Celebrating the World Health Day

The World Heath Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on the 7th of April, under the sponsorship

The World Heath Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on the 7th of April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization ( WHO ).

It is a known and popular saying that health is wealth; regardless of the amount of cash you have stashed in your account, a deficient health is tantamount to poverty.

The theme of this year’s celebration of global health is “Good Health Adds Life To Years”.

WHO as an international body is saddled with the responsibility to help people around the world attain the highest possible standard of health.

It also collaborates with governments, organisations and communities to provide access to responsive health care, and give recommendations to policy wonks that can help deliver better and more effective health care system.

The annual event to corroborate the world health day is aimed at encouraging people to pay close attention to their health habits and activities. This it does by educating people and raising their consciousness about specific health issues they might have overlooked.

WHO is doing its best to reduce the cost of medical treatment so that the common man on the street can afford quality health care.

It is also a strong supporter of the Yoga. Yoga is a form of physical and natural source of healing people, especially when they cannot afford expensive medical treatment, as well as people who think “alternative”.

Statements like – therapy is the answer to medical issues, is credited to the World Health Organisation, which is dedicated to extensive studies and research across the globe to foster knowledge and encourage preventive techniques from health problem.

In conclusion, regardless of your position in the social, political or economic stratosphere, it is important that you pay premium attention to your health. In the end, what is the use of working tirelessly to earn currencies, only to spend it all on sickness and diseases – those we could have prevented in the first place.

 

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Lagos govt. releases N1.24 bn to pay pensioners

The Lagos State Government says it has released N1.24 billion to pay its retirees for March. A statement by Mrs

The Lagos State Government says it has released N1.24 billion to pay its retirees for March.

A statement by Mrs Folashade Onanuga, the Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission ( LASPEC ), said the money was released to pay 183 retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme ( CPS ).

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, at the 49th Benefit Bond Certificate Presentation (BBCP) on April 4, reiterated his commitment to pay pensioners in the state promptly.

Ambode, represented by the Commissioner of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Akintola Oke at the presentation, said 8, 731 retirees had received Accrued Rights of over N35 billion.

The governor confirmed that the N35 billion Accrued Rights from inception of the administration till date had been paid into the Retired Savings Account (RSA) of the pensioners.

He said that despite the high funding obligations of the state, it had been consistent in paying retirees.

“Our commitment stems from the understanding that the greatest asset a state has are the employees. Their well-being in and outside the job is our priority.

“We urge retirees to take informed decision of the choice of either Programme Withdrawal or Annuity Plan.”

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KASU secures NUC’s accreditation for 20 programmes

The Kaduna State University ( KASU ), Kaduna, has secured National Universities Commission’s ( NUC ) accreditation for 20 programmes.

The Kaduna State University ( KASU ), Kaduna, has secured National Universities Commission’s ( NUC ) accreditation for 20 programmes.

The university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adamu Bargo, said in a statement in Kaduna on Friday that 19 of the programmes were fully accredited, while one was given an interim accreditation.

Bargo explained that the development was the outcome of the NUC’s accreditation carried out in May, June and November, 2017 for the affected programmes.

The PRO said that the 20 included 16 undergraduate programmes and four post-graduate programmes.

He listed the 16 undergraduate programmes with full accreditation as B.A. History, B.Sc. Chemistry, B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry, B.Sc. Architecture, B.Sc. Environmental Management, B.Sc. Estate Management and B. Agriculture.

Others are B.Sc. Accounting, B.Sc. Business Administration, B.Sc. Mass Communication, B.Sc. Sociology, B.A. Arabic, B.A. Islamic Studies, B.Sc. Physics, B.Sc. Computer Science, while B.Sc. Quantity Survey got an interim status.

He added that the fully accredited four post-graduate programmes were M.Sc. Accounting, M.Sc. Business Administration, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations (MILR).

He explained that with this development, all programmes being run by the university had acquired full accreditation from the NUC.

Bargo expressed hope that Quantity Surveying with an interim status would be fully accredited in no distant time.

“The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, thanked NUC for its support and promised to tackle all observations raised.

“He also thanked the staff and students of KASU for their commitment and dedication to service which contributed to the huge success of the exercise.

