Traditional leader says vigilance groups key to effective security



A traditional leader in Iwaya, Yaba, Mr Babatunde Adegbenro, says proper use of local vigilance groups is helpful in enhancing security in communities.

Adegbenro, who is the Oba-Elect of Iwaya, Yaba, said on Friday night at the Palace in Iwaya that such vigilance groups should be an integral part of the community policing system.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria  that the effort of a vigilance group in Ijebu-Ode recently helped in locating member of a family resident in Iwaya after he had gone missing.

“Some days ago, I got a call from the Ijebu-Ode chairman about a missing boy who been discovered in his community claiming to live at No 8, Yeye St, Iwaya.

“I ordered my chief to the address and discovered that a young man had actually been missing for weeks and that was how the family was re-united,” he said.

He said that it was the interaction between the chairman and the vigilance group that led to them finding the boy in the early hours of the day on which he was located.

“Also, the synergy between the representative of the two states made it possible for the missing young man to be found.

“I thank the chairman and the vigilante for their prompt response in attending to the case.

“I call on more synergy among the western communities and the country as a whole in promptly solving dire situations regarding security,” he said.

Adegbenro called on the government and communities to make proper use of such groups because of the role they play.

Also speaking, the Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area (LGA) Chairman, Mr Olugbenga Olugbile, who was at the palace, said that such vigilance group members lived in the community and were closer to the people.

“They also have a better understanding of the topography of the area, making it easy for them to carry out successful operations when they are needed,” he said.

“Community policing is a good idea but when it has been properly endorsed, it should be an upgrade of the existing vigilance structure in place,” the chairman said.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Nestor Agbelesesi, who had been reunited with his parents, said that he went to fetch water on a certain day and suddenly started hearing strange voices giving him directions.

He said that he ended up walking about and he later found himself at Ikorodu, and then Ijebu-Ode.

“I thank God for divinely bringing me back home through the chairman and King-elect of Iwaya Land,” he said.

Agbelesesi was grateful for their actions and appreciated the token of gift given to him and his family by Adegbenro.

Mrs Olorunkpemi Agbelesesi, the mother, said that her son had been taken for proper medical evaluation and testing which was still ongoing.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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SDGs: FG, Ogun partner on Ijebu-Ode health centre



The Federal Government, under the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) programme, has constructed a Community Health Centre at Itaogbin community in Ijebu-Ode in conjunction with the state government.

Speaking at the inauguration of the facility on Saturday, Mr Olugbenga Olugbile, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ijebu-Ode Local Government Council, commended both governments for the initiative.

Olugbile noted that the health centre would enable the people of the area to have easy access to qualitative health care system.

While promising to fast-track the provision of equipment at the centre, Olugbile called for the replication of such projects in other parts of the local government.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Head of Local Government Administration of the council, Dr Adeolu Olufowobi, noted that the leadership of the local government would promote proper maintenance culture for the sustainance of the project.

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Ogun health ministry trains 426 on COVID-19 prevention



The Ogun Ministry of Health, says it has trained 426 health personnel on COVID-19 prevention and control in public, private and paramilitary health facilities in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, made this known at the on-going 2020 budget performance appraisal at the Ogun House of Assembly in Abeokuta on Thursday.

Coker said that 11 medical laboratory scientists were also trained on COVID-19 sample collection.

“We have also trained two health workers per facility across the 477 primary health centres on human capital development.

“This is in addition to the construction of a Molecular Laboratory in partnership with 54 Gene and Afri-Global for COVID-19 testing in the state,’’ She explained.

Giving a breakdown of the 2020 budget performance, the commissioner said that N45.19 million was spent on capital projects while N14.07 million was generated as revenue between January and June.

She assured that more innovative approaches would be deployed for efficient health care delivery services to residents of the state.

The State Primary Health Care Development Board, State Hospital Management Board, State Agency for the Control of AIDS and the State Hospital, Ijaiye, also had their 2020 budget performance appraised by the lawmakers.

In a related development, the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, led by Mr Akeem Balogun, also examined the budget performance of the Ijebu North East and Ijebu Ode Local Governments.

Taking his turn, the Chairman, Transition Committee, Ijebu North East Local Government, Olusegun Odunola, said that the council had provided no fewer than 7,000 free eyeglasses for primary and secondary schools’ students in the area.

Defending the performance of Ijebu Ode Local Government, the Transition Committee Chairman, Mr Olugbenga Olugbile, said that the council had graded roads in various wards in the council area, as well as the construction of 20 open stalls at the council’s abattoir.

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COVID-19: FG engages Northern Traditional Leaders Committee to halt community transmission



The Federal Government has  engaged  the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on Primary Health Care Delivery (NPHCDA), in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Addressing the committee online  in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said  the engagement was  part of ongoing efforts to curb community transmission of the virus.

He said that  NTLC’s contributions to the fight against COVID-19   were strongly needed.

The minister said  the emergency meeting was called to continue discussions on how the traditional leaders could  further galvanise response toward the pandemic.

He appreciated NTLC for continuous support for the Federal Government.

Ehanire said that the government was counting on them to mobilise, sensitise and monitor activities within their domains.

“We are faced with a pandemic that is ravaging  our communities; hence, the need for us to work together to save our communities and our dear country from the grasp of this deadly virus,” he said.

In his remarks, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, NPHCDA, said  it had become pertinent to tap into the experience  of the traditional leaders who, he said, were  partly responsible for the success of polio eradication efforts in Nigeria.

Shuaib reiterated the need for their assistance in stopping  COVID-19 from overrunning  their communities.

“How can we stop the wave of transmission?” he asked.

He also said that engaging Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) for  contributions to COVID-19 response was important.

He implored DCCN members to sensitise and create awareness on preventive measures toward halting community transmission of the virus.

He acknowledged the efforts of the DCCN toward polio eradication, and  urged  religious leaders and scholars to properly educate their communities on the dangers of the virus and the need to safeguard themselves.

He urged observance  of a minute silence  in honour of the late NTLC Chairman and Shehu of Bama,  Alhaji Kyari Umar Ibn El Kanemi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria is a network of over 40 Islamic groups.

It has been supporting polio eradication and routine immunisation services, with its members spread across all states and Abuja.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
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