Chief Oye Oke, the Chairman of Ila-Orangun Community Union, on Friday described the death of former Inspection General of Police, Tafa Balogun, as a big and painful loss to the entire people of Ila-Orangun in Osun. The community leader described the late Balogun, as a true son of the town who brought about great development to the town and made its people proud.
“The death of Tafa is tragic and very painful to us all in Ila-Orangun, he has done so much for the development of the town.
“He did not just bring the Police College to Ila-Orangun, he also enlisted a lot of our children into the police force, at no cost.
“Some of those he enlisted into the police are now high ranking officers in the Nigeria Police Force, his death is a very big loss to us all.
“Even until his death, he was still helping our children in Ila-Orangun to secure employment in the Nigeria Police Force.
“I can tell you also that he was a very humble person who visited home often and always come from Lagos to attend Ila-Orangun Elders’ Forum meeting and also host everyone after the meeting.
“He doesn’t show himself off whenever he comes around and also quietly comes into town and leaves before people became aware he was in town,”he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tafa Balogun, former Police boss, died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos on Thursday.
Cambodia and Russia on Friday signed the plan of consultations for 2022-2024, aiming at further strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The deal was inked between Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings in Phnom Penh.According to a joint statement released after the signing ceremony, the two ministers agreed to promote further the development of long-lasting and time-tested bonds of friendship and mutual support between the two countries.
“Cambodia and Russia will maintain and intensify political dialogue, regular contacts between the governments, parliaments, local authorities and political parties,” the statement said.
The two countries will enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in trade and investment, science and technology, education and culture, defense and security.
The countries agreed to create favorable conditions for activities of organisations and companies in all the areas.
“Cambodia and Russia will continue to respect legitimate interests of each other in bilateral relations and within the framework of regional and international fora,” the statement added.
The ministers also agreed to promote mutual support on key issues on international and regional agenda, with emphasis on strengthening ASEAN centrality in the context of expanding multilateral interaction in Asia-Pacific space.
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the entertainment industry, particularly artistes and musicians, in commiserating with ace instrumentalist, singer and song writer, Bongos Ikwue, who lost his wife, Josephine Ifeyinwa, 73. In a condolence message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Friday in Abuja, Buhari condoled with family members, friends, Catholic Women Organisation, International Association of Lions Clubs and associates of the matriarch of Bongos-Ikwue’s family.
The deceased hailed from the Ijeh Royal family in Issele –Uku Town in Delta, but by providence shared most of her life with the Benue-born musician.
The president noted the deceased’s dedication to the service of humanity, and dedication to Church.
He also lauded her for supporting the poor and needy across the country, especially prisoners, whom she regularly visited to pray with, counsel and guide on the fear of God, and provided support for the people awaiting trial, and their families.
Buhari affirmed that her contributions to stability of her family, sense of duty in community development, and love for God will always be remembered.
The president prayed that the Almighty God would comfort the renowned musician and his family, and grant the wife and mother a peaceful rest.
Journalists covering crime under the auspices of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) have consoled the family of late Tafa Balogun, a retired Inspector-General of Police.
The former Police boss died on Thursday at Reddington Hospital, Lagos, at the age of 75. This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos by CRAN President, Mr Olalekan Olabulor.
The journalists in the statement said that Balogun’s demise came as a rude shock to all.
It console the family and urged them to take solace in the fact that death was a debt all owed.
The statement said that under the command of Balogun, ‘Operation Fire for Fire’ was launched to arrest growing banditry and cross-border robbery.
According to the statement, the deceased ended the reign of the notorious cross-border terror, Hammani Tijani, who was based in the Republic of Benin.
“Undoubtedly, he will be sorely missed by CRAN members and we pray for comfort for the family he left behind,” it said.
The statement further said that the late Balogun was a cop par excellence whose service recorded in the police yielded tangible results, especially in the area of welfare and promotion of personnel.
“Given the nature of our job as crime reporters, we had cause to interface with him and he was very receptive and truly cared for our welfare even as I-GP.
“Despite that his service termination came as a shock, he still commanded respect among police officers who often described his administration as “the best I-GP” of all times.
“The reason is not far-fetched; the late Balogun was a welfarist who beyond the gruff and tough exterior, valued the welfare of officers and men,” it said.
CRAN in the statement pointed out that Balogun dedicated his retirement years to clamour for community policing, stressing on the need to strengthen the traditional institution to boost internal security operations.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday allayed fears of the residents over the information of possible attack of the state, saying that there is no reason to panic.
Sanwo-Olu gave the reassurance while addressing newsmen at Lagos House Marina after the State Security Meeting on the level of alert from the commanders of all security formations in the state.
