Helpline Foundation, trained about 200 school girls in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on personal hygiene, reproductive health, entrepreneurial skills and leadership/communications skills.

It was gathered that the female school girls, who are between the ages of 9 to 18 years, were selected from nine secondary schools in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to participate in the training programme.

The organizer of the programme/founder of Helpline Foundation, Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu, said that the essence of the training was to teach them how to take of themselves, especially their productive health.

Ahmadu pointed out the training programme tagged, ‘Girl Realise Your Potential’, would also teach these girls, at this age, personal hygiene and entrepreneurship skills, so that they will grow up and take proper care of them.
She frowned that many mothers do not pay much attention to their daughters, especially at this critical stage of their growth, adding that the foundation aims at making sure that the girl-child reaches her potentials.
In her contribution, one of the resource persons, Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi, noted that the training will go a long way in helping the girls to understand themselves better and to understand the changes that are going in their bodies.

Dorayi pointed out that the training was timely, adding that girls go through a lot of life changes, because their reproductive circle is more active than that of their male counterparts.
Yemi Oluwadare

Oni fund Youth will N1 Billion

Ooni of Ife:

The ₦1 billion funding would help the youth of the entire House of Oduduwa and beyond. I would not mind going hungry to empower the youths. If the youths of today are empowered, many generations will benefit from them and poverty will be abolished. We need to get youths empowered. This is necessary for the nation’s continuous growth. We are molding future of our youths in the areas of agriculture and agro-allied industry. We should stop relying on government. There are so many initiatives that community leaders can tap into. Community leaders should go into partnership with multinational companies and financial institutions to benefit there people.

U.S announced 92 million dollars for humanitarian

The U. S. has announced nearly 92 million dollars as additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region.
With this announcement, the U.S is providing more than 291 million dollars in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year, according to a statement from the Information Office of the U.S Embassy on Monday.

The embassy said the funds made available would assist people affected by the Boko Haram-related conflict and other related humanitarian crisis.
“The U. S. continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region.

“This new funding to UN and non-governmental organisation partners will help tens of thousands of people receive critically needed humanitarian assistance, including food, water, shelter, and services to address acute hygiene, protection, and nutritional needs,” it stated.
The embassy said that in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, the conflict had left more than 6.4 million people in need of emergency food assistance and displaced 2.6 million people.
It quoted the UN estimates of requiring additional one billion dollars as needed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in 2017.

The U.S. government further reiterated its call on other donors to contribute additional humanitarian assistance for the millions of people in the region whose lives had been affected.

Agiobu Sheltered A Poor Widow And Her Family.

Agiobu Sheltered A Poor Widow And Her Family.

The leader of the Grassroot Development Initiative, Degema Lga chapter, Hon. Pst. Agiobu Victor-Fubara (JP) sheltered a widow, Mrs Blessing John, a victim of Ogbunabali fire outbreak.

The Immediate past CTC Chairman of Degema LGA, Hon. Pst. Agiobu Victor-Fubara who was physically represented by the Youths Leader of the Grassroot Development Initiative, Degema Chapter Mr (GIG) George Isoboye Gibson, presented the key of an apartment to the victim.

Mrs Blessing John who is a poor widow that cater for her family with frying and selling of plantain chips also receive 2gas cylinders of 50kg and 12kg respectively with an industrial burner from Hon. Pst. Agiobu Victor-Fubara which will definitely stop her from using fire wood for frying her chips and make her business more easier, faster and profitable.

The beneficiary, Mrs Blessing John pray and applaud Pst. Agiobu Victor-Fubara (JP) for his frequent philanthropic act to the less privilege in and out of Ogbunabali.

Agiobu Victor-fubara, Philanthropy Is In his DNA!


Two hundred and sixty three civil servants in Sokoto State have benefited from home renovation loans facilitated by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and undertaken by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

Speaking at an event organised to disburse the loans, the Governor stated that the loan was meant for workers to renovate their houses to habitable status.

He said the state government facilitated the sum of N243,100,000 from FMBN for a total number of 263 staff across ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) to whom cheques were presented at the occasion.

According to him, the present administration has placed much emphasis on staff welfare, and will continue to introduce policies that will lead to improved productivity of workers in the state.

While commending the state Head of Service for introducing innovative programmes to improve the service, Tambuwal said government will continue to reward hard work and also punish those who do not measure up to standards.

