The Kwara chapter of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) says that breastfeeding babies immune both mother and child against preventable illnesses and diseases.
Dr Mosunmola Folorunsho, the President of MWAN in Kwara, who spoke on the sideline of the celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week in Ilorin, explained that breastmilk contains antibodies that always protect infants from illnesses.
According to her, the association is joining the rest of the world to celebrate the week with the theme: “Breastfeeding for a healthier planet.”
She said that breastfeeding babies by their mothers had lots of advantages as it would prevent the babies from illnesses such as ear infection, diarrhoea, respiratory illnesses and allergies.
The MWAN president observed that infants that are breastfed also had lower risks of sudden infant death syndrome, while also reducing risks of many short term and long term health problems.
“Breast milk digests easier than formula, while babies who are breastfed have less gas and lower feeding problem with less constipation,” she said.
Folorunsho emphasised the need by female doctors assisted by their male counterparts to always educate women on the benefits of breastfeeding at their various antenatal clinics and immunisation clinics.
According to her, this will help to sensitise women on the advantages of breastfeeding to their own health, as it burns about 500 extra calories each, which may make it easier to lose weight gained during pregnancy.
“Another advantage enjoys by women who breastfeed is that they have lower risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.
“It also triggers oxytocin that causes the uterus to contract and may decrease the amount of bleeding women have after giving birth,” she said.
The expert appealed to the media to team up with the association in educating mothers, babies, families and the nation on the benefits of breastfeeding.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Peter Dada (NAN)https://nnn.ng/association-stresses-advantages-of-breastfeeding-babies/
Sunshine Stars unveil Ogunbote as new Technical Adviser
The Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA), managers of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure, on Tuesday unveiled Gbenga Ogunbote as the club’s new Technical Adviser.
Tajudeen Akinyemi, Chairman of ODSFA, while unveiling him in Akure said Ogunbote’s choice was arrived at after considering his vast experience from managing several clubs in the country.
He said the target set for the coach was to return the club to playing in continental competitions like he did during his first spell with them.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogunbote had worked with Sunshine Stars as assistant coach to the late Solomon Ogbeide before becoming Head Coach from 2011 to 2012.
“We have been trying to get him for some seasons ago now, even before I was appointed. But luckily for us, we now have him here,” Akinyemi said.
After his unveiling,Gbenga Ogunbote thanked all those who prevailed on him to return to the team.
Ogunbote said he would need all the necessary support like he got during his first spell to ensure all the spelt-out goals were achieved.
“When we were here during my first spell, Sunshine Stars were ranked third best in Africa. But the reverse is the case now. We can make it back.
“But all hands must be on deck. We (coaches) can’t do it alone.
“The management must make funds available at all times, (and) it is the duty of coaches to ensure that they encourage the management to do more. For it to end in praise, we must do our bit.
“During the first period I was around, it would not have been a beautiful one if not for the support I was given. God has used me to earn six tickets to play on the continent across various clubs in the last eight years.
“The question we must ask is what we had done then that is not being done now. We must review all.
“The secret to failure is to want to please everybody. It is not just about stepping on toes at times, you have to cut some to be successful,” he said.
Speaking also, the Chairman of Ondo State Football Association, Dele Ajayi, urged the club management and the Technical Adviser to see the Football Association (FA) as partners in progress.
NAN reports that Ogunbote has worked at Enyimba International, Rangers International, Shooting Stars, Kwara United, Gateway United, Giwa FC and Sharks FC.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Unilorin to resume classes Sept. 30 – Management
The Management of the University of Ilorin Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) has disclosed that the school would commence academic activities for the 2020/2021 Session on Sept. 30.
Prof. Esther Omosewo, the Director of the Programme, in University’s bulletin said that the session would run through June 2021.
According to her, successful candidates can apply for admission through Direct Entry into the University of Ilorin and other Universities.
Omosewo advised prospective applicants to visit the University website, www.unilorin.edu.ng for details on admission requirements.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that JUPEB is a national examination body approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Board has the responsibility of conducting common and standard examinations for candidates, who have been exposed to a minimum of one-year approved learning in Universities and are seeking Direct Entry admissions into the University courses.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide
Gov. AbdulRazaq announces committee on Saturday’s rainstorm in Kwara
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has set up a nine-person committee to conduct an assessment of the damage caused by the Saturday’s rainstorm in different parts of the state.
Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye made this known in a statement on Monday night in Ilorin.
According to Ajakaye, the committee was made up Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, State’s Commissioner for Tertiary Education as chairperson.
Other members of the committee are Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Saadu Salau and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Kayode Oyin-Zubair.
Members of the committee include Secretary of the state emergency management agency, Mrs Motunrayo Adaran; Chairman of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Dr AbdulKadir Sambaki and Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Christian) Rev S.O. Adedayo.
Others were Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam), Ibrahim Zubair Dan Maigoro; Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Empowerment, Mrs Bolanle Ismail while Permanent Secretary Ministry of Special Duties, Yusuf Bolakale would serve as the Secretary.
News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Gov AbdulRazaq had on Sunday said he would set up a special disaster response committee to collate data of areas affected by the rainstorm.
The committee was to determine how the state government can offer support to victims based on available resources.
The new committee would focus majorly on the rainstorm in several parts of the state.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Rainstorm damages INEC office roof in Kwara
Heavy rainstorm on Saturday night in Ilorin, Kwara, wreaked havoc as it blew off the roofs of some buildings at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a torrential rain fall on Saturday night accompanied by heavy wind storm damaged many buildings and electric poles in the state capital and other towns in the state.
INEC Head of General Administration and Procurement (GAP), Mr Friday Patrick, who conducted NAN correspondent round the affected buildings and offices within the complex, said buildings affected included the Collation center.
Others are the ICT centre, and the car port, which had their roofs blown off and the ceiling damaged, even as a one of the vehicles under the car port was damaged.
Also damaged during the rainstorm were roofs of some offices including that of the Administrative Secretary, Electoral Operations (OPS) office and the conference room.
Patrick said he came to the office on Sunday to discover that the rainstorm had damaged offices and buildings in the complex.
He said that the report of the damages had been made to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, to intimate him of the havoc the storm had caused
According to him, officials of the commission had to evacuate all the laptop computers from ICT to a safe room.
He said that the commission was yet to ascertain the level of damage to the computers because rain fell on all of them.
He therefore appealed to the national headquarters of INEC to come to the aid of Ilorin office and fix the damaged roofs and ceiling so as to prevent damage to furniture and equipment in the offices.
Attahiru-Madami said he had notified the head office through the Commissioner in charge of Works and Estate in INEC.
He expressed his confidence and optimism that INEC headquarters would respond in earnest.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni