it is targeting 50 years from 2023 to fight poverty eradication in Nigeria.
Bishop Joseph Vambe, ICOSD’s President, made this known in his seminar presentation on War Against Poverty and Inequality on Wednesday in Abuja, to mark ICOSD 2nd World Day Celebration.
Vambe said the organisation’s mission was in line with the UN’s agenda to fight the global poverty challenges.
ICOSD is an internaThe International Christian Organisation for Sustainable Development (ICOSD), an NGO says tional organisation, which represents the global voice of billions of people:- Christian, lawyers, scientists, Journalists, doctors, researchers, philanthropists among others.
ICOSD mission is to rise against global affliction, to change the current global poverty narrative from the church to the entire global community.
“This is a vision given by God in early 2015. The Christian vanguard and movement aligned to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal one (SDG 1) of the United Nations Global Goals by 2072 (50 years target).
“Today is our world ICOSD Day, we had the first one last year where we went to Kuchinkoro village to share with those in the IDP camps and also shared with some widows.
“ So this year we decided to meet together to share in knowledge, looking at global poverty and the need for us to key into some of the projects we have in ICOSD so that we can all live above poverty.
According to Vambe, poverty is the bedrock for global affliction and over 90 per cent of both personal and corporate socio-economic challenges in the global community are aggravated by poverty.
The bishop said bad governance, prejudice, violence, illnesses, sorcery, hell, corruption, slavery, dysfunctional families, divorce, low life expectancy, ignorance, injustice, marginalisation also contributed to the rise of poverty in the world.
To tackle the challenge, the ICOSD president explained that the organisation had designed some programmes for the uplifting of both urban and rural poor from poverty through unique projects to live above poverty and comfortably.
He listed donor specified projects, financial and wealth building intelligence project, church economic synergy project, good governance/leadership project, e-commerce multi-level marketing platform project, social community projects and the rest as some of the projects.
Earlier, Mrs Mary Agbo, the Deputy National Director on Programme and Strategy of ICOSD, said the basic significance of the seminar was to educate the ICOSD stakeholders to seek ways to eradicate poverty among Nigerians.
According to her, ICOSD has the projection between now and 50 years to strategies ways to execute its poverty eradication plans.
In his contribution, Mr Olanrewaju Osho, one of the participants, said the seminar was not only needed in the church but also by the larger society.
“This seminar is what we need, not only in the church, but in the Mosque, in the shrine, in the school and everywhere in Nigeria.
“We need this kind of revelational knowledge sharing platform so that Nigerians can understand that 131 out of 200 million Nigerians living below poverty is unacceptable.
Eight injured in ilorin gas cylinder explosion
Eight persons were injured in a gas cylinder explosion in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Saturday.
They included a gas attendant and seven students of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.
Spokesman of the State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, disclosed that the incident occurred at approximately 21:32 hours, at Destiny Villa, Dola Abimbola Street, Elekoyangan area, of Ilorin East Local Government, in the State.
“The firemen promptly departed from the station and upon arrival at the scene, they encountered a building with about 17 self-contained rooms fully ablaze.
“Four rooms were affected, and eight individuals sustained injuries. Despite the intense fire, the firefighters effectively contained and extinguished it through their skilled firefighting techniques.
“Upon investigation, it was revealed that a gas attendant at a nearby gas shop was refilling a gas cylinder positioned several meters above ground level.
“The cylinder fell and exploded, concurrently releasing gas from the charged hose used for refilling. This exacerbated the fire, resulting in injuries to seven Kwara State Polytechnic students and the gas attendant.”
The spokesman added that the fire incident destroyed property worth N14.6m.
In his reaction to the incident, Director of Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John, dispatched his team to check on the affected students on Sunday.
The Director also urged the public to prioritize safety measures to prevent fire disasters.
9 bodies recovered from Niger boat mishap – NSEMA
The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has said that nine bodies were recovered from a boat mishap that occurred in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The Head of Relief and Rehabilitation in NSEMA, Alhaji Salihu Garba, disclosed this in an interview with the Newsmen in Minna on Sunday.
Newsmen recalls that ten persons were confirmed dead in a boat mishap that occurred on Thursday, November 16.
The victims, mostly traders, were reportedly conveying goods from Zongoru Community of Bassa Ward to Gijiwa, ahead of Friday market in Kuta, headquarters of Shiroro LGA, when the tragic incident happened.
At least 34 persons were said to be on board of which 10 allegedly lost their lives, while 22 were reportedly rescued by local divers.
Garba gave the names of the deceased to include Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Bubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim and Rafiya Yakubu.
He said that the agency had yet to identify two of the deceased persons, adding that all the deceased were from Zangoro.
He further said that there were 24 males and female adults and 10 male and female children in the boat when it capized.
Garba also said that a search operation was ongoing to recover the remaining bodies.
Eight die in boat mishap in Benue
A boat conveying Ibi local government council of Taraba State residents capsized on Sunday.
The incident occurred in Anyeshi village near Benue State.
The mishap comes barely two weeks after a similar incident in the Karim-Lamido Local Government Area of the state, where over 50 passengers lost their lives
It would be recalled that a locally made boat conveying traders from Mayoranewo market in Ardo-Kola local government council of Taraba to Karim-Lamido council recently capsized in Binneri village in the state.
Confirming the accident, the Head of Local Government Administration, HOLGA, in Ibi council, Isa Mohammed, said over eight persons lost their lives.
Isa, who argued that the accident did not happen in Taraba but in neighbouring Benue, admitted that all the passengers on board were from the Ibi council.
The HOLGA, who could not ascertain the number of passengers on board at the time of the accident, warned the people of the council to desist from embarking on night voyages on waterways.
The passengers were said to have been heading to a nearby market in Anyeshi village around 4:30 p.m.
Some Ibi residents who spoke to NIGERIAN NEWSDIRECT admitted that most of the victims are from the council. “Though the incident took place in the nearby Benue State, I must confess to you that almost all the passengers are indigenes of Ibi local government council,” one of them said.
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