Prof. Taiwo Obindo, President, Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN), has advocated the speedy passage of the mental health bill to protect persons with mental health challenges and substance abuse problems.
Obindo, who is also the Chairman, Faculty of Psychiatry, West African College of Physicians, Nigeria Chapter, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the speedy passage of the bill would also go a long way in addressing stigmatization and discrimination against mental health sufferers.
According to him, the bill on the review of the “Lunacy Act” was currently in the last phase of the process of becoming a law.
He disclosed that the National Assembly passed the mental health bill in 2020 after proper consultation with all the Mental Health stakeholders.
“I am sure the bill is now with the Presidency.
” We are praying and hoping that this new bill will be assented to by the President as soon as possible.
”So, we can move from the archaic “lunacy act” to the new humane and more current law that is conforming to the global best practices,” he said.
Obindo stressed when the bill was passed into law, the process of management of persons with mental health challenges and the associated stigma and discrimination against sufferers would be reduced, if not eliminated.
He said that regulations guiding the Mental Health practitioners were also included in the bill to enable them carry out their duties effectively and meeting the global best practices.
“The fact that somebody who attempts to take his or her life is sentenced to imprisonment will be eliminated and people will now look at suicide as an illness rather than a breach of the law,”Obindo said.
He said that addressing the symptoms of depression in individuals who attempted to take their lives can lead to successful treatment.
“When mental illness remain untreated, the symptoms can worsen and negatively impact a person’s well-being,’’ Obindo said.
He said that those who abuse drugs and other substances as well as others who were dependent on substances could be better managed rather than sending them to prison.
“So, these are a few of the benefits in the new mental health bill that is presently before the presidency,’’ Obindo said.
The Police Command in Jigawa has disclosed that the death toll in Sunday’s canoe mishap in Dabi community of Ringim Local Government Area has risen to seven.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred when a canoe, conveying 13 passengers on their way to a condolence visit, capsized after hitting an object.
The police, upon receipt of the report, launched a search and rescue mission at the scene with the assistance of local divers in the area.
The mission, according to the police, led to the recovery of seven persons on the spot who were rushed to General Hospital, Ringim for medical attention.
Two out of the seven recovered occupants, Bara’atu Garba, 30, and Mahmud Surajo, 3, were certified dead by a medical doctor on duty.
The remaining five persons were admitted at the hospital, while the other six victims remained missing.
The spokesperson of the command, DSP Lawan Shiisu, in a statement in Dutse on Monday, confirmed the recovery of five more bodies, which brought the number of persons that died in the incident to seven.
“Among the six persons missing in yesterday’s canoe mishap in Ringim LGA, report shows that five more corpses were recovered while one person is still missing.
“So far seven people lost their lives in the incident,” the spokesperson said.
Shiisu added that efforts to recover the remaining person were being intensified.
The Police Command in Ogun on Monday confirmed the arrested of six suspected cultists who allegedly attempted to kill a traditional ruler at Oja- Odan area of Ilaro in Ogun State.
The Police Spokesperson in State, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement in Ota, Ogun.Oyeyemi explained that the suspected cultists were arrested on Saturday, while attempting to kill a traditional ruler in his palace.
Oyeyemi gave the names of the suspects as Michael Ayodele, Monday Samuel, Ademola Matthew, Hammed Jelili, Ogundele Ojeh and Sunkanmi Fadina.
“They were arrested following a distress call received at Oja odan Divisional Headquarters from the Oba of Gbokoto land, Oba G.
O Olukunle, at about 4 25 p.
m. that some cultists were about to kill him in his palace.
“Upon the distress call, the Dvisional Police Officer(DPO), Oja- Odan Division, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the palace, where they met the hoodlums shooting sporadically.
“The policemen engaged them in shootout and eventually subdued the cultists and got six amongst them arrested.
“During the interrogation, the suspects confessed being members of the dreaded Eiye Confraternity.
“In addition, they also informed the police that it was the son of the Oba who is now at large, that invited them to eliminate his father because of an unresolved issue the Oba had been having with his mother,” he said.
The PPRO said that one locally made Double Barrell pistol, two live cartridges and one expenpended cartridge were recovered from the suspects.
He added that the son of the Oba, who had taken to flight, was said to have escaped with another gun belonging to the group.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation with the view to charge them to court on conclusion of the investigation.
The CP also ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing son of the Oba, to bring him to justice.
An NGO, the African Youth Assembly for Peace has commended the legal action instituted by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the lingering strike action.
