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Erelu Fayemi demands state of emergency on sexual violence - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:  The First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has reiterated her call on government to declare a state of emergency on se...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Erelu Fayemi demands state of emergency on sexual violence - ITREALMS

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The First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has reiterated her call on government to declare a state of emergency on sexual violence in the country, reports ITREALMS.

Mrs Fayemi said such declaration would bring about the political will to fight the scourge adding states that had passed the law on Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act would be able to implement the law to the fullest.

The Wife of the Governor who stated this in her keynote address at the 20th anniversary of Project Alert on Violence Against Women in Lagos, on Friday, the passage of the VAPP law will lend support to the array of women organizations that work in very remote hard- to -reach areas.

“It has taken a long time but we have some laws in place. We have the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, and out of the 36 States of Nigeria, only 11 States have domesticated this law. Even for those who have domesticated the law, there is an issue of resources. We are talking about financial resources, human resources, materials resources, as well as technical resources.

“We do need resources to push these issues through but we need the political will to drive the allocation of those resources. I will like to lend my voice to the voice of all the feminist organizations, human rights and civil society organizations in the country, calling for more attention to what has now become a national pandemic of gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence.

“In my own opinion, I believe we need the State of Emergency in Nigeria on sexual violence in particular. I think we need to call for more political will and that will hopefully drive things such as ensuring that those States who have passed the VAPP Act can implement it to the fullest, at least try their best.

“I will like to call for political will, I will like to call for resources and I will like to also call for a lot more partnerships and information sharing.

The Ekiti First Lady charged the participating organisations to focus their effort more on community engagement.

“I am based in Ekiti, which is a predominantly rural state, and so it’s not a State where everyone can have access to information via what’s happening on TV, Radio and so on.

“And so there are certain gatekeepers that we need to engage, who still hold deeply conservative views. A lot of religious leaders, traditional rulers, we have female chiefs, we have a whole array of people. We need to do a lot more work there. Because if communities don’t own response to gender-based violence, God forbid that sexual violence then become normalize.”

A major highlight of the event was the inter-generational dialogue on Gender –based violence. The Ekiti State First Lady was also honoured with the Excellence Award in Women's Rights Activism by Project Alert.

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Buhari to commission Abuja Chamber's Legacy Projects, as ACCI elects council members – ITREALMS

The President, Muhammadu Buhari has been confirmed to officially commission the legacy projects of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and industry (ACCI) to demonstrate the support of his administration for the private sector, reports ITREALMS.

Confirming this to ITREALMS at the end of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the chamber held in Abuja on Tuesday, ACCI president, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode and cited communication between the Presidency and the Chamber leadership, although the precise date of the commissioning was not disclosed.

The legacy projects include a six story ultra modern secretariat of the ACCI along Abuja airport road and a huge well-furnished newly completed Abuja Trade and Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, at its AGM, the chamber also elected new Vice Presidents and some council members. The AGM presided over by the President of ACCI, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode was preceded by Council and executive meetings, the last for the year.

The President in his main address listed the many advances recorded by the Chamber in the last one year including:

-The completion of legacy projects like the six story ACCI secretariat and the ultra modern trade and convention centre to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari;

-The listing of ACCI as a Grade A federal chamber alongside Lagos Chamber with only two Chambers with such recognition across Nigeria;

-The signing of cooperation MOUs with many state Chambers of commerce as a recognition of ACCI as the only federal chamber in the country;

-The emergence of ACCI as within number five worldwide at a skill programme competition organised by the International Chamber of Commerce in Brazil;

-The organisation of many policy impacting programmes,roundtables and workshops by the Chamber that improves its visibility;

-The increasing recognition of the chamber by local and international organizations as a credible platform for trade facilitation and private sector engagement in Nigeria among others.

The President who was flanked by first and deputy presidents(Emeka Obegbolu and Alhaji Mutjhaba) specifically commended the leadership of the four ACCI centres (PAC,BEST,DRC and ATC),showering encomiums on Professor Soji Adesugba(the Provost of BEST Centre,Olawale Rasheed (the Coordinator of Policy Advocacy Centre ),Chief Emeka Obegbolu (Chair of DRC board) among others.

He lauded the roles of other directors such as Aisha Ado of Dispute Resolution Centre,Vikki k of Best Centre,assuring that efforts are on to ensure that the centres are sustainable.

President Kayode informed the AGM that the four centres of the ACCI listed above are soon to be adopted by the NACCIMA to serve as national centres for business Chambers all over the country.

Election was subsequently conducted to fill vacant positions alongside a rejigging of the offices.

Those elected or who swapped offices are as follows :



Dr. Somadine Anene Johnson for Vice President Mines ;Chief Jude Igwe for Vice President Industry;Mrs. Rose Nwosu for Vice President Women Development;Prof. Adesoji Adesugba for Vice President,Technology, Skills & Digital Economy;Dr. Sijuade Kayode Vice President Commerce ;Alhaji Usman Balarabe Vice President Finance;Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong,Vice President Strategy /External Relations;Olawale Rasheed Council Member and PAC Coordinator and Bode Thompson Council member.

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Peter Obi, Obaseki, Etiaba felicitate with Pastor Chris on his birthday - ITREALMS

The former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections; Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, as well as former Governor Virgy Etiaba of Anambra State, on Saturday felicitated with the Founder of the Loveworld Inc, also known as Christ Embassy, Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, on his birthday anniversary.

Obi in his facilitation message, on behalf of his family, dated December 7, 2019, expressed his sincere congratulation of the Man of God on his birthday, giving God all the glory for the auspicious moment in his life.

Obi in his message acknowledged: “As the founder of the Loveworld Inc, also known as Christ Embassy, you have remained consistent in preaching Christ to the world. Your charismatic leadership has remained an inspiration to younger pastors desirous of propagating Christ among all nations.

“Besides, your publication – Rhapsody of Realities – has remained an enduring Christian literature of all times.”

