Govt should design policy for mental health – Oma Anona

Marilyn Oma Anona is a young Nigerian TV host who illustrates that starting from the scratch is not a myth. Apart from a mental health therapist, she is also a multimedia and social entrepreneur, coach/counsellor,  writer, public speaker, master of ceremonies, event host and the host/producer of the phenomenal TV talk show “Oma Living Show” that runs online     What brought about the ideal of the NGO? As the first child out of seven children, the goal was for me to study medicine and surgery at the university being…

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When Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat’s wives cleaned Lagos drainages

It can only be passion and commitment that will make the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) kick-off activities to herald the 19th National Women Conference in Lagos. This, they did with cleaning of drains and visiting patients in critical health conditions. Muritala Ayinla reports     “I am not going to be talking about medicine alone. It is going to be political-medicine, diagnosing the society and trying to take it to the next level. Lagosians shouldn’t be surprised seeing a First Lady cleaning the gutter or sweeping the…

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Activists task govts on justice for Ochanya, child abuse

Considering the high rate of sexual abuse being perpetuated against minors in the country, the Executive Director of Media Concern Initiative (MEDIACON), Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode has urged the three tiers of government, to address the menace, especially the case of Ochanya Ogbaje, 13 that lost her life to sexual violence in Benue State last year. She made the call during a child protection workshop organised by the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Lagos recently. The workshop, which brought together civil society…

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Providing safe spaces for adolescent girls’ health

Nigeria will move closer to achieving major targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by assuring adolescent girls access to health and critical social services, according to the Society for Family Health. Fifi Ogbondeminu, Deputy Project Director of Adolescents 360 (A360), assured that the action will promote social inclusiveness and help drive down maternal mortality, unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortion among adolescent girls and young women. She stated this at the National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality & Diversity in University Education hosted by the University of Lagos. She explained that…

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5.68m Nigerians sensitised on genital mutilation – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says that over 5.68 million individuals have been reached through radio, television and social media to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria. The Fund said that 5,094 girls were reached through sensitisation in primary and secondary schools and empowered with change agents in partnership with existing school clubs. Mr Ben Mbakwem, the UNICEF FGM Consultant in Imo and Ebonyi states, said this at the 7th quarterly Meeting of Imo State Technical Committee (STC) on FGM Abandonment organised by the Imo State Ministry of…

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A strong case for womenfolk

Last Tuesday, at 14th inauguration of the Lions Club International of its President and other executives, the bigwigs of Lagos gathered to re-echo the need to give women more opportunities to take more leadership positions, Muritala Ayinla reports     It was indeed a gathering of successful Nigerians in both public and private sectors. The investiture was a reunion of current and former top government functionaries at the state, federal level, lawmakers in the state and National Assembly. All the guests described the 14th President of the Club, Mrs Folashade…

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Call us pilots not drivers, Female BRT drivers demand

Naturally, they are female drivers, driving the Lagos long buses popularly known as BRT. They drive normally like their male counterparts, tact, careful but a bit aggressive behind the steering.  A week long trip with them through the city of Lagos, revealed that they are not only skilled at driving, they are also beautiful and look adorable but stern in their outfits. In a chat with some of the female drivers at their Oshodi park, they told New Telegraph that they would rather prefer to be addressed as pilots and…

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War against rape, child molestation

54 NGOs storm Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Maiduguri     The campaign to ensure child-safety and prevention of rape received a great boost in the past one week as no fewer than 54 non-governmental organisations stormed major state capitals across the country, pressing for concerted efforts to stop callous acts against them. Biyi Adegoroye reports       The Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) came from major parts of the country, but were united in one mission – ‘a movement against rape and pedophilia.’  Hence, their leadership donned various colours of shirts…

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Our son is dying slowly of malnutrition – Parents

This is definitely the most trying moments for parents of Hassan Muhammad in Wabu village Gamawa Local Governmnt Area of Bauchi state. They are desperately in need of help for their two-year-old son dying from acute malnutrition and cannot do anything about the illness. Muhammed, according to his mother has been suffering for a long time of a yet to be diagnosed sickness. His father Rabo pleaded for urgent help from government, individual and corporate bodies to enable them find cure for his dying son.  Rabo said there is nothing…

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Empowering women through Goats Breeding Scheme

Feelers from beneficiaries of the Jigawa Goats Breeding Micro Finance Scheme, showed that the programme initiated in 2015 is a success story. Governor Mohammad Badaru echoed it at a recent town hall meeting in Dutse. He noted that the goats breeding scheme was the most successful micro-credit scheme in the state, with 92 per cent retention and 79 per cent repayment level. Badaru said that the objective of the scheme was to diversify the economy and reduce poverty among women. “Our state has one of the highest level of poverty,…

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