Meanwhile, six staff, three from the junior and senior cadre each and working in different ministries, received monetary gifts and merit awards for their diligence and punctuality in their places of primary assignments.

In the junior cadre, Abubakar Dan Umaji emerged the third best most diligent worker in the state civil service. He received the sum of N250,000 and merit certificate.

Malam Hassan Hamza, now deceased, emerged second best. He was awarded a post-humors certificate of honour while a Hajj seat has been awarded to one of his family members.

Bello ‎Ketere emerged the best worker and was awarded a piece of land, five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000) and a merit certificate.

The senior cadre saw Usman Magaji of state ministry of finance emerging best worker in the state. He was awarded a house and N750,000 gift from the Governor.

Other award recipients in the senior category were Ahmed Rafi who got the sum of N500,000 and a merit certificate and Mohammed Gagi who got a Hajj seat, the sum of N100,000 and a merit certificate.
Imam lmam

Gbajabiamila Distributes E-Learning Tablets To Students

The Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday distributed no fewer than 501 computer tablets to secondary school students in his Surulere constituency.

In his speech at the occasion, Gbajabiamila said the gesture was a redemption of his electoral promise to impact on the lives of the people of the area.

He said that the idea to facilitate the tablets was conceived to improve the quality of education in schools through the use of ICT.

He said that ICT-based education was indispensable to the development of Nigeria in the 21st century, stressing that students needed to be properly equipped with the right tools to propel development.

“We are in the 21st century when the most important thing that drives development is technology.
“Nigeria cannot afford to be left out, that is why we are doing our little by distributing these tablets to our students today,” he said.

The House Leader explained that the selection of the students was made without political affiliation, adding that the management of the benefiting schools recommended the beneficiaries based on merit.

He said the tablet contained 117 books for Junior and Senior students and covered all the subjects in the curriculum.
The lawmaker added that the tool also contained tests and assessments that could help students in their learning.

According to Gbajabiamila, other features of the computer include processing applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and long lasting battery life of 6,000amh.
He said he had no doubt that the e-learning tool would help to improve the level of education in the state.
“I am fully confident that the Gbaja Tab will complement the “Educate Lagos “and “Eko Project” of the state government.
“I have facilitated this learning project and will need parents and teachers to monitor its usage by their wards.
“More importantly, parents need to know that Gbaja Tab is transferable to other children in the family as it contains textbook for all school classes, “he said.

Gbajabiamila said the 501 computers were as the first in the series; he promised to provide more to other students in subsequent phases.

A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Rotimi Agunsoye, commended Gbajabiamila for the tablets, saying they would assist the beneficiaries in their studies.
He said he was impressed by “this real empowerment” and promised to replicate the idea in his Kosofe Federal constituency.

A member of Lagos state House of Assembly, Mr Desmond Elliot, described the tablets as “a different form of empowerment,’ and would impact on the life of the beneficiaries.
“I, therefore, urge you students, to put the tools into good use for the benefit of your education and future, “he said.

The Sole Administrator, Surulere Local Government, Mr Sherrif Balogun, said his constituents were proud of Gbajabiamila’s impactful’ representation in the lower legislative chamber.

A beneficiary, Akeem Sanni, thanked the lawmaker for the gesture and prayed God to continue to strengthen him to assist more students in the area.
Femi Gbajabiamila

Kashamu present automated surgical beds

SPBK @ 59: In continuation of activities marking the 59th birthday of the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Prince Buruji Kashamu, members of SPBK@ 59 organising committee today stormed Igbeba and Ijebu Ode where they presented Automated surgical beds and mattresses to the management of Ijebu Ode Dental Centre, General Hospital Ijebu Ode and Igbeba Primary Health Care Centre.




Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday presented cheques totaling N55 million to the families of security officers who lost their lives in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants.

The families of four police officers that died during the operation got N10 million each, while an officer who sustained injury during the attack and still recuperating in the hospital, Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu got N5million.
Also, a cheque of N10 million was presented to the family of a military officer, Capt. A Mohammed who lost his life during the attack.