The former Anambra Governor further remarked: “May I note that you have also continued to contribute to the growth and development of humanity through your activities in education, care for children and support for the less privileged as well as those challenged by the vicissitudes of life.

“I note with joy, your recent donation of a tuition-free school and a health centre to the Demsa community in Adamawa State through your Foundation – Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International.

“Our prayer is that God will continue to guard and guide you as you work in his Vineyard. May He give you the strength and courage to continue to speak against the ills of our nation.

“Once again, I congratulate you and assure you of my best wishes now and always.”

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in his congratulatory message, eulogized Pastor Oyakhilome for his commitment and devotion to planting seeds of the gospel across the globe, noting that posterity will always remember him.

Governor Obaseki declared: “On behalf of the Government and people of Edo State, I congratulate you, Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, President of Loveworld Inc. also known as Christ Embassy, on this auspicious occasion of your birthday celebration.

“Edo State is proud to have a revered Christian leader like you, who has planted seeds of the gospel across the globe, for which posterity will always remember you.”

The Governor maintained: “Your exemplary lifestyle, which epitomizes the virtues of honesty, peace, patience, contentment, humility and diligence, is a motivation to millions of citizens in our dear state, who have been immensely blessed by your ministry.

“I commend your astute social and humanitarian interventions that have continued to complement the efforts of governments in providing a better, rewarding life for the people and residents of Edo State.

“I enjoin you to continue in your highly impactful service to God and humanity, as I pray that the Almighty God grant you long life and more strength to carry on the good work.”

Nigeria’s first Governor, Dame Virgy Etiaba, in her congratulatory message, described Pastor Chris as an immense visioner, a most creative thinker, and a great man of God who has decided to accomplish extraordinary things.

“You have certainly achieved the most unimaginable feats in His Vineyard. Words are not enough to capture your exploits in the service of our Lord but you see,’ Dame Etiaba had declared in a goodwill message sent through the Dame Virgy Etiaba Foundation.

The former governor acknowledged Pastor Chris’ foundations and initiatives, including the Trauma Care International Foundation, which have continued to provide humanitarian service to the benefit of millions of people in Nigeria and around the world.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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Monday, December 09, 2019

TD, reliable Nigerian brand says Peter Obi - ITREALMS

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A business magnate and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi has hailed Technology Distributions Limited (TD Africa) as an organization built on integrity and sound credentials, reports ITREALMS.

He gave this commendation at the Celebrating You 2019, an annual year-end dinner/awards party organized by Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products distributors, TD.

The event, arguably the most eagerly-awaited celebratory event in the Nigerian ICT ecosystem, was held on Sunday December 8th 2019 at the prestigious Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

On an annual basis, Celebrating You focuses on sharing deep insights with attendees on diverse areas of the economy. The 2019 edition was not different as Obi proved a fitting resource person who drew from his personal experiences in addressing guests.

‘‘I must mention that I have a special relationship with TD which is based on performance. It is a company that you can rely on. I remember many years ago while I was still in office at exactly 1am when I called Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh to say I wanted to buy 30,000 laptops. I still recall his response till today. He told me that he does not do business with state governments and that even if he wanted to, he does not think the Anambra State Government could afford to pay for the 30,000 laptops without credit.

‘‘I assured him that the laptops would all be paid for which we did upfront without collecting a bank guarantee. And they were supplied by TD and all of them deployed to specifications down to the very last one. I must confess, the execution beat our expectations. Today, the feat achieved by the Regina Pacis school girls who shocked the world at Silicon Valley, USA in 2018 can be attributed to this effort by TD and the Zinox Chairman. Though we paid for the equipment but TD added huge value and Anambra is better for it till date. Also, Anambra State has continued to emerge tops in school knowledge tests and examinations conducted over the past couple of years. The investment in technology and TD’s contribution played a key role in making this happen,’’ he said.

Obi, who was the Special Guest of Honour and who was wearing the cap of entrepreneur at the event, further described TD’s place in the Nigerian ICT distribution landscape as very essential to the current developments and gains recorded in the sector. Further, he urged budding entrepreneurs and small business owners to borrow a leaf from TD’s remarkable consistency, track record of delivery and integrity which has seen it all the way to the top.

Also speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), TD Africa, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh identified tenacity as the enduring attribute that has kept the organization at the top of its game over the past 20 years.

‘‘This quality, more than anything else, sets TD apart and makes us different. We keep our promises,’’ she said.

Further, she heaped praises on the entire Management and staff of TD, whom she described as the lifeblood of the company, even as she expressed deep gratitude to the special guests and other attendees for honouring the invitation.

The Zinox Group Chairman, Ekeh who extended best wishes of the season to all, also assured younger entrepreneurs that there seems to be light at the end of tunnel with the rebranding of the Ministry of Communications to Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy by President Muhammadu Buhari and with a tested hand as the Minister.

‘‘The new addition resonates confidence and assures certified future for smart entrepreneurs,’’ he enthused.

Meanwhile, the event witnessed the presentation of awards to deserving Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other channel partners. Top winners on the night include Dell-EMC, Huawei, Konga, Edgebase Line Ltd. Allied Computers, HPI, among others. The event also witnessed top-notch performances from A-list artistes including Kizz Daniel, Flavour, comedian SLK and Okey Bakassi who doubled as the MC/compere.

Equally important, Celebrating You remains arguably the only one which brings together the major competing local and international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other stakeholders in the industry under one roof, albeit in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

In attendance was a host of knowledge-driven resource persons including former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Ibidapo Obe; Chairman TD Board of Directors, Prof Anya O. Anya; former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ernest Ebi; Group Deputy Managing Director, Access Bank, Roosevelt Ogbonna; among many others.









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Danbatta is Nigeria’s Security, Emergency Management Ambassador - ITREALMS

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has been recognised as Nigeria’s Goodwill Ambassador for Security and Emergency Management in Nigeria (SAEMN), reports ITREALMS.