“The vice-chancellor assured members of the university community that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that the course with interim status secured full accreditation,’’ Bargo said.

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Kano Fire Service saves 180 lives, N86m goods in March — Official

The Kano State Fire Service said on Friday that it saved 180 lives and goods worth N86 million from 110

The Kano State Fire Service said on Friday that it saved 180 lives and goods worth N86 million from 110 fire outbreaks in the state in March.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, however, told the News men in Kano that 14 lives were lost in the incidents.

Mohammed said 41 houses and 69 shops were affected in the fire outbreaks while properties valued at N29 million were destroyed during the period.

Read Also: Police recover 70 arms in Kaduna, 60 in Kano

He said that the service received 124 rescue calls and 24 false alarms from residents during the month.

Mohammed said that the major causes of the fire were the use of inferior electrical materials, poor handling of electrical appliances, cooking gas and boiling ring as well as accidents.

He advised the general public to be careful in this dry season in handling fire and stop storing petroleum products to avert fire outbreak.

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Man jailed for stealing tin tomatoes

  A 32-year old man identified as Austine Ibe has been jailed by an Oredo Magistrate Court to two years

 

A 32-year old man identified as Austine Ibe has been jailed by an Oredo Magistrate Court to two years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing 75 cartons of tin tomatoes valued at N315,600.

Austine was said to have committed the offence on October 14, 2017 at No 4 Butcher Street off Forestry Road Benin City.

The tin tomatoes were said to have been stored at a warehouse belonging to one Paul Okafor.

Austine was arraigned on a two-count charge bothering on stealing and break-in and entry.

He was found guilty on guilty on both charges by the presiding Magistrate, F.E Akhere.

Prosecuting Council, DSP Patrick Agbonifo, had earlier informed the court that the offenders were punishable under sections 414(1) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code 48 Vol II Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976 now applicable in Edo State.

Magistrate Akhere sentenced Austine to two years imprisonment without an option of fine.

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Ambode re-election: LASPOSUG Launches ‘DiCE’ Initiative

The Lagos State Polytechnic Students’ Union Government [LASPOSUG] has officially launched an initiative tagged ‘Direct Campaign & Enlightenment [DiCE]’ in

The Lagos State Polytechnic Students’ Union Government [LASPOSUG] has officially launched an initiative tagged ‘Direct Campaign & Enlightenment [DiCE]’ in favour of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for another term in office which also doubles as a nod to the present administration’s good works permeating the length and breathe of the State.

This was as disclosed by the SUG President, Adewale Jubril, while addressing press on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018.

According to Jubril, DICE is an initiative aimed at persuading students one on one, after which they are charged to also persuade their parents and other influencers.

While addressing the press, Jubril said, “We want to state categorically that, the students’ union is apolitical and would not give credence to mediocrity or hypocricy. Therefore, what we are doing today is not out of bandwagon effects or hired idea. We are here today representing the 25,000 plus students of this great citadel of learning and excellence to say that- Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State should continue with his good works, consolidate in another four years and make education in Lagos State the hallmark of excellence in Nigeria.

“We are not reaching these conclusions without proofs of what the amiable Governor has done in education sector, especially at the Lagos Sate Polytechnic. The Governor has proved beyond reasonable doubts, its concern for the sustenance of qualitative educational system in Lagos State.”

Jubril went further to add that, the citadel of knowledge has benefited immensely from Ambode’s administration; part of which according to him include: “initiation of the first ever academic and value added practical training programme “Ready-Set-Work” (RSW) for Tertiary Institutions in Lagos, preparing students for the work life, placing successful participants on Industrial Training with reputable organizations and also funding viable business ideas/innovations of the students.

“Consideration of the plea by the Polytechnic Management on financial constraint of the Polytechnic, His Excellency approved the increment of the Polytechnic’s monthly subvention and also approved the release of funds for the accreditation of 66 programmes in the Polytechnic.

“Furthermore, the Governor completed the construction of Block A of the School of Technology Complex and also approved the construction of drainages as well as car parks for the Complex all of which are on-going.

“The Governor in his magnanimity extended the “Operation Light-Up Lagos” project to the Lagos State Polytechnic. Street lights were installed all over the Ikorodu Campus of the Polytechnic.

