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Conjoined twins get relief for surgery abroad

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Conjoined twins get relief for surgery abroad
By John Akubo, Lokoja
It was a dream come true for parents of ‎six months old female

Kogi State SSG Ayoade Folashade Arike with the conjoined twins

Kogi State SSG Ayoade Folashade Arike with the conjoined twins

conjoined twins, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, who are joined at the buttocks,‎ when a non-governmental organization, Linking Hands Foundation, drew the attention of Kogi State to their plight.
The helpless parents could not believe their predicament could be taken care of in one fell swoop, as help began to knock on their doors from unexpected places.
With the downturn in the economy, it was like a nightmare for the Ayenis how they would be able to foot the medical bills until the NGO became the catalyst that was needed to open the doors of blessings for them. Though resident in Enugu State, the NGO thought it wise to contact the state government of the Ayenis’ state of origin and it paid off.
Being one of the promises of Governor Yahaya Bello at his inauguration to ensure citizens in diasporas and the state feel the impact of his administration, he immediately approved the donation of N3 million to parents of the co-joined twins to assist them for the operation of the babies, which is to be conducted at a hospital in America this month.
Secretary to the state government, Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike, who disclosed this yesterday, noted that their attention were recently drawn to the predicament of the parents whom she said hailed from Odoere in Yagba West Local Council of the state.
“We recently received a call from Linking Hands Foundation that there are these conjoined twins in Enugu and that they needed government’s assistance because the twins need to be separated and the parents don’t have the means. I told her to send me the brief about the children and she forwarded their medical reports to me and I made a case for them before Governor Yahaya Bello and his wife, Mrs. Rashida Bello that the twins needed surgery abroad.
“I told the NGO representative, Mrs. Efe Farinre, to send me the financial implications for the surgery abroad and we discovered that it was enormous. The NGO took a step further by contacting a particular hospital in the US if they could perform the surgery on charity grounds. She disclosed that the hospital graciously agreed to do the surgery free of charge.
“We were now looking at how they would go abroad and where to stay; we went back to the First Lady to see how we could be of help. She made an application to that effect and Governor Bello in his compassionate nature approved the donation of N3 million for traveling expenses and upkeep of the twins.”
According to her, an account has been opened in the names of the conjoined twins where the donation would be paid to. She informed that the same US hospital has offered to provide free accommodation to the parents for the period the surgery would last, adding that Arik Airline had equally obliged to transport the conjoined twins and their parents to America free.

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The Coalition of Civil Society Groups have announced suspension of a mass rally to demand for the sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
A statement by Ibrahim Ahmadu and Osakwe Chigozie Michael, National Convener and Co-Convener, respectively said the rally expected to hold on Tuesday (today) was shelved due to security reasons and the fear that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement further disclosed that a new date will be announced for the shelved mass rally.
” The proposed rally against Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami is hereby postponed till further notice after due consultations and consideration with adequate advice in line with security tips.
“While we regret the unfortunate call off, we avail ourselves this opportunity to inform our members to exercise patience and keep the spirit alive upon a viable and visible date for it.
” We regret all inconveniences.”

Checks revealed that the Minister of Communications has been accused of alleged link with the extremist group, Al-Queda and having sympathy for Taliban.

Audio recordings of Mr Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, with many Nigerians calling for his removal.

Mr Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making the controversial statements supporting the groups but said that his views on such extremist groups have changed.

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12 persons die in tanker explosion accident in Benue

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12 persons die in tanker explosion accident in Benue

Twelve persons have lost their lives in a tanker explosion accident that occured at Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue on Sunday evening
Apart of the death of the 12 persons properties were also said to have been lost to the explosion.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Education Officer, Benue Sector Command, Mr Oladele Meshach, issued a statement in Makurdi on Monday indicating that the explosion occured on Sunday evening.
Meshach said 12 persons lost their lives during the explosion, while property were also destroyed.
He quoted the Sector Commander, Mr Yakubu Mohammad, to have warned all petroleum tanker owners against non-use of
“Safety Valves” to guard against spillage of petroleum products, when involved in a crash. Mohammad called on all petroleum tanker owners to ensure immediate installation of Safety Valves on their tankers to ensure safety of lives, properties and the products they are transporting.
He said the “tanker lost its control, spilled fuel and bursted in flames”.
“Henceforth, any driver caught disobeying the road regulations will risk going to jail,” Mohammad warned.
According to him, it is disheartening to see petroleum tankers still plying the roads without safety valves fixed on them despite the February 2021 deadline earlier issued.
He assured members of the public that FRSC would ensure strict enforcement of road regulations and discipline.
Mohammad also advised tanker drivers to avoid giving their vehicles to their ‘motor boys’ to drive on the highways.

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Echocho mourns Aaron Baba

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The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial didtrin Isah Jibrin(Echocho) on Saturday in Abuja, condoled with the family of late Professor Aaron Baba, who passed on to glory on Friday in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

In a condolence message issued through his Special Adviser on media, Prosper Elijah Salifu, the Lawmaker described the death of the late Professor as sudden and saddening.

According to him, ” I am deeply saddened to hear your sudden exit. I am however comforted by the fact that you have contributed your quota to the development of Kogi state and Nigeria at large” he said.

“On  behalf of the good and supportive people of Kogi East, I sincerely sympathize with your family at this critical time. May God in his infinite mercy, forgive your shortcomings, grant you Paradise and relieve the family of this great pain”

Professor Aaron Baba, until his death was a Special Adviser on Technological Development, later appointed as Commissioner for Special Duties, Science and Information in Kogi State.

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