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NASOW implore FG, States to involve trained Social Workers in delivery of services.



THE Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASOW), has urged  the tiers of government – Federal, States and Local Governments to involve trained and practising Social Workers in delivery of Social Services issues in the country.
The association, an umbrella body  of all Social Workers in the country avowed  that this will help to ensure that sufficient qualified Social Work personnel are recruited for effective social service delivery across the country.
Its National President, Comrade Kolawole Olawale made the plea on Tuesday during the event marking the 2017 Social Work Day at the conference room of Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development  in Abuja.
It was also learnt  that every 21 March is dedicated to celebrate Social Work day globally.
Olawale stressed   that Social Work is gradually gaining recognition and desired attention, saying that  the professionals in the field must be empowered through legislation in discharge of their duties.
He added: “I therefore call on the three tiers of government to always involve Social Workers in social services issues and ensure that sufficient qualified Social Work personnel are recruited for effective social service delivery.
“It is in view of this that I am calling on all our highly revered distinguished Senators at the upper chamber of the national assembly to kindly expedite action on the passage of the ‘Bill on professionalization of Social Work’ presently at the senate.
“I am exceedingly glad to address you today as we celebrate year 2017 World Social Work day. My joy is borne out of the fact that Social Work profession which was relatively unknown in Nigeria before now is gradually gaining recognition and desired attention in the country.
“The theme for this year celebration is ‘Promoting Community and Environment Sustainability’. I consider the theme apt because the major concern of social work is all about welfare.
“The environment is so important because everything that supports the survival of human beings is dependent on it. It is simply the house of mankind, making it the important aspect in life. Wellness of the environment directly relates to the wellness and health in human beings and other species. Hence there is the need to sustain it by protecting it. Any harmful alteration to the environment brings adverse impact across all species”.
The President further  reiterated  :  “Let me repeat for umpteenth time that the importance of Social Work services cannot be over emphasized. There is no doubt that the country is bedevilled with various social vices ranging from terrorism to corruption, bribery, cultism, rioting, drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, prostitution, kidnapping, political brigandry, child abuse, nepotism, tribalism, marital conflict, thuggery and hooliganism to mention but few.
“At the forefront of preventing and combating as the case may be these menace are the Social Workers who are specially trained for these functions. There is therefore no doubt that Social Workers must be empowered through legislation to be able to discharge their functions effectively”.
Felicitating  with President Muhammadu Buhari on his return from his medical trip in London, he, as well commended the President on his anti-corruption campaign as he pledged the support of the association for the present administration’s desire to effect the needed changes in our national life, while calling on his colleagues to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in discharge of their professional duties.
“The entire Social Work force in Nigeria wish to seize this opportunity to felicitate with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), on his successful health trip to the United Kingdom and safe return back to the country. May Allah continue to grant him good health.
“I wish to state unequivocally that we commend your giant stride at eliminating corruption in Nigeria and are willing to support your administration in the areas of social services delivery.
“Let me also seize this opportunity to remind all my colleagues in the country and diaspora that strict adherence to our code of conduct and ethics in the discharge of our duties must not be mortgaged for any reason”.

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Oyo: Kidnapped UI student regains freedom



Victim of Monday’s kidnap attack at a  poultry farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo capital, Emmanuel Odetunde has been released.

It will be recalled that Odetunde was abducted around 5 pm on Monday while working at his father’s poultry. The abductors also demanded a ransom of N100m for his release.

Mega Icon Magazine, however learnt that the victim , a student of the University of Ibadan (UI) was released at 7:15pm Thursday .


In a tweet obtained by our reporter, via his Twitter handle @dr_emmay thanked friends, family and well wishers  for their prayers.

He also did not disclosed whether any ransom was paid or not.

“I was released at 7:15pm today. I am currently with my family.

“Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate @, Odetunde tweeted.

