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Hoodlums Attack FCTA Taskforce in Gwarimpa, Injures Military Personnel

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

Thugs yesterday attacked the Federal Capital Territory Administration Taskforce, in Gwarimpa, injuring a military officer.

Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, said the attackers were obviously angry that the team returned to enforce urban and regional environmental laws in some illegal markets that were removed few weeks ago.

The mob on sighting the taskforce team, descended heavily on them with stones, chanting “kill and go, kill and go”, while throwing stones.

They were however, dispersed when armed security operatives advanced towards them, shooting tear gas canisters.

Attah noted that returning to the place was to completely check the criminal activities of the displaced hoodlums who have increased their nefarious operations since the shanties where they hid in were removed.

He confirmed that even an expatriate lady who lives around the area had raised the alarm over the increasing robberies by the hoodlums, who often scale the perimeter fence into her compound.

“We are already used to attack from hoodlums, it is part of the price we pay cleaning the city. We discovered that the people had returned to the illegal markets, we had earlier on removed, converting the place to umbrella market.

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“The Abuja Environmental Protection Board enforcement team who went in first to remove the illegal shanties that were rebuilt were attacked, alongside the military personnel.

“One officer was badly injured, but we are not stopping the operation, we will continue with our routine clean up around the city, Mpape, and Iddo. No place that need cleanup is close ended, but open ended.

Also speaking, the Secretary, FCT Command and Control, Peter Olumuji, explained that the removal of illegal shanties at 37th Road in the same Gwarimpa was a response to the distressed calls from legal occupants who complained of incessant security breaches in the area.

He added that intelligence report showed that illegal drug dealers and criminal suspects have infiltrated the slum.

“This place is behind 37th Road in Gwarimpa, we got information that illegal drug dealers and other criminal elements that operate around Gwarimpa, return to hibernate here in these shanties,” Olumuji noted.

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UNILAG Waterfront Needs Adequate Shoreline Protection – VC

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The University of Lagos’s waterfront is in need of urgent adequate shoreline protection as its ageing perimeter fence has collapsed, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said yesterday,

Ogundipe made the disclosure in an interview with the NewsMen in Lagos.

“The rains that Lagos and its environs have experienced possibly due to the impact of climate change and subsequent higher-than-normal discharge of the rivers emptying into the lagoon, possibly led to the collapse of the already aging perimeter fence and embankment with imminent security issues and attendant ecological perturbations.

“In the morning of yesterday, Oct. 19, the chief security officer of the university called my attention to the sad development.

“We quickly rushed there to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the collapsed perimeter fence on the waterfront.

Ogundipe appealed to the Federal Government to urgently come to the aid of the university in that regard.

“We need reconstruction of the embankment,” he pleaded,” he told Reporters.

According to the vice-chancellor, the waterfront of the university is subjected to wave actions and coastal erosion which are associated with risks of land loss, damage to coastal infrastructure and flooding.

He said that the university had maintained an embankment on the shoreline and waterfront serving as perimeter fencing and ensuring that coastal erosion and occasional flooding were addressed.

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“The Lagos lagoon is part of the lagoon complex which comprises a  network  of  nine  lagoons namely: Yewa,  Ologe,  Badagry,  Iyagbe,  Lagos,  Kuramo,  Epe,  Lekki,  and  Mahin, stretching from the Republic of Benin.

 “It lies behind the barrier beach and extends for 210km along the coast.

“The Lagos Lagoon is, on the average, about two to four metres in depth, but it is 10 metres deep at the entrance at the Commodore Channel around the Lagos Harbor, which empties the lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean,” he noted.

He added that the Lagos lagoon was bound in the south by the five cowries creeks, in the   Eastern   flank   by   the   Palavar   Islands, the northern end by   Ikorodu, and on the western border, by mainland communities.

Ogundipe said that the Lagos lagoon waterfront with usefulness as a tourism resource is considered a major artery in the water transportation architecture of Lagos metropolis.

“In this light, the university of Lagos waterfront has already been earmarked for construction of a jetty by the Lagos State Government under the leadership of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“The lagoon is flanked by tidal wetlands and swamps.

“This comprises of the waterfront, known as university of Lagos Waterfront, shorelines of Ilaje-Bariga and shorelines of Makoko community,” Ogundipe said. (NAN)

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Foundation Donates N6m to Children with Cancer in FCT

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Okapi Children Cancer Foundation on Tuesday donated N6 million to children fighting cancer in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The Chief Volunteer and Founder of the foundation, Ms Kemi Adekanye, said the gesture was part of their annual events.

She stated that the gesture is to support children fighting cancer at the National Hospital, Abuja, and the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada.

Adekanye decried the high costs of treating and managing childhood cancer in the country.

She however urged government and other philanthropists to support the patients and families, which will increase the chances of survival for them.

“The organisation had since its inception in 2017 donated over N14.8 million to support the children.

“We have been able to render support to these children, to reduce the costs of treatment, as well as provide emotional support and job opportunities for some of their parents.

“A lot of these children commence treatment and abandon it midway, because of the high costs of treatment and other care,” she said.

She therefore called for more awareness and enlightenment on childhood cancer.

This, she noted, would garner more support and initiation of policies to help manage the disease.

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Consultant Paedetric Oncologist, UATH, Dr Uduak Offiong, while commending the Foundation, said the donation would support parents whose children are fighting cancer, especially in accessing blood platelets.

According to her, many children abandon cancer treatment due to financial constraints.

She therefore appealed to the government to subsidise the costs of treating childhood cancer.

Offiong also urged that cancer should be included in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for less privileged families to access treatment.

Similarly, Dr Oyesakin Adewunmi, the Head of Unit, Paedetric Oncology, National Hospital, Abuja, represented by Dr Patricia Igoch, called for more support and attention to be given to childhood cancer.

On his part, the President, Nigeria Cancer Society, Dr Adamu Umar, decried the lack of awareness and neglect of childhood cancer in the country.

Umar also called on the federal government to include it in the NHIS, while funds should be allocated for its management.

A Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Dr Margaret Olokpo, called for more emotional support to both the children suffering from cancer and their parents.

One of the benefiting parents, Mrs Titilayo Adewunmi, commended the organisation for their unwavering support to them in caring, managing and treating their children fighting cancer.

The organisation recently held a walk and Zoom meeting to educate the public on signs, symptoms and appropriate treatment for childhood cancer in the FCT. (NAN)

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Aisha Buhari Hosts Turkish First Lady, Lauds Nigeria-Turkey Relations

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Mrs Buhari was speaking when she received the Turkish first lady at the side-line of a bilateral meeting between Nigeria`s President Muhammadu Buhari and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at the State House, Abuja.

“I really appreciate Mrs Erdogan for the visit and this will go alone way in strengthening the relationship between my pet project, Aisha Buhari Foundation and her Foundation.

She reaffirmed her commitment to supporting the girl-child education and the less privileged, especially children in the Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDPs).

Mrs Buhari said the visit availed them the opportunity to strengthen their existing relations with a view to finding solutions to the incessant cases of domestic violence, women’s rights and child abuse.

The two first ladies, who met behind closed-doors, expressed their desire to strengthen relationship to secure the future of Nigerian women and children through their individual foundation(NAN)

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