“Ambode has also initiated the commencement of the following projects in the Polytechnic: Completion of the abandoned Sports Complex on the Ikorodu Campus of the Polytechnic to serve the whole of Ikorodu community, Construction of a befitting High Capacity Auditorium for the Institution, Construction of a befitting Administrative Block for the Polytechnic

“The visionary Governor Ambode gave a nod and support to the Polytechnic for the Drone Project initiated by the Polytechnic with a view to deploying surveillance drones for security all around the State and many more”

In the same vein, the Lady Vice-President of the Union, Comrade Oladipupo Zainab solicit for the support of the entire residents in Lagos State so as to encourage the continuous accelerated progress experienced in the educational system and other sectors in Lagos State, through voting massively for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode come 2019.

Most importantly, residents, especially the youths and students were implored to register and pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) as this remains the only way all can ensure support for education and youth development.

“For us, DiCE as an initiative would not only canvass for votes, but monitor and sensitise the student populace on the need to register and collect their PVCs. A vote canvasses without a PVC is a sheer wasting of time and resources. Therefore, we shall sensitise for registration and collection of PVC and consolidate with canvass for votes through DiCE initiative. What LASPOTECH SUG is doing to support the reelection of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode goes beyond rhetoric and showmanship. It is a complete practical approach to winning election,” Zainab noted.

DiCE means Direct Campaign & Enlightenment, it is an initiative aimed at engaging every student one on one, convince and persuade them with facts from the good works of the Governor, and school each student, to engage their parents directly with facts and figures of the governors good deeds.

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Why money bags won’t succeed Ajimobi – APC governorship aspirant

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Engr. Remi Olaniyan, has said that the 2019 governorship election

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Engr. Remi Olaniyan, has said that the 2019 governorship election in the state will not be determined by the amount of money spent by aspirants, but that only those without the goodwill of the people will rely on money to win election.

He said such aspirants will fail because the electorate knows who they want to be their governor.

Olaniyan, who spoke to journalists in Ibadan during a press briefing, said he was in the race to succeed the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi in 2019 because of the conviction he had that he was qualified, saying that the era of moneybags dominance of Oyo politics had gone.

He reminded that majority of those who became governor in the state were not money bags.

The governorship aspirant who hailed from the Oke-Ogun zone of the sate said, “The electorate in the state have developed their interest in politics of the state in the last few years and it will be difficult for anyone to confuse them by offering them money. The period of moneybags, when peoples’ conscience was bought cheaply, had gone and we will not return to it.

“You have to look around and see the profile of the aspirants that are showing their interest in occupying political positions in the state. I don’t need to share money before I can succeed Ajimobi and I implore our people to reject such Greek gift. I served the state for 26 years as civil servant before retiring into private business that has flourished because of proper management.

“I have connected myself with the people in the state and even established partnership with a Catholic hospital in Rome through my foundation so that our people can enjoy some privileges. That is a better profile than using money to buy people. Only those who have no goodwill among the people will rely on money.”

While commenting on the feud between national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, and the party national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, the aspirant said that the two were elders of the party with interest in its success.

“We should not blow this beyond what it is. Both have common interest which is the good of the party so whatever their differences cannot be said to be personal. Both leaders will resolve their differences ahead of 2019.”

“In Oyo State, many people are reading negative meaning to a few what is going on within the party but to those who are inside there is no rift ” , he said.

 

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Police recover over 1000 illegal fire arms, parade suspected criminals

The Abia State Police Command says it has recovered over 1000 illegal fire arms in different parts of the state

The Abia State Police Command says it has recovered over 1000 illegal fire arms in different parts of the state in compliance to the recent orders of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Idris Kpotun.

Recall that Kpotun had directed all the commands and Police divisions to ensure that they mop up illegal arms in their area of operation.

The Commissioner of police in Abia State Mr. Anthony Ogbizi stated this at the Umuahia Central Police Station, the state capital while parading a former Police Sgt. Emenike Godson for allegedly robbing and dispossessing unsuspecting passenger of their valuables using a commercial tricycle in Aba.

