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Foundation gives N20m scholarship to 400 indigent Students in Kogi

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Foundation gives N20m scholarship to 400 indigent Students in Kogi

By John Akubo

About four hundred students have benefited from twenty million naira Scholarship fund set aside for theier educational upliftment by
the Deacon Job and Mrs. Omada Onoja Foundation.

The beneficiaries were drawn from Emojikwu/Emagodo, Emochogwu–Ameh, Emagodo and Emorocho communities in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State, who are students of Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Kogi State University, Anyigba, and Kogi State College Of Education, Ankpa.
Others are College of Nursing, Obangede, Federal Polytechnic Idah, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Osun state College of Education and Federal University Lokoja among others.

Addressing journalists, during the disbursement of the scholarship in Ofante Ogugu, Olamaboro Local Government Area, of Kogi State, Dr. Dan Itodo, Chairman Scholarship Implementation Committee, said the chairman of the foundation and financier of the scholarship scheme, Chief Ogwu James Onoja SAN wants nothing in return but for the beneficiaries to be committed to their studies and be a source of pride to the community just like himself.

Speaking further the chairman said “Today, love has so many definitions with varying degrees of interpretations but in all, true love is measured by sacrifice, the unconditionality attached makes the difference. Sacrifice that you give not because you expect anything in return from the beneficiary of your love.

“It’s in the light of the above truth that Chief Ogwu James Onoja, SAN (the Agenyi Attah Igala – Okoolo), Chairman of the Deacon Job & Mrs. Omada Onoja Foundation instituted the N20,000,000.00 Education Fund in honour and remembrance of his parent’s genuine love to supporting the needy in the area of education.

According to him, the take-off of this laudable humanitarian project was designed to start from the Chairman’s immediate community and later to others as they said “charity begins at home”.

He said to realize this, he inaugurated an independent committee of reputable elders and community leaders in December, 2018 to agree on the process of selection and present a list that will capture beneficiaries from every nook and cranny in Ofante, Ogugu of Olamaboro Local Government Area in Kogi State.

Speaking further, he said “the committee has already completed its assignment and 400 students were successful and qualified to receive N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) annually for the duration of their academic programmes, namely:

” The foundation would like to inform all the awardees that it expects nothing in return from the beneficiaries but sacrificial love when God in His mercies place them in positions to replicate the gesture to others in needs when the blessing of God comes their way.

“The Chairman of the Deacon Job & Mrs. Omada Onoja Foundation has always been engaged in community and humanitarian services within and outside his community. The most recent one is the rehabilitation of community roads which has brought succour to the villagers and motorists in the area.

“The foundation, as it disburses the fund to qualified beneficiaries in this phase, wish to congratulate them and call on others to engage in true love and not “a give and take kind of love” being practice by many today.

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

By Doris Ferdinand

The Minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to mothers to call their children off the streets as she urged the youths to sheath their swords and give government a chance to address their demands.

This was contained in a press statement she personally signed.
In the statement, she expressed concern over the hijack of #Endsars protest by hoodlums with different intents.

She said: “As a mother, I am heart broken and I weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to their early graves.

“I want to appeal to our teeming youths, men and women, to please sheath their swords and give Government time to address the issues.
“When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.”

She also appealed for calmness as she called for prayers for the nation.

“Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution and prayers. Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria.

“As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe. The pain and tears  of a mother no one knows nor feels the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.”

Tallen thanked the youths, for their statements and noted that it is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the them at the front burner of affairs.
She however appealed for restraint to enable the government take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised.

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Humanitarian ministry conducts medical checkup for older people on their day in Abuja

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Humanitarian ministry conducts medical checkup for older people on their day in Abuja


The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, yesterday conducted medical check-up and presented palliatives to older Persons to conclude the weeklong commemoration of the international day for older persons.
According to the Minister, The minister Sadiya Umar Farouk said the International Day for Older Persons, is a day to stand against ageism and to promote the development of a society that is hospitable to people of all ages.
This she said is expedient  especially considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of theCOVID-19 pandemics
She said they are gathered in unison with the global community to demonstrate theie unwavering solidarity with senior citizens to mark the event which expected to hold on every 1st of October, each year.
The theme for this year: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing’.
“The Ministry realizing this has initiated various programmes and activities towards healthy aging and promoting deliberate policy intervention in partnership with International, Religion and Sub-regional bodies to develop and implement programmes and projects that will ensure the overall well-being of the older persons”.
Furthermore, she said it is worthy to note that the National Policy on Ageing has been finalized, awaiting Federal Executive Council Approval, and also the creation of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is another expression of the Government ensuring the protection of life and wellbeing of the Older Persons in line with the Ministry’s mandate.
The Minister made a truck load donation of relief materials to the Older Persons. They include: 200 bags of 5kg rice, 200 pieces of wrappers, 400 pieces of bathing soap.
The event was marked with a match past by Older Persons and choreographic display by the Youths.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali who represented the Honourable Minister, in his address said the Grand Finale was part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 2020 International Day of the Older Persons and to mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and 30th Anniversary of international Day of Older Persons.
He said ‘we stand to limit our chances of achieving sustainable human development if we do not make conscious and sustainable efforts to recognize and appreciate the contributions of our Senior Citizens in the socio-economic development of the country.
 In a goodwill message delivered by Hauwa Umar Jubril, she said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has achieved so much in a short period by providing drugs, ambulance and building affordable houses for them is no doubt that life will be made easier for older Persons in the country.
The Director of Social Development, Dr. Dorothy Nwodo, while giving the vote of thanks, thanked the Minister and the stakeholders- NEMA, NAPTIP, NCFRM, NEDC, NSIP, SDGs, for making the day a success.
Others present were: Mr. Grema Ali Alhaji. Director Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry, Hawa Umar Jubril Founder of Poseman Old People’s Home, Representative of the Ministry of Health Seidu Ahmed Danbuwal.   
 
  

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says thought it is in solidarity with with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality, the union had not directed any shutdown of fuel stations or other oil installations in the country. 

It’s Chairman,  Lagos Operation of NUPENG,  Comrade Tayo Aboyeji confirmed this in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday and made available to newsmen.

According  to him, “We wish to state that the leadership of NUPENG stands with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality and bad governance however no organ of the Union has ordered the shutting down of fuel stations.
“We sincerely empathised with all victims of police brutality in the country.
Aboyeji expressed NUPENG’s  support for the Nigerian youths in their call for police reforms.

He said “NUPENG stands with Nigerian youths against police brutality and calls for immediate and far reaching police reforms as our members are as well victims of police brutality and abuses through extortion, detention, harassment and intimidation nationwide.

“Meanwhile, no organ of our union has ordered shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations.

“We sincerely empathise with all victims of police brutality, including our members across the country and we peacefully join all well-meaning Nigerians to say police brutality must stop!”

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