Deputy speaker built market for women

In commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women 2021, marked globally every 15th of October, women are recognized for their crucial roles in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities nationwide.

Today, representatives from my office witnessed the Empowerment of Traders and the Commissioning of two modern markets; Nkwo-Ebu Prosperity Market, Abba and Nworie-Okpu Prosperity Market, Abajah in the Nwangele Local Government Area, Imo State, built by the Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu, KSC.

The 3R Government understands that women are vital in ensuring household food security. Therefore, there is a need to continue to empower our women and raise awareness about the inequality and struggles they face in our society.

A special thanks to the Deputy Speaker IMHA and his wife, the Chief of Staff of Imo State Government – Sir Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Imo State – Hon. Lady Nkechinyere Ugwu, the National Council of Women’s Societies and a host of other dignitaries who graced the event. In honour of all the work done to empower Imo women, it is my prayer that they will enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Happy #internationaldayofruralwomen 2021!

Barr. (Mrs.) Chioma Uzodimma.
First Lady, Imo State and Founder,
GoodHope Flourish Foundation.

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Dado the latest patriotic Nigerian

A few weeks back I found these two kids hawking Mazarkwaila (sugar cake sort of) on the street of Kofan Doka in Zaria. Looking at their ages, I had to park and walked to the other lane in order to catch up with them, as I was driving on the opposite lane. I stopped them and requested to know their area of residence, name of their parents and their own names. They were able to answer all the questions satisfactorily except the first question. They were able to give the name of their area of residence without giving a hint on how to locate their house, as they are too young to do that. I further asked how much is the value of the whole Mazarkwaila being carried by the boy (as depicted in the photo below), surprizingly the value was 2500 naira only. I nearly shed tears looking at the money vis-a-vis the risk they were being exposed to. I gave them 3000 naira and told them to go back home. Thereafter, I placed a phone call to someone I know that lives in the same area with them and told him  that I will send some photos to his watsapp and that he should help me locate the parents of those kids.

Happily the man (Audun Durimi) called back a day after to say that he was able to locate them. He sent the phone number of their father to me. I called the father and put some reasonable words regarding the ills of street hawking on children and he completely agreed with my submission. I asked him why are his children not going to school, he said he had to remove them because of his economic situation. I requested for his permission to enrol them, he outrighly accepted. 

I am happy to inform you that, today I enrolled Aisha and Isah into the ZEDA model schools. It is a new school that will start operation tomorrow Monday. Aisha and Isah will be part of the pioneer students of this school established by the Zaria Education Development Authority. Their mother is the one standing first from right.


May Allah bless these kids, may Allah see them through. I am so happy today. Alhamdullilah!!!


Sulaiman Dabo




Dolls Out X-mas Gift Items to Children.


The Deputy Chief Of Staff to the Governor of Bayelsa State , Mrs Ebizi  Ndiomu-Brown has dolled out gift items for the Yuletide season to over 500 children in Odoni Community .


Mrs. Ndiomu-Brown while spending quality time with the children from the various quarters in the community said, the occasion was intended to put smiles on the faces of those children and integrate them into the celebration of Christmas.


She said Christmas was a period to spread love and generate happiness for persons, especially children and less-privileged people, who need assistance to meet some of their needs.


The Deputy Chief Of Staff who has turned the occasion to a yearly event also assured the people of Odoni Community of her unalloyed support for the development of the Community especially in giving the right education to the children which she described as “ potential leaders”.


According to Mrs. Ndiomu-Brown “ Christmas celebrations are not complete when we have not touched these children tenderly. We have to make them feel loved and cared for in these Yuletide season.


The Deputy Chief Of Staff while throwing light on the purpose of the celebration said, the sole objective of putting smiles on the faces of that category of persons, promising that she  would unfold more children and women-friendly programmes in the coming year.


She also used the medium to caution parents not to loose focus on their responsibilities to look after their children and wards as the Yuletide season also comes with some untold stories.


Pere Okoyen

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.


Federal govt to roll-out nationwide screening for cancers

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says the Federal Government has concluded plans to roll-out nationwide screening for most common types of cancers.

The minister via a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry on Sunday in Abuja, also said individuals have roles to play to check cancer.

Adewole spoke at a ceremony to mark the 2018 World Cancer Day, with the theme “We can, I can.”

The World Cancer Day is celebrated on the Feb.4, every year.

According to the minister, the screening will be on the most common types of cancers, such as breast and cervical cancer in women and prostate cancer among men.



He stated that this year’s theme was geared towards exploring individual and collective drive in reducing the global burden of cancer.

Adewole said that individuals could play their role in fighting cancer through healthy lifestyle choices by engaging in weekly physical activities for at least two and half hours for adult, and an hour for children.

He said other lifestyle modifications included avoiding tobacco smoking and eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake and staying safe under the sun.

Adewole also emphasised that high index of suspicion for early symptoms and signs of cancer were important because finding cancer early makes it easier to treat and cure.

The minister appealed to communities to dispel myths and misconceptions that led to stigma and discrimination against people living with the disease.

Adewole said that the commissioning of a new radiotherapy machine at National Hospital Abuja, recently, would provide easy access to radiation treatment for Nigerians.

He added that additional new machine was donated by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) and would be in operation at National Hospital Abuja, in the next few months.

He added that the facility at Lagos University Teaching Hospital would be offering full and uninterrupted services from June 2018.

“In spite of the numerous interventions by the government and other partners, some factors are militating against efforts to effectively combat the scourge of cancer in Nigeria.

“The key barriers to treatment of cancer in Nigeria, are poor awareness, poor health seeking behaviour, low level of non-governmental investments, low number of skilled health care personnel, funding gaps, amongst others,’’ Adewole said.