The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants.
The police officers’ whose families benefited from the death insurance scheme of the State Government are late Insp. Godwin Iroagbalahi, Insp. Francis Pemi, Sgt. Mamuda Dembo and Sgt. Idor Ekoro.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Governor Ambode said the move was in appreciation of the supreme sacrifices paid by the late officers in the course of ensuring the safety of residents of the State.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said the donation was in line with the pledge to review insurance benefits to security operatives in the State.
Bello recalled that since coming on board, Governor Ambode immediately reviewed the insurance benefits for security operatives in the State with a pledge to pay N10million to any officer killed during operation, adding that the ceremony was in consonance with the earlier promise.
“This is to appreciate what the gallant officers have done; they sacrificed their lives in the course of protecting several of us and we have to appreciate them. As a matter of fact, if we don’t do this, who will? The Governor has always said that we must continue to appreciate those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our lives because they died for us.
“We must continue to appreciate them because if we don’t do this, who will be ready to pay the supreme sacrifice for our safety? The officers are sent out to protect us and when they are going, they are not even sure of coming back and having paid the supreme sacrifice, should we leave them just like that, definitely not and it is in appreciation of what they have done that we are doing this,” he said.

The Governor, while commiserating with the families of the late officers, assured that the State Government would continue to support security officers and their families in the State.
Responding on behalf of beneficiaries, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni commended Governor Ambode and the State Government for the donations, which he described as a moral booster, saying that the gesture would go a long way in motivating officers.
He said: “On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, I stand to appreciate Lagos State Government for this morale boosting gesture that you have showed to our colleagues who, in the course of discharging their statutory duties to this nation, demonstrated bravery, gallantry and courage but unfortunately lost their lives in an encounter with criminal elements.

“The IG appreciates this kind gesture and on behalf of the respective families of the officers that lost their lives, in as much as we know that money will not bring their lives back, but you have given us that confidence that in our trial and sadness period, the State is standing solidly behind us. This will spur us to be more committed to the security of the State,” Owoseni said.
Earlier, Governor Ambode, on behalf of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) presented 20 brand new operational vehicles with modern communication gadgets to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command.

Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Dr Abdulrazaq Balogun, in his remarks, said the donation of the operational vehicles was in furtherance of the commitment of the State Government to bequeath a robust security architecture to residents, just as he assured that the government would soon donate another round of vehicles to other security agencies in the State.
News reporter

NYSC donates wheel chairs to physically-challenged students in Sokoto state

NYSC donates wheel chairs to physically-challenged students in Sokoto state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NYSC donated the wheel chairs in collaboration with Grace International Project, an NGO.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sokoto State NYSC Coordinator, Musa Abubakar, said the scheme entered into agreement with the NGO which provided the wheel chairs for distribution to indigent students.

Abubakar said that the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries attend their schools with relative ease.

”The agreement also covers other wider areas of assistance in education and healthcare sectors.

”The scheme therefore remains fully committed to further improving the lives of Nigerians in all ramifications,” said the NYSC boss.

One of the beneficiaries, Imrana Umar, a 100 Level Chemistry student at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, pledged to use the wheel chairs judiciously.

Umar appealed to other organizations and wealthy Nigerians to emulate the gesture.

THE Save Lives Foundation, an NGO to treat one million vulnerable women and children for free medical assistance in Adamawa.

THE Save Lives Foundation, an NGO, on Thursday, said it was targeting one million vulnerable women and children for free medical assistance in Adamawa.

The Programme Officer of the NGO in Adamawa, Miss Tanso Maken, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.

Maken said that the NGO planned to carry out its medical outreach in the 21 local government areas of the state, noting that the outreach had already commenced in Ganye Local Government and that the turnout was encouraging.

She said the medical assistance which targeted mostly indigent women and children, would give priority to the insurgency-affected local councils in the state.

The programme officer said the returned Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the affected areas were in dire need of medical care, stressing that “our NGO’s objective is to affect mostly the vulnerable people”.

She urged the Adamawa Government to collaborate with the NGO to achieve the task of giving medical assistance to indigent communities.

She added that “Save Lives Foundation is immensely concerned about the health conditions of indigent communities.

“We are targeting one million vulnerable people to benefit from this medical assistance.

“Our first target is to select communities at random, though must reflect the three zones in the state for our outreach.

“We have discovered that the returnees of the insurgency affected communities need urgent attention; we are now going to begin with the insurgency affected communities and thereafter reach out to other communities in the state.

“I want to assure you that by the time we start fully, we will reach out to all local government areas in Adamawa.

“We are, therefore, calling on the state government and other well-meaning citizens in the state to partner with us for the health benefits of vulnerable people in the state.”

Save Lives Foundation is a health-related NGO sponsored by International Rotary Organisation.

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