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Widows’ Day: CBA Foundation empowers widows in Lagos

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Cross section of beneficiaries at the empowerment programme organised by the Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation in commemoration of the United Nations International Widows Day for under-privileged widows in Okun-Ilado community, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State …on Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation, a non-governmental organization, has empowered widows within Okun-Ilado community of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.

 

The under-privileged widows, numbering over 100 were lifted with business grants, food-items, clothings, scholarships for their children and free medical treatments.

 

According to the organization, the one-day outreach supported by First Bank of Nigeria, is in commemoration of the 2019 United Nations’ International Widows’ Day.

Speaking at the event, the founder of the foundation, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akingbade, said that the gesture was imperative to assist the pitiable conditions of widows and less-privileged in the society as well as  boosting their confidence.

 

“The foundation was established to alleviate sufferings and pains of the less-privileged, especially widows and their children in the society.

“And I decided to do this because I’m led by God and also, I’ve watched closely, listened to some of the victims of widowhood and I realised that less attention is paid to under-privileged widows. I have friends who are victims and I can tell you, the dehumanization and injustice meted to widows in the country is  unimaginable, hence, I decided to contribute  my little quota as a selfless act to alleviate their pains.

 

“As I speak, we currently have over 600 authentic widows on our profile, and the children of about 90 per cent of them have dropped out of school because of lack of funds.  So, even if it’s the basic education we are able to give to them, they can build on it. We don’t want children who should be in schools on the streets  because their mothers cannot afford school fees. Who knows if the future president is among them? Every child should have access to education and a good life and that is what CBA Foundation intends to achieve.

 

“To change our society and make the world a better place, we must love, give and share no matter how small.”

 

She further called on the government to implement and enforce the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP) which has the protection of widows in the country, stressing that the government needs to create more awareness about the act for widows to know their rights and also for people to thred with caution.

 

The traditional ruler (Baale) of the Okun-Ilado community, Chief Ologbon Oladeyinde, speaking with joy, noted that the gesture would go a long way in  salvaging the wretched situation of widows in the community as poverty, hunger and malnutrition are a great threat to their livelihood.

 

One of beneficiaries, Mrs Yaya Taiwo while expressing her gratitude to the foundation said she was overwhelmed by the gesture of the foundation as it has given her life a meaning.

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Award of Excellence: Eze declines nomination

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…Cites need to give more devotion to ‘the struggle’

A vocal good governance advocate in the Niger Delta, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has declined accepting the Oil City Advancement Awards 2019, citing personal reasons.

Eze, according to the organisers of the awards, had been nominated due to his “immense contributions towards humanity and service towards ensuring peace, development and advancement of the Niger Delta region”.

However, responding to the award offer, Eze, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an opinion moulder in the oil-rich region, said he had to turn the offer of award down for now so he could work more dedicatedly and become more worthy of the honour in future, even as he expressed gratitude to the award organisers.

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According to him, he had not achieved his actual mission in the region, which he said is to ensure the total enthronement of genuine democracy, through the election of APC government in the entire region, adding that until he achieves thist, he would not consider himself as being ready to accept an award for his inputs to what Niger Delta region is at the moment.

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He also reassured the people of the region that he will not relent in his struggle to ensure that the region benefits from what is due to her in the politics of Nigeria being the main source of the wealth of Nigeria.

“I will beg to decline accepting this prestigious award at this time for reasons surrounding my devotion and the need to give more of my time to ensuring that the people of the region get a deserving good governance”, he said.

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25 year old Orphan stranded in LUTH, three months after surgery

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A 25-year-old Nigerian orphan, Adeniyi Onalaja, a generator repairer, has been in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos in the last three months after undergoing surgery in his stomach. His ordeal started when he was experiencing pain in his stomach and the journey began from a hospital at Agbowa, Ikorodu and he was eventually referred to LUTH on April 4, 2019.

Upon medical examination, he was advised to go for a CT-Scan and this showed that a tumor was growing in his stomach and he was scheduled for emergency surgery on April 10, 2019, after signing an undertaking that funds will be made available. Afterward, there was a little complication that made him undergo another surgery because he could neither sleep nor eat on April 23, 2019. He has since been a resident of Ward E6 in the hospital.

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According to Onalaja, who hails from Ijebu-Ode, his father passed in 2006 and his mother died not more than a month ago. He is currently owing the hospital about Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000) only which are the expenses incurred from the surgery, admission, laundry, and drugs from the pharmacy.

The orphan said he is currently living on the remnants of other patients on admission in the Ward because he has nobody catering for him. He expressed his readiness to fend for himself through his generator repairing skills if he has the opportunity to leave the hospital.

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He is appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to please help me out of his travail. Adeniyi Onalaja can be reached on 08165635903 and financial assistance will be appreciated, payment can be made into his Sister’s bank account- Bassey Rukayat Aduke, 3107620191, First Bank.

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BUSTED: Imo State Government Recover Mansion Ex-Governor Okorocha Gave To His Ethiopian Girlfriend [VIDEO]

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A video trending online shows the moment Imo State Recovery of Moveable Assets Committee stormed a property belonging to the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha in Imo State.

A voice as heard in the video clip claim the former governor gifted the house to his Ethiopian girlfriend and she has been evacuated from the premises.

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Various items along with the lady’s undies were seen littered over the place.

According to Information Nigeria, the recovery team was led by Governor Emeka Ihedioha, who visited the place, with men of the Nigeria Police.

 

You will recall that officials of the State Government Committee on Recovery of Government Property, have broken into the sealed premises of Nneoma Okorocha, wife of former Imo state governor in search of stolen property.

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