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Western Naval Command inaugurates ‘Ategun Alafia’ to boost crime-free maritime environment



Western Naval Command inaugurates ‘Ategun Alafia’ to boost crime-free maritime environment

…As Petroleum Minister calls for change of strategy, over OML-25 Agitations in Niger Delta***

Determined to ensure a crime-free maritime environment in his jurisdiction, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji on Sunday inaugurated “Ategun Alafia” exercise, expressing his belief that the gesture would also make economic activities thrive in the country.

“The overall aim of the exercise is to ensure a very-conducive-crime-free-maritime environment within the Command’s area of responsibility for economic activities to thrive for Nigeria’s prosperity”, Daji stated, during the inauguration at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Apapa, Lagos.

“It is also to assess the capability and level of operational readiness as well as to assess the level of training ashore and sea,” he said, adding that the exercise would equally prepare the Command for the grand event which was the Chief of Naval Staff sea inspection scheduled to hold later in the year.

He said the exercise would give added vibes to ensure that criminals do not take advantage of any loopholes to sabotage the economy.

“During the exercise, we will be giving support from the sea flanks to Operation Swift Response to ensure that the operation has added vibes from the sea through the vessels that will be groomed,” he said.

The FOC thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ete Ibas  for providing logistics that would  ensure the success of the  exercise.

He also urged officers taking part in the exercise to imbibe what they were taught and implement it within their formations.

“At the end of the exercise, we want to see participants who are highly professionals; we want to be assured that the training we have imbibed will be put into practice.

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“Also, where there are gaps in training, we will communicate same with training to make sure that such gaps are blocked,” he said.

The six ships and 11 boats taking part in the exercise include the NNS UNITY, NNS CENTENARY, NNS KARADUWA, and NNS EKULU.

In the meantime, Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has called for a change of strategy over agitations in the Niger Delta to maximise the interventions in the region.

Sylva made the call on Saturday during a visit to OML-25 Flow Station at Belema Community, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.

He said that the people of Niger Delta had fought enough and now need to allow peace in the region for development to take place.

“I know that as a people we have fought; and today we will all agree that the Federal Government have heard our cries.

“A lot of interventions have come to the Niger Delta because of the agitations, yet we have not seen the benefits percolating down totally.

“But at least there is a start, and that is why we must take cognizance of it and change strategy to benefit maximally from the interventions,” he said.

According to Sylva, it is time for the Niger Delta people to look inwards and see what strategy to adopt in other to get the benefits of the fight that we have not harnessed.

“Because of the agitations, the Federal Government approved 13% Derivation for oil producing states, and Rivers is benefiting from that.

“The Federal Government also because of the agitations established the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Federal Amnesty Programme and Ministry of Niger Delta.

“But the problem is, have we benefited from any of these? The answer is no because we are still fighting instead of taking,” he said.

The minister said that non-Niger Delta people were coming to the region to take advantage of the interventions of the Federal Government.

“That is why we must transit from the mode of fighting to take advantage of the interventions and also create peace to allow investors come into the region.

“It is only when we have peace that investors can come in and create job that will engage our youths,” he added.

Mr Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Development Corporation (NNPC), said that the federal delegation was at the platform because the host communities had lost peace.

Kyari said that the Federal Government in search of peace in Belema, Offoin-ama and Ngeje communities decided to bring SPDC and BelemaOil to a round table to end agitation.

“Yes, we have all lost money since the facility was shutdown but our main target us to achieve peace in this community.

“We are happy that when we sat with Belema Oil and SPDC, and told them that we need to end the fight for the communities to have peace.

“We are not looking for money, we are looking for peace in the host communities; so, we agreed to involve BelemaOil in the activities of OML-25,” he said.

Kyari disclosed that NNPC and SPDC had all agreed to involve BelemaOil in the operation of the facility and benefits to community would be managed by them.

He took responsibility for whatever injustice the communities had faced and stated that the agreement reached would be published and operations would begin at the facility.

The women of OML-25 host communities shutdown operations at the flow station two years ago over failure of SPDC to carry it’s Corporate Social Responsibility.



