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In The Wake Of Early Rains: Mixed Grill As Nigerians Recount Experiences




***Clogged Drains, Snarled-up Traffic Everywhere 

Lukmon Akintola and Oyinkan Somorin


The early rains hold different promises for various people.

For farmers, it’s a dream come true. However, for other people in none-Agro related businesses, it might be a curse.

For those who reside around coastal areas or swamps, it is definitely a big curse.

Annually, the downpour differs. While it is high in some years, it can be low at other times.

In 2018, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), declared 12 states along the River Niger and Benue as worst affected by flood disaster. According to NEMA, several casualties were recorded in numerous Nigerian states following heavy rains that caused the Rivers Niger and Benue to overflow.

As a result, villages like Joinkrama Area 1 to 4, in Engenni kingdom, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, were completely wiped out when the river overflowed its bank and destroyed the village.

At a point, residents of the village had to be evacuated in a bid to avoid loss of lives.

The Director-General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja made this disclosure when his agency hosted the monthly meeting of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA).

According to him, the most affected states included Benue, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Anambra, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Adamawa, Kwara, Kebbi and Taraba.

With 2019, commencing and the rains already here, people are questioning what it has in store.

Known to normally start in April or May, there are no specifics to what the skies can do, especially with Lagos and other southern states already witnessing heavy downpour.

On Sunday, January 20, Lagos and surrounding south-west states welcomed the first rain for the year 2019.

The rain of that Sunday meant diverse things to many people. While some people were happy for the rain translating it to signs of a year that promises plenty in harvest and reduced food prices, others were not so happy about it, as flood was the order of the day.

While it had been raining before then, the rain was much more than had ever been witnessed in January in a long time.

In Lagos State, metropolis such as PEN Cinema, Berger, Ojota, Ikeja, Maryland, Iyana Oworo among others, were locked down for hours with road users unable to ply the highway which had been taken over by water from the heavy downpour leading to very slow vehicular movement.

Reacting to the slow movement of vehicles, arising as a result of the rain of Monday, January 21, Mr. Segun Yekini, a trader in PEN Cinema, a commercial area in Lagos State stated that it was a terrible experience.

“On Monday evening while going home, I was tempted to stay back at my shop just to witness the traffic jam. Everywhere was flooded with dirty water and there was a crowd of people at the bus stop. I didn’t like my experience at all as I wished I had somewhere to stay because when I eventually found a bike to take me home I got home very late. That day was just too bad. I eventually got home about 12 a.m. the following day,” Yekini said.

“I was on my way to Lagos Island and a journey of 25 minutes became one of three hours. I went from the popular Lagos Toll Gate and tried using Ojota. On finding out that it was blocked, I had to link back to Oregun and try the third mainland bridge, but that was a much worse case, as I couldn’t get anywhere. A four-lane road was automatically reduced to one causing a lot of traffic. For hours, we were on the same spot; there was nothing we could do because no one could dare take their vehicle into the water. It was a sad experience,” said Akinjobi Michael, another witness who spoke with Saturday INDEPENDENT at Oregun.

The heavy downpour wasn’t peculiar with Lagos State, as others also had their fair share. Calabar, the Cross River State capital witnessed its first rain of the year on Monday, January 7.

The rain, which started at about 1.30am, fell steadily for almost two hours.

According to a veteran banker, with passionate skill in climate change, resident in Calabar, Joseph Akpan, the early rain was a sign of good blessings from God.

“I have lived in Calabar all my life and when you talk about rain and its antecedents, Cross River State is symbolic. This year, I want to believe that the early rain is a sign of blessing. It shows that good things will come our way this year because I am already experiencing it,” he said.

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For residents of Oyo State, the rain lasted for one hour and 25 minutes and washed the refuse-littered open drainage in the town clean on Thursday, January 24.

For the people of the ancient town, the rain brought relief to the people who had been experiencing hot weather since the commencement of the dry season.

Ogun State was not exempted from the torrential rainfall that almost jeopardised the day’s business activities.

Areas such as Itele, Lafenwa, Aiyetoro, and Otta witnessed the unearthing of refuse buried in hitherto dry gutters that had served as storage for waste materials before the coming of the rain.

“It’s always bad anytime it rains because of the refuse that is always scattered all over the roads. There is a full dumpsite at Lanfenwa Bus-Stop. Anytime it rains, the area is always stinking; people find it difficult to breathe. I hope something is done about it soon because the environment is not conducive for one’s health at all,” said Henry Obianor, a middle-aged business mogul at Lafenwa.

On Sunday, January 20, some parts of Enugu State also recorded heavy downpour, bringing relief to residents who had been suffering from the scorching heat. The rain, which started at about 7:15 p.m., lasted for about 30 minutes, however, it was huge. Without warning, the rains started dropping forcing residents into a desperate bid to secure belongings kept in the open. Achara Layout, Uwani Area, Independent Layout and Agbani Road were among the areas that experienced the rain and a disruption of their night-life.

While the rain might have brought succor to some people, it wasn’t a good one for the family of 23-year old late Miss Chukwusom Nwoko, a resident of Onitsha, Anambra State whose corpse has now been deposited at Borromeo Catholic Mission Hospital morgue after drowning as a result of falling in a deep gutter which was full due to the rain.

Reports have it that the deceased lost her life following heavy rain in the commercial city.

Miss Nwoko was returning home after the day’s business with two other colleagues of hers when the rain started.

A resident of the area said that to avoid the rain they quickly rushed into a nearby shop within Ochanja market round-about.

According to the eye witness, “few minutes after, the owner of the shop asked them to leave his shop, claiming he wanted to shut it as it was getting late.

“The girls pleaded with him to allow them to stay a little as it was still raining heavily, but the man ignored them and was busy locking up his shop.

“The man raised the plank while Miss Nwoko was on it and she fell into the deep gutter filled up because of the heavy downpour.

“On seeing that she has drowned, he briskly shut his shop and ran away before sympathisers and on-lookers who defied the rain to rescue the girl rushed to the scene,” the eye witness added.

Expressing fears, as the rains begin, many have been asking for government’s intervention in areas of drainage system, channeling of gutters and canals to avert similar flooding experience in 2018.

Typical of early rains, it comes with a lot of dirt. Over the year, this has been a problem in a lot of Nigerian states, as the drainage systems are nothing to write home about.

Abuja, despite being the capital city of Nigeria is not left out, as Suleja, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) also witnessed flood and drainage related issues.

In an interview with Saturday INDEPENDENT, a lawyer, Mrs. Ajibola Williams revealed the challenges of a community without a proper drainage system, as she claimed that it is an unpalatable fate she has had to endure for years.

Blaming blocked drainages and the dirty environment of Lagos State on improper disposal of waste and the cancellation of the monthly environmental sanitation, she said she wished the government could go back to the days when it bans some products made with nylon such as pure water.

According to her, “there was a time when pure water was banned because nylons were always littering everywhere and the buses usually have dustbins in their buses, but that is not the case now, as everything is now dumped on the streets.”

 Speaking on how the lackadaisical attitude of people has also caused serious littering in the state, she said: “People don’t care anymore about their environment. They just eat and drink whatever they like and dump the paper or nylon on the streets. It’s sad. We are not helping ourselves in Nigeria if we can not obey simple instructions. Even on the carton of some food items that we eat, we see the words ‘dispose of responsibly, keep the environment clean,’ but that is not the case with Nigerians, as we like doing things by force. I just wish the government would go back to that time when Nigerians would be forced to abide by the rules of keeping their environment clean.”

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Speaking on blocked gutters and drainages, Mrs. Chibueze Okeke, a community leader in Akinyerin Street, Itele, Ogun State said the residents have not really been impressed at the way the state government has been handling issues pertaining to drainage.

According to her, anytime it rains, it’s a different ball game entirely as debris from the canals in the area overflow into the streets despite the gutter the community dug to prevent this.

“I won’t say that the government is not working but if you look at the gutters and canals in the area when it rains, nobody would tell you if they are working or not, judging at the rate the drainage are jam-packed with solid wastes. This is when rain falls normally not the heavy downpour, so imagine how it would look like when it’s a heavy downpour. It wasn’t funny. At a point last year when we had consistent rain, refuse were everywhere, and it was out of control, though the refuse was later packed away, but what about the ones in the drainages, have they been packed away? The government shouldn’t just concentrate on refuse on the streets or road alone. They should please also try to look at the small gutters that lead to the major canal. If they can be handled, then there won’t be many issues with the bigger ones.”

Mrs. Akinjobi Sarah (not real name), a civil servant in one of the government parastatals admonished people throwing refuse into the canal asking what Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), is doing about it. “Government stopped environmental sanitation; no problem but what is the government doing to ensure that people keep their environment clean in each local government? What I don’t understand is people blaming the government for not performing their duties when we, in fact, are the ones harming ourselves. I see people throw refuse into the canal and when one asks them why they did it, they would turn it into an insult asking if I own the canal. Majority of the canals in Lagos State stinks with refuse and human waste, but what is LASESC that is in charge of environmental sanitation doing? Nothing, they are just folding their arms and crossing their legs in the office,” she said.

Explaining that the government is on top of the situation and that the waste seeing in Lagos will soon be a thing of the past, Adeniyi Omoba, a top management staff of  LAWMA designated to cover the Agege axis said the agency is fully prepared for the rains as they are going from house to house to dispose refuse.

According to him, “this year, LAWMA has plans to take care of the house-to-house waste and some refuse on the roads within the local government. Also, dumpsites are already in order to serve the people on multiple bases. As for the drainages, this has to do with me and you and how we take care of our environment. For example, in my area, there is no government drainage there but we don’t have issues of flooding there. Anyway, in some area in Agege, I will say some drainages have been channeled and the networking done very well. Unfortunately, some people are funny in nature as they prefer to dump their refuse into the drainage to block it, forgetting that it will still come back to haunt them. They have forgotten that when there is flood it would disturb them and other people living around that area.”

Advising people to dispose of their wastes properly, Omoba said that it will go a long way in preventing the blockage of drainages and in the long run, reduce flooding.

While a lot of people are yet to be familiar with the weather and rain advise of NIMET for 2019, it appears this year will see a lot of rains and its related challenges.

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ECOBA Lagos Present Prizes and Awards to deserving Students of Edo College



The Lagos branch of Edo College old boys Association, ECOBA has presented nineteen prizes and awards to deserving students and teachers of Edo College, Benin City at the 2019 graduation and prize-giving ceremony of the institution.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for one hundred and forty-three students, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Isaac Ehiozuwa, Edo state Head of Service commended the staff of the school for maintaining the excellent standard of the school.

According to the Head of Service, who was represented by Mr. Edwin Oaikhena Edionweme, a director of administration and supplies, a lot has been done by the school authorities, but a lot still needs to be done.

He advised the staff to continue to ensure that the right discipline is inculcated in the students which would bring joy to every parent.

“We are all aware of the steps the Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has been taking in the education sector. It is therefore good to key into the mission and vision of this administration,” he added.

The National President of ECOBA, Dr. Reuben Osahon who thanked the old boys of the school for their numerous contributions to the development of their Alma-Mata enjoined the new graduands to find the nearest branch wherever they find themselves and join the association.

“The law states that after two years of graduation from the school without being expelled you are qualified. If you have benefited from the institution, it is your responsibility to contribute your quota to the development of the school that is 82 years old,” he noted.

During the presentation of prizes and awards from the Lagos branch, the ECOBA National President gave the best mathematics SS3 student award to Efosa Illoware Eghenayamose, sponsored by Senator David Dafinone Foundation; The best English Language SS3 award sponsored by Mr. Sunday Airrue Uaboi to Odiase O. Micheal; the best SS3 Economics award sponsored by Senator David Dafinone Foundation to Elaigwu Augustine Ugbede-Ojo; The best Accounts SS3 award sponsored by Senator David Dafinone Foundation to Izekor Jefferson and the best SS3 Physics award sponsored by Engr Edward E. Iyamu to Emina Attah Emeka.

