An Abuja-based eatery has advised Nigerians to demonstrate their love for the less privilege, especially the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) during this COVID-19 lockdown period.
Mr Kingsley Obokhare, the Chief Operating Officer of the eatery at Area 1, gave the advice at the sideline of daily distribution of meals to children in Durumi IDP Camp, Abuja.
The programme was sponsored by the eatery in collaboration with the Corporate Kickers Sports Club (CKSC), a recreational football club, in the FCT.
Obokhare said that the love should be shown especially by donating food stuffs and other essential materials that could protect or meet their needs during the lockdown period.
He said that the less privilege in the IDP camps needed assistance than ever before because of the stay-at-home order issued by the Federal and some state governments as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-I9 in the country.
Obokhare expressed joy that the two corporate bodies were able to sustain their pledge of daily supply of meals to children in the camp for 22 days, since it started on March 30.
He said that the intention was to daily feed about 2,830 persons in the camp, but due to funding challenges, they could only provide for the children and sometimes the pregnant women.
“The initial plan was for two weeks but when the lockdown extension was announced, we decided to continue,” he said.
Obokhare said that with support they would provide meals for more people.
Also, speaking with NAN, Mr Ono Akpe, who represented the CKSC, urged well-meaning Nigerians, religious and corporate organisations to reach out to the needy during the lockdown just as they make donations to the government.
“N2,000, N10,000 will go a long way. You will be amazed at the kind of joy and happiness you give to families if you reach out with a bag or even a half-bag of rice or gari at this critical time,” Akpe said.
He pledged that the daily supply of about 300 plates of meal to children in the Camp would be sustained throughout the lockdown period.
Akpe said that they would sustain the succour and the joy they were bringing to the children in spite of the cost.
“We decided to come together with whatever resources we have, be it N5,000 or N10,000, and we put them together.
“Some of the staff of the restaurant donated half of their March salaries, and we asked ourselves how we could support the Federal Government’s initiative to bring succour to the less-privilege.
“Initially, we thought we will do this for just two weeks but the more we did it, the more we are excited and encouraged because we have brought so much joy to these children and we will continue to do it.
“We intend to continue as long as this lockdown is enforced. We will provide meals everyday for these children,” Akpe said.
He appreciated those who had supported the vision of the two bodies in meeting the needs of the children, including a child who donated N2,000.
“A child, my son’s friend, donated N2,000. This has provided meals for about four or five children. That is what we want.”
Akpe disclosed that the two bodies were about to replicate the gesture in other states, including Bayelsa, saying “we are mobilising Nigerians. That is the vision”.
The woman leader of the IDP Camp, Mrs Liatu Ayuba, commended the two bodies for coming to their assistance, saying there was hunger in the camp.
Ayuba said if it were not for the daily food being brought for the children for the past 22 days, the situation in the camp would have been very hard.
She said the first day that the food was brought, she kept half of its for the evening and some for the following day, because they were not sure of their next meal.
“We are glad this has been sustained for 22 days. Now the children know the time they use to bring the food. Once it is the time they will come and hang around to wait for them.
“Sincerely speaking, there is hunger in the IDP camp,” and urged government and other Nigerians to remember those of them in IDP camps.
NAN reports that the children were provided with soap and water to wash their hands before being presented the meal.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)https://nnn.ng/covid-19-organisations-task-nigerians-on-love-for-underprivilege-idps/
Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation
As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.
The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.
Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.
Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.
“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”
In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.
He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.
“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.
‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.
Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.
Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.
“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.
“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.
“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.
“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).
“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.
Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.
“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said
According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.
Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.
Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.
International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.
It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers
The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, on Saturday announced the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Reuben Kolo and other principal Officers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Kolo becomes the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the 15-year old faith-based University owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission, West and Central Africa (WECA).
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Layi Olajumoke, has it that two other principal officers were ratified by the institution’s Senate.
Mr Moses Itauma becomes the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo was appointed the institution’s Bursar.
“The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, announced that the University’s Board of Trustees and the Governing Council have approved the appointment of Prof Reuben Kolo as the next Vice-Chancellor.
“Also, Mr Moses Itauma as the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo as the institution’s Bursar,” he said.
Olajumoke added: “Prof Kolo is from the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, which is from the larger School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, SAAT, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.
“Prof Kolo was born in Doko, Lavun Local Government, Niger State in 1962. He obtained his first degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University( ABU), Zaria in Zoology in 1987.
“He bagged his second degree, M.Sc, Hydrobiology and Fisheries from the University of Ibadan. He completed his doctoral studies in FUT, Minna in the same discipline in 1996.
“He became a Professor of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology in October, 2010.
Olajumoke said that Kolo had held many positions of responsibilities in the span of engagement in FUT, Minna.
“He was designated the Dean of his Faculty, the SAAT from 2015 to 2019. He was also the Deputy Dean of the institution’s Postgraduate School between 2012 and 2013.
“He also headed specialised departments, centres, committees and special projects. He is a revered member of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, National Association of Fish Farmers and Aquaculturists and the Fisheries Society of Nigeria among others.
“He is widely published and listened to in specialised journals and conferences.
`|The appointment is for a non-renewable duration of five years and will commence from Monday, Oct. 5, 2020,” he said.
Olajumoke also said that the university had recorded another milestone with the addition of another college to the other two existing colleges; College of Arts and Communication Studies.
“The Crawford University’s management got the approval of the Governing Council for a College of Arts and Communication Studies.
“Dr. Jonathan Amuno, the erstwhile Director of Academic Planning has been approved to serve as the new college’s Acting Dean,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Edo 2020: Gov. Tambuwal lauds Buhari on statesmanly call, directive
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, on his statemanly call and immediate directive to agencies of government to ensure and guarantee free and fair election in Edo state.
Tambuwal, in a statement in Sokoto on Saturday, said that the President deserved commendation for his appeal to all stakeholders, including politicians involved in the election to ensure violence free election.
He said, “let me begin by commending the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for his statesmanly call and appeal.
“This, given an immediate directive to agencies of government including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and all other stakeholders involved in the Edo election.
“That to ensure and guarantee free and fair; and, violence free election in Edo state; that is very commendable of Mr President.
“On that premise I, therefore, want to lend my voice to that of Mr President and other well meaning Nigerians; and members of the international community.
“This is to further appeal and call on the electoral body and the security agencies; and the good people of Edo and all stakeholders involved in this very important election to continue to observe rules and regulations,” he said.
Tambuwal added that Nigerians were closely monitoring the ongoing exercise in Edo State.
“As such, I want to appeal that nobody, individual or agency of government should tamper with the outcome and results of the election being conducted.
“This is very important so that we can have a very convincing outcome that the people of Edo have exercised their franchise without any hindrance and in a very peaceful manner,” Tambuwal added.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide