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Kogi Gov, director mourn, eulogise late Professor Adesanmi

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said he is still in deep shock over the tragic death of Kogi state-born Professor Pius Adesanmi on ill-fated Ethiopian airline, flight ET302 in the early hours of Sunday.

Bello in a condolence message described Professor Adesanmi’s death as a personal loss, saying the State has lost an accomplished academic who became a conscience of the society and a great Nigerian that shone brightly at the global stage.
“He rought immense recognition and honour to his fatherland, an illustrous, worthy and great son and proud ambassador of the state.”

The governor’s condolences was contained in a press statement which was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mohammed Onogwu.
He extended hia condolences to his wife, daughter and family members of the departed scholar, adding that the late Professor Adesanmi was a great asset to Kogi state in particular and Nigeria in general.

“We are really pained and shocked over the tragic death of our great son and proud ambassador. This is one death too many. The whole of Kogi state has been thrown into deep mourning”

“Our sincere prayers and words of encouragement go to his young family, mother and the beloved ones he left behind. We shall continue to remember him for the honour and glory he brought to Kogi state and Nigeria through his literary accomplishments”.

“Professor Adesanmi never denied his Kogi roots as he continued to draw our attention to areas that we needed to accord priority as a state. His words and submissions were always hinged on the need for government to address challenges facing our people. As sad as we are over this unfortunate occurrence, we have taken solace in the fact that His creator has called him home for good”.
The Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State Kingsley Fanwo said he met the late Prof Pius Adesanmi in Lokoja in 2016 when the State Government invited him for a Lecture at Reverton Hotels.
“I went to his suite in company of the immediate past Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Petra Akinti Onyegbule who was a good friend of the Professor. We got talking and became quite close.

“Prof Pius was no doubt one of Africa’s biggest scholars in literary studies. He proved his mettle in Nigeria, United States and Canada. The Isanlu-born Poet was one of the biggest stars of his generation.”

According to him, at the Lectures in Lokoja in 2016, one of the global forces in Development Literature, Prof Gambari made a striking comment about Pius:

“When Pius speaks, I usually have nothing to fault in his thoughts. He is a brilliant man and one of the people who has changed the mindset of the whites about Africans”.

He indicated that Prof Pius was a great force in knowledge building and transfer in the literary world adding that his words amazed the world.
“His poetry shaped minds and destinies. He was such an inspiring figure. He lived an African life. He loved and flaunt his culture.
“To him, Palm Wine is the cultural drink of the people. He told me how he followed Palm Wine tappers in Isanlu to the farm whenever he was in the village.”

He also poibted out that one other thing about Pius was his life of activism adding that his writings were scribles that shape leaders and criticize them.
“He was a fearless critic who won’t even spare his friends. The world will miss Pius. Africa will miss Pius. Nigeria will miss Pius. Kogi is in pains. Okun May never be able to replace the dimmed global star.

“Isanlu has lost a genius who was respected around the world. He must be immortalized and the next generations must read about the great works of our evergreen Pius Adesanmi.”

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

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By Friday Idachaba

Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), has donated reflective jackets to the Nigeria Police traffic officers, wardens and commercial motorcyclists to enhance their visibility and safety on roads.

Malam Momoh Dauda, the General Manager of the agency, presented bundles of the jackets to the police and leadership of the commercial motorcycle operators on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Dauda said that the lives of traffic policemen and wardens were constantly in danger as they discharged their duties on roads, especially the highways.

“We don’t need to convince anyone that these traffic officers are vulnerable and exposed to risks and hazards.

“In our own little way, we want to ensure their safety as they carry out this important assignment of directing traffic,” he said.

“At least with these reflective jackets, their visibility will be enhanced from afar and the risk of being knocked down will reduce.

He said that the objective of the CSDP was to reduce poverty by sustainably increasing the access of the poor and vulnerable to services for human development.

“The CSDA through the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy supports communities and vulnerable groups to fund micro infrastructural facilities.

“This explains the decision of our agency to identify with the safety needs of the traffic police officers, wardens and commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders,” he said

Mr Ede Ayuba, the Commissioner of Police in the state, thanked the state government for its unflinchingly support to the police command in the state.

Ayuba, represented by CSP Comfort Omole, the State Traffic Officer, commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his support to the command in handling the #EndSARS protests in the state.

“He stood his ground and made us to be successful and we did not record any casualty,” he said.

The commissioner also thanked the management of CSDA for the donation.

“We assure you that within our powers, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to serve the state and its citizens to ensure peace,” he said. (NAN)

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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