He said that all security formations had been put on high alert to ensure public safety.
This is coming against the background of the reported security threats to the city of Lagos.
The Milk Booster, a company that produces lactation products that help increase breast milk supply, on Friday introduced the first MilkBank in Nigeria in commemoration of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week was : “Step up for Breastfeeding : Educate and Support”.
It seeks to involve Governments, communities, and individuals in raising awareness about sustainable breastfeeding environment.
Dr Chinny Obinwanne -Ezewike, Executive Officer (CEO), Milk Booster, said that the milkbank initiative was geared towards providing pasteurised donor breast milk for pre-term, low birth weight, and other vulnerable infants in order for them to enjoy the enormous benefits of breastmilk.
Obinwanne -Ezewike, is also a Lactation Consultant and member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
She said the idea to launch the Milkbank arose having been helping over 50,000 babies get more breast milk from their mothers through Milk Booster products since five years ago.
She explained that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recommended that when a baby cannot get breastemilk from their mother, the next best option is donor milk before considering infant formula.
Obinwanne -Ezewike said that WHO have advised mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months with extended breastfeeding for two years and beyond.
The lactation consultant stated that breastmilk is very important for babies but not all mothers can produce enough milk or produce at all, such as the surrogate mother, working-class mothers, hence ; the need for the MilkBank to bridge the gap.
She expressed disappointment that Nigeria ranked third highest in the number of pre-term birth across the world and first in infant mortality rate in Africa.
According to her, when pre-term babies gets breastmilk, their stay in the hospital is reduced and risk of contacting the most common sicknesses that eats up their guts system is significantly reduced.
Obinwanne-Ezewike noted that the absence of donor breastmilk in Nigeria had created a misconception that the infant milk and breastmilk are equivalent.
“A human baby should get a human breast milk and mothers must not consider giving their babies processed cow milk.
“Cow milk is for calf and not human babies.
The benefits of breastmilk goes as far as increasing chances for survival and protecting the babies from several sicknesses within our community.
“Five per cent of babies within the ages of zero to five years die yearly in Nigeria because of sub-optimal breastfeeding.
“Feeding our babies with breastmilk will ensure that they are not part of the infant death statistics due to our sub-optimal breastfeeding , ” she said.
According to her, Nigeria has the capacity to sustain her babies born either pre-term or full-term by ensuring they are breast fed to give them a chance to live healthy.
Obinwanne -Ezewike urged governments and organisations to support the MilkBank project to enable mothers in the rural areas to also enjoy the facility.
She said: “We already have over 165,000 Milk Booster Community mum who are always ready to donate breastmilk free of charge and educating more to also do same.
“ Mothers that donate excess milk must be aware that there are babies whose mothers can’t produce same and needs their excess milk.
“They produce the milk ,we process it and pass it onto the babies who need it for survival to reduce Nigeria’s infant and neonatal mortality rate,.
“ We only charge the receivers about N20,000 used to process and screen the breastmilk to ensure that it is safe for consumption ” she said.
According to her, the primary recipients of the breastmilk as prioritised by the company would be low birthweight babies, sick premature babies in the Intensive Care Units, premature babies doing well before the sick full term babies and other demands.
Obinwanne -Ezewike said tht the MilkBank would service the general hospitals, government hospitals, private hospitals and surrogate agencies.
She stated that the firm had invested over 15,000 dollars into the community-based milk bank facility.
In her remark, Dr Mobolaji Olajide, Lecturer 1, Department of Nursing, University of Lagos, emphasised the need for Nigeria mothers to be educated and embrace the MilkBank which is already a global practice.
Olajide said its high time we give babies whose mothers cannot produce breastmilk or produces in low quantity, an opportunity to enough access to breastmilk officially.
She called for aggressive sensitisation on the need to dissuade superstitious cultural and religious belief that accompanies exchange of breast milk.
“Why would some Nigerians mothers prefers not to accept to give their babies breastmilk from their fellow human being but prefers that of a cow ?
“All the myth surrounding cross-breastfeeding is just a superstition, ” she said.
Dr Frederick Oladeinde, Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, says effective and efficient urban transport system will promote trade and commerce in the state and Africa at large.
Oladiende made the assertion at a maiden meeting of the Centre For Applied Research in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA) on Friday in Lagos.
The commissioner, represented by Mr Gbolahan Toriola, Director of Operation, Ministry of Transportation, said a strong institution, partnership, legal framework and implementation is beneficial in achieving an effective and efficient urban transport system in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CARISCA is in partnership with School of Transport and Logistics of the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo in ensuring sustainable urban mobility.