The Benin branch chairman. Barrister Peter Oibor made the presentation to the best Fine Arts SS3 award sponsored by Micheal I. Omo Osagie to Elaigwu Augustine Ugbede-Ojo; the best Agric Science SS3 award sponsored by Osazenaye Osarenkhoe to Ofuase Kikachukwu Oluwatimilehin; the best Biology SS3 award sponsored by Mrs. Hilda Gregory (AKA Edede Edo College) to Oghagbon Osasenaga; the best Geography SS3 award sponsored by Omaha Endowment Fund to Ikilo Eghosasere Evidence and the best sport person SS3 award sponsored by Uyi Akpata to Isreal Edosomwan.

Other awards presented by the ECOBA Benin branch Chairman were the best mathematics SS2 award sponsored by AVM Joe Ehigie (Rtd) to Iyase Eghosa; the best Athletics SS2 award sponsored by Madam Ofure Akpata to Egharevba Blossom; the best mathematics JS3 award sponsored by Godwin Ize-Iyamu to Agas Eseoghene David; the best English Language JS3 award sponsored by Mrs. Omokhuwe Alegeh to Aiwehoe Osayuki Gabriel; the Best French JS3 award sponsored by Amb. Vincent Okobi went to Abiodun-Mudasiru Moyosola Marcel while the Best JS1 French Class award went to JS1c and the Best teacher in Geography award sponsored by Omaha Endowment Fund went to Mr. Aghedo B.O.

Other awards presented by the representative of the Head of Service include the outstanding teacher in English to Mrs. Theresa Ehigie, the best N-power outstanding award to Evance Erhabor and the principal of the school, Mr. Samuel Ogbebor also presented the principal award to ECOBA for their contribution to the overall development of Edo College.

“The laudable contributions of ECOBA to the overall development of Edo College cannot be over-emphasized. The old boys have played key roles in activating the core values of the college, its physical environment inclusive, management is extremely grateful to the class set of 92 that built and commissioned a basketball court. By so doing, they have revived the spirit of sportsmanship amongst students,” he added. 

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IGP Must Read This: Shocking Details Of How Police Allegely Manipulated Rape Victim




A 19 year old lady simply identified as Oyindamola, was allegedly drugged and gang raped by her boyfriend and his friends at a party in the Alagbado area in Lagos state on June 30th.


The older sister of the victim, Mrs Afolabi, in an exclusive interview with LIB, said the victim who was a virgin, was invited to a birthday party by her boyfriend, Roy Arinze, who drugged her, took her away from the party while she was unconcious and raped her alongside two of his friends.


On the 30th of June, my sister Oyindamola went for a birthday party with one of her best friend called Roy Arinze. Arround 6pm, Roy invited her to a birthday party which was celebrated by one of his brothers. On getting to the party, Roy brought beer for my sister to drink  and she had never taken beer before. He begged her to drink it so she collected it from him and she drank it. After taking the alcohol, she said she doesn’t know what is happening to her. The next thing, she found herslef in Roy’s house.  Roy took her to his house. She was unconcious. When she woke up, she saw three guys packing blood. She was like what is going on here? What happened. Roy responded that he just fingered her.  She was like you just fingered me and I am seeing three guys packing blood. Roy responded that they came to her rescue.


She said she wants to start going home. She woke up around 9.30pm. During that period, she had switched off her phone. We have been looking for her.  They asked her to sleep over but she said no that she cannot wait that she has to go back home. They put her to a bike and she went home.

When my sister got home, she went straight to bed. She did not inform anybody. The next day, my mum went out and she called me to say she wasn’t feeling alright. She said she was feeling pains in her vagina. I asked her what happened and she told me that she went to her boyfriend’s place yesterday and that he told her that he fingered her and that since then, she hasn’t been feeling okay. I was thinking maybe normal tears, maybe the guy slept with her and disvirgined her and she had a few tears. I called a nurse who told me she can take Ampiclox and then sit on warm water.


Oyindamola was in so much pain that she couldn’t walk. So she wanted to go and buy the drugs which is Ampiclox. On getting to the pharmacy which was in our neighboorhood, the pharmacist saw the way she was walking and was like what happened to you Oyindamola? She responded that she is having pains all over her body and that she wants to buy drugs. The pharmacist was like you are having body pains and you want to buy Ampiclox? The pharmacist forced her to come closer to see what was happening down. She bent and opened her vagina for the pharmacist.

