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NIWA Sensitizes School pupils on Maritime Career; Customs offers scholarship to Kaduna pupils



NIWA Sensitizes School pupils on Maritime Career; Customs offers scholarship to Kaduna pupils

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in collaboration with Ocean Ambassadors Foundation (OAF) sensitised some Lagos Island primary school pupils on careers in the maritime industry on Wednesday in Lagos.

The programme, a maritime quiz for primary 5 and 6 pupils, with the theme: “New Technologies for Greener Shipping,” was also to commemorate the 2022 World Maritime Day celebration scheduled for Sept. 29.

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Mrs Sarat Braimah, Area Manager, NIWA, noted that the quiz was a means of catching them young for the maritime industry and imparting knowledge that would yield the needed change.

“This is part of the event to commemorate the 2022 World Maritime Day celebration.

NIWA is in charge of primary schools, the Nigerian Ports Authority is for secondary schools and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is for tertiary institutions.

“On the theme, we are encouraging the young children to know and write about the new technologies for shipping and they have written a lot of essays and the most brilliant ones will emerge.

“NIWA wants people to know and key into the theme of this year’s world maritime day because the new technologies will bring about greener shipping,” she said.

According to her, greener shipping is about doing things that are safer, like new engines, technology, and ways of operation to have an eco-friendly environment and secured inland waterways.

The NIWA boss said the winner of the competition would be presented on world maritime day and given a special gift by the Internation Maritime Organisation (IMO).

On the topic, of new technologies, she said it had to do with addressing climate change, means of operation, ships and boat emissions, and locomotive ways, adding that with new technology, these would be reduced.

“This is a new thing and everyone will have to key into it for greener waterways, and the children should know about it at early ages,” she said.

Also, Mrs Violet Williams, convener OAF, noted that the catching them young initiative would enable the children at an early age to know about greener shipping and the technology involved.

“Presently with the catch them young programme that I do, I have two girls studying marine engineering and two boys studying nautical sciences in Ghana, also today’s examiner is studying engineering at the University of Lagos.

“Yes, it’s not easy but the resilience and the passion of the children are driving me because they want to learn more.

“That is why we decided to continue with the OAF nationwide maritime quiz, especially for the girl child,” she said.

She pointed out that maritime was male-dominated, so NIWA intentionally encouraged the girl child to come onboard, dedicating 80 per cent to girls and 20 per cent to boys.

Williams said for the selection process, 20 schools were invited, ten public and ten private schools on Lagos Island for proximity and they brought their 250 wards.

“They were streamlined by the examiners and ten schools qualified for the semi-final, and in a short, while we will have the winners who will be compensated by NIWA,” she said.

Williams said NIWA had challenged other parastatals on the need for a succession plan, as getting the young ones early would ensure that when one echelon of the maritime system disengaged, the gap would be filled.

Mr Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director of Education/Principal, Eko Akete Senior Grammar School, commended NIWA and OAF for tapping children from the grassroots and arousing their interest in the maritime world.

He said this would expose them to various options of careers outside the conventional line, and other professions in the maritime industry.

“Most of them have not seen the potential and prospect of Lagos Island even though most of them are born there.

“With this programme, they have been exposed to dreaming of a career of being a maritime lawyer, or doctor in the industry.

“I see the zeal in them and we should put our hands together to see that it continues,” he said.

The newsmen report that the event witnessed the unveiling of a maritime career chart that was presented to each school that participated.

In another development, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kaduna Area Command, has pledged to provide scholarships to students in the Kabala area of Kaduna as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The Customs Area Controller, Yakubu Salihu, made the pledge during a meeting with members of the community on Wednesday.

He said that the scholarship grant would be offered to deserving pupils from the community, who were enrolled into the Customs Primary School.

He said that the gesture was to deepen existing cordial relationships with members of the community, which has been host to the Area Command for decades.

Customs Area Command offers scholarship to pupils in Kaduna

Salihu recalled that the Customs Area Command had in the past offered scholarship grants to some students in the area and presented relief materials to some families in the community.

He added that the Nigeria Customs Service would also employ youths into the service as was done in the past, to enhance the cordial relationship between them.

The controller appreciated the support of the community to the service and urged them to maintain and strengthen it.

According to him, the interface with the community members will continue so as to address any issue that might come up.

Responding, the Village Head of Kabala Doki, Malam Danlami Bawa commended the Controller for convening the meeting to enhance better synergy between them.

He appreciated the command for its various interventions in the community including the scholarship grant and employment of some youths into the customs Service.

Similarly, Malam Aliyu Abdurrahman, Village Head of Kabala Costain said the Nigeria Customs Service has been participating in their town hall meetings, employing their sons and providing security to the area.

