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Amotekun: Abiodun solicits support from traditional rulers

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Amotekun: Abiodun solicits support from traditional rulers

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has solicited support from traditional rulers in the state for the Western Nigeria Security Outfit, codenamed, Amotekun.

Abiodun made the call on Wednesday, at the Awùjalè’s palace in Ijebu-Ode, during the investiture of the Awùjalè and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona as the new Chairman of the Ogun State Traditional Council.

He explained that governors in the Southwest decided to float the security outfit as a means of checkmating the problem of insecurity such as kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other crimes that may have negative effects on the socio-economic development of the region.

Abiodun described the traditional rulers as an important factor in achieving an effective security system in the State, through their closeness to the people at the grassroots.

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He urged them to continue to maintain peace in their respective domains, by discouraging youths from cultism and other social vices.

He assured that the government will continue to put in place rightful policies towards the upliftment of the traditional institution in the state.

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He noted that the government would ensure that due process is followed in the appointment and upgrading of traditional rulers in the State.

The governor further explained that the investiture of Oba Adetona as the new Chairman for the next year.

According to him, it is part of the government’s efforts towards sustaining a cordial relationship with the Council as a result of its roles in sustaining good governance.

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He advised members of the council to extend the same support and cooperation given to the immediate past Chairman.

He commended the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle for his commitment in addressing the violence that would have erupted after the upgrading of 75 minor chiefs to substantive traditional rulers by the immediate past State Government.

Abiodun said his government had adopted the report of his Committee and implementation was ongoing.

The commissioner for local government and chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, said the Council in the last one year has made an unprecedented success through patience, maturity, intelligence and godliness.

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He expressed the hope that the incoming Chairman, Oba Adetona, owing to his vast experience as the longest-serving traditional ruler in the Country would take the Council to the next level.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the State Traditional Council, Oba Adetona, while appreciating the confidence reposed in him by the Governor, lauded the efforts of government towards tackling security challenges which have adversely affected the socio-economic fortune of the Country.

He said the collaboration between the Southwest States informing the security outfit, “Amotekun” was a right step that would guarantee and arrest the appalling security challenges confronting the region.

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NDDC says late finance director died of COVID-19

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says its Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Etang, died of complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mr. Charles Odili, the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday amid controversies that trailed Etang’s death on May 28.

It was recalled that after the death of Etang, the commission shut its head office in Port Harcourt and directed its staff to go on self-isolation immediately.

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This had fueled speculations that the director died from complications of COVID-19, but the commission later dismissed the reports on the cause of Etang’s death.

Odili, however, said the family of the deceased has now authorized NDDC management to announce that the late executive director tested positive for Coronavirus.

“Our late executive director, Ibanga Etang who passed away in the early hours of May 28, tested positive to COVID-19 as confirmed by his family.

“The Rivers State Ministry of Health has written to NDDC, confirming the cause of death to be COVID-19.

“The ministry has directed the commission to order all management staff to go into self-isolation for a period of 14 days with effect from June 2,” he said.

Odili said the health ministry also sought the cooperation of organizations doing business with NDDC to trace their staff and contractors who had close contact with the deceased.

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The NDDC spokesman said the family of Etang and NDDC management were pleading to members of the public against politicizing the death of the executive director.

“We wish to be left alone to mourn him with dignity while we pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Etang,” he appealed.

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Lagos rehabilitates 1,983 destitute persons in one year

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The Lagos State Government said 1,983 beggars, destitute persons, mentally-challenged people and urchins were rescued off the streets of Lagos within one year.

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, disclosed this on Tuesday during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing marking the one year anniversary of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office.

Dawodu said that Lagos had recorded a noticeable reduction in the number of destitute persons, beggars and street children across the metropolis in the last one year.

He attributed the development to the continued rehabilitation, social integration and rescue missions, which had consistently ensured that these categories of people were constantly taken off the streets and given adequate attention.

The commissioner said that the ministry remained committed in its resolve to creating an enabling environment that promoted youth and social development services to give succour to the vulnerable members of the society.

Dawodu said that the rescue and rehabilitation efforts by the ministry were still ongoing in different parts of the state.

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He added that state ministry would continue to strive to be the model Youth and Social Development Agency in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The commissioner said that among those reunited with their families and reintegrated into the society were 31 persons under Institutional Care, 51 persons under Rehabilitation and 18 persons under Child Adoption/Care, making a total of 100 persons.

”We have also rescued 228 children, comprising of 110 males and 118 females, from different forms of abuse,” he said.

Dawodu said that the ministry had also provided guidance and meeting the school children’s individual, intellectual, social and emotional needs during the period under review.

He said that a total of 1,856 children benefitted from individual and group counselling in different areas ranging from absenteeism, cultism and sexual abuse among several other vices.

The commissioner said that apart from its several rescue missions, the ministry, in partnership with some private organisations, was also addressing the rate of unemployment among youths.

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According to him, over 500 were trained in various vocations ranging from Makeovers and Gele Tying, Photography, Tailoring, Beads Making, Cosmetology, Art and Designing, GSM Repairs, Child Care Training, among others.

The commissioner said that some youth centres were currently undergoing reconstruction and renovation.

He said that the centres at Abesan, Lafiaji, Campos, Ojo-Oniyun and Ikeja, were being renovated and equipped to train young people within the areas, thereby promoting social integration and reducing restiveness.

Dawodu said that the state government had commenced the construction of Adult Day Care Centres to complement the services rendered by the State-Owned Old People’s Home, Yaba, in order to expand the net of beneficiaries of vulnerable senior citizens’ care by the state government.

According to him, 145 senior citizens are now benefiting from the services rendered in the Old People’s Home, Yaba.

The commissioner said that the ministry was also responsible for the registration, monitoring, regulation of Homes, Orphanages, Crèche’s and Foundations.

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He said that within the last year, the ministry granted a total of 137 Provisional Approvals to these private establishments out of which 94 were in favour of daycare, creches and playgroup centres.

Dawodu disclosed that the state government, within the last one year, released 105 children for bonding, 89 for local adoption and 16 for international adoption.

”A total number of 116 adoption cases were legalised at various Family Courts, 86 for Local Adoption, 28 for International Adoption and two for Relatives’ Adoption,” he said.

Speaking on the achievements of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), an agency under the supervision of the ministry, the commissioner said that 300 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) were trained in January 2020 and empowered with equipment in different vocations.

The Vocational Training Programme took place at three centres across the state, namely; Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disability, Owutu, Ikorodu; Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Amuwo-Odofin; and Epe Recreation Centre, Epe.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 241 new cases of COVID-19, total now 10,819

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Nigeria has recorded 241 new cases of the Coronavirus across various states of the country.

Announcing via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) stated that 142 new cases were recorded in Lagos, 15 cases in Oyo State, 13 cases in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 12 cases in Kano State, 11 cases in Edo State and ten cases in Delta State.

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The tweet further revealed that Kaduna and Rivers State recorded nine new cases each, Borno State recorded eight cases, Jigawa State recorded four cases, Gombe and Plateau State had three cases each, with Osun and Bauchi State recording one case each

As at now, 10819 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria with 3239 patients discharged and 314 deaths recorded.

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