Vice President Osinbajo Visits Areas Affected By Floods In Rivers, Bayelsa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited some of the communities affected by floods in Rivers and Bayelsa states.

Professor Osinbajo, who made the visit on Friday, also condoled with the victims of the floods in both states in Nigeria’s southern region.

Addressing those displaced by the floods in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers where over 71 communities have been submerged, he promised to resettle the residents back to their various homes.

He said, “The Federal Government will give all the support and all the succour that is necessary to ensure not only that you are as comfortable as possible in the circumstances here, but more importantly that you are resettled properly when in the next few weeks, by the grace of God, you are able to go back home.”

The Vice President added that the Federal Government would work with the state government to restore their livelihoods in a few weeks.

He equally assured the flood victims of immediate intervention and long-term strategies to forestall any reoccurrence of the incident.

Professor Osinbajo also visited the camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Igbogene area of Bayelsa State.

He said the Muhammadu Buhari administration would not leave the displaced persons to their plights, stressing that the government has a responsibility to take care of the people’s welfare.

The Vice President said, “On behalf of President Muhammdu Buhari, we will stand by you and whatever you need we will provide.”

“It is our duty as government to ensure that we take care of the people,” he added.

“That’s why I am here to see first-hand what is going on so that we will understand the type and quality of response to take further.”

Professor Osinbajo also met with a woman who put to bed recently at the camp.

Vice President Osinbajo was received in Yenagoa, the state capital by Governor Seriake Dickson and top government officials in Bayelsa.

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Eradication Of Polio Is A Debt We Owe Nigerians Says Osinbajo

The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership of polio eradication activities, including routine immunization, is a debt owed to Nigerians according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof Osinbajo made these remarks at the 92nd edition of the National Economic Council Meeting. According to him, “The Abuja Commitment is a promise we all made; it is now a debt that we owe to the Nigerian people.  We must individually and collectively work to achieve the Abuja commitment indicators.”

Prof Osinbajo said the Federal Government remains resolutely committed to the crucial cause of polio eradication in the country while addressing the State Governors and members of the Presidential Taskforce on Polio Eradication who were present at the meeting.

He thanked the Ministry of Health and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for the remarkable progress that has been made in the polio programme. He also commended them for ensuring that the country has not recorded any new case of the wild polio virus in the last two years, encouraging them to sustain the tempo.

The Vice President commended the supportive efforts of the Nigerian military, stating, “Our military will continue to collaborate with you to provide security and support as you ensure that all eligible children in every part of the country are reached with the polio vaccine and other health and humanitarian interventions.”

He added that there would be need to collaborate with our neighbours such as the Niger Republic and Lake Chad Islands.

He urged the governors to collaborate closely with the Federal Government especially in the timely provision of funds, rigorous oversight, and other support that would fast-track on-going efforts to totally eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization.

The Vice President commiserated with all the families of health workers who lost their lives in the course of delivering services to humanity, in particular, the families of Saifura Husain Ahmed Khorsa and Hauwa Liman who were kidnapped and killed by Boko Haram. He prayed that God would give their families the fortitude to bear the great losses. He also extended his sincere condolence to the ICRC, whose staff the two courageous and committed ladies belonged.

In his own remarks, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, told the Council that the National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre has been driving innovation strategies to improve routine immunization since its establishment in July 2017.

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Other Vice Presidents Should Emulate Osinbajo’s Good Model – President Weah

President George Weah of Liberia has showered praises on Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo describing him as good role model for other Vice Presidents to follow.

Prof Osinbajo who is in Liberia to speak on leadership and women empowerment at the International SHEROES Forum paid a courtesy call on President Weah in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia on Wednesday.

Mr Weah who spoke glowingly of Osinbajo said Africa needs more leaders like him, given his brilliance and loyalty, particularly during his stints as acting President of Nigeria.

“You kept your country together in peace while President Muhammadu Buhari was away. That is a good model for other vice presidents to follow,” President Weah said.

But President Weah was not alone in praising the good works and integrity of Prof Osinbajo.

Also commenting on Osinbajo’s giant strides at the SHEROES forum, keynote speaker Joyce Banda, who is the former President of Malawi said she was perplexed while listening to VP Osinbajo’s speech.

“When I heard you speak (as VP in Nigeria) I asked who is he? They said he is a pastor. I was grateful because what we really need in State houses in Africa are God-fearing men.”