This, ITREALMS gathered was in recognition of his efforts towards fast-tracking implementation of Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) especially at a time the country is faced with a number of security situations, as before his appointment in 2015 no single emergency communications center was operational in the country but Nigeria boasts on 18 centers now.

Danbatta received the recognition at the first-ever Security and Emergency Management Awards (SAEMA 2019) organised in Abuja by the Emergency Digest, a publication of Image Merchants Promotion Limited, in conjunction with the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC).

At the event, which was attended by many stakeholders, particularly agencies in the security governance sector, Danbatta beat other contenders and nominees in the category to emerge winner for his proactive decision to activate and oxygenate the implementation of ECC across states of the Federation and federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja.

The NCC, as a corporate entity, was also recognised with the Corporate Social responsibility Award in Security and Emergency Management in the country.


On assuming office as EVC of NCC in 2015, Danbatta quickly put machinery in place to accelerate the implementation of ECC across the country in line with the decision of the Nigerian government to enhance security of lives and properties in the country and in line with the provision of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.

Danbatta’s decision was based on his recognition of the NCC’s mandate in this regard, which is to promote and enhance public safety through the use of a particular number which shall be designed as the universal safety and emergency assistance number for telephone services generally; as well as encourage and facilitate the prompt deployment throughout Nigeria of seamless, ubiquitous and reliable end-to-end infrastructure for emergency communications needs.

Consequently, the Danbatta-led NCC has fully activated and operationalised ECC in 17 States across the country and the FCT. The list of the states include Benue, Kwara, Plateau, Kaduna , Kano, Katsina, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, edo, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Imo, Enugu, Anambra and Adamawa.

Speaking during the presentation of the award to the EVC, the Chairman of Panel of Jury for SAEMA 2019, Mohammed Audu-Bida, said nominations for winners were based on verifiable outstanding performance and track record of excellence in the category for which the nomination was made.

According to him, a total of 254 entries were received for all the categories, out of which 136 nominees qualified for the competition. Thereafter, 54 finalists were selected by the jury from which 18 winners of the 18 categories emerged.

The Awards is instituted to recognise remarkable and invaluable contributions to the security, emergency management and peace development by individuals, groups and relevant stakeholders. The Award also recognises gallantry, rescue efforts, safety measures, teamwork and outstanding contributions to security and emergency management in Nigeria.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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Pix: Chukwuma Azikiwe, Head, Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) Project, Special Duties, NCC (Left) receiving the awards on behalf of the EVC of NCC from Mohammed Audu-Bida, Chairman of Panel of Jury for SAEMA 2019 at the event.

Elumelu tasks ACP countries to help youth accelerate industrial revolution - ITREALMS

Governments across the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries have been tasked to help youth to be aware and accelerate drive to meet the challenges, capture and channel extraordinary opportunities through an industrial revolution across member countries, reports ITREALMS.

There are over 80 countries in the membership of ACP.

In a keynote address at the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Business Summit in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, the founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Mr Tony Elumelu gave this charge, urging everyone to take time to check out the TEF Connect and learn more about how individuals could contribute to socio-economic development through mentoring young and eager entrepreneurs.

He observed that talent was not hard to find in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries nor was dedication, ideas and discipline which are the components of entrepreneurial success.

“These brilliant ideas cannot exist in a vacuum and it is up to the governments across the developing world to help the growth of Small Medium- sized Enterprises (SMEs),” said Mr Elumelu.

He also said that the enabling environment was the backbone of success with industrialisation and wealth creation for ACP countries, noting that without enabling environment, the dream of industrialisation will be a fleeting illusion.

“We must streamline our bureaucracies, provide infrastructure and stable access to power,” he said, stressing that there was need to promote implementable policies that support industrialization than those hindering people.

“Power is critical, in Nigeria, where I come from, about $10 billion yearly is spent by people and businesses who provide power for themselves. Now, imagine if that money was spent on more productive activities,” he asked.

Insisting that “We cannot hope to industrialize if we do not fix the issue of power, if our entrepreneurs spend so much money to power their businesses, how then are they expected to make the investments necessary to upgrade and industrialize?”

He equally called for a self-honest introspection, emphasising that “if we do not tackle these issues, we will be unable to achieve industrialisation, wealth creation and poverty reduction.”

ACP youthful dividends, he advised, cannot be allowed to waste or can we exclude “our women from our development agenda.”

In addition, he commended the European Investment Bank, represented by Mr. Ambroise Fayolle, for its initiative SHE INVEST, focusing on mobilizing 1 billion Euros for women across Africa, through innovative digital solutions, financial products, climate responsiveness as well as capacity building.

“We at the Tony Elumelu Foundation strive to reach the same goals of uplifting women out of poverty and empowering them with knowledge and resources. This is an invitation to join forces as we have done with the UNDP to lift 100,000 young African boys and girls out of poverty and thereby stemming migration challenges.

“We must develop our industry, improve our knowledge base, the technical capacity of our people must be up scaled. Power and infrastructure are crucial to our success if we are to compete in an increasingly interconnected world with rapidly advancing technology,” he said.

Further, Mr. Elumelu said that there was need for the private sector, governments and policy makers, development partners to all work together through positive engagement to create the right environment and give hope to young ones so that their latent talent can be realised for the development of ACP countries and for peace in the world.

Asked if the Tony Elumelu Foundation will open up physical offices in the sub-region, the Chief Executive Officer of TEF, Ifenyinwa Ugochukwu alluded to efficacy of technology in helping to spread message beyond the nations.

Ugochukwu equally explained why the entrepreneurs do not receive the full $5000 USD grant, saying that the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with awardees stated that it would be $5,000 at the Central Bank of Nigeria foreign exchange rate of N306 Naira, lamenting that in Nigeria there are two parallel markets.

“You have the official rate and the black market rate subject to wild fluctuations and as a company that earns in Naira we could not expose ourselves to that which is why we had to peg the currency exchange with the Central Bank which is stable,” said Ugochukwu.