Adewole said that government was committed to the development of the Public Private Partnership strategies to address the funding gaps and manpower shortages to surmount these barriers.


FG, IHVN trains experts on HIV rapid test kits

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) says it has trained 25 medical experts on post market validation of HIV rapid test kits in Nigeria. Mrs Oyebimpe Balogun, the Programme Manager, Laboratories, IIHVN, said on Thursday n Abuja that the capacity building was achieved in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health. AIDS SYMBOL She the beneficiaries would be responsible for conducting validation for HIV test kits bought by government and partners to ascertain the efficacy of the kits.

Balogun said the training was for a validation of HIV Rapid Test Kits, to ascertain whether HIV kits bought by government or partners were fit for distribution across the service delivery centres in Nigeria.



She said the participants gain a lot of knowledge and skills because the training included didactic within the class room and actual hands-on within the laboratory. “We expect that once kits arrive into the country, the experts will be responsible for sampling and validation of the kits in the laboratory before distribution to various service delivery points,’’ Balogun said. She assured that the trained personnel have the capacity to effectively train other persons when the need arise. “So if state governments are buying the kits, this team of experts can provide validation at the state level and they can also offer training at state levels,’’ she said. Mrs Joy Obu, Laboratory Team Leader, HIV and AIDS Division, Federal Ministry of Health, said the training involved theory and practical. According to her, “we started with theoretical part of the training from Monday, Jan. 22 to Wed., Jan. 24. “On Thursday, Jan. 25 the team went to the warehouse for sampling of the rapid test kits of HIV/AIDS’’. She said from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, the team was at Asokoro General Hospital for the evaluation of the test kits.

The team leader said all the test kits that were evaluated passed the quality test, adding that the quality of the kits were good for distribution across the country for the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Obu said the trainees comprised various health experts such as laboratory scientists, pharmacists and nurses, among others, in line with the task shifting and task sharing policy of the federal government. A participant at the occasion, Mrs Maureen Aniedobe, a medical laboratory scientist from National Institute of Medical Research, Lagos, said the training would improve quality assurance for HIV rapid test kits in Nigeria. She added that the training on the efficacy on rapid test kits would minimise the risk of false HIV results, stressing that false results has serious emotional, social and toxic impact on patients. The participant appealed for regular retraining of staff. Aniedobe said in the course of the training the participants came across numerous innovations that would make results to be more precise and accurate.


LASUTH collaborates with Indian hospital to provide free medical services

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and specialist consultants from Apollo Hospital in India on Wednesday offered free professional medical consultation to patients battling with chronic and life-threatening diseases at the hospital in Ikeja.

The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Wale Oke, speaking at a joint Press Conference with representatives of Apollo Hospital, said that the partnership with the Indian consultants was in furtherance of the hospital’s vision to provide quality health care to residents of the State, especially those who are confronted with serious health challenges that require more professional expertise.

The CMD who was represented by the Director of Clinical Services of LASUTH, Dr. Ayoade Adedokun, explained further that professional collaborations across the globe result in skills and technology transfer to resident doctors of the hospital for improved performance.

“The fact is that it is impossible for you to fight your enemy if you don’t know who your enemy is. Medically, it is believed that diagnosis is fifty percent of the cure. With this partnership, patients would be free from the fear of the unknown or the situation of using wrong medication for unrelated ailments” he said.



According to Oke, “the screening and consultation will also help address a situation whereby some patients embark on a fruitless journey outside the country for ailments that could be managed locally. When you are sure of the diagnosis then you can be confident of the strategies to adopt.”

He assured that LASUTH had already commenced the process of being self-reliant in health care delivery even though the vision would take a long time to achieve, saying that it is better for indigenous doctors to manage the health challenges of citizens within their local environments.

Also speaking at the event, the leader of the group of Indian Doctors, Dr. Robin Khosa said his team would screen patients and provide a free consultation to residents of the State with some chronic health challenges. The beneficiaries are expected to take further actions based on the professional advice received from the medical personnel.

The exercise covered Oncology related issues, heart problems, Kidney transplantation, Vascular Access and Laparoscopic surgery among others.


LASG pays N723 million to 149 retirees as accrued pension rights

The Lagos State Government has continued the payment of accrued pension rights to its retirees with the disbursement of N723m into the Retirement Savings Accounts of 149 retirees of the State Public Service.

The State Commissioner for Establishments, Training & Pensions, Dr. Benson Akintola, who disclosed this today at the 47th Retirement Benefit Bond Certificate Presentation Ceremony in Lagos, said the well-being of the retirees has been the driving force of the State Government’s commitment to regular funding of pension obligations.

Dr. Akintola informed that the State government has expended N33,943 billion in form of accrued pension rights to 8,409 retirees in the last 30 months, noting that this is separate from the regular monthly contributions into the RSAs of active workers.



“We have been able to clear the backlog of outstanding pension obligations we met at the inception of this administration and we are forging ahead to ensure that fresh liability arrears from recent retirements are systematically cleared. We assure all retirees that your labour in Lagos shall not go unrewarded and you will not retire into penury”, he assured.

On her part, the Director-General, LASPEC, Mrs. Folashade Onanuga said that the Contributory Pension Scheme ensures that employers fulfill their obligations to workers and does not entail stressful verification as it is in the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS).

She, however, advised the retirees not to succumb to any pressure in the choice of annuity or programmed withdrawal benefit options for receipt of their monthly pension, urging them to carefully go through the document the Lagos State Government had provided on the features of the two programmes and on their own make an informed decision.

While warning them to be wary of scammers who are out there to lure them into making false investments with their hard earned entitlements, Onanuga hinted that Government was looking at some welfare programmes that would be beneficial to retirees


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