Banda also echoed the sentiments of President Weah urging more African leaders to follow the footsteps of Nigeria’s Vice President.

While in Liberia, Prof Osinbajo participated in the formal launch of the Jewel Starfish Foundation.

The foundation is an organisation founded by the Vice President of Liberia, Jewel Howard Taylor, to provide educational opportunities to women and empower young women with capacity building tools that would enable them to achieve sustainable means of livelihood.

It also aims to inspire and provide mentoring for women, among other numerous objectives.

Other distinguished personalities at the event include former Liberian President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is the keynote speaker; former Vice President of Zimbabwe, Dr Joyce Mujuru, among other personalities.

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Vice President Osinbajo To Highlight Nigeria’s Investment In Human Capital At Oxford Today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), will on Friday (today) deliver a special lecture on Nigeria’s investments in human capital development at the Oxford University, United Kingdom.

A statement by the Office of the Vice President said Professor Osinbajo was invited by the Oxford University to deliver the lecture “highlighting ongoing investments, efforts and plans of the Nigerian government on human development at the globally recognised institution.”

The statement further reads:“At the event, Professor Osinbajo will also be inaugurating the International Advisory Board (IAB) of Oxford University’s African Studies Centre, under the School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).

“Members of the board are eminent leaders from across the world including several African countries like Nigeria and South Africa.”

The members of the board to be inaugurated include; An international advisor of Goldman Sachs, Mr Tito Mboweni and former Chairman of the South African Reserve Bank, who will chair the board; First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Geingos; Lawyer and entrepreneur, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, former UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, one-time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former Nigeria’s External Affairs Minister and Dr Charlotte Scott, former First Lady of Zambia and development specialist.

“Others are the Chairman of Pick’n’Pay, South Africa, Mr Gareth Ackerman; Mr. Alex Duncan, Director and Consultant Economist, The Policy Practice, Brighton, United Kingdom; Economist and author, Accra, Ghana, Mr Ivor Agyeman-Duah; Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria and Ms. Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, founder and Managing Director, DLO Energy Group (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

The statement said the vice President would depart Nigeria on Thursday for London and would be received by Oxford’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Warden, St. Antony’s College, Professor Roger Goodman; Head, Oxford School of Global & Area Studies, Tim Powers and the Director of the African Studies Center, Professor Wale Adebanwi.

“During the lecture, Professor Osinbajo would highlight the progress made by the Buhari administration in improving Nigeria’s Human Capital development indices and investment climate, as well as the widespread impact of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).

“The N-Power Volunteer Corps, which is a part of the N-SIP, and has so far provided employment for 500,000 young Nigerian graduates, demonstrates the commitment of the Federal Government to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly the young people. Also, the N-SIP includes schemes such as the Conditional Cash Transfer, which has helped lift thousands of the poorest Nigerians out of poverty, through the provision of N5,000 monthly stipends; the TraderMoni, which provides collateral & interest-free loans from N10,000 to petty traders nationwide, among other initiatives of the Buhari administration,”the statement reads.

Besides, there is also the Homegrown School Feeding programme which provides one free meal a day to over 9 million primary school pupils, thereby boosting school enrichment and also addressing stunting concerns among young Nigerians of school age.

Last week Wednesday, Professor Osinbajo presided over a meeting of the National Economic Council’s Human Capital Development Core Working Group at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where reiterated Buhari administration’s commitment to accelerate human capital development.

Professor Osinbajo said; ”lifting our people out of poverty is a crucial agenda towards attaining intended developmental outcomes.”

He is expected back in Abuja on Sunday.

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Osinbajo: 300,000 Market Women Benefited From N15.183bn Interest-free Loans

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had given N15.183 billion interest-free loans to low income earners, including market women, artisans and farmers across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Osinbajo disclosed this yesterday at the quarterly meeting of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.

The vice-president, who is the PEBEC Chairman, also said with the huge difference made by various initiatives of the government, spending whopping N1 trillion on the poor masses of the country would transform the lives of countless number of Nigerians.

Osinbajo said the loan disbursement was one of the initiatives conceived by the federal government with a view to expanding the frontiers of micro-credit provisions to small businesses under the Government Empowerment and Enterprise Programme (GEEP) of the Social Investment Programme.

According to him, Trader Moni programme of the federal government is one of the most important platforms for the expansion of the micro-credit disbursement to the smallest level of trading.

Describing this category of beneficiaries as the largest part of the country’s working population, Osinbajo argued that such traders are important and integral part of “the value chain of most goods,” adding that as many as 2 million persons will benefit from the scheme.

