Wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has reached out to the less privileged in the three senatorial districts of the state.
In the spirit of the Christmas celebration, the Governor’s wife, her children and spouses of government officials embarked on food outreach programme in Ogun State.
The team, under the aegis of the Uplift Development Foundation, the first lady’s pet programme, distributed rice and cash gift to residents of Ijebu Ode, Ado-Odo Ota, Abeokuta, Sagamu, Obada and Ewekoro among other areas in the state in southwest Nigeria.
Highlighting the significance of the exercise, Mrs Amosun said that the economic hardship facing Nigeria made the gesture necessary.
She stressed that the foundation decided to make the people happy and celebrate their Christmas with joy by reaching out to them.
The governor’s wife noted that the foundation would continue to uplift people and provide succor to the less privileged in the society, irrespective of their religion or political affiliation.
At least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.
It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.
Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.
Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.
Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.
A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.
A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.
“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.
“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.
“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.
The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.
Avert Unnecessary Deaths
There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.
For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.
Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.
She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.
The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.
Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.
Mrs Amosun says the donation is in a bid to ensure easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
At the commissioning of the centres, the first lady said she was concerned about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.
She, however, used the auspicious occasion to task stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.
The commissioning of the centres was witnessed by development partners, traditional rulers, medical experts and members of the State Executive Council.
The Ogun State Chairperson of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Stella Ogunmuyiwa, commended the gesture of the first lady.
On his part, the Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths through cervical and breast cancer.
He urged women across the state to take full advantage of the facilities for screening and early detection of the disease for treatment.
The Ogun State Police Command has paraded three suspected militants alleged to have participated in the series of attacks on riverine communities in Arepo, Ogijo and Warewa.
Several lives were recently lost during series of attacks and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarter in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists that modalities were being put in place by the Command to commence aerial patrol of vulnerable communities.
He said that the modalities would especially affect riverine communities where activities of vandals and militants are being currently felt.
The CP also lamented that the rate of cultism, especially among the youths in the Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo and Ijebu Ode areas of the state was worrisome.
The Police also paraded other suspects for various offences ranging from cultism, murder, kidnapping and impersonation.
Some of the suspects confessed to the crimes they were being paraded for.
Eighteen people are said to have lost their lives during an accident along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway in southwest Nigeria.
A fuel laden tanker had collided with an 18-passenger bus, killing all the occupants including the driver on the spot.
The accident, which occurred at about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday around Fidiwo-Ajebo axis of the express road, involved a cement truck marked AJG 40 XA, a petroleum tanker truck with registration number RAN 571 XA and a passenger bus marked AGL 373 XR.
Reports say that the fuel laden tanker had attempted to overtake the cement truck at a road diversion point before a head-on collision with the passenger bus which was travelling to Lagos.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the incident.
He explained that there had been an ongoing repair works along the expressway, which necessitated the road diversion at the point of the crash.
Personnel of TRACE, the Police and that of the Federal Road Safety Corp were at the scene for rescue operation.
Mr Akinbiyi stated that he was not sure whether the corpses of the victims would be taken to a morgue in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, or that of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu in Ogun State, until all the dead bodies were evacuated.
10 people have been confirmed dead in a road accident which occurred at the Four Square Camp, Ajebo Area of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
This is along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway while six others were critically injured.
Confirming the incident,the Ogun State Deputy Corp Commander, Mr Divis Ogiamien, said the accident was caused by dangerous driving by the driver of a Mazda bus with the registration number APP 912 XH, who rammed into an Iveco truck with registration number, GGE 338 XL, at a road division along the expressway.
He said both the dead and those who sustained injury have been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital at Sagamu.
The accident was reported to have happened around 2:10PM on Wednesday, March 16.
Some residents of Sagamu in Ogun state, south west Nigeria, are demanding for the removal of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for an alleged extortion and illegal arrest of innocent residents of the area.
The call was made during a peaceful protest held across major streets of the town where they appealed to the state government to wade into the matter before it degenerates to a major crisis.
The protesters called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to have him redeployed.
Reacting to the allegations levelled against the senior police officer, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the allegations would be investigated and “if the officer is found culpable, he will face the consequence of his actions”.
Three people have been confirmed dead at the Saint Louis Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday, said that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased.
He said that the doctor and nurse showed signs of Lassa fever shortly after operating a pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in Kafanchan, and later died few days after they were tested positive to the deadly disease.
He said that the affected hospitals have been put under isolation with the intention of tracing the primary and secondary contacts with the deceased.
The Commissioner urged residents not to panic as government is on top of the situation, while he advised them to maintain personal hygiene around their homes.
The Ogun State Police Command has restricted operators of motorcycle popular known as ‘Okada’ in order to check the increasing rate of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal acts in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and its environs.
Announcing the restriction order which takes immediate effect, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said that criminal activities, especially kidnapping and armed robbery has been on the increase adding that it has continued to affect the peace of the area as well as commercial activities.
While asking for the cooperation of residents in this direction, the Command, however, said violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Incidents of kidnapping has been on the increase which necessitated the Command to mobilize armed policemen to the Ijebu Ode axis to maintain law and order.
The Ogun State government has denied claims of any outbreak of the Lassa fever virus in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, made the clarification on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while addressing reporters on the development.
He maintained that the state was safe, while epidemic preparedness centres to respond to any crisis had been put in place in the state’s capital as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.
Mr Ipaye explained that two children from Abeokuta and Sagamu, who were suspected to have the virus were diagnosed with the clinical result coming out as negative.
The Commissioner appealed to the residents to remain calm while asking them to maintain proper hygiene.
The Ogun State government has said that 40 legacy projects which cut across the three senatorial districts of the state have been penciled down to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 40th anniversary of the creation of Ogun State from the Old Western Region
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa made this known on Friday at a press briefing in Abeokuta, the state capital where programme for the celebration was unveiled by the government.
According to the programme, about 14 legacy projects are expected to be commissioned, 12 from Ogun West and 16 projects from Ogun Central Senatorial District.
As part of the celebration 11 former governors of the state are expected to be part of the celebration.
Among the projects expected to be commissioned are the 110km Ilaro/Ijoun/Tombolo road which cuts across four Local Government Areas of Ogun West Senatorial Districts, the Ilo Awela road in Ota area, model schools, 750 hectares New Makun Estate in Sagamu, 50 hectares cashew plantation at Imeko Afon and 50 hectares palm plantation at Ipokia among other legacy projects.