The pharmacist was shocked and was very suprised. She directed her to    Fumbi Medical Center hospital in our area. She went there and she was admitted. Because my mum wasn’t around and I wasn’t around as well, , she called Roy to tell him she was in the hospital.  The guy came down to the hospital. The doctor asked them to pay N38, 000 to stitch it for my sister. I think the doctor did not know it was something big.


Later on,  my mum got in touch with her and asked her ”where are you?’. She said she was in the hospital. When she got to the hospital, my mum was very surpised. She rushed down to the police station  on AIT Alagbado to report. She got there and at the counter, met a female police officer who accompanied her to get Roy arrested.

On getting there, they saw Roy and the doctor discussing. Roy was promising the doctor that he will pay extra N25, 000 to take care of Oyindamola as well as beg our mother on his behalf.

Roy was immediately arrested and taken to the police station. When they got there, the policemen were asking my mum to pay N5000 to open file, another N5000 for transport and another N5000.  They were just asking her for money. She was like money for what? Is it a crime for me to come and tell you that something happened to me and you can’t come to my rescue? (sic)  The police woman told my mum if she cannot pay the money, then she should forget about the case. My mum was surprised and was like why would she say such a thing? She left for home and returned with N5000 which was all she could gather. Before she returned to the police station, I think the police woman and Roy had discussed. Roy asked her to please help him beg my mum  and that he is going to settle the woman.


The police woman told my mum that she come so they can settle the matter because she knows she doesn’t have money. She told my mum that if they go to court, she would lose because she doesn’t have money.  She was like you don’t have money to pay N5000 for  transport. My Mum was like why would she say such a thing. She told my mum that she should provide the remaining money asked for as soon as possible otherwise she would release the suspect, Roy.

My mum did not have much with her. She rushed down to the church and called upon the brethren that they should please come to her aid. My mum and the church members visited the police station on Wednesday July 2nd. They went straight to the DPO’s office as the female police officer was not on sit. The DPO wasn’t aware of what was even happening. The DPO said he was not even aware wasn’t even in the cell.


He begged my mum and church members.  Some people hinted us that we should call humanright activists that they are ready to fight for us and can take up the issue. We got their number and called them that same Wednesday. We called and Mrs Fola from Ikeja spoke to us. She came on Thursday July 3rd. She met my sister in the Hospital and asked her questions. She also met with doctor. The doctor told Mrs Fola he did not see any sign of penetration and that he doesn’t understand the case and that she should just take it easy.

Mrs Fola then said no that she will not take it easy and that it must be charged to court. That Thursday, the doctor gave us a bill of N55, 000 and asked us to go and pay. My sister all through this period couldn’t urinate by herself. They had to pass a pipe through her body. Unfortuately we don’t have much, we are very rich. We didn’t have much with us. We tried to run helter skelter to raise the money. We didn’t have much because my dad has not been feeling fine for a very long time. He cannot walk. We have been spending much on my dad. This Oyinda own coming suddenly made us weak.

Before then, Roy’s family members have been coming down to the hospital, begging us that we should settle this matter because they are Igbo, we we are Yoruba (sic).  They said they will pick up the bill and that they will give  us some amount of money and that anything we want we should ask for. I personally said no because  this guy is not telling us the truth because after he injured my sister, he cleaned her blood with his clothes and white handkerchief. We even asked for the clothes he used to clean her blood but he said he had burnt it. We don’t even know what he used the blood to do.


The police just put him in their custody. They did not question him nor ask him We were also surprised because my sister said they were three when she openned her eyes. They left the remaining two guys. They did not interrogate them.” she said


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Speaking further, Mrs Afolabi said the Humanright activisit insisted that Oyinda must be examined at the Mirabel Medical center within seven days as the test will not be able to detect anything after seven days.

On Saturday July 6th, the humanrights activist came to take Oyindamola for the test but the doctor denied her access because we had not paid the hospital bill. The doctor said she cannot release Oyindamola unless the hospital bill is paid. We pleaded that she should just allow Oyindamola to go for the test and come back to the hospital. We were like we will try and go to church on Sunday and gather something. The doctor refused.  Thank God for Mrs Fola. , she spoke with the doctor who pledged to ensure Oyindamola returns to the hospital.

