Miefa Akpoebi Ebikebena

Corps members serving in Odi Kolokuma-Opokuma, LGA Bayelsa State under the Medical/Charity sub-CDS group pay visit to Mr. Tarkwa Gagariga, a retired civil servant with Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board.

Mr. Tarkwa Gagariga has been retired since 2008 as shown in a letter dated 26th August, 2008. He is yet to be diagnosed of any ailment, but symptoms suggested so far is related to stroke coupled with the story of he being abandoned as reported by neighbours.

After a thorough clean up of the house and environment of Mr. Tarkwa Gagariga, Corps members went ahead to make some tangible donations such as:

1. Shirt (3)

2. Short (2)

3. Rice (1 paint rubber)

4 Beans (1 paint rubber)

5. Garri (1 paint rubber)

6. Groundnut oil (2 littles)

7. Palm oil (2 littles)

8. Detergent (Biggest)

9. Toothpaste (Pepsodent)

10. Tooth brush

11. Tissue paper (biggest size)

12. Maggi (1 big pack)

13. Sachet Salt (big)

14. Bathing soap (premier cool)

15. Tomato paste (1 roll)

16. Bread

17. Tea and Milk

18. Sachet water (3 bags)

According to the Corps members, through the current CLO, Mr. Moyosade Ridwan  Olayemi, that NYSC motto is: Service and Humanity, and so the purpose of NYSC is National integration and service to humanity as a way of giving back to our communities. Sequel to this, all our humanitarian services and kindness in our little way to our host community Odi Bayelsa State  is for God Almighty who is rewarder of men.

This is not the first time of doing so. In June 2019, we carried out a medical outreach in the community which over 200 people benefited, and other documented projects carried so far. Putting smiles on people’s faces especially the less privileges is our AIM and GOAL, because we are sure of God’s reward, the CLO said.

The following are the names of the Medical/Charity sub-CDS members who took part in the humanitarian service:


1. Ajana Feranmi, BY/18C/2085

2. Johnny Joyce, BY/18C/1267

3. Emmanuel Deborah, BY/18C/1337

4. Anyiema R. Ishioma, BY/18C/1203

5. Ekwueme Vivian Udoka, BY/18C/0345

6. Moyosade R. Olayemi, BY/18C/1222

7. Nnamdi U. Victoria, BY/18C/1028

8. Adigun Ismael Oladapo, BY/18C/0928

9. Okpozo E. Blessing, BY/18C/1164

10. Moses Emmanuel C., BY/18C/2491

11. Omorodion Loveth, BY/18C/3151

12. Awhopuye Bradley A., BY/18C/2001

13. Akamune O. Talenta, BY/18C/1763

14. Efedjare Merit, BY/18C/2231

15. Ekhoye O. Michael, BY/18B/1902

16. Kukogho B. Tejiri, BY/18B/2454

17. Anagor Perpetual, BY/18C/3075

18. Suleiman A. Nasiru, BY/19A/0142

19. Hicks Grace Modupe, BY/19A/1301

20. Bolarinwa Damilola, BY/19A/0911

21. Oyedemi T. Blessing, BY/19A/1318

22. Ebie Confidence C., BY/19A/1511


We the NYSC Medical/Charity sub- CDS group Odi, Kolokuma Opokuma LG Bayelsa State urges all Nigerian who can afford 3 square meal at least to make NYSC motto Service and Humanity a watchword. Let’s be a reason to someone’s joy and happiness by giving to the needy.

The Corps members call on well meaning Nigerians, NGO, Government to assist them in taking proper care of Mr. Tarkwa Gagariga, (senior citizen) medically, which ordinarily, they can’t afford the finance. There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people.



Red cross appeal to boko haram to release hostages

The International Committee of the Red Cross has made a fresh appeal to Boko Haram to release the two remaining hostages being held by them: Alice Loksha, who works for UNICEF, and Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl kidnapped on February 19.

ICRC Regional Director for Africa, Patricia Danzi, made the appeal on Tuesday, more than 24 hours after the terrorists killed the second Red Cross worker in their custody, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, ‘in what the ICRC described as “an act of despicable cruelty”.

On September 26, the terrorists killed their first Red Cross hostage, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, drawing national and global condemnations.

On Sunday, the ICRC in a video made an 11th hour appeal to the Nigerian Government and religious leaders to speedily intervene to save Hauwa, as the deadline for her execution by Boko Haram abductors loomed.

The appeal did not stop the terrorists from carrying out their threat.

Danzi said: “Hauwa and Saifura’s deaths are not only a tragedy for their families, but to thousands of people in Rann and other conflict-affected areas of north-east Nigeria where accessing health care remains a challenge.