Pointing out that any disparity that the entrepreneurs see is in that exchange rate, just as she acknowledged that they have gotten information that in other countries by the time the entrepreneurs get the grant money which is changed back to their own national currencies there are some limitations.

*Brenda Zulu reporting from Nairobi, Kenya.

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Pix: Ifenyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO TEF.

Acupunture is validated by WHO, heals kidney diseases, says Dr Kyari Abba - ITREALMS

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Dr. Kaka Kyari Abba is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dagira Alternative Medical Care Limited, an alternative medicine practitioner reputed in North-Eastern Nigeria for the potency of his treatment and prescriptions. He  speaks on healing kidney and other health situations with acupuncture, cupping and others alternative procedure.Excerpts.



Kindly give a peep into your background?

Dr Abba: I was born on 11th January 1975, graduated in BSc Botany from University of Maiduguri in 2002, did my final year project in ‘Medicinal Plants’ which paved the way for the development of interest in natural medicine. I made various research especially on locally available plants and started offering a part time herbal treatments in the year 2001 privately at home. In 2015 July I secured an office and started a full time herbal practice. 

In other to diversify the business, I developed interest in acupuncture and got admission at the prestigious Open International University of Alternative medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka, where I received training in Acupuncture between 2017 and 2018. I also received six months certification training in Unani Medicine with Hakeem Ajmal Khan Memorial Foundation in Delhi India.  During the past 3 years of my clinical practice of Acupuncture, Unani and herbal medicine, I attended various workshops on acupuncture and cupping therapies. 

I  achieved excellent curative results in the treatment of conditions like spondylosis, backaches, arthritis, asthma, skin diseases, gynae disorders, eye diseases including optic nerve atrophy, glaucoma and retinal degeneration, cigarette de-addiction, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, facial paralysis, stroke, diabetes,  etc. I attended to and treated over 4000 patients in the past years.

I am basically a socio-medical worker. On the basis of whatever knowledge and experiences I have gathered till date - as a social worker and acupuncture physician, trainer and researcher – I want to share them with the broad masses of people and sow among them the ideals of selfless service to the people and natural way of living. With this aim in mind I have been working for establishing the approach of integrative medicine putting emphasis on the use of traditional Chinese medicine, unani and Herbal medicines for the benefit of the common people of Nigeria, specially the deprived & under privileged.

I am the founder and Physician in-Chief, Dagira Alternative Medical Care Ltd, I also serve as National vice president research and development of Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine NCPNM.

What exactly is Acupuncture?

Dr Abba: Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involved pricking certain points of the body with fine needles to enhance the body’s self healing capacity.

Basically advance practioners define acupuncture as ‘a resonance modulation treatment system that transforms life forces (qi) moving along body surfaces (channels), by touch, prick, warming, cupping, pinching & photo stimulation.


Acupuncture is a philosophy, practising acupuncture is an art, it is a unique means of treating diseases in Chinese medicine. Its core philosophy is "inside disease and external treatment." That is to say, through the conduction of meridians, acupoints, and the application of certain methods of operation to treat systemic diseases.

How does Acupuncture works?

Dr Abba: Acupuncture is truly a treatment modality where modern science meets ancient art! Acupuncture works by stimulation of specific points (acu-points) on the body, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect.

Ancient Chinese medical philosophy believes that disease is a result of an imbalance of energy (qi) in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy, and thereby assist the body in healing disease. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body’s efforts to heal itself by causing certain physiological changes.

Acupuncture works by stimulating nerve endings that are below an acupuncture point. This results in the release of messengers such as endogenous opioids, endorphins and serotonin that cause analgesia (pain relief) via the nervous system. In addition to the release of cortisol - the body’s natural steroid hormone that aids in reducing inflammation.

What kind of conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?

Dr Abba: Every disease can be either prevented or treated through acupuncture. It is an affordable and accessible medical practice. It also has no side effects. The use of this method is increasing rapidly in the world over.
 It has been demonstrated by the World Health Organization that acupuncture can treat more than 200 symptoms and diseases like: low back pain, headaches, nausea/vomiting, depression/anxiety, tendinitis, arthritis, headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, respiratory disorders, skin problems, dysmmenorhea and digestive disorders.

Acupuncture has proven to be successful in reducing stress, muscle tension, chronic pain (including headaches) and helping normalize menstrual irregularities. If the symptom is a result of an energy blockage within the body, acupuncture can encourage the body's natural healing response. Acupuncturist can treat more complicated issues like digestive disorders, infertility, menstrual irregularities, skin problems as well as pain and stress relief.

Acupuncture is a complete medical system that has been developed and refined over three thousand years. It treats the body and mind as one, not just symptoms. It involves inserting very fine needles into acu-points in the body to bring about physiological changes. Acupuncture triggers different healing mechanisms in the body to treat a wide variety of pain conditions and internal diseases.
• It stimulates the release of powerful pain-killing and anti-inflammatory substances from the brain.
• It changes the way your brain responds to pain, and can modify internal organ function to treat many complex diseases.
• It has many local effects; including the relaxing of tight muscles and increase of blood and oxygen circulation.

What can you say about the level of awareness among local communities on effectiveness of Acupuncture? 

Dr Abba: Their response is quite impressive, Acupuncture is waxing across Borno and Yobe states in geometrical progression on daily basis.This is partly connected to my famous weekly radio awareness program in our local language on Wednesdays and Hausa language on Thursdays where I offer lectures on the therapeutic values of certain fruits and vegetables and sometimes emphasis on acupuncture (medication without drugs) and partly to the thousands of patients who benefited from dividend of acupuncture treatment within the last 3yrs.

How many needles do you use, how long do you leave the needles in and how much do you manipulate the needles?
  
Dr Abba: It often produces remarkable results with just a few needles and usually brings about immediate improvements. We usually use 4-20 needles. The retention of needles is 30-45 minutes. We manipulate every 10 minutes for 2-3 minutes. We apply moxa and also stimulate the needles with micro electric stimulators. This process is repeated for few sessions. 