At the end of the day, Mrs Fola left with Oyindamola and my brother to Mirabel for the test. Me and my mum we were there at the hospital. They brought her back to the hospital. On Sunday we got to church and  we were not able to gather anything. We were just tired. Later we agreed that Roy’s family should pay the money because it is their responsibility because they are the ones that caused everything. They paid the bill and we went home.


On Monday  July 8th, I went to the police station to find out what is happening and they said they have not made any arrest because they have not seen any evidence. They asked me to take a sheet of paper to Mirabel to collect the result. On Tuesday July 9th, we went down to Mirabel.


On that Saturday when they went for the test in Mirabel, they met with one Dr who enlightened Mrs Fola that it was a gang rape. He said from what he saw, it was a gang rape. He said the result will come out in 7 days. He said they raped her through her vagina and through her anus . The doctor was so sad.


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According to Mrs Afolabi, on Monday July 15th, the police called for a meeting between her family and Roy’s family members. On getting to the station, Oyindamola and her mother were shocked to see Roy arrriving the police station on a motorbike. They never knew the police had released Roy. A few minutes later, the police informed them that the meeting had been postponed to the next day.  Oyindamola accused the police officer of wasting her time as she was meant to be at the Mirabel medical center for further treatment but had to cancel it because of the meeting.


Mrs Afolabi said that to her family’s suprise, the police officer accused Oyindamola of being rude and locked her up in the cell. She said the police threatened her mum that she will also be locked up if she isn’t careful.  She was detained in the cell till the next day July 16th.


In the night, the policemen were interrogating her again. They told her that when they get to court, she should tell them that she was not sleeping when Roy was having sex with her. They were collecting another statement from her again.  They did not give her food or medication.

The next day, my mummy came and they said they want to go to court because they have collected another statement. They said they were going to court that morning which was yesterday. She called me and I was surprised. I was angry because the police decided to go to court now after forcing my sister to make another statement. The police officers collected my mum’s phone so she could not be able to talk to me, forced her into a vehicle with Oyindamola and they drove to the court” she said

Mrs Afolabi said Roy was in the court and his lawyers asked the court to grant him bail.


The Magistrate court adjourned the case to September 26th.


Mrs Afolabi says all her family is demanding is justice for her sister, Oyindamola.


Culled: Linda Ikeji

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GTBank Holds 9th Annual Autism Conference July 30th – 31st



For the ninth year in a row, Africa’s foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in Autism for two days of critical discourse on supporting children and adults living with Autism in Africa. Organized as part of the GTBank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative, the Annual Autism Conference, will hold on the 30th and 31st of July 2019 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Themed, “Autism: Transitions, Vocational skills and The Role of Technology,” the Annual Autism Conference will bring to the fore the challenges facing children living with Autism as they grow into adulthood. The conference will feature presentations and keynote addresses on how to empower children and adults living with Autism to reach their full potential. Some of the facilitators include Dr. Loretta Burns, a leading expert in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and the founder of ABE International Clinic; Dr. Tisa Hooper-Johnson, the Medical Director of the HFHS Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), USA; Janette Washington, a speech-language pathologist with nearly a decade of experience working with children living with autism and other special needs; and Ivie Emokpae, a qualified special needs coordinator from the Institute of Education London.

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Following the Autism conference will be free one-on-one consultations for children with Autism and other developmental challenges, as well as counselling for parents and guardians.

There will also be sessions for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. These sessions will hold from Thursday August 1st to Tuesday August 6th, 2019 at Digital Village, Alausa, Lagos.

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Commenting on the 9th Annual Autism Awareness Conference, Segun Agbaje, the Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “Children and adults living with autism often lack the support and vocational training that they need to develop critical life skills for leading independent and productive lives. As an organization that is passionate about uplifting the most vulnerable in our society, we will continue to empower people living with autism with all the support and resources that they need to reach their full potential.”

Guaranty Trust Bank plc is a Nigerian financial institution that has maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990.

The Bank actively supports numerous programmes across Africa that positively affect Infant and Maternal Healthcare, Education, the Arts, Community Development and the Environment.

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