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Zulum commissions 500 houses for IDPs in Logumani community

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has commissioned 500 resettlement houses for internally displaced persons on Sunday in Logumani community of Ngala local government area located in the central part of Borno State.

The newly constructed Logumani community is made up of units of two-bedroom semi-detached low-cost houses, with basic amenities such as a primary school, health centre, police station and borehole for water provision.

The houses were distributed to over 500 families which the governor said was part of Borno State Government’s efforts to provide shelter for people displaced by Boko Haram conflict.

Logumani residents were displaced as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents. They were previously taking refuge in Dikwa, Ngala and other communities.

The Governor in his address gave assurance that his administration would not relent in providing basic services to people of the state.

“I want to commend our partners, Germany, the UK, the UNDP and others for donating to the stabilization facility that makes this possible. I want to assure you that the government of Borno State will not relent in providing necessities to its people,” Zulum said.

In a goodwill message, the Shehu of Dikwa, Ibrahim Ibn Umar El-kanemi, the Senator for Borno Central, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, member House of Representatives for Bama, Ngala, and Kala-Balge constituency, Dr Zainab Gimba commended Governor Zulum for the leadership he has been providing.

Others who commended the Governor include the member House of Assembly representing Ngala Local Government, Hon. Bukar Abatcha, and the Caretaker Chairman of Ngala, Abdurrahman Abdulkarim.

Meanwhile, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum distributed a livelihood support package to returnees that were displaced for nearly a decade by Boko Haram insurgency.

The Governor presented allocation letters of houses to some of the beneficiaries with each male and female heads of households receiving N50,000 in cash.

Other items they received were one bull and one cow, a bag of rice and maize grain, a water pump, clothing materials, seedlings, and insecticide to boost irrigation farming. Meanwhile, female beneficiaries that are housewives each received N20,000 in cash and a wrapper.

Zulum expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his commitment to addressing the security challenges faced in Borno State. He also commended the Nigerian military for their sacrifices in combating criminal activities.

The Governor’s entourage to Logumani had the member House of Representatives for Marte, Monguno, and Nganzai constituency, Engr. Bukar Talba, members of Borno State House of Assembly, commissioners, and other senior government officials.

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Rotary Club of Rockcity offers free medical services to over 500 beneficiaries in Ogun

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Omobolaji Adekunle

In commemoration of Rotary Family Health Day, an event organised by Rotary Club of Rockcity under Rotary District 9110 in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  offered free medical services to over 500 beneficiaries in Abeokuta communities.

The exercise which held at Kugba Primary Health Care Centre, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital benefitted ten communities which included Oke-Aregba, Adatan, Oke-Odo, Labawa, Igbaru,  Kugba and other neighboring Communities.

Rotary family Health day is a day set aside by Rotary International to offer free  health care services, health promotion talks and distribution of disease prevention materials to families which form the basic units of every community.

The event was well organized with registration booths for beneficiaries, blood pressure measurement stands, and several fundamental blood tests were carried out to screen beneficiaries for Malaria, Hepatitis B and HIV for consenting individuals. Diabetes screening was also done.

Medical Doctors and other healthcare professionals were on ground to consult and offer professional services to beneficiaries.

Items such as Insecticide treated mosquito nets for nursing and pregnant mothers, sanitary pads and some basic medications were given free to people.

Health promotion talks on the importance of good personal hygiene as a veritable means of preventing diseases was given by Rtn (Dr) Moses Olanrewaju who is also a member of Rotary club of Rockcity.

Speaking with journalists the President of the club, Rtn (Engr) Gbolagoke Oluleke Adebiyi explained the aims and objectives of the exercise and the need to have this kind of gesture in the society, urging the government at all levels to ensure easy access and affordable healthcare to people.

According to him “Rotary family health day is one of the projects tagged for the health of the smallest unit of the society which is family. The purpose is to provide succour to the family which plays a pivotal role in any community.

This is why Rotary International gives family health all the attention it deserves because Rotary International is known for service to humanity.

The president  expressed satisfaction with the turn out of people; “this implies that people need more  access to free and affordable health care services,” he said.

“If this kind of service comes up often, a lot of families that don’t have the privilege to go to hospital due to their economic conditions would have the opportunity to complain about their health and benefit a lot. They would be able to use the avenue to express themselves about what they are going through to doctors

“My advice to the government is to make health care services affordable for the masses, especially the less privileged. When the health care is affordable for people, health-seeking behaviors will be prompt thereby forestalling preventable complications.”