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Clean Naija Campaign: Showcasing The Impact Of Dr Moyinoluwa Oladoye



…In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

Dr. Moyinoluwa Oladoye, a young visionary leader and healthcare social entrepreneur has radically influenced sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

 In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), he plays a leadership role as the Senior Programme Officer at SRHIN in a transformative initiative to improve the practice of handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation, to about 6 million Nigerians between 2019 and 2025. 

*Dr. Oladoye with representatives from Reckitt Nigeria and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).

With over 5 years of experience as a public health professional, Dr Oladoye has played a pivotal role in the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program that has reached hundreds of schools, health facilities and communities across 3 states in Nigeria since 2019. 

The Dettol Quest Hygiene Program, provides hygiene kits, materials, and structured education, which has led to a notable improvement in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

*Group photo with some of the project beneficiaries (students) at the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The most recent rigorous impact assessment conducted in 2023 led by Dr Oladoye spanned through students, community members, and mothers/ pregnant women via pre-implementation (baseline) and post-implementation (endline) surveys. The results showed remarkable improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the project’s beneficiaries.

Following former President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 Order, Dr Oladoye is one of Nigeria’s leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocates whose projects on WASH have been presented at several state and national stakeholders meetings on WASH.

*Dr. Oladoye during the impact assessment presentation at the closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This includes the recent closeout event that held in Lagos, drawing a distinguished gathering of stakeholders, including Reckitt Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), the Federal Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and other pivotal figures in the fields of public health and education.

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NDLEA Arrests 92 Suspects, Seizes 217kg Illicit Substances In Kaduna



NDLEA arrests India-bound businessman with 9.40kg heroin in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, has arrested 92 suspects and seized 217.02kg of illicit substances since the beginning of 2024.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samaila Danmalam, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna.

According to him,  the suspects comprise 88 males and four females.

He added that the seized substances included Indian hemp, cocaine, heroin, tramadol and methamphetamine.

The commander said that NDLEA operatives raided 19 illicit drugs in the state during the period.

He said that the command secured the conviction of 24 suspects and charged  25 to court during the period.

“ln its drug demand reduction efforts, 29 drug users were counselled while seven drug addicts were successfully rehabilitated.

“In a bid to dissuade members of the public from illicit drug use and trafficking, enlightenment campaigns were carried out at various locations targeting 6,956 participants.

The commander called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information to the command, saying the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires the support of all Nigerians.

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Enugu Hospital Detains Nnewi Woman, Her Triplets Over N352,350 Delivery Bill



Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others

A private hospital, Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu, has detained Mrs Joan Orajiobi and her triplets over the family’s inability to pay the delivery bill of N352,350.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orajiobi, a native of Nnewi in Anambra, gave birth to two girls and a boy in the hospital in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to NAN from the hospital on Friday, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said she had been discharged on Jan. 8 but held by the hospital due to their inability to complete the hospital bill.

She said the hospital billed them a total of N482,350, but that her husband was only able to pay N130,000, the remaining balance of N352,350.

“The bill amounted to that because I gave birth through Caesarian Section (CS).
“I am a hairdresser. I had two girls already before this pregnancy came in May, but I never knew I was pregnant with triplets until the scan which showed that l was carrying twins.

Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others
*Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

“I am pleading to Nigerians, organisations especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra States, to come to my rescue and assist us with financial support. I want to go home and take care my children.

“Anybody that is touched by our condition can reach and assist us through my husband’s Access Account Number 0043854232, Account Name: Nchekwube Orajiobi C. and his WhatsApp 08065846537,’’ she pleaded.

She added that she was always touched seeing other patients who came after them leaving the hospital while they were held because they could not pay.

The husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hailed from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he was excited to have triplets but regretted that it would be difficult for him and his wife to take care of the babies in terms of feeding.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what we can cater for alone.

“The N130,000 I deposited came from friends and well-wishers while I borrowed some.
“Apart from the medical bill, I need what I will use to bring up these kids,’’ he pleaded.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shedrack Emeribe, told NAN that he operated on Orajiobi without a deposit from the family.

He added that it was after four days of the operation that her husband deposited N60,000 before making it up to N130,000.
He explained that all the things they were requested for the delivery were not provided, stressing that the hospital provided it for them.

“I told the husband to make an initial deposit of N150,000 but he never paid a dime till a few days after CS. But I have to save those lives,” he said.

He said that the bill of N482,350 included surgery, theatre, drug fees, and Hospital Services. 

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