“We urge the group holding Alice and Leah to release them safely.”

Hauwa, together with Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha were abducted by Boko Haram from IDP camp in the north-eastern town of Rann on March 1.

Alice, who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF, remains in captivity, along with Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old student abducted by the group from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, along with 109 schoolmates.

While Boko Haram freed the rest of the girls in March, they held on to Leah because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

“The news of Hauwa’s death has broken our hearts,” said Danzi, adding: “We appealed for mercy and an end to such senseless murders. How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back? Nothing can justify this.

“Hauwa, 24, was full of life, become a midwife at an early age and people who knew her described her as a sociable, dynamic and enthusiastic woman who was loved by family and friends.

“She was truly dedicated to her work helping vulnerable women in her family’s home area.”

Aleksandra Mosimann, Communications Coordinator, ICRC, said the organisation received the information that Hauwa was killed in a despicable act of cruelty.


Mrs Okowa pays N5.1M for 25 needy patients

Joyful tears as Mrs Okowa pays N5.1m for 25 needy patients

It was an emotional day for many indigent patients at the Federal Medical Centre, Delta State as the wife of the state Governor, Dame Edith Okowa facilitated the payment of bills of 25 patients who were set for discharge but could not pay.

At a ceremony in Asaba, tagged “International Day of Charity”, Mrs Okowa raised a total of five million, one hundred thousand naira (N5.1 million) from good spirited Nigerians in Delta to pay the bills of the poor patients.

Some of the beneficiaries of the kind gesture could not hold back tears as they danced and jumped upon hearing their names on the list of those whose bills had been paid.

A number of the patients had been in the hospital for several moths receiving treatments and have remained in the hospital for more months after being discharged due to their inability to pay their bills.

Some of the patients were owing almost five hundred thousand Naira. Mrs Promise Lazarus who was attacked by her husband could not hold back tears over the gesture of Dame Okowa.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Promise Lazarus was a victim of domestic violence: she was attacked by her husband with a machete in February and was admitted to the Hospital for six months.

Upon being discharged, she was unable to pay her bill of N492,000 and had to remain in the hospital until the State First Lady came to her rescue with the charity programme.

Another beneficiary who wept uncontrollable, not only had her bill of N346, 800 paid but was handed to an associate of Dame Okowa as she had nowhere to go from the hospital.

Another beneficiary whose bills were paid and she was given accommodation

Speaking at the event, Mrs Okowa told the patients and management of the hospital that all the money came from good spirited Nigerians and not from the state government.
She said that the gesture is part of the Charity Day which is commomerated on September 5th to reach out to the poor.

For her, the reach out to indigent patients in the hospital was a way to increase solidarity, social responsibility, volunteerism and public support.

Mr Okowa stressed that the event was also aimed at raising public awareness on the need for charity work, noting that being alive does not necessarily mean ‘we are the best but what we do today is what we will reap tomorrow.’

“It is not only the rich that should give help but every Nigerian should give because giving is a spirit that should be imbibed by all human beings.

The Delta First Lady said that she derived her passion to give from a passage in the Holy Bible: Matthew Chapter 25: 35 – 36 which said ‘I was hungry and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink, I was a stranger and ye took me in, naked and ye clothed me, I was in prison and ye came to me.”

She commended the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, for treating patients first without demanding monies.
For the Hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Victor Osiatuma, he commended Dame Okowa for her charity works across the state, and affecting the lives of many.

He recalled that Mrs Okowa had initiated many programmes to help the poor, including building sickle centres, free health programmes and her charity works.

“Last year, specifically, September 5, 2017, the governor’s wife also, through the pet project, 05 initiative, spent over N2.3million to bail out 13 patients who also could not pay their medical bills at the same hospital,” he said.

Some of the beneficiaries include: Chukwunyem Esther, N310, 850; Chukwudi Joshua, N135, 700; Okolie Ifeanyi, N439, 200; Ubong Kingsley, N307, 050 and Onwugbolu Sunday, N221, 000.

Others are; Oki John, 422, 000; Obi Jerry, N216, 350; Obianke Onyisi-Ken, N171; 850; Okoh Patrick, N597, 700 and Edhu Ejiro, N160, 850.

Responding, a beneficiaries Mrs. Promise Lazarus, expressed happiness over the gesture.

She thanked the governor’s wife, the people of Delta state and the management of the Federal Medical Centre for their magnanimity to her and other patients.

Ifeanyi Nwoko

Omolewa Ahmed,celebrated St Valentine’s Day with prisoners in the state.

