Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

These Set Of People Stand A High Risk Of Cancer

NOWA, 500 women, breast cancerThe Director of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Quudus Yusuf, says smokers and sex merchants are more susceptible to cancer disease.

He stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, during a cancer enlightenment campaign.

According to him, heavy smokers and sex workers stand 95% risk of getting infected with cancer, adding that cervical cancer, the most common of the disease in the female gender, could also be sexually transmitted if not detected early.

Categorizing the disease into two, Dr. Yusuf said malignant cancer, the most deadly form of the disease was associated with breast, lungs and prostrate, while benign tumour cancer, a swelling of organs of the body could easily be managed.

He said the state government was doing a lot to reduce its prevalence through awareness, pointing out that the uplift programme of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, placed priority on free cancer screenings and treatment for infected people across the state.

The director highlighted some of its symptoms to include loss of appetite, low blood level, loss of weight, changes in skin and unusual enlargement of organs in the body.

He however noted that with regular medication and radiotherapy, cancer could be managed.

Furthermore, he urged members of the public to always visit the hospital for regular checkup, as he stated that the State Hospital, Ijaye Abeokuta as well as that of Ota, are adequately equipped with state of the art equipment to handle such cases.

Obasanjo Proposes Effective Telecommunications To Tackle Nigeria’s Challenges

Olusegun Obasanjo, Telecommunications, NigeriaA former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has recommended the use of operational telecommunications system to tackle some of the challenges facing Nigeria.

Obasanjo was speaking at a three-day conference on ‘Telecommunications Industry in the 21st Century’ held at the African Leadership Forum in Otta, Ogun State.

He noted that the poor condition of the communications system was slowing down Nigeria’s socio-economic development and good governance.

The former President asked the Federal Government to formulate effective short, medium and long term policy objectives to aid job creation.

He also asked operators to set out local content policy to improve research and development.

Obasanjo suggested effective public and private sector partnership in the telecommunications sector.

Osinbajo Expresses Hope In Africa’s Socio-Economic, Political Development

Yemi-OsinbajoNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says he has high hopes in Africa’s socioeconomic and political development despite the many challenges facing the continent.

Professor Osinbajo spoke at a boot-camp organized by the Tony Elumelu Foundation on entrepreneurship which was held at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

The Vice President stressed the need for African leaders to provide the much needed political will through flexible and coherent policy framework that would transform the continent.

Professor Osinbajo also asked beneficiaries of the programme to always maintain a high degree of integrity, discipline and respect for the rule of law‎.

The first batch of beneficiaries drawn from across 51 African countries including Nigeria by the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, were 1000 young, determined and budding entrepreneurs.

The initiative aims at discovering and supporting 10,000 African entrepreneurs over the next decade with the mandate of creating one million jobs which would eventually remove the continent from the stereotype of a continent of famine, disease, unemployment and wars.

Also addressing the beneficiaries on what government at all levels must do to encourage budding entrepreneurs, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, challenged business and political leaders to be more responsible and responsive towards the development of the sociopolitical and economic needs of the continent.

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme launched last December. It is a $100million initiative aimed at discovering and supporting 10,000 indigenous entrepreneurs with a focus on agriculture, education, commerce, ICT and health-care.

The event was attended by the Prime Minister of Benin Republic, Lionel Zinsou, the Founder of the Elumelu Foundation, Mr Tony Elumelu, among other dignitaries.

High Cost, Others Cause Food Insecurity In Nigeria – Expert

High Cost, Other Causes Food Insecurity In Nigeria - Expert A nutrition expert says that the global rise in food prices, poverty, and lack of agricultural inputs are causes of food insecurity in Nigeria.

The observation was made by a Professor of Food Technology, Olugbenga Ogunmoyela, on Saturday at a public lecture held at the Bells University of Technology, Ota in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

Professor Ogunmoyela pointed out that food insecurity remained a major public health issue in the oil-rich nation, despite various initiatives introduced by the government to increase food security and production.

He advocated for product development initiatives that would make food more available, convenient and affordable to the public.

While urging the government to be more proactive in this direction, the nutrition expert stressed the need for the Federal Government to encourage private sector involvement and deployment of technology to boost agriculture produce.

He also suggested the redirection of focus on food fortification among other nutrition interventions.

UN Donates Four Million Female Sex Protective Gear To Nigeria

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated four million female condoms to the Society for Family Health as part of universal access to female condom held at Ota, Ado/Odota Local Government Area of Ogun state.

During the official handover, Minister Of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by the Head of the Reproductive Health Department of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Bose Adeniran called for the strengthening of the family value system.

He also challenged youths to continue to live a healthy life in the bid to attain zero HIV/AIDS prevalence, reduce unwanted pregnancy, maternal and child mortality in the country, stressing the need for more synergy among development partners.

The Resident Representative of the UNFPA, Victoria Akyeampong while presenting the condoms challenged government at all levels and development partners to provide the much needed political will and harness resources to increase uptake of female condoms through evidence based interventions


Don’t Attack Tax Collectors, Ogun Warns Citizens

The Ogun state government warned residents and citizens over claims that members of staff of the State  Internal Revenue Service face assaults while performing their constitutional duties of collecting taxes on behalf of the state.

The Chairman, Ogun Internal Revenue Service, Jide Odubanjo, said this, while reacting to the alleged assault and unlawful detention of his men at the premises of the Living Faith Church worldwide in Ota, Ado/Odo, Ota local government area.

He said that the government will no longer tolerate any further act of violence on any of its officers and agents in the lawful discharge of their duties, adding that perpetrators would be made to face the full weight of the law.

Bad Roads: Agency Says It’s On Top Of Situation

The Director General, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Prof Danladi Matawal has assured Nigerians that his agency is up to the task as regards finding lasting solutions to bad roads in the country.

Speaking on this edition of Question Time, he explained that the agency’s mandate is to conduct integrated research and development activities into several aspects of the construction industry.

The agency has been carrying out underground work in Abuja and Lagos in order to formulate models of traffic characteristics which will be used in research in other states of the country.

“We have research staff in Ota, who has been placed to assess and give us insight into traffic characteristics in Lagos.”

The agency has also approved research on Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway to look at traffic, pavement situation and create models to use in recommending a number of measures to alleviate failure of pavements.

“We are taking the bull by the horn on the issue of road pavement failure,” he said.

He however complained of inadequate funding which caused the agency setbacks in 2011. “The resource was so small; we couldn’t meet most of our plans” he said.

The DG  attributed the low funding to “lack of appreciation for research”.

Scientists Challenge FG On Space Based Technology

The Federal Government has been challenged to provide the much needed political will towards developing the nation’s space weather and space based technologies in order to effectively tackle the challenges of terrorism and food insecurity.

The call was made by participants at an international symposium and workshop on space weather and space based technologies held at the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Experts have also called for effective partnership between the government and the private sector on effective research and development

The four day international conference brought scientists and researchers together  from within and outside the country to share ideas and new developments in space based technologies, an aspect of science and technology  that has continued to reshape and add value to human living and existence

In his own submission, the vice chancellor of the bells university, Prof. Isaac Adeyemi challenged the federal government to look inward towards the developmentof this all important modern day development which has continued to promote on line banking, telephony, ATM, modern warfare, cable tv among other initiatives.