He said, “For the small businesses also we expanded the micro credit to small businesses under our Government Empowerment & Enterprise Programme (GEEP): N15.183 billion in interest-free loans ranging from N50,000 to N350,000 have been disbursed to more than 300,000 market women, traders, artisans, farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT. (By the way, 56% of the loans have gone to women).

“But I think the Trader Moni programme is one of the most crucial components of expanding opportunity for millions of Nigerian traders by giving micro- credit to the bottom of the trading pyramid.

“The smallest businesses; the one table trader; the bread or plantain seller or the Mai Shai. This is the largest segment of our working population; their inventory is no more than N5,000 – N10,000. But they are an important part of the value chain of most goods.
“They sell the single sachets of soap, sugar, and spices to the largest numbers of our people. But they are forgotten and ignored in economic plans and budgets, and considered too unwieldy and risky for micro credit loans. Under the Trader Moni scheme, we are giving microcredit to two million petty traders across the country,” he said.

Osinbajo who disclosed that the government had only spent half of the N500 billion budgeted for Social Investment Programme, observed that with just half of the budget spent, the impacts are laudable, wondering the volume of impact that can be made if more is spent.

According to the vice-president, if only the government could spend whooping N1 trillion to provide succour for the teeming masses of Nigeria, the output will be alarming, adding that once unemployment problem is resolved, investment is made in infrastructure and power problem addressed, massive breakthroughs will be experienced in the country.

“I am convinced that we can crack the jobs problem. And we are in the right direction. First, by Investment in infrastructure, solving the power problem, and generally enhancing the business environment.

“Also Government intervention can be improved. Today of the N500 billion for SIP we have only spent just over N250 billion. And the results are obvious. Imagine how farther we can go with more revenue? If we can spend N1 trillion to bail out poor people in one year, we will make a massive difference,” he stated.

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Vice President Osinbajo Restates Govt Commitment To Job Creation

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said that job creation is the priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Osinbajo stated this at the 9th presidential quarterly business forum in Abuja on Monday.

According to him, the federal government is committed to ensuring that small and medium scale enterprises are properly serviced.

He also noted that the best way of creating jobs is to make the business environment attractive to the private sector.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige explained that his ministry is exploring ways that could provide policies for the creation of jobs.

Giving an update on the economy, the minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udoma, noted that the country’s economy is in a much better position than it was in 2015.

The presidential quarterly business forum was attended by relevant ministers, members of the economic management team and key players in the private sector.

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Don’t Drag Osinbajo Into Ogun Politics, Group Tells Anisulowo

In the wake of the political drama unfolding in Ogun state, a political group has warned Senator Iyabo Anisulowo and other politicians against dragging Vice President Yemi Osinbajo into the ongoing political situation.

The Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) noted that although the Vice President is an indigene of Ikenne in Ogun state, he has never meddled in the politics of Ogun or influenced the outcome of electoral or political processes in the state.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun state, the President of the group James Akinloye pointed out that politics is local and what is happening in Ogun is beyond the Vice President.

He explained that the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun and Adekunle Akinlade as governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress in parallel primaries have nothing to do with the VP.

“Prof Osinbajo knows nothing about the zoning to Ogun East or Ogun West and has never campaigned or urged voters to support any of the candidates,” Akinloye said.

“We all know that the Vice President resides and votes in Lagos state even though he is an indigene of Ogun. To the best of our knowledge, he has never mingled in Ogun politics and has nothing to do with what is going on.

Akinloye pointed that the party (APC) oversaw the primaries and had the National Working Committee posted to states across the country.

“To drag the Vice President into this is completely unfair. Senator Anisulowo is only whipping up sentiments where there is none.”

“The APC NWC was charged with conducting the primaries in Ogun state and other states across the country and they should be held responsible if the election is not free or fair.

“Calling out Prof. Osinbajo because he is from Ogun is completely petty and unbecoming,” Akinloye stated.

He added that in other States where two candidates emerged the name of the Vice President was not mentioned.

The group cautioned the former Minister of State for Education against promoting violence and hatred in the state.

“She and other aggrieved persons should take their matter to the APC, that is where a solution can be proffered. The Vice President will not join issues with politicians but as observers we will tell the truth.”

“Vice President Osinbajo is a man of integrity and a man that is widely respected. He should not be dragged into Ogun politics by Anisulowo or any other politician.”