How many treatments are usually necessary and what about the frequency? 

Dr Abba: Most patients (90 per cent) whom we treated showed improvements within initial 3 sessions, and many of them showed improvement at the first session. At the beginning of treatments, we treat patients 2-3 times per week, then reduce to once a week after they have major improvements.

Conditions like kidney disorder is on the rise. What is your experience with this condition and how well can you treat it? 

Dr Abba: We have treated many kidney patients and had good results. Acupuncture lowers creatinine level more and more kidney disease patients tend to choose Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to lower creatinine levels. Acupuncture and Hijama (wet cupping) can eliminate thrombus, promote blood circulation and increase the blood flow to kidneys, so it can help improve the hypoxic-ischemic state in kidneys greatly, thus relieving renal damage, providing essential nutrients and repairing damaged kidney inherent cells. 
Kidney disease patients usually experience fatigue and poor appetite because of the accumulation of wastes and toxins in the blood. However, acupuncture can help relieve these symptoms. Acupuncture can lower creatinine level to a certain degree. When we use acupuncture points to treat kidney disease, the acupuncture points used mainly include Dazhui (GV 14), lienal Yu,Zhangmen (Liv 13), shenshu, Qihai (CV6), Zusanli, Taixi (K 3), etc.

What is cupping and how does it work?

Dr Abba: Cupping therapy is taught both in acupuncture and Unani medicine, in Traditional Chinese practice cupping is of three types.
Cupping (hijama) is of three types: 
1- Dry cupping - This is the process of using a vacuum on different areas of the body in order to gather the blood in that area without incisions (small, light scratches using a sterile surgical blade or).  
2- Dry massage cupping – This is similar to dry cupping but olive oil is applied to the skin (before applying the cups) in order to allow easy movement of the cups.
3- Wet cupping (hijama) - This is the process of using a vacuum at different points on the body but with small incisions in order to remove 'harmful' blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin. (It is recommended that wet cupping (hijama) is only administered by a cupping therapist).

Only the third type of cupping is practiced in Unani and is considerd as SUNNA. The Messenger r said, "Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…" [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5371)]

Today, cupping is a form of alternative therapy by which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. There is a saying in Chinese medicine: ‘Where there is a flow there is health, and where there is stagnation there is disease.’ The feeling of wellbeing, the looseness of the body and higher levels of energy makes it a favoured healing method to treat and prevent diseases.

In some cases is a very useful tool for internal conditions such as headaches, cough, asthma, stroke, facial paralysis, arthritis, stress, fibromyalgia and infertility.

What are the benefits of cupping?

Dr Abba: Many benefits as follows : 
• Draining excess fluid
• Releasing rigid soft tissues
• Delivering blood flow to
  blocked muscles and skin
• Draining toxins and pathogens
• Lifting connective tissue
• Loosening adhesions
• Relief from short and long
  term inflammation
• Promotion of lymphatic circulation
• Strengthening of the immune system
• Muscle and connective
  tissues are stretched
• Benefit Arthritis, joint pain,
  muscle pain and stiffness
• Releases stress
• Deep tissue relief
• Breaking up and expelling congestion
• Stimulation of qi and blood
  movement systemically and
  locally.
• Cleans the blood and lymph
• Helping to balance pH levels
• Nervous system sedation
• Directs blood to the skin

Where is cupping done?


Dr Abba: Usually applied on the cervical area (Neck), shoulders, middle and lower back. Various sized cups can also be placed on the acupuncture points such as the chest, the abdomen (very good for digestive problems), bowel movement, and buttocks (Sciatic pain), inner and outer thighs (cellulite or varicose veins).

The places selected are treated with additional acupuncture according to the severity of the problem. A sliding cupping massage is applied all over the back and abdomen using herbal oils and massage manipulation.

But you are in Maiduguri. How will people outside the area reach you?


Dr Abba: We offer treatment all over Nigeria.We are regularly in Abuja. What we offer is validated the WHO and other international bodies.


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What Attah told stakeholders @LPG summit’19 - ITREALMS

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Preamble:

Conversations about Nigeria’s development generate several models and theories on the way forward without commiserate action to achieve the stated goals.

Our nation has enormous human and vast natural resources that should instigate and even sustain our development and growth, but these conversations have persisted because we are yet to get there. The question then is, what do we need to do to get there? Intuitively, I agree with the theme of this summit that we need to harmonize our resources to get to our desired destination.

Nigeria's Economic Trends:

This country has a long history of transitioning from one notable economic strength to another, starting from the era when agriculture was the mainstay of our national income, accounting for 64.5% of export earnings and an average of 57% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 1960s.

At that time, our nation was notable for exporting cash crops such as rubber from the south-south region; groundnut, hide, and skin from the northern region; cocoa and coffee from the western region; and palm oil and kernels from the eastern region of the country.

Nigeria’s groundnut pyramids and the massive cocoa plantations which carved an identity for the country before the advent of crude oil soon dwindled and became history on the pages of textbooks as the discovery of crude oil in 1951 and the eventual commencement of production in 1957 marked a new era for our economic development.

ADVENT OF CRUDE OIL

By 1960, the year of our sovereignty as a nation, we had recorded the export of about 847,000 tonnes of crude oil and ever since, Nigeria has been recognized globally as the tenth most petroleum-rich nation, Africa's largest oil producer and by the far the most affluent in the continent.

This transition came on the back of the quest for more efficient source of energy or fuel to power industries around the world. Most of us here may be conversant with the transition from the era of coal which was also significantly abundant in Nigeria’s Eastern region to the era of crude product as more efficient fuel. That was the quick win for our nascent economy which blossomed with the oil boom in the 1970s.

The world has since gone in search of alternative energy sources; not just for efficient fuel, but for cleaner sources of energy.

For instance, by 2010, Nigeria supplied over 10% of U.S. crude oil imports and ranked as the fifth-largest source for oil imports in the U.S, but that changed by 2014 with America’s shift to Shale production as a better alternative. Nigeria lost that market share and the trend is growing around the world as more and more countries are exploring and embracing better alternatives. This is happening even among crude oil exporters.