Mr Abdul-Aziz Yusuf, the Head of Communications of the group told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja that the action was filed at the National Industrial Court.
“ In our opinion, the government took the right step by going to the court first in this matter; we believe that the resort to litigation at this stage will provide the much needed amicable settlement of the dispute.
“ This litigation initiated by the government is not ill advised as seen in some quarters in the context of the industrial dispute between the government and the ASUU.
” It is instructive to note that Federal Government in the suit wants the court to interpret in its entirety the provisions of Section 18 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN2004).
“ Especially as it applies to the termination of the strike once a trade dispute is held by the Minister of Labour and Employment, while conciliation is ongoing.
Yusuf urged the parties involved to ensure accelerated hearing in the matter to get the university students back to classes.
According to him, the strike has renders about 1.8 million active youths idle presently.
NAN reports that the group had earlier called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reach a compromise with a view to ending the ongoing strike action by the union .
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The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Monday commiserated with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Liang , over the death of the Queen of England Elizabeth II.
In a condolence letter signed by the first lady to the British High Commission in Abuja, the first lady described the late monarch as an outstanding leader, mother and lover of humanity.
“ The late monarch touched many lives through her charitable activities; in the seven decades of her unprecedented service tenure, the United Kingdom became a truly multi-cultural nation, peace and tolerance.
“Even as she successfully consolidated the Commonwealth of Nations into one of the formidable economic and socio-cultural blocs among the comity of nations.
“ Queen Elizabeth II had the distinction of presiding over the Independence of almost all former British colonies and witnessed the emergence of several women as Presidents and Prime Ministers in various countries,” she said.
Mrs Buhari said, the deceased`s long reign was without doubt the most eventful in the modern history of the United Kingdom and beyond as she will remain an exceptional legend.
She also described the late queen as a role model to monarchs as well as women in Nigeria for her exemplary life of support, love and dignifying carriage.
She said, the queen died at a time when her precious counsel and life-long experience were needed.
According to the first lady, the Queen will be greatly missed by her subjects as well as the global community.
The first lady, therefore, extended her heartfelt condolences on behalf of Nigerian women to the British Royal family for the loss of this global gem of inestimable value .
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing says King Charles III will continue to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the UK and Nigeria as her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II did.
Laing made this known on Monday during a news conference following the death of Queen Elizabeth II who passed on Sept. 8, and the ascension of the new King, Charles III.
Laing said that Nigeria “is very important to the United Kingdom”, noting that King Charles as well as other members of the Royal Family share the same love and passion that the Queen had for her Commonwealth nations.
“King Charles visited Nigeria in 2018, he met a variety of people, from the youths of the country to traditional leaders.
“And he follows Nigeria closely, he reads my telegrams closely and he will continue to maintain that interest and affection for Nigeria.
“As we mourn the departure of an amazing woman, we celebrate her life and we look forward to King Charles III.
“Nigeria is very important to the UK and the biggest and the most important country in Africa, everything is here.
“Like everybody else, the Queen, the King and the Royal family witness the role Nigeria plays in the world stage with very significant figures and very important places.
So Nigeria is watched particularly.
“And I think it was her visit here when she was able to travel so wide and she was inspired by the amazing spirits of the people of Nigeria.
It has been very helpful to me to have such strong bonds.
“She is very passionate about the Commonwealth but I believe personally that Nigeria has a very special place in her heart of Prince Charles III,” Laing said.
On the specific areas of interest and strengthening ties with Nigeria, Laing said that King Charles III and President Muhammadu Buhari “have a mutual interest in climate change and protecting the environment”.
Laing said that King Charles was also very keen on bringing a fresh light to the Commonwealth, to make it more engaging for the youths.
“The new king has had a long time to prepare for this role, so we have a good idea of the issues that he is passionate about.
And one of them is the environment and climate change.
“He was well ahead of the curve in identifying the importance of protecting our environment if we want to be able to pass that to our future generations.
“So that is one of the areas of the meeting of minds between your President and our King. That is an area as we head to CUUP 27 as we continue to strengthen our relations.
“Another area the king is very interested in is history, the history of the Commonwealth and he has formally taken on the role from his mother.
“And I think he will make an absolute commitment to bring fresh light to the Commonwealth to be engaged with the youths,” Laing added.
Laing appreciated Buhari for commiserating with the UK government with orders that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast in all its diplomatic missions across the world.