Also, Malam Abdullahi Yunusa, Chief Imam of Kabala Costain Jumu’ah Mosque, said though the meeting was the first between the command and members of the community, the community had benefited from its various interventions in the past.

Malam Abdullahi Auwal, the Chief Imam Guest Inn Jumu’ah Mosque, said the community members would do their best to improve their relationship with the Area Command, adding that the meeting should be held periodically.

A youth leader, Ibrahim Bashir appreciated the Controller for initiating the forum, while El-Abbas Muhammad, Commander of the Coalition of Civilian Joint Task Force, pledged to work with the Customs command to enhance security in the area.

“My men are working tirelessly within and around Kabala to maintain law and order and we are working hand in hand with Kaduna Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,” he added.



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LASG Totally Bans Street Trading, Hawking, Seals Up Ladipo Market



FOGCILS Gives Assurances of Support to APC, Sanwo-Olu

 The Lagos State Government (LASG) on Friday announced a total ban on street trading, hawking, building of illegal structures on drainage setbacks, and the display of wares on walkways across the state.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, made the announcement in a statement in Lagos.

Wahab said that the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has been directed to strictly enforce compliance with the environmental Sanitation laws.

According to him, the latest offensive is meant to curtail the nefarious activities of hawkers who disguise to rob motorists and also disrupt the free flow of traffic on Highways and Streets.

Meanwhile, the commissioner also effected the sealing up of Ladipo market in Mushin in the early hours of Friday following several environmental offences, including reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills, amongst others. 

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SRHIN: Empowering Communities through Comprehensive Sexual Health Education



…Kwara Chapter’s Transformative Health Walk***


Sexual health is a basic human right that transcends geographical and demographic boundaries. It incorporates not only physical health, but also emotional and social aspects, making it imperative that individuals have access to accurate and comprehensive information in order to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Recognising this, the Kwara State Chapter of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) embarked on a mission to empower communities through an innovative sexual health walk conducted on September 2, 2023.

*Volunteers from the Kwara State Slum and Rural Health Initiative Chapter

Sexual health is a basic human right that transcends geographical and demographic boundaries. It incorporates not only physical health, but also emotional and social aspects, making it imperative that individuals have access to accurate and comprehensive information in order to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Recognising this, the Kwara State Chapter of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) embarked on a mission to empower communities through an innovative sexual health walk conducted on September 2, 2023.

Dispelling Misconceptions and Fostering Awareness

*Volunteers educating community members on safe sex

The primary objective of this initiative was to educate community members about the critical significance of sexual health. The health walk sought to dispel the prevalent myths and misconceptions surrounding sexual lifestyles, which have resulted in a broad range of negative outcomes, including the spread of disease, early pregnancy, and a lack of sexual satisfaction. SRHIN intended to bridge this information gap and empower individuals to take charge of their sexual health through open communication channels, engaging debates, and widespread broadcasts.

Educating Women About Condoms and Promoting Safe Practises

The distribution of crucial information regarding the use of female contraceptives was one of the most significant components of the walk. SRHIN identified the importance of empowering individuals, notably women, with the knowledge and tools necessary for their sexual health and well-being. In addition, male and female condoms were distributed to encourage community members to adopt secure sexual practices.


*Volunteers educating the community in their local language.

By providing access to these preventative measures, SRHIN made a proactive step towards preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies.

Emphasizing Consent and Breaking Taboos

Consent is essential for a healthy sexual relationship. By emphasising the significance of a clear and unequivocal “yes,” the initiative aimed to empower individuals to establish and respect their partners’ boundaries. Additionally, the health walk is intended to eliminate sex-related social taboos and stigmas.  The health walk endeavored to create an environment of acceptance and equality in which open dialogues about sexual health are not only encouraged but prioritized.

Redefining Pleasure: Debunking Misconceptions

SRHIN also aimed to challenge prevailing myths about sexual pleasure. It emphasized that pleasure is not a performance-based goal, but rather an exploration of one’s body and an understanding of their partner’s desires and boundaries. The initiative debunked the notion that sexual enjoyment is solely dependent on penetration, emphasising that oral sex and other forms of stimulation can also lead to gratification. In addition, SRHIN debunked the myth that women cannot experience orgasms as readily as men, emphasising that orgasmic ability varies from person to person and may necessitate different types of stimulation.


By providing accurate information to communities, dispelling misconceptions, and advocating for safe practices, SRHIN has taken a significant step towards empowering individuals to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health. Through open conversations, the initiative has fostered a culture of acceptance and equality by dismantling sex-related taboos and stigmas. Thus, SRHIN has paved the way for healthier, better-informed communities in which sexual health is recognised as a fundamental human right.

*Learn more about SRHIN at

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 



FOGCILS Gives Assurances of Support to APC, Sanwo-Olu

Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

FOGCILS Gives Assurances of Support to APC, Sanwo-Olu

*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

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