Ogbizi while displaying the arms ranging from locally made double barrel guns cut-to-size, English double barrel guns, locally made short guns, pump action guns, AK47 riffles, General Purpose Machine Guns, among others before journalists said over one thousand guns have so far been recovered, adding that the exercise would continue until the state became safe for everyone.

He said, “To prove the seriousness and importance we attached to the IGP directive we will continue to mop up arms”. This is even as he called on the public to continue provide information that would lead to the recovery of more illegal arms.

On the arrest of the dismissed police sergeant, Ogbizi said the suspect who was dismissed from the force about two years ago, was arrested after he and three accomplices, robbed some people, while in Police uniform.

He said the Police had begun manhunt for the other suspects now at large.

In an interview, Godsons admitted that he was arrested in police uniform, but denied robbing people of the valuables.

Also paraded by Police boss were four kidnappers who reportedly sold a four year old boy for N500, 000 to a yet to be identified buyer.

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We’ll resist attempts to discredit Ekweremadu – Ohaneze

Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, said it would resist any attempt to discredit Deputy President of the Senate, Chief

Ekweremadu

Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, said it would resist any attempt to discredit Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.
President-General of the group, Chief Nnia Nwodo, in a statement on Thursday, in Enugu, said it was preposterous for the Federal Government to be carrying out unwarranted inquisition into Ekweremadu’s life.
He said that the allegation that Ekweremadu, the highest ranking Igbo politician in the country, embezzled public funds without any prima facie case was inappropriate.
Nwodo stated that the idea of asking the Senator to defend himself instead of his accusers showing how he fraudulently enriched himself, amounted to turning the law upside down.
He observed that Ekweremadu was a revered Igbo son and had attracted a lot of development to his area without any previous accusation of embezzlement.
“Sen. Ekweremadu is a revered Igbo son whose public image is very high and who has attracted a lot of development to his area; he has never occupied any public office where he was accused of embezzlement.”
The president-general queried the system of investigation where one was tried for simply belonging to a political party “and is exonerated of an offence he committed for belonging to a political party or being in government’’.

Read Also: Ekweremadu: Reps tackle special presidential panel

He cited examples of former and serving military officers who had been let off the hook either through plea bargain or for just changing from one political party to another.
He also said that a former governor of Enugu State whose property was under investigation was now dining with the Head of State after dumping his former party for the ruling party.
Nwodo warned that the apex Igbo group would no longer fold it arms while Igbo sons were being systematically singled out for persecution in a country they had contributed so much to build.
He observed that the cautionary statement by Ekweremadu had been and was still being echoed by many prominent Nigerians and wondered why his case would be different.
He said that it was such selective justice and marginalization of Ndigbo that fuelled agitations by their young ones for self-determination, adding that restructuring was a first step toward assuaging the situation.

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ECOWAS says multiple check-points among impediments to trade

The Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS ) Taskforce on Trade Liberalisation Scheme says multiple check-points is one

ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS ) Taskforce on Trade Liberalisation Scheme says multiple check-points is one of the impediments to trade integration along the Nigerian-Benin corridor.

The Executive Secretary, Mr Justin Bayill of ECOWAS made this known in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.

Bayil said that persistence collection of illegal fees at the borders and along the corridors were also some of findings of the taskforce which had impeded trade integration at the border.

He also identified civilians managing check points/roadblocks, ransoming the drivers of trucks, cars and extortions at the border as other hindrances to trade.

“The taskforce will work through the ECOWAS Heads of States to bring to a stop the human excesses that have been  thwarting trade conventions in the sub-region.

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“Notably at Malanville, Hillacondji, Krake Benin axis and at the Seme Nigeria side, the unwholesome trend have continued unabated with its dire consequences on the regional economy.

“There are bilateral agreements supporting such social interactions but it is very disturbing that unprogressive elements have constituted themselves as clog in the wheel of economic advancement of the area,’’ he said.

Bayil said the taskforce would work toward strengthening political will within ECOWAS to facilitate trade, border awareness and capacity building of ECOWAS citizens on the provisions of existing protocols and policies.

He said it would encourage efforts by leaders of the member states to ensure the effective implementation of ECOWAS community policies also known as peer review mechanism to engender healthy competition.

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