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Vice President Osinbajo Visits Enugu, Approves Special Window Registration For MSMEs

In its bid to further ease the process of registering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo today, announced the Federal Government’s approval of a 90-day special window to register businesses at a reduced rate of N5000 only.

The Vice President who made the disclosure on Tuesday at the launch of the 19th edition of the National MSMEs Clinics in Enugu, Enugu State, said the special window of 90 days starts from October 1st to Dec 31st 2018.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, “It was observed during some of the earlier editions of the MSME Clinics that a lot of MSMEs were finding it difficult to register their businesses as a result of cost.

Speaking on other initiatives by the Federal Government designed to consolidate the gains of the MSMEs Clinics, Prof. Osinbajo said, “we will be establishing shared facilities for MSMEs based on a partnership between the Federal Government, interested States, Bank of Industry, NEXIM Bank, FIRS, NAFDAC, SON and interested private sector partners, as part of our efforts at deepening the impact of the Clinics.”

He also announced the Federal Government’s willingness to partner with State governments in establishing more One-Stop Shops, to further enhance business registration and facilitate seamless interaction between owners of small businesses and the relevant regulatory agencies.

According to him, “we are also aware that some States have gone on to set up ‘One-Stop Shops’ after the Clinics. These One-Stop Shops bring all the relevant agencies together in one place so as to enable the MSMEs access their services on an on-going basis.

Prof. Osinbajo also said there were follow-up plans to “ensure that all the finalists from the maiden edition of the MSME Awards are supported with publicity and media exposure, to enable them to reach even larger markets at home and abroad.”

He stated that the ongoing disbursement of collateral and interest-free loans given to petty traders under the GEEP TraderMoni programme would soon be launched in Enugu.

He thanked the Federal Government for the launch of the National MSMEs Clinics in the state, noting that it would greatly improve the lives of many youths especially those seeking employment opportunities.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Ifeanyi, Ugwuanyi of Enugu said the State government had already keyed into some of the social investment programmes initiated by the Federal Government, assuring that the State would continue to cooperate with all federal authorities to improve the well-being of the people.

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Vice President Osinbajo Kicks Against Cancellation Of Lagos Guber Primary

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has kicked against the cancellation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos governorship primary held on 2 October.

The APC governorship primary which held across the state on Tuesday was cancelled by the National Working Committee (NWC).

APC NWC led by Clement Ebri insisted that only a secret ballot voting system will be recognised in the primary between incumbent Lagos governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and contender Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Reacting to the cancellation, VP Osinbajo said the results should be accepted if the process was free and fair.

According to a source close to the Presidency, “Osinbajo is calling on State and National APC leaders to work together and ensure that today’s voting in Lagos should be honored as long as it is free and fair.

The source revealed that “there has been a lot of confusion about the election especially after APC national team released a statement that the voting did not follow agreed guidelines”.

However before this, results of the voting had been widespread all over the social media from ward to ward.

Other sources close to APC headquarters told Chronicle NG  that the VP had been advising that the best thing in the circumstances is to honor the polls except there is compelling evidence of irregularities and violation of electoral laws.

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Independence: Vice President Osinbajo Prays For Nigeria’s Renewal, Restoration

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was one of the notable Nigerians that thronged the National Christian Centre, Abuja on Sunday for the inter-denominational church service to mark the 2018 Nigerian Independence Day celebration where he prayed for the country’s renewal and celebration.

Professor Osibanjo, whose remarks at the service dwelt on declarations and prayer for Nigeria, said “the anniversary of our nation is an opportunity to bless our nation, to declare blessings upon our nation, and upon the people of our nation, for all of us present here and everywhere.”

He declared: “Nigeria you will be exalted, you will not fail, you will not fall, you will excel, you will rise beyond the imagination of the world, and you will be a pride to Africa and the world, in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus.

“Nigeria this is your season of exaltation, renewal and restoration, and all we have lost will be restored, where you have failed we will succeed in the mighty name of Jesus

“We declare that death and destruction and every devise of Satan has failed over Nigeria. We speak life, life more abundant to you Nigeria and Nigerians in the mighty name of Jesus.

“Every person of Nigerian blood I declare concerning you, that this is the season of your promotion and you will be promoted, this is the season of joy for you, you and your families will experience great joy and favour in Jesus name.

“We declare concerning you Nigeria that you are entering into your season of exceeding greatness and great favour in Jesus name.”