The governor’s wife, who went round prison facilities and the Borstal Institution in Ilorin, told the inmates that she was celebrating Valentine’s Day with them in order to show them that they were not forgotten.

Ahmed, who urged the inmates not to despair, also charged them to be better citizens when they return back to the society.

She also urged the inmates to learn from the presentations made during the visit, saying they must see their experience as a phase that they would overcome in life.


In his address of welcome, the Controller of Prisons at Mandala and Oke-Kura prisons, Francis Adebisi, said it was novel for a governor’s wife to celebrate Valentine’s Day with inmates.

Adebisi, who commended Ahmed for her thoughtfulness and love, shown the inmates, solicited for bore-holes and vocational training for inmates.

A representative of the inmates, Ibrahim Ali-Jos, expressed gratitude to the governor’s wife for the Valentine’s Day visit.

The governor’s wife distributed food items such as rice, garri, corn and cooking oil to the prisons.


Seadogs trains traders on fire outbreak, donates extinguishers

The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) also known as the Pyrates Confraternity, Ikeja Zone, last week organized a one-day training on basic fire fighting skill and the use of fire extinguishers for shop owners at the popular Alade Market in Ikeja, Lagos.

The training, which was carried out by men of the Lagos Fire Service, Alausa Operations, focused on how fire outbreak could be prevented, what to do, how to handle such and the signs to watch for.

Principal Fire Officer II Alausa Operations, Mr. Caleb Michael, explained that carelessness on the part of users remained a major cause of fire outbreak, warning that caution should be the watchword at all time.


He advised that every home, markets and all other public places should have in place fire extinguishers to assist in curtailing the spread of fire, especially when they are still at the manageable stages.

For market places, he disclosed that fires mostly occur at night, stressing that security men on duty should be regularly trained on basic steps in fire handling while warning that all operators within the market should endavour to switch off all electrical appliances after the close of business.

President of NAS, Ikeja Zone, Mr. Godstime Awoze, disclosed that the recent rise in fire outbreaks informed the decision of NAS, Panama Deck to carry out the training and donation of firefighting equipment.

Wumi Akinbode

Helpline foundation has donated food items and clothing materials to over 250 widows and orphans


Ahead of the Christmas celebration, an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has donated food items and clothing materials to over 250 widows and orphans in the FCT as part of its reach-out programme.

The NGO, Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja, said the gesture is aimed at putting smiles on the faces of the vulnerable, while revealing that this year is the 17th edition of its reach-out programme.

The founder, Dr. Jummai Ahmadu, stressed that the beneficiaries of the programme were drawn from the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory irrespective of ethnicity or religious background.

She also stated that the foundation has embarked on training of widows and some vulnerable youths in fish farming and other skills that would enable them become employers of labour, while tasking widows to embrace entrepreneurial skills.

She used the occasion to thank partners of the foundation, especially the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Abuja council, FCT Department of Information and Communications, and Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) for their support.

Earlier, Chairman of FCT NAWOJ, Comrade Stella Okoh-Esene, said the women journalists in the nation’s capital have resolved to partner with the foundation to achieve one of its objectives of empowering women and the vulnerable in the society.

Penang Danladi

RCCG Upgrade LASUTH Intensive Care Unit


The Lagos State Government has commissioned the newly refurbished Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital which was upgraded and equipped by THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD as part of activities marking the 10th anniversary of the Apapa Family of the Church.

The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke who spoke during the commissioning said “this donation is a huge one by THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD, Apapa family. The upgrade of our facility to a more conducive one is quite commendable, especially during the celebration of 50 years of the existence of Lagos and 10 years of establishing THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD, Apapa family.”

Represented by the Director, Clinical Services and Training, Dr. Ayoade Adedokun, Oke pledged to put the facility to good use, saying that the gesture would assist in management and treatment of patients and called on well-meaning Nigerians, including Corporate OrganiSations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Government bodies and individuals to emulate the gesture.

In his speech during the commissioning ceremony, the General Overseer of THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD, PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE prayed that “The commissioning of this centre today would mark a turning point for the better not only in this hospital but in all hospitals across the State and to the entire workforce of LASUTH, the healing power of God will continue to operate here”.

The Intensive Care Unit named after PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE and his wife, Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye was equipped by the Church with multi-million naira facilities including of 5,000 ICU Beds, four Alpha-Active Mattresses, B-Braun Infusion Pumps, Syringe Pumps, Multi-Parameter Patient monitors and bedside lockers.

Also speaking at the event, the presiding Pastor of the Apapa Family, the donor parish, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade said that the gesture was one of the several interventions of the Parish to make quality healthcare accessible and less cumbersome to the underprivileged Nigerians.

Steve Akintayo

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