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Insecurity: Bandits kill 18 in Kaduna communities




No fewer than 18 people in Giwa, Chikun and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna State have been reportedly killed by Bandits .

The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the ugly incident in a statement on Wednesday.

The three Local Government Areas, as learnt  have been under incessant attacks by bandits in recent time.

Aruwan, in the statement, explained that the bandits attacked Anaba village in Igabi local government area and killed seven people. He gave their names as Ali Musa, Isa Sharehu, Tijjani Isa, Auwalu Shehu, Hashim Abdullahi, Hassan Saidu and Umar Rilwanu.

According to him, many of the houses in the community were also burnt down by the bandits along with storehouses and barns, while they also rustled 20 cows during the operation.

The bandits, also attacked Barinje village in Chikun local government area killing eight persons, which included Sunday Gwamna, Lawal Jizo, Salha Barau, Sabo Barau, Umaru Barau, Muhammadu Dan Azumi, Zailani Dogara and Jikan Gambo.

The statement added that some residents of the village were also abducted, and cattle rustled during the attack, while an unspecified number of injured victims are currently receiving treatment in hospitals.

The  armed bandits, in another operation, attacked the loosely connected communities of Kwarten Rigasa, Kwarten Waziri and Kwarten Shaku in Igabi local government area.

The bandits reportedly emerged from the Buruku area, and raided the villages in a cattle rustling operation and In the process, killed one Danjuma Isa from neighboring Ungwan Kanti village as he made his way on foot to Kwarten Rigasa.

Similarly, armed bandits invaded Sanhu Makera village in Birnin Yero of Igabi local government area and killed one Yakubu Abdullahi, a farmer in the village, while

another person was killed by unknown assailants in unusual circumstances, at the Ministerial Pilot Housing Estate, Millennium City in Chikun local government area.

According to Aruwan, the attacks on soft targets at Anaba and Barinje villages in Igabi and Chikun LGAs respectively, followed the killing of several armed bandits through targeted air operations.

He disclosed that Air platforms had earlier conducted armed reconnaissance around Anaba village during which the crew observed houses on fire and locals migrating to nearby settlements.

He explains further that many bandits on motorcycles were neutralised by troops at Kankomi village and neighbouring communities as well as

Kuyanbana forest while many of them escaped with bullet wound.

The security agencies however appeal to the communities to report anyone found with suspicious bullet wounds to the Security Operations Room.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the incidents and has sent his condolences to the families of all those killed in the attacks, while offering prayers for the repose of their souls. He also wishes the injured a quick recovery.

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Senate okays Bawa as new EFCC boss




The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Bawa’s confirmation comes shortly after he appeared before the red chamber for his screening.

The new EFCC Chief was accompanied into the Senate Chambers by his family members and political associates.

The forty-year-old certified fraud examiner and anti-money laundering expert, as reliably gathered, has worked with the commission  for 16 years.

During his screening, he assured the lawmakers of his commitment to repositioning the commission by ensuring that the EFCC is in a better place before his tenure expires.

Bawa disclosed that he will work with strategic partners around the world to see that Nigeria benefits from the repatriation of assets stolen from her coffers.

“The EFCC will achieve its independent objective by sharing information with its partners”, he said.

The EFCC boss also promised that at the end of his tenure, the commission will be a better place than he met it, noting that his training by the FBI and the National Crime Agency of the United States and the United Kingdom respectively will come in handy. 

Responding to questions regarding what he will do differently from his predecessors, Mr. Bawa said he will reposition the commission by ensuring that it strengthens its standard operating procedures and improve on them.

He also stated that there will be more transparency and accountability.

While acknowledging that the EFFC has issues with the management of assets, the EFCC boss said he will embark on the digitization of the offices for proper record keeping.

He further noted that the constitution will guide his actions as EFCC Chairman.

He will be taking over from Mohammed Umar, who has been in an acting capacity since July 2020 after the suspension of Ibrahim Magu over allegations of gross misconduct.

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