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VSF task force donates 60,000 covid-19 testing kits to NYSC

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The Victims Support Fund (VSF) Emergency task Force is donating 60, 000 testing kits to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to help Federal Government reopen the orientation camps.

Speaking while delivering N36m worth of food items and sanitizers to the National Counciil of women Society in Abuja yesterday the Chairperson of VSF COVID-19 Task Force, Toyon Akerele-Ogunsiji  said it is making a single largest donation to the Government of Nigeria whether local or international in terms of ramping up the testing of Covid-19 in the country.

She said the aim is to allow corps members go to Camp to finish and get to the labour market to get job. 

“Their parents spent so much money sending them to school we don’t want to keep them at home.”

She said they are going to be providing solar powered borehole of over 2000 litres to 54 secondary schools across 18 different States of Nigeria.

She said the commissioning will be happening between 6th of December and 18th of December.

“The reason we are building borehole across schools is because our children have been at home for too long due to COVID-19. 

“We want children to go back to school but we also need to help secondaryschools across the country especially public schools to observe COVID-19 protocols and also reduce the human to human transmission of coronavirus.

“The cumulative monetary value of our donations to the National Council of Women Society is N36m.

“We are donating rice in 10kg, beans in 10kg, Hari in 10kg, vegetable oil in 4 litres, salt in 2kg to hundreds of thousands of households. 

“We are going to take you to the warehouse to see the scale and the scope of the actual donations. “We believe that women are the bedrock of any nation and when you give these items to women we are sure to be reaching the actual families.”

She said the Task force is also working closely with Federal and State Government Agencies, involved in the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic through collaboration with the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) to target IDPs and Refugees with hygiene kits, children’s blankets and food items.

“The total cost of the third phase Covid 19 Intervention is One Billion Naira only (1,000,000,000)

“The VSF continues to work to provide relief to victims of insurgency and armed conflict in Nigeria especially in the core areas of livelihood and recovery, education and protection, infrastructural development, research and peacebuilding.”

“The third phase will be covering Plateau, Niger, Benue, for the North Central and Kano, Karina, Katsina and Zamfara for the North West. 

“In addition to that we are going to move on food, PPE intervention and going to move on to more enduring intervention support.”

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

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The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8,Lokoja, Kogi state, Mr Yunana Yukubu Babas has passed on to the great beynd barely 14 days to his retirement.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), for the zone, Inspector Ruth Awi, made the disclosure to newsmwn in Lokoja on Friday.

She indicated that Babas was hail and hearty on Wednesday when he reported in Office and was preparing for his retirement which would have come up in two weeks.
Awi explained further that on getting home, he took ill, adding that when the ailment did not abate, Babas was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre,(FMC), Lokoja for proper medical attention where he gave up the ghost at about 10.30 a.m on Thursday.
It would be recalled that two other police officers attach to the police command in the state, who were on a mission to convey the body of their late colleague from the state to Adamawa state lost their lives in an auto crash.

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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

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The Niger state government has described as baseless and untrue reports in some online media that the state government has concluded plans to recruit about 4,000 youths across the 25 local government areas of the state to fight the security challenge bedeviling the state.

The purported report was credited to the Commissioner for local government, community development and Chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji.
However, while dissociating himself from the story through a statement in Minna on Friday, Sarkin Daji said, the report trending in some social media is nothing but fake news adding that it is the imagination of the reporter.
The commissioner said the publication was the creation of the reporter, pointing out that he has not granted any interview or made any public statement to that effect in any forum.
He wondered where the reporter got his facts from.
Sarkin Daji who admitted that the state is faced with serious security challenges, occasioned by the activities of the armed bandits, said the government has no any immediate plan to engage the youths in the fight against armed bandits.
According to Sarkin Daji, while the state government welcomes the idea of the state policing to compliment the efforts of security agencies who have remained committed to the fight against armed bandits and other criminal elements across the state, the government has not approved the engagement of youths to fight insecurity.
The commissioner who expressed the commitment of the government to ending the activities of the armed bandits in the state, disclosed that over 2,000 local vigilantes have been mobilized across the state to compliment the efforts of the security joint TaskForce combating armed Banditry in the state.
He therefore urged the public to disregard the said publication, stressing that the state government will continue to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state to enable them win the war against armed bandits and other form of criminalities in the state.

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