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Vice President Osinbajo To Launch TraderMoni In Owerri

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN), will today launch the TraderMoni scheme in Owerri, Imo State capital.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity Mr Laolu Akande says TraderMoni, which is part of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme, is designed to assist petty traders across the country expand their trade through the provision of collateral and interest-free loans from N10,000. The loans are repayable over a period of six months.

He said the micro-credit scheme under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), was first formally launched on August 7 in five markets in Lagos State – Mushin, Ikotun, Agege, Ketu, and Abule Egba areas.

According to mr Akande, Following the Lagos leg, the micro-credit scheme has since been formally launched in eight other states, including Kano, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Osun, Kogi, Oyo, Cross River; and Abuja (Federal Capital Territory).

Under the scheme, beneficiaries can get access to a higher facility ranging from N15,000 to N100,000 when they repay N10,000 within the stipulated time period.

Also, through TraderMoni scheme, the Buhari Administration aims to take financial inclusion down to the grassroots, and uplift Nigerians at the bottom of the pyramid, considering the contribution of petty traders to economic development. The Federal Government is also aware of the fact that many of the petty traders don’t have what the commercial banks require to grant them loans.

Petty traders from across the states have continued to laud the Buhari administration for helping them in expanding their trade and empowering them economically.

By the end of 2018, the micro-credit scheme would have reached all 36 states of the federation, with an estimated two million petty traders set to become beneficiaries.

 

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Osinbajo Inspiring A Young Generation Of Leaders, By Seun Bisuga

With role models thinning fast, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo offers a glimmer of hope to youths aspiring to be successful in both private and public practice, given his glistering career and breathtaking records.

His carriage, grace and knowledge on a wide range of topics attracts people to him from afar and for those who have been privileged to a one-on-one with him, what sends a chill down your spine is his humility, attention to details and morale boosting advises.

It pretty much leaves you with a renewed belief in yourself and in Nigeria. You are rekindled with the ‘Nigeria will be great again’ mentality and state of mind. You know you can go beyond borders and break barriers.

When young aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress met with him they departed with words of wisdom, more than money could buy. “You are the ones who can make the difference if you remain consistent in service,” Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria told the aspirants.

The young aspirants were not only buoyed by his words but by his actions. There was a willingness to pass on his knowledge in governance, first as Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Lagos and as Vice President of Nigeria. “That you are not just sitting down at home, not just getting upset with yourself on Social Media. You are putting your money, resources and your time where your mouth is. So, consider yourself in very exceptional company. This is a group of people who have not lost hope, but are very determined to ensure that things work.”

Sometimes testimonies have a strong impact in passing a message across and no testimony beats one which is very verifiable. To ginger the group, he told them a story that resonates. “As a young person, I belonged to several pressure groups. I graduated at the age of 21. And when I graduated, I began to participate in various pressure groups, human rights organisations, anti-corruption, civil society groups of every kind. When political parties started forming, we could not aspire, but we remained involved.

“For seven years – after serving as Lagos Attorney-General – I was part of the party, I did not have a board appointment or anything, but I kept working for the party. I kept working for the party as a lawyer. Most of those cases we were not paid a dime. But we went from place to place. Sometimes we didn’t even have a place to stay when we went to court the next morning. So, there is a measure of paying the price, it depends on how serious or committed we are to some of the things we say we are committed to.”

Many things stood out for the young aspirants, but none can be compared to the fact that the Vice President is one of the handful of politicians without any corruption tales hanging over his head since he got into active politics.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has never been accused of corruption or corrupt practices, he has led a clean political life in a heavily laden with corruption since 1999, standing in a league of his own, alongside President Muhammadu Buhari.

When you talk of making a difference, Prof Osinbajo has made the difference in more ways than one. “We are in a place where we are the ones who can make the difference,” he told the young aspirants who wanted to know how he succeeded in both private and public sector.

He added, “Nothing is going to change overnight, but we can make efforts to change the process. We can do a lot more, but it depends on our commitment. I like the idea of young people getting a quota in the party structure to run for office on some level, such as the State Houses of Assembly.”

For those who have had any formal or informal contact with Prof Osinbajo, you’ll testify to the fact that his leadership is both contagious and infectious. Be it on the Trader Moni campaign, meetings in Niger Delta, National Economic Council or even as acting President, he has exuded the highest level of leadership and history will have his name in GOLD.

Seun Bisuga is a journalist, writer and social media analyst. He can be reached via email: bisuclef@yahoo.com

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