She said that the High Commission would communicate to the Nigerian public in the coming days on the activities to commemorate the funeral of Her Majesty.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the coffin of the late Queen is presently resting at St. Giles Cathedral in the Scottish Capital of Edinburgh after it traveled from Balmora Castle where she passed to the Royal family’s residence, Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
The body will leave Scotland to England on Sept. 13, where it will rest at the Westminster Abbey for people to pay their final respect to her until her funeral on Sept. 19.
The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to host a delegation from the pan-African multilateral development finance institution, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), during the African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition (www.
AECWeek.com), Africa's premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18-21 October this year in Cape Town. Representing one of Africa's leading financial institutions driving socio-economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain, the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa's energy future.
Since the organization's establishment in 2007, the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development, technical advisory services, corporate finance and financial advisory services, supporting the continent's diverse energy sector.
through alliances with 34 countries, the private sector and international partners.
As a result, $35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added, all thanks to AFC funding.
Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector, specifically with regard to exploration, production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million, the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key.
In the context of 2022, improving access to finance is even more prevalent, particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends.
As such, the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030, with the group spearheading some of Africa's major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital .
In July 2022, the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity, railway and energy sectors in the continent's largest oil producer, Angola, after injecting $100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery.
to boost domestic production.
Additionally, in partnership with the Swiss energy company, Brahms Oil Refineries, the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea.
Meanwhile, in the renewable energy sector, as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion, having added 16 new member countries in the last four years, the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects.
In July 2022, the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa, acquiring a 100% stake in independent power producer, Lekela Power, thereby taking on its massive 2.8 GW portfolio, in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group.
With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power's operating assets in the next four years, the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent.
Furthermore, in 2020, the AFC also committed $45 million for the construction of Angola's first photovoltaic solar power plant.
“Electrifying the continent, ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa.
For years, the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments; however, in 2022, African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role.
As such, AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa's energy sector and value chain, thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030.
With the help of institutions such as With the AFC, Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of the AEC, adding, “We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market-driven dialogue.
run by the institution itself.
At AEW 2022, AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits, shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance, driving an Africa-tailored just energy transition dialogue, and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond.
Bringing together energy leaders, global financiers, and public and private sector executives for four days of networking, AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals, form partnerships, and jump-start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC.
The Police Command in Lagos State has announced the arrest of four mechanics suspected of vandalizing vehicles and stealing brain-boxes.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in the statement issued on Monday in Lagos.
Hundeyin alleged that the four were members of a syndicate arrested by police operatives attached to Surulere Division.
“The suspects were arrested on Wednesday September 7, 2022 after a report was received that three Mercedes Benz SUVs brought in for repairs at a mechanic workshop were vandalized and their brain boxes and oil pumps stolen.
“The suspects, who were apprentices in the neighborhood, have given useful information to the police.
“Efforts are on to arrest the receivers of these stolen items,” the spokesperson said.
He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, has assured that officers and men of the command would bring crime to the barest minimum in the state.
The Sokoto State Attorney General (AG), Mr Suleiman Usman, SAN, has taken over prosecution of Aliyu Sanusi-Umar, standing trial for alleged reckless driving and causing the amputation of the leg of a female student.
Sanusi-Umar, 18, a student, resident of Sokoto metropolis was arraigned for the offences of reckless driving, driving a car without a driver’s license, causing serious injury and causing the amputation of human leg.
The accused was said to have driven a car in a dangerous manner and crushed a colleague, Fatima Suleiman’s leg shortly after she wrote her final year examination at Khalifa International College, Sokoto.
The victim was seriously injured and transported to Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto (UDUTH), where her leg was amputated.
This was due the fracture and severity of the mutilation of her leg that needed urgent medical attention.
Usman made the application at the resumed sitting on Monday citing constitutional provisions that empowered AG to takeover prosecution of any criminal case initiated by any authority within the state.
The AG, who was represented by Mr Sufyanu Maikulki, relied ob section 211 of the constitution and 106 of the administration of criminal justice law of Sokoto state to back his application.
In her ruling, the trial Judge, Chief Magistrate, Mariya Haruna-DogonDaji, granted the application for AG to takeover the prosecution.
However, Haruna-DogonDaji, refused the bail application earlier filed and moved by the defence Counsel, Jocob Ochidi, SAN, on behalf of the accused person.
After argument on the need for an accelerated hearing, exchange of corresponding arguments and copies of the case file between parties, the Chief Magistrate adjourned the case to Monday for hearing.
Haruna-DogonDaji ordered the accused to be remanded in the Central Correctional Centre, Sokoto.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the court sitting was under tight security as armed police men guarded the premises as litigants and the public, including Journalists had to be screened before entrance.