Today, India stands as the largest consumer of Nigerian oil, a situation that foreshadows the end of another dispensation in our economic advancement.

Natural Gas Era and NLNG:

The good news however, is that the world transitioned from crude oil to natural gas and our nation, thanks to nature is richly endowed with natural gas estimated to be three times as substantial as our crude oil reserves.

Clearly, that makes Nigeria a gas nation with reasonable amount of crude oil.

Without delving into other valuable assets that can be utilized to drive our development and growth as a nation, the theme for this summit points to a compelling need for every stakeholder to explore effective ways to harmonize our national resources to drive our advancement.

We have the comparative advantage in the global energy sector to reap all the dividends that the market offers. For instance, in the global crude market Nigeria’s oil is dubbed “light" and "sweet", as the oil is largely Sulphur-free, and thus, the preferred option.

Recognising the advantage of our vast natural gas resources also, Nigeria LNG (NLNG) is determined to change the narrative about Nigeria and Africa by setting a world-class pace though our business model built on integrity, professionalism and reliability.

We are a solid and proud Nigerian brand at home and abroad, quietly and successfully competing globally, thus paving the way for other Nigerian brands and companies to be taken more seriously on the world stage.

This is the result of keen devotion by our 100% Nigerian Management Team and 95% indigenous workforce, to build a success story in a high-tech industry that is obtainable in the advanced nations of the world.

Our sustained success in 20 years of operation and 30th year of incorporation,( the anniversaries which we proudly commemorated this year) as the LNG giant in sub-Sahara Africa, as well as our is indicative of the fact that as a nation, we can achieve whatever we set out to do towards our development and growth if we indeed commit to it.

As the foremost natural gas exporter in the country, helping to power industrialized nations of the world, Nigeria LNG has a vision of being a global LNG company, helping to build a better Nigeria. I expect that everyone in this auditorium should have similar sense of commitment as well, because, in the long run, growing our businesses translates into growing our economy as a nation.

NLNG's contribution to the economy:

Towards actualizing our vision of helping to build a better Nigeria, NLNG has spent over $200 million on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in the Niger Delta and the country as a whole. . Recently, Nigeria LNG committed to paying 50% of the cost of construction of the N120 billion, 38 kilometer Bonny-Bodo road to link its host community, Bonny Island to the main land and Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt. The road when completed is expected to open up opportunities for rapid socio-economic development of the area and impact on the lives of the millions of Nigerians living in Bonny Island and neighbouring Niger Delta communities including Ogoni, Okrika, Eleme and Andoni.

To-date, our six-train plant has generated more than US$100 billion in revenue and has paid over US$16 billion dividends to the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’S 49% shareholding in NLNG.

Nigeria LNG has paid a total of over US$6 billion in taxes comprising of Companies Income Tax, Tertiary Education Tax, Withholding Tax, Value Added Tax; and other payments to Government including PAYE, state and local government taxes, as well as regulators’ levies and fees totalling over N51billion.

We have also paid over US$13 Billion to the Federal Government of Nigeria for feed gas purchases

Our operation has helped to reduce about four trillion cubic feet of previously flared natural gas thereby improving Nigeria’s gas flaring profile from about 65% percent in 1999 to less than 25% today.

Our LPG intervention:

We have also undertaken the role as a major influencer of the domestic LPG market in Nigeria, dedicating 350,000 metric tonnes of LPG to the market; an effort that focuses on deepening the penetration of cooking gas to support environmental and human protection through the use of cleaner energy.

Early in the month, we commenced the direct supply of LPG in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Our aim is to ensure product availability, accessibly and affordability. The company has recently began to explore the possibility of delivering LNG in addition to the LPG to the domestic market in line with the Federal Government’s aspirations on gas based industrialization in Nigeria. With product availability and accessibility, we expect that more people will be employed in the value chain from the off takers to the major distributors and eventually retail outlets that gets the products into the nooks and crannies of the nation. Ultimately, more and more Nigerians will begin to appreciate the value that cooking gas has over other unhealthy cooking fuels and they will embrace the commodity.

Expanding our operations:

Our focus is to ensure that Nigeria does not miss out on the opportunities for more economic growth, and for a more central role in the global energy supply field. To this end, Nigeria LNG is set to take final investment decision (FID) to increase its production capacity through its Train 7 expansion project.

Actualisation of Train 7 will re-assure the world that Nigeria LNG is a leading and reliable supplier of LNG with the increase of our production capacity by 35% from 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 30 MTPA. The increase will further boost the country’s GDP significantly.

The Train 7 project will bring immense benefits including immediate employment opportunities for more than10, 000 Nigerians, and will attract foreign direct investment of about US$25b to the country.

It will be a great achievement if such achievements can be replicated across the country as we believe the country has the resources, but need the industrial will-power by the private sector to make it happen, even if it happens gradually, but steadily. The onus is on those of us in the private sector to find ways to independently or collaboratively help the public sector to reinforce our growth.

As a visionary company, Nigeria LNG’s projection in the next 30 years is to achieve and maintain top quartile performance in the LNG industry. This way we ensure we continue to deliver for our staff; shareholders and stakeholders as well as inspiring a whole new generation of Nigerians to believe that they each can conquer the world in their spheres of endeavour.

We will also continue to support the advancement of our people and the Nigerian society through our sterling CSR initiatives some of which include our commitment to the Bonny-Bodo road project, our top rated Nigeria Prize for Literature, and the Nigeria Prize for Science, our three tier scholarship initiatives, to mention a few.

My Prayer:

Keeping up with our success rating at home and abroad promises to be of great economic benefit to the nation’s development and growth and it behooves all captains of industry here present and in the country to ensure that our operations benefit not just their investors, but also our nation.

