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Makinde Distributes 50 Tricycles To Empower Youths

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Fifty youths from Oyo State were beneficiaries of Governor’s Seyi Makinde’s efforts to fight poverty in the State as the State, on Wednesday distributed 50 tricycles to empower the beneficiaries.
The event which held at the premises of the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ibadan witnessed a large turnout of beneficiaries of the distribution of the tricycles that was said to be the first batch.
Representing the governor at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Service Matters, Mrs Adewole Eyitayo said the gesture of the governor was in fulfillment of his campaign promises during the build up to the 2019 elections.
She said the program was targeted at reducing poverty induced by youths unemployment and it would cover a large number of beneficiaries across Oyo State.
 “As a new administration that came on board less than three months ago, we have looked into ways of ensuring that we fulfill our promises to our people,parts of which include agriculture, education, security and social investment.
“This administration is committed to the development empowering the youths and those that are yet to benefit from the scheme should expect more life-improving programs from this government.
” I want to admonish you all to be law abiding and support our government, it is only with this that we can deliver the dividend of democracy to you as expected.
“To all the beneficiaries, make good use of this great opportunity, ensure that you are like the wise servants in the bible who made good use of their talents by ensuring that the talents were increased before the master came back. “
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, ministry of women affairs, Mrs Christiana Abioye said the the scheme is purely a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement and state government only stand as guarantor for the beneficiaries who have fulfilled all required obligations and would be paying installments every week for the period of 56 weeks.
She enjoined the beneficiaries to fulfill their part in time so as to claim the ownership and not to forfeit the opportunity.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Kayode Olaley who spoke on behalf of others thanked Governor Seyi Makinde for the empowerment program and promised to judiciously use the tricycles so as to pay back in due time.
Meanwhile the State government has shown its readiness to partner Rotary International in the struggle to eliminate Polio in the State.
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Lanre Abass Stated this on Wednesday while receiving 20,000 aprons specially designed for identification of State Polio Vaccinators, donated by Rotary International at Ibadan.
While commending Rotary, Abass the aprons would serve as source of easy identification for the State Vaccinators while on the field, thereby eliminating the fear of the people on the genuineness of the individual vaccinators.
He disclosed that the State had 2300 vaccinators across the State, a large reach which he said he helped made the State Polio-free.
“The aprons will serve as source of easy identification for  State Vaccinators while on the field, thereby eliminating the fear of the people on the genuineness of the individual vaccinators as the State had 2300 vaccinators across the State, a large reach which he said he helped made the State Polio-free.”
The Vice Chairman, Southwest Zone Nigerian National Polio Plus Committee of Rotary International, Abayomi Adewumi said the donation was in line with the agenda of Rotary International to eradicate polio globally.
Adewumi called on government at all levels and relevant stakeholders to step up sensitization of parents on the need to have their wards vaccinated in order to have a nigeria that would be polio-free.

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Torrential rains destroy shelters for displaced people in northeast Nigeria

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Torrential rain has destroyed makeshift tents and caused severe flooding to temporary displacement camps in northeast Nigeria, leaving vulnerable families homeless. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is appealing for urgent financial assistance to address the colossal humanitarian needs and to prevent the spread of deadly cholera.

“Displaced people are suffering due to relentless rains and wind battering their homes the last few days. Large numbers of families, who fled from conflict months ago, are left homeless while others are forced to share overcrowded tents with neighbours or relatives,” said Eric Batonon, Country Director for NRC in Nigeria.

According to NRC’s assessments, over 6,800 people living in displacement camps in Maiduguri have been impacted by floods in recent weeks. In Dikwa, 500 people have been rendered homeless due to flooding and have set up home in disused registration centres.

“They are essentially displaced within a displacement camp,” Batonon added.

“My home is completely destroyed. My floor has turned to mud and water is everywhere. The rain keeps coming and we do not have any choice but to wait for it to stop or share with others,” said displaced mother-of-four Fatima Mohammed (30).

The Adamawa State Government officially declared an outbreak of cholera in three local government areas during the rainy season. The total number of cases reported as of August 16 stands at 633. Four people have so far lost their lives to the disease. Due to recent heavy rain and flooding, more cases could be confirmed over the coming weeks.

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“Displaced people are living in sub-human conditions across the region. There are no sanitation or drainage facilities in most camps. People are going to the toilet in open spaces because there are no facilities for them to use and now that the camps are filled with stagnant flood water, water-borne diseases like cholera quickly spread,” Batonon added.

The United Nations and partners have appealed for $848 million to address the needs in northeast Nigeria this year. About eight months into the year, less than 40 per cent has been received.

“Additional financial support is urgently needed to reach the 6.2 million people targeted for humanitarian aid in 2019. People will die if they don´t receive urgent assistance now,” Batonon said.

Furthermore, heavy rain periods present opportunities by armed groups to infiltrate and target displacement camps. On Tuesday night (August 20) in Dikwa, a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb, killing herself and injuring four civilians. This was the first attack of its kind in the area since December 2018.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Osinbajo Appoints Ajimobi’s Ex- Documentary Photographer, Tolani Alli

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has appointed Tolani Alli as his official photographer.

Tolani Alli, the daughter of the immediate past Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, was the former documentary  photographer to Ex- governor Abiola Ajimobi.

She will be joining Bayo Omoboriowo who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s official photographer.

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, in a tweet, confirmed her appointment

“Looking forward to working with this pair over the next four years. Official Photographers to President Buhari (@bayoomoboriowo) and Vice President Osinbajo (@tolanialli)”, the tweet reads.

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Makinde Congratulates Sunday Dare On Appointment As New Youths & Sports Minister

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday congratulated the newly-appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, just as he charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in transforming and repositioning the ministry.

The governor urged the Ogbomoso-born minister to be a good ambassador of Oyo State and to showcase the Pacesetter qualities of the State in the new position.

Governor Makinde , in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, added that the government of Oyo State would be looking forward to having a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Dare, who is now an ambassador of the state.

The statement further reads, “On behalf of the good people of Oyo State, I congratulate Mr. Sunday Dare on his appointment as the Minister of Youth and Sports.

“By this appointment, Mr. Dare has become an ambassador of Oyo State, which has always been the pace-setter in all positive ramifications and we charge the new minister to keep that flag of excellence flying.

“I urge him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the ministry and we will like to state that as a people-oriented Government and one that has made the commitment to bring about positive change in the life of the people of the state, we are ready to have a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Mr. Dare.

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“It is our prayer that he succeeds in the new assignment and win laurels to the admiration of Nigerians”.

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