The topic of the programme is: “The Impact of Urban Transport Systems on Fast Moving Consumer Goods Supply (FMCGs) Chain”.
“The efforts of the state in driving a sustainable model for public transportation cannot be said to be without challenges, but with partnership with relevant stakeholders, work is ongoing round the clock, in a bid to tackle the situation.
“With the ongoing transportation reforms and infrastructural investment going on in the state, in the next 25 years, Lagos will experience a growth that will align with global standards.
“We align with the principles of urban mobility and other international convention, in order to achieve a sustainable urban mobility and transportation network,” Oladiende said.
He added that the objective of the state was to encapsulate the growing national consciousness on issues of road infrastructure, policy, technology, road safety and affordable transport network, that would trigger significant reduction in operational cost.
“The government is working tirelessly to proffer urban transportation solutions in terms of policy, guidelines, infrastructure, technology and operations that are sustainable and in line with global standards,” the commissioner noted.
Prof. Charles Asenime, Dean, School of Transport, LASU, said that the attitude of some Nigerians, particularly drivers, had also contributed to the bad traffic situation in the state.
Asenime said that if the Lagos government and other stakeholders could sort out the traffic situation in the state, it meant such could be replicated anywhere in the country.
Also speaking, Prof. Gbadebo Odewumi, former Dean, School of Transport, LASU, said that the government still needed to pay more attention to transportation in the state.
“The Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) needs to be more empowered to shield the operatives from the regular attacks they had been exposed to, particularly from law-breaking motorists,” he said.
Mr Tonye Preghafi, Chief Innovation Officer, Red Star Express Plc, said that many FMCGs companies were using data analytic to solve problems, generate insights and actions, to solve customers sales.
Preghafi, then urged organisations to always use innovative technology for e-commerce and to drive consumer sales.
“Availability is the new innovation, having products on the shelf is better than any new product innovation,” he said.
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has warned boat operators to desist from transporting passengers beyond 7.00 p.
m. to avoid frequent boat mishaps on the waterways.
The Managing Director of the authority, Dr George Moghalu, issued the warning at a media interactive session with transportation correspondents in Lagos on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 13 more bodies have been recovered from the ill-fated boat sailing from Mile 2 to Ibeshe, a suburb of Lagos, on Saturday, bringing the total dead bodies recovered to 17.The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Zonal Coordinator, South-West, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, had said illegal operators are rendering services after the end of official hours of 7:00pm, thereby violating the Inland Waterway operations rules.
Moghalu said the authority had constituted waterways task force to arrest any boat operators operating beyond the stipulated time.
The NIWA boss said the Task Force comprised National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos Sate Waterways Authority (LASWA), barge operators, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and the Marine Police.
He explained that studies by the authority had shown that these boat accidents occur either at night or early in the morning adding that the practice must stop.
He stated: ‘‘That is part of the regulation we are putting in place, We are more concern about peoples’ lives, check the history of accidents even in ferries.
“You find out that over 90 per cent of accident happens in the early hours of the morning or in the night and most of these vessels do not have navigational lights.
“On our own parts, we are laying buoys, trying to put navigational aids on the waterways but at the same time, we are appealing to residents in the Riverine communities to ensure the safety of these navigational equipment.
“We have come to see that vandals, thieves destroy these navigational equipment and make away with them,” he said.
Moghalu said the authority would sanction offenders of laws regulating the use of the waterways.
According to him, the Task Force has the mandate to arrest people, sanction people and prosecute people, it is no more business as usual.
There must be sanity on our waterways.
He, however, said that NIWA would continue to encourage boat operators to do the right thing and reduce the incessant boat mishap on waterways by adhering to safety regulations as stipulated by it.
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Enugu State and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said they would collaborate to strenghten security at the custodial centres in the state.
The Controller of Corrections, Mr Nicholas Obiako, and the new NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Alloyious Udeh, reached the agreement on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Udeh was in the office of the NCoS boss on a courtesy visit.
Obiako assured him that his command would sustain the cordial relationship that existed between the two organisations during his predecessors’ tenure.
He said: “The two services under the same ministry should complement each other to achieve national security.
“This command is looking forward to a high level of cooperation to continue to make Enugu State safe for business and development.
” Earlier, Udeh said that his visit was to enable them “to chart a more formidable course” on how to secure custodial centres under NSCDC’s Area of Responsibility.
He said that maximum security in the state could only be achieved through a robust synergy among the sister security agencies.
“I pledge the support of the NSCDC toward protecting the three custodial centres as critical National Asset that needs not be breached,” Udeh said.
He also said that his visit was in line with the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbsola’s, directive to the NSCDC commandants, who were newly posted to states.