Nigeria needs our commitment to initiatives that support national development and growth. The theme of this summit requires us to harmonize our resources and assets with our needs – development and growth. That is what we should focus on. LPG is a valuable resource especially in view of the growing conversation about combating global warming with the use of cleaner fuel. We must explore avenues that enable us to maximally utilise this resource to drive our industries, our homes and save our environment from pollution and desertification caused by the use of wood for cooking and other bio-degradable.

*Being a keynote by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) NIGERIA Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited, Mr. Tony Attah at the Nigeria LPGA & LPG Summit 2019, which held in Lagos on November 27, 2019 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Friday, December 06, 2019

Horrific! 60 toll-gates to Onitsha - ITREALMS

Preamble:
It has become a reoccurring decimal to hear people especially easterners complaining about how tough it has become to travel during festive periods, especially the yuletide, which includes Christmas and New Year.

For the records, yuletide often occurs between December 22 and January 2 of the next year. This has been described by industry observers as the period that records most heavy traffic for the travelling public, despite the mode of transportation.

Import duties on your rice:

Last year it was reportedly gang-up to demand for ‘import’ duties of foreign rice bags being transported to the eastern part of the country both in commercial transport and private vehicles. This year, this may sound less attractive because of the closure of borders at Contonou and widely opened in Katsina border towns like Daura and lately as bags of rice were being transported with security operational vehicles on brazen convey, which was evident in a recent trending video, with of course the security personnel caught in camera shooting sporadically into the air to disperse onlookers as they drove by, thus leaving more questions than answers on whose interest is border closure.

Onyima’s travelogue:

However, the travelogue by a former Commissioner for Information in Anambra State, Chief Tony Onyima, detailing his first-hand experience along the Lagos-Onitsha route, leaves one with perplexity behind the over 60 security checking points which some travelers on that route have since tagged ‘collection points.’

For Chief Onyima, the 60 security tollgates as he named were routinely shared among the Nigerian Police, Customs, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and Army; at some spots supported by local vigilantes, who invariably stood in the gap in case of any monitoring team.

60 tollgates to Onitsha:

His travelogue penultimate November 27, 2019, from Lagos enroute Onitsha in the South-Eastern part of the country, encountered 60 tollgates. According to him, Lagos to Ore - 24 (Police 17; Customs 2, Army 2; combined operations-3) Ore to Benin-20 (Police 12, Army 3, Customs 1; combined operations 5; Benin Bye-Pass to Onitsha: 14 ( Police 9, Army 2, Customs 2; combined 1). FRSC was advertently missed in the equation, invariably because they were too focused on controlling traffic than any other activities.

Equally, he noted that the soldiers cause the least offence apart from elongating the traffic snarl. The policemen particularly enjoy it when they seize the car documents and the victims would be following them up and down the road, pleading.

What offences please?

Many of them could not tell because what Policemen at Point A would ask is quite different from what the Policemen 200 meters down the road would ask. Onyima did not share any thought on the amount on exchange for travelers freedom of movement per security agencies; either he did not partake in the settling of the men in black or simply did not want to reckon with that aspect of his travelogue, thereby missed out in capturing the amount extorted from the different drivers.

For another enthused eastern traveler, Ichie Ik Muo, who made his trip precisely on August 8, 2019, informed “we encountered more than 50 checkpoints between Ijebu-Ode and Benin.”

He decried that this will no doubt send wrong signals to some of the Easterners who desire homeward-bound for this Christmas and New Year season, wondering what exactly may have been the sins of the Easterners to be subjected to all manner of humiliation in the name of security checking points, moreso every Yuletide season.

Widespread corruption on our roads:

Human Rights Watch (HRW) had in its 2010 study suggested that everyone is involved in corrupt practices amongst the security agencies, alluding that the widespread of corruption in the Nigeria fuel abuses against ordinary citizens and severely undermined the rule of law, which is an indication that complexity was due to lack of budgetary transparency in the police, whose primary role is to protect the citizens, coupled with inability to investigate and bring to justice security officers at all levels implicated in corrupt practices, mostly on Nigerian roads.

For instance, the 102-page report entitled "‘Everyone's in on the Game': Corruption and Human Rights Abuses by the Nigeria Police Force," recorded myriad forms of police corruption in Nigeria, which further showed how institutionalized extortion, a profound lack of political will to reform the force, alongside other security agencies and impunity combined which have made corruption an entrenched problem.

There have been excuses that they are on the road to checkmate the attacks and kidnaps by suspected herdsmen, which is partly excusable, but the way and manner exhibited by the security agencies showed they are on the road for different purpose entirely, after all ‘body no be firewood’ some may say.

Just as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife had lamented incessant establishment of security checkpoints on Nigerian roads, particularly the roads in the Southeast, which she said is frustrating commuters.

Recounting her personal ordeal, Ekwunife said the number of checkspoints within Awka-Enugu, Awka-Onitsha and Onitsha-Owerri Expressways are numerous and pointless, stressing "The frustrating thing is that these checkpoints have not abated the rising security challenges in the southeast or the localities where these checkpoints are established".

She called on the Senate to urge the heads of the various security agencies to withdraw some of these checkpoints in order to ease the mobility of commuters on the highway.

1.6m vehicles on Lagos roads:

The Lagos State government recently proclaimed that 1.6 million vehicles ply Lagos roads daily. If going by the estimated 60 tollgates along Lagos to Onitsha, and an average collection point takes N100 per approximated 100,000 vehicles per day would give about N10,000,000 per day for illegal tollgates. Observers noted that in some instances, some motorists pay higher than N100 when caught with oblivious traffic offences.

When N10,000,000 is multiplied for some 20 days; which accumulated from 15 days (December 16) to end of year (December 31) when anticipated traffic will double and some five days into the new year, that is till (January 5) when most traffic back to Lagos are expected to take place. This will leave us with some N200,000,000. No heart attack intended, but this is what is lost to corruption and illegal tollgates based on estimation.

