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Sallah: In Kogi, NGO feeds 200 children, donates foodstuffs

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Sallah: In Kogi, NGO feeds 200 children, donates foodstuffs

By Stephen Adeleye
Lokoja,

Heal For Africa Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, on Wednesday in Lokoja gave free food to more than 200 children in commemoration of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who witnessed the event reports that the organisation also donated foodstuffs to 30 women living in Madabo community of Lokoja.

Dr Kelechi Okoro, the Founder of the NGO, told newsmen after the programme that the gesture was to celebrate the sallah festival with the less- privileged.

According to her, the group is committed to empowering communities in Africa in the areas of health, education, advocacy and livelihood, among others.

“Today, we are here to celebrate sallah with people in the slum who feel they do not have anybody, and this is our third episode in the state.

“First episode was at Paparanda Square last Christmas, the second was on Valentine Day in Adankolo community, and today we are in the slum areas in Madabo, Old market area of Lokoja.

“The residents are so happy, saying they have never experienced this kind of love in their area before.

“Over 200 children were fed, 30 women given foodstuffs, even the men were not left out. There was enough items for everybody,

“We thank all our partners and volunteers for collaborating with us to bring smiles to the faces on these indigent children and women living in the slum,” she said.

Okoro said that the next programme for Heal for Africa was the “Pay Attention To Her (PATH) Project, which was launched in May, aimed at empowering schoolgirls on personal and menstrual hygiene.

“We are targetting 10 schools in September. We shall train schoolgirls on personal and menstrual hygiene, and give out sanitary pads, hygiene products, stationary and also empower the girls,” she said.

The leader of the community, Mr Hassan Yusuf, commended the NGO for the gesture, saying, “we have never found it so good from an NGO like this before; we are much grateful because the children never thought of this.”

One of the children, who won a dancing competition, Jumai Abdullahi, said she was excited for the opportnuity given her to display her talent, describing this year’s Sallah as a unique one for them.

One of the women, Rabi Yakubu, told NAN: “We are very happy because nobody has ever remembered us in this our rural area before.

“We are very happy that somebody remembered us today, we pray that the Lord bless them.”

Another woman, Zainab Adebowale, told NAN that they were very grateful to the NGO for feeding their children and for giving them fresh foodstuffs, and also pampers for their babies.

NAN reports that the children were given food, biscuits, ice cream and beverages, while the women got rice, noodles, diapers, soaps, detergents, and other gift items.

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NUJ worries that it has become soft targed for Govt, protesters

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The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has expressed concern that the Union as journalists and media organisations have become soft targets of attack by both Government and even protesters.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the Union Chris Isiguzor in Abuja on Monday where he condemned the unending assault on the Media.
He said, “The decision by industry regulator, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to penalise Arise Television, Channels Television and AIT over what it alleges as unprofessional coverage of the #EndSARS protests across the country further exposes the nation’s anti-democratic tendencies.
“Rather than trying to muzzle the media, we suggest that the NBC should applaud media coverage of the protests and the professionalism of Journalists who despite the enormous risks to their lives ensured a comprehensive coverage of the protests.”
He observed that despite all its perceived short comings, the media remains the most viable tool for good governance and democracy and should be jealously guarded and protected.
“Actions like this only bring back unpleasant memories of the long tenure of Military rule and the established culture of intolerance against the media when Nigeria recorded her most grievous crimes against the industry. “Sadly, we are once more witnessing actions that seek to undermine the profession by both State and non-State actors.”
He called for an end to the open contempt and disrespect for the Media by NBC.
The president noted that the fines imposed on the media houses are unnecessary, discriminatory and an attempt to discourage a free, independent media, hence it should be withdrawn immediately.

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#Extortion of FCT motorists: AMAC boss tenders apology to residents

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Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Candido, has tendered unreserved apology to residents of the Council over the highhandedness of its Taskforce charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance with safe road usage by motorists.
Candido tendered the apology yesterday to residents at a stakeholders Town Hall meeting convened by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Taskforce/Marshall: Security Implications and Challenges. 
The town hall meeting was convened to brainstorm on the concerns by members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce.
AMAC authorities had severally alleged that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.
Continuing AMAC chairman pointed out that truely, AMAC task force has over reached its bound with the way it went about its task of ensuring safe road usage by motorists.”Government comes Government goes, what is most important is the policy. Definitely some policies may be harsh not because of the law but because of the actors and implementors.”He said he was a victim of such embarrassment by officials of the task force even as Chairman of the Council, therefore he could connect with the concerns of the residents, stakeholders in the Municipal.He told the gathering that the complaints are not strange to him because he was accosted by the marshal while on the road and embarrassed for no just cause but endured it before revealing his identity to the officials.”I have encountered it myself, I have received series of complaints, I have had reasons to drive to places from where I received complaints to intervene.”The task force has gone to the extreme. The task force did what it was not supposed to do. Sincerely on this note, we are not military dictators, we are civilians , I wish to on behalf of the management of the Abuja Municipal Area Council apologise for the hardhship we have imposed on the people.”Chairman of AMAC said.
He announced that the management of AMAC has disbanded the taskforce and replaced them with the AMAC Marshall who will undergo one month training to provide them with the requisite skills to engage motorists with respect while discharging their duty.According to him: “We are very sorry and sincerely sorry.  Sorry is not enough, we took serious step and measure to ensure the sorry takes effect.”Sometime we see many of these people wearing some form of identity. Some are fake, not all are fake, just like the ENDSARS.”These bad ones we are expunging and disbanding them.”You will never again be confronted with any fake AMAC task force. You will be engaging only with our Marshalls,” Candido stated.

He told Abuja residents to arrest any fake AMAC marshal or task force not on uniform who conducts himself outside civil means to effect compliance to safe road usage.
Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche had in his remark said the Council as partner in the development of the FCT had to bring to the front burner nagging issues among the residents for an improved FCT.Ogbeche said the move by the Council is in accordance with the agenda setting of the fourth estate of the realm, thus the town hall meeting was meant to bring the political leadership and the citizens together to discuss and find a solution to the challenge for a harmonious AMAC and the federal capital city.He maintained that the town hall meeting was not to witchunt but a meeting for social re-engineering of the measures put in place for compliance by motorists to extant rules governing safe parking, and other guide to safe roads usage by motorists.
Olakunle Awoniyi who narrates his experience on two separate ocassions on the Lugbe Axis, told the Chairman, that he heard a strange sound while driving, and as it is usual gor fear of possible fault on his car, he pulled over to check.He said he was still in his car when men of the AMAC task force pounced on him and arrested him for parking by the road side.

He said they were not ready to listen to him to know the reason he had to stop as it took the intervention of the NUJ before his vehicke was released to him.

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

Dean of School of Engineering of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Engr. Mohammad Maali(MNSE) is appealling to Nigerians to assist Dr. (Engr)Ahmed Saba (MNSE) with funds to enable him get a kidney transplant surgery worth fourteen million naira(N14).

A Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Saba, hails from Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
He has been battling for his life following a diagnosis of advanced kidney disease.

According to the School of Engineering Dean, the Lecturer has “on his own spent over four million naira(N4M) and another fourteen million naira(N14M) is requested for his kidney transplant”.

The following details were provided for any assistance for him from government, organizations and Nigerians.

“Engr. Mrs Alfa Amina Yawo (Ecobank 2111308795).
For more information Contact: 08036928124

Surely, every selfless donation in the cause of saving life shall enjoy the blessings of Almighty God.

Engr. Dodo Almustapha
Department of Electrical Engineering
The Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

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