring a minimum of 1000 square kilometers in the area of operation. The state and local governments will partner to provide space for Community Recycling Centres.

The Community Recycling Centres will be a platform to harness the expertise of the scavengers, where we will re-orientate and reintegrate as resource managers, thereby allaying the negative impact of their means of livelihood. Many of our youth who are jobless will also find employment and livelihood at the Community Resource Centres.

We will engage respective communities and deploy massive public enlightenment and sensitization, to encourage public support and general compliance.

To ensure sustainability of the program, corporate organization would also be co-opted to support the program through introduction of reward system that would further encourage participation.

BENEFIT

? To capture about fifty (50) percent of recyclables upstream with zero tolerance for scavenging by June 2021.

? Attract Major investors, create green jobs and further strengthen the sector and reorientation of scavengers and integration as Resource Managers at the Community Recycling centers where their expertise will be needed.

? Reducing the negative impact on their means of livelihood.

? Encourage zero waste generation in the State and promote an healthier and cleaner environment.

? Reduce our carbon footprint.

? Increase economic security by tapping domestic source of material

This is envisaged as a new era, that will usher in the clean city and friendly environment, jobs and lots of business opportunities for all.

I welcome you all once again and I welcome you to the beginning of a new and Greater Lagos. Eko a Sanwa o

Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin

Managing Director/CEO LAWMA

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President Buhari Commends Boss Mustapha’s Hard Work As He Marks Birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha as “a hardworking and committed public official.”

In a goodwill message to the SGF on the occasion of his 63rd birthday, the President wrote: “I am proud of your amazing zeal and commitment to duty and your passion for the progress of Nigeria.”

According to the President, Boss Mustapha “is a team leader who inspires others in addition to his humility, which are essential ingredients of leadership.”

“Since your appointment as SGF, you have carried out your responsibilities with humility and impressive dedication, and I urge you not to rest on your oars”, President Buhari further noted. 

He wished him many Happy Returns.

Garba Shehu 

Senior Special Assistant to the President 

(Media & Publicity) 

September 4, 2019 

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Culture, Veritable Tool For Peace, Sustainable Development – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
tasked the Director Generals and Chief Executive Officers of agencies
in the Culture Sector to explore culture as a potent tool for
promoting peace and sustainable development in the country.

The Minister gave the challenge in Abuja on Tuesday when he received
the Director Generals and the Chief Executive Officers of the agencies
on a courtesy visit.

“In particular, I want to challenge you to explore and exploit the
possibility of using culture as a tool for peace and sustainable
development in our country. As you are aware, we are presently beset
with a myriad of social vices, including ethno-religious crisis,
banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, drug abuse and child trafficking.

“These problems are not unconnected to the breakdown in moral values
and increasing disregard for our cultural values,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed reminded the DGs and CEOs of the role of culture in
ensuring societal peace and sustainable development, as well as
strengthening international relations, which was at the core of this
year’s World Cultural Day with the theme “Culture for Sustainable
Peace and Development”.

He said that at the moment, the country needs cultural renaissance in
order to inculcate the values that promote peace and unity among the
citizens.

The Minister, who said his reappointment is a mark of the confidence
reposed in him by the President and the appreciation of the modest
successes achieved by the ministry in the first term, urged the heads
of the agencies to gird their loins in readiness for more work, as the
Buhari Administration takes the nation to the Next Level.

In his remarks, the Leader of the delegation and the Director General
of the National Council For Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe,
said the DGs and CEOs came to congratulate the Minister and to thank
the President for re-appointing him as the Minister of Information and
Culture.

“My colleagues from the Culture Sector said it has become necessary to
come and join you in celebrating and thanking God for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said, noting that this is the
first time a minister is being returned to his seat in this sector.

Other members of the delegation are the Acting Director Generals of
the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Mrs. Ndidi
Aimienwauu; National Gallery of Art, Dr. Simon Ikpakronyi; National
Institute For Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Momoh Kabiru; National
Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Aliyu Abdu and the Acting
Executive Secretary, National Institute For Cultural Orientation, Mr.
Louis Eriomala.

Segun Adeyemi
SA To Hon Minister of Information and Culture

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Largest Solar Plant In Africa Opens In Bayero University Kano

Solar power projects being commissioned under the Energizing Education Programme of the Buhari administration is a testament to the fulfilment of its Next Level agenda, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday in Kano State, where he commissioned the 7.1MW solar hybrid power plant in Bayero University Kano, which is the largest off grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.

The Vice President further said the solar hybrid power plant was ‘just one touch point of progress and impact within this Administration’s Next Level agenda. The Federal Government is committed to powering Nigeria; one university, one market, one community at a time.”

This is the second solar plant to be commissioned by the Vice President within a period of about one month, following the first one in August – a 2.8 MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI).

BUK is the second of the 37 federal universities and 7 teaching hospitals under the Federal Government’s Energizing Education Programme designed to provide sustainable and clean power supply around the country. It includes a solar hybrid power plant, renewable energy workshop and training centre and a solar powered street-lighting project.

“Notably today, we are also commissioning the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.  This is something we, as Nigerians, should all be proud of. This was only possible because various levels of government worked in tandem with the growing renewable energy private sector.”

“The installed 7.1MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant funded by the FGN green bond will supply over 58,000 students and staff with clean, safe and reliable electricity. I am sure that the entire student body, management and staff of Bayero University are proud to be beneficiaries of this, most especially as the only Federal University in Kano State and one of the longest standing ones. As a result, students can now focus on their academics and vocational training in a safer and illuminated environment,” Prof. Osinbajo said.

The Vice President emphasized that the ultimate goal of the Buhari administration’s Next level roadmap policies and objectives under the Energizing Education Programme is “to increase access to modern technical education in safe and illuminated learning environments, empower the girl child, create jobs in the power sector value chain, amongst others.”

He added, “Thus far, this project created 182 energy related jobs from power system engineers to electricians as well as trained 20 young female STEM students with the skills to contribute to strengthening our energy sector. It is initiatives like this that create the impact for Nigeria’s socio-economic growth.

“This significant initiative upholds the Federal Government’s adherence to global best practice, as we transition to cleaner sources of energy in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These projects being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) are strategic to fulfilling our commitments to the Agreement as they strive to reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint. 

“The leveraging of renewable energy technologies is in line with the Federal Government mandate and related activities. Nigeria’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by 20% unconditionally and 45% with international support by 2030 aims to limit the damaging effects of climate change.

“This remarkable off grid solar hybrid power plant being commissioned today, is already on its way to bringing these goals and objectives to fruition.”


Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
4th September, 2019

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