Dehumanising Easterners:

As the countdown commenced for most easterners with the Christmas and New Year dates drawing closer, its important that all well-meaning Igbo and south east organisations should cry out from their enclaves on this annual ritual of injustice and dehumanization of easterners at this Yuletide seasons, especially the Ohaneze Ndigbo led Dr. Nnia Nwodo alongside the conglomeration of states town unions to condemn this undue extortion and exploitation of potential Christmas travelers.

Beckons on IG Police:

Except the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, takes a keenly step by declaring ‘no checking point’ aka ‘collection point’ in preferences to stop and search routine alongside other options, the tollgates may actually increase. This could mean many families and travelers being stranded on the roads.

Equally, the governors of the South-East and South-South could send a delegation to the Presidency to get this anomaly of security tamed if not changeable despite the change we expect since 2015.

Sanity demands:

Therefore, it is very worrisome that a journey ordinarily of 451 kilometres, that is, from Oshodi Underbridge in Lagos State to Onitsha BridgeHead in Anambra State, should take some 14 hours instead of 7 hours 16 minutes. We must work on the political will to address this issue permanently, whatever may be the political interest, the peoples’ interest should matter most and should come first.

The time to start the sanity most needed on Lagos-Onitsha road is now. Happy Christmas and New Year in advance.

*Remmy Nweke/DoP

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Taidob College, others emerge winners @2019 FirstBank sponsored national competition – ITREALMS

The Taidob College Abeokuta, has emerged the 2019 winner of the National Company of the Year competition organized by Junior Achievement Nigeria and sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria Limited, reports ITREALMS.

With this, Taidob College would compete against student teams from 10 other Junior Achievement member countries across Africa.

The student team contestants comprise representative from the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), Ghana, Zambia, Gabon, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Botswana, Kenya and South Africa. The event is scheduled for Friday, 6 December 2019 at Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

The African stage of the National Company of the Year competition is a buildup and sequel to the national event hugely competed by 12 student companies from across the country, including the eventual winner Taidob College Abeokuta. Terra Kulture, Lagos played host to the event on 3 October 2019.

Speaking on the event, Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said “the youngsters from Taidob College are indeed not just solution providers, but also life savers. The impact of their innovation - the Gas Leakage Detector – would go a very long way at solving the problem of fire outbreaks due to gas leakages in homes, offices, and industries. I no doubt believe that they would make Nigeria and indeed the rest of Africa proud at the competition. We are delighted to associate with them and congratulate Junior Achievement on the feats so far attained”.

Last year, Inventive Explorers, from Caro Favored College Ajegunle, emerged the grand winners at the Africa Company of the Year competition in Ghana. Their rechargeable handheld LED traffic lights has solved a real problem in various congested communities and reduced traffic accidents, especially in areas with school children crossing busy streets. Over the years, FirstBank has been at the forefront of partnering with Junior Achievement Nigeria in Company of the year program and competition.


The National Company of the Year Competition (NCOY) is an annual flagship event by Junior Achievement Nigeria’s (JAN), which convenes the winners of the JA Company Program Regional Competitions across Nigeria together to compete for the National Company of the Year Award. The national winner then proceeds to represent Nigeria against other JA Africa member-nation companies.

Chuks Egbuna/DoP

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Oyo state names 14 community Liaison Officers, others - ITREALMS

The Oyo State government has named 14 community liaison officers including an indigene of Kano, Alhaji Ahmed Murtala as Special Assistant Community Relations I, Arewa community reports ITREALMS.

The Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, disclosed this to 
ITREALMS, saying that Dr. Olufunmilayo Salami has been appointed Special Adviser Health.

The Governor also approved the appointment of Chief Jacob Adetoro as chairman, Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers, while naming 14 Constituency Liaison Officers, representing each of the State’s 14 Federal Constituencies.

The Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Mr. Moses Alao, informed 
ITREALMS that the Governor equally approved the appointments of Hon. Femi Josiah as Special Assistant on Community Relations II for other communities.

The Governor charged the new appointees, whose appointments took effect from November 27, to see their appointments as a call to service, charging them to discharge their duties with absolute loyalty, dedication and diligence.

Dr. Salami, who until her appointment as Special Adviser on Health to Governor Makinde, was a Consultant to the Government on Health, is a United States of America-based Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician.

The new Special Assistant on Community Relations for the Arewa Community, Mr. Murtala, hailed from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State and had his primary and secondary school education at St. Brigid Boys School, Mokola, Ibadan and Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan respectively.

He will serve as the bridge between the Oyo State Government and the Hausa/Fulani community as well as other Northern groups scattered across the State.

Governor Makinde had, at a recent forum, while receiving a contingent of the Niger State Youths, which were in Ibadan to present him with a white horse and an award in recognition of his excellent service delivery in the first six months in office, promised to appoint a Special Assistant from the Hausa/Fulani community to serve as the link between the Government and the community, especially in the face of farmer-herdsmen crisis.

The appointments were communicated through letters signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun.

The 14 Liaison Officers appointed by the Governor were: Alhaji Ajibike Osuolale Lateef (Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola and Iwajowa); Alhaji Salami Lukman Adisa (Saki East, Saki West and Atisbo); Alhaji Afees Tijani (Orelope, Irepo and Olorunsogo); Hon. Ganiyu Laaro (Oriire, Ogbomoso North and Ogbomoso South); Mr. Sanjo Akintola (Ogo-Oluwa and Surulere); Mr. Wale Ogunmola (Afijio, Oyo West, Oyo East and Atiba); Hon. Monsuru Oduola (Ibarapa North and Ibarapa Central).

Others were: Mrs. Julian Nwachukwu (Ibadan North); Mr. Olumide Akinlade (Oluyole); Alhaja Kafilat Olayiwola (Ido and Ibarapa East); Alhaji Labule Ishola (Ibadan South-West &North-West); Alhaja Yahaya Akinbile (Ibadan South-East and North-East); Mrs. Wulemot Ibitoye (Akinyele/Lagelu) and Mr. Adegboyega Akinlolu James (Ona-Ara and Egbeda).

Chuks Egbuna/DoP

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