He however appreciated all members of the Club and volunteers who participated in the exercise.

Further more, a medical consultant and member of the Club, Rtn (Dr) Moses Olanrewaju reiterated the choice of the venue saying:

“We chose Kugba Health Centre for this year’s Family Health Day because of the economic situation in the country and there is a need to extend our hands of service to the communities.

“We have carried out many basic health clinic tests and we have really detected a lot of diseases running among the members of the community. People that will need further specialist care are appropriately referred to the nearest secondary or tertiary health institutions like State Specialist Hospital, Ijaye or Federal Medical Centre, Idi-aba.

“Some non-communicable diseases have also been detected and have been appropriately referred. Also, patients have been adequately counselled on the need to seek health at appropriate health facilities in order to safeguard their health. We can confidently say that Rotary has positively impacted this community and we are sure that the services rendered have improved the health of families,” he added

The community head, Alhaji Lateef Muiz appreciated the members of Rotary Club of Rockcity for their kind gesture, stating that some members of family who could not have opportunity to go for medical check-ups due to financial constraint have been able to do so through this and have benefited a lot from the exercise.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Soliu Yusuf expressed his pleasure over the exercise which he described as an avenue that has enabled people to know what they don’t know about their health, adding that the exercise has been very useful for the vulnerable people in the communities.

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Customs FOU zone A: Oladeji vows to facilitate only legitimate trade as Ejibunu records N35.9bn seizure 

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By Seun Ibiyemi

The newly deployed Customs Area Controller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Compt. Kola Oladeji, over the weekend, said he will facilitate legitimate trade as helmsman of the unit.

He disclosed this immediately after taking over from Comptroller Hussein Ejibunu, as the CAC of the unit.

But, the outgone controller, Compt. Ejibunu, said N35.9billion contraband and 386 suspects were arrested between September 10th, 2021 to 19th April, 2024.

According to him, the unit has the mandate of revenue generation, anti-smuggling and facilitating legitimate trade.

“We have three mandates which are, anti -smuggling, revenue generation and  facilitation of legitimate trade. We must pursue it and I must say that we are not here to facilitate illegal trade  but genuine and legitimate trade,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Compt. Ejibunu recounted the strides made by the unit in combating smuggling and enhancing revenue collection, while also reflecting on the challenges and successes of his tenure.

Ejibunu stated that under his leadership, the unit recorded 3,189 seizures with a duty-paid value amounting to N35.9 billion and arrested 386 suspects involved in smuggling activities.

He highlighted major seizures during his tenure to include 222,285 bags of foreign parboiled rice, over 1.1 million liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and significant quantities of prohibited substances such as Indian hemp and tramadol.

He added that the unit also made strides in trade facilitation, providing escorts for goods on fast tracks and recovering over N2.25 billion through meticulous documentation and demand notices.

Ejibunu further emphasised the unit’s collaborative efforts with community leaders to reduce attacks on officers, a measure that has seen a reduction in violent confrontations.

He acknowledged the sacrifices made by officers, with eight sustaining injuries and five losing their lives in the line of duty during his tenure.

Ejibunu also disclosed that the Unit recovered the sum

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Tinubu to declare open African Counter-Terrorism Summit in Abuja

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President Bola Tinubu will on Monday, April 22, open the African Counter-Terrorism Summit in Abuja.

Nigeria, with the support of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), is organising a high-level African counter-terrorism summit under the theme, ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism,’ in Abuja, from April 22 to April 23.

The objective of the summit is to enhance multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation and reshape the international community’s collective response to terrorism in Africa, while emphasising the importance of African-led and African-owned solutions.

The summit will provide a platform to review the nature and severity of the threat of terrorism on the continent, with a view to agreeing on concrete strategic priorities and measures to address this scourge. It will also foster deeper regional collaboration, enhancing the institutional capacity of member states and facilitating the exchange of best practices and knowledge to combat the multifaceted threat of terrorism in Africa.

Heads of state and government and high-level government officials across Africa, representatives of international organisations and multilateral institutions, members of the diplomatic corps, and members of civil society groups are expected to attend the summit.

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, will attend the event.

National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and the Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, UNOCT, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov will deliver